Last night on the news I was listening to two former professional surfers talking about what a great guy Andy Irons was. (Just as an aside, Wikipedia are amazing...they have already updated their entry with information about his death early yesterday).
Chris has work colleagues who are involved with the world of professional surfing and while there is now much grief at Andy's unexpected death and in many ways he may have been a great guy, he is also guilty (as we all are) of making some dubious lifestyle choices.
A few years ago, the Chaser guys wrote a song called The Eulogy Song, famous for the chorus line "everyone's a top bloke after death." I won't link to the song because it contains large amounts of bad language but at the time it generated much controversy because it was said to be offensive to the families of the people mentioned in it. Definitely it was, and it's not really a good song for Christians to listen to, but like a lot of the Chaser's work, there was a ring of truth in it also.
Why can't we just be honest and say that these people were like all of us, not at all perfect and saintly, just sinful?