One Last Death to End the Year

@just4him (126889)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
January 2, 2017 1:33pm CST
I don't know if you heard or not, but I just went to a site to find the list of all those celebrities and famous people in all fields of entertainment, sports, and politics who passed last year, and found one not mentioned and got lost in the shuffle of the last days with the passing of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. William Christopher, otherwise known as Father Mulcahy on M.A.S.H. passed on December 31, at the age of 84, from cancer. In all, counting the last three that hadn't gotten on the official list, there were 59 deaths in 2016. Considering there are only 52 weeks in a year, that's a lot of celebrities who passed away in 2016.
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@amadeo (72844)
• United States
2 Jan 17
yes,remember him well.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
He was a very good actor.
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@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
2 Jan 17
Oh yes, William Christopher got quite a hearing on TV here ! I never actually knew his name before, just that he was Father Mulcahy.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
I wouldn't have recognized the name either if not mentioned with M.A.S.H. He was a good actor and I loved his role on the series.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
2 Jan 17
Let us hope there aren't that many in 2017.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
I'm sure there will be, there always are. I'm thinking of Kirk Douglas who turned 100. There are still a few others who are also up in age that we could see in this years news.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
3 Jan 17
@just4him Yes, Kirk Douglas. It would be interesting to research how many Hollywood movie stars have reached that milestone to date.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
@Kandae11 That would be interesting. I'm sure they have a list like that. I saw one a couple years ago for actors who had reached certain ages.
@celticeagle (119803)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Jan 17
Dear Father Mulcahy. He was so good. May he RIP. That is a lot of deaths.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
Yes he was. It was a lot of deaths and as pointed out above, there were a lot more not mentioned on the site I found. A lot that TCM mentioned weren't on that list.
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@celticeagle (119803)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Jan 17
@just4him ......TCM lists a lot of directors and other staff that many don't I think.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
@celticeagle Yes they do.
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@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 17
I did hear (well, read) of this one. Your list is very short. Someone stated 68 celebrities. An article stated 130. My sister @dougalrie noted at least 280 celebrity deaths. I would suppose, though, that it might depend on your idea of 'celebrity' and, probably, where you are in the world. Many on my sister's list were 'national treasures' of the UK but not necessarily known in other parts of the world. I doubt, for example, that many outside of the UK would know the names Victoria Wood, Ronnie Corbett, or Caroline Aherne. Then, I believe, some lists would have included science people such as Vera Rubin or Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, amongst others.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
I agree, the list I looked at was short. I know that TCM did a salute to all the actresses and actors and anybody in the movie industry who passed and that would have been an international list. John Glenn's name was on the list I looked at, but not Edgar Mitchell, that I can remember anyway.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
3 Jan 17
it really does seem like more than normal
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
Yes it does.
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@GardenGerty (102457)
• United States
3 Jan 17
This has been quite the year for celebrities passing away. I did know of this last one.
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• United States
3 Jan 17
I always enjoyed Father Mulcahy on MASH and felt bad when I saw he passed. Yes, it was a very bad year for celebrities dying
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
I enjoyed him too. He was a very good actor. I agree, it was a bad year for celebrity deaths.
@JudyEv (134371)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 17
That is indeed a lot of celebrities to die in one year. M.A.S.H was on our TV station over New Year.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
I always loved that show.
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• Austin, Texas
3 Jan 17
That is a lot! I was wondering if it was my imagination. I didn't do the math like you did!
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
There were even more than that. I think I found the short list.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26199)
• United States
3 Jan 17
M.AS.H. Was a favorite show of mine.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 17
Mine too.
@JohnRoberts (62755)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Jan 17
There were more than 59 if you count every ballplayer, foreign celebrities little known in the US and many once well known but now forgotten actors from the past.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
I'm sure there were. The site I found just named the ones from the US, ball players and politicians among them, and no, didn't mention all the ones I saw on TCM a couple days ago.
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@divalounger (2250)
• United States
2 Jan 17
One of my favorite shows and characters! This has been a tough year!
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
Yes it has.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
2 Jan 17
Wow, that's a high number indeed. What do you suppose might be the reason for this?
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
2 Jan 17
That is a lot of deaths in one year. Don't ever remember a year like that before.
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@just4him (126889)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Jan 17
It does make me wonder how many icons are still around. I know a couple, but to my knowledge they are in good health still.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
3 Jan 17
I remember him well, so sad. There was an awful lot who passed away in 2016.