We bid goodbye to some of the world’s biggest stars in 2016.
Let’s take a look back at the legends we lost – young and old alike – this year (it’s okay to shed a tear or two).
1. David Bowie (69)
January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016
Two days after his 69 th birthday and the release of his 25 th studio album Blackstar, the music icon died of liver cancer in his New York City apartment. Various tributes were given to the late musician to commemorate his life. His album and single sales also rocketed after his death.
2. Alan Rickman (69)
February 21, 1946 – January 14, 2016
The beloved English actor, best known for portraying the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in January. Reportedly unaware of the severity of his disease, he passed quietly after saying his final goodbyes to his loved ones.
3. Harper Lee (89)
April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016
The celebrated novelist widely known for penning the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” died in her sleep in the morning of February 19. Her family gathered at the nursing home the author had been staying at prior to her death.
4. Prince (57)
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Another music icon who met his end in 2016 is Prince. The superstar singer behind the hit pop songs “Purple rain” and “Kiss” died in his Minneapolis recording studio. It is reported that he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
5. Muhammad Ali (74)
January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
The former heavyweight champion of the world suffered from various health complications in his later years and died from septic shock after being hospitalized with a respiratory illness. Ali pre-planned his own funeral years prior to his death.
6. Anton Yelchin (27)
March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016
The young actor, whose claim to fame is playing the role of Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, met a painful end following a freak accident in the morning of June 19. Yelchin’s friends found him pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California.
7. Gene Wilder (83)
June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016
Struggling with complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, the iconic actor died in his Stamford, Connecticut home. He had been diagnosed three years prior to his death and kept the knowledge of his condition private.
8. Leonard Cohen (82)
September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016
The Canadian singer-songwriter, best known for his song Hallelujah, passed away on November 7 in his Los Angeles, California home. Cohen’s manager said his death is the result of a fall and he eventually died in his sleep. Leonard Cohen is also a celebrated novelist and poet.
9. Zsa Zsa Gabor (99)
February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016
Less than two months before she would have become a centenarian, the Hungarian-American actress and socialite suffered from a heart attack at her home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. She had been on life support for the past five years.
10. George Michael (53)
June 25, 1963 – December 25, 2016
The death of English singer-songwriter George Michael on Christmas Day shocked the world. He reportedly died at his home in Goring-on- Thames, Oxfordshire in his sleep, and according to his manager, he died of heart failure. George Michael rose to fame a one-half of the music duo Wham!, whose hits include “Last Christmas” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” (Andy Flores)