(FiveThirtyEight) For lots of folks, 2016 was a tough year, with icons from politics, sports and entertainment passing away. Talking about this sort of death in the aggregate can get a bit morbid, but still many are wondering if there truly were more famous deaths in 2016 than would be expected.
Was 2016 cursed? Was this string of deaths an inevitable consequence of baby boomers’ love of making people famous? Were people overreacting to the demise of a set of icons?
Given how touchy this topic is — one of the points of an obituary, after all, is to prevent a beloved individual from becoming a mere statistic — we were hesitant to try to answer why it felt like our hearts were pretty much stomped into the ground without doing a truly sturdy analysis of the trend.
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