Celebrity deaths in 2016: The known faces gone early on – from Leonard Cohen to prince and Alan Rickman

We keep in mind the known people who have sadly died this year and look back at their lives, careers and lasting memories they have left behind.
Here’s a look at all of the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016 who have inspired generations.


AA Gill


The writer and Sunday Times critic AA Gill died on December 10th, aged 62.
His death came just weeks after he announced he had the ‘full English’ of cancer in one of his review columns. He was diagnosed after he started losing weight over the summer and felt a pain in his neck.
Doctors told him it was a smoking-related cancer that had spread from his lungs.

Greg Lake


Celebrated British singer, musician, songwriter and producer Greg Lake passed away after a long and hard fought battle with cancer on December 8, aged 69.
The Dorset born vocalist, fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Greg was one of the founding fathers of progressive rock, and amongst his many musical accomplishments he’s best remembered for songs including In the Court of the Crimson King and 21st Century Schizoid Man.

Peter Vaughan


Game of Thrones and Porridge actor Peter Vaughan passed away on December 6, aged 93.

Vaughan was best known for his roles as Maester Aemon Targaryen in the HBO fantasy drama and Harry Grout in the BBC sitcom. Throughout his 75 year career the actor worked alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins, Frank Sinatra and Ronnie Barker.

Andrew Sachs


Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs passed away on December 1 2016 aged 86, following a four year battle with dementia. Sachs found fame playing bumbling waiter Manuel in the BBC comedy series alongside John Cleese. Enjoying a host of other roles on stage, screen and radio – Sachs will also be remembered for his stint on the cobbles of Coronation Street as Ramsay Clegg.

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