2016 has truly been a year that has already brought forth a lot of tragedy and sadness in the celebrity world. Each year, there are always a number of celebrity deaths that sadden just about everyone and some years, there are more than others. So far, 2016 has already had more than its share and January isn’t even over year. Celebrity deaths seem to be coming every single day and on Tuesday, it was time for a man to go, and everyone thought he was immortal, but Abe Vigoda sadly wasn’t.
Vigoda was a legendary character actor whose big smile and sad eyes have made him perfect for bit parts and big time roles for decades. ABC News reported that the actor from The Godfather and Barney Miller passed away at the age of 94.
Carol Vigoda Fuchs, Abe’s daughter, said that he was “never sick” and the cause of death was simply natural causes and old age.
Many have considered and joked that Abe Vigoda was immortal because many always wondered if he was even still alive. Numerous times, he has fallen victim to the celebrity death hoax that has also hit James Earl Jones, Willie Nelson, Betty White, and even Jake from State Farm.
Sadly, Vigoda is one of just numerous celebrities who have passed away in 2016.
Just under two weeks ago, world-renowned actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69 after losing his battle with cancer, as reported by BBC. Four days prior to the loss of Rickman, iconic singer/songwriter David Bowie also died at the age of 69 due to cancer.
The world simply didn’t know what to do with itself during that week as the two were legends in the entertainment industry. Still, there have been so many more in January already and the month isn’t even four weeks old yet.
Four days after Rickman’s death, Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles, passed away at the age of 67, according to TMZ. His passing rocked the world in so many ways and numerous musicians were really torn up about it. Keith Urban even did a cover of “Take It Easy” by The Eagles in tribute to Frey.
Frey’s cause of death was complications from acute ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and pneumonia.
Those deaths alone may seem like more than enough for a year, but that was just in the span of about eight days. The sad part is that there are so many more celebrity deaths that have already come about in 2016, and people are hopping on social media everywhere to proclaim they are done with this year.
Here are some more of the notable celebrity deaths that have happened in 2016 so far:
- Abe Vigoda – actor
- Monty Brinson – reality show personality on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
- Thornton Dial – American artist
- Kalpana – Indian actress
- John Jay Hooker – American politician
- Jack Bannister – English cricket player and commentator
- Bill Johnson – former Olympic athlete/skier
- Glenn Frey – musician
- “Iron” Mike Sharp – professional wrestler
- Dale Griffin – musician
- Clarence Reid – musician/songwriter better known as Blowfly
- Mic Gillette – musician
- Rene Angelil – music producer, talent manager, singer, husband of Celine Dion
- Dan Haggerty – American actor, Grizzly Adams
- Alan Rickman actor
- David Bowie – musician/actor
- Lawrence Phillips – Former NFL player
- Luis Arroyo – Former MLB player
- Michael Galeota – actor
- David Margulies -actor
- Nicholas Caldwell – musician/singer
- Pat Harrington, Jr. – actor
- Richard Libertini – actor
- Jason Wingreen – actor
- Otis Clay – R&B artist
- Vilmos Zsigmond – cinematographer
- Brian Bedford – actor
- Craig Strickland – actor
- Monte Irvin – Former MLB player
It’s really hard to believe that so many big-named celebrities have already passed away in such a short amount of time. What is even harder to believe is that this list is not even close to all of those that have passed away in 2016 in the world of movies, music, sports, politics, and more.
2016 is arguably one of the worst years for celebrity deaths ever, and there is still around a week left in January. Many want 2016 to just stop and be over with already in the whole celebrities passing away news, but Abe Vigoda may have made everyone even more fearful as they truly thought he’d never go.
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