Celebrity deaths can hit you hard — you watched them so much, for so long, that it almost feels like you lost someone close to you.
4. "Mr. Rogers."
"No single person has made a bigger impact on my life. I watched him every single day as a kid. His kindness, gentleness, and sense of inclusion were incredible. I'm not a religious guy, but he really taught people to love one another, be accepting, and be inquisitive about the world around you."
7. "Anthony Bourdain. No Reservations was my favorite show when I was a teen. He/it was immensely influential in the trajectory of my interests and career goals."
"Yes…I cried and genuinely felt at a loss when he died. I was a huge admirer of his work, and while his style is often imitated, it will never be duplicated. So often, his imitators try to emulate the edginess, but they don't have the heart. Parts Unknown was my particular favorite. His episodes in Manila and Mexico City hit me hard. RIP Chef — you changed a lot of our lives."
13. "Whitney Houston, she had such a gift and so much sadness, then the fucking drugs. Then Bobbi Kristina! It’s too sad."
17. "Grant Imahara. I have to comment every time I see this question because that dude was one of the main reasons I got into STEM. More than just an entertainer, he showed such enthusiasm for engineering that it made me really want to get into it."
19. "Carrie Fisher. Always our princess. I absolutely adored her. Love Star Wars, loved her books, loved her interviews. Always wanted to meet her. ♥️"
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