Let’s be honest, 2016 has not been a great year. Apart from several other unfortunate events, this year saw too many legends from various fields passing away. All these personalities have contributed in immeasurable ways in their respective fields and have left us all too soon. Probably one of the worst years for music, as we’ve said goodbye to a long list of musical icons. Not only did these personalities achieve laurels in their fields but set trends that inspired the generations to come.
As we bid adieu to 2016, let’s take a look at a few icons we lost this year, icons, whose legacies will go on for years to come.
While our heart was still recovering from the loss of several other musical icons, pop sensation George Michael breathed his last this Christmas. Only 53 years old, Michael rose to fame as part of the musical duo Wham! and had generations grooving to his tunes like Last Christmas and Careless Whisper.
Canadian singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away in November 2016. His music not only touched souls but inspired other musicians too. His famous song Hallelujah has been covered by so many artists and will live on forever.
M. Balamuralikrishna was an Indian Carnatic music legend. Garnered with a Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to music, M. Balamuralikrishna performed all over the globe and collaborated with renowned musical sensations like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Known not only for his music, Prince was a superstar who had the world tapping their feet to his music and his enigmatic personality. Only 57 years of age, we wanted to see so much more of him.
American film and theatre personality, Gene Wilder was best remembered for his role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a film that all of us grew up watching.
A famous television and film actor, Yelchin’s most famous role was that of Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek film franchise. The 27-year-old actor died in a freak accident in the driveway of his LA home, only a few days before the release of the latest Star Trek Beyond.
Another legend we lost this year was heavyweight champion and philanthropist Muhammad Ali. The man who encouraged, inspired and motivated.
Harper Lee, the author of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird passed away in February 2016. A name and book we all grew up reading and are familiar with.
Alan Rickman lost his fight to cancer in January 2016. One of the most loved villains, his most popular role was that of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film series. We will remember you. Always.
Another musical sensation who passed away this year was David Bowie, the man who gave us hits like Heroes, Let’s Dance and Space Oddity.
Looking at this list, we can only hope and wish that 2017 is going to be better.