Little attention is being paid to the near-simultaneous deaths of Paul Winchell and John Fiedler. That is to say, there are obituaries around the nation for one actor or the other, but they do not acknowledge the obvious:
Winchell, 82, the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Tigger, died Friday; Fiedler, 80, the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Piglet, died Saturday. They’d made 13 films together in the roles.
The New York Times even ran Winchell and Fiedler obits side by side, certainly implying a connection, but not feeling any need to say, for instance, that the men had known each other for at least 37 years, died within a day of each other and just happened to both provide voices for Winnie-the-Pooh characters.