This is getting ridiculous.
Why shouldn't it be acceptable to discuss a celebrity's private life? As long as it is kept at civilized level, it is not malignant, it is not done to spread false rumors, then what's the deal?
VGONIS2002, what's with the patronizing lesson about how to make a joke? So it wasn't very funny, and the word play was silly, but what was "bad taste" and "wrong timing" about it? To my knowledge, nobody passed away! As a matter of fact, all the comedians you mentioned are all masters of black comedy. It wouldn't surprise if they'd utter a macabre joke in someone's funeral.
Bottom line is, as long as the editors don't deem a thread inappropriate, but certain people get uncomfortable, then don't read it!