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 BowiePrince, 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.