Remembering Those We’ve Lost in 2016

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Remembering Those We’ve Lost in 2016

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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2016 was a year of many noteworthy accomplishments, however, it was also a year of devastating losses. Let’s look back at those we’ve lost in 2016.

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)– Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali became one of the most influential sports figures of the 20th century. He became instrumental in paving the way for future African-American athletes through his political activism.

Fidel Castro (1926-2016)– While recently taking a step back from his political power, Fidel Castro was once one of the most intimidating political figures of our time. His dictatorship molded U.S.-Cuban relations until recently. While many Cubans mourned his death, a great number celebrated the passing of the oppressive leader.

George Michael (1963-2016)– As families across the world celebrated Christmas, the devastating news of the death of one of pop’s greatest icons made its way to the dinner table. His recognizable voice captivated the American public from the early days of WHAM! to his more recent solo work. He will be remembered as one of the most significant musical figures of all time.

Florence Henderson (1934-2016)– Known to many as Mrs. Brady, Florence Henderson was more than an average 70’s housewife. She changed the way women were portrayed on television at the time and raised the bar for women’s roles on television. While the “Brady Brunch” was her most famous work she did go on to participate in other television.

Prince (1958-2016)– Music will forever be changed with the loss of yet another pop culture icon. Prince’s distinct style and sound influenced many artists and youth of his generation. Not only was he a performer, but he worked tirelessly at production and writing. His introverted personality kept him sheltered from the media world, however, he could them away even in death.

Nancy Reagan (1921-2016)– Known as the smiling face always alongside President Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan worked behind the scenes to promote education and drug awareness in the early 1980’s. Her “just say no” campaign helped bring the problem of drug addiction to schools and family discussions, making it less taboo and more talked about.

These are but a few of the people we’ve lost in 2016. Let’s not forget those everyday people left us, yet continue to play a role in the world and make it more bearable.

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