2016 seemed like a brutal year for celebrity deaths, especially in music with heavyweights like David Bowie and Prince passing on. Could things be even worse in 2017?
To figure out whether 2016 was abnormally fatal for famous people, a group of researchers at MIT crunched the numbers.
The study found that while the number of famous people dying has increased dramatically since the year 2000, that makes sense, given that the number of famous people overall has jumped exponentially as our methods of communication have grown.
The study says 2016 actually saw fewer famous deaths than usual, but that they were extremely popular celebrities.
The study suggests that we’ll see even more famous deaths in 2017.
See the complete detailed study here.