The good news is we have bacon sandwiches for breakfast; the bad news is Stephen Gately has died…

My sister gasped, I spilt my coffee and there was a look of disbelief all round.

When Stephen Gately came out and revealed he had a boyfriend, my sister tore down her Boyzone posters, threw out her Boyzone t-shirt and refused to take her Boyzone pencil-case to school. Pictures of her favourite singer were replaced, and the Boyzone albums were relegated to the bottom of the pile. She felt rejected by her celebrity love.

Yet this weekend the shocking revelation of his death almost reduced her to tears once again. I have to admit, I refused to believe it at first, thinking it was some cruel joke being played on me at an inappropriately early time on a Sunday morning.

The fact that he was so young has shocked everyone; his sudden death at the age of 33 underlines the fragility of life. It is not my place to say if it was due to drugs or to natural causes – the answers to those questions will be revealed in the post-mortem that takes place today.

Why is it that we are so shocked when a celebrity dies? Is it because our obsession with them makes them feel like we really know them, like for my sister during her teenage years? Or is it because it suddenly reveals celebrities to be fragile human beings just like ourselves, and not the invincible superhumans we make them out to be?

Whatever it is, it’s true that without stars like Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, and Stephen Gately, the entertainment industry feels robbed. But as for us, surely we can carry on life as normal, except for maybe my sister, who still wells up when the radio plays ‘No Matter What’.

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Published in: on October 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. “I refused to believe it at first, thinking it was some cruel joke being played on me at an inappropriately early time on a Sunday morning”

    WOAH! I’m not that cruel!…and it was about 10am… 😛 x


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