September 6, 2009

Year 2009: Year of Death?


People... big people had already died this year.

Natasha Richardson (March 18, 2009)
Douglas Quijano (June 13, 2009)
Michael Jackson (June 25, 2009)
Farrah Fawcett (June 25, 2009)
Former Philippine President Cory Aquino (August 1, 2009)
John Hughes (August 6, 2009)
Senator Ted Kennedy (August 25, 2009)
Iglesia ni Cristo's Bro. Erano Manalo (August 31, 2o09)

According to NEW YORK News & Features, year 2009 is indeed the Summer of Death.

Yes, 2009 is indeed the Summer of Death™. Daily Intel looked as far back as 1997, and found that no other year has seen as many famous deaths during the period of May through September. For the sake of defining the significance of the deaths, those that weren't mentioned on at least one of the three major nightly news broadcasts were not included in the Daily Intel tally. Pop a Celexa and reflect on the facts:

Deaths in the Summer of 2009
May: Dom DeLuise, Chuck Daly.
June: Ed McMahon, Ed Thomas, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, David Carradine.*
July: Karl Malden, Steve McNair, Robert McNamara, Dash Snow, Walter Cronkite, Frank McCourt, Merce Cunningham, Gidget the Chihuahua.
August: John Hughes, Les Paul, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Robert Novak, Don Hewitt.

The only summer that has come close to 2009 in terms of deadliness was 2003 — that year, over the course of May to September, saw the loss of fifteen big names, from Gregory Peck and Katherine Hepburn to Barry White and Johnny Cash.

Deaths in the Summer of 2003
May: Robert Stack, June Carter Cash.
June: Donald Regan, Gregory Peck, Hume Cronyn, Leon Uris, Strom Thurmond, Katharine Hepburn.
July: Barry White, Bob Hope.
August: Charles Bronson.
September: Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash, George Plimpton, Althea Gibson.

For those of you keeping count, 2009 is already up six on Summer ’03 — and we’ve still gotfive weeks to go.

What can you say, guys? Coincidence or a sign? I don't want to think about it... but is this the time that we should get ourselves prepared for something worse?

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