Victoria Wood, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 62, is the latest star we have lost so far this year.
The first four months of 2016 have been tragic for the world of entertainment, with the deaths of a raft of big names.
According to Radio 4´s More Or Less show, the BBC has run obituaries for 24 stars since January - double the number over the same period in 2015.
Here is a list of some of those who have died this year:
The much-admired and respected rock star succumbed to cancer aged 69 on January 10.
The accomplished actor of stage and screen also died aged 69 as a result of cancer on January 14.
Frontman of the Eagles, Glenn died aged 67 on January 18.
The author, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19.
Sir Terry Wogan
The much-loved broadcaster, so long the face of Children In Need, died on January 31 aged 77. He had been battling cancer.
The actor, who played Father Jack in the comedy series Father Ted, died aged 77 on February 28.
Famed for creating Coronation Street, Tony died aged 79 on March 1.
The Sherlock Holmes actor died at the age of 96 on March 31.
This Morning's beloved agony aunt died from pancreatic cancer aged 83 on March 31.
Sir George Martin
Fondly remembered as "the fifth Beatle", producer Sir George died aged 90 on March 8.
The magician Paul Daniels died as a result of a brain tumour aged 77 on March 17.
Known as Mr Nice, the Welsh drug-smuggler-turned-author died aged 70 on April 10.
Best known for his partnership with Ronnie Barker, the diminutive comedian died aged 85 on March 31.
The reality TV star and music producer, who had been ill during his participation in January's Celebrity Big Brother, died aged 62 on April 12.
Sir Arnold Wesker
The respected British playwright aged 83 on April 12.