Remembering some of the music legends we lost in the last decade

music news 12/12/2019

For music lovers the 2010 decade was a rough one that saw us lose many of our most beloved artists. From Whitney Houston, Prince and George Michael, we take a look back at just a handful of our favourite artists that passed away in the last 10 years.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston burst on the scene in the 80s where she left us absolutely stunned by her one-of-a-kind voice. She won 7 Grammys and had 11 chart-toppers of which we still love today. She dabbled in acting in the likes of The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale, but ultimately passed away on February 11 2012 from drowning at just 48.

George Michael

We fell in love with him in the 80s thanks to him being a member of Wham! and we loved him just as much when he went out on his home to forge a very successful solo career. George Michael died far to soon on Christmas Day 2016 due to heart and liver issues.


With hits like Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette and Kiss (just to name a few), Prince fast became one of the most popular artists in households around the world. Not only was he an extraordinary singer, but he also had a way with words, penning some of the most famous songs like Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U. Prince died of an accidental overdose on April 21, 2016.

David Bowie

He was known for being one of rock's most influential artists and his hits Heroes, Fame and Let's Dance pushed all of the boundaries. David Bowie was a worldwide style icon who was known famously for his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. He dabble in many films but ultimately died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016.

Aretha Franklin

She was the Queen of Soul, and Aretha Franklin's gospel inspired hits like Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and I Say A Little Prayer are all songs that are known in many households around the world. She died of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor on Aug. 16, 2018.


Tom Petty

Tom Petty is well known by music lovers of the 70s, 80s and 90s. He was the fronting member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, before he moved on to a stellar solo career and also as one of the famous faces that formed The Traveling Wilbury's. He tragically passed away on October 2nd due to accidental overdose.

- Leonard Cohen, 82 (Leukemia on Nov. 7, 2016)
- Robin Gibb, 62 (Colorectal cancer on May 20, 2012)
- Donna Summer, 63 (Lung cancer on May 17, 2012)
- Glen Frey, 67 (Complications including pneumonia on January 18, 2016)
- Ric Ocasek, 75 (Natural causes on Sept. 15, 2019)
- B.B. King, 89 (Vascular dementia on May 14, 2015)
- Chuck Berry, 90 (Cardiac arrest on March 18, 2017)

Not only did we lose some iconic musicians, but we also lost some other incredible celebrities.

- Robin Williams, 63 (Suicide on August 11 2014)
- Elizabeth Taylor, 79 (Congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011)
- Gene Wilder, 83 (Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2016)
- Carrie Fisher, 60 (Heart attack on Dec. 27, 2016)
- Shirley Temple, 85 (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Feb. 10, 2014)
- Karl Lagerfield, 85 (Pancreatic cancer on Feb. 19, 2019)
- Harper Lee, 89 (Natural causes on Feb. 19, 2016)
- Nelson Mandela, 95 (Respiratory infection on Dec. 5, 2013)
- Margaret Thatcher, 87 (Stroke on April 8, 2013)
- Steve Jobs, 56 (Pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011)
- Neil Armstrong, 82 (During heart surgery on Aug. 25, 2012)
- Stephen Hawking, 76 (ALS on March 14, 2018)
- Muhammad Ali, 74 (Parkinson's disease on June 3, 2016)
- Joan Rivers, 81 (After minor throat surgery on Sept. 4, 2014)