Sunday, November 1, 2015

In Memoriam: Fred Thompson (1942-2015)

News came on Sunday of the death of Fred Thompson.

Many people will remember Thompson for his roles in Days of Thunder, Die Hard 2, and the Law & Order franchise.  Politicos remember Thompson as a U.S. Senator and attorney with a key role in the Watergate Hearings.

I never admired Thompson for his politics or his role hawking reverse mortgages, but I did enjoy following him on social media and watching him on the big and small screen.

Thompson was an imposing 6'5" and typically found himself placed in roles of authority.  He played those roles well and with the necessary authority.

After having three older children with his first wife, Thompson became a father again in 2003 and 2006 with his second wife.  He was a doting father.

Thompson had health problems over the years and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2004.  He eventually went into remission after successful treatment.  Reports say he recently experienced a recurrence of Lymphoma.

The big fella from Tennessee definitely lived an amazing and remarkable life.  Fred Thompson was 73.

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