Celebrity Deaths In 2016 - Those We've Lost Too Soon

Celebrity Deaths In 2016 - Those We've Lost Too Soon

Though it’s only April, the world has already lost so much. We’re sorrowful for the tragedies that have already occurred and we mourn the loss of these famous faces who have died in 2016. For those of us who’ve followed the journeys of these incredible souls, it can be a heart breaking time. We’ve all seen their works of art, heard their performances, been inspired by their drive to do what they love, and witnessed the touching funeral arrangements in their honour.

Now, we can only remember the legacy they’ve left behind. This article is in memory of the individuals who’ve left their mark on the world and have now passed on from the world.


Celebrity Deaths in 2016 - Those We've Lost Too Soon


Carrie Fisher

While many of us know her as Princess Leia from the Star Wars film series, Carrie Fisher continues to be a cultural icon and role model. Speaking out about her experiences with sexism, bipolar disorder and drug addiction, Fisher was not only an amazing actress, but also an incredible individual in her own right. Carrie Fisher passed away from a heart attack on the 27th of December. 


Debbie Reynolds

An illustrious actress, singer, cabaret performer,  businesswoman, and humanitarian, Debbie Reynolds is well known primarily for her roles on the silver screen. From being the star of Singin' in the Rain to Charlotte's Web - and even having a stint on Will & Grace, Reynolds' career has spanned decades and had an impact on many. Reynolds passed away one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher on the 28th of December. 


George Michael

George Michael rose to fame as part of the music duo, Wham! which released hits such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. He also had an amazing solo career as an artist, with timeless singles such as Careless Whisper and Praying for Time. Michael was also an active campaigner for LGBT rights, raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities. Michael passed away in his Oxfordshire home on the 25th of December.


David Bowie

When David Bowie passed away on the 10th of January, the world lost a British icon, a music legend and a beautiful human. His musical career spanned more than five decades and his humanitarian work was an incredible testament to his character. His final album, Blackstar, was released two days before his death.


Alan Rickman

Many children and young adults knew him as the scary Professor Snape from Harry Potter. However, Rickman’s acting career spanned decades, demonstrating incredible diversity of roles and immense ability across the silver screen and the stage. Alan Rickman passed away on the 14th of January from cancer.


Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder was a magician on stage, with many of us knowing him from his iconic role as Willy Wonka in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. He added his magic to many other films and productions throughout his career, most notably working with Mel Brooks and comedian Richard Pryor. Gene passed away on the 29th of August at the age of 83.


Leonard Cohen

As a renowned Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, painter and novelist, Leonard Cohen has had an extremely varied creative life. Regardless of what form it was in, his art touched many souls and hearts. Cohen released his last album, You Want It Darker three weeks before his death on the 7th of November at the age of 82.


Sir Terry Wogan

As one of the most recognised faces (and voices!) of British radio and television, Sir Terry Wogan will be missed. For decades he played the part of presenter, host, DJ and more, earning himself a knighthood in 2005. On the 31st January, Sir Wogan lost his battle with cancer.


Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett was a Scottish actor, a writer, a broadcaster and, above all, comic genius. While his longest and most notable stint in the show Two Ronnies is what drew him the crowds, his infectious humour and personality made him a household name. His touching funeral was crowded by his comic friends who all demonstrated the simple and heart breaking reality that sometimes in grief, there is still love and laughter.


Doris Roberts

American actress Doris Roberts enjoyed a long and fruitful career, receiving five Emmys and many more awards. While she’ll no doubt be remembered for her part in Everybody Loves Raymond, she also appeared in flicks such as National Lampoon’s Christmas. On the 17th of April, Roberts passed away at the age of 90.


Merle Haggard

As an American singer and songwriter, Merle Haggard became a country music icon with a tendency to blend traditional country themes with more subversive lyrics centring on poverty and social issues. Following his time spent in prison, he emerged as the quintessential poetic American voice, to be remembered for years to come. He passed away on the 6th of April, surrounded by friends and family.


Harper Lee

American novelist Harper Lee was renowned for her book, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book, a stunning exploration of racism in the deep South of the 1930s, won her critical acclaim, a Pulitzer Prize and the legacy as an American literary icon.


Gary Shandling

Gary Shandling was many incredible things throughout his life — an actor, director, voice artist, producer, comedian and writer. While he’s best known for his work on The Larry Sanders Show and the It’s Gary Shandling’s Show, he’s also to be celebrated for so many other reasons: his standup comedy, his incredible acting, his comedy genius. Shandling passed away at age 66.



The sudden passing of Prince is one of the most recent tragedies to rock the music world and the biggest surprise celebrity death in 2016. His flamboyant stage presence, innovative music and incredible talent has made him a beloved musical icon. Prince passed away at age 57, in his Minnesota home.

Though these are a mere handful of celebrity deaths in 2016 to mourn and remember, there are countless more individuals who’ve left their incredible marks upon the world, while also leaving the world far too early. All will be missed, all will be remembered. Who has shaped and inspired your life? We would love to hear your thoughts and stories.

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My family and friends were very happy with every aspect of the preparation and celebration of the end of my wife. When I knew the end was near I spoke to Yvonne who explained to me what would happen and this was done with delicacy and tact. When the end came Yvonne came to our house and explained every aspect of what would happen. We explained what we wanted for Margaret's farewell and nothing was too much trouble for Yvonne to explain or discuss. On the day of the funeral everything went like clockwork and all my relatives and friends told me how impressed they were. So thank you to Yvonne for being celebrant and MC at the farewell and thank you to all the Lady Anne team. If I were asked to score the service my family received  it would be ten out of ten.
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I would like to thank you and the whole team at Lady Anne Funerals for making mums funeral the perfect goodbye. The funeral was everything and so much more than mum wanted. Nothing seemed to be too hard and that made my time far simpler than i had expected. 
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I want to send a heartfelt 'thank you’ to you both, and your team, for your compassion and your assistance in taking meticulous care of Dad and arranging such a beautiful end of life service for him. Within a matter of only a few days, which included a weekend, you were able to organise the perfect service tailored to our requests.

Not only did you organise the attendance of the RSL representative, you also went to considerable trouble to download the music and videos we had chosen, in a format that could be utilised in the service.We greatly appreciated your guidance too with organising the order of service and arranging a printed copy of the tributes for one of our friends who was deaf.

Thank you Yvonne for doing a magnificent job as the celebrant. We greatly appreciated you reading our tributes to Maurie on the family’s behalf. Thank you too for reading the poem, 'The Dash’ so beautifully.

It was comforting for our family and friends to come together in a more intimate setting, which your chapel provides. The light refreshments, which followed the service, were ideal, allowing the family to stay on and share their memories.

Dad quite often had high expectations of the way things should be done, bless him, so I was particularly mindful of doing him proud with this last expression of our love for him and a tribute to his long and meaningful life. We achieved this, with your help, and I know he would have been deeply touched and honoured. Thank you for you for all you did.


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Once again thank you so very much. I would highly recommend anyone to use your company if they want a perfect funeral service. 5 star service. 5 star outcome.

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“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

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Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
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Joanne Marks
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Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
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On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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