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The 2.4 will model does not apply to all

Kate Johnson on how a melancholy year in terms of celebrity deaths was not unexpected - and how it reminds us of the importance of wills

17 May 2016

2016 seems to be the year of celebrity deaths. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Prince - to name but a few. Just as the public recovers from the shock of the death of another much-loved celebrity, the media is reporting one more breaking news story about the untimely passing of another household name.

The increased number is not a figment of our imagination. Reports show there has been a significant increase in the number of notable deaths: 24 in the first three months of the year, compared to five in the same period in 2012, according to one set of figures.

And it is set to increase. Why? Because there are more famous people than there used to be. An increased celebrity culture has been fuelled by developments in technology, and because the baby boom generation born between 1946 and 1964 - who saw a huge growth in population numbers and had many more opportunities for fame than previous ge...

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