Celebrity Deaths Convey Life Lessons

Monday, 27 Feb 2012 11:16 AM

By Jon Friedman

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The world has lost two much-admired figures, pop singer Whitney Houston and Hall of Fame baseball catcher Gary Carter. We’re a poorer place for their deaths and, to be sure, it might seem that these two people had very little in common. But we can learn, nonetheless, from their examples.

Even if you’re not a certified news junkie, you must have heard that Whitney died after years of self-destructive behavior. Carter passed after bravely fighting brain cancer. Whitney was a party hound, and Carter was notoriously squeaky clean.

They both lived their adult lives in the public eye and coped with the rigors of stardom and the peril of post-stardom. Sadly, Whitney squandered her health, reportedly much of her personal fortune and the image she had so carefully constructed.

We can now see how dangerous it always is to imagine yourself first as a commodity, a product, and not as someone whose value stems from the heart and not through accomplishments and No. 1 singles.

Carter was always smiling, faultlessly friendly to fans, autograph seekers, and the media. Paradoxically, being a goody two-shoes around the hard-living New York Mets of the late '80s meant Carter had to endure criticism from his teammates, who wanted him to be more like them.

Ask Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, former Mets stars whose careers went south because of their partying, if they wished today that they had been more like Carter. Darryl and Dwight might have made it to the Hall of Fame themselves.

Whitney Houston might have wished she had lived a neater life, too. She had talent, fame, riches, and adoring fans. Yet, sadly, in the end all of these treasures still weren’t enough to make her happy.

It’s something for us all to think about.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column. Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Colbert the Right Choice to Replace Letterman

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 07:17 AM

CBS made the right call with Colbert, pure and simple.  . . .

All Eyes on UConn for the Championship

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 07:13 AM

As with the saga of any overnight success story, UConn seems like an unlikely championship contender.  . . .

Did Michael Lewis Really Break News With 'Flash Boys'?

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 16:42 PM

All of Wall Street and Main Street are buzzing about best-selling author Michael Lewis' claim, publicized lavishly by hi . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved