Love and loss.
In many ways, they’re the ultimate human stories. And we had several of them this week – stories that reminded us how wondrous, how precious and ultimately how fragile life can be.
Two deaths that were strangely timely, and one that was tragically untimely, were among this week’s five stories that got the strongest reactions on PEOPLE.com.
Check them out below, and let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.
Rarely is a story about death met with so much love. But Kenneth and Helen Felumlee were never just an ordinary couple. They’d been inseparable since they were teenagers, and after 70 years of marriage, they still held hands at breakfast every morning. Their final acts were oddly united, too. Helen died at age 92 on April 12, and Kenneth, who was a year younger, died the next morning – a couple who really couldn’t live without each other.
Earning the biggest “wow” of the week was our fun photo feature of PEOPLE’s “Most Beautiful” celebrities posing with their younger selves – everyone from Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford and Meg Ryan to Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Seeing them all side by side proves, if anything, that they’re only getting better with age!
Another week, another story about Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott that made PEOPLE readers angry. This time, the issue was McDermott’s claim on True Tori that sex with his wife wasn’t fulfilling for him. “We would have sex once every two weeks,” he said. “It wasn’t fantastic.” Plenty of readers called him out on it, as did the therapist on the show, saying his views on sex and marriage were “like a fairy tale.”
The saddest news of the week was the death of Eric Hill, 31, a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette, who passed away three days after a paragliding accident in Utah. “He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth,” his sister wrote.
Finally, leave it to Neil Patrick Harris to get the biggest laugh of the week. When an audience member at his Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch yelled out “I love you, Neil,” the always entertaining actor had a quick and biting reply – in character, no less: “I’m doing something up here, motherf—–.” Despite the profanity, “it really was a light-hearted moment,” a rep for Harris said later.
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