There's the old saying about people dying in groups of threes. How about groups of sixes? Should we just count that as two groups of threes?
Here's the AP obituary list for today. There are four names here I know without any prompting. Majel Barrett, Star Trek actress and widow of Gene Roddenberry. Paul Weyrich, conservative activist. Sam Bottoms, actor. Dave Smith, former All-Star relief pitcher.
The last two guys were both 53. Damn. Guess which birthday I'm celebrating ten days from now.
And two guys getting solo obits. W. Mark Felt, a.k.a. Deep Throat, dead at 95, and Mike "Mad Dog" Bell, dead at 37.
Mike Bell is the guy on the left, pictured with his little brothers Chris and Mark. Chris made the movie Bigger, Stronger, Faster, a documentary released this year I reviewed last month and recommend whole-heartedly. I'm not a wrestling fan, but I found the story of the family very compelling. Of all the famous and semi-famous deaths reported today, this is the one that makes me feel like a lost a relative.
Best wishes to Mad Dog's friends and family, from a fan of his little brother's movie.