Discussion groups yesterday lit up with chatter about the possible death of For Better or For Worse character Jim (grandpa) who suffered from a stroke last year and appears to have suffered another one. Yesterday’s installment depicted a lifeless Grandpa being found by Iris who gasps, “Jim!!!” Today’s strip confirms that Jim has had a stroke and sets the stage for the possibility of a death.
Yesterday the For Better or For Worse web site posted several e-mails from readers responding to the presumed “death” of Grandpa.
Sometimes I hate it when I am right. Last week I told my husband that I thought something was going to happen to Grandpa. The flashback seemed to personal. He agreed, and lo and behold here we have it. I know we must all go in our time, but it is always such a blow, whether it is a blessing or not.
When I asked Kathie Kerr, assistant VP/communications at Universal Press Syndicate, if the character was to die the official line was:
What happens to Jim/Gramps is a secret that Lynn chooses not to reveal at this time. However, I do think that some people might be confusing his future with that of Lisa in Funky Winkerbean.