Another year is drawing to a close – and it’s time to revisit all the famous faces we have tragically loved and lost this year so far.
The entertainment world lost many famous faces in 2019.
These include The Prodigy singer Keith Flint, Hollywood actor Albert Finney and music star Doris Day.
There were also lost sporting stars – from Bob Willis to WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and England goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks.
Here are some of the stars we have said goodbye to over the last 12 months.
Actor Dick Miller died on January 30 aged 90. The star was most famous for his role in 1984 horror comedy Gremlins as Murray Futterman. Miller also appeared in The Terminator, The Burbs and Fame.
His debut role was in Roger Corman’s 1959 movie A Bucket of Blood, with his career spanning over 60 years and more than 100 screen appearances.
French composer Michel Legrand died on January 26 aged 86.
The Academy Award winner earned 3 Oscars over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years. His first was in 1969 for The Windmills of Your Mind, which featured on the soundtrack to The Thomas Crown Affair. In 1971 he won Best Original Score for Summer of ’42, and again in 1983 for Yentl.
Windsor Davies died on January 17 aged 88.
The star was most famous for his role in BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum as Battery Sergeant Major Williams, and he also spent a decade playing Oliver Smallbridge in ITV comedy Never the Twain.
Davies appeared in a number of films including Carry on Behind and Carry On England.
Legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing died on January 15, aged 97.
The Hello, Dolly star died of natural causes, her publicist revealed in a statement.
B Harlan Boll told Broadway World : “It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing.
“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.”
Steve Buscemi’s wife Jo Andres died aged 65.
The Reservoir Dogs star’s partner of 30 years passed away surrounded by friends and family in New York in early January.
The filmmaker’s cause of death has not been made public, but he “was spotted lifting a wicker casket out of the house,” on Wednesday, according to Radar Online.
Steve is said to have headed to the funeral home with a police escort in tow, with the website adding that “the company that handled the funeral arrangements caters toward those looking for natural burial.”
Firefighters from the New York Ladder Company he volunteered at during 9/11 were also spotted outside his house in Brooklyn that day.
Trap performer Kevin Fret died on January 10 aged 24 after being shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Latin musician was a campaigner for gay rights, and made his breakthrough in 2018 with track Soy Asi.
BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry died on January 10 aged 51 following a short illness. Dianne present the weather forecast on regional news programme North West Tonight for over 20 years.
She started her broadcasting career on Radio 1 in London as the station’s first dedicated weather presenter.
Neighbours star Darius Perkins died from cancer on Jan 2, aged 54.
The Australian actor played the original Scott Robinson in the long running soap when it launched in 1985, before being replaced by Jason Donovan.
Darius appeared in numerous Australian dramas including Home and Away, A Country Practice and The Sullivans.
Bob Einstein died on January 2 at the age of 76, after being diagnosed with cancer.
The Emmy Award winning star was best known for starring in US sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.
News of his death was announced by his brother Albert Brooks, who described Einstein as a “great brother, father and husband” and a “brilliantly funny man”.
WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2, aged 76.
Described by the WWE as “the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history”, the legendary microphone king from Sisseton, South Dakota appeared alongside the industry’s greatest stars in a career spanning decades.
He was forever immortalised by his work with Hulk Hogan, who would often begin interviews by saying: “Well let me tell you something Mean Gene…”
The former radio DJ even wrestled on the odd occasion – famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match with former world champion Hogan in 1984 – and The Hulkster himself had the honour of inducting “Mean Gene” into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dean Ford, the lead singer of pop band Marmalade, died on January 1 at the age of 72.
Scottish group Marmalade were best known for reaching number one in 1969 with a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.
Their version – which saw them make history as the first ever Scottish group to top the UK chart – led to the band celebrating appearing on Top of the Pops by turning up in kilts.
The news was announced by his daughter on Facebook , who described her father as “an amazing man, a gentle soul and extremely talented musician”.
The comedian died, aged 57, after battling cancer.
The Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock the Week star, who was a good friend of Jeremy Corbyn, won the coveted Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.
The Keeping Up Appearances actor died aged 82 in February.
Best known for playing the long suffering Richard Bucket in the BBC series, he appeared on our screens from 1990 to 1995.
He also appeared in the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles and in December 2007 starred in a Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Coppper.
The British star was nominated for five Academy Awards during a career that spanned nearly 50 years.
Finney had notable roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder on the Orient Express, Annie and Scrooge, as well as appearing in spy thrillers The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall.
He was 82 when he died on February 7.
The World Cup winning goalkeeper died at the age of 81.
Regarded as one of the game’s greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.
He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil.
The Newport West Labour MP died in February at the age of 84.
The maverick backbencher was never afraid to speak out and never sought safety in a crowd.
He fought for the decriminalisation of drugs long before it became fashionable and fought his own party on the Iraq war.
He spent most of his 30 years on the backbenches with two short stints in the shadow cabinet – two years under Neil Kinnock from 1988 to 1990 and then three months under Jeremy Corbyn.
The German fashion designer died after a period of ill health.
He was known as the creative direction of the French fashion house Chanel , a position he held from 1983 until his death in February.
The designer was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods house Fendi.
Best known as the keyboardist and bassist in the popular American TV pop quartet The Monkees.
The band achieved widespread fame in the 1960s and had hits including I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer.
The American musician and actor “passed peacefully” at the age of 77.
The Talk Talk singer died on February 25 after a short illness, at the age of 64.
Hollis was the founder, lead songwriter, singer and creative mastermind behind the 80s new wave band – who produced such classic tracks as It’s My Life, Life’s What You Make It, Today and Such A Shame.
His longtime manager Keith Aspden confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music.
“I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
The German-American composer died in his Manhattan home on February 28 aged 89.
He won his first Oscar in his 20s, the first for best scoring of a musical picture for Gigi in 1958 and Porgy & Bess in 1959.
He is best known in the UK for his role as ‘Andrew Preview’ in Morcambe and Wise.
The Firestarter singer was found dead at his home in Essex.
His band, The Prodigy, were one of the UK’s biggest bands in the 1990s with top-selling records including Firestarter and Breathe.
His appearance in the video, dancing aggressively in a disused railway tunnel, made him a household name.
On the same day it was announced the Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry had died days after suffering a massive stroke.
The 52-year-old actor shot to fame in the 90s with hit series 90210, in which he played bad boy Dylan McKay.
He was starring as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in Riverdale at the time of his death.
The television presenter who was known for her trademark black sunglasses and husky voice, died aged 61 after a short illness.
Born Kim Taylor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in 1957, Devine became a star in the 1980s on Channel 4’s short-lived but memorable cult youth show Network 7.
She then went on to host the BBC’s innovative factual show Reportage and the Rough Guides travel series.
The 18-year-old sister of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson died from a suspected heart attack.
Felicite, who was a fashion designer and popular Instagrammer, died two years after their mother Johannah Deakin died from leukaemia at the age of 43.
The Love Island and Celebs Go Dating star was found found hanged in a north London park.
Mike, who was 26 and affectionately known as ‘Muggy Mike’ during his time on Love Island in 2017, was said to have been in a dark place in the months before his death.
The former semi-professional footballer was said to have been grieving for his 94-year-old nan who had passed away – he had been living with her as she needed a full-time carer.
The singer-songwriter had hits like The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy on Yourself in the 1960s.
As part of The Beat, he spearheaded the two-tone movement with a distinctive vocal style influenced by the Jamaican rap technique of “toasting”.
Walker, who was born in the US, began his career as a session bassist, changing his name when he joined The Walker Brothers.
He later shunned the limelight and released solo albums including Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4.
The Birmingham-born singer, whose real name was Roger Charlery, performed with The Beat and General Public.
The 56-year-old suffered a stroke last summer and was reportedly diagnosed with two brain tumors and lung cancer in the months before his death.
As part of The Beat, he spearheaded the two-tone movement with a distinctive vocal style influenced by the Jamaican rap technique of “toasting”.
