And When I Die, and When I'm Gone...

I really, really hope CNN, FOX News, and all the rest have no idea. I'd like my friends to remember me the way they want to, not the way some overly-made-up (and fake in every other way too) "personality" summarizes, eulogizes, and characterizes me.

Death of a celebrity in our culture creates a feeding frenzy of pseudo-news about the person, and it makes me sick that everyone who ever spoke to him or her seems unable to resist the urge to talk about it. And the speculation from "experts" about what the autopsy MIGHT reveal, what the coroner MIGHT attribute, what the motivation MIGHT have been, is nothing short of ludicrous.

Death is very, very private-we all do it alone. Why can't we leave the dead alone?

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Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on July 2, 2009 at 12:57pm
You're right, I.J. The "poor me, cameras follow me every where" attitude is sick. There are people with far greater problems, like having enough to eat. So shut up with the "it's hard to be me."
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 1, 2009 at 4:38am
Superstars have traded away their privacy. Most would do anything to get talked about. So why should it be different when they die?
What is irritating is the fact that we are being bombarded all over again with the same trivia.
Comment by Dana King on July 1, 2009 at 1:55am
I don't want anyone spreading dirt about my life after I'm gone, except me. If I ever come into sufficient money, I'm going to write short scripts, which actors posing as other people will read at my memorial service as if they were for real. That'll give folks something to talk about.

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