Among those who died in 2016...
Media and publishing
Harper Lee, reclusive
Southern novelist who wrote
To Kill a Mockingbird, died
Feb. 19, age 89.
Umberto Eco (pictured),
Italian author of The Name of the Rose, died Feb. 19, age 84.
Jim Harrison, poet and novelist whose love of the wilderness shone in Legends of the Fall, died March 26, age 78.
John Bradshaw, self-help author who exhorted his followers to embrace their “inner child,” died May 8, age 82.
Morley Safer, CBS reporter who covered war, culture, corruption, and politics for 60 Minutes, died May 19, age 84.
Lois Duncan, young-adult suspense writer who thrilled teens with I Know What You Did Last Summer, died June 15, age 82.
Elie Wiesel (pictured), Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner who recounted the Holocaust’s horrors in Night, died July 2, age 87.
John McLaughlin, TV host who made political punditry pugilistic with The McLaughlin Group, died Aug. 16, age 89.
W.P. Kinsella, novelist whose Shoeless Joe inspired the baseball film Field of Dreams, died Sept. 16, age 81.
Gwen Ifill (pictured), racial barrier–breaking journalist who co-hosted PBS NewsHour, died Nov. 14, age 61.
Stage and screen
Alan Rickman, English actor adored for his villainous turns in Die Hard and Harry Potter, died Jan. 14, age 69.
Dan Haggerty, bushy-bearded star of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, died Jan. 15, age 73.
Abe Vigoda, sad-faced Godfather and Barney Miller actor, died Jan. 26, age 94.
Ken Adam, set designer who dreamed up the futuristic secret lairs of James Bond villains, died March 10, age 95.
Garry Shandling, self-depreciating comedian who redefined the sitcom with The Larry Sanders Show, died March 24, age 66.
Patty Duke, child star who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, died March 29, age 69.
Alan Young, pal to a talking horse in 1960s sitcom Mister Ed, died May 19, age 96.
Garry Marshall, feel-good hitmaker who created TV’s Happy Days and directed Pretty Woman, died July 19, age 81.
Gene Wilder (pictured), comedic actor who was charmingly neurotic in Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died Aug. 29, age 83.
Edward Albee, Pulitzerwinning playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died Sept. 16, age 88.
Agnes Nixon, soap opera writer and producer who created One Life to Live and All My Children, died Sept. 28, age 93.
Florence Henderson, beloved Broadway star who played The Brady Bunch’s alwayscheery mom, died Nov. 24, age 82.
Music and the arts
David Bowie (pictured), everchanging British rocker who transcended music, art, and fashion, died Jan. 10, age 69.
Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles who co-wrote “Hotel California,” died Jan. 18, age 67.
Maurice White, singer-songwriter and producer of exuberant R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, died Feb. 3, age 74.
George Martin, experimental producer who guided the Beatles and reshaped the sound of pop music, died March 8, age 90.
Keith Emerson, virtuoso keyboardist of prog rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died March 11, age 71.
Frank Sinatra Jr., singer who struggled to follow in his father’s footsteps, died March 16, age 72.
Merle Haggard, outlaw country music star who wrote of heartbreak, hard work, and redemption, died April 6, age 79.
Prince, chart-topping musical chameleon who fused soul, rock, synthpop, and funk, died April 21, age 57.
Gary S. Paxton, producer of novelty hits “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash,” died July 17, age 77.
Rudy Van Gelder, audio engineer who defined the sound of modern jazz on recordings by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others, died Aug. 25, age 91.
Jean Shephard, feisty honkytonk singer who blazed a trail for strong women in country music, died Sept. 25, age 82.
Leonard Cohen, enigmatic Canadian singersongwriter who explored the sacred and the profane, died Nov. 7, age 82.
Leon Russell, scratchy-voiced Southern rocker who wrote “A Song for You,” died Nov. 13, age 74.
Sharon Jones, powerhouse soul singer who found fame in her 40s, died Nov. 18, age 60.
