From a television chef to a rock singers the showbiz world has had to say goodbye to some big names this year.
2019 saw the deaths of a number of famous faces who will be mourned by fans across the world.
Today we take a look back at some of the big names to pass away in 2019.
Football star Martin Peters died on December 21 aged 76.
Peters played for West Ham and Tottenham, as well as England. The midfielder scored for the national side in the 1966 World Cup final, contributing to their legendary 4-2 win over West Germany.
He retired from playing in 1981 when he became manager of Sheffield United.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes died on November 26 aged 59.
The culinary star earned five Michelin stars during his career, and hosted a number of cooking shows on TV including Masterchef and Rhodes Around Britain.
Television presenter and naturalist David Bellamy died on December 11 at the age of 86.
Bellamy earned acclaim in the 80s for his TV nature shows, but also his unique presenting style which made him a household name.
He lived in the Weardale area of County Durham.
English actor Tony Britton died on December 22 aged 95.
The legendary actor was well known for his stints in Don’t Wait Up and stared in films Operation Amsterdam, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal. He was also the father of presenter Fern Britton.
After army service in World War Two, Tony was spotted, aged 20, by a local critic in an amateur dramatic production in his then-home town of Weston-super-Mare.
Actor and singer Kenny Lynch died at the age of 81 on December 18.
He was well known for his song Up On The Roof, later covered by Robson and Jermone.
The news was shared by his children, who posted a string of photos of him on Twitter.
The family said in a statement: “Saddened to share this news with you all. Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. He will be remembered and missed by many. We would like to say a massive thank you to the NHS & the people at Sue Ryder for all their support. Bye Dad, we will love you always!”
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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson died at the age of 61.
The Swedish popstar, who co-created Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986, died on December 9 after suffering from a long-term illness.
She was best known for her Roxette hits It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Listen To Your Heart and The Look.
The pop duo were huge in their time, selling more than 75million records around the world and scoring 19 Top 40 hits, which propelled them to the height of fame.
“Marie Fredriksson is most mourned by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children,” the family wrote in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness.”
Former football manager Ron Saunders died on December 7 aged 87.
After managerial stints at Norwich City and Man City, Saunders held the top job at Aston Villa between 1974 and 1982, during which time he led the team to promotion to the First Division, as well as two League Cup wins and their first First Division title win for 71 years.
He later went on to join rival club Birmingham City and eventually West Bromwich Albion.
Cricketer Bob Willis died on December 4 aged 70 after a short illness.
As well as playing for Surrey and Warwickshire, Willis also played for the national team between 1971 and 1984, and was captain of England in 18 tests.
After retiring from the sport, he went on to become a commentator for Sky in 1985.
Australian broadcaster and writer Clive James died aged 80 on November 24.
Born in 1939 under the name of Vivian James, he made a move to England in 1961.
Clive was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 and wrote a book about what would be the remaining years of his life.
Drummer Ginger Baker died on October 6 aged 80.
Baker co-founded rock band Cream in 1966 alongside guitarist Eric Clapton. The star was hailed as an influential force in the genre thanks to his groundbreaking technique and fiery stage presence.
Ginger also had stints in other bands, including Blind Faith and Hawkwind.
Newsreader Peter Sissons died on October 1 aged 77.
Sissons was most well known for fronting the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News and Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003. He was also the host of Question Time from 1989 until 1993.
Peter also had stints as a newsreader on ITV and Channel 4 during his career.
Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell died at the age of 55 after her long battle with cancer, her management announced.
In a statement they said: “It is with the deepest sadness that Leah Bracknell’s family confirm that Leah passed away in September, three years after her diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer.
“They would like to thank all the public for their support and generosity which contributed to the extension and quality of her life over the past three years.
“Leah continued to embrace life and faced her illness with positivity. Many aspects of her journey can be found on her blog.”
Bracknell was best known for her iconic role as Zoe Tate on the Yorkshire-based soap opera.
Former French president Jacques Chirac died on September 26 aged 86.
Nicknamed ‘Le Bulldozer’, Chirac was in office as president from 1995 until 2007. He had previously served as France’s Prime Minister twice, and was Mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995.
He was one of the main world leaders who opposed the war in Iraq in 2003, saying: “War is always a last resort. It is always proof of failure. It is always the worst of solutions, because it brings death and misery.”
Fernando Ricksen died on September 18 at the age of 43 following a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease.
