Sad Weekend: Barbara Bush in Failing Health, and R. Lee Ermey Passes Away


We got tough news on two fronts on Sunday.

First, the beloved Gunny, R. Lee Ermey, has passed away at the age of 74.

Ermey was a former Marine Corps drill instructor who found fame playing  Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the infamous Stanley Kubrick movie, Full Metal Jacket.

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Since then he’s played similar roles across many movies, as well as getting other opportunities to play his famously alpha male personality. (My favorite was his voice role in the Toy Story movies.)

Ermey was popular with conservatives for his clear cut defense of liberty and his willingness to support freedom whenever he got the chance.

He will be missed, for his movies and for his wonderful personality.

Check out Ermey from a short interaction he had with the folks at TMZ a while back:

Sadly, that’s not the end of the bad news from Sunday.

We also learned that the matriarch of the Bush clan is in failing health and that she has decided against receiving new treatments that could prolong her life.

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. She has been on oxygen for some time.

Her husband, former President George H. W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil. Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week.

Bush’s office released a statement, confirming after a “recent series of hospitalizations,” she has decided against seeking additional medical help and will instead focus on “comfort care.”

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” the statement continued.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bush family as they struggle through this difficult time.

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