Obituary writers run out of words

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The authors of warm, witty and affectionate online obituaries of popular figures find they have no words left.

What began the year as an attempt to express respect and loss in the wake of the deaths of David Bowie, Lemmy and Alan Rickman turned, in time, to a chore until being finally replaced by a sad, empty feeling as the words ran dry.

There are only so many heartfelt tributes that can be written, only so often, before it becomes impossible to write more.

There will be other obituaries; an online feeding frenzy of memes and articles; raking over the coals of another life lost too soon.

It’s a part of ageing; that realisation that one day your childhood goes away. And for many, this year has brought that.

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I first saw Star Wars when I was five years old. I cannot remember a life without Princess Leia.

But in part thanks to her, the force will be with us – those of us to whom those words have meaning – always.

There has been a great disturbance in the force. There are no jokes.