It seems we can be forgiven after all for weeping over the deaths of celebrities we never meet. We mourn our own fragility, faced with the reminder that nobody can live forever.
What inspires the artist? The process is varied as much as it is guarded, so we’re asking some to share. First up, musician Anita Lester on religion and living death.
2016 has brutally claimed many a victim, none more so than Pepe the meme frog. Goodnight, my sweet prince.
Morning sleepyhead. What happened while you were asleep? The cause of death for Prince was established, and Teflon Bron carried on.
This week we farewelled one Prince, another met Obama and we saw the first arrows fired in the election war.
Anyone who has walked the streets of Los Santos knows that sometimes you just have to call bullshit…but this is ridiculous.
Once witnessed, the scars left on those who feel responsible for accidental death cannot be forgotten – Ingeborg van Teeseling
Ingeborg van Teeseling spoke to Tender Funerals, a local NFP who allows people to choose their own farewell, within their own means.
Rob Idol is back with his Current Affairs Wrap, which deals with the loss of three great talents, the furore of a PM at Mardi Gras and one man who is dealing with people calling 1-900 Mix-A-Lot.
What a week. First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman. We should be sad, right? Wrong. They haven’t gone anywhere.
With Rugby Union legend Jonah Lomu passing away at age 40, TBS tries to honour the man who crushed us.
Maciej Radny sends his deepest condolences to the supporters of the dearly departed Metro Screen, however, he felt that an opportunity to discuss the future of our local film industry was lost in the lamentations.
With the confidence in both parties at grave levels, Jordan King Lacroix has a finger on the pale pulse of a new political movement.
Andrew Wright was faced with the situation of honouring the death of someone he didn’t particularly like; He was good enough to share how he handled it.
This week’s Long Reads examines ownership of the dead, a world without work and a Brit who squandered his inheritance on Hitler and Nazi paraphernalia.
Show the world how much that dead celebrity meant to you with our handy TBS social media mourning template!
Mike Welsh muses on whether it’s a good idea to always tell the truth after being asked to eulogise one of his more characterful, if not exactly popular, talkback callers. #RIPBetty
Following up last week’s Nutella article, Xavier Toby marks the passing of Michele Ferrero, the genius behind the much-loved chocolatey-nutty spread of the masses.
Nathan Dee reflects on the remarkable life of Kim Fowley – producer, performer, songwriter and manager for some of rock and roll’s most timeless artists…
As 2014 comes to a close, Polly Chester wants to open up the discussion on the closure, urging us all to reflect on the negative moments and derive strength from them as we move into 2015.
Rich Jackson’s Long Reads this week bring us a superhero in NYC, mortician Caleb Wilde on death, Eric Posner’s case against human rights and Mike Seccombe on the environment.