Remembering the Stars We Lost in 2019

Gone, but never forgotten

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Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/Shutterstock

The Tony Award-winning Broadway composer behind Hello, Dolly!, died in Miami, Florida on Dec. 27. He was 88.

Herman's goddaughter confirmed his death from pulmonary complications to The Associated Press on Friday.

Born in New York City in 1931, the legendary composer worked on several iconic Broadway shows throughout his career, including Hello, Dolly! (1964) and La Cage aux Folles (1983) — both of which earned him Tony Awards for best musical. He was nominated a total of five times.

In addition to his Tony Awards, Herman also won two Grammy Awards for the cast album of Mame and song of the year for Hello, Dolly!

He is the only composer to have had three original Broadway productions running at the same time — Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and Dear World all ran from February to May in 1969.

He is survived by his partner, real estate broker Terry Marler.

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Kushal Punjabi

Kushal Punjabi
Kushal Punjabi. Yogen Shah/The India Today Group/Getty

The well-known Bollywood actor died by suicide at his Bandra, Mumbai home in India on Dec. 27. He was 42.

The actor was reportedly found dead by his parents around 2 a.m. Friday, according to Indian news channel ABP Live. A suicide note was recovered, according to The Times of India, which stated that no one should be held responsible for his death and that his property should be divided between his parents, his son, Kian, 3, and sisters.

Punjabi was best known for popular Bollywood films including Lakshya (2004), Kaal (2005) and Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) in which he co-starred with Priyanka Chopra.

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Sue Lyon

Sue Lyon
Sue Lyon. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Best known as the star of Stanley Kubrick's screen adaptation of Lolita, the actress died in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. She was 73.

A longtime friend of the actress told The New York Times that her health had been declining for a while.

Lyon's acting career spanned 1959 to 1980, with her breakout role being the titular character in 1962's Lolita. The role earned her a Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer and the 1963 awards ceremony.

She continued to work with notable directors in her next two films, including John Ford's 7 Women and John Huston's The Night of the Iguana.

According to the Times, Lyon was married four times, to Hampton Fancher, Roland Harrison, Cotton Adamson and Edward Weathers. She is survived by her daughter Nona from her marriage to Harrison.

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Ari Behn

Ari Behn
Ari Behn. Nigel Waldron/Getty

The celebrated author and former husband of Norway's Princess Martha Louise died by suicide on Christmas Day. He was 47.

Behn and Princess Martha Louise were married for 14 years before officially divorcing in 2016. They share three daughters: Maud Angelica, 16, Leah Isadora, 14, and Emma Tallulah, 11.

Princess Martha Louise's parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja, said in a statement that Behn was "an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm, fond memories of him." They added, "We are grateful that we got to know him. We grieve that our grandchildren have now lost their beloved father - and have deep compassion for his parents and siblings, who have now lost their beloved son and brother."

In addition to his work as an author — he wrote three novels, three collections of short stories and three plays - Behn also found success as an artist, selling a number of paintings in recent years.

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Melanie Panayiotou

George Michael of Wham with sister Melanie in the mid 1980s
George Michael (left) and his sister Melanie Panayiotou. Pip-Landmark Media/Landmark Media/Newscom via ZUMA

Three years to the day after George Michael's death on Christmas in 2016, his sister Melanie was found dead in her London home. She was 55.

"Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s," the Metropolitan Police told PEOPLE in a statement.

Police announced that "the death is not being treated as suspicious by police," and noted that a "report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances."

Panayiotou's family also confirmed her death.

"We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly," her family said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "We would simply ask that the family's privacy be respected at this very sad time. There will be no further comment."

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Lee Mendelson

Lee Mendelson
Lee Mendelson. Beck Starr/WireImage

The Emmy-winning producer behind more than 50 animated Charlie Brown television specials died on Christmas at age 86, multiple outlets reported.

Mendelson passed away at his home in Hillsborough, California, following a battle with cancer, according to Variety.

In addition to producing other beloved holiday specials like 1973's Thanksgiving episode and 1966's It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Mendelson is perhaps best known for A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 1965 classic for which he also penned the lyrics to "Christmas Time Is Here."

"It wasn't great for us, but to have him pass on Christmas really ties into his history and legacy," one of his sons, Jason Mendelson, told the Palo Alto Daily Post of the significant timing of his father's passing.

A San Francisco native, Mendelson is survived by his wife Ploenta, his children Glenn, Lynda, Jason, Sean and Ken, and eight grandchildren, according to Variety.

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Allee Willis

Allee Willis
Allee Willis. Maryanne Bilham Photography/Redferns

The songwriter, who was best known for writing hits for acts like Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown and Patti LaBelle, has died at 72. She passed on Dec. 24 after suffering cardiac arrest in L.A., Variety reported.

Willis' death was confirmed on her personal Instagram page, where a spokesperson wrote, "We are extremely shocked and devastated to share this news."

Last year, Willis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, at which time she reflected on her career to The New York Times, as well as shared her upcoming goals, in a profile from the newspaper.

"I want to do more things that involve everything I do: the music, the art, the technology, the social aspect of things," said Willis at the time. "I want to be able to move quicker, so no more huge, self-funded projects."

She added: "Life is too short, and I am too tired!"

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Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Lindsey.

The prolific romance writer died at 67 from complications for treatment for stage 4 lung cancer, according to The New York Times. Lindsey died on Oct. 27 but the family was too devastated to announce the news at the time.

Lindsey wrote nearly 60 romance novels, beginning with 1977's Captive Bride. Her novels sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, and nearly every single one of her books achieved best-seller status.

"Johanna Lindsey was one of the most powerful voices of the romance genre, and at a critically important time," best-selling author Sarah MacLean said in an exclusive statement to Entertainment Weekly. "As the women's movement revolutionized homes and workplaces in the late '80s and early '90s, Johanna's strong, feminist heroines were revolutionaries in their own right — fighting for partnership, respect, and happily ever after. These were heroines who captained their own fate…they lived fearlessly, fought passionately, and loved with abandon…and they inspired millions of us to do the same."

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Junior Johnson

Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The legendary racer has died at 88, according to NASCAR.

Jim France, the chairman and CEO of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, confirmed Johnson's death in a statement on Twitter on Dec. 20.

"Junior Johnson truly was the 'Last American Hero,'" he said. "From his early days running moonshine through the end of his life, Junior wholly embodied the NASCAR spirit."

"Between his on-track accomplishments and his introduction of Winston to the sport, few have contributed to the success of NASCAR as Junior has," the statement continued. "The entire NASCAR family is saddened by the loss of a true giant of our sport, and we offer our deepest condolences to Junior's family and friends during this difficult time."

Johnson had been in declining health and had entered hospice care prior to his death, according to the racing association.

Johnson won 50 races — including the 1960 Daytona 500 — as a driver and six championships as a team owner. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1991. In 2010, he was one of the first drivers to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Chuy Bravo

Chelsea Handler and actor Chuy Bravo
Chuy Bravo (left) with Chelsea Handler. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

The star, who was best known for his role alongside Chelsea Handler on her E! series, Chelsea Lately, died at the Centro Médico Dalinde in Mexico City at 8:20 a.m. on Dec. 15, PEOPLE confirms. He was 63. (Entertainment Tonight was the first to report.)

"Bravo's family is devastated as they cope with his sudden loss. They are overwhelmed with the thoughts and prayers they have received and send their appreciation," Bravo's rep said in a statement.

Shortly after news of his death, Handler shared a tribute to Bravo, recalling his laughter and how much she valued their friendship.

"I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do. @chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I'll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine," she wrote alongside a collage of photos of the pair.

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Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello
Danny Aiello. George Pimentel/Getty

The Oscar-nominated actor, best known for movies including Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck, died on Dec. 12 at 86 years old, PEOPLE confirmed.

According to TMZ, Aiello died at a medical facility in New Jersey. The actor was in the facility being treated for a sudden illness and had suffered an infection related to his treatment, the outlet reported.

Though Aiello is best known for his role in Do the Right Thing, he also starred in movies including Moonstruck, Hudson Hawk and Jacob's Ladder, and enjoyed a career on the stage.

The actor is survived by his wife Sandy Cohen, whom he married in 1955, and three children. His son, Danny Aiello III, died of cancer in 2010.

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René Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois attends the Star Trek Mission: New York
René Auberjonois. Noam Galai/WireImage

The actor known for his roles in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal and more has died. He was 79.

Auberjonois' son, Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois, told the Associated Press that his father died at home on Dec. 8 after a battle with metastatic lung cancer.

An update to Auberjonois' official Twitter account confirmed the news, with a tweet reading, "(Minions say: We're sad to confirm that René passed away today, Sunday, December 8)."

The longtime actor is survived by his wife Judith Auberjonois, a writer whom he was married to for 56 years, as well as their two children, Rèmy-Luc and Tessa, and their spouses. He also had three grandchildren.

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Juice WRLD

Juice Wrld
Juice Wrld in September 2018. David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns

The beloved young rapper died on Dec. 8 at 21 years old, PEOPLE confirmed.

The Chicago-born artist, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, died after reportedly having a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport. Higgins reportedly remained conscious while en route to a local hospital, TMZ reported. He was pronounced dead around 3:14 a.m. local time at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner said.

The spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to PEOPLE that they had been "notified of the death of Jarad A. Higgins." An autopsy has yet to be performed and his cause of death is not immediately known.

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Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Gil Vaknin/Sesame Street

The original puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch has died at 85, Sesame Workshop announced in a statement.

According to the statement, Spinney died on Dec. 8 at his home in Connecticut after living with dystonia for some time. Dystonia is a movement disorder that affects a person's muscles.

"Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending," the statement said.

"His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while," the statement added.

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Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman
Ron Leibman. NBC

Known for his role as Rachel Green's father, Dr. Leonard Green, on Friends, Leibman died on Dec. 6 at 82. The star passed after battling pneumonia, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

His rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Leibman is survived by his wife Jessica Walter.

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Robert Walker Jr.

Robert Walker
Robert Walker Jr. Ron Galella/Getty Images

The Star Trek actor died at 79. The drama series confirmed the news on Twitter on Dec. 6, writing, "We are saddened to report the passing of Robert Walker Jr., the actor who played the titular role in Star Trek: The Original Series episode 'Charlie X.'" According to the show's website, Walker's family shared the devastating news. His cause of death is not immediately clear.

In addition to his work on Star Trek, Walker Jr. appeared on several other TV shows and movies, including the series Charlie's Angels in 1979, Dallas from 1984 to 1986, Murder, She Wrote from 1987 to 1990 and the 1969 film Easy Rider.

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Cha In-ha

The Korean actor, known for his roles in The Banker and Miss Independent Ji Eun 2, died on Dec. 3 at 27 years old.

Cha's talent agency, Fantagio, confirmed the news in a statement obtained by the Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo.

