For some reason, fans have the ability to invest emotionally in the lives of their favourite celebrities.
Yes, fans cherish these celebrities for their talents and accomplishments but fan adoration extends past the professional to the personal.
Should the star suffer some form of injustice or painful event, the fans also feel it as if it has happened to them or a close relative.
It comes as no surprise then that when a celebrity passes the fans mourn that loss just as much as the family does.
This year was especially difficult because death hit us too close to home, reminding us of our mortality and revealing the fragility that comes with the bonds we form with others.
Curtis “Big Catt” Yearwood
It was shocking for everyone to learn of the death of hip/hop artist and the mastermind behind 061 Music, Catty Catt. The outspoken rapper, who had instigated the destroy & rebuild campaign in an attempt to help rebuild the hip hop industry, succumbed to his battle with cancer. His long-term girlfriend, (the name of the girlfriend), who he became engaged to earlier this year, survives him. Scarcely three months have passed since his death, but people have felt his absence from the industry. Both family and friends still mourn the loss of this kind soul.
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, the American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer gained international acclaim when she first published an autobiography about her childhood titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her list of accolades include publishing seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and she had a list of plays, movies, and television shows to her credit spanning over 50 years. Angelou died earlier this year after 10 years of ill health. She was reportedly busy writing another autobiography about her experiences and encounters with world leaders at the time of her passing.
The American actor and comedian, best known for his role in Mrs Doubtfire took his own life in August. Media reports said he suffered from depression. Williams received credit for leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance in the 1970 while he was a stand-up comedian.
His wife Susan Schneider and his three children survive him.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
They found the 46-year-old actor, director and Academy Award winner dead in his New York apartment in February. Hoffman suffered from drug and alcohol abuse since his early 20s but those closest to him apparently thought he had it under control at the time of his death. He died of a drug overdose. People know him for roles in Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, Capote, The Talented Mr Ripley, Doubt, Gods’ Pocket and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
Carol Ann Susi
Anyone who has ever watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory knows the loud, hoarse voiced Mrs Wolowitz, Howards’ mother. No one has ever seen her but you’ve heard her and you know she is an overbearing, morbidly obese woman. Actress Susi, who voiced Mrs Wolowitz, succumbed to cancer on November 11. She was 62. Apart from The Big Bang Theory, she has credits for roles in Coyote Ugly, Just Go with It, Becker, Grey’s Anatomy and That ‘70s Show.