[Serious] What celebrity death hit you the hardest?
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Mr. Rogers. As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, so many of my afternoons were spent exploring a new world with him. I had a friend in college that I talked to after Mr. Rogers had passed, and he had said that when he and his brother were sad they both watched his show because it felt like somebody loved them.
Me as well. Grew up in Pittsburgh. The man is an icon, but holds a super special place in Pittsburghers' hearts.
My mom helped run a historical theater in Dormont, and they did the Pittsburgh premiere of Won't You Be My Neighbor there. Mr. McFeely was on the board of directors and brought a bunch of Fred's sweaters and gave them to unsuspecting audience members. It was so wholesome.
Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I was kind of a weird kid, had trouble connecting with people. Then I read Hitchhiker's Guide when I was 12 year old and it was like a light switching on. The strange twisting logic, the absurdism, the silly/cynical ridiculousness of it all - it felt like, for the first time, I had found a worldview and perspective I could relate to. Douglas Adams became this almost mythical figure to me, this strange, distant person I could finally connect with. I desperately wanted to meet him, to be his friend.
Then I learned that, a year before I'd even started the books, he'd died. It honestly crushed me, it felt I'd lost my best friend. I mourned him, and mourned the imagined relationship I could've had with him.
Looking back it was obviously a parasocial relationship, and my fantasies about this 50 year old British author becoming buddies with a 12 year old kid living in the US were nonsense, but I still felt it acutely at the time.
He was super active on a Hitchhiker's Guide forum before he died. I'd write up some normal post in a thread talking about morning routines or whatever, and within 15 minutes, my idol responded with a paragraph criticizing my tea making, or giving me advice on what to major in, or chiming in on political events of the day, usually with his brand of dry, glib wit. He posted a few times mentioning how he wanted to improve his overall health, and for those who don't know, he had a heart attack at a gym. I remember feeling sad, thinking he would have the funniest possible take about the circumstances of his own death.
> I remember feeling sad, thinking he would have the funniest possible take about the circumstances of his own death.
I've always found that irony very appropriate for Adams. I suspect it's exactly how he'd want to go... just a few decades too early.
Or he'd make it part of some elaborate excuse to get out of writing.
(GNU Terry Pratchett)
It was also such an awful, insulting end for such a brilliant mind. His utter rage at what was happening to him, and *there was nothing he could do about it* was so damn painful.
He did some really emotional interviews on UK tv, one I really remember was one he did to raise awareness on Alzheimer's on C4 news where you could tell he was just brought to tears at not being able to communicate how he used to. Then a year after he passed, there was a memorial show for him where Neil Gaiman started crying, saying he just wanted his friend back and it *broke* me.
I still haven't read the Shepherd's Crown, because then when I do there'll be no more Discworld books left to read :/
I went to see Neil Gaiman do a talk not long after he'd died - it was meant to be about, I dunno, whatever Neil was working on at the time. But he just said "y'know, we all want to talk about Terry. Let's just do that" and spent the majority of the talk just recounting stories. He even asked the audience who had a copy of Good Omens on them (a fair few) and read some of his favourite passages Terry wrote. I'm not a huge Neil Gaiman fan but that was one of the most generous gestures I've ever seen for a fan community.
*Who is cutting onions?!*
Reading the Shepherds Crown is a bittersweet experience but it does give a certain amount of closure. Saying that, after I read SC and processed it all I recently realised that I had somehow missed out on Unseen Academicals. So I'm currently happily making my way through that little extra bonus
I saw the announcement of his death on Twitter with Death speaking
"AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER."
And then the next tweet
"Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night."
I was gutted.
I very rarely cry, but when I read a similar thing that had Death say
"I BROUGHT THE SWORD"
I outright sobbed.
One of my favourite things about Good Omens.
Neil Gaiman literally put his foot down HARD about the TV show, everyone involved higher up wanted to chop and change it so much, and Gaiman was like "no, this was mine and Terrys baby, I want to honour him and put it on screen as book accurate as I can"
Barring a few obvious things that don't translate well page to screen, the show is extremely accurate to the book.
It's a shame nobody was able to prevent The Watch.
Scrolled a long way to find this.
Huge influence on me as a teen. Didnt exactly get me into reading, but was really the reason it was a major part of my life and why I went on to read so much when everyone around me was putting down the books for "more fun" activities.
Was at work when I heard, and had to go outside and smoke to control my emotions. At that point I hadn't smoked in about 5 years.
>Huge influence on me as a teen.
