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What's killing all the celebrities?

Asked by robmandu (21293points) June 29th, 2009

Or, why is heart disease reaching out to kill all the 50 year olds in their sleep?

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Ivan's avatar

I am.

I don’t know, it’s pretty strange. I wonder if there are any comparable stretches in history where a bunch of celebrities died.

FZglass's avatar

People die everyday from heart failure, drug abuse, or whiplash in an airplane crash. This happens to 5 random people on a daily basis. But if it’s 5 random celebrities, then woooaaaa. I don’t get why this is getting so much attention.

MacBean's avatar

Same thing that’s killing all the rest of us. Life.

Jeruba's avatar


Darwin's avatar

Let’s see now, Michael Jackson probably died of heart failure but we won’t know for sure until the autopsy is fully completed in a month or so. Billy Mays also may have died of a heart attack but again we won’t know until the autopsy is fully completed. Both men had a history of heart problems.

And then there was David Carradine, who was in his 60s, and died of hanging under circumstances that people generally don’t want to discuss.

Then, Gail Storm and Ed McMahon were in their 80’s so they weren’t in their 50’s, and odds are it was time. Farrah Fawcett died from cancer.

I really don’t see a pattern here.

AstroChuck's avatar

Let’s be fair here. Billy Mays was barely a celebrity.

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Jeruba's avatar

Must agree with AC. I never even heard of Billy Mays.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s Gale Storm, officially. I should know. In the Jewish tradition, my parents had to find an English name beginning with a G (after my dead great-grandmother, Golda). They picked the “Gail” version but told me it was because of Gale Storm.

Jeruba's avatar

@gailcalled, you were named after Gale Storm, of My Little Margie zany comedy fame? Now, that puts a different light on things.

gailcalled's avatar

My Hebrew name is Golda. Does that change anything? Personally, I have always wanted a name with two syllables, like Abigail or Britney.

(Yes to “My Little Margie”.)

Darwin's avatar

Actually, Abigail has three syllables.

Jeruba's avatar

Where I grew up, “Gail” had two syllables.

Jeruba's avatar

So did “mine.”

gailcalled's avatar

@Darwin: So it does. How about Abbie?
@Jeruba: How did your kinfolk pronounce “mail,” “sail,” “jail, “whale,” “pail”? (And where was this again?)

Jeruba's avatar

“Mayull, sayull, jayull,” etc.. And “myinn” (opposite of “yoowiz”). Quincy (Quinzee). But it wasn’t my kinfolk, who were all from elsewhere. It was the neighbor kids, whom I wasn’t supposed to talk like. Like whom I wasn’t supposed to talk.

gailcalled's avatar

@All the Grossmans who used to be my relatives (and whom I loved) lived either in Quincy or Hull.

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