We all know that 2016 has been a year where a lot of unfortunate, notable deaths took place. It started in January with David Bowie, but it never seemed to slow down, let alone stop.
I already did some RIP pieces here for some of these individuals, but let me take some time to honor these people now in a specific entry for this year of 2016 which, mercifully, is quickly coming to an end now. These were some of the deaths that really stood out for me, personally, although I am surely missing or forgetting some people. No disrespect intended.
David Bowie - One of the most unique and talented musicians of our age. He is credited with fathering the modern pop scene. His creative musical career spanned many decades.
Glen Frey - A member of the Eagles, as well as a successful act in his own right. He was an influential music beyond this, as well.
George Martin - Often referred to as the "Fifth Beatle." He helped to perfect the music of the Beatles, and was a legendary producer. The Beatles would certainly not have been the same without him!
Prince - A legendary musician, with amazing skills on the guitar. A brilliant songwriter who created some of the most iconic songs of the past three decades.
Harper Lee - Great writer who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' One of the most defining literary works of the latter half of the 20th century.
Muhammad Ali - Three time world heavyweight champion. Activist, and one of the most influential and inspirational athletes in history. Willing to lose his title to take a stand against Vietnam.
Elie Wiesel - A Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Literature Prize winner. Wrote some unbelievable works, and was a great thinker and activist.
Henry Heinrich - This man created the Heimlich Maneuver, which is still taught in First Aid classes, and has helped to save countless lives.
Leonard Cohen - One of the most creative musicians, poets, and lyricists of the 20th century. Had some iconic, thought-provoking pieces.
George Michael - He was half of the Wham! band that was big in the early eighties, but he took it to a new level with his solo career. Will likely forever be remembered for 'Faith," his biggest album.
Carrie Fisher - She played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and reprised her role for last year's "The Force Awakens." She was an advocate for mental health awareness.
Debbie Reynolds - Carrie Fisher's daughter, who died the day after her daughter died. Best known as the actress/singer in "Singin' in the Rain."
John Glenn - American astronaut, the first to orbit the Earth. He also was a Congressman for the Democratic Party. Returned to space, becoming the oldest man ever to enter space.