A far-too-long list of people we lost in 2016: in memoriam

They will be profoundly missed.


EDWARD ALBEE, playwright

MUHAMMAD ALI, boxer, activist

WARREN ALLMAND, MP, human rights activist

RENE ANGELIL, music producer/manager

ALEXIS ARQUETTE, trans activist/actor

KENNY BAKER, R2-D2

BRIAN BEDFORD, actor

DANIEL BERRIGAN, activist

PAUL BLEY, jazz pianist

DAVID BOWIE, musician

DAVE BROADFOOT, Air Farce member

ANITA BROOKNER, novelist

DON BUCHLA, synth/electronic musician

PETE BURNS, singer, Dead or Alive

FIDEL CASTRO, Cuban leader

THE LADY CHABLIS, aka Brenda Dale Knox, trans actor 

MICHAEL CIMINO, filmmaker

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AUSTIN CLARKE, author

STEPHEN CLARKSON, political scientist

LEONARD COHEN, poet, musician

NATALIE COLE, singer

BILL CUNNINGHAM, photographer

JIM DELLIGATTI, creator, Big Mac 

JO-ANNA DOWNEY, stand-up comic/producer

UMBERTO ECO, author

CHRIS EDWARDS, drag performer

RONIT ELKABETZ, filmmaker

FYVUSH FINKEL, actor

CARRIE FISHER, actor, author, mental health advocate

DARIO FO, playwright

ROB FORD, former mayor

DON FRANCKS, actor

URSULA FRANKLIN, scientist, educator

GLENN FREY, musician, The Eagles

JUAN GABRIEL, Mexican singer 

JOHN GLENN, astronaut, U.S. senator

DALE GRIFFIN, drummer, Mott the Hoople

MERLE HAGGARD, country musician

CURTIS HANSON, filmmaker

NOEL HARDING, artist

EDDIE HARSCH, keyboardist, Black Crowes

TOM HAYDEN, activist

HENRY HEIMLICH, physician

FLORENCE HENDERSON, actor

GORDIE HOWE, hockey player

MEL HURTIG, publisher, activist 

AVROM ISAACS, gallery owner

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SHARON JONES, singer

PAUL KANTNER, vocalist, Jefferson Airplane

HOWARD KAPLAN, TDSB trustee

KASHIF, R&B producer

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI, filmmaker

W.P. KINSELLA, author

GREG LAKE, musician Emerson, Lake & Palmer

HARPER LEE, author

SHAWTY LO, rapper

JOCELYN LOVELL, cyclist

LONNIE MACK, blues guitarist

DAVID MANCUSO, underground dance music DJ

DON MARREN, publicist 

GEORGE MARTIN, music producer

GEORGE MICHAEL, musician

WILLIAM NEEDLES, actor

BILL NUNN, actor

PAULINE OLIVEROS, electronic music composer

PHIFE DAWG, rapper, A Tribe Called Quest 

ANNIE POOTOOGOOK, artist

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PRINCE, musician

PRINCE BE, rapper, PM Dawn

CLARENCE REID aka Blowfly, rapper

KING REIGN, rapper

ALAN RICKMAN, actor

JACQUES RIVETTE, filmmaker

MATT ROBERTS, guitarist, 3 Doors Down

SANDI ROSS, actor, arts activist

BOB RUMBALL, advocate for the deaf

LEON RUSSELL, musician

MORLEY SAFER, TV journalist

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ELLEN SELIGMAN, editor

GARRY SHANDLING, comedian

ROBERT STIGWOOD, manager, film producer

ALAN THICKE, actor

IRIS TURCOTT, dramaturge

VANITY, singer

BOBBY VEE, musician

ALAN VEGA, singer, Suicide

SHEILA WARD, TDSB trustee

MAURICE WHITE, singer, Earth, Wind & Fire

ELIE WIESEL, author

GENE WILDER, actor

JAMES WOOLLEY, keyboardist, Nine Inch Nails

JANET WRIGHT, actor

ANTON YELCHIN, actor

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KRIN ZOOK, queer activist

BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO, musician

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