1. Grant Imahara, his enthusiasm for engineering/problem solving always seemed so genuine, he was a large contribution to why I went into stem

  2. I went to a camping trip in the mountains with no internet that summer and when i came back i found everyone in the robot combat community mourning him

  3. Anton Yelchin. He was so young (close to my age) and had a promising career. And his death was such a terrible way to go.

  4. The crappy thing is he LOVED being an actor. He said in an interview that even if the part was dumb, he still loved it. He said he got to pretend being other people for a living and what a cool concept that was.

  5. The passing of Alex Trebek hit me harder than expected. He only ever had kind words to say to people. Jeopardy was one of the small happy spots of my childhood that helped me survive.

  6. My grandparents house was my escape as a kid and they watched jeopardy every day. They passed in the late 2000s. Whenever i watched Jeopardy after their passing, it brought me right back to their house. When Alex Trebek died, it was like a piece of my youth died with him.

  7. I couldn’t believe the one and only Jeopardy host got stage four cancer and just kept at it. Alex Trebek was truly a host for the people

  8. When Pat Sajak leaves Wheel of Fortune it’ll be the end of an era of television. Him, Alex, and Bob Barker were the golden trio of game shows back in my day

  9. Steve Irwin. My kids 7 and 9 were the prime "Crocodile Hunter" demographic. Plus it was a show I could actually watch with them. It was on constantly at my house.

  10. I was 17 or 18, and had grown up with him as my biggest celebrity role model. I was out being a hooligan with friends, including girls I was trying to get at, and I had to step away to collect myself.

  11. I was about 9 or 10 when he died and it was the first celebrity death that really affected me. I still get upset just thinking about it.

  12. I was 11 when he died. I had dreamed for years about going to his zoo and meeting him. I cried so hard that night. He got me interested in animals, reptiles specifically. I wonder what the world would be like had he lived.

  13. Omg I loved him so much my mom didn’t know how to tell me! I think I found out about a week after the rest of the world. I wish I still had the “book” I made in 4th grade for class about him.

  14. And her mom, Debbie Reynolds, died the following day from a stroke. As she died she said “I want to be with Carrie”.

  15. In a tweet reply I made fun of how she typed her tweets in Emojis and she ended up liking the tweet shortly before she died. I was still bragging “Carrie Fisher liked my tweet!” then found out she had passed. Shit made me sad sad.

  16. This one still gets to me. Watching Obi Wan and seeing Vivian Lyra Blair on screen got me pretty choked up, because I feel like Carrie would have absolutely loved her, and she never got to meet her.

  17. Oh this one. She was such an inspiration to me, So public about her mental health battle. I cried real tears when she passed away. I still miss “space mom”

  18. Absolutely. To me, his death was as shocking and as horrifying and was a HUGE gut punch as much as Robin Williams.

  19. I was surprised he was this far down. His death has always bothered me a lot, and I’m not exactly sure why. His joker portrayal will always be tops for me.

  20. My mom got diagnosed with cancer a week or so after he passed. We spent her final months watching his work, including Roar

  21. Chester Bennington. Got me through some of the toughest yrs when I was a teenager and even now at 32 yrs old, I just listen and cry at times. RIP Chester

  22. This one hit me hard because I was at my lowest. Only after his death did I start to understand his latest songs.

  23. Probably the only celebrity death to ever personally affect me, even to this day. Parts Unknown used to by one of my all-time favorite shows, I would always throw it on as background noise or rewatch good episodes since I just loved Bourdain's take on life.

  24. Read his book "No reservations" shortly after his death. Liked him before, but really appreciated him after reading that.

  25. This one was the toughest for me. He was a big inspiration. The way he lived to experience things off the beaten path, the way he put those experiences into raw, but poetic words, the way he enjoyed the sensations of food and drink with a wide-eyed joy and a roguish grin on his face. He could disagree with people, but still continue the conversation. I often disagreed with him as well, but I respected him very much, and he taught me a lot. When he passed, it felt like a piece of my mental foundation had shattered. I never thought that this would happen to a man with his mindset, and I had kind of subconsciously modelled a part of myself on him, but here we are. Take care of yourselves out there.

