I'm taken aback by the news of the death of Anthony Shadid. Gifted writer, intrepid reporter if ever there was one, fearless, dedicated, compassionate and so talented. What a body of work, life changing, world changing body of work by the age of 43. Asthma, so senseless, massive stroke or coronary I could understand more, but it just underscores the senselessness and unpredictability of life and death.
And the image of Taylor Hicks, another favorite of mine, humanitarians and artists both, having been through so much in his life, carrying his friend's lifeless body how many miles? Heartbreaking.
I don't know, maybe it's easier to go quickly, and without warning, without the fear and anxiety that comes with a diagnosis... better for you maybe, but perhaps not those dealing with abject shock and horror.
So sad, Rest in Peace Anthony Shadid, you served your world well.