Commentary on Current Events by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Police Eyeing ‘Fatal Mix Of Drugs’ in Death of P——--
Authorities could be closer than ever to discovering what killed famous musician P——.
Investigation into his untimely death has led police to the early conclusion that “a fatal mix of drugs” may be to blame....
From Middos, Whom Hashem Chooses (#544):
When we see reshaim (evil people) who rise to power, and then they die in the midst of their glory, we should learn the lesson that Hakadosh Baruch Hu is going to take revenge on all evildoers. That’s only a mashal; what these people get in this world is only a very small indication of what they’ll have in the world to come.
Anytime that we see a case of an important person who dies early in his career, like a gangster is shot down, we should not waste the opportunity. We should study that and store it away in our memory. And from time to time, we should speak about it, because the yetzer hara (inclination for evil) is always busy talking about the misfortunes, the sufferings of the righteous, and trying to portray the world as a place of hard luck for the good people. It’s important, whenever we can, to emphasize whatever we see about the reshaim who suffer.
Hashem is giving us a message: this world is a disappointment to the wicked
For example, that famous singer who died young — J________ . This fellow was a tramp. This fellow was one who encouraged the youth to take narcotics. His songs were directed to a life of disillusion, a careless and irresponsible career of running after whatever your heart desires, whether it’s dope or other things. Therefore, he was a corrupter of the youth when he was cut down by a bullet in the beginning of his career.
These people are all examples for us to study. I’ll add a few from my own memory. I mentioned many times here, M___________. You remember him? (That’s not even his name; he's a Jew.) So he marries a gentile woman, and he’s getting rich and he was riding in his private plane, and one day he fell out of his private plane. Or Mr. and Mrs. W________, the owners of Playboy. They were riding in a plane Friday night. Friday night, they're going to Los Angeles for a party for all the playboy people. But they never made it. I wrote to the Playboy people once. I said why don’t you take an example of Mr. and Mrs. Wax? At least we have to take the example.
Hakadosh Baruch Hu is giving a message that this world is a disappointment to the reshaim. Don’t think that the reshaim are happy and successful; it’s only for the moment. You'll see them a little later, things will be different.