I had no idea he was so young. I watched Brokeback Mountain on HBO just last week, and was again swept away by the depth and magnitude of his performance. How could he be SO knowing about all the extraordinary angles of that role?
As I click around to all the blogs with posts for him, I am chilled by seeing the date, today's date, January 22, 2008. A powerful reminder that we don't know the date of our own death. Only those who remain see that side of the equation of our life.
We don't know what was in his heart and mind today, and whether anything clouded his reason. Nor does anyone know how another carries the gift and burden that is life.
But from the outside, it seemed that this man had everything, except length of days.