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Bill in UT : 4/8/2021 1:04 pm
come to mind?

For me, the first one I remember was Gracie Allen. I used to love that show. As I said on another thread, we named our last dog after her. Not long after that, Nat King Cole. Then, Mama Cass and Harry Chapin. I guess I could gratuitously throw in Elvis and Jimi Hendrix, though I wasn't really that into either. Gee, almost forgot Mickey Mantle. He was my favorite as a kid.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman  
Capt. Don : 4/8/2021 1:37 pm : link
not that long ago but I was surprised to find that it was 7 years ago. Incredible range.
Heath Ledger  
HMunster : 4/8/2021 1:41 pm : link
Another amazing talent that we lost too soon.

Can't believe it's been 13 years already.
Robin Williams  
terz22 : 4/8/2021 1:44 pm : link
I know wasn't that long ago but man that one really sucked.
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mfsd : 4/8/2021 1:44 pm : link
In comment 15213836 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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JFK Jr, Prince Heath Ledger...couldn't believe those ones at first.


All good ones, all tragic they’re gone

Chris Cornell really sticks with me too. Not that long ago, but his music was part of the soundtrack of my college years, and I’ve been listening to his solo stuff a lot lately.
RE: Robin Williams  
Bramton1 : 4/8/2021 1:45 pm : link
In comment 15213855 terz22 said:
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I know wasn't that long ago but man that one really sucked.


That one is still hard to believe.

Bill Paxton, too.
Robin Williams  
Trainmaster : 4/8/2021 1:46 pm : link
+1

That one really hurt.
This Thread  
HMunster : 4/8/2021 1:53 pm : link
reminds me of the Oscars Celebrity Death Applause-O-Meter where we all could tell someone's popularity based on the level of applause they got when their picture came on screen. Always found that bizarre.
Tom Petty too.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 4/8/2021 2:02 pm : link
That hit hard.
For me the most shocking ones are from my childhood  
Chris684 : 4/8/2021 2:03 pm : link
Kurt Cobain
Chris Farley
Tupac/Biggie
RE: Celebrity Deaths  
Tony in Tampa : 4/8/2021 2:05 pm : link
In comment 15213828 NY2Carolina said:
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I have never gotten over Thurman Munson dying in that plane crash.

+1, same here. Shook me up as a kid.
RE: Celebrity Deaths  
section125 : 4/8/2021 2:12 pm : link
In comment 15213828 NY2Carolina said:
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I have never gotten over Thurman Munson dying in that plane crash.


With you on that one
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 4/8/2021 2:17 pm : link
I was only six but remember my old man's reaction when he heard Len Bias had died. He thought it was a sick joke at first.
Annette Funicello  
Jimmy Brown : 4/8/2021 2:24 pm : link
Never forget the death of your first girlfriend.
Scott Weiland  
Steve L : 4/8/2021 2:37 pm : link
Phil Lynott and Bon Scott still upset me.
John Belushi  
OlyWABigBlue : 4/8/2021 2:39 pm : link
it was my freshman year of college, bunch of guys just sitting around stunned in a quad, muttering "Fuuuuuuucccccc*****" when we heard
Drazen Petrovic  
FJ : 4/8/2021 2:45 pm : link
So young, and at the peak of his career.
Gil Hodges.  
Russ in Queens, NYC : 4/8/2021 3:04 pm : link
On Easter Sunday, I think.
For me  
jtfuoco : 4/8/2021 3:05 pm : link
Patrick Seayze I can't believe he would go like that and then recently watching the skit of him and Chris Farley trying out for the male dancer just made me sad realizing both are gone.
John Cazale  
kinard : 4/8/2021 4:08 pm : link
Godfather 1 &2
Dog Day Afternoon
Deer Hunter

Fredo is seared into our collective consciousness. Gone but yet still here.
Anthony Bourdain  
NDMedics : 4/8/2021 4:09 pm : link
Not all that long ago but it still bugs me.
John Lennon ....  
short lease : 4/8/2021 4:15 pm : link

Still shocks me when I think about it. Can't believe he went out that way and only 40 years old.
Others mentioned -  
short lease : 4/8/2021 4:23 pm : link

Thurman Munson - (very bummed)

Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman - just about anyone that went be fore there time should have been up. Hell, even Michael Jackson I don't own any of his music - but his death shocked me.




