I'm not trying to negate other people's grief, but I feel that no matter how important someone was as a cultural icon and inspiration, it's not the same as having someone you know and care about personally die. Richard and I are both hurting about his mum and having people grieve at us about someone they _didn't_ know personally makes us feel... ignored (It's not the right word for it, but I can't think of a better one at the moment). The worst thing is you can't even get away with ignoring newspapers and web news - people have in their sig files "RIP
Updated: Wednesday, June 27th 2001, 6.16am
Apparently Richard's mum actually died at about 1am on 12th May. We hadn't realised that. Not good for his poor dad, who had to wait until a "sensible time of day" before ringing us. Ironically, we were of course still awake at that time.