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In memoriam: Notable 2016 deaths

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Many well-known men and women moved on during 2016, leaving legacies locally, nationally and even globally. Here’s a list of some of the notable deaths of the past year:


Colonel Abrams, 67, musician


Muhammad Ali, 74, 

professional boxer and activist


David Bowie, 69, singer/songwriter



Fidel Castro, 90, 

17th president of Cuba


Leonard Cohen, 82, 



Natalie Cole, 65, 

singer/songwriter and actress


George Curry, 69, civil rights journalist, former NNPA president 


Edward Dahm, 86, Fort Wayne native, co-founder of Mike’s Carwash 



Carrie Fisher, 60, actress


Thomas Mikal Ford, 52, actor


John Glenn, 95, astronaut and U.S. senator


Dawn Hampton, 88, jazz performer member of the Hampton Sisters


Youree “Ms. Cleo” Harris, 53, Psychic and television personality

Florence Henderson, 82, actress


Bill Hudnut, 84, former mayor of Indianapolis


Gwen Ifill, 61, journalist


Michael K. Jones, 52, Indianapolis pastor and radio personality


Harper Lee, 89, author


Joe Ligon, 80, gospel singer


George Michael, 53, musician


Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, 



Bill Nunn, 62, actor


Billy Paul, 81, soul singer


Yvonne Perkins, 66, Indianapolis community leader


Nancy Reagan, 94, actress and wife of President Ronald Reagan


Janet Reno, 78, former attorney general of the U.S.


Alan Rickman, 69, actor and director


Antonin Scalia, 79, associate justice of the Supreme Court


Pat Summitt, 64, basketball coach


Malik “Phife Dawg” Izaak Taylor, 45, A Tribe Called Quest


Alan Thicke, 69, actor


Maurice White, 74, Earth, Wind & Fire founder


Elie Wiesel, 87, writer, activist and Holocaust survivor


Gene Wilder, 83, actor


Ricky Williams, 54, actor and comedian

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