RIP 2016

We read somewhere the Grimm Reaper should be named ‘Person of the Year’ for all the hard work he has done this year, taking away so many talented and incredible people. Below we (mostly He) wanted to just take a moment to look at who we lost this year, in the Arts and Entertainment industry.

January
 
 
4. David Bowie – Musician/ Actor Age 69
This hit me pretty hard at the start of the year. David Jones (Bowie) was and will remain a real influence and true style icon of our age.
 See The RIP from earlier in the year

14. Alan Rickman – Actor Age 69
A Truly, Madly, Deeply missed great actor. 
See The RIP from earlier in the year


14. René Angélil – Singer and Celine Deon’s Husband/Manager – Age 73


 
15. Dan Haggerty – Actor – Age 74
Mainly known as Grizzly Adams.



18. Glenn Frey – Musician (The Eagles) – Age 67


26. Abe Vigoda – Actor (The Godfather) – Age 94


31. Terry Wogan – Tv and Radio Presenter –  age 77
He always looked like my Dad!



February
3. Maurice White – Musician (Earth, Wind and Fire) – Age 74


 
4. Vanity – Musician (Prince’s Backing singer) – Age 57



 
19. Harper Lee – Author (To kill a Mockingbird) – Age 89


25. Tony Burton – Actor (Rocky’s Trainer) – Age 78


28 – George Kennedy, Actor – age 91

March
6 – Nancy Reagan – Actress & First Lady to President Ronald Reagan – Age 94

8 – Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” – age 90

 
10 – Keith Emerson, Musician / keyboardist – age 71



14 – Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, Composer – age 81

Composer of Orkney Wedding and Sunrise a magical piece and one of my favourites



 
17 – Larry Drake, Actor – age 66
Larry best played Benny in LA Law portraying the character so well I always thought he was mentally challenged, as did many people. Larry said that was the best compliment, because it meant he did his job well.
 

 
24 – Garry Shandling, Comedian – age 66

April

6 – Merle Haggard, singer/songwriter – age 79


12- David Gest, Singer and Personality – age 66
Liza Minelli’s ex-husband may of gone on to be reality TV, star but I always think of him on stage with Liza at some benefit performance, which was amazing (but I can’t recall what it was).

 
 
20 – Victoria Wood, English Comedian/Actress – age 62
This was a sad passing, I think VW was a genius, one of those people that could sit at a piano and make up a song on the spot. Of course she started as a poet and comedian and this is what I always think of when I think of her.
“We’d like to apologise to our viewers in the north…………it must be awful for them”.


 
21 – Prince, Musician – age 57
Not the biggest Prince fans ever, but he was influential and stylish too.


May
 
 
24 – Burt Kwouk, Actor – age 85
Kato in The Pink Panther films I loved him as a kid, he was so mad!

29 – Patty Duke, Singer – age 69


June
 
 
3 – Muhammad Ali, Boxer – age 74
“I float like a butterfly and I sting like a bee”.



 
 
16 – Jo Cox, Member of Parliament – age 41
Jo was murdered in Birstall, England by a British Nationalist, who shot her three times and stabbed her seven times. Jo joins Spencer Percival as the only MP’s of Britain to be assassinated.


 
19 – Anton Yelchin, Actor – age 27



July
19 – Garry Marshall, Writer/Producer/Actor – age 81
 
27 – Jerry Doyle, Actor– age 60
Best known as security officer Michael Garibaldi.

30 – Gloria DeHaven, Actress/Singer – age 91


August
 
13 – Kenny Baker, Actor – age 81
The little bloke inside R2D2
 
 
14 – Fyvush Finkel, Actor – age 93
“Douglas Wombar for the Defendant, you Honour!”

 
 
29 – Gene Wilder, Actor – age 83
Willy Wonky finally gave up the Chocolate Factory, got in the glass elevator and went Up!
He was a great comedic actor, with great delivery and seemed to be a fun person to be around.  



September
25 – Arnold Palmer, Golfer – age 87
This is one of the most influential people on my life. At 11 I wanted to be a Professional Golfer, it was never going to Happen, I lived nowhere near a full size club and I wasn’t very good! But because of his book, ‘Golf the Arnold Palmer way’ I believed I could and would. For years that book was a bible to me.


October
 
 
23 – Pete Burns, Singer/Songwriter – age 57
‘You spin me right round, right round, baby like a record baby right round’.


24 – Bobby Vee, Singer – age 73




November
 
 
7 – Leonard Cohen, Poet / Songwriter – age 82
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?


 
11 – Robert Vaughn, Actor – age 83


 
13 – Leon Russell, Musician / Songwriter – age 74

25 – Fidel Castro, Dictator/Prime Minister/President of Cuba – age 90



 
25 – Ron Glass, Actor – age 71
Barney Miller and the Shepherd of Serenity
 


December


 
7 – Greg Lake, Musician  – age 69
Of Emerson, Lake and Palmer


 
8 – Senator John Glenn, NASA Astronaut – age 95
The first American in space.
What a Legend.



18 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian Actress and Socialite – age 99



 
24 – Rick Parfitt, Musician/Songwriter –  age 68


24 – Caroline Aherne, Comedienne/Actress – age 52
 
 
25 – George Michael, Singer/Songwriter – age 53
Though I don’t really know that many songs, I knew him to be legendary. He took big steps for the LGBTQ community and for that I am thankful.

27 – Richard Adams, Author – age 96
Writer of Watership Down
27 – Carrie Fisher, Actress – age 60
&
28 – Debbie Reynolds, Actress – age 84
I loved the tribute by Star Wars fans to Carrie Fisher where they raised Light Sabres to the sky in a minutes silence , all around the world. 
Also I think she was really cool, because she had Bi-Polar and wasn’t afraid to tell the world what she thought and that the condition wasn’t some hideous disability. 



It has been a horrible year in many ways and some of the deaths of 2016 hit us personally and some less so, but all these great and talented people should be remembered. 
May your journey carry on to better and even greater achievements.
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