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The Celebrities We Lost in 2016

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The year 2016 will not go down as a good one for the world of celebrity. A number of prominent talents passed away this year pushing their names into the current news of the day and sending the world into a state of mourning. WANE-TVandnbsp;is reporting on the different people we had to say goodbye to throughout the year.

David Bowie

Musician and cultural icon, David Bowie, lost his battle with liver cancer in January shocking the world of entertainment news and the world as a whole. He was more than just a musician for many people around the globe, he was a trendsetter and mold breaker of the finest variety. Generations of fans mourned the loss, which was shocking for many who had no idea the singer was even sick.

Glenn Frey

One of the founders of the legendary band, The Eagles, Glenn Frey passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. After his stint with the Eagles, Frey went on to have a successful solo music career and even made some forays into acting.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman died of pancreatic cancer in January. He was best known for his roles in the “Harry Potter” and “Die Hard” film franchises but his career spanned nearly 40 years.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. He was considered to be one of the most conservative members of the court. He also made history by being the first Italian-American to become a Supreme Court justice. He died of natural causes.

Harper Lee

The author of the then controversial and later landmark book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died in February. The book won Harper Lee a pulitzer and was made into a movie. This is widely considered to be an American classic.

Nancy Reagan

The former First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away from congestive heart failure. She was the second wife to President Ronald Reagan. Her devotion to her husband and strength that she showed during and after his presidency were well known and regarded.


Few deaths shocked the planet the way this one did. Prince was round unresponsive in his Minneapolis home. Dubbed, “the Purple One,” his rock career inspired many musicians, spanned several decades and won him seven Grammys. His death was ruled an overdose.

Doris Roberts

The actress, best known as Marie Barone, Ray Romano’s mother on the hit show “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died from a stroke. Doris Roberts had a career that last more than 60 years.

Morely Safer

Morely Safer reported the current news for more than 40 years on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Born in Canada, the journalist became an American institution and icon for people interested in the current news. He passed away from pneumonia.

Muhammad Ali

Being able to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) was more than just “the Greatest” boxer of all time, he was a political activist and inspiration. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali to protest the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. He was not just in current news, he made it.

Gene Wilder

During the 1970s and 1980s, comedic actor, Gene Wilder, had some truly iconic roles such as Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and Dr. Frankenstein in “Young Frankenstein.”

Arnold Palmer

Considered to be one of the best golfers in the history of the sport, Palmer brought golf to the masses. His tournament win count surpassed 90.

Janet Reno

She made history by becoming the first woman to be a state attorney in Florida and then again by serving as the first woman to be the nation’s attorney general, under President Bill Clinton.

Florence Henderson

Known best as Carol Brady from “the Brady Bunch,” Florence Henderson had a long and varied career that spanned nearly 60 years.

John Glenn

John Glenn was an astronaut and senator from Ohio. He was on the first mission to orbit the planet. He went back to space in 1998 and was the oldest person to do so.

Alan Thicke

Known best as Jason Seaver on TV’s “Growing Pains,” Alan Thicke wrote many popular TV theme songs.

George Michael

In the 1980s, George Michael was known from the band “Wham” and in the 1990s for his album, “Faith.” His death shocked all and was the latest celebrity death.

These people did not just make celebrity news, their deaths broke our hearts.