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Whose death are you dreading?

For me, Joni Mitchell. An absolute treasure who represents a time before everything went off the fucking rails.

by Anonymousreply 260April 27, 2022 6:23 PM

Bob Dylan

by Anonymousreply 1January 13, 2022 4:14 AM

My own.

by Anonymousreply 2January 13, 2022 4:15 AM

Dame Vanessa Redgrave

Dame Maggie Smith.

Both have had their share of tragedy. They have both had a good run. Maggie's oeuvre is narrower than Vanessa's.

by Anonymousreply 3January 13, 2022 4:16 AM

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter’s passing will feel like the world is a darker place.

by Anonymousreply 4January 13, 2022 4:18 AM

Damn, R2 beat me to it.

Alternate: QEII. I so admire her duty to country and Commonwealth. I'll be a blithering mess when she carks it.

by Anonymousreply 5January 13, 2022 4:18 AM

Bob Dylan is going to be a fucking Boomer meltdown, we'll have endless navel-gazing about their generation with all the tired old tropes. It will go on for months. I'm dreading it.

by Anonymousreply 6January 13, 2022 4:20 AM

Tony Bennett

Bill Clinton

Gene Heckman

by Anonymousreply 7January 13, 2022 4:22 AM


by Anonymousreply 8January 13, 2022 4:23 AM

r6 not just months but years, perhaps even decades of tributes, cover songs, probably even an award show or two. You'll never escape it.

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by Anonymousreply 9January 13, 2022 4:24 AM

R6, he didn't deserve to have the career he had. And a Nobel Prize? Please. A music professor once told me he was like Madonna, just going with what's current, but there's no 'there' there.

by Anonymousreply 10January 13, 2022 4:25 AM

R4 I work for the Gov so I am looking forward to Carter’s death so I can have an extra day off work. When Bush died, Trump instituted a federal day of reflection. I can’t see Biden not doing the same.

by Anonymousreply 11January 13, 2022 4:28 AM

My mother.

by Anonymousreply 12January 13, 2022 4:28 AM

I couldn't care less about Dylan since he got religion. I don't dread any death where I don't know the person.

by Anonymousreply 13January 13, 2022 4:28 AM


by Anonymousreply 14January 13, 2022 4:31 AM

You are all going to die

by Anonymousreply 15January 13, 2022 4:32 AM

Ronnie Spector

by Anonymousreply 16January 13, 2022 4:34 AM

Cheryl Ladd...

by Anonymousreply 17January 13, 2022 4:35 AM

My dad.

by Anonymousreply 18January 13, 2022 4:37 AM

Tina Turner.

by Anonymousreply 19January 13, 2022 4:38 AM

Stevie Wonder

by Anonymousreply 20January 13, 2022 4:40 AM


by Anonymousreply 21January 13, 2022 4:40 AM

Liza Minnelli

by Anonymousreply 22January 13, 2022 4:40 AM

A celebrity? I don’t give a fuck. I was dreading my mother’s and she passed just recently. I’m still here. I adored her.

by Anonymousreply 23January 13, 2022 4:41 AM

For me, Queen Elizabeth. An absolute treasure who represents a time before everything went off the fucking rails.

by Anonymousreply 24January 13, 2022 4:41 AM

Tina Turner is going to be hard. She's 82 and her health has been bad for years now.

by Anonymousreply 25January 13, 2022 4:42 AM

Dolly Parton

by Anonymousreply 26January 13, 2022 4:43 AM

[quote]An absolute treasure who represents a time before everything went off the fucking rails.

Where have I heard that phrase before... ?

by Anonymousreply 27January 13, 2022 4:43 AM

Julie Andrews.

by Anonymousreply 28January 13, 2022 4:43 AM

Paul McCartney will really feel like the end of something* more so than Bob Dylan to me (and I worship Bob Dylan).

*even if Ringo is still alive, sorry Ringo

by Anonymousreply 29January 13, 2022 4:43 AM

The Queen because I know it will dominate the news for at least a month. I hope it doesn't happen when Trump tries to steal another election. The media has no sense of responsibility so I know it will be wall-to-wall coverage no matter what is happening in the world.

by Anonymousreply 30January 13, 2022 4:45 AM

[quote]A celebrity? I don’t give a fuck.

No one said it has to be a celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 31January 13, 2022 4:51 AM

Angela Lansbury.

by Anonymousreply 32January 13, 2022 5:03 AM

Barack Obama. Bill Clinton

by Anonymousreply 33January 13, 2022 5:03 AM

[quote] I couldn't care less about Dylan since he got religion.

Yeah, that was really weird.

by Anonymousreply 34January 13, 2022 5:08 AM

American Democracy, it will happen very soon, unfortunately...

by Anonymousreply 35January 13, 2022 5:10 AM

Streisand, Lansbury, QE2

by Anonymousreply 36January 13, 2022 5:12 AM

Yes, President & Mrs. Carter, America and the world will be a much darker place without their unselfish presence, and I think they will go peacefully and very close together, such an adorable sweet love story there...

by Anonymousreply 37January 13, 2022 5:14 AM

Oprah because it will drag on and on. I am sure she has the whole thing planned already. That Black young woman poet who for some reason the media has decided to obsess over will give a poem. The Obamas will speak. Robin. Jennifer Hudson and Adele will speak. Meagan will have front row tickets. Tyler Perry will cry for days.

by Anonymousreply 38January 13, 2022 5:14 AM

Olivia Newton-John, because I remember her in her prime.

by Anonymousreply 39January 13, 2022 6:49 AM

Another vote for Queen Elizabeth. I'll be a game changer for sure.

by Anonymousreply 40January 13, 2022 6:58 AM

Leslie Van Houten.

by Anonymousreply 41January 13, 2022 7:01 AM

Paul McCartney


Annie Lennox

Carol Burnett


by Anonymousreply 42January 13, 2022 7:16 AM

My father's. He's 85, and in pretty good health, but still...

by Anonymousreply 43January 13, 2022 8:08 AM

Dolly Parton.

