The interesting thing about the deaths themselves, are the reactions that they get from individuals. Some people are genuinely sad, some make cruel jokes, and others are just apathetic. Depending on the celebrity, I have displayed all three of the aforementioned emotions at different points in time. When Seau killed himself, I awoke to a couple of cruel jokes on my Twitter page, from a couple of non-Charger fans. A couple of days later, the same assholes were crying over the loss of the Beastie Boy.
For me personally, the Seau death obviously had a larger impact. I don't want to go into details, since I wrote a post about it, but the death of Adam Yauch didn't impact me personally. I have always hated the Beastie Boys, I cannot stand most hip-hop, and the Beastie Boys have always annoyed the shit out of me. Still, anytime a person dies of cancer at a young age, it is awful. I never felt compelled to make jokes of a death that is beyond one's control.
In the past, I have made cracks about celebrity deaths. When former Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley passed, I poked fun, as he overdosed on drugs. The Kung-Fu guy that killed himself with autoerotic asphyxia? Yes, I piled on him, as did many others. There are some famous folks that have impacted my life, but I cannot say it has felt even remotely close to losing someone I actually know.
In America, he have a peculiar, perhaps unhealthy obsession with our favorite stars. We want to know who goes to what clubs, who is banging whom, and who has gotten fat over the years. If you go to any grocery store in America, there is a tabloid magazine waiting to be purchased. I suppose celebrities live the lives we wish we had, and we put them on a pedestal. When they die, we feel the need to grieve. If it is a celeb that we hated, we pretend we are comedians at the Laugh House.
Is one celebrity's death more tragic than the other? I suppose that in the examples I have given, Yauch's death is sadder, as he succumbed to a terrible disease. Seau's death was very much premeditated, as he made the decision to pull the trigger on that fateful morning.
When all the smoke clears, two lives were lost, lives that impacted society. They are both tragic and unfortuante, and both parties deserved to be treated with respect in their demise. RIP.