Farewell in Photos: Celebs who left for their heavenly abode in 2016

Updated: 23 January, 2017 11:53 IST
  • Jayalalithaa
    (February 24, 1948 -- December 5, 2016). She was an actress-turned-politician who served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016.
  • Sulabha Deshpande
    (1937 -- June 4, 2016). She was an actress and theatre personality. Apart from Marathi and Hindi theatre, she acted in over 73 mainstream Bollywood films.
  • Leonard Cohen
    (September 21, 1934 --“ November 7, 2016). He was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • David Bowie
    (January 8, 1947 -- January 10, 2016). An English singer, songwriter and actor, he was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Alan Rickman
    (February 21, 1946 -- January 14, 2016). He was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. Rickman gained notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard' and as Severus Snape in the 'Harry Potter' film series.
  • Anupam Mishra
    (1948 -- December 19, 2016). He was an Indian Gandhian, author, journalist, environmentalist, and water conservationist who worked on promoting water conservation, water management and traditional rainwater harvesting techniques.
  • Anton Yelchin
    (March 11, 1989 -- June 19, 2016). He was an American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the 'Star Trek' reboot series, Jacob Helm in 'Like Crazy' and for several other prominent roles.
  • Pratyusha Banerjee
    (August 10, 1991 -- April 1, 2016). She was a television actress who first gained recognition in 2010 in the show 'Balika Vadhu'. On April 1, she was found hanging in her Mumbai apartment.
  • Prince
    (June 7, 1958 -- April 21, 2016). He was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. His music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film 'Purple Rain'. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists.
  • Arnold Palmer
    (September 10, 1929 -- September 25, 2016). He was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport's history. Dating back to 1955, he won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit now known as PGA Tour Champions. Nicknamed The King, he was one of golf's most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.
  • Gene Wilder
    (June 11, 1933 -- August 29, 2016). Born Jerome Silberman, he was an American film and theater comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film 'The Producers' for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991).
  • Rajjat Barjatya
    (July 30, 2016) He was MD & CEO of Rajshri Media.
  • Suresh Chatwal
    (May 28, 2016). The veteran film and television actor was seen on popular show " FIR". He made his acting debut in 1969 with "Rakhi Rakhi" and was seen in films like "Karan Arjun", "Koyla" and "Munna Bhai MBBS".
  • Cho Ramaswamy
    (October 5, 1934 -- December 7, 2015). Born Srinivasa Iyer, he was an actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He was the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine, 'Thuglak'.
  • Fidel Castro
    (August 13, 1926 -- November 25, 2016). He was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.
  • George Michael
    (June 25, 1963 -- December 25, 2016). Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, he was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
  • Harper Lee
    (April 28, 1926 --February 19, 2016). She was an American novelist widely known for 'To Kill a Mockingbird', which was published in 1960.
  • Max Walker
    (September 12, 1948 -- September 28, 2016). He was an Australian sportsman who played both cricket and Australian rules football at high levels. Walker earned a place in the Australian cricket team in 1973 and represented his country in the sport until injury ended his career in 1981.
  • M. Balamuralikrishna
    (July 6, 1930 -- November 22, 2016). He was a Carnatic vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor. He garnered two National Film Awards (1976, 1987), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1975, the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor in 1991, for his contribution towards arts, the Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal from UNESCO in 1995, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005, the Sangeetha Kalanidhi by Madras Music Academy in 1978, and the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani in 1991, by the Fine Arts Society, Chennai to name a few.
  • Muhammad Ali
    (January 17, 1942 -- June 3, 2016). Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., he was an American professional boxer and activist. He was widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century.
  • Rajesh Vivek
    (January 31, 1949 --January 14, 2016). He was a Bollywood actor. He best known to Hindi film audiences for his role as the astrologer Guran in Lagaan (2001) as a postmaster in Swades (2004).
  • Razak Khan
    (1951 --“ June 1, 2016). He was a film actor appearing in Hindi films. Khan was noted for supporting and comic roles. He was known for his comic role of Manikchand in the 1999 Abbas-Mustan directed film Baadshah, as Ninja Chacha in the 1999 film Hello Brother, and as Takkar Pehelwan in Akhiyon Se Goli Maare.
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    (February 6, 1917--“ December 18, 2016). Born Sári Gábor, she was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Gabor had nine husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders.
  • Carrie Frances Fisher
    (October 21, 1956 --“ December 27, 2016). Carrie Fisher was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Her other significant film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally... (1989).
  • Debbie Reynolds
    (April 1, 1932 -- December 28, 2016). She was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. Her breakout role came in the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. Her other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts.
  • Mohammad Shahid
    (April 14, 1960 -- July 20, 2016). He was an Indian field hockey player and considered one of India's best to have played the game. He was known for his dribbling skills. He was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He was awarded Arjuna Award in 1980–1981 and Padma Shri in 1986.
  • Hanif Mohammed
    (December 21, 1934 -- August 11, 2016). Known as the original 'Little Master' and 'Asian Bradman', , Pakistan's legendary cricketer Hanif Mohammad played for the Pakistani team in 55 Test matches between the 1952–53 season and the 1969–70 season. He averaged 43.98 scoring twelve centuries. At his peak, he was considered one of the best batsmen in the world despite playing at a time when Pakistan played very little Test cricket; Hanif played just 55 Test matches in a career spanning 17 years. He was the first Pakistani to score a triple hundred in a test match.
  • Martin Crowe
    (September 22, 1962 -- March 3, 2016). He was a New Zealand cricket player and commentator. He played for the New Zealand national cricket team between 1982 and 1995, and is regarded as the country's greatest batsman. At the 1992 World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia, Crowe was named the player of the tournament, and led his team to a semi-final. By the time he finished his international career in 1995, he held the records for the most Test and One Day International (ODI) runs scored for New Zealand.
  • Johan Cruyff
    (April 25, 1947 -- March 24, 2016). A Dutch professional football player and coach, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Cruyff was the most famous exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Cruyff led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. At the 1974 finals he executed a feint that subsequently was named after him, the Cruyff Turn, a move widely replicated in the modern game.
  • Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    (December 5, 1927 -- October 13, 2016). Conferred with the title King Bhumibol the Great in 1987, he was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX. Having reigned since June 9, 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years, 126 days.
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2016 saw the deaths of many political titans, sports icons, famous musicians and film personalities. Here’s a look at some of the famous people we lost this year

First Published: 02 January, 2017 10:10 IST