Cheers to him.
Thu, 24 January 2008
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Everyone dies. Famous people already get too much attention when they croak, quite frankly. Still, I personally do/did like Heath Ledger a lot. (As a side note: I've been looking forward to seeing him play the the Joker - one of my all time favourite fictional characters - for months).
From the sounds of things, he didn't intentionally kill himself. Nobody is certain, just yet, of exactly what medication he was on and so forth. But the thing is...if taking a whole bunch of pills always caused death, I woulda bitten the dust more times than Wile E Coyote (and there'd be millions of others with me). Drugs? Booze? Even taking huge doses of that shit doesn't actually kill people as often as you may think (despite the way the media might make it seem).
I wasn't hanging out with the dude and he never sent me any urine or stool samples, but I really don't think Heath was too heavily into that scene (that woulda messed up his excellent chess skills, for one thing). Here is the sad, sorry, fact of things: Some times, people just die. Not everybody gets to stick around for 90 years. When your time comes, you expire, with no "good" reason and that's the end of the story.
Of course, it is always a shame when someone dies at such a young age. But at least Heath achieved quite a lot during the short time he had, I guess.
Anyway, Mr. Ledger was a good guy (and, yep, an Aussie), so let's raise a glass to him. At times like these we should gladly remember to always enjoy life as much as we can, since none of us know how long we'll be here. I'll take a sip in memory of a fellow Guinness fan and say cheers to ya, Heath.
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