So, I did say I was going to wait until 2017 to post again, and although we're just hours away, I couldn't wait. Since I last posted, we've lost three more amazing people: George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds.
George Michael was a great singer, a pop icon, known throughout generations. Some of his best works include Careless Whisper, Faith, Wake Me Up Before you Go-go, with Wham!, and Last Christmas. I was raised on Classic Rock and old pop, and George Michael had such a profound impact on my life. Like when I heard Glenn Frey had died, at the time, I didn't realize how much of an impact he had, since I never know the names or singers of songs. Then, older members of my family mourned, and listened to a lot of their music, and I slowly realized, an important part of my life was gone.
Carrie Fisher was both an actress and author, and someone whom I hold deep admiration for. Known most for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars and its sequels, she left a lasting impact on many generations to come. Her comedic wit and life story will also be remembered for a long time.
Debbie Reynolds was another example of how only after someone leaves this Earth, I realize what an impact they had. She had many famous roles, most notably, her character Kathy from Singing in the Rain. Her son, Todd, spoke about her death, just a day after Carrie Fisher. He said, "She didn't die of a broken heart, she just went to be with Carrie."
All three of these deaths, so close together are sad, and I send my wishes and prayers to their families today. On a related note, here's to 2016, and let's hope there aren't quite as many tragic deaths next year, in 2017.
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