For the 23rd year running, we present our fondest farewells to the recently departed.

If they were on any lists — or if they mattered at all in the world — you'll find them here.

If you're looking for everybody, then you need to head on over to the Directory.

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Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds · 84

April 1st, 1932 - December 28th, 2016


Singin' in the dirt.

Carrie Fisher

69

Carrie Fisher · 60

October 21st, 1956 - December 27th, 2016


Help me Obi-Wan - you're my only - oops. Never mind.

George Michael

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George Michael · 53

June 25th, 1963 - December 25th, 2016


Trying to narrow down cause of death. Possibilities:

- Boom boom in heart
- Jitterbug in brain
- Hanging like Yo Yo
- Years of drug use and driving under the influence

Has to be one of those.

Liz Smith

67

Liz Smith · 95

December 11th, 1921 - December 24th, 2016


She was Norma Speakman in the BBC comedy The Royle Family, Letitia Cropley in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and Zillah In Lark Rise to Candleford. Which one was your favorite?

Zsa Zsa Gabor

66

Zsa Zsa Gabor · 99

February 6th, 1917 - December 18th, 2016


Zsa Zsa G'bye.

Henry Heimlich

65

Henry Heimlich · 96

February 3rd, 1920 - December 17th, 2016


Died of a heart attack? Seriously? We just can't catch a break here.

Alan Thicke

64

Alan Thicke · 69

March 1st, 1947 - December 13th, 2016


And getting thinner all the time.

John Glenn

63

John Glenn · 95

July 18th, 1921 - December 8th, 2016


The Ripe Stuff.

Fidel Castro

62

Fidel Castro · 90

August 13th, 1926 - November 25th, 2016


Cigars for everyone!

Florence Henderson

61

Florence Henderson · 82

February 14th, 1934 - November 24th, 2016


Here's the story
Of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up three very lovely girls
All of them had hair of gold
Like their mother
And then she died of heart failure

Ralph Branca

60

Ralph Branca · 90

January 6th, 1926 - November 23rd, 2016


He was the pitcher who gave up "The Shot Heard Round The World", and also one of only two players ejected from a World Series game. Winner!

Denton Cooley

59

Denton Cooley · 96

August 22nd, 1920 - November 18th, 2016


He used to do multiple heart surgeries at the same time, running between rooms to handle "the tricky parts". What a nut.

Melvin Laird

58

Melvin Laird · 94

September 1st, 1922 - November 16th, 2016


If you mix up the letters in his name, you get "Die, Mr. Van Ill". Isn't that CRAZY? No? Well, OK. That's all we got.

Leon Russell

57

Leon Russell · 74

April 2nd, 1942 - November 13th, 2016


A career spanning 5 decades, 430 songs, 31 albums, and wrote and recorded with pretty much ALL of the biggest names in music for the times. Also: he looked like Santa Claus.

Robert Vaughn

56

Robert Vaughn · 83

November 22nd, 1932 - November 11th, 2016


Huge Democratic Party supporter all his life. Wonder why he died?

Leonard Cohen

55

Leonard Cohen · 82

September 21st, 1934 - November 10th, 2016


Blue Alert!

Janet Reno

54

Janet Reno · 78

July 21st, 1938 - November 7th, 2016


They say she was the first female attorney general, but we're just not sure.

Bobby Vee

53

Bobby Vee · 73

April 30th, 1943 - October 24th, 2016


The night now has 998 eyes.

Tom Hayden

52

Tom Hayden · 76

December 11th, 1939 - October 23rd, 2016


Vietnam activist, married Jane Fonda. Anybody got anything? Yeah - us neither.

So long hippie.

Shimon Peres

51

Shimon Peres · 93

August 2nd, 1923 - September 27th, 2016


He won a Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, AND a Congressional Gold Medal - and still married a chick who was a truck driver. Talk about having NO GAME...

Arnold Palmer

50

Arnold Palmer · 87

September 10th, 1929 - September 25th, 2016


62 wins and 7 major championships, and he'll still be remembered for a combination of lemonade and iced tea. Nice.

