The emotional Emmys in memoriam segment honored iconic late stars that died in 2016 and was accompanied by a live performance from Tori Kelly

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated September 18, 2016 10:55 PM
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Garry Shandling, Gene Wilder and Anton Yelchin were among several late celebrities that received a touching tribute at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Henry Winkler – the Fonz himself – introduced the emotional segment, honoring director and Happy Days creator Garry Marshall before a slideshow of names flickered across the screen.

“He was alive, he was a generosity of spirit and knowledge. I should know – he gave me my career. And I will tell you that anybody who was lucky enough to meet him, he changed their life,” shared Winkler of Marshall, who died in July. “On behalf of all of us, Gary, thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard.”

Introducing the lengthy list of incredible stars, Winkler noted that their “accomplishments and contributions will never be forgotten.”

The honored group included icons such as Patty Duke, Alan Young, Abe Vigoda, Doris Roberts, Alan Rickman, Prince, Gene Wilder, Morley Safer, David Bowie and Dan Haggerty.

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The slideshow was accompanied by songstress Tori Kelly, who performed a beautiful and emotional rendition of Leonard Cohen’s much-covered “Hallelujah.”

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In memoriam tributes, however, can never include everyone lost the previous year. Among those notably excluded on Sunday was Voice alum Christina Grimmie, who was killed in June.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.