2016 was filled with highs and lows and the loss of many major celebrities. From David Bowie to Alan Thicke, take a look at the wealth and legacy of the celebrities we lost this year.
Debbie Reynolds, 84
Net Worth: $85 million
Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, died on December 28, 2016 after suffering a stroke just one day after the passing of her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher.
Reynolds began her show biz career in the 1950 film, “Three Little Words.” Just two years later at the age of 19, Reynolds won her first leading role in the classic, “Singin’ in the Rain,” and as they say in Hollywood, a “star was born.”
She went on to star in countless other films including, “Bundle of Joy” — which she received a Golden Globe nomination for — “How the West Was Won,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Mother.”
An accomplished dancer, Reynolds was also at home on the stage and the small screen. She starred on Broadway and in many television shows, including “The Debbie Reynolds Show” and the hit series “Will & Grace.”
David Bowie, 69
Net Worth: $230 million
The English rocker and songwriter died at the age of 69 on Jan. 10, 2016 in New York City after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was born on Jan. 8, 1947 outside of London.
Bowie was known as much for his fashion theatrics as he was for his music. Chart-topping hits included “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Space Oddity,” among others. Throughout his life he transformed into several different personas with each album he released.
Bowie won a Grammy in 1985 for Best Video, Short Form for “Jazzin’ for Blue Jean.” He is nominated for five Grammys in 2017 stemming from his latest album, “Blackstar.”
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Alan Rickman, 69
Net Worth: $16 million
The world mourned on Jan. 14, 2016, when British actor Alan Rickman passed just a month shy of his 70th birthday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born Feb. 21, 1946, Rickman was best known for his iconic roles as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise. Other notable films include “Galaxy Quest,” “Love Actually,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Rickman won a Golden Globe in 1997 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Rasputin.”
Harper Lee, 69
Net Worth: $35 million
Author of the great American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee died at the age of 69 on Feb. 19, 2016.
Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for the 1960 novel that addressed racism in the Depression-era South. The book was later made into a film of the same title starring Gregory Peck. The movie won three Academy Awards in 1962.
In the summer of 2015, Lee released “Go Set a Watchman” — what many call the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book is set twenty years later and centers around Scout’s return from New York City to visit her elderly father in her Alabama hometown. The novel sold more than 1 million copies within a week of its release, according to the New York Times.
Nancy Reagan, 94
Net Worth: $15 million
Born July 6, 1921, Nancy Reagan served as the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 alongside her husband, President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan worked as a Hollywood film star in the ’40s and ’50s under the name Nancy Davis, before meeting and then marrying fellow actor Ronald Reagan. The couple had two children together.
During her time in the White House, Reagan was known for her fashion, desire to restore glamour to the White House and her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign.
Mrs. Reagan died on March 6, 2016 from congestive heart failure.
Patty Duke, 69
Net Worth: $10 million
Patty Duke got into acting quite early, winning $32,000 on the game show “The $64,000 Question,” when she was only 12.
Duke is best known for her Oscar-winning portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” from 1962. Her co-star in that film, Anne Bancroft, won the Academy Award for Best Actress, while Duke took home Best Supporting Actress.
She passed away March 29, 2016.
David Alan Gest, 62
Net Worth: $20 million
Producer, entertainer and comedian David Alan Gest died at the age of 62 on April 12, 2016.
Perhaps best-known as the ex-husband of Liza Minnelli, Gest produced the TV special “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years” in 2001 and appeared on the 2006 British series “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”
Gest and Minnelli were frequent tabloid fodder during their brief marriage from March 2002 to July 2003. The 62-year-old was born on May 11, 1953 in Los Angeles.
Doris Roberts, 90
Net Worth: $14 million
An actress of film, television and the stage, Doris Roberts passed away on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.
With a career spanning more than seven decades, Roberts is best known for her role as Marie Barone on the hit TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Roberts, who also was an animal rights activist, won four Emmys throughout her career. She was born on Nov. 4, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo.
Net Worth: $300 million
Prince was just a few months shy of his 58th birthday when he died on April 21, 2016.
The seven-time Grammy award winner had five Top 10 singles throughout his decades-long career. The often controversial artist, who changed his name in the ’90s to an unpronounceable symbol due to a fight with his record label, also won an Oscar for Original Song Score with his 1984 semi-autobiographical musical drama “Purple Rain.” The soundtrack sold more than 25 million copies.
Prince, who died of an opioid overdose, was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis.
Fellow singer and fan, Jennifer Lopez, took to Twitter to talk about the pop star’s sudden passing: “Shocked and soooo sad!! #RIP PRINCE #music #legend #gonetoosoon.”
Muhammad Ali, 74
Net Worth: $50 million
Boxing great Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 74.
Born Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, he began boxing at the age of 12. Following a gold medal win at the 1960 Summer Olympics, he turned pro at 18.
Clay changed his name in 1964 to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam. He retired in 1981 with a record of 56 wins (37 knockouts) and 5 losses, earning him the nickname “The Greatest.”
Following his boxing career, Ali used his fame to promote peace and tolerance across the globe before Parkinson’s disease took his life.
At the news of his death, Actor Hugh Jackman tweeted, “No matter where in the world or who you are – @MuhammadAli touched all our lives!!! Your spirit will burn bright forever.”
Anton Yelchin, 27
Net Worth: $10 million
Anton Yelchin died of accidental blunt traumatic asphyxia due to a freak car accident on June 19, 2016. While best known for his iconic role as Chekov in the reboot of “Star Trek,” the young actor had a long career in television that stretched back to 2000.
Yelchin won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Feature Film for his portrayal of Bobby Garfield in the 2001 film “Hearts in Atlantis”.
