Which celebrities died in 2016?

Prince

Is 2016 over yet because I’m not sure I can bear the loss of another beloved celebrity.

David Bowie. Prince. George Michael. Each each of these music icons tragically died during 2016. Other notable celebrities who passed away this year include Gene Wilder, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. The world also said goodbye to reality stars Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, and Christina Grimmie.

If you’re curious to take a look back, check out this comprehensive list of the 141 deaths within the entertainment industry this year.

Let’s hope 2017 so goes better than 2016…

Natalie Cole (Passed on NYE, 2015, but death was announced 1/1/16…so we’re including her) Cause: Lung Disease.

Craig Strickland – Country Singer, passed 1/4/16. Cause: Found dead after going missing during hunting trip.

Pat Harrington Jr – Actror, passed 1/6/16.

Otis Clay – Musician, passed 1/8/16.

Angus Scrimm – Actor, passed 1/9/16.

Michael Galeota – Former Child Actor, passed 1/10/16. Cause: Natural, related to health problems.

David Bowie – Musician, passed 1/10/16. Cause: Cancer.

David Margulies – Actor, passed 1/11/16.

Monte Irvin – Sports, passed 1/11/16.

Brian Bedford – Actor, passed 1/13/16.

Rene Angelil – Husband and Manager of Celine Dion, passed 1/14/16. Cause: Cancer.

Alan Rickman – Actor, passed 1/14/16. Cause: Cancer.

Dan Haggerty – Actor, passed 1/15/16. Cause: Cancer.

Dale “Buffin” Griffin – Musician, passed 1/17/16.

Clarence Reid – Musician, passed 1/17/16.

Mic Gillette – Musician, passed 1/16/16. Cause: Heart Attack.

Glenn Frey – Musician, passed 1/18/16.

Jimmy Bain – Musician, passed 1/23/16.

Abe Vigoda – Actor, passed 1/26/16.

Paul Kantner – Musician, passed 1/28/16.

Signe Anderson – Musician, passed 1/28/16.

Frank Finlay – Actor, passed 1/30/16.

Sir Terry Wogan – Radio/TV Personality, passed 1/31/16.

Joe Alaskey – Voice Actor (Looney Tunes), passed 2/4/16.

Maurice White – Musician, passed 2/3/16.

Dave Mirra – Sports/MTV Show Host, passed 2/4/16. Cause: Suicide.

Vanity – Musician/Actress, passed 2/15/16.

George Gaynes – Actor, passed 2/15/16.

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola – Reality TV Star, passed 2/18/16. Cause: Cancer.

Harper Lee – Author, passed 2/19/16.

George Kennedy – Actor, passed 2/28/16.

Lee Reherman – Sports, passed 3/1/16.

Joey Feek – Musician, passed 3/4/16. Cause: Cancer.

Pat Conroy – Author, passed 3/4/16.

Nancy Reagan – Former First Lady, passed 3/6/16.

George Martin – Musician/Producer, passed 3/8/16.

Richard Davalos – Actor, passed 3/8/16.

Keith Emerson – Musician, passed 3/11/16.

Frank Sinatra Jr – Musician, passed 3/16/16. Cause: Cardiac Arrest.

Steve Young – Musician, passed 3/17/16.

Joe Santos – Actor, passed 3/18/16.

Phife Dawg – Musician, passed 3/22/16. Cause: Diabetes.

Joe Garagiola – Sports/TV Host, passed 3/23/16.

Ken Howard – Actor/SAG-AFTRA President, passed 3/23/16. “

Garry Shandling – Comedian/Actor, passed 3/24/16.

James Noble, James Noble – Actor, passed 3/28/16.

Patty Duke – Actress, passed 3/29/16. Cause: Sepsis from ruptured intestine.

Leon Haywood – Musician, passed 4/5/16.

Merle Haggard – Musician, passed 4/6/16.

David Gest – Producer/Ex-Husband of Liza Minelli – passed 4/12/16.

Doris Roberts – Actress, passed 4/18/16.

Joanie “Chyna” Laurer – Sports, passed 4/20/16.

Guy Hamilton – Director, passed 4/21/16.

Prince – Musician, passed 4/21/16.

Lonnie Mack – Musician, passed 4/21/16.

Billy Paul – Musician, passed 4/24/16.

Afeni Shakur – Film/Music/Mother of Tupac, passed 5/2/16.

Nick Lashaway – Actor, passed 5/8/16. Cause: Car Accident.

Darwyn Cooke – Comic Book Artist, passed 5/14/16. Cause: Lung Cancer.

Guy Clark – Musician, passed 5/17/16.

Morley Safer – CBS News correspondent, passed 5/19/16.

John Berry – Musician, passed 5/19/16. Cause: Passed after long struggle with dementia.

Alan Young – Actor, passed 5/19/16.

Nick Menza – Musician, passed 5/21/16.

Burt Kwouk – Actor, passed 5/24/16.

Beth Howland – Actress, passed 5/24/16.

Muhammad Ali – Sports, passed 6/3/16. Cause: Passed after long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Johnny “The Greek” Karagiogis – Reality TV, passed 6/4/16. Cause: Heart Attack.

Kimbo Slice – Sports, passed 6/6/16.

Theresa Saldana – Actress, passed 6/6/16.

Gordie Howe – Sports, passed 6/10/16.

Christina Grimmie – Musician/Reality TV, passed 6/11/16. Cause: Murder victim (shooting).

Janet Waldo – Voice Actress, passed 6/12/16.

