A NewsOne gallery of the celebrities who lost their lives in 2016.
1. Debbie Reynolds, 84Source:Getty
Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, 84, died December 28, just one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack.
2. Carrie Fisher, 60Source:Getty
Carrie Fisher died on December 27, following a heart attack she suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23. The daughter of Hollywood royals Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher forged a lengthy career in film, but was most known for her role as Princess Leia, in the blockbuster “Star Wars” franchise.
3. George Michael, 53Source:Getty
Michael, a former singer with Wham! and on his own, died at his home on Christmas Day in Oxfordshire, England.
4. Alan Thicke, 69Source:Getty
Thicke, best known for his role as a television sitcom dad on “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack on December 13. He was 69.
5. John Glenn, 95Source:Getty
Glenn, a former U.S. Senator and astronaut who was the first American to successfully orbit the earth, died on December 8 from an undisclosed illness.
6. Ron Glass, 71Source:Getty
Glass, most known for his role in the 1970’s police sitcom “Barney Miller,” passed away on November 25 from respiratory failure.
7. Fidel Castro, 90Source:Getty
Cuba’s controversial revolutionary leader died on November 25 after numerous reports of declining health. Castro retained power longer than any other national leader, excluding Queen Elizabeth II.
8. Colonel Abrams, 67Source:Getty
Abrams, a house music pioneer, died in New York City on November 24 from an unknown illness. In 2015, friends discovered Abrams was homeless and living with diabetes. Several friends raised money through a crowdfunding campaign in hopes to pay for housing and medical treatment.
9. Florence Henderson, 82Source:Getty
Florence Henderson, known for her iconic role as mother hen Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” died on November 24 from heart failure.
10. Sharon Jones, 60Source:Getty
Jones, the enigmatic frontwoman for R&B band the Dap-Kings, died from a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, on November 16.
11. Gwen Ifill, 61Source:Getty
Gwen Ifill, a titan in the industry of journalism, died from uterine cancer on November 14. She was 61.
12. Leonard Cohen, 82Source:Getty
The Canadian folk singer-songwriter was best known for music that explored the intricacies of the human condition. His hit song “Hallelujah” has been re-recorded by several artists. Cohen died in his sleep at home in Los Angeles on November 7, resulting from complications from a fall.
13. Gene Wilder, 83Source:Getty
Born Jerome Silberman, the legendary comedian and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” actor died of complications from Alzheimer’s at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 29.
14. John McLaughlin, 89Source:Getty
The TV personality and host of “The McLaughlin Group” died at home in Washington, D.C., on August 16.
15. Gary Marshall, 81Source:Getty
The famed director, actor, writer, and producer died at a hospital in Burbank, California, on July 19 after complications from pneumonia.
16. Bernie Worrell, 72Source:Getty
Bernie Worrell, one of the cofounders of the band Parliament-Funkadelic, died of lung cancer on June 24.
17. Christina Grimmie, 22Source:Getty
The former “Voice” contestant was shot and killed while signing autographs after an Orlando concert on June 10.
18. Muhammad Ali, 74Source:Getty
Known as “The Greatest,” the former heavy-weight champion and activist lost a longtime battle with Parkinson’s and died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on June 3.
19. Morley Safer, 84Source:Getty
The iconic journalist and “60 Minutes” veteran, died just one week after retirement in his New York home on May 19.
20. Prince, 57Source:Getty
The musical icon was found dead in his Paisley Park estate on April 21.
21. David Gest, 62Source:Getty
Gest, an entertainer, producer and former husband to Liza Minelli, was found dead in a London hotel on April 12.
22. Phife Dawg, 45Source:Getty
Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg and a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday, March 22.
23. Daryl Coley, 60Source:Getty
Daryl Coley, the legendary singer and minister, died Tuesday, March 15 while receiving hospice care.
24. Bob Adelman, 85Source:Getty
Bob Adelman, widely known for his photography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, died Saturday, March 19 at his home in Miami.
25. Tony Burton, 78Source:Getty
Tony Burton, who played the corner man to both Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers in the Rocky film saga, died Thursday, February 25.
26. Vanity, 57Source:Getty
Denise Matthews, who as Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6, died in early February at a hospital in Fremont, California.
27. Maurice White, 74Source:Getty
Singer Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died on February 4 at his Los Angeles home, said his brother, Verdine White. The 74-year-old artist started the popular R&B group in the late 1960s, and went on to sell more than 90 million albums across the globe.
28. Abe Vigoda, 94Source:Getty
Actor Abe Vigoda, known for his role as Tessio in “The Godfather,” died of natural causes on Jan. 26, 2016. The 94-year-old character actor was known for his distinct look — his slouched shoulders and sunken eyes made for powerful portrayals and pop culture fodder. He is survived by his daughter. His wife, Beatrice, died in 1992.
29. Natalie Cole, 65Source:Getty
Cole, the daughter of music icon Nat King Cole, passed away of heart failure induced by lung disease. The singer created her own footprint in the world of R&B and soul with her powerful voice and rendition of her father’s song, “Unforgettable.”
30. David Bowie, 69Source:Getty
The iconic singer and songwriter died January 10 after a quiet 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie was beloved for his inventive sound and ever-changing looks.
31. Nicholas Caldwell, 71Source:Getty
Caldwell, the co-founding member of the legendary R&B group The Whispers, died of congestive heart failure. Caldwell also wrote some of the group’s hit singles, including “Lady.”
32. Monford “Monte” Merrill Irvin, 96Source:Getty
Hall of Famer Monte Irvin made his mark in history through baseball. Alongside Jackie Robinson, he was one of the first African-Americans to play on the field. He passed of natural causes in January.
33. Glenn Frey, 67Source:Getty
The co-founder of legendary rock band the Eagles died in January after succumbing to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. The artist fought a battle with rheumatoid arthritis for over 15 years.
34. Rene Angelil, 73Source:Getty
The husband and former manager of Celine Dion passed away after battling throat cancer. The two had been together for 21 years. The singer publicly announced their relationship when she was 19 years old. Angelil is survived by Dion, their six children, and seven grandchildren.
35. Robert Stigwood, 81Source:Getty
The former manager of the Bee Gees and Cream passed away in January. He was known for his impressive music taste and productions of classics such as Hair, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
36. Otis Clay, 73Source:Getty
Blues Hall of Famer Otis Clay passed away of a heart attack in January. The famed singer started his career in gospel before shifting over to R&B in the ’70s. Clay continued singing well into his older years, with a total of 16 albums.
37. Dan Haggerty, 74Source:Getty
Actor and former animal trainer Dan Haggerty was known for his popular role as Grizzly Adams in the 1974 movie “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.” Life nearly imitated art for the star. After his movie career, the Cali native lived on a small ranch in Malibu Canyon, rescuing abandoned animals. He died of spine cancer in January.
38. Alan Rickman, 69Source:Getty
Known for his iconic roles in “Die Hard” and the “Harry Potter” films, Alan Rickman passed away in January after a battle with cancer. The London native was a proud advocate of the artistic rights of performers. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August and was surrounded by close friends and family at the time of his death.
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