The passage of time and all of its sickening crimes.
Tony Curtis has now left the building.
A man who, in his youth, was possessed of a beauty that eludes most of us no matter how hard we primp and preen and who starred in more fabulous, bona fide, classics than many others; "Sweet Smell of Success", "The Vikings", "The Defiant Ones", "Some Like it Hot", "Spartacus", "The Boston Strangler" and an Oscar nominated performance in "The Defiant Ones".
A brilliant raconteur and a star.
He was due to make an appearance here, in Edinburgh, a few months ago...I had tickets and was giddy with excitement about the prospect of being in the company of a living legend. Sadly that will never happen but a cosy Sunday afternoon with "Some Like it Hot" beckons and I can't think of a better tribute.
My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.