Every now and again, somebody famous (or pseudo-famous) passes away and the local/national news will run the story. And time and time again, people will comment on the person’s passing by saying “XXXXX Will Be Sorely Missed”. Am I the only one that finds this odd… that even though said person hasn’t done anything in years, they are still SORELY MISSED!?
For example, let’s take a singer who hasn’t put out any new music in over 20 years. Then, for some reason, they pass away. And people all over the world will say “XXXXX Will Be Sorely Missed”. I guess my question is… why do people say this? I know their friends and family will “sorely” miss them, but the general public? A public that really hasn’t thought of this person for 20 years?
I guess what I’m asking is, if this person was so loved, where were all the “you’re sorely missed” stories PRIOR to the person’s death? Why is it that the day AFTER someone dies do people all of a sudden remember who they are and start missing them? And do they really MISS them? Or has “XXXXX Will Be Sorely Missed” turned into a catch phrase people use to offer their condolences?