Debbie Harry.

by Anonymousreply 44January 13, 2022 8:10 AM

Tom Baker - that really will be a part of my childhood dying.

by Anonymousreply 45January 13, 2022 8:14 AM

Micky Dolenz - it will be really weird to have all of the Monkees dead.

by Anonymousreply 46January 13, 2022 8:17 AM

I'm also dreading Liz Windsor's, but only because there will be no bloody escape from it for MONTHS.

by Anonymousreply 47January 13, 2022 8:18 AM

Oscar award-winning actress, Alana (Honey Boo Boo) Thompson.

by Anonymousreply 48January 13, 2022 8:42 AM

Stevie Nicks

by Anonymousreply 49January 13, 2022 9:35 AM

Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor and Rihanna

by Anonymousreply 50January 13, 2022 10:04 AM

My loved ones' and my own.

I can't think of any public figure or other celebrity whose death/s would rattle me.

by Anonymousreply 51January 13, 2022 10:08 AM

I dread the possibility of either of my 3 best friends (2 of which are the same age as me - 68) dying before me. There are lots of other people whose deaths would devastate me, but they're young so I don't dread them dying as it's highly unlikely any of them would die before me.

One I don't dread is my own. I've lived and have had a great time at it. When the time comes, I'm ready.

by Anonymousreply 52January 13, 2022 10:11 AM

The rest of the Queen band.

Queen fans will be sick because of it.

by Anonymousreply 53January 13, 2022 10:13 AM

Any of the very few living actresses associated with old Hollywood (1930s/1940s/1950s), including Marsha Hunt and Nancy Olson.

It's not that I care about them individually, but it's that an entire era -- an entire generation -- is dying off. When I first became interested in Old Hollywood during elementary school, it was the 1990s and a huge number of figures associated with the period were still living. Now they're almost all dead. It's early here and I'm not articulating myself very well ... it's one of those things that every generation has to experience, I guess, the passing of the generations that came before it. I feel the same way about the last of the WWII vets. Their loss signals a pernicious lack of perspective. (I've thought about this as it relates to COVID often, about how useful and interesting it would be to access the perspective of people who lived through the Spanish Flu.)

My grandmother was born in 1915 and lived to be 101. She served in WWII in the Army Nurse Corps, and the stories she told! I had a lot of time with her and tried to ask her as much as I could. But I miss her, not only as a person, but also as a repository of information about decades gone by. A living door to the distant past now closed and locked forever.

I suppose the world feels a little colder, a little lonelier, a little less friendly, without our generational forebearers. It's a corner of human experience that isn't much talked about I feel.

by Anonymousreply 54January 13, 2022 10:29 AM



David Gahan

Martin Scorsese

Stephen King

Debbie Harry

Joe Biden

by Anonymousreply 55January 13, 2022 10:42 AM

R2: I was also going to say my own, but upon reflection I find myself oddly content with it.

by Anonymousreply 56January 13, 2022 10:45 AM

Olivia Newton John

Dolly Parton

Carol Burnett

by Anonymousreply 57January 13, 2022 11:08 AM

Tina Turner, Madonna (hoping she breaks out her downward spiral)

by Anonymousreply 58January 13, 2022 11:12 AM

Vanessa Redgrave Liza Minnelli Paul McCartney Angela Lansbury Leontyne Price Anthony Hopkins Sophia Loren

I would also add Madonna, who I have been a lifelong fan of. That said, I have a feeling that the only way her legacy could be restored or fully appreciated again at this point could be her passing away. I’m well aware that her antics in the social media age and her alienating many fans in the last decade or so is almost entirely her fault, but it might take her dying for a lot of people to just acknowledge and embrace all the great things she did for at least two decades. IMO.

by Anonymousreply 59January 13, 2022 11:12 AM

My brother.

He is my older sibling by 17 years, and the only one left of my immediate family. Both of my parents and my one other sibling have already passed. I was very much a “surprise” baby (Mom was 40 when I was born) and it sucks to only be 50 and have dealt with so much death.

by Anonymousreply 60January 13, 2022 11:16 AM

Agree with R6 about Dylan’s death unleashing a boomer meltdown—I’m sure the Times already has multi-day story plans ready to go. That said, I’ll be sad when Neil Young goes.

Wouldn’t be surprised if McCartney makes it to 100–he seems super-healthy and fit for a man his age.

by Anonymousreply 61January 13, 2022 11:19 AM

I don't dread Trump dying peacefully in his sleep. It will save democracy.

by Anonymousreply 62January 13, 2022 11:25 AM

Hopefully Bob Dylan's got them Jewish centenarian genes, meaning that much of his fanbase will predecease him.

by Anonymousreply 63January 13, 2022 11:45 AM

David Attenborough

by Anonymousreply 64January 13, 2022 1:09 PM

L Ronstadt

by Anonymousreply 65January 13, 2022 1:21 PM

Olivia Newton-John

by Anonymousreply 66January 13, 2022 1:22 PM

Noam Chomsky. Any day now.

by Anonymousreply 67January 13, 2022 1:38 PM

Leontyne Price. A dark day for what’s left of opera.

by Anonymousreply 68January 13, 2022 1:43 PM


Only because it will dominate the news for weeks or months. I dread all the attention he will get plus Republicans will kiss his as for years.

by Anonymousreply 69January 13, 2022 1:43 PM

R69, I was just going to post the same thing.

If you think the worship of him is bad now, just wait until he's dead and they elevate him to a saint.

No more WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). It will be WWTD (What Would Trump Do).

Plus all the conspiracies surrounding his death. It will be claimed that he was assassinated or that Hilary killed him or other nonsense.


by Anonymousreply 70January 13, 2022 2:24 PM

I know other performers survive from that era, but Bob Newhart and especially Carol Burnett's passing will feel like a death of something dear to me.