  26. For those interested, his book Kitchen Confidential is amazing. You can get it on audible and he is narrating it. 11/10 recommend it, I learned a lot from it and it’s pretty entertaining.

  27. Same. I have a couple of his cookbooks, and I can hear his voice when I cook from the recipes. His death affected me more than that of any person who I didn’t know personally. It was just so sudden and shocking.

  28. Her murder got (understandably) very little coverage because it was the same night (and weirdly the same city) as the pulse nightclub shooting :(

  29. Not high up enough. The woman had the voice of an angel. Eating disorders are a lot more serious than most people realize.

  30. David Bowie. The night before he died I stayed up late listening to ‘lady stardust’ over and over. Can’t explain why that was in my head that night, but I was surprised and saddened to learn early the next morning that he had passed away. Stay weird y’all.

  31. Came here to make sure someone said David Bowie. I still feel heartbroken over his death. He was such a beacon and encouragement for lovely weirdos, artists, anyone who didn't fit in. And a genius artist as well. I miss him so.

  32. I still remember exactly where I was. I was working underneath a car in a friend's garage when the oldies station I listened to broke the news. The radio host was clearly live because they could barely get through the announcement. After the next song they ran a tribute to Williams which ended with him as Genie talking to Al. I laid underneath a car and balled my eyes out. Still makes me cry thinking about the day Genie died.

  33. The only celebrity death that really affected me. Others were sad to hear about, but Robin's stopped me in my tracks. Still wish we'd had at least another decade with him.

  34. Yeah this one. I remember being a young fledgling nerd and coming down to breakfast and my older brother breaking the news to me and both of us just chilling in silence for the next 10 mins.

  35. Chadwick Boseman. I don’t usually feel upset about celebrity deaths, but I really felt that one. It was shocking to me. It seemed like he had so, so much ahead of him.

  36. Yeah, me too. Normally with celebrities I'm like "oh no. Not them." And move on. With Chadwick I was bugged for a few days. He just seemed like a super good dude and he was just becoming an icon for kids to look up to. He felt like the type of person you want to cast as a super hero because he's so wholesome and good outside of work.

  37. It’s still hard to believe that the whole time we ever saw him in “superhero form” on-screen, he was battling that. You could not tell from his appearance or physical ability what he was dealing with. And only those few who knew saw what was coming.

  38. I always think of the heartbreaking answer to an interview question if we'd see him in Black Panther 2? -No. -Why? -Cause I'll be dead. -Haha, what? No. -Yeah, I'll be dead. He smiles through it, but you can see the pain in accepting his fate when he knew and none else did.

  39. I cried when I read he had died. I was just learning who he was, too. But what got me was he was filming while going through this illness and treatments and managed to keep it quiet from many people. I would see internet rumors that he was a drug addict due to his thin appearance and I'd think to myself there's no way that man is an addict. The internet was cruel about his appearance.

  40. Whats worse was one of photo of him while being diagnosed with cancer was floating around internet when he was alive and people were calling him crack panther and making fun of him. He never even let the people know that he had cancer. I hope he didn't get to see those troll post in his final days

  41. Scrolled way to far to find Chris. As a fat kid, it was amazing to see someone like me on the screen, fat, confident and funny as hell. I feel like we missed out on a lot of funny when we lost Chris Farley.

  42. understandable for him to be sad, he rlly made a big impact on the minecraft community. Rest in peace technoblade

  43. I never understood grieving someone I never met until Chris Cornell passed. When I found out, I texted my Dad, who is a big fan and introduced me to his work. My stoic, unsentimental father said: “I’m so glad we share memories together of his music.” Real tears were shed.

  44. Tom Petty. While I can't remember what took him from us, I remember it was hard on me. I'm not usually one to care about celebrity news either.

