Eric Morecambe, a famous English television personality and comedian, died on 28 May 1984, of a heart attack. His death occurred just hours after he had told an audience at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, how grateful he was for a new lease of life.
For years, Eric Morecambe had been haunted by heart disease. This had led him to ease the punishing workload which had previously threatened his health. His daughter, Gail, said after his death: “Dad had made every effort to look after himself, and had vowed to take it easier. He told me he planned to enjoy all the things he worked for and spend more time with his family. We have been cheated.” (The Times, London, May 29, 1984).
People think that they are being “cheated” by death, but in fact death is the ultimate and most inevitable certainty of our lives.