Rest In Peace: The R.I.P. Thread

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Awful news, aside from his talent he was a great philanthropist. RIP.
A discussion about the Bryant rape accusations was on BBC radio this morning. Nicky Campbell made the point that, if the sexual assault had happened in today's climate, Bryant wouldn't have been able to pay off his victim and rebuild his reputation so easily.
 

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Another institution gone. Is this year going to be comedy's 2016?
 

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OK, Kobe Bryant was a complete bastard then. But his daughter and her friend weren't.
 

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Sad to see Nicholas Parsons go, the Edinburgh Fringe won't be the same without him. And he was in Doctor Who. And he made a film with Jerry Lewis. And he never found out if Elizabeth wanted that mink coat. Etc, etc. RIP to a gentleman.
 

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OK, Kobe Bryant was a complete bastard then. But his daughter and her friend weren't.
Who said they were?

It was the near sanctification of Kobe Bryant that The Guardian was challenging, given that he half-strangled the woman as well as "encountering" her.
 

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So sad to hear about Nicholas Parsons. What a legend.
He lived his life without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
 

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It pays not to look too closely at your sports heroes. Very few of them hold-up under close scrutiny and Kobe was no exception. It does, however, seem like he turned his life around in recent years. So, it's tragic that his life was cut short when he was starting to give back to his community.
 

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Must admit that I'd never heard of Bryant until his death was announced, and then it was mostly how great he was.
 

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"he was starting to give back to his community. "

Bit like Jimmy Savile's huge financial contributions to Stoke Mandeville hospital, or Rolf Harris's fund raising for AIDS and Epilepsy research?
 

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absolute gentleman, I believe my earliest memory of him was Sale of the Century. Who rememb that?
From Norwich. It’s the quiz of the week. It’s the Sale of the Century! How could you have a sale of the century every week? I was lucky enough to meet him once, an absolute gentleman.
 

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Must admit that I'd never heard of Bryant until his death was announced, and then it was mostly how great he was.
Now this is really odd.

The only (solitary) context in which I'd ever consciously heard his name mentioned before was in a song, back (it would appear) in 2002: "Stole", by Kelly Roland. Others here on the forum might remember it- I certainly do. But I must've somehow understood+remembered, just from that, exactly who he was....because his name& sport immediately came back to me when I heard the reports of his death.

And it's an oddly-resonant (if not quite prophetic) song....

Stole said:
He was always such a nice boy
The quiet one with good intentions
He was down with his brother, respectful
to his mother
A good boy
But good don't get attention
One kid with the promise
The brightest kid in school, he's not a fool
Reading books 'bout science and smart stuff
It's not enough, no
'Cause smart don't make you cool
Well he's not invisible anymore
With his father's nine and a broken fuse
Since he walked through that classroom door
He's all over prime time news
Mary's got the same size hands as
Marilyn Monroe
She put her fingers in the imprints
At Mann's Chinese Theatre Show
She could've been a movie star
Never got the chance to go that far
Her life was stole Oh Oh, now we'll never know
They're crying to the camera
Said he never fitted in, he wasn't welcome
He'd show up to the parties we was hanging in
Some guys were putting him down, bullin' him 'round
Now I wish I would have talked to him
Gave him the time of day, not turn away
If I would've then it wouldn't maybe go this far
He'd might'a stayed at home playing
angry chords on his guitar
He's not invisible anymore
With his baggy pants and his legs in chains
Since he walked through that classroom door
Everybody knows his name
Mary's got the same size hands as
Marilyn Monroe
She put her fingers in the imprints
At Mann's Chinese Theatre Show
She could've been a movie star
Never got the chance to go that far
Her life was stole Oh Oh, now we'll never know
Greg was always getting net from 20 feet away
He had a tryout with the sixahs couldn't
wait for Saturday
Now we're never gonna see him slam
Flyin' as high as Kobe can
His life was stole Oh! Oh! Now we'll never know
Ya their lives were stole
Now we'll never know
We were here, all together yesterday
 
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Can't say I'd ever heard of him either but it's because basketball in the UK is not a big sport. If it was a sport with mass appeal we'd all know of him. Basketball is huge in the US. I couldn't name you even one other top basketball, baseball or American football star.

The closest I can come is someone like Ronnie O'Sullivan, regarded as probably the best snooker player there ever has been. I don't reckon too many US residents will have heard of him though. Not a great comparison as snooker is probably nowhere near as popular in the UK as basketball is in the US..

It's a tragic accident whichever way you look at it.
 

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Didn't we have a thread on what we believe happens after death?

i'm going for either a big party with everyone I've loved and lost, or total oblivion and no more pain.
 
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