2016 has been a bit of a rough start in the celebrity world. Ranging from iconic musicians to inspiring actors to beloved radio hosts, the world seems to have gotten a little less full. Let’s take a look at a few icons.
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● Perhaps one of the most shocking deaths so far, David Bowie died at age 69 on Jan. 10. He had been battling cancer for the prior 18 months.
● As something of a bad omen, the lead singer of the band Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, died on December 28, 2015. Thus, the painful string of beloved celebrity deaths began. Lemmy was iconic within the heavy metal world, redefining the genre in the late 70s and early 80s. He died at age 70 after a long bout with cancer.
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● On Jan. 11, actor David Margulies died at the age of 78. Although he was a lesser known actor, Margulies is credited with the fun role he played as mayor in the movie Ghostbusters.
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● Up there with Bowie, beloved actor Alan Rickman died at the age 69 on January 14. Alan Rickman was looked up to by fans and other celebrities alike. He was perhaps best known among the younger generations for his role in the Harry Potter series as Professor Snape. Among the older audiences, Rickman is loved for his roles in Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dogma, and many more.
● One day after Rickman’s death, Dan Haggerty died. Although he well-known as much by the younger generations, Haggerty is beloved for his role as Grizzly Adams in the 70s. He died at age 74 on Jan. 15.
● Another hit to the music community came in the death of Glenn Frey, founder and lead singer of the Eagles band. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and left behind a legacy of hit songs like “Take it Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”.
● Actor Abe Vigoda died at age 94 on Jan. 26. He is best known for his leading role in the classic film, The Godfather. When Vigoda was 60 years old, there were mistaken reports that he was dead, which he shrugged off light-heartedly.
● Last on our list is the beloved radio personality Sir Terry Wogan. Known mostly by older listeners, Wogan was an Irish citizen, but the most listened to personality in Europe. He was eventually granted Knighthood (hence the “Sir”), and died at age 77 on Jan. 31.
● Last on our list is the beloved radio personality Sir Terry Wogan. Known mostly by older listeners, Wogan was an Irish citizen but the most listened to personality in Europe. He was eventually granted Knighthood (hence the “Sir”), and died at age 77 on Jan. 31.