CELEBRITY DEATH PACT (are Johnny and Ray okay?)

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Two pronged question:

a) Was at a record store today and someone told me that both Johnny Cash AND Ray Charles died. I can't find any evidence anywhere that this is true. Anyone heard anything? Please tell me that both of them still walk the earth, because that would be a double-whammy we don't need...either one of them would be a major loss.

b) Has anyone else noticed that famous people tend to check out in clusters, often threes? Recently Milton Berle, Dudley Moore and Billy Wilder died on the same day (I think), and I know I've seen this before. Anyone else know of any other examples? (Obv. this wouldn't include examples like Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper in the same crash...I'm thinking cross-country coincidences.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Crossing my fingers for THEY LIVE answers!

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

THEY LIVE!

geeta, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

IT'S ALIVE!

Dan Perry, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

yay! hooray! let's have a party!

geeta, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

If Ray dies it will be due to awful shame at being in the pitiful Minnesota State Lottery commercials.

Josh, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

He's also on the New Jersey State Lottery commercials, too!

Michael Daddino, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

yes, but johnny cash is near death. or is this a rumour?

keith, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

It's true that he's not been very well at all. But we can always hope that he starts feeling better.

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 14 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

No, Johnny Cash is in fine health. He may look like shit, but he still spunky. I'd say he doesn't look a day over 65.

Lord Custos II, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Mr. Cash has some sort of lung disorder that allows him to get pneumonia really, REALLY easily. So he's in and out of the hospital a fair amount, but I think deathwatch is an exaggeration.

Colin Meeder, Thursday, 18 April 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Well... Ray Charles is still alive at least....

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 26 September 2003 12:01 (nineteen years ago) link

he just had a birthday even

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 26 September 2003 14:22 (nineteen years ago) link

though y'know, they did both record really fine versions of "Lucky Old Sun" which seems to be a far more "embracing/looking forward to death" song than any stupid goth band could ever imagine.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 26 September 2003 14:23 (nineteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
Well, It's time to update the
site here; considering they
have both gone on....

Christian Taylor, Saturday, 12 June 2004 05:58 (eighteen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

In February 1970, US rock magazine Circus ran a cover story: "These People Are Approaching 30 - Will They Survive The 70's?" The cover featured portraits of 20 rock stars (some of whom were only "approaching" the age of thirty in reverse); four would indeed not survive the decade:

Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)
Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)
Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)

Since then, six more of the cover subjects have died:

John Lennon (1940 - 1980)
George Harrison (1943 - 2001)
Johnny Cash (1932 - 2003)
Alvin Lee (1944 - 2013)
Johnny Winter (1944 - 2014)
Charlie Watts (1941 - 2021)

Currently, 10 of the cover subjects are still living:

John Mayall (1933 - )
Grace Slick (1939 - )
Ringo Starr (1940 - )
Bob Dylan (1941 - )
David Crosby (1941 - )
Paul McCartney (1942 - )
Mick Jagger (1943 - )
Jimmy Page (1944 - )
Ray Davies (1944 - )
Pete Townshend (1945 - )

As a kid, I was always fascinated by encyclopedias and gravestones that listed birthdates with the death dates left blank; this post is my contribution to this longtime tradition. I considered making this a poll of which would be the last survivor, but felt ashamed remembering a poster criticizing other posters for treating the deaths of musicians too lightly.

Anyway, if anyone from February 1970 is reading this thread, I regret to inform you that Alvin Lee is no more.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 18 September 2021 16:53 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

David Crosby (1941 - 2023)

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 20 January 2023 01:00 (two weeks ago) link


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