#6 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: In memoriam: Remembering the notable figures we lost in 2016

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#6 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: In memoriam: Remembering the notable figures we lost in 2016

Pat Harrington Jr.

Pat Harrington Jr., an actor known best for his role as Schneider on “One Day at a Time,” died on January 6 at 86. — (Pictured) ‘One Day at a Time’ cast member, Pat Harrington, Jr. as building superintendent Dwayne Schneider. (CBS via Getty Images)

David Bowie

When David Bowie died on January 8 at age 69, the world lost a true icon. His glamorous, androgynous style influenced music and culture for decades. — (Pictured) Musician David Bowie performs onstage in 1973 in Long Beach, California. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Alan Rickman

British actor Alan Rickman died on January 14 after battling cancer. He was 69. Rickman was an accomplished stage actor when his star exploded with roles in two franchises: Die Hard and Harry Potter. — (Pictured) Actor Alan Rickman during AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York in 2015. (Desiree Navarro/WireImage via Getty Images)

Glen Frey

Glen Frey, the singer-songwriter known as a founding member of The Eagles, died January 18 at age 67. — (Pictured) Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs on stage at Ahoy in 1977 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns via Getty Images)

Abe Vigoda

Known for his roles as Phil Fish (Barney Miller, Fish) and Sal Tessio (The Godfather), Abe Vigoda passed away at 94 on January 26. — (Pictured) Abe Vigoda as Det. Phil Fish in a 1976 episode of ‘Barney Miller’. (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Maurice White

Maurice White, a founding member Earth, Wind & Fire, died February 3 at age 74. — (Pictured) Maurice White performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1988. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns via Getty Images)

Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra, a prominent figure in the world of BMX biking (he earned 24 medals at the X-Games), committed suicide on February 4 at age 41. Mirra was later diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, most often associated with football players, and believed to be caused by repeated hits to the head. —(Pictured) X-Games athlete Dave Mirra poses in the half-pipe at his training facility in Greenville, N.C. in 2005. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Antonin Scalia

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, died unexpectedly on February 13, his seat quickly became a political flashpoint. Senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama’s pick to replace Scalia, Merrick Garland. — (Pictured) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Eygptian politician and diplomat who served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1992-1996, died from complications from a fall on February 16. He was 93. — (Pictured) United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali addresses the Socialist International conference at the United Nations in 1996. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)


Vanity, a singer-model-actress best known for her time touring with Prince, died at 57 on February 15. She turned away from her Hollywood lifestyle and towards Christianity in the mid-1990s, after suffering a near-fatal overdose. — (Pictured) Vanity, known as Denise Matthews performs with the group Vanity 6 on the TV Show “Solid Gold” in 1983. (Ron Wolfson/WireImage via Getty Images)

Harper Lee

Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died on February 19 at 89. — (Pictured) Harper Lee in 1963. (AP Photo)

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s outsize personality earned her a hardcore following among viewers of VH1’s Mob Wives. After battling cancer (she was a lifelong smoker) — (Pictured) Big Ang VH1’s “Big Ang” Portrait Session in 2012 in the borough of Staten Island New York City. (Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)

George Kennedy

George Kennedy, an actor who won the best supporting actor Academy Award for his role in Cool Hand Luke, died at age 91 on February 28. — (Pictured) Actor George Kennedy in a scene from the movie ‘Dirty Dingus Magee’, 1970. ( Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)

Buds Collins

Arthur “Bud” Collins was an American sports journalist best known for his tennis reporting. He died on March 4 at the age of 86.; — (Pictured) Tennis commentator Bud Collins in 1977. (NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, who died on March 4 after battling pancreatic cancer, was a prolific writer whose novels The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini were later adapted into acclaimed films. Conroy was 70. — (Pictured) Novelist Pat Conroy stands at the back of his house on Fripp Island, S.C. in 2000. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky)

Nancy Reagan Official Portrait 1981

Nancy Reagan, the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989, died of heart failure on March 6. She was 94. Reagan was known for her influence on her husband, President Ronald Reagan, and her “Just Say No” campaign against recreational drug use. — (Pictured) An official portrait of Mrs. Nancy Reagan, wife of the president of the United States, in Washington, D.C. in 1981. (AP Photo/White House)

George Martin

George Martin, the British producer credited with discovering The Beatles–he signed them to a contract after every other label had turned them away–died at 90 on March 8. — (Pictured) George Martin poses with poster of Beatles in 1984. (Rob Verhorst/Redferns via Getty Images)

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr., who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a known singer-songwriter in his own right, died of cardiac arrest while on tour on March 16. He was 72. — (Pictured) Frank Sinatra Jr. performs at KLAC’s Mistletoe and Martinis Concert in 2003. ( Bryan Linden/WireImage via Getty Images)

