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2016 Celeb Deaths

2016 in Review

31 December 2016 Entertainment News Latest News Local News National News News World News

All in all, I suppose we could consider 2016 a truly unique year. The obvious thing that stands out more so than anything else is the amount of stars and celebrities that passed in the space of one year. However, 2016 was also a year of many firsts, and positive developments, so here we attempt to outline not only the many people who passed in 2016, but the positive developments too….

Here goes….

R.I.P. Timeline

December 31

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, 84, Actress, mother of Carrie Fisher
December 28

Anthony Cronin

Anthony Cronin, 88, Irish poet
December 27

Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy, 108, Irish centenarian, nation’s oldest person
December 27

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, 60. Actress
December 25

George Michael

George Michael, 53. Musician
December 24

Liz Smith

Liz Smith, 95, English actress
December 24

Rick Parfitt

Rick Parfitt, 68, British singer, songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo)
December 24

Richard Adams

Richard Adams, 96, British author famed for Watership down
December 22

Frank Murray

Frank Murray, 66, Irish band manager (Thin Lizzy, The Pogues)
December 18

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99.
December 1

Micky Fitz

Micky Fitz, 57, British punk singer
November 25

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, 90
November 23

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs, 76 British Actor
November 20

Billy McCarthy

Billy McCarthy, 62 – Waterford Broadcaster WLRfm
November 7

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, 82 – Singer Songwriter poet, Novelist & Painter
October 23

Pete Burns

Pete Burns, 57 Singer Songwriter/TV personality
October 16

Axel Foley

 Axel Foley, 42. Irish Rugby Player & Munster Coach
September 25

Jean Shepard

Jean Shepard, 82. “The grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry”
September 25

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer, 87. Golfer
August 28

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, 83. Frizzy-haired actor
July 25

Sam Wheeler

Sam Wheeler, 72. Renowned land speed motorcycle racer.
July 2

Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne, 52 British Comedienne & actress
June 3

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, 74
May 29


‘Harry’ Dublin Zoo’s beloved silverback Gorilla
April 21


Prince, 57.
April 20

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood, 62. British comedian
April 12

David Gest

David Gest, 62. Music producer, reality TV star
April 6

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, 79. Country Music giant
April 2

Leandro (Gato) Barbieri

Leandro (Gato) Barbieri, 83. Latin Jazz saxophonist
March 31

Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett, British Comedian
March 24

Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Hamner Jr., 92. Prolific writer who created tv hit, The Waltons
March 17

Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels 77, British Magician & TV presenter
March 8

George Martin

George Martin, 90. The Beatles’  producer
March 6

Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan, 94
March 5

Raymond Tomlinson

Raymond Tomlinson, 74. Inventor of modern email and a technological leader
March 1

Tony Warren

Tony Warren, 79. British writer who created Coronation Street
February 28

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly, 77 – Irish Actor & singer songwriter
February 21

Eric “Winkle” Brown

Eric “Winkle” Brown, 97. Record breaking British pilot
February 19

Harper Lee

Harper Lee, 89. Novelist  
February 3

Maurice White

Maurice White, 74. Earth, Wind & Fire founder  
January 31

Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan, Irish Born British Broadcaster
January 18

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, 67. Co Founder of The Eagles
January 15

Dan Haggerty

Dan Haggerty, 74. Rugged, bearded actor who starred in the film and TV series “The Life……. and Times of Grizzly Adams
January 14

Rene Angelil

14th – Rene Angelil, 73. Celine Dion’s husband and manager
January 14

Alan Rickman

14th – Alan Rickman, 69. Classically-trained British stage star
January 10

David Bowie

David Bowie, Musician & Actor –  aged 69
January 8

Otis Clay

Otis Clay, 73. Hall of fame rhythm and blues artist
January 8

Pat Harrington Jr

Pat Harrington Jr., 86. Actor and comedian  
January 6

Christy O’Connor Jnr

Christy O’Connor Jnr (golfer) aged 67

And the good things that happened in 2016 include….

  • Money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge, leads to a medical breakthrough for ALS sufferers
  • The World’s Tiger, Manatees & Panda Populations are growing
  • Leonardo Di Caprio Finally won an Oscar
  • 50 Million Trees are planted in India in one day, smashing records
  • For the first time ever, a plane flew around the world using only solar power
  • Global Hunger index at it’s lowest point in 25 years
  • Bob Dylan Won A nobel Prize
  • New chemotherapy breakthroughs have increased the 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27%
  • The ozone layer is repairing itself and all the work we did to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actually worth it.
  • Two brothers saw colour for the first time thanks to specially-designed glasses
  • Portugal ran its entire nation solely on renewable energy for four days straight

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