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It's been a terrible year for the music and entertainment world, losing huge legends from across the length and breath of popular culture. From David Bowie to Prince and everyone in between; take time to reflect on those we lost in 2016.
David Bowie passed away on Sunday 10 January 2016, after losing his private battle with cancer. The singer released his final album, Blackstar on 8 January - the same day as his 69th Birthday. Friend and long-time producer Tony Visconti called it his "parting gift to his fans". Photo: Getty
The British actor, best known for his roles as villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, died of cancer aged 69 on 14 January. Picture: Getty
The lead singer of The Eagles and solo artist with hits like The Heat Is On died on 18 January aged 67 from compilations after surgery. Photo: PA
The hugely-influential and much-loved radio and TV broadcaster died of cancer aged 77 on 31 January. Aside from hosting shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2, plus the TV quiz show Blankety Blank, he was the voice behind the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Getty
The man behind Black, who had a 1987 hit with Wonderful Life, was involved in a road accident and later died of his injuries aged just 53 on 26 January. Photo: Getty
The man who founded the 70s soul-funk legends Earth Wind And Fire, died on 4 February, aged 74. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Press Association
The young band from Warrington died when their car fell of a bridge in Södertälje, Sweden, on 13 February 2016. The band - Kris Leonard (20), River Reeves (19), Jack Dakin (19) and Tomas Lowe (27) - together with their manager Craig Tarry (33) - were returning from playing a festival when the tragedy occurred. Coldplay later paid tribute to the band at Glastonbury and their posthumous debut album made it to Number 1.
The novelist who wrote the classic To Kill A Mockingbird died on 19 February aged 89 - less than a year after she published the book’s sequel, titled Go Set A Watchman. The original book gave the world the character “Boo Radley” and was turned into an acclaimed movie in 1962. Picture: PA
The US actor, best known for his roles in Cool Hand Luke (1967), the Airport series of the 1970s and the Naked Gun movies, died aged 81 on 28 February. Photo: Getty
The Irish comedian and actor, best known for his raucous portrayal of Father Jack Hackett in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, died on 28 February aged 77. Photo: PA
The man who produced The Beatles and helped them become the biggest band in the world died on 8 March aged 90. Martin masterminded the recording careers of Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and many more, while working with comedians like Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. He later opened series of studios called AIR. Photo: Getty
The keyboard player with The Nice and prog legends Emerson Lake And Palmer died on 11 March, aged 71. He later moved into soundtrack composing. Photo: PA
The magician and TV presenter died of a brain tumour on 17 March, aged 77. He was best known for his catchphrase “You like this… not a lot, but you’ll like it” and his TV partnership with his wife The Lovely Debbie McGee. Photo: Getty
The US comedian and writer died on 24 March, aged 66. He was best known for It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which aired between 1986 and 1990, and later created The Larry Sanders Show, in which he played an exaggerated version of himself. Photo: PA
This Morning’s much-loved agony aunt died on 31 March, aged 83. Photo: PA
The Scottish comic actor, known for his TV partnership with Ronnie Barker and sitcoms such as Sorry! died on 31 March from motor neurone disease, aged 85. Photo: Getty
The British comedian and writer - famous for her sitcom dinnerladies - lost her battle with cancer on 20 April 2016. Photo: Getty
Prince Rogers Nelson: musician, performer, songwriter, producer, dancer… absolute legend. He died from an overdose of prescription drugs at his home at Paisley Park on 21 April, aged 57. Photo: Getty
The TV personality and former “Mr Liza Minelli” died from a stroke on 12 April, aged 62. He’d been in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother at the start of the year, but had to leave early due to illness. Photo: PA
The British actor, who was best known for playing the title character in the 1970s sci-fi TV series Blake’s 7, died on 13 April aged 77. Photo: PA
The Welsh author and former drug smuggler died on 10 April from colon cancer, aged 70. Photos of him in his many smuggling disguises appeared on the cover of Super Furry Animals’ 1996 album Fuzzy Logic. Photo: PA
The Liverpool-born writer and animal rights campaigner died on 31 May aged 87. She’s best known for her sitcoms The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread. Photo: Getty
The British-born, Shanghai-raised actor and comedian died from cancer on 24 May, aged 85. He was most famous for his role as “Cato”, the manservant of Inspector Closeau, as played by Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies. He also appeared on Harry Hill’s Channel 4 TV show. Photo: PA
The legendary boxer and sports personality - “The Greatest” - died on 3 June aged 74, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s syndrome. He was born Cassius Clay Jr in Kentucky and later converted to Islam in the 1960s. Photo: Getty
The Russian actor, known for playing Chekov in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise died in a freak accident on 19 June when he was crushed by his own car. He was 27. Photo: PA
Best known for performing in Elvis Presley’s classic 1950s backing band, the guitarist (pictured left) died on 28 June, aged 84.