"We're sincerely hurt that we're sending this sad news to the people who have given Cha In-ha so much love and supported him until now," said a spokesperson from the entertainment agency.

The spokesperson urged fans to refrain from speculating about the circumstances around Cha's death while his family copes with their loss. They also revealed that a private funeral would be held in the coming days.

South Korean police told the outlet that the young actor's body was discovered by his manager at his home. Police are currently investigating details, but no cause of death has been released.

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Laurel Griggs

Laurel Griggs, broadway actress
Laurel Griggs. Laurel Griggs/Instagram

The Broadway star died on Nov. 5 at the age of 13, according to her Dignity Memorial page.

Her family told The Post that she died in New York City after suffering a "massive asthma attack," according to Page Six. The teenager was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, her grandfather, David B. Rivlin, told the outlet. Doctors were unable to revive her.

Griggs made her Broadway debut at age 6 as Polly in Rob Ashford's musical production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2013, opposite Scarlett Johansson, according to her IMDb page.

She is best known for her role as Ivanka in the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE. She performed the role for 17 months between 2013 and 2015.

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William Wintersole

William Wintersole
William Wintersole. Kathy Hutchins/Hutchins Photo

The beloved Young and the Restless and General Hospital soap star died on Nov. 5 at 88 years old, his daughter Tiffany Harmon announced on Facebook. The actor died peacefully at his home in L.A., where he had lived for more than 40 years.

"My beautiful father, William Wintersole, passed in the stealth of the night at age 88. Tuesday 11/5/19," Harmon wrote.

"I'm so glad that I got to share him on my show with my listeners," she added. "As a Hollywood actor for 60 years, he touched many ppls lives. I did EVERYTHING I could for him..and that brings me peace. But alas…I miss him so. One love!"

The star is survived by several family members, including life partner Marlene Silverstein, as well as his daughters Tiffany Harmon, who lives in L.A., and Katherine Ramsey, who lives in Ohio. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Kristy, Amy and Jill, and his only great-granddaughter, Abby, who all live in Ohio.

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Rudi Boesch

Rudi Boesch
Rudi Boesch. Monty Brinton/CBS Photo Archive via Getty

The former Survivor contestant died at 91 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, PEOPLE confirmed on Nov. 2.

Boesch, a former Navy Seal, was cast on the inaugural season of the long-running reality show in 2000. Then 72, Boesch finished the season in third place and quickly became a fan favorite due to his lovably cantankerous persona.

"Ours was an interesting bond, Dear Rudy! You and I helped open minds and undermine predjudces [sic]. While your time here has passed, you will remain loved and iconic, dear friend!" Boesch's closest Survivor ally Richard Hatch tweeted.

More than 51 million people watched the final episode, in which Boesch was eliminated after losing the final immunity challenge. He proved so popular that he was brought back for the show's eighth season, Survivor: All Stars. He was the second contestant voted out of that season.

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John Witherspoon

The actor and comedian died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on Oct. 29. He was 77.

"It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and father John Witherspoon has passed away," Witherspoon's family wrote on his Twitter account, which was accompanied by a photo of Witherspoon smiling.

"He was a legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you 'POPS' always & forever," the statement concluded.

A cause of death is not immediately clear.

Witherspoon is survived by his wife Angela, whom he married in 1988, and his sons Alexander and John David Witherspoon.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings

The Maryland Democrat, who represented the state's 7th congressional district since 1996, died on Oct. 17, according to a statement from his office that was obtained by PEOPLE. He was 68.

According to the statement, Cummings — who was also a prominent civil rights leader — died at 2:30 a.m. local time at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore, after "complications concerning longstanding health challenges." The Baltimore Sun reported that he had recently undergone an unspecified medical procedure and had not returned to his office this week as was expected.

The politician had served in the House of Representatives for decades and recently had served as the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, helping to oversee the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

According to WBAL-TV, Cummings' widow, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, released a statement that said: "Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility."

"He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation's diversity was our promise, not our problem. It has been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly," she said.

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Bob Kingsley

Bob Kingsley
Bob Kingsley.

The National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster died on Oct. 17 while receiving treatment for bladder cancer. He was 80.

Kingsley died at his home in Weatherford, Texas, just one week after he announced his diagnosis and that he would be stepping away from his syndicated radio show, Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 on Oct. 9.

"While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease," he wrote in a post shared on the Country Top 40 website. "I have no intention of stopping anytime soon, but for a moment, I need to ask for your patience as I step away from the mic and focus on my treatment."

Kingsley is survived by his wife of 30 years, and business partner, Nan Kingsley.

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Patrick Day

Patrick Day
Patrick Day. Edward Diller/Icon Sportswire/Getty

The boxer died after suffering a traumatic brain injury during his USBA super welterweight title fight in Chicago, which was held on Oct. 12 and took place four days prior to his death. He was 27.

Day was competing against Charles Conwell — a 2016 U.S. Olympian — when he was struck behind the ear, Sports Illustrated and USA Today reported.

After the hit, the fighter's eyes instantly rolled back and he began twitching, SI reported. He was promptly taken by ambulance in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. Day then fell into a coma due to the injury and died on Oct. 16.

Dibella Entertainment announced his death in a statement, writing, "Day passed away today, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday."

The statement continued: "He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins."

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Sulli. Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

The former member of the popular K-Pop girl group f(x) was found dead in her Sujeong-gu apartment on Oct. 14. She was 25.

South Korean police confirmed her death to CNN, saying her body was discovered by her manager on the second floor of her house.

An exact cause of death is still under investigation, CNN reported. Initial evidence, including a note found at the scene, indicates that Sulli died by suicide, authorities said — though they "will leave all possibilities open and investigate."

Until then, Sulli's talent agency, SM Entertainment, has asked fans not to jump to conclusions.

"Please refrain from spreading speculative articles or rumors in respect of the bereaved's family who are saddened by the sudden tragedy," they said in a statement to local press.

Earlier this month, Sulli appeared on the South Korean TV series Reply Night, where she admitted that she was struggling with depression amid online bullying and harassment.

"My life is actually empty, so I feel like I'm lying to everyone by pretending to be happy on the outside," she confessed, according to local reports. "I asked around a lot for advice. They told me, 'Everyone has a dark side in their lives but they live pretending that they don't. Don't think of it as weird.'"

She went on to say that she continues to pretend to be happy, and "simply live a two-sided life."

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "988" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to

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Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore. Joby Sessions/Future/Shutterstock

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy star died at 81.

The radio and TV series producer and director, Dick Maggs, announced the sad news on Oct. 12, tweeting, "Our dear friend Stephen Moore has died. A fine actor, a lovely man and the original and most iconic voice of Marvin The Paranoid Android in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy."

"Our thoughts are with his family and our memories of him will always make us smile," he added. "RIP Stephen."

The Guardian reported that Moore was married four times and divorced three. He is survived by five children: Robyn, Guy, Hedda, Charlotte and Sophie, according to Variety.

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Robert Forster

Robert Forster
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The actor, known for his roles in films like Mulholland Drive and Medium Cool, died in L.A. on Oct. 11 after battling brain cancer, a representative for the actor confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 78.

Despite being known for acting in movies, Forster also appeared in many TV shows, including Heroes, Alcatraz, Twin Peaks and, most recently, Last Man Standing. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for his supporting role in Jackie Brown.

The actor is survived by his children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen, and grandchildren Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia, according to Variety.

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Karen Pendleton

One of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club House died on Oct. 6 from a heart attack. She was 73.

Pendleton, who was just 8 years old when she joined the popular series, died in Fresno, Disney historian Lorraine Santoli shared. The star was one of the youngest members ever to join the cast and remained a regular for the entire show's run on ABC from 1955 to 1959 — a feat that only nine children accomplished, including Annette Funicello.

Pendelton is survived by her daughter and two grandsons.

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Larry Junstrom

Larry Junstrom
Larry Junstrom. Rich Gabrielson/WireImage

One of the founding members of southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and longtime bassist for the band .38 Special died at the age of 70.

The news was announced on Oct. 6 via a statement shared on .38 Special's Facebook page. Junstrom had played with the group from 1977 until his retirement in 2014.

"The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," the tribute message began. "He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high — a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him. We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry's family. We will miss our friend and partner."

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Diahann Carroll

THE SPLIT, Diahann Carroll, 1968
Diahann Carroll. Everett

The legendary actress died of cancer on Oct. 4 in L.A., her daughter, Susan Kay, confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 84.

Born Carol Diahann Johnson to subway motorman John and nurse Mabel Johnson in the Bronx, New York, Carroll grew up in Harlem, where her family moved when she was an infant. Carroll started her career at 15, modeling for Essence magazine, but her heart was in performing: "I always knew I had to do something that was in front of an audience," Carroll told PEOPLE in 2008.

Throughout her life, Carroll's professional career in acting flourished in groundbreaking fashion. In 1962, she won the best actress Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical No Strings — a first for a black woman, and then in 1968, she became the first black star to play a role other than that of a domestic worker on her own TV series, Julia.

Carroll told PEOPLE she found the pioneer label to be a complicated but tremendous blessing, particularly with regard to Julia. "The attention and responsibility were so stressful," the actress-singer said in 2008. "But I'm enormously proud of that show."

Carroll was married four times. First to Monte Kay from 1956-62, during which they had a daughter, Suzanne, a journalist and screenwriter. After a failed engagement to TV presenter David Frost, she married Las Vegas boutique owner Freddé Glusman in 1971 but filed for divorce several weeks later. In 1975 she married Jet magazine editor Robert DeLeon, who died in a car accident in March 1977. Ten years later, Carroll married singer Vic Damone. They divorced in 1996.

After decades in the spotlight, Carroll will long be remembered for her tremendous and trailblazing talent.

The AP first reported news of her death.

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Michael James Ryan

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The songwriter and producer, famously known as Busbee, has died at 43. News of his death broke on Sept 29.

Though a cause has yet to be reported, a friend told Variety that Ryan was undergoing treatment for glioblastoma — an aggressive brain tumor that last year took the life of Sen. John McCain — after being diagnosed with it over the summer.

During his prolific career in music, Ryan helped shape the sound of modern country music, creating hits for artists like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts and more. Outside of country, he also worked with a number of pop artists like Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and the Backstreet Boys, and opened his own label, Altadena, under the Warner Records umbrella.

Ryan is survived by his wife and three children, including a newborn baby daughter.

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Rob Garrison

Rob Garrison
Rob Garrison. Rob Garrison/Twitter

The actor, who starred as one of the Cobra Kai members in the hit 1984 film The Karate Kid, has died at 59, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Garrison died the morning of Sept. 27 at a hospital in West Virginia after a month-long hospitalization due to kidney and liver failure, TMZ reported.