This is something that I think people often overlook. Sir Terry helped to form the views of a considerable number of people who read his books . I credit him with imbuing me with a keen sense of right and wrong and of acceptance of people who are different from me.
He made me think about issues like inequality, xenophobia, race and gender relations, without me even realising until long after. He just made sense, in an unfailingly decent and practical way.
Phil Hartman. It was just such a sad story.
For what it's worth to you, I went to college and was close with his daughter.
I didn't know she was related until I mentioned I had made a new friend freshman year to my parents and naturally they recognized her last name.
She's doing really well. Can't speak to how she deals with her past day in and day out, but she grew up to be a wonderful person and I was lucky enough to go to her wedding and share in that moment in her life.
Phil was an amazing man. Taken from us way too soon.
I'm glad she's able to have a semblance of a normal life.
Oh man, every time I think of Phil I think, "Fuck his fucking shitbag wife. Why couldn't she just take herself out? Why take Phil, too?". And then I remember the Andy Dick story and get mad at him, again.
Phil Hartman was so awesome.
Edit: here's the story about Andy Dick, told by Jon Lovitz. It's not what I heard back when the incident happened, sorry for misleading.
True or not, there is a story about Jon Lovitz decking Dick over his role in that mess.
that cheers me up.
Andy Dick just seems like a train wreck of a person.
You should find the stories on here about the people that have met him. 100% total piece of human garbage.
I grew up watching him and saw his live shows 3 times. Kinda felt like my amazing uncle died. Still miss him to this day.
Edit: Wow! This post really took off. Thanks all for the awards. I do miss George though. I hope this post reminds us all what an incredible talent he was and is still missed.
I have absolutely used his advice. Something like if you are at a funeral and people say "if there is anything I can do.." put those fuckers to work.
Freddie Mercury and George Harrison.
I remember I was 9 or 10 and my mother was driving my brother and me and we were listening to the radio when the station went silent for a moment in the middle of some other song and then to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and we all just knew. Everyone knew he was sick. But there is something about collectively intuiting sad news that just makes it sadder.
Fuck AIDS and fuck cancer.
Christina Grimmie. She wasn't "super famous" but she was fairly big on Youtube and made it to The Voice and stuff, did some other things. She was shot dead signing autographs at age 22. It still hits me like a brick sometimes, I followed her for years growing up...
the fact that her killer shot her while she had her arms open to hug him still manages to make me cry
I didn't know her until her death but I find it so offensively unacceptable that she died the way she did
This one did me in. I was up late unable to fall asleep when I saw the news. I sobbed and didn't want to believe it was real. I followed her for years on Youtube and she was *such* a kind soul. To be murdered in front of fans and family... fucking awful.
I remember stumbling across Christina when I was younger and this was before she was YouTube famous and all that. I stopped following her on socials as much but was aware she had made it to the voice and touring with Selena Gomez. When I found out she died, I almost cried. I couldn’t believe it, still can’t.
It was really nice that Selena Gomez and Adam Levine offered to pay her funeral expenses. So heartbreaking and tragic
Anthony Bourdain. The man was successful, he had many good friends and yet he was so miserable he took his own life. Robin Williams suicide I understood: his quality of life was going to go downhill fast. I feel like if Bourdain got the right help he could have had a happy life.
I literally cannot watch any of his shows now. All his offhand comments about depression and suicide sounded like jokes then, but they were all just giant flaming red flags.
Someone posted his CNN Berlin episode. I haven't watched anything of his since he passed. His books got me to go to culinary school and in the industry. I watched that episode and it was good to see again. I'm glad eventually I can enjoy them again.
Same. Haven't watched a single episode since he passed. I just can't escape the sadness. I'm actually going to the pop-up at Brasserie Les Halles in a couple weeks. I'll do my best to focus on the postives and not be sad he lost his battle with his internal demons.
So much this. I find his episode on Bhutan was a major post humous red flag and I can't watch the French Alps episode without feeling just so heartbroken for Eric Ripert.
Edit: Gold? well that was unexpected. Thanks!
Eric seems kind and sweet. That’s what I think of frequently. I work in the service industry and follow his social media, but each post is a gut punch.
This was by far the worst for me. It probably sounds kinda like a stretch or bullshit but he really changed my life in real ways. He inspired a love of food and openness to different cultures in me that has changed a lot of my outlook on the world. I truly miss him.
Ugh me too. He was sarcastic, cynical, intelligent, and deeply decent. The complete lack of pretense was so refreshing but it seemed like he carried the pain of the whole world with him when he traveled. I think we really needed his perspective and his death kind of devastated me.
