Celebrity Deaths in 2016: Some of Famous Figures We Lost This Year


The world lost several of the greatest athletes of all time, superstar musicians, stars of stage and screen and larger-than-life political figures in 2016.

Here’s a glance at a number Celebrity Deaths in 2016, many famous figures who died this year. Click through to read complete obituaries.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016

Celebrity Deaths in 2016

David Bowie

David Bowie, 69, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock borders with his creative musicianship that spanned six decades, striking visuals plus a genre-crossing persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, expired on Jan. 10.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016René Angélil

Rene Angelil, 73, Celine Dion’s husband and manager, who determined her from a French-speaking Canadian ingénue into one of the planet ‘s most successful vocalists, died on Jan. 14.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, 69, the classically-trained British stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga, “Die Hard” as well as other films, died on Jan. 14

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Dan Haggerty

Dan Haggerty, 74, the hardy, bearded actor who starred in the film and TV series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died on Jan. 15.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, 67, the rock ‘n’ roll rebel who co-founded the Eagles and helped write such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” died on Jan. 18

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Joe Alaskey

Joe Alaskey, 63, a prolific voice actor best known for impersonating Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck as well as other love “Looney Tunes” characters, expired on Feb. 3.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Maurice White

Maurice White, 74, the Earth, Wind & Fire creator whose horn-driven group sold more than 90 million records, died on Feb. 3.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016

Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia, 79, an influential conservative and most provocative person in the U.S. Supreme Court, expired on Feb. 13.

09Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 93, the veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his nation’s landmark peace deal with Israel but collided with the U.S. when he served a single period as U.N. secretary-general, expired on Feb. 16.

10Angela “Big Ang” Raiola

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, 55, the raspy-voiced tavern owner who acquired popularity on the reality TV show “Mob Wives,” died on Feb. 18.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016


Lee Reherman

Lee Reherman, 49, the previous Ivy League football star who shot to fame as the towering, buff Hawk on the most popular 1990s television show “American Gladiators,” expired on March 1.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Joey Feek

Joey Feek, 40, who with her husband, Rory, formed the award winning country duet Joey Rory, expired on March 4.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, 70, the writer of “The Great Santini,” ”The Prince of Tides” and other bestsellers, whose novels drew upon his bruising youth as well as the views of South Carolina, died on March 4.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson, 71, keyboardist and founder of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died on March 11.

15Frank Sinatra Jr

Frank Sinatra Jr., 72, who carried on his father’s legacy with his own music profession and whose kidnapping as a young man added a weird chapter to his dad’s infamous life, expired on March 16.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Bob Ebeling

Bob Ebeling, 89, the booster rocket engineer who spent decades full of guilt over not ceasing the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, expired on March 21.

17Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg, 45, the lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died on March 22.


Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola, 90, the former former TODAY anchor and baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants, expired on March 23.


Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison, 78, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who enjoyed mainstream success in middle age together with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” died on March 26.


Erik Bauersfeld

Erik Bauersfeld, 93, who turned three words from a minor acting role — “It Is a trap!” — into among the very most love lines of the “Star Wars” series, died on April 3.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, 79, the country giant who rose from poverty and prison to international acclaim through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home,” died on April 6.


Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts, 90, who played the sour-tongued, infinitely meddling mom on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on April 17.


Chyna, 46, the tall, muscle bound, raven-haired pro wrestler who after made the rounds on reality and rocketed to popularity in the 1990s TV, expired on April 20.



Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, 74, the silver-tongued boxer died on June 3.

25Kimbo Slice

The bearded street fighter who parlayed his Internet popularity right into a mixed martial arts career, Kimbo Slice, 42, expired on June 6.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie, 22, the singersongwriter and YouTuber who acquired greater popularity on “The Voice,” died on June 10.

27Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino, 77, the Oscar-winning director whose movie “The Deer Hunter” became among the significant successes of Hollywood’s 1970s heyday and whose devastating “Heaven’s Gate” helped bring that era to some close, expired on July 2.


Celebrity Deaths in 2016Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, 81, who played the lovable droid R2D2 in the “Star Wars” movies, reaching cult status and fans’ adulation without revealing his face or talking any lines, expired on Aug. 13.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Steven Hill

Steven Hill, 94, a flexible character actor in theater, movies and television who attained his biggest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV’s long-running “Law & Order,” died on Aug. 23.


30Alexis Arqueete

Alexis Arquette, 47, the initiating transgender celebrity and member of the leading Hollywood family, perished on Sept. 11.


Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, 93, the former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story reflected that of the Jewish state and who was observed around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who motivated his nation toward peace, expired on Sept. 28.

32King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, the entire world’s longest reigning monarch who had been revered in Thailand as an anchor of stability through decades of turbulence at home and abroad, died on Oct. 13.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Steve Dillon

Steve Dillon, 54, a celebrated comic book artist best known for co-creating the “Preacher” and illustrating the popular Marvel name “The Punisher,” died on Oct. 22.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro , the cigar-chomping Cuban revolutionary leader and dictator who defied U.S. efforts to topple him for five decades, died on November 25 ate the age of 90.

35Grant Tinker

Grant Tinker, 90, the television broadcasting star and former NBC chairman who brought new polish to the TV world with precious shows including “Hill Street Blues,” died on Nov. 28.

36Greg Lake

Greg Lake, 69, the prog rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died on Dec. 7.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016E.R. Braithwaite

E.R. Braithwaite, 104, a Guyanese writer, educator and diplomat whose years teaching in the slums of London’s East End inspired the international best seller “To Sir, With Love” and the film of the same name, expired on Dec. 12.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, the Hungarian beauty queen-turned-nine-times-married Hollywood star who once served three days in jail for slapping a cop, expired on Dec. 18.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016George Michael

The pop heartthrob whose career began with the hit duo Wham, George Michael, 53 ! in the 1980s and went on to possess a hit solo career beginning with the chart-topping album “Faith,” died on Dec. 25.


Celebrity Deaths in 2016Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, 60, the tough-talking Princess Leia who defies the Evil Empire in “Star Wars,” died on Dec. 27.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, 84, the actress and singer who rose to acclaim opposite Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Dec. 28, one day after the departure of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016


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