Top Ten Saddest Deaths of 2016

The Top Ten

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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

The greatest boxer of all time, without a doubt.

Studied Ali and I cried when he died

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.

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 :/...

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

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

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.

He was only 57! I also loved Purple Rain!

So sad to see all these musicians die early

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

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?
Always

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

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

I will always remember how great he was. Always.

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.

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

Shut up with this stupid, immature joke.

He died a day after his birthday which makes it worse

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.

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

Wait WHAT?

Corection A meme star goes down

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 :(.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

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

George Martin (March 8) Sir George Henry Martin was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician

He was a good man he did great things

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.

Such a terrible loss of such a brilliant person.

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

Victims of Orlando Shooting (June 12)

Yeah... This was really sad...

Thank you Islam for terrorizing the world again you monstrous cancer!

Thanks for offending my type of people. But in all seriousness, terrorist are not Muslim because killing innocent people is like killing the whole of humanity in Islam. - MrCoolC

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.

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

That was tragic.

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.

I am happy that she is now with her husband.

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.

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.

On the anniversary of Dermot Morgan's death as well.

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 ...more

A very humble and inspirational figure.

Definitely someone we could all look up to.

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.

One day after her daughter Carrie fisher

Way sadder than the death of Carrie Fisher.

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.

He died the day of my birthday

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

Christopher Zeeman (February 13) Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman, was a British mathematician, known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory.
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

Chyna (April 20) Chyna was an American professional wrestler, glamour model, pornographic film actress, and bodybuilder.

This Was Really Sad For The Wrestling Community She Was Part And Trailblazer For The Womens Revolution/Evolutiom And In My Opinion The First WWE Women Superstar Not Diva And Was One Of The Best Female/Male Wrestlers Of All Time!

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