The year 2016 will go down as annus horribilis for the vast array of celebrity deaths. They started coming in January with the shocking loss of rock stars David Bowie and Glenn Frey and didn’t let up until the loss of the original famous-for-being-famous star Zsa Zsa Gabor and pop superstar George Michael on Christmas Day.
In the intervening months we lost more musicians including Prince and Leon Russell, actors Patty Duke and Alan Thicke, sports icons Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer and world figures Fidel Castro and Nancy Reagan.
Here’s a look back at some of the bold-face names who died in 2016:
6: Pat Harrington, 86. Actor, best known for playing the building superintendent Schneider on “One Day at a Time.”
10: David Bowie, 69. Rock singer/songwriter who released his mortality-minded final album, “Blackstar,” just days before his death.
14: Alan Rickman, 69. Actor in the “Harry Potter” series and “Eye in the Sky.”
18: Glenn Frey, 67. Musician/songwriter, co-founder of the Eagles who recorded hit songs like “Hotel California” and “One of These Nights,” in Miami.
26: Abe Vigoda, 94. Actor in TV sitcoms “Barney Miller,” “Fish.”
28: Paul Kantner, 74. Singer/songwriter. Founded Jefferson Airplane and its ’70s offshoot Jefferson Starship.
3: Maurice White, 74. Musician/songwriter, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire.
13: Antonin Scalia, 79. Supreme Court justice.
15: Vanity, 57. Prince protege, actress.
19: Harper Lee, 89. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a…
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