The comedian and actress behind The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family died on 2 July at the tragically young age of 52, after a long struggle with cancer. Noel Gallagher dedicated his live performance of Half The World Away on the day she died. Photo: PA
The British-born actress became a huge star in Australia when she played the antagonistic Mrs Mangel for just two years between 1986 and 1988. She died on 29 July aged 92.
The diminutive actor, best known for playing R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise, died on 13 August, aged 81. He had a 50-year career in the business, appearing in such films like Time Bandits, Mona Lisa, Labyrinth, The Elephant Man and many more. Photo: PA
The American actor, who played the titular character in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory in 1971, died on 29 August aged 83. He also appeared in the comedies The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy and many more. Photo: PA
The Liverpool actress, who was known to millions as Hilda Ogden in the Granada soap Coronation Street between 1964 and 1987, died on 14 October, aged 90. Photo: Getty
Pete Burns passed died suddenly of a cardiac arrest on Sunday 23 October. His management took to Twitter, to say: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday".
One of the first DJs on Radio 1 - and a stalwart of Radio 2 - died aged 95 on 7 November. Photo: PA
The respected Canadian singer-songwriter, who penned the classic Hallelujah among many, many other great songs, passed away on 7 November aged 82. Photo: PA
The TV and movie actor who appeared in The Man From UN.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven and Hustle died from leukaemia on 11 November, aged 83. Photo: Getty
The Inspiral Carpets drummer (picture far right) died at the tragically young age of 44 on 20 November.
The actor who became best known for his performance as the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in John Cleese’s 70s sitcom Fawlty Towers died on 23 November, aged 86. Photo: PA
The actor who played Genial Harry Grout in the 70s sitcom Porridge and Master Aemon in Game Of Thrones died at the age of 93 on 6 December. Photo: PA
The bassist in prog giants King Crimson and Emerson Lake And Palmer, who was most famous for his festive hit I Believe In Father Christmas, died aged 69 on 7 December.
The controversial author and newspaper columnist died from cancer aged 62 on 10 December.
Best known for presenting the BBC weather between 1978 and 1998, the Scotsman died on 10 December, aged 78.
The Hungarian actress and professional celebrity died on 18 December, aged 99. In her lifetime, she was married an impressive "eight and a half" times.
The guitarist sadly passed away, aged 68, on Saturday 24 December from a severe infection following complications to a shoulder injury. The legendary Quo axe man had announced he was quitting the band in October, after suffering from a heart attack earlier this year.
George Michael died, aged 53, after passing peacefully in his home according to his publicist. Michael - who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - launched his career in the 80s with Wham! and later experienced huge success as a solo artist, selling more than 100m albums throughout his almost four-decade-long career. The singer - who is famous for penning and performing the iconic hit Last Christmas - tragically passed away over the festive period.
Carrie Fisher died, aged 60, on the morning of 27 December 2016. The actress - who is most famous for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars - passed away days after suffering a cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to LA.
Debbie Reynolds died, aged 84, just one day after losing her daughter Carrie Fisher. The Hollywood legend was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday (28 December), where she died hours after suffering from a severe stroke. Todd Fisher has revealed that the Oscar-nominated actress said she wanted to be with her daughter.