Gone Before Their Time: Celebrities Lost in 2016
The new year has just barely begun, but 2016 has already seen the losses of multiple celebrities in the entertainment industry, such as rock icon David Bowie and English actor and director Alan Rickman. Many of these celebrities left an impression on the lives of their fans, including those at South.
The music industry suffered an unfortunate blow with the loss of David Bowie. Dubbed a “musical chameleon” for his ever-changing appearance and sound, Bowie was well known for keeping fans as well as critics interested with his elaborate costumes and unique music. In the early 1970’s, Bowie introduced the world to Ziggy Stardust, a character he portrayed on stage for his audiences. The release of his 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, paved the way for a new era of rock music. Bowie was also an accomplished actor and starred in films like Labyrinth . He died of cancer on Jan. 10.
“When I think of David Bowie, I think of just good times… he had so much originality and I think the world lacks that now,” Olivia Wolf ‘18 said.
On Jan. 14, English actor Alan Rickman died from pancreatic cancer at a hospital in London, surrounded by friends and relatives. Over the course of his acting career, Rickman won eight awards including a Screen Actor’s Guild award and a Golden Globe award. He began his acting career in 1978 when he joined Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in both The Tempest and Love’s Labour Lost. He later moved onto greater roles in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sense and Sensibility, as well as other Hollywood films. Rickman was best known for his antagonist roles, such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
“He was a really good actor, he really got into character. I’ve heard stories from Daniel Radcliffe talk about how Alan Rickman would get into character before they were even in scene, and how he would act as his character and would actually intimidate them a bit,” Rachel Lisle ‘18 said.
Other celebrities in the music industry that have passed away include Glenn Frey and Craig Strickland. Frey was the co-founder, songwriter, and guitarist for the band the Eagles. He wrote multiple songs, including “Take it Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Living.” He died on Jan. 18. Strickland, the lead singer for country band Backroad Anthem, was found dead in the northern area of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Jan. 4 after being reported missing after a duck hunting trip. He died of hypothermia as a result of poor weather conditions.