A London Sims Tribute To Some Of The Stars We Have Lost in The Last 4 Months (Part Two) February and March – April 3rd by Jas
s life ended. Harper Lee (89) was the author of "To Kill A Mockingbird", which won the Pulitzer prize in 1961, and was made into a film in 1962. In 2007 she was given the "Presidential Medal Of Freedom" for her part in bringing forward issues about race in the US, and for contributing such a great novel,which, due to being considered one of America`s modern classics , is often studied by literature students around the world.
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In creating the popular series, which has become the world`s longest running soap opera, the legacy he leaves us with is clear, as “Corrie” is a pretty safe bet to stay on our screens for many more decades!
Then, on the fourth, there was the death of someone whose work in the multi-billion dollar Star Wars movies certainly affords him more than a quick mention. Tony Dyson (who died aged 68) designed and built R2 D2 , one of the iconic droids who, along with his side kick C3PO, are the only characters to have appeared in all the Star War movies. There was another notable Star Wars actors death this year too, but, since that was in April, I `ll leave that one for a minute.
Then on the 10th it was the turn of Keith Emerson (71) , of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer to leave us. Emerson was the keyboard player in the very successful British group in the seventies. Their biggest hit single was “Fanfare For The Common Man”, which reached number two in the UK charts. The band had broken up by the end of the seventies, but later re-formed in 1991.
Earlier on in the article I mentioned another person who was significant to the Star Wars series of movies who had died this year.
No it wasnt Admiral Ackbar himself (!) but rather the voice actor behind both him and Bib Fortuna. Erik Bauersfeld (93) predominantly appeared in radio plays, but also provided some of the voices for several big movie characters. He voiced both Ackbar and Bib in “Return of the Jedi”, and then the infamous admiral from the dark side again in “The Force Awakens”, which was released only last year. The movie became the biggest grossing film in US history, so the involvement of Bauersfeld seems to have been a fitting swansong for an actor with such an instantly recognisable voice.
The other thing to remember is that the time period we looked into covered only the winter months (meaning that probably those who were unwell were more likely to lose their fight to live), so it may be that we won t see so many famous obituaries over the next few months. The way to study this properly would be to (possibly) assume that the winter months would involve a fluctuation but to do an overall study of a set five period- ie. five years. Leaving that task to the sociologists, though, I have heard a few more theories as to what could have caused such an increase in reports on celebrity deaths which I want to get off my chest.
One theory is that there are simply more celebrities these days than there ever have been before. With hundreds of TV channels, the increase over the last fifty years in movies made, and all the social media we have nowadays those people are bound to have become more known. Also there is the theory that celebrities make certain life style choices. I am not for a moment suggesting that the celebrities I have covered have been involved in any dubious activities ( mainly because I don`t want to be sued!), but some would say that the pressures of stardom (or the massive amounts of money gained from it) could lead to drug or alcohol abuse, which could lead to a shortening of their life spans. (Phew got past that point without incriminating myself!)
A theory that could explain the increase in deaths in all walks of life though (not simply celebrities) could be that there were so many of the generation of people born just after the war, that now they have reached a certain age, there is also bound to be a percentage of them dying. The answer to the question could be as simple as that. But I have also heard another interesting theory. That generation were the first to grow up with totally widespread antibiotics available – and in Britain available to everyone whatever your financial status, thanks to the NHS. Could it be that in previous generations a lot of the less sturdy people would have died in childhood due to disease, and that we are now just seeing those same people succumbing to illnesses (like cancer) which we still cannot treat? This is not to suggest that those who are dying are somehow weaker emotionally, but are perhaps those who in the natural world (because we are all just animals after all) would have had less strong immune systems, and would have been more likely to die.
If that were true I have just had my very own idea with regards to celebrities. What if those who were the ones who went into the creative professions (ie. entertainment) were always the people who were less physically strong (those who were less sporty, for example), which perhaps led to them developing the more arty and sensitive sides to their personalities.
Oh wow, this blog became more like an essay! If you`ve read to the end , thanks for accompanying me on this journey, over this and my previous three blogs. This was a phenomenon I was really interested in personally , and wanted to explore those who had died, and to theorise on the possible causes. Thanks loyal blog readers.