18 Celebrity Deaths of 2016

T-Mag Tuesday 27/December/2016 12:44 PM
By: Times News Service
18 Celebrity Deaths of 2016


While 2016 has been a wonderful year for many of us, we have also lost a number of superstars whose legacies live on in the form of their music, movies, and achievements.
As we prepare to ring in the New Year, Hi Weekly has done a roundup of the celebritieswho passed away this year as a tribute to them and great moments past.

David Bowie

2016 brought in the heartbreaking news of legendary singer David Bowie’s death. He suffered from cancer and died soon after he recorded his 25th album.

Alan Rickman

Everybody’s beloved Snape from Harry Potter died at the age of 69 after succumbing to a battle with cancer.

Harper Lee

All those who’ve read “To Kill a Mocking Bird” will know what the world lost when this brilliant author passed away in a nursing home at 89.

Jon English

The winner of four Aria awards, Jon English’s claim to fame was his role as Judas in stage musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He was also a noted solo singer for popular tracks such as ‘Turn the Page’, ‘Six Ribbons’ etc. He died at 66 after going through complications while undergoing surgery.

Garry Shandling

This multi-talented comedian, actor, writer and producer will be remembered for his work in the “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show”.

Ronne Corbett

The man who made us laugh hysterically on his comedy sketch show “The Two Ronnies” passed away at 85.


It came as a shocker when the world learned of the sudden death of the “Purple Rain” singing sensation, who died in his recording studio in Minnesota.

Muhammad Ali

An inspiration to many, “The Greatest”, former heavyweight champion of the world passed away at the age of 74 after struggling from Parkinson’s disease for 32 years.

Anton Yelchin

This Star Trek star who played the role of Chekov died young at just 27 after meeting with a tragic car accident.

Max Walker

This legendary cricketer, who later became an author, held multiple records for his brilliant performance on the pitch. He died at 68 after suffering from a blood cancer known as myeloma.

Arnold Palmer

This golf champion won seven major tournaments in his super successful career and was a much loved sportsperson.He died at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh from heart complications.

Kenny Baker

The diminutive 3’8’’ actor who won hearts for being the man behind star wars’ R2D2 died at the age of 81.

Gene Wilder

Award winning actor and the man popularly known for his role as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate factory passed away in September 83 after suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Pete Burn

Known for his numerous plastic surgeries, the “Dead or Alive” singer passed away at 57 after suffering from cardiac arrest.

Leonard Cohen

The world lost one of the best songwriter’s best known for his song “Hallelujah”, when he died at 82 in November this year.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Miss Hungary 1936, a pop icon who starred in “Moulin Rouge”, “The Girl in the Kremlin”, and “Queen of Outer Space” suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 99.

Rick Parfitt

“Status Quo’s” superstar had a long and successful career that lasted nearly five decades. He gave the world some classics such as “Rockin’ All Over the World” and “Down Down” before passing away aged 68 this year.

George Michael

After selling over 80 million records worldwide, the “Wham!” singer, who also went on to have a long and successful solo career, passed away peacefully on Christmas day at the age of 53.