47 Stars We’ve Lost This Year

This year, we’ve had to say goodbye to a growing group of famous figures, including legendary musicians Prince and David Bowie, Hollywood icons Alan Rickman and Patty Duke, and iconic boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Look back on the stars we’ve lost in 2016.


The legendary musician was found dead at his Paisley Park Estate in Chanhassen, MN, in April. He was 57 years old.

Muhammad Ali

After battling Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades, the 74-year-old boxing legend passed away in June. The tragic death came as a result of complications due to a respiratory issue.

Florence Henderson

The iconic star of The Brady Bunch passed away at 82 years old due to heart failure on Nov. 24 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA. She is survived by her children, Barbara, Joseph, Robert, and Lizzie, and her five grandchildren.

Gene Wilder

The beloved actor, who charmed audiences in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles, died in August at the age of 89.

Alexis Arquette

The Wedding Singer‘s Alexis Arquette died in September at the age of 47. Alexis passed away from a heart attack following a bacterial infection; it was also revealed that Alexis had been battling HIV for 29 years.

Anton Yelchin

The Star Trek actor died at the age of 27 following a fatal car accident in June.

Lisa Lynn Masters

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress passed away in November after an apparent suicide. She was reportedly found dead inside the closet of her hotel room in Lima, Peru. She was 52.

Alan Rickman

The English actor, best known for portraying the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passed away in January at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

Patty Duke

The famed stage and screen actress died in March of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69.

Christina Grimmie

The Voice singer tragically died after being shot at her concert in Orlando, FL, in June. She was 22 years old.

Doris Roberts

The Emmy-winning actress, who was best known for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away in April. She was 90.

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, creator of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and The Odd Couple, died in July of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. The director of Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries was 81.

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola

The Mob Wives star was 55 when she died of cancer in February.

Juan Gabriel

Mexican music legend Juan Gabriel passed away in August at the age of 66. He suffered a heart attack after a concert at the LA Forum.

Pete Burns

The “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” singer died at 57 following a “massive cardiac arrest” in October. His management team released a statement on his Twitter page, saying, “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

Nancy Reagan

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died of congestive heart failure in March. She was 94.

Keo Woolford

The Hawaii Five-0 actor died at a hospital in Hawaii after suffering a stroke in November. He was 49.

Lou Pearlman

Music producer Lou Pearlman passed away in prison in August at the age of 62. A handful of Lou’s former artists — including Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, and AJ McLean — took to social media to share thoughts about his passing.

Robert Vaughn

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star died in November after a short battle with acute leukemia. He was 83.

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

The singer and son of Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, died of a heart attack in March. He was 72.

Tommy Ford

The Martin star died at the age of 52 on Oct. 12 after his family made the decision to take him off life support. He entered the hospital for a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen just days before.

Joanie Laurer

Former WWE star Joanie Laurer — aka Chyna — was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, CA, in April.

Leonard Cohen

The singer-songwriter passed away in November at the age of 82. His label, Sony Music Canada, released a statement on his Facebook page, writing, “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Bobby Vee

The “Take Good Care of My Baby” ’60s teen idol died on Oct. 24 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.

Sonia Rykiel

Beloved French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died in August at the age of 86.

Alice Drummond

The actress passed away in early December after complications from a fall she sustained two months prior. She was 88.

Arnold Palmer

The golf great passed away in September after suffering heart complications. He was 87.

Harper Lee

The famous author, who penned To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, died in February at the age of 89.

Ken Howard

The actor and president of SAG-AFTRA died at his home in LA in March. He was 71.


Vanity (neé Denise Matthews) was a singer, actress, and one-time prodigy of Prince. She died in February at the age of 57, just months before her mentor.

René Angélil

The music producer and longtime husband to singer Celine Dion passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard died in April at the age of 79.

Abe Vigoda

Hollywood actor Abe Vigoda passed away in January at the age of 94.

Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg — née Malik Izaak Taylor — was a famous rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest. He died in March at the age of 45 after suffering complications from diabetes.

Garry Shandling

Comedy titan Garry Shandling passed away in March at the age of 66.

Kenny Baker

Star Wars actor Kenny Baker, who famously played R2-D2, suffered from a long-term illness and passed away in August at the age of 81.

Ron Glass

The actor best known for his roles in Firefly and Barney Miller died in late November of respiratory failure. He was 71.

David Gest

The entertainer and former husband to Liza Minnelli was found dead in a London hotel in April. He was 62.

Joey Feek

In March, Joey Feek — one half of the country and gospel duo Joey + Rory — lost a battle with cancer. She was 40.

Leon Russell

The musician died in his sleep at his home in Nashville in November. He was 74.

Gwen Ifill

The PBS NewsHour coanchor died of cancer at the age of 61 in mid-November. WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller confirmed the news to her staff in an email that reads, “I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington. I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends.”

Sharon Jones

The Dap-Kings singer died in November after a long struggle with cancer. Her rep confirmed the sad news in a statement to Us Weekly, saying, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.” Sharon was 60.

Don Calfa

The Return of the Living Dead actor died in December at the age of 76. His death was confirmed by his rep on his Facebook page in a message that read, “Don passed away today – please keep him and his family in your prayers RIP.”