Tuesday, January 22, 2008
well shit. heath ledger's dead.
i really hate it when actors, musicians, comedians, thinkers that i like and enjoy ... die young. it just sucks.
heath ledger was a very smart, very intuitive, very insightful young actor. accomplished. deep. mysterious. and he died this afternoon in an apartment in new york. naked. waiting for his masseuse to show up.
so of course there'll be all sorts of talk for days, weeks, about whether he died of suicide, or an accidental medicine overdose, or some sort of illegal/illicit drug; whether he was depressed; whether he was just one of those artistic, funky, strange, beautiful souls.
dr. drew, the therapist whom i really like, told the commentators asking him questions not to make celebrities any different from non-famous people - they're just people. shit happens. it doesn't necessarily mean anything.
but here's a quote from hemingway, that i've had above my desk for years; it's pretty dark, but it's a reminder to keep things in perspective.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.”