So far, 2016 has been a year of attrition, with many lives lost to illness and tragedy.
Here are 6 people of the many people we feel have gone too soon:
The Artist died earlier this year after an accidental overdose of the drug Fentanyl, a drug usually used for cancer treatment. Prince was a prolific musician with many hits that have become part of popular culture.
The Love Actually and Harry Potter star passed away this year of pancreatic cancer. In addition to his many movie roles, Rickman was also a member of The Royal Shakespeare company.
3. Gugu Zulu
The rally driver and popular sporting personality died on Mandela Day during the #Trek4Mandela charity climb of Kilimanjaro. The local sportsman had a following of dedicated fans and friends who loved his warm nature and giving personality, as well as his adoration for his wife and baby daughter.
Thank you @thule_sa – Am about to celebrate my 1st #FathersDay #CantWait @thule_sa #Repost ・・・ We don’t feel that a day is enough so we’re dedicating this week to all the great fathers out there who’ve taught their kids to enjoy life #itsgreatoutthere #thanksdad ???? @guguzulu
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Muhammed Ali, boxer and sporting hero, died this year after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The boxer, whose real name was Cassius Clay, was as charming outside of the ring as he was deadly in it, and gained a following of fans who lovingly supported him until his death.
The singer, who managed to keep fans enthralled with his unusual style, passed away earlier this year after a battle with liver cancer. He died shortly after his 69th birthday.
The director of movies like Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries passed away recently after complications caused by pneumonia at he age of 81. The director, producer and director is believed to have had a stroke prior to becoming ill. Marshall was also an actor who appeared in The Odd Couple as well as Two And A Half Men.
I couldn’t sleep last night. The moon was too bright and my heart was too full of fresh grief at Garry’s passing. I went outside and sat in the absurd blue-white bath of moon, surprised to see my night shadow, I thought, “Garry left on a good night.” This morning, I got a text from Heather Matarrazzo saying “Of course Garry left on a full moon.” If you know Garry, that he went out when there should be darkness and instead there is full, rare, magic light, is too perfect to be coincidence. It’s so him. Garry was goodness itself. He was generous. He was kind beyond kind. He was thoughtful and sweet and so funny you would pee yourself a little. I met him when I was a child who thought she was a grown-up; he treated me with grace and patience and respect and always, always love. I’m so happy I made three films with him. I’m so happy he blessed my son in my belly the last time I saw him (we never think it will be the last time). Before we made the Princess Diaries, he told me “You never know if a movie is going to be a hit or not. The only thing you can control is the memories you make when shooting it. So, let’s make some good memories.” That advice changed my life even more than the film did. I wish I could say I practice that perfectly, but I can’t. Garry loved my rough patches too, and forgave them before I even apologized. He wasn’t interested in judgement or non-plot related conflict. He just wanted to have fun and laugh and do good work. He was so, so smart and canny, and yet he lived entirely from his heart. That’s how he made movies too. You don’t meet a lot of people that kind of courageous nowadays. I couldn’t see it when he was right in front of me, but I see him so clearly now that he has moved on- Garry was a Hero. Not a run-into-a-burning-building-to-save-a-hampster hero per se, but he looked on the bright side of every situation and was unfailingly warm and loving to everyone he met. How simple. How extraordinary. Garry: for a kid from the Bronx with weak lungs, you did good. I’m happy to have known you. I can never thank you enough for my life. I’m going to do my best to be just like you. I love you. Safe travels, my friend.
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