If you think that celebrity deaths come only in threes, 2016 is shaping up to be a big disappointment for you. Below is a list of those we have lost so far this year.
Glenn Frey. A songwriter, guitarist, and co-founder of the Eagles, Frey passed away January 18 at age 67. For several weeks before his death he fought a battle against multiple system failures, according to the group’s website.
David Bowie. A rocker and musical icon, Bowie lost a secret 18-month battle with cancer on January 10. He was 69. Bowie left a parting gift to his fans, a last album titled Blackstar. His wife, supermodel Iman, took to social media only days before his death to say, “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Alan Rickman. Harry Potter fans will recognize the villainous Professor Snape, who was played by revered British actor, Rickman, who passed on January 14 at 69. He was a veteran of numerous movie roles, including Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and TV movies such as Rasputin. He was also known for his voice-over work in such productions as Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland in 2010.
Rene Angelil. Husband and lifelong manager to songbird Celine Dion, Angelil lost his battle with throat cancer on January 14 at age 73. A popular musician in his own right, Angelil died at his home in Las Vegas. Dion and Angelil were married in an elaborate ceremony held at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal in Canada in 1994.
Natalie Cole. Music legend Cole lost her battle with lung disease on New Year’s Eve 2015. She was 65. The “Unforgettable” crooner was the daughter of the late, great Nat King Cole. Her storied career was only interrupted once in the 1980s when she was battling drug addiction.
Craig Strickland. Country singer Strickland front man for the band Backroad Anthem as found dead north of Tulsa on January 4 after being reported missing on a duck hunting trip. He was 29. No cause of death has been released thus far.
Lemmy Kilmister. Motorhead frontman Kilmister two days after being diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer on December 26. He was 70. In remembrance, the surviving members of his band suggest that fans celebrate Kilmister’s life by playing their music just the way he liked it, LOUD, and have a drink or a few.
Most regrettably, there are other deaths so far for 2016, but these are only a few.