If ever there was a year of ‘no chill’, 2016 was it. Don’t get me wrong. I know the past couple years have claimed their fair share of victims from Michael Jackson to Paul Walker. But 2016? 2016 just didn’t care who it claimed. Here are the celebrities who fell at the hands of 2016.
1. Carrie Fisher
This is more of an announcement than anything else. She died today, December 27th, 2016 from a heart attack. She was on machines until her final breath with her dog Gary at her side. For those who are not Star Wars fans, Fisher was the iconic Princess Leia from the early films of the franchise.
For others who are not familiar with her in Star Wars, she is also the voice of Angela, Peter Griffin's boss on "Family Guy". She will reprise her role on two upcoming episodes of the series posthumously.
2. Alan Rickman
Harry Potter fans all across the lands will mourn this brilliant actor. He had the poise and grace of a respectful gentleman but was also one hell of an actor. I mean, he’d have to be. He went from an alien in Galaxy Quest to a delusional judge in Sweeney Todd and a the conflicted professor in the Harry Potter series. His last acting gig was the voice of the butterfly in Alice Through The Looking Glass.
3. David Bowie
While I was not a fan of David Bowie, he was the one celebrity on the list that was mourned for a entire month, although Fisher and George Michaels will be mourned for a while, as well.
4. George Michael
They say celebrities go in sets of three and he went with Carrie Fisher and Alan Thicke. Although entirely by accident, Michael become a symbol in the LGBT community in the celebrity realm.
5. Alan Thicke
The famous father of Robin Thicke and actor on Growing Pains, Alan Thicke passed away suddenly just before the holidays. He was mourned by his family and co-stars from his hit TV show in a touching tribute last week.
6. John Glenn
Last, but not least, is John Glenn. If you don’t know who this man is, then you need to take a trip back to a high school science class. John Glenn was an engineer and astronaut as well as the first American to orbit the Earth.
All of these celebrities and famous people will be missed in 2017 by friends, family, and fans. They will truly be missed.