Is 2016 one of the worst ever years for celebrity deaths?
It may just be coincidence, bad luck, or both, but 2016 is likely to go down as the year that signaled the start of an unfortunate trend. The world’s population exploded in the “baby boom” era between 1946 and 1964, TV sets hit mass production and the world of “celebrity” was born. This generation is now reaching their 50s, 60s and 70s, and whether or not we’ve reached a sad tipping point, 2016 saw the entertainment community lose some of its brightest stars.
Here we take a look at some of the big names and familiar faces we bade a fond farewell to.
1.) Alan Rickman
The acclaimed “Harry Potter”, “Love Actually” actor and “Die Hard” villain, sadly passed away from cancer at 69 on Jan. 14.
2.) Anton Yelchin
A widely respected up-and-coming actor in “Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation” and “Charlie Bartlett,” died June 18 at 27 after being hit by his own car at his home.
3.) Caroline Ahern
The English comedian and BAFTA-winning writer and actress, best known for performing as the acerbic chat show host Mrs Merton and various roles in the The Fast Show and as one of the lead roles in the The Royle Family, which she co-wrote, passed away at the age of 52 after battling cancer.
4.) David Bowie
David Bowie died January 10, two days after his 69th birthday, after an 18-month secret battle with cancer. The music legend was well-known for his fashion, movie roles, Ziggy Stardust and iconice songs like “Space Oddity,” “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.”
5.) David Gest
The producer, Michael Jackson collaborator, reality TV star and ex-husband of Liza Minelli, died April 12 at 62.
6.) Christina Grimmie
“The Voice” singer who finished third on season six in 2014, died June 11 at 22 after being shot at an Orlando concert.
7.) Gene Wilder
The comedy legend who starred in classic movies like “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” died Aug. 28 at age 83.
8.) Muhammad Ali
The boxing legend born Cassius Clay, died June 3 at 74 after a long battle with Parksinson’s disease.