If you're a fan of movies, music, or anything in the arts (aka, if you're a person with a beating heart) then it's impossible not to notice that 2016 has been a rough year. Bowie, Prince, even Alan Rickman...these are accomplished artists in their respected fields, who are sadly no longer with us.
IFL Science spelled it out: "In the post-war years between 1946 and 1964, there was a huge spike in population across many countries in the Western world. Now, with this generation reaching the latter half of their years, it makes sense that it seems, more famous people are dying simply because there are more people dying in general."
There are also more celebrities than there used to be (you know, because the Baby Boom generation made more people), so we're bound to hear about more deaths as the years go by. Nick Serpell told BBC, "In my father or grandfather's generation, the only famous people really were from cinema - there was no television." Plus, there was no internet to make the news of a passing spread so quickly.