Why do we cry when someone who we didn’t meet dies? R.I.P Mike Taylor “Beard Guy” from Walk off the Earth

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The last December 30, 2018, Mike Taylor a great Canadian musician member of the band Walk off the Earth, passed away. It was an unexpected death that took us both fans and their bandmates, by surprise. Although I just found this sad news today, after the honoring concert to the Beard Guy the last Sunday 13, of this year, it was equally heartbreaking for me. 😦 After that, I just wanted to remember the best moments that Mike gave us with WOTE through these years and I found out in Youtube comments, a statement that caught up my attention:

“I don’t know why but I cried when I heard this tribute. I have been listening to WOTE for years, but it’s not like I knew them personally and I don’t usually get emotional when celebrities or people I never met die. And Beard guy never spoke at the beginning but that was ok, that was his thing, that was the running joke at first til he surprised us all when he finally spoke in a video haha. Maybe it was the music, maybe it was the fact that beard guy was so calm, maybe his calmness made me feel relaxed, maybe he had the reassurance that a close family member would have when they wanted you to know everything would be ok, maybe it was the cool vibes he gave off, maybe it was his majestic beard, maybe it was his strong protective shadow that hovered over the group, maybe it was the way he could say so much without saying anything at all. Idk why, but I cried, I felt like something was missing in my life just because he passed away”.

And I felt the same, I cried when I knew the new, I cried with the tribute. And besides all the reasons that this user “SanFranXclips” in Youtube, above gave, I also think that for most of us WOTE is like a big family who has built a true bond of love and union between them and between their fans. We have watched them grew up as human beings and as a band. They have shared with us through social media all their adventures, their dreams, their sadness and their happy moments, even the birth of some of their children 💖, and for all that is impossible for me not to feel sad when I saw Sarah breaking down in tears to dedicate some words to her friend, to her brother, as she said during the concert in honor of Mike.
WOTE has given me many moments of happiness and for me, they are more than a band, they are friends too, they are my happy playlist when I need some kind of inspiration, and my thoughts and support are with them in these hard moments.
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WOTE (Joel Cassady, Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor «Beard Guy»).

To finish, some people believe that humans are like batteries that can be charged with the interaction between each other, in other words, we exchange energy all the time and maybe it could be another reason for why we cry when someone who touched our lifes in a special way, suddenly dies, a part of us dies with them too.
However, I want to give thanks to Walk off the Earth for all these years and for bringing their magical music to our ears and for making part of that beautiful project to such a nice, positive and lovely person as Mike Taylor. He will always be in the hearts of every one of us.
Peace and love guys, (a fan from a far, far away land named Venezuela).