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Farewells: A tribute to the ones we lost in 2016

December 28, 2016, 16:07 UTC+3
From music to literature to politics, this year saw the deaths of an unusually long list of monumental figures
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Legendary musician David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar
Legendary musician David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar
Legendary musician David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar
© AP Photo/Bob Child
British actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14
British actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14
British actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19
Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19
Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19
© AP Photo/Rob Carr
Italian writer Umberto Eco died on February 19. He was 84
Italian writer Umberto Eco died on February 19. He was 84
Italian writer Umberto Eco died on February 19. He was 84
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Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid died aged 65 from heart attack on March 31
Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid died aged 65 from heart attack on March 31
Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid died aged 65 from heart attack on March 31
© AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito
Music superstar Prince died aged 57 on April  21
Music superstar Prince died aged 57 on April  21
Music superstar Prince died aged 57 on April 21
© AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died on June 3. He was 74
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died on June 3. He was 74
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died on June 3. He was 74
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny died at 91 on August 9
Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny died at 91 on August 9
Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny died at 91 on August 9
© Anatoly Semekhin/TASS
Uzbek President Islam Karimov died September 2. He was 78
Uzbek President Islam Karimov died September 2. He was 78
Uzbek President Islam Karimov died September 2. He was 78
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli president Shimon Peres died aged 93 on September 28
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli president Shimon Peres died aged 93 on September 28
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli president Shimon Peres died aged 93 on September 28
© EPA/MICHAEL NELSON
Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda died on October 9. He was 90
Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda died on October 9. He was 90
Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda died on October 9. He was 90
© EPA/JAKUB KAMINSKI
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died at the age of 88 on October 13
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died at the age of 88 on October 13
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died at the age of 88 on October 13
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Russia’s world-famous ‘sunshine clown’ Oleg Popov died at 86 on November 2
Russia’s world-famous ‘sunshine clown’ Oleg Popov died at 86 on November 2
Russia’s world-famous ‘sunshine clown’ Oleg Popov died at 86 on November 2
© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7. He was 82
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7. He was 82
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7. He was 82
© AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at age 90 on November 25
Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at age 90 on November 25
Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at age 90 on November 25
© AP Photo/Javier Galeano
Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at the opening of an exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara on December 19. He was 62
Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at the opening of an exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara on December 19. He was 62
Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at the opening of an exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara on December 19. He was 62
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
64 members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble, world-renowned military choir, died in Tu-154 plane crash on December 25
64 members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble, world-renowned military choir, died in Tu-154 plane crash on December 25
64 members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble, world-renowned military choir, died in Tu-154 plane crash on December 25
© Artyom Korotayev/TASS
Yelizaveta Glinka, also known as Doctor Liza, cherished Russian physician, charity worker and human rights activist died in Tu-154 crash on December 25. She was 54
Yelizaveta Glinka, also known as Doctor Liza, cherished Russian physician, charity worker and human rights activist died in Tu-154 crash on December 25. She was 54
Yelizaveta Glinka, also known as Doctor Liza, cherished Russian physician, charity worker and human rights activist died in Tu-154 crash on December 25. She was 54
© Mikhail Sokolov/TASS
British singer George Michael died at 53 on December 25
British singer George Michael died at 53 on December 25
British singer George Michael died at 53 on December 25
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
US actress Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died aged 60 on December 27
US actress Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died aged 60 on December 27
US actress Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died aged 60 on December 27
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Legendary musician David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar
© AP Photo/Bob Child
British actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19
© AP Photo/Rob Carr
Italian writer Umberto Eco died on February 19. He was 84
© A/GUIDO MONTANI
Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid died aged 65 from heart attack on March 31
© AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito
Music superstar Prince died aged 57 on April 21
© AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died on June 3. He was 74
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny died at 91 on August 9
© Anatoly Semekhin/TASS
Uzbek President Islam Karimov died September 2. He was 78
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli president Shimon Peres died aged 93 on September 28
© EPA/MICHAEL NELSON
Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda died on October 9. He was 90
© EPA/JAKUB KAMINSKI
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died at the age of 88 on October 13
© EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT
Russia’s world-famous ‘sunshine clown’ Oleg Popov died at 86 on November 2
© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7. He was 82
© AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at age 90 on November 25
© AP Photo/Javier Galeano
Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at the opening of an exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara on December 19. He was 62
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
64 members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble, world-renowned military choir, died in Tu-154 plane crash on December 25
© Artyom Korotayev/TASS
Yelizaveta Glinka, also known as Doctor Liza, cherished Russian physician, charity worker and human rights activist died in Tu-154 crash on December 25. She was 54
© Mikhail Sokolov/TASS
British singer George Michael died at 53 on December 25
© AP Photo/Francois Mori
US actress Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died aged 60 on December 27
© EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Death claimed renowned political figures in 2016, including Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres, but also took away legendary musicians and Hollywood stars, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael and actress Carrie Fisher. TASS remembers people we lost in 2016. 

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