30 beloved stars who died in 2016

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Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”
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We lost a lot of legends in 2016, and we’re not going to forget them soon.

As we settle into 2017, Business Insider has compiled a list of some of the most influential, important, and prized figures in entertainment who died last year – from towering music stars (Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard, George Michael) to film legends like Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman.

It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but one that hopefully helps pay tribute to the talents who have left us as we move forward.

Here are 30 stars we said goodbye to in 2016:


January 10: David Bowie (1947-2016)

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English rock artist


January 14: Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

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English theater and movie actor


January 26: Abe Vigoda (1921-2016)

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American actor


February 19: Harper Lee (1926-2016)

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Harper Lee, author of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ and the Pulitzer-prize winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
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American novelist


March 6: Nancy Reagan (1921-2016)

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American actress and First Lady of the United States


March 8: George Martin (1926-2016)

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English record producer, “fifth Beatle”


March 24: Garry Shandling (1949-2016)

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American comedian and actor


April 6: Merle Haggard (1937-2016)

American country singer-songwriter


April 20: Chyna (1969-2016)

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American professional wrestler


April 21: Prince (1958-2016)

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American musician


May 17: Guy Clark (1941-2016)

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American singer-songwriter


June 3: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

American boxer


June 19: Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

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Russian-born American actor


July 2: Michael Cimino (1939-2016)

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American screenwriter and director


July 2: Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

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Romanian-born American author and activist


July 4: Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016)

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Iranian film director


July 19: Garry Marshall (1934-2016)

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American film director, producer, and actor


August 29: Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

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Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.”
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American actor and writer


September 11: Alexis Arquette (1969-2016)

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American actress


September 16: Edward Albee (1928-2016)

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American playwright


September 20: Curtis Hanson (1945-2016)

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American film screenwriter and director


September 25: Arnold Palmer (1929-2016)

American golfer


November 7: Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

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Leonard Cohen’s 2014 song “Nevermind” was decades in the making.
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Canadian singer-songwriter


November 13: Leon Russell (1942-2016)

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American musician


November 24: Florence Henderson (1934-2016)

American actress


December 13: Alan Thicke (1947-2016)

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Alan Thicke
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Canadian actor


December 18: Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2016)

Hungarian-American actress


December 25: George Michael (1963-2016)

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English pop star and singer-songwriter


December 27: Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

American actress and writer


December 28: Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

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In this May 21, 2013 file photo, actress Debbie Reynolds poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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American actress, dancer, and singer