Music Stars We Have Already Lost In 2016

Music Stars We Have Already Lost In 2016

This has already been a rough year for music fans.

While the industry was still reeling from the December 28 passing of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, 2016 began with the tragic news of the New Year’s Eve death of R&B legend Natalie Cole.

Since then, we have lost other greats in January 2016, like Glenn Frey, Blowfly, Robert Stigwood, Paul Bley, and, most shockingly, David Bowie.

Hopefully the rest of 2016 will bring happier news, but for now, Yahoo Music looks back on those who have already left us in the past few weeks.

Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, was an R&B and pop artist who rose to musical success in the mid-’70s. She is best known for her 1991 album Unforgettable… With Love. Cole died on December 31, 2015 of congestive heart failure, at age 65. Fans started off their 2016 very sadly, by waking up on New Year’s Day to this terrible news. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Jason Mackenroth (second from right) played drums for the Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004, released two solo albums, and was a band musician for the Blue Man Group. He died on January 3 after a four-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 46. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Paul Bley was a pianist and composer known for his contributions to the free jazz movement and his work with Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and many more. He died January 3 at the age of 83. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Paul Bley was a pianist and composer known for his contributions to the free jazz movement and his work with Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and many more. He died January 3 at the age of 83. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Craig Strickland was the lead singer of the country act Backroad Anthem. He was found January 4 after being reported missing a week earlier while out duck hunting during a winter storm. He was 29. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Robert Balser was the animation director for the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. He died January 4 at the age of 88. (Photo: .)

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Robert Stigwood was best known for managing artists Cream, Eric Clapton, and the Bee Gees, as well as producing the hit musical movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease. He died January 4 at the age of 81. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Nicholas Caldwell was a founding member of the Whispers, whose hits included “Rock Steady.” He died January 5 from  congestive heart failure. He was 71. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Otis Clay was a soul singer that was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He died January 8 of a heart attack at age 73. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Joseph Cecil “Red” Simpson was a country singer known for his songs based on truckers. He died January 8 after complications from a heart attack. He was 81. (Photo: .)

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John Berry was the co-founder of the indie-rock band Idaho. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 9. (Photo: .)

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David Bowie was a rock pioneer of rock, film, fashion, and tech, and one of the most influential musical artists of all time. He passed away from cancer on January 10, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his critically heralded 25th album, Blackstar. (Photo: AP)

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Giorgio Gomelsky was a music manager, songwriter, and record producer. He was the manager for both the Rolling Stones and Yardbirds. He died of cancer on January 13 at the age of 81. (Photo: Getty Images)

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René Angélil was a singer, music manager, and the husband of Céline Dion. He died of cancer on January 14, just two days before his 74th birthday. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Gary Loizzo (left) was the lead singer of the band American Breed as well as a recording engineer for bands such as REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Bad Company. He died of pancreatic cancer on January 16. He was 70. (Photo: .)

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Kevin Junior was the founder and lead singer of the Chicago indie-pop band Chamber Strings. While no cause of death has been given, Junior had long suffered from heart issues. He died January 17 at age 46. (Photo: .)

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Blowfly (real name: Clarence Reid) was known as “the original dirty rapper,” considered by many to be the forefather of acts like Ol’ Dirty Bastard and 2 Live Crew. He passed away from liver cancer on January 17, at age 76. (Photo: Complex)

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Dale Griffin was the drummer for Mott the Hoople, whose biggest hit was the David Bowie-penned “All the Young Dudes.” He died in his sleep January 17 at the age of 67. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Glenn Frey was a founding member of the Eagles. He died January 18 after suffering complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and pneumonia. He was 67. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

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