And a poignant reminder of my own morality.

by Anonymousreply 71January 13, 2022 2:27 PM

R70, and there would be conspiracy theories even if he died today - and in spite of the fact that he's an obese 75-year-old man.

by Anonymousreply 72January 13, 2022 2:28 PM

Keith Richards Mick Jagger Stevie Nicks Paul McCartney

by Anonymousreply 73January 13, 2022 2:30 PM

I might be touched by the death of an 80s pop star. And we've already had MJ and Prince so Madonna would be poignant.

by Anonymousreply 74January 13, 2022 2:36 PM

Neil Young's. Also, Neil Young > Bob Dylan

by Anonymousreply 75January 13, 2022 2:39 PM

It's strange to think that in just a few short years the WWII vets will all be gone.

by Anonymousreply 76January 13, 2022 2:49 PM

Mick and Keef.

by Anonymousreply 77January 13, 2022 2:51 PM

Robert Redford

Paul McCartney

Dolly Parton

by Anonymousreply 78January 13, 2022 2:59 PM

Apart from family and friends, Sir David Attenborough is the one who will really make me sad. I think the whole of the UK will shed a tear.

by Anonymousreply 79January 13, 2022 3:01 PM

Tina turner

by Anonymousreply 80January 13, 2022 3:45 PM

Caroline Kennedy - the end of an era.

by Anonymousreply 81January 13, 2022 3:55 PM

Queen E.

by Anonymousreply 82January 13, 2022 4:25 PM

Sir David Attenborough and Willie Nelson

by Anonymousreply 83January 13, 2022 4:53 PM

I'm not dreading her death, per se, but I will feel coated in yet another layer of "old" when Linda Ronstadt dies. I will always be within the sound of her voice, however.

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by Anonymousreply 84January 13, 2022 4:57 PM

Joan Baez.

by Anonymousreply 85January 13, 2022 5:00 PM

Paul McCartney is the only celeb whose death will really wreck me.

by Anonymousreply 86January 13, 2022 5:21 PM

R23 So sorry about your mum.

R60 Sorry for your family. Try to make the most of whatever time you have left with your brother. Hang in there, and don't despair.

by Anonymousreply 87January 13, 2022 5:33 PM

Regarding Trump, as long as he dies of natural causes, I will welcome his death. More secrets will spill out. I'm curious whether his loyal flock will ever be persuaded he was a con artist.

by Anonymousreply 88January 13, 2022 5:46 PM

Betty White. Some day it's really going to happen.

by Anonymousreply 89January 13, 2022 10:00 PM

Michael J. Fox because that scene in the opening credits where he spins around in his office chair and slides over the filing cabinet is something I do every day a hundred times and I think of that scene often. I totally identified with him when I was younger!

by Anonymousreply 90January 13, 2022 10:32 PM

Kate Bush's death will upset me a great deal.

by Anonymousreply 91January 13, 2022 10:37 PM

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd guitarist)

Dick Van Dyke

Howard Stern's parents (I think that will break him)

by Anonymousreply 92January 13, 2022 10:41 PM

Paul McCartney

Paul Simon

by Anonymousreply 93January 13, 2022 10:41 PM

[quote] I'll be a blithering mess when she carks it.

What do you mean, “when she carks it?”

by Anonymousreply 94January 13, 2022 10:44 PM

Happy to see the Macca love in this thread. I love(d) all the Beatles.

by Anonymousreply 95January 13, 2022 11:07 PM

Joanna Lumley

by Anonymousreply 96January 13, 2022 11:14 PM

I'm expecting Jimmy, Rosalyn and The Queen. I will be devastated. But it's expected, no? But for me, it would have to be Barack Obama. I'm old I lived in a harrowing time. In 1963 JFK was shot and killed. Malcolm X, MLK, J. then Bobby Kennedy. Un fucking believable. They bombed a fucking church and four little girls attending Sunday School wee killed. Medgar Evers gunned down in his driveway. Fred Hampton shot to death in his fucking bed by the Chicago police. That was my teen years.

by Anonymousreply 97January 13, 2022 11:47 PM

Bill Clinton will hit me hard, not because I was ever such a huge fan of him but he was president throughout my high school and college years and my coming of age is strongly linked with the Clinton years (much like some of you feel about Carter). It will be a real marker of the passage of time.

by Anonymousreply 98January 14, 2022 12:14 AM

Ronnie Spector's death reminds me that I'll miss Brian Wilson when he dies.

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by Anonymousreply 99January 14, 2022 12:17 AM

Helen Lawson

by Anonymousreply 100January 14, 2022 12:22 AM

My pets. And knowing I'll have to grieve again and again and again and again.

by Anonymousreply 101January 14, 2022 12:28 AM

Betty White. God, I dread it.

by Anonymousreply 102January 14, 2022 12:30 AM

Bruce Springsteen Ron Mael Russell Mael Howard Stern

by Anonymousreply 103January 14, 2022 12:34 AM

Yet another vote for Queen Elizabeth, whose death is going to set off a shitstorm of controversy over monarchy and set the whole world arguing over something they can't control.

I wish the old gal well, she seems to be a decent old stick as the hereditary aristocracy goes, and well. She's been in the background of everyone's lives forever and ever, I'm sixty years old and she'd already been queen forever when I was a baby. Like it or not, she's a one-woman international institution, and to the British, she must feel like everyone's elderly relative who calls once a year on Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 104January 14, 2022 12:37 AM

R92 - Regarding Howard's parents, he will not come back from that. He is well known for the incident with Artie Lang - he would not talk about him after Artie's suicide attempt because he said it was so bizarre that a human could get to that point, no words would come. He never had Artie back on the show because he could not handle the mindset/emotions that led Artie to get to that point. It was all about Howard's comfort level. Howard has confessed that words fail him with faced with raw human emotions.

Howard did speak a little on his feelings when Robin went through her cancer situation, but he held back from really spilling his guts. When one of his parents goes, I really think it will be a wrap. Howard holds a ton of animosity, guilt, rage towards them and I think he'll have a terrible time keeping the floodgates closed.

by Anonymousreply 105January 14, 2022 1:17 AM

Dianne Kay

by Anonymousreply 106January 14, 2022 1:19 AM

Dolly Parton, Linda Gray and Queen Elizabeth the second

by Anonymousreply 107January 14, 2022 1:33 AM

I met Linda Grey at a Trader Joe’s . She is so nice and friendly

by Anonymousreply 108January 14, 2022 1:38 AM

I will be so, so sad when Grampy, then Mommy, and then my elder sister Estelle all kick the bucket in the next few years.

