So many people I’ve idolised and looked upto have passed away, from musicians, actors to scientific geniuses.
Recently, Professor Stephen Hawking had passed away, a lot of people get jealous and think we his fans only admire him because he’s disabled that’s not the case, he was funny, kind-hearted, intelligent and inspirational. I literally thought Stephen would live longer than 76. He was so brave and amazing.
Last year we all lost one of the amazing singers of all time: Chester Bennington. Linkin Park was one of the many rock bands that influenced me at a very young age. I remembered at just 14 years old listening to Linkin Park’s songs on the music channel “Kerrang!”. Then last year I saw so many people posting about Chester Bennington hanging himself. I was so shocked because I honestly didn’t think Chester would ever give up like that especially when finally being with a woman that loved him to pieces and Chester inspired all of us through his lyrics not to give up.
Two years ago, former WWE star Joan Marie Laurer (also known as “Chyna” to fans) was a huge inspiration to women worldwide being one of the top female wrestlers to compete with male wrestlers had passed away. Laurer was a bodybuilder and was so strong she didn’t even noticed she had ovarian cancer. Her life unfortunately was difficult, Laurer and her family struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism. Before Laurer died, she travelled to Japan to teach English and converted to Mormonism. When people mention “Chyna the wrestler”, they immediately say “Oh yeah, the hermaphrodite who was in a sex tape and took steroids”, the truth is Laurer was nothing like that. Yes, she took drugs but mostly sedatives and narcotics but never steroids, she drunk heavily and had no idea that she was even being filmed when sleeping with fellow former WWE wrestler Sean Waltman (well known as “X Pac”). She was in love with Paul Levesque and became depressed after they split up because not only did she lose a man she loved, she also lost her career in WWE (then known as WWF). Laurer was more than just some female wrestler with a PlayBoy career, a secret sex tape who struggled with alcohol and drugs, she was the Ninth Wonder of the World being one of the strongest women in world history and inspired women all around the world.
Before Laurer died, David Bowie the LGBTQ and fashion icon had passed away from liver cancer. Bowie was a huge influence on people who struggled with their sexuality and he was a true fashion icon. He even made an appearance in the first Zoolander movie during catwalk battle between Dereck Zoolander (played by Ben Stiller) & Hansel (played by Owen Wilson) being their referee and giving the model rules and instructions during their catwalk battle. A Somalian model Zara Mohammad Abdulmajid going by the stage name “Iman” was left devastated by Bowie’s death but is remaining strong leaving him a tribute “The struggle is real but so is God”. The couple even had children together.
And of course, I’ll never forget the day Whitney Houston passed away and the day her own daughter decided to end her life the same way.
Rock music changed my life but I’ll always be very alternative when it comes to music tastes. I’ve always been a huge fan of Whitney Houston, when I found out she passed away, I was shocked and in disbelief until a family member confirmed it was true. Although I knew Whitney Houston had a history of drug abuse but I never thought she would have died then exactly 1 day before my 28th birthday, I saw the news that Bobbi Kristina Brown had died the same way as her own mother, still to this very day, it haunts me knowing that they both died the same way.
So many people I’ve looked upto and admired and idolised have ended up either six feet under or ashes scattered far away. The truth is that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the last straw, that will be the huge bullet in the gut. I will not cope if anything happens to our precious queen, Her Majesty has the biggest influence on me the most that I will just become catatonic. I cannot lose another important figure in my life.
Along with these amazing people, we also lost Robin Williams (actor, comedian), Mohammad Ali (champion boxer), Rik Mayall (Actor, comedian), Carrie Fisher (the original Star Wars Princess Leia) and Cilla Black (TV presenter, singer, actress and author. Best known for being the TV host of Blind Date).
The celebrities who we grew to love have sadly left us and who knows who else will leave.