Learning of the death of one of your favourite celebrities is never easy.
And this year seems like yet another year when we had to say goodbye to too many of them.
But their legacies live on as we remember them for their body of work and the lives they touched.
From legendary actor Tony Britton to celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes, the loss of your childhood heroes is a sad affair and is even tougher when it seems they’ve gone too soon.
Here’s a look at those we’ve lost in 2019, who have influenced many through the decades and will continue to inspire generations for years to come, as The Mirror reports.
These renowned stars will be greatly missed.
Monty Python star and The Rutles musician Neil Innes passed away at the age of 75 on December 29, 2019.
He is best known for appearing in Monty Python’s Life of Brian and The Holy Grail and wrote original songs for the latter.
After Python’s original TV run ended, Innes joined Eric Idle on the series Rutland Weekend Television which spawned band The Rutles. Then in the 1980s, showcased his talents elsewhere by providing voices for the children’s cartoon The Raggy Dolls.
On December 26 Actress Sue Lyon died aged 73.
She famously starred as Lolita in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, a role which won her a Golden Globe in 1963 for Most Promising Female Newcomer.
Lyon featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including Night of the Iguana and Four Rode Out.
Composer Jerry Herman died on December 26 aged 88 following pulmonary complications.
During his musical career he worked on the scores of 10 Broadway musicals and created music for iconic stage productions. Herman won the Tony for Best Musical twice, the first for Hello, Dolly! in 1965 followed by La Cage aux Folles in 1983.
English actor Tony Britton died December 22 aged 95.
The established actor was known for his roles in Don’t Wait Up and stared in films Operation Amsterdam, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal.
The actor was a veteran of World War Two and also the father of presenter Fern Britton.
Football star Martin Peters died on December 21 aged 76.
Peters who retired in 1981 played for teams including West Ham and Tottenham, as well as England and was the manager of Sheffield United.
He contributed to the 1966 World Cup final for England which went on to win 4-2 win over West Germany.
Actor and singer Kenny Lynch passed away aged 81 on December 18.
He as was well known for his song Up On The Roof.
The sad news was shared by his children, who shared 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 & 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!”
TV presenter and naturalist David Bellamy died on December 11 at the age of 86.
He was a household name in the presenting world and earned acclaim in the 80’s for his nature shows.
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away at the age of 61.
The Swedish singer was best known for smash hits including It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Listen To Your Heart and The Look.
Her group sold 75million records around the world and had 19 Top 40 hits.
“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.”
Actor Rene Auberjonois died on December 8 aged 79 after suffering from metastatic lung cancer.
He appeared in multiple films during his career including his famed shape shifter Odo 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 went on to earn a Tony award in 1969 after portraying Sebastian Baye in the Broadway musical Coco.
Caroll Spinney passed away on December 8 aged 85.
The Sesame Street puppeteer provided the voice and movements for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
Almost 50 years after the legendary TV show aired he made the decision to retire in 2018.
Rapper Juice Wrld died on December 8 aged 21 following a seizure.
The rapper who was recently signed will be remembered for his tracks Luci Dream and All Girls Are the Same.
Former football manager Ron Saunders died on December 7 aged 87.
Saunders managed Aston Villa between 1974 and 1982, has had two league cup wins.
After a few managerial stints at Norwich City and Man City, he went on to join rival club Birmingham City and eventually West Bromwich Albion.
Retired cricketer and commentator Bob Willis died on December 4 aged 70.
He is known for playing for teams including Surrey and Warwickshire and was England captain in 18 tests.
Shelley Morrison died of heart failure on December 1, aged 83.
She was best known playing Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun with Sally Field from 1967 to 1970 and started in hit US show Will & Grace from 1999 to 2006.
Theatre star Jonathan Miller died on November 27 aged 85.
The director wrote and acted during a career which started when he appeared with Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter Cook in comedy revue Beyond the Fringe.
He was also a key production member at the National Theatre and the Old Vic, as well as the English National Opera.
Culinary star and celebrity chef Gary Rhodes died on November 26 aged 59.
He hosted numerous cooking shows including Masterchef and Rhodes around Britain and earned five Michelin stars.
Australian broadcaster and writer Clive James died aged 80 on November 24.
The star was moved to England in 1961 and was was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010.
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Actress Jane Galloway Heitz died aged 78.
Famed for playing Lillian Adler on hit musical TV show Glee, alongside her roles on The Bing Bang Theory, Prison Break and Grey’s Anatomy.
She also featured in David Lynch’s 1999 movie The Straight Story.
After a long battle with prostate cancer, photographer Terry O’Neill passed away on November 17 aged 81.
His most famous work included The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elton John.
Photographer Robert Freeman died on November 8 aged 82.
He was best known for his collaborations with The Beatles, and was behind the images used for the covers of albums Rubber Soul and Help!.
Robert Norris died on November 3 aged 90.
He featured in the cigarette brand’s marketing in the 60s and became a well known face in magazines and on billboards.
Musician Paul Barrere died on October 26 aged 71 after suffering complications from liver diesease.
He was a singer and guitarist of rock band Little since 1972.
When announcing the news of Barrere’s passing on their website, the band wrote “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.”
Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort passed away on October 22 aged 40.
During her career she won a total of 7 medals but decided to end her life via euthanasia in Belgium after suffering from an incurable degenerative muscle disease her whole life.
After a series of health complications and an operation in September this year, American congressman Elijah Cummings died on October 17 aged 68.
Television producer and screenwriter Reg Watson died on October 12 aged 93.
The Neighbours creator worked on British soap Crossroads was well as a number of shows such as Sons and Daughters, The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H.
Drummer Ginger Baker died on October 6 aged 80.
The influential musicain had stints in many bands, including Blind Faith and Hawkwind but was co-founder of rock band Cream in 1966 alongside guitarist Eric Clapton.
Lead vocalist and bass player of The Muffs Kim Shattuck, died on October 2 aged 56 after battling motor neurone disease.
She played in and collaborated with a number groups including NOFX, Pixies and The Pandoras and is best known for covering Kim Wilde’s hit single Kids in America.
Newsreader Peter Sissons passed away on October 1 aged 77.
He was best known for BBC’s Nine O’Clock News and Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003 and the host of Question Time from 1989 until 1993.
The front man of band Eddie Masters and the Hot Rods Barrie Masters died aged 63.
Achieved a top 10 chart hit with Do Anything You Wanna Do in 1977 in the band called The Outfit.
Young BBC Journalist Hanna Yusuf suddenly passed away October 1, aged just 27.
The Somali born reporter worked for The Times, ITV and Muslim News
The cause of her death is unknown.
Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell died at the age of 55 after her long battle with cancer.
She was best known for her iconic role as Zoe Tate on the Yorkshire-based soap opera.
In a statement by her management team 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.”
Actor Robert Garrison passed away on September 27 aged 59, after suffering from kidney and liver problems.
His most famed role was when he was casted in the classic 1984 movie The Karate Kid.
Former French president Jacques Chirac died on September 26 aged 86.
He served as France’s Prime Minister twice, and was Mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995 before becoming president.
Following a brain aneurysm and medical complications, MMA fighter Katy Collins died on September 25, aged 32.
Collins fought in MMA promotions Bellator, RFA, LFA and Invicta and had six wins in her first seven fights from 2015.
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The four time Emmy-winning animation producer J. Michael Mendel died on September 22, aged 54.
He was famed for his work on The Simpsons, Rick And Morty and The Tracy Ullman Show.
Actor Sid Haig died on September 21, aged 80.
Sid is best known for playing Captain Spaulding in three of Rob Zombie’s horror movies House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell.
Celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died on September 21, aged 44.
He regularly appeared in shows on the The Food Network.
Actor Aron Eisenberg died aged 50.
The star was famed for his role as the Nog in Star Trek franchise.
