In Memoriam 2016: People We Lost This Year

We said good-bye to icons – David Bowie, Prince and Muhammad Ali – and many more talented and cherished artists, entertainers and athletes

David Bowie
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David Bowie

David Bowie, the legendary singer-songwriter and actor, died on January 10th after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Two days before his death, the singer put out (pronounced "Blackstar"), this time on his birthday on January 8th. The record reflected the ever-evolving artist's interest in jazz and hip-hop. "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar," producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone of the recording sessions. "We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll." 

As Iggy Pop explained in a tribute: "He appreciated oddballs — people who looked different and spoke in a certain way. He had a very strong curiosity and had very absolute aesthetic values."