This year, COVID  
DonQuixote : 4/8/2021 4:26 pm : link
John Prine
This thread came at a perfect time ...  
short lease : 4/8/2021 4:27 pm : link

as I sit here mourning the passing of a childhood friend. We grew up together literally 5-6 blocks apart.

His family owned Pepe's pizza. If you grew up in the New Haven area - you probably heard that name - Pepe's. Gary was sort of a local celebrity.

He was one of the hardest working people I knew and a great guy.



RIP Gary - ( New Window )
Brittany Murphy  
Juice921 : 4/8/2021 4:32 pm : link
Passed away about 12 years ago. Younger and more recent than many on this list but tragic nonetheless and someone mysterious circumstances. She was a fun and talented actress (especially as Luann in King of the Hill and in Clueless among other roles). I see a documentary is coming to HBO examining her death.
Link - ( New Window )
Thurman Munson  
Eman11 : 4/8/2021 4:38 pm : link
John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Elvis are all ones that hit me hard and still bum me out when I think about how they all went too young
Corey Lidle  
bigbluehoya : 4/8/2021 4:44 pm : link
not a "celebrity" per se, but I lived on the UES about 10-15 blocks north of where he crashed that plane into the building. From the balcony on our duplex apartment we had a perfect view of the crash site and the fire that ensued.

We didn't see the actual crash, but I distinctly remember having a couple beers up there and watching the blaze.
John  
mitch300 : 4/8/2021 4:49 pm : link
Candy. Very funny actor.
RE: Anton Yelchin  
Zeke's Alibi : 4/8/2021 5:20 pm : link
In comment 15213799 TXRabbit said:
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He was the kid that played Chekov in the Star Trek reboot.

Promising future and such a tragic way to go


Man this is a good one, he had A list star written all over him.
RE: Was thinking about River Phoenix recently  
chopperhatch : 4/8/2021 5:44 pm : link
In comment 15213806 mfsd said:
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saw a behind the scenes video about Stand By Me on YouTube, that was a classic, especially for those of us who grew up in the 80s.

He did a great job in that movie, considering he was only 15 or 16 at the time. Nominated for an Oscar at 18, died of an overdose at 23. Damn shame


There is a running beef for Joaquin Phoenix towards John Frusciante of the RHCP because apparently he was really pushing River to party harder and harder the night he died. Basically feeding him drugs. Then River didnt feel good, stumbled out of the club and started ODing on the street. Very fucked up situation.
RE: John Lennon ....  
Del Shofner : 4/8/2021 5:46 pm : link
In comment 15214020 short lease said:
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Still shocks me when I think about it. Can't believe he went out that way and only 40 years old.


John tops my list as well. Thurman Munson up there too though.

RE: Chris Farley  
jnoble : 4/8/2021 5:50 pm : link
In comment 15213818 Jay on the Island said:
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that one still stings.


Mine too. I'll never forget as long as I live coming back home from college for Christmas break and first thing dad says as I walk in the door is "Chris Farley is dead" and turning on the news in total shock. I had no idea whatsoever about his addiction problems.
Princess Diana  
AnnapolisMike : 4/8/2021 5:55 pm : link
More because I had a big group of friends over for a cookout and it happened. Everyone was glued to the TV.
The 2016 list - musicians in particular  
sb from NYT Forum : 4/8/2021 6:37 pm : link
David Bowie
Prince
Leonard Cohen
George Michael
RE: Brittany Murphy  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 4/8/2021 7:00 pm : link
In comment 15214049 Juice921 said:
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Passed away about 12 years ago. Younger and more recent than many on this list but tragic nonetheless and someone mysterious circumstances. She was a fun and talented actress (especially as Luann in King of the Hill and in Clueless among other roles). I see a documentary is coming to HBO examining her death. Link - ( New Window )


I've found myself watching old "King of the Hill" videos on YouTube, that's a show that has aged so damn gracefully. Just earlier this week I realized/was reminded that Brittany Murphy voiced Luanne on the show. She did such a great job in that role. She died way too young.
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 4/8/2021 7:09 pm : link
Brittany Murphy died? Damn. I must have missed that, though I hadn't seen or heard of her in years so I must have thought she went into seclusion or something.
RE: Princess Diana  
short lease : 4/9/2021 12:52 am : link
In comment 15214161 AnnapolisMike said:
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More because I had a big group of friends over for a cookout and it happened. Everyone was glued to the TV.


