Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, is the latest famous person to die in 2016.
Here is a list of some of the celebrity deaths so far this year:
Singer David Bowie died aged 69 on January 10.
Actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14.
Eagles frontman Glenn Frey died aged 67 on January 18.
Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan died on January 31 aged 77.
Author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19.
Actor Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack in the comedy series Father Ted, died aged 77 on February 28.
Coronation Street creator Tony Warren died aged 79 on March 1.
Nancy Reagan, former actress and first lady of the United States, died aged 94 on March 6.
Beatles producer Sir George Martin died aged 90 on March 8.
Magician Paul Daniels died aged 77 on March 17.
Comedian Ronnie Corbett died aged 85 on March 31.
This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson died aged 83 on March 31.
Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer died at the age of 96 on March 31.
Drugs campaigner Howard Marks, known as Mr Nice, died aged 70 on April 10.
Reality TV star and music producer David Gest died aged 62 on April 12.
British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker died aged 83 on April 12.
Comedian Victoria Wood died aged 62 on April 20.
Superstar Prince died aged 57 on April 21.
Television writer Carla Lane, known for The Liver Birds and Bless This House, died aged 87 on May 31.
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali died aged 74 on June 3.
Singer Dave Swarbrick of folk band Fairport Convention died aged 75 on June 3.
Anton Yelchin, actor in Star Trek, died aged 27 on June 19.
Comedian, Royle Family actress and writer Caroline Aherne died aged 52 on July 2.
Ken Barrie, the voice of Postman Pat, died aged 83 on July 29.