There is something deeper at work here. It is not a just a fear of death. Nobody is just afraid of death. People are afraid of life. Not having enough life. This is where The Gambler really missed the mark.
In sum, there's a lot of psychology behind why Community fans love their meta, self-aware show. It thus seems only fitting that the fans should be (and most likely already are to some degree) self-aware about where their own love is coming from.