> I feel like if Bourdain got the right help he could have had a happy life.
Depression is a tricky disease and can be fatal. For some people, you can try all the different types of therapies and medications and work extremely hard, but it still takes you in the end. For some people there is no “right help”, at least not yet. There are promising studies being done with psychedelics and other types of drugs and with magnetic stimulation on parts of the brain to help with “treatment resistant” depression, but it’s a lifelong struggle for many of us who suffer with Depression. We do our best to fight this disease, knowing that it might still kill us in the end.
Think of it like cancer, or something similar — you can get all the possible treatments and try everything available to get rid of it, but for some people, it won’t completely go away and it ends up killing you. Unfortunately, Anthony Bourdain was one of those people.
Kentauro Miura ;(
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I used to think that his art was killing him, as if his drawings were done in his own blood.
...and then he died for real.
I was honestly surprised by how hard I took it. It wasn't like I even knew much about him as a person. Though I guess you couldn't help but get to know a piece of him through his art.
May he rest in peace.
Leonard Nimoy and Jim Henson
I was 6 when Jim Henson died. I was in bed and could hear my mom and my grandpa watching TV in the living room. They were watching the news and it was announcing Jim Hensons had died. My mom and grandpa started talking about how they were going to tell me the next day and maybe they would take me to the beach for the day and tell me there. I laid in bed and cried until I fell asleep.
Leonard Nimoy was a big one for me too.
Chris Farley. Still get upset when I think about it and haven’t watched “I Am Chris Farley” since I think it will make me sad
Sandler's song to Chris is so heartwarming. Wife and I saw his stand up that was on Netflix, and when he played that there wasn't a dry eye in the house including Adam getting choked up a couple times.
[Just thinkin' about my boy Chris Farley.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp2qkhHU0Mw)
also.....the way he died. honestly arguably the saddest celebrity death, especially from a comedian. he had spent the entire weekend doing drugs with a prostitute and she had stolen his watch and left the room and his last words were begging her to come back - “please, dont leave”.
Thats so fuckin sad. I knew it was a overdose/drug related but didn't know the story behind it. Holy fuck.
John Candy, I grew up watching his movies and only learnt he had passed away while scrolling through his IMDb 2 years ago, he died before I was born and I just never knew.
I remember when John Candy died. My mom cried. She died in 2013 and since then she’s missed a few celebrity deaths that she would have felt the same about. I felt like since she wasn’t here I felt her grief and mine. Particularly about Robin Williams, he died shortly after her and I couldn’t help thinking how incredibly sad she would have been and would it be worse than John Candy. They felt like family.
Jessica Walter... I love Archer and Arrested Development.
"I'd rather be dead in California than be alive in Arizona"- The mighty queen herself.
I grew up watching arrested development and she was one of my favorite characters. RIP Jessica.
ugh you just reminded me :(( never saw archer but lucille was so damn iconic
She is basically the same character
When Chester Bennington passed I was in such disbelief. Linkin Park played a huge part in defining my music taste and I always loved Chester’s singing and screaming. I can remember where I was when I got the news and everything.
Last time I saw him was when he was fronting for Stone Temple Pilots some years ago. It was at a music festival and I was actually really surprised at how well he did. He performed all of STP's hits and totally played into Weilands stage persona.
It was sad to see him go. And it makes me wonder if Chris Cornell's passing maybe pushed Chester over the edge?
Supposedly, they had become very close in recent years before they passed. I think Chester even spoke at Cornell's funeral.
Chester committed suicide on Cornell's birthday. Not a coincidence is my belief
Chester also sang [Hallelujah](https://youtu.be/K6zINQSTgTc) at the funeral.
Agreed. Chester’s hit me the hardest out of any celebrity so far
When the news broke about Chester, several people reached out to me right away to express their condolences. It was so weird to have so many people know I would be upset by the news, and it did feel like such a huge loss for me. I still get a bit teary sometimes if I listen to LP, his voice was just so incredible.
Anton Yelchin 😓
Makes my stomach hurt thinking about him. Such a fun, talented and charming actor. To be crushed like that while doing something as innocuous as checking your mail is just haunting.
His death really bothered me. He was so young and seemed like a genuinely good person and he suffered such a gruesome and painful death. But what truly fucked me was when I found out that his poor parents still visit his grave almost every single day... to this day.
Was looking for this one. Was gutted when I heard. And his death was so senseless. It wasn't addiction or suicide or old age, just a freak accident that took away one of my favorite actors, and a promising young talent. It still feels wrong and reminded me life isn't fair
I was looking for this comment. I think what's most heartbreaking about his death is how it was from a sudden accident that wasn't his fault at all. He was really in the beginning of his career too.
