Ian O' Doherty: Lamenting with prejudice: the hijacking of a pop star's death
So farewell George Michael, it feels like we hardly knew you at all.
The news of Michael's death, which arrived in the dwindling moments of Christmas night, seemed to be the rancid cherry on top of an already freakishly rotten year for celebrity deaths.
After 12 months when it sometimes felt as if it would be easier to name the stars who hadn't died, most of us thought we'd got through the worst of 2016. Surely the usual allocation for pop stars popping off had been exceeded around the middle of the summer?