2008 is shaping up to be the bloodiest year in recent memory and no, I'm not talking about the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. How about someone looking into who is killing so many of our celebrities?
We're only three weeks in and here who's already gone.
"Suzanne Pleshette, the beautiful, husky-voiced film and theater star best known for her role as Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show," has died, said her attorney Robert Finkelstein. She was 70."
"Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64."
"Maila Nurmi, who became synonymous with her character Vampira, the television hostess who presented horror movies in the 1950s has died at 86."
"Brad Renfro, the troubled young actor whose film career began at age 12 with "The Client," has died. He was 25."
"Christopher Bowman, the former U.S. figure skating champion dubbed "Bowman the Showman" for his flair on the ice, died Thursday. He was 40."
"Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday. He was 88."
"Hollywood's honorary mayor Johnny Grant, best-known for unveiling stars on Tinseltown's 'Walk of Fame,' has died aged 84, city officials said Thursday."
"Allan Melvin, a character actor best known for playing Sam the Butcher on "The Brady Bunch," has died. He was 84."
"Singer John Stewart, who came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the Kingston Trio, but was best known for writing the Monkees' enduring hit "Daydream Believer," died Saturday. He was 68."
You sometimes hear celebrities die in threes - how about tens, the way we're going? Do you, like me, wonder who's next? One site, Deathlist.com makes predictions at the start of each year as to who is most likely to go next but I am not that impressed by the breadth of their selections.
They seem to be just playing the age odds by picking mostly celebrities in their eighties (Charlton Heston, Fidel Castro, Fats Domino) and nineties (Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, Kirk Douglas).
I'd like to see some daring out of....er....into the box strategy with some picks like Keanu Reeves (43), Dane Cook (35), or best of all, Hallie Eisenberg (15), who used to be that ugly annoying kid in all the Pepsi commercials.