2016's cruelest legacy explained
It almost seems like a bad movie. Is death finally catching up with us to remind us that we’re mortal? 2016 not only took a ton of celebrities that we loved like Carrie Fisher, Alan Thicke, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, David Bowie, and so many more, it feels like people in our everyday lives passed away more than usual as well. You’re not the only who feels that way, and the experts have some scary statistics for us about why so many Americans are dying younger than they should.
The Killer Year
2016 was a rough one for all of us, but those who actually lost their lives will always be remembered as having died during the infamous year that took so many. We lost not only many average Americans but many beloved celebrities as well from famous musicians to sitcom actors to movie mavens.
So Many Theories
Fans of these deceased personalities have put forth a plethora of theories as to why 2016 took so many famous people, perhaps there’s some strange conspiracy going on (Carrie Fisher being killed off because Disney owns the Star Wars franchise now is one of them), or perhaps it’s due to one of these reasons…
The Rise of Celebrity
Perhaps so many celebrities perished last year simply because there were more celebrities. Celebrity culture really began in the mid-20th century due to the advent of print media, radio, television, and film. We could finally easily obsess over people we only saw on a screen. And now decades later, those early celebrities that we created are finally starting to die off like any generation.