Makers, Boundary-Breakers, & Pop Culture Icons: All The Influencers We Lost In 2016

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This year has been a particularly difficult one in terms of pop culture losses. Beginning with the tragic death of David Bowie in January, these 12 months have been seemingly riddled with great departures. We lost a wave of important influencers — musicians, actors, fashion designers, and all of the above.

Seriously, what was it about 2016? Is it the fact that this is a leap year? Or an election year? Or is there some giant conspiracy to rid the world of its most lauded figures? We can't explain why 2016 gave us such monumental pop culture tragedies, but we can celebrate the people we lost. They were makers and boundary-breakers all of them. Here are the monumental figures that we lost in 2016.

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David Bowie, 69

January 10, 2016
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Rene Angelil, 73

January 14, 2016
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Alan Rickman, 69

January 14, 2016
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Antonin Scalia, 79

February 12, 2016
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Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, 55

February 18, 2016
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Harper Lee, 89

February 19, 2016
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Phife Dawg, 45

March 22, 2016
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Garry Shandling, 66

March 24, 2016
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Prince, 57

April 21, 2016
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Muhammad Ali, 74

June 3, 2016
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Christina Grimmie, 22

June 10, 2016
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Garry Marshall, 81

July 19, 2016
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Anton Yelchin, 27

June 19, 2016
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Gene Wilder, 83

August 29, 2016
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Alexis Arquette, 47

September 11, 2016
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Florence Henderson, 82

November 24, 2016
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Leonard Cohen, 82

November 7, 2016
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Ron Glass, 71

November 25, 2016
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Alan Thicke, 69

December 13, 2016
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Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99

December 18, 2016
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George Michael, 53

December 25, 2016
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Ricky Harris, 54

December 26, 2016
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Carrie Fisher, 60

December 27, 2016
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Debbie Reynolds, 84

December 28, 2016
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