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09 December 2008 @ 07:51 pm
Writer's Block: Untimely Passing  
RIP John Lennon. The list of sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths is long—Princess Di, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Which one affected you the most on an emotional level?

I'd have to say Princess Di's death. It truly shocked me. I devoted a journal entry to it, back in 1997:

As I said then:
"In 1981 the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles had the largest audience of any wedding in the world. I, along with my Grandmother, sat entranced in front of the television screen that magical day in July. It seemed like a fairytale."

And so she seemed not just Britain's princess, but the world's princess. She was still so young, with such hopes that she might yet have her own happy ending, without her prince. And so it was that more tragic.
nerinedormannerinedorman on December 10th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I can't say that I was affected by anyone's passing on the day that it happened. For me it was always afterward and usually based on some form of fascination with the person's work. Brandon Lee was a big one for me but perhaps it was more my affliction after reading and watching The Crow.

When I was very young it was Freddie Mercury. I loved his voice and his music marks the time when I passed from being a tween to a young adult. A coming of age sort of thing.

I remember the morning of Di's death clearly, however. I slept over at my then BF's house and woke up early to find his grandmother, still in her nightie, stumbling around the passages. She wore a stricken expression on her face and the only words that she could utter were: "Di is dead."

At first I thought she meant one of her friends but it turned out to be the princess.

What amazed me about the woman's death was the way it affected many people here in SA. I felt numb. Many people watched the funeral and cried at the passing of a woman they didn't know. It didn't seem real.
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