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Celebrities Who Died In 2019 – iHeartRadio

Gene Okerlund

The pro wrestling interviewer died on January 2 from injuries he sustained in a fall that caused him to break several ribs in his body. He was 76.

Carol Channing

The Hello, Dolly! actress died from natural causes at her home in California on January 15. She was 97.

Mary Oliver

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who authored such books like Wild Geese and Dog Songs passed away on January 17 at her Florida residence from lymphoma. She was 83.

Kevin Barnett

The comedian died from complications of pancreatitis on January 22. He was 32.

James Ingram

The two-time Grammy-winning R&B singer died from an unknown form of brain cancer on January 29. He was 66.

Kristoff St. John

The Young and the Restless actor died from an apparent alcohol overdose at his San Fernando Valley home on February 3. He was 52.

Karl Lagerfeld

The Fendi and Chanel creative director died from pancreatic cancer on February 19. He was 85.

Peter Tork

The Monkees band member died on February 21 after a years-long battle with a rare form of tongue cancer. He was 77.

Brody Stevens

The Hangover actor-comedian passed away from an apparent suicide on February 22. He was 48.

Katherine Helmond

The Who’s The Boss? actress died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease at her Los Angeles home on February 23. She was 89.

Janice Freeman

The aspiring singer, who competed on The Voice Season 13 as a member of Miley Cyrus’ team, died from pneumonia on March 2. She was 33.

Luke Perry

The beloved actor, of Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 stardom, died following a massive stroke on March 4. He was 52.

Keith Flint

The English rocker died by suicide in his North End, Essex, home on March 4. He was 49.

Dick Dale

The surf music legend died of congestive heart failure on March 16. He was 81.

Nipsey Hussle

The rapper was fatally shot dead outside his clothing store in South L.A on March 31. He was 33.

Georgia Engel

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star passed away on April 12. Her cause of death remains unknown, reportedly due to her religious beliefs. She was 70.

John Singleton

The legendary film director of movies like Boyz N The Hood and Poetic Justice died from a stroke on April 28. He was 51.

Grumpy Cat

The internet-famous feline died of complications from a urinary tract infection on May 7.

Peggy Lipton

The Mod SquadTwin Peaks star died following a years-long fight with colon cancer on May 11. She was 72.

Ashley Massaro

The WWE star died from suicide by hanging on May 16. She was 39.

Doris Day

The acting and singing icon passed away on May 13 from pneumonia. She was 97.

Gabriel Diniz

The Brazilian crooner died in a fatal plane crash on May 27. He was 28.

Bushwick Bill

The Geto Boys emcee, who had lived with dwarfism since birth, died of pancreatic cancer on June 9. He was 52.

Mary Duggar

The Counting On Duggar family matriarch passed away due to an accidental drowning incident on June 9. She was 78.

Gloria Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt heiress and actress died from stomach cancer on June 17. She was 95.

Beth Chapman

The Dog the Bounty Hunter star and wife to Duane “Dog” Chapman died on June 26 after a years-long battle with throat cancer. She was 51.

Cameron Boyce

The Descendants actor died in his sleep following a seizure on July 6. He was 20.

Rip Torn

The Men in Black star passed away from Alzheimer’s disease at his Connecticut home on July 9. He was 88.

Russi Taylor

The voice of Minnie Mouse died of colon cancer at her home in California on July 26. She was 75.

Hal Prince

The West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera star died of what the New York Post described as a “brief illness” on July 31. He was 91.

Toni Morrison

The Nobel laureate and author of books like Beloved, Jazz, and Song of Solomon died from complications of pneumonia on August 5. She was 88.

Peter Fonda

The Easy Rider star died from respiratory failure related to lung cancer on August 16. He was 79.

Linda Porter

The Superstore actress died after a long fight with cancer on September 25. She was 86.

Kim Shattuck

The Muffins founder and vocalist died of Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as, ALS) on October 2. She was 56.

Diahann Carroll

The star, who was the first African-American woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in 1962, died after a years-long battle with cancer on October 4. She was 84.

Larry Junstrom

The Lynyrd Skynyrd co-founder and longtime bassist for the band died on October 6 at aged 70. His cause of death remains undisclosed. 

Robert Forster

The Mulholland Drive actor died in Los Angeles on October 11 after battling brain cancer. He was 78.


The K-pop singer was found dead of a suspected suicide at her South Korea home on October 14. She was 25.

John Witherspoon

The Friday actor died of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home on October 30. He was 77.

Rudi Boesch

The Survivor star, who was the oldest contestant on the show, died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease on November 2. He was 91.

Laurel Griggs

The Broadway actress died from a massive asthma attack on November 15. She was 13.

Goo Hara

The K-pop star was discovered dead at her South Korea home at the age of 28 on November 24. Her cause of death remains unknown.

Harry Morton

The Pink Taco founder, who suffered sudden cardiac death, was discovered unresponsive at his Beverly Hills home on November 24. He was 38.

Shelley Morrison

The beloved actress who portrayed Rosario on Will & Grace died following a brief illness on December 1. She was 83.

Jack Burns

The acting and ballet prodigy was found dead at his Scotland home on December 1, though his cause of death has yet been revealed. He was 14.

Ron Leibman

The actor, popularly known for his role as Rachel Green’s father on Friends, died after fighting pneumonia on December 6. He was 82.

Juice WRLD

The “Lucid Dreams” rapper died after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport on December 8. He was 21.

Caroll Spinney

The original puppeteer behind Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch died after an ongoing battle with dystonia (a movement disorder) on December 8. He was 85.

Marie Fredriksson

The Swedish singer of the band Roxette died following a 17-year-long battle with cancer on December 10. She was 61.

Danny Aiello

The Oscar-nominated star and Do the Right Thing actor died at a New Jersey medical facility where he was being treated for a sudden illness on December 12. He was 86.

Anna Karina

The Dutch-French writer, singer, and French new wave acting legend died of cancer on December 13. She was 79.

Chuy Bravo

The actor and comedian, best known as Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on Chelsea Lately, died on December 15 at age 63. His cause of death was not immediately available.

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