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Are more celebrities actually dying in 2016?

 

2016 will be remembered as the year we lost many of our greatest stars, but have more famous people actually died this year?

The year started with the passing of the likes of David Bowie and Alan Rickman and is finishing with the deaths of George Michael and Carrie Fisher.

To find out, the ECHO looked at the list of celebrity deaths on Wikipedia from 2010 to 2016.

After looking at the traffic stats for each of the celebrities’ Wikipedia pages we discovered who the ‘most famous’ people were, by how many people looked at their page.

The most famous person by this metric to have passed away since 2010 was Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher who has been voted the worst Prime Minister of the last 100 years by an association of historical writers, just pipping David Cameron to the unenviable title.

Her Wikipedia profile had 6.5m page views in 2012 before she died in 2013.

In second place was Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder had 4.4m views of his page before he died in 2011.

The most famous celebrity death in 2016 by Wikipedia traffic was Muhammad Ali.


The legendary former heavyweight champion was in fifth place overall behind Nelson Mandela and Osama Bin Laden.

Completing the top 10 were Robin Williams, Kim Jong-il, Neil Armstrong, Carrie Fisher and Shirley Temple.

David Bowie, Prince and Fidel Castro were all in the top 20 overall.

But when we look at the top 100 celebrities to die since 2010, they are spread fairly evenly through the years.

The year 2016 did have the most with 19, just ahead of 2014 with 18 and 2012 with 15.

We chose the year before each celebrity died because they usually get a spike in traffic when they pass away as people rush to find out more about their lives.

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, Debbie Reynolds, left, and Carrie Fisher arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd Fisher. She was 84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The year before they died is usually a more accurate reflection of their general level of fame.

It’s not foolproof though – people can end up searching for celebrities more or less heavily for all sorts of reasons.

To take Carrie Fisher as an example, her page saw a huge boost in traffic in December 2015 as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens premiered.

MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE TO DIE, BY WIKIPEDIA TRAFFIC, 2010-16

  1. Margaret Thatcher – 2013
  2. Steve Jobs – 2011
  3. Nelson Mandela -2013
  4. Osama bin Laden – 2011
  5. Muhammad Ali – 2016
  6. Robin Williams – 2014
  7. Kim Jong-il – 2011
  8. Neil Armstrong – 2012
  9. Carrie Fisher – 2016
  10. Shirley Temple – 2014
  11. Elizabeth Taylor – 2011
  12. David Bowie – 2016
  13. Prince – 2016
  14. Christopher Hitchens – 2011
  15. Whitney Houston – 2012
  16. Fidel Castro – 2016
  17. Paul Walker – 2013
  18. Jack Kevorkian – 2011
  19. Christopher Lee – 2015
  20. Amy Winehouse – 2011




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