2016's cruelest legacy explained
What is a celebrity anyway?
Especially since the beginnings of reality TV, our definition of “celebrity” has grown to include people that will never create music, write a book (by themselves), or appear on a movie screen. Reality shows and viral videos have made people famous that would never have (or should never have) been considered famous previously.
Social Media Effectiveness
Nearly two billion users are on Facebook, and there are just over seven billion people on Earth, so that’s just under one third of the world’s citizens on Facebook constantly reading headlines about what’s going on across the globe. Technology has made this world much smaller, and news, even insignificant news, can travel at the speed of light all over the world. A celebrity death is known faster than ever.
With all of these factors, there’s also something else that’s more likely to be the cause of celebrity deaths in 2016…
One prevailing theory suggests that at least some of the deceased celebrities were currently or formerly engaged in risky use of drugs and alcohol. And that led to their demise.
Prince and George Michael were both in their 50s, and it’s believed that they died of outright drug overdoses. Carrie Fisher and David Bowie suffered a heart attack and liver cancer, respectively. It’s possible that the use of cocaine for a prolonged period and too much drinking, respectively, could have led to the decline in health for those affected organs.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones dying. Shockingly, the death rate for the nation has unexpectedly increased in the past two years.