Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2016: Gone, But Not Forgotten By Author Kay D. Rhodes at Jan 11, 2016 • Category R.I.P. 2016 was maybe the worst year on record for celebrity deaths.Incredibly, ALL of the following people passed away over these 12 months. Join us in honoring their lives and sending our condolences to their loved ones…1Muhammad AliThe 3-time heavyweight champion, famous for coining the phrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” passed away on June 3rd in Arizona from complications relating to Parkinson’s disease. He was 64.2PrinceRest in peace, Prince. The iconic singer was found dead at his home at the young age of 57.3David BowieDavid Bowie was one of the most influential figures in the history of rock and roll. He passed away at the age of 69.4Antonin ScaliaAntonin Scalia, a giant of the U.S. Supreme Court for more than three decades, died of natural causes in February. His loss is a remarkable one for the judicial system – as is its impact on the political system.5Carrie FisherStar Wars icon Carrie Fisher passed away after suffering a major heart attack just before Christmas. She was 60.6George MichaelGeorge Michael died over the Christmas holiday, reportedly of heart failure. He was just 53 years old.7Alan RickmanAlan Rickman passed away at 69. The British actor was best known for his roles in Die Hard and the Harry Potter films.8Alan ThickeAlan Thicke, the beloved actor and one of the all-time great TV dads, died of cardiac arrest at age 65.9Fidel CastroFidel Castro passed away. The Cuban leader was 90.10Big AngAngela Raiola, a.k.a. Big Ang, made Mob Wives a hit show for VH1. She succumbed to cancer in February at the age of 55.11ChynaRest in peace, Joanie Laurer. The woman known as “Chyna” during her time in the WWE was found dead at the age of 45. She may have died of a drug overdose.12Natalie ColeNatalie Cole won nine Grammy Awards during her amazing singing career. She passed away at the age of 65 on New Year’s Day.13Christina GrimmieThe Voice season 6 contestant passed away in Orlando, Florida on June 11th after being shot while signing autographs.14Glenn FreyGlenn Frey passed away. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the Eagles waa 67.15Pat SummittThe legendary women’s basketball coach died at 64 after a battle with dementia.16Gene WilderGene Wilder was a legend in the world of comedy. He died at the age of 83 in August of 2016.17Rene AngelilRene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband, died at the age of 73 following a battle with throat cancer.18John SaundersRest in peace, John Saunders. This long-time ESPN personality died at the age of 61.19Nancy ReaganNancy Reagan passed away. The former first lady was 94.20Rob FordRob Ford passed away. The controversial Toronto mayor was 46.21Valerie FairmanValerie Fairman, one of the original stars of 16 & Pregnant on MTV, died at the age of 23 in December.22Zsa Zsa GaborWhat a classic beauty. The lovely and beloved actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died at the age of 99 in December of 2016.23John GlennAstronaut and US Senator John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth.24Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen is seen here at Madison Square Garden in 2012. He passed away at the age of 82.25Arnold PalmerMay Arnold Palmer rest in peace. The legendary golfer has passed away at the age of 87.26Harper LeeHarper Lee passed away. The To Kill a Mockingbird author was 89.27Katie MayKatie passed away. The model was just 34 years old.28Daniel DionDaniel Dion passed away. The brother of singer Celine Dion was 59.29Craig Strickland Country singer Craig Strickland has passed away. He was 29 years old.30David MarguliesDavid Margulies, a veteran character actor perhaps best known for his role as the mayor in Ghostbusters, died in January at the age of 78.31Sian BlakeRest in peace, Sian Blake. The British soap opera star, along with her two young kids, was found murdered at her London home on January 6.32Monty BrinsonMonty Brinson, the former husband of reality star Kim Richards, has died at the age of 58 following a battle with cancer. R.I.P.33Michael GaleotaMichael Galeota passed away. The Disney Channel star was 31 years old.34Otis ClayChicago soul and blues singer Otis Clay passed away at the age of 73 in January.35Tera WrayTera Wray has passed away. The former adult film star and widow of Static X lead singer Wayne Static was 33.36Garry MarshallRest in peace, Garry Marshall. The beloved director and TV show creator passed away at the age if 81.37Nick WiltgenRest in peace, Nick Wiltgen. The Weather Channel meteorologist reportedly committed suicide in January of 2016.38Benoit ViolierBenoit Violier was the owner of a restaurant ranked as the best in the world. He committed suicide at the age of 44.39Joe AlaskeyYou may not know his face, but you know the voice of Joe Alaskey. He was behind Bugs Bunny and other Warner Bros. characters before he died of cancer in February.40Maurice WhiteMaurice White passed away. The founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire was 74.41Dave MirraDave Mirra, a legend in the world of BMX, killed himself at the age of 41. He left behind a wife and two kids.42Axl RottenAxl Rotten was the in-ring name used by Brian Knighton, a former professional wrestling star. He died at the age of 44.43Daniel GersonDaniel Gerson died of brain cance at 49. He won an Oscar for writing the film Big Hero 6.44VanityVanity passed away. The singer was 5745George Gaynes46Lex McAllisterLex McAllister, a former contestant on ABC’s The Bachelor, died of an apparent suicide in news that was as tragic as it was shocking to fans in February. 47Viola BeachAll the band members of Viola Beach were killed in a car accident in February.48Nathan BarksdaleNathan Barksdale, the real life drug lord who inspired Avon Barksdale on The Wire, died in federal prison.49Brittany BurnsBrittany Burns, the fiancee of Buffalo Bills player Tony Steward, passed away.50Joey FloydLongtime Toby Keith band member and actor Joey Floyd passed away in February. He was 56.51Sonny JamesSonny James died at 87. He was the first country music singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.52George KennedyGeorge Kennedy passed away. The beloved actor was 91.53Lee RehermanLee Reherman passed away. The American Gladiators star was 49.54Tony DysonTony Dyson passed away. The man who built the original R2-D2 droid was 68.55Joey FeekRest in peace, Joey Feek.The 40-year old country singer lost her battle with cancer in March of 2016.56George MartinGeorge Martin passed away. The famed Beatles producer was 90.57Rod DurhamRod Durham was a contestant on Extreme Weight Loss in 2014. He sadly passed away in March of 2016. We send condolences to his family.58Frank Sinatra, Jr. Frank Sinatra, Jr passed away. The son of music legend Frank Sinatra was 72.59Larry DrakeDrake won two Emmy Awards for his role on L.A. Law. He died at age 66 at his home in Hollywood.60John SchnabelRest in peace, John Schnabel. The patriatch of the Gold Rush family passed away at the age of 96.61Phife DawgA Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg passed away at 45.62Erin StormFormer Bachelor hopeful Erin Storm has died in a plane crash. She appeared on Season 12 of the hit reality show.63Ken HowardRest in peace, Ken Howard. The long-time, beloved actor passed away in March 2016 at the age of 71.64David L. SmyrlRest in peace. The actor, best known for playing Mr. Handford on Sesame Street, died at the age of 80.65Jim HarrisonJim Harrison passed away. The beloved author of Legends of the Fall and the Brown Dog novellas was 78.66Patty DukePatty Duke has passed away. The Oscar-winning actress was 69.67Margaret BlyeMargaret Blye passed away. The well-known actress was 73.68Merle HaggardMerle Haggard passed away. The country legend was 79.69Daisy LewellynRest in peace, Daisy Lewellyn. The Blood, Sweat and Heels star died at the age of 36 after a battle with cancer.70Keith HefnerKeith Hefner passed away. The brother of Playboy founder Hugh hefner was 87.71Will SmithRest in peace, Will Smith. The former All-Pro was tragically gunned down in New Orleans after an argument that followed a car accident.72Doug BanksDoug Banks, a longtime radio host, died at the age of 57 in April of 2016. He passed away from kidney failure.73Balls MahoneyRest in peace, Balls Mahoney. The former professional wrestler was just 44 when he was found dead in April.74Doris RobertsDoris Roberts, who won five Emmys over the course of an outstanding career, died at the age of 90.75Ashley SawyerRest in peace, Ashley Sawyer. The former star of MTV’s Catfish passed away at the very young age of 23.76Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur passed away. The mother of rapper Tupac was 69.77Rickey SmithRest in peace, Rickey Smith. The former American Idol contestant died in a car accident in May of 2016. We send our condolences.78Tonita CastroTonita Castro is pictured here with Matthew Perry. The actress lost her battle with stomach cancer at the age of 63. May she rest in peace.79Nick MenzaNick Menza, a former drummer for Megadeath, died after collapsing on stage in May. May he rest in peace.80Burt KwuokBurt Kwuok passed away. The beloved British actor was 85.81Beth HowlandBeth Howland passed away. The actress was best known for work on the long-running sitcom Alice.82Kimbo SliceRest in peace, Kimbo Slice. The professional fighter was known around the world when he died at the young age of 42.83Theresa SaldanaTheresa Saldana passed away. The beloved actress was 61.84Gordie HowieRest in peace, Mr. Hockey. This NHL legend was 88 years old when he passed away in June.85Dana GiachettoDana Giachetto has passed away. The former stockbroker to the stars was 53.86Ann Morgan GuilbertMay Ann Morgan Guilbert rest in peace. The veteran television actress passed away after a long battle with cancer.87Dennis GreenFamed NFL coach Dennis Green passed away. He was 67 years old.88Jerry DoyleJerry Doyle has passed away. The beloved Babylon 5 actor was 60.89Dave SchwartzDave Schwartz is dead at the age of 63. The beloved Weather Channel meteorologist died after a battle with cancer.90John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin passed away at the age of 89. He had hosted his own political talk show since 1982.91Jack RileyThe star, who played Elliott Carlin on ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ passed away at 80 from pneumonia and infection.92Matt Roberts3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts passed away. He was just 38 years old.93Steven HillMay Steven Hill rest in peace. The former Law & Order actor died in August of 2016 at the age of 94.94Darrell WardRest in peace, Darrell Ward. This Ice Road Truckers star was killed in a plane crash in the summer of 2016.95Curtis HansonRest in peace, Curtis Hanson. The director of L.A. Confidential and other movies has passed away at the age of 71.96Shawty LoShawty Lo has passed away. The rapper was just 40 years old.97Bill NunnBill Nunn is dead. The veteran actor died in September of 2016 at the age of 62.98Jose FernandezRest in peace, Jose Fernandez. The Miami Marlins pitcher was killed in a boat accident at the age of 24.99Bobby VeeLegendary pop star Bobby Vee passed away. Vee was best known for such hits as “Take Good Care of My Baby.”100Pete BurnsPete Burns is dead. The singer and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant had a fatal heart attack at the age of 57.101Robert VaughnRobert Vaughn passed away. The Magnificent Seven and Man From U.N.C.L.E star Was 83102Florence HendersonRest in peace, Florence Henderson. The beloved actress died at the age of 82 in November of 2016.103Peter VaughanPeter Vaughan has passed away. The British actor was best known in the States for his work on Game of Thrones.104Greg LakeGreg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The musician recently passed away at the age of 69.105Debbie ReynoldsDebbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84. The actress died just one day after daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed.