Only the Good Die Young… 10 Entertainers Lost Way Too Soon!
Written by Karlin Moorehead
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “only the good die young.” It sounds cliché but is, oh, so true! Over the years we have loved and lost many fine entertainers, suddenly, unexpectedly, and long before we were ready. Entertainers are people too. They are mortal beings and sometimes, because of their status, actually more vulnerable than others.
Celebrity entertainers aspire to charm us with their talents; it is their (show) business. That being the case, entertainers are always under extreme pressure to perform. Stardom seems glamorous to ordinary people but, to celebrities, it is a huge undertaking and all consuming. Celebrities put their fans ahead of their own well-being. Often, there is a breakdown because the circumstances were unforeseen, but other times because the pressure was too great.
Society, as a whole, seems to (over) value celebrities. Celebrities have been known to define us to an extent. When an icon is lost, especially a young one, it has a cultural effect, across the board. It is never a good thing when a young life is lost but, for some reason, it seems much more influential when he/she is a celebrity.
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