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Celebrity Deaths in 2019: Stars We’ve Lost – OBN

It’s never easy to say goodbye. Scroll down to see Us Weekly’s tribute to the celebrities who died in 2019.

Caroll Spinney

The Sesame Street puppeteer, who played the beloved character Big Bird for nearly 50 years, died on December 8 after “living with dystonia for some time.” He was 85. Spinney also operated and voiced Oscar the Grouch before retiring from kids series in October 2018.

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Juice Wrld

The “Lucid Dreams” rapper died after suffering a seizure at Chicago Midway Airport on December 8. He was 21. His cause of death was not immediately known.

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Ron Leibman

The Friends actor died in New York City on December 6 after suffering from pneumonia. He was 82.

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Cha In Ha

The South Korean actor died at the age of 27 on December 3. “We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now. We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe,” his management agency, Fantagio, said in a statement. “We earnestly ask for rumors to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully. As wished by his family, the funeral will be held privately.”

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George Atkinson III

The former NFL running back died at the age of 27 on December 2, nearly one year after his twin brother Josh Atkinson’s suicide. George had reportedly been battling depression since Josh’s death. His cause of death was not immediately announced.


Shelley Morrison

The actress died at age 83 on December 1 from heart failure after a brief illness. She was best known for playing maid Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace from 1999 to 2006.

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Godfrey Gao

The Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model died at age 35 on November 27 after suffering an apparent heart attack while filming the Chinese reality show Chase Me in Ningbo, China.


Harry Morton

The Pink Taco founder died at age 38 on November 24, according to TMZ. Morton was found unresponsive at his home in Beverly Hills and was pronounced dead at the scene. A source told Us Weekly exclusively that Morton’s ex Lindsay Lohan was “crying hysterically” after hearing the news.


Goo Hara

The K-Pop star was found dead at age 28 in her South Korea home on November 24, TMZ reported. Hara, who was a member of the group Kara, posted a photo of herself on her Instagram two days before her death with the caption: “Good night.” Her cause of death is under investigation. 


Jane Galloway Heitz

The actress died at age 78 of congestive heart failure on November 13. She was best known for her role on Glee as Lillian Adler, William McKinley High School’s former glee club director. Her character’s plaque was displayed in a trophy case at the school with the quote, “By its very definition, glee is about opening yourself up to joy.” Her plaque and one honoring Cory Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, are shown in the final shot of the series.


Ryan Costello

The Minnesota Twins prospect was found dead at age 23 in his New Zealand hotel room on November 18, days after he joined the Australian Baseball League’s Auckland Tuatara. The Tuatara said in a press release that “preliminary indications suggest he died of natural causes.”

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Charles Rogers

The former Michigan State University and Detroit Lions wide receiver, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, died on November 11 at age 38. “[Rogers] had the total package as a premiere wide receiver with size, speed and range, topped with an awesome competitive spirit, yet he was humble off the field,” Spartan wide receivers coach Don Treadwell said in a statement, per CNN. “It was a privilege to have coached him.”

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Laurel Griggs

The Broadway actress died at age 13 on November 5. Her grandfather revealed that she “passed away suddenly from a massive asthma attack.” In addition to her onstage roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Once, Griggs appeared in the 2016 movie Café Society and in several episodes of Saturday Night Live.

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William Wintersole

The soap opera star died on November 5 at age 88 due to complications from cancer. He was best known for his roles as Mitchell Sherman on The Young and the Restless from 1986 to 2011 and Ted Ballantine on General Hospital in the 1980s. “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,”  Wintersole’s daughter Tiffany Harmon wrote in a statement on Facebook.

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Walter Mercado

The Puerto Rican astrologer known for his over-the-top televised readings of horoscopes died in San Juan on November 2. He was 87. Mercado, whose readings were featured in the final segment of the Spanish news show Primer Impacto, always ended his appearances by blowing a kiss and saying, “Above all, much, much, much love.” According to an exhibition at the HistoryMiami museum earlier this year, his appearances reached 120 million Latino viewers a day for more than 30 years.

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John Witherspoon

The comedian and Friday actor died at age 77 on October 29. “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,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement on Twitter.

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Robert Evans

The Paramount executive, known for producing Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Urban Cowboy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and more, died on October 26. He was 89 years old.

