As one-half of Captain & Tennille, Dragon — whose nautical nickname was short for “Captain Keyboard,” a moniker given to him while playing for the Beach Boys — accompanied then-wife Toni Tennille on ‘70s pop tracks like “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Muskrat Love” and “Do That to Me One More Time.” The pair also had a variety show during their heyday, but ultimately divorced in 2014. Despite the split, Tennille was by Dragon’s side when he died.
Date: Jan. 2
Date: Jan. 2
Cause of death: Complications from a fall
Funko Pop! figurine early next year.” data-reactid=”39″>Wrestling fans know “Mean” Gene as the mustachioed, tux-clad ring announcer and host who’d get the backstage scoop from WWF (and later, WCW and WWE) stars like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Okerlund received tributes from the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin after his death, and is due to be commemorated with a Funko Pop! figurine early next year.
Carol Channing performs at The First 80 Years Are the Hardest: An Intimate Evening With Carol Channing at the Magic Castle on March 3, 2009 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo: Brian To/FilmMagic)
Date: Jan. 15
Date: Jan. 25
Kristoff St. John attends the 10th anniversary celebration of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Bryan Steffy/FilmMagic)
Date: Feb. 3
Date: Feb. 7
lauded his versatility and overall greatness.
Date: Feb. 10
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Date: Feb. 15
She was known for being in the vicinity of important people — her older sister was First Lady Jackie Kennedy, her marriage to Prince Stanislaw Radziwill temporarily made her a princess, and she had friendships with the likes of Truman Capote and Andy Warhol — but Radziwill was a fashion and style icon in her own right. She was a regular entry on lists of best-dressed women in the world, and her death was mourned by designers including Valentino, Tory Burch and Giorgio Armani.
Date: Feb. 19
official Instagram account called him, “one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style,” and it wasn’t exaggerating. As the artistic director for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, who dressed Victoria Beckham, Claudia Schiffer and other influential celebrities, Lagerfeld immeasurably affected the world of fashion.” data-reactid=”116″>When Lagerfeld died, a post on his official Instagram account called him, “one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style,” and it wasn’t exaggerating. As the artistic director for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, who dressed Victoria Beckham, Claudia Schiffer and other influential celebrities, Lagerfeld immeasurably affected the world of fashion.
Peter Tork performs onstage during PNE Summer Night Concert Series at PNE Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo: Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
Date: Feb. 21
Cause of death: Adenoid cystic carcinoma
Tork was a folk musician in New York City’s Greenwich Village when Stephen Stills (of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame) tipped him off to a TV and pop star deal, and the rest is Monkees history. Despite his likable doofus persona on the band’s sitcom — which resurfaced as an MTV and “Nick at Nite” favorite in the ‘80s — Tork was a gifted multi-instrumentalist who played the earwormy piano intro on their hit “Daydream Believer.” Post-Monkees, he pursued a solo career (collaborating with friend George Harrison), made acting cameos and even dabbled in being a high school teacher. He was preceded in death by fellow Monkee Davy Jones, who died in 2012.
Date: Feb. 23
Complications of Alzheimer’s disease
Date: Feb. 25
struggles in her final years and she was found deceased in her New Orleans apartment with the coroner’s office determining she died of “complications of chronic alcoholism.”” data-reactid=”151″>The Georgia native spent nearly 20 years appearing on TV and in films. She was in the casts of Invasion and FreakyLinks and had roles in Halt and Catch Fire and Still the King in addition to many episodic credits. Her friends said she faced struggles in her final years and she was found deceased in her New Orleans apartment with the coroner’s office determining she died of “complications of chronic alcoholism.”
Luke Perry arrives for the press line of Riverdale at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2018. (Photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Date: March 4
his unexpected death.
Date: March 9
Nipsey Hussle attends the Nipsey Hussle Grammy Celebration at the Peppermint Club on Feb. 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
Date: March 31
Gunshot wounds to the head and torso
Date: July 2018
confirmed as his in June. A handyman, Daniel James Burda, with a criminal record who worked at their home and then moved in was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, criminal mistreatment and abuse of a corpse in connection with Day’s death.
