As we look back on 2016, we can’t help but think of all the TV greats who left us.
It’s been a tough year for celebrity deaths across the board — RIP, David Bowie, Prince and now George Michael — and the TV world was no exception, getting hit hard by the loss of a number of legendary performers. We said goodbye to a hilarious comedian in Garry Shandling. A ’60s icon in Patty Duke. A pair of all-time great sitcom parents in Florence Henderson and Alan Thicke. A four-time Emmy winner in Doris Roberts. A soap-opera villain we all loved to hate in Joseph Mascolo. And many more names we remember from their years on the small screen. (Too many more, if you ask us.)
Let’s take a moment to look back and appreciate the TV stars, producers and contributors who left us in 2016. Take a look through the gallery to the right — or click here for direct access — to see our remembrances, and then come back and hit the comments to share your own fond memories of all the great stars we lost this year. May they all rest in peace, in TV heaven.