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John Clarke

The Days of Our Lives star, who played Mickey Horton, died at age 88 on October 16 due to complications of pneumonia. He had suffered a stroke in 2007 and was in poor health in his final years.

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Willie Brown

The NFL Hall of Famer died at the age of 78, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed on October 22. The former Oakland Raiders defensive back played 16 seasons in the American Football League and the NFL. The Raiders said in a statement that “his legendary performance on the field changed the way the cornerback position was played and his valued guidance as a coach, mentor and administrator permeated the organization and touched countless individuals both on and off the field. Willie’s loss will leave a tremendous void, but his leadership and presence will always be a major part of the Raiders Family.”



The South Korean pop star and actress died at the age of 25 on October 14. Sulli’s manager discovered her dead at home after being unable to reach her by phone for several hours. A police official told CNN that “it seems she killed herself,” though an official cause of death was not immediately released.


Rip Taylor

The comedian known as the King of Camp and Confetti died on October 6 in Beverly Hills at the age of 84. His publicist, Harlan Boll, said that Taylor had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a seizure days earlier, according to CNN. Taylor, who hosted The $1.98 Beauty Show, appeared in films including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Indecent Proposal and Wayne’s World 2. According to his official website, he made more than 2,000 appearances on TV, on shows including The Tonight Show, The Gong Show, Hollywood Squares and Match Game. He was also the subject of a 2016 documentary, Rip Rip Hooray!

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Ginger Baker

The English drummer died on October 6 at age 80 at a hospital in the United Kingdom. His daughter, Nettie, confirmed the news to CNN. “Dad passed away peacefully,” she said in a statement. “He was in no pain and had recently been able to see and speak to his children, close family and special friends.” Baker was best known as a member of the rock band Cream, as well as the bands Blind Faith and Ginger Baker’s Air Force. 

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Diahann Carroll

Carroll’s daughter, producer-journalist Suzanne Kay, confirmed to The Associated Press that the actress died from cancer on October 4 at age 84. The groundbreaking star, a New York native, was best known for her roles on the TV shows Dynasty and Julia, and in the film Claudine. She was the first black actress to win a Tony award in 1962, and she was also the first black actress to lead a TV series.


Kim Shattuck

The Muffs frontwoman and former Pixies bassist died at age 56 on October 2 after a two-year battle with ALS. “I am the man I am today because of her,” her husband, Kevin Sutherland, wrote on Instagram. “She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce creative spirit. I love you always my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life with me.”

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Louie Rankin

The Belly actor and Grammy-winning reggae artist died in his mid-50s on September 30 after a car accident in Ontario, Canada. “There are no words!!!!!! Sleep with the angels my King!” his wife and executive assistant, Jewlz Sykes, with whom he shared children, wrote on Instagram.

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Jessye Norman

Norman, an international opera star, died on September 30 at age 74. She was surrounded by loved ones at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York when she passed from septic shock and organ failure. A family spokesperson for the four-time Grammy winner confirmed the news to The Associated Press. “We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy,” the statement read. “We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education.”

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Linda Porter

The Superstore actress died at the age of 86, her reps confirmed to Variety on September 27. “Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day,” the NBC show’s executive producers Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller said in a statement. “We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.” Porter, who also appeared in Twin Peaks: The Return, American Horror Story and Gilmore Girls, was also remembered by her costars including Ben Feldman, who shared a photo from the set with the actress and wrote on Twitter, “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.”

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Rob Garrison

The actor died at the age of 59 on September 27 after a monthlong hospitalization for kidney and liver failure. He most famously starred as Tommy, one of the Cobra Kai members, in the 1984 film The Karate Kid.

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Carl Ruiz

The celebrity chef and restauranteur died at age 44 on September 21. “His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef,” fellow Food Network star Guy Fieri tweeted. Ruiz’s cause of death was not immediately revealed.

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Aron Eisenberg

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star died at age 50 on September 21. His wife, Malíssa Longo, remembered him on Facebook as “an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul” who lived “his life with integrity and truth.” The late actor was born with one kidney and had received two kidney transplants during his life.

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Sid Haig

The legendary horror actor, whose credits included House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, died at age 80 on September 21. His wife, Susan L. Oberg, wrote on Instagram two weeks earlier that he had been involved in an unspecified accident, calling it a “nasty spill.”

