Christmas day saw 2016 claim another iconic life, once again gone too soon. Superstar singer George Michael died yesterday at his home at the age of just 53.
People are flocking to his London home to memorialize the late singer.
People are also taking to social media to mourn the latest sudden and unexpected loss of life.
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016
People are understandably ready for 2016 to come to a close.
Everybody, put on your helmets, lock your doors & don't leave your house till Jan 1st. 2016's still out there.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 25, 2016
Every year always comes with the tragic loss of some well known and loved people. But 2016 saw an unusual amount of iconic names fall.
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer (87)
Boxing and cultural icon Muhammad Ali (74)
Street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (42)
“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe (88)
Pat Summitt, the greatest women’s college basketball coach in NCAA history (64).
Craig Sager, long time NBA-on court reporter. (65)
Pop icon Prince (57)
Legend David Bowie (69)
Eagles frontman Glenn Frey (67)
Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner (74)
“Hallelujah” songwriter Leonard Cohen (82)
Merle Haggard (79)
Elie Wiesel (87). Holocaust survivor whose story and humanitarian career became the most prominent example of the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Harper Lee (98). “To Kill a Mockingbird” author whose novel became a mandatory, classic read. Also made into an Oscar-winning movie.
Nancy Reagan (94). President Ronald Reagan’s wife, first lady of the United States.
Phyllis Schlafly (92)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (79)
Egyptian diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali (93)
First woman U.S. attorney general Janet Reno (78)
Long time PBS host, two-time VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill (61)
First U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn (95)
Inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, Henry Heimlich (96)
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (90)
Carrie Fisher (60)
Gene Wilder (83)
Garry Shandling (66)
Patty Duke (69)
Abe Vigoda (94)
Alan Thicke (69
Alan Rickman (69)
Doris Roberts (90)
These are just a few of the prominent names. You can check out a full list HERE.
Overall, it’s been a tough year for American and global icons. Here’s to a less tragic 2017.