After a long battle with motor neurone disease, footballer Fernando Ricksen died on September 18 at the age of 43.
He played for a few clubs in his native Holland but also played for SPL side Rangers.
NASCAR legend Mike Stefanik passed away aged 61 on September 15 after a plane crash in Rhode Island, USA.
The NASCAR driver had nine wins in his 30 year career.
Rockstar Ric Ocasek died on September 15, aged 75.
The frontman of rock band The Cars for was found unresponsive at his Manhattan townhouse.
His band became popular in the late 70’s and 80’s where their best known for 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 is known for his role on Beverley Hills 902010, HBOs Carnivale, ER, and Boy Meets World.
American singer Eddie Money died on September 13 at the age of 70 after his esophageal cancer progressed to stage four.
He was famed for hits in the 1970s and 80s such as Two Tickets To Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight.
Folk musician and visual artist Daniel Johnston passed away on September 11 at the age of 58 following a heart attack.
He was most famous for his songs Life In Vain, True Love Will Find You in the End and Walking the Cow.
Golfer Brian Barnes died on September 9, aged 74 following a short battle with cancer.
He won the Senior British Open in 1995 before defending his title the following year.
He is famed for his 1975 Ryder win against Jack Nicklaus.
Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died on September 9, aged 31 after suffering a heart attack not long after reports he was unwell ahead of a CONCACAF Nations League match in Haiti.
Louisiana born Actor John Wesley died on September 7 at the age of 72.
He has had more than 100 film and TV credits alongside his appearance on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
The renown actor starred 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 passed away on September 6, at the age of 49 from a suspected heart attack.
He is famed for being the only black player in the Springboks squad that won the World Cup in 1995.
During his career he has scored 14 tries, four of them on home soil against Samoa and played 27 Tests during his seven-year international career from 1993 to 2000.
After he retired he went on to coaching and was head rugby coach at the University of Western Cape before his death.
Project Runway and Mad Fashion star Chris March died on September 5, aged 56, following a heart attack.
The designer dressed stars including Meryl Streep, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Madonna but after after a fall that left him in a medically induced coma, he passed away.
Country singer Kylie Rae Harris died in a fatal collision on her way to perform at Big Barn Music Festival in Taos on September 4.
The 30-year-old was best known for her first album in 2013 titled ‘Taking it Back’ and released a self-titled EP earlier this year.
Renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh passed away 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.”
Grammy Award winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels died on September 3, aged 41 following a car accident.
He was famed for some of the most iconic songs including Say My Name for Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right but It’s OK and Michael Jackson’s You Rock My World.
F2 racing star Anthoine Hubert died on August 31, aged just 22.
He lost his life in a high-speed crash whilst racing at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Valerie Harper, star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and spin-off Rhoda, died on August 30 at the age of 80.
It was reported she was battling cancer alongside another of health complications.
She is famous for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and had a spin-off called Rhoda.
Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks died on August 29, aged 84.
He was best known for his work on the hit BBC show between 1968 to 1974.
He has had a blooming script writing and producing career including overseeing productions of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Vanity Fair.
TV host and race car driver Jessi Combs had died in a car crash on August 27, aged of 36.
Jessi had been attempting to break her own land-speed record when she lost her life.
Following a battle with Lewy body dementia, actress Anna Quayle passed away on August 16, aged 84.
The actress was known for her role as Ms Monroe in Grange Hill, she also starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Adam’s Family Tree and Father Charlie.
Hollywood actor Peter Fonda died on August 16 aged 79 following respiratory failure resulting from lung cancer.
He was famed for his roles in 1969 movie Easy Rider, alongside Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper and he co-wrote and produced films.
The Walking Dead star Dango Nguyen died aged 48 after a battle with cancer on August 10.
He was known for playing a guard in the zombie horror show, working for show villain The Governor and fighting with leading man Rick Grimes.
Lead vocalist in indie bands Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, David Berman passed away on August 7 aged 52.
He retired from music in 2009 but returned in 2018 to form new group Purple Mountains.
In a statement, his record label Drag City said: “A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. “Rest easy, David.”
The first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature Toni Morrison passed away on August 6, aged 88.
As one of most influential American authors and a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved she awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 by former President American Barack Obama.
In a in a Facebook post Obama said: “Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful – a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy.
“She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page.”
Knopf Editor in Chief Sonny Mehta said: ” “I can think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni.
“Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works.”
Entertainer Joe Longthorne died on August 3, at the age of 64 after his battling cancer.
He rose to fame in 1981 as a singer and impressionist on the TV show Search For A Star.
Keyboard player Ian Gibbons, member of rock group The Kinks passed away on August 1 aged 67.
Eight-time NWA World Heavyweight champion Harley Race died on August 1, aged 76.
He made his wrestling debut in 1960’s working for the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and Northern Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
Director and producer Harold ‘Hal’ Prince died on July 31, aged 91.
He won 21 Tony Awards for his work in the New York theatre industry and he is best known for his work The Phantom of the Opera.
Actress Paula Williamson was found dead on July 29 aged 38.
She is known for her appearance in soaps including Coronation Street, Emmerdale.
She married notorious criminal Charles Bronson.
Jimmy Patton died aged 87 – just a year after his younger brother Barry Chuckle.
The comedian is known for his hit BBC show the Chuckle Brothers.
A Facebook post on the official Chuckle Brothers page confirms.
It said: “I just thought I’d let you know that the Chuckle Brothers older brother Jimmy Patton has sadly passed away.
“Jimmy was a big part of Chucklevision and the stage shows where he played the character No Slacking. RIP Jim Lad. And No Slacking.”
Following a suspected motorcycle accident Gabe Khouth died on July 23, aged 46.
The actor and voiceover artist was best known for portraying the Elf in Santa Baby, and more recently starred as Mr Clark/Sneezy in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
Dutch film legend Rutger Hauer died aged 75 on July 19.
He is known for playing Roy Batty in the sci-fi epic The Blade Runner.
Former European and world judo champion Craig Fallon died at the age of 36.
The gold medalist was the last British judoka to win a world crown and only the third British man in history.
Boxing star Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker died on July 14, aged 55 after being hit by car.
The Olympic gold medalist won four world titles and was known for his defensive fighting skills.
Peaky Blinder actor Karl Shiels passed away on July 14, aged 47.
He has appeared in iconic movies and TV shows such as Batman Begins in 2005, Arkham Asylum and earned his first acting credit in 1999.
Youtube star and TV presenter Emily Hartridge passed away on July 12, aged 35 following a car 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.
He was best known for his role in TV show series Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.
Grace was also a singer and toured with industry icons 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.”
After contracting pneumonia actress Denise Nickerson passed away on July 10 aged 62.
She is famed for her portrayal as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She also had roles in TV shows including Dark Shadows and The Brady Bunch.
Emmerdale star Freddie Jones died on July 10, at the age of 91.
The actor was known for playing Sandy Thomas in the hit ITV programme.
A statement from Emmerdale paid tribute to the much-loved star.
A spokeswoman said:”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.
“Freddie was part of Emmerdale for many years and he brought his unique, energetic, infectious, twinkle to every scene he was in.”
Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Rip Torn died on July 9 aged 88.
He was best known for his role in roles Men In Black, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and TV’s The Larry Sanders Show.
Tanya Jones, wife of footballer and film star Vinnie Jones, passed away on July 7 in her Los Angeles homes after a long battle with cancer.
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, passed away from a suspected drug overdose on July 7.
The 39 year-old was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital after a long history of drug taking.
Disney star Cameron Boyce passed away in his sleep on July 6 after a fatal seizure.
The 20 year-old was best known for his movie and TV roles such as Grown Ups and the Descendants.
In a statement his family said: “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.
“He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.
“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.”
Former Channel 4 racing pundit John McCririck died aged 79.