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Suzanne Whang

The 56-year-old actress and TV personality, who hosted House Hunters and House Hunters International for more than a decade, died after a 13-year battle with breast cancer on September 19. “Her audacious sense of humor blessed many, shocked a few, but allowed us to laugh in the face of adversity,” Jeff Vezain, her partner, wrote on Facebook. “She was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, mentor and advocate.”

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Cokie Roberts

The legendary journalist died at age 75 on September 17, due to complications from breast cancer. “We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement to ABC at the time.

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Ric Ocasek

The frontman for The Cars died at the age of 75 on September 15. According to NBC 4, police received a call at about 4 p.m. for an unconscious male at a Manhattan townhouse. Ocasek was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that he was found by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova. The model announced their split in May 2018 after 28 years of marriage. Ocasek, who was married three times, had six sons, two from each of his marriages.

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Eddie Money

The singer, known for hits such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died at age 70 on September 13. Money and his wife, Laurie, revealed in August that he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. The Grammy nominee’s family issued a statement on the day of his death. “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father,” the statement read, per Variety. “We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

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Chris March

The Project Runway season 4 star died after suffering a heart attack on September 5. He was 56. He was previously placed in a medically induced coma after he fell and hit his head at his home in June 2017. After several weeks he woke up to learn that he was paralyzed from the knees down in both legs, as well as his right arm.

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Kylie Rae Harris

The 30-year-old “Twenty Years From Now” singer died in New Mexico in a three-vehicle crash on September 4. 

“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night,” Harris’ publicist said in a statement. “Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”

She is survived by her 6-year-old daughter. 

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Peter Lindbergh

The legendary photographer died on September 3 at age 74. Duchess Meghan, Rihanna and Cindy Crawford were among the celebrities who penned heartfelt tributes in Lindbergh’s honor after the news of his death was confirmed in a post on his official Instagram page.


Joana Sainz Garcia

The Spanish singer died at age 30 in September while performing on stage in a music festival in Las Berlanas, Spain. Sainz Garcia was struck and killed after a pyrotechnics explosion hit her in the stomach while she was singing and dancing alongside the Super Hollywood Orchestra group.

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Haley Smith

The American Idol alum died at age 26 in August following a motorcycle incident, a spokesperson for the Millinocket Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at Medway Road in Millinocket, Maine.


Valerie Harper

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star died at age 80 on August 30. Her cause of death was not known when the news broke. However, she suffered numerous health setbacks following a 2009 lung cancer diagnosis and a 2013 leptomeningeal carcinomatosis diagnosis.

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Peter Fonda

The Easy Rider star died at his Los Angeles home on August 16 at age 79. “The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” his rep said in a statement to Us Weekly.

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Toni Morrison

The Nobel Prize winner died on August 5 at the age of 88. Morrison’s family confirmed her passing in a statement to Princeton University. 

“It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends,” the statement read. ”She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well-lived life.”

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Saoirse Kennedy Hill

The 22-year-old granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts on August 1 after suffering an apparent overdose at her family’s compound. “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Kennedy family said in a statement to The New York Times. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.”

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Hal Prince

The Broadway producer died at age 91 in Reykjavik, Iceland, on July 31 after battling what his publicist described to the Associated Press as “a brief illness.” Prince worked on shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd. He won a whopping 21 Tony Awards throughout his career.

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Russi Taylor

The actress best known for voicing Minnie Mouse died in Glendale, California, on July 26, at the age of 75. “Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” Walt Disney Company chairman and chief executive officer Bob Eiger said in a statement. “For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world — a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere.”

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Gabe Khouth

The Once Upon a Time actor died on July 23 at age 46 after he appeared to suffer a cardiac arrest while riding a motorcycle in Canada.

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Rutger Hauer

The Blade Runner actor died at age 75 on July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed at the time. Hauer is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ineke ten Cate, and his daughter, Aysha Hauer, from a previous marriage.

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John Paul Stevens

The retired United States Supreme Court justice died at age 99, ABC News reported on July 16. He served on the court from 1975 to 2010.


Karl Shiels

The Peaky Blinders and Batman Begins star died suddenly at age 47 on July 14. His agent said in a statement that she was “deeply shocked and saddened” about the news.

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Charles Levin

The Seinfeld alum was found dead at age 70 in Oregon on July 13. The actor, who also had roles on Night Court and NYPD Blue, had been reported missing by his son a week prior.

