Saturday, February 10, 2007

Dying Young

(Silvia Plath image) Well, for reasons we will perhaps never know, some people just don't seem to be meant to last very long on the planet. At the ripe age of 39, Anne Nicole Smith has died. There are many more than I can list. Jim Morrison. James Dean. Marilyn Monroe. Jayne Mansfield. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly. River Phoenix. Kurt Cobain. Brandon Lee. Patsy Cline. Jessica Savitch. Sylvia Plath. Karen Carpenter. John Belushi. Chris Farley. Andy Kaufman. Mozart. Chopin. Gershwin. Van Gogh. Roberto Clemente. Charlotte Bronte. Chris Penn. John Lennon. Janis Joplin. Jimi Hendrix.

(Anne Nicole Smith. The uncensored photo is easily found at google). Elvis lasted longer than he probably should have, but went out in a similar fashion. Then we have the ultra famous John Kennedy Jr. and, of course, Princess Diana.

Drugs, plane crashes, car crashes, and suicide seem to be the dominant causes.

Another individual, Jesus Christ, chose not to stick around too long either, and certain folks have very strong feelings about what that was all about. I would speculate that an early death just about captures all that Ms. Smith and Christ had in common.

(James Dean) The cigar shop can lead to interesting opinions, and heard a good one about the identity of the father of now famous baby that is worth how much money? Well, you heard it here first. The father is her son. That's right. Anne Nicole Smith had the baby with her own son, the one that died at 20.

This sort of thing also has its Buddhist version, Chogyam Trungpa, a clearly remarkable man, who managed to have a child with a celibate nun while himself under a vow of celibacy. What I find more remarkable is that the man managed to attain enlightenment or some version of it while being constantly shitfaced. The guy was a flaming alcoholic and died of it in 1987 at the age of 47. Well, these folks get to come back. His reincarnation, Choseng Trungpa, was born in 1989, my understanding with a fresh, reincarnated liver, and I am curious when he will start drinking again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As they say, the candle that burns most brightly burns half as long.

2/10/2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Yeah, and he who burns his candle at both ends only lasts half as long.

2/10/2007 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To even to remotely connect Anna Nicole Smith with people such as James Dean is just un-friggin-believable.

It is sad that she died, but she did nothing special to truly be remembered for.

2/10/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

No argument, Anon. At least I didn't list Sid Vicious.

Your choice of James Dean is interesting, given the other choices of Mozart, Chopin, or for that matter, Christ.

But in principle I agree with you, and so does everyone else. The woman was out of control, which is part of the point of my post.

What's in common with the characters cited is an escalating spiral that took them away, although the death of John Lennon still haunts me. Why in the world would someone want to kill John Lennon? That's just nuts.

2/10/2007 11:54 PM  
Blogger Kralmajales said...

Hey Sid Vicious left us with some great music. Although Johnny Rotten did most of the writing.

2/11/2007 5:49 PM  

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