A ranking of celebrities worthy of joining David Bowie and Alan Rickman in “Death comes in threes” tweets

I’ve counted mentions of dead people named in conjunction with David Bowie and Alan Rickman from a Twitter search for the words ‘rickman bowie threes’. Here are the results:

652 – Nobody, TBC, “who’s next” etc*

411 – Lemmy

144 – Céline Dion’s husband

132 – Natalie Cole

99 – Something along the lines of “Death comes in threes, Bowie, Rickman #RIP”, presumably implying a third is forthcoming by using a phrase like “Death comes in threes” in the first place, but not actually explicitly saying as much, so it just looks like they think David Bowie and Alan Rickman constitute three people

56 – Grizzly Adams

21 – Brian Bedford

12 – Jokes that rely on the phrase being “tragedies” or “bad things” rather than “deaths” and so don’t really work on this list (inc. a new Weezer album, the Friends cast reuniting, and “I dropped my bacon”)

9 – Hopes of winning the Powerball

7 – Scott Weiland

6 – “Lenny”

6 – Ed “Stewpot” Stewart

5 – Lawrence Phillips

5 – Riley Martin

4 – “Lemmie”

3 – David Margulies

3 – C.D. Wright

3 – Bob “Gilligan” Denver

3 – “my grandma”

2 – “my grandfather”

2 – “Lemme”

2 – Ken Judge

2 – Nicholas Caldwell

2 – Kuya Germs

2 – Michael Galeota

2 – Ashley Olsen (no, not that one)

2 – “Lemy”

2 – A pet cat

2 – A pet fish

1 – A pet dog

1 – Richard Libertini

1 – Angus Scrimm

1 – Otis Clay

1 – P.J. Mara

1 – Rajesh Vivek

1 – Monte Irvin

1 – Jim Simpson

1 – Wayne Rogers

1 – Michel Galabru

1 – Michel Delpech

1 – Longtime KCBS anchorman Al Hart

1 – Longtime KUT/KUTX DJ Paul Ray

1 – Cancer podcaster P.J. Ahlers

1 – Joe Moscheo of The Imperials

1 – Freddie Mercury

1 – Kurt Cobain

1 – Christopher Lee

1 – Annette Funicello

1 – James Avery

1 – Former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith

1 – Static-X frontman Wayne Static’s widow Tera Wray

1 – Ohio State basketball

1 – Cincinnati Bengals

1 – St. Louis Rams

1 – San Francisco 49ers

1 – Chip Kelly, lost to the San Francisco 49ers

1 – “Roy Hibbert as a starter”

1 – The Dodge Viper

1 – The Earful Tower

1 – ABC Family

1 – Loft Nightclub

1 – Meek Mill

1 – Ben Carson’s presidential campaign

1 – Ray Liotta’s career

1 – Marcus Mariota’s career

1 – Twitter

1 – Menswear blog Four Pins

1 – The film ‘Carol’ at the Academy Awards

1 – A Denny’s that burnt down in La Habra

1 – “& other brit actor died yesterday I believe”

1 – “my glasses”

1 – “my roguehack character”

1 – “my Canon printer”

1 – “that kafei/anju fic”, which I refuse to Google for clarification

1 – A trombone

1 – “my hips and dreams”

1 – “Mr. Nice Guy” #selfish16

1 – Dignity

1 – “a close family friend”

1 – Steve

1 – Céline Dion’s brother

1 – “Lammy”

*of which 172 “hope it’s Donald Trump”

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