RANKED! 20 Icons We Lost Over the Last 20 Years

Death is a subject best discussed amongst the living. But then again, so is life. And while we understand so little about death itself, we’ve figured out that a life well-lived can echo on through the canyons of time, gaining vigor with each new generation. Today we look at 20 such lives and celebrate the indelible mark these icons left behind. Since you can’t measure the value of a life well spent, we’ve ranked these legends in no particular order. So sit back, relax, (get the handkerchief ready) and prepare to be defibrillated by 20 gigawatts of inspiration.

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