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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke