Every year, we take some time to come together with loved ones and make up for the bustle, mistakes, and new lessons of the last twelve months. We measure our successes with our losses and consider the year either a failure or a success. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but we do it anyway. It’s a ritual of closure. If we look at the celebrities we lost this year, however, it’s been a real bummer of a year.
Losing a celebrity always leads to tremendous sadness. People care for celebrities probably far more than they should, taking inspiration and strength from their work. It helps them get through rough patches in life or gives them inspiration where no one else could. Sometimes a song lyric can be more powerful than a one hour session with a therapist.
As a way of paying tribute to people that gave their entire lives to the purpose of our entertainment, let’s take a look at the great performers and actors we’ve lost in 2016.
This guy barely needs an introduction. If music was good the last 40 years, it was either written by Bowie or inspired by his work. Born as David Robert Jones, Bowie was the greatest musical genius of his generation. Died January 10th, aged 69.
Also known as Severus Snape and Hans Gruber, Alan was one of the best actors of his time. When I watch “Die Hard” with my grandchildren and they ask me if I still want to watch that old movie after all this time, I’ll say, “always.”Died January 14th, aged 69.
Another influential artist that died way too soon. Prince Rogers Nelson was the funkiest artist around and created solid gold with every piece of music he touched. Died April 21st, aged 57.