  45. A mix of opiates and benzos, as he had held off on hip surgery to finish a tour. A lethal combination of drugs that also claimed Heath Ledger and countless others. You stop breathing during sleep.

  46. He died when I was 16 (i think) and I was obsessed with his music at the time (still am tbh). I remember the day before he died I was talking to my parents (and also trying to convince them to pay half of my trip) about how I planned to attend Ultra (music festival) when I was 18 as I really wanted to watch Tim live. The next day I heard he died and I just could not believe it. I actually refused to believe it until another famous DJ I was listening to played "Wake me up" as a tribute to Avicii. That's when I was like shit, this is actually real... and cried while listening to that masterpiece

  47. Without a doubt... Especially after the documentary. He was so so talented and too delicate and soft for that world. I think about him every year around his death.. it was such as loss.. at least his story might help other struggling introverts in this busy loud world

  48. Not from Sweden, but his music grew with me. There was so much cheerful hopelessness in his work. I had hoped he was getting better after he quit touring.

  49. Mitch Hedberg. I was SO looking forward to so much more joy from him, and he was SUCH a nice guy, only for him to die.

  50. Jim Henson. I was his biggest fan and convinced that I was going to run away and become a muppeteer. I was 11 when he died. My mum sat me down and broke the news, and I still remember just completely falling apart.

  51. Cameron Boyce. I know a lot of people around my age probably say that but he died on the same day that my grandmother died but 2 years later and was around the same age as my brother. I don’t follow pop culture that much but I loved Disney Channel growing up just like everyone else and so seeing this kid that I basically grew up with just die while I was also mourning my grandmother was a bit unsettling

  52. I don't know if "it broke me the most" but it definitely shook me to the core. He was so young! I see him all the time on the "local" Disney channel. (It's the same channel, duh, but they've dubbed only so many shows in my native and they keep playing them over and over)

  53. Cameron Boyce was one of my favourite childhood actors and he felt like a genuine guy. I cried when it was announced that he was dead. Looking back on his death it’s a reminder to me that you should always live your life to the fullest because SUDEP, while rare, can happen to anyone with epilepsy, like myself. I thank him for all the laughs he gave me.

  54. Yeah, I didn't see that one coming. He always seemed so disciplined and focused on his art. It goes to show how vulnerable anyone can be.

  55. Her passing hit me really hard. Not just because I am a fan but because we are the same age and both have kids. I feel so much for her kids losing their mum.

  56. I usually don't care at all about celebrity deaths because they feel more like strangers than anything, but it's harder with Techno because as a youtuber he feels closer to us

  57. When I first heard the news I was in denial. I mean I still kind of am but jeez. He was basically what I grew up watching. And he was just so positive it really sucks to see him go.

  58. Technoblade or Alex, he made me happy when i was sad, i adopted his sarcastic sense of humor as my own and it really helped me think things through in life. he gave me so much more enjoyment out of a game because i really wanted to be like him in a way and be as smart as him, hes always been someone ive wanted to meet and just talk to because hes just a genuine and funny guy who has a lot of witts. so screw cancer. I hope someday people like him dont have to vanish from such an awful illness. Thank you to his family for raising my rolemodel and hero.

  59. I never watched any of his video, but I knew someone else that died at around his age and seeing his dad almost break down while filming that video broke me

  60. This has been a tough one for my family. My 10 year old son is a year into remission. He thought the world of Technoblade. It’s really hard to watch your son lose a role model to the same disease that nearly took his life and may return at any time. Fuck cancer

  61. I saw a post the other day that said something along the lines of "When you die of cancer, the cancer dies too. It's not a loss, it's a draw. Technoblade never loses."

  62. I started listening to Mac right before he died. That kid was a fucking genius and the world is missing out on some amazing music. You can hear the personal and professional growth in each album he released. To think that he hasn't even released his best work is so sad. "I'm thinking maybe I should thank you" - no thank you Mac.

