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2016 Necrology
What is a necrology? A necrology is a listing of people who have died during a specific time period. Find A Grave necrologies let you browse the names and faces of the 75 most famous people who have died during a selected year, all the way back to 1900. They are listed in order of their Find A Grave 'fame ranking', as voted by Find A Grave contributors. To view a necrology, simply select a year from the pop up list below. You can optionally select a category to restrict the list even further (just actors, just politicians, etc.). To visit the memorial page for any of the names listed on a necrology, click on their name or photo.
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Prince (1958 - 2016)
American Singer, Songwriter and Actor. Known professionally as 'Prince', whose music combined elements of rock, rhythm and blues, soul and funk, among other genres, sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Gold...
 
David Bowie (1947 - 2016)
Rock Musician, Actor. He was an vastly influential singer-songwriter and producer who recorded in the genres of glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic career. Born David Robert Jones, he played saxophone and after stints in several bands, he signed ...
 
Merle Haggard (1937 - 2016)
Country and Western Singer, Songwriter. One of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th Century, he had more than three dozen number one country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. Poverty marred his childhood and he began a career o...
 
Nancy Reagan (1921 - 2016)
Presidential First Lady. She was the wife of 40th United States President Ronald Wilson Reagan, and served as Presidential First Lady during his two terms in office from 1981 to 1989. Born Anne Frances Robbins in New York City, New York in 1921, when she was 6 years old, her mother married Dr. Loyal...
 
Glenn Frey (1948 - 2016)
Rock Musician, Actor. He was a founding member of the rock music band "The Eagles", who over the course of their career sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and won six Grammy Awards. In the mid 1960s, he joined his first band, The Mushrooms. The Detroit band's first single "Such a Lovely Chi...
 
Patty Duke (1946 - 2016)
American Actress. Born Anna Marie Duke, she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1962 at age 16 for playing Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' and starred as two cousins in 'The Patty Duke Show.' In the late 1950s, she landed a role on the soap opera 'The Brighter Day' and also...
 
Alan Rickman (1946 - 2016)
Actor. Versatile and gifted, he is known for playing the villain 'Hans Gruber' in the film "Die Hard" (1988) and as 'Professor Severus Snape' in the 'Harry Potter' film series. Born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, his father was a factory worker, he studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and ...
 
George Kennedy (1925 - 2016)
Actor. Best known for his strong supporting roles, often cast as heavies or sympathetic types, he received an Academy Award for "Cool Hand Luke" (1967). He began his career in entertainment during his early youth and acquired experience on radio prior to enlisting with the United States Army during ...
 
Harper Lee (1926 - 2016)
Author, Pulitzer Prize Recipient. She is best remembered for her classic best-selling American novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960) that won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1961. Born Nelle Harper Lee, she was the youngest of four children whose father was a newspaper editor who also practiced ...
 
Doris Roberts (1925 - 2016)
Actress. Often cast in roles of motherly figures, notably of Italian origin, she will be fondly remembered for playing 'Marie Barone' in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996 to 2005). Born Doris May Green, to a Russian-Jewish mother, Doris caught the acting bug at an early age and first per...
 
Abe Vigoda (1921 - 2016)
Actor. He was a prolific performer who made memorable appearances on television and film over a career that spanned eight decades. Born Abraham Charles Vigoda, he began acting in his teens and made his first television appearance in 1949 on 'Studio One'. He would go on to have roles in dozens of TV ...
 
Morley Safer (1931 - 2016)
Television Journalist. Canadian and American reporter and correspondent for CBS News. He was best known for his long tenure on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the cast of which he joined in December 1970, during the third season of the series. He began his journalism career as a reporter for various ne...
 
Antonin Scalia (1936 - 2016)
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1986 until his death. His father immigrated from Sicily, his mother was a first generation Italian-American, young Antonin was influenced by his father's conservative views which ...
 
Maurice White (1941 - 2016)
Musician. Founding member of the Rhythm and Blues and Funk band "Earth, Wind and Fire". After studying at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, he gained experienced as a session drummer with Chess Records. He performed with jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, prior to forming his own group the "Salty Peppers"...
 
