Musicians we loved and have lost this year

This year seems to have seen the passing of so much musical talent.

With the news of the death of pop megastar Prince Thursday, we look back at who we have loved and lost so far in 2016.

Prince – Prince Rogers Nelson, Prince to his fans, died Thursday. While it is too soon to know the cause of his death, he had reportedly been sick for several weeks with the flu. He was 57.

Merle Haggard – The “Okie from Muscogee” was the working man’s singer/songwriter. Haggard, who had done time in jails and prison, died at the age of 79, on his birthday, from complications of pneumonia.

Phife Dawg – His birth  name was Malik Taylor, and his rap spoke of the truth of his life on the streets. He was 45 when he died.

Frank Sinatra Jr. – The son of a legend, Sinatra Jr. spent his life somewhat in his father’s shadow, but in entertainment circles was well-respected or his individual talent. He died with on tour at the age of 72.

Keith Emerson – British keyboardist and founding member of progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson was known for his virtuosity with the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizers. He was 71 when he died.

Joey Feek – Feek and her husband, Rory Feek, came to fame via the CMT show “Can you Duet?” She was 40 when she died of cervical cancer.

Sonny James  – Jamesa country music singer and Country Music Hall of Fame member, died at 87.  

Denise Matthews – Mathews was a protégé of Prince, known by the single name “Vanity.” She, too, was 57 when she died.

Maurice White – White founded the popular ‘70s  and ‘80s pop group Earth, Wind and Fire. He was 74 when he died.

Paul Kantner – Kantner co-founded the ‘60s psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, Kantner wrote many of the group's hits. He died  at age  74.

Glenn Frey – A co-founder of the Eagles, Frey died of complications from arthritis and pneumonia. He was 67.

Dale Griffin – The drummer for the band Mott the Hoople, Griffin suffered from Alzheimer’s and died at age 67.

David Bowie – One of the most unique and ever-evolving musicians in music history, Bowie lost his 18-month battle with cancer  at age 69.

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