"This is a sad day for the Karate Kid / Cobra Kai family," Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "Rob Garrison was a kind gentleman from the first day I met him to the last day we spoke. I am so glad he had the opportunity to show his range and genuine heart with his performance last season on Cobra Kai. His campfire scene in Ep 206 was truly one of my favorites of Season 2. My thoughts are with his friends and family."

Garrison is survived by his brother Peter and his sister-in-law Linda.

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Linda Porter

Linda Porter
Linda Porter. Dean Hendler/Disney Channel

The beloved actress, known for her roles in Superstore and Twin Peaks, died on Sept. 25 at the age of 86.

Porter's death comes after a long battle with cancer, Deadline reported.

Following the news of her death, several of Porter's costars and fellow actors posted tributes of their late colleague.

"Here's hoping the angels don't call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end. We'll miss you Linda Porter," Superstore star Ben Feldman tweeted.

Danny Gura, who plays Elias on Superstore, wrote, "We lost a good one. R.I.P. Linda Porter, who was always smiling and always brightened up the Superstore set. This is a hard one. You will be missed."

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Robert Hunter

Grateful Dead Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter. Taylor Hill/WireImage

The longtime collaborator and lyricist for the Grateful Dead died on Sept. 23. He was 78.

"It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night," Hunter's family shared in a statement with Rolling Stone. "He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand."

"For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone," the statement continued. "In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air."

Hunter is survived by his wife, Maureen, whom he married in 1982.

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Carl Ruiz

Carl Ruiz
Carl Ruiz. Facebook

The beloved Food Network star died on Sept. 21 at 44. His official cause of death has not been announced but Ruiz's family confirmed the sad news by creating the Twitter account, @wemisscarlruiz.

"He was all about great times, great food and great friends," Ruiz's brother George wrote on behalf of their family. "Please remember his laugh and his wit."

Ruiz's sudden death has prompted many celebrities from the food world to come forward and share their favorite memories of the chef.

Guy Fieri: "I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef."

Alex Guarnaschelli: "This man was somehow fatherly, comforting, wise, reckless, brilliant, wickedly funny & unique all in 1. My life will be lonelier without him. Love you Carl. I'll make sure no one puts pineapple on pizza best I can without you here. #rip @carlruiz"

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Peter Lindberg

Peter Lindberg
Peter Lindbergh. Anita Bugge/WireImage

The famed fashion photographer, known for his stripped-back portraits that captured his subjects' natural beauty, died on Sept. 3. He was 74.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74," his family announced on Instagram on Wednesday. "He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jérémy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He leaves a big void."

Celebrities shared their grief by posting tributes to the late photographer.

"Heartbroken. 💔 R.I.P. my Peet. 🕊@therealpeterlindbergh 🙏🏻," model Linda Evangelista wrote on Instagram.

"My heart is broken. Peter Lindbergh was a genius and an absolute master of his craft. But beyond that, what made him truly one of a kind was his consistent kindness, warmth, and incredible sense of humor," Charlize Theron captioned her photo tribute. "One of the best human beings I have ever met. I will never forget you, my friend ❤️"

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David Koch

David Koch
David Koch. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty

The billionaire industrialist and philanthropist died on Aug. 23 at 79 after "many years of fighting various illnesses," according to his obituary.

Koch, who this year had assets worth nearly $50 billion, according to The New York Times, was in declining health since at least 2018. He is survived by his wife Julia Margaret Flesher and children Mary Julia, John Mark and David Jr.

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Joshua Lee Rosbach

Below Deck's Captain Lee Rosbach's Son
Joshua Lee Rosbach (left) with his family. Captain Lee Rosbach/Instagram

The son of Below Deck's Captain Lee died of an accidental drug overdose on July 22. He was 42.

"This past Saturday, my beloved wife Mary Anne and I laid our youngest son, Joshua Lee Rosbach to rest," Lee wrote in the caption, on Monday, alongside a photo of Joshua. "After a twenty year struggle, he finally succumbed to the demons he fought so long and so hard. Addiction is an insidious disease that knows no social status or geographic boundaries."

"Whether you live in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion or a double wide trailer, the path of death, destruction and devastation it leaves remains the same," the post continued. "We loved Josh unconditionally and were proud of the man he had become in spite of his problems. There was no one i ever knew who gave more of himself to those in his life. He loved with all his being without expecting anything in return. We both feel a hole in our souls that will never be filled."

According to an obituary posted on Dignity Memorial, the 42-year-old died "in the comfort of his home."

Rosbach is survived by his parents, sister and brother, nieces and nephews and numerous aunts and uncles. His family has asked for donations in Rosbach's memory be made to the Humane Society of Broward County.

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Michael Kittredge II

Michael Kittredge II
Michael Kittredge II. Facebook

The Yankee Candle founder died on July 24 at the age of 67.

Kittredge passed after a brief illness at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, while surrounded by family and friends, family spokesman Tim O'Brien said in a statement.

"Mike loved nothing more than seeing other people experience happiness, and he delighted in sharing generously with others," the statement said. "He was a consummate entertainer, and enjoyed hosting parties and gatherings large and small, all done with his distinctive zeal for quality and getting the tiniest details exactly right."

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Gabe Khouth

Gabe Khouth. Jack Rowand/Walt Disney Television via Getty

The actor, best known for his role as Sneezy/Tom Clark on ABC's Once Upon a Time, died on July 23 at 46.

According to his friend, actor Peter Kelamis, Khouth appeared to suffer from cardiac arrest while riding his motorcycle.

"Gabe ALWAYS put a smile on everyone's face," Kelamis tweeted about his late friend. "My deepest condolences to his Family and friends. RIP-You kind, kind soul #Heartbroken #gonetoosoon."

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Mitch Petrus

Mitch Petrus
Mitch Petrus. NFL via Getty

The former NFL player, who won the Super Bowl in 2011 with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32.

Petrus died on July 18 at 10:45 p.m. after working outside at his family shop in Arkansas, a spokesperson for the Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs told PEOPLE.

Petrus reportedly wasn't feeling well and was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock, authorities say. His official cause of death is listed as heat stroke.

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John Paul Stevens

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Discusses His New Book
John Paul Stevens. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The former Supreme Court Justice died on July 16. He was 99.

Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975, suffered from a stroke, according to a statement from the Supreme Court published in a press release on their website.

Stevens passed away "peacefully" at the Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the statement said. His daughters, Elizabeth Jane Sesemann and Susan Roberta Mullen, were with him when he died.

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Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker. The Ring Magazine via Getty

The boxer, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1984, died after being struck by a vehicle in Virginia on July 14. He was 55.

Police received a call on Sunday at 10:04 p.m. local time that there had been an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Virginia Beach, authorities said in a news release.

Upon arriving at the scene, police saw that an adult male victim, who they went on to identify as Whitaker, had been hit by the vehicle. Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene with police.

According to police, an investigation into the crash is still ongoing, although there is no further information available at this time.

He is survived by his five children, TMZ reported.

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Emily Hartridge

Emily Hartridge
Emily Hartridge. Emily Hartridge/Instagram

The YouTube star died on July 12, at the age of 35, in an electric scooter collision.

An announcement was made on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

"Hi everyone. This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once," the post read.

"Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it's hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person," the statement concluded.

In a press release, the London Metropolitan Police said a woman in her 30s was involved in a fatal crash between a truck and an electric scooter and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Guardian reported that the woman was Hartridge and that the collision was "the first fatal collision involving an e-scooter in Britain."

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Denise Nickerson

Denise Nickerson. Steve Granitz/WireImage. Inset: Wolper/Warner Bros/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

The actress, best known for playing the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died on July 10. She was 62.

Nickerson's family announced her death in a Facebook post late Wednesday night. "She's gone," Nickerson's son Josh and his wife Jasmine said.

On Wednesday morning, Nickerson's family shared that the actress had been taken off of life support after suffering from a severe stroke.

"They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We're telling her it's okay to let go," the couple wrote on the page they created to provide updates on the actress' health.

Nickerson's family created a GoFundMe for medical expenses, including the actress' wish to "be cremated and her ashes made into a piece of glass art."

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Cameron Boyce

Cameron BOyce
Cameron Boyce. David Mendez/Young Hollywood/Getty Images

The star of the Disney Channel franchise Descendants and the television series Jessie died on July 6. He was 20.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," a family spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, sharing that the cause of the young actor's death was due to "an ongoing medical condition."

"He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him," the family spokesperson said. "We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother."

The news of Boyce's death was first reported on by ABC News.

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Martin Charnin

Martin Charnin, the Tony Award Winning Creator of Annie, Dies at 84
Martin Charnin. John Lamparski/WireImage

The Tony award-winning creator of the hit musical Annie died on July 6 after suffering from a heart attack, his daughter revealed. He was 84.

"Our father passed away. Martin Charnin lived a very full life. He was watching Family Feud at the end, laughing with Shelly in bed at the hospital," Charnin's daughter Sasha wrote on Facebook. "He suffered a minor heart attack on the 3rd and tried to hold on for all us. His strength was astounding. He's in a painless place, now."

"We adored Daddy and not fully accepting it yet. He loved and lived his best!" Sasha continued. "But like he said and as corny as this sounds...the sun'll will come out tomorrow. Rest In Peace, Daddy. We love you."

Charnin is survived by his wife, kids and three grandchildren.

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Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones. Everett Collection

The beloved actor, from the 1990s ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, died on July 6. He was 84.

Jones' death was first announced by the Interact Theatre Company of Los Angeles, of which he was a member. Jones' rep confirmed his death to PEOPLE on July 8.

"Our treasured longtime member, dear friend and trusted colleague, Eddie Jones, passed away today," ITC said in a statement posted to its website on Saturday, July 6.

"Eddie was a true pillar of our company from its earliest days. An actor of keen wit and sharp instinct, when Eddie was onstage, you couldn't keep your eyes off him. When he was off-stage, his broad, bright smile would light up the room," the company's statement continued.

"Everyone who knew Eddie as a friend, or had the good fortune to share the stage with him, was touched by his gentle and generous nature. He will be deeply missed by all. ITC extends its deepest condolences to his dear, devoted wife Anita Khanzadian Jones, and extended family," the statement concluded. "May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Eddie."

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Rip Torn

Rip Torn
Rip Torn. J. Vespa/WireImage

The legendary actor, known for his roles in Men in Black and Hercules, died on July 9. He was 88.

Torn died "peacefully" at his Lakeville, Connecticut home, a rep for the star confirmed to PEOPLE.

His wife Amy Wright and his daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page were by his side, according to the Associated Press.

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Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs
Tyler Skaggs. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The 27-year-old pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels was found dead on July 1, just two days after he pitched for the team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The team made the announcement on Monday afternoon in a statement on Twitter, which was also obtained by PEOPLE.

"The Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton Hotel," authorities confirmed in a statement. "Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Skaggs' cause of death has yet to be revealed. "At this time, no foul play is suspected. This investigation is ongoing," police said.

"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the Angels said. "Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."

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Beth Chapman

Duane "Dog" and Beth Chapman. Jason Merritt/Getty

The Dog the Bounty Hunter star died surrounded by loved ones and holding hands with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, on June 26, a rep for the couple told PEOPLE. She was 51.

"It's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," her husband tweeted. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

Beth was admitted to Hawaii's Queen's Medical Center on June 22 and put into a medically-induced coma, according to Hawaii News Now.

The couple publicly announced Beth's stage II throat cancer diagnosis in September 2017.

She is survived by husband Dog and their children: Cecily Chapman, Bonnie Chapman, Garry Chapman and Dominic Davis.

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Jeff Austin

Dave Matthews Band Caravan - Day 2
Jeff Austin. Getty Images

The bluegrass musician and mandolinist died on June 24 in Seattle after an unspecified "medical emergency." He was 45.

Austin was best known for co-founding Yonder Mountain String Band in 1998 and remained a key member of the group until 2013. In 2015, he released his first and only solo album, titled "The Simple Truth."

According to a statement on his personal Facebook page, he is survived by his wife Devlyn and their three children: daughters Lily Rose, 12, and Penelope, 5, and 2-year-old son Jude Patrick.

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Philippe Zdar

Philippe Cerboneschi Zdar
Philippe Zdar. Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

Zdar, the influential French music producer best known as one half of electro duo Cassius and for his work with artists ranging from Kanye West to Phoenix, died in a freak accident in Paris on June 19. He was 52.

According to a report in The New York Times, Zdar fell through a window on a high floor in a Parisian building. The death was confirmed by Zdar's booking agent in an email to the outlet. The BBC reported that the French police are investigating the case as a routine accident.

Born Philippe Cerboneschi, Zdar teamed up with Hubert "Boom Bass" Blanc-Francard to form Cassius in 1988, and their debut album 1999 went on to shape the electronic music genre known as "French Touch."

Zdar leaves behind wife Dyane Cerboneschi and three children.

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DJ Official

DJ Official Instagram
DJ Official. DJ Official Instagram

The Grammy award-winning producer, né Leslie André Wakefield Jr., was killed in a shooting in Los Angeles on June 14.

Following news of his death, musicians including Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Mustard paid tribute to the 26-year-old producer on social media.

According to Vibe, DJ Official had recently welcomed a son, and had won a Grammy earlier this year for his work on Cardi B's album Invasion of Privacy.

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Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt.

CNN's Anderson Cooper confirmed the death of his mother — the heiress, socialite and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt — on the network on June 17. She was 95.

Her son confirmed that Vanderbilt had cancer. "Love is what she believed in more than anything," Cooper said in a CNN obituary. He continued, "Gloria Vanderbilt died as she lived: on her own terms."

As the daughter of railroad heir Reginald Vanderbilt and his second wife, Gloria Morgan, Vanderbilt grew up in the public eye before gaining notoriety for the $4.5 million she inherited when she turned 21. By the mid-1970s, she began to pursue a career in fashion, and became a pioneer of the industry for her iconic "Perfect Fit" denim jeans.

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Mary Duggar

Grandma Duggar
Mary Duggar (center). Duggar Family/Facebook

The Counting On family matriarch and mom of Jim Bob Duggar died of accidental drowning in a swimming pool on June 9. She was 78.

Jim Bob's sister Deanna "discovered her body and alerted authorities," Washington County Coroner Roger W. Morris confirmed to PEOPLE.

The Duggar family shared a tribute to Mary on their official Facebook page, highlighting her work as a prime real estate broker and her most cherished role of all — being "Grandma" to her 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

"She lived a tremendous life as a follower of Christ, a wife, a devoted mother, a loving mother-in-law, and a much-loved grandmother," the post continued.

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Sylvia Miles

Sylvia Miles
Sylvia Miles. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

The Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely actress died in Manhattan in an ambulance while en route to the hospital on June 12, her publicist Mauricio Padilha told The New York Times. She was 94.

Miles began her career in off-Broadway plays in 1947 before shifting to TV and film. She earned her first Oscar nomination for her turn as Cass, a hooker, in 1969's Midnight Cowboy.

Miles, who was married and divorced three times between 1948 - 1970, went on to guest-star in several TV shows, including Sex & the City, NYPD, One Life to Live and All My Children. Her most recent major film role was 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone
Leon Redbone. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty

Enigmatic cult singer Redbone died on May 30 after a long and storied career as an archivist and historian of obscure, pre-recording-era American music. His age has been the source of debate for decades — the official announcement playfully claimed he was 127 — but most reports state his age as 69.

Redbone's family confirmed his death in a message posted to his official website, which added a little humor while eulogizing the mysterious musician.

"He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover and a simple tip of his hat," his family said in a statement. "He's interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence, and has plans for a rousing singalong number with Sári Barabás."

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Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner
Bill Buckner. Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty

Baseball player Buckner, known for his career as a first baseman, died on May 27 after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 69.

"Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life," his family said in a statement obtained by ESPN. "Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing his in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Buckner was an All-Star player who logged more than 2,700 career hits during his 22-season stretch in the major leagues.

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Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright
Daniel Wright. Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Wright, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser, died in late May nearly two years after first being diagnosed with cancer. He was 30.

Wright, who competed on the seventh season of NBC's weight-loss reality series, died on May 25 from leukemia, several of his Biggest Loser costars confirmed on social media.

"I am so so heartbroken to hear about Daniel Wright this morning. He has fought SO HARD during his battle with cancer & more," former contestant Courtney Crozier Respess wrote on Facebook. "This man is one of the kindest people I have ever met & is a true difference maker in this world!"

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Gabriel Diniz

Gabriel Diniz
Gabriel Diniz. Gabriel Diniz/Instagram

Latin pop star Diniz died in a plane crash in Brazil in late May, his record label confirmed. He was 28 years old.

The singer was reportedly flying from Salvador to his girlfriend Karoline Calheiros's birthday party in Maceió on May 27 when the small plane he was a passenger on crashed in the town of Porto Do Mato, Estância, on the southern coast of Sergipe, Brazil.

The military police confirmed to local news media Grupo Globo's that Diniz, as well as pilots Linaldo Xavier and Abraão Farias were onboard and perished in the accident. A manager for Diniz did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

The cause of the crash is reportedly still under investigation.

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Carmine Caridi

Carmine Caridi
Carmine Caridi. Albert L. Ortega/Getty

Caridi, best known for his role as Carmine Rosato in The Godfather: Part II, died at age 85.

The actor died on May 28 and had been in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

He remains one of only three actors to play two different roles in the Godfather film franchise, as he portrayed Albert Volpe in the third film, who is killed at a hotel in Atlantic City.

Caridi was also involved in a controversy in 2004 when The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences discovered screeners of movies on the Internet that they traced back to the actor.

The FBI opened an investigation, finding that for at least three years, Caridi had been sharing screeners of his films in an attempt to gain consideration for Academy Awards.

"Let me tell you something," Caridi said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. "Everybody does it, OK? I was doing a guy a favor and he screwed me."

In February 2004, the Academy's board of governors voted to expel Caridi: "They wrote me a letter," he recalled. "'You're finished.'"

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I.M. Pei

Architect I.M. Pei sits near the Louvre's Pyramid Entrance, which he designed. (Photo by Bernard Bisson/Sygma via Getty Images)
I.M. Pei. Bernard Bisson/Sygma via Getty

The architect behind some of the world's most well-known structures died on May 23.

Pei's design firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners announced the news. He was 102.

Born in Guangzhou, China, in 1917, Pei began his career at an early age when he migrated to the U.S. to study architecture when he was only 17, according to his website.

In 1948, Pei accepted a director of architecture position with a New York-based real estate development company where he and a team of young designers completed the Mile High Center in Denver in 1956, the Southwest Washington Urban Renewal Plan in 1962 and Society Hill in Philadelphia in 1964.

Pei soon became known for his style after designing the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado in 1967.

He then embarked on a plethora of museum projects, including his most controversial — the glass pyramid he designed as a new entrance to the Louvre in Paris, which was completed in 1989.

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Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda.

Lauda, a three-time Formula 1 champion who survived a horrific crash that caused severe burns to his face, died on May 20 at the age of 70.

The former Ferrari racer — who would go on to start several airline companies after retiring from the sport — underwent a lung transplant in 2018 after being diagnosed with "severe lung disease," and was hospitalized with influenza this year, according to CNN. Lauda previously had two kidney transplants, one from his brother in 1997 and one from his girlfriend in 2005, Fox News reported.

Lauda's cause of death was not publicly announced by the family.

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Ashley Massaro

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock (8469421d) Ashley Massaro Wrestling's 'Big Event', Laguardia Plaza, New York, USA - 04 Mar 2017
Ashley Massaro. Mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock

The former WWE wrestler and Survivor: China contestant died on May 16, PEOPLE confirmed. She was 39.

While authorities would not disclose the details of her death, it is not being classified as a criminal case, a Suffolk County Police Department spokesperson told PEOPLE.

Massaro first entered the public eye in her early 20s. She won the WWE's Diva Search in 2005, earning her a one-year, $250,000 contract. She continued with the WWE for 3 years before cutting ties in 2008. She appeared on Survivor: China in 2007, and several of her fellow contestants have paid tribute to her, including Leslie Nease, who she bonded with on the show. "She had a very soft and kind side. I am so thankful I was able to see that and know her that way," Nease told PEOPLE.

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Isaac Kappy

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Isaac Kappy (L) arrives at the Saint Vintage "Love Tour" held at the Andaz hotel on March 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
Isaac Kappy. Mark Davis/WireImage

Kappy died after he "forced himself off" a bridge on May 13 in Arizona. He was 42.

The actor, who had a small role in Thor, among other films, died at the scene in Bellemont after being struck by a car, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

Before his death, Kappy wrote a lengthy Instagram post which he captioned, "Beware the man that has nothing to lose, for he has nothing to protect."

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Tim Conway

Tim Conway
Tim Conway. Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Conway died on May 14 at the age of 85.

He passed away at 8:45 a.m. in the Los Angeles area, his rep Howard Bragman confirmed to PEOPLE.

Prior to his death, he suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) and had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, his six biological children and two granddaughters.

The beloved actor is best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, winning viewers over with characters like the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball, whose accent he has said was inspired by his Romanian mother.

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Doris Day

Doris Day
Doris Day. CBS via Getty

Day, the beautiful blonde whose sunny screen presence and silken singing voice guaranteed box-office and record-chart hits in the '40s, '50s and '60s, died on May 13, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 97.

Day died at 1:00 a.m. at her home in California, the rep said.

The Associated Press was first to report the news, which came nearly two months after the actress celebrated her birthday and shared a recent photo with PEOPLE.

