Schumacher was apparently a hairs breadth away from joining them.
As Billy Joel told us, only the good die young and to prove his point Ariel Sharon is 85 but the man named after a washing powder and a fruit is still with us albeit courtesy of hospital machines as his organs fail.
Sharon was notoriously touchy about his weight, medics have him weighing in at around the 27 stone (378lbs) mark and according to his family, the evening before his stroke in 2006 he ate hamburgers, steak in chimichurri sauce, lamb chops, shish kebab salad and for dessert, Sharon had chocolate cake and then more cake.
His armoured convoy made regular stops for fast food in Jerusalem although Sharon, not on friendly terms with his neighbours, complained that his security services could not find an armoured vest large enough to cover his girth.
To many on the left, Sharon's political appetite for taking what he could from the Palestinians, he was always hungry for more land, means that he will not be missed when he goes but he was well received in Israel who lapped him up, voting him the 8th greatest Israeli of all time.
It seems the man who always had the stomach for a fight showed a woeful lack of self-control in the face of war and is going to be undone by the same lack of self-control in the face of chocolate cake.