A few days ago Carrie Fisher died, and so passed with her another talented performer in a year which seems to have seen the passing of far too many talented people. Was 2016 really such a striking year for the death of celebrities? It seems that every year a lot of wonderful and talented people pass away, and so this year in of itself is not as singular as everyone thinks. But this was the year that saw so many people who were culturally important to me, and my generation.
To those of us growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, people like Bowie, Prince, and George Michael were a part of our lives, they were our idols and the creators of our soundtrack. With their passing comes the startling realisation that we are growing old. We are all really quite mortal, and that includes the people who entertained us. And of course, when we hear the ages of some of they, and we understand how close in age they actually are to us, well…..
In a year that has seen such political and social turmoil, war, strife, and racism, the death of those whom we admire, who possessed so much talent, such capacity to entertain, and bring joy to others, their loss is perhaps the more striking.