Yearender 2016: Those who left us
Published : Dec 20, 2016, 3:50 pm IST
Updated : Jun 24, 2019, 5:03 pm IST
Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in the year 2016.
Fidel Castro, 90: Embracing Soviet-style Communism, Fidel Castro overcame imprisonment and exile to become leader of Cuba and defy the power of the United States at every turn.
David Bowie, 69: Other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust. He passed away on January 10.
Harper Lee, 89: Elusive novelist whose child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film. He died on February 19, 2016.
Prince, 57: One of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including 'Little Red Corvette,' 'Let’s Go Crazy' and 'When Doves Cry.' He died on April 21, 2016.
Muhammad Ali, 74: Heavyweight champion whose fast fists, irrepressible personality and determined spirit transcended sports and captivated the world. He died on June 3, 2016.
Abdul Sattar Edhi, 88: Pakistan’s legendary philanthropist who devoted his life to the poor and the destitute. He died on July 8, 2016.
Raymond Tomlinson, 74: He invtented the modern email and selected the '@' symbol. He died on March 4, 2016.
Robert A. Hoover, 94: World War II's legendary fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his flying skills in testing aircraft and demonstrating their capabilities in air shows. He passed away on October 25, 2016.
Arnold Palmer, 87: Golf legend who brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch. He died on September 25, 2016.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88: World’s longest reigning monarch, he was revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad. He died on October 13, 2016.
Jayaram Jayalalithaa, 68: South Indian actress who turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu. She passed away on December 4, 2016.
John Glenn, 95: His 1962 flight as the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate. He died on December 8, 2016.