IN MEMORIAM: Well-known people who passed away in 2016

- 2016 is perhaps marked by a high number of well-known people who died. The following is a partial list.

January

  • David Bowie (January 10), iconic British singer whose career spanned decades
  • Alan Rickman (January 14), British stage and movie actor, perhaps best known as Professor Severus Snape on the Harry Potter movie series
  • Glenn Frey (January 18), American singer, co-founder of Eagles
  • Abe Vigoda (January 26), American actor, perhaps best known as Salvatore Tessio on The Godfather

February

  • George Kennedy (February 18), American actor, perhaps best known as Dragline in the movie Cool Hand Luke
  • Harper Lee (February 19), American author, perhaps best known for the book To Kill a Mockingbird

March

  • Nancy Reagan (March 6), former American First Lady
  • George Martin (March 8), British music producer, perhaps best known for his work with The Beatles
  • Rob Ford (March 22), Canadian politician, former Mayor of Toronto whose career was marked with a controversy that garnered international attention
  • Garry Shandling (March 24), American comedian
  • Patty Duke (March 29), American actress

April

  • Merle Haggard (April 6), American country singer whose career spanned decades
  • Doris Roberts (April 17), American actress, perhaps best known as Ray Romano's mother on Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Chyna (April 20), American professional wrestler
  • Prince (April 21), iconic American singer

May

June

  • Muhammad Ali (June 3), iconic American boxer
  • Kimbo Slice (June 6), Bahamian-American MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter
  • Christina Grimmie (June 10), American singer
  • Anton Yelchin (June 19), Russian-born American actor, perhaps best known as Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movie series.
  • Pat Summitt (June 28), American college basketball coach, perhaps best known for her tenure with University of Tennessee

July

  • Garry Marshall (July 19), American filmmaker, perhaps best known for his work on Pretty Woman
  • Dennis Green (July 21), former coach of the Arizona Cardinals
  • Miss Cleo (July 26), American television psychic

August

  • Lou Pearlman (August 19), former American music executive, known for launching the careers of *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys
  • Juan Gabriel (August 28), popular Mexican musician
  • Gene Wilder (August 29), American comedian, perhaps best known for his role in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles

September

  • Rose Mofford (September 15), Governor of Arizona, first woman to hold the post
  • Bill Nunn (September 24), American actor

October

  • Bobby Vee (October 24), American pop singer

November

  • Leonard Cohen (November 7), Canadian singer, perhaps best known for his song Hallelujah
  • Florence Henderson (November 24), American actress, perhaps best known as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch
  • Fidel Castro (November 25), former Communist Cuban leader

December

  • John Glenn (December 8), American astronaut, first American to orbit the Earth
  • Alan Thicke (December 13), Canadian-born American actor known for his role on Growing Pains and other shows
  • Henry Heimlich (December 17), American physician, perhaps best known for the Heimlich Maneuver
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor (December 18), Hungarian-American actress and socialite.
  • George Michael (December 25), iconic British singer whose career with Wham!, followed by a solo career, spanned decades
  • Carrie Fisher (December 27), American actress, perhaps best known as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movie
  • Debbie Reynolds (December 28), American actress, mother of Carrie Fisher

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