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

George Michael dead thread

Another well known musician has died in 2016 – Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, aka George Michael. Unlike most of the other big names to die this year he was from a later generation, aged 53.He was big in the 80s and 90s in the duo Wham, and went solo in 1987.

In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.

He has had illness problems – in 2011 he suffered from pneumonia and ended up in intensive care, and a month later when he was discharged he said hospital staff saved his life.

In 2013 sustained a head injury when he fell from a moving car on the M1 motorway in England.

Unconfirmed reports claim he died of heart failure.

I wasn’t a fan but some of his songs were ok.

One of his songs. ‘I want your sex’, was toned down for radio as ‘I want your love’.

Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Yeah, not my thing.

Careless Whisper:


I remember both those songs but couldn’t have named them, I needed to go looking.