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2b1ask1:
And we know he died because???

Just like the Vegas hoaxed deaths???

Watch this - totally fake... no tears... even smiling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDv00C6cKbI&t=15s
8:59 pm — Monday, 2 October 2017
@2b1ask1:
Really, why don’t you haul your discount, tacky conspiracy-ass to the top of the Burj Khalifa and toss yourself from it while eating a shit burrito and assfucking yourself with a drilldo?
9:15 pm — Monday, 2 October 2017
piece of kit:
> I don’t throw the word “hero” around lightly, but Tom Petty was a hero.

> a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

I guess "outstanding achievements" in music?

Seems like it's a pretty loose use of the word.

![](https://i.imgur.com/aHbQN9k.png)
9:53 pm — Monday, 2 October 2017
ano:
It sucks Tom Petty died.
2:16 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
My Optional Name:
Tom Petty is one of the all time greats in rock, no question of it, and I love his music. But I'm not devastated by his death. People get old and die, as will I one day. No sense in getting choked up over it. I save that for the ones who get taken away far too early in their lives.
3:34 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
yawn:
WHERE WAS GRUBER WHEN PRINCE PASSED?
4:31 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
ohm:
It appears that he may not have died, Gruber, so yay! And if he's still alive, you owe everyone reading an apology for pretending to be on the right side of the factual debate.
5:36 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
ano:
wtf is with the weird conspiracy theory people in here.

he was discovered unconscious after a heart attack. that means no oxygen to the brain, which means death.
7:14 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
jimothy:
@My Optional Name:

Ten bucks says the Grubester isn't devastated, either. He's just playing (probably unknowingly) the emotional one-upsmanship that writing on the internet encourages.

When all your Twitter and Facebook friends are sad, you have to be devastated to show that you *really* care.

Whether it's virtue signaling, or faking outrage, or expressing grief over celebrities you never met, you've gotta outdo your piers.

As for me, I'm absolutely, completely devastated. I need something to cope. What would help? What is it that I need. No, not a bourbon; that may help The Grubester, but not me. I need something else.

Ah, I know: [I need a hash tag](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeXX_zwhmi8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeXX_zwhmi8
8:39 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
2b1ask1:
New video on the Vegas shooting - watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVabjG6cKlk
11:24 am — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
@2b1ask1:
Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams, amirite?

Fuck off with that nonsense.
2:26 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
The virtue signaller:
Why do callous pricks get to throw around accusations of "virtue signalling" when someone they don't like (or someone who has a different political agenda) expresses an opinion or emotion. Give Gruber the benefit of the doubt. It's possible he is hurt by the Las Vegas shooting, and it's possible he's devastated by the death of one of his favourite musicians. No one else gets to decide if someone else's feelings are valid, and trying to shame people into silence by accusing anyone who speaks up of being insincere is a dick move. You're not clever.
3:15 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Grubology 101:
^ This.
3:37 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
piece of kit:
> Tom Petty was a hero

Debatable.

> Tom Petty was *my* hero

Absolutely.
4:13 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
anonymous:
Reminds me of that time when Ryan from the Office thought Smokey Robinson had died:

**Ryan:** [pacing back and forth.] No, no, no, no, no, no, no! No, no, no, no, no, no.
**Pam:** Okay fine. Ryan, something the matter? 
**Ryan:** Smokey's dead. 
**Pam:** Smokey, the bear? 
**Ryan:** Smokey Robinson Pam. He died like an hour ago, I guess I'm the first to know. 
**Jim:** Wow That's terrible, I really liked him. 
**Ryan:** Oh you liked him? That's nice. Did you like when he changed the course of American music like two or three times? Did you like that tracks of my tears is maybe the last true love song ever written? I'm glad you liked him Jim. I am completely devastated right now. 
**Jim:** Well, I second that emotion. 
**Ryan:** Huh? 
**Nellie:** I know a few of his songs, but what were his big ones? 
**Ryan:** Oh God, Nellie! What wasn't his? I mean, um, "Tracks of my Tears"? 
**Nellie:** Yeah 
**Ryan:** Um... God, so many, Nellie! 
**Pam:** No, no, no, "Tracks of My Tears" and what else? What are some more? What's one more? 
**Ryan:** Okay, I'm not... I'm not playing this game, Pam. Not today. 
**Pam:** I don't think you love Smokey Robinson. I think you're just doing all of this to prove how deep you are about music 
**Ryan:** Okay, I'm sorry I'm not a fan of Jason Mraz or the Beatles. 
**Dwight:** You don't like the Beatles? 
**Ryan:** That's... That's not the point! 
**Dwight:** Eleanor Rigby? Paperback writer? 
**Ryan:** Okay, you know, you always think you have time to see these legends before they go. What was I so busy doing? 
**Oscar:** It says here this Smokey Robinson dead thing was a hoax. It's on CNN as of two minutes ago. 
**Ryan:** Okay well, that's a relief! 
**Jim:** Wow! Look at that! It says he's actually playing State College. That's only three hours away! 
**Pam:** Oh my God, Ryan! That's perfect! You have to go! 
**Jim:** Tickets are 250 bucks. 
**Pam:** 250 dollars is nothing to the world's biggest Smokey Robinson fan. 
**Ryan:** Yeah... Who's opening? 
**Jim:** Paul Anka. 
**Ryan:** Paul Anka?! How can they make the Smoke Man play with someone like that? I don't think I can see this. 
**Jim:** Okay, you could just show up late though. 
**Ryan:** How much is parking, like 30 bucks? That's not what Smokey would have wanted. Does want. 
**Pam:** Tears of a clown! 
**Ryan:** Don't call me a clown, Pam. You're better than that!
4:33 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
jimothy:
If Gruber is devastated because some celebrity he doesn't actually know, then he needs help.