He was best known in the racing world for strong opinions and also made appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away on July 1, aged just 27.
He was best known for being drafted the Angels Major League Baseball in 2009.
In a statement, the Angels said: “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.
“Tyler was, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Following a long battle with cancer actor Max Wright died on June 26 aged 75 following a long battle with cancer.
He is best known for his roles as Willie Tanner in 1908s sitcom ALF and appearances in ER, Murder She Wrote and Quantum Leap.
Reality TV star Beth Chapman passed away on June 26 aged 51, after suffering from throat cancer.
She appeared alongside her husband Duane Chapman in their TV shows the Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.
James Bond Bryan Marshall, died on June 26 at the age of 81.
He was best known for his portrayal of Commander Talbot in James Bond film The Spy Who Loved me.
An agent at ECA, Esta Charkham, 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.
He will be remembered for his role in EastEnders between 1985 and 1986 and cop drama Z Cars which ran from 1969 until 1978.
Film star Billy Drago passed away on June 24 aged 73 following a stroke.
He is best known for starring in films including The Untouchables, The Hills Have Eyes, and starred opposite Chuck Norris as the villain in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.
YouTube star Etika, real name Desmond Amofah, died at the age of 29.
After being missing for a few days New York police later confirmed his death after some of his personal possessions where found on Manhattan Bridge.
Actor William Simons passed away on June 21 aged 78.
He was best known for his portrayal of PC Alf Ventress on ITV show Heartbeat and small screen roles including Coronation Street and The Sweeney.
Fillm director an actor Eddie Garcia died at the age of 90 on June 20.
The famed actor is best known for his work in 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 after a suspected fall from a high window.
The star will be remembered for his work on their 2016 album Ibifornia which featured Pharrell, Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Cat Power.
On June 19 British wrestler Adrian McCallum died aged 36.
He was the reigning Insane Championship Wrestling world heavyweight champion and household name in British wrestling for more than 10 years.
Fashion designer and American socialite Gloria Vanderbilt passed away on June 17, aged 95.
She will be remembered as the ‘New York It Girl’ as well as being an heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune.
Rapper Bushwick Bill
After battling pancreatic cancer, Rapper Bushwick Bill whose real name is Richard Shaw, died on June 9, aged 52.
He is known for performing with Willie D and Scarface.
Doctor Who star Paul Darrow died on June 3.
He was best known for his roles in The Blake’s 7, Emmerdale and Doctor Who.
A spokeswoman from his representatives told Daily Express: “Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life.
“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 after a car accident in Spain.
The star is known for playing at football clubs including Sevilla and Arsenal.
Actor Carmine Caridi died on May 29 aged 85 after falling into a coma.
Caridi will be remembered for is movie roles in the Godfather gangster trilogies and small screen roles including Taxi, Starsky and Hutch, Fame and NYPD Blue.
Pop star Gabriel Diniz on May 27, aged 28 after a fatal plane crash.
The singer was best known for song ‘Jennifer’.
Author Judith Kerr died on May 22 at the age of 95.
Kerr was best known for her book The Tiger Who Came To Tea which sold millions of copies worldwide.
However after a brief illness, the illustrator passed away.
Charlie Redmayne, Harper Collins CEO said: “Judith Kerr was a wonderful and inspiring person who was much loved by everyone at HarperCollins. She was a brilliantly talented artist and storyteller who has left us an extraordinary body of work.
“Always understated and very, very funny, Judith loved life and loved people – and particularly she loved a party.
“Beautifully dressed and with a smile on her face she would light up the room and would always be one of the last to leave. Time spent in her company was one of life’s great privileges and I am so grateful to have known her.”
Musician Jake Black passed away on May 21.
The founding member of the band Alabama 3 was best known for hits such as Woke Up This Morning and eclectic music albums.
Niki Lauda, Forumla One driver passed away at the age of 70 on May 20.
He was best known for being a three-time world champion when he 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.”
Actor Andrew Hall died on May 20, aged 65.
