In Tribute
June 29, 2009

So it was a strange week, with 4 deaths in the entertainment world in short succession. First Farrah Fawcett, then Michael Jackson, followed this weekend by Billy Mays and Fred Travelena.  It certainly ranks up there with previous back to back passings, such as 2003’s Johnny Cash/John Ritter event, or 1997’s back to back travelers Robert Mitchum and Jimmy Stewart. Or even 1991’s Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson. Still, nothing may top Thomas Jefferson and John Adams dying on July 4, 1826.

But I don’t want to remember them like that, as an odd factoid. Nor do I want to remember them by just their hits, although they had many. No, this is the way I like to remember them:








Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer
AFi Editor-In-Chief Jason Geyer has been part of the online pop culture world for nearly 20 years, having founded some of the very first toy sites on the web including Raving Toy Maniac, ToyOtter, and now Action Figure Insider. Along the way he helped pioneer online coverage of industry events such as San Diego Comic Con, E3, Toy Fair, and CES. He is also a former toy designer who is now a marketing genius. If he does say so himself. And he does.
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  • puppetboy says:

    You forgot about Ed McMahon.It’s funny I did a blog awhile back featuring Billy Mays, and all the sudden I’m getting tons of responses on it.They all will be missed.

  • lydiaphilpot says:

    I bet he had a brain bleed from the hit on the head. I know too many people and stories about the same situation. Hit on head by something and within a month or just days, they die. Get checked out at the hospital if you hit your head………. Mandatory people…..

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    It has been a bad week for celebrity deaths. As you note, it’s happened before, but somehow events like these hit you harder as you begin to age and familiar faces drop out from your your life. Jefferson and Adams would have received some major coverage had TV and the Net been around back then.

    I’d forgotten how I’ve always liked Bob Uecker. Somebody should create a website for him while he’s still with us, seeing how the list grows thinner every day.

  • Jim_Abell says:

    Wow… Missed the news on Travelena… Strange week indeed…

  • MisterPL says:

    June’s been a memorable month, starting with David Carradine.

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    July has just begun and we already lost the legendary Karl Malden at age 97. What a long life and career he led.

  • sam moreno says:

    You can be the biggest star in the world, but that still wont help keep death at bay.

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