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Whose death would cause the greatest stir?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Versatile, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Only including people older than 80 or known to be in poor health, whose death would lead to the biggest society stir? And, including only people you did not personally know well who also fall into those prior conditions, whose death would hit home hardest?

    I don't think George H.W. Bush or Jimmy Carter, the two eligible presidents, would create too much fuss because of how divisive their legacies were. Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali strike me as two eligible people whose deaths would create massive shock waves. Fidel Castro and Robert Mugabe would, as well, for very different reasons. Queen Elizabeth's death would be the most obnoxious because it would be the story that never ends. God, I hate constitutional monarchies.

    Twitter blows up over anyone's passing, but I think Michael J. Fox's death would really hit those in their 20s and 30s hard.

    Clint Eastwood's death would hit me more than any other qualifying candidate, though I'm simply not a sentimental person. I wouldn't get hung up about any celebrity's death. Eastwood's would affect me most because some of his recent work has been excellent.
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Queen Elizabeth II, at age 85, would cause a right worldwide stir upon her death.

    Same for Pope Benedict XVI, age 84.

    And Mikhail Gorbachev, age 80.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Benny's an excellent pull.
  4. MisterIrrelevant

    MisterIrrelevant Active Member

    Abe Vigoda.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Steven Sondheim.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    He's ineligible as an immortal.
  7. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    The Dalai Lama.
  8. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Gorbachev's only 80? I can't be the only one surprised by that, can I?

    And yeah, I'd have to go for the Queen as well, at least for this part of the world.
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Only 76, but yeah.
  10. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    He's gotten more done than some damned football coach.
  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    He's not even close to eligible at 6176.

    Is Magic Johnson eligible? (I don't mean to imply that he would be a viable choice as the biggest death, but I imagine Lakers fans would take that one pretty hard.)
  12. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    He's been the Dalai Lama for 61 years. He's been around longer than that.
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