In case you haven’t caught up with the news by now, a lot of celebrities have died this year. Natalie Cole, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, and most recently, Prince and Chyna. So, I hear you wonder, “Why are so many celebrities dying this year?”
Well, I wondered the same thing, and I happened to stumble across this article on BBC.com.
According to it, as it turns out, many of this year’s dying celebrities were born between 1946 and 1964, i.e. they were part of the baby boom generation. For those of you who don’t know, that was a time right after World War II which saw a massive spike in human population growth. With more people born during this time, that many more people went on to become famous.
Now, those former babies are between 54 and 70, and sadly, they’re dying. How old was Prince when he died? 57. How about David Bowie? 69. Victoria Wood? 62. And Alan Rickman? Also 69. The exception here is Chyna, who was only 46, but the point still stands.
As cruel as 2016 may seem for already taking so many celebrities away from us, one could see the demise of such high-profile baby boomers as a reminder of our own mortality–and even that of the universe itself. Inevitably, all things, good or bad, must end, and that includes our very lives. In the end, our end goal is to make something that outlives us, something for all of us to remember each other by. I believe The Ultimate Warrior put it best on the night before he died two years ago when he said…
“Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.”
“You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well.”
“I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.”