More news about the death of George Michael on the weekend.
Doctors originally said it was a simple case of heart failure, but according to the Perspective Research Department it's not starting to look like if was more of a case of heroin overdose. (George apparently had a secret heroin habit and was brought to the hospital emergency department on several occasions!)
BUT, George is not the only one who bought the farm this year:
It's difficult to sum up the impact of music legends Prince, David Bowie, George Michael and Leonard Cohen. Each artist was a genius in his own right, leaving us all better off for their unique contributions.
Beyond the originality of their music, both Prince and David Bowie bent society's rigid notions of gender in the '70s and '80s with their visual deluge of purple rain and lightning bolts. Michael's impact went beyond catchy pop tunes by pushing sexual boundaries in his music videos and becoming a gay icon.
It's quite a contrast to the whispered growls of Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, who started out as a poet and novelist. When he ventured into music in his 30s, his bold lyrics cracked open conversations about sexuality, depravity and the loneliness of existence.
Garry Marshall was the man who launched what we now call the dramedy genre — heartfelt stories infused with comedy. That's mostly thanks to the blockbuster movie Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts. He went on to create, produce and/or direct films such as Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, The Princess Diaries and Mother's Day.
Marshall's early work helped form the backbone of American television comedy and included standard-bearers Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi and Mork & Mindy. All of these shows reflected a gentle, feel-good vibe that comforted America in the mid-70s to mid-80s.
Marshall died in July at the age of 81. His creations serve as a reminder of how important love and friendships are in life.
Other screen stars we lost in 2016 include Canadian Alan Thicke, who played the father on TV's Growing Pains; Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch; Alan Rickman of Harry Potter fame; and Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian-American actress and socialite who died recently at the age of 99.
Then, four days before the end of the year came the news that actor and bestselling writer Carrie Fisher died. Fisher was perhaps best known worldwide for her role as the fearless Princess Leia in the original trilogy of Star Wars movies and a 2015 sequel, but she was also an accomplished novelist and sought-after Hollywood script editor.
NOW, A FEW OF THE INTRO'S: