These Illustrations Of The People We Lost In 2016 Will Have You Crying All Over Again

“These people meant so much to so many. I just wanted to pay tribute to them the only way I knew how.”

1. Martin Bruckner is the artist behind the blog, Spaghetti Toes, where he hilariously illustrates the weird and wacky things kids say.

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Bruckner was inspired to start making these illustrations by his then 3-year-old daughter, Harper Grace, who said a whole lot of funny things.

2. Lately, though, Bruckner has used his talents to pay tribute to some of the incredible people we lost in 2016, like his Royal Purpleness, Prince.

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3. He drew the multi-talented Carrie Fisher…

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4. …and her equally multi-talented mother, Debbie Reynolds.

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5. He created this image of Alan Rickman, the actor so good at being a villain that everyone loved him.

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6. He remembered the truly great Gene Wilder…

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7. …and “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.

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8. He drew everyone’s favorite TV dad, Alan Thicke…

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9. …and their beloved TV mom, Florence Henderson.

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10. He depicted music legend David Bowie in all of his early ’70s glory…

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11. …Leonard Cohen, a true Renaissance man…

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12. ….And the unforgettable George Michael, whose death hit Bruckner the hardest.

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“I loved his music when I was a kid,” Bruckner told BuzzFeed. “I used to feather my hair up, grab a pair of sunglasses, close my bedroom door and sing ‘Faith’ as loud as I could.”

13. Bruckner was quick to add that everyone he chose to draw — including Kenny Baker, who portrayed R2-D2 in Star Wars, and Michu Meszaros, who played the wisecracking sitcom alien Alf — “were huge parts of my youth.”

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“These people meant so much to so many, including myself,” Bruckner said. “I just wanted to pay tribute to them the only way I knew how.”

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