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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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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 ...
 
Glenn Frey (1948 - 2016)
American Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Actor. Frey was a founding member of 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 Lov...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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"...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
Bob Elliott (1923 - 2016)
Entertainer. Along with Ray Goulding, he formed the popular radio and television comedy duo "Bob and Ray". The pair became known for their quick and witty technique for improvisation. Born Robert Brackett Elliott, his father was an insurance salesman, Bob studied at the Feagin School of Drama and Ra...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
Signe Anderson (1941 - 2016)
American Singer. She was a founding member and the original female vocalist in the Jefferson Airplane, singing on their first album and first few singles prior to being replaced by Grace Slick. She was discovered by Marty Balin while singing in a night club and recorded with the band on 1966's 'Jeff...
 
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)...
 
Stanley Mann (1928 - 2016)
Motion Picture Screenwriter. Known for penning the stories for the films "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), "The Collector" (1965) and "Conan the Destroyer" (1984). Raised in Toronto, he studied at McGill University, prior to beginning his career as an actor and scriptwriter for Canadian Radio. He move...
 
Kitty Kallen (1921 - 2016)
Singer. Born Katie Kallen, her father was a barber, her mother died prior to Katie's tenth birthday. Her passion for singing began during her early youth and she acquired performance experience on the radio program "The Children's Hour", which was sponsored by the Philadelphia-area restaurant Horn a...
 
Anna Laerkesen (1942 - 2016)
Ballerina. A distinguished performer and choreographer, she shall be remembered for her long career with the Royal Danish Ballet. The child of a military family, she had early ambitions to become a dancer and studied privately prior to her 1959 acceptance at the elite Royal Danish Ballet School. Ann...
 
David Margulies (1937 - 2016)
Actor. Known to film audiences for playing the 'Mayor' in "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (1989). Born into a Jewish family, his father was an attorney, his mother was a nurse. After more than a decade of stage experience, he marked his Broadway debut playing 'Hugo Kalmar' in "The Iceman...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Luis Arroyo (1927 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For eight seasons (1955 to 1957 and 1959 to 1963), he was a left-handed pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. Born Luis Enrique Arroyo, he marked his Major League debut with the Cardinals on April 20, 1955 and re...
 
Feyrouz (1943 - 2016)
Actress. Born Perouz Artin Kalfayan, she was a prominent child actress during the 1950s. She made her "big screen" debut in 1950 at the age of seven, in the film "Yasmin". She was a multi-talented entertainer, starring in numerous films as an actress, singer, and dancer. Her film credits inc...
 
Vincent Cianci (1941 - 2016)
Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. American lawyer, convicted felon, conservative radio talk show host, politician and political commentator who served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002. Cianci was the longest-serving mayor of Providence, and one ...
 
Myra Carter (1930 - 2016)
Actress. A veteran of both stage and screen, she is remembered for her award-winning performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women". Raised in Greenock, Scotland, she studied drama in England before returning home where she made her 1955 Broadway debut as Marian Seldes' understudy in "The Chalk Ga...
 
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, ...
 
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...
 
Conrad Phillips (1925 - 2016)
Actor. Born Conrad Philip Havord, he was a prominent actor in television and film from 1948 to 1991 and whose most famous role was of William Tell in the "The Adventures of William Tell" which ran from 1958 to 1959. He served in the Royal Navy before studying acting and going into the theater. ...
 
Troy Shondell (1939 - 2016)
Singer. Born Gary Wayne Schelton, he gained fame and recognition during the early 1960s, particularly with his biggest hit "This Time" which made the charts in both the United States and United Kingdom in 1961. He started his career in the music business by writing a song that was recorded by Little...
 
Ken Sailors (1921 - 2016)
Professional Basketball Player. Sailors is widely-credited with devising the "jump shot" which revolutionized the game of basketball. For five seasons (1946 to 1951), he played at the guard position in the Basketball Association of America and National Basketball Association with the Cleveland Rebel...
 
Brian Bedford (1935 - 2016)
Actor. He was a prominent actor on the theatrical stage, where he acted in and directed plays by William Shakespeare, television, and film. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 1952 to 1954 and was in the same class as Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney, and Alan Bates. He ...
 
Dave Mirra (1974 - 2016)
American BMX Athlete, Subaru Rally Team USA driver and host of MTV's Real World/Road Rules challenge. Held the record for most X-Game medals until 2013.
 
Joe Moscheo (1937 - 2016)
Gospel Musician, Author. His career began with The Imperials in 1964 as a singer, keyboard player and arranger. He performed with Elvis Presley from 1965 to 1972. He was president and board member of the Gospel Music Association, the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and ...
 
Francisco Flores Perez (1959 - 2016)
El Salvadoran Statesman. He served as President of El Salvador from June 1, 1999 to June 1, 2004 as a member of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). After graduating from college and the assassination of his father-in-law, who was chief of staff to President Alfredo Cristian...
 
Oscar Mejia Victores (1930 - 2016)
Guatemalan Military, Political Leader. He served as President of Guatemala from August 8, 1983 to January 14, 1986. He was a member of the Guatemalan army and rose to the rank of general and served as minister of defense under the presidency of Jose Efran Rios Montt. On August 8, 1983 he led a...
 