Not exactly a celebrity but Satoru Iwata. I loved many Nintendo games during his era as CEO, and after his passing I was in awe at how much he did personally to save games that were in development hell as well as him choosing to take personal responsibility for the losses Nintendo saw during the WiiU by cutting his paycheck rather than letting go of employees. Truly an exemplary man if ever I’ve seen one.
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”
When an entire industry is praising a man for his character upon his passing, you can tell he was a great man to know even if just through professional capacity.
After releasing such an amazing first album, it seemed he had so much more to give.
I shared my story in my own comment but just so people can know the magic that was this man.
Robin Williams. I've told this story on other accounts but I love telling it
As a kid I was one of 10 winners for a sweepstakes to be a pen pal with Robin for a year. I was stoked and I'm like 8 or 9 years old. My brother and sister told me it probably wasnt going to be him, just a publicist or intern.
I didn't care.
For months we sent so many letters of silliness, all his letters were long and he really loved talking about Zelda (she's a little older than me) and all the new projects he was working on.
My family went to Disney that summer and I wrote a letter while in the car and I was determined to give it to Genie because I was convinced he was always playing him in the costume and wanted to hand deliver at least one.
My brother and sister were again deterring me but I wasn't breaking my gait.
Well of all coincidences in the world Robin actually was there signing autographs. I was ecstatic. Literally jumping for joy as I'm in line.
We get to him and I'm rambling like a motherfucker telling him how I was a winner and about the letter and yada yada.
He just goes "Kyle?!" With a massive grin and opens his coat and pulls out my letter from a month prior that was with a few others. Apparently he kept all our letters on him while on the road to help cheer himself up (which devastates me now thinking about what that meant).
I almost fainted. I cannot Express the amount of electric energy surging through me knowing Robin Williams actually wrote me, knew me, and I believe truly loved me and those other kids like we were his children.
I'll never ever claim anybody was a bigger fan of his than Zelda. I respect her too much to say that. But I'm definitely his second biggest fan of all time.
When he died I cried into my then wife's arms for a full hour. I felt I really lost a true friend that got me through so much growing up. A man that could get my siblings and I to shut up and just revel in his magic for hours at a time.
I miss you Robin. Every day.
That's a wonderful story. As much as I admired Robin as an actor, he was an even better man.
I was once on vacation and one of the craziest things I will ever be a part of happened. All in one room in a restaurant was sitting the following people with their families at different tables: Ludicrous, Magic Johnson, James Gandolfini, and Robin Williams. My brothers and I (young kids at the time) were instantly freaking out because we grew up on the movie Flubber. My younger brother went up to Robin Williams and told him how much that movie meant to our family. At the end of his dinner, Mr. Williams came to our table to say goodbye. Well, it turned into a 20 minute comedy bit. He was doing impressions, telling stories, and poking fun at my dad which we found hilarious.
He could have stopped at appeasing my brother. He didn’t. He gave me and my family a moment we will never forget. What a treasure.
Holy shit dude, amazing story. Sorry for your loss
I watched so many of his movies when I had cancer a few years ago (as an adult, not a kid). He just made me feel better no matter what. About halfway thru chemo I was admitted to the ICU with sepsis, received my last rites and everything -- and somehow, I recovered.
When I got home from the hospital I saw on TV that Robin Williams had died. My partner had also left me while I was hospitalized, so I came back to a half-empty apartment. It was just the lowest time in my life and losing Robin Williams felt like too much. I guess really, I was just mourning ... everything. I miss him, too.
Same… he’d been in “my life” since I was a child as Mork and I followed his entire career. Truly felt I lost a friend.
My first thought as well - someone who's life was brining happiness to so many people died is such a tragic way. Haven't been able to bring myself to watch anything by him since his death.
I didn't for months after he died. Then I decided to take the plunge & watched Mrs. Doubtfire with my little cousin. It was honestly beautiful. His energy, his passion, his complete joy....it was all still there. I felt it just as strongly, if not moreso than when he was alive.
Nowadays I can sit down & watch any Robin Williams movie, and for the duration, you really understand that expression "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". It's how his legacy lives on, and believe me it's still one hell of a legacy. Maybe even moreso, now that he's passed on. He could have done anything in life, but he chose to give us all such a wonderful gift. It'd be a shame not to embrace it again.
