The year 2016 has been rife with unexpected deaths by some of our most beloved celebrities. Whether it’s Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, comedian Ricky Harris, or pop star George Michael, there has been no shortage of death this year that has left our hearts aching. Many (including myself) have turned this into a meme of sorts, blaming these deaths on the year 2016 itself.
Thankfully the culprit isn’t so metaphysical, but rather something we can (and must) put a stop to – aging! Most of the celebrities that have died this year were due to age-related illnesses, whether it was Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, etc. Which only comes to show: it doesn’t matter how rich or how poor you might be, aging affects us all.
“Some believe what separates men from animals is our ability to reason. Others say it’s language or romantic love, or opposable thumbs. Living here in this lost world, I’ve come to believe it is more than our biology. What truly makes us human is our unending search, our abiding desire for immortality.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle