When a celebrity dies

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death has been in the news. But before I get to my point, can we just take a moment to acknowledge what a handsome  young man he was?

The real reason for this rant is not about PSH’s dreamy good looks, but about the way the media responds to a tragic celebrity death. When a celebrity dies amidst terrible circumstances – drug overdose, suicide, car crash – the media will always show us their body bag. Now maybe it’s just my PTSD talking, but why do I need to see a body bag?!

I shudder when I see these images and say to myself, “don’t look! don’t look!” Is it just me?

What value do these photos ad to the story? It causes pain to an already heartbroken family that now has to see it on TV and on newsstands – it’s already replaying in their thoughts.

Other celebrities have passed on after a life and career fulfilled, Paul Newman for example, and we didn’t see his body bag on TV. Why does the media need to sensationalize a tragic death?

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  1. Oh friend, I couldn’t agree more. And why the incredibly gruesome details? It’s unnecessary and cheapens his body of work, his life, and to some extent his struggle with addiction.

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