The Dutchman played for a few clubs in his native Holland, but is best known to British football fans following his six year spell at SPL side Rangers. In 2014, he was enrolled into the Rangers FC Hall of Fame.
Ric Ocasek, frontman of rock band The Cars, died on September 15, aged 75.
The rockstar was pronounced dead at his Manhattan townhouse following 911 reports of an ‘unresponsive male’, but no foul play is suspected.
The Cars became hugely popular in the late 1970s and early 80s, with hits including ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Shake It Up’ and ‘Drive’.
Actor Brian Turk died on September 13, aged 49, following a battle with cancer.
He was best known for his role on Beverley Hills 902010 and also starred in HBOs Carnivale, ER, and Boy Meets World.
Turk also had many film credits to his name including American Pie 2, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Brian is survived by his wife and his eight-year-old son.
Eddie Money died on September 13 at the age of 70.
The American singer, who found fame with hits in the 1970s and 80s like Two Tickets To Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight, died just weeks after revealing he had esophageal cancer.
The hitmaker confirmed last month the disease had already progressed to stage four.
Folk musician and visual artist Daniel Johnston, who influenced Nirvana star Kurt Cobain, died on September 11 at the age of 58.
The folk musician and visual artist died from a heart attack, it was reported.
The American singer was most famous for his songs Life In Vain, True Love Will Find You in the End and Walking the Cow.
He had a number of high profile fans, including Cobain, who once said in an interview that Johnston was one of the “greatest” songwriters of all time.
Golfer Brian Barnes died on September 9, aged 74.
Barnes, who won the Senior British Open in 1995 before defending his title the following year, and who famously beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day during the 1975 Ryder Cup, died from cancer following a short illness.
Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died on September 9, aged 31.
Pieter was with his international teammates in Haiti ahead of their CONCACAF Nations League match.
He is reported to have felt unwell before suffering the heart attack and passing away.
Actor John Wesley died on September 7 at the age of 72.
The Louisiana born star had over 100 film and TV credits to his name, including an appearance on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air where he played Dr Hoover in the hit comedy series.
Wesley was also a renowned stage actor, starring in Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic at London’s Old Globe Theatre, as well as An American Clock by Arthur Miller and Wild Oats at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Former South Africa rugby star Chester Williams died on September 6, at the age of 49, following a suspected heart attack.
Williams, most remembered for being the only black player in the Springboks squad that won the World Cup in 1995, played 27 Tests during his seven-year international career from 1993 to 2000.
He scored 14 tries, four of them on home soil against Samoa at the 1995 tournament and also represented the Western Province and Golden Lions at club level, in addition to Super Rugby side the Cats.
Following his retirement from playing, Williams turned to coaching. He spent time as coach of the Springbok Sevens team and the Pumas, before recently working as head rugby coach at the University of Western Cape.
Project Runway and Mad Fashion star Chris March died on September 5, aged 56, after suffering a heart attack.
March designed Meryl Streep’s 2010 Oscar dress and also iconic pieces for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Madonna.
The finalist in season four of the hit show passes away two years after a horror fall that left him in a medically induced coma.
The designer suffered paralysis in his legs, hand and arms.
Kylie Rae Harris:
Country singer Kylie Rae Harris died in a fatal collision on September 4 at the age of 30.
Three cars were involved in the fatal road smash, with a 16-year-old girl also losing her life.
She was on her way to play the Big Barn Music Festival in Taos when the accident happened.
Kylie released her first album in 2013 titled ‘Taking it Back’ and released a self-titled EP earlier this year.
Renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh died on September 3, aged 74.
The news of Peter’s death was shared on his own Instagram account, with a message reading: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74.
“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.”
Actor Peter Fonda died on August 16 aged 79 following respiratory failure resulting from lung cancer.
The Hollywood legend was part of the famous Fonda family of actors – son of Henry, father of Bridget and brother of Jane.
Peter’s most famous role was in 1969 movie Easy Rider, alongside Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. He co-wrote and produced the iconic film, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
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.
“Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful – a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy,” Obama wrote on Facebook in a post accompanied by a picture of him with Morrison in the Oval Office. “She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page.”
“I can think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni,” Knopf Editor in Chief Sonny Mehta said. “… Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works.”
Actress Paula Williamson, who married renowned prisoner Charles Bronson, was found dead on July 29.
Staffordshire Police confirmed Paula had died and her body had been found at a house in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke-on-Trent.
