Celebrity deaths in 2016 and the year can’t end soon enough

2016 has proven to be a scary year all the around. Between the crazy presidential election, the number of iconic celebrities the world has lost and horrific things happening across the planet, 2016 has been an epic tire fire.

The loss Carrie Fisher hit me hard. It was the like the cosmic powers of the universe were giving us one more big fuck you before the year ends. 2016 can’t end soon enough. I pray that 2017 will bring better things for all of us.

Here are all the celebrity deaths in 2016.
(source http://fiftiesweb.com/dead/dead-people-2016/)

JANUARY

  • 04 – Robert Stigwood, Entertainment Manager – managed the Bee Gees and Cream – age 81
  • 06 – Pat Harrington Jr., Actor – Schneider on “One Day at a Time” – age 86
  • 07 – Troy Shondell, Singer – only big hit was “This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)” – age 76
  • 07 – Kitty Kallen, Singer – Big Band Era, biggest hit was ‘”Little Things Mean a Lot” – age 94
  • 09 – Angus Scrimm, Actor – the Tall Man in “Phantasm” (1979) and four sequels – age 89
  • 10 – David Bowie, Musician – (2) time Grammy winner influenced music and culture for four generations – age 69
  • 11 – David Margulies, Actor – the Mayor in Ghost Busters I and II (1984 & 1989)- age – 78
  • 14 – Alan Rickman, Actor – Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ and Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ – age 69
  • 14 – René Angélil, Singer / Manager – husband and manager of Celine Dion – age 73
  • 15 – Dan Haggerty, Actor – The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams – age 74
  • 15 – Noreen Corcoran, Actress – Kelly Gregg in Bachelor Father (1957-59) – age 72
  • 18 – Glen Frey, Singer / Songwriter – founded The Eagles “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” – age 67
  • 26 – Abe Vigoda, Actor – Detective Fish on Barney Miller (1975-’77) – age 94
  • 28 – Paul Kantner, Singer / Songwriter – co-founder of The Jefferson Airplane – age 74
  • 28 – Mike Minor, Actor – Steve Eliot on “Petticoat Junction” – age 75

FEBRUARY

  • 02 – Bob Elliot, Comedian – one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray – age 92
  • 03 – Maurice White, Musician / songwriter – founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire – age 74
  • 03 – Joe Alaskey, Voice Actor – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety – age 63
  • 04 – Joe Dowell, Pop Singer – #1 hit song “Wooden Heart” (1961) – age 76
  • 13 – Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice – appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 – age 79
  • 15 – George Gaynes, Actor – Commandant Eric Lassard on the Police Academy series – age 98
  • 15 – Vanity, Actress/Singer – lead for girl group Vanity 6; girlfriend and muse of Prince – age 57
  • 19 – Harper Lee, Novelist – Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1961) for novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” – age 89
  • 22 – Yolande Fox, Singer – Miss America 1951 and sang opera – age 87
  • 22 – Sonny James, Country Music Singer/Songwriter – the first teenage country crossover #1 single “Young Love” – age 87
  • 24 – Lennie Baker, Musician – 1950s music tribute group and TV show Sha-Na-Na (1969-2000) – age 69
  • 25 – Tony Burton, Actor – boxing trainer to Apollo Creed and later Rocky in six “Rocky” movies – age 78
  • 28 – George Kennedy, Actor – Academy Award for “Cool Hand Luke” also in all the “Airport” movies – age 91
  • 29 – Gil Hill, Police Commander/Actor – Inspector Todd in three “Beverly Hills Cop” movies – age 84

