PHOTOS: Some notable people we lost in 2016

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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," he was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, Malik Isaac Taylor, aka Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, poses for a portrait at Sirius XM studios in New York. Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from complications resulting from diabetes. He was 45. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, FIle)

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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS asks a question during the vice presidential debate in St. Louis, Mo. The veteran journalist died of cancer on Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Emmert, Pool)

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2006 file photo, Fidel Castro speaks in Havana, Cuba. Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. His younger brother, Raul, announced his death Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, on state television. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

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Debbie Reynolds

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2011 file photo shows actress Debbie Reynolds posing for a portrait in New York. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd Fisher. She was 84. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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FILE - In this March 16, 2005 file photo, actor and comedian Gene Wilder speaks about his life and career at Boston University in Boston. Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" died on Aug. 28, 2016, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004 file photo, Garry Shandling hosts the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The actor and comedian, who masterminded a brand of self-inflicted phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show," died March 24, 2016 of an apparent heart attack. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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FILE - This 1985 photo provided by CBS shows Morley Safer at his office in New York. Safer, the veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war, died Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was 84. (CBS Photo Archive via AP)

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FILE - In this May 25, 1965 file photo, perspiration beads on the face of world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Sonny Liston, in Lewiston, Maine. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, died on Friday, June 3, 2016, according to a statement released by his family. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2007 file photo, Merle Haggard poses for a photo at his ranch at Palo Cedro, Calif. The country music star died of pneumonia, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Palo Cedro. He was 79. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, FIle)

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FILE - This undated photo provided by William Ferris shows William Christenberry. Christenberry, an artist renowned for photographs of crumbling buildings and rusty cars that captured the decay of the rural South, has died. He was 80. Christenberry died Nov. 28, 2016 at a nursing home in Washington, of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his daughter, Kate Christenberry, says. (William Ferris via AP)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, tributes lie beneath a mural of singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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George Michael

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2010, file photo, British singer George Michael leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in north London. Michael pleaded guilty in a London court to two drug offenses. He admitted driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis following an incident on July 4 when his car crashed into a shop in north London. Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. The elusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, according to her publisher, Harper Collins. She was 89. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2009 file photo, Juan Gabriel performs at the Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year event in his honor in Las Vegas. On Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, his representatives reported that he had died. As Mexico's leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist, he had sales of more than 100 million albums. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

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Carrie Fisher

FILE- In this May 23, 1980, file photo, actress Carrie Fisher hugs a person dressed as a stormtrooper in London while promoting the "Star Wars" epic "The Empire Strikes Back." Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. She was 60. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, File)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno gives a concession speech at her Miami Lakes, Fla., campaign headquarters saying she told Bill McBride "he was going to be a great governor." Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, died on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. She was 78. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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FILE - In this undated photo released by Thailand Bureau of the Royal Household, King Bhumibol Adulyadej plays a saxophone in Bangkok. Thailand's Royal Palace said on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, that King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died at age 88. (Bureau of the Royal Household via AP, File)

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FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo shows the sculpture "knotted gun" by Carl Fredrik Reutersward, designed to protest global violence and senseless killings, in Cape Town, South Africa. Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists died at the age of 81 on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, according to the Carl Fredrik Reutersward Art Foundation. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, file)

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FILE - This 1956 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordie Howe. Howe, the hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. He was 88. Son Murray Howe confirmed the death Friday, June 10, 2016, texting to The Associated Press: "Mr Hockey left peacefully, beautifully, and w no regrets." (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 file photo, actor Alan Rickman arrives for the European premiere of the film "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in London. The classically-trained stage star and screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films died of cancer on Jan. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 1963 file photo, astronaut John Glenn sits with models of the Mercury spacecraft atop its launch rocket and a lunar module, representing the past and the future of space exploration, as he talks about the first anniversary of his historic flight. Glenn's 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate. He died on Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File)

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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Israel's former President Shimon Peres poses for a portrait at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel. Peres, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died on Sept. 28, 2016. He was 93. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

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FILE - In this April 17, 2009 file photo, Leonard Cohen performs during the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Cohen, the gravelly-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter of hits like "Hallelujah," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," has died, his management said in a statement Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. He was 82. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 1987 file photo, then first lady Nancy Reagan watches an anti-drug musical titled "Just Say No," performed by teenage students from the Chantilly, Va., High School Drama Department at the Cameron Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. The helpmate, backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president _ and finally during his battle with Alzheimer's disease - died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the age of 94. (AP Photo/Scott Stewart, File)

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FILE - In this May 2, 1967 file photo, playwright Edward Albee, winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for drama, for his play "A Delicate Balance," talks to reporters during a news conference at the Cherry Lane Theater in the Greenwich Village section of New York. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright died in suburban New York City at the age of 88. Albee's assistant, Jackob Holder, says he died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his home on Long Island. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Mayor Rob Ford makes his way through a crowd at Ford Fest in Toronto. Ford, whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 after fighting cancer, his family says. He was 46. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)


Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

See else who died in 2016 in a story here.

Photos from The Associated Press.

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