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Peggy Lipton

Ferragamo Presents Spring Runway Collection With VIP Dinner, Hosted By Jacqui Getty And Harpers BAZAAR
Peggy Lipton.

Lipton, known for her roles on The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks died on May 11. She was 72.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times that was later obtained by PEOPLE, Lipton's daughters from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones, confirmed that she had passed away from cancer.

"She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side," Kidada Jones and Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said. "We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her."

"We can't put all of our feelings into words right now, but we will say: Peggy was and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond," the pair added. "She will always be a part of us."

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Silver King

Silver King. Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Professional wrestler and actor King died after collapsing from a heart attack during his performance in London on May 11, The Guardian reported.

The former WCW star, 51, whose real name is César Barrón, was performing at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden for the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre event alongside Juventud Guerrera, also known as Youth Warrior. Guerrera reportedly kicked Barrón who fell to the ground and then proceeded to "pin" him down.

Guerrera signaled in confusion at the referee when Barrón did not recover from the move, according to The Guardian. That's when a team of medics rushed to the ring and audience members were asked to leave. The London ambulance service was called but they were unable to resuscitate Barrón.

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Pua Magasiva

Pua Magasiva
Pua Magasiva. Pua Magasiva/Instagram

Magasiva, who starred in several Power Rangers television series as well as New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, died in early May. He was 38.

The New Zealand Herald reported that police were called to a home in Wellington, New Zealand, where they found the actor unresponsive.

A police spokesperson told the outlet that they found "no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death," and would be referring the case to the coroner.

Magasiva is survived by wife Lizz Sadler, a 7-year-old daughter from his previous marriage, and his brother Robbie. Sadler also has a daughter from a previous relationship.

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Troy Dean Shafer

Troy Shafer
Troy Shafer. Troy Shafer/Instagram

The star of DIY Network's Nashville Flipped died on April 28 at the age of 38, PEOPLE confirmed.

Shafer appeared on the TV series beginning in 2016. His cause of death is not yet available, but a toxicology report is expected in the next few weeks.

A representative for the network told PEOPLE in a statement, "The DIY Network family is sorry to hear about the passing of Troy Dean Shafer, a dedicated, driven entrepreneur and restoration expert who was admired by everyone who worked on the series Nashville Flipped. We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy's family and friends during this difficult time."

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Max Azria

Designer Max Azria Passes away
Max Azria. STAN HONDA/Getty

Azria, founder of the iconic American fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA, died on May 6 in a Houston hospital, WWD reported. He was 70.

According to the outlet, the legendary Tunisian-born designer died of lung cancer.

Azria, who moved to the United States in 1981 after designing women's clothing in Paris for 11 years, launched BCBGMAXAZRIA in 1989. His brand was a staple among runways and celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian, Drew Barrymore and Selena Gomez.

During its height, his company had 500 stores worldwide, and many of his designs were carried across major department stores as well.

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Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans. GoFundMe

Held Evans, a popular Christian author whose work rejected traditional conservative beliefs, died in early May after a lengthy hospitalization. She was 37.

In a statement shared on his wife's website, her husband Dan shared that she died after being "slowly weaned from" her medically induced coma and experiencing massive brain swelling, which "ultimately was not survivable."

"This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping it's a nightmare from which I'll awake. I feel like I'm telling someone else's story," he wrote, before thanking his wife's friends, family and fans for their prayers and support.

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Caroline Bittencourt

Caroline Bittencourt
Caroline Bittencourt. Caroline Bittencourt/Instagram

Brazilian model Bittencourt died in São Paulo at the end of April after she drowned in an attempt to rescue her dogs who fell out of the sailboat she was on with her husband, Jorge Sestini. She was 37.

According to TMZ, the devastating accident happened after a storm hit the couple's boat and left their catamaran in rough waters, causing their two dogs to fall out. Bittencourt jumped in the water after her pets. Directly after, Sestini dove in to save his wife.

Sestini is set to be charged with manslaughter in connection to his wife's death, for ignoring warnings about the rough weather that day.

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John Singleton

John Singleton
John Singleton.

Singleton, the first African-American man to be nominated for a Best Directing Oscar, died on April 29. He was 51.

His family announced that day they were taking the director off of life support 13 days after he suffered a stroke.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors," the statement began.

Singleton suffered a "major stroke" after arriving back in the U.S. from a trip to Costa Rica. His mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate in April.

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Stephanie Sherk

Stefanie Sherk
Stefanie Sherk. David Livingston/Getty

Sherk, a Canadian model and actress married to Oscar nominee Demián Bichir, died on April 20. She was 43.

Her death was ruled a suicide by drowning, the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to PEOPLE.

Her husband shared the sad news in an emotional post on Instagram. "It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don't know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain," Bichir wrote. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely missed. We will hold Stefanie in our hearts forever."

Sherk had a number of acting credits to her name, including a role in Bichir's directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song in 2016. She's also had roles in Valentine's Day, Star Power, Loco Love, as well as the upcoming horror movie Grudge.

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John Havlicek

John Havlicek
John Havlicek.

The eight-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer died on April 25. He was 79.

Havlicek's death was confirmed in a statement by the Boston Celtics, the team he played with for 16 seasons.

"John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history ... He was a great champion both on the court and in the community," the statement began.

Havlicek remains the Celtics' highest-scoring member with 26,395 points across his career. He was also a 13-time NBA All-Star, and upon his retirement in 1978, the Celtics immediately retired his number 17 jersey with him.

While the NBA legend had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, the statement did not confirm his exact cause of death.

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Larry 'Flash' Jenkins

Larry Flash Jenkins
Larry Flash Jenkins. Larry Flash Jenkins/Twitter

Jenkins, best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Fletch, died suddenly on April 25 in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor first broke onto the small screen in 1978 playing the role of Lester in the TV movie Crisis in the Valley. He appeared on several television shows before transitioning to film and landing the role of the attendant's co-pilot in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where he famously took Cameron's (Alan Ruck) father's Ferrari for a joyride.

Most recently, Jenkins was working on two films called The Gospel Truth and Anna Lucasta, both of which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. He was also at the helm of two production companies: Flashworks Productions and Gold Coast Productions.

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Steve Golin

Steve Golin
Steve Golin. Jonathan Leibson/Getty

Golin, the Oscar-winning producer whose company Anonymous Content is behind hits like Spotlight and Mr. Robot, died on April 21 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 64.

Golin's producing résumé included dozens of popular movies and TV shows, and in 2016, he took home an Oscar for producing Spotlight. He was nominated that same year for The Revenant, and in 2006, earned a nod for Babel.

The New York native launched his first production company, Propaganda Films, with Joni Sighvatsson in 1986, which went on to help launch the careers of stars like Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Michael Bay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He left the company in the late '90s and launched Anonymous Content in 1999.

He is survived by his two children, according to Deadline.

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Ken Kercheval

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Ken Kercheval. Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Kercheval, the actor best known for his longtime role as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes on the CBS soap opera Dallas, died on April 21. He was 83.

At this time, a cause of death for the actor remains unclear.

Kercheval's passion for acting began in 1954 and saw him starring in several productions before he transitioned to screen, becoming a staple of the television and film world beginning in 1962.

On the small screen, the Indiana native made appearances on The Secret Storm, Kojak, CHiPs, Starsky & Hutch, The Love Boat, Matlock and Highway to Heaven, before landing the role of Barnes, the brother of Victoria Principal's character Pamela Ewing on the CBS soap opera in 1978.

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Mya-Lecia Naylor

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Mya-Lecia Naylor. Mya-Lecia/Instagram

The British child star, best known for her roles on BBC network shows Absolutely Fabulous and Millie Inbetween, died on April 7, the network confirmed. She was 16.

"Mya-Lecia was a much loved part of the BBC Children's family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer. We will miss her enormously and we are sure that you will want to join us in sending all our love to her family and friends," the network said of the aspiring model and singer in a statement.

According to BBC News, Naylor's agents, A&J Management, said the young actress died April 7 after she collapsed.

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Bradley Welsh

Bradley Welsh
Bradley Welsh. REX/Shutterstock

The T2 Trainspotting star and former boxer died following a shooting near his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 17. He was 42.

Welsh appeared as the kingpin Doyle in Danny Boyle's 2017 sequel to his classic 1996 film Trainspotting. It was his first professional acting role. He also ran charity projects for young adults in the city to help them stay fit and out of trouble through his Holyrood Boxing Gym, according to Edinburgh Live.

"His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing," the Edinburgh Police Divison shared in a statement on Facebook.

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Dave Treadway

Dave Treadway
Dave Treadway. Ian Fohrman/Red Bull Content Pool

The Canadian professional skier died on April 15 following an accident while skiing in Pemberton, British Colombia in Canada, Pique Newsmagazine reported. He was 34.

According to Pique, Treadway was skiing with a group in the backcountry when a snow bridge collapsed under him, plunging him nearly 100 feet into a crevasse near Rhododendron Mountain. Pemberton District Search and Rescue (PSAR) responded to the incident, but unfortunately, Treadway died at the scene, according to the outlet.

He is survived by his pregnant wife, Tessa, and their two sons, Kasper, 6, and Raffi, 2.

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Bibi Andersson

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Bibi Andersson. IBL/REX/Shutterstock

Andersson, the famed Swedish actress and muse to Ingmar Bergman, died on April 14 in Stockholm. She was 83.

Her spokesperson Martin Frostberg confirmed her death, according to the Associated Press. Andersson was hospitalized in France after suffering a stroke in 2009.

Andersson's two-decade-long film career started in her teens and saw her in more than 50 films, including 13 by the legendary Bergman. Most notably, she starred in his 1966 psychological drama Persona as Alma, which earned her worldwide critical acclaim and a best actress award at the 4th Guldbagge Awards (the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards).

"Her achievements in Swedish cinema cannot be overrated," the Swedish Film Institute's CEO, Anna Serner, said in a statement obtained by the AP.

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Arie Irawan

Arie Irawan.

Irawan, a Malaysian professional golfer, died in his China hotel room on April 14, according to He was 28.

His death appears to be from natural causes, but a coroner's report has yet to be completed, the site reported.

Irawan was in Sanya to compete in the PGA Tour Series-China's Sanya Championship. According to the site, the golfer made his debut on the PGA Tour Series-China in 2016, after playing for the University of Tulsa golf team in the U.S. and turning pro in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Marina, and his parents and sister.

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Georgia Engel

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Georgia Engel. Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star died on April 12, her talent agent Jackie Stander confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 70.

The actress, widely recognized for her high-pitched and sweet-sounding voice, began her decades-long acting career with a role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in 1969 before gracing the small screen in a number of roles.

"Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best," Betty White, who starred alongside Engel in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show and Hot in Cleveland, told the New York Times following Engel's death.

