Goodbye 2016, And Don’t Take Anyone Else With You [VIDEO]
December 26, 2016
It’s not up for much debate that 2016 was a difficult year in pretty much every way. And it seemed to be an especially terrible year for celebrities of all kinds.
While the year has a few more days left to stick it to people, Christmas Day saw the surprise death of music icon George Michael at age 53. Just two days before Christmas, Carrie Fisher had a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her condition is currently stable, but even her mother is declining to comment further.
Carrie is in stable condition.If there is a change,we will share it. For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes. pic.twitter.com/isXJqqFEB6
— Debbie Reynolds (@DebbieReynolds1) December 25, 2016
The list of celebrity deaths this year is long, and it really wasn’t just your imagination. Sometimes, their deaths came as a shock, even though they were the result of long illnesses, as in the cases of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, because their illnesses had not been made public. And in other cases, death can finally end a long and public battle with a disease, as in the case of Muhammad Ali. And sometimes, accidents happen and the young die, because there are no guarantees in life.
Political figures also made their exits this year as well. Death reminds us that heroes and First Ladies can’t live forever, even if they have made it well into their nineties. Sometimes, death creates a political vacuum that has yet to be filled. And sometimes death doesn’t happen soon enough for those who have blood on their hands.
It should also be noted that 2016 is the year that finally killed Abe Vigoda.
The late great Andrew Breitbart famously noted that “politics is downstream from culture.” When cultural icons pass away, we all notice. The deaths of those we find to have made an emotional impact on us – especially in movies, music, or sports – unite the right and left. And unity was something that was sorely lacking in pretty much every single other area of life this year. Sometimes, simply grieving together, even superficially over social media, helped us all remember that in the end, we are all mortal.
But 2016, you can just go away now. There’s only 5 days left in the year. I’d like to hope that we can make it to the end of the week without another unexpected death, though the way this year has gone, who knows?
Still, come Saturday night, 2016 will come to an end. I don’t think I’m the only person who says “good riddance.”
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