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Celebrity deaths in 2019: Famous faces lost this year from Gary Rhodes to Mike Thalassitis – Kent Live

This year saw us lose a number of great people from the world of showbusiness.

In March former Margate FC footballer and Love Island star Mike Thalassitis was found dead in an Essex woodland.

Former East Kent College chef Gary Rhodes died suddenly last month, and there was sadness at the passing of naturalist David Bellamy.

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Clive James, Sevenoaks resident and former BBC newsreader Peter Sissons, Peter Fonda, John McCririck and Rip Torn were also among those to die in 2019.

We have had to say goodbye to many notable figures including Albert Finney and legendary footballers Gordon Banks and Martin Peters.

Here’s a look back at some of the famous faces we will all miss as we approach 2020.

December

Martin Peters



Martin Peters

The former England, West Ham and Tottenham midfielder tragically died on December 21.

He scored the second goal of England’s four in the 1966 final against Germany.

He pursued a successful career as a manager, cementing his legendary status, and remained a die hard West Ham right to the end.

David Bellamy



David Bellamy

On December 11, this naturalist and broadcaster passed away at 86-years-old.

He presented a variety of programmes, including Don’t Ask Me, Bellamy On Botany and Bellamy’s Britain

Rene Auberjonois



Rene Auberjonois

This notable actor died on December 8th aged 79, after battling with metastatic lung cancer.

He is known for his role in Stark Trek: Deep Space Nine, Father Mulcahy in M.A.S.H., the Chef in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Paul Lewiston in legal comedy drama Boston Legal.

He won a Tony Award in 1969 for his role as Sebastian Baye in Coco the muscial.

Caroll Spinney



Caroll Spinney

Fans of the classic childhood TV programme Sesame Street, might recognise this man.

He was a puppeteer for the show, providing the voice and movements for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch when the programme debuted in 1969;he only retired from the show in 2018.

Caroll died on December 8th aged 85.

Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said “Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless.”

Juice Wrld



Juice Wrld

This 21-year-old rapper tragically died on December 8 after having a seizure.

Born Jarad Anthony Higgins, the rising rap star is known for producing tracks such as Luci Dream and All Girls Are the Same, as well as his collaboration on No Bystanders with Travis Scott.

Ron Saunders



Ron Saunders

This former football manager died on December 7 at age 87.

In his career, he managed Norwich City and Manchester City. His notable stint was when he managed Aston Villa between 1974 and 1982, when the team were promoted to the First Division and also had two League Cup wins and their first First Division title win for 71 years.

He later joined rival club Birmingham City and eventually West Bromwich Albion.

Bob Willis



Bob Willis

Another sporting legend died in 2019, as cricketer Bob Willis passed away on December 4 after falling ill.

He played for Surrey and Warwickshire and also played for the national cricket team between 1971-1984.

Bob was the captain of England in 18 tests.

He retired from the sport, but became a commentator for Sky in the .

Shelley Morrison



Shelley Morrison

This Will and Grace star died of heart failure on December 1, aged 83.

She played Rosario the maid in the hit US show that aired between 1999 to 2006.

November

Jonathan Miller



Jonathan Miller

This theatre star died on November 27 age 85.

He was the writer, director and actor for many theatre productions at the National Theatre and the Old Vic, as well as the English National Opera.

Gary Rhodes



The TV chef learnt his catering trade in Thanet

This celebrity chef died on November 26 aged 59 from a blood clot between the skull and the surface of the brain.

The spiky-haired chef earned five Michelin stars during his career and hosted numerous cooking shows, including Masterchef and Rhodes Around Britain.

Clive James



Clive James

Australian broadcaster and writer Clive James died on November 24 at the age of 80.

Clive was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 and wrote a book about coping with his illness.

Terry O’Neill



Terry O’Neill

This photographer died on November 17 age 81, after a battle with prostate cancer.

He worked with the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elton John to name a few. He was also an executive producer on the 1981 movie Mommie Dearest.

October

Paul Barrere



Paul Barrere

This musician died on October 26 at 71 years old. He suffered complications from liver disease.

The singer and guitarist has been a member of Little Feat (rock band) since their reformation in 1972.

Writing on their website, the band said: “Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared.”

Marieke Vervoort



Marieke Vervoort

Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort, died on October 22nd at the age of 40.

She suffered with an incurable degenerative muscle disease and ended her own life via euthanasia, which is legal in her home country Belgium.

Elijah Cummings



Elijah Cummings

On October 17th, Elijah died from health complications following a medical procedure he received in September.

He was 68-years-old.

