Why be a bastard about it?
Anderson died of kidney failure brought about by terminal prostate cancer. He didn't OD on heroin, he didn't blow his brains out, he didn't drown in a pool of his own vomit, he wasn't riddled with bullets in an ego-driven gang drive-by, he didn't auto-eroto-aspyxiate, he didn't die of carelessly acquired HIV.. His body wore out for one of the many reasons why bodies fail.
The man died of natural causes. His body succumbed to a condition that strikes more older men than most probably realize. Why trivialize or fabularize his passing? Why slant it, or make unfair comparisons? He didn't live in the 'fast lane', he was a dignified craftsman of the written word.
Anderson made a significant contribution to his field of choice: seven Hugo and three Nebula awards.. Why belittle him? Through writing, he affected the minds of his readers, and through these, the world..
Why are there so many that need mourning? Anderson, Asimov, Heinlein, Douglas.. Well, people are finite. No promoter is responsible, no lifestyle offers an escape from being mourned.
You're impressed he lived to 74? I hope you are that lucky. I certainly hope I am. I'm sure that cancer didn't seek him out because he attended conventions and promoted his writings.. That's a cold and cruel implication. I hope your, and my passing are much kinder than his.
Why do so many people need mourning? Because they made a point of making a difference while they were here. They played a net positive game with respect to the rest of us. And any suggestion that this man's lifestyle was what put him in the grave, at 74 - suffering from cancer, is contemptible.
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