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What we’re really mourning when we lose a beloved public figure

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My friend Paul is known for making everyone around him laugh uproariously. He is judicious, skeptical — definitely not one for drama. But this past Sunday, when news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death hit, he was an emotional wreck. For a few hard, heavy hours, I barely recognized him.

Granted, Paul is an avid sports fan. He lives in L.A., is deeply literate in basketball, and has long admired Bryant’s incredible talent and larger-than-life persona. He is also 41 years old, as was Bryant. …

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