Phyllis Schlafly

49

Phyllis Schlafly · 92

August 15th, 1924 - September 5th, 2016


A woman's place is in the cemetery.

Gene Wilder

48

Gene Wilder · 83

June 11th, 1933 - August 29th, 2016


Got his golden ticket punched.

Steven Hill

47

Steven Hill · 94

February 24th, 1922 - August 23rd, 2016


Going down, Hill.

John McLaughlin

46

John McLaughlin · 89

March 29th, 1927 - August 16th, 2016


He made a living by yelling at people and being a know-it-all on TV for 34 years. An American hero, when you think about it.

Fyvush Finkel

45

Fyvush Finkel · 93

October 9th, 1922 - August 14th, 2016


His name in yiddish was "פֿײַוויש פֿינקעל", which loosely translated means "Rat Face".

Glenn Yarbrough

44

Glenn Yarbrough · 86

January 12th, 1930 - August 11th, 2016


From limelighter to no-lighter.

Pete Fountain

43

Pete Fountain · 86

July 3rd, 1930 - August 6th, 2016


Fountain of Old.

David Huddleston

42

David Huddleston · 85

September 17th, 1930 - August 2nd, 2016


He was in The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles - and an absolute SHIT TON of bad TV - and we still can't find any good quotes. Please submit your ideas to wedontreallycare@stiffs.com

Gloria DeHaven

41

Gloria DeHaven · 91

July 23rd, 1925 - July 30th, 2016


Made her first movie in 1936, and her last one in 1997. She was also married 4 times, had two kids, and lived in Vegas. No wonder she died.

Miss Cleo

40

Miss Cleo · 53

August 12th, 1962 - July 26th, 2016


Bet she didn't see that coming.

Garry Marshall

39

Garry Marshall · 81

November 13th, 1934 - July 19th, 2016


Sunday, Monday Happy Days! Tuesday - Oh. Shit.

Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel · 87

September 30th, 1928 - July 2nd, 2016


Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, writer of 57 books. No scandals, affairs, controversies. We're going to pass on this one. You guys have fun with it.

Scotty Moore

37

Scotty Moore · 84

December 27th, 1931 - June 28th, 2016


He was Elvis Presley's guitarist. If right now you are thinking "Elvis had a guitarist?", then good. It's not just us.

Buddy Ryan

36

Buddy Ryan · 85

February 17th, 1931 - June 28th, 2016


As a coach for the Houston Oilers, he punched another coach in the jaw after a fumbled snap. Not sure where the nickname "Buddy" comes from though.

Ralph Stanley

35

Ralph Stanley · 89

February 25th, 1927 - June 23rd, 2016


The bluegrass legend is helping the green grass grow.

Gordie Howe

34

Gordie Howe · 88

March 31st, 1928 - June 10th, 2016


A stroke. That's howe.

Muhammad Ali

33

Muhammad Ali · 74

January 17th, 1942 - June 3rd, 2016


Floats like a butterfly, and, well, that's about it.

Mell Lazarus

32

Mell Lazarus · 89

May 3rd, 1927 - May 24th, 2016


He won the National Cartoonists Society Medal of Honor, which we assume means you got shot while drawing a cartoon or something. Too hungover to look it up. Lets go with that.

Alan Young

31

Alan Young · 96

November 19th, 1919 - May 19th, 2016


A corpse is a corpse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a corpse of course.

Morley Safer

30

Morley Safer · 84

November 8th, 1931 - May 19th, 2016


Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

William Schallert

29

William Schallert · 93

July 6th, 1922 - May 8th, 2016


IMDB has him at 374 acting credits up until 2014, then NOTHING. Slacker.

Prince

28

Prince · 57

June 7th, 1958 - April 21st, 2016


Life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.

Chyna

27

Chyna · 45

December 27th, 1970 - April 20th, 2016


She wrestled chicks, filmed with dicks, and now she's on the river Styx.

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts · 90

November 4th, 1925 - April 18th, 2016


Everybody mourns, Raymond.

David Gest

25

David Gest · 62

May 11th, 1953 - April 11th, 2016


Gest wrong.

