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Why Celebrity Deaths Feel So Personal

A one-sided relationship can inspire the same grief as losing a loved one

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I can tell you what episode of Friends I was watching when I learned that my mother had died. But I can also tell you that I was floating in my grandmother’s swimming pool when I heard about Princess Diana. And I know that I was waiting for a table at a California Pizza Kitchen…