Two celebrities have left this world within days of each other. Pop superstar George Michael passed away at his home in London on Sunday, aged 53.
Michael, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said. According to his manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure.
Then Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday aged 60.
News.com.au said: “Carrie Fisher — the actress, writer and daughter of Hollywood royalty who became internationally famous as Princess Leia of Star Wars — has died. She was 60.
“Fisher passed away on Tuesday morning local time in Los Angeles after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London.”
To many it would see that that these stars were wealthy, happy and accomplished having reach the the lofty heights of success. But deep down they were miserable people.
Michael was a deeply troubled person who struggled with his sexual identity.
The BBC said: “after years of refusing to be drawn on speculation about his sexuality, Michael disclosed he was gay in 1998 after being arrested in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, California, for engaging in a lewd act.”
“The music video for the single that followed, Outside, featured a men’s bathroom transformed into a disco and policemen kissing.
“In October 2006 he pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, and in 2008 was cautioned for possession of class A drugs, including crack cocaine.
“In September 2010, Michael received an eight-week prison sentence following an incident in which he crashed his Range Rover into a shop in north London. He admitted driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis.”
As for Fisher, the Australian news agency Herald Sun reported the Emmy-award-winning actress’ “life had encompassed battles with mental illness and drug addiction, divorce and motherhood, tabloid scandals and her own blunt revelations.”
Fisher has also said she was smoking marijuana as a 13-year-old.
Both of these deaths are tragic and a shock to the community of fans for both of these stars.
More importantly, they serve as a solemn reminder that life’s short and the endless pursuit of love, wealth, fame and fulfilment never ever satisfies. They lived their days with a facade of happiness but deep down were truly unhappy people.
Despite relishing in big money, fame, success and the public spotlight, both Michael and Fisher were deeply unhappy people. What they needed most was salvation and hope in Jesus Christ – the only One who can provide true love, hope, purpose and fulfilment in life.
Sadly, they never found that hope. They embarked on an endless pursuit for purpose, more fame, more love but every time they hit rock bottom. They turned to drugs and relationships in the hope that it would dull their pain. It didn’t. They died miserable, unhappy and lost.
It’s sad to think that they never found true hope. But let it be a reminder to us that the best things in life are not worldly success, fame, money and prominence.
The greatest thing one could ever achieve in this life is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – the One who has made us, the One who loved us so much that He came to die for us, the One who gives us hope and peace despite the storms of life, the One who felt everything that we could possibly feel as humans. It is because of Him that we can find true happiness, joy and fulfilment in life.
It is because of Him that we can face up to our problems and conquer them. It is because of Him that our futures are bright and our paths are clear.
Wealth fades, success fades, fame fades, but eternal hope never ever fades. I think I know what I would choose.