The star is best known for starring in Coronation Street, Butterflies and Syfy’s Blood Drive.
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.”
Grumpy Cat Tardar Sauce
The world famous Grumpy Cat had passed away on May 7 aged 7 after an infection.
The cat was an Internet sensation around the world and amassed many Youtube views and followers.
Actor Isaac Kayy died at the age of 42 on May 15.
The Thor and Terminator star was suspected to have fallen from a bridge before being hit by a car.
Legendary star Doris Day passed away on May 13 aged of 97.
She is famed for her showbiz roles and hailed as one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The icon died after contracting pneumonia.
BBC news reader Nancy Wigginton died at age 93 on May 11 after suffering heart failure.
She was one of the first women to read the news on BBC television.
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Former WCW wrestler Silver King whose real name was César Barró passed away on May 11, aged 51.
Famed for his wrestling stings between 1997 and 2000 he sadly died from a medical complications in East London.
Former model and actress Peggy Lipton passed away from cancer on May 11 at the age of 72.
She is best known for playing for playing waitress Norma Jennings in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
Broadcaster and former Labour politician Brian Walden died on May 9, at the age of 86 after suffering from emphysema.
He is best known for leaving parliament to become a presenter for ITV which saw him become one of the nation’s best political interviewers.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and four sons.
Comedian Freddie Starr died on May 9, at the age of 76.
He is well known as the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters before going on to star in his own TV shows, including The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr.
Actress star Irene Sutcliffe passed away on May 3, aged 88.
She is best known for her screen and theater roles such as Coronation Street.
Away from the stage and screen, Irene was a hard-working committee member of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund for several decades.
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew died at his home in Texas aged 74.
The British-American actor is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the fantasy movies Star Wars.
Harrison Ford, who played the character of Han Solo, praised him for his “great dignity and noble character”.
Guitarist Rowland Gould AKA ‘Boon’ died in April.
The founding member from the band Level 42 was discovered by police in Dorset.
A Facebook statement posted by the band’s frontman Mark King said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould.”
Oscar-nominated director John Singleton died at the age of 51 on April 29 following a stroke.
He is best known for his work on Boyz n The Hood, Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Ken Kercheval died at the age of 83, and is believed to have passed away on April 21.
He was best known for playing JR Ewing’s arch-rival opposite Larry Hagman in the hit US TV drama.
After a long battle with dementia, Billy McNeill passed away on April 22, aged 79.
He was the first British man to lift the European Cup as captain.
In a statement, Celtic said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill. He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones.”
On April 18, Ray Boddington died aged 77.
The frontman of Manchester band Piccadilly Rats was hit by a tram in Manchester city centre and later passed away in hospital.
He also appeared on the X Factor and Judge Rinder.
Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh, died on April 17, aged 42.
The former professional boxer and reformed football hooligan and in 2008 made appearance on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men.
Georgia Engel, star of Everybody Loves Raymond, died on April 12, aged 70.
She is famed for starring in shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore show playing Georgette Franklin.
During her career she was featured in The Office, Two and a Half Men and the movie Grown Ups 2 as well as many Broadway shows.
Tommy Smith, former Liverpool captain died on April 11, aged 74 after battling dementia.
He became one of the most well known players in Liverpool club’s history, captained his boyhood club and made 638 appearances in total – the eighth in the all-time list at Anfield.
Stand up comic Ian Cognito passed away on April 11, after having a heart attack on stage.
He was performing at the Lone Wolf Comedy Club in Bicester when he suddenly felt unwell.
CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor died on April 7 at the age of 16.
She is best known for starring in CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never and Almost Never.
Actress Sandy Ratcliff died on April 7, at the age of 70.
The former EastEnders star passed away in a care home in Stamford Hill, North London.
John Quarmby passed away on April 5, aged 89.
He was famed for portraying 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.
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.
News of his death was announced to fans with a statement on Instagram which read: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.”
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.
