Review 2012: How 2012 Saw Fallen Stars
2012 saw a lot of Fallen Stars that stirred interest in the lives of people who left more answers than questions. Some of the deaths that 2012 saw sent shockwaves that was felt around the world. The stars that died this year was a mixed bag of loss and missed chances to live a new life.
This year saw the struggle of Whitney Houston from drug addiction came without closure when she was found dead apparently from drowning. The scintillating singer who captured the world’s heart through her numerous hits became the talk through social media. Perhaps, her death was the most talked about celebrity death in social media as more people have become connected through Facebook and Twitter.
The news of her death spread like wildfire through social media as fans related their sadness over her demise. Tributes were created through You Tube and through other social media channels reliving the height of her career before her fall from grace. Just like her controversial life, her death was equally not without questions. Until now, there are still unanswered questions surrounding the true cause of her death.
Dick Clark is an American icon. He helped an entire generation of artists reach their potential through American Bandstand. He has been a familiar fixture during New Year’s Eve. His demise was seen as an end of a time in American show business that pioneered the showcase of talent to reach the top.
Two great astronauts were laid to rest in 2012, Neil Armstrong who was the first man to step in the moon and the first American woman in space, Sally Ride. Armstrong was the saving grace of American space exploration at a time when the Soviets were leading the space race. The American collective morale was slowing being eroded in 1969 when the US and the former Soviet Union almost went to war due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The success of the Apollo 11 mission and Armstrong will be forever symbols of American resurgence against adversity.
Ride on the other hand is a testament of the important role of women in space exploration. She embodied that women are excellent partners in exploring space and that being an astronaut is no longer just a man’s job. 2012 saw the loss of Ride as the end of an era when space flight has been opened to women.
Aside from the loss of Houston, another music legend was lost in 2012. Andy Williams will be forever known as the voice behind Moon River. A classic standard ballad which is a staple in karaoke clubs around the world; Williams’ death signals the end of a time where music was music and full of emotions deeply rooted from the heart. Another musician that left the mortal world was Robin Gibb of the music group the BeeGees and Donna Summer. Both finally succumbed to a lingering illness. Their death marked the end of the disco era music. A musical era that was more simple but interspersed with energy and emotions.
This year saw the plug being pulled from one of the great muppeteer which signaled the end of a generation of entertainers that has touched the childhood of countless millions. Jerry Nelson may not ring a bell to you but his voice could have taught you how to count. He was the voice behind the Count character in Sesame Street which was known to… count things, what else? His legacy is the math skills of two to three generations of children who grew up loving Sesame Street.
In 2012, two notable filmmakers also died in different circumstances, Tony Scott known for great action flicks such as Crimson Tide and Top Gun. Scott committed suicide as a suicide note was recovered by the police. On the other hand, America’s favorite Nora Ephron also passed away this year. Ephron was best known for her work on movies such as Sleepless in Seattle and the iconic movie When Harry met Sally. Nora gained more prominence when she together with her husband knew the true identity of Deep Throat, who was the guy who spilled the beans on the Watergate Scandal.