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by Anonymousreply 109January 14, 2022 1:42 AM

OP--when I saw this thread I immediaately went to Joni, simply because being a Joni fan has been a big part of my identity. But, to tell the truth, I've seen enough of life to get used to what a big part death has in it. There are so many people I care about and I understand that any of them could be gone in an instant. That fact is a blessing. Being older, I'm not going to lose many of them. Those that I lose, I was lucky to have known. Those who I don't lose, well, I might only hope I made their lives better in some way.

I'm the oldest of two children, and though my little sister and I have relatively separate lives, she is the one person whose death would affect me the most. In a sense, we were through the same wars together back when we were young. The world would not be the same without her. In spite of how much she made fun of me listening to the "Blue:" album over and over again the day it came out.

by Anonymousreply 110January 14, 2022 1:51 AM


As kooky and insufferable as she's become, she provided the soundtrack to my life. She was the first celebrity (that I cared about) to say that being gay was okay. In all honesty, she probably saved my life. How amazing is that! To have saved someone's life and not even know about it.

by Anonymousreply 111January 14, 2022 2:14 AM

I'm with you r104, and the others saying Queen Elizabeth. There are celebrities I like, and others I don't. Politicians I like, and others I really hate. But somehow the Queen is permanent in a way that none of the others are. She's been this world famous figure since I was born, and well, "dreading" is too strong, but I know I'll be sad and feel really weird and a little bit lost when this person I never met, never will meet, dies.

by Anonymousreply 112January 14, 2022 2:27 AM

I hope it's not for a long time, but when Diana Ross moves on, I'll be inconsolable.

by Anonymousreply 113January 14, 2022 2:32 AM


If only because she's overcome so much diversity!

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by Anonymousreply 114January 14, 2022 2:34 AM

My husband’s death. We’ve been together for 40 years. He has terminal health issues and isn’t doing well. Life goes by so quickly.

by Anonymousreply 115January 14, 2022 2:35 AM

Besides my family and close friends, McCartney.

by Anonymousreply 116January 14, 2022 2:54 AM

Same here r111. We must be around the same age, I grew up with Madonna. Of course it's sad that she's turned into Norma Desmond but when she was it she was IT. Gay guys who grew up in the 80s and were teens/young adults in the 90s Madonna was huge for us. Nobody else even came close.

by Anonymousreply 117January 14, 2022 2:58 AM

"For me, Queen Elizabeth. An absolute treasure who represents a time before everything went off the fucking rails."

So you're a reactionary who wants to go back to the time when homosexuality was illegal? LOL

by Anonymousreply 118January 14, 2022 3:03 AM

It does indeed, R115. I feel as if my life is going by an astronomical pace and it's scary as hell. My best wishes for you and your husband.

by Anonymousreply 119January 14, 2022 4:27 AM

I'm 51 R117. I'll be 52 in April. You're right in the sense that unless you were there at the time, you really don't understand Madonna's impact on the world. I think also for me, her death will signify my own impending demise, given that she's around 10 years or so older than me.

by Anonymousreply 120January 14, 2022 4:32 AM

Both of my parents died relatively young.

So, I dread the death of one of my siblings. We don't even get along that well, but I feel we went through a lot of the same shit.

QE's death will be something to behold. Nothing in the news can really eclipse that, a la Farrah Fawcett's death being eclipsed by Michael Jackson's death on the same day.

by Anonymousreply 121January 14, 2022 4:35 AM

[quote] If only because she's overcome so much diversity!

Yes, I sympathise with her, R114. Overcoming diversity is like treading on eggshells.

by Anonymousreply 122January 14, 2022 4:42 AM

I'm actually gonna feel sad when Liza goes. My mom (RIP) was a huge fan of both Liza and Judy Garland.

by Anonymousreply 123January 14, 2022 4:45 AM

[quote]I'm 51 [R117]. I'll be 52 in April. You're right in the sense that unless you were there at the time, you really don't understand Madonna's impact on the world. I think also for me, her death will signify my own impending demise, given that she's around 10 years or so older than me.

Yeah, but you're less likely to fall off a bar counter wasted out of your mind thinking you're the shit, aren't you, R120?

by Anonymousreply 124January 14, 2022 9:01 PM

[quote] you're the shit

R124. Put it in the toilet.

by Anonymousreply 125January 14, 2022 9:41 PM

This probably should go in the other thread about Death predictions, but I was going to say that Val Kilmer will probably not last another year. I will feel bad but I would not say I'm dreading it.

by Anonymousreply 126January 16, 2022 3:03 AM

Grace Jones. My heart will break when she passes.

by Anonymousreply 127January 16, 2022 3:45 AM

My Mom. The biggest fear my entire life, since I was little, was that my Mom would die. She's 95 now. I won't go into the awful things that have happened to her the last year but anyone else would be dead with all the things she's endured. She's ok for the moment, but I dread the inevitable. She was always my protector.

by Anonymousreply 128January 16, 2022 5:37 AM

R128, Hi, Prince Andrew!

by Anonymousreply 129January 16, 2022 6:45 AM

1. My parents. I can't even think about it without feeling sick.

2. My cat. I will be overwhelmingly sad.

by Anonymousreply 130January 16, 2022 6:55 AM

In the celebrity realm:

Robert Redford

Dick Van Dyke

Michael J. Fox

Carol Burnett

Bob Newhart

Jane Fonda

I dread reading about someone who was doing charity work, or working tirelessly fighting for a good cause (climate change, corruption, helping save whales as examples) and them dying. One person can make a difference and we need all the good people we can get.

