Recent necrology, January 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Paul BleyCover of One Year After, 1932-2016
    Pianist who helped lead the 1960s ‘free jazz’ revolution
  • Pierre Boulez, 1925-2016
    Outstanding composer and conductor who pushed contemporary music in radical new directions
  • David Bowie, 1947-2016
    Giant of popular music who endlessly reinvented himself over more than four decades
  • Cover of Moonage DaydreamMelvin Day, 1923-2016
    Painter, author, and former Director of the National Art Gallery of New Zealand
  • Denise Duval, 1921-2016
    Soprano, muse of Francis Poulenc, who went from the Folies Bergère to the operatic stage
  • Frank Finlay, 1926-2016
    Former butcher’s boy who became an Oscar-nominated actor and a household name as Casanova
  • Dan Haggerty, 1943-2016
    Actor who starred alongside Ben the bear in Grizzly Adams
  • Cover of Wogan's TwelveAlan Rickman, 1946-2016
    Actor who brought a languid charm to his depictions of contemptuous villains and complex heroes
  • Colin Vearncombe, 1962-2016
    Singer known as Black who had a doleful hit with Wonderful Life
  • Terry Wogan, 1938-2016
    Well-loved broadcaster whose effortless style made viewers and listeners feel better about themselves

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