2016 was a year marred with many celebrity deaths, as we said goodbye to Hollywood legends and music’s biggest names, some seemingly before their time. That wasn’t all that 2016 brought, as we also lost noted journalists, athletes and authors. You may remember that Prince, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, and Muhammad Ali died, but what about the others on this sad list? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest celebrity deaths in 2016.
The year of celebrity deaths began in January with a loss many didn’t expect: David Bowie. Bowie had been privately suffering from cancer, and had just released his 25th and final album, Blackstar. He passed away from liver cancer just two days after the album went on sale. Many of the songs seem to speak to Blackstar as Bowie’s “swan song,” with tracks like Lazarus seemed to examine mortality.