Joe Garagiola (1926 - 2016)
Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster, Television Personality, Major League Baseball Player. After a nine season career (at the catcher position) as a Major League Baseball Player (1946 to 1954), he began a lengthy period as a baseball broadcaster and earned the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall ...
 
William Schallert (1922 - 2016)
American Actor and Activist. Schallert was a prolific character actor with nearly 400 acting credits spanning eight decades. He made his film debut in an uncredited role in 'The Foxes of Harrow' (1947) and subsequently appeared in small roles in 'Mighty Joe Young' (1949), 'The Red Badge of Courage' ...
 
Edgar Mitchell (1930 - 2016)
US Astronaut. He held the distinction as being the sixth person to walk on the moon. After attaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Institute of Technology, he received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduat...
 
Alan Young (1919 - 2016)
Actor. Born Angus Young, he was a versatile actor whose most famous role was of Wilbur Post in the television show "Mister Ed" from 1961 to 1966. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He began his career in entertainment soon after. He started in radio in Canada and t...
 
Sonny James (1928 - 2016)
Country Music Singer, Songwriter. Born Jimmie Hugh Loden and dubbed "the Southern Gentleman", he was a popular singer and songwriter and was best known for his 1957 hit "Young Love". He started in music at an early age due to the fact he came from a musical family that performed all over the so...
 
Dan Haggerty (1941 - 2016)
American Actor. Haggerty will best be remembered for his role as James 'Grizzly' Adams on film and television. Born Gene Jajonski, the former animal trainer and stunt coordinator first appeared in the 1964 film 'Muscle Beach Party'. The gruff-looking actor would go on to have roles in several biker ...
 
Garry Shandling (1949 - 2016)
American Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Director. The versatile actor and comedian will best be remembered for his work in 'It's Garry Shandling's Show' and 'The Larry Sanders Show'. In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career writing for sitcoms such as 'Sanford and Son...
 
Archie Dees (1936 - 2016)
Professional Basketball Player. Born Archie William Dees, he played the positions of power forward and center for four different teams in the National Basketball Association from 1958 to 1961. As a stellar basketball player at Indiana University, he received the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable P...
 
Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1927 - 2016)
German Statesman. He served as both Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1992 (except for a two week period in 1982). He was drafted into the German armed forces during the Second World War and ended up a prisoner of war by the war's end. After t...
 
Keith Emerson (1944 - 2016)
Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of the music trio "Emerson, Lake and Palmer". They were best known for the songs "Lucky Man" (1970), "From the Beginning" (1972) and "Karn Evil 9" (1973). Emerson established himself as one of the most influential players of the synthesizer in t...
 
Anne Jackson (1925 - 2016)
Actress. Born Anna June Jackson to parents of European descent, her mother was of an Irish-Catholic background, Anne was raised in an apartment in Brooklyn. After choosing to pursue a career as a performer, she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. During this period, she met actor...
 
Robert Horton (1924 - 2016)
Actor, Singer. A rugged leading man, he will be remembered for playing 'Flint McCullough' in the TV series "Wagon Train" (1957 to 1962) and the title character in the series "A Man Called Shenandoah" (1965 to 1966). Born Meade Howard Horton, Jr., he excelled academically while attending the Universi...
 
George Martin (1926 - 2016)
Legendary Music Producer. He was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. Martin had 30 number-one hit singles in the Un...
 
Pat Harrington (1929 - 2016)
Actor. He will be fondly remembered for playing 'Dwayne F. Schneider' in the TV series "One Day at a Time" (1975 to 1984). Born Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr., the son of Vaudeville and Broadway entertainer Pat Harrington, Sr., he received a Masters degree in Political Philosophy from Fordham Univer...
 
George Gaynes (1917 - 2016)
Actor. Often cast in musicals or comedies, he enjoyed a more than 60-year career, on stage, in films and television. He is remembered for playing 'Henry Warnimont' in the TV series "Punky Brewster" (1984 to 1988), 'John Van Horn' in the movie "Tootsie" (1982) and 'Commandant Lassard' in the "Police ...
 
Joseph Crow (1913 - 2016)
Native American Historian, Author, Veteran, Elder. The last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe, he was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, Chief Joseph was raised by his Grandfather, Yellowtail to be a warrior which he did during W...
 
