A-list stars left us in 2016. Those who are remembered are memorialized for their contributions to the arts, athletics, and politics. Throughout the year, the media has identified the passing of each. But, it seemed appropriate to group these would-be connected leaders and take one last salute.
Just taking a look at the list, it seems the loss was greater for notable list of Hollywood stars and others passing in 2016. But, the list includes so many more.
First, there were the 1970s and 1980s TV and movie icons. These included the loss of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Mrs. Brady of the Brady Brunch (Florence Henderson), Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), and Ray Romano’s mom from Everybody Loves Raymond (Doris Roberts), and Growing Pains’ sitcom dad (Alan Thicke).
Also, there was the loss of so many musical titans too: rockstar David Bowie, Prince, Bill Nunn, Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire, Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and remarkable icon Leonard Cohen.
The world of thought and debate has a new void with the passing of Janet Reno, Alvin Toffler, Gwen Ifill, and John McLaughlin. All challenged our thinking and prompted deeper philosophical and political understanding.
Among the leaders who transitioned was a personal favorite who triumphed in his field but also earned respect worldwide. Muhammad Ali was more than an American boxer but was a respected leader and activist. One of my favorite biographies about Ali was penned by Thomas Hauser. It genuinely highlights Ali’s journey and personal trials and tribulations as a leader. He was saluted for his self-confidence and remains among the world’s most fascinating and polarizing figures in history.