From David Bowie's death shocking the world in January, following an illness he kept out of the public eye, to superstar Prince dying on Thursday 21 April, this year is proving to be an especially tragic year for celebrities. Bowie's death on 10 January 2016 was followed in quick succession by the passing of actor Alan Rickman, Eagles frontman Glenn Frey, broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan and legendary Beatles' producer Sir George Martin.

In this gallery, we pay tribute to some of the celebrities who have passed away in 2016:

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10 January 2016: David Bowie, musician, aged 69.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
14 January 2016: Alan Rickman, actor, aged 69.Reuters
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18 January 2016: Glenn Frey, musician, aged 67.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
31 January 2016: Sir Terry Wogan, broadcaster, aged 77.Getty Images
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3 February 2016: Maurice White, musician, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, aged 74.Getty Images
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19 February 2016: Harper Lee, author, aged 89.Reuters
celebrity deaths 2016
8 March 2016: Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, aged 90.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
17 March 2016: Paul Daniels, magician, aged 77.Getty Images
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22 March 2016: Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest, aged 45.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
31 March 2016: Ronnie Corbett, comedian, aged 85.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
31 March 2016: Denise Robertson, This Morning agony aunt, aged 83.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
6 April 2016: Merle Haggard, musician, aged 79.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
10 April 2016: Howard Marks, renowned drug smuggler known as Mr Nice, aged 70.Getty Images
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12 April 2016: David Gest, music producer, aged 62.Getty Images
celebrity deaths 2016
17 April 2016: Doris Roberts, actress, aged 90.Getty Images
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20 April 2016: Victoria Wood, comedian, aged 62.Getty Images
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20 April 2016: Chyna, wrestler, glamour model and porn actress, aged 45.Getty Images
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21 April 2016: Prince, musician, aged 57.Getty Images
Billy Paul
24 April 2016: Billy Paul, musician, aged 81.Getty Images