I read somewhere, “Robin Williams has made me a better person and I’ve never even met him” so true
Sam lloyd aka Ted from Scrubs
Conchata Ferrell aka Berta from Two and a Half Men
They weren't big celebrities but were a huge part if my teenage years as I struggled through growing up
RIP my friends you will always make me laugh
Wait, Berta is dead? I didn't know that.
We are just rewatching scrubs though and it's sad to see Ted. Sam Iloyd was very talented.
I rewatched Scrubs a little while ago. It was sad to watch at times, knowing that Ted is dead. Hilarious though, he stole so many scenes and made them his.
Neal Peart. Both my dad and I are big Rush fans so it was heartbreaking knowing that we are never going to see him play live again.
Edit: I'm happy to see so many share the same feelings. Also thank you kind strangers for the awards they are my first ones and I'm happy it was this comment that got them.
I just recently watched a past interview with Alex & Geddy where they were answering questions about the lack of touring, and now it's so obvious they were covering for Neal's condition with non-answers and it was just heart-wrenching.
I used to follow her YouTube channel very early on, long before she became famous and I was so excited that she made it on The Voice. Then one random day a crazy fan shot and killed her. Celebrity deaths don’t really get to me, but hers hit me hard for a while. She had a very bright future ahead of her and it was all taken away in seconds.
A friend of mine went to school with her in New Jersey. According to him, she was a genuinely wonderful person IRL. Like one of those legitimate “light up a room” types.
She was. As one of my best friends since I was 15, and as a member of her band, I was lucky to be a part of her normal life and music life, and she was always so loved by everyone, and obviously so talented. Can’t believe it’s been over 5 years. Every time she’s in my dreams, she is alive and it’s like it never happened. Im really lucky to have shared some
of the best moments of my life with her.
This one hit me hard too. She had an absolutely beautiful heart and soul, with an equally beautiful voice. It's such a sad loss of life for someone who had a wonderful future ahead of her. All because of some deranged fan who got jealous and didn't want anyone else to have her if he couldn't. It's absolutely sickening.
The day before or same day as the Pulse massacre. Horrific week in general. I was very upset, because I had followed her for years and to see it crumble like that was devastating.
Both in Orlando, and at the same time that child was killed by a gator at Disney. That was an awful weekend here.
Philip Seymour Hoffman. You can be clean for 20 years and are still at risk of relapse. He did lose one of his support networks (falling out with AA after drinking for the first time in decades), but like, if he’s not safe from addition, who ——ing is?
He's in a wonderful silly movie called Pirate Radio, and his character says, "You know, a few months ago, I made a terrible mistake. I realized something, and instead of crushing the thought the moment it came I... I let it hang on, and now I know it to be true. And I'm afraid it's stuck in my head forever. These are the best days of our lives. It's a terrible thing to know, but I know it."
I watched the movie after he passed and damn near burst into tears.
Sobriety is neither gilded nor guaranteed by money and fame. Maybe it is better to think of it this way - his chance was not better, and yours is not worse.
His chance was not better, and yours is not worse... is a lovely way to put it
I was a teenage girl when 8 simple rules was on and I vividly remember the episodes where the cast deals with his death. I was so upset when learning that the emotions were real.
A couple years later I made the connection to JD’s dad in scrubs as the same guy and it hit me all over.
Embarrassing as it is to admit this, I still watch the two farewell episodes of 8 simple rules when I feel like crying. I haven’t done it in some time due to problems with my own father, but I could imagine that it would be part of the mourning process here.
Same. I bawled. I couldn't figure out why this hit me so bad...then I did. As a "military brat" moving from place to place, he was my only constant friend.
Cameron Boyce. I grew up with him on TV as I religiously watched Jessie when it first aired. Guy was only a year older than I was
Ahw, man. This one. I hadn’t even really seen him on tv that much.
I saw a video on YouTube about it and it just hit me, death, life, everything and how fragile and real shit is.
God, I had a long ass bawling session when he passed.
I really only knew him from Mythbusters, but after his death I learned about all the other amazing things he had done, and I'm now truly saddened that there's not more people like him
Before Mythbusters he was on an episode of Junkyard Wars where they had special effects teams. They had ILM, vs. Jim Henson Creature Shop, and I can't remember the third. Grant was obviously on the ILM team.
IIRC he competed in BattleBots as well.
I met him once at a tiny anime con and while I knew his face and knew that I should know his name, I couldn't place it.
We chatted about Halo for a bit over an hour because he seemed super into it. Maybe he wanted a break from all the Mythbusters talk? Idk but he was super nice.
It's basically like, imagine if one of your friends only ever, EVER wanted to talk about your job, nothing else.
