It has been a tradition here for me to post notable deaths each year. No more explanation than that is needed. Here are the ones we lost in 2016:
David Bowie, 69, English singer-songwriter, musician ("Space Oddity", "Heroes", "Starman"), and actor (Labyrinth, Zoolander), liver cancer.
David Margulies, 78, American actor (Ghostbusters, The Sopranos, Conversations with My Father).
Alan Rickman, 69, English actor (Harry Potter, Die Hard, Love Actually), pancreatic cancer.
Dan Haggerty, 74, American actor (The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams), spinal cancer.
Glenn Frey, 67, American songwriter, musician (Eagles) and actor (Jerry Maguire), complications following intestinal surgery.
Mike Minor, 75, American actor (Petticoat Junction, All My Children, The Beverly Hillbillies), cancer.
Abe Vigoda, 94, American actor (The Godfather, Barney Miller, Late Night with Conan O'Brien).
Harper Lee, 89, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird).
Lennie Baker, 69, American musician and singer (Sha Na Na).
Tony Burton, 78, American actor (Rocky, Assault on Precinct 13, The Shining), pneumonia.
George Kennedy, 91, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun, Airport), Oscar winner (1968), heart disease.
James Douglas, 86, American actor (As the World Turns, Peyton Place, G.I. Blues).
Nancy Reagan, 94, American First Lady (1981–1989) and actress (Hellcats of the Navy, Donovan's Brain, The Next Voice You Hear...), heart failure.
Richard Davalos, 85, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, East of Eden, Kelly's Heroes).
Shawn Elliott, 79, American singer and actor (The Dead Pool, Broken City, Law & Order).
Keith Emerson, 71, English progressive rock keyboardist (The Nice; Emerson, Lake & Palmer), suicide by gunshot.
Frank Sinatra, Jr., 72, American singer (That Face!) and actor (Hollywood Homicide), heart attack.
Larry Drake, 67, American actor (L.A. Law, Johnny Bravo, Darkman), Emmy winner (1988, 1989), blood cancer.
Steve Young, 73, American outlaw country music singer–songwriter ("Seven Bridges Road").
Joe Santos, 84, American actor (The Rockford Files, The Sopranos, The Last Boy Scout), heart attack.
Richard Bradford, 81, American actor (Man in a Suitcase, The Untouchables, Cagney & Lacey).
Ken Howard, 71, American actor (1776, The White Shadow, J. Edgar), President of SAG/SAG-AFTRA (2009–2016), Emmy winner (1981, 2009).
Tom Whedon, 83, American television writer (The Golden Girls, The Electric Company, Alice).
Garry Shandling, 66, American comedian, actor and writer (The Larry Sanders Show, Iron Man 2, Over the Hedge), blood clot.
James Noble, 94, American actor (Benson, 10, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), complications from a stroke.
Patty Duke, 69, American actress (The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show, Valley of the Dolls), President of SAG (1985–1988), Oscar winner (1962), sepsis.
Douglas Wilmer, 96, English actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, Jason and the Argonauts).
Merle Haggard, 79, American singer-songwriter ("Okie from Muskogee", "The Fightin' Side of Me", "Carolyn"), Grammy winner (1984, 1998, 1999), complications from pneumonia.
Jimmie Van Zant, 59, American singer, songwriter and guitarist, liver cancer.
Paul Carey, 88, American radio broadcaster (Detroit Tigers).
Rod Daniel, 73, American film director (Teen Wolf, K-9, WKRP in Cincinnati), Parkinson's disease.
Doris Roberts, 90, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond, Remington Steele, Christmas Vacation), stroke.
Chyna, 46, American professional wrestler (WWF) and actress (1 Night in China, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Cougar Club).
Prince, 57, American musician, songwriter ("Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette") and actor, Oscar (1984) and Grammy (1984, 1986, 2004, 2007) winner, accidental overdose of fentanyl.
Abel Fernandez, 85, American actor (The Untouchables, Pork Chop Hill).
Marianne Gaba, 76, American model and actress (Missile to the Moon, The Choppers, The Beverly Hillbillies).
William Schallert, 93, American actor (The Patty Duke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, In the Heat of the Night), President of SAG (1979–1981).
John Berry, 52, American musician (Beastie Boys), frontal lobe dementia.
