No, 2016 wasn’t the worst year for celebrity deaths — and we’ll prove it


(CNN)There’s been much hand-wringing about 2016 exterminating numerous of our cherished stars: Bowie. Ali. Prince. Carrie. Yes, it was bad. Was it actually the most dangerous year for well-known individuals? There’s no clinical method to determine this, however we took a fracture at it anyhow.


We began by taking a look at the deaths of Oscar candidates in acting classifications — possibly the greatest step of film fame– going back to 2006 . By this yardstick, 2016 was a pretty typical year. We lost Debbie Reynolds and Gene Wilder and a couple of others, however the death toll was nothing like 2014 , when 10 Oscar candidates — consisting of Lauren Bacall , Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams — passed away. (In fairness, this year’s count omits Carrie Fisher , who was never chose for an Oscar.)


For this classification, we took a look at deaths of Grammy winners in the performing classifications just (no technical awards). And yes, 2016 actually was a harsh year for our musical heroes. We stated goodbye to 13 Grammy winners , consisting of such giants as Leonard Cohen , Glenn Frey and Maurice White . It wasn’t as grim as 2006 , when 15 Grammy honorees passed away, consisting of Lou Rawls , Freddy Fender and Billy Preston . Departed-star wattage this year– OMG, Prince !– was much higher .


For this, we counted Emmy candidates and winners in the most significant acting classifications drama and comedy series just– over the last 11 years . We lost eight of these Emmy winners in 2016 , consisting of everybody’s preferred unstable talk-show host, Garry Shandling . When it concerns TV-star deaths that just ties 2014 as the most dangerous year of the previous years. That vicious year, we stated goodbye to Sid Caesar , James Garner and– no, not Alice!– “The Brady Bunch’s” Ann B. Davis .


Sports Illustrated has actually been calling its Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year– a worthy yardstick of sports quality and popularity– because 1954. In 2016 , we lost 3 of them– fighter Muhammad Ali , golf player Arnold Palmer and hoops coach Pat Summitt . No other year in the last years has actually seen the death of more than one.

Walk of Fame

Some celebs, such as TELEVISION‘s Florence Henderson , accomplished big popularity without winning an Emmy, Oscar or Grammy. We likewise took an appearance at stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame . Walk down Hollywood Boulevard and you’ll see great deals of just recently left names celebrated in the walkway– 15 of them from this year , consisting of Zsa Zsa Gabor , who was well-known for … being popular. 2016 is just the third-most dangerous year for Walk of Fame receivers, behind 2012 and 2006 . In 2006 alone, we lost 18 stars , amongst them comic Red Buttons , talk-show host Mike Douglas and Don Knotts , much better called bumbling Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

The Verdict

Yep, 2016 was undoubtedly one Grim Reaper of a year. We lost a minimum of 34 stars by our undoubtedly unscientific count, which consider such Oscar- and Grammy-winning celebrities such as Debbie Reynolds who appear in multiple classifications . It’s not rather the worst ever. (In 2009, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on the SAME DAY !)
When it pertains to sheer numbers , this year is edged out by 2006 , when some 36 celebrities passed away– consisting of “City Slickers'” Jack Palance and James Brown , the Hardest-Working male in Show Business, who for all we understand might still be playing gigs in paradise. The next time somebody grumbles about 2016 eliminating all our heroes, inform them it might be even worse. It has actually been even worse .

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