Celebrities who died in 2016: David Bowie, Prince, Gwen Ifill and more stars we lost

2016 was a heartbreaker of a year when it came to the stars that we lost along the way. From David Bowie and Prince to Alan Rickman and Gwen Ifill, big names of all industries left us over the past twelve months that left us gutted.

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While some of the celebrities that passed away this year were older, there were a few notable stars that died at a tragically young age: Anton Yelchin, of "Star Wars," died in a freak accident at the age of 27 in June, and country singer Joey Feek lost her long battle with cancer at the age of 40 in March.

More recently, Alan Thicke died suddenly at the age of 69 following a heart attack earlier this month, and "Brady Bunch" matriarch Florence Henderson unexpectedly passed away at the end of November at the age of 82 just weeks after stopping by "Dancing With the Stars."

Remember all of the celebrities we lost in 2016 in the gallery below:

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Glenn Frey (67): Nov. 6, 1948 - Jan. 18, 2016 

(Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

George Michael

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Merle Haggard

(Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Carrie Fisher

(Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Natalie Cole (65): Feb. 6, 1950 - Dec. 31, 2015

(Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)

Pat Harrington Jr. (76): Aug. 13, 1929 - Jan. 6, 2016

(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Zsa Zsa Gabor

(Credit: Betty Galella via Getty Images)

Michael Galeota (31): Aug. 28, 1984 - Jan. 10, 2016

(Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

David Bowie (69): Jan. 8, 1947 - Jan. 10, 2016 

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

Alan Rickman (69): Feb. 21, 1946 - Jan. 14, 2016 

(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Dan Haggarty (74): Nov. 19, 1941 - Jan. 15, 2016

(Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Tommy Kelly (90): April 6, 1925 - Jan. 26, 2016

(Photo by FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Abe Vigoda (94): Feb. 24, 1921 - Jan. 26, 2016 

(Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

Joe Alaskey (63): April 17, 1952 - Feb. 3, 2016

(Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage for The Lippin Group)

Maurice White (74): Dec. 19, 1941 - Feb. 4, 2016

(Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Vanity (57): Jan. 4, 1959 - Feb. 15, 2016

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

George Gaynes (98): May 3, 1917 - Feb. 15, 2016

Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola (55): June 30, 1960 - Feb. 18, 2016

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Harper Lee (89): April 28, 1926 - Feb. 19, 2016

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Lee Reherman (49): July 4, 1966 - Feb. 29, 2016

(Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

Bud Collins (86): June 17, 1929 - March 4, 2016

(Photo by Uri Schanker/WireImage)

Joey Feek (40): Sept. 9, 1975 - March 4, 2016

(Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)

Nancy Reagan (94): July 6, 1921 - March 6, 2016

(Photo by Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)

Sir George Martin (90): Jan. 3, 1926 - March 8, 2016

(Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)

Garry Shandling (66): Nov. 29, 1949 - March 24, 2016


(Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

Patty Duke (69): Dec. 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Daisy Lewellyn (36): Jan. 15, 1980 - April 8, 2016 

(Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)

David Gest (62): May 11, 1953 - April 12, 2016 

PHOTOGRAPH BY Laurentiu Garofeanu/ Barcroft USA /Barcoft Media via Getty Images

Doris Roberts (90): Nov. 4, 1925 - April 17, 2016

(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Joanie "Chyna" Laurer (46): Dec. 27, 1969 - April 20, 2016 

(Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Prince (57): June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016

(Photo by ©2007 Phil Ramey/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)

Rickey Smith (36): May 10, 1979 - May 5, 2016 

(Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

William Schallert (93): July 6, 1922 - May 8, 2016

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Tonita Castro (63): 1953 - May 8, 2016

(Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Morley Safer (84): Nov. 8, 1931 - May 19, 2016 

(Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

Janet Waldo (96): Feb. 4, 1920 - June 12, 2016

(Photo by John Heller/WireImage)

Muhammad Ali (74): Jan. 17, 1941 - June 3, 2016 

(Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

Theresa Saldana (61): Aug. 20, 1954 - June 6, 2016 

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)

Ronnie Claire Edwards (83): Feb. 9, 1933 - June 14, 2016

(Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

Anton Yelchin (27): March 11, 1989 - June 19, 2016

(Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)

Noel Neill (95): Nov. 25, 1920 - July 3, 2016

(Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)

Bill Cunningham (87): March 13, 1929 - June 25, 2016

(Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Teddy Rooney (66): April 13, 1950 - July 2, 2016

(Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Garry Marshall (81): Nov. 13, 1934 - July 19, 2016

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Gene Wilder (83): June 11, 1933 - Aug. 29, 2016

Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

Rene Angelil (73): Jan. 16, 1942 - Jan. 14, 2016

(Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexis Arquette (47): July 28, 1969 - Sept. 11, 2016

(Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Robert Vaughn (83): Nov. 22, 1932 - Nov. 11, 2016

(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Gwen Ifill (61): Sept. 29, 1955 - Nov. 14, 2016

(Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)

Florence Henderson (82): Feb. 14, 1934 - Nov. 24, 2016

(Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Alan Thicke (69): March 1, 1947 - Dec. 13, 2016

(Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

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