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Have you been personally effected by the death on someone famous?

Asked by tinyfaery (42871points) August 7th, 2008

I am sad about Heath, but it’s more of a feeling of disappointment than anything else. But when River Phoenix died, I cried. He really effected my youth, and a whole generation; I became a vegetarian because of him. Whenever I think about him I still feel a twinge of sadness.

I know that we really do not know these people, but they are such a huge part of our lives. Has a famous person’s death ever effected you? To what extent?

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charliecompany34's avatar

for some reason the sudden death of tupac shakur made quite an impression.

trudacia's avatar

JFK Jr. was pretty shocking. He seemed like such a down to earth, regular guy. I used to see him all the time at Central Park and around NYC. It was really sad.

Les's avatar

I don’t know that is was one of the saddest days of my life, but I really remember when George Harrison died. I remember waking up, my television was on, and before I even opened my eyes the news station was doing one of those “odes to” things. I hear that typical “A day in the Life” song they always seem to play when sad things happen to a Beatle. I do remember crying, and I was pretty sad for a couple days. But I think because I didn’t know him (like you said), it didn’t make such an impact. I think it was mainly sadness that a person feels when one of her favorite people dies. Now, had I been alive (and cognizant) when John Lennon died, I think that may have been a different story. I think the sadness evoked from such a sudden, unexpected death like his would make more of an impression.

SenatorBailey's avatar

Chris Farley’s death almost made me cry… Here was a good man with a confused soul who sacrificed his life for the thing he loved most- to make people laugh… Still makes me sad- there will never be another…

shilolo's avatar

No. Fame is meaningless. I’m more affected by the death of patients, or (theoretically) of close friends and family. In truth, I will never understand the people who mourn the death of a famous person (say, Princess Diana) like they were a family member.

tinyfaery's avatar

@shilolo Duh. No one is saying we’ve put up a personal shrine.

shilolo's avatar

@Tiny. When Diana died, it was like the world ended for a lot of people. We still have to hear about it, and it was almost 10 years ago! There are a lot of people who do mourn the loss of “famous” people like they are close family. That, I will never understand.

MooKoo's avatar

I must say I was kinda’ sad at Heath Ledger’s death. He starred in pretty much all of my favorite movies. A Knight’s Tale, The Patriot, and The Dark Knight are the ones that really spring to my mind at the moment, but so many more of my favorites, The Brother’s Grimm… Honestly, the reason I think they’re my favorites are because of his role in them. He would nail it every time. A Knight’s Tale in particular and the story in it has uplifted me whenever I’m down. Its my feel good movie and Heath gave that to meh’ in a way.

SuperMouse's avatar

I vividly remember where I was when I heard John Lennon was shot. I was in high school at the time and the next day most of the student body wore black. Tons of kids brought boom boxes and were blasting Let it Be.

I was really sad when I heard that Richard Jeni killed himself. It was sad to think that someone who was so funny and made so many people laugh was so tortured that he saw no other way out.

Lovelocke's avatar

Anna Nicole Smith. Fat version was hot, Slim version was hotter still… but she died on my freaking birthday. Totally stole my thunder… (affected me personally).

To honor her passing, however… I… did… what she did… to make money… with my girlfriend… all day long and well into the night…

…loved her.

lindabrowne1's avatar

I was saddened by JFK and more recently by Princess Di. We truly never know our impact on those around us. It can be substantial. As I approach the big 60, I’m really pleased to be able to step outside of myself and understand my influence. It’s a gift to me!

gailcalled's avatar

I was *affected by the deaths of JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Golda Meir, B, Bhutto, Ghandi, Nehru.

william's avatar

Saddened by Bob Marley and Joe Strummer’s death.

kevbo's avatar

Kurt Cobain’s death didn’t affect me emotionally, but it was a moment when I felt “my generation” could finally claim a “thing.” Sort of a “where were you” a la JFK moment.

trudacia's avatar

We all forgot Kurt Cobain! Good catch Kevbo. That was soo sad. I know what you mean about the impact to our generation. Who knows if Seattle grunge music would have hung around a little longer.

boffin's avatar

Terry Kath

lefteh's avatar

Tim Russert.
To me, he was the link between politics and America’s living room. He explained everything that was happening to families across the country. Things that would never click in the minds of many Americans seemed to make sense after spending a half-hour with Russert. Who can forget “Florida Florida Florida?”
I am usually not affected by celebrity deaths, but I felt an intense personal loss when Russert passed.

sdeutsch's avatar

Jim Henson and Fred Rogers’ deaths both had a pretty big effect on me. They both made such a huge impact on me when I was growing up, it was hard to imagine what the world would be like without them there (Fred Rogers especially, since I grew up in Pittsburgh – I really did live in his neighborhood!) Fortunately, they both left amazing legacies – but I’m still a little sad for kids who are growing up today without someone like Mr. Rogers to help them make sense of the world…

And of course, Mr. Hooper’s death had a profound effect on me – but I was only three at the time…

tinyfaery's avatar

Awww. Mr. Rogers. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…”

sdeutsch's avatar

@tiny: I was so sad when he died – I think he’s the only person I didn’t know personally whose death has actually made me cry… sniffle

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I’ll say I was freaked out when Anna Nicole died…....mostly because she was one of my favorite people to joke about and make fun of. I had made fun of her just a few hours before I found out she died. So then I felt really bad about it, and I started to think, oh I shouldn’t make fun of people, because they might die, and then I’ll feel like this again, so yeah I guess her death had some kind of effect on me. I didn’t cry over it or mourn her, but it did have an effect on the way I act.

cheebdragon's avatar

I remember the day kurt cobain died, I was walking home from school with my brother and he was telling me all about how kurt cobain and killed himself, it was a big deal to my brother, I was 7 or 8 years old so I didn’t really know who kurt cobain was at the time.

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