First, there was one of the "Original Kings of Comedy", comedian and actor, Bernie Mac, who died on August 9th of complications from a bout with pneumonia. I sure can't say this guy was ever an amazing comedic talent in my eyes, nor did he always pick the best movies to be in, but let's face it - you knew who Mac was and you liked him just for the character he was in and of himself. A powerful presence. Plus, he was in one more Michael Bay movie than most of us will ever be in.
The day after Mac's death, there was the very unexpected death of legendary musician and songwriter (and voice actor of South Park's "Chef" character) Isaac Hayes, who died of a second stroke. Hayes, a Scientologist since 1995, left the South Park show in 2006 when the writers/creators finally stepped on toes he actually gave a damn about. In what some would call a fairly hypocritical move, he made a lot of loyal South Park fans pretty upset by letting such a beloved character as Chef just disappear, but you simply can't stay mad at the guy who wrote the theme song to Shaft. For your listening enjoyment, here it is:
And finally, today we lost LeRoi Moore, saxophone player for the Dave Matthews Band since the group's inception. As Wikipedia states:
Moore was injured on June 30, 2008 in an ATV accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung, and was hospitalized at UVA for several days. Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, stood in for Moore on subsequent tour dates. Though released several days later, Moore was re-hospitalized in mid-July for complications related to the accident.
On August 19, 2008, the official Dave Matthews Band website reported that Moore died of complications from his injuries in the ATV accident, first reported by local website cVillain.com. The following statement was released on the band's website:
"We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program."
That band won't be the same without him.
Rest in peace, guys. And thank you for all your gifts.