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When is a tragedy not a tragedy?

This past week revered actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died, as the result of an overdose of heroin. Many have called this event a tragedy, while nothing could be further from the truth. A tragedy, by definition is something that is unavoidable. For example a plane crash is a tragedy. When someone elects to subject themselves to a drug that has a history of taking the lives of users. 
Every day an average of 9000 people die due to an overdose of heroin. I think the thing that bothers me is that the media is shocked, that the addict has died all the while hiding the fact that they have been abusing the drug for years. How many celebrities have been addicted, to or died due to heroin? This isn’t a new fad, which is so sad.
Back to my statement about tragedy, a tragedy is something that is unexpected. A car crash, a plane crash, a person being diagnosed with cancer. That is tragedy. A person that dies due to an overdose basically has to make an appointment. He or she has to do so with foreth…