Weeks after the fact, I’m still partly in denial about Robin Williams’ death. When an entertainer who was always part of the backdrop of your childhood passes away, it’s like losing a constant. (Reference to the 77th episode of Lost.)
It’s almost like you subconsciously think to yourself, “He can’t be dead. If he’s dead, am I dead too?”
Five years ago, around the time of my 10th year class reunion, three legendary American entertainers passed away: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon.
That was the 1st time I truly become familiar with the concept “Celebrity Deaths Come In Threes.”
I’m not at all a superstitious kind of guy, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume it was real…
Robin Williams a few weeks ago, Joan Rivers today… who’s next? Could we predict it?
I am going to attempt to jinx the next celebrity death: Jay Leno.
Here’s what he has in common with both Robin Williams and Joan Rivers:
They all 3 are/were legendary American comedians who played themselves in guest starring roles in Louis CK’s FX show, Louie.
Louie, by the way, is surprisingly one of the few TV shows I enjoy. As dark as it is, I appreciate many of his takes on parenthood. I love his words of wisdom to his young daughter in the episode, “Pregnant”:
“The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them.”
I want to be wrong about my theory. That’s why I’m going public with my theory. I’m not taking death lightly- I just would have be too weirded out if Jay Leno truly was the 3rd celebrity death and I only privately predicted it.
Now, here’s to being wrong… here’s to jinxing the “Celebrity Deaths Come In Threes” theory.