Rock & Roll Deaths of 2016

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JANUARY: David Bowie, Glen Frey

Rock legend David Bowie died on January 10, surrounded by his family in New York City after battling liver cancer.

Eagles frontman Glenn Frey died aged 67 on January 18 following complications due to pneumonia and arthritis.

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MARCH: Sir George Martin, Keith Emerson

The Beatles producer – often described as ‘The Fifth Beatle’ – died peacefully at his home in Coleshill, near Swindon, on March 8, aged 90.

Rock star Keith Emerson, 71, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, was found in Los Angeles on March 11. He had shot himself with a gun he kept for protection.

APRIL: Prince

The 57-year-old Purple Rain singer died on April 21. He died from a fentanyl overdose.

JUNE: Dave Swarbick

Dave Swarbrick of folk band Fairport Convention died aged 75 from emphysema on June 3.

OCTOBER: Pete Burns

Singer, songwriter and television personality Pete Burns, who founded pop band Dead Or Alive, died aged 57 on October 23 following a cardiac arrest.

Purple Rain singer Prince, 57, died on April 21 earlier this year. The Raspberry Beret singer (pictured) died from a fentanyl overdose

NOVEMBER: Leonard Cohen, Craig Gill

The poet and author turned musician passed away peacefully on November 7 at his Los Angeles home aged 82.

Craig Gill, drummer of Madchester band Inspiral Carpets, died aged 44 on November 22.

DECEMBER: Greg Lake, Rick Parfitt, George Michael

Greg Lake of progressive rock icons Emerson, Lake and Palmer died aged 69 on December 7 after a battle with cancer.

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died in a Spanish hospital at the age of 68 on Christmas Eve after suffering from a severe infection.

George Michael died on Christmas Day at home in Oxfordshire of suspected heart failure at the age of 53.

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