2016 has been no different to any other year for celebrities dying
You'd swear that nobody had ever died before, such has been the outpouring of grief over the loss of so many celebrities this year. But hang on, people were dying long before 2016, as you may have noticed. That is why we have graveyards, why they are full and why an undertaker has never gone out of business.
While it is always sad to hear of someone's passing, it must be noted that neither Leonard Cohen, George Martin nor Richard Adams were in the first flush of youth. While Debbie Reynolds' death was particularly poignant, considering that her daughter had passed only the day before, she was of a decent age too.
So there was no black death epidemic in 2016 that made it stand out from any other, but I think the sense of gloom pervading Western society at the moment has more to do with political strife, terrorism and war rather than the death of some dearly-loved music and film stars.