Now I know that a person dying is traumatic to somebody. Every person has a group of people who know and love that person, and their death will leave a gaping hole in their lives that will only be healed by time. But I’m also aware that a lot of us do not care whatsoever if a person lives or dies.
This is nowhere near as evident in the death of celebrities. Especially in the death of half-famous celebrities. Just think of the media hooplah that surrounded the death of John Denver and Sonny Bono. Let’s not even remember the circus that was the death of Michael Landon. For each it was three solid weeks of tributes and magazine covers, or in the case of Landon, a solid year. I would have thought a headstone was enough, but I guess I just don’t know public consumption.
So I’ll tell you who’s death I’m really not looking forward to. Regis Philbin. Sure we’ll be rid of him from television firsthand, but his spirit will live on on People covers and Celebrity Profiles. Hell, James Lipton will probably dedicate a two hour special to his legacy. It will be as omnipresent as a media campaign dedicated to the new Star Wars movie.
On an unrelated note, I think I’d highly enjoy the media hooplah surrounding William Shatner’s death. Not that I’m waiting for him to die, I just think it will be interesting.
So, if you don’t see this post as too ghoulish, who are you not looking forward to dying?