Over the years, celebrities that we know and love from the past pass away. However, 2016 was especially eventful, as many celebrities died very unexpectedly. Many people admired these superstars before, but almost as many became new fans. These talents gave new life to their praised work when they passed away. Here is the list of all celebrities that we have loved and lost.
1. Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” films became one of the film’s most distinctive characters which you can see at Comic Con almost every year. Beyond playing the role of most beloved princess, Carrie was known as an author and Hollywood script writer. She has contributed to screenplays such as “Sister Act”, “The Wedding Singer” and “Lethal Weapon 3”.
This mega pop star has experimented in a wide variety of music genres and has revolutionized pop music as it is right now. He won tons of music awards (especially for “Purple Rain”) and is considered to be one of the most influential artists in music history.
3. George Michael
George Michael passed away on Christmas day 2016, ending his 40 year career. The Careless Whisper singer became one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. After coming out, he became an LGBT rights activist and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.
4. Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen is most known for his song “Hallelujah” which was chosen for many movie soundtracks. Nevertheless, he will be remembered as a legendary poet, songwriter, and artist. He gained his popularity as a modern folk artist, even though he started as a poet and novelist.
5. Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, the boxing heavyweight champion of the world, made a great impact on sports culture all over the world. He became an icon for the African American movement and is one of the most famous sports figures in history.
6. Alan Rickman
Professor Snape from “Harry Potter” will be well remembered by his depiction as acted by Alan Rickman. This British actor has been portraying many different roles in Hollywood blockbusters (like the villain in “Die Hard”). He can be remembered by his countless and diverse appearances, from Shakespearean films to “Love Actually”.
7. David Bowie
David Bowie is well known for his innovation in music and his crazy style experiments. He released his last album just a couple of days before his death. He gained his popularity within different audiences with his truly revolutionary albums. Ziggy Stardust and the goblin king from the film “The Labyrinth” will be the images that will stay with all of us.
8. Chuck Berry
Rock and roll would not have existed without input from Chuck Berry. He developed many of the rock and roll elements present in rhythm and blues. This rock music legend started his career in the 1950’s, shocking audiences with new sounds. His impact has been recognized by many R&B and rock’n’roll stars.
9. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was a great performer who will be well remembered for her unique songs, voice, and distinctive looks. She passed away very young, joining the notorious “27 club”. Check out the documentary released by Netflix about her life and career.
10. John Hurt
Hurt’s acting career allowed him to play a wide variety of roles, from astronaut Kane in 1979’s “Alien” to Mr. Ollivander in “Harry Potter”. His great personality came through in all of his roles, and it was great to see him in many Hollywood blockbusters.
11. Johnny Cash
It’s incredible that Johnny Cash sold more than 90 million records and is considered as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He has experimented with a wide range of music genres including rock’n’roll, folk, blues and gospel, but is most remembered as a country music icon.