American University Professor Available to Comment on Why and How Celebrity Deaths Impact Fans


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What: The recent deaths of actor Luke Perry and The Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint and why celebrity deaths impact fans.

Who:Cristel Russell, associate professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business. Russell is an expert on the subject of “parasocial relationships,” which are one-sided relationships, where one person extends emotional energy, interest and time, and the other party is unaware of the other's existence. These relationships are most common with celebrities and well-known organizations such as sports franchises.

When:March 5 – Ongoing

Where: On campus, in studio, via telephone or Skype.

About American University
In its 125-year history, American University has established a reputation for producing change makers focused on the challenges of a changing world. AU has garnered recognition for global education, public service, experiential learning and politically active and diverse students, as well as academic and research expertise in a wide range of areas including the arts, sciences, humanities, business and communication, political science and policy, governance, law and diplomacy.

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