The Week the Music Died

The year has barely started and the world has lost three beloved men. In January David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey, all in their late 60s, died. Each of them had many fans and they shall be missed.

David Bowie died on January 10, from liver cancer, he was 69. Bowie was known for his music career and his roles in various movies. One of his most popular movies is Labyrinth. The news of his death affected people in a variety of ways when they all heard the news. “It was 2:30 a.m, and I was browsing Facebook [when] I saw his official page,” said RHS junior Ashley Applewhite, “It said that he died from cancer; I couldn’t believe it. I looked on CNN and it said that he died. Then I cried for an hour straight.”

British Actor, Alan Rickman, also died at age 69 from pancreatic cancer. He died on January 14, 2016. Rickman starred in many movies, but one of his most popular roles was Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. Many Harry Potter fans left flowers at the famous Platform 9 3/4 to honor Rickman. Actors who worked with him on the popular movie franchise wrote their thoughts about his death on their social media accounts, including Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played Harry Potter. Radcliffe posted a short essay about his relationship with Rickman and said that “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors [he] will ever work with.” The news of his death reached his fans during the school day. “At first I didn’t believe it, and then I spent the rest of history teary and misty eyed,” said junior Samantha Anderson.

Glenn Frey died on January 18, at age 67.  He was prominently known for being a member of the 70’s rock band the Eagles. Some of their most popular songs are Hotel California and Take It Easy.  He wrote and performed many songs throughout his musical career. Frey’s small acting career consisted of guest starring on television shows and small movie roles.

The three men will be loved and missed by their friends, families, and fans.