Top Ten Saddest Deaths of 2016

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The Top Ten

1 David Bowie (January 10) David Bowie (January 10) David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

I can honestly say I wasn't hit by a celebrity death quite like Bowie's death. The night he died, I was just checking out his last album, and thinking it was some of his best works. To have that potential on the point of death is radical. Let that, along with his decades of classics inspire us all, to go very far outside the box. - PositronWildhawk

To me, it feels pretty crazy that I'm still upset about it. He just embodies everything I want to be as an artist. 2016 has certainly faced great losses in the short time its been around, and I wish I could cast my vote for everyone down below. - keycha1n

Although I don't listen to the good old songs and I hadn't heard of him until a month before he died, he was a legend and all legends deserve a place in my memory. - AnonymousChick

;( so sad

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2 Muhammad Ali (June 3) Muhammad Ali (June 3) Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

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

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee". RIP to the best boxer of all time. - Catacorn

The best boxer of all time. RIP. - Catacorn

Studied Ali and I cried when he died

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3 Prince (April 21) 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 had a concert the same day he died. He died in an elevator on his home in Minneapolis metro. RIP The Purple One. - EpicJake

He was only 57! I also loved Purple Rain!

The biggest loss

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4 Carrie Fisher (December 27) Carrie Fisher (December 27) Carrie Frances Fisher 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.

I was so shocked when I heard this. Really unfortunate. At least we'll see her brilliance one last time in episode 8. RIP. - Therandom

Her death shouldn't have received this much attention. People only remember her as Princess Leia from Star Wars. - olliv

Like actually how is she not first?

She just passed recently. I mean's Bowie's on the list since the list's inception (January). She could hit Top 3 after some time, but I'm skeptical whether she could dethrone David Bowie for Number 1 :/... - CrimsonShark

Her death makes me hope for a better 2017.
I miss you, Carrie.

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5 Alan Rickman (January 14) 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

He was a great Snape. May he always be remembered forever.

"Death comes to us all in the end." Couldn't the end have come later?! - LarkwingFlight

Great actor! The face of one of the finest movie villains: Hans Gruber!

always

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6 Gene Wilder (August 29) 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.

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

A meme star gees down RIP - princepretty

Corection A meme star goes down - princepretty

R.I.P Willy Wonka Memes - princepretty

7 Christina Grimmie (June 11) 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.

Ranking the comparative degree of sadness associated with deaths is a strange concept, yet this one stands out prominently due to the murder and her youth, especially when considered along with older people dying of natural causes. - Billyv

I miss her, she was an incredible and amazing singer. - Catacorn

The reason that this is the saddest is simply because it was the most unexpected. - anewman

Why? Why did this man decided to kill her for a stupid reason? She did not deserve this! This to the Parkland shooting, we need Gun Control. - MissRWBY202

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8 George Michael (December 25th) George Michael (December 25th) Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally by his stage name George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.

He died on Christmas so sad I'm not a pop fan I like rock and heavy metal but he really made some great pop music turned the whole genre around and now it's a day after his death.

I'll never be able to listen to 'Last Christmas' the same way again.

Adios George Michael. RIP - EpicJake

Last Christmas :(

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9 Harambe (May 28) Harambe (May 28) "Harambe" (27th May 1999 - 28th May 2016) was the name of a male western lowland gorilla in the Cincinatti 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 .

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

Shut up with this stupid, immature joke. - phillysports

He died a day after his birthday which makes it worse - TeamRocket747

Still sad even if it was the right thing to protect the kid. - StarlightSpanks

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10 Anton Yelchin (June 19) 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.

Most of these people died after there prime and were already above 50 years old. Now this guy's death was super tragic. - 445956

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 :(. - CrimsonShark

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11 George Martin (March 8) George Martin (March 8)
12 Nancy Reagan (March 6) Nancy Reagan (March 6) Nancy Davis Reagan was an American actress and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

Someone had to do a great presidents wife... That was me - FerrariDude64

That was tragic. - DynastiSugarPop

Tragic? For an elderly mortal person to die of natural causes? How do you figure that? - Billyv

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

Now she can be with her husband... R.I.P. Nancy Reagan - olliv

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13 Harper Lee (February 19) 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 was truly a novel that defines American literature. This person wrote that novel. - SwagFlicks

Such a terrible loss of such a brilliant person. - TheCobainDomain

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

14 Frank Kelly (February 28) 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. - PositronWildhawk

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

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

I should really watch Father Ted,i might get the dvd in his honour. - DapperPickle

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15 Bhumibol Adulyadej (October 13) 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. - Weryu555

16 Debbie Reynolds (December 28) 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.

One day after her daughter Carrie fisher

Way sadder than the death of Carrie Fisher. - olliv

17 Victims of Orlando Shooting (June 12) Victims of Orlando Shooting (June 12)

Yeah... This was really sad... - Nickiminaj4life

18 Christopher Zeeman (February 13) Christopher Zeeman (February 13) Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman, was a British mathematician, known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory.
19 Glenn Frey (January 18) Glenn Frey (January 18) Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.

God, his death sucked for me. Having been to an Eagles concert, I had gone from liking them to loving them. Then one day, I heard my parents playing Hotel California in the living room. I walked in and my dad told me he was gone. I'll never forget that day. Or him. - TheCobainDomain

Part of the best American band rest in peace

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20 Abdul Sattar Edhi (July 8) 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. V 2 Comments
21 Leonard Cohen (November 10) Leonard Cohen (November 10) Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist . 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.

22 Nick Menza (May 21) 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". V 1 Comment
23 James Woolley (August 17) James Woolley (August 17)

Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist has passed away. May he rest in peace.

24 Edgar Mitchell (February 4) Edgar Mitchell (February 4) Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut. V 1 Comment
25 Kimbo Slice (June 6) Kimbo Slice (June 6) Kevin Ferguson, better known as Kimbo Slice, was a Bahamian-born American mixed martial artist, boxer and occasional actor.

Only three days after Muhammed Ali's death, this UFC legend died. - NikBrusk

26 John Glenn (December 8)
27 Victims of Quetta Hospital Bombing (August 8) Victims of Quetta Hospital Bombing (August 8)

At least someone cares about the poor families in Pakistan. - PositronWildhawk

28 Chyna (April 20) Chyna (April 20) Chyna was an American professional wrestler, glamour model, pornographic film actress, and bodybuilder.
29 Arnold Palmer (September 25) Arnold Palmer (September 25) Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport's history.

We lost "The Greatest" (Muhammad Ali) and "The King" (Arnold Palmer) in the same year. RIP to both.

What's sad is that he and Jose Fernandez died on the exact same date. R.I.P. to both - EpicJake

30 Terry Wogan (January 31) Terry Wogan (January 31)
31 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

32 Matt Roberts (August 20) Matt Roberts (August 20)

RIP former 3 Doors Down guitarist.

33 Kenny Baker (August 13) Kenny Baker (August 13) Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker was an English actor and musician. He is best known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars science fiction movie franchise.

We are going to miss that old droid - jp12960

34 Doris Roberts (April 17) Doris Roberts (April 17)
35 Victims of Nice Attack (July 14) Victims of Nice Attack (July 14)
36 David Huddleston (August 2) David Huddleston (August 2)
37 Victims of Lahore Park Bombing (March 27) Victims of Lahore Park Bombing (March 27)

I didn't realize that many people died this year and by the way their missing Pete burns I'm going to try to add him R.I.P. everyone

38 Jo Cox (June 16) Jo Cox (June 16)

There have been some very sad losses, but given what human values Jo stood for and the brutality of her death, I can't put into words how tragic this is. - PositronWildhawk

This is tragic even as someone who doesn't like Labour. - Swellow

39 Lloyd Shapley (March 12) Lloyd Shapley (March 12)
40 Garry Shandling (March 24) Garry Shandling (March 24)
41 Victims of Atatürk Airport Attack (June 28) Victims of Atatürk Airport Attack (June 28)
42 Alan Thicke (December 13)
43 Jerry Heller (September 2) Jerry Heller (September 2)

Manager of NWQ, and Eazy E's solo career. RIP - ProPanda

He broke up N.W.A. - jameshoward

44 Keith Emerson (March 10) Keith Emerson (March 10) Keith Noel Emerson was an English keyboardist and composer. Emerson played in a number of bands before he found his first commercial success with the Nice.

Greatest keyboardist of all time, extremely influential and a true mad man on stage. RIP - FredTheGooner

Should be higher... so sad

45 José Fernández (September 25) José Fernández (September 25)

I can't comment as someone who knew him personally, but as a baseball fan and player, I'm devastated. At age 24, he was already one of the greatest pitchers in the game. RIP. - PetSounds

Only 24, was a great at a young age, and had a great smile. One thing though: Why the hell would he be out on a boat at 3 in the morning? Anyway, #RIP16 - EpicJake

Almost 4 months have passed and I still can't believe this amazing young man is gone. Just thinking about him still brings tears to my eyes Tragic!

46 Victims of Brussels Bombing (March 22) Victims of Brussels Bombing (March 22)
47 Pete Burns (October 23)
48 Hilary Putnam (March 13) Hilary Putnam (March 13)

Some truly groundbreaking philosophical thoughts and mathematics came from this incredible mind. - PositronWildhawk

49 Gordie Howe (June 10) Gordie Howe (June 10)

Definitely notable. But what about Ed Snider?

Gordie Howe was and always will be the undisputed greatest hockey player of all-time. Unlike any other, he excelled in every aspect of the game. Off the ice Mr.Hockey was a classy man, and always had time to speak with fans. The sports world remains shaken from his passing at 88 years of age

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50 Ray Tomlinson (March 6) Ray Tomlinson (March 6)
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1. Muhammad Ali (June 3)
2. Prince (April 21)
3. David Bowie (January 10)
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2. David Bowie (January 10)
3. Prince (April 21)
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