Exploiting celebrity deaths for fun and profit


It's a little crass to acknowledge, but the death of a celebrity is, among many other things, a money-making opportunity. But perhaps it's best not to seem too eager to treat it as such, lest you offend those people whose dollars you covet.

Today brings two examples of parties who crossed the line: OK magazine, which chose a photo of a dying (or already dead) Michael Jackson for the cover of its latest issue, and home-shopping mogul A.J. Khubani, who confirmed plans to air an infomercial next week featuring famed pitchman Billy Mays, who died over the weekend.