If you look at Wikipedia, there is a recent deaths section. Every single day, someone dies. It's natural, all part of life.
How one looks at the year, and how one treats it, is based largely on one's attitude--and I have a feeling that the majority of the noisy people who are shouting from the mountaintop that 2016 just sucked, had more to do with the results of the 2016 US election than deaths.
Get over it.
Move on with your life.
Do something to improve your life.
2016 was a spectacular year for me. I published 3 full-length novels, a short story, and a novelette. Two were books 3 and 4 in the Central Division Series:
The last novel published was The Christmas Letters: