It now seems rare for a week to pass without a significant celebrity death being reported – from David Bowie in the second week of January, to actor Alan Rickman a week later, to comedian Victoria Wood and Prince last week.
“Enough, 2016” and a more vulgar alternative are phrases people are uttering more and more regularly. So is this wave of celebrity deaths the new normal?
The answer is yes, according to the BBC’s obituary editor Nick Serpell, who ought to know about such things.
He said that the number of significant deaths this year has been “phenomenal”.
Looking at the basic statistics, there’s a very clear upward trend. Nick prepares obituaries for BBC television, radio and online, that run once a notable person’s death is confirmed.
The number of his obituaries used across BBC outlets in recent years has leaped considerably.
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