It seemed like 2016 served an especially cruel blow to some of our favourite stars; week after week, icon after icon, we had to say goodbye to too many of the singers, actors and writers who helped to shape the world in ways that will never be forgotten.

The news that David Bowie had died at the beginning of January came as a shock to everyone but his closest friends and family, and seemed to set the tone for the next 12 months.

The losses of Prince, Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman and our own Rebecca Wilson were felt keenly around the globe, inspiring tributes and encouraging celebrations of their art. 

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a moment to remember the much-loved celebrities we had to say goodbye to this year.

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