Amy Winehouse, dead at 27.
Not exactly a surprise, considering her lifestyle. Even the Vegas books took her off the board in “Dead Pools” more than once. But it’s yet another tragic end to what could have been a dynamic career, and unlike most of her 27 Club predecessors, the culture of the times says she should have known better.
But she didn’t want to go to rehab.
(Hey, I wouldn’t want to room with Lindsay Lohan, either.)
From my perspective, as talented as she was, her legacy is too slim to rate alongside club peers like Joplin, Morrison, Hendrix and Jones. But she had friends, and she had family, and she had a boatload of fans. And for them it’s as difficult a day as it was for a young Stones fan when that body was found floating in Winnie The Pooh’s pool.
Who’ll be the next in line?
Bad day gets worse.
Sky Saxon left this mortal coil. Possible he was only visiting, anyway.
And Farrah Fawcett, the First Angel, now is one. Peace, at last.
These things usually happen in threes. I hope I won’t be updating this later.
I’m dreading surfing the Internet over the next few hours.
(6pm update: uh-oh…)
7pm: most news orgs confirm story.
7:30PM…People are trying to pile on by claiming Jeff Goldbum, Harrison Ford and/or (insert celebrity name here) are dead. Apparently these are people who do not know who Sky Saxon was or did not count Ed McMahon from the other day, and are looking for a third death for their Dead Pool. And yes, Keith Richards is alive. Stop “tweeting”, you idiots – you’re going to kill the Internet!
Surreal that Jacko died – I must admit my first thought was “publicity stunt”. Some will remember him as a cultural icon; I remember a likeable kid singer who turned into a circus freak. I never owned a copy of Thriller and found it sad that despite his world fame, he had to anoint himself as the King Of Pop rather than have the audience bestow an honor upon him.
But mostly I tend to pity him – by all reports he had a horrible chldhood and an abnormal, freakish adult life. And since only he, the kids and his Maker know what really happened in all those beds full of underage children, that ledger is now being settled by a far greater power than my opinion.
Farrah’s passing – AP story
Sky Saxon website.
Serene Dominic’s “better than Jagger” obit.
Jacko death scare – not the first time. Wiki will clear it up.