Stars we Lost in 2016

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By Petch, Eagle in the Morning w/ Petch & Amy

The year 2016 has seen the deaths of an unusually long list of sports icons, famous musicians and Hollywood greats, I can not remember a year as bad as this one, Some of these you may or may not have forgotten about.

Music Icons

It started real early in the year with the passing of fellow Brit David Bowie, whose unique sound and style will be very much missed, David died on Jan 10th after a secret battle with cancer. He was just 69.

Glenn Frey, 67, the rock ‘n’ roll rebel who co-founded the Eagles and helped write such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” died on Jan 18th.

Maurice White, 74, the Earth, Wind & Fire founder whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums, and he was due to appear with his band at the Firefly music festival died on Feb 3rd.

Country Legend Merle Haggard, 79, the country giant who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride died on April 6th.

One of the saddest ones for me this year was the passing of Prince at just 57, one of the most inventive and influential musicians with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” died on April 21st.

Matt Roberts, 38 Matt was a guitarist and founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, died of a drug overdose on Aug 20th.

Leonard Cohen, 82, the baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter who is best know for his song “Hallelujah,” died on Nov 7th.

And a very sad Christmas day with the passing of George Michael, 53, the pop heartthrob whose career began with the hit duo Wham! in the early 80s and went on to have a huge solo career died in his sleep of heart failure.

Actors and Actress

Actor Alan Rickman, best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” and Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film series, also died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer on Jan 14th.

Garry Shandling, 66, the actor and comedian who masterminded a brand of phony docudrama with “The Larry Sanders Show,” died on March 24th.

Doris Roberts, 90, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on April 17th.

Gene Wilder, 83, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the the mad scientist of “Young Frankenstein,” and the title character in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” died on Aug 28th.

Florence Henderson, 82, the Broadway star who became one of America’s most beloved television moms in “The Brady Bunch,” died on Nov 24th.

Alan Thicke, 69, the versatile performer who gained his greatest fame as the beloved dad on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” died on Dec 13th.

Carrie Fisher, 60, best known for her portrayal of the tough-talking Princess Leia who defies the Evil Empire in “Star Wars,” died on Dec 27th.

Sports Stars

Muhammad Ali, 74, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, died on June 3rd.

Kimbo Slice, 42, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his Internet popularity into a mixed martial arts career, died on June 6th.

José Fernández, 24, the Miami Marlins pitcher who won the National League’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013, died on Sept 25th.

And also on the same day Arnold Palmer, the golfing great who brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch, died on Sept 25th at 87.

Here is hoping that we don’t lose as many of our loved stars in 2017.

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