The most shocking celebrity death of all in 2016
2016's brutal final week
2017 is here.
We can't blame everything bad that happens on 2016 any more.
Yes, David Bowie died last year. Then Prince. Muhammad Ali. Mr S R Nathan. Daniel Ong and Jaime Teo's marriage.
Not to be confused with Glenn Ong and Jamie Yeo's marriage, which had perished a few years earlier.
I was more stunned by the news of the former couple's divorce than a driver encountering a vehicle going against traffic on the expressway.
But 2016 didn't kill those famous people or anyone's marriage.
2016 was just an innocent bystander who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
It got to the point where right after I woke up every morning, I would go to Facebook on my phone just to check what other celebrity had died while I slept.
2016 couldn't catch a break even in the last week of the year, which was probably the most brutal in terms of celebrity deaths.
George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds died within days of each other.
No, I'm not including the reported death of Mariah Carey's singing career after her abortive performance on a live TV show on New Year's Eve. All she wanted for Christmas was for the audio system to be working properly.
For me, the most shocking death was Michael's.
It was shocking because he was only 53. That's just three years older than I am.
It was shocking because he died on Dec 25 when you could hear his song, Last Christmas, being played all over the place and thus, the most obvious pun in the world was born on Christmas Day - it was George Michael's last Christmas.
Except that, officially, the 1984 song is actually credited to Wham!, the pop duo Michael was in with Andrew Ridgeley before Michael went solo.
So it's actually Wham!'s Last Christmas.
Except that as far as I know, Ridgeley is still alive.
What's even more shocking is that on the back cover of one of the original 12-inch single versions of Last Christmas, there is a photo of Michael in Santa costume fake-crying over Ridgeley in reindeer costume playing dead.
It was almost like a prophecy, if you believe in that sort of thing, that a Wham! member would die on Christmas Day.
Someone more insensitive than I am would probably say that the wrong one did.
Is your mind blown yet?
Wait, there's more.
I have a 12-inch single version of Last Christmas and it was given to me by someone special.
Actually, it was my old friend Stewart from the navy, although I do think of him as someone special. We sailed together to Thailand once.
I would like to say he gave it to me last Christmas, but it was actually two years ago and closer to Chinese New Year.
I'm talking about the Last Christmas single.
The vinyl record has been sitting on my desk since 2015 as an ironic homage to 80s kitsch, but now that Michael has died, it has become a poignant reminder of how we take a certain time in our lives for granted until it's gone.
So as desperate as we are to forget 2016 for taking away the people who meant so much to us, at least it helped us remember why they meant so much to us in the first place.
So for 2017, our new year's resolution should be to let those who are still with us know how much they mean to us while we still can...
I love you, Stewart!