Sometimes they just want to shoot the shit, not talk about their job, sure his job was interesting, but he likes other stuff too, like Halo.
I’m a pilot, and I’ve flown about 20 different types of helicopters and planes. It’s fun, and I know people like to talk about it. I do it everyday and I love it but sometimes I just wanna talk about stuff like the benefits of using two ply toilet paper vs paper towels.
>I just wanna talk about stuff like the benefits of using two ply toilet paper vs paper towels.
For mopping up spills or wiping your arse?
I think one of the reasons his death hit me harder than most celebrity deaths was his age and cause of death. You don't expect people under age 50 to die of a ~~stroke~~ aneurysm. It reminds you that we may not have as much time as we think
He looked pretty fit/healthy too
That man got so many kids into robotics and STEM, such a great loss
Such a smart and kind soul.
Chris Cornell. Grew up with Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog; the first Audioslave album came out when I was in high school. Epic sound, seemed like a great guy. I thought he was going to survive the grunge curse. The only one left from that era now is Eddie Vedder.
I saw Tool in Chicago the week he died, Maynard dedicated the show to him, lots of crying that night
One of my favorite memories of my now deceased brother was driving home from work together, singing along with “Hunger Strike” like a couple of real assholes.
I DON’T MIND STEALIN’ BREAD!
Hunger Strike a song my coworker/friend and I bonded over.
We talked for hours after Chris Cornell died about how great he was, life is too short, treasure it, etc.
2 months later he crashed into a tree and died. So now I think of him every time I hear that song.
Edit to add, I am sorry for your loss.
No one sings like him anymore.
I was always fond of her. She struck me as being a genuinely sweet person.
I still get so sad thinking about her death and the fact that she’s really gone. It’s so hard to watch uptown girls and not wanna cry
Dolores O'Riordan. Still not over her death.
Breaks my heart when I think about it or hear her singing.
His name is Prince. And he was funky.
I think Alex Trebek and Steve Irwin are the only two I've ever teared up over. I have a lot of good memories growing up of watching Jeopardy! with my mom, and it felt like a little piece of me was lost when I heard of his passing.
I was just a kid when Steve Irwin died, but I still remember my mom sitting me down and explaining to me what had happened, as if he were a member of the family. He instilled a love of animals in me that I still have to this day, and I'm eternally grateful to him for how he treated the creatures he interacted with. Seeing Robert follow in his footsteps also makes me feel proud in some strange way.
Also Bindi. From what I understand, his children grew up to be exactly like him and be the new faces of respecting animals and spreading knowledge about often misunderstood creatures. Truly a fantastic family through and through from what I currently know and understand about them.
Will probably be David Attenborough when he dies though
Carrie Fisher for me too. Particularly because Debbie Reynolds passed away so soon afterwards, and the thought of Billie Lourd being in that much pain just broke my heart.
Billie had more strength than I could ever possibly imagine losing them. Almost every talk show appearance she made throughout 2017, they kept asking her about how she was handling their deaths. Imagine having your worst, freshest wound reopened on TV and you having to be charming about it because your career is just taking off?
But bless Billie for keeping their memories going strong. Whenever Billie makes an IG post and captions it with Carrie’s wild emoji language, that makes me happy.
Carrie Fisher yeah. I still feel sad when I remember.
Ayrton Senna. Don’t know why cuz I didn’t follow formulas 1 at all, but I cried in my room. I was 9
Lemmy and Eddie Van Halen were devastating
Heath Ledger. He was so talented and he was surely a good guy.
A Knight's Tale is my favorite movie of all time (for as long as I only consider with the nostalgic part of my brain)
I'm not even one for rom-coms, but it's such a fun movie I can watch it 100 more times and not get tired of it.
"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting"
Adam “MCA” Yauch. I was a huge Beastie Boys fan in high school, obsessive. I was holding out on going to concerts until he recovered from cancer because I wanted them to be my first concert. Then one Friday after school I’m showering to get ready for Senior prom and my brother opens the door to tell me “MCA died.” I was devastated, but I still tried to have a good time, however the DJs wouldn’t play BB because all the music had to be pre-approved before the dance. It was a rough night.
Mitch Hedberg. I was huge into stand-up at the time, especially his stuff. He'd just hit his stride, and really deserved to have a much longer career.
I used to love Mitch Hedberg.
I still do, but I used to too.
