Music Icons Who Bid Us Final Farewell In 2016


Just when we thought we might be getting over the death of some of the music icons who died in 2016, another follows suit.

2016 brought a lot of deaths in the entertainment industry both in South Africa and the world. Below is a list of music icons who died in 2016.

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David Bowie

Music Icons Who Died In 2016

Iconic singer David Bowie died at 69 after a prolonged battle with cancer, putting an end to a successful career spanning over five decades. The shocking incident happened on January 10, two days after releasing his album “Blackstar,” on his 69th birthday.

The legendary singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his successful career.

Koyo Bala

Music Icons Who Died In 2016

SA’s Flamboyant 3Sum member Koyo Bala also died early this year. The musician died at the age of 37 after a prolonged battle with cancer at the Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.

Despite being diagnosed HIV positive, Koyo Bala still surprised everyone by staging a brave fight against cancer.


Music Icons Who Died In 2016

He’s one of the most influential and successful artists of the 80s. The star died on April 21 at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.

Christina Grimmie

Music Icons Who Died In 2016

Just when we thought things can’t get any worse, the Orlando Police Department broke the saddest news on its Twitter account saying “With deep regret, we have confirmed Christina Grimmie, @TheRealGrimmie, has died from her injuries.”

The 22-year-old singer who touched a lot of hearts when she starred in NBC’s “The Voice”, died after she was caught in a shootout at a concert in Orlando, Florida. The shooting was perpetrated by an unidentified gunman, who then fatally shot himself afterwards.


Music Icons Who Died In 2016

Kwaito legend Mandoza died after losing a battle to cancer. He died eight days after putting up a good show at the Thank You SABC concert on September 10.

Refiloe Motha

In October this year, winner of the second season of Coca-Cola Popstars and one of the five members of the band Adilah, Refiloe Motha died. Details about the circumstances surrounding her death were not revealed.

Sfiso Ncwane

Music Icons Who Died In 2016

Mzansi was thrown into mourning once again as reports confirmed that Gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane had died in Johannesburg. He died on December 5 as a result of kidney failure.

George Michael

Music Icons Who Died In 2016

British singer George Michael, who shot to fame as a member of the 80s music duo Wham!, died at his home in England. He was 53 years old. Santa took him away on Christmas day in 2016.

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Hopefully, we won’t have to record any more music icons who died in 2016.