In Memoriam for 2016

By all accounts, 2016 has been regarded as a shitty year marked by the passing of many musical greats for the first half of the year then a big free for all by year’s end.  Here are the notable passings for our annual Year In Review

Richard Adams, author (Watership Down)
Joe Alaskey, animation voice actor (Looney Toons)
Edward Albee, writer
Max Alexander, comedian (Trainwreck)
Muhammad Ali, boxer
Rene Angelil, manager
Alexis Arquette, actress (Pulp Fiction)
Hector Babenco, director (Kiss of the Spiderwpman)
Kenny Baker, R2D2
Andy Bathgate, hockey player
David Bowie, singer and actor
Dave Broadfoot, comedian (Royal Canadian Air Farce)


Fred Caruso, film writer director (Big Gay Musical)
Fidel Castro, dictator
William Christopher, actor (MASH)
Chyna, wrestler
Michael Cimino, film director (The Deer Hunter)
Dawn Coe-Jones, golfer
Leonard Cohen, singer songwriter (Hallelujah)
Bud Collins, sports broadcaster
Pat Conroy, novelist
Darwin Cooke, comic book artist (The Spirit)
Ronnie Corbett, comedian
Kevin Curran, writer (Married With Children, The Simpsons)
Bobby Curtola, singer
Rod Daniel, film director
Gloria DeHaven, actress (Summer Stock)
Nancy Dow, actress, mother to Jennifer Aniston
The Lady Chablis, actress
Larry Drake, actor (Darkman)
Alice Drummond, actress (Ghostbusters)
Patty Duke, actress
Umberto Eco, novelist
Bob Elliott, comedian, father of Chris Elliot (Bob and Ray)
Keith Emerson, musician (ELP)
Joey Feek, country singer
Fyvush Finkel, actor (Picket Fences)
Frank Finlay, actor (The Three Musketeers)
Carrie Fisher, author, actress, princess, general (Star Wars Ep 4-8)
Rob Ford, mayor
Pete Fountain, musician
Bernard Fox, actor (Bewitched)
Glenn Frey, musician (The Eagles)
Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress and socialite
Joe Garagiola Sr, sportscaster and ball player
George Gaynes, actor (Punky Brewster)
David Gest, TV producer
Christina Gimmie, singer (The Voice)
Ron Glass, actor (Barney Miller, Firefly)
John Glenn, astronaut and senator
Tammy Grimes, actress (High Spirits)
Ann Morgan Guilbert, actress (Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny)
Merle Haggard, singer
Dan Haggerty, actor (Grizzly Adams)
Guy Hamilton, film director
Pat Harrington Jr., actor (One Day at a Time)
Eddie Harsch, musician (The Black Crowns)
Fred Hayman, fashion retailer
Henry Heimlich, physician and inventor of Heimlich Manouvre
Florence Henderson, actress (The Brady Bunch)
Arthur Hiller, director (Love Story)
Gordie Howe, hockey player
David Huddleston, actor
Sharon Jones, singer
Paul Kantner,  musician
George Kennedy, actor
Mary Ann King, TV host (Romper Room)
WP Kinsella, writer
Greg Lake, Emerson Lake and Palmer
Julius LaRosa, singer
Dick Latessa, actor (Hairspray)
Harper Lee, novelist
Ron Lester, actor (Varsity Blues)
Richard Libertini, actor
David Marguiles, actor (Ghostbusters)
Garry Marshall, actor and director (Pretty Woman)
Leslie H Martinsen, director (Batman: The Movie)
John McMartin, actor
Michael McNamara, writer
George Michael, singer
David Mirra, BMX rider
Noel Neill, actress  (Superman)
Agnes Nixon, soap opera creator
James Noble, actor (Benson)
Bill Nunn, actor
Hugh O’Brian, actor (Legend of Wyatt Earp)
Arnold Palmer, golfer
Shimon Peres, Israeli President and PM
Jon Polito, character actor (Barton Fink)
Prince
Nancy Reagan, actress
Janet Reno, US Attorney General
Debbie Reynolds, actress (Singing in the Rain)
Alan Rickman, actor (Galaxy Quest)
Doris Roberts, actress (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Leon Russell, musician
Morley Safer, journalist (60 Minutes)
Theresa Saldana, actress (Raging Bull)
Joe Santos, actor (Rockford Files)
William Schallert, character actor
Ettore Scola, director
Xander Scott, gay porn actor
Sir Peter Shaffer, playwright, screenwriter (Amadeus)
Garry Shandling, comedian (Larry Sanders Show)
Frank Sinatra Jr., singer
Douglas Slocombe, cinematographer
Liz Smith, actress (The Royale Family)
Will Smith, football player
Kay Starr, singer
Robert Stigwood, film producer (Grease)
Gordie Tapp, singer (Hee Haw)
Alan Thicke, actor singer composer (Growing Pains, Thicke of The Night)
Grant Tinker, TV Producer (MTM)
Vanity, singer
Peter Vaughan, (Game of Thrones)
Robert Vaughn, actor (Man from UNCLE)
Abe Vigoda, actor (Barney Miller, Fish)
Janet Waldo, voice actress (Judy Jetson, Penelope Pitstop, Josie of the Pussycats)
Fritz Weaver, actor (Fail Safe)
Papa Wemba, singer
Maurice White, musician (Earth Wind and Fire)
Margaret Whitton, actress (Major Leauge)
Gene Wilder, actor (Young Frankenstein)
Van Williams, actor (Green Hornet)
Janet Wright, actress (Corner Gas)
Anton Yelchin, actor (Star Trek)
Alan Young, actor (Mr. Ed)

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