There was more than one reason I not only chose that title but also to combine these most recent passings. There are a couple of notable similarities worth mentioning. First and foremost being the ages that sparked the title in the first place. The fast living of Hollywood has claimed two more young souls.
First up was former "That 70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly. She passed away August 14th after a long battle with drug addiction. Cause of death has yet to be officially disclosed though. She was 43-years-old.
Now I know some of you folks may not consider that to be a young age so maybe that's not one of the similarities. Speak for yourself. She was the exact same age as me. I know I'm not trying to leave here this early. I would hope that I haven't even reached the halfway point yet. So of course that was too young to die.
I have only seen a few episodes of "That 70s Show". Just enough to know who she was. It was really never quite my thing. I was more into watching shows that were actually made in the 70s. Shows like this one were made in an effort to get that latest generation to think they were nostalgia hip. And to springboard Ashton Kutcher's career. Okay...maybe that was just a coincidence that that was one of the results. Anyway...
There's no denying that he was incredibly too young to be departing. But again, it depends on who you ask. I was talking to G and asked him if he saw that the kid that played "Jett Jackson" had died. He had no idea who I was talking about. Thompson was more familiar to Elijah's generation and those slightly older. Fogies like me prbably knew the show from name only. Or become acquainted with him once he started starring on the TNT show "Rizzoli and Isles". That was one drama that I meant to add to my DVR list but never got around to it.
I have a better memory of Young as Waterbug in the movie "Friday Night Lights". His character's actual name was Chris Comer but he gained the nickname because of how he played. The funny thing is that was just on the other night and I was watching it again after not having seen it in a minute. I had forgotten all about how good he was in that bit part. It was no wonder that he had such a promising future.
The most glaring similarity these two share is that they must have both been dealing with demons that many of us probably could not relate to. I have said time and time again that it's not fair to judge those that commit suicide because no matter how they may carry themselves on the outside, we have no idea what they are struggling with internally. The same could be said for drug addition. We can only hope that people with those issues get the help they deserve so they can get mentally and physically healthy to stay with us longer. Even though we know, unfortunately, that the Hollywood machine will unevitably create more stories like these before you know it.
May both of you rest in peace.