Another Bad Year For Celebrity Losses

In 2014 we lost some of the world’s most important celebrities – and some of the finest people alive. 2015 spared us the cruelty of 2014, but in 2016, death is back with a vengeance and it’s only April.

01 Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole died Dec. 31, 2015, at 65

02 Pat Harrington

‘One Day at a Time’ actor Pat Harrington Jr., center, died Jan 6 at 86

03 Bowie

Music legend David Bowie died Jan. 10 at 69

04 Alan Rickman

‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard’ actor Alan Rickman died Jan. 14 at 69

05 Dan Haggerty

‘Grizzly Adams’ actor Dan Haggerty died Jan. 15 at 74

06 Dale Griffin

Mott the Hoople drummer Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin died Jan. 17 at 67

07 Blowfly

Clarence Reid, also known as R&B-funk singer Blowfly, died Jan. 17 at 76

08 Glenn Frey

The Eagles guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey died Jan. 18 at 67

09 Abe Vigoda

‘The Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller’ actor Abe Vigoda died at 94 on Jan. 26

10 Airplane

Paul Kantner and original singer Signe Anderson both died Jan. 28, both at age 74

11 Bob Elliot

Bob Elliott, one half of legendary TV-radio comedy duo Bob and Ray with Ray Goulding, died Feb. 2 at 92

12 Maurice White

Maurice White, second from right, a founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire, died Feb. 3 at 74

12 Vanity

Vanity, an ’80s singer-actress and Prince protege also known as Denise Katrina Matthews, died Feb. 15 at 57

15 George kennedy

George Kennedy, tough-guy character actor best known for “Cool Hand Luke” and the “Naked Gun” movies, died Feb. 28 at 91

16 George Martin

George Martin, right, the “Fifth Beatle” best known as a producer for The Beatles, died March 8 at 90

17 Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died March 11 at 71

18 Frank Sinatra Jr

Frank Sinatra Jr., singer and son of Ol’ Blue Eyes, died March 16 of cardiac arrest at 72

19 Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola, former baseball broadcaster and “Today” show host, died March 23 at 90

20 Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, comedian and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ star, died March 24 at 66

21 Patty Duke

Patty Duke, Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, former child star and mother of “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin, died March 29 of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at 69

22 Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett, British comedian and star of “The Two Ronnies,” died March 31 at age 85

23 Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, country music legend behind more than 30 No. 1 hits, died April 6 on his 79th birthday

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Doris Roberts, Emmy-winning actress on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died April 18 at age 90