In the fourth season episode of The Mentalist, ep No. 22, titled “So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper,” it closes out with a dedication splash screen saying “In Loving Memory or Keith O’Brien.”
Keith O’Brien was a driver that worked with the production of The Mentalist. He had lost a battle with cancer, and the show paid tribute to him with the closing homage, to one of their own. I saw reference to the tribute, but I dug until I found a source of info on his passing.
Ashley Gable, a writer who contributed to 12 episodes of The Mentalist, had replied to some online inquiries about the dedication and had this to say about Keith:
“Keith was a Teamster (driver) on the show. A man with a beautiful voice & an even better smile, he died of cancer during 422 prep.”
She further added:
“we thought an episode about sad goodbyes would be the perfect one to dedicate to Keith. He will be missed. Lovely man. “
No one should ever have to suffer through such an ugly experience as cancer. Ever. I don’t care who you are. (I have some contribution links in the sidebar of my site, because like I say, all it takes is $1. For example, if 5 million people watched a fund raiser telethon in the battle against cancer, and everyone who watched only contributed $1, well, as you can see, this is why it would add up.)
Our thoughts go out to Mr. O’Brien’s friends and family.