Every year, we look back at the list of celebrities and world figures that passed in the preceding 12 months — and we shake our heads.
Why did [insert young celebrity] have to go so soon?
Why couldn't anybody get through to [insert celebrity trainwreck]?
We say things like, "Oh my God, I remember where I was when I heard [insert international luminary] died."
…and "Wow…I didn't know [insert veteran character actor] died this year!"
…and "Man, I am really gonna miss [insert beloved icon]."
It goes that way every year…yet, the collective loss of a different array of movie stars, sports heroes, rock gods and the like over a 365 day stretch always strike us in a different way.
And to say there will never be another Nelson Mandela is trite to the point of ridiculous.
The loss of a Cory Monteith reminds us of how sad a life wasted can be. The death of a Roger Ebert reminds us of how much we can all do when tested. And the death of a Carmine Infantino or an Elmore Leonard or a Michael Ansara show us that a life spent doing what you love is the greatest of achievements.
Take a minute and look over our remembrance of those who left us in 2013…lots of varied and profound lessons to be learned from these men and women.