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With Lisa Marie Presley’s death, mental health experts reveal why we grieve so much for lost celebrities


Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of icon Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla Presley, died on Jan. 12 after paramedics responded to her home in an initial “not breathing” call, as Fox News Digital reported.

Tributes poured out on social media from both celebrities and average people alike who never met or knew Lisa Marie, who was 54 at the time of her passing.

Why do we grieve the passing of celebrities we’ve never met and don’t know personally? 


Social media may be just one reason we have a sense of closeness to celebrities, according to mental health experts.

With the onset of social media, we can get “glimpses into the lives of celebrities,” said Dr. Natalie Bernstein, a psychologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We feel connected to them and may even feel as though we are even friends,” Bernstein also said.

In the case of Lisa Marie Presley, many of us “felt like we knew her even before she was even born, and then we watched her grow up, too,” said Bernstein.

She continued, “We begin to feel attached to [celebrities] in a way that feels normal, [by] watching videos and interviews and learning their preferences,…

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