The world of entertainment has lost icons from all genres of the industry with the deaths of stars such as David Bowie, Sir Terry Wogan, Victoria Wood and Prince this year.
And the grim toll has continued over the festive period with the shock death of much-loved singer Geroge Michael and also actor Liz Smith.
Here is a list of celebrities we lost in 2016:
:: Singer David Bowie died aged 69 on January 10.
:: Actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14.
:: Eagles frontman Glenn Frey died aged 67 on January 18.
:: Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan died on January 31 aged 77.
:: Author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19.
:: Actor Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack in the comedy series Father Ted, died aged 77 on February 28.
:: Coronation Street creator Tony Warren died aged 79 on March 1.
:: Nancy Reagan, actress and former first lady of the United States, died aged 94 on March 6.
:: Beatles producer Sir George Martin died aged 90 on March 8.
:: Magician Paul Daniels died aged 77 on March 17.
:: Comedian Ronnie Corbett died aged 85 on March 31.
:: This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson died aged 83 on March 31.
:: Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer died aged 96 on March 31.
:: Drugs campaigner Howard Marks, known as Mr Nice, died aged 70 on April 10.
:: Reality TV star and music producer David Gest died aged 62 on April 12.
:: British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker died aged 83 on April 12.
:: Comedian Victoria Wood died aged 62 on April 20.
:: Superstar singer Prince of Purple Rain fame died aged 57 on April 21.
:: Television writer Carla Lane, known for The Liver Birds and Bless This House, died aged 87 on May 31.
:: Boxing champion Muhammad Ali died aged 74 on June 3.
:: Singer Dave Swarbrick of folk band Fairport Convention died aged 75 on June 3.
:: Anton Yelchin, actor in Star Trek, died in an accident aged 27 on June 19.
:: Comedian, Royle Family actress and writer Caroline Aherne died aged 52 on July 2.
:: Ken Barrie, the voice of Postman Pat, died aged 83 on July 29.
:: Kenny Baker, who played droid R2D2 in the Star Wars films, died aged 81 on August 13.
:: Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka and other memorable roles, died aged 83 on August 28.
:: Former Israeli president Shimon Peres died aged 93 on September 28.
:: Former Coronation Street actress Jean Alexander, who was famous for playing Hilda Ogden, died aged 90 on October 14.
:: Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, died aged 87 on October 21.
:: London-born fashion designer Richard Nicoll died aged 39 on October 21.
:: Jimmy Perry, screenwriter known for shows including Dad’s Army and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, died aged 93 on October 23.
:: Singer, songwriter and television personality Pete Burns, who founded the iconic pop band Dead or Alive, died aged 57 on October 23.
:: Sir Jimmy Young, who hosted BBC radio programmes for half a century, died aged 95 on November 7.
:: The death at 82 of Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who penned the classic song Hallelujah among many others, was announced on November 11.
:: Television’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E star Robert Vaughn died aged 83 on November 11.
:: Musician Craig Gill, drummer of Madchester band Inspiral Carpets, died aged 44 on November 22.
:: The death of West End star Keo Woolford, 49, who starred in The King And I opposite Elaine Paige and in the television remake of Hawaii Five-O, was announced on November 30.
:: The death of comic actor Andrew Sachs, 86, best-known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, was announced on December 1.
:: Peter Vaughan, who starred in Game of Thrones and Porridge, died aged 93 on December 6.
:: Former King Crimson frontman Greg Lake died aged 69 on December 8.
:: Sunday Times journalist AA Gill died aged 62 on December 10 after a short battle with cancer.
:: Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died on December 18 aged 98.
::The death of singer and song writer George Michael was announced on December 25, It is believed George, aged 53 suffered heart failure.
:: Royle Family and Vicar of Dibley actress Liz Smith died on December 26 aged 95.