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.
American musician Prince achieved worldwide fame in the 1980s with '1999' and 'Purple Rain,' the latter album also serving as the soundtrack for the popular film of the same name. Later Prince albums included 'Sign 'O' the Times,' 'Diamonds and Pearls' and 'Musicology.'
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.