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The much-loved Motorhead frontman succumbed to cancer, a mere four days after his 70th birthday on 28 December. Picture: Getty Images
Known to his friends as Paul Walden, the rave star made the Top 5 in 1990 with Infinity. Its subtitle was “1990s… Time For The Guru”… which was sadly not the case as he never really followed up the hit’s success. He died, aged 51, on 28 December in Ibiza.
Another musician to take leave from us on 28 December, the drummer from The Specials died this day, aged 62. Photo: PA
The footballer, ambassador for the beautiful game and TV pundit heard the final whistle aged 87 on 19 December. Photo: PA
The frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was found dead on his tour bus on 3 December, while on the road with his band The Wildabouts. The coroner later stated that it was likely to be an accidental overdose. He was 48. Photo: PA
The talented New Zealand rugby union player and youngest ever All Black succumbed to the kidney condition that had blighted his life at the shockingly young age of 40 on 18 November. Photo: PA
The actor who gave the world TV comedy chartacer Alf Garnett died on 14 November aged 89. Photo: PA
The 35-year-old merchandiser was one of the 89 people killed at the Bataclan in Paris on Friday 13 November. He’d worked with Eagles Of Death Metal and countless other rock bands before his untimely death.
We lost two-thirds of the classic Motorhead line-up in 2015: alongside his fallen comrade Lemmy, the band’s drummer died on 11 November aged 61. Photo: PA
Known to horror fans as the man who played “Leatherface” from the classic 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, this US actor died aged 68 on 7 November. Photo: PA
The film director responsible for such horror classics as Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream died on 30 September, aged 76. Photo: PA
Joan’s sister and author of such literary classics as The Bitch and The Stud died aged 77, on 19 September from breast cancer. Photo: PA
The actor (pictured on the left) who was best known for playing Blakey the Inspector in the lowbrow 1970s ITV comedy On The Buses died aged 88 on 12 September. Photo: PA
The canine star of the Oscar-winning movie The Artist went to doggy heaven on 7 September at the ripe old age of 13. Photo: PA
The star of Minder - Arthur Daley himself - and countless other film and TV programmes died on 5 August, aged 90. Photo: PA
Our Cilla, Merseybeat star, singer, TV presenter and personality died from a stroke at her Spanish villa on 1 August. She was 72. Photo: PA
The Canadian wrestler and occasional actor, best known for 1988’s They Live, died of a heart attack aged 61 on 30 July. Photo: Getty
His character John Steed personified English style in the 1960s TV series The Avengers and he later made a memorable cameo as the record company boss in This Is Spinal Tap. He died on 25 June, aged 93. Photo: Getty
The actor who made his name by playing both Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster in the successful Hammer movies died at the grand old age of 93 on 7 June. He also is famous for the Brit horror classic The Wicker Man, Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies and a late-in-life career change as a Heavy Metal star. Photo: Getty
One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time died in Las Vegas on 14 May, aged 89. Photo: Getty
The lead singer of 70s/80s British soul/funk band died on 6 May, aged 71. Photo: Getty
The ventriloquist and “father” of Orville the duck and Cuddles the monkey died in Blackpool after a long battle with cancer, on 28 April. He was 67. Photo: Getty
The American soul singer who was best known for his peerless ballad When A Man Loves A Woman died on 14 April in Louisiana, aged 74. Photo: PA
John Lennon’s first wife and mother of his son Julian died on 1 April at her home in Majorca after a battle with cancer. She was 71. Picture: PA
One of the more tragic stories of the year concerned the star of the TV talent show Rock School, with Gene Simmons. Christopher Hardman took his own life on 23 March, aged just 24. Photo: PA
The author of the popular Discworld fantasy novels had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years and had been campaigning for the legalisation of euthanasia in the UK. It was reported that he died a natural death, however, on 12 March aged 66. His final Discworld novel was published in August. Photo: PA
The actor who became world famous for portraying Mr Spock in Star Trek died on 27 February, aged 83. Live Long And Prosper.
The face of the 1980s New Romantic movement and frontman of the band Visage died of a heart attack while in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on 12 February. He was 55. Photo: PA
The actress known to millions of Coronation Street viewers as Deirdre Barlow died from breast cancer on 19 January, aged 60. She was given a posthumous Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards later in the year.