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63 famous figures who died in 2016

The death of Debbie Reynolds on Wednesday, following the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher on Tuesday was the latest in an unusually long list of famous figures we lost this year that included George Michael, David Bowie, John Glenn and Muhammad Ali.

Here's a look as some of the athletes, authors, politicians and artists who died in 2016:

Edward Albee, 88, Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, died Sept. 16. Wrote “The Zoo Story” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Muhammad Ali, 74, heavyweight boxing champ, died June 3. One of the most inspiring and controversial athletes of the 20th century.

David Bowie, 68, legendary British rock singer-songwriter and actor, died Jan. 10. Scored major hits in the 1970s while constantly reinventing his persona and radically changing his style from glam rock to soul. He also found success as an actor on stage and in film, notably as an alien in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 93, Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996. Died Feb. 16.

Fidel Castro, 90, Cuban revolutionary leader who ruled the nation for 50 years, died Nov. 25. After leading a guerilla war that overthrew a despised dictator, he polarized his society and the world by following a Marxist-Leninist model, backing revolutions abroad and defying 10 U.S. presidents.

Carrie Fisher, 60, who starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas' Star Wars saga, suffered a heart attack aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles Friday and died Tuesday morning, Dec. 27. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls, a representative for Fisher's daughter, said in a statement to NBC News. Fisher was a hero in the mental health community for her openness about her struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder in memoirs and in a one-woman show "Wishful Drinking."

Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, died at 84 on Wednesday after being rushed to the hospital hours earlier. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son Todd Fisher told Variety. She was taken to the hospital from Todd Fisher’s Beverly Hills house Wednesday after a suspected stroke. Reynolds was an Oscar-nominated actress for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and had a number one single with the song "Tammy," among many other accomplishments in her long career.

John Glenn, 95, first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, later a U.S. senator, died Dec. 8. Decorated World War II airman and test pilot, he circled the globe three times in 1962 and became a national hero. Went into orbit again in 1998, becoming the oldest person to fly in space.

Gordie Howe, 88, hockey legend with career spanning five decades, died June 10. Known as “Mr. Hockey,” between 1946 and 1980, played 26 seasons in the NHL, was named an All-Star 23 times and established numerous scoring records.

Arnold Palmer, 87, one of the greatest golfers in the sport’s history, died Sept. 25. Credited with doing the most to popularize the game, won 62 tournaments from 1955 to 1973, followed by a lengthy career as golf course designer and spokesman.

Prince, 57, iconic singer and musician, died April 21. One of the best-selling and most influential artists of his generation, noted for flamboyant personality on stage and wide variety of styles.

Nancy Reagan, 94, first lady, actress, died March 6. Married Ronald Reagan in the 1950s and, after he became the 40th president, brought glamour to the White House and served as his adviser on appointments and policy.

Janet Reno, 78, first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the second-longest serving attorney general, died Nov. 7.

Antonin Scalia, 79, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who was a conservative standard-bearer, died Feb. 13.

Also lost this year:

Dwayne Andreas, 98, influential Archer Daniels Midland CEO, prominent political donor, died Nov. 16.

Mother Mary Angelica, 92, founded Catholic TV Network, died March 27.

Brian Bedford, 80, actor who brought Shakespeare to life at Stratford, Ont., died Jan. 13.

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, 94, priest who led Vietnam War protests, died April 30.

Pierre Boulez, 90, composer and conductor, died Jan. 5.

Ralph Branca, 90, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who allowed the famous Bobby Thomson home run in 1951, died Nov. 23.

Oscar Brand, 96, folksinger, died Sept. 30.

Leonard Cohen, 82, influential poet and songwriter, died Nov. 7.

Patty Duke, 69, child star and Oscar winner, died March 29.

Jose Fernandez, 24, pitcher with Miami Marlins, died Sept. 25.

Artur Fischer, 96, German inventor with more patents than Edison, died Jan. 27.

Rob Ford, 46, blustery ex-mayor of Toronto, died March 22.

Pete Fountain, 86, clarinetist who brought traditional New Orleans jazz to national attention on “The Lawrence Welk Show,” died Aug. 6.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, actress and socialite, died Dec. 18.

Joe Garagiola, 90, catcher and colorful sportscaster, died March 23.

Andrew S. Grove, 79, longtime chief of Intel helped lead semiconductor revolution, died March 21.

Zaha Hadid, 65, first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died March 31.

Merle Haggard, 79, country music’s outlaw hero, died April 6.

Florence Henderson, 82, actress best known as matriarch on "The Brady Bunch," died Nov. 24.

Gwen Ifill, 61, first African-American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program, died Nov. 14.

Anne Jackson, 90, stage actress, wife of Eli Wallach, died April 12.

Greg Lake, 69, British progressive rock bassist, guitarist and producer, founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died Dec. 7.

Julius La Rosa, 86, Italian-American pop singer and TV star, died May 12.

Harper Lee, 89, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died Feb. 19.

Ted Marchibroda, 84, NFL coach who helped develop hurry-up offense with Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in the late 1980s, died Jan. 16.

George Martin, 90, producer who guided the Beatles, died March 8.

Garry Marshall, 81, TV and film director who created “Happy Days” and “Mork and Mindy,” died July 19.

John McLaughlin, 89, political pundit and TV host, died Aug. 16.

George Michael, 53, English pop superstar, died Dec. 25.

Marvin Minsky, 88, MIT professor, father of artificial intelligence, died Jan. 24.

Peter Mondavi, 101, helped put Napa Valley on map as a leading wine producing region, died Feb. 20.

Bill Nunn, 62, actor in Spike Lee movies, died Sept. 24.

Shimon Peres, 93, Israeli president and prime minister was last link to nation’s founding generation, died Sept. 28.

Leon Russell, 74, keyboardist and songwriter who worked with scores of major musicians, died Nov. 13.

Buddy Ryan, 85, former UB football coach and NFL defensive genius, father of current Bills coach Rex Ryan, died June 28.

Morley Safer, 84, mainstay of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” died May 19.

Craig Sager, 65, TV sportscaster known for his flamboyant clothes, died Dec. 15.

Phyllis Schlafly, 92, lawyer and staunch conservative activist, died Sept. 5.

Garry Shandling, 66, groundbreaking sitcom star, died March 24.

Ralph Stanley, 89, bluegrass banjo pioneer, died June 23.

Kay Starr, 94, hit pop singer of the 1940s and 1950s, died Nov. 3.

Pat Summitt, 64, Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died June 28.

Alan Thicke, 69, actor best-known as father on TV series, "Growing Pains," died Dec. 13.

Grant Tinker, 90, TV executive who revived NBC’s fortunes in the 1980s, died Nov. 28.

John Tishman, 90, builder who transformed skylines in major U.S. cities, died Feb. 6.

Alvin Toffler, 87, “Future Shock” author, died June 27.

Robert Vaughn, 83, actor best known for leading role in '60s TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," died Nov. 11.

Elie Wiesel, 87, author who bore witness to the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, died July 2.

Gene Wilder, 83, comic actor and screenwriter known for role of “Willy Wonka,” died Aug. 29.

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