Celebrities Who Have Died In 2016: George Michael, Carrie Fisher, And Debbie Reynolds Add To Incredibly Long List In Final Week

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While many have been waiting for 2016 to come to an end so that they can move on with their lives, try new things, and see what lies ahead, so many others want to see 2016 come to an end due to the long list of celebrities who have died throughout the year and it is far too long. An absolutely insane amount of famous names have lost their lives this year with the final week adding big-time stars such as Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds.

Just a couple of days after Christmas, CNN reported the death of Star Wars‘ own Princess Leia as Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. Her death took place a mere four days after she suffered a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles, from which she never recovered.

A little over one day later, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away at the age of 84, and USA Today reported that some thought the loss of her daughter was just too much. Todd Fisher, Reynolds’ son, said that his mother “didn’t die of a broken heart; she left to be with Carrie.”

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Other notable actors and actresses to pass away in 2016:

  • Robert Vaughn
  • Alan Rickman
  • Gene Wilder
  • Alexis Arquette
  • Kenny Baker
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Abe Vigoda
  • Patty Duke
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Doris Roberts
  • Garry Shandling
  • Alan Thicke
  • Richard Libertini
  • Alan Young

UPDATE at 9:30 p.m. ET: ComicBook.com is reporting that William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has passed away at the age of 84.

The final week of the year was also hard to take as it included the loss of music legend George Michael, who passed away on Christmas morning. As reported by the BBC, Michael was said to have “passed away peacefully” at the young age of 53.

He is only one of numerous musical celebrities who lost their lives in 2016. It was a year that saw talents such as David Bowie, Merle Haggard, John Berry, Prince, and many others fade out like the end of a really great album.

Other notable musicians to pass away in 2016:

  • Prince
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Pete Burns
  • David Bowie
  • Price Be of PM Dawn
  • Glenn Frey
  • Merle Haggard
  • Maurice White
  • Nick Menza
  • John Berry
  • Frank Sinatra, Jr.
  • Dale “Buffin” Griffin
  • Leon Russell

The sports world lost a lot of big-time players and names in 2016 as well, with the most recent coming by way of a freak accident. Celebrities die for all sorts of reasons, just like everyone, but the death of former NFL star Keion Carpenter is so incredibly tragic.

As reported by Yahoo!, the 39-year-old former Atlanta Falcon and Buffalo Bill was running with his son, slipped, fell, hit his head, and ended up in a coma. Not long after that, he ended up passing away at far too young an age.

Other notable sports deaths in 2016:

  • Dennis Green – football
  • Fulton Walker – football
  • Dennis Byrd – football
  • John Saunders – sportscasting
  • Sean Rooks – basketball
  • Jose Fernandez – baseball
  • Gordie Howe – hockey
  • Joe Garagiola – baseball
  • Nate Thurmond – basketball
  • Balls Mahoney – wrestling
  • Buddy Ryan – football
  • Pat Summitt – basketball
  • Muhammad Ali – boxing
  • Kimbo Slice – fighting
  • Joe McKnight – football
  • Will Smith – football
  • Dave Mirra – BMX
  • Arnold Palmer – golf
  • Carlos Alberto Torres – soccer
  • Chyna – wrestling

Looking outside the worlds of movies, sports, and music, there were a number of other big names that passed away in 2016 and their loss will have a huge effect on the world. Celebrities aren’t just in the world of entertainment, and here are some others who left us this year:

  • John Glenn
  • Nancy Reagan
  • Sydney Schanberg
  • Mother Mary Angelica
  • Harper Lee
  • Antonin Scalia
  • Pat Conroy
  • Fidel Castro
  • Janet Reno

The year 2016 was easily one of the worst years in history as far as the loss of big-time celebrities. Some of the names that were taken during this year went far before their time on this planet should have been up, and that makes things even more depressing. A full list of celebrities who died in 2016 is so sad to see and having names such as George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, and Carrie Fisher added makes this a year that many are happy to see come to an end.

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