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    Re: What celebrity death really affected you?

    Okay, I suppose he isn't a celebrity either, but losing Harmon Killebrew, the first Minnesota Twin to make it into the Hall of Fame, and a truly nice man besides, hit me hard last year. It was like losing a part of my childhood. Maybe part of it also had to do with the fact that I had met him a couple of times too.

    I'm not exaggerating the nice part either. Aside from raising an enormous amount of money for leukemia research with his Danny Thompson memorial golf tournaments (Thompson was a former teammate of his who died of leukemia in his mid-twenties), he also was a spokesman for hospice care and helped build a bunch of Miracle Fields, which are ball diamonds that are built to accommodate disabled kids. On top of that, in twenty-two years of pro ball, he was never once ejected from a game. His on-line condolence books are filled with stories from people who were touched by his small acts of kindness to them over the years.

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    Re: What celebrity death really affected you?

    Princess Diana; John Ritter
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    Phil Hartman
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    John Lennon, Lady Diana, John Ritter, John Kennedy Jr lept to mind first. Sudden death of someone young registers deeply with me. I was a freshman in college when JFK was shot. It was shocking but at the age of 17 it did not register as deeply as it would have, had I been older.

    Someone dying in their 70's or over doesn't register deeply with me. Life expectancy is 85. We all will die so when someone goes at the end of their life it seems the natural course of things.
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    Re: What celebrity death really affected you?

    Actually, life expectancy im the US is a bit lower than 85.

    That number didn't sound right to me since I remembered life expectancy statistics when I was a kid saying it was about 75-76 so I did some checking and found these statistics:

    78.2 Overall life expectancy, 75.6 for men, 80.8, for women

    List of countries by life expectancy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks pikachu.

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    My son and I were watching the Bernie Mac show and it hit me all over again what a loss I felt when he died.
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    Jim Henson and Warhol
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    For this old lady, it had to be Elvis.
    Fell in love with him in 1957...I was 11....and I never stopped.
    Well, I stopped long ago but that really shocked me and for quite awhile, I believed all the conspiracy theories of him planning his "death."

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    Re: What celebrity death really affected you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonlady View Post
    For this old lady, it had to be Elvis.
    Fell in love with him in 1957...I was 11....and I never stopped.
    Well, I stopped long ago but that really shocked me and for quite awhile, I believed all the conspiracy theories of him planning his "death."
    I wasn't a huge fan of his, but did like him. When he died I remember calling my cousin Paul, who was a huge fan (I seem to remember making an Elvis hanging mobile with him) and breaking the news to him. He was speechless. To this day, he still remembers that call.
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