Damn funny guy.
I'm not going to lie... I cried like a baby. Disney's Facebook tribute to him on the same day then the flowers left on the Good Will Hunting bench and Mrs. Doubtfire steps did not help either.
I still miss him. That man was my childhood, then my teenage years.
Douglas Adams. I cut my teeth on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've read more copies of that book until they fall apart than I can remember. The world is a poorer place for having lost his magic.
While not a super big celebrity, my family was hit hard by the death of George Donaldson of Celtic Thunder.
My fiancee grew up watching them on PBS, and George was one of the founding members. It was well over a year ago, and Celtic Thunder just isn't the same.
Not exactly a traditional celebrity, but Monty Oum's death hit me really hard. He was someone I had looked up to for years for his talent and work ethic. I wanted to be like him, especially when RWBY came out. Millions of people were enjoying a world he created, and that's the one thing I've always wanted to do. His story made that seem feasible to me.
I was in complete disbelief when I saw the news that he'd been hospitalized. My jaw just dropped when I saw the original thread updated to say "RWBY creator Monty Oum passes away" :( He was so young.
John Lennon. How sudden it happened and how senseless it was really hit hard. His Double Fantasy album was still fresh and had some really good songs on it, so I was hoping he would emerge from his self imposed exile from the business and become an influential artist again. I can still point to the spot on the highway I was at when I heard the news, I still get emotional when I think about it.
It didn't hit me hard, but I was extremely disappointing that Heath Ledger passed away when he did. I was not a fan. I didn't think much of him as an actor and then I saw the Dark Knight and saw how immersed he was in the role. He surprised me. I went from seeing him as a pretty boy to a versatile actor with something real to offer. Then he was dead. It was like lighting a match and blowing out the flame at the same time. Frustrating.
Oliver Sacks..I enjoyed his books and lectures on You Tube. he was such a profoundly kind,compassionate man.
MCA from the Beastie Boys, listened to them growing up a LOT and really was bummed when he passed away.
Yauch's death was the first time I ever cried upon hearing about a celebrity's death.
Freddie Mercury. I was a big Queen fan from the early years, and he went way too soon. Just not fair.
Terry Prachett. I have a lot of love for the Discworld books and for Terry, who always came across so well in interviews and had a lot to say about important issues like assisted suicide. My Nana has Alzheimer's too so I know what it can do to people. So, so sad.