Top Ten Saddest Deaths of 2016

The Top Ten
1 David Bowie (January 10) David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans... read more

Two days prior to his death, he released one of his best albums and the best album of 2016 called Blackstar, which ironically seemed to address his impending death. It is experimental and unique compared to most albums of that period. Sad to see that David Bowie died of liver cancer, which was diagnosed 18 months earlier. Luckily, his legacy will live on as he is one of the most innovative artists and musicians in history. RIP

It has been two years since his death. I've always loved his music. My heart was ripped to shreads when I heard the news of his passing. He was the innovator of many of the rock and roll genres that we have today. He also was ahead of the fashion styles. It was devastating to hear him die. David, if you are reading this, know that we all miss you and everything that you created and innovated. We all love you and miss you. Thanks for everything..

2 Prince (April 21) Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

I remember that day like it was yesterday. When my mom picked me up, she told me he died. Even if she didn't tell me, I'm pretty sure I'd know it, since every radio station was playing a Prince song (I'm pretty sure the only other time they did that was with Michael Jackson), it's all anyone would talk about the next day, and it was on the news for like, a week.

He died only 4 days before my birthday, so I got "Sign o' the Times" as a gift from my godfather (huge Prince fan)! It was the best (and saddest) birthday ever.

He had a concert the same day he died. He died in an elevator on his home in Minneapolis metro. RIP The Purple One.

3 Muhammad Ali (June 3) Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century, and... read more

David Bowie wasn't much compared with this legendary Boxer.

He is without a doubt the best boxer of all time.

The greatest boxer of all time, without a doubt.

4 Carrie Fisher (December 27) Carrie Frances Fisher (1956-2016) was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.

When Carrie Fisher passed, America lost its princess, the Star Wars universe lost its Resistance leader, and the bipolar disorder community lost a vocal and much-loved advocate.

She was more than just the iconic Princess Leia. She was a strong figure in mental health awareness. An inspiration to many. May the force be with her.

In an article about what would've happened if Hillary won, Fisher would be still alive if Clinton won instead of Trump.

5 Alan Rickman (January 14) Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016

Rickman made be remembered for his villainous roles, but he will also be remembered as a man full of Endless Kindness.

Even to the end the thespian, well this time John Wayne does not ride off into the sunset with Grace Kelly. Its Alan Rickman instead

Please, excuse us muggles.
Alan isn't Snape. Snape is him. He was the perfect Severus Snape and he will always be remembered.
After all this time?

6 Gene Wilder (August 29) Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, and author. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. On August 28th 2016, Wilder died due to complications with Alzheimer's... read more

Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to live.

The guy who played Willy Wonka died at age 83. RIP.

7 George Michael (December 25th) Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

If I see one more damn vote for 'Harambe' I'll tell you all to stop bringing up dead memes in a desperate attempt to be funny. Especially when dealing with serious subject matter, the deaths of such beloved and influencial people.

Now that I've got that off my chest George Michael's passing was considerably sad. Dying on Christmas is just a terrible ordeal, and as well as after his death we find out all the wonderful and selfless things he did under no publicity conditions. Plenty of celebrities do acts of charity, but it's those who do it for the right reasons that truly earn the respect of other people.

It's as the old saying goes you don't know what you've lost until it's gone. George Michael was indeed one of those people. He will be missed.

8 Harambe (May 28) "Harambe" (27th May 1999 - 28th May 2016) was the name of a male western lowland gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo who was shot and killed by a staff member in 2016 due to child negligence, sparking public outrage and later a revered internet meme.

There are some people who actually mourn Harambe. After all, he is one of the few deaths to be from murder. If you don't like the meme, that's fine, but don't be rude about his death. These comments are very messed up.

This needs to be number 1. Harambe was the best gorilla of all time!

Harambe's death is still sad regardless of his species.

9 Christina Grimmie (June 11) Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan... read more

Ah, yes. I feel this death was the only truly bad one as (A. she was brutally murdered and (B. she didn't want to die, because she had a whole life ahead of her, while Gene Wilder, Angus "The Tall Man" Scrimm, etc. were simply old and died gentle, natural deaths, and as for Carrie Fisher, Rob Ford, etc., they were drug addicts that were ultimately their own undoing.

Young and talented and only 22. I loved Alan and Bowie and the others, but she was murdered when she tried to HUG the guy and she was shot by him. She had her whole life ahead of her and her mother beat cancer thrice only to lose her daughter. Her brother and father must be devastated too.

10 Harper Lee (February 19) Nelle Harper Lee, better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time, and it has a great movie adaptation which is also one of my favorite movies. RIP Harper... You were the epitome of a great author.