Michu Meszaros – Actor, passed 6/13/16.

Henry McCullough – Musician, passed 6/14/16. former

Ann Morgan Guilbert – Actress, passed 6/14/16.

Prince Be – Musician, passed 6/17/17. Cause: Complications from diabetes and renal kidney disease.

Ron Lester – Actor, passed 6/17/16. Cause: Liver and Kidney problems.

Anton Yelchin – Actor, passed 6/18/16. Cause: Accidental, struck by his own car at his home.

Bernie Worrell – Musician, passed 6/24/16.

Scotty Moore – Musician, passed 6/28/16.

Michael Cimino – Oscar-winning Director, passed 7/2/16.

Noel Neill – Actress, passed 7/3/16.

Steven Young – Musician, passed 7/13/16.

Garry Marshall – Writer/Director/Actor, passed 7/19/16.

Miss Cleo – Famed TV Psychic, passed 7/26/16. Cause: Cancer.

Dave Schwartz – The Weather Channel, passed 7/30/16. Cause: Stomach Cancer.

David Huddleston – Actor, passed 8/2/16.

Ricci Martin – Singer/Son of Dean Martin, passed 8/3/16.

John Saunders – ESPN Sportscaster, passed 8/10/16.

James Woolley – Musician, passed 8/15/16. Cause: Neck injury after falling off ladder.

Arthur Hiller – Director, passed 8/17/16.

Jack Riley – Actor, passed 8/19/16.

Lou Pearlman – Created Backstreet Boys & NSync, passed 8/19/16. Died while in prison.

Matt Roberts – Rock Musician, passed 8/20/16.

Steven Hill – Actor, passed 8/23/16.

Mr. Fuji – Sports/WWE, passed 8/28/16.

Darrell Ward – Reality TV “Ice Road Truckers”, passed 8/28/16. Cause: Plane Crash.

Gene Wilder – Actor/Comedy Legend, passed 8/28/16.

Jerry Heller – Former NWA Manager/Ruthless Recorders Co-Founder, passed 9/2/16.

Alexis Arquette – Transgender activist/Actress, passed 9/11/16.

Curtis Hanson – Director, passed 9/20/16.

Shawty Lo – Musician, passed 9/21/16. Cause: Hit and Run crash.

Jean Shepard – Musician, passed 9/25/16.

Jose Fernandez – Sports, passed 9/25/16. Cause: Boating accident.

Arnold Palmer – Sports Golf Legend, passed 9/25/16.

Agnes Nixon – Soap Opera creator, passed 9/28/16.

Neville Marriner, British conductor behind Oscar-winning “Amadeus” soundtrack, died Oct. 2 at 92.

Tommy Ford – Actor, passed 10/12/16. Cause: aneurysm.

Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards, The Intruders singer best known for 1968 hit “Cowboys to Girls,” died Oct. 15 at 74.

Pete Burns – Musician, passed 10/23/16. Cause: Massive Cardiac Arrest.

Bobby Vee – Musician, passed 10/24/16.

Michael Massee – Actor, passed 10/26/16.

Eddie Harsch – Rock Musician, passed 11/4/16.

Jean-Jacques Perrey – Electronic Music Pioneer, passed 11/4/16.

Janet Reno – Former US Attorney General, passed 11/7/16.

Leonard Cohen – Singer/Songwriter, passed 11/7/16.

Robert Vaughn – Actor, passed 11/11/16.

Leon Russell – Singer/Songwriter, passed 11/13/16.

George Ortiz – “Project Runway” Hairstylist, passed 11/15/16. Cause: Suicide.

Lisa Lynn Masters – Actress, passed 11/15/16. Cause: Suicide.

Florence Henderson – Actress, passed 11/24/16.

Fritz Weaver – Actor, passed 11/26/16.

Keo Woolford – Actor, passed 11/25/16.

Van Williams – Actor, passed 11/28./16.

Alice Drummond – Actress, passed 11/30/16.

Big Syke – Musician, passed 12/5/16.

Peter Vaughan – Actor, passed 12/6/16.

Greg Lake – Musician, passed 12/7/16.

John Glenn – First American to orbit the EarthFformer U.S. senator, passed 12/8/16.

Joseph Mascolo, Actor on “Days of Our Lives”, passed 12/9/16.

Alan Thicke – Actor, passed 12/13/16. Cause: Heart Attack.

Bernard Fox – Actor, passed 12/15/16. Cause: Heart Failure.

Craig Sager – Sports, passed 12/15/16.

Henry Heimlich – Surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, passed 12/17/16.

Zsa Zsa Gabor – Actress, passed 12/18/16.

Robert Leo Hulseman – Inventor of the Solo red cups, passed 12/21/16.

George Michael – Musician, passed 12/25/16.

Ricky Harris – Comedian/Actor, passed 12/26/16.

Carrie Fisher – Actress/Daughter of Debbie Reynolds, passed 12/27/16.

Debbie Reynolds – Actress/Mother of Carrie Fisher, passed 12/28/16.



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  • Jennifer Jameson

    I still can’t believe how many celebrities died this year. So sad.

  • Wtf

    What a sh!t year for our world.

  • CatesZebraHoodie

    And today the actor who played Alf passed away.

    • Catelynn’s Strip of Hair

      Yea I saw that on Facebook this afternoon

      • Kara

        Mihaly Meszaros he is on this list,he died in June 2016 x

  • Sunquest

    RIP to all of them. 2016 has been rough year, let’s hope for some mercy over the next 2 days.