Most searched celebrity deaths of 2016

Tenth place: Ronnie Corbett

Best known for his cosy comedy double act alongside Ronnie Barker, national treasure Ronnie died in hospital surrounded by friends and family in March. He was 85.

Ninth place: Caroline Aherne

Much-loved Royle Family creator, voice of Gogglebox and Mrs Merton star Caroline died in July following a brave battle with cancer. She was just 52 years old.

Eighth place: Victoria Wood

Comedian, writer and singer Victoria Wood died following a short battle with cancer in April, aged 62. Comedy partner Julie Walters said she was “too heartsore to comment - the loss of her is incalculable”.

Seventh place: Paul Daniels

The much-loved TV magician passed away in March just weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Devoted wife Debbie McGee revealed he was laughing, joking and singing Beatles songs right up until the end.

Sixth place: Alan Rickman

One of the best-loved British actors of his generation, Alan Rickman passed away following a battle with cancer back in January, aged 69. Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe said he was “one of the greatest actors I will ever work with."

Fifth place: Muhammad Ali

Perhaps the world’s greatest sporting icon of all time, boxing legend Ali died in June from a respiratory illness. Thousands lined the streets as his coffin passed through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky for his funeral.

Fourth place: Leonard Cohen

The iconic singer, songwriter and poet passed away in November, aged 82. He had talked about his death just weeks before his passing, telling the New Yorker magazine: “I am ready to die. I hope it's not too uncomfortable. That's about it for me."

Third place: Terry Wogan

Voice of Eurovision, face of Children in Need and all round broadcasting legend Sir Terry took his final bow in January, aged 77. Radio 2 colleague Jeremy Vine said he was “probably the greatest broadcaster since the invention of the microphone.” Amen to that.

Second place: Prince

The groundbreaking singer, musician and actor tragically died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate back in April. As President Obama said during a moving tribute, "Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

First place: David Bowie

Bowie’s death in January 2016 was a bombshell. In a career spanning half a century, no other artist influenced the worlds of music, fashion and film and shaped our cultural life like Brixton-born David Jones. He died surrounded by his family following an 18-month battle with cancer, aged 69. As Kanye West said in tribute, “he gave us magic for a lifetime.”

What a year. The past twelve months have really put us through the wringer, with a whole host of our best-loved actors, comedians, sportsmen and musicians waving goodbye - some tragically before their time.

The unexpected death of legendary pop icon David Bowie back in January was arguably the biggest shock of all, causing a national outpouring of grief and the realisation that things would never be the same again. Other legends that followed included singer and musician Prince, Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, and comedians Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne.

These are Yahoo UK's most-searched celebrity deaths of the past 12 months.