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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...
 
Muhammad Ali (1942 - 2016)
American Professional Boxer. He is generally considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, his birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His father was Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a billboard and sign painter. His mother, was Odessa O'Gr...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
Gordie Howe (1928 - 2016)
Professional Ice Hockey Player. Canadian hockey legend who played from 1946-1980. Affectionately known as Mr. Hockey, he played for both the Harford Whalers and most notably for the Detroit Red Wings. A 23 time All-Star he was considered one of the games bests with most of his records standing until...
 
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 ...
 
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"...
 
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' ...
 
Pat Summitt (1952 - 2016)
American Basketball Coach. Born Patricia Sue Head, from 1974 to 2012, she coached the University of Tennessee women's Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was the first NCAA coach, and one...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
Ann Guilbert (1928 - 2016)
Actress. Versatile actress best known for her role of Millie Helper on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show". She is also remembered for playing the part of Fran Fine's grandmother Yetta Rosenberg on the 1990s sitcom "The Nanny". She studied theater arts at Stanford University and made her firs...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Ronnie Edwards (1933 - 2016)
Actress. Fondly remembered for playing 'Corabeth Godsey', wife of 'Ike' the storekeeper, in the TV series "The Waltons" (1975 to 1981). Born to parents of Scottish-English and German descent, her father was a trial attorney, her mother penned stories for True Confessions Magazine. Her fascination wi...
 
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...
 
Bud Spencer (1929 - 2016)
Italian Actor, Filmmaker and former competitive Swimmer. Born with the name of Carlo Pedersoli, he is best known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. They both appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together, like God Forgives... I Do...
 
Scotty Moore (1931 - 2016)
American Musician. Moore was a pioneering rock n’ roll guitarist whose playing propelled Elvis Presley’s first recordings for Sun Records. Born Winfield Scott Moore III, the youngest of 14 children, he began playing guitar at 8. He enlisted in the Navy and served in Korea from 1948-52. Moore founded...
 
Irving Benson (1914 - 2016)
Comic. One of the last survivors of Vaudeville, he shall be best remembered for his association with the legendary Milton Berle. Raised in Brooklyn, he took to show business early, started dancing in revues while still a young boy, and spent a number of years on the American Burlesque circuit. Durin...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Gareth Thomas (1945 - 2016)
Actor. Born Gareth Daniel Noake Thomas, he was best known for his role as Roj Blake in the 1970s BBC sci-fi series "Blake's 7". He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1960s and later became an RADA associate. He started performing in the theater before shifting to film and a long...
 
Janet Waldo (1920 - 2016)
American Film, Television and Voice Actress. Waldo began acting in 1938 with small roles in western features at RKO and Paramount Studios. In the early 1940s, her distinctive voice got her a radio contract and she appeared regularly on such series as 'One Man’s Family', 'The Gallant Heart', 'The Adv...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Santiago Erevia (1946 - 2016)
Vietnam War Congressional 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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Buddy Ryan (1931 - 2016)
Professional Football Coach. Fiery, candid and sometimes controversial, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history. He was the architect behind devising the "46 Defense", which played a major role in the Chicago Bears' capturing of Super Bowl XX in 1986. He w...
 
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...
 
George Voinovich (1936 - 2016)
US Senator, Governor of Ohio, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Ohio in the United States Senate from 1999 until 2011. He served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 until 1998 and served as the 54th Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 1982 until 1989. Vo...
 
Willis Pyle (1914 - 2016)
American Animator. Pyle was a legendary animator who drew for such classics as 'Pinocchio', 'Bambi', 'Fantasia' and 'Mr. Magoo'. He was attending the University of Colorado as an art student and working as an advertising illustrator at a clothing store when he noticed a poster on campus from the new...
 
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...
 
Mary Ann King (1934 - 2016)
American Television Personality. King was host of 'Romper Room', a nationally-syndicated children’s TV show from 1966 to 1976. Following in her father's footsteps, she took a job as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Oklahoma City before appearing in local TV commercials. In the early 1960s, sh...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Mihaly Meszaros (1939 - 2016)
Circus Performer and Actor. The 2 foot-9 inch actor was best known for his work as the friendly extraterrestrial 'ALF' in the 1980s science fiction-comedy series of the same name. He first came to fame in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where he was billed as the "smallest man in the ...
 
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...
 
Anton Yelchin (1989 - 2016)
Actor. Born the only child of professional figure skaters, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, in Leningrad, USSR. The family emigrated to the us while he was still an infant. He grew up in Los Angeles, and attended Tarzana’s Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, And the University of Southern Cali...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Theresa Saldana (1954 - 2016)
Actress, Author. Best remembered for playing 'Lenore' in the Oscar-garnered "Raging Bull" (1980) and as 'Rachel Scali' in the TV series "The Commish" (1991 to 1996). She survived a brutal knife attack by a deranged fan which nearly killed her in 1982. The incident was recounted by her in the TV-Movi...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
Rosanna Huffman (1938 - 2016)
Actress. She initially studied to become a teacher, but followed her dream to pursue a career in entertainment. After moving to New York, she made her professional debut on the Broadway stage in the production "Half a Sixpence" (1965 to 1966). This led to her more than thirty-year association with t...
 
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...
 
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...
 

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