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06/29/2012 03:41 PM ID: 92207 Permalink   

Study: Loss of Celebrities Has a Strong Effect on Fans


The death of celebrities or media figures have a pronounced effect on their fans, Kansas State University cognitive psychologist Richard Harris believes.

Even though people don´t really interact with media characters, they develop a relationship with them. Harris mentions the characters from the TV series "Friends".

"Many people have probably spent more time with the characters on ´Friends´ than they have with most of their real-life friends," he claims. However, the loss of a celebrity has a clear difference between the loss of a family member.

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