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In Memory Of: The Ones We Lost In 2016  was originally published on

1. Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones, the lead singer of the Dap-Kings died November 18th at the age of 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

2. Vanity


Prince protege Vanity, the lead singer of the 80s girl group, died at the age of 57 after battling kidney failure.

3. Tommy Ford

Tommy Ford

Tommy Ford played Martin Lawrence’s best friend in the comedy classic ‘Martin.’ The star died at the age of 52 after suffering from a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen.

4. Shawty Lo

Shawty Lo

Rapper Shawty Lo made some of the hottest club hits from the ATL rap scene. He died at the age of 46 on September 21st after a car crash.

5. Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson played America’s mom on ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She died at the age of 82 on November 24 of congestive heart failure.

6. Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder made our favorite children’s movie ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factor’ come to life. The actor died at the age of 83 on August 29 from complications with Alzheimer’s disease.

7. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” One of many famous Ali quotes. The legendary boxer and activist passed at the age of 74 June 3 from septic shock due to natural causes.

8. Malik ‘Phife Dawg” Taylor

Malik ‘Phife Dawg” Taylor

Malik Taylor was known as ‘Phife Dawg’ to his devoted Tribe Called Quest fans. The lyrics died on March 22 due to diabetes at the age of 45.

9. Tony Burton

Tony Burton

Tony Burton was Creed’s right hand hand in the iconic ‘Rocky’ franchise. The actor passed at the age of 78 on February 25th after complications with pneumonia.

10. Maurice White

Maurice White

The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire musician died at the age of 74 on February 4th after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

11. Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

The loved PBS news anchor died November 14th after a battle with endometrial cancer at the age of 61.

12. Prince


The eccentric superstar died on April 21st at the age of 57. He was found dead in the elevator at his Paisley Park, Minnesota estate.

13. David Bowie

David Bowie

The iconic rockstar died on January 10th at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

14. Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke

The ‘Growing Pains’ star died of a heart attack of December 12th. He was 69.