Hard Road to Fame
Last year had more than its share of celebrity deaths, names we were well acquainted with due to the person’s newsworthy deeds or misdeeds. But 2009 also hosted the passing of people who lived quietly and left, or were on track to leave, just as soundlessly when . . . something twisted happened.
In October, a few weeks after Jean Kasper died of cancer, her three daughters were enjoying dinner when they noticed specks of what looked like black pepper in their mashed potatoes. But it wasn’t pepper; it was their mother.
In September in Vienna, Austria, Gunter Link, a devout Catholic, grabbed a pillar at church as he gave thanks for being rescued from a stuck elevator. Bad move.
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