2016 was an emotional year of saying goodbye to beloved history makers from the worlds of entertainment, literature, journalism, politics and sports. With each of their passings, the world collectively paused to reflect on their contributions and the legacies they left behind.
Among the many legends who passed away in 2016 were music icons David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; actors Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder and Alan Rickman; boxing champ Muhammad Ali, astronaut John Glenn, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, director Garry Marshall, journalists Morley Safer and Gwen Ifill; funny man Garry Shandling, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and authors Elie Wiesel and Harper Lee.
Learn more about the lives of the famous figures we lost in 2016.
An auction of costumes, memorabilia and other items owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor have sold for more than $900,000, including a $20K diamond-and-gold necklace with Gabor's catchphrase “dah-ling” and a $24K grand piano. The actress and socialite died in 2016 at the age of 99.
Harper Lee’s estate is suing the Broadway producers of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ claiming Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation veers too far from her book. The chief issue: lawyer Atticus Finch is initially presented as an apologist for the racial status quo, at odds with his heroic image in the novel.
Prosecutors will announce a decision on whether to press criminal charges in Prince’s 2016 death from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Authorities have spent two years determining if anyone can be held responsible for giving Prince the drugs that killed him.
Garry Marshall produced some of the most popular television shows in the 1970s, including The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. He also directed over 18 films including Pretty Woman (1990) and The Princess Diaries (2001).
The late actress Patty Duke won an Academy Award in 1963 at age 16 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker'—becoming the youngest Oscar recipient at the time. She later starred in an array of TV movies and became a mental health activist.