The context in which I’m asking the question is movie and television stars. In my case I have and have always had an attachment to the Andy Griffith Show. I watched it as a young boy and still watch it every time its on the tube. After almost fifty years if watching the show one can almost feel ad if they “know” the characters. When Don Knots and Andy Griffith passed I actually teared up and even today I feel a bit of sadness when I see the show or read about the deceased characters of Mayberry.
So, for me its TAGS, for others it’s whatever, the point being that I don’t understand how I or anyone can feel a sense of loss over someone they have never known personally. Oh, I’m not talking about feeling bad that someone you didn’t know was killed or being upset over a tragedy like 9/11. I mean feeling a sense of loss as if a loved one had died.