Reality star Mike Thalassitis was was found dead in woods near his Essex home on March 16. He was 26.
He is known for his stint on ITV show Love Island 2017.
Irish actor Pat Laffan died on March 14, aged 79.
He was best known for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted.
Charlie Whiting died on March 14 aged 66 from a pulmonary embolism.
The F1 race director was well known in the motorsport industry since he first secured his role in 1997.
TV presenter Magenta Devine died on March 6, aged 61, after falling ill.
She was known for hosting BBC Two’s Rough Guides to the World and Channel 4’s Network 7 and her quirky trademark style.
After a serious stroke at his home Luke Perry died on March 4, aged 52.
He was well known for is role as Dylan McKay in the teen show Beverly Hills, 90210.
Famous singer Keith Flint passed away on March 4 aged 49 after being found dead in his Essex home.
He was famed for his single Firestarter and underground rave scene back in the 90’s.
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.
Actress Lisa Sheridan, who appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The 4400, passed away in her home on February 25, aged 44.
She is mostly known for her roles in US TV shows such as Invasion, Journeyman and The Mentalist.
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.”
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 passed away on February 23 aged 89 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
The Hollywood star was best known 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 singer was Peter was a singer, bass player and keyboard player.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009.
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.
In a statement from his reps, Brody was described as “an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community.”
The Sopranos and Casino actor Vinny Vella died aged 72, after a battle with liver cancer.
He was well known for his smaller roles in Donnie Brasco, Mambo Cafe, Kissing Jessica Stein and Find Me Guilty, and also played opposite Robert De Niro in Analyze That.
A statement from his representatives said: “We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one is more saddened than himself.
“Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen.”
Fashion industry icon Karl Lagerfeld died on February 19, aged 85, after he lost his battle with cancer.
The famed designer was also the creative director of Chanel.
According to sources close to him, Lagerfeld was rushed to hospital on Monday while suffering from pancreatic cancer.
“He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,” said one insider.
“Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.”
Eric Harrison, former Manchester United youth coach passed away on February 13, aged 81.
He is known for playing in games in Halifax, Hartlepool, Barrow and Southport and also helped to develop United’s fabled ‘Class of ’92’.
Gordon Banks, England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper passed away on February 12 at the age of 81.
He is best known for his playing career for teams including Chesterfield, Leicester City and Stoke City.
Motoring legend John Haynes, creator of the famous Haynes Manual car repair books passed away on February 8, aged 80.
He was known across the world because of the extraordinary success of his books which were bought by a staggering 200 million people.
His family paid tribute Haynes saying he will be “missed enormously”.
The first Haynes Manual, for the Austin Healey Sprite, was published in 1966, and the first print run of 3,000 sold out in less than three months.
British actor Albert Finney passed away on February 7 aged 82.
He was best known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder on the Orient Express, Annie and Scrooge and appeared in films including The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall.
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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 passed away on February 1 aged 82.
He was best known for is role as the 90’s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances and he also starred in in Inspector Morse, Peak Practice, Heartbeat and Hustle.
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.
Windsor Davies passed away on on January 17 aged 88.
The actor was famed for his role in BBC show It Ain’t Half Hot Mum as Battery Sergeant Major Williams. He also played Oliver Smallbridge in ITV comedy Never the Twain.
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.”
Musician Kevin Fret died on January 10 aged 24 after being shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Trap performer was also and advocate for gay rights.
BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry died on January 10 aged 51.
She was known for presenting the weather forecast on regional news programme North West Tonight and she was also a broadcaster on Radio One in London.
Emmy Award winner Bob Einstein passed away on January 2 at the age of 76, after a cancer diagnosis.
He was best known roles in US sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.
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.
Pop band lead singer Dean Ford died on January 1 at the age of 72.
He is known as the frontman of the Scottish group Marmalade and for reaching number one in 1969 with a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.
The news was announced by his daughter on Facebook, who described her father as “an amazing man, a gentle soul and extremely talented musician”.
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