Everyone’s favourite bad guy actor, Alan Rickman, has passed away. Yet another famous male British celebrity has died of cancer at the age of 69. I hope this doesn’t keep happening.
This was also totally unexpected. I had no idea he was sick. And he’s been active with movie roles up to recently. He has a movie coming out this year, too. I loved him in Harry Potter as Severus Snape, and he’s been in several well-known movies, such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually, and Galaxy Quest.
Here’s the announcement by BBC.
What do you think is his most memorable role?
Today, David Bowie passed away after an eighteen month battle with cancer. It was completely unexpected. No one knew he was sick. He even released an album just a few days ago. I can’t say I was a fan of his, but he’s the kind of person that can affect or influence pretty much anyone in some way.
When I was a kid, and I saw him on TV, there was some kind of attraction to his showmanship. He was strange. He was an oddity. And the fact that many of his songs had something to do with space just made him even more of an attractive singer and musician. I loved space, and he was just one really weird person who kept appearing on TV. I may have only been around five, six, or seven years old, but whenever I was asked who my favourite singer was, I’d say David Bowie. Not because I liked his music, but because he was weird.
And now he is gone. Many people I know were taken by complete surprise. He had this image that was immortal. He wasn’t supposed to die. He’s supposed to live forever. Of course, that’s not possible, but he just gave off that feeling.
I thought this song of his was kind of appropriate for today.
Goodbye, Starman. You were a space oddity.
Announced on his Twitter account, Sir Terry Pratchett has died at age 66. The prolific author of Discworld’s death was announced in typical fashion and with a bit of humour, though it was quite sad. The announcement was written in all caps, which is how Death’s speech was written in the Discworld novels. The final three Tweets were:
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
He’d been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past eight years, though had been able to continue writing. I wish he could’ve continued writing for another twenty years. He will be missed.