On a personal note, Ebert's words don't hurt me at all, but I can easily see how publicity on that scale would be hurtful to the immediate family and close friends.
Personally, I feel sadness about the deaths, and hearing (in essence) that they somehow deserved what they got, only makes it worse.
Even though it is probably a case of 'the truth hurts'. It still hurts and I don't find it necessary or helpful in this forum. Just my opinion, and I admit I may be overly sensitive right now.