5. There Are Lot More Celebrities Today Than Ever Before
Another theory as to why so there were so many celebrity deaths this year is simply due to the fact that we have more celebrities today than in any other time in history. Ask your grandmother how many celebrities she can name and chances are she could come up with a mere handful. Indeed, in the distant past, the only stars were royalty and those in film. With the advent of television in the 50s, we then added television stars to the expanding list of famous people. The concept of “celebrity” officially exploded in the 60s with all of the musicians and athletes who went on to become household names. Think about all of the different types of celebrities that exist today thanks to social media. We have all of the reality stars, the YouTube stars and the Insta Babes – we’re looking at you, Jen Selter. With such a large number of celebrities than ever before, naturally, some of them are going to pass away.
4. The Celebrities Of The 60s Are Approaching Their Later Years
Within the large group of celebrities that exist today are all of the celebrities who are approaching their later years – particularly those who rose to fame in the 60s. As we mentioned, it was in the 60s that celebrity culture really took off. It was the year where talent, whether it was musically or athletically, could make you famous. You no longer had to be royalty. This decade spawned the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Muhammad Ali, to name only a few. Today, these celebrities are now in their later years and are at an increased risk of developing serious health problems like heart disease and cancer, which are some of the leading causes of death. Naturally, you can expect that there would be an increase in the number of celebrity deaths, which is exactly what seems to be happening. This definitely applies to David Bowie, who died of liver cancer at age 69, as well as Muhammad Ali, who died of Parkinson’s syndrome at the age of 74.