From actors and comedians to musicians, we want to remember these well-known figures who are no longer with us.
Actress Caroline Aherne died on July 2 at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer. The star was best known for her work in The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show and The Fast Show.
Neil Reading, her publicist, said on Saturday: “Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer.”
Actor Anton Yelchin died following a car accident aged 27. The Russian born Star Trekstar was found by friends on June 19 at his home in San Fernando Valley. His death comes a month before the release of the third film in the sci-fi franchise, Star Trek Beyond. His other films include Terminator: Salvation, Alpha Dog and Fright Night.
The former heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, died at the age of 74. Having suffered for 35 years with Parkinson’s disease, the three-time former world champion passed away after being taken to hospital with respiratory issues.
Writer of The Liver Birds, Carla Lane, passed away aged 87. Born Romana Barrack, Lane was the brain behind many sitcoms, including Butterflies and Bread. She passed away in a nursing home in Liverpool, her family said.
Pop megastar Prince passed away at his recording studios in Minneapolis at the age of 57. The musical genius behind Purple Rain and Little Red Corvette had been taken to hospital recently after his plane made an emergency landing, but it was reported he was merely suffering from flu.
BAFTA-winning star Wood, who passed away surrounded by her family, often demonstrated her attitude to life through her satirical comedy. Before her passing, the 62-year-old star joked: “Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.”
The music producer, also 62, was found dead in a London hotel, aged 62, and tributes have been pouring in from friends and family ever since. Close friend Imad Handi said: “David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.”
Denise Robertson lost her battle with pancreatic cancer aged 83. Best known as the agony aunt on ITV’s This Morning, Denise made her TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the Junior Advice Line on BBC’s Breakfast Time show.
Ronnie Corbett was best known for his success his comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, alongside Ronnie Barker. Aged 85, the British comedian passed away in hospital, surrounded by his family.
Paul Daniels was an internationally acclaimed magician, who achieved worldwide fame through his BBC series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979 to 1994. In February 2016, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and in March, he sadly lost his fight , leaving behind his wife Debbie McGee.
Actor Frank Kelly , best known for his role as Father Jack in comedy Father Ted , died aged 77 . Kelly had an illustrious career which spanned across six decades on stage and screen. In October 2015, the actor revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Sir Terry Wogan
Veteran broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. His family issued a statement, announcing the sad news, which read: “He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Iconic Brit actor also Alan Rickman died at the beginning of the year, at the age of 69. The star, who was well known and loved for his roles in films including Harry Potter,died in hospita, also after a battle with cancer.
2016 started badly for many, with the shocking announcement of the death of rock superstar David Bowie , aged just 69. He passed away just three days after releasing his 25th studio album, keeping his 18-month battle with cancer so private that even close friends weren’t aware of his struggle.
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