  63. Had to scroll wayyy too far. Whenever he released new music it was like christmas for me, i’d immediately bump it and it would probably stay in rotation for a month. One of the only artists I can really hit shuffle on and not have to change a song. He was a gift.

  64. Same. I’m from PA and heard about his music fairly early on from my older brother. It was crazy seeing his flat form grow so big since Pitt was only 2 or so hours from me. When my brother went off to college in Pitt, he took me to one of his concerts in 2015. Best concert ever, and seeing him perform and talk to the crowd was the best. Hands down the best concert I’ve been to, especially with the atmosphere of the crowd and how excited everyone was to be there. Some artists have to pump up a crowd to perform, and I don’t remember him having to do that since everyone was already going crazy for him (outside of the performative hyping us up, but the crowd was already doing it).

  65. I had to scroll way to far to find his name. My husband and I still talk about how much we miss mac, he was so talented and full of life. When we first met we would bump his music and always said we wanted to see him live. When we found out the news of his passing, it was the first time I was sad over a celebrity passing, just shocking. Mac’s smile was contagious and his sweet nature was written all over his face. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone, we miss him dearly, he was just taken from the world too soon. His whole life in front of him, and his light was snuffed out in an instant. It is so insane to think of the music he would be making through the times we are living through now, I wonder what he would have to say about everything in the years since his passing. We will feel the loss of him and his music in our generation for all time

  66. Soundtrack to my life man. Started listening when he released the Jukebox mixtape and every project afterwards seemed to slot in perfectly to each phase of my life going forward. Always felt like he was making exactly the music I needed at the time. Taught me so much, helped me so much. An old tortured soul gone far too soon.

  67. Aaliyah. She was still rising in popularity and I really enjoyed her work with Timbaland. Plus she was so young (my age at the time) and that fucked with my head a bit too

  68. This one is infuriating to me because it was completely preventable. That plane never should’ve left the ground with the weight loaded onto it, and the pilot wasn’t properly qualified.

  69. Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts. Many years ago, by good fortune, I was able to spend a little bit of time with him and his wife. They were so kind, so nice. The drummer of my favorite band and his wife made me feel so welcome. It really meant a lot to me. His passing hit me hard.

  70. I've said this before on reddit threads: For me May 4 is never about Star Wars, it's the day we lost Adam Yauch. If you haven't yet, read The Beastie Boys Book. It'll make you appreciate MCA that much more.

  71. Lemmy Killmister, we all could tell he was ill but to find out the man was doing a full tour with 13 tumours on his spine and in his head in constant pain along with having a pacemaker and being diabetic just mental

  72. Amy Winehouse - there was hope she was getting better.. then it was over. I, selfishly just wanted one more album 😪

  73. I still love her music. She died on my parents' 40th wedding anniversary and I happened to be home visiting. My mom woke me up saying she had bad news because she knew how much I loved her music. We spent the evening dancing and singing around the kitchen cooking a very fancy dinner listening to Amy. A bad day made good. One of my favorite memories of my mom.

  74. Cameron Boyce. I grew up watching him on TV so his death really shocked me. It was sudden, he was so young, and I was looking forward to seeing how his career would unfold. It definitely still hurts knowing he's gone, but watching him act makes it bittersweet because he left something behind.

  75. I passed up the opportunity to see Nirvana a month or so before he passed and I’ve never forgiven myself.

  76. Brittany Murphy and Amy Winehouse. I was a teenager when they died and struggling with a severe eating disorder (which I eventually recovered from).

  77. I'm glad someone else said this too. This whole post but remembering when I found out about George Michael has my eyes all wet here.

  78. Yeah. A lot of times when someone famous dies, it's sudden and unexpected, but with Gord everybody knew what was happening, and the eventual outcome. It was a blessing that gave us time to prepare, and time for him to share as much of himself as he wanted with us, but it was also hard to know that despite all that he had done, he knew he wouldn't be able to do it for much longer.

  79. River Phoenix. I was just a kid and couldn’t understand how he’d abused his body as he had, given his beliefs :(

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