Michael K. Williams' New York Times obituary racked up 2.8 million views, while Norm Macdonald and Willie Garson each had around 1 million views for their obits
The New York Times obituaries editor William McDonald revealed that data to The Washington Post in an article about the rush to publish obits online in the internet era -- and publications stocking up on pre-written obits. (The Times currently has 1,850 obits ready to go when a famous person, such as the recently deceased Colin Powell, dies. The Hollywood Reporter has about 800 pre-written obits.) But pre-written obits don't apply to Williams, Macdonald and Garson, who've all surprisingly died in recent months. While Williams' obit drew 2.8 million views, Macdonald's obit surpassed 1 million and Sex in the City's Garson's obit approached 1 million, according to McDonald.