‘The person who dies rich dies disgraced.’ Discuss

YES: Dying wealthy leads to disgrace for the individual due to various circumstances and discoveries that reflect poorly on one’s character and legacy.

  1. Upon an individual’s death, questions and official enquiries into the basis of his wealth may uncover dubious or ill-gotten origins, leading to public outrage and condemnation of the individual.

  2. A rich individual’s death may be the catalyst for messy succession disputes between both legitimate heirs and illegitimate claimants, leading to unwanted and unglamorous media attention which pries into all the private and often sordid details of both the individual’s life and that of his family.

  3. A wealthy individual may have committed many morally and socially reprehensible acts in his life and his death could trigger public anger over those acts from which he had escaped justice.

  4. Alternatively, such a person’s death could trigger spontaneous celebrations amongst the masses, which is in effect an indictment of his deplorable character and reputation.

NO: Dying wealthy can bring glory or public approval for the individual due to various circumstances and discoveries that reflect positively on one’s character and legacy.

  1. Upon an individual’s death, public commentaries and reflections on person may reflect the virtues and positive practices, such as savvy entrepreneurship or financial acumen, which were the basis of his wealth, leading to public admiration and emulation.

  2. A rich individual’s death may be the basis for the disbursement of his wealth to the public, such as the setting up of trust funds for the poor or educational foundations, considerably raising his stature and legacy amongst the public.

  3. A wealthy individual may have contributed greatly to societal well-being in a variety of ways and his death signals the loss of a publicly cherished individual, triggering public grief and reflection on the issue, and innumerable positive eulogies and praises about him.