Am I a callous prick? I don't think so, but maybe. Or maybe I just don't see the virtue of pretending to be so emotionally fragile that I'm "devastated" but a celebrities death.

If you're family or close friends with the late Mr. Petty, you have a right to be devastated. If you're just a fan of his music, you're either lying when you say you're devastated, or an emotional basket case. I'm going to give Gruber the benefit of the doubt and say it's the former.
6:47 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
anonymous:
This makes no sense to me. HOW was Tom Petty a hero?
8:27 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Just This Guy, You Know.:
Always a race to see who can be the biggest cunt when a celebrity dies.

Congratulations. You win the steak knives.
8:28 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
jimothy:
I'm just being honest. I'm sorry he died. I feel bad for his family. But I don't feel bad for Gruber or that guy who had a Heartbreakers T-shirt he got from that concert and used to sing American Girl at the top of his lungs.

Gruber and your friends on Facebook might be racing to see who's the most heartbroken (see what I did there?), but I'm staying out of that race and calling out insincerity when I see it.

Gruber's not devastated. None of you are are. And if we try, I'll be everyone one of us can even, just fine.
9:02 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Just This Guy, You Know.:
You could always roll your eyes privately.
10:12 pm — Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Flying Fuck:
Apparently you DO throw the word "hero" around. Give me a fucking break.
1:30 am — Wednesday, 4 October 2017
anonymous:
To see how Gruber has changed (for the worse) over the years, compare this to his response when Steve Jobs died.

Also, look at his nearly week long absence when Trump was elected.
2:35 am — Wednesday, 4 October 2017
My Optional Name:
>>Tom Petty was a hero

>Debatable.

>>Tom Petty was my hero

>Absolutely.

Uh, if he "absolutely" is a hero to John Gruber, then he is "a" hero.
3:27 am — Wednesday, 4 October 2017
piece of kit:
> Uh, if he "absolutely" is a hero to John Gruber, then he is "a" hero.

Nope.
3:34 am — Wednesday, 4 October 2017
ohm:
Well, it's official, and sad. For a while, the news agencies were saying he had died when that wasn't the case, or wasn't confirmed. Even the police were not clear.

Whatever the case, this is sad news.
6:51 am — Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Witness Protection:
Tom Petty talking about the time an arsonist burned down his house:

"But it's very hard to even believe that someone wants to kill you, you know? It's a very hard thing to go through. And, you know, when the police and the arson people are telling me that, you know, someone did it, I'm just going, well, surely there's a mistake, you know? It must have been a bad wire, you know? And, you know, they were absolutely sure there was no mistake. So the interesting thing about that is how many people called and confessed the following day. They were confessing from all over America. And it was like, you know, people in New Jersey would call and confess. Then I realized just how bonkers people are, you know? And it's like there are some people that are really bonkers."

Yeah, have to agree there. People in New Jersey are pretty bonkers.
5:21 am — Thursday, 5 October 2017
My Optional Name:
>Tom Petty talking about the time an arsonist burned down his house:

You left out the part where he got his wife and 5-year-old daughter out safely.

The man is a bona-fide HERO!
12:42 pm — Friday, 6 October 2017
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