Lastly, my sweet dog Buddy.

by Anonymousreply 131January 16, 2022 9:22 AM

Faye Dunaway

She helped me to realize that I really was a little homosexual boy when I was a kid working at Blockbuster. She also made me feel good about the fact that I people would always know me as


by Anonymousreply 132January 16, 2022 9:29 AM

[quote]1. My parents. I can't even think about it without feeling sick.

Yep. Just lost my father a couple of months ago. My mother better hold out for at [bold]least[/bold] another 10 years or, no joke, I am checking into a mental hospital. My father dying has really fucked me up beyond the telling of it.

by Anonymousreply 133January 16, 2022 9:36 AM


by Anonymousreply 134January 16, 2022 10:31 AM

My own. Shit. Yes I am afraid. I'm not sure if I want advance warning, like a long illness, or if I want it to come "like a thief in the night" quick and unexpected. I hope it's not gruesome. I don't want to be tortured or in some terrible accident with my limbs hanging off, or impaled, or looking at my detached foot after some explosion.

by Anonymousreply 135January 16, 2022 2:50 PM

R129- Prince Andrew might be a gay pedophile but at least he speaks proper English. He would NEVER say my MOM. He would say my mother.

by Anonymousreply 136January 16, 2022 3:01 PM

R136, Charles often refers to the Queen as "Mummy".

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by Anonymousreply 137January 16, 2022 4:44 PM

R129 - why would Prince Andrew be talking about your mother?

by Anonymousreply 138January 16, 2022 5:35 PM

Prince Charles.

by Anonymousreply 139January 16, 2022 6:17 PM

Both of my parents, my uncle, my grandmother, Jamie Lee Curtis, the rest of the Dark Shadows cast (I watch that show daily so they all feel like family to me and it seems like we lose a few more each year)

by Anonymousreply 140January 16, 2022 6:41 PM

Ray Davies

Willie Nelson

by Anonymousreply 141January 16, 2022 10:34 PM

My mother. She had a bad health scare recently and I was terrified I'd lose her. Although she has a tendency to get on my nerves with her constant complaining about everything and everyone, being faced with that reality made me realize how empty my life would be without her.

by Anonymousreply 142January 17, 2022 12:19 AM

Amanda Lear

by Anonymousreply 143January 18, 2022 2:28 AM

Mine! I have left precise details for the lighting, the music, makeup, wardrobe, the two hour memorial special to be broadcast during prime time. But you know how people are. Unless you are there to personally supervise every detail it all ends up a shambles.

by Anonymousreply 144January 18, 2022 2:32 AM

While I respect Nelson Mandela, he hasn't been a big part of my life. But, if tomorrow morning they announced his death on the news, I think it would have a tremendous effect on me.

by Anonymousreply 145January 19, 2022 3:47 AM

R145, Bless your uninformed heart.

by Anonymousreply 146January 19, 2022 3:53 AM

Joan Collins

by Anonymousreply 147January 19, 2022 3:56 AM

Nelson Mandela will appear with JFK Jr., Tupac and Debbie Reynolds at a Q convention soon, r146. Also, FYI r145 has time traveled back to some kind of past where Tiny Tim is president and Judy Garland is Secretary of Agriculture.

by Anonymousreply 148January 19, 2022 4:00 AM

My dad is in his early 60s and has been an alcoholic for over 25 years. I don’t have the best relationship with him as a result of this, but I always worry about his health and ponder about how much longer he’ll live. He’s done everything for me and is one of the few people that I know cares about me. I’ll be devastated when he dies, whenever that is.

by Anonymousreply 149January 19, 2022 4:10 AM

Bill Clinton

Paul McCartney

Mick Jagger

Queen Elizabeth

by Anonymousreply 150January 19, 2022 4:18 AM

Susan Lucci

by Anonymousreply 151January 19, 2022 4:22 AM

Sadly, I think Madonna's death is much closer than we think. She is deteriorating at an alarming rate. It's like she is not even the same person anymore.

by Anonymousreply 152January 19, 2022 4:44 AM

Billy Crystal

by Anonymousreply 153January 19, 2022 4:49 AM

Warren Beatty

Billy Dee Williams

by Anonymousreply 154January 19, 2022 5:02 AM

Babs, of course!

Definitely, Paul McCartney.

I’ll add Sigourney Weaver.

by Anonymousreply 155January 19, 2022 9:17 AM

Goldie Hawn

Billy Crystal

by Anonymousreply 156January 19, 2022 2:59 PM

Antonio Brown. I have a feeling it’s gonna come pretty soon and be very tragic.

by Anonymousreply 157January 19, 2022 3:01 PM

Jack Nicholson.

by Anonymousreply 158January 19, 2022 3:02 PM

Now I'm dreading BIlly Joel. I will be more sentimental than I've planned because I've never thought of myself as an enthusiast.

by Anonymousreply 159January 19, 2022 3:37 PM

R146 - back at you!

by Anonymousreply 160January 19, 2022 10:35 PM

Robby Benson's in c. 2045.

by Anonymousreply 161January 20, 2022 12:06 AM

I think we will see the last of Val Kilmer this year.

by Anonymousreply 162January 20, 2022 11:57 AM

I think everybody's life will be turned upside down when Corey Feldman goes to Jesus. The man is _the_ Hollywood legend, and the world won't be the same without him.

by Anonymousreply 163January 21, 2022 11:29 PM

Corey Feldman is not going to Jesus, he's a Jew.

by Anonymousreply 164January 22, 2022 12:23 AM


by Anonymousreply 165January 22, 2022 12:35 AM

June Brown. When Dot's gone it will truly be the end.

by Anonymousreply 166January 22, 2022 12:57 AM

R164 - precisely why everyone's life will be turned upside down!

by Anonymousreply 167January 22, 2022 1:08 AM

Madonna is just having fun. My goodness chill out when it comes to her.

by Anonymousreply 168January 23, 2022 8:33 AM

In my life it's just my mom and my partner for me. When my mom goes, I literally don't care how much longer I am here on earth. And my partner is nine years old than me. After a certain age, if one of us is terminally ill, on our way out, I think we would plan to go together. There is no way to functionally recover from losses so great after 70/75 I would say, if you have no one immediate to live for.

