I find it quite remarkable that certain people’s death, persons you never knew or met, can affect you so much. This is especially true in the case of celebrities; not so much for what they’ve done, necessarily, but for what period in your own life they represent.
I though I’d name some people’s deaths that has touched me in different ways.
I remember when I was 16, going to school. One day a friend of mine, who also liked rock and heavy metal, said:
Man, have you heard this new band Nirvana? They’re really good!
After that, for me as probably for many other people, it started with the song Smells Like Teen Spirit, and I listened to them for a couple of years. I’ll never forget the day, I was doing my military duty and had just walked into the lunch cafeteria, when I saw the news bill telling about Kurt’s suicide. After that, there were an abundance of conspiracy theories and other tales going on about him for quite some time.
What I sincerely do regret is that I never got to see him and Nirvana live, even though they played once in Sweden in 1992. If you want to walk the Cobain memory lane, I recommend reading Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.
This fall Steve Irwin passed away after an incident with a sting ray while diving. I watched many of his shows and I’ve been to his Australia Zoo once as well. I wrote more about it just when it happened in The loss of Steve Irwin.
Anna Nicole Smith
Just recently, Anna Nicole Smith passed away. Back in 1993, she was a lingerie model for a well-know Swedish clothes chain, and every teenager boy was drooling over the pictures. They were stolen from billboards all over, and everyone in Sweden knew about her then. Then a Playboy video started to spread, and the success amongst adolescent boys was a fact.
Basically, from there on, it went downhill for her. Her marriage to 89-year old billionaire J Howard Marshall II, followed by his death the next year; the processing for his money; gaining weight and panic dieting, and so on. Last fall, she must’ve went through an emotional roller-coaster way worse than probably most of us ever will. She gave birth to a daughter September 7th (followed by lawsuits about the fatherhood), her son Daniel died three days later, and after yet another five days she got married…
Now, she has just died and already there are rumors about an overdose, and apparently, an actual paparazzi video tape has been sold, showing her struggle for her life with the ambulance staff trying to save her. A sad story, and I can’t help to feel sorry for the poor new-born daughter.
If you want to stay on top of the celebrities who have died, or just feel in the mood to browse around some names, I’d recommend a visit to the Dead People Server.