TV star is latest in grim toll of celebrity deaths

Sad roll call of famous faces no longer with us

Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett, the Edinburgh-born comedian, has died at the age of 85. His famous partnership with the late Ronnie Barker in BBC Television’s The Two Ronnies made him a national treasure.

Tributes poured in from the world of entertainment from across the generations.

He had been suffering from ill-health for some time and had been in hospital in 2014 with gall bladder problems.

Born in Edinburgh on 4 December 1930, he was educated at the James Gillespie School and the Royal High School. He began his TV comedy career on David Frost’s satirical comedy the Frost Report in 1960 where he met Barker, who died in 2005.

The Two Ronnies ran from 1971 to 1987.

Corbett is the latest celebrity to have died in the first three months of 2016. Here are some of those no longer with us:

  • Christy O’ Connor jr, 67, Irish golfer, died January 6
  • David Bowie, musician and actor, died January 10, two days after his 69th birthday, after an 18-month secret battle with cancer.
  • Alan Rickman, “Harry Potter” actor and “Die Hard” villain, died of cancer at 69 on January 14.
  • Angus Ross, 49, Scottish darts player, died of pancreatic cancer January 17
  • Glenn Frey, The Eagles guitarist and co-founder, died at 67 on January 18. Frey co-wrote hits such as “Hotel California”.
  • Gerald Williams, Welsh tennis commentator, died aged 86, January 21
  • Jimmy Bain, former Dio and Rainbow bassist, died at 68 over the weekend of January. 22-24.
  • Jack Bannister, English cricket player and commentator, died aged 85, January 23
  • Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane co-founder and guitarist, died at 74 on January 28, the same day as Signe Anderson, the original Jefferson Airplane singer. He was also 74.
  • Frank Finlay, Oscar-nominated actor who played Iago in Laurence Olivier’s “Othello,” died January 30 at 89.
  • Sir Terry Wogan, Irish-British broadcaster, died of cancer, aged 77, January 31
  • Joe Alaskey, a voice actor, died from cancer at age 63 on February 4. He was the principal voice of multiple Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, after Mel Blanc’s death in 1989 and voiced Yosemite Sam in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
  • Maurice White, a founding member of disco-funk group Earth, Wind & Fire, died February 3 at 74.
  • Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died February 19 at age 89.
  • George Kennedy, tough-guy character actor best known for “Cool Hand Luke” and the “Naked Gun” movies, died February 28 at 91.
  • Tony Warren, creator of “Coronation Street,” died March 1 at age 79
  • Nancy Reagan, American First Lady (1981–1989) and actress, died of heart failure aged 94, March 6
  • Michael White, Scottish film and theatre producer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tony winner in 1971, died of heart failure aged 80, March 7
  • George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle” best known as a producer for The Beatles, died March 8 at 90.
  • Anita Brookner, British novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, Man Brooker Prize Winner, 1984, died aged 80, March 10
  • Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died March 11 at 71.
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, English composer and conductor, Master of the Queen’s Music, died of leukaemia, aged 81, March 14
  • Sylvia Anderson,  “Thunderbirds” co-creator and voice of the Lady Penelope puppet character, died the week of March 15 at age 88.
  • Asa Briggs, British historian, codebreaker and life peer, died aged 94, March 15
  • Frank Sinatra Jr, singer and son of Ol’ Blue Eyes, died of cardiac arrest at 72, March 16
  • Cliff Michelmore, British television presenter and producer, died aged 96, March 16
  • Paul Daniels, magician died of brain tumour, aged 77, March 17
  • Barry Hines, English author of “A Kestrel for a Knave” (which became the movie Kes), died of Alzheimer’s disease aged 76,  March 18
  • Johan Cruyff, Dutch football player and manager, Ajax, Barcelona, Netherlands, died of lung cancer aged 68, March 24
  • Ronnie Corbett, Edinburgh-born comedian and one half of “The Two Ronnies”, died aged 85 on March 31.

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