As far as celebrities, the big ones are obvious. To me it's always interesting that obscure celebrity whose death will have an impact on your life. For me that would be Melody Scott Thomas from Young and the Restless, (Nikki Newman). I don't watch that show anymore. I did a lot with my mom and into me teen years. But god she has been in my life since I was 10, everyday, doing the same thing. Her and Ina Garten would hit hard, people who have come into your home for years.

And almost 200 posts and no one has mentioned Oprah! Unless I missed it.

by Anonymousreply 169January 23, 2022 9:43 AM

Meryl Streep

Neil Diamond

And as much as he irritates us, we're all going to be beside ourselves when Elton dies

by Anonymousreply 170January 23, 2022 10:04 AM

Tim Curry

by Anonymousreply 171January 23, 2022 6:12 PM

r170 ugh, they'll never stop playing Candle in The Wind and The Circle of Life.... we should all be prepared to prevent such a horror when that happens.

by Anonymousreply 172January 23, 2022 6:18 PM

Is Robby Benson ok?

by Anonymousreply 173January 23, 2022 6:20 PM

bill clinton

by Anonymousreply 174January 23, 2022 6:25 PM

In terms of celebrities, mostly Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, who will go sooner rather than later. They're both over 85 and so have had great long lives, but they were such comforting presences to me growing up.

It will be hard when Meryl Streep goes, and all the other great actresses of that generation: Sarandon, Weaver, Spacek, and yes, Glenn Close. But that's not anytime soon, I imagine.

by Anonymousreply 175January 23, 2022 6:30 PM

[quote]It will be hard when Meryl Streep goes, and all the other great actresses of that generation: Sarandon, Weaver, Spacek, and yes, Glenn Close. But that's not anytime soon, I imagine.

They're all in their seventies, things can happen at that age.

I'm not even a Boomer (I'm Gen X) but over the next ten years we're going to see so many Boomer celebs go off to that great Woodstock/Studio 54 in the sky and it's going to be rough. That generation has been so dominant for decades, things will not be the same.

by Anonymousreply 176January 23, 2022 6:34 PM

[quote] June Brown. When Dot's gone it will truly be the end.

Somewhere in heaven, Dot Cotton will still be puffing on a fag and gossiping about her neighbors.

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by Anonymousreply 177January 23, 2022 6:36 PM

June Brown, God bless her, still smoking and boozing it up at age 92! Love her.

by Anonymousreply 178January 23, 2022 6:38 PM

R171, That could be any day now.

by Anonymousreply 179January 23, 2022 6:55 PM


by Anonymousreply 180January 23, 2022 9:07 PM

Joy Behar

by Anonymousreply 181January 23, 2022 9:11 PM

R178 That was 3 years ago, she turns 95 next month!

by Anonymousreply 182January 23, 2022 9:48 PM

Bob Barker.

by Anonymousreply 183January 23, 2022 10:02 PM

Joe Biden, for obvious reasons.

by Anonymousreply 184January 23, 2022 10:23 PM

Tina Turner. Age 86.

I wonder what will happen to her Swiss estate?

by Anonymousreply 185January 24, 2022 12:13 PM

Tina isn’t 86. She’s 82

by Anonymousreply 186January 24, 2022 7:02 PM

Angela Lansbury is 96! She's the new Betty White. I think her death will be a big deal because Murder, She Wrote is still so popular on cable.

Shirley MacLaine will be 88 in April! I know she's mean and crazy, but I'm going to miss the old broad. She's one of the last connections to Old Hollywood that we still have. It's going to be hard watching Terms of Endearment after she's gone.

by Anonymousreply 187January 24, 2022 7:14 PM

I've never seen one single episode of Murder She Wrote

by Anonymousreply 188January 24, 2022 7:22 PM

Well, I cried like a MARY! at Ronnie Spector's.

So besides mine, my remaining blood Aunt's, my former college bf, and my two best friends, one of whom is in the hospital (non-Covid), with a feeding tube and battling sepsis:

Bill Clinton.

Paul McCartney. (You can see the headlines, right? "NOW, Paul Is Dead.")

Chad Mitchell. (I think I dread this one the most, of celebrities.)

by Anonymousreply 189January 24, 2022 7:39 PM

R185, Her two estates will belong to her widower.

by Anonymousreply 190January 24, 2022 7:40 PM

Rula Lenska

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by Anonymousreply 191January 24, 2022 7:42 PM

R189, How could I have overlooked...

Jimmy Carter. And his beloved Rosalynn.

by Anonymousreply 192January 24, 2022 7:42 PM

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting– over and over announcing your place in the family of things

by Anonymousreply 193April 20, 2022 1:27 AM

Mrs. Patsy Ramsey... she's got balls and cracks me up... best part of DL. I'm surprised she's here.

by Anonymousreply 194April 20, 2022 1:31 AM

Well not my mom that's for sure.

by Anonymousreply 195April 20, 2022 4:26 AM

My own, to be honest.

by Anonymousreply 196April 20, 2022 5:20 AM

Dan Rather. I follow him on Twitter and he is Gold.

by Anonymousreply 197April 20, 2022 12:48 PM

Anybody who debuted in film prior to 1976.

by Anonymousreply 198April 20, 2022 12:58 PM

Joni Mitchell, if anything, was a chronicler of things *going* "off fucking off the rails." The songs that made her famous are all about anomie, narcissism and promiscuity--the Me Decade in six albums. Like Tina Turner and Linda Ronstadt, Joni hasn't made music in years and is mostly house-bound due to health problems. Play Court and Spark (or Private Dancer or Heart Like a Wheel) all you want, but what difference does it make now whether she's an 80-year old in a wheelchair or dead in the ground? The only thing you're actually dreading is further confirmation of your own mortality.

by Anonymousreply 199April 20, 2022 1:07 PM

Did someone already say Joanna Lumley?

by Anonymousreply 200April 20, 2022 1:13 PM

De Niro and Pacino. Those guys are such titans of American cinema and have provided such iconic moments in film. I know we're all getting older, but it always jars me to see how old those guys are now (the recent Academy Awards, for example). If I'm still around, I will be sad to see them go.

by Anonymousreply 201April 20, 2022 1:29 PM

The Queen. I am British, though. She’s been there my entire life, and is definitely a stabilising and comforting presence in some respects. Not keen on a lot of her family, but I like and admire her.

by Anonymousreply 202April 20, 2022 1:31 PM

R201 Not just De Niro & Pacino, but Hoffman, Nicholson, Hackman, Duvall, Caan - probably the greatest generation of American film actors ever.

by Anonymousreply 203April 20, 2022 1:44 PM

[quote] QEII. I so admire her duty to country and Commonwealth.

