You don’t need me to remind you that 2020 has been a year thoroughly pockmarked with loss and tragedy. Yet even as a pandemic makes tragedy a part of everyday life, there appears to have been a strangely cruel wave of high-profile deaths of late. John Hume, Jack Charlton, Kelly Preston, Naya Rivera, Ennio Morricone, Ian Holm; even in very recent weeks, we appear to have lurched from one to the next.
The year has taken its fair share of legends already. Some can barely be described as untimely – Vera Lynn died at 103, and Olivia de Havilland at 104 – yet somehow when the news is delivered, it prompts a strange emotional mix of shock, nostalgia, and even vulnerability.
It’s a strange experience, almost like grieving a friend or acquaintance
Time once was that a celebrity death was mentioned at the end of a nightly news…