Michael Jackson dies of apparent drug reaction/overdose after leading a famous but checkered life, his latter years clouded in controversy. Public reacts as if the perfect Son of God has passed away. Steve McNair, a married man with four sons, is murdered by his UNDER-21 LOVER, who then commits suicide. Public reacts as though a saintly pillar of the community has passed on. Yes, both deaths were tragic. Neither man deserved to die. They both were talented and inspirational in their own ways. BUT BOTH WERE VICTIMS OF THEIR OWN IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR! Even if I was a fan of these men, which I'm not, the circumstances surrounding their deaths would give me pause. Yes, they should be respected for what they accomplished with their God-given talents. But, do they deserve to be lauded as great human beings? When one of Jackson's lawyers said on CNN that "All Michael wanted to do was heal the universe," I nearly puked. And hearing some of these talking heads on ESPN and NFLN, you'd think McNair was Nashville's male version of Mother Theresa. Where is the PERSPECTIVE? I hate the way this society deifies people in death. Enough already.