Suddenly is rarely a good word. It means that something happened unexpectedly and without warning.
“Ralph was feeling fine and then he suddenly died.”
“The tornado appeared so suddenly that people didn’t have time to seek shelter.”
“Suddenly shots were fired and chaos ensued.”
Most people don’t like things to happen “all of a sudden.” We tend to prefer some degree of predictability. We like to feel that we exercise at least a small modicum of control — or at least influence — over what goes on in our immediate sphere.
But “suddenly” takes away our control and influence. And unfortunately, “suddenly” has not so suddenly become a way of life in our modern society. Bad things happen suddenly and there’s little we can do to prepare for suddenly.
All that said, when my time is up and I die, I hope it happens suddenly.