Why are the deaths of celebrities by overdoses even major news anymore?
While the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman is sad and perhaps even tragic for his family, why should it have any true meaning for anyone who follows entertainment very closely?
It’s not the first; and it won’t be the last.
I’m 47 when I’m writing this,. In my lifetime DOZENS of famous actors,musicians, writers, political leaders artists,etc have lost their lives through their addiction to drugs. The most famous ,arguably have been Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, although there are probably many whose death were more significant to others.
It’s not odd nor is it unusual. It’s so common that it (in my opinion) barely merits mentioning.
Why do we as a society treat something which isn’t new or unique as if it was when it occurs?