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Do Tell: Which Celebrity Death Affected You Most?

On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr. took the fateful flight that ended in his death. I remember watching the news with my family as authorities looked for the missing Kennedy. As we sat around the TV, my parents recounted their memories of little John-John, and we were all so shocked when they announced that he had died. With no real connection to JFK, Jr. I still felt a whole lot of real sadness.

The 10th anniversary of JFK, Jr.'s death and the attention given to the recent death of Michael Jackson remind us that the death of a celebrity can really hit home. From John Lennon, to Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, or John F. Kennedy, Jr., there have been so many famous deaths that have left the public collectively grieving. Which celebrity death affected you most in your lifetime?

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charmmykittyfan charmmykittyfan 7 years
Brad Renfro, Heath Ledger, and Michael Jackson
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I think some people get TOO emotional when a celebrity passes. Outsiders shouldn't be having fainting spells and staying up all night over it, but some express that they do. I do think that Princess Diana is truly missed by millions. She'll never be forgotten for so many good reasons.
sham28 sham28 7 years
new new 7 years
heath ledger and michael jackson
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I can't believe no one has mentioned Michael Crichton! I cried for days when he passed. He was barely given 30 seconds on the news and not a peep since, scarcely mentioned at award ceremonies and pretty much everyone thumed their nose at him. He wrote over 20 books, including Jurassic Park and it's sequels, he also created ER and had many of his books made into fantastic movies. It was criminal how few people realize he's gone. I also cried when Heath Ledger passed, he had so much talent and was one of the greatest actors I've ever seen.
emilynotail emilynotail 7 years
John Peel
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
princess diana. my bff and i were both pregnant for the first time, very hormonal. she had just moved out of state and she called and as soon as i said "hello" she started crying and i started crying. our husbands thought we were freaks.
zuke zuke 7 years
Princess Diana, Natasha Richardson, and Heath Ledger.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
#1-- Elvis Presley. I was just a little girl but I cried my eyes out! The pillow was soaking wet. #2-- Princess Dianna. I think I was just shocked for days before the tears came. I still have the newspaper for that day (front page news).
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
While I do need get too caught up in the deaths, ones that did leave me in shock were Heath Ledger and Princess Diana.
Tinkerbell01 Tinkerbell01 7 years
Heath Ledger
PirateKitty PirateKitty 7 years
Recently Lux singer of The Cramps :( Heath was sad for me as well, i also had to deal with my little bro who was incredibly torn up over it haha
Ginger Ginger 7 years
I don't worship any celebs, but I felt very saddened by the loss of some. Heath for the lost potential as an artist and the man who was a father. JFK Jr for all of the potential he had to influence media and politics. There was a lot of sadness in his life. Who can forget the image of him at 3 saluting his father's casket? And he died on his way to his cousin Rory's wedding; Bobby's youngest daughter who was not yet born when her father was assassinated. I recall what his uncle Ted said at John's funeral, "But like his father, he had every gift but length of years."
Janine22 Janine22 7 years
For me, it was Kurt Cobain. I was a fan and just graduating high school when he died. He was like the voice of my generation.
reeeeka reeeeka 7 years
Princess Di, Aaliyah and Heath Ledger All of the above I can remember where I was and what I was doing and how hard it made me cry when I found out.
Candice80 Candice80 7 years
I remember JFK,Jr's death affected me profoundly. I always loved Jackie and the Kennedy family. I guess because he was in the prime of life and to many people he held so much promise.Princess Di's was shocking s well; especially because of her young sons . I'm still shook up by MJ death; can't believe he's gone. Growing up without one of your parents is really tough. My heart goes out to his kids; He really was a loving father.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
Heath Ledger ... he was the same age as me ... and all of us 20-somethings in the office sat around in shock because our office is not far from where he died.
gt99 gt99 7 years
Michael Jackson.
robinlh912 robinlh912 7 years
I can't say many celeb deaths have affected me too much, but honestly, I was really sad when Billy Mays died. He seemed like such a cool guy. I would get sad at work when people would come through the check out line and buy oxyclean or something like that. I guess everyone else recently I haven't been too connected to, or I was too young to appreciate some of the others.
rach716 rach716 7 years
Princess Diana
BethM BethM 7 years
All of them in some way. I don't think I can pick one.
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