Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of what seems to have been a heroin overdose.
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol intoxication after weeks of being dry.
Ryan Dunn crashed his car going wildly over the limit while being completely drunk.
These stars, a.k.a. people died, and left behind both fans, and family and friends who will miss them. But in every corner of the internet where people pay homage to the life lost, outside of the addictions, people remark how foolish the addicted persons were.
Cynicism credits no honor, no value outside of money or gain. Cynicism and despair allow a person to look at a tremendous loss and, remarkably, instead of feeling sad for the loss, get angry. Many of the complaining people are former fans, now left with only memories. And the feeling they having is "How dare this person do things that made them die".
If you read this and feel inspired to bitch about my commentary, answer me if what I am saying isn't true. You cannot feel sympathy for the loss because it would make you have to realize that your stars are human, and whatever level of talent they had/have, they saw the need to use drugs or alcohol to quiet their demons. The demons won. No one is saying a proper commentary wouldn't include discussion of the demons that afflict and addict, but if you are the sort who reserves all kindness and sympathy because they suffered the Scarlet Letter of addiction, perhaps you need to look inside your heart and ask if you are an asshole. (And for the cynics demanding to know if I am an apologist because I myself am addicted, no, I am not addicted to anything outside of caffeine. )
Cynicism is a disease.
Despair makes us unable to respond to sorrow.