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Notable celebrity deaths in 2019 – Toronto Sun

“You just don’t know when it’s going to be done.” That was Coldplay frontman Chris Martin a few years back musing on the passing of rock stars, such as David Bowie, Prince, Chris Cornell, Leonard Cohen and others.

This closing decade saw us lose many entertainment greats but Martin’s words reminded us that artists help give us fresh perspective on the world. Their works help colour our memories and weave the fabric of our own lives.

“When people you grew up thinking were superheroes pass on to the next phase, it reminds you, you’ve got to grab life while you can because it’s finite,” he said.

Here is a look back at some of the luminaries from the worlds of film, television, stage and music we lost this year.

Luke Perry

The actor shot to fame in the 1990s as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. But after the show ended in 2000, he reinvented himself with a variety of roles, including a recent stint as Archie’s dad on Riverdale and a part in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. “I cleaned up, scraping up big f—ing glops,” Perry recounted, describing his first job at a doorknob factory to Rolling Stone in a 1992 profile. “It was horrendous, man.” He died from a stroke at the age of 52 on March 4.

Peter Fonda

Part of acting royalty, the youngest brother of Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda became a movie star with his 1969 movie Easy Rider, which earned him the first of his two Academy Award nominations. “He had such a great spirit,” Steven Soderbergh, who directed Fonda in The Limey, recalled in an interview with Deadline. “He was just, you know, always in a good mood, always looking for the humour or the absurdity of any situation.” He died at the age of 79 on Aug. 16.

Valerie Harper

Television audiences fell in love with Valerie Harper’s Rhoda Morgenstern, who went from being a sidekick on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to a star in her own right as the leading lady of the spinoff series, Rhoda. Harper won a trio of Emmys (1971-73) for her supporting work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and another for her lead part on Rhoda. “Women really identified with Rhoda because her problems and fears were theirs,” Harper wrote in her 2013 book I, Rhoda. “Rhoda never gave up.” After a long battle with brain cancer, she died Aug. 30 at the age of 80.

Peter Mayhew

Star Wars creator George Lucas cast Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca after he spotted the gentle giant working as an orderly in a London hospital. The Wookiee went on to become one of the most famous sidekicks in movie history as the co-pilot of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. Speaking to the Sun earlier this month, Joonas Suotamo, who took over playing the character in 2015 with The Force Awakens, revealed the best advice Mayhew gave him. “He told me to remember to stand up tall and to utilize the angles. He also told me to never move in a straight line.” Mayhew died following a heart attack on April 30 at age 74.

Doris Day

The actress and singer was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and ’60s thanks to roles in such films as Pillow Talk and That Touch of Mink. But she wasn’t always a Miss Goody Two-Shoes. “I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote in her 1976 memoir, Doris Day: Her Own Story. Following a brief battle with pneumonia, she died at age 97 on May 13.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson enjoyed a friendship that began when they starred in the 1959 classic Pillow Talk. (AFP)

Carol Channing

The musical comedy star was known best for her role as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly. Channing mused once that the part, which she played over 5,000 times, was “as deep as Lady Macbeth.” She died at age 97 on Jan. 15.

John Singleton

After the release of his directorial debut Boyz n the Hood in 1991, John Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination. At 24, he was also the youngest nominated director in Oscar history. “I was on a kamikaze mission to really tell stories from my perspective — an authentic black perspective,” he told The Guardian in 2017. Along with Spike Lee, Singleton is credited with paving the way for a future generation of black filmmakers, including Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay. Singleton also directed Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and the second instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise, among others. He died April 28 at age 51, following a stroke.

Toni Morrison

A giant of modern literature, Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison challenged how we think about race and identity in celebrated novels, such as Beloved and Song of Solomon. She died Aug. 5 at age 88.

Juice Wrld

A rising rap star, Juice Wrld made a profound impact in his short time making music. “He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else,” his label tweeted. He died at 21 on Dec. 8 shortly after landing at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, with rumours swirling he may have triggered his own death after he swallowed a bunch of Percocet pills in what may have been a bid to hide them from authorities.

Dr. John

The famed New Orleans singer and piano player died, his family said eloquently, “toward the break of day” of a heart attack on June 6. Born Mac Rebennack, the Louisiana legend won multiple Grammy awards blending white and black musical styles. “We often played together,” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards told the Sun. “We always had a great time. He liked to have a great time and so do I.” He was 77.


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