Most recently, Engel had guest roles in The Office (2012) and Two and a Half Men (2012) and appeared as Mamie in Hot in Cleveland (2012-15).

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Earl Thomas Conley

Earl Thomas Conley. Rick Diamond/Getty

The country community was in mourning in early April after singer Conley died. He was 77.

Earl, best known for his '80s hits "Holding Her and Loving You," "What I'd Say" and "Once In a Blue Moon," died in Nashville on April 10, Blake Shelton confirmed.

Shelton paid tribute to Earl, whom he referred to as his "favorite singer, hero, and friend", in a touching post on social media. The pair had been friends for years and collaborated in 2002 to co-write Shelton's Top 20 hit "All Over Me" along with Michael Pyle.

"My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I'm sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning," Shelton wrote on his social media accounts Wednesday, along with a photo of the pals smiling during a performance. "Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…"

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Nipsey Hussle

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The rapper died in a shooting on March 31, according to multiple reports. He was 33.

The "Hussle & Motivate" musician (né Ermias Asghedom) died after being shot on the street where his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company, is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, NBC News, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported, citing multiple law enforcement sources.

The rapper's debut album, Victory Lap, was nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards in February. He is survived by his two children: daughter Emani from a previous relationship and son Kross, 2, with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, 34.

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Tania Mallet

Tania Mallet
Tania Mallet. Getty

The British actress and model died on March 31, the official James Bond Twitter handle announced. She was 77.

Mallet — whom her cousin Helen Mirren, 73, once described as "impossibly beautiful and kind" — rose to fame as a model in the 1950s and '60s and is best known for her turn as Bond girl Tilly Masterson in 1964's Goldfinger.

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Billy Clayton

Billy Clayton. Billy Clayton/Instagram

Clayton — the 22-year-old rising pop singer who was a protégé of Charli XCXdied on March 26 in his home from an aggressive form of bone cancer known as Ewing's sarcoma.

The sad news was reported by Billy's mother Becky Clayton, who wrote a touching tribute to her son on social media calling him "one of the most genuinely talented and special people ever."

"He held on for so long and had more strength than anyone could ever imagine. But his body would no longer allow him to live the life he so desperately wished for and his soul needed to escape to be free," Becky said. "Our hearts are broken into a million pieces and I have no idea how I will manage. But I know he is with me and with all the people who loved him. I was honored to be Billy's mum and will be forever and ever and again, next time around."

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Agnés Varda


Varda, the woman whose films were essential in creating France's New Wave cinema, died on March 28. She was 90.

Varda, who received an Honorary Oscar in November 2017 from Angelina Jolie, died from cancer, her family announced.

Her most recent work, the 2017 documentary Faces Places, was nominated for an Oscar, making her the oldest working director ever nominated. She captured hearts during her campaign for the trophy and went viral for her rose-printed Gucci look at the 2018 Oscars.

The Belgian-born director, photographer and documentary maker's career spanned over six decades. She was responsible for award-winning features including Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962), a rare cinema verité film of a woman attending biopsy results told in real-time. Her other best-known works include Le Bonheur (1965) and 1984's Vagabond.

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Denise DuBarry Hay

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Denise DuBarry Hay. Denise DuBarry Hay

DuBarry Hay, the actress best known for her roles on CHiPs and Black Sheep Squadron, died in late March. She was 63.

DuBarry Hay's husband Bill Hay confirmed the sad news to the Desert Sun newspaper, explaining that his wife died on March 23 — just 17 days after celebrating her birthday — at UCLA Medical Center from a rare, deadly fungus.

The exact kind of fungus and how long she had been having health problems were not immediately clear.

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Scott Walker

Walker, the musician whose career stretched from British pop sensation to avant-garde pioneer, died in late March, his record label announced in a statement. He was 76.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker," the statement read. "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."

Born Noel Scott Engel in 1943 in Ohio, Walker started his music career as a session bassist.

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Kenneth To

Kenneth To.

Elite swimmer To died while training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Hong Kong Sports Institute said in a statement.

To fell ill during a training session in Florida on March 18, according to the Associated Press. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died, the Hong Kong Sports Institute said. He was 26.

The cause of To's death was not immediately clear.

Born in Hong Kong, To moved to Australia as a child. He won six medals at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, taking the gold medal in the 400-meter medley. He later won a silver medal as part of Australia's 400-medley relay squad at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.

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Justin Carter

Justin Carter. Justin Carter/YouTube

Carter was fatally shot with a gun that was being used as a prop on the set of a music video in Texas, according to ABC 13. He was 35.

His mother Cindy McClellan told Fox News that Carter was filming a music video in Houston on March 16 when a gun in his pocket "went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye."

"He was a wonderful artist," McClellan told the outlet. "He was the voice, he was the total package and we're trying to keep his legend [alive]."

McClellan also spoke of her son's kind heart. "He was a wonderful person, very loving and he loved our God very much," she told Fox News.

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Tom Hatten

Tom Hatten. Robert Benson/Getty

Longtime Los Angeles TV personality Hatten died at age 92.

Hatten was best known as host of KTLA's Popeye and Friends show, as well as KTLA's Family Film Festival. KTLA Channel 5 announced his death on March 16, honoring the "local legend" who joined the network in 1952 as an announcer.

Hatten's longtime friend and former KTLA producer Joe Quasarano confirmed his passing, KTLA Channel 5 reported.

Hatten hosted Popeye and Friends, a daily children's show, from 1976 to 1988, and Family Film Festival from 1978 to 1992.

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Bernie Tormé

Bernie Torme in concert at Hard Rock Hell, Wales, Britain - 28 Nov 2013
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The Irish guitarist died in London on March 17, his family told Billboard in a statement. He was 66.

"Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family," read the statement. "He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed."

Tormé recorded several albums with hard rock band Gillan and played with Ozzy Osbourne following guitarist Randy Rhoads' 1982 death in a plane accident. He also fronted the Bernie Tormé Band and released several solo albums, including last year's Shadowland.

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Dick Dale

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Dick Dale. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

The "King of the Surf Guitar," whose biggest hit served as the opening song for 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction, died on March 16, according to multiple reports. He was 81.

Dale's agent confirmed the news to Billboard, saying, "It's a sad day for Rock 'n' Roll."

Dale (né Richard Anthony) is known as the pioneer of surf rock, the rock music subgenre defined by Southern California's surf culture. He revealed to Billboard in 2015 that while he was suffering from several health issues, he couldn't keep himself from performing.

"Even with my illnesses and diseases, I'm faster with my hands than I've ever been," he told the publication.

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Mike Thalassitis

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The former contestant on the British reality dating show Love Island died on March 15, according to multiple reports. He was 26.

According to the Daily Mail, the former reality star was found dead in his hometown of Essex. His cause of death has yet to be released.

Prior to competing on Love Island in 2017, Thalassitis was a semi-professional soccer player in England, according to The Guardian. He also appeared on the British reality show Celebs Go Dating.

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Hal Blaine

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The legendary session musician labeled by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as perhaps "the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history" died on March 11. He was 90.

Blaine's death was announced in a statement on his Facebook page.

Blaine — who was born Harold Simon Belsky on Feb. 5, 1929, to Lithuanian and Polish immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts — played on more than 40 No. 1 and 350 Top 10 tracks, he said in his 1990 memoir, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew.

Among those were songs for artists like Sam Cooke, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas and John Lennon — not to mention classic tracks like "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel.

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Kelly Catlin

Canada Pan Am Games Cycling, Milton, Canada
Kelly Catlin. Felipe Dana/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Olympic track cyclist Catlin died of an apparent suicide on March 8, the Associated Press reported.

The 23-year-old athlete earned a silver medal with the women's pursuit team at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games.

Per the AP, Minnesota native Catlin was found dead in her California home.

Her father, Mark Catlin, told the competitive cycling magazine Velo News that the Olympian died by suicide.

"There isn't a minute that goes by that we don't think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived," he told the sports outlet. "There isn't a second in which we wouldn't freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable."

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Luke Perry

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Luke Perry. Maarten de Boer/Contour/Getty

The actor died on March 4 from a massive stroke. He was 52.

Perry, who starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, was best known for playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995. He returned again in 1998 until 2000.

The actor went on to appear in films such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, and The Fifth Element. He also appeared on sitcoms including Will & Grace and Spin City.

At the time of his death, Perry was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder and other close family and friends.

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King Kong Bundy

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King Kong Bundy. Splash News

The WWE icon, who memorably battled Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2, died on March 4. He was 61.

The athlete's death was confirmed by longtime friend David Herro on Facebook, and by the WWE.

"Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris," Herro wrote. "We love you. Thank you for believing in me. #KingKongBundy."

Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, entered the WWE in the early '80s, and later enjoyed a brief acting career, appearing in two episodes of the sitcom Married… With Children as well as the 1988 Richard Pryor comedy Moving.

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Ted Lindsay

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Ted Lindsay. Bruce Bennett/Getty

The beloved hockey star and Ontario native died at age 93, the National Hockey League Player's Association confirmed on March 4.

"The players and NHLPA staff are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ted Lindsay — a player, a trailblazer, and a gentleman," the player's association said in a tweet. "'Terrible Ted' was loved across the hockey world and beyond for his play, dedication to fellow players and charitable work."

During his career, the athlete — who earned the nickname "Terrible Ted" for his on-the-ice demeanor — scored 379 goals and 472 assists over regular season games, USA Today reported. He also started the tradition of skating around the ice with the Stanley Cup, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Elly Mayday. Elly Mayday/Instagram

The model and body positive activist died on March 1 after a long struggle with ovarian cancer, her family announced on her social media accounts. She was 30.

"Ashley was a country girl at heart who had a passion for life that was undeniable," her family wrote. "She dreamed of making an impact on people's lives. She achieved this through the creation of Elly Mayday which allowed her to connect with all of you. Her constant support and love from her followers held a special place in her heart."

The trailblazing model was born Ashley Luther in Saskatchewan, Canada, and adopted her new name as she fought her way through the industry as one of the first curvy models.

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Lisa Sheridan

Lisa Sheridan.

The actress, who appeared in Invasion and Halt and Catch Fire, died on Feb. 25 in her apartment in New Orleans, her manager Mitch Clem confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 44.

Friend and former costar Donna D'Errico paid tribute to the late actress on Facebook. "It's so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this city…even this world. Truly one of the most genuinely sweet and gentle people I've ever come across in my life," she wrote in part.

The actress' television credits also include Legacy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Journeyman and The Mentalist, among others.

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Katherine Helmond

Katherine Helmond. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty

Helmond, who famously portrayed mother Mona Robinson in ABC's Who's The Boss? for eight years and Jessica Tate on Soap, died on Feb. 23 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles, her talent agency, APA, announced.

