Another celebrity death

Another celebrity death, this time Carrie Fisher who was an actress and author.  I guess that will give them something to fill news pages and news bulletins with for another day or two.

I know it’s a slow news time of year but 1 News led their 6 o’clock news for two days in a row with long items on the death of George Michael.

No doubt there will be another rush of laments in social media about how bad a year 2016 has been.

Actually people dying isn’t something new, millions of people die each year. And celebrity deaths are like the end of life for anyone.

I guess media glorification of celebrity deaths is a sign of the times. Ex musicians and ex actors and news presenters (who wish to be seen as celebrities) are an ageing population so over reactions to the deaths of a few are likely to be a thing in 2017 as well.

Deaths can be very sad for those who are close to the deceased, but grieving over people we never knew except as performers (so we never knew them as people) seems to be getting a bit over the top.

My favourite movie that Carrie Fisher was in was the Blues Brothers but I had no idea she was ‘Mystery Woman’ in that. When there were news reports that she had had a heart attack I recognised the name but didn’t know what she was known for – she was in Star Wars too.

Another death in the news too – Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. He was 96 so did pretty well compared to Fisher who was 60.

Deaths can be sad, especially for those who are close and new the people well. But media coverage tends to be done to death.

We only hear about a select few. There are about 55 million deaths per year, which is about 150,000 per day.

An ironic quote:

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.

Stalin tried to avoid tragedy by creating a statistic.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely – Budha

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  1. Blazer

     /  28th December 2016

    ‘Stalin tried to avoid tragedy by creating a statistic.’….he has alot of company in the Hall of infamy.

  2. Missy

     /  28th December 2016

    also in the news today were the deaths of Richard Adams (a 96, d. 24 Dec) and Liz Smith (a. 95, d. 24 Dec).

    For those that are too young, or don’t know, Richard Adams wrote Watership Down, and Liz Smith will be best remembered as Mrs Cropley in The Vicar of Dibley (she of the weird food combinations).

    It has certainly been a year that will be remembered for the number of celebrities that have died.

  3. Ray

     /  28th December 2016

    Sanctuary over at “Dim Post” nails it:
    “In terms of celebrity deaths, a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll cheques issued against young bodies are getting cashed. “

  4. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  28th December 2016

    Celebrity deaths seems to a means for filling up TV news with old clips.

    Last night TV One news had over 3 mins on some dead singer as the lead item.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2016

      Well, George Michael was a very famous singer, even if you didn’t know who he was-as it seems you didn’t from the sound of it, I find it odd that you timed it. so precisely.

      • patupaiarehe

         /  28th December 2016

        These recent deaths are making me feel a little old Kitty. These people were ‘grown ups’ when I was a teenager, and now that I am (allegedly 😉 ) a ‘grown up’, these people are dying… So guess who is next… ;(

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th December 2016

    They are probably all dying because of Trump’s election and Brexit. The shock is just too much.

  6. Something for the news tonight:

    BREAKING: Actress Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at age 84 – TMZ

    I saw in recent news that Reynolds was the mother of Fisher, and ” have heard of her but I have no idea what she did.

    Wikipedia: …was an American actress, singer, entertainer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian and a noted former collector of film memorabilia.

    Her first movie was in 1950 and then ‘ Singin’ in the Rain’ in 1952, I’ve heard of that.

    She starred in ‘How the West Was Won’ (1963), and ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ (1964) – I saw both of those in the Sixties but didn’t know or remember she starred in them.

    She was hospitalised a day after her daughter died.

  7. Blazer

     /  29th December 2016

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  29th December 2016

      She was really gracious about having to sing that song over and over to the fans who always wanted her to sing that one at every concert.


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