The fabulous and incomparable Eileen Brennan has died at 80 in hospice care, a victim of bladder cancer. She spent her final years in poverty, and had recurring health issues following being hit by a car after a dinner out with Goldie Hawn in 1982.
Brennan was a character actress who was a true original, her sardonic delivery rich with humor and pathos in equal parts. She was unforgettable in The Last Picture Show, The Sting Private Benjamin, Murder By Death and even the lightweight but beloved Clue.
"I'm also at a point where leaving this place behind is just fine and dandy with me!"
Shortly thereafter, Brennan appeared on a radio show to refute the story's assertion, saying:
"I'm not not ready...what's wrong with dying? We all do it. We all do it, man."
She is just one of those people whose death bothers me way more than it logically should.