I've been watching the same conversation happen today in various places. Lots of people posting condolences and then the counter crowd arguing why SO much for a celebrity when people die every day. Some of them people you actually know in the flesh.
I think that when someone who dies that has been such a public figure in our lives, something resonates on a deeply personal level. I'll try not to be clumsy with this but it exposes the vulnerability that is being human, and with someone like Robin Williams who brought so much entertainment to the public, it shows that the tools we use to survive our time on this planet and have some happiness (comedy and laughter being very important in that) within to take a break from the dark stuff... Is fleeting also and fragile.
So, it doesn't matter that we didn't know him on a personal level and it doesn't make him more important than anyone else who has died in the last 48 hours. It just brutally reminds us that there is no place to hide when it comes to life and all its sharp edges. Escapism in tv, books, movies, shows is something we all need at points for respite from our own problems, be they small or large, serious or not so. The very familiar faces that facilitate that escapism should be timeless in our psyche. Sudden death is a shock.
THAT is why there is genuine sadness at the passing of people like Robin Williams.
Dave, I find that confusing. Depression transcends status, money, position. Well everything. I think alluding to money being able to buy you out of these situations is the absurd thing. So misunderstood.