The 38-year-old had filed for divorce from the notorious criminal who she wed in a prison chapel in November 2017.
Their relationship had broken by July 2018 with Paula appearing on Loose Women and breaking down in tears discussing her marriage.
Paula had appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale and met Bronson in prison in late 2016.
Jimmy Patton died just a year after his younger brother Barry Chuckle.
The 87-year-old comedian, who was a regular on their hit BBC show the Chuckle Brothers, died in July, a Facebook post on the official Chuckle Brothers page confirms.
“I just thought I’d let you know that the Chuckle Brothers older brother Jimmy Patton has sadly passed away,” it read.
“Jimmy was a big part of chucklevision and the stage shows where he played the character No Slacking. RIP Jim Lad. And No Slacking.”
He was married to wife Amy, who herself was a fan of the show as a child.
Gabe Khouth died on July 23, aged 46, following a suspected motorcycle accident.
The actor and voiceover artist was perhaps best known for appearing as Skip the Elf in Santa Baby, and more recently starred as Mr Clark/Sneezy in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
Some of his most recognisable voice over credits include Dragonball Z as Goten, Arcade in X:Men Evolution and Felix in Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses.
Former European and world judo champion Craig Fallon died at the age of 36.
Fallon won the 60kg final at the 2005 World Championships before claiming gold at the 2006 European Championships and the 2007 World Cup.
He is the last British judoka to win a world crown and only the third British man in history.
Actor Karl Shiels died on July 14, aged 47.
The veteran star, who appeared in Peaky Blinders, was best known for his role as Robbie Quinn in Irish soap Fair City.
Karl also appeared in movie Batman Begins in 2005, as a thug imprisoned in Arkham Asylum.
He earned his first acting credit in 1999 in short Between Dreams and went on to appear in a number of TV shows and movies.
TV presenter Emily Hartridge died on July 12, aged 35.
Her family confirmed the death of the popular YouTuber and presenter of S***, I’m 30, who is believed to have died on Friday morning after she was involved in a collision in South London.
A statement popped up on Instagram said: “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.
Irish comedian Brendan Grace died on July 11 aged 68 following a battle with lung cancer.
Grace was most well known for his appearance on sitcom Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.
Before his comedy career, Brendan was a singer, and was the original performer of 70s novelty record Combine Harvester before the Wurzels released their version. He also toured with the likes of John Denver and Frank Sinatra.
Mr Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll paid tribute to Grace, describing him as a “comedy legend”. He said: “So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father”
Actress Denise Nickerson died on July 10 aged 62 after contracting pneumonia.
Nickerson was most famous for her role as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She was just 13 when she landed the part in the 1971 childrens’ classic, and went on to TV roles on programmes including Dark Shadows and The Brady Bunch.
Emmerdale star Freddie Jones died on July 10, at the age of 91.
The actor played Sandy Thomas in the ITV soap for 13 years, joining in 2005 and filming his last scene in 2018.
A statement from Emmerdale paid tribute to the much-loved star.
“Everyone at Emmerdale is deeply sad to hear about the death of one of the show’s most brilliant actors and favourite human beings, Freddie Jones,” said a spokeswoman.
“Freddie was part of Emmerdale for many years and he brought his unique, energetic, infectious, twinkle to every scene he was in.”
Freddie was the father of British acting legend Toby Jones and two other sons in the industry – the director Rupert Jones and actor Casper Jones. His wife – their mother – is the actress Jennifer Heslewood.
Vinnie Jones’ wife Tanya died after a six-year battle with cancer on July 7.
The footballer turned film star’s beloved wife died at the age of 53, at home in Los Angeles surrounded by her loved ones.
A statement from Jones’s management said: “At 8.46am local time in Los Angeles on Saturday July 6, Vinnie Jones’s wife, Tanya Jones, passed away after a long illness.
“Tanya passed peacefully at the Jones family home surrounded by Vinnie, their daughter and other family members.
“Vinnie and the family ask for privacy while they go through an understandable period of mourning during this devastating time.”
Former rugby player and ex-husband of Kerry Katona, George Kay, died of a drug overdose at the age of 39 on July 7.
George, the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-Jorge, five, was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital yesterday.
He had a long history of drug abuse and had battled mental health issues during their chaotic relationship.
John McCririck passed away aged 79.
The former pundit was the face of Channel 4 racing for 28 years, before he was dropped in 2012.
