It may be mentioned that Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X also made it to the list of most-searched keywords this year.
Dumi Masilela's wife Simphiwe Ngema singing at her husband's memorial in Johannesburg.
You don't have to search far for that: it is Bollywood and cricket, says Google's 2017 Year in Search report for India.
The depressing list starts with storm searchers for Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 hurricane of the season that blew through the U.S.in late August causing catastrophic damage particularly in Florida, the northeastern part of the Caribbean, the Carolinas and Georgia and killing more than 100 victims. Hurricane Irma beat out iPhone 8 and fidget spinners as the top trending search globally, while in the United States the Yankees were the most-searched sports team of the year. The No. 1 searched person was a man accused of sexual harassment. The Las Vegas Shooting that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 was another dismal search.
The annual Year in Search analyzes Google Trends data to uncover "what the world was searching for". Lauer was just one of many prominent men in media, entertainment and tech who was called out for alleged sexual misconduct - a list that includes producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis CK and music mogul Russell Simmons.
To claim this spot, the glass-backed iPhone 8 edged out other popular hardware releases like Apple's own flagship X handset, Nintendo's portable console Switch, Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Microsoft's Xbox One X.