We are sorry to pass along some sad news. We have been informed that a loyal RSA member, Annette Hanna (@VentilatorChik), has passed away. She was a reader and contributor to the RSA News and was a tremendous fan of Craig Ferguson and the Late Late Show. Despite suffering from paralysis and needing a ventilator to breathe, she would travel to see Craig perform live on stage or attend a book signing, met him on more than one occasion and had planned to attend last night’s show in Kansas City. We’re told that she passed away in her sleep this morning, three weeks after a car accident that had thrown her from her chair.

She was a tenacious fighter who had battled spinal problems throughout her life and yet was scheduled to begin a PhD program at her local University this fall. We can all learn from her example and she will be missed. Randy Kagan tweeted about her:  i am very sad today. Annette was our roller angel. She was there from the begining. Breaks my Fn heart.  Rest in peace Ventilatorchik. Craig and I love her forever. Keep rollin to God. Thank you to the RSA’s @Fanny57, who let us know that arrangements are being handled by Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, IL. She asked that no formal service be held and in lieu of flowers, her life partner Jim is encouraging support for 0ne of Annette’s favorite charities, the Lollipop Theater Network, which she praised many times for their work bringing films to children in hospitals, since she spent many long months there several times in her life.  We encourage you to make a donation in her name if you choose. If you have memories of Annette that you’d like to share with the RSA, please include them in the comments section below. #RIPAnnette

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  • K8Becker

    Such sad news. I didn’t know Annette but she was obviously well-loved among the RSA. My sympathy to her family & friends, and to her partner Jim.

  • rosielala14

    So sad to her of Annette passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fans. I didn’t know her personally but I felt a kind of kinship with her through are mutual admiration for Craig and the LLS! She will be missed.

    May she rest in peace.

  • AWeeBitNaughty

    My heart goes out to all of Annette’s family and friends, we will all miss her very much. She has touched our hearts, and inspired us all in many different ways.
    I would like to thank Craig Ferguson who gave us all this opportunity to be part of her life by creating the #RSA family. Bringing us together, in a Hollowed out valcano, and giving so much joy and laughter to her short life.
    I now imagine Annette, no longer wheelchair bound, taking deep, ventilator free breaths, laughing out loud, while watching TLLS with the rest of us. Rest in peace sweet girl.

  • ChosenMert

    I didn’t know Annette, yet I feel I’ve lost a family member. We #RSA have actually become a family. It is a beautiful thing, and not the usual “fan club”. We’re becoming fans of each other. Look at what you started, Craig Ferguson. It’s like a continuation of the story in your novel. A ragtag bunch who becomes something awesome. God bless and rest the soul of Annette. I hope she’s somewhere DANCING and SINGING!

  • SomeTwitter

    She said once that we are all born equal and nobody is less of a human being than another. I liked her since. She was a very brave, outgoing, industrious, intelligent woman. May she rest in peace.

  • jamwalter

    May Annette rest in peace. My heart goes out to her friends and family. Though I did not know her, all of us suffer loss and it is good to know that even strangers care. I will keep Annette and her family in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Allieballyboo

    It still doesn’t feel real……she was such a strong and kindred spirit. She was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. She was far too good for this world, and was handed an extremely difficult hand of “life” cards that she didn’t deserve. May she rest in eternal peace and bliss, and may she watch over us.

    I love you so much Annie. Rest in Peace sweetheart. ? You will be FOREVER missed. God bless your soul.

  • Fanny57

    Annette’s Twitter name was @Ventilatorchik, not @VentilatorChick just for clarification. You folks are awesome.

  • MolotovKirktail

    I’m very sad to read this news. RIP Annette and may your spirit live forever.

  • GretchenSke

    Annette was such a sweet person. She sent me a recording of when Craig read my email on his show. She also helped me get ahold of Craig for the interview for my book report. I owe her so much, and I hope she is in a better place now.

  • monroemk

    It is always sad when a member of any type of family leaves us. Thoughts & prayers to her family & she is with God now & I bet she gets him to watch the LLS…

  • Fanny57

    Here’s the death notice that Jim has approved.



    Annette Marie Hanna. Born January 6, 1959 in Galesburg, Illinois, Annette passed into eternal rest on the morning of October 4, 2010 after a lengthy illness.

    Annette was predeceased by her Mother, Dorothy Hanna, a school teacher and is survived by her life partner, Jim Hayes of Carbondale, Illinois, Father James Hanna, Sr. and Brother James Hanna, Jr. of Galesburg, Illinois.

    An enthusiastic fan of comedians Craig Ferguson and Randy Kagan, Annette was endeared by them and had met both personally on multiple occasions. It is with that love and admiration, that memorial donations are requested to be made payable to The Lollipop Theater Network in her name. Lollipop Theater Network, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

    Arrangements are currently pending.

  • Debllsfan

    So glad to see Annette mentioned her, she was a huge fan of the LLS for many years. We met in person for the first time at Craig’s bok signing in Chicago one year ago and became good friends. I assisted her in getting to meet Craig last spring while he was touring. She was a loyal fan and will be missed. Rest in Peace Annette! Luv ya ! Debbie

  • wordtravelsfast

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Annette’s family and friends.
    rest in peace, Annette.

  • greengenie in CA

    I am so pleased to see Annette Hanna mentioned here today as she was a friend & fellow LLS fan. I met her about 3 yrs ago on a fan site for Craig & we grew close enough to call each other “Sis” though not related.
    She will continue to be a LLS fan in Heaven & w/b getting others to join her, I’m sure. R.I.P. Annette Loved by so many.

  • @nelaknight

    My condolences to Annette Hanna’s family. May she rest in peace.She sounds like she was an amazing person. A brave soul, indeed.

    The lights may have dimmed
    But they will never go out
    A soul will not be forgotten
    Her beam shined thru