They say that celebrity deaths come in threes. Whether or not there is any truth to this old canard, there is no disputing that when a famous person passes, people feel as though they’ve lost a friend. It’s strange to imagine never seeing that person again in a movie or on television. Here are three celebrities we’ve lost in the last five years.
- Robin Williams. The legendary funnyman’s tragic suicide in 2014 was a shock to many, but his funeral was more of a celebration than a somber occasion. With many of the world’s funniest people in attendance, there was plenty of laughing in between the tears. His unexpected turn as one of the best movie villains in One Hour Photo is still one of the best things I’ve ever seen.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death in 2014 from drug mixing came as a surprise to many who believed that Hoffman’s drug problem was under control. His life and contributions were remembered in a candlelight vigil on Broadway, where the lights were also dimmed in his memory.
- Carrie Fisher. You might not know that Star Wars alum Carrie Fisher was a pretty funny lady. Despite being best known as Princess Leia, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher was also an accomplished comedy writer. The Tinseltown blue-blood’s funeral was attended by countless household names, and just like at Robin’s farewell, those in attendance remembered her with laughs as well as tears.
Whether or not they really go in threes, there’s no way of knowing who the world will lose next. At least they left us with some of the best feel good movies to remember them by.