Ranging from famous comedians to musicians, we have sadly seen a lot of famous personalities pass away this year. Here are some of those iconic Hollywood stars who are no longer with us.
Carrie Fisher was a famous American actress, producer, writer, and humorist. Her role as ”Princess Leia” in Star Wars is widely acclaimed by fans and critics. Remembering her, the Star Wars creator George Lucas said, “She was our great and powerful princess. She will be missed by all.”
Fisher took her last breath on December 27, 2016 after suffering from cardiac arrest four days earlier.
TV actor Ron Glass aged 71 passed away on November 26. He was well known amongst some of US biggest TV shows including Star Trek, Friends (as Ross’s lawyer), Barney Miller and CSI.
On December 25, it was announced that George Michael had passed away at home peacefully. He sold more than 80 million records worldwide in his career spanning four decades. He began his career as one-half of pop duo Wham and became famous with his solo single debut Careless Whisper. His 1987 solo album Faith sold a lot more than 20 million copies worldwide.
The famous Hallelujah star whose career span was over five decades passed away. His death was confirmed by his label. A message was posted on the singer’s Facebook page on Thursday night which read:
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter, and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of the music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date.The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”
The Brady Bunch actress Florence Henderson, aged 82, passed away on November 25. She caught her big break on the Dean Martin show. She became a household name across America as Carol Brady on the hit show ‘The Brady Bunch’ which ran for five years.
The Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs, aged 86, died on December 1, 2016, after a four-year battle with dementia. He found fame by playing bumbling waiter Manuel alongside John Cleese in the BBC comedy series. Sachs will also be remembered as Ramsay Clegg for his stint on the cobbles of Coronation Street.
The Pop megastar Prince took his last breath at the age of 57 at his recording studios in Minneapolis. The musical genius had been taken to the hospital immediately after his plane made an emergency landing, although it was reported he was suffering from the flu.
The BAFTA-winning star Victoria Wood, who passed away often demonstrated her attitude to life through her satirical comedy. She was surrounded by her family when this happened. Before her passing, the 62-year-old star joked:
“Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.”
The famous Dead or Alive hitmaker, aged 57- who scored a number one with You Spin Me Round in 1984 – died of a massive heart attack on October 23. The highly controversial pop star enjoyed a tremendous second career in reality TV – starring in Celebrity Big Brother 2006 where he often clashed with other housemates.
Actor Anton Yelchin, aged 27 passed away following a car accident. The Russian-born Star Trek star was found by his friends on June 19 in San Fernando Valley at his home. His died before the release of Star Trek Beyond. His other films include Alpha Dog, Terminator: Salvation and Fright Night.
Porridge and Game of Thrones actor Peter Vaughan, aged 93 passed away on December 6. Vaughan was famous for his roles as Harry Grout in the BBC sitcom and Maester Aemon Targaryen in the HBO fantasy drama. The actor worked alongside Frank Sinatra, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Ronnie Barker throughout his 75-year career.
Alexis Arquette passed away on September 11, but her family decided to respect her wishes by cheering her “transition to another dimension.” As confirmed by her brother, she died listening to David Bowie’s Starman.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
After being named Miss Hungary in 1936, the Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor starred in movies including The Girl in the Kremlin, Moulin Rouge and Queen of Outer Space. She suffered a heart attack and passed away due to years of health problems. She was married nine times. She once said:
“Men have always liked me, and I have always liked men.”
These Hollywood stars are not among us now, but their legacy will live on forever in the form of their performances. May they rest in peace.