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Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker

The boxing legend died at age 55 on July 14 after a car struck and killed him in Virginia Beach. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident. Whitaker won championship belts in four weight classes during his 17-year professional career, in addition to winning an Olympic gold medal.

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Emily Hartridge

The YouTube personality died at age 35 on July 12 after her electric scooter was involved in an accident with a truck in London.

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Stephanie Niznik

The Everwood alum reportedly died in Encino, California, on June 23 at age 52. Her cause of death was unknown when the news broke on July 12.

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Denise Nickerson

The actress best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory died at age 52 on July 10. She had been in poor health since suffering a massive stroke in June 2018.

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Rip Torn

The celebrated actor died at age 88 in his Lakeville, Connecticut, home, on July 9 with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Angelica Page and Katie Torn beside him. The Oscar-nominated star won his first Primetime Emmy Award in 1996 for his role as Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. He also appeared in various films, such as Dodgeball and Men in Black, and television shows, including 30 Rock and Will & Grace, during his decades-long career. 

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H. Ross Perot

The billionaire business magnate died at age 89 on July 9 at his home in Dallas, surrounded by family members. He ran for president twice during his life, in 1992 and again in 1996. Both campaigns were considered to be the strongest in U.S. history by an independent or third party candidate.

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Cameron Boyce

The Jessie alum died on July 6 at age 20. “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron. 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,” a spokesperson for Boyce’s family said in a statement at the time. “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. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”

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Lee Iacocca

The automobile executive died at age 94 on July 2. He was best known for putting the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and reviving Chrysler 20 years later. He famously starred in several TV ads with his signature tagline: “If you can find a better car, buy it!”

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Beth Chapman

The Dog the Bounty Hunter star lost her two-year-long battle with throat and lung cancer on June 26.  She was 51. Beth’s husband, Dog “The Bounty Hunter” Chapman, confirmed the news via Twitter. “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,” he wrote. “Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

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Philippe Zdar

The French DJ, Cassius member and music producer died on June 19 at age 52 after accidentally falling through a window of a Paris building. Calvin Harris and David Guetta were among the musicians who took to social media to pay their respects.

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Bernie McGee

The Seeking Sister Wife star died at the age of 41 after suffering a heart attack and heat stroke while riding his bicycle on June 15, 2019. “Our hearts go out to the McGee family following the loss of husband and father Bernie McGee,” TLC said in a statement. McGee and wife Paige Mcgee, whose polyamorous relationship was documented on the show, shared four children.


Gloria Vanderbilt

The fashion designer, actress and author died at age 95 on June 17, her son Anderson Cooper confirmed. The CNN correspondent shared the news in an emotional on-air eulogy at the time and revealed his mother died from stomach cancer. “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend,” Cooper said. “She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you: She was the youngest person they knew — the coolest and most modern.”

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Mary Duggar

The grandmother from Counting On died on June 9 at the age of 73. “She is greatly loved and will be missed so very much!” the Duggar family said in a statement on Facebook. “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. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the virtuous woman, indeed she personified these beautiful verses with her life. We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time.”

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Dennis Day

The original member of The Mickey Mouse Club was found dead at age 76 in early April in his Phoenix, Oregon, home. He had been reported missing in July 2018 by his husband, Ernie Caswell.

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Dr. John

The famed New Orleans singer and piano player (born Mac Rebennack) died at age 77 on June 6. His family said in a statement to the Associated Press that he suffered a heart attack.

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Carmine Caridi

The Godfather star died at age 85 on May 29. His rep told TMZ that the actor had been hospitalized since April 25 after suffering a fall. He received treatment for back injuries but later developed pneumonia. According to Caridi’s manager, he “passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family.”

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Bart Starr

The legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback died at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 26. The two-time Super Bowl champion had been in poor health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014. “A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans,” team president Mark Murphy said in a statement.

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Daniel Wright

The Biggest Loser contestant from seasons 7 and 8 died at the age of 30 on May 26, nearly two years after being diagnosed with leukemia.

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Niki Lauda

The Formula One legend died on May 20 at the age of 70. He won world titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984. A crash during the German Grand Prix in 1976 left Lauda with serious burns, but he returned to racing weeks later. He retired in 1985 before becoming an aviation entrepreneur.

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Tim Conway

The Carol Burnett Show alum died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 14, “following a long illness,” his rep confirmed to Us Weekly. He was 85. 

