2016’s celebrity death wagon has been started up and has hit the highway! Legendary singer David Bowie shocked the world by dying unexpectedly at the age of 69, although, after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, he knew it was coming and managed to get one last album out.
January didn’t stop there, oh no. Hot on Bowie’s heels came the death of actor Alan Rickman, also 69 and after a secret cancer-related illness. Then the still-reeling public was stunned further by the also-cancer-related passing of genial Irishman/British national treasure Sir Terry Wogan, aged 77. Cue lots of “top of the mourning” headlines.
Other notables for January: Tory grandee and [for those of you who remember your 90s sex scandal] philanderer Cecil Parkinson, 84. Glenn Frey, founder of the Eagles, 67, following surgery complications. Gordon Goody, Great Train Robber [can’t be many of them left now eh?], 85, heart attack, then actor Frank Finlay, 89, after heart disease, who, coincidentally, starred in a film based on the Great Train Robbery. Small world.
It’s been a busy start to the year.