2016 was a sad year as we said goodbye to a host of celebrities including David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Alan Rickman and George Michael.

These pioneers of music, film, TV and sports certainly left their mark on history.

But it seems the losses have continued in 2017 with the sad news of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Sir John Hurt's deaths shocking the nation.

Here's a look at the celebrities we've lost so far this year.

February

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Died Wednesday, February 8

Dubbed the first It girl, Tara was a regular on the London party scene, and was frequently pictured by the paparazzi in the nineties and early nougties.

The 45-year-old was found dead in her home yesterday after battling with a brain tumour for a year.

Tara was a close friend of the Royal Family and Prince Charles was her god father.

Following her death The Prince of Wales led tributes to Tara saying he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

In 2006 she has a £6,000 operation to rebuild her septum - the wall of cartilage between the nostrils - following years of cocaine abuse in the 90s.

She became a reality star in 2002 when she was a contestant on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Alan Simpson OBE

Died Wednesday, February 8

Sitcom writer Alan was best-known as one half of Galton and Simpson - a much-loved scriptwriting duo that created Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

In 2000 they were both awarded OBEs for their contribution to British television.

The writer died aged 87 from a lung diease.

His manager Tessa Le Bars said: "Having had the privilege of working with Alan and Ray for over 50 years, the last 40 as agent, business manager and friend, and latterly as Alan's companion and carer, I am deeply saddened to lose Alan after a brave battle with lung disease."

Richard Hatch

Died Tuesday, February 7

Richard Hatch, the star of the original Battlestar Galactica series, passed away aged 71 at his home in Santa Clarita, California.

Hatch - who died from pancreatic cancer - played Captain Apollo in the show and his role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a television series in 1979.

He also had a role in the 2003 reimagined series, playing Tom Zarek.

January

John Wetton

Died Tuesday, January 31

English singer-songwriter and bassist John Wetton rose to fame with the rock band King Crimson in the 70s.

He died at 67 from colon cancer. The news was confirmed by his manager Martin Darvill.

Following his death a tribute was posted on his official website, reading: "Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.

"In the early 1980s he was a founder member of super group ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band’s 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans, and mainstream radio, the mega hit Heat of the Moment.

"John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18-year-old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Margaret."

Sir John Hurt

Died Friday, January 27

The acclaimed actor died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

He played the lead role in the 1980 movie The Elephant Man - a story about a hideously deformed 19th century Londoner who was treated as a sideshow freak.

Sir John also starred in Alien and in two Harry Potter films - The Philosopher's Stone and The Deathly Hallows. Here, he played wand-maker Mr Ollivander who owned a shop in Diagon Alley.

Most recently the actor also appeared in the biopic Jackie - the story of John F Kennedy's widow - which is in cinemas now.

Mary Tyler Moore

Died Wednesday, January 25

Mary was an American actress known for her eponymous sitcom and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

During her extensive career Mary won seven Emmy awards and was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1981 for drama film Ordinary People.

The star died aged 80 in the company of her friends and her husband Dr S Robert Levine.

Gorden Kaye

Died Monday, January 23

Gorden became a household name in the 80s for his role in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo. Here he played café owner René Artois, the actor appeared in all 84 episodes of the comedy series, as well as a stage version.

Bafta-nominated Gorden also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Are You Being Served?, Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

He died in a care home in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire aged 75.

Miguel Ferrer

Died Thursday, January 19

Miguel was an American actor who made his breakthrough as OCP Vice-president Bob Morton in 1987's RoboCop.

The star - who died at 61 from throat cancer - also appeared in Iron Man 3 and voiced antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Disney's Mulan.

Miguel was the son of 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and was also the first cousin of Hollywood A-lister George Clooney.

Graham Taylor OBE

Died Thursday, January 12

Former footballer and England manager Graham Taylor died of a heart attack at 72.

During his career he played for Grimsby Town and Lincoln City before retiring in 1972.

Graham went on to become a football manager for teams like Watford, Aston Villa and the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 1990 he was appointed the manager of the England team but resigned in 1993 after they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. He later became a respected pundit for BBC Sport.

Peter Sarstedt

Died Sunday, January 8

Singer-songwriter Peter was best known for his song Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) which topped the UK charts in February 1969 and remained number one for four weeks.

He died at 75-years-old after a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.