That is so sad! I did my hourly check of CNN, saw the headline and said “What?!” My first thought, honestly, was that it must have been an accident or an assault. Shame that someone who was known for playing a big-hearted guy actually had a weak physical heart.
I can’t believe it!! I just saw that on CNN. That’s awful. He was so young.
BTW, people can live normal lives without any signs that they have aortic aneurisms…then one day for no reason, it can dissect, and that person is a goner. Even if you’re right at a hospital. I took care of a kid that was walking in his hospital room fine as you please, then collapsed and died within several minutes before we could get him to surgery.
Okay, I believe you now about Johnny Cash, since I saw a thread with link in MPSIMS.
You know, it’s not necessarily being “shafted” to die at the same time as someone else. Charles Schulz and Tom Landry passed on the same day, but they got equal notice. (I have an editorial cartoon that shows Landry and Charlie Brown walking through the pearly gates together; Landry pats CB’s shoulder and says, “Now, son, a few pointers on kicking a football…”)
Oh no! I saw him on Broadway in THE DINNER PARTY and always thought he deserved more credit than he got for the sitcoms, although he always brought depth to his characters no matter how they were written.
So sad for his wife and kids, and of course 8 SIMPLE RULES is over. As for the aortic problem, one of my mom’s friends lost a healthy mountain-climbing 32-year-old daughter with this condition. Totally unexpected and devastating.
Not as surprised about Johnny Cash, who lived so hard, but it’s a shame that he seemed to be recovering. It’s amazing how often people die near their spouse’s death.
I’m surprised at how much this saddens me. I just saw Slingblade again Sunday, and I thought his performance was the best in the movie. It was just so subtile and layered. I am shocked. It’s a sad day.
I am in total shock. I fell in love with John when he played the minister on the Waltons. Loved Three’s Company, Three’s A Crowd, Hooperman (his best series, I don’t know why it didn’t last) and even watched 8 Simple Rules solely because of him.
I saw him on Broadway in The Dinner Party, where he was magnificent. Talked to him at the stage door afterwards. He seemed very nice and gracious, just like the characters he played. I think that growing up as the son of Tex Ritter, he was use to fame and never believed the hype.
Johnny Cash, I expected. But John Ritter? I am very very sad. Again!