What a year. The past twelve months have really put us through the wringer, with a whole host of our best-loved actors, comedians, sportsmen and musicians waving goodbye - some tragically before their time.The unexpected death of legendary pop icon David Bowie back in January was arguably the biggest shock of all, causing a national outpouring of grief and the realisation that things would never be the same again. Other legends that followed included singer and musician Prince, Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, and comedians Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne.These are Yahoo UK's most-searched celebrity deaths of the past 12 months.
Earlier this year, Victoria Wood’s brother, Chris Foote-Wood, sparked controversy when he revealed that he was releasing a biography about the late comic – describing his sister as “fat” and “miserable” in the memoir. Victoria tragically passed away in April at the age of 62, and many felt that it was distasteful of Chris to seemingly “cash in” on her death.
Victoria Wood’s brother, Chris Foote Wood, has sparked controversy and outrage after it was revealed that he is releasing a new biography on the late star, with it being claimed that the TV treasure has been “betrayed in death”. Victoria was a national treasure. Victoria was always keen to keep to herself despite her celebrity status, sadly dying from cancer at the age of 62 without telling even some of her close friends and family members that she was ill.
The Drama channel brought us two British comedy icons last night, repeating this based-on-a-true-story drama from 2011: the meeting and breakout of one of our best loved comedy duos, Morecambe and Wise. A reluctant friendship at first, clever Ernie soon won over the more immature Eric to facilitate the blossoming of this touching, uplifting partnership which ran from 1941 to Eric’s death in 1984 - the first celebrity I ever cried over. Eric’s mum, played with typical northern matter of factness by the incomparable Wood, was the driving force that kept them on track for superstardom.
Victoria Wood has been laid to rest in an intimate funeral ceremony that was said to be ‘filled with laughter’. It’s thought that the service was held at Golders Green Crematorium, which is not far from Victoria’s Highgate home, on May 4, with The Sun reporting that the service was ‘designed to be light-hearted and celebratory’, in line with her wishes. A friend of Victoria’s told the paper: “It was a very small and private funeral, which is exactly what Victoria would have wanted.
Earlier today it was sadly announced that comedy genius Victoria Wood had passed away following a short battle with cancer. The 62-year-old enjoyed a glittering career in TV, shooting into the limelight in the 1980s and being widely regarded as one of the UK’s most popular stand-up comics. [Copyright: Rex] Understandably, many other celebs have Victoria to thank for inspiring them into the world of comedy and everybody from Alan Carr to David Walliams to Danny Dyer has paid tribute to the star after today’s sad announcement, with Prime Minister David Cameron also paying his respects: I have such happy memories watching #VictoriaWood ’s TV shows with my mum, dad & sister. She was a humble genius. https://t.co/pVMhSSxVPW— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) April 20, 2016 Another legend gone. 2016 is going to be one of those years it seems.