Sources: Jackson (PD) | Fawcett (CC) | Mays (CC) | McMahon (CC)
The passing of any human being is a sad event, and when it happens to a notable cultural icon, an entire community of people- who share in common the same cultural impact of the icon's work- feel affected as a group and mourn together collectively. This phenomenon in itself is not intrinsically unhealthy or out of sorts.
It is certainly worth noting that four cultural icons who ascended to the top of their respective fields and careers have died within the space of one week. Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest late last week on the 25th. That same day, Farrah Fawcett reposed after a long battle with anal cancer. Both deaths occurred only two days after television personality Ed McMahon passed away on June 23rd. Then America learned today that TV salesmen Billy Mays was found dead this morning- June 28th.
I certainly have the very best wishes for these people's grieving families and an abiding hope for the safe and happy repose of their departed souls.