With so many celebrities who have died in 2016, many assume this was the worst year ever for celebrity deaths. But is that indeed the case? And why did so many celebrities die in 2016? The numbers don’t lie, so before 2016 finally leaves us for good, it’s time for some data crunching.
David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Anton Yelchin, Prince… the list of celebrity deaths in 2016 is staggering, so the BBC obituaries editor, Nick Serpell, sat down to look at the numbers and see whether more celebrities have actually died in 2016, in comparison to past years.
This is the second time this year Serpell was assigned with this morbid task of looking at the numbers of dead celebrities – the first time was back in April when 2016 already looked like a bad year for celebrity deaths.