I suppose it’s an unwritten law that if someone hangs around long enough and becomes the equivalent of an apparently harmless old biddy, then almost everyone will stop remembering some of the nastier things the old biddy did in the Commonwealth. I will never forget or forgive the green light she gave John Kerr to sack the legitimately elected Gough Whitlam in Australia, or that she’s yet to utter a word of apology for the Lost Generation in Australia or the slaughtered first peoples of Canada, all ostensibly her own subjects. I hated having to stand to and sing God Save the Queen as a kid (yes, I’m that old), wondering what that rich woman in a palace had to do with us. I won’t be sorry to see her go, and hope that her death will finally allow Commonwealth countries to get rid of the useless royal family.

by Anonymousreply 204April 20, 2022 1:59 PM

Totally R203. That whole generation of actors is phenomenal. Their loss will leave a huge void.

by Anonymousreply 205April 20, 2022 2:12 PM

Harrison Ford.

by Anonymousreply 206April 20, 2022 2:14 PM

Vanessa Redgrave

by Anonymousreply 207April 20, 2022 2:15 PM

LiZa ...She's a dear soul.

by Anonymousreply 208April 20, 2022 2:16 PM

Johnny Depp

by Anonymousreply 209April 20, 2022 2:18 PM

R203, As opposed to Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Cary Grant, Ronald Colman, Richard Burton, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, etc.?

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by Anonymousreply 211April 20, 2022 2:31 PM

Planet Earth

by Anonymousreply 212April 20, 2022 2:36 PM

Carol Burnett

Tina Turner

by Anonymousreply 213April 20, 2022 2:39 PM

I never cared for Joni Mitchell or most of her music or her creepy chain smoking. Ladies of the Canyon had some pretty music, but she never spoke to my soul.

by Anonymousreply 214April 20, 2022 2:44 PM

I hated the way Joni Mitchell made smoking part of her act almost.

by Anonymousreply 215April 20, 2022 2:51 PM

Elder gay here. If we're talking about deaths of famous people (rather than family members and friends), I'd have to say Elton John's is the death I dread. I first heard him my freshmen year in college (1971) and have been listening to his music ever since. His music evolved as my life evolved. There are certain songs which trigger memories of specific periods of my life - carefree college days, young guy hitting the gay bars for the first time, happy times during a 25 year LTR, awful times during a 25 year LTR, single again at 50 days, etc. Due to the longevity of his career, Elton's music has kind of been the soundtrack of my life. Much more than Streisand, Midler, the Stones, or anyone else who has been around as long.

by Anonymousreply 216April 20, 2022 3:45 PM

I dread Zelensky's death. If Putin manages to kill Zelensky, Ukraine will have lost its most charismatic leader. It might turn the tide of the war.

by Anonymousreply 217April 20, 2022 3:48 PM

Here you go R204 , the British Empire

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by Anonymousreply 218April 20, 2022 4:59 PM

I feel you R216. For me, Elton is one of the few remaining musicians whose death will sting when it happens, I'm sitting here dreading his retirement - not even thinking about his death.

R217, Every time I watch the news and there's a Ukraine update, I get nervous that there will be bad news about him. I don't even want to think about it.

by Anonymousreply 219April 20, 2022 5:41 PM

Kim Kardashian. Just kidding.

by Anonymousreply 220April 20, 2022 5:43 PM

Honestly, Donald Trump.

Yes, I'll be glad he's gone, but his supporters, all the Trumptards and MAGA's, the entire Republican party, they will all turn him into an even bigger saint. If you think the worship of him now is extreme and unbelievable, wait until he's dead.

Ugh. Dreading it.

by Anonymousreply 221April 20, 2022 5:44 PM

Obama. I worry about him and Michelle and their daughters. This world has become so violent and people are fucking crazy.

by Anonymousreply 222April 20, 2022 5:49 PM

Jack Nicholson

by Anonymousreply 223April 20, 2022 5:56 PM

Joan Collins

by Anonymousreply 224April 20, 2022 7:51 PM

Matt Lauer.

by Anonymousreply 225April 21, 2022 1:25 AM

This guy, whose throat is sore in one specific place.

Who will post pointless threads in his absence?

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by Anonymousreply 226April 21, 2022 1:27 AM

And you know what, r216? You both are still standing!

by Anonymousreply 227April 21, 2022 6:01 PM

The folksinger Chad Mitchell. I know the Trio's songs and in particular Chad's tenor harmony like the proverbial back of.

Their songs were traditional, contemporary, snarky, poignant, and always brilliant.

I was very sad when Fr. Joe Frazier died. I met the Trio in Ocean Grove, NJ, and learned he (the Trio members were all from Washington State) had been a priest in the PA Coal Region town of Lansford; I once lived in its neighboring town of Summit Hill!

But Chad's passing will be much harder to take.