+1

Good call Mike. She slipped my mind but, at the time maybe only JFK's death got more coverage? And, for a reason I still do not understand to this day - her death hurt.

I am not British and Royalty does not mean that much traditionally to Americans .. maybe it was just the tragedy of it? Young kids, etc ....
RE: This thread came at a perfect time ...  
Vanzetti : 4/9/2021 12:59 am : link
In comment 15214037 short lease said:
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as I sit here mourning the passing of a childhood friend. We grew up together literally 5-6 blocks apart.

His family owned Pepe's pizza. If you grew up in the New Haven area - you probably heard that name - Pepe's. Gary was sort of a local celebrity.

He was one of the hardest working people I knew and a great guy.

RIP Gary - ( New Window )



Lease,
Sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. Life is bittersweet
Lemmy  
Sneakers O'toole : 4/9/2021 1:10 am : link
Motorhead moves in next door, your lawn dies
Sid Vicious  
Vanzetti : 4/9/2021 1:11 am : link
Only 21 when he died. I always think about it on Feb 2

Walter Lure and Pete Shelley  
Vanzetti : 4/9/2021 1:19 am : link
Like Lemmy they died of old man diseases not suicide or OD or a reckless accident

I guess it’s because punk rock is associated with youth, so it’s weird that these old punkers or metal/punk guys are dying

I remember talking with Phil in LA about the Dolls and Buzzcocks

Damn, I’m getting depressed
Bruce Lee - Martial Arts Master  
LTIsTheGreatest : 4/9/2021 9:37 am : link
Introduced a whole new wave of movie entertainment and action with his martial arts movies. Career was just starting to blossom when he died suddenly at 32.
Philip Seymour Hoffman...  
rmc3981 : 4/9/2021 9:49 am : link
Robin Williams, George Harrison
Natalie Wood  
dpinzow : 4/9/2021 9:53 am : link
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RE: RE: Was thinking about River Phoenix recently  
mfsd : 4/9/2021 9:59 am : link
In comment 15214145 chopperhatch said:
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In comment 15213806 mfsd said:


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saw a behind the scenes video about Stand By Me on YouTube, that was a classic, especially for those of us who grew up in the 80s.

He did a great job in that movie, considering he was only 15 or 16 at the time. Nominated for an Oscar at 18, died of an overdose at 23. Damn shame



There is a running beef for Joaquin Phoenix towards John Frusciante of the RHCP because apparently he was really pushing River to party harder and harder the night he died. Basically feeding him drugs. Then River didnt feel good, stumbled out of the club and started ODing on the street. Very fucked up situation.


Interesting, and sad story. Lived in LA for several years a while back, found myself thinking of that night whenever I’d pass by the Viper Room.

Plenty of famous deaths around LA over the years, and plenty of places associated with them for notorious reasons, but that one’s stuck with me
John  
Harvest Blend : 4/9/2021 10:09 am : link
Lennon.
RE: This thread came at a perfect time ...  
mfsd : 4/9/2021 10:13 am : link
In comment 15214037 short lease said:
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as I sit here mourning the passing of a childhood friend. We grew up together literally 5-6 blocks apart.

His family owned Pepe's pizza. If you grew up in the New Haven area - you probably heard that name - Pepe's. Gary was sort of a local celebrity.

He was one of the hardest working people I knew and a great guy.

RIP Gary - ( New Window )


Sorry for your loss buddy. I grew up near New Haven, didn’t know him personally but knew of him and his family, as Pepe’s, and New Haven pizza in general was a staple of my childhood
Mickey Mantle-my childhood hero &  
TheMick7 : 4/9/2021 10:16 am : link
more recently,Robin Williams,a comedic genius,actor extraordinaire & one of the quickest & wittiest performers of all time!
Mr. Rogers  
giantsfaninphilly : 4/9/2021 10:17 am : link
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Thanks Vanzetti and Mfsd.  
short lease : 4/9/2021 2:13 pm : link
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