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This year has been an interesting year. Britain voted , America voted , and above all, we lost many iconic stars.

2016 has been a year where we have lost some iconic people from the world. In honour of their memory, let's look back at some - more recent than others - of the celebrities we have lost this year:

David Bowie

January of 2016 saw the month we lost the legend that is known as .

The British singer, song writer, and actor was a figure in pop music for over five decades, and it is estimated he has sold over 140 million records world wide.

Alan Rickman

January also saw the death of another iconic star, .

The British actor and director was known for his roles on both stage and screen. His most iconic role is that of Severus Snape in the franchise.

Joe Alaskey

February brought the death of .

Alaskey was an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist. He was best know for his work with Warner Bros with roles such as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

Harper Lee

February we saw the death of iconic author .

Harper Lee was an iconic American novelist, best known for her book To Kill A Mockingbird.

Nancy Reagan

March brought the death of .

She was an actress who became one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century as the wife of President Ronald Reagan.

George Martin

March also saw the death of .

He was an English record producer, composer, and musician. He's best known for his involvement with The Beatles.

David Gest

In April, we lost .

He was an American entertainer, comedian, producer, and television personality.

Doris Roberts

April also saw the death of .

She was an American actress, author, and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades of television.

One of her more recent and loved roles was the endlessly meddling mother on Everybody Loves Raymond.


In April, we also heard the shocking news about .

Prince was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range.

He's most loved songs include Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, and Little Red Corvette.

Muhammad Ali

In June, we saw the death of

He was an American professional boxer and activist. He was widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring and controversial figure both inside and outside the ring.

Christina Grimmie

June also saw the death of .

She was an American singer, songwriter, and YouTuber known for her participation in US The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians.

Elie Wiesel

The month of July saw the death of

He was a Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic "Night" became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched his career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians.

David Huddleston

August saw the death of

Huddleston was an American actor. An Emmy Award nominee, Huddleston had a prolific television career, and appeared in many films including Blazing Saddles, Crime Busters, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski.

Kenny Baker

August brought the death of

Baker was an English actor, and is best known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the franchise.

Gene Wilder

August saw another iconic death, the death of

He was an American film and theatre comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. He is most loved for his role as Willy Wonker in the 1971 version of Willy Wonker and The Chocolate Factory.

Jon Polito

September brought the death of

He was an American actor and voice artist. He had a film and television career spanning 35 years he amassed over 220 credits ranging from Homicide: Life on the Street and Modern Family, and The Big Lebowski

Greta Zimmer Friedman

September also saw the death of

She was the woman in an iconic photo shown kissing an ecstatic sailor celebrating the end of World War II by smooching a nurse in Times Square.

Fidel Castro

In more recent months, November saw another iconic death, the death of

Castro was the Cuban revolutionary leader and dictator who defied U.S. efforts to topple him for five decades.

George Michael

And more recently, December brought the shocking death of

George Michael was a British gay pop icon. H started his career with the band Wham!, and had hit singles such as Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and Faith.

Ricky Harris

Just a day after George Michael, we saw the passing of

Harris was an American producer, actor and comedian. He was best known for roles such as Malvo in Everybody Hates Chris

Richard Adams

A day after Harris, we saw the passing of

Adams' was a British author whose 1972 book Watership Down became a classic of children's literature.

Carrie Fisher

Two days after Christmas saw the death of iconic actress

Fisher was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She's best known for her role as Princess Leia in the #StarWars trilogy, as well as her activism with mental health.

Debbie Reynolds

Just one day after her daughter's death, passed away

Reynolds was an American actress and singer who rose to fame opposite Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain, the mother of Carrie Fisher, and the former wife of Eddie Fisher

Which death surprised you most this year?

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