Date: April 28
Pneumonia” data-reactid=”214″>Cause of death: Pneumonia
John Singleton arrives to the premiere of FX’s Snowfall Season 2 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Date: April 28
Date: April 30
Cause of death: Heart attack
Date: May 11
Doris Day in Calamity Jane. (Photo: Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Date: May 13
Tim Conway guest stars on Melissa & Joey. (Photo: Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Family via Getty Images)
Date: May 14
Water on the brain
Date: June 6
New Orleans’s own Malcolm John Rebennack took on the persona of Dr. John, a 19th century medicine man who wore feathers, furs and native American headdresses, after the prosecutor in his hometown warned him to stay away from the city, after he left in the ‘60s to go to jail on drug charges. Beginning in 1968, Dr. John brought the sound of the Big Easy to the masses, recording 35 albums of jazz and blues, featuring songs such as “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “Iko Iko,” and nabbing six Grammys. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
Date: June 12
Cause of death: Unspecified
Date: June 17
Beth Chapman and Duane Chapman attend the Sunset on the Beach event celebrating Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0 at Queen’s Surf Beach on Nov. 10, 2017 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo: Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
Date: June 26
sharing on social media that she “hiked the stairway to heaven,” was a true tearjerker.” data-reactid=”341″>A bounty hunter alongside her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman, the pair’s fugitive-apprehending ways played out on a series of reality shows from Dog the Bounty Hunter to their final project, Dog’s Most Wanted. Beth died while shooting the first season of the latter, which gave an intimate look at her fight with cancer in addition to life at their bail bond company. While Dog had been married many times, the pair, who tied the knot in 2006 and had two children, were two of a kind and having him announce her death, by sharing on social media that she “hiked the stairway to heaven,” was a true tearjerker.
Date: June 26
Cause of death: Lymphoma
Date: July 3
Cameron Boyce visits the Young Hollywood Studio on Sept. 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: David Mendez/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)
offscreen drama, too, having physically fought with writer Norman Mailer on the set of one of his movies and, 20 years later, sued Dennis Hopper after Hopper publicly accused him of having threatened him with a knife. Torn won the lawsuit.
Date: July 10
Date: July 19
Hauer died in 2019, the year in which Blade Runner is set.
Toni Morrison at a reception sponsored by the U.S. ambassador at his residence in Paris, as part of the 10th America Festival on Sept. 21, 2012 (Photo: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages)
Date: Aug. 5
famous fans, including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Kerry Washington.
Peter Fonda on Gottschalks grosse 68er Show on Sept. 6, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
Date: Aug. 16
Respiratory failure caused by lung cancer
Date: Aug. 27
Blunt force trauma
own land-speed record in Oregon. Dubbed the “fastest woman on four wheels,” Combs was a competitive driver and hosted shows including All Girls Garage, Overhaulin’ and a season of Discovery’s MythBusters.
Valerie Harper arrives for the taping of Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl in Los Angeles January 8, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS/Sam Mircovich)
Date: Aug. 30
Date: Sept. 4
was at fault for the three-car accident that also claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl.
Date: Sept. 13
Complications from esophageal cancer
Ric Ocasek at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Reuters)
Date: Sept. 15
Hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis
Date: Sept. 17
Complications from breast cancer
founding mothers of NPR,” because she helped determine early coverage on National Public Radio, back in the days when not many women worked there or other news organizations. She went on to work for ABC News, beginning in 1988, and authored six books, including, in 2009, Ladies of Liberty: The Women That Shaped Our Nation.” data-reactid=”511″>Roberts was a veteran journalist who was known as one of the “founding mothers of NPR,” because she helped determine early coverage on National Public Radio, back in the days when not many women worked there or other news organizations. She went on to work for ABC News, beginning in 1988, and authored six books, including, in 2009, Ladies of Liberty: The Women That Shaped Our Nation.
Date: Sept. 27
Diahann Carroll attends the BET’s 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Date: Oct. 4
Date: Oct. 6
Date: Oct. 11
Date: Oct. 16
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Date: Oct. 26
John Witherspoon arrives on the red carpet at the world premiere of Hancock in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Date: Oct. 29
Cause of death: Heart attack
Date: Nov. 1
Date: Dec. 1
Date: Dec. 1
Juice WRLD at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
Date: Dec. 8
Date: Dec. 9
Fredriksson and Per Gessle, who had successful solo careers, formed Roxette in the ‘80s. The Swedish pop duo cranked out hits like “The Look,” “It Must Have Been Love,” “Listen To Your Heart,” “Joyride,” “Dressed For Success” and “Sleeping In My Car.” Roxette sold over 80 million albums and had several successful world tours.
Danny Aiello on the set of Do the Right Thing. (Photo: Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Date: Dec. 12
A brief illness
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