MARCH

  • 04 – Joey Martin Feek, C&W Muscian – husband and wife country duo “Joey + Rory” – age 40
  • 06 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S.(1981-1989) Husband, 40th President Ronald Reagan – age 94
  • 08 – Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle” – age 90
  • 09 – Robert Horton, Actor – Flint McCullough in “Wagon Train” (1957-1962) – age 91
  • 10 – Keith Emerson, Musician / keyboardist – created Emerson, Lake & Palmer rock group – age 71
  • 13 – Adrienne Corri, Actress – Mrs. Alexander in A Clockwork Orange (1971) – age 85
  • 16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., Singer – son of Frank Sinatra and a talented singer – age 72
  • 17 – Larry Drake, Actor – Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law (1987-1994) – age 66
  • 18 – Joe Santos, Actor – Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files (1974-1980) – age 84
  • 21 – Peter Brown, Actor – Deputy Johnny McKay in “Lawman” (1958-62) and Chad Cooper in “Laredo” (1965-67) – age 80
  • 22 – Rob Ford, Politician – crack smoking Mayor of Toronto, Canada – age 46
  • 22 – Richard Bradford, Actor – “Man in a Suitcase” on British ITC (1967) – age 81
  • 22 – Phife Dawg, Singer – Rapper with the group A Tribe Called Quest, also known as “Five Foot Assassin” – age 45
  • 23 – Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player – MLB catcher and announcer and television host – age 90
  • 23 – Ken Howard, Actor – Coach Reeves on TV show “White Shadow” & President of SAG-AFTRA – age 71
  • 24 – Earl Hamner, Jr., Writer/Producer – created “The Waltons” TV show – age 92
  • 24 – Garry Shandling, Comedian – “Garry Shandling Show” and “The Larry Sanders” Show – age 66
  • 27 – Mother Angelica, Franciscan Nun – founder of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) – age 92
  • 28 – James Noble, Actor – Governor Gatling on “Benson” (1979-1986) – age 94
  • 29 – Patty Duke, Actress – played identical cousins in “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-1966) – age 69

APRIL

  • 06 – Merle Haggard, C&W singer/songwriter – “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive”, “Okie From Muskogee” – age 79
  • 12 – Anne Jackson, Actress – married to Eli Wallach who died in 2014 – age 90
  • 17 – Doris Roberts, Actress – Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996–2005) – age 90
  • 20 – Victoria Wood, English Comedienne/Actress – Britain’s most popular stand-up comic – age 62
  • 21 – Prince, Musician – flamboyant on stage, seven Grammy Awards, “Purple Rain” – age 57
  • 21 – Lonnie (Mack) McIntosh, Guitarist – pioneered the ‘lead guitar solo’, “Wham!” & “Memphis” – age 74
  • 23 – Madeleine Sherwood, Actress – Reverend Mother Placido in “The Flying Nun” (1967-70) – age 94
  • 24 – Billy Paul, Singer – Grammy Award for “Me and Mrs. Jones” (1972) – age 81

MAY

  • 08 – William Schallert, Actor – Martin Lane (Patty’s Father) on The Patty Duke Show – age 93
  • 12 – Julius La Rosa, Singer – “Anywhere I Wander” fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air – age 86
  • 19 – Morley Safer, Journalist – CBS News for 52 years (1964-2016), 60 Minutes for 46 years (1970-2016) won 12 Emmy Awards – age 84
  • 19 – Alan Young, Actor – Wilbur Post on “Mr. Ed” (1961-66) – age 96
  • 24 – Burt Kwouk, Actor – Cato in the “Pink Panther” films – age 85
  • 27 – Mike Barnett, Singer – co-founder of the singing group “The Lettermen” – age 89

JUNE

  • 03 – Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer – (formerly Cassius Clay) three time heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, and 1978), proclaimed “The Greatest” – age 74
  • 10 – Gordie Howe, Hockey player – Detroit Red Wings for 25 seasons, 23-time NHL All-Star – age 88
  • 13 – Michu Meszaros, Actor / Circus Performer – was the man in the ALF costume (ALF TV Show 1986-1990) – age 76
  • 14 – Ann Guilbert, Actress – Millie Helper in The Dick Van Dyke Show and Yetta Rosenberg in The Nanny – age 87
  • 14 – Ronnie Claire Edwards, Actress – Corabeth Walton Godsey on The Waltons (1972-81) – age 83
  • 16 – Jo Cox, British Labour Party Member of Parliament – murdered (shot and stabbed multiple times) in an act of terror – age 41
  • 17 – Ron Lester, Actor – Billy Bob in movie “Varsity Blues” – age 45
  • 19 – Anton Yelchin, Actor – Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek movies (2009-16) – age 27
  • 27 – Mack Rice, Song writer – “Mustang Sally” & “Respect Yourself” – age 82
  • 28 – Scotty Moore, Guitarist – backed Elvis in early recordings and pioneered new styles – age 84
  • 28 – Buddy Ryan, NFL Football Coach – while defensive coordinator for Chicago Bears invented the 46 defense – age 85
  • 28 – Pat Summitt, NCAA Basketball Coach – University of Tennessee Woman’s team (1974 – 2012) the winningest NCAA coach ever – age 64

