…on…good people we lost in 2016…

From legendary pop artists America’s Prince and Great Britain’s David Bowie to Italian writer/philosopher Umberto Eco and American astronaut John Glenn, here are some of the good people we lost in 2016.

January
– 5: PIERRE BOULEZ, 90, French conductor-composer.
– 7: ANDRE COURREGES, 92 French fashion designer known for his 1960s futuristic styles.
– 10: DAVID BOWIE, 69, legendary British singer and musician who died of cancer two days after his 25th album was released.
– 14: ALAN RICKMAN, 69, British actor who often played villains, such as professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
– 19: ETTORE SCOLA, 84, Italian director who made “A Special Day” and “We All Loved Each Other So Much”
– 31: ABE VIGODA, 94, Beloved American character actor famous for his roles in Godfather, Barney Miller (TV), Fish (TV) and had a career running joke about whether he was dead. Even a website was launched to keep track.

February
– 16: BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI, 93, Egyptian diplomat and UN secretary-general from 1992 to 1996.
– 17: ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI, 75, Polish filmmaker who directed “The Third Part of the Night” and “The Devil”.
– 19: HARPER LEE, 89, US author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
– 19: UMBERTO ECO, 84, Italian writer and philosopher who wrote “The Name of the Rose”.

March
– 6: NANCY REAGAN, 94, US first lady from 1981 to 1989 and a strong influence on president Ronald Reagan.
– 8: GEORGE MARTIN, 90, British music producer nicknamed “The fifth Beatle”.
– 22: MALIK IZAAK TAYLOR, 45, a.k.a. PHIFE DOG, was founder of rap/hip-hop group A TRIBE CALLED QUEST which was one of the most influential hip-hop groups when that genre was in its genesis.
– 24: JOHAN CRUYFF, 68, Dutch football star who led the powerful Ajax Amsterdam team in the 1970s.
– 26: JIM HARRISON, 78, US writer of novels and poems who explored the natural world in such works as “Legends of the Fall”.
– 31: IMRE KERTESZ, 86, Hungarian author and 2002 Nobel laureate, who wrote “Fatelessness”.
– 31: ZAHA HADID, 65, British architect of Iraqi origin who won the 2004 Pritzker prize.

April
– 21: PRINCE, 57, Groundbreaking US musician whose many hits include “Purple Rain”, “Girls & Boys” and “Kiss”.
– 24: PAPA WEMBA, 66, Singer and king of Congolese rumba.

June
– 3: MUHAMMAD ALI, 74, US boxing legend, triple world heavyweight champion.
– 16: JO COX, 41, British Labour Party MP, killed in the street a week before Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
– 24: BERNIE WORRELL, 72, US composer/keyboardist, was the founding member of PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC and also known for is work with THE TALKING HEADS.
– 28: PAT SUMMITT, 64, US, considered one of the toughest and most inspirational coaches in women’s college basketball she accrued 1098 career wins – the most in NCAA basketball history (mens or women’s). She also coached the women’s Olympic basketball team winning gold medal in 1984.

July
– 2: ELIE WIESEL, 87, US writer, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor.
– 2: MICHAEL CIMINO, 77, US director who made the 1978 film “The Deer Hunter” based on the Vietnam War.
– 4: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI, 76, Iranian film director who won the 1997 Palme d’Or in Cannes for “Taste of Cherry”.

September
– 2: ISLAM KARIMOV, 78, president of Uzbekistan from independence in 1991.
– 28: SHIMON PERES, 93, A founding father of Israel and a former president who won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize after signing the Oslo Accords with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

October
– 9: ANDRZEJ WAJDA, 90, Polish film director who won the 1981 Palme d’Or in Cannes for “Man of Iron”.
– 13: BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ, 88, king of Thailand and until his death the world’s longest reigning monarch.
– 13: DARIO FO, 90, Italian writer and actor who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997.

November
– 7: LEONARD COHEN, 82, Canadian poet and musician who became an icon of the 1960s counterculture generation with songs like “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah.”
– 25: FIDEL CASTRO, 90, the popular Cuban leader who survived multiple assassination attempts and survived the administrations of 11 US presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

December
– 8: JOHN GLENN, 95, the first US astronaut to orbit the earth and later United States Senator.
– 24: RICHARD ADAMS, 96, British author of the tear-jerker novel “Watership Down” a story about a community of rabbits.
– 24: RICK PARFITT, 68, Guitarist and songwriter of rock group Status Quo with over 60 chart hits including “Rockin’ All Over The World”.
– 25: GEORGICS KYRIACOS PANAYIOTOUG, known professionally as GEORGE MICHAEL, 53, co-founder of pop phenomena Wham! with the song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” found later solo success with hits like “Careless Whisper” and “Freedom ’90”.
– 27: CARRIE FISHER, 60, perhaps best known and loved for her performance as Princess Leia Organa, later known as General Leia Organa, in the Star Wars film franchise.
– 28: DEBBIE REYNOLDS,84, film legend in the international film hit musical “Singing In The Rain” and mother of film star Carrie Fisher.
– 28: PIERRE BAROUH, 82, singer and songwriter of the international hit song “A Man And A Woman”
– 30: TYRUS WONG, 106, Chinese born American cartoon artist. Before moving to Warner Bros. Studios, he worked for Walt Disney Studios and was the lead artist on the animated feature, “Bambi”.
– 30: HUSTON SMITH, 97, United States respected religious studies scholar and author most known for his popular book, “The Worlds Religions” which remains a standard introduction to comparative religions.

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