In Memoriam 2016: Film, Television, Music, Sports, Literature, the Arts”¦
With 2017 upon us, let’s take one final look back at the luminaries and personalities of the entertainment world who left us in 2016, during a year that seemed more turbulent and taxing than any other in recent memory.
Challenges in the past and challenges ahead, it’s a tough time to live in the world right now with so many changes like a whirling dervish to the senses. While there is much sadness in recognizing and accepting the passing of so many great figures in 2016, it’s the endearing, endless, never-ending fanbase and legacy that will keep each and every one of these names mentioned here (and some are of only cult status, but still enjoy a rabid passionate following as equal as any global figure) alive and well in the consciousness and beyond. In no particular order and apologies in advance if some of your favorites were left off. This was a huge list to go through and what was more painful than compiling this list was the fact that these incredibly talented people are all no longer with us.
Oscar winning director Michael Cimino has died. Director Thierry Fremaux tweeted the sad news on July 2nd. It is believed Cimino was born February 3rd, 1939. I say “believed” because Cimino is one of the most bizarrely controversial figures in Hollywood history. Nearly everything about him was a mystery from his age, to his appearance thanks to plastic surgery, and there were even questions about his gender identity as the years went on. One thing that cannot be denied, Cimino left a mark on Hollywood history with an Everest-like climb and a meteoric crash.