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Which celebrity death of 2016 upset you the most?

Asked by filmfann (47825points) December 29th, 2016

With the year 2016 drawing to a close, many have noted the large number of before-their-time celebrity deaths.
Which hurt the most?

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Sneki95's avatar

None, to be brutally honest. Like I noted somewhere here, death itself doesn’t affect me much, especially if it’s someone I don’t know personally.

I did feel slightly sorry when two very famous Serbian actors died. Their deaths were quite shocking and unexpected. They were loved by everyone and had enormous reputation.
Our cinema lost two magnificent actors.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Alan Rickman
Bowing my head to reflect a moment.

Kardamom's avatar

I was pretty torn up about Alan Rickman : ( Those of you who know me fairly well know that he is one of my favorite actors of all time. I was so upset that I didn’t even come on here and talk about it on one of the threads that was dedicated to him. I also didn’t post any pictures or talk about him on Facebook. It was too upsetting.

I have saved a bunch of my favorite pictures of him and one day I will actually post them.

Here is a lovely picture of Alan <3

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I miss Leonard Cohen most of all. From my teenage years on, his music and poetry have perimiated my own life. He was a good soul and we all are poorer now that he will no longer be able to share his art and voice with us. But he lived a full, remarkable life. He was at interesting places among interesting people during interesting times and didn’t waste a minute of it. So, I really don’t mourn him. I’m happy for him and the life he was able to live and share with us. I mourn the fact that we will no longer see new Cohen creations and no longer hear his voice.

JLeslie's avatar

Many of the deaths that really touched me were people who were in their 80’s or 90’s, so I can deal with it ok as part of life. A few were very very young, and it’s really just so very sad. I don’t really mourn any of them, it just caused me to pause, and brought back memories.

Garry Marshall
Gene Wilder
Shimon Peres
Gwen Ifil
Florence Henderson
John Glenn
Patty Duke
Zsa Zsa Gabor
George Michael
Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds
Anton Yetchin (because he was so young)

Did Mahammad Ali die this year? What about Prince? I’m not sure those were this year.

Gawd Doris Roberts. I just googled and was reminded she died.

If you google the list is incredible.

zenvelo's avatar

David Bowie, because it wasn’t so well known that he was very sick. Leonard Cohen had been ailing, Alan Rickman had not been much in my awareness out
Trident of Harry Potter.

I was never a Prince fan, I was there when he was booed off the stage in San Francisco.

MrGrimm888's avatar

For me,a tie between Gene Wilder and Prince…

rojo's avatar

Sadly, none of them made me weep or were seriously detrimental to my life. There were several I was sad to see go; and I would say Leonard Cohen will be missed the most, although David Bowie, Leon Russell, Glenn Frey, Greg Lake and Paul Kantner are also up there.

These are the guys that wrote the soundtrack to my adolescence and early adulthood.

rojo's avatar

I have a nagging suspicion that they were just getting the hell out of Dodge before Trump took the helm of the ship of state: better dead than Trumpicans as it were

Brian1946's avatar

Frank “Flirter” Bonangliosis

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I can’t think of any that affected me. I feel that I am rarely “affected” by celebrity deaths. I think it’s sad, of course, but it doesn’t generally trigger any sort of grieving process for me. I think that it might just be that I don’t care about pop culture very much and never have. Honestly, none of the celebrities who passed this year meant anything in particular to me, personally, I’m not even sure who a lot of them are.

I thought about it for a minute and I recall being pretty sad when George Carlin passed. I do miss his performances, but that was not this year.

Aethelwine's avatar

Prince. He was at the top on my bucket list of performances I wanted to see. Now I never will.

Rarebear's avatar

Carrie Fisher.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Robin Williams and Lenord Nimoy.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yeah, Gene Wilder and Robin Williams. I’m going too miss them as well. It’s hard to make me laugh out loud. Those guys did it for me. Williams. Shit. Suicides always freak me a little.

jca's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 and @Espiritus_Corvus: Robin Williams died in 2014.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@jca D’oh. Sorry.

jca's avatar

For me, a bunch were really shocking (Prince, George Michaels, Carrie Fisher), but none were upsetting to the point where it really bothered me. I guess of all of them, the one I was most surprised about was George Michaels.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Prince. He reminded me of some of the best times of my life and how much time has passed and how little is ahead.

Pandora's avatar

Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Robin Williams and Leonard Nimoy and George Micheal, yes and that poor sweet young kid, Yetchin. Too young. At least the rest had a pretty decent life span. But Alan Rickman and Robin Williams shocked me the most. I loved their acting. Some of the other ones were not in the limelight so much so much. Like Debbie Reynolds hasn’t been in anything for ages. But I grew up watching many of them and even though I never knew any of them, they were a part of my memories from my past.

Seek's avatar

Lemmy from Motorhead (actually 28 December 2015) and David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

They were all special and important to me, and all happened so fast.

I cried actual tears over Bowie.

Losing Leonard Nimoy in early 2015 broke me for a WHILE, too.

zohaali146's avatar

every celebrity’s death saddened me in some way but Carrie Fisher and her mother’s death was most saddening.

ragingloli's avatar

Fidel Castro. *sniff

janbb's avatar

I’m with @ANef_is_Enuf ; I don’t really mourn for celebrities who die; particularly if they are over 70. They don’t really touch my life. I guess David Bowie’s was the most surprising to me; he seemed so in the middle of his power still. I feel for those who loved Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personally, it is tragic but it doesn’t really affect my life.

The work of someone like Leonard Cohen is still so much a part of my life that it doesn’t sadden me if the man is still alive or not.

Personal losses affect me much more deeply.

filmfann's avatar

I wept at hearing John Glenn and Mohammed Ali passed. I was saddened by many of this year’s deaths, but those two hit me especially hard.

ragingloli's avatar

@filmfann
So why have you not sued them?

jca's avatar

@Pandora: Robin Williams died in 2014.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

A lot of people mentioned Robin Williams. I thought of Philip Seymour Hoffman, but looked it up first and he died in 2014, too. Almost 3 years ago.

Tempus fugit!

anniereborn's avatar

Gene Wilder made me quite sad. I just loved him. I’m not even a huge Star Wars fan, but for some reason Carrie Fisher affected me, and then when her mom died a day later, it just broke my heart.

Pandora's avatar

@jca, I was going off of some recent names that people listed above me. I actually thought it was last year. It still seems fresh.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

The Chaplin from M.A.S.H. died today.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Actor William Christopher dead at 84. The Chaplin from M.A.S.H.

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