Making her television debut in 1962, the Texas native starred in various plays, shows and films, including Family Plot, Brazil and the Cars movies (in which she voiced Lizzie). But her most memorable role would be that of the feisty Mona in Who's The Boss? (1984 to 1992), for which she earned two supporting actress Emmy nominations.

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Beverley Owen

BULLET FOR A BADMAN, Beverley Owen, 1964
Beverley Owen. Everett

Owen, best known for playing the original Marilyn Munster on season 1 of The Munsters, died in late February. She was 81.

Her costar Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster, announced the news on Facebook on Feb. 24, writing: "Beautiful Beverly Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes."

Owen's daughter also confirmed the news, telling TMZ that the actress died surrounded by friends and family at her home in Vermont on Feb. 21 after battling ovarian cancer.

Owen was reportedly diagnosed in January 2017 and had kept it private.

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Stanley Donen

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Donen, the director of Singin' in the Rain and one of the last architects of Hollywood's Golden Age, died at age 94.

One of his sons confirmed the news to the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 23 — perhaps fittingly, on the eve of the Oscars, a night when Hollywood celebrates its legacy of style, glamour and moviemaking talent.

A former Broadway dancer and choreographer, Donen co-directed 1952's Singin' in the Rain — widely regarded as the best movie musical of all time — with its star, Gene Kelly. He went on to direct more classic musicals, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It's Always Fair Weather and Funny Face.

Donen was also acclaimed for sparkling, sophisticated romantic comedies and thrillers, reteaming with Audrey Hepburn for 1963's Charade and 1967's Two for the Road.

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Brody Stevens

Brody Stevens. Mathew Imaging/WireImage

Comedian and Hangover actor Stevens died on Feb. 22 at age 48, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His cause of death was reported as an apparent suicide, according to The Blast, who obtained a 911 call to his home.

Stevens appeared as Officer Foltz in the 2009 comedy The Hangover. He was also in The Hangover Part II as Kingsley Guy, which was his last feature-length film.

The actor has also been on TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. In 2015, he appeared in the short films Near Fall and Alone Together.

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Clark James Gable

Clark James Gable.

Clark Gable's grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Feb. 22. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook. His death was also confirmed to Variety. The outlet reported he died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Gable was the host of the reality TV series Cheaters, which exposes infidelity within relationships. He was filming a crime drama titled Sunset Dawn shortly before his death, according to Variety.

His father is John Gable II, the son of actress Kay Williams and the Hollywood icon who is best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 epic drama Gone with the Wind.

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Peter Tork

Peter Tork Of The Monkees
Peter Tork. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Peter Tork, the blues and folk musician who shot to stardom in 1966 as a member of the Monkees, died on Feb. 21. He was 77.

The news was first announced on a message posted to his Facebook page on Thursday morning. His sister, Anne Thorkelson, also confirmed his death to multiple outlets. Though the precise cause of death is unknown at the present time, in 2009 he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affected his tongue.

Bandmate Micky Dolenz paid his respects in a Facebook post, writing, "There are no words right now…heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork."

"I am told he slipped away peacefully," he added in a longer message a short time later. "Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken."

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Vinny Vella

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Casino actor Vinny Vella died from liver cancer on Feb. 21. He was 72.

The news was confirmed to USA Today and was also shared on the late actor's Facebook page along with a photo of Vella in black and white.

"We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I'm sure that no one more saddened than himself," the caption read. "Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen."

Vella, a New York City native, was best known for his role in Martin Scorsese's 1995 crime classic Casino, in which he acted alongside Robert De Niro. He also starred in the HBO mobster series The Sopranos for five seasons, as well as the 2012 mobster comedy Analyze This, also starring De Niro.

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Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld. David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous line Karl Lagerfeld died on Feb. 19. He was 85.

There is no confirmed cause of death, multiple outlets have reported.

In a statement, Chanel announced: "It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983." Scores of celebrities, models and fellow designers also paid tribute to the late style icon.

Born in Germany to Elisabeth Bahlmann and Otto Lagerfeld, a wealthy Hamburg businessman, he later emigrated to France where he graduated from Lycée Montaigne with a focus on drawing and history.

After winning the Woolmark Prize design competition he landed his first job in the industry under Pierre Balmain as his assistant in 1955, and from there his career took off, bringing him to various other fashion houses including Chloé and Fendi. While Lagerfeld was an author, photographer and prolific sketch artist, he is best known for revitalizing the iconic brand founded by Coco Chanel when he took over the reins at Chanel in 1983.

With his trademark black sunglasses, powdered white ponytail and black leather gloves, the style icon was one of few designers who consistently remained as immediately recognizable as their designs.

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Sean Milliken

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Sean Milliken. TLC

The My 600-Lb. Life star died on Feb. 17 of complications from an infection, his father, Matt Milliken, announced on Facebook, according to TMZ. He was 29.

"Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped," Matt said, according to the outlet.

Sean first appeared on My 600-Lb. Life in 2016, when he was bedridden and weighed around 900 lbs. He and his mother, Renee, moved to Houston so he could get weight loss surgery, through which he successfully dropped 400 lbs.

TLC said in a statement that they were "saddened" to learn of Sean's death.

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Lee Radziwill

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The younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former princess died at her home in New York City on Feb. 15, according to The New York Times and WWD. She was 85.

Radziwill's daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill, told the Times that her mother died of natural causes. The style icon was also the mother-in-law to Real Housewives of New York alum Carole Radziwill.

Lee lived a storied life, befriending some of the greatest and most stylish artists of her time, including ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, author Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. After news of her death became public, many members of the fashion industry paid tribute to her.

In her later years, Lee gave a few interviews about her legendary life. In 2013, she told The New York Times: "Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven't are either liars… or narcissists."

"There have been many things in my life to have regrets about, in the sense I wish I could have changed them, or somehow made them not happen. What I don't have is envy. I'm perfectly content at this time of my life. I've done so many fascinating things and the greatest joy is that I continue to do interesting things and meet fascinating people."

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Carmen Argenziano

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Argenziano, best known for his roles in Stargate SG-1 and The Godfather: Part II, died at age 75, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE on Feb 11.

In a Facebook post, Event Horizon Talent announced the death of Argenziano, who worked as an actor for more than four decades.

"It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75," the post begins.

In part, it continues, "While Carmen was a client, he was also a good friend. While he was a class act and a consummate gentleman at the events he was booked for, he was also a caring and generous person."

He is survived by his wife, Lisa A. Angelocci, and his three children, according to The Sun.

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Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan- Michael Vincent : ABC's 'The Winds of War: Miniseries"
Jan-Michael Vincent. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

The Airwolf actor died on Feb. 10 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ. He was 74.

The late actor had been dealing with health issues in recent years, particularly in 2012, when he said his right leg had been amputated following an infection in his leg due to complications from peripheral artery disease, according to a 2014 interview with the National Inquirer.

In addition to Airwolf, Vincent appeared in the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War and films such as The Mechanic and Big Wednesday. His final film role was in the 2003 independent film White Boy.

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Albert Finney

Actor Albert Finney
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The famed British actor — known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Annie, BigFish, Skyfall and the Bourne franchise — died of an undisclosed illness on Feb. 8, his family said in a statement obtained by the BBC. He was 82.

The five-time Oscar nominee disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reported.

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney began his career as a stage actor, studying alongside Alan Bates and Peter O'Toole at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He'd receive his first of five Oscar nominations for playing the title character in 1963's Tom Jones, which itself was named 1964's Best Picture. Other leading actor Oscar nominations would come for Finney for his work Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983) and Under the Volcano (1984). In 2000, he was nominated for his supporting role in Erin Brockovich.

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John Dingell

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Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history — who in recent years delighted his 264,000 followers on Twitter with biting commentary and wit — died on Feb. 7 at home in Dearborn. He was 92.

Dingell fought for years for key liberal causes including healthcare expansion and civil rights. He had a heart attack in September, according to ABC News, and was suffering from complications of prostate cancer, the Washington Post reported.

His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, shared her grief on Facebook, writing that her "heart is broken."

"My true love is gone," she wrote. "The tears are flowing pretty freely as I miss the man that made me whole. One can know it is coming, but nothing prepares you for the hole in your heart. He was my one and only true love."

John was the representative for Michigan's 15th Congressional District for 59 years — beginning in 1955, when as a 29-year-old he succeeded his father who died in office until his wife won his seat upon his retirement in 2014.

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Frank Robinson

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Robinson — the first black manager of the MLB, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and the only player to have won the Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues — died on Feb. 7. He was 83.

"[His] résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement posted to the league's website. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career."

Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility in 1982. The slugger spent some 21 seasons in the league, between the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians.

In 2005, Robinson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, and six years later was appointed as Executive Vice President of Baseball Development by Bud Selig, then the commissioner of the MLB.

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Julie Adams

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Iconic horror movie actress Adams, who starred as Kay Lawrence in Creature from the Black Lagoon, died on Feb. 3. She was 92.

She rose to fame as the woman who wore a white, one-piece bathing suit to take a dip in a lagoon in the 1954 film as the Gill-man beneath copied her every movie. The scene was often recreated in movies like Jaws and The Shape of Water.

She was married to actor and director Ray Danton from 1954 to 1981. Afterward, she dated film and TV writer Ronald M. Cohen until he died in 1998, according to Deadline.

Adams is survived by her two sons, Steve and Michael Danton, and her four grandchildren.

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Kristoff St. John

Kristoff St. John
Kristoff St. John.

The Young and the Restless star died on Feb. 3 at his home in San Fernando Valley. He was 52.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a death investigation took place for a possible alcohol overdose.

In 2014, St. John's son Julian with ex-wife Mia St. John died by suicide at the age of 24. In 2017, the actor underwent psychiatric treatment after a reported scare regarding his mental health. According to TMZ, he threatened to kill himself with a gun and was placed under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

St. John's last activity on Twitter was on Jan. 21, when he retweeted a tweet about losing a child that reads, "Grieving the loss of a child is a process. It begins on the day your child passes, and ends the day the parent joins them."

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Harold Bradley

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Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Bradley died on Jan. 31 in Nashville. He was 93.

Bradley's daughters confirmed that the famed guitarist died "peacefully in his sleep" in a post on his Facebook page.

"This is from Harold's daughters. Walt this morning Harold died peacefully in his sleep. Many of you know him as a successful musician and no doubt many stories will be told in the coming week. But to us, his greatest accomplishment was being the best dad in the world. We love you, dad," they wrote.

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Dick Miller

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Miller, the veteran actor best known for his role in Gremlins and A Bucket of Blood, died on Jan. 30. He was 90.

Miller passed away from natural causes and was surrounded by his family, a spokesperson for the Millers told The Hollywood Reporter. His death comes a little over one month after the legendary character actor celebrated his 90th birthday.

"His sense of humor and the unique way he looked at the world won him many lifelong friends and worldwide fans," his family told the outlet in a statement.

