It means we know Robin Williams more than we do the 23 vets that died. It means Robin Williams has played a role in every single persons lives and touched them in a meaningful way including those 23 vets. It means he was larger than life itself.
Death is tragic especially suicide because you cannot make sense of it. It doesn't make those deaths any less tragic than Mr. Williams death. There is a difference between being on stage to make people laugh and being off the stage saving the world. Hero's are unnamed and no one knows who you are. You accept this when you sign the government dotted lines.
That's just the way it is. When you make yourself public, known, and you touch their lives you will be known by people. If you go to work every day, pay your bills on time, raise great kids, and then die. No one knows who you are besides your friends and family.
Is that death any less than Mr. Williams? No it is not.
I think the problem is Americans concept of death where death is somehow better if more people know you than the person who had 4 kids, a wife, and a cute Shitzu. It's almost as if you're in denial that death is coming for you too.
That's the reality we all die. Once we die it's done. It's over. You played the game and you had one life.
So while death is tragic and sad; everyone dies. Too honor the dead you should celebrate their life that they lived. Mr. Williams died today and so everyone who was touched by Mr. Williams should celebrate his life.