Former EastEnders star Sandy Ratcliff died on April 7, at the age of 70.
The actress, who was one of the original EastEnders cast members and played Sue Osman from 1985 until 1989, passed away in a care home in Stamford Hill, North London.
Sandy starred in the first ever episode of the popular BBC soap in 1985 as cafe owner Ali Osman’s long-suffering wife.
The former Liverpool captain died on April 11, aged 74.
Affectionately known as ‘The Anfield Iron’ club legend Smith, who had been battling dementia, spent 18 years as a player with the Reds and is one of the most influential figures in the club’s history.
The tough tackling midfielder captained his boyhood club and made 638 appearances in total – the eighth in the all-time list at Anfield.
Sir Tom Jones paid tribute to songwriter Les Reed who wrote songs like It’s Not Unusual and Delilah.
Writing on Instagram, the Welsh singer described his “friend and colleague” as a “gifted songwriter and arranger who was instrumental in penning many a hit”.
The popular CBBC actress, who was known for appearing in shows including Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, was just 16 when she died.
When she was just a baby, Mya-Lecia starred as Saffy’s daughter Jane in Absolutely Fabulous.
Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s said: “She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it’s unthinkable that she won’t be part of our journey going forward.
“She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans.”
The Trainspotting 2 actor died after being shot on an Edinburgh street.
The actor, who also appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle in the film.
Writer Irvine Welsh said his heart was “broken” following the death of his “amazing and beautiful” friend.
The original actor to play Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies died at the age of 74.
Peter Mayhew, who was 7ft 3ins British-born actor, was surrounded by family when he died at his home in North Texas.
His family described him as a ” real gentle giant and a very quiet, shy and beautiful person!”
The comedian, who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain.
The merseyside-born star was the lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s and rose to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.
He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.
The actress, best known for films Pillow Talk and Calamity Jane, was 97 when she died
Her wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in films in the 1960s, and was one of the most popular actresses at the time.
Day’s lilting voice, wholesome beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, first on records, later in Hollywood.
She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.
Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda will be remembered for arguably the most remarkable and courageous comeback in sport.
At the 1976 German Grand Prix, Lauda was trapped in a fireball inferno. He had swerved off track at the Nurburgring, hit the wall, his car caught on fire.
But just 40 days after he almost burnt to death at the wheel of his Ferrari, sustaining injuries so catastrophic he was read the last rites in hospital, Lauda returned to his Formula One cockpit.
He was 70 when he died peacefully at home on May 20.
The author will be remembered as a “legendary author and illustrator” whose books will live on forever following her death aged 95.
Kerr, who wrote and illustrated a number of enduring children’s books including The Tiger Who Came To Tea, died following a short illness.
A much-loved and timeless classic, The Tiger Who Came To Tea has sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968, and it has never been out of print.
Kerr’s other works include When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and the Mog the Cat series of books.
Actor Max Wright died on June 26 aged 75 following a long battle with cancer.
Wright played Willie Tanner in 1908s sitcom ALF, and later starred in early episodes of Friends as the manager of Central Perk.
He also made appearances in ER, Murder She Wrote and Quantum Leap.
Reality TV star Beth Chapman died on June 26 aged 51 following a battle against throat cancer.
Beth was the wife of Duane Chapman AKA Dog the Bounty Hunter, and appeared alongside him on their TV show from the early 2000s which saw them track down lawbreakers. This was followed by a spin-off entitled Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.
Star of James Bond and Neighbours, James Marshall, died on June 26 at the age of 81.
He was most well known for his role as Commander Talbot in James Bond film The Spy Who Loved me.
The news was confirmed by an agent at ECA, Esta Charkham, who tweeted: “So sad that my dear old chum Bryan Marshall has gone on ahead.
“A wonderful actor – he was so good you never noticed how good he was.
“He was a valued chum. His credits are a catalogue of classic British and Australian TV.
“Fare Forward Dearest Bryan.”
Actor Douglas Fielding died aged 73.