Paul Kantner (1941 - 2016)
Rock Musician. A guitarist, he was a founding member of the rock band "The Jefferson Airplane". His mother died when he was eight years old, he was sent to live in a Jesuit military boarding school, when his traveling salesman father could not care for him. After attending the University of Santa Cl...
 
Mother Angelica (1923 - 2016)
Roman Catholic Nun. The future Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, on April 20, 1923, in Canton, Ohio, in a community of Italian immigrant mill workers, in southeast Canton. Of Italian American background, she is the only child of John and Mae Helen Rizzo (née Gianfrancesco). She is name...
 
Joey Feek (1975 - 2016)
Country Music Singer. Born Joey Marie Martin, she and her husband, Rory Feek, made up the country music duo, Joey + Rory. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Joey moved to Nashville in the late 1990s. It was there that she met Rory, who she married in 2002. Joey started out with a solo career, coming out wit...
 
Guy Hamilton (1922 - 2016)
Motion Picture Director, Screenwriter. Best remembered for directing several pictures of the 'James Bond' film series including "Goldfinger" (1964), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974). Born to British parents, in Paris, he began his asso...
 
Deva Dassy (1911 - 2016)
Opera Singer, Actress. A mezzo soprano, she is remembered for performing leading roles at the Opera-Comique as well as for her stage and film appearances that stretched over eight decades. Born Marie-Anne Lambert to a distinguished family, she was a pretty girl who suffered the first of her several ...
 
Santiago Erevia (1946 - 2016)
Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award from President Barack Obama on March 18, 2014 at the White House in Washington DC for his actions as a specialist four in Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne, US Army, on May 21, 1969 near Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam. H...
 
Tommy Kelly (1925 - 2016)
Actor. A juvenile performer, he will be best remembered for playing the title role in the film adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938). Born into an Irish-Catholic family, his father was a fireman. Kelly was chosen by legendary producer David O. Selnick from over 25,000 boys who applied ...
 
Peter Brown (1935 - 2016)
American Actor. Born Pierre Lind de Lappe, he will best be remembered for his role as young Deputy Johnny McKay in the western television series 'Lawman' from 1958 through 1962. While serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska, he began writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. A...
 
Frank Sinatra (1944 - 2016)
American Singer, Songwriter, Conductor, and Actor. Born Francis Wayne Sinatra to Frank Sinatra and his first wife Nancy Barbato. Sinatra’s career started early and by his teens he was already performing in local clubs and venues. In December, 1963 Sinatra was kidnapped from Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. H...
 
Dick McAuliffe (1939 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For sixteen seasons (1960 to 1975), he played at the second base, shortstop and third base positions with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. Born Richard John McAuliffe, he attended Farmington High School in Connecticut, where he made his initial impression on the b...
 
Earl Hamner (1923 - 2016)
Screenwriter, Producer. He was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running CBS series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, which was inspired by hi...
 
Robert Bennett (1933 - 2016)
United States Senator. He served in the United States Senate from the state of Utah from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2011. He was the son of former United States Senator Wallace Foster Bennett. He earned his B.S. Degree from the University of Utah in 1957 and afterwards joined the Army National G...
 
Gogi Grant (1924 - 2016)
Singer. Born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, she was a popular singer who was best known for her number one hit "The Wayward Wind" in 1956. While in high school, she won a teenage singing contest and appeared on several television talent shows. In the early 1950s, she worked as an automobile salesman befor...
 
Johan Cruyff (1947 - 2016)
Professional Soccer Player and Coach. World Cup Finalist. Considered by many experts as one of the top players of all time. As a attacking midfielder and forward, he was one of the players responsible for the Netherlands rise to becoming a world soccer power in the 1970s using their concept of Total...
 
Adrienne Corri (1931 - 2016)
Actress. During the course of her more than forty-year career, she played in a wide range of roles and worked with such notable directors as Otto Preminger, Sir David Lean and Stanley Kubrick. Born Adrienne Riccoboni, to parents of Italian descent, she studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic...
 
Ken Howard (1944 - 2016)
American Actor and Screen Actors Guild President. Born Kenneth Joseph Howard, he was an award-winning actor who appeared on stage, film and television, who later was elected twice to head the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and turned down sev...
 
