- Maria Teresa de Filippis, 89 (11 November 1926 – 8 January 2016) – Italian racing driver, the first women to compete in Formula One.
- Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart
- David Bowie – Legendary British singer, actor and icon who was one of the biggest selling artists of all time and influenced a generation with songs such as “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars”, “Changes”, “Starman” and “Heroes”, covering a range of musical styles and physical appearances. Had a number of acting roles, including as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. Released his final album, Blackstar, just two days before his death from liver cancer.
- David Margulies – American actor who played the mayor in Ghostbusters.
- Alan Rickman – British actor with dozens of iconic film roles including acerbic villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (his first ever film role), enigmatic Professor Severus Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter films, sarcastically type-cast actor Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and the honourable Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility amongst many, many more. A wondeful actor who stole the show in basically everything he did, his death from pancreatic cancer was very unexpected.
Sir Terry Wogan Irish broadcaster, probably the best presenter Britain has ever had. Presented Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 for xx to a huge audience, noted for his relaxed broadcasting style and ease of making you feel you were the only one listening. Also presented popular chat show Wogan, game show Blankety Blank and the driving force in the annual Children in Need fundraiser. Was also the legendarily piss taking commentator of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage for decades. Worked right up until a few months before his unexpected death from cancer.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Ronnie Corbett (4 December 1930 – 31 March 2016) – British actor and entertainer. Participant in The Frost Report (including the legendary ‘Class sketch’) before joining forces with Ronnie Barker for sketch show The Two Ronnies. One of the all-time great comedy shows, with sketches such as ‘Four Candles’, ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Opticians’, it ran from 1971 to 1987, with Corbett performing an intentionally rambling monologue in each episode, while sitting in a chair designed to highlight his small stature. He also starred as hen-pecked son Timothy Lumsden in Sorry! from 1981-1988. Corbett remained active till shortly before his death, appearing in Extras (as himself, snorting crack at the BAFTAs) and various panel shows and revival specials, including covering for Bruce Forsyth as host on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing. He had been in ill health for a while but his death aged 85 was still a surprise and led to a wave of tributes as one of the most celebrated figures in British comedy.