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Jenna Hawkins Welch

Laura Bush’s mom died at age 99 on May 10. The former first lady shared the news in an Instagram post at the time. “This Mother’s Day, I’m remembering my mother, who passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning. Jenna Hawkins Welch was a true daughter of West Texas who loved her family, books, and nature,” she wrote. “My memories of reading with her and stargazing under the Midland sky are reminders of the passions that she nurtured in me. Our family is grateful for her long and wonderful life. We miss her dearly.”


Doris Day

The legendary actress and singer died at age 97 on May 13 after “contracting a serious case of pneumonia,” according to a statement released by her animal foundation. She was best known for her roles in Pillow Talk (1959) and That Touch of Mink (1962), in addition to singing “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 movie The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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Elsa Patton

Elsa Patton, who appeared on The Real Housewives of Miami alongside her daughter Marysol Patton, died at the age of 84 according to a statement released by her family on May 12. “Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother’s Day weekend after a long illness,” the statement read. “She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Elsa was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Donald Patton who passed away last February of 2018. She is survived by her two children, Marysol Patton and Thomas Anthony Jones, her daughter in law Svetlana, and her grandson Hunter.”

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Peggy Lipton

The Twin Peaks alum died from cancer at age 72 on May 11, according to her daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones. “We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today. She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” they said in a statement to USA Today at the time. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

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Pua Magasiva

The Power Rangers actor died at age 38 on May 11. “We are all absolutely devastated at the tragic news regarding Pua Magasiva,” his production company wrote on Instagram at the time. “Pua was a much loved member of the South Pacific Pictures’ family for many years and our hearts and thoughts go out to Pua’s family at this time.”

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Cesar Barron a.k.a Silver King

The former WCW wrestler died of a heart attack at age 51 on May 11. He collapsed in the ring during a wrestling match in London and was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital. 

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Troy Shafer

The Nashville Flipped alum died unexpectedly in late April. “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,” his former network said in a statement to Us Weekly, days after his passing. “We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Max Azria

The fashion designer died on May 6 at the age of 70, according to a statement to WWD by his company BCBGMAXAZRIA. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Max Azria,” the statement read. “Max was a true visionary, who defined the Contemporary Fashion category. BCBG stands for Bon Chic, Bon Genre or ‘good style, good attitude,’ which reflects the legacy of the man himself, one we are committed to preserving in his honor. Our deepest condolences to the Azria family.”

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Peter Mayhew

The man who portrayed the legendary Star Wars character of Chewbacca in both the original and new trilogy, passed away on April 30, 2019, at the age of 74. His family released a statement via Twitter on May 2: “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away,” the statement read. “He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. Mayhew is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and their three children.

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John Singleton

The Boyz n the Hood director died at 51 on April 29, 2019, after suffering a stroke nearly two weeks prior that reportedly left him in a coma, according to CNN. “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died,” his family said in a statement to Us Weekly. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”

Earlier in the day, the family announced that they had made the decision to take the screenwriter off life support: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today,” the spokesperson told Us. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

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Larry ‘Flash’ Jenkins

The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off star died at the age of 63 on April 25 after suffering a heart attack. He also had roles in Fletch and EDtv. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey.

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Stefanie Sherk

The actress’ husband, Demián Bichir, announced her death in an emotional Instagram tribute on April 24. “Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully,” he wrote. “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. Stefanie’s beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely missed. We will hold Stefanie in our hearts forever. We thank everybody beforehand for their prayers and we respectfully ask for your understanding so we may grieve in peace and privacy in these incredibly difficult times. It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.”

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Ken Kercheval

The Dallas star, who played Cliff Barnes for 14 seasons on the soap opera and later reprised his role in the revival, died on April 21 at age 83, The Daily Clintonian reported. Details surrounding his death, including its cause, were unknown when the news broke.

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Lorraine Warren

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, whose paranormal investigations with late husband Ed Warren served as the inspiration for the Conjuring and Amityville Horror film series, died at the age of 92 on April 18. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who portrayed the couple in the Conjuring series, both paid tribute to the late medium on social media. Wrote Farmiga: “I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her.”


Mya-Lecia Naylor

The British child actress, who starred in Cloud Atlas, Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, died at age 16 on April 7 after collapsing. Her cause of death was unknown when news of her death broke on April 17.