Fielding starred as police officer Roy Quick in EastEnders between 1985 and 1986. He also portrayed Alec Quilley in cop drama Z Cars from 1969 until 1978.
Actor Billy Drago died on June 24 aged 73 after suffering a stroke.
Drago started out as as stuntman before going to make more than 100 films. He appeared in The Untouchables, The Hills Have Eyes, and starred opposite Chuck Norris as the villain in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.
The star also had a number of small screen roles on shows including Charmed and The X-Files.
YouTube star Etika, real name Desmond Amofah, died at the age of 29.
Police confirmed the popular gamer had passed away, several days after he went missing and a number of his personal items were discovered on Manhattan Bridge.
The official New York City Police department tweeted: “We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased.”
Actor William Simons died on June 21 aged 78. Simons was most famous for playing PC Alf Ventress on ITV show Heartbeart throughout its entire 18-year run. He also had numerous other small screen roles on programmes including Lovejoy, Bergerac, Coronation Street and The Sweeney.
Actor and film director Eddie Garcia died at the age of 90 on June 20.
He had a long career and is regarded as the greatest Filipino actor of all time.
His most famous work includes 1971’s Beast of the Yellow Night, 1972’s The Woman Hurt and 1986’s Magdusa ka!
Philippe Zdar, one half of French house duo Cassius, died on June 19 aged 50.
According to his agent, he accidentally fell to his death through window from “a high floor of an old building in Paris.”
They were great collaborators and their 2016 album Ibifornia featured the likes of Pharrell, Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Cat Power, and others.
British wrestling legend Adrian McCallum, known by his ring name of Lionheart, passed away on June 19 at the age 36.
Lionheart was the reigning ICW world heavyweight champion, and a big name on the British wrestling scene for more than 10 years, appearing on shows for WWE and TNA in the UK.
ICW (Insane Championship Wrestling) posted a heartfelt message on Twitter confirming the shock news, leading to tributes pouring in from across the wrestling community.
American socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died on June 17, aged 95.
Gloria was an artist, author, fashion designer and New York It Girl, as well as being an heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune.
Anderson Cooper confirmed the sad news on his TV show as he read an obituary for his mother.
Rapper Bushwick Bill died on June 9, aged 52, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Geto Boys star, real name Richard Shaw, was surrounded by his family and friends when he passed away.
Shaw, who was born with dwarfism, previously performed under the name Little Billy and was the group’s dancer, before joining the band in 1986, performing alongside Willie D and Scarface.
Blake’s 7, Emmerdale and Doctor Who star Paul Darrow died on June 3.
His representative confirmed he died that morning, saying the world would be a ‘darker place’ without him.
“Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life,” the spokeswoman told the Daily Express .
“A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.”
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Former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes died on June 1, aged 35.
The footballer, who spent three seasons at the London club as well as at Spanish club Sevilla, was involved in a serious car accident in his home town of Utrera, in Spain.
He leaves behind his two daughters Noelia and Triana, and wife Noelia Lopez, who he married in June 2017.
Journalist and broadcaster John McCririck (pictured here in 2016) died aged 79.
The flamboyant horse racing pundit was well-known for his outlandish dress sense and his presenting style at major meetings across the country, for ITV and Channel 4.
The actor died from heart failure after being diagnosed with cancer.
The 33-year-old was best-known for playing Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the BBC Three comedy This Country alongside actors and show creators Charlie and Daisy May Cooper.
The Emmerdale actor died at the age of 91.
The star of Hollywood films such as Dune, The Elephant Man and Firefox, he was most recently known for playing Sandy Thomas in the soap until last year.
The former Conservative Welsh Office Minister – one of the most colourful politicians of his generation – died at the age of 72 after suffering from cancer for several years.
Mr Richards was also the first leader of the Welsh Conservative group following the establishment of the National Assembly.
Former champion boxer Barry McGuigan’s daughter Danika has passed away at the age of 33 after a battle with cancer.
Danika, known as Nika to her friends and family, was an actress and appeared in several films including Philomena, Mammal and Wildlife which had just finished filming before her death.
