The Top 16 Most Notable Deaths of 2016

The Top 16 Most Notable Deaths of 2016

  1. Muhammad Ali: called “The Greatest of All Time”; a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist.
  2. David Bowie: a forward-thinking music icon known for his artistic and dramatic flair in his music videos and fashion.
  3. Carrie Fisher: a.k.a. Princess Leia.
  4. Prince: a one-man studio band and seven-time Grammy winner, who was adored by many.
  5. Elie Wiesel: an Auschwitz survivor, whose harrowing account of the Nazi concentration camps in his published works, as well as his work as a human rights activist, won him the Nobel Peace prize in 1986.
  6. John Glenn: first American to orbit Earth, who then served in the Senate for 24 years.
  7. George Michael: front man of the 80’s pop duo Wham!, who also had a very successful solo career.
  8. Nancy Reagan: the fashionable first lady to President Ronald Reagan.
  9. Arnold Palmer: a champion golfer, who popularized golf in America and attracted a¬†fanatic following called Arnie’s Army.
  10. Craig Sager: the beloved NBA sideline reporter known for the quirky suits he wore and the questions he asked.
  11. Merle Haggard: a country music legend who had 38 number-one country Billboard hits.
  12. Wesley A. Clark: the physicist who designed the first modern personal computer.
  13. Harper Lee: author of the beloved and well-read novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
  14. Henry J. Heimlich: the thoracic surgeon who developed the Heimlich maneuver.
  15. Alan Rickman: an actor whose best known roles include Snape from the Harry Potter series and the villain from Die Hard.
  16. Antonin Scalia: served almost three decades on the Supreme Court.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Kenny Baker: the legend who brought R2D2 to life in Star Wars.
  2. Gene Wilder: the actor best-known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka.
  3. Alan Thicke: the dad on the hit TV sitcom Growing Pains.
  4. Patty Duke: Oscar-winning actress who was also a mental health advocate.
  5. Florence Henderson: the mother in the hit TV sitcom The Brady Bunch.
  6. Junko Tabei: the first woman to scale Mount Everest and ascend the highest summit of every continent.
  7. Janet Reno: the first female Attorney General.
  8. Harambe: a gorilla who lit a fire in the hearts of people around the world.


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