Phyllis Diller, Tony Scott, Gore Vidal, Sherman Hemsley, Sally Ride, Whitney Houston and many other people who are household names died this year and it’s not even September. I fell into the trap of being surprised when I hear of such deaths and then I realized I shouldn’t.
I don't mean to sound callous. Of course the way some of the people died is sad and unfortunate, especially in the all-too-common cases of drug overdoses or suicides. But when we hear every other day on the news that an older celebrity has died, we shouldn’t be at all surprised. What’s interesting is how these death events will become a more significant portion of news coverage. Add the death facts, investigations, and tributes all together and we’ll have to start having a half hour of national news just to cover notable deaths. What makes it worse is all the hype that the media creates. But we ask for the news we get. Many of us idolize celebrities but I believe that “"idolizing another offers no value over simply admiring another."
There’s no solution really. I guess we’ll just have to live with more deaths.