Miller's prolific career spanned over 60 years, appearing in hundreds of movies and television series during that time. In the 1950s, he met director Roger Corman, whom he ended up working with for more than two decades.

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Louisa Moritz

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Moritz, an actress famous for her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, died in late January, her rep told The Blast. She was 72.

The actress passed away from natural causes related to her heart, according to the representative. Her death comes four years after she accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct.

"Louisa Moritz was so full of life, talent, and she was a genius with a 6th sense for making money," her rep Edward Lozzi told The Blast. "Her parties in Mt. Olympus in the 1980's were wild ... Her 100's of TV and film roles will keep her memory alive with her fans forever. Her support of other women who accused Bill Cosby of rape will keep her with us for years to come."

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James Ingram

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Ingram, a Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter, died on Jan. 29. He was 66.

Ingram reportedly died from a form of brain cancer and had been ill for some time, according to TMZ.

His longtime friend and creative partner, choreographer and Grey's Anatomy producer Debbie Allen, confirmed the news on social media.

"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," she announced in a tweet. "He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name."

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Kevin Barnett

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Comedian Barnett died on Jan. 22 at the age of 32.

Barnett died from complications caused by pancreatitis while vacationing in Mexico, according to E! News.

Last Podcast Network, on which Barnett co-hosted the weekly podcast Roundtable of Gentlemen, spoke out about his unexpected death via Twitter.

"The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received," the statement read in part. "Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you'll see them again. We love you KB."

Barnett co-created Fox's comedy series Rel, which premiered in September. He also worked on Unhitched as a producer and on The Carmichael Show as a consulting producer and writer. He had two writing projects in the works: The Wrong Missy and Alcoholics Unanimous.

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Emiliano Sala

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The professional soccer player, who had recently signed to Cardiff City Football Club, died in a plane crash on Jan. 21, authorities confirmed. He was 28.

The plane carrying Sala was traveling from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales, when it disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21, according to The Washington Post.

After nearly three weeks of searching, authorities confirmed that Sala had been identified by HM Coroner after his body was recovered from the wreckage.

Sala's sister Romina also spoke out on Facebook, sharing a photo of the soccer star standing on the field with his arms open and head towards the sky.

"Your soul in my soul, it will shine forever, thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you tito," she wrote in Spanish.

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Kaye Ballard

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Ballard, who starred in the 1960s sitcom The Mothers-In-Law, died on Jan. 21. She was 93.

The actress and singer, who appeared in Broadway musicals and performed in nightclubs, died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to the Associated Press. Her death comes after a battle with kidney cancer.

In early January, a documentary about her life, Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palms Springs, California.

"She was so excited to be able to tell her story," said the film's director, Dan Wingate, according to AP. "She was really anxious for young people, especially, who are going into the arts to understand the full breadth of a life in the arts, the ups and downs."

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Steve 'Bean' Levy

Steve 'Bean' Levy. Steve Bean Levy/Facebook

Levy, known as Steve Bean, died after a battle with nose cancer on Jan. 21 at his home in Los Angeles, according to his obituary on He was 58.

The actor, famous for his role in Ray Donovan, was diagnosed with "a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Sino-Nasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma," he wrote in a personal essay for Mel Magazine. "In English, I translated that to 'Nose Cancer.'" He underwent a rhinectomy and later had a prosthetic nose, and revealed in his 2018 essay that doctors told him he had up to one year to live.

Born April 27, 1960, in Lynn, Massachusetts, Levy attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and went on to work as an actor, comedian and writer.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline Carrigan; his son, Jacob Randall Levy; and parents, Irwin and Dorothy Levy, among numerous other family members.

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Chris Brown

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Chris Brown. Tom Servais

Professional surfer Brown died on Jan. 19. He was 48.

Brown's body was found washed ashore on Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Independent reported.

At press time, his exact cause of death remained unclear and was currently under investigation, spokesperson Anthony Wager told the outlet.

At only 17 years old, Brown won the juniors division of the 1988 World Amateur Surfing Championships. He later went pro in the 1990s, winning the Professional Surfing Association of America Championship in 1994.

He is survived by his 22-year-old daughter Chloe.

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John Coughlin

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Former U.S. figure skater Coughlin died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri, on Jan. 18, according to his sister Angela Laune. He was 33.

"My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today," Laune wrote on Facebook. "I have no words."

Coughlin was a two-time U.S. Pairs Champion and worked as a coach, TV commentator and skater with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union. He participated in two world championships, placing sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.

One day before his death, SafeSport — an organization that has "exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct" in the Olympic loop, according to USA Today - placed Coughlin on "temporary suspension" from participating in figure skating pending final resolution of a matter presented to them.

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Glen Wood

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The oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame died on Jan. 18. He was 93.

The Wood Brothers Racing organization — the company he co-founded alongside his brother, Leonard — announced the news of the champion racer's passing.

"It's with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning," they wrote on Twitter. "We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support."

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Carol Channing

Carol Channing's 90th Birthday Celebration
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Channing, the saucer-eyed, gravelly-voiced Broadway barnstormer whose offbeat personality and marquee value fueled such Golden Age musicals as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, died on Jan. 15, her publicist B Harlan Boll confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE. She was 97.

Boll said that Channing died at 12:31 a.m., at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

"It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon — Miss Carol Channing," the statement said. "I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell rather … into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it."

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Bob Kuechenberg

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Former Miami Dolphins guard Kuechenberg died on Jan. 12 at age 71, the NFL team confirmed in an online statement the following morning.

Kuechenberg was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a member of the Dolphins Honor Roll. He joined the Dolphins in 1970 and played for the franchise until 1983 — retiring at the age of 37.

Many of his former teammates spoke out after Kuechenberg, known as "Kooch," passed away.

"Kooch was a tough, talented and smart leader… He made all of us better through his passion and ability to play the game AND HUMOR," wrote Bob Baumhower, former defensive tackle for the Dolphins, in a statement shared by the team.

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Kevin Fret

Kevin Fret. Kevin Fret/Facebook

Latin musician Fret died on Jan. 10. He was 24.

The singer and rapper, who dubbed himself the first openly gay Latin trap artist, according to Billboard, was fatally shot and killed in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The "Soy Asi" singer was riding his motorcycle at around 5:30 a.m. when he was attacked. He later died at the Medical Center of Río Piedras, El Nuevo Dia reported.

Fret's manager Eduardo Rodriguez spoke out about the musician's tragic death, telling the website Remezcla, "Kevin was an artistic soul, a dreamer with a big heart."

"His passion was music, and he still had a lot left to do. This violence should stop. There are no words to describe our emotions and the pain that it causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go," Rodriguez continued.

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Annalise Braakensiek

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Australian model and actress Braakensiek died in early January.

On Jan. 6, police visited Braakensiek's home in Sydney for a welfare check after those close to the star became concerned about her whereabouts as she had not been heard from, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Inside the home, police found the body of a 46-year-old woman.

At this time, her cause of death remains unknown and is not thought to be suspicious, The Guardian reported.

Less than a month before she was found dead, Braakensiek shared an Instagram post about feeling that life was "twisted and upside down" on Dec. 14.

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Kwamie Lassiter

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Former Arizona Cardinals safety Lassiter died on Jan. 6 at age 49, the team confirmed in an online release.

According to Arizona Sports, the athlete — who memorably completed four interceptions in the 1998 season's last game, securing his team a spot in the playoffs — reportedly died of an apparent heart attack while working out.

"We were all devastated to learn of Kwamie's passing today and our hearts go out to all of his family and friends," Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "Kwamie came to the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent. He not only became a key contributor to our team for eight seasons but continued to make an impact on this community after his playing days ended. He will be missed greatly."

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Mungau Dain

Mungau Dain.

Dain, an actor from the Pacific Islands, died on Jan. 5. He was 24.

Best known for his role in the Oscar-nominated film Tanna, Dain leaves behind his wife, Nancy, and two children, according to AP.

The Vanuatu native passed away after cutting his leg open in Port-Vila and contracting an infection that was not immediately treated, according to The New York Times.

Tanna co-director Martin Butler spoke out about Dalin's tragic death, telling AP, "I was totally devastated. He was so fit and young and gorgeous. His wife is fabulous and the kids are great," Butler told the outlet. "He was a great example of how you can live a totally different type of life, and still be completely happy."

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Gene Okerlund

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Famed WWE interviewer Okerlund — known by many by his nickname, "Mean Gene" — died at the beginning of the year, the WWE announced in an online statement. He was 76.

Okerlund's cause of death was not immediately revealed.

"In his early days, 'Mean Gene,' as he was named by fellow Minnesotan, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura first came to prominence by interviewing the greatest stars of the AWA, including Ventura, Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan and Hulk Hogan," the WWE said.

Okerlund joined the WWE in 1984, conducting ringside interviews with the sports' biggest stars, including Hogan. Additionally, he hosted shows including All-American Wresting and Tuesday Night Titans.

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Bob Einstein

LA Premiere of "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind", Los Angeles, USA - 27 Jun 2018
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Einstein died on Jan. 2 in Indian Wells, California, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Deadline reported. He was 76.

It is unclear what type of cancer he had and if that directly caused his death.

Einstein became known for his role as Marty Funkhouser on Curb. The serious and often untempered character appeared in nearly two dozen episodes from 2004 to 2011.

"I'm in shock. I knew him forever," Einstein's Curb costar Richard Lewis tweeted Wednesday. "His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated. He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy."

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Daryl Dragon

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Daryl "Captain" Dragon — half of the legendary 1970s pop duo Captain & Tennille — died on Jan. 2.

The "Love Will Keep Us Together" singer died of renal failure while in hospice in Prescott, Arizona, Dragon's rep confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 76.

Dragon's ex-wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side at the time of his death. The pair remained close despite their separation, and Tennille, 78, had moved to Arizona to help care for Dragon.

"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him, Tennille told PEOPLE in a statement.

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Jo Andres

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Andres, Steve Buscemi's wife of over 30 years and a filmmaker, choreographer and artist, died in early January. She was 64.

Andres received acclaim for her 1996 film Black Kites, which played at several film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and London. She also directed music and art videos, including her own performance works.

In an interview with the Independent in 2009, Buscemi said his favorite work of art was "probably something by my wife Jo Andres."

She leaves behind her husband and their 29-year-old son, Lucian.

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Pegi Young

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Young, the ex-wife of Neil Young and a musician in her own right, died on Jan. 1.

The news of her death comes a year after she was diagnosed with cancer. She was 66.

"With great sadness, we confirm that on January 1st, after a year-long battle with cancer, Pegi Young — mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School — passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native California," a statement from Pegi's Facebook page read.

Pegi is survived by her children with Neil — son Ben and daughter Amber.

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Diane J. Cho

Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School.

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