He worked as a lawyer for 20 years, before being elected into the House of Representatives in 1996.

Ginger Baker



Ginger Baker

Drummer, Ginger Baker died peacefully on October 6, age 80.

He was regarded as one of the UK’s best drummers due to his great stage presence.

He co-founded the rock band ‘Cream’ alongside Eric Calpton in 1996.

Kim Shattuck



Kim Shattuck

On October 2, Kim died at the age of 56 after battling motor neurone disease.

She was the lead vocalist and bass player in punk band The Muffs, formed in 1991; they famously recorded a cover of Kim Wilde’s hit single Kids in America for the soundtrack to 1995 film Clueless.

She also collaborated with a number of other groups during her career, including NOFX, Pixies and The Pandoras.

Peter Sissons



Peter and Sylvia Sissons

Peter Sissons died on October 1 at the age of 77.

He presented the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News and Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003 and he was also the host of Question Time from 1989 until 1993.

Peter was also newsreader for ITV and Channel 4 during his career.

Hanna Yusuf



Hanna Yusuf

This BBC journalist died on October 1 at the age of 27.

Her passing was sudden and at the time of writing, the exact cause is unknown.

She worked for The Times, ITV and Muslim News and many other companies during her career.

September

Leah Bracknell



Leah Bracknell

This Emmerdale actress died on October 16th at the age of 55 after a battle with lung cancer.

She was best known for her role as Zoe Tate on the soap opera.

In a statement, her management 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.”

Jacques Chirac



Jacques Chirac

Former French president Jaques Chirac died on September 26 aged 86.

He led the country as president from 1995 until 2007.

Before that, he served as France’s Prime Minister twice and was mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995.

Aron Eisenberg



Aron Eisenberg

Aron died at the age of 50.

He is best known for playing Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but also appeared in Star Trek: Renegades and Star Trek: Voyager.

Just months before, he married his wife Malissa Longo in secret.

Fernando Ricksen



Fernando Ricksen

After a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease, Fernando Ricksen died at the age of 43.

He is best known to British fans for playing for SPL side Rangers. In 2014, he was enrolled into the Rangers FC Hall of Fame.

Mike Stefanik



Mike Stefanik

On September 15, Mike died in a plane crash in Rhode Island, USA.

He is known for being a nine time NASCAR winner.

Ric Ocasek



Ric Ocasek

Frontman for the rock band The Cars, died on September 15 age 75.

He was pronounced dead at his Manhattan townhouse.

The Cars were popular in the 70s/80s, with hits including ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Shake It Up’ and ‘Drive’.

Brian Barnes




Golfer, Brian Barnes died on September 9, at the age of 74 after battling with cancer.

He won the Senior British Open in 1995 and who famously beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day during the 1975 Ryder Cup.

Peter Lindbergh



Peter Lindbergh

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.”

August

Anthoine Hubert



Anthoine Hubert

Aged just 22, Anthoine was described as a racing prodigy.

He died in a high-speed crash during an F2 race at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Valerie Harper




Valerie died on August 30 at the age of 80.

She was battling cancer and a lot of other health issues.

She is most known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show which aired in the 70s.

Terrance Dicks



Terrance Dicks

The Doctor Who writer died on August 29 at the age of 84.

He worked on the BBC show between 1968-74 as writer and script editor.

Peter Fonda



Peter Fonda

On August 16th, Peter died of respiratory failure after battling with lung cancer.

He was 79-years-old.

He’s know for his role in the movie Easy Rider which also starred Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper.

Toni Morrison



Toni Morrison

American author, Toni Morrison died on August 6 aged 88.

She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature.

Joe Longthorne



Joe Longthorne

After battling with cancer several times in his life, Joe died on August 3 at the age of 64.

He rose to fame in 1981 as singer and impressionist on  TV show Search For A Star.

July

Paula Williamson



Paula Williamson

Paula was an actress who married prisoner Charles Bronson before divorcing him in 2017, was found dead on July 29 at the age of 38.

She had appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Gabe Khouth



Gabe Khouth

This actor died on July 23, aged 46 after a suspected motorcycle accident.

He’s know for appearing in Santa Baby and also appeared as Mr Clark/Sneezy in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

Craig Fallon



Craig Fallon

The 36-year-old’s body was found on July 15 in a woods near Shropshire.

He was the last British judoka to win a world title and only the third British male to achieve the feat.

Emily Hartridge



Emily Hartridge

TV presenter and YouTuber, Emily Hartridge, died on July 12; she was just 35.

She is believed to have died after she was involved in a collision in South London.

