17.) Leonard Cohen
The Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter sadly died after an accident at his home in Westmount, Canada, in September at the age of 82. His most well-known reoced, Hallelujah, was originally 80 verses long but Cohen settled on 15 for the full version on his 1984 album “Various Positions”. It’s famously one of the most covered songs in history from artists as wide ranging as Bob Dylan, U2, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and X-Factor UK ’08 winner Alexandra Burke.
18.) Fidel Castro
The notorious Cuban politician and revolutionary, who governed the Republic of Cuba for 47 years as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2006, died in November at the ripe old age of 90. It is claimed Castro survived upwards of 600 assassination attempts in his lifetime. He will be remembered for having created the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.
19.) Zsa Zsa Gábor
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. Undoubtedly one of the first recognizable “celebrities”, Zsa Zsa Gabor, is as well know for her many marriages, personal appearances, her “dahlink” catchphrase, actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, as film career. She passed away from a heart attack on Dec 18 two months shy of her 100th birthday.
20.) George Michael
Michael “passed away peacefully” at home on Christmas Day. His manager, Michael Lippman, said the singer had died from heart failure in bed. The singer had 11 UK No 1s and sold more than 100m albums during a career spanning almost four decades. His last album, Symphonica, was released in 2014.
21.) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher became a galactic princess in Star Wars and later found acclaim as an author and screenwriter, died on December 27 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to LA. She was 60.