Starman, the voice of radio and Hans Gruber
Music legend David Bowie died from cancer three days after releasing his 25th studio album, Blackstar. We also lost broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, actor Alan Rickman and The Eagles frontman Glenn Frey.
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee died in February. Her 1960 novel about a child's eye view of racial injustice in a fictional Alabama town in the 1930s became standard reading for millions of young people.
Frank Kelly - best known for playing the character of Father Jack in the comedy Father Ted - died in the same month.
Comedian Ronnie Corbett, famous for his TV partnership with Ronnie Barker, died in March, surrounded by his family.
Magician Paul Daniels, Beatles producer George Martin, Coronation Street creator Tony Warren, legendary footballer Johan Cruyff and Emerson, Lake and Palmer founder and keyboard player Keith Emerson also passed away.
Prince was found unresponsive and alone in an elevator at his complex in Paisley Park, Minnesota, in April. He died of an accidental overdose.
Comedian and actress Victoria Wood also died in April at her home in London. In a statement, her older brother Chris said her death "has robbed us of one of the brightest talents of our generation".
We also said goodbye to reality TV star and music producer David Gest, and agony aunt Denise Robertson.
TV writer Carla Lane, who was behind a number of sitcoms including Bread, Butterflies and the Liver Birds, died in May, as did actor Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away in June. The three-time world heavyweight champion had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, three years after he retired from the sport.
Also in June, Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident after becoming pinned between his own car and a brick mailbox at his home in Los Angeles.
The comedian, writer and actress Caroline Aherne - famous for The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family - died in July.
Comedy legend Gene Wilder, who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died in August.
We also mourned Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars film franchise.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, who won seven majors, passed away in September.
He drew thousands of fans to the game in the 1950s and 1960s and his keen fan base earned the moniker "Arnie's Army".
Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, died in October.
We also lost Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi! writer Jimmy Perry in the same month, along with American singer Bobby Vee - known for Rubber Ball and Take Good Care of My Baby.
Dead or Alive singer and former Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns also died after suffering a cardiac arrest, aged 57.
Andrew Sachs, best known for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, died in November.
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen also passed away, along with the actor Robert Vaughn, Brady Bunch actress Florence Henderson and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young.
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died in December. She starred in dozens of films and TV shows, but was perhaps better known for her love life, having married nine times.
Rock superstar Greg Lake also passed away in December, as did Sunday Times critic AA Gill, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt and actor Peter Vaughan, who appeared as Harry 'Grouty' Grout in TV sitcom Porridge and as Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones.
On Christmas Eve, Liz Smith, who played Nana in The Royle Family and eccentric baker Letitia Cropley in The Vicar Of Dibley, died at the age of 95
On Christmas Day the world lost another pop icon, George Michael.
Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, died on December 27, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Just over a day later her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away.
Yes sir, WHAT a tragic year for 'star' deaths - can't remember another one like it in all my years!
RIP All - thanks Aldo for such a comprehensive, if very sad, list!
Also RIP to all those"unkown" people, the soldiers, the cancer victims and those involved in accidents, amongst the many others.
2016 will go down in history as the year that sucked as it was also the year when Disney killed Han Solo!
I make that 41 in total
Not so much a celebrity as the loss of talent that I will miss. It is going to be a greyer world without them.
I did not compile that very sad list, I just copy/pasted the info from the following:
Yes mate, but YOU were still the first to post it on HERE!!
Although there are a few who died far, far too soon. I have often wondered how Buddy Holly would have developed as he was very creative during his short career.
a lot more interesting people in this list here too
I remember the guy in Mr ED