Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It's been 10 years.
10 years since I lost my first celebrity crush that was John Ritter. I remember how devastated I was because even though I never met John, he had that personality that made you feel like you did know him. I'm sure many of us remember him like this...
That handsome, ornery, beautiful man that played Jack Tripper. I would've given anything to be one of the chicks he was going to take "up the coast to Big Sur." (Matter of fact, we're making a special trip to Big Sur when we go back to California as my own little tribute to him.) I spent many hours watching the king of physical comedy do his thing. Some of my favorite moments from Three's Company were when Janet took him to that fancy party and he had to take a pill or something to get on a boat and ended up with the fern on his head dancing like the Chicquita banana lady.
|OMG, I can't see this without almost weeing myself laughing!|
When he played his own twin brother Austin Tripper.
Or just when he'd wear something funny, it was 10x more hilarious because of how he played the character.
I watched that show for it's entire run and even tuned in for the less than successful "Three's A Crowd" spinoff. Wow, it was bad but I always loved me some John Ritter. I loved seeing him back on the screen toward the end of his life on 8 Simple Rules because a new generation was getting to see his comedic genius.
John died suddenly this day 10 years ago of acute aortic dissection. An aortic dissection is a tear in the wall of the aorta that allows blood to flow within the layers of the aorta. Early diagnosis and treatment of this illness is critical for survival. The end result of an aortic dissection is that the amount of oxygen and nutrients available for the organs of the body is decreased. Because of John's untimely death, his brother, whom he championed his entire life, was tested and unknowingly had the same disorder and had surgery to correct it. John's wife Amy Yasbeck started the John Ritter Foundation shortly after John's death to bring awareness to this condition and help save lives.
She has helped to establish the "Ritter Rules" which is something everyone should be aware of if they are having a cardiac event and ask the doctor to be screened with the appropriate method to rule it out. Aortic dissection mimics a heart attack and the chance of death increases 1% every hour diagnosis and surgical repair is delayed. Please pass her website on to family and friends. We're quick to post Pinterest recipes, joke pictures, memes and selfies to our pages, take the time to pass along something that could save someone's life!
This day, as I do every year, I will watch a few episodes of Three's Company and maybe cry a little but I know I'll laugh a lot just as I did as a kid. There's no one like him and never will be.
You're missed John.
What celebrity passing has affected you?
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