Brendan Grace



Brendan Grace

Brendan died on July 11 aged 68. His death came after a long battle with lung cancer.

He is know for appearing in Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.

Mr Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll described him as a “comedy legend”. He said: “So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father”

Denise Nickerson




Best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Denise died on July 10 aged 62.

She passed away after contracting pneumonia.

Freddie Jones



Freddie Jones

On July 10, this Emmerdale star passed away at the age of 91.

Freddie played Sandy Thomas in the soap for 13 years.

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.”

Rip Torn



Rip Torn

Rip died on July 9 at 88-years-old.

He was known for starring in Men In Black, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and TV’s The Larry Sanders Show.

Tanya Jones



Tanya Jones

After a six-year battle with cancer, Tanya died on July 7.

She was married to footballer turned movie star, Vinnie Jones.

Cameron Boyce



Cameron Boyce

Cameron died in his sleep on July 6 at the age of 20.

His family said the Disney Descendants star suffered a fatal seizure caused by “an ongoing medical condition”.

John McCririck



John McCririck

The former racing pundit passed away at 79-years-old.

He was the face of channel 4 racing for 28 years and was also known for his appearance on Big Brother (reality TV show).

Beth Chapman



Beth Chapman (right)

Beth died on June 26 at age of 51, she had been battling throat cancer.

She was the wife of Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter).

Douglas Fielding



Douglas Fielding

The actor died at age 73.

He was known for portraying Roy Quick in EastEnders between 1985-1986

William Simons



William Simons

Fans of ITV police drama Heartbeat might recognise William Simons.

He played PC Alf Ventress throughout its entire 18-year-run.

Adrian McCallum



Adrian McCallum

Wrestling legend, known in the ring as ‘Lionheart’ passed away on June 19 at the age of 36.

He was the reigning ICW world heavyweight champion, appearing on shows for WWE and TNA in the UK.

May

Judith Kerr



Judith Kerr

Children’s author and illustrator, Judith Kerr, died on May 22 at the age of 95.

She is known for writing The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which has sold over five million copies.

Niki Lauda



Niki Lauda

This three-time world racing champion died on May 20 at the age of 70.

He took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and then again for McLaren in 1984.

‘Grumpy Cat’ Tardar Sauce



‘Grumpy Cat’ Tardar Sauce

On May 17, the internet famous animal known as ‘Grumpy cat’ passed away.

She became a viral meme (humorous video or image) for her unhappy expression.

She was 7 when she died after contracting an infection.

Doris Day



Doris Day

The iconic actress and singer died at the age of 97 on May 13.

She was one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, before contracting a serious case of pneumonia.

Freddie Starr



Freddie Starr

Comedian and former lead singer of pop group ‘the Midniters’ died on May 9, age 76.

He is also known for his appearance on ITV show  ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’

April

Peter Mayhew



Peter Mayhew

The actor died at the age of 74.

He is well known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise.

 

Billy McNeill



Billy McNeill

After a battle with Dementia, this football legend passed away at the age of 79.

He was the first British man to lift the European Cup as captain.

Mya-Lecia Naylor



Mya Lecia Naylor

CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor died on April 7 at the age of 16.

Coroners said her death was caused by misadventure.

She appeared in the shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never

March

Mike Thalassitis



Mike Thalassitis had a successful career in football

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.

Magenta Devine



Magenta Devine

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.

Keith Flint



Keith Flint

Front man of ‘The Prodigy’ Keith Flint died at the age of 49 on March 4.

Known for his single ‘Firestarter’, Keith was found dead at his home in Essex.

February

Mark Hollis



Mark Hollis

Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis died on February 25 after a short illness, at the age of 64.

Brody Stevens



Brody Stevens

Comedian Brody Stevens died on February 22 aged 48.

As well as his career in stand-up comedy, Brody also appeared in movies with roles in The Hangover and Due Date.

Gordon Banks



Gordon Banks

England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks died on February 12 at the age of 81.

He’s regarded one of greatest football goalies.

Albert Finney



Albert Finney

This actor died on February 7 aged 82.

He 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.

Clive Swift



Clive Swift

Actor Clive Swift died on February 1 at the age of 82.

Swift was most well known for playing Richard Bucket, the exasperated husband of Hyacinth from hit 90s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances

January

Carol Channing



Carrol Channing

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.

Dianne Oxberry



Dianne Oxberry

BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry died on January 10 aged 51 following an illness.

Dean Ford



Dean Ford

Lead singer of pop band Marmalade, died on January 1 at the age of 72.

The Scottish group were best known for reaching number one in 1969 with a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.

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