Joe Dowell (1940 - 2016)
Singer. He was a singer who was popular in the early 1960s after he had a number one hit with the ballad "Wooden Heart" in 1961. At his first recording session, he sang the tune "Wooden Heart" which became the first single released by Smash Records to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Af...
 
Willie Richardson (1939 - 2016)
Professional Football Player. Born Willie Louis Richardson, he played the position of wide receiver for both the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League during a nine year career. He was an All-American at Jackson State University and was drafted by both the New York J...
 
Bill Johnson (1960 - 2016)
Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. He was the recipient of a gold medal for the Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Competition during the 1984 Winter Games at Sarajevo. Born William Dean Johnson, he moved with his family to Idaho when he was seven and during this period, he became acquainted with skiing...
 
Barbara Bennet (1939 - 2016)
American Actress. During a career that spanned more than five decades, Bennet worked in front of and behind the camera. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in theater, then moved to New York City, where she appeared in several Broadway plays before moving to Hollywood in t...
 
Meg Mundy (1915 - 2016)
American Actress. Born Margaret Anne Mary Mundy, she was born in London, but moved with her family to the United States at the age of six in 1921. She began her career as a model before appearing on the Broadway stage in 1934's 'The Great Waltz'. She would appear in several more plays, among them 'T...
 
Yvonne Chouteau (1929 - 2016)
Ballerina. Born Myra Yvonne Chouteau, she was the only child of Colonel Corbett Edward and Lucy Annette Chouteau. Chouteau was inspired to dance at the age of four after seeing a performance by Alexandra Danilova in Oklahoma City. She began studying at the School of American Ballet in New York at...
 
Marlow Cook (1926 - 2016)
US Senator. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1968 until 1974. He served onboard a submarine with the United States Navy during World War II and attained his law degree from the University of Kentucky following his return home. He rema...
 
Dale Griffin (1948 - 2016)
Musician. Born Terence Dale Griffin, he was a founding member and drummer of the British glam-rock group Mott the Hoople. He began playing at an early age and performed in local bands before moving to London in 1969, where he and his bandmates signed a record deal and released their self-titled debu...
 
Edgar Whitcomb (1917 - 2016)
Governor of Indiana. He served as the 43rd Governor of Indiana from January 13, 1969 to January 8, 1973. He entered Indiana University in 1939 to study law, but quit school to join the Army Air Corps in 1940 at the outset of the Second World War. While serving in the Philippines as a Second Li...
 
Frank Sullivan (1930 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For twelve seasons (1953 to 1963), he was a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins. Born Frank Leal Sullivan, he attended Burbank High School in California and was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox in 1948. His professio...
 
Sheila Sim (1922 - 2016)
Actress. Born Sheila Beryl Grant Sim (later she was known as Lady Sheila Sim Attenborough), she chose to follow a profession in entertainment and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her motion picture debut playing 'Allison Smith opposite Eric Portman in "The Canterbury Tale" (194...
 
Ruth Leuwerik (1924 - 2016)
Actress. She starred in over 40 films and television series in a career that spanned from the 1950s to the early 1980s. She started on the theatrical stage, but went into films soon after with her first movie role coming in the 1950 film "Dreizehn unter einem Hut". Her glamorous film roles ma...
 
Lois Ramsey (1922 - 2016)
Actress. Born Lois June Dickson, she was a prominent actress who was known for her performances as eccentric old ladies on various television series. Her first acting role was in the television series "Consider Your Verdict" which aired from 1962 to 1963. She would go on to have a long career in tel...
 
Robert Stigwood (1934 - 2016)
Music Industry Executive. He was music entrepreneur and impresario best known for managing Cream and the Bee Gees. From Australia, he relocated to England in 1954. In the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the most successful figures in the entertainment world, through his management of music groups like...
 
Margaret Forster (1938 - 2016)
Author. Best remembered for penning the novel "Georgy Girl" (1965), which was made into a 1966 motion picture adaptation which starred Lynn Redgrave. She studied History at Somerville College, Oxford after receiving a scholarship and following graduation, she became a teacher at a girl's school in N...
 
Michael Oxley (1944 - 2016)
US Congressman. Best known for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which reformed the regulation of publicly traded companies after the Enron scandal, he served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 2007. He was also known for his successful fight, in 1981, with then Senator Howard Metzenbaum, to...
 
Lou Michaels (1935 - 2016)
Professional Football Player. For thirteen seasons (1958 to 1969 and 1971), he played at the defensive end and kicker positions in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers. Born Louis Andrew Michaels, he made his initial impri...
 
Leonid Zhabotinsky (1938 - 2016)
Olympic Games Gold Medal Athlete. He was a prominent Soviet weightlifter who held many weightlifting records and won gold medals at both the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. In his early years he worked at a tractor plant and was coached at the local weightlifting club of the Armed Forces sports socie...
 
Ted Karras (1934 - 2016)
Professional Football Player. For nine seasons (1958 to 1966), he played at the guard, tackle and linebacker positions in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. Born Theodore George Karras, he attended Emerson High School in Indi...
 