He was also known to those outside of the racing circle for his outspoken opinions, which he was not afraid to share during his stint on.
He was also a Newcastle United fan.
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.”
Jose Antonio Reyes:
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.
Legend of Forumla One, Niki Lauda, died at the age of 70 on May 20.
The three-time world champion took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and then again for McLaren in 1984.
A statement said: “In deep sadness we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully fallen asleep with his family.”
Butterflies star Andrew Hall died on May 20, aged 65.
The actor, who also starred in Coronation Street star in 2011 as the cross-dressing love interest of Audrey Roberts, passed away after a short illness.
A tweet from his management confirmed the news, saying: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend Andrew Hall who sadly passed away on Monday after a short illness.
“Andrew was loved by audiences for his many roles, most notably Butterflies, Coronation Street and, more recently, Syfy’s Blood Drive.”
Doris Day died at the age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news that Day, one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, had passed away early on May 13 at her Carmel Valley home in California surrounded by friends.
According to the charity, the retired showbiz icon had ‘been in excellent physical health for her age’ until only recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.
Day is survived by one grandson.
While she retired from the limelight in years, golden girl Day had enjoyed a glittering showbiz career lasting more than eight decades.
Brian Walden died on May 9, at the age of 86.
The broadcaster and former Labour politician succumbed to complications arising from emphysema.
Brian represented the constituency of Birmingham Ladywood from 1964 until 1977, leaving parliament to become a presenter for ITV, quickly gaining a reputation as one of the country’s finest political interviewers.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and four sons.
Comedian Freddie Starr died on May 9, at the age of 76.
Starr, who was also the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters, was found dead at his Spanish home.
Freddie rose to fame in the early 1970s after appearing on TV show Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.
He went on to star in a number of his own TV shows, including The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr.
He is known to newer audiences for his stint in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011.
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew has been remembered as a “big man with an even bigger heart” following his death at the age of 74.
British-American actor Mayhew played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the revered fantasy series of films, appearing in five movies, most recently 2015’s The Force Awakens.
His family announced that he died at his home in Texas on April 30 surrounded by loved ones.
Shortly after the news broke, Mayhew’s fans and former co-stars paid tribute.
Harrison Ford, who played the character of Han Solo, praised him for his “great dignity and noble character”.
Dallas’ Cliff Barnes died at the age of 83, believed to have passed away on April 21.
Ken Kercheval was best known for playing JR Ewing’s arch-rival opposite Larry Hagman in the hit US TV drama.
A spokeswoman at the Frist Funeral Home in the actor’s hometown of Clinton, Indiana, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kercheval starred in 14 series of Dallas and even returned for the 2012 reboot.
Ray Boddington, the frontman of Manchester band Piccadilly Rats, died on April 18, aged 77.
The singer, who was struck by a tram in Manchester city centre, died in hospital surrounded by his family.
Ray, who was well known as a busker in his hometown, had previously appeared on The X Factor and Judge Rinder.
Bradley Welsh, who starred in Trainspotting 2, died on April 17, aged 42.
Welsh, a former professional boxer and reformed football hooligan turned charity worker, appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men back in 2008.
The dad, who leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter, played gangland kingpin Doyle in T2 and is friends with author of the novel, Irvine Welsh.
Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith 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.
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.
John Quarmby died on April 5, aged 89.
He was best known for playing Mr Carnegie the health inspector in the classic Fawlty Towers episode Basil The Rat.
Comedy legend John Cleese led tributes to his TV co-star on Twitter.
He wrote: “Sad to hear of the death of John Quarmby who played the health inspector in Basil the Rat episode
“Lovely chap. I shall never forget the expression on his face when he saw the rat sitting in the biscuit tin.”
Liverpool band Her’s were killed in a car crash while touring the United States on March 27.
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laadig, were travelling to a gig in Santa Ana, California, on Wednesday, when they were involved in a fatal accident.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the band’s label Heist Or Hit wrote: “We are all heartbroken. Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label.”
Musician Roger Charlery, better known as Ranking Roger of the Beat and General Public, died on March 26 at the age of 56.
News of his death was announced to fans with a statement on Instagram which read: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.”
In January this year it was revealed that Charlery had suffered a stroke over the summer and was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer.
The Walker Brothers star Scott Walker died at the age of 76.
The sad news was announced by independent record label 4AD, who say they were honoured to have worked with the star for 15 years.
Scott, who was born Noel Scott Engel, starred in the American pop trio, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, alongside John Walker and Gary Leeds.