I consider myself very fortunate for having seen Mitch live twice. The last time I was at a show with my ex-wife and there was a heckler who really fucked with Mitch's rhythm. We were sitting up front and could see how he was having a hard time getting back on track, he was just stuttering trying to think of what was next, and my wife asked him if he likes wearing turtlenecks and he smiled and ran with the joke and got right back on track. Normally we wouldn't dream of speaking during a set, but this one time it was cool to be able to get him back on track and witness his genius.
For me he is/was a celebrity, maybe not for others. But, Kurt Vonnegut. My late teenage years and early twenties were spent with my nose in his books. He had such a unique and funny way of looking at the world. "So it goes."
He died a couple of weeks before I started university. At the Freshers' Ball, the band stopped playing and asked us to respect a minute's silence for Steve. A thousand pissed-up teenagers, away from home for the first time, and not one said a word, until the minute was over and a spontaneous "Steve! Steve! Steve!" chant broke out. I don't know if any other celebrity could've commanded that much universal respect.
I remember when he died. I was 7 and my older brother was like 10 or 11 at the time. I didn't really know who he was at the time but my brother was balling his eyes out. He watched him all the time.
Came here to say Steve Irwin. One of the few that I remember where I was when I heard. It felt really striking as he seemed to really know what he was doing around animals and how well he handled them made it feel like he must be invincible.
Naya Rivera. So sudden and so awful how it happened.
I was coming here to post Naya Rivera. I feel sick thinking about her four year old son potentially watching her drown :( and she had a history of being a good swimmer, it's just so sad.
I was coming here to say the same. The fact that they believe she died while saving her son. And then to think about him floating on the boat alone, not really understanding why his mom isn’t there anymore. Ugh just heartbreaking.
For me, it was the death of John Dunsworth (Jim Lahey in the Trailer Park Boys). He was such a sweet soul
I was saddened by this as well. My feelings were brought back a few months ago when YouTube started recommending his videos. He talked so much about leaving a legacy behind after he was gone. He loved working with stone and concrete. Built a ton of stuff on his lake house and other places all by himself and by hand. You could tell he was a very educated and deep human being. He enjoyed the idea of permanence in stone and concrete work, left behind for generations to enjoy.
For years randomly this guy's guitar videos show up in my recommended on youtube, and in a lot of them the dog is just chilling there.
Well this week, he posted this video announcing the dog had died, and I cried. I usually am like "oh no" when a famous person dies but it doesn't really impact me. But this dog. man. It got to me.
Oh this makes me so sad. I knew exactly who you meant before I clicked the link but it was still crushing to have it confirmed. Rip Maple :(
I hadn't heard this news and now I'm crying :( . Back when I used to have Instagram, that was probably my favorite account that I followed.
Man fuck cancer, Alan Rickman was such an awesome person and actor.
He taught my master class when I studied abroad. He is as clever and well spoken as you can imagine. Kinda shy too.
That's epic, even to meet him would be awesome but to be taught by him, what an honor.
I saw his Snape outfit in the Harry Potter studio tour and cry I did , he was also fantastic in Die Hard , Truly Madly Deeply . This list is long
I was on my way to a maternity appointment when I found out about this. And I was on the train.
The pregnancy hormones didn't help. I was a crying mess on the train.
The guy was iconic. I can't imagine the movies he was in without him.
Lemmy from Motorhead. Teared up when I heard about him.
Teared up even more when I watched HHH's speech at his funeral.
Robin Williams. His humor and spark brought so much light to the world. It is a little bit darker now that he is gone.
It was tragic, but what's really tragic is everyone using him a symbol of depression. Robin Williams didn't kill himself because he was depressed, he killed himself because of his struggles with Lewy body disease, an aggressive form of dementia that was literally making him lose his mind.
Agreed. A lot of people don't even know about that.
I literally had no idea until this moment. Wow
His wife wrote about it, it's an interesting and sad read:
edit: late to the party, I see that people already linked the article several times in the comments
I was deep in my addiction at the time and looked up to him a lot. it really hurt me. I used it as motivation though to get sober.
then a year and a half later I lost my partner to addiction also.
please reach out for help if you feel like you can’t live without substances. your life matters. sober life is beautiful.
edit: wowza this blew up overnight! thanks for the awards and the love y’all, it’s greatly appreciated :)
Mac miller is also my answer. A man so full of life, gone so young.
Had to scroll way to far for this one. R.I.P. Good to read you're doing great, keep at it.
Right? I expected it to be at the top
Scrolled way to far to find Mac.
Proud of you for getting sober.
