Social media was a buzz with outpourings of immense grief, a sense of universal loss and then feelings of anger; after it was announced actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," had died.
He was 86.
"Devastated" tweeted Max from LA, "Horrific News" posted Janet from New York and "How could this happen?" shared John from Newport, RI.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death but police are ruling out foul play despite many blaming either Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Israel or Keith Urban; or a combination of all four.
"How does an 86 year old man with a history of strokes and ill health just drop dead?" asked Steven Clark of Savannah. Martin Shuttlecock of Fort Myers questioned how the President would respond to news of Garner's dead - calling the Commander in Chief "ineffective" and a "lame duck".
Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, "The Beverly Hillbillies" in which he played the dim witted 'Jethro'.
His greatest movie moment though came in the soccer related film "Escape To Victory" where he played a defensive midfielder hell bent on fouling Pele and biting opposing attackers.
Meanwhile, 298 bodies still lie strewn across a Ukrainian field as missiles still fall on Gaza and frightened children are still deported back to poverty and crime.