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Stop Celebrities From Dying

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Glancing at today’s headlines, you would be forgiven for feeling a sense of numbed and weary resignation. British actor Alan Rickman, beloved for his roles in movies like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, is dead of cancer at the age of 69—mere days after we already suffered another tragic death in David Bowie, also of cancer, also at the age of 69. In fact, these days it seems like you can’t read the morning news without hearing of a celebrity dying. It’s a disturbing trend, and it’s one that shows little sign of reversing.

That’s why we at the editorial board of StarWipe feel we must issue this call to action: We like celebrities, and they should stop dying.

It is a moral outrage and a worldwide disgrace that celebrities whose work brings us so much pleasure should be allowed to die, day in and day out. David Bowie was a true innovator whose constant artistic reinvention continued to transfix and surprise us right up until his newest album, released just before his death. Who knows what equally great music David Bowie might have given us if he hadn’t died? And Alan Rickman was a unique, bewitching presence that elevated every movie he was in—a gift he will now never be able to give another production. Let us be clear: The fact that neither David Bowie nor Alan Rickman will be allowed to continue entertaining us all is a tragedy. And it is incumbent upon us all to finally stop this sort of thing from happening.

To that end, we’ve launched this petition, calling upon the White House to lead the charge in preventing further celebrity deaths both here, in 2016, and well into the future. After all, there are so many more talented performers whose losses we simply cannot bear to think of, and policies must be put into place now to ensure that we never have to, before we awake one morning to discover that, say, Steve Martin died. Do we really have to let things get to that terrible extreme? Ask yourself, how many more celebrities have to die before we stand up at last and say enough is enough?

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