Cuddle children, check emails, open Twitter.
The story unfolds that Michael Jackson has taken an overdose of sleeping pills and may be dead.
Await update, search internet for more info.
Update and links subsequently confirm that he has indeed been pronounced dead.
And that Jeff Goldblum fell to his death in the early hours of this morning while filming in New Zealand. *(since proven to be false rumor)
And that Farrah Fawcett has lost her battle with cancer and passed away overnight.
Three celebrity deaths that could not have been more different. Once natural, one intentional and one accidental. What a threesome. 😦
Celebrity death affects us in a very personal way, for very self-absorbed but natural and human reasons. We are still here. Nobody we really knew has gone and yet we are affected by loss, the reminder of the transience of life and the reality that we are still here but may not be here forever.
For me – it feels like a shuffling up the ladder. Everybody move one step forward.
When Michael Hutchence died I was grief-stricken. When Princess Diana died, I was in shock, when it is someone older who has lived a life fully it is slightly more palatable but still surprising. Surprising to be reminded that in a second life can change for any of us.
Today is a day for enjoying the sunshine on your face, telling people you love them and having that piece of chocolate cake…
* edited to add – the Jeff Goldblum thing is apparently a hoax. Nice to know he is a live and well. The internet can be a dangerous thing can’t it…..