Eric Tierney A few months ago, I was bitching about being snubbed by a journalist named Eric Tierney. I just found out he died this morning. I went to school with this guy. We were both in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Had I entered the program the year that I enrolled, we would have been in the same classes. As it was, we still did shows together. I even saw him perform last summer in a 24 hour new play festival. He was a great performer, and a great guy. He was always very kind to me, and his passion for his work was infectious. I'm not sure what the exact circumstances are surrounding his death, yet. I was told that he had been ill for the past month with a viral infection that shut down his liver and affected his brain stem. I just called the paper where he worked, and apparently some people hadn't even known about his illness. He had told me that he was planning on reviewing JoKyR and Jesster in September of last year, but never made it to the show. I emailed him afterward, but never heard back from him. Now my mind is reeling, trying to figure out what happened. Had he been sick longer than a month? Was he preoccupied with health issues, or is it just a coincidence? Mainly though, I have to wonder how this could happen. Eric was young. Young people aren't supposed to just get sick and die. Speaking as someone without health insurance nor a flu vaccination, his death is both tragic and terribly unsettling. In any case, he'll be missed.