For some reason, it's always the people that we love most that get scrutinized the hardest. For instance, Philip Seymour Hoffman who wasn't really great at anything received an insane amount of public outpouring from the media in a positive light, despite rumors of domestic abuse and a long term heroin addiction. Stand this up against Robin Williams, where most major media outlets have at least one person attacking him, with the nicest thing said by these folks being 'who cares if a washed up comedian dies?' and it stands to reason that the only reason it happens is because it makes good news. Being outrageous about a beloved household name spanning two generations tends to outrage people, which gives these media personalities more attention. There's no such thing as bad attention in the media. I'm fairly certain that's what it boils down to, because even the most cynical douchbags in comedy (Louis Black, Bill Maher) made it very public that they were personally saddened and deepy wounded by his passing.