Dec 30: Death is inevitable, still the loss hurts and haunts for long, sometimes even for a lifetime. The memories of people who we are connected with shower us with a wide range of emotions and make us remember them even more when they are gone. 2016 has been a tragic year that made the world witness tragic deaths of iconic personalities as well deadly incidences of mass destruction like the recent Aleppo bombings. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Shares Her Weight Gain Journey and Moments Of Despair
2016 is the year that saw deaths of many prominent personalities. Right from politicians to artists and from writers to musicians, this year witnessed a major loss by losing many eminent personalities from across the globe. Some famous faces have gone so soon which came like a sudden blow to the world. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Resumes Work on Thalaivi After 7 Months, Shares Happy Morning Selfies
Here are some shocking deaths of 2016 that will rip you apart. Let’s just look back at their lives, careers and lasting memories they have left behind. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Kangana Ranaut Sheds 5 kgs of Weight put on For Thalaivi Movie- Watch Workout Video
- J Jayalalithaa
J Jayalalithaa, fondly called as ‘Amma’ (mother) was born on February 24, 1948. She was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and was the head of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK). Jayalalithaa, 68 breathed her last at 11.30 PM on December 5, 2016 following treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for 75 days. The 68-year old leader was admitted to hospital on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. Jayalalithaa continued to be very critical and was on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems.
- Khalikho Pul
Pul was born on 20 July 1969 in the Walla village of Anjaw district and belonged to the Kaman Mishmi ethnic group. He was an Indian politician and the acting Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for a brief time in 2016. In a mysterious death, Pul’s body was discovered on the morning of 9 August 2016 hanging from the ceiling fan in the room where he practiced yoga. He was just 47 years old. He allegedly committed suicide by hanging in the Chief Minister’s bungalow at Itanagar. He is survived by three wives and four children.
- Leonard Cohen
The hugely influential and iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82. Born on September 21, 1934, Cohen’s work spanned nearly 50 years. Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page.
“Well I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah”
These are famous lines of the world famous “Hallelujah”. It was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. The song “Hallelujah” has been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages.
- Fidel Castro
‘A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past’ this was a very famous line by Fidel Castro. Castro, a Cuban revolutionary and politician governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Castro was born out of wedlock at his father’s farm on August 13, 1926. Castro died of natural causes on the evening of 25 November 2016. From 29 November to 3 December the casket carrying his ashes travelled along a 900 kilometre route to Santiago de Cuba, tracing in reverse the route of the “Freedom Caravan” of January 1959 in which Castro and his rebels took power.
5. Muhammad Ali
Regarded as one of the leading heavyweight boxers of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali grew up amid racial segregation. Ali, originally Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr was born on January 17, 1942. He often termed Cassius Clay as his slave name. Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, 2016, with a respiratory illness. Though his condition was initially described as fair, it deteriorated and he died from septic shock the following day, at the age of 74. Following Ali’s death, he was the number one trending topic on Twitter for over 12 hours. He set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
- Sushil Koirala
Sushil Koirala, born on 12 August 1939 was the Prime Minister of Nepal from 11 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. Koirala entered politics in 1954 after being inspired by the social-democratic ideals of the Nepali Congress. He breathed his last on 9 February 2016 at his residence following ailments related to Pneumonia. Koirala suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and he succumbed to the disease. The 76-year old leader spent three years in Indian prisons for his involvement in a plane hijacking in 1973. While in exile, Koirala was the editor of Tarun, the official party publication.
7. George Michelle
While the world celebrated Christmas, it was announced that George Michael passed away peacefully at home. George , born on June 25, 1963 had a career spanning for four decades and sold more than 80 million records worldwide. He began his career as one half of pop duo Wham! and became famous in his own right with his debut solo single Careless Whisper.
George’s boyfriend revealed how the singer-songwriter died alone on Christmas morning, at the age of just 53. He had one of the most beautiful soul voices in British pop, but the last sighting of George Michael reveals that he died the death of a recluse. His 1987 debut solo album Faith sold more than 20million copies worldwide.
The trail of deaths of famous people began this year and continued for year long. The world lost many of its beloved leaders, writers, singers and artists. Despite the gamut of emotions we feel, we keep in mind all the good times, good things and good deeds they have done for mankind and for humanity in general. We tend to forget all their wrong doings and just wish that they lived for some more time. Life changes irrevocably with such incidences. Changes take place, systems change.