Born March 11, 1989 in Leningrad, Russia, he was only 27 years old when he passed.
Gene Wilder, 83
Net Worth: $20 million
Comedy legend Gene Wilder died on Aug. 29, 2016 at the age of 83 from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933, Wilder began acting in the theatre before landing his first television role in 1961 and his first film role in 1967. He is best known for starring in movies such as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
Wilder was nominated for two Oscars and two Golden Globes and won an Emmy in 2003 for his guest appearance on NBC’s “Will & Grace.”
Alexis Arquette, 47
Net Worth: Unknown
Actress and activist Alexis Arquette died on Sept. 11, 2016 from cardiac arrest as a result of HIV-related complications.
Born into the famous Arquette family — actors David, Rosanna, Patricia and Richmond Arquette are siblings — she began her acting career at the age of 12 in a music video. Arquette’s notable film credits include “The Wedding Singer,” ‘She’s All That,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Bride of Chucky.”
Arquette began her gender transition in 2004 with the help of hormones before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2006. Aside from acting, she worked as a transgender activist, starring in the 2007 documentary, “Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.”
Arnold Palmer, 87
Net Worth: $700 million
Professional golf icon and celebrated philanthropist Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 on Sept. 25, 2016.
Nicknamed “The King,” Palmer won an incredible 92 tournaments throughout his five decades long career, including 62 victories on the PGA Tour. Along with becoming the first man to win four Masters green jackets, the World Golf Hall of Famer also secured seven major titles, ranking him seventh all-time.
Off the course, Palmer’s charitable legacy — Arnie’s Army — lives on, raising more than $500,000 for institutions and organizations that help children and families.
Fellow golf legend Tiger Woods remembered Palmer on Twitter, writing, “Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.”
Palmer’s memorial service was attended by nearly a thousand people (with another 5,000 watching via closed circuit) in his hometown of Latrobe, Pa. Guests paying tribute and celebrating the legend’s life included fellow golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson and many others.
Leonard Cohen, 82
Net Worth: $40 million
Folk music singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016, at the age of 82.
The Canadian-born Cohen, best known for his original songs such as “I’m Your Man,” “Avalanche” and “Suzanne,” began writing poetry in the early 1960s before embarking on his musical career.
Cohen was a favorite among singers in the ’60s and ’70s, writing songs for James Taylor and Willie Nelson, among others. Cohen continued his musical career well into his 80s, releasing his final album, “You Want It Darker,” in 2016.
Florence Henderson, 82
Net Worth: $10 million
Best known for her role as Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” actress Florence Henderson died from heart failure at the age of 82 on Nov. 24, 2016.
Henderson began her show biz career on Broadway in 1952 before transitioning to television in 1954. She later became an American TV icon on “The Brady Bunch,” which aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974.
Ron Glass, 71
Net Worth: $10 million
Actor Ron Glass died Nov. 25, 2016, at the age of 71.
Glass was best known for his role as Det. Ron Harris on the television series “Barney Miller” in the ’70s and ’80s. Younger fans remember him as Shepherd Book in the short-lived, but cult classic TV series, “Firefly” and related feature film, “Serenity.”
Other television credits include “Hawaii Five-O,” “Sanford and Sons,” “Good Times” and a guest appearance on “Friends,” in which he played Ross’ divorce lawyer.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99
Net Worth: $40 million
Socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died on Dec. 18, 2016, from a heart attack. She was 99.
Gabor was born in Hungary in 1917 and began her career as a beauty queen, winning Miss Hungary in 1936. She left Europe in 1941 to pursue her career on the silver screen, later landing roles in “Lovely to Look At,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Queen of Outer Space.”
Known for her European flair and extravagant lifestyle, she was just as famous for her love life. Gabor married nine times, including seven divorces and one annulment. Her last marriage was to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt in 1986.
Gabor began suffering serious health issues in the early 2000s, surviving several strokes and surgeries and undergoing a leg amputation due to an infection.
Alan Thicke, 69
Net Worth: $40 million
Best known for his role on “Growing Pains,” Alan Thicke died on Dec. 13, 2016, in Burbank, Calif.
Over the course of his career, Thicke earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Dr. Jason Seaver on “Growing Pains,” appearing in more than 160 episodes in the show’s seven year run.
Thicke had three sons. including singer Robin Thicke, who took to Instagram to share his sadness over his father’s death: “My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.”
George Michael, 53
Net Worth: $200 million
British by birth, George Michael became a household name in the U.S. thanks to a 1984 No. 1 Billboard hit single with his band Wham!, called “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” But that wasn’t Michael’s only hit with Wham!, debuting on the Billboard chart as early as 1983 with the song “Young Guns (Go For It)” and later, the holiday hit “Last Christmas.”
Michael’s biggest hit of his career was actually the 1987 song “Faith,” recorded as a solo project. The album “Faith” went on to sell 10 million copies and won the 1988 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Michael was born in London on June 25, 1963, and passed away on Dec. 25, 2016, from heart failure.
Carrie Fisher, 60
Net Worth: $25 million
Actress Carrie Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering complications from a heart attack on board a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles just four days prior.
Fisher rose to fame at 19 years old as Princess Leia Organa in the 1977 movie “Star Wars: A New Hope.” She went on to star in subsequent Star Wars movies, “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983.
In 2015, she reprised her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She is slated to appear in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” in 2017, which is already in post-production, according to IMDB.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, expressed his sadness over Fisher’s death on Twitter, simply writing, “no words. #Devastated.”
Fisher’s other film credits include, “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Shampoo” and “The Burbs,” among others. Fisher also had success on the small screen with parts on “Sex and the City,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Weeds.”