To Kill a Mockingbird was truly a novel that defines American literature. This person wrote that novel.

I finished to kill a mockingbird an hour before her death... then I cried with the book curled up

The Contenders
11 Victims of Orlando Shooting (June 12)
12 Anton Yelchin (June 19) Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (March 11th 1989 - June 19th 2016) was a Russian born American actor, known for playing Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series. He died in June 19th 2016 aged 27 from blunt trauma asphyxiation after being crushed by his own car outside his home.

I was genuinely shocked and saddened by Yelchin's death ever since my dad told me from the news. What's worse was that he had only recently just finished "Star Trek Beyond" with the film crew.

In addition, he used to be in a band, so he's part of the 27 Club now :(. I'll always remember you as Chekov. Live long and prosper :(.

Most of these people died after there prime and were already above 50 years old. Now this guy's death was super tragic.

13 George Martin (March 8) Sir George Henry Martin was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician
14 Nancy Reagan (March 6) Nancy Davis Reagan was an American actress and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

Our dear Nancy Reagan. She has been dead for 1 month.

I am happy that she is now with her husband.

15 Debbie Reynolds (December 28) Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words,... read more

Way sadder than the death of Carrie Fisher.

16 Bhumibol Adulyadej (October 13) Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX . He Was Born on 5 December 1927 . Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years,... read more

His Death it's Really Make a Saddest time To Million of Thai People.

17 C. Martin Croker (September 17)

C. Martin Croker was one of the greats that made Adult Swim the empire it is now. From Space Ghost to Aqua Teen, and even being Toonami's Moltar, may his oven be forever lit

18 Leonard Cohen (November 10) Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.

This one hurt my heart, no one knew who he was if I mentioned him in conversation. Then it was an embarrassment for me to try to name his widely known epic songs. Still left with confused faces, I then was FORCED to link SHREK theme song to him. This always has been a sore issue for me. I love Shrek, but sinking that low to someone who has changed millions of lives with his poems. 94+ pages to choose from with that song. Not one the same lord help those light bulbs above the ignorance of a true Artist. Soon sad.

19 Frank Kelly (February 28) Francis O'Kelly, better known by his stage name of Frank Kelly, was an Irish actor, singer and writer, whose career covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film.

Anyone's who's watched Father Ted will have loved the character of Father Jack for his angry, deranged, outrageous personality, and that role is just unlike anyone else you'll ever see. I was really upset on this day.

Being a Father Ted fan, this was very sad. Not as sad as the actor who played Ted's death, but very sad anyways.

I'm quite sad about it. He was responsible for many a laugh.

20 Abdul Sattar Edhi (July 8) Abdul Satter Edhi (1st January 1928 - 8th July 2016) was a Pakistani humanitarian and social activist, known for being the founder of the Edhi Foundation. He was revered by the population of Pakistan, often known as the "Angel of Mercy" and is often called one of the world's greatest humanitarian.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was a one-of-a-kind person. The guy started from rock-bottom and created one of the largest social welfare program in the world, dedicated to to aiding several people of Pakistan who were orphaned, abused, beaten or were in serious need of help. And despite the success of his organisation, he chose to live his life modestly, living in a small room with only two sets of clothes and wearing the same sandals for 25 years. It's a shame the international world wouldn't look up to him as much as he deserves. His death came of as a shockwave throughout the Pakistani population. He was that beloved. And even the few foreign people who have known him have given off their respects to him. He was an amazing, caring and selfless man who dedicated his entire life to humanitarianism. He single-handedly saved a million people from poverty, illness and orphaning. And albeit he wasn't interested, he still is a worthy candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Thank you Edhi for your services to a country which needed help for it's poor and needy people. You will be remembered for your efforts and your achievements and your legacy will be carried on with the Edhi Foundation. Rest in Peace Abdul Sattar Edhi (1928 - 2016).

21 John Glenn (December 8)
22 Joe Alaskey (February 3)

Best known for voicing Lou Pickles on Rugrats, & Various Looney Tunes Characters including Daffy Duck & Marvin the Martain he passed away due to cancer

23 Christopher Zeeman (February 13) Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman, was a British mathematician, known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory.
24 Nick Menza (May 21) Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

Hearing some of Megadeth's works now makes me sentimental considering Nick Menza played in some of their greatest works (*ahem* Rust in Peace). Worst of all, there were negotiations regarding Menza rejoining Megadeth :(.

He's now in Heaven headbanging with Jeff Hanneman, Cliff Burton, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy and various others.

25 Elie Wiesel (July 2)
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