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice whose elegant, witty, and sometimes caustic opinions made him a giant in the conservative legal movement, died Feb. 13, age 79.
Nancy Reagan (pictured), devoted wife of Ronald Reagan who transformed the role of the first lady, died March 6, age 94.
Phyllis Schlafly, conservative activist who pushed the Republican Party right on family and religious issues, died Sept. 5, age 92.
Shimon Peres, veteran Israeli statesman who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, died Sept. 30, age 93.
Tom Hayden, radical 1960s antiwar activist turned Democratic California state lawmaker, died Oct. 23, age 76.
Janet Reno, tough lawyer who in 1993 became the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, died Nov. 7, age 78.
Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and dictator, who was a thorn in the side of the U.S. for more than four decades, died Nov. 25, age 90.
Bill Johnson, cocky skier who in 1984 became the first U.S. man to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing, died Jan. 21, age 55.
Joe Garagiola, mediocre MLB catcher who made the Baseball Hall of Fame for his witty sportscasting, died March 23, age 90.
Nera White, high-jumping Tennessee farm girl who dominated women’s basketball in the 1950s and ’60s, died April 13, age 80.
Tommy Kono, Japanese-American weightlifter who won gold for the U.S. at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, died April 24, age 85.
Muhammad Ali (pictured), threetime heavyweight boxing champion of the world who tirelessly battled injustice outside the ring, died June 3, age 74.
Gordie Howe, Canadian ice hockey player—better known as Mr. Hockey— who set records with the Detroit Red Wings, died June 10, age 88.
Pat Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team, who became the first college basketball coach—male or female—to reach 1,000 victories in a career, died June 28, age 64.
Bobby Chacon, two-time world boxing champion who was dogged by tragedy outside the ring, died Sept. 7, age 64.
Arnold Palmer, telegenic golfer who brought the game to the masses, died Sept. 25, age 87.
Suzanne Mitchell, longtime director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders who made the squad an alluring global brand, died Sept. 27, age 73.
Junko Tabei, Japanese mountaineer who in 1975 became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, died Oct. 20, age 77.
Alfred E. Mann, serial entrepreneur whose medical technology companies developed the first rechargeable pacemaker and an artificial retina for the blind, died Feb. 25, age 90
Mother Mary Angelica, Franciscan nun who launched a global Catholic media empire, the Eternal Word Television Network, from an Alabama monastery, died March 27, age 92.
Philip Kives, Canadian inventor of the infomercial and the compilation album, died April 27, age 87.
Bill Backer, lyricist and adman who composed “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” for a 1971 Coca-Cola commercial, died May 13, age 89.
Victor Scheinman, Stanford University engineer who invented the first computercontrolled assembly-line robot, died Sept. 20, age 73
Jim Delligatti, McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac in 1967, died Nov. 28, age 98.
Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut who was spiritually transformed by his 1971 trip to the moon and became a student of esoteric science, died Feb. 4, age 85.
Yolande Betbeze Fox, rebellious 1951 Miss America winner who picketed for civil rights, died Feb. 22, age 87.
George Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley’s personal physician, who overprescribed addictive drugs to numerous patients, died Feb. 24, age 88.
Zaha Hadid (pictured), Iraq-born British architect who designed abstract, organic-looking structures, died March 31, age 65.
Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan (pictured), Jesuit priest whose protests against the Vietnam War landed him in prison, died April 30, age 94.
Kaname Harada, World War II Japanese fighter ace who later traveled the world preaching pacifism, died May 3, age 99.
Margaret Vinci Heldt, Chicago hairdresser who in 1960 created the beehive hairdo, died June 10, age 98.
Ivo Pitanguy, Brazilian plastic surgeon to the stars, who reportedly tweaked the faces of Sophia Loren, Jackie Onassis, and Frank Sinatra, died Aug. 6, age 93.
Donald A. Henderson, American epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, died Aug. 19, age 87.
John Glenn, NASA astronaut who was hailed as a national hero in 1962 after becoming the first American to orbit Earth, died Dec. 8, age 95.