While it is inevitable that the world will lose pop culture icons every year, it seems like 2016 had more than its fair share of celebrity deaths.
2016 was the year we lost too many celebrities, and most of them way too soon and too unexpectedly. While there is never a "suitable" time for a loved one to go, it's even more tragic and painful when that person still had so much more life left to live, or when the person was so beloved by the world over that their loss feels like a huge hole in the world of pop culture.
From losing music icons like Prince, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey of the Eagles, to daughter Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds just one day apart, fans all over the world, across all different fandoms, have been in mourning this year. Below are some of the most heartbreaking celebrity deaths of 2016, made to honor those lives lost and remember the stars gone too soon. The stars may no longer be here, but their legacy — the art they've created; the television, movies, and music they've given to the world — will live on forever. Rest in peace.
1. Christina Grimmie Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Christina Grimmie attends the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Christina Grimmie was just 22 years old when she was shot and killed by a gunman, who then
shot and killed himself, while meeting fans after a concert in June. 2. Carrie Fisher Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Honoree Carrie Fisher attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-IRELAND ALLIANCE)
Star Wars actor passed away the day after Christmas after suffering a massive heart attack on an airplane before the holiday. 3. Debbie Reynolds Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Debbie Reynolds, recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Heartbreakingly, Debbie Reynolds died just one day after daughter Carrie Fisher passed. The Hollywood icon was 84.
4. Prince STR/AFP/Getty Images US singer Prince performs on the main stage at the first day of Sziget (Island) Festival on August 9, 2011 on 'Hajogyar' (Shipyard) Island in Budapest. The 'Sziget' festival, one of the biggest cultural events in Europe, takes place on an island in the middle of the Danube river, in the heart of Budapest.
The Purple One
succumbed to an opioid overdose in April. 5. David Bowie JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - A tribute balloon is pictured in front of a mural of late British singer David Bowie, painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London, on January 13, 2016 two days after the announcement of Bowie's death. Music legend David Bowie was famously private during his lifetime -- and in death, as a string of questions about the circumstances of his passing remained unanswered. His official social media accounts had announced the shock news of his death at 69 on January 11, 2016: 'David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,' adding a request for privacy for the grieving family.
Pop icon David Bowie died in January after a long battle with cancer.
6. George Michael ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images British artist George Michael performs at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo credit should read
The Wham! singer died on Christmas Day. So far, the results of his autopsy have been
deemed "inconclusive." 7. Alan Thicke Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04: Actor Alan Thicke arrives at the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)
Just two weeks before Christmas, Alan Thicke died suddenly of
a ruptured aorta after collapsing while playing hockey with his son. 8. Zsa Zsa Gabor AFP/AFP/Getty Images US actress Zsa Zsa Gabor smiles as she exits from Beverly Hills Municipal Court on July 12, 1989 where she appeared in order to answer charges of battery against a police officer. Gabor was arrested on June 14 for slapping a police officer when she was stopped for having an expired registration. AFP PHOTO HAL GARB (Photo credit should read
Zsa Zsa Gabor had lived to an astonishing 99 years old when she passed away in mid-December. Devastatingly for her family, one of her sons
died in a motorcycle accident just one week later. 9. Alan Rickman JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images British actor Alan Rickman poses for photographers on the red carpet for the UK premiere of the film 'A Little Chaos' in central London on April 13, 2015.
The beloved actor and
Harry Potter star died of cancer in January. 10. Glenn Frey Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Glen Frey and Joe Walsh of the Eagles perform during 'History Of The Eagles Live In Concert' at the Bridgestone Arena on October 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
The Eagles guitarist died at age 67 after complications from "rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,"
the band said in a statement. 11. Abe Vigoda Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Abe Vigoda attends the 55th Annual New York Emmy Awards gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on April 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Rumors about Abe Vigoda's death have been swirling since the 1980s. Sadly, the veteran actor really did pass away this year, making it to the bold age of 94.
12 & 13. René Angélil & Daniel Dion Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Rene Angelil (L) and his wife, singer Celine Dion, arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Celine Dion lost the love of her life when her beloved husband of almost 20 years died of cancer this year. In tragic news,
her brother Daniel, passed away only days later.
Here's hoping the families and fans of these beloved celebs have a more peaceful 2017.