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Diffuser's James Stafford posted a great article on Why We Care About Musician's Deaths. Its a worthy read, but this really drives it home:
"When I hear that an artist from my personal soundtrack has passed, I’m taken immediately to the time and place that he or she was important to me. I relive that moment, be it good or bad, music playing in my head as clearly as it was at the time. I feel what I felt, see what I saw, smell what I smelled. Music is that powerful. When people who give us a gift like that are gone, it’s natural for us to grieve regardless of whether we really knew them."
You can read the full article here