It started January 10th, the day #year2016 took David Bowie from us. I mourned, we remembered & the world replayed his music all day. Then, only 4 days later, Alan Rickman died. And one week later, the entire community of Prince George lost Matt Pearce. I thought how could this be? Who could possibly be next?
It turns out #year2016 had a lot more in store for us.
I grew up in 80’s & 90’s pop culture. I knew who Grizzly Adams was. I watched Gene Wilder from Willy Wonka to See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Alan Thicke was one of our ‘television Dads’ who were always teaching us valuable live lessons. All 3 of these actors passed this year.
So did ‘Television Moms’ Doris Roberts and Florence Henderson.
How about Anton Yelchin who stared as Chekov in the new Star Trek movies? Or Michu Meszaros who was the actor who played the alien Gordon Shumway on Alf? Or Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 in Star Wars? And only 3 days ago Carrie Fisher had a heart attack and is now in intensive care?
However actors were not the only celebrities trending this year.
Musicians tend to surprise us with shortened lives, however #year2016 is putting together quite the super group from all genres. Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Christina Grimmie from the Voice, Malik Taylor ‘Phife Dawg’ of A Tribe Called Quest & Nick Menza of Megadeth all passed this year. And let’s not forget Lemmy who passed away three days before #year2016 could even begin.
And is there a more iconic list than Mr Everything – David Bowie, The Artist – Prince, The Poet – Leonard Cohen? And as of yesterday George Michael ???
This year claimed many famous people of sport such as coach Pat Summit, Joan ‘Chyna’ Laurer, Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson & Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Hernandez. Unreal.
Even more unimaginable is that we would lose Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe & Arnold Palmer within a four month period. Three remarkable human beings who reached the ultimate pinnacle of each profession.
Heaven is going to have an incredible Hall-of-Fame.
It seemed it didn’t matter if you watched Morley Safer on 60 Minutes, or cherished the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – #year2016 shocked you.
Somewhere, almost every month, it seemed we lost a cherished hero. Rest In Peace 2016.
However, all of these talented people made their mark. They did it and they all left us something to remember them by. Their films, or videos or albums & books will live on forever.
So as we close out 2016 & focus on year 2017 – I ask you to get out there and clap for the actors, cheer for the musicians, encourage the athletes & the writers … So our future generations will have their own heroes to remember.