The overwhelming prerequisite for the greatness of an artist is that artist's death.
— Thiessen's Law of Art
Envy feeds upon the living, after death it is silent.
We all know dead rappers get better promotion.
"We gonna drop this next bomb for a money makin' playa that ain't with us no mo."
"Yeah, Notorious BIG."
"Hell no! We gonna do this for a gangbanging thug that never seen it comin'."
"Yeah, Tupac Shakur!"
"Nah bitch! I'm talkin' 'bout motherfuckin' Falco and shit."
— Bloodhound Gang, intro to "Mope"
David Morgan-Mar: So... in order to maintain my popularity, I have to stay dead?
Head Death: LOOK AT HOW IT WORKS FOR OTHER ARTISTS. EMILY DICKINSON. VAN GOGH. ELVIS.
A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
— Max Eastman
Diane: This happens to be a great artist!
Sam: If he's a great artist, what's he doing alive?
Never age. Never die. Live forever in that one last white-hot moment, when the crowd screamed.
When every note was a heartbeat. Burn across the sky.
You will never grow old. They will never say you died.
Thatís the deal. You will be the greatest musician in the world.
Live fast. Die young.
— Terry Pratchet, Soul Music
"Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
"Certainly, when somebody takes their own life, it's always a tragedy, especially when it's a guy who was 27 and obviously had a lot of things going for him. Having said all that, [Jonathan] Brandis' death has unfortunately triggered yet another case of that phenomenon known as Dying Young Retroactively Makes You More Talented. From the way his fans talk about him on message boards to this day, you'd think the world had lost the next Olivier. This is a bit much, given that his primary claim to fame was as the most annoying character on a mediocre show that only lasted three seasons. (Seriously, prior to his death, reviewers mostly described Brandis' SeaQuest character as a dopier version of Wesley Crusher.)"
Some are born posthumously.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, Foreword