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January 26th, 2009 (04:48 pm)

where i am: at work, not working
how i am: sad
accompanied by: people working

I know the bad news is spreading rapidly within our fandom but I'm going to take a moment to share it and pay tribute as well. According to Jim Beaver's myspace page, Kim Manners has passed away.


My deepest sympathies go to his friends and family and to the cast and crew of Supernatural who have benefitted so greatly from his leadership, guidance and friendship. Kim, and his directing talent, is largely responsible for this passion I have for Supernatural and our beloved Winchesters. I'm feeling his loss deeply and can only imagine the grief those close to him are feeling.

My heart goes out to them all.

Rest in peace, Kim. You will be missed.


Posted by: heather03nmg (heather03nmg)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
the pretty

Very well said. What a sad day.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Dean Woobie

Thanks. This news is heart-breaking.

Posted by: smilla (smilla02)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)

Yes, the loss is great for us, I can't imagine what it is for those close to him.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
GIF Boys Both Hugs

I lost my mom almost 4 years ago to lung cancer (that had spread to her brain). Those words always feel like an extra punch to the gut when I hear them together and I can only hope that Kim's suffering was minimal - for his sake and his friends and family.

He has a wonderful legacy though and all of us can take some comfort in that.

Posted by: smilla (smilla02)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)

*squishes you with hugs*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 26th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Dean Burgundy

Posted by: nonniemous (ex_nonniemou154)
Posted at: January 27th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)

Oh, wow, that's a hard thing to have hit you on top of everythign else. {{{{{May}}}}}}}}

That's just sad, and it's sad becuase I worry about how his passing will affect the rest of the season. Shallow, much?


Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 27th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Family Again

Hey, I'm that shallow too. He was a guiding force and, I feel, the integrity of the show was safe in his hands. With Kim gone, one has to wonder if someone will be placed in his stead in Vancouver and, if so, will they understand the heart and soul of the show the way Kim did?

And I feel terribly for Jensen and Jared. They're not kids but they are still young and, at 40, *I* wasn't ready to deal with the loss of someone dear to me from cancer. It's too soon for them to lose a mentor like Kim, as far as I'm concerned. I feel bad too that they're up here, with deadlines and such. I bet the show will have to go on and, assuming the service is is L.A., they probably won't be shut down very long if at all.

I also can't help but wonder how Jeff feels? Kim pulled some wonderful moments out of him. No doubt he's deeply affected too.

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: January 27th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)

If i was affected so much and i don't even knew him as person i can't imagine how this affect those who knew him...

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Boys Broken

I'm sure they're just crushed and my heart does go out to them all.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: January 27th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Pete Yorn

Hi, May. I still can't believe it, and I agree, it must be terrible for his family and friends. :( And I know we didn't know him personally and that The X-Files and SPN are 'just television shows'. But when I had a hard day at work or was sleep-deprived as a new mommy, Kim Manners was there. Maybe for a smile, maybe for some distraction, but the rare time I've had for myself, he's made infinitely better, and I can't help but think that our love of those shows must have been inpsired at least in part by the kind of person he was. I'm sure he'll be missed by more people than he ever could have imagined. :(

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Jensen 3.16 Biceps

Just wonderfully put and so very true. I fully believe that it's thanks to Kim's vision (and JDM of course) that we were given the complex and layered character of John Winchester as we saw him evolve on screen. Given Kripke's and Sera's comments over the years, their John would've been a lot less interesting, let alone appealing and sympathetic.

Kim brought out the best in Jensen and Jared and it breaks my heart that they've lost this mentor/friend/patriarch who made them feel safe when they ripped open their hearts and souls and exposed them to the camera. His loss is profound and I so hope the SPN we see in the future will live up to the legacy Kim leaves behind.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Pete Yorn

Well, like you, anyone who contributed to the character of John Winchester can consider me a huge fan. It is really sad for Jensen and Jared, but I think sometimes people come into our lives just long enough to change us and teach us the lessons we need to learn. :( I'd bet Kim's presence will continue to influence the show and his family (blood and otherwise) for the duration, and really, I can't think of a better way for someone to be remembered.

There's supposed to be a moment of silence Thursday before the show, and I plan on honoring that. *hugs you*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
GIF Dean John Hug

Thanks for telling me about the moment of silence. I hadn't heard.

Is this something organized by fandom or is the show actually going to go dark for a minute?

Either way, I plan to honor it too.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)

The event is organized by fandom, I believe - and it's a moment of silence to remember Kim right before the show. I don't believe the network is going to run dark, but you never know. I found the event on Facebook, but LJ won't allow me to paste the info here. But it's basically what I've mentioned; an honoring of Kim. :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: January 28th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Jensen 3.16 Biceps

Thanks for letting me know ♥