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Gia Allemand + Lee Thompson Young Commit Suicide, Both 29

There is a legacy shaping up in Hollywood that is garnering many headlines that nobody seems to be talking about, so allow me to break the silence.

By now, you have likely heard of the deaths of former “Bachelor” starlet, Gia Allemand and former Disney star and “Rizzoli & Isles” actor, Lee Thompson Young.

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Coincidentally, both were 29 years old, and both committed suicide.  Allemand took her life the methodical way, by “hanging” around a hospital for about 48 hours, after hanging herself two days earlier.  Young on the other hand took the express lane to the afterlife; he simply shot himself.

If I appear flippant regarding these acts of obvious misguided judgement, then you are reading me loud and clear.

With the exception of terminally ill individuals that want to end their needless suffering by shortening the inevitable, the “suicider’s” get no sympathy from me, and you should feel the same way.

In the case of Allemand, she was distraught about an alleged cheating boyfriend, and we may never know what set off Young, because he didn’t bother to leave a goodbye letter.

Unless Young was suffering from an incurable disease, both of these rising talents deserve no more than what they gave their fans.  A fast adios, and be done with it.

I truly wish that people contemplating suicide would be required to give their remaining years to those who don’t have a say in life expectancy.  How many people do you know that want to live “forever”, only to be struck down by a deadly disease that threatens a full life?

These two people were given the gift of acting, and for what purpose?  So we can now idolize them in death, while listening to Nancy Grace explain the demons behind the scenes that us regular folk could not imagine, because the stress of performing on camera and juggling personal issues, is more difficult in the acting arena.

Hogwash!

Then there’s the story of “That ’70s Show” actress Lisa Robin Kelly, who was apparently suffering so badly from alcohol addiction, that she checked herself back into rehab, only to die shortly thereafter.  She was 43 years old, with a Resume that included “Married…With Children”, “Murphy Brown”, “Charmed”, and “Silk Stockings”.  (Yup, I can see why she drank herself to death).

It seems to me that boredom plays a seriously overlooked role with the acting elite.  When I’m bored, I watch Andy Griffith on my laptop, but when the “stars” have nothing to do, and because they have a stash of cash at their disposal, drugs and alcohol become far more enticing than what’s happening in Mayberry.

This was hardly the case 40 years ago.  “The Partridge Family”, and “Brady” kids seem to be well adjusted for being stereotyped.  With the exception of Susan Dey, who found success in “L.A. Law”, they were all virtually considered a hands off commodity for future projects, even at the peak of their careers.  And, to my knowledge, nobody wanted to kill themselves.

Send me your thoughts – rickstnick@townsquaremedia.com.

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