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In Remembrance: 50 Celebrities and Public Figures Who Died in 2016 {UPDATED}

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In Remembrance: 50 Celebrities and Public Figures Who Died in 2016 {UPDATED}

It has been a year many of us would like to forget. This year has seen the loss of too many much loved entertainers, artists, sports stars and world leaders. Here are fifty people who will be missed, including many Australians.

UPDATED – 2016 isn’t done with us yet! 🙁

January
davidbowie
David Bowie (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016) English singer, songwriter and actor
alanrickman
Alan Rickman (February 21, 1946 – January 14, 2016) English actor and director
rene angelil
René Angélil (January 16, 1942 – January 14, 2016) Canadian music producer and Celine Dion’s husband
glennfrey
Glenn Frey (November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016) Singer Songwriter from the Eagles
February
george-gaynes
George Gaynes (May 3, 1917 – February 15, 2016) US actor, best know from the Police Academy movies and Punky Brewster
bigang
Angela “Big Ang” Raiola (June 30, 1960 – February 18, 2016) US Reality TV star from Mob Wives
harper-lee
Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) American novelist, best known for To Kill A Mockingbird
March
martin-crowe
Martin Crowe (September 22, 1962 – March 3, 2016) New Zealand cricketer and commentator
joey-feek
Joey Feek (September 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016) US Country music singer songwriter – Joey+Rory
paul-couch
Paul Couch (July 19, 1964 – March 5, 2016) AFL player who played for Geelong
Nancy Reagan (July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) US actress and First Lady
sir-george-martin
Sir George Martin (January 3, 1926 – March 8, 2016) English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician, known as “the fifth Beatle”
jon-english
Jon English (March 26, 1949 – March 9, 2016) British-born Australian singer, songwriter, musician and actor
garry-shandling
Garry Shandling (November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016) American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer
patty duke
Patty Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) American actress of stage, film, and television
Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett (December 4, 1930 – March 31, 2016) Scottish stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and broadcaster
April
david-gest
David Gest (May 11, 1953 – April 12, 2016) American entertainer, comedian, producer, and television personality, once married to Liza Minelli
doris-roberts
Doris Roberts (November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016) American actress, author, and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades of television.
chyna
Chyna (December 27, 1970 – c. April 20, 2016) American professional wrestler, glamour model, pornographic film actress, and bodybuilder.
Prince
Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer
May
reg-grundy
Reg Grundy (August 4, 1923 – May 6, 2016) Australian entrepreneur and media mogul
June
muhammad-ali
Muhammad Ali (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) American professional boxer and activist
christina-grimmie
Christina Grimmie (March 12, 1994 – June 10, 2016) American singer, songwriter, and YouTuber, shot by a fan while performing in concert
anton-yelchin
Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series
July
elie-wiesel
Elie Wiesel (September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
garry marshall
Garry Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) American actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian. Responsible for Happy Days, Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries and many more
August
gene-wilder
Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016) American film and theater comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author
September
norman-may
Norman May (February 14, 1928 – September 11, 2016) Australian radio and television sports broadcaster
alexis-arquette
Alexis Arquette (July 28, 1969 – September 11, 2016) American actor, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist.
ken-sparkes
Ken Sparkes (July 20, 1940 – September 11, 2016) Australian radio presenter, television personality, DJ and voice-over artist
Charmian Carr
Charmian Carr (December 27, 1942 – September 17, 2016) US actress and singer best known for her role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music.
arnold-palmer
Arnold Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) American professional golfer
max-walker
Max Walker (September 12, 1948 – September 28, 2016) Australian cricketer, AFL player and commentator
October
ross-higgins
Ross Higgins (June 14, 1930 – October 7, 2016) Australian actor, television host, comedian, singer and voice actor. AKA Ted Bullpit from Kingswood Country.
rebecca-wilson
Rebecca Wilson (December 22, 1961 – October 7, 2016) Australian sports journalist, radio and television broadcaster
pete-burns
Pete Burns (August 5, 1959 – October 23, 2016) English singer-songwriter and television personality., founder of Dead or Alive
November
leonard-cohen
Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter.
janet-reno
Janet Reno (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016) Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001
Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016) American actress and singer, star of The Brady Bunch
fidel-castro
Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016) Cuban revolutionary and politician
andrew-sachs
Andrew Sachs (April 7, 1930 – November 23, 2016) was a British actor best known for playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers
December
joseph-mascolo
Joseph Mascolo (March 13, 1929 – December 8, 2016) American musician and dramatic actor. Best known for playing supervillain Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives.
john-glenn
John Glenn (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator
alan-thicke
Alan Thicke (March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016) Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. Best known for playing Jason Seaver on Growing Pains
bernard fox
Bernard Fox (11 May 1927 – 14 December 2016) Welsh actor best remembered for his role as Dr. Bombay in Bewitched
zsa-zsa-gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016) Hungarian-American actress and socialite
valerie-fairman
Valerie Fairman ( c.1993 -December 21, 2016) MTV Star of 16 and Pregnant
rick-parfitt
Rick Parfitt (October 12, 1948 – December 24, 2016) English singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist in the rock band Status Quo.
george-michael
George Michael (June 25, 1963 – December 25, 2016) English singer, songwriter, and record producer, member of Wham!
carrie-fisher
Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) American actress, writer, producer, and humorist, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies

Updated to add…

debbie-reynolds
Debbie Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) American actress and entertainer. She passed away the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

Rest in Peace ladies and gentlemen, and thanks for the memories. Here’s hoping that 2017 will go easy on us! And for heaven’s sake, someone check on Betty White and find out what vitamins Keith Richards is taking!

 

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