Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Who is Lou Kemia, and Why is He Offing Celebrities?

It is a fairly odd coincidence that Tom Snyder and Bill Walsh had the same cause of death.

East Coast Bias noted as much:

Leukemia 2, Legends 0. Bill Walsh passed today away after a long battle with leukemia. Legendary television and radio broadcaster Tom Snyder also died of leukemia complications in the past 24 hours.

This was even discussed in the Telecaster Guitar Forum:

Both of them had leukemia and now both are gone.


Wow. Bill sure was a legend, and I really enjoyed Tom's "Tommorrow Show" back in the day...


Could be argued that Walsh is the greatest coach the NFL ever had. Besides his record he revolutionised the game. He was a true gentleman to boot. He will be greatly missed.

I hadn't heard about Tom Snyder. I sure enjoyed his show years ago. He was a gifted interviewer.

Sorry to see them go.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides this information about leukemia:

Leukemia is the general name for four different types of blood cancers. The ways that individuals with leukemia are affected and treated and the rate at which the disease progresses, are different with each type of leukemia....

Leukemia is the general term used to describe four different disease-types called:

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

The terms lymphocytic or lymphoblastic indicate that the cancerous change takes place in a type of marrow cell that forms lymphocytes. The terms myelogenous or myeloid indicate that the cell change takes place in a type of marrow cell that normally goes on to form red cells, some types of white cells, and platelets.

Acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia are each composed of blast cells, known as lymphoblasts or myeloblasts. Acute leukemias progress rapidly without treatment.

Chronic leukemias have few or no blast cells. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia usually progress slowly compared to acute leukemias....

The four types of leukemia each begin in a cell in the bone marrow. The cell undergoes a leukemic change and it multiplies into many cells. The leukemia cells grow and survive better than normal cells and, over time, they crowd out normal cells....

People can get leukemia at any age. In 2007, about and 40,440 adults and 3,800 children are expected to develop leukemia. It is most common in people over age 60. The most common types in adults are AML and CLL. ALL is the most common form of leukemia in children.

For most types of leukemia, the risk factors and possible causes are not known. Most people who have any of the specific risk factors that have been identified do not get leukemia - and most people with leukemia do not have these risk factors.

As for Lou Kemia, I found his MySpace page. He's 19 years old, from Illinois, and offers us this quote:

"All I need is the clothes on my back and the weed in my bag!"

But hey, I happen to like "Riders on the Storm."


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