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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Last night Johnny Cash died. And John Ritter.

Cash was 71, and I guess his death is not a huge shock as he has been in poor health for a couple of years. He was in hospital at the time.

John Ritter died of a heart attack, age 54. He was on set, felt bad, and died later. This one shocks me, people that young are supposed to be fine.
post #2 of 26
I just heard this on the news, very sad indeed.

post #3 of 26
Oh, I didn't hear about Johnny Cash .

How sad for their families.
post #4 of 26
Oh how sad! I recently watched a Larry King interview with Johnny Cash and he didn't look very healthy. He was talking about how much he missed his late wife, June who died in May. -- Although, It's neat to think they are now together

Now John Ritter passing away REALLY shocks me...what a tragedy...he was so young.

post #5 of 26
This is so sad... I just remember seeing Johnny Cash intervewing for the MTV music awards, and its so very sad...
And John ritter always had a warm spot in my heart - "Three is Company" was one of the comedies I grew up watching.
post #6 of 26
so sad. I like both of them.
post #7 of 26
I just saw this and it's very sad.

I had a feeling when June died, Johnny would be soon to follow. I grew up on his music since he was my dad's favourite singer. He was, as my dad called him, a real working man's singer.

John Ritter is a real shock, but goes to show that anyone can pass at any time in their life. But when I die, I hope I go as fast and unexpected as John did.

I actually met John Ritter a couple of years ago in a Blockbuster video store in downtown Toronto!

post #8 of 26
I think both of these deaths are sad, and John Ritter's death is really shocking!!!

It's scary the way people can have heart attacks and die because they didn't realize what was happening to them. That same thing happened to my dad when he had a mild heart attack about a year ago...he didn't realize it... but fortunately, my mom did and took dad to the hospital right away.
post #9 of 26
Its really sad. I knew Johhny Cash had been ill but John Ritter was such a shock. I loved his new show, so funny! My daughter is 14 and loves the old re runs of Three's Company.
post #10 of 26
Its isn't unusual, when a couple is close and have been together a long time, for the surviving spouse to die within a year or so. Johnny Cash has been in bad shape, for a lot of years, too.

The article that I read on Yahoo, said that John Ritter died of a dissection of the aorta. That's something that can go undetected, until it blows. He was only 54 and would have turned 55, next Wednesday.

They will both be missed. Johnny Cash is one of the all-time greats and a cultural icon.
post #11 of 26
John Ritter died???!
I just watched an old episode of Three's Company before going to bed last night. . . . thinking how I used to think he was cute. How weird and tragic. He was way too young

As for Johnny Cash. . . . it's very sad. . . . but more expected. . . especially given the fact that he was so heartbroken over his wife's death. . . and after watching his music video in recent months. . . . his life seemed to be winding down (very sad video by the way).

post #12 of 26
I loved Johnny Cash also, and have to agree that his death was not unexpected - after June passed away, he was so filled with grief, and had been so ill himself. My dad loved him so much, I grew up listening to his music, and I always suspected I was named after 'A Boy Named Sue.'

The video for 'Hurt' made me cry.

I had not heard about John Ritter. It's always so sad when someone so young passes away.

Thoughts and prayers to their families and friends.
post #13 of 26
I can't believe anyone mentions Johnny Cash and john ritter in the same sentence.
A music legend, and a 2 bit actor!
I wasn't really surprised at Johnny Cash's passing, either. I wondered when he got out of the hospital a few days ago if they ha sent him home to die. Truly a great loss. If you haven't heard all of the CD "The Man Comes Around" it is wonderful. Nearly as good as some of his old stuff. Yeah, it is a shame john ritter died at 54, but I neve liked any of the stuff he was in.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
It's tragic for anyone to die unexpectedly and so young. Whether you like their acting or not. But I always had a soft spot for John Ritter, being the son of Tex Ritter. Which I think makes it somehow appropriate to mention them in the same sentence. I am picturing both of them being greeted by Tex.
post #15 of 26
I had not heard about Cash. It is very sad about Ritter, for his family, as well as his co-stars.
post #16 of 26
There seem to be so many leaving us lately. Of course Johnny Cash has been very ill for some time and lost his beloved wife in June. But John Ritter is such a shock. He's so young! All this makes me think lately, about my own mortality.
post #17 of 26
Actor John Ritter dead at 54

