The ultimate victim may be the Rule of Threes.
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Prince's death at age 57 came three months after David Bowie, another of music's leading lights, succumbed to cancer at age 69 .The music world was plunged into mourning once again over the weekend with the death of soul great Billy Paul – of "Me and Mrs. Jones" fame – at age 81 .Outside the music world, recent high-profile deaths in the entertainment industry include British actor Alan Rickman, who was 69 . For BBC obituary editor Nick Serpell, the number of notable deaths in 2016 has been "phenomenal".The deaths of living legends like Prince and Bowie would have had a massive ripple effect no matter when they died, but social media amplifies the way some people experience celebrity death.
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