JULY

  • 02 – Michael Cimino, Writer/Director – “Deer Hunter”, “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” – age 77
  • 02 – Elie Wiesel, Jewish Writer/political activist – Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Laureate – age 87
  • 02 – Teddy Rooney, Actor/Musician – son of Mickey Rooney and Martha Vickers – age 66
  • 03 – Noel Neill, Actress – Lois Lane in “Adventures of Superman” (1952-58) – age 95
  • 06 – Danny Smythe, Musician – founding member of the Box Tops (Devilles) “The Letter” (1967) – age 67
  • 16 – Bonnie Brown, C&W Muscian – family musical group The Browns “The Three Bells” – age 77
  • 19 – Garry Marshall, Writer/Producer/Actor – created “Happy Days”, “Mork & Mindy”, “Laverne & Shirley” – age 81
  • 27 – Jerry Doyle, Actor – Michael Garibaldi in “Babylon 5” (1994–98) – age 60
  • 30 – Gloria DeHaven, Actress/Singer – “So This Is Paris”, “The Girl Rush” – age 91

AUGUST

  • 02 – David Huddleston, Actor – Character actor “Santa Claus: The Movie” – age 85
  • 03 – Ricci Martin, Entertainer – son of Dean Martin – age 62
  • 06 – Pete Fountain, Jazz Musician – played with both Al Hirt and Lawrence Welk – age 86
  • 11 – Glenn Yarbrough, Singer – The Limeliters (1959-63) “Baby the Rain Must Fall” – age 86
  • 13 – Michel Richard, Chef/Restaurateur – restaurant Citrus in L.A. and 5 other cities – age 68
  • 13 – Kenny Baker, Actor – played R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise also played Paploo, the Ewok – age 81
  • 14 – Fyvush Finkel, Actor – lawyer Douglas Wambaugh on “Picket Fences” – age 93
  • 19 –Jack Riley, Actor – Elliot Carlin on “The Bob Newhart Show” – age 80
  • 23 – Steven Hill, Actor – District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” (1990-2000) – age 94
  • 25 – Jeanne Martin, Model – Orange Bowl Queen (1947) & Dean Martin’s wife – age 89
  • 25 – Marvin Kaplan, Actor – telephone worker Henry on the TV show “Alice” – age 89
  • 29 – Gene Wilder, Actor – Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka – age 83

SEPTEMBER

  • 01 – Jon Polito, Actor – Steve Crosetti on “Homicide: Life on the Street” – age 65
  • 06 – Hugh O’Brian, Actor – starred in TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (1955–1961) – age 91
  • 09 – James Stacy, Actor – Johnny Madrid Lancer on “Lancer” (1968-’70) – age 79
  • 17 – Charmian Carr, Actress – Liesl Von Trapp (eldest daughter) in The Sound of Music – age 73
  • 24 – Bill Nunn, Actor – Robbie Robertson in Spider-Man film trilogy – age 63
  • 25 – Jean Shepard, C&W Singer/Songwriter – Pioneered C&W for women, “A Dear John Letter” – 82
  • 25 – José Fernández, Baseball player – starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins and Cuban refugee – age 24
  • 25 – Arnold Palmer, Golfer – One of the greatest golfers ever, did more to popularize the sport than any other golfer – age 87
  • 28 – Shimon Peres, Statesman – President of Israel (2007-’14), Prime Minister twice, held various offices from 1959-2007 – age 93

