The world lost a number of significant figures in the field of entertainment and sports in 2016. Let us remember some of the local and international celebrities that passed away this year but whose legacies live on and continue to inspire.
The 69 -year-old British actor succumbed to cancer on January 14. Among his most notable roles were Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films!
Chekov from the rebooted Star Trek franchise died at 27 after getting pinned against the gate of his house by his own car.
The 22 year-old YouTube sensation and The Voice contestant was shot dead by a fan during a meet and greet in Orlando, Florida on June 10.
The music icon lost his 18-month battle with cancer just a couple of days after his 69th birthday. His album Blackstar topped the U.K. and U.S. charts following his death.
Best known for his villain and sidekick roles in Pinoy action movies, the veteran actor - whose health deteriorated since having a stroke in 2010 - died last October 11.
The 83-year old actor, who brought smiles and laughter with his roles in Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Popularly known as Kuya Germs, the Master Showman was mourned by the entire Philippine showbiz industry in January. He is largely credited for launching the careers of the country's biggest stars during the 80s and 90s through his musical variety programs GMA Supershow and That's Entertainment.
Pa, I don't know where to begin. You've always been there when I needed you the most. You are the most generous, selfless, genuine, caring father/mentor anyone could ever ask for. You're one of the reasons why I'm still in this industry you love oh so much. I'm sad that I'm not there next to you to say my goodbyes. You will be missed tremendously. We fought, we laughed, we cried, we sang, we danced and we shared the same stage for so many years! And I want to just thank you for teaching me and guiding me through everything. It hurts to see you leave us, but God is right there to make you rest and enjoy eternity with Him. I also pray for your family to be strong and to carry a smile like you always did. You will always be our MASTER SHOWMAN! Most importantly you will always be my father and I will always be your makulit na adopted son! RIP, Pa. I love you.??
The comedian-singer died at 57 last September 10. Young fans will remember her as Lola Paula in the Kapamilya teen comedy series Luv U.
The 3 ft. 8 in. tall man behind the well-loved Star Wars character R2 D2 passed away at the age of 81.
The Horror Queen of Philippine cinema died at 81 after suffering from a spinal cord illness. She was part of the LizQuen teleserye Forevermore.
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The Iron Lady of Asia passed away last September 29 at the age of 71 after battling lung cancer for 4 years. The fierce senator, who's popular among the Filipino youth for her funny jokes and witty quotes, was hailed as The Best President We Never Had.
The greatest boxer of all time - who had a respiratory illness triggered by Parkinson's disease - died at 74 years old last June 3.
The legendary singer-songwriter-instrumentalist - who has reigned supreme since the 1980s - died of an accidental drug overdose at his home in Minnesota. He was 57.
The sudden death of movie and TV director Wenn Deramas on February 29 due to cardiac arrest shocked the entertainment industry. He was behind Pinoy blockbuster films like the Ang Tanging Ina series of Ai Ai Delas Alas and the phenomenal hits of Vice Ganda including all-time topgrosser Beauty And The Bestie.
What's the most remarkable thing that you will remember about these celebrities? Tell us in the comments!