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John Mann of Spirit Of The West

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Xelebes, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Xelebes

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  2. garrettdavis275

    garrettdavis275 Gold Member

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    Weights & Measures was in steady play in my sister's CD collection. I still listen to the song Circus from time to time. Excellent album.
     
  3. player99

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    57 years old, early onset Alzheimers.
     
  4. DaddyDog

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    I highly recommend this documentary about John, Alzheimers, and the band. Best to keep a box of Kleenex handy. SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE
     
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  5. Jimmy The Gent

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    Always liked the song "And if Venice is sinking". RIP.
     
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  6. mhammer

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    Earliest diagnosed onset I've ever heard of was at 33. The speed at which the disease is observed to progress is faster at earlier ages, although younger people tend to have, and deploy, more strategies to compensate and keep it hidden. So it is remotely possible that the progression of the disease in younger and older people is more comparable than thought, and we simply "catch" younger victims further on in the disease's progress, such that the interval between diagnosis and death is shorter.

    The difference in speed of decline amongst younger patients historically led the medical field to consider early onset a wholly different disease process than what one sees in elderly grandparents. Subsequently, once the similarities in brain tissue samples between older and younger victims became clearer, medical thinking starter to include the possibility of it being a sort of auto-immune disease, since immune function declines with advancing age (i.e., your body is not going to attack itself as aggressively). But my understanding is also that this possible cause has fallen into disfavour.

    There are things we expect to see in the elderly, that strike as relatively "normal" when accompanied by wrinkles and white hair. When observed in much younger people, they revulse and distress us.
     
  7. davetcan

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    Great song indeed. RIP.

     
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