Madeleine Sherwood (1922 - 2016)
Actress. Fondly remembered for playing 'Reverend Mother Superior Placido' in the TV series "The Flying Nun" (1967 to 1970), which starred Sally Field. Born Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton, she experienced her first taste of acting as a performer in a church play during her early youth. After choosi...
 
Julius La Rosa (1930 - 2016)
Singer, Actor. He will be remembered as a regularly featured vocalist on the television series "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" (1951 to 1953). La Rosa was fired by Godfrey from the show while on the air on October 19, 1953, due to his hiring of his own manager. National controversy ensure following...
 
Tamio Kono (1930 - 2016)
US Olympic Gold Medalist. A two-time Olympic champion in weightlifting, he received a gold medal in the Men's Lightweight Competition during the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki and a gold medal in the Men's Light-Heavyweight Competition during the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne. Additionally, he earne...
 
Mike Minor (1940 - 2016)
Actor and Singer. Best known as character Steve Elliott on "Petticoat Junction" from 1966 until the show ended in 1970. He married Betty Jo on the show but in real life, he married Linda Kaye Henning who played Linda Jo. After "Petticoat Junction", he appeared on “CHiPs” and “Vega$”. He was also on ...
 
Angus Scrimm (1926 - 2016)
Actor. He will be best remembered for playing the villain known as 'The Tall Man' in the "Phantasm" horror film series. Born Lawrence Rory Guy, he moved to California during his teen years and studied acting at the University of Southern California, where he was mentored by William C. de Mille. He w...
 
Monte Irvin (1919 - 2016)
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball and Negro Leagues Player. Born Monford Merrill Irvin, he was raised in East Orange, New Jersey, where excelled in four-sports during his high school years and continued his athletics while attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Irvin signed with the Newark E...
 
Bob Harrison (1937 - 2016)
Professional Football Player. For nine seasons (1959 to 1967), he played at the linebacker position in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. Born Robert Lucius Harrison, Jr., he played football at Stamford High School in Texas and con...
 
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929 - 2016)
Austrian Cellist and Conductor. He was particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier. Starting out as a classical cellist, he founded his own period instrument ensemble, Concentus Musicus Wien, in the 1950s, and became a pioneer of the Earl...
 
Gilbert Hill (1931 - 2016)
Actor, Police Officer. He was a real life member of the Detroit Police Department who gained recognition by playing the role of Inspector Douglas Todd in the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie trilogy. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and was stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base near Detro...
 
Denise Matthews (1959 - 2016)
Singer, Songwriter and Actress. She will best be remembered as the lead singer of the 1980s female pop trio 'Vanity 6'. Matthews began as a model before focusing on a career in music. In the early 80's, she became a protégé of singer and producer, Prince who chose her to sing lead for 'Vanity 6' fro...
 
Kevin Collins (1946 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For six seasons (1965 and 1967 to 1971), he played at the third base and second base positions with the New York Mets, Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers. Born Kevin Michael Collins, he attended Springfield Tech High School in Massachusetts. Signed by the Mets as an amat...
 
Micole Mercurio (1938 - 2016)
Actress. The Chicago native enjoyed a 30-year career in films and television, often cast as mother figures. She experienced her breakthrough role playing 'Rosemary Szabo' in the film "Flashdance" (1983) and would go on to a wide range of pictures including playing 'Mamma Love' in "The Client" (1994)...
 
Marianne Gaba (1939 - 2016)
Actress, Model. Born Mary Ann Gaba, in Chicago, her father worked as a mail carrier, she began modeling during her teenage years and captured the title of 'Miss Illinois' in 1957. This experience resulted in her finishing as a finalist for the 'Miss Universe Pageant' and her adorning the cover of Pl...
 
Hector Cafferata (1929 - 2016)
Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Raised in Northern, New Jersey, he excelled athletically, as he participated in football during his high school years. He enlisted with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1948 and was assigned to the 21st Reserve Infantry Battalion located i...
 