The Blade Runner star died at the age of 75.
The Dutch actor died at his home in the Netherlands following a short illness, his agent said.
Hauer received cult acclaim for his role as the philosophical replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The actor delivered a famed monologue on memory and death in the film, which became one of its defining moments.
WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race died on August 1, aged 76.
The eight-time NWA World Heavyweight champion made his debut in the ring in 1960, working for the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and Northern Wrestling Alliance (NWA) among others.
Race is survived by three children and five grandchildren.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, one of the most influential American authors, died on August 6, aged 88.
She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature – and won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved.
And President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Joe Longthorne died on August 3, at the age of 64.
The popular entertainer came to fame in 1981 as a singer and impressionist on the TV show Search For A Star.
Joe, who had battled cancer several times throughout his life, died in the early hours of the morning, surrounded by his family.
The former prime minister and president of Zimbabwe whose rule was mired in accusations of human rights abuses and corruption, died at the age of 95.
His 40-year leadership of the former British colony was marked with bloodshed, persecution of political opponents and vote-rigging on a large scale.
Current president Emmerson Mnangagwa called Mr Mugabe a “pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people”.
He said: “Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He died at the end of September at the age of 86.
Mr Chirac was long the standard-bearer of France’s conservative right, and mayor of Paris for nearly two decades.
He was nicknamed Le Bulldozer early in his career for his determination and ambition.
As president from 1995-2007, he was a consummate global diplomat but failed to reform the economy or defuse tensions between police and minority youths that exploded into riots across France in 2005.
The actress, who played Zoe Tate on Emmerdale for 16 years until 2005, died in September at the age of 55, three years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
Her cancer diagnosis came to light in October 2016 when her husband Jez Hughes launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her to undergo treatment overseas, due to a lack of options available on the NHS.
After she was diagnosed, fans helped the star raise more than £50,000 to undergo groundbreaking treatment in Germany.
She started taking new medication, but later revealed that it had failed.
The veteran newsreader died aged 77.
His broadcasting career spanned more than 40 years and he worked for both the BBC and ITV.
He retired from broadcasting in 2009 and was considered at the time to be one of the UK’s longest-serving news presenters.
The drumming legend died at the age of 80.
The co-founder of Cream, whose real name was Peter Edward Baker, played with the likes of Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long career.
The Coronation Street and Last of the Summer Wine actress died at the age of 74.
It was only days after telling friends that she didn’t feel well.
With an acting career spanning more than 50 years, she was best known for playing Marina in the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1985 until it ended in 2010.
TV chef Gary Rhodes died at the age of 59.
The celebrity chef was in Dubai with his wife Jennie when he died.
He was known for appearing on shows such as MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen, and hosting his own series, Rhodes Around Britain.
Clive James, poet, critic and broadcaster, passed away at his home in Cambridge at the age of 80.
News of his death came 10 years after he revealed he had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time.
United Agents released a statement on behalf of his family, saying: “He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this ‘great, good world’.”
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died after a long illness aged 61.
The Swedish singer was best known for her Roxette hits It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Listen To Your Heart and The Look with co-creator Per Gessie.
Rapper Juice Wrld died on December 8 aged 21 following a seizure.
Born Jarad Anthony Higgins, the recently-signed rising rap star caught the public’s attention with tracks Luci Dream and All Girls Are the Same, as well as his collaboration on No Bystanders with Travis Scott.
Naturalist and broadcaster David Bellamy died at the age of 86.
London-born Bellamy was a household name as TV personality, scientist and conservationist.
Legendary actor Tony Britton died at the age of 95 on Sunday, December 22.
His TV presenter daughter, Fern Britton, announced the news on Twitter: “Our father, Tony Britton, died early this morning. Great actor, director and charmer. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Tony starred in films Operation Amsterdam, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal.
He was also known for playing the famously conservative Doctor dad in BBC sitcom Don’t Wait Up with charmer son Nigel Havers and Dinah Sheridan.