Man, I was still struggling to come to terms with David Bowie’s death when news broke of actor Alan Rickman’s passing just a few days later.

Both men died of cancer, Bowie on Sunday and Rickman Thursday, and both deaths seemed shockingly out of the blue as their illnesses and treatments were kept under wraps, which is how it should be when you really think about it, especially in today’s excessively over-sharing world.


When Tom told me about David Bowie’s death in the wee hours of Monday morning, I almost didn’t understand his words, and it wasn’t just because it was early.

I can recall the exact moments I got into Poison as a tween, Led Zeppelin at 16, Nick Cave as a music journalist and the Foo Fighters somewhere in the mix of all those others. But I can’t recall when I started liking Bowie, because he, like the Beatles, was just an ever-present figure in my musical world, from airplay on my local classic-rock station growing up to my iTunes library today.

I’ve never not had Bowie at close proximity to my ears at any point in my life, so to not have him on this planet with us is going to take some getting used to for me and, judging by all the posts I’ve been seeing and still see days after he passed away, all of us fans alike.

Godspeed, starman. Thanks for sharing your incomparable facets of art with us.


Unlike my fandom of Bowie, I know exactly when I discovered Alan Rickman – and no, it wasn’t as Snape in “Harry Potter” because I’ve never even seen those films. He was Hans Gruber, the sexy, evil villain in 1988’s “Die Hard,” and just a few years later, the sexy, evil Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

Yes, I said sexy. Maybe many watched those movies for stars/good guys Bruce Willis and Kevin Costner, respectively, but me, from his voice to the way he carried himself, I couldn’t take my eyes off Rickman. And, of course, he was Harry in “Love Actually,” a role that seemed to go against those villains I loved so much as he played a charming, playful boss … who ended up cheating on his wife with his willowy assistant.

Even still, I loved him in “Love Actually.” He was older, playing someone who was just your average, married dad, but he had so much heart and humor, which is what I think always drew me to him in the first place all those years ago.

“I am the character you are not supposed to like,” Rickman once said, but he was wrong, so very wrong — because we more than liked you, sir. “Yippie-ki-yay.”

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