Celebrity Deaths in 2016

This year has seen an unprecedented number of famous deaths (and it’s still only June).  With the sad addition of Muhammad Ali to this list, we thought we’d write a quick round up of those gone this year.

Prince – 57 (1958-2016)
A 5ft 2 giant of the musical world with songs like Purple Rain (my favourite), When Doves Cry and Kiss died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

David Bowie – 69 (1947-2016)
One of the most influential musicians I think we’ll ever know died after a very private 18 month battle with liver cancer.

Alan Rickman – 69 (1946-2016)
A very well loved actor known for his films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves died from pancreatic cancer.

Terry Wogan – 77 (1938-2016)
National treasure Wogan died after a very short battle with cancer.

Denise Robertson – 83 (1933-2016)
This Morning’s Agony Aunt Robertson died from pancreatic cancer, after being diagnosed in early 2016. She made the diagnosis public in February 2016 on the TV show.

Paul Daniels -77 (1938-2016)
Magician Daniels, a dominant tv star from my childhood, died from an incurable brain tumour less than a month after it was discovered.

Ronnie Corbett – 85 (1930-2016)
A comedy idol, best known for his association with Ronnie Barker in the BBC television comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, died in March after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March 2015.

David Gest – 62 (1953-2016)
An American entertainer, comedian, producer and television personality and husband to Liza Minnelli (for 5 years), Gest was found dead in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in East London’s Canary Wharf district, at the age of 62. His death was described by police as involving no suspicious circumstances.

Victoria Wood – 62 (1953-2016)
Brilliant comedian, actress, singer and songwriter, screenwriter and director Wood died after a private battle with terminal cancer.

Muhammad Ali – 74 (1942-2016)
Boxing champion and one of the world’s best-known sportsmen has died after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Let’s hope there are no more added to this list before the end of the year.


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