I have never been one to gush over entertainers, or those I like to call 'Highly Paid Trained Monkeys' However I have in the past tipped my hat to a very select few entertainers I thought worthy of note, two such people I have nodded too in the past are Bob Hope and George Burns. Today I will drop a mother load and they all have one small thing in common, they all died this year, 2016.
I will start with the tipping point, the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. I was not that big of a fan of the artist known as, formally known as and reknown as Prince however I do not need to be a fan to know that this man was filled with talent and shared that talent with other artists as well as the rest of us. Music lost a lot of people this year, many I was a fan of such as Glen Frey, Keith Emerson and David Bowie, also lost this year. Rock stars were not the only ones lost this year country music superstar Merle Haggard, comedian Gary Shandling, producer (Beatles) George Martin, Classy First Lady Nancy Reagan, Author Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird), Earth Wind and Fire frontman Maurice White, Grizzly Adams' Dan Haggerty, and my youngest daughter's favorite good-guy/villian Alan Rickman (Prof. Snape).
It must be noted this is just a very short list of those we lost, many more have past this year but the ones above had more impact than others on me personally. There is however one more person that past away this year that I would like to mention, and I feel he diserves to be set apart from all the rest. He was once quoted as saying "Clinton's a schmuck." Oh Sorry that was not the quote I was looking for (Yes he did say that as well) Ok here it is "I'm not dead yet, you pinhead!" during a David Letterman skit. The man I am speaking of is of course Abe Vigoda. He had a great sense of humor about his appearing to be older than he was and is quite possibly the man who has most wrongly been proclaimed dead. At one time the web browser has an app that did nothing more than report the living/dead status of Abe. There was also a website that did the very same thing, however we did lose him in January of this year.
Also I want to point out as of this writing it is only April of 2016, if you are a famous Rock Star or Actor and are not feeling well, get to your Doctor right away!