2016 – What a year that was.
Death – there appeared to be more celebrities and people of note meeting the Grim Reaper in the last 12 months that in previous years, so I wondered if there was an easy way of checking the statistics.

The BBC beat me to this task, they checked the number of obituaries that had been published in 2016 compared to previous years.
It is not just my perception, there were many more obituaries published in 2016 than previous years.

BBC article that I shamelessly plagiarized.