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2016 Celebrity Deaths


Music stars, famous artists, political figures, and celebrities of the reality show; many celebrities having left us in 2016.

Find out on, with their biography, their achievements and the place they left in history.

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Among the dead celebrities since January 2016:

  • Muhammad Ali, sportsman of the century, fought his "last round" on June 3, 2016
  • Beastie Boys founding member John Berry passed away from frontal lobe dementia
  • Giant post-war British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer passed away, after a short illness
  • British restaurateur and actor Tim Bacon died from cancer
  • Singer Papa Wemba, left this world at 66, after collapsing on stage in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
  • British-born Canadian-American actor Alan Young died of natural causes on May 19, 2016
  • Prince died with opioid medication on him



  • British academic and print-maker Dr. Rachel Owen lost cancer battle

    Artist and teacher, specialist of Italian literature, Rachel Owen died on Sunday 18 December after a long battle with cancer, the University of Oxford announced on its website. She was 48 years old. Rachel Owen was the companion of Thom Yorke, who met her at the University of Exeter during the 1990s. The girl was then studying art (like him) and It ...

  • First Aid: Death of Henry Heimlich, inventor of the "Heimlich manoeuvre" against choking

    Dr. Henry Heimlich, the American physician, who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre, passed away from complications from a heart attack in Cincinnati, Ohio (north). Dr. Henry Heimlich, who gave his name to a famous first aid technique to save those who suffocate, died at the age of 96, according to US media, informed by the doctor's family on Saturday ...

  • Zsa Zsa Gábor: the death of a Hollywood star at 99

    A piece of history of the golden age of Hollywood has gone. Legendary actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died of heart attack at 99 years on December 18, 2016. With Kirk Douglas and Olivia Havilland she was one of the last legends of the golden age of Hollywood. The American actress, of Hungarian origin, had toured with the greatest directors, but she was best ...

  • Death of Walter Swinburn at 55: Racing mourns three-time Derby-winning jockey

    This is sad news for racing. British jockey Walter Swinburn, nicknamed 'the Choirboy’, has died “peacefully at home” on 12 December 2016 at the age of 55 years. Born on 7 August 1961 in Oxford, Walter Swinburn quickly became after a record 10-lengths victory in the 1981 edition of the Epsom Derby, in the saddle on Shergar when he ...

  • John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, passed away at 95

    He was the first American to have carried out an orbital flight around the Earth. John Glenn, a former astronaut, died Thursday December 8, 2016, at the age of 95 at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University.  Nicknamed as "Godspeed", he had been hospitalized for a week but his illness was not disclosed. His health had declined in ...

  • Death of English singer and musician Greg Lake after battling cancer

    British singer and bassist of the mythical progressive rock bands of the 1970s King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake died Wednesday November 7, 2016 at 69 years. "Yesterday, on December 7, I lost my best friend after a long and difficult battle against cancer," wrote Stewart Young on the musician's official website. "Greg Lake will ...

  • Veteran British character actor Peter Vaughan, who played in "Game of Thrones," died at 93

    British actor Peter Vaughan, who recently played the character of Mestre Aemon in the hit series "Game of Thrones", died Tuesday 6 November 2016 at the age of 93, his agent told. " This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan died at about 10:30 this morning," his agent, Sally Long-Innes, said in a statement. "He died peacefully, surrounded by ...

  • India mourns actress and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha

    Tens of thousands of people in tears stormed the private Apollo Hospital in Chennai, southern India, where Jayaram Jayalalitha died Monday night November 5, 2016 at the age of 68. Born on 24 February 1948, Jayaram Jayalalitha was an actress (appearing in more than 140 films) and Indian politician; Chief Minister of the provincial state of Tamil Na ...

  • Big Mac’s creator Jim Delligatti passed away at the age of 98

    His name probably tells you nothing but you know his creation. Michael "Jim" Delligatti died at the age of 98 on Monday, November 28, 2016, at his home in Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, United States. This former owner of a McDonald's restaurant will remain in history as the man who invented, in the mid-1960s, the most emblematic sandwich of the fast-food ...

  • Peng Chang-Kuei, inventor of General Tso's Chicken, died of pneumonia

    Peng Chang-Kuei, the Taiwanese inventor of the recipe for the General Tso's chicken, died on Wednesday 30 November 2016 at the age of 98. According to legend, the chef invented his famous dish in 1952, when he was to cook for American admiral Arthur Radford, who was visiting Taiwan. He then gave him the name of an important military leader of the ...