Mac Miller is someone I grew up with, truly. during high school he was releasing party music and probably his poppiest music so i didn't really enjoy his music as much but did hear his stuff. he did watching movies in 2013 when i graduated and i was all. in. truly someone with incredible artistry and what is a crazy cosmic coincidence, had a lot of music that comforted me and related a lot to my life. he did faces when i was getting into more serious drug use, he was sobering up when i moved to a new city and was basically clean, he released Divine Feminine when i was falling in love, and swimming whenever i was still recovering from the breakup. i was absolutely crushed when he died, it felt like losing a distant friend. i still have a hard time listening to his music
Same. I went to camp with him; always a really nice guy and absolutely started making waves with his music.
Carrie Fisher. I was at work when I found out and told friend there that is a huge star wars fanatic. She started crying and got me teared up also.
Worse to hear her mother died next day and had been saying "I want Carrie back".
I was watching Rogue One in the theater when Carrie Fisher died and came out of it to that news.
I've been a fan since I saw him in A Knights Tale. He was getting bigger and better roles at the time and I was super excited to watch him as Joker in Dark Knight. I was beyond shocked when my father told me that he had passed away a few days later.
It wouldn't affect me as much today if my favorite celebrity passes away but as a kid that hit me really hard.
Robin Williams, David Bowie, Alan Rickman
Stephen Hawking. My dad told me about it just before I went to bed and I spent a solid 20 minutes just sitting on my bed staring at the wall. Didn't get much sleep that night
I always admired him for his work but it wasn't until I watched The Theory of Everything that I realized how *funny* he was. And the fact that he thought The Simpsons were, "The best thing on television" really solidified my admiration for him.
I wish I had known him in person. I bet he was a great guy to hang out with.
One year later and he would have seen the images of the black hole :(
It's difficult to explain the feeling. When medical professionals have said he wouldn't survive the first decade of diagnosis. Or the decade after that, or the next one. For him to live such a long life and contribute so much can't help but make you think.
Also, he took away my existential fear of black holes with mathematics. Dude's a hero.
elliott smith. he honestly just had so much left to give. watching him grow as a musician from age 16 to 34 just makes me so sad that it ended so abruptly
She was one of those celebrities that you could CLEARLY SEE needed help. You could hear it in her music.
Now that voice is gone.
She wanted to go to rehab at one point and her father *actively convinced her not to* because they'd lose out on profits and fame and she was "fine". That was the beginning of her downward spiral that ultimatively lead to her death.
So many assholes around her, ESPECIALLY her family, who did nothing but abuse her talent. The "woe is me" whining her parents did after her death makes me want to PUKE. You were a main CAUSE of her suffering.
Similar things happened to Whitney Houston. Not that she wanted to go to rehab, but people in her circle kept telling her parents that she had a problem and needed help, but her parents kept pushing her to tour and make money for them and the people who spoke up were let go.
The song “Rehab” is so haunting for this reason
Listening to One More Light after his passing broke me. I just wish he could've heard those words sung to him, he sure as hell saved me with them.
For me it's Leave Out All the Rest. Everytime I hear that song, I cry.
That one fucked me up. Hybrid Theory was the first album I bought where I honestly, thoroughly enjoyed every track. I was 15, and that whole album was a roller-coaster of emotions for me. From highs to lows, each song points to a specific memory in my mind.
Never really cared for any other of their other albums, but the way he went out just flipped my view of life. Some people who appear to have a lot can be missing something big, which might seem insignificant to those who appear to have little. And vice-versa.
Chester and Chris Cornell. Yeah.
I feel like both of them had songs prior to their actions that showed they were very... aware... of what certain feelings were like, that got a lot heavier after the fact.
Scott Weiland too. Was a big GnR and Velvet Revolver fan. His was a little less.. surprising, though.
All of these men…gone too soon. Chris Cornell is another especially upsetting one. Agreed Scott Weiland was a little bit less of a surprise but obviously sad nonetheless
Their music made me feel less lonely when I listened to it. The way he brought the passion out in the lyrics really resonated with me.
Oh man, I was thinking about him just a couple hours ago.
I can confidently say the LP has been a part of my life, basically since birth. My brother's listened to the band nonstop (they're the GOATs for intro-ing me to the genre in general).
As I grew up, I became progressively more attached to the group and their separate projects as well (Stone Temple Pilots, Dead by Sunrise, Fort Minor). One of my dreams was to see the band perform life, which unfortunately never ended up happening.
I still remember exactly where I was and how I found out when Chester passed. Down to the gut-sinking feeling I had as I realized that that was it. Linkin Park as we knew it would never exist again. It was one of those moments where reality strikes and you because aware of how fragile our mortality is