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RIP Derek Keeling

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RIP Derek Keeling#1
Posted: 1/6/19 at 6:24pm

RIP Derek Keeling.  You were a bright star taken from us too soon.  You will be loved and missed.

"All our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney We must have different Gods. My God said "do to others what you would have them do to you". Your God seems to have said "My Way or the Highway".
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RIP Derek Keeling#2
Posted: 1/6/19 at 7:24pm

wth!!??!?! how did he pass away? 
Wasn't he in his mid 30's or something?

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RIP Derek Keeling#3
Posted: 1/6/19 at 8:31pm
Derek turned 38 in November
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RIP Derek Keeling#4
Posted: 1/6/19 at 9:18pm

Very sad (and shocked) to hear about this passing! I remember Derek from when he was a contestant on the 2007 Grease reality show. I had the great pleasure of seeing him on stage as Johnny Cash in the first national tour of Million Dollar Quartet.

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RIP Derek Keeling#5
Posted: 1/7/19 at 3:16pm
I saw Derek when the national tour of Grease came to Costa Mesa in 09. Ten years ago
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RIP Derek Keeling#6
Posted: 1/7/19 at 3:29pm
Was he in an accident?
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RIP Derek Keeling#7
Posted: 1/15/19 at 6:28pm

BwayLB said: "I saw Derek when the national tour of Grease came to Costa Mesa in 09. Ten years ago"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think he toured with Grease after he did it on Broadway in 2008.  He toured a few years before--before the reality show. 

It's just so sad that he is gone.  He was so vibrant, and talented, and so young.  I wonder why playbill hasn't covered his death at all. 

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RIP Derek Keeling#8
Posted: 3/11/19 at 2:38pm

chestercopperpot said: "BwayLB said: "I saw Derek when the national tour of Grease came to Costa Mesa in 09. Ten years ago"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think he toured with Grease after he did it on Broadway in 2008. He toured a few years before--before the reality show.

It's just so sad that he is gone. He was so vibrant, and talented, and so young. I wonder why playbill hasn't covered his death at all.
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The only production of Grease Derek did after the Broadway closing was in Turkey.

 

"All our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney We must have different Gods. My God said "do to others what you would have them do to you". Your God seems to have said "My Way or the Highway".
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RIP Derek Keeling#9
Posted: 3/11/19 at 3:12pm

I know it doesn't really matter and it's none of my business but-  when someone dies at such a young age, 38 here, I think it's human nature to at least know what happened. I did a quick search looking under Mr. Keeling's name and found no cause of death.

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RIP Derek Keeling#10
Posted: 3/11/19 at 11:05pm
His family has not released that information. And, you're right - it doesn't matter. All that matters is that someone who was deeply loved is gone. Someone who was immensely talented will never write another song. Someone who will be missed forever.
"All our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney We must have different Gods. My God said "do to others what you would have them do to you". Your God seems to have said "My Way or the Highway".