Incredible: Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies a Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher

Incredible: Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies a Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher


As if to kick everyone one last time walking out the door, 2016 has done it again. The departures of Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael wasn’t quite enough.

Four days before the end of the year there was a final reminder of how much of a pain in the ass 2016 truly has been. Less than 48 hours after the news of the death of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in one of the most successful movie franchises in history, her mother Debbie Reynolds died. Fisher was 60 and her mother was 84.

The year of 2016 has served as a constant reminder of mortality, time and the art of the impossible. With the untimely deaths of Prince and and Fisher it’s as if the lesson of the last 365 days is that the unexpected is now the new order.¬†¬†This is particularly true when it comes to the White House and what is to come after January 20, 2017.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.