2019 was a year of many goodbyes, from Doris Day to Elijah Cummings. Legendary actors, Nobel Prize winners and landmark politicians all passed away this past year. We compiled a list of notable people who died in 2019 in the gallery at the top of this article.
In addition to actress Doris Day, the world also lost two stars from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show:” Valerie Harper and Georgia Engel. Other notable actors who passed away include Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Rutger Hauer, Albert Finney, Peter Fonda, Katherine Helmond, Sylvia Miles, John Witherspoon and Luke Perry.
There are several names on the list of people who died before they were 30, including Olympic medal-winner Kelly Catlin, rapper Juice Wrld and Disney star Cameron Boyce.
The world of science bid farewell to multiple notables. Among them were Murray Gell-Mann, the Novel Prize-winning physicist who came up with the theory of quarks (subatomic particles) and Kary Mullis, a Nobel Prize-winner who revolutionized how we study DNA. Dr. Bernard Fisher of Pittsburgh, who was a pioneer in treating breast cancer, also died.
The fashion universe won’t be the same either, with the death of Karl Lagerfeld and Max Azria.
Music fans bid adieu to Dr. John, James Ingram, Dick Dale and Eddie Money. Musical director and producer Hal Prince also died.
In the world of politics, 2019 saw the passing away of John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving African American in Congress’s history, and John Dingell, the longest-serving Congessman ever. Representative Elijah Cummings, who lead the investigation into President Donald Trump, also passed away. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens also died.
Pennsylvanians also said goodbye to some influential people in the state. Legendary ballet instructor Marcia Dale Weary died in March, and Grammy-winning violinist John Eaken passed away in July. Senator Harris Wofford and House of Representatives member Fred Rooney also died. Mark Butler, CEO of Ollie’s, and QVC founder Joseph Segel also died.
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