Richard Bradford (1937 - 2016)
Actor. Born Richard Edwin Bradford, he was a versatile actor who was best known for his role of the CIA agent turned private eye McGill in the 1960s British series "Man in a Suitcase". After a short stint in both football and baseball, he decided to go to New York to pursue a career in acting. He a...
 
Ronnie Corbett (1930 - 2016)
Comedian. Born Ronald Balfour Corbett in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Anne Elizabeth Main and William Balfour Corbett, master baker. He began acting at 15, when he starred in a pantomime at his local youth club. He served his national service with the Royal Air Force, and at only 5 feet 1 inch ...
 
Richard Libertini (1933 - 2016)
Actor. He was a versatile character actor who was known for his ability to use various accents in his roles. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston and worked as a musician before moving to New York where he teamed up with former college classmates to create an off-Broadway revue called 'Stewed...
 
Madeleine Lebeau (1923 - 2016)
Actress. Best remembered for playing 'Yvonne', 'Rick's' (Humphrey Bogart) jilted lover in the classic picture "Casablanca" (1942). Born Marie Madeleine Berthe Lebeau, she began her film career in her native France during her teenage years and relocated to Hollywood, where she debut in the picture "H...
 
Lennie Baker (1946 - 2016)
Musician, Singer. He was a member of the rock and roll nostalgia group Sha Na Na. He attended Northeastern University where he was a part of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He got his musical start as a member of the group Danny and the Juniors. He went on to become part of the group Sha Na Na whe...
 
René Angélil (1942 - 2016)
Canadian Singer, Talent Manager, and Producer. He is probably best remembered as the manager of the popular Canadian singer Celine Dion from 1981 until 2015. The son of a Syrian immigrant and Lebanese mother, he received his high school education from College Saint-Viateur in Outremont, Montreal, ...
 
Paul Daniels (1938 - 2016)
Magician, Television Presenter, Game Show Host. Newton Edward Daniels, known by his stage name Paul Daniels, was an English magician and television performer. He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994. He was crem...
 
Conrad Burns (1935 - 2016)
US Senator. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Montana in the United States Senate from 1989 until 2007. After studying Agriculture at the University of Missouri, he served with the United States Marine Corps. He moved to Montana, where he worked initially as a magazine salesma...
 
Jane Smith (1925 - 2016)
Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano who enjoyed a major European career thru the 1950s, she walked away from opera to pursue a life of Christian service. Born to wealth and position, she had a privileged youth which included service as a White House page during the FDR years. She graduated from Stuart ...
 
Elsie Morison (1924 - 2016)
Opera Singer. A soprano, she is remembered for her career in England. Born Elsie Jean Morison, she studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium during the World War II years, then spent 1947 and 1948 at London's Royal Conservatory of Music. Elsie made her 1948 professional bow with an Albert Hall concert...
 
James Noble (1922 - 2016)
American Actor. Noble, whose acting career spanned seven decades, will best remembered for his role as the absent-minded Governor Eugene Gatlin on the hit ABC-TV sitcom 'Benson' from 1979 to 1986. He studied drama and engineering at Southern Methodist University but left to join the Navy during Worl...
 
Ted Marchibroda (1931 - 2016)
Professional Football Player, Coach. Born Theodore Joseph Marchibroda, he played quarterback for two teams in the National Football League and later was the head coach for the Baltimore and then Indianapolis Colts, and the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. He played college football at Saint Bonventure U...
 
Noreen Corcoran (1943 - 2016)
Actress. She will be remembered for playing 'Kelly Gregg', opposite John Forsythe in the TV series "Bachelor Father" (1957 to 1962). Born in New England, her family moved to Hollywood after her father took the position of maintenance chief and one of the picture studios. She followed her older siste...
 
Harry Perkowski (1922 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For eight seasons (1947 and 1949 to 1955), he was a left-handed pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Raised in West Virginia, he attended Trap Hill High School and later served with the United States Navy in both the European and Pacific Theaters during Wo...
 
Don Francks (1932 - 2016)
Actor. A multi-talented performer, he made his mark as a jazz musician, vocalist and a versatile actor. Additionally, he became known for his voice work in several Canadian and American television series. Born Donald Harvey Francks, he played sports during his youth including lacrosse and enjoyed en...
 

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