Merle Haggard

24

Merle Haggard · 79

April 6th, 1937 - April 6th, 2016


The Okie from Muskogee has gone Croakie.

Patty Duke

23

Patty Duke · 69

December 14th, 1946 - March 29th, 2016


Her son was in Lord of the Rings, Goonies, and actually played the lead role in Rudy. Gotta be a bitch when your kid gets way better roles than you ever did.

Mother Angelica

22

Mother Angelica · 92

April 20th, 1923 - March 27th, 2016


She dedicated her life to serving the church, and in return had a stroke on Christmas Eve and died on Easter. Nice, God. Real nice.

Garry Shandling

21

Garry Shandling · 66

November 29th, 1949 - March 24th, 2016


We're not sure exactly what "shandling" is, but he's certainly not doing it any more.

Joe Garagiola

20

Joe Garagiola · 90

February 12th, 1926 - March 23rd, 2016


If you want to know how good a baseball player he was, just understand that he played for nine seasons on FOUR different teams. So, yeah. Not that good.

Rob Ford

19

Rob Ford · 46

May 28th, 1969 - March 22nd, 2016


Too bad. He seemed like a fun guy.

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

18

Frank Sinatra, Jr. · 72

January 10th, 1944 - March 16th, 2016


He did it his Dad's way.

Gogi Grant

17

Gogi Grant · 91

September 20th, 1924 - March 10th, 2016


Wayward, and in the wind.

George Martin

16

George Martin · 90

January 3rd, 1926 - March 8th, 2016


He was called "The Fifth Beatle" by a lot of people. Not by any of the actual Beatles, mind you. But who cares about that?

Nancy Reagan

15

Nancy Reagan · 94

July 6th, 1921 - March 6th, 2016


Nighty night, mommy.

Bud Collins

14

Bud Collins

March 4th, 2016


Aaaaaaand, that's match.

George Kennedy

13

George Kennedy · 91

February 18th, 1925 - February 28th, 2016


Can't we go one year without a Kennedy dying?

Sonny James

12

Sonny James · 86

May 1st, 1929 - February 22nd, 2016


The gentleman has gone south.

Harper Lee

11

Harper Lee · 89

April 28th, 1926 - February 19th, 2016


She released her first book in 1960, and her second and last book in 2015. Talk about your workaholics.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

10

Boutros Boutros-Ghali · 93

November 14th, 1922 - February 16th, 2016


Boutros Boutros-Ghali, gee!
Was the sixth U.N. Secretary!

Vanity

9

Vanity · 57

January 4th, 1959 - February 15th, 2016


OK, so, six deadly sins.

Antonin Scalia

8

Antonin Scalia · 79

March 11th, 1936 - February 13th, 2016


The court has ruled 8-1 in favor of the plaintiff in the matter of Grim Reaper v. Antonin Scalia.

Paul Kantner

7

Paul Kantner · 74

March 17th, 1941 - January 28th, 2016


Guy was in a rock band for five decades, advocated the use of LSD and marijuana, opposed the use of cocaine and alcohol, and had 3 kids. Someone please send us an obit for this weirdo, please?

Abe Vigoda

6

Abe Vigoda · 94

February 24th, 1921 - January 26th, 2016


Go, Fish.

Glenn Frey

5

Glenn Frey · 67

November 6th, 1948 - January 18th, 2016


Looks like he checked out AND left.

Dan Haggerty

4

Dan Haggerty · 74

November 19th, 1941 - January 15th, 2016


Now it's just The Times of Grizzly Adams.

Monte Irvin

3

Monte Irvin · 96

February 25th, 1919 - January 11th, 2016


It's a dark day for the Irvin family.

David Bowie

2

David Bowie · 69

January 8th, 1947 - January 10th, 2016


Ground Control to Major Tom.
Hello? Tom?

Kitty Kallen

1

Kitty Kallen · 94

May 25th, 1921 - January 7th, 2016


Sit. Play dead. Good Kitty.

 

 

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Funny that they used to call him "Old Sparky". Well, kinda funny.

(d) November 4th, 2010