RIP Andy Hallett AKA Lorne

I had just got back online this evening when I read this. I have kept Wikipedia’s main page as my browser’s default homepage and I occasionally check out the deaths section. I scrolled down the list and got stuck at this one – sadly one of the greatest singing voices I have ever heard, albeit not one who is that famous, has passed away.

Andy Hallett, a singer and actor in the tv series Angel, who played the lovable demon Lorne, also called The Host, an anagogic demon who reads the hearts and futures of his guests as they sing in his karaoke bar. That was his first attempt at acting as he was discovered by the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, while singing at a Blues convention. The character of Lorne was created based on Andy’s personality.

After a five-year battle with heart disease and at least three additional hospitalizations, Hallett died from congestive heart failure on March 29, 2009 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Rest in peace Andy. If there is an afterlife, I know you will be belting out numbers in that awesome voice of yours. Watch & listen to his version of Lady Marmalade which was part of an Angel season 4 episode & his introduction to the series during which he starts off with I Will Survive where eagles dare movie .

Andy Hallett (August 4, 1975 – March 29, 2009)

Lady Marmalade

I Will Survive

I Broke My Favourite Coffee Mug

Shattered! Into many pieces of ceramic (or is it porcelain) shards, reminiscent of the great ruins of Greece or Babylon.

This pretty coffee mug, pink & white was gifted to me, and similar mugs to the rest of my team, from the management of the company I work for, for achieveing the top performance out of 19 such departments across the country. Even though it wasn’t expensive it meant a lot to me.

It represented  one of just 3 award kind of things that I have ever received from my company for achievements in performance. We felt a bit proud in walking up to the front of the crowd and presented it. And now it’s broken!

I was having coffee late last evening and I had left the mug next to my monitor (on a coaster) until much later in the night. As I got up to go to the look to take a leak, my elbow hit the mug and down it went and shattered. I gathered up the pieces and wiped the coffee remnants off the floor.