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by Anonymousreply 228April 21, 2022 6:15 PM

Barbra Joan.....

by Anonymousreply 229April 21, 2022 10:21 PM

Pope Francis. I think he is a truly good man and I love him. The previous two, Benedict and John Paul, were evil.

by Anonymousreply 230April 21, 2022 11:06 PM

R230 Gimme a break. Your Pope Francis aka Jorge Bergoglio was a cipher and a coward during Argentina's Dirty War and you probably know it.

by Anonymousreply 231April 21, 2022 11:19 PM

Sir David Attenborough. He was trending today because the UN awarded him the title "Champion of the Earth" and half the tweets were from people terrified he was trending because he'd died.

by Anonymousreply 232April 22, 2022 2:18 AM

Donald Trump

It's going to suck to see people around the world celebrating the death of such an excellent president because they believed years worth of lies from the mainstream media.

by Anonymousreply 233April 22, 2022 12:43 PM

Agree OP but suggest you look into the times when Joni was young- the 60s and 70s. Things were pretty much off the rails- history is a good thing to know about.

by Anonymousreply 234April 22, 2022 1:15 PM

When Joe Biden won, people were out in the streets celebrating...I'm expecting a similar reaction when Trump dies. You see, I have a theory that Trump was not nearly as popular as he is portrayed by the Media. I think they have deliberately inflated his popularity so they could get ratings. Also, by giving us the impression that there are a lot of Republicans, they can avoid discussions about stolen elections which they pretty much did from 2016 until 2020 when Trump showed his hand. You say 74 million people voted for him? Yes. But they weren't all racist Trump lovers. A lot of them were convinced that Biden would shut down the economy. I knew of several small business owners who actually told me they would lose everything so they voted for the Republicans. And the grassroots organizing and vote intimidation has to be taken into account. But again, it was the Media normalizing him, that gave those 74 million people permission to vote for an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 235April 22, 2022 3:55 PM

Janie Frickie

by Anonymousreply 236April 22, 2022 5:38 PM

Caroline Kennedy

by Anonymousreply 237April 22, 2022 5:40 PM

Actually, Donald Trump. Because there will be such an outpouring of shit from his cult members it'll be hard to stomach.

by Anonymousreply 238April 22, 2022 6:17 PM

Barry Gibb, Diana Ross

Yes, I'm shallow.

by Anonymousreply 239April 22, 2022 6:52 PM

R239 You're not shallow. It's very sad to think of a world where we've run out of Bee Gees.

by Anonymousreply 240April 22, 2022 6:56 PM

Aww Caroline Kennedy. The last of President Kennedy's immediate family. Is that why you dread it R237 or is it a different reason?

by Anonymousreply 241April 22, 2022 7:25 PM

I'll feel weird when Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are no longer living. I was depressed when Carrie Fisher died. Star Wars was a big deal for my childhood.

I'll miss Sigourney Weaver.

The Brat Pack will be sort of scary to lose because they're not much older than me, but I'll be upset when Robert Downey Jr. goes. He's a unique character and we share some experiences in terms of addiction and artistic-but-fucked-up parenting.

by Anonymousreply 242April 25, 2022 10:58 PM

R115 How is your husband doing? It’s been four months since you posted that he was terminal.

by Anonymousreply 243April 26, 2022 12:47 PM

R217 I’ve almost forgotten what a remarkable person Zelenskyy is and has been. Easily Time’s Person of the Year, his death would feel like a knockout punch to the world right now.

by Anonymousreply 244April 26, 2022 12:51 PM

Agree, R244. Zelensky would be a knock out punch to the world. Well said.

Generically I also worry about the reporters who are in that war zone. And Clarissa Ward is unusually brave. When Anderson was over there I was a wreck. I guess Anderson Cooper is someone famous that I dread losing. Especially if it is in the line of duty.

by Anonymousreply 245April 26, 2022 1:16 PM

I lost my mother in 2016 and it still hurts when I think about her death. I lost my SO, a month ago and even though I knew it would probably happen sooner rather than later, it's still shocking and sad. Brother, sister, and nieces and nephews are what I have left. I love and appreciate them, but I cannot be hurt as badly as I have been. And I find I am becoming more accepting of my mortality now that the people closest to me are gone. Celebrity deaths can't begin to touch that kind of pain.

Having said that, QEII, Liza, and the Carters are going to sting.

by Anonymousreply 246April 26, 2022 2:01 PM

R245, MARY!!!

by Anonymousreply 247April 26, 2022 2:02 PM

With The Queen and the Carters, while I will feel bad, I look at them as a life well lived. And I agree, with personal loss the grief is deep. So for me those are a separate category altogether.

by Anonymousreply 248April 26, 2022 2:44 PM

Mel Brooks

by Anonymousreply 249April 26, 2022 2:58 PM

I see most of you simply cannot imagine the world without me, even when contemplating earth-shattering deaths.


by Anonymousreply 250April 26, 2022 3:16 PM

Mine is Robert Caro. Finish the last LBJ book, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 251April 26, 2022 3:30 PM

Agree, so much, r251. Where the hell is that damn thing! I know it's complicated, but I don't want some kid or grandkid's "compilation of notes." Finish the fucker, you bastard!

Then you can go.

by Anonymousreply 252April 26, 2022 3:32 PM

Carol Burnett is 89 today.

tick, tick, tick . . .

by Anonymousreply 253April 26, 2022 4:26 PM

George R. R. Martin.

by Anonymousreply 254April 26, 2022 4:49 PM

Angie Dickinson. She seems like a really lovely genuine lady and a bit of the exception in Hollywood in that virtually nobody who has worked with her has a bad word to say about her and seems to be very grounded and down to earth and hasnt let all the Hollywood stuff inflate her ego.

She is also great in interviews about her life in Hollywood and is a good link back to Hollywood history and the magical era of the 1950s and 1960s and many of the legends.

I hope she lives to 100!

by Anonymousreply 255April 27, 2022 5:19 AM

[quote]George R. R. Martin.

That’s not good English silly. You meant to say “George is, is Martin.”

by Anonymousreply 256April 27, 2022 5:22 AM

R255, Hardly the 1950s, since her first movie, "Rio Bravo", was in 1959.

by Anonymousreply 257April 27, 2022 11:06 AM


by Anonymousreply 258April 27, 2022 4:18 PM

Wrong! r257 She starred in China Gate in 1957.

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by Anonymousreply 259April 27, 2022 5:32 PM

R259, Well, someone needs to remind Angie, because she's been saying for years that "Rio Bravo" was her film debut.

by Anonymousreply 260April 27, 2022 6:23 PM
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