And on a more tragic note, two well known personalities passed away this weekend. In the end, death comes to us all.
Colin Steele McRae, MBE (5 August 1968 – 15 September 2007) was a Scottish World Rally Championship (WRC) driver, the son of five-time British Rally Champion, Jimmy McRae and older brother of professional driver Alister McRae. He won the world driver’s title in 1995, was championship runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001, and third in 1998.
He helped Subaru to the Manufacturers’ title in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and Citron in 2003. He was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.
McRae lost his life on the 15 September 2007 when his AS350B2 Squirrel helicopter crashed, close to the McRae family home. Colin’s five year old son Johnny, along with two other friends, also lost their life in the accident.
Colin McRae became popularised amongst the gaming community thanks to the string of WRC racing titles released by CodeMaster, and this was indeed the avenue through which I learned about this great competitor.
Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the name Reagan O’Neal. He died September 16, 2007 from complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (cardiac amyloidosis).
His Wheel of Time series is one of the longest and most intricate tales ever woven, and millions of sci-fi/fantasy fans will mourn his death. He died, just before the completion of the twelfth and final book in the Wheel of Time saga, a story that began way back in 1990.