OCTOBER

  • 21 – Kevin Meaney, Comedian – “Uncle Buck” in the TV series by the same name – age 60
  • 23 – Pete Burns, Singer/Songwriter – founded the band Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – age 57
  • 24 – Bobby Vee, Singer – “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” – age 73
  • 30 – Tammy Grimes, Stage Actress – Molly in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” – age 82

NOVEMBER

  • 03 – Kay Starr, Singer – “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Rock And Roll Waltz” – age 94
  • 07 – Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States 1993-2001 nominated by President Bill Clinton – age 78
  • 07 – Leonard Cohen, Poet / Songwriter – “Suzanne”, “Hallelujah” and “Bird on the Wire” – age 82
  • 11 – Robert Vaughn, Actor – Napoleon Solo in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-’68) – age 83
  • 13 – Leon Russell, Musician / Songwriter – “A Song for You”, “Tight Rope” and “This Masquerade” – age 74
  • 14 – Gwen Ifill, Journalist – “Washington Week” and “PBS NewsHour” on PBS – age 61
  • 15 – Holly Dunn, C&W Singer / Songwriter – “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” and “You Really Had Me Going” – age 59
  • 24 – Florence Henderson, Actress / Singer – Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch” (1969 to 1974) – age 82
  • 25 – Fidel Castro, Dictator – Prime Minister then President of Cuba from 1959-2008 then gave same powers to his brother – age 90
  • 25 – Ron Glass, Actor – Det. Ron Harris on “Barney Miller” (1975-1982) – age 71
  • 26 – Fritz Weaver, Actor – Dr. Josef Weiss in the mini series “Holocaust” – age 90
  • 28 – Van Williams, Actor – Kenny Madison in “Bourbon Street Beat” (1959) & “Surfside 6” (1960) – age 82
  • 28 – Jim Delligatti, McDonald’s franchisee – created The Big Mac – age 98
  • 30 – Keo Woolford, Actor – Det. Chang on Hawaii Five-0 (2010 version) – age 49
  • 30 – Grant Tinker, Television executive – Chairman and CEO of NBC (1981-’86) married to Mary Tyler Moore (1962-’81) – age 90

DECEMBER

  • 03 – Don Calfa, Actor – Paulie the hitman in “Weekend at Bernie’s” (1989) – age 76
  • 03 – Billy Chapin, Actor – Little John Harper in “The Night of the Hunter” (1955) – age 72
  • 07 – Greg Lake, Musician – founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer “Lucky Man” – age 69
  • 08 – Joseph Mascolo, Actor – Stefano DiMera on “The Days of Our Lives” (1982-’85) & (1993-2001) – age 87
  • 08 – John Glenn, WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator from Ohio (1974-99). Married for 73 yrs – first American to orbit the Earth (1962) – age 95
  • 12 – Jim Lowe, Singer – biggest hit “The Green Door” (1956) – age 93
  • 13 – Alan Thicke, Actor – Jason Seaver, the father on “Growing Pains” (1985-’92) – age 69
  • 14 – Bernard Fox, Actor – Dr. Bombay in “Bewitched” and Colonel Crittendon in “Hogan’s Heroes” – age 89
  • 15 – Craig Sager, Sports Reporter – best known for covering the NBA and for his loud suits – age 65
  • 18 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian Actress and Socialite – Moulin Rouge (1952), married nine times to mostly wealthy men – age 99
  • 18 – Gordie Tapp, Entertainer – wrote and acted on “Hee Haw” – age 94
  • 20 – Michèle Morgan, French Actress – Joan of Paris (1942), Higher and Higher (1943) – age 96
  • 24 – Rick Parfitt, Musician/Songwriter – rock band Status Quo; “Pictures of Matchstick Men” – age 68
  • 24 – Caroline Aherne, Comedienne/Actress – lead role and co-producer of “The Royle Family” – age 52
  • 25 – George Michael, Singer/Songwriter – #1 hits; “Faith”, “I Want Your Sex”, “Careless Whisper” – age 53
  • 27 – Carrie Fisher, Actress – Princess Leia in “Star Wars” (1977) and two sequels – age 60

Eff U 2016!

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