6 of the most influential musicians who died in 2016
2016 was a year of tragedy for the music industry. We lost idols and inspirations. Below is a list of six celebrities whose passing shocked us here at RION.
David Bowie – January 10th 2016
David Bowie passed away surrounded by his family, after his 18th month battle with cancer. Bowie died at 69, two days before his final album ‘Blackstar’ was released. Bowie inspired so many by breaking through the boundaries of the music industry and shocked everyone with his alter-ego ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Music would not have been the same without David Bowie paving the way for musicians to come after him.
Maurice White – February 4th, 2016
Maurice White was the founder of Earth Wind & Fire. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 74 after he lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease which began in early 1990’s. Maurice White, a seven-time Grammy winner, sold over 90 million albums.
Frank Sinatra Jr – March 16th, 2016
The son of legendary singer Frank Sinatra died at the age of 72. Frank Sinatra Jr had his own very successful singing career as a singer-songwriter and conductor. His music took him all over the world, following in his father’s footsteps. Although Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr are no longer with us, their legacy will forever live on.
Prince – April 21st, 2016
Prince died at 57, allegedly in is recording studio in Paisley Park. The late singer won seven Grammy awards and an academy award for Purple Rain, best original score. He truly was a true icon. After an autopsy, the Medical Examiners Office determined his death was an accidental overdose of a very powerful pain relief drug called Fentanyl.
John Berry – May 19th, 2016
John Berry (left) died at the very young age of 51. Berry was the founding member of the Beastie Boys. He left the group after the release of their debut EP in 1982. Berry died of frontal lobe dementia.
George Michael – December 25th, 2016
To end our article we have to sadly add George Michael to the list of musicians who passed away in 2016. The ‘Last Christmas’ singer passed away on Christmas Day with his songs being played on the radio for the festive season.
Although all of these amazing musicians have passed away in the last year, they will never be forgotten and without them, music would not be what it is today.