When a celebrity unexpectedly dies, there’s a huge media appetite for statements of grief from the deceased star’s friends, colleagues, and former lovers. You know that People magazine is going through Heath Ledger’s IMDb page right now, phoning every former co-star for a possible eulogy scoop. And while I understand the sentiment behind this process of grieving someone who lived in the public eye, something that always strikes me as a touch morbid is when the more random celebrities chip in and offer condolences. Page Six.com this morning collected those “Celeb Responses” and gave second billing to “rising star” Rachel McAdams, who “never worked with Heath” but had the following to say:
“My heart goes out to Heath’s family and friends during this time of great loss. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back and I can definitely say he had a wonderful career ahead of him. Undeniable talent and a loving new father. It’s so tragic to see it all end so soon and sudden.”
I get it. We’re all saddened by the news. But if you’re a B-lister whose link to Ledger is meeting him once at a party, I say put a sock in your public grief before you swerve into Chyna Doll/ Anna Nicole Smith territory.
– Steven Corfe