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10 Most Tragic Celebrity Deaths of 2016

From actors and comedians to musicians, here is a tribute to all these well-known figures who are no longer with us.

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, died Wednesday. She was 84. The vivacious blonde, who had a close but sometimes tempestuous relationship with her daughter, was one of MGM’s principal stars of the 1950s and ’60s in such films as the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and 1964’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which she received an Oscar nomination as best actress.

Carrie Fisher

Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd confirmed on Tuesday that she had died at 60-years-old.
Hamill played Luke Skywalker opposite Fisher in the original Star Wars trilogy, and shared a message to his co-star on Twitter. Alongside a black and white picture of the two of them in character, it simply said: ‘No words. #Devastated

Alan Rickman

Friends and fans of Alan Rickman took to social media on Thursday morning to mourn the late British actor, who died of cancer at the age of 69. Rickman was a great of British stage and screen, well known now for his work portraying Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. He worked with a broad range of people across the world, many of whom expressed their grief at his death.

Alan Thicke

The death of Alan Thicke, a TV dad to so many, hit close to home for friends, colleagues and fans of the Growing Pains star. On Tuesday night, Twitter lit up with tributes to the actor, who died at age 69 from a heart attack.




The life of the singer Prince, who sold more than 100 million records, is being celebrated with purple-coloured tributes after his sudden death. Fans have been remembering the life of Prince with purple-coloured tributes and dance parties, after the star died suddenly at the age of 57.

Christina Grimmie

Nearly three weeks after Christina Grimmie was tragically killed after a concert in Orlando, the cofounders of VidCon paid tribute to the late Voice star with a tear-jerking video at VidCon 2016.

Anton Yelchin

Yelchin lost his life after he was trapped by his own car in a freak accident in Los Angeles in the early hours of Sunday morning

Richard Adams

His daughter confirmed the author’s passing on Tuesday. His best known book Watership Down was first published in 1972, and follows a group of rabbits searching for a new home after their old one is destroyed by humans. It was turned into an animated film in 1978 which is widely regarded as being too traumatic for children, with its scenes of graphic violence and death.

George Michael

Tributes continue to pour in after global singing sensation George Michael died on Christmas Day, aged 53. His publicist announced he "passed away peacefully at home" at 11pm.
The full statement read: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

Piers Sellers

The NASA scientist, who flew on three space shuttle missions, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Nasa administrator Charles Bolden led the tributes to Dr Sellers, calling him "a tremendous public servant who was dedicated to Nasa, the nation and the world". Mr Bolden added: "He was a strident defender and eloquent spokesperson for our home planet, Earth.