Bea Arthur’s passing shouldn’t come as a surprise. The brilliant actress and comedienne was 86 years old after all, but her death has rocked me to my core. Perhaps I’m already sensitive after losing one hero this month, my dear friend and companion, Crystal Quiroz, or perhaps its because Bea Arthur was more to me than just a star on TV or stage.
At 11:01 p.m. U.S.A. Central on April 13, 2009 at the age of 33 years old, after the most valiant struggle to survive ever witnessed, Crystal Marie Quiroz , beloved friend, wife, aunt, sister and daughter, left this Earth. She was surrounded by friends and family until the very end. She will be missed.