Morley Safer, 84, Canadian-born American journalist (60 Minutes), pneumonia.
Alan Young, 96, English-born Canadian-American actor (Mister Ed, The Time Machine, DuckTales).
Buck Kartalian, 93, American actor (Planet of the Apes, Cool Hand Luke, The Rock).
Muhammad Ali, 74, American boxer, Olympic gold medalist (1960), three-time WBC world heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, 1978), septic shock.
Theresa Saldana, 61, American actress (Raging Bull, The Commish, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), renal failure.
Ann Morgan Guilbert, 87, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny, Grumpier Old Men), cancer.
Ron Lester, 45, American actor (Varsity Blues, Popular, Good Burger), liver and kidney failure.
Garry Marshall, 81, American director, producer, writer, and actor (Happy Days, Pretty Woman, Murphy Brown), pneumonia.
Gloria DeHaven, 91, American actress (Summer Stock, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Out to Sea), complications from a stroke.
Terence Bayler, 86, New Zealand actor (Monty Python's Life of Brian, Time Bandits, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone).
David Huddleston, 85, American actor (The Big Lebowski, Blazing Saddles, Santa Claus: The Movie), heart and kidney disease.
John McLaughlin, 89, American political commentator and television personality (The McLaughlin Group).
Jack Riley, 80, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show, Rugrats, Spaceballs), pneumonia.
Steven Hill, 94, American actor (Mission: Impossible, Law & Order, The Firm).
Marvin Kaplan, 89, American actor (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Alice, The Great Race).
Paul Comi, 84, American actor (Cape Fear, The Towering Inferno, Rawhide).
Gene Wilder, 83, American actor (The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein), screenwriter and author, complications of Alzheimer's disease.
James Stacy, 79, American actor (Lancer, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Something Wicked This Way Comes).
Alexis Arquette, 47, American actress (The Wedding Singer, Pulp Fiction, Lords of Dogtown), cardiac arrest.
Bill Nunn, 63, American actor (Do the Right Thing, Spider-Man, Sister Act), leukemia.
Arnold Palmer, 87, American Hall of Fame professional golfer.
Bobby Vee, 73, American pop singer ("Rubber Ball", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes") and actor, Alzheimer's disease.
Leonard Cohen, 82, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah", "Suzanne", "First We Take Manhattan"), poet and novelist (Beautiful Losers), complications from a fall.
Janet Reno, 78, American lawyer and politician, first female U.S. Attorney General (1993–2001), Parkinson's disease.
Robert Vaughn, 83, American actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven, Hustle), acute leukemia.
Leon Russell, 74, American Hall of Fame musician (The Wrecking Crew) and songwriter ("Tight Rope").
Holly Dunn, 59, American country music singer-songwriter ("Daddy's Hands", "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me", "You Really Had Me Going"), ovarian cancer.
Florence Henderson, 82, American actress (The Brady Bunch) and singer, heart failure.
Ron Glass, 71, American actor (Barney Miller, Firefly, Lakeview Terrace), respiratory failure.
Alice Drummond, 88, American actress (Ghostbusters, Awakenings, Doubt), complications from a fall.
Peter Vaughan, 93, British actor (Game of Thrones, Brazil, The Remains of the Day).
Greg Lake, 69, English singer and musician (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), cancer.
Alan Thicke, 69, Canadian actor (Growing Pains, Not Quite Human), talk show host (The Alan Thicke Show), and songwriter, ruptured aorta.
Bernard Fox, 89, Welsh actor (Bewitched, Titanic, The Mummy), heart failure.
Henry Heimlich, 96, American physician, inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, complications from a heart attack.
George Michael, 53, British singer (Wham!) and songwriter ("Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Careless Whisper", "Last Christmas"), suspected heart failure.
George S. Irving, 94, American actor (Underdog, Me and My Girl, The Year Without a Santa Claus), heart failure.
Carrie Fisher, 60, American actress (Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...), novelist and screenwriter (Postcards from the Edge), complications from a heart attack.
Debbie Reynolds, 84, American actress, dancer (Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Irene) and singer ("Tammy"), stroke.
William Christopher, 84, American actor (M*A*S*H; Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), small-cell carcinoma.
This list is by far not all the notable deaths from 2016. It is however filled with people I knew, or rather knew of, and admired. May they all RIP.