Sorry Jamie, your telepathy doesn't work -- who should apologise to who for what?
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@babelshift: Perhaps I didn't notice them before, but there were ads at the top of the email list that at first glance looked like emails, but with a mildly different background colour. This was obviously an attempt to get users to click the ads by mistake; bye-bye GMail.
@brian.shapiro: I don't believe it's cruel to state that it's extremely stupid to throw your life away, which is exactly what happened. Hoffman was an extremely wealthy individual, so he was unlikely to be buying drugs off the street where dosages vary, he would have had a good quality supply which makes accidental overdose much less likely. If it was from a high quality supplier, then he wither mis-measured the dose, or decided to take more; either of which is stupid.
I believe it's even worse in this case because
1. He was highly successful in what he did, which takes talent and hard work, but also a large dose of luck. There are many highly talented artists out there who never get a break.
2. He had young children to guide to adulthood, which to my mind is the most important thing in a father's life.
The only good that could come from this is pointing out what a stupid thing it was to do, in order to discourage drug use, and to NOT describe it as a 'terrible tragedy' which makes it sound like some romantic Shakespeare play.
@ScanIAm: Was he depressed? I hadn't heard that. But I still his death was idiotic.
I am also depressed (clinically), but I never resorted to drugs or alcohol or any other kind of 'crutch' because as a relatively intelligent person I know that is exactly the wrong thing to do (even in the depths, I still knew this would be the wrong thing to do, even if I really felt like giving up and letting go).