Those we love never go away, even when they can’t be physically present. They walk beside us. Still loved and missed. -Unknown
As we begin a new year, it may still be hard to believe how many talented souls we have lost in 2016. All the way from Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael to Carrie Fisher and many more. As we embrace going into 2017, we should take a moment to remember all these legendary figures that have touched the hearts and souls of everyone all over the world watching at home.
Earlier in the year, in January we lost a prominent voice of The Eagles, Glenn Frey, the bands lead singer and frontman who died at 67. You know “Heartache Tonight,” was actually written by Frey, Bob Seger, J.D. Souther and Don Henley. But I bet you remember “Hotel California.”? The album ruled the Billboard 200 for eight weeks! Without a doubt, Glenn did have some health issues for a while and passed away of complications due to pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. It was with pure sadness that Don Henley had to let go of his lifetime friend, as he told Rolling Stone, “He changed my life forever.” Then later in the interview he said, “I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.”
As any 70’s child would say, the death of David Bowie was a shock to everyone over the world who idolized him because he had the ability to make even an outsider feel like they had a place…like it was okay to be different from everyone else that misunderstood why you were the way that you are. Bowie had a unique quality to reach out to his audiences by dressing up as different characters that he made up for his music.
Ironically, we lost a huge icon of the 1980’s and that person was Prince Nelson. Most children nowadays, had no idea who Prince was or how extraordinary he was- as in the fact that he could play any instrument, you name it!- just watch the clip of him playing “Purple Rain” on the American Music Awards in 1985 where he wailed and kick the mic stand. Now what other Modern artist of 2016 is able to do that? Simply no one is because no one else will be able to outdo or defeat the works of Prince…I mean he was the best of his time.
Not to mention, the death of Wham! singer George Michael on Christmas day. Fans all over the world were raging on twitter as their pop sensation passed away on this beloved day. I remember hearing this shortly after hearing “Last Christmas” play on the radio. But in these hard times we got to remember…you gotta have faith, faith, faith!
Two days later, we lost a true comedian and Star Wars icon that made the metal bikini from “Return of the Jedi” in 1983 very well known. She won the hearts of all of her fans as Princess Leia and continued to do so throughout her acting career. People are still questioning whether he death was due to a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest or maybe even caused from her history of substance abuse. Surprising, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ In the Rain’s actress, passed away just a day later of a stroke on a plane. Many are speculating that she died from a broken heart of losing her beloved daughter Fisher a day prior.
It is not to say that these many musicians, actors, actresses, and journalists will not go down in strife but they will go down in history to be remembered for their many accomplishments and gifts that they gave to the world through their presence.
R.I.P to all the beautiful souls of 2015 and 2016!! You will all be remembered in the hearts of all around the world!