Gone too soon: notable passings from 2016

TC Media Atlantic audiencemanager@tc.tc
Published on December 29, 2016

David Bowie performs at Tweeter Center outside Chicago in Tinley Park, IL, Aug. 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski

2016 is known as the year that took some of favourite celebrities — David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Mohammad Ali, Carrie Fisher — and some well-known politicians, like Fidel Castro and Rob Ford, among others. Here’s a partial list of famous people who died this year.

Elie Wiesel speaks during a session at the 2003 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 28, 2003.
World Economic Forum

- David Bowie, musician, Jan. 8. Age 69.
- Alan Rickman, actor (“Die Hard,” “Harry Potter” films, among others), Jan. 14. Age 69.
- Réné Angelil, musician/music manager, husband of Céline Dion, Jan. 14. Age 73.
- Glen Frey, singer/songwriters/founder of The Eagles, Jan. 18. Age 67.
- Paul Kantner, singer/songwriter/founder of Jefferson Airplane, Jan. 28. Age 74.
- Mike Minor, actor (“Petticoat Junction”), Jan. 28. Age 75.
- Maurice White, musician/songwriter/founding member of Earth, Wind and Fire, Feb. 3. Age 74.
- Harper Lee, writer (“To Kill a Mockingbird”), Feb. 19. Age 89.
- Joey Martin Feek, country singer/songwriter, March 4. Age 40.
- Nancy Reagan, former US First Lady, March 6. Age 94.
- Keith Emerson, musician/creator of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, March 10. Age 71.

Rip Taylor and Doris Roberts in the Green Room at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre after a performance of "Barrymore" Nov. 6, 2010.
Angela George

- Frank Sinatra Jr., singer, March 16. Age 72.
- Joe Santos, actor (“The Rockford Files”), March 18. Age 84.
- Rob Ford, Toronto mayor, March 22. Age 46.
- Phife Dawg, singer/rapper, A Tribe Called Quest, March 22. Age 45.
- Gary Shandling, comedian, March 24. Age 66.
- Patty Duke, actress, “The Patty Duke Show,” March 29. Age 69.
- Merle Haggard, singer/songwriter, April 6. Age 79.

- Doris Roberts, actress, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” April 17. Age 90.
- Chyna, wrestler/reality TV star, April 20. Age 46.
- Prince, singer/songwriter/musician/pop culture icon, April 21. Age 57.
- Morley Safer, journalist, “60 Minutes,” May 19. Age 84.
- Mohammad Ali, boxer, June 3. Age 74.

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel arrives at Jean-Paul Gaultier's Autumn-Winter 2009/2010 show in Paris, July 6, 2009.
Flickr

- Gordie Howe, hockey player, June 10. Age 88.
- Elie Wiesel, writer/political activist, July 2. Age 87.
- Garry Marshall, writer/producer/actor, creator of “Happy Days,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Laverne & Shirley,” July 19. Age 81.
- Kenny Baker, actor (played R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” franchise), Aug. 13. Age 81.
- Jack Riley, actor (“The Bob Newhart Show”), Aug. 23. Age 94.
- Sonia Rykiel, clothing designer, Aug. 24. Age 86.
- Gene Wilder, actor (“Blazing Saddles,” “Willy Wonka,” among others), Aug. 29. Age 83.
- José Fernández, baseball player, Sept. 25. Age 24.
- Jean Shepard, country musician, Sept. 25. Age 82.
- Arnold Palmer, golfer, Sept. 25. Age 87.
- Kevin Meaney, comedian (“Uncle Buck”), Oct. 21. Age 60.
- Janet Reno, Attorney General of the U.S., Nov. 7. Age 78.

Astronomer Vera Rubin in 1974, with her "measuring engine" used to examine photographic plates.
Carnegie Institution of Washington

- Leonard Cohen, poet/songwriter, Nov. 7. Age 82.
- Florence Henderson, actress (“The Brady Bunch”), Nov. 24. Age 82.
- Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, Nov. 25. Age 90.
- Ron Glass, actor (“Barney Miller”), Nov. 25. Age 71.
- Greg Lake, musician and founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Dec. 7. Age 69.
- Joseph Mascolo, actor (played Stefano DiMera on “Days of Our Lives”), Dec. 8. Age 87.
- Alan Thicke, actor (“Growing Pains”), Dec. 13. Age 69.
— Henry Heimlich, the surgeon who invented the life-saving technique that bore his name, Dec. 17. Age 96.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress/socialite, Dec. 18. Age 99.
- George Michael, singer/pop culture icon, Dec. 25. Age 53.
— Vera Rubin, astrophysicist (confirmed the existence of dark matter, Dec. 25. Age 88.
- Ricky Harris, comedian/actor (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Poetic Justice”), Dec. 26. Age 54.
- Carrie Fisher, actress (played Princess Leia in “Star Wars”), Dec. 27. Age 60.
- Debbie Reynolds, actress/singer (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy”) and mother of Carrie Fisher, Dec. 28. Age 84.