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Georgia Engel

The five-time Emmy nominee best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Everybody Loves Raymond died on April 12 at the age of 70. Her cause of death was undetermined because Engel, who was a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors, her friend and executor John Quilty told The New York Times. “Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” her Mary Tyler Moore Show costar Betty White said in a statement.

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Soni Methu

The former host of CNN’s Inside Africa died on April 11 at age 34, after she collapsed suddenly in Kenya. The journalist’s cause of death was unknown.  

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Ian Cognito

The British comedian died onstage during a standup performance on April 11. BBC News reported that he went silent for five minutes while audience members believed the incident to be part of his act. Paramedics were called, and the 60-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.


Tania Mallet

The British model, actress and cousin of Helen Mirren died at age 77. The official James Bond Twitter account announced the news on March 31, writing, “We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

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Nipsey Hussle

The rapper was shot and killed outside of his L.A. store on March 31. The Grammy-nominated star, whose real name is Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was 33. He is survived by his two children and girlfriend Lauren London.


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Agnés Varda

The French movie director’s family confirmed her passing in a statement that read, “The filmmaker and artist Agnés Varda died from a cancer at her home in the night of March 29, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends.” She was 90 years old. Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, honored the Academy Honorary Award recipient on social media shortly after her passing. “Last year at Cannes, Agnès Varda invited me to breakfast. She spoke of how she was in the last year of her life. About choices. And change,” DuVernay captioned a selfie on Twitter. “I told her what she meant to me. She held my hand as I did. Merci, Agnes. For your films. For your passion. For your light. It shines on.” 


Justin Carter

The country singer died on March 17 after a gun that was being used as a prop on the set of his music video accidentally fired. The 35-year-old is survived by his two daughters, Dixie and Kaylee.

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Dick Dale

The musician, “the King of the Surf Guitar,” died on Sunday, March 17, at age 81. His bassist Sam Bolle confirmed the news. No cause of death was revealed, but Dale did suffer from health issues in recent years. He’s best known for songs including “Surf Beat,” “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Jungle Fever.”

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Tom Hatten

The former Popeye Show host died at age 92 on March 16, according to Los Angeles’ KTLA, where Hatten served as a host from 1952 into the ’00s. No additional information was released about his death at the time. 

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Mike Thalassitis

The Love Island star died at age 26 on March 15. He was found dead at his home in Essex, England, according to Fox News.

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Félicité Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson’s sister died at age 18 on March 13. TMZ reported that the fashion designer suffered a heart attack in her London apartment. Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah Deakin, succumbed to leukemia in December 2016. Félicité is survived by siblings Lottie, Daisy, Phoebe, Ernest and Doris.

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Jim Raman

The Amazing Race alum died at age 42 on March 11. He was found dead at his South Carolina home after police responded. His cause of death has not been made public. The orthodontist competed on season 25 of the CBS reality series alongside wife Misti Raman. The couple shared two children, Lexi and Jimmy.

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Jed Allan

The soap star best known for his roles on Santa Barbara, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives as well as for playing Steve Sanders’ father on Beverly Hills, 90210, died on March 9 at the age of 84. “So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers passing tonight,” his son Rick Brown wrote on Facebook. “He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others.” Ian Ziering paid tribute to his TV dad, sharing a photo on Instagram and writing, “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed.” Allan’s death comes less than a week after the death of 90210 star Luke Perry at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke. 

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Lotte van der Zee

The former Miss Teenager Universe died on March 6 at the age of 20, two weeks after having a heart attack on her birthday while on vacation with her parents. The Dutch model’s parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van der Zee van het Hul, confirmed her passing in an emotional post on her Instagram account. “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken.” On February 23, her parents posted about their daughter being hospitalized, writing, “Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest. She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma and is since then kept a sleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health.” In an update on March 2, they posted a photo showing them clasping Lotte’s hand and added that she had been transferred to a hospital in Munich, but her “situation is unfortunately unchanged.” They thanked their daughter’s fans for their messages, writing, “Even though the feeling of powerlessness made us think that we were in this alone at first we were able to draw a massive amount of strength from all your loving support.” Lotte was crowned Miss Teenager Universe in 2017.

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Jan-Michael Vincent

While news of Vincent’s death didn’t break until March 2019, he died on February 10 after suffering cardiac arrest while he was receiving treatment in a North Carolina hospital. The Airwolf alum was 74.

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