News of character actor Abe Vigoda’s death was a hot topic of conversation around the Courier water cooler Tuesday. (Technically, it’s a Kamboocha cooler.) And much like the Internet, which the Courier tries to model itself after right down to the way we interact with one another (#4realz), the most common reaction to news of the former Barney Miller star’s death at the age of 94 was either “finally!” or “I thought he was dead already.” We may have contributed some of those callous remarks. And for that we are sorry.
But to be fair, “Mistaken reports of his death” is the third category in Vigoda’s Wikipedia profile, right after early life and career, and ahead of personal life, filmography, television work and sexual adventures while wearing sock garters. We may have made that last one up, and for that, we are once again sorry.
That said, perhaps in a bit of karmic comeuppance, we did some rough calculations of Vigoda’s age when he appeared in The Godfather and Barney Miller, and it’s really not that far away for us, provided we don’t die from glibness. Seriously, we’re not good with our emotions or addressing our own mortality. Once again, sorry.