With the latest slate of celebrity deaths, and specifically the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan, I started thinking about the famous folks who have died in my lifetime. Specifically, those whose deaths hit me hardest.
For me, it really comes down to two: Douglas Adams and George Carlin.
I still remember staring in shock at the news of Adams' death, and reading the instant outpouring of love on his website (still archived for everyone to see if you want to search it out). I was such a fan from such a young age, and he always seemed so vibrant. One of those people I always wanted to meet, and realized that I never would. Still, thank god you can get audiobooks of all of his novels read by him.
Carlin was huge for me too. Grew up on his comedy, got to meet him once in Boston, not long after his wife died. Amazing guy, also full of life, and when he died it just felt like the passing of a giant.
But lots of you folks are younger or older than me, and have very different life experiences. So, which celebrities have died in your lifetime whose deaths affected you the most?