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it seems to be confirmed. At 69, I mean, I didn't realize he was 69, and when I look at the more recent pictures of him, it's obvious he's aged a lot since the Harry Potter movies, but still. 69 is not old by any means.
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I hope we aren't going to need to start a 69 club, what with Bowie and now Rickman gone at 69.
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But but but we needed him for the WoT movies!!
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Very sad week...both Bowie and Rickman gone.
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Any time we get two big ones in a row like that, I always think "bad things come in threes".
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There is another cult icon who came to my mind who also happens to be in very bad health. I googled and he's 69.

I hate superstitions...
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There is another cult icon who came to my mind who also happens to be in very bad health. I googled and he's 69.

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Do I want to ask who?
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Probably not.
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Alright I think I've been duly warned. Who is it?
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Big Dog isn't in bad health...he's rearing to go and campaigning strong for his wife.
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Not to jinx anyone, but Tim Curry is also 69 and suffered a stroke a few years ago.
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Not to jinx anyone, but Tim Curry is also 69 and suffered a stroke a few years ago.
There it is. It was a major stroke, and he's now wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. He came to mind because Bowie and Rickman have similar cult followings.
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Well I did ask.

Can we talk about something nicer now? You haven't by any chance gotten your hands on that manga I recommended, sleepinghour?
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There it is. It was a major stroke, and he's now wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. He came to mind because Bowie and Rickman have similar cult followings.
Yeah, he's the obvious one of course...
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Sorry for raining on a proper mourning thread with my stupid superstitions.

There's the whole debate about mourning celebrities going around again, probably because this one got Potterfans so bad. (My generation reacted more to Bowie, particularly my cultish proto-goth circle of friends.)

We had this debate years ago on TL when a person who shall remain unnamed ranted about people who mourn celebrity deaths, but then I pointed out that we did the same thing with RJ. There are degrees of attachment to celebrity figures, and the length of the series was one reason why we felt so close to RJ. And we were the hard core with whom he had the most interaction (signings, etc. which could sometimes be intimate, cons, online Q&As which were rare but did happen).

Rickman had that kind of pull on the Potter fandom because the franchise was so hugely popular and went on for so long. Bowie had something similar because of his personality being so unique in stage and rock and film. He was the Goblin King; he was an icon of the sexual revolution; he was a phenomenal singer and a creative songwriter; he was an institution outside genre and form.
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I liked a quote I saw the other day in regards to Bowie's death. It went something like:

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Very sad to lose both. And cancer friggin' sucks.
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He was a singular genius...he will be missed.
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I could listen to Alan Rickman speak for days and never notice the time go by. He had the most wonderful speaking voice. He performed in many more things than I ever saw, but those performances that I DID see are in my memory strongly.

Hans Gruber in Die Hard (funny and evil all at the same time.)

The Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ("...and cancel Christmas!")

Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility - the first time I saw him as a non-villain

Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest - "By Grabthar's Hammer, you will be avenged!" (brought tears to my eyes)

Metatron in Dogma.

and of course, Professor Severus Snape in all the Harry Potter movies. Villain, Hero, really hard to say.

An amazing actor.
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