Pierre Boulez (1925 - 2016)
Conductor, Composer. An apostle of modern music and one of the inventors of electronic music, he is remembered for creating and leading numerous cutting-edge works. Raised in central France, he was a piano prodigy by age five and began composing while in his teens. During World War II, he went to Pa...
 
Bairbre Dowling (1953 - 2016)
Actress. Born into a family of entertainers, her father was Irish theater actor and director Vincent Dowling, her mother was actress Brenda Doyle. She followed her parent's career path and marked her motion picture debut playing 'Star' in the John Boorman Science Fiction picture "Zardoz" (1974), whi...
 
John Riley (1920 - 2016)
Olympic Hockey Coach. He guided the United States Hockey Team to a gold medal during the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley. An exceptional hockey player during his collegiate years at Dartmouth College, he served as an aviator with the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his return ...
 
Jim Simpson (1927 - 2016)
Sports Broadcaster. He served as the play-by-play man for the radio broadcast of Super Bowl I (Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City Chiefs) played on January 15, 1967. Raised in Maryland, he served with the United States Coast Guard, prior to studying at George Washington University. He cut his teeth in...
 
William Needles (1919 - 2016)
Actor. Born George William Needles, he was an actor on the theatrical stage, particularly Shakespeare's works, and later in television and film. He received his acting training at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and after serving in infantry during the Second World War, went into acting i...
 
Alice Denham (1927 - 2016)
Model, Author. A stunning brunette who once posed for "Playboy", she shall probably be better remembered for a no-holds-barred memoir of life among the New York literati. The child of a family wiped-out in the Crash of 1929, she followed her parents to Coral Gables, Florida and in 1940 thence to Che...
 
John Bach (1924 - 2016)
Professional Basketball Player, Coach. He began his lengthy association with the sport during his years at New York City Catholic High School and was a contributor to two city championship teams. He enrolled at Fordham University, however his studies were interrupted while he served with the United ...
 
Barney Hall (1932 - 2016)
Sports Broadcaster. For more than five decades he was known as the voice of Motor Racing Network’s NASCAR auto races. Hall began his career in radio on a station in Elkin, North Carolina, in 1958 and called his first Daytona 500 race on the air in 1960. Picking up a few jobs as a sportscaster and sp...
 
Stephen Levine (1937 - 2016)
American Author, Teacher and Poet. He was best known for his work on meditation, death and dying. Levine attended the University of Miami, publishing his first work, "A Resonance of Hope," in 1959. After working as an editor and writer in New York City, Levine was one of the founders of the San Fran...
 
Denise Duval (1921 - 2016)
Opera Singer. A lyric soprano, she shall beyond all doubt be remembered for interpreting the works of Francis Poulenc. Raised in the itinerant lifestyle of a 'military brat', she spent most of her early years in French Indochina and other parts of Asia but returned home to study at the Bordeaux Cons...
 
Fred Bruney (1931 - 2016)
Professional Football Player, Coach. For seven seasons (1953, 1956 to 1958 and 1960 to 1962), he played at the defensive back (safety) position in the National and American Football Leagues with the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams and Boston Patriots. Born Frederick Karl B...
 
Maja Maranow (1961 - 2016)
Actress. She was a prominent actress who was known for her roles in television and film. She attended drama and music school in Hamburg and then went into theatrical performing before going into first film and then television. Her first film role was in "Tage im Hotel" in 1983 and her film cre...
 
Forouzan (1937 - 2016)
Actress. Born Parvin Kheirbakhsh, she was an actress in cinema from the 1960s to 1979 when she was banned from acting in movies after the Iranian Revolution. She started her career by dubbing films and starred in her first film "Sahel-e Entezar" in 1964. She would go on to star in many popular...
 
Walt Williams (1943 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For ten seasons (1964 and 1967 to 1975), he played at the outfielder position with the Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. Born Walter Allen Williams, he was raised in San Francisco, California, where he attended Galileo High Schoo...
 
Mic Gillette (1951 - 2016)
Musician. A multiple brass instrumentalist, he will be remembered for his work as a member of the 1970's ensemble "Tower of Power". Born into a musically-inclined family, his father Ray Gillette was a trombonist with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Stan Kenton. His talents were visible by the age of f...
 
Otis Clay (1942 - 2016)
Blues and Soul Singer. Raised in Muncie, Indiana, he was heavily influenced by Gospel music and experienced performing in his first ensemble "The Voices of Hope", prior to returning to Mississippi, where he continued to perform in other groups. He moved to Chicago and launched his solo career with t...
 
Jimmy Bain (1947 - 2016)
Rock Musician. He was a Scottish bass guitarist best known for playing in the bands Rainbow and Dio with Ronnie James Dio. He had also worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums. He was born in Newtonmore, and played in several provincial amateur bands as a young teen...
 
John Johnson (1947 - 2016)
Professional Basketball Player. Born John Howard Getty Johnson, he played small forward for four different teams in National Basketball Association from 1970 to 1982. He played collegiately at both Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and the University of Iowa. He was selected 7th by the NBA's C...
 

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