His cause of death has not been announced.
Sharing the sad news, the label said on its website: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.
Up-and-coming country music star Justin Carter died on March 17 aged 35 after accidentally shooting himself.
The singer discharged a gun by mistake while filming a music video.
Carter was being touted as the ‘next Garth Brooks’ by his management, and was a father to two daughters.
Reality TV star Mike Thalassitis was found dead on March 16, aged 26.
The Love Island star’s body was found in woods near his Essex home.
Mike was a former League Two footballer who found fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2017.
His behaviour on the show saw him land the nickname ‘Muggy Mike’ as well as a reputation as a reality villain.
Irish actor Pat Laffan died on March 14, aged 79
Laffan was best known for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted, and it was the show’s creator who broke the news of his passing on Twitter, telling his followers: “Just heard the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died. Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you”.
The news was confirmed in a statement by Mr Laffan’s agent Lisa Richards.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting died on March 14 aged 66 from a pulmonary embolism.
A popular figure in Formula 1, Whiting had been in the role since 1997 and played a pivotal part in improving the motorsport’s safety.
TV presenter Magenta Devine died on March 6, aged 61, after a short illness.
The host of BBC Two’s Rough Guides to the World and Channel 4’s Network 7, Magenta – real name Kim Taylor – had been receiving treatment in hospital for an illness shortly before her death.
She was known for her distinctive choppy bob hairstyle, and the trademark dark shades she always wore.
Her other presenting credits include Young, Gifted And Broke from 1999 to 2001.
Luke Perry died on March 4, aged 52, after suffering a massive stroke.
He was rushed to hospital after suffering the stroke while at his Sherman Oaks, CA home, but never recovered.
Luke was best known for playing Dylan McKay in the teen show Beverly Hills, 90210 and was currently starring as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in Riverdale.
The Prodigy’s Keith Flint died at the age of 49 on March 4.
The singer, famous for his single Firestarter, was found dead at his home in Essex, with his best friend Liam Howlett revealing in an Instgram post that he took his own life.
Howlett wrote: “The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.
I’m shell shocked , f**kin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam #theprodigy .”
The Prodigy found huge fame after emerging from the underground rave scene in the early 1990s.
The Cure drummer Andy Anderson died on February 26, aged 68, after losing his battle with cancer.
His death was announced by former bandmate Lol Tolhurt, who said: “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey.”
Anderson revealed he had been diagnosed with the terminal disease just earlier this month, via a Facebook post.
Actress Lisa Sheridan, who appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The 4400, died on February 25, aged 44.
Her manager confirmed the news, saying: “She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners report on cause of death.”
Friends such as Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico and filmmaker Michael Dunaway took to social media to pay tribute to the star.
Sheridan’s body of work, mostly on US television, also included Invasion, Journeyman and The Mentalist, among others.
Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis 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.”
Actress Katherine Helmond died on February 23 aged 89 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
The Hollywood star was most famous for her roles in sitcoms Who’s the Boss and Everybody Loves Raymond.
During her decades-long career she also appeared in True Blood and Soap, as well as the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Monkees singer Peter Tork died on February 21, aged 77.
The sad news was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, though she did not clarify the star’s cause of death.
He had been diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, in 2009.
Peter was a singer, bass player and keyboard player for the Monkees, a four-piece band who found fame in the 1960s.
England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks died on February 12 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.
Born in Sheffield, Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, playing for Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke.
Actor Albert Finney died on February 7 aged 82.
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.
Kristoff St John:
Young And The Restless star Kristoff St John died on February 3 at the age of 52.
Kristoff played Neil Winters on the soap since 1991 and won nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his role.
Actor Clive Swift died on February 1 aged 82.
Swift was most well known for playing Richard Bucket, the long suffering husband of Hyacinth from hit 90s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. He also had roles in Inspector Morse, Peak Practice, Heartbeat and Hustle, as well as two appearances in Doctor Who.
Comedian Jeremy Hardy died on Feb 1, 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.
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.
R&B singer James Ingram died on January 29 aged 66 following a battle with brain cancer.
Best known for his 1980s hits like Baby Come To Me, a duet with Patti Austin, and Somewhere Out There, a duet with Linda Rondstadt, James won two Grammys during his career (for Yah Mo Be There and then for 100 Ways) and was nominated another 12 times.
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.
Actor 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.
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.
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”.
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”.