Friday, September 12, 2003 Posted: 12:04 PM EDT (1604 GMT)
(CNN) -- Actor and comedian John Ritter, who gained stardom in the sitcom "Three's Company," died of heart failure Thursday night after collapsing on the set of his current TV series. He was 54.

Ritter was rushed from the set of the ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, after suffering from aortic dissection, an unrecognized and undetected flaw in his heart, according to a statement from his publicist Lisa Kasteler.

"Surgeons at the hospital tried to save the Emmy Award-winning actor but, sadly, were unable to do so," the statement said.

Ritter, who would have turned 55 next week, is best known for his role as Jack Tripper on the long-running television sitcom, "Three's Company," which brought him an Emmy.

He was the youngest son of Western film star and country music legend Tex Ritter, according to his biography on ABC's Web site.

He was born on September 17, 1948, and is survived by his wife, Amy Yasbeck and their daughter Stella and three children, Carly, Tyler and Jason, from his first marriage to Nancy Morgan. describes an aortic dissection as "an abnormal separation of tissues within the walls of the aorta" caused by high blood pressure, family history of the condition, disease of connective tissue, or severe trauma to the chest.

"Aortic dissection results in a weakened blood vessel wall that may also rupture," the Web site says.

Ritter guest-starred on many popular television series, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his appearance on "Ally McBeal."

Proving his versatility, he also provided the voice of Clifford on the PBS animated series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," a role for which he received two Emmy nominations.

He is best remembered for his goofy physical humor on "Three's Company," but showcased his penchant for serious acting in Billy Bob Thornton's 1996 cinematic hit, "Slingblade."

That role opened the door for future serious acting roles. He recently co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in Miramax's "Tadpole," directed by Gary Winick.

He also appeared in the independent feature "Manhood," which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Ritter will also be seen in Miramax's "Bad Santa," opposite Thornton. The film is scheduled for release on November 26.

I am so surprised by this - he was always one of my favourite actors since Three's Company.
post #18 of 26
omg no!!! I love John Ritter
post #19 of 26

OMG!!!! How awful!!! *cries*

I loved this guy!!!!
post #20 of 26
** bump **

(Kiwi, here' the other thread)!

post #21 of 26
I didnt see this one.

Thanks Kass.
post #22 of 26
John Ritter, and Johny Cash.
post #23 of 26
I loved John Ritter, too. He was such a nice guy, and though he wasn't quite as cute as he was in his younger days, he still had a cuteness about him. I was thinking, how he woke up yesturday morning and went to work, just like everyone else, not having the foggiest idea, it was going to be his last day on earth.
post #24 of 26
I agree Hope, it could happen to any of us.

post #25 of 26
Yes today's events were indeed shocking, especially John Ritter... I joined this board just before I had to deal with my own father this past summer and I can say without question I have some authority in this manner.

My dad was lucky, our GP discovered a pulsating mass in dad's belly, turned out it was an aortic aneurism the size of an orange, had it gone undetected for much longer, Dad would have died the same way.

This happens to men in their 50's to 60's or younger if there is a family history of it.

As a result of what happened to my dad, I had an ultrasound done on my aorta as well back in July, and I have to have it done every 5 years for the rest of my life.
post #26 of 26
this is a sad day, both these men were good at what they did, they talked to people that worked with them and they had all good to say, the ones that worked with Ritter said he was compared to Dick Van Dike thats a complimant you ask me, i thought he was a funny man and full of life, he had a 5 yr. old son that will not have his daddy to help him grow up, thats sad all in its own.
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