Thursday, January 10, 2008

How Young They Were

Just because Chantel enjoys my morbid side and I figured it’s been over a week since I’ve had any post on the topic of death…This one’s for you Chantel.

I think it is safe to say that most readers here, except Jaggy are over the age of 35. (Though Chantel claims to be 35 even though she has three adult children and a grand child...hey, I've been to Appalachia and shit like that is possible.) Sometimes we forget just how young many of the people who influenced and entertained us were when they died. Here is a list that I pulled together of people who died much younger than I am now, and who accomplished so much in their short careers.

Freddie Prinze 22
River Phoenix 23
Tupac Shakur 25
Otis Redding 26
Curt Cobain 27
Hendrix 27
Janis Joplin 27
Jim Morrison 27
Big Bopper 28

Sid Vicious 31
Cass Elliot 32
Jesus H Christ 33
John Belushi 33
Mozart 35
Marilyn Monroe 36
Diana, Princess or Wales 36
Sam Kinison 38
Dr. Martin Luther King 39
Harry Chapin 39

John Lennon 40
Robert Kennedy 43
Natalie Wood 43
JohnCandy 43
Freddie Mercury 45
John F. Kennedy 46

In conclusion all I can say is, "Damn! They were young."


Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Weird how I remember what I was doing when Harry Chapin died.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Chantel said...

I'm from some good Appalachia stock; don't put it past me!!


7:44 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Karen Carpenter 32


8:52 AM  
Anonymous Joe's Garage Jake said...

Allman Brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley both from motorcycle crashes 13 months apart at age 24. Jim Croce in a plane crash 30. Drummers Keith Moon & John Bonham at 32. Bon Scott 33. Alcohol played a big part in the demise of the last 3. Elvis 42 Frank Zappa 52.

11:35 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, hope you were having fun as he wrecked his donor cycle.

Chantel, Ohh, you'd enjoy this. My Funeral Director friend just sent another copy of American Funeral Director. Very cool read...

Gearhead, I see you are still upset.

Joe's Garage Jake, you win a little cream rosetta (a Zappa reference for those of you who are puzzled)for adding that many names to the list. Thanks.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

James Dean 24
Lowell George (Little Feat) 34
Stevie Ray Vaughan 35

My best friend from high school 36

12:34 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Outstanding list, Guy. Freddie Prinze was only 22? DAMN!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

James Dean: 23. A baby!
Anissa Jones (Buffy on Family Affair) 19

And I'm also under 30. I totally am. What are you tryin' to say???

Mozart is God. 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791--liver failure? Well they dumped they're sewage into the river, they couldn't drink the water!

11:11 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Rich, I still wonder why James Dean is so popular. He didn't do that much work and he wasn't really all that good.

Syd, that's slightly older than TLF.

Mo3, good job on the Mozart article on your blog today.

9:33 AM  
Blogger nootka said...

You totally forgot Anna Nicole.
As did I.
Thanks for the grim reminder. LOVE the crow pic, btw.
I've often wondered what might be different had some of these greats managed to keep their shit together and stay alive (where they basically caused their own deaths).

9:46 AM  

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