While 2016 may still be young since it is not even half over yet, it is shocking to think about the amount of celebrities that have already been taken away from us. From music icons like David Bowie and Prince to acting legends by the likes of Alan Rickman and everything in between, 2016 has just been a really tough year for us all. The impact that these individuals have bestowed upon us will be forever in our hearts and will do nothing short of resonate through the ages.
Everything and everyone inspires the world in some shape or form and these specific individuals have engraved themselves into cultural history forevermore. Sure, it is hard to say if they left us too soon or if they had more work to be done but the life cycle carries on and it is up to those who remain in the land of the living to keep their memory alive for as long as we possibly can. Whether it be appreciating a piece that they worked on or drawing inspiration from something that they did, there are ways to ensure that their life's work will never be lost in the world, it's just up to us to make it so. It's impossible to say what the rest of the year has in store but, as a small tribute to the events that have surpassed in 2016, here's a list of the most shocking celebrity deaths thus far. May they rest in peace.
10 David Bowie
9 Phife Dawg
8 Alan Rickman
7 Erik Bauersfeld
6 Doris Roberts
5 Tony Burton
3 Keith Emerson
2 Billy Paul
Due to how recently Prince has passed, his true cause of death remains to be unknown. There have, however, been a few theories which include a potential drug overdose from Percocet or AIDS but nothing can be confirmed nor denied until the coroner releases their findings in a few weeks time. Either way, the events leading up to his eventual passing are unique in nature considering that he had performed and put on a great show on April 14th just to be found in an elevator on the first floor of Paisley Park on April 19th. It has been verified by various sources that his health was in a state of deterioration and he was on Percocet to help him cope with the immense pain that he was in due to the arthritis in his hip but it came to a huge shock to all when he was pronounced dead at 57. However, his wholehearted believe in God meant that He did eventually heal him and Prince had come to terms with this and, on some level, even knew that his life was slowly coming to a close. Whether or not Prince got what he wanted will always be one of those lingering questions but his acceptance of his fate surely made his transition an easy one.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, cbc.ca, rollingstone.com,biography.com, bbc.co.uk
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