The Last Days of Dead Celebrities
Former New York Daily News gossip columnist and bestselling author Mitchell Fink made his livelihood reporting on celebrities' lives. Now, he reports on their deaths.
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Former New York Daily News gossip columnist and bestselling
author Mitchell Fink made his livelihood reporting on
celebrities' lives. Now, he reports on their deaths. John
Lennon, Ted Williams, Lucille Ball, John Ritter, Warren
Zevon: these are just a few of the fifteen larger-than-life
celebrities whose final days are detailed here.
No one is better qualified than Fink to tell these stories.
Working with an extraordinary level of access -- and the
cooperation of the stars' families and friends, all on the
record -- he has unearthed exclusive and moving material. He
portrays here the broad range of emotions these very
sympathetic icons experienced.
Our cultural obsession with celebrities verges on the
macabre. Now Fink answers that obsession literally, telling
of his subjects' physical, emotional, and spiritual journeys
to the end of life. He talked to Yoko Ono about the optimism
of John Lennon's final week; Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi
about the frenzy of John Belushi's debauched ending; David
Bloom's NBC colleagues about the acceptance, even peace, he
found in the chaos of war in the desert.
Describing John Ritter's last few days on the set of his hit
television show, Fink focuses on the camaraderie and warmth
that Ritter created -- as remembered by pals Henry Winkler
and Peter Bogdanovich, who happened to be guest stars that
week. Fink's tender profile of Warren Zevon chronicles the
bittersweet year during which the musician faced his
mortality in his iconoclastic fashion, embracing a
sex-drugs-rock-&-roll attitude, before greeting his death
completely on his own terms. Mitchell Fink has captured the
intimate moments and sets the record straight on these very
human, very vulnerable public figures.
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