Rob Ford

Rob Ford, the 64th mayor of Toronto who became known worldwide for multiple substance abuse-related incidents, including a widely circulated video of him smoking crack, died of cancer on March 22. He was 46. — (Pictured) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a news conference with his wife Renata (L) at City Hall in Toronto in 2013. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Phife Dawg

A founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg in New York in 2015. (Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

Ken Howard

Best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson (1776) and Ken Reeves (The White Shadow), actor Ken Howard was also the president of the Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA. He died at age 71 on March 23. — (Pictured) Still from the CBS dramatic television series ‘The White Shadow’ shows American actor Ken Howard (as high school basketball coach Ken Reeves) in 1979. (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola, a major league baseball catcher who had stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburg Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and New York Giants, died on March 23 and age 90. After retiring from the MLB, Garagiola was well known as an announcer and television host. — (Pictured) NBC sport personality Joe Garagiola prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game against the New York Yankees circa 1983 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, the comedian who created and starred in both the Garry Shandling Show and The Larry Sanders show, passed away at age 66 on March 24. — (Pictured) Garry Shandling during A Night of Comedy 3 Benefiting The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation at The Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California in 2001. (Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

James Noble

James Noble died at 94 on March 28. Noble was known for his portrayal of Governor Gatling on Benson from 1979 to 1986. — (Pictured) James Noble as Governor Eugene Gatling in a 1979 episode of “Benson’. (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Patty Duke

Patty Duke first came to prominence when, at age 16, she won the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker. She later starred in The Patty Duke Show and Valley of the Dolls. She died at age 69 on March 29. — (Pictured) Patty Duke in 1987. (Andrew Stawicki/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, a country singer-songwriter who received awards ranging from a Kennedy Center Honor to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement, died at 79 on April 6. — (Pictured) Merle Haggard performing at Farm Aid in Champaigne, Illinois in 1985. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns via Getty Images)

David Gest

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Anne Jackson

Anne Jackson was a celebrated stage actress, where she often costarred with her husband, Eli Wallach. She died on April 12 at age 90. — (Pictured) Anne Jackson as Judge Jane Simons on ‘Law & Order’ in 1997. (Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts started acting in film and television in 1951, but most of America knew her as the meddling matriarch on Everybody Loves Raymond. She died on April 17 at age 90. — (Pictured) Doris Roberts accepts her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series during the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (M. Caulfield/WireImage)


Prince, the musician known as much for his music as for his outlandish performances and glamorous presentation, died at his home on April 21. He was 57. The cause of death was later confirmed to be an accidental overdose of fentanyl. — (Pictured) Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum in 1985 in Inglewood, California. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Morley Safer

Morley Safer was a CBS News journliast for 52 years, with 46 of those at 60 Minutes (he was the program’s longest serving reporter). A 12-time Emmy award winner, Safer died on May 19 at age 84. — (Pictured) Morley Safer in his office in 1980. (CBS via Getty Images)

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion, was as charismatic as he was skilled. Proclaiming himself “The Greatest,” he used his platform to speak about race, religion, and politics. He died at age 74 on June 3. — (Pictured) Muhammad Ali poses as he taunts Joe Frazier before the official press conference in 1974 for bout II at Pen Restaurant in New York, New York. (The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie, a singer who rose to prominence on The Voice, was killed when a man shot her after one of her concerts on June 10. She was 22. — (Pictured) Singer Christina Grimmie performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe was known as “Mr. Hockey,” and not without reason: he won four Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings and only finally retired at age 58. The ever-durable Howe died at age 88 on June 10. — (Pictured) Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings stands in a locker room in his undershirt as he holds a hockey puck and stick labeled 500, in honor of his 500th career goal, which came during a game against the New York Rangers on March 14, 1962 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Jo Cox

Jo Cox, a member of the British Parliament, was killed by a gunman on June 16. She was 41. — (Pictured) Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster in 2015. (Yui Mok/Press Association/Handout via Reuters)

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin, an actor best known for his role in the “Star Trek” reboot, died on June 19 at age 27 in a car accident. — (Pictured) Actor Anton Yelchin arrives to a screening of Dreamworks Pictures’ “Fright Night” in 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham pioneered street style fashion photography, riding his bike around New York taking pictures of everyday people for the New York Times. He was designated as a living landmark by the city in 2009 and was the subject of a 2010 documentary, Bill Cunningham New York. He died on June 25 at age 87. — (Pictured) Photographer Bill Cunningham is seen outside Skylight Clarkson Sq during New York Fashion Week in 2015 in New York City. (Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt, the coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, died June 28 at age 64. She had previously announced her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. — (Pictured) Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, looks on against the Purdue Boilermakers during the 2008 NCAA Tournament second round game at Mackey Arena in 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Elie Wiesel

An Auschwitz survivor turned author, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Elie Wiesel for acting “messenger to mankind” about the atrocities of the Holocauset. He died July 2 at age 87. — (Pictured) Writer and political activist Elie Wiesel being interviewed at his home in 1985 in New York City. (Waring Abbott/Getty Images)

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