Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Endings on Repeat

The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire in our office just moments ago. Already, his death date has been updated on Wikipedia. The speed of information technology is amazing.

My coworkers perused TMZ, MSNBC and other celeb/news sites for the latest breaking news. I was not so much shook by the fact that a young (my age, in fact) Oscar-nominated celebrity had died, but that he died in an apartment downtown. Suddenly it made New York seem really small knowing that someone I've noticed in films since 10 Things I Hate About You had died just hours ago and only a few miles from where I currently work at my desk.

I vaguely overheard one of my coworkers say something along the lines of, "Apparently Michelle [Williams] is completely inconsolable. But she had kicked him out for excessive drug use. Why would you be that torn up over losing a drug addict that you weren't even with anymore?"

I just turned away while the chatter continued and went back to my desk. I didn't say anything, but I do know why.

3 comments:

NYCPonderings Chick said...

really sad....terrible...and yes I too always hate to assume that britney is next

M said...

Wow, was your coworker serious with that question? Isn't that he is her child's father, that they had been in love once, had planned to marry and so had obviously meant a lot to each other plenty reason? Even that he is a human being is reason enough all on its own.

Very sad for his child and her mother . . .

Dina said...

REALLY??!! people are like children when they are NOT addicted. The drug or Alcohol CHANGES YOU...she was probably STILL in love with the Person HE IS WITHOUT THE ADDICTION!! and their poor baby. she probably kicked him out because it hurts HER & the baby, doesn't mean you dont love them....