Philip Seymour Hoffman died. It was (italicize)tragic.
Sometime this week, I came across a comment that said something around these lines: When we were younger, we were taught of the bad things that could happen to us if we played around with drugs, alcohol, etc. We were told that it was BAD and that it could KILL us. So why is it when someone dies of overdose, we say that it is a tragedy?
Tragedy: an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.
… This put a lot in perspective for me. Is it really a tragedy? Or are we just pitying ourselves for losing someone?