This morning, we woke up to the news that Boyzone’s Stephen Gately had died suddenly, at the age of 33.
When young people die, it is always shocking but particularly so when it is unexpected. It is not so much the reminder that we are mortal or that life is short – we all know that don’t we? – but the realization that this was not in their immediate plan. Like Michael Jackson earlier in the year, Stephen was on the verge of a world tour. Dying wasn’t on his agenda just like it isn’t on mine. It’s the thought that I could pop out for milk and never drink that cup of tea on the worktop that I find particularly chilling.