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2016: The Saddest Year In Music History

A shockwave was felt throughout the world on Thursday as news of Prince’s death spread across the globe. The music icon — widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time — was only 57.

Prince’s talent was singular, but it’s hard not to reflect on the mounting number of losses the music industry has already suffered so far in 2016. Before Prince, there was David Bowie, and Phife Dawg, and Merle Haggard, and Maurice White and many more.  Suffice it to say, it has been a hard year for music fans.

With the death of Prince, we remember all the other music legends we have lost this year including the great David Bowie, Maurice White, George Martin, and many more.


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The legendary singer died April 21, 2016. He was 57 years old.
David Bowie
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David Bowie, legendary singer, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died on Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69.
Maurice White
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Singer Maurice White, 74, the founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, died on Feb. 3, 2016.
Merle Haggard
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Country legend Merle Haggard, who earned 38 No. 1 hits over the course of his career, died on April 6, 2016. He was 79.
Phife Dawg
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Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as his stage name Phife Dawg, reportedly died on March 22, 2016, at the age of 45.
Glenn Frey
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Founding Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey died on Jan. 18, 2016, at the age of 67.
Paul Kantner
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Paul Kantner, one of the founding members of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, died on Jan. 28, 2016, at 74.
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