From Disney star Cameron Boyce (pictured) and comedian Kevin Barnett to iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld and actor Luke Perry, Inside Edition takes a look back on stars we've said goodbye to in 2019.
"Captain" Daryl Dragon, 76
Daryl Dragon, better known as musician The Captain, died of renal failure Jan. 2. He was 76.
Dragon was best known for his role in Captain & Tennille, a husband-wife musical duo behind hits like "Love Will Keep Us Together," and "The Way I Want To Touch You." Dragon also played keyboard for The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972.
"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him," said Toni Tennille, his ex-wife and musical partner. Tennille was present at the time of his death.
Bob Einstein, 76
Emmy Award winner Stewart Robert "Bob" Einstein died Jan. 2, shortly after a cancer diagnosis. He was 76.
Einstein was best known for his role as Super Dave Osborne, a naive character portrayed in his comedic sketches. Younger fans also know him for his recurring role in "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
His brother Albert Brooks, a writer, director and actor, remembered him as "a brilliant funny man" who will be "missed forever."
Gene Okerlund, 76
Top WWE interviewer Gene Okerlund, also known as “Mean” Gene, passed away at the age of 76 on Jan. 2.
The famed announcer interviewed wrestlers for years and was known for asking tough questions.
WWE said it was “saddened” to hear of Okerlund’s death in a statement. A cause of death was not mentioned.
Okerlund initially started doing interviews with the American Wrestling Association before moving over to WWE in 1984. Hulk Hogan inducted Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
"Mean Gene I love you my brother,” Hulk Hogan tweeted after his death.
Verna Bloom, 80
Verna Bloom, who was best known for her role in the 1978 comedy classic "National Lampoon's Animal House," died Jan. 9.
She was 80. She reportedly died from complications associated with dementia.
Bloom played the drunken wife of Dean Wormer in "Animal House." She also starred in three Martin Scorsese films.
She is survived by her husband, screenwriter Jay Cocks, and her son.
Kevin Fret, 24
Puerto Rican rapper and singer Kevin Fret died at the age of 24 on Jan. 10.
The rising star, who was dubbed the first openly gay Puerto Rican trap artist, was riding a motorbike in San Jan when he was shot multiple times. Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, remembered the “Soy Asi” singer as a “big-hearted dreamer” and an “artistic soul.”
Fret hoped to open doors for other artists in the LGBT community.
“His passion was music, and he still had a lot left to do. This violence should stop. There are no words to describe our emotions and the pain that it causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go,” Rodriguez said.
Jo Andres, 64
Filmmaker Jo Andres died at the age of 64, a representative confirmed on Jan. 13.
Andres, who was most known for the short "Black Kites," had been married to actor Steve Buscemi for over 30 years.
It's not clear when she died or what the cause of death was.
Mel Stottlemyre, 77
Famed New York Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre died Jan. 13 at the age of 77.
He passed away in Seattle after a battle with bone marrow cancer. “Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit," said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement.
"... His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy."
Carol Channing, 97
Carol Channing — the Broadway legend famed for her portrayal of the titular character in "Hello, Dolly!" — died at the age of 97 on Jan. 15, just two weeks shy of her birthday.
"It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing," her publicist said in a statement to InsideEdition.com. "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."
John Coughlin, 33
Figure skater John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion, died by suicide on Jan. 18 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33.
Before his death, he had been suspended from figure skating after reports of sexual misconduct were made against him, USA Today reported. Coughlin had been banned from taking part in events with the U.S. Olympic Committee or U.S. Figure Skating. He had denied the allegations.
Coughlin won his national titles in 2011 and 2012. He also worked as a coach across the country, as well as a TV commentator.
“We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin,” U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement. “Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time.”
Tony Mendez, 78
Tony Mendez, the real-life CIA agent behind the movie “Argo,” passed away on Jan. 19 after a years-long battle with Parkinson’s. He was 78.
The movie tells the story of how Mendez posed as a movie producer to smuggle six American diplomats out of Iran during the hostage crisis in 1980.
He also wrote three memoirs about his life in the CIA.
Ben Affleck, who directed “Argo” and played Mendez, tweeted: “Tony Mendez was a true American hero. He was a man of extraordinary grace, decency, humility and kindness. He never sought the spotlight for his actions, he merely sought to serve his country. I’m so proud to have worked for him and to have told one of his stories.”
Shirley Boone, 84
Shirley Boone, the wife of singer Pat Boone, passed away on Jan. 11 in Beverly Hills at the age of 84. She was surrounded by her family, including her four daughters.
Shirley and Pat met in high school and married at 19, when Pat Boone was a rising star. They were married for 65 years.
She worked as an actor and assistant director, and appeared on an episode of “Captain Nice” in 1967.
In a statement to family and friends, Pat Boone wrote: "Quick bulletin, change of address: Dear Shirley BOONE doesn't dwell in Beverly Hills now–she's just been warmly welcomed into a beautiful new mansion in Heaven, prepared specifically for her and her husband by Jesus Himself, who said 'that where I am, you may be also.' Rejoice for her, she's begun her eternal life. She loves you too, as I do."
Kevin Barnett, 32
Comedian Kevin Barnett died at age 32 on Jan. 22 while on vacation in Mexico.
He died of a non-traumatic hemorrhage, according to authorities. His sudden passing was mourned by many in the comedy community, including Pete Davidson and Chelsea Peretti.
Jonas Mekas, 96
Filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who famously escaped the Nazis and came to New York to work with contemporaries including John Lennon, Andy Warhol and more, died at age 96 on Jan. 23.
“Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning," a statement on his Facebook read. "He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”
Fatima Ali, 29
Fatima Ali, a New York City chef who competed on "Top Chef" and won "Chopped," died Jan. 25 at the age of 29.
Ali penned an emotional piece in Bon Appetit last September revealing she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and had just a year left to live. She had previously thought she had beaten the disease, but then doctors found new masses.
"I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving," she wrote, referencing the beloved mantra from "13 Going on 30." She detailed what she planned to do with her remaining time, writing, "Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose."
Dick Miller, 90
Character actor Dick Miller, best known for his roles in "Gremlins" and "Terminator," died on Jan. 30 at 90.
“I’m devastated to report that one of my best friends and most treasured collaborators has passed away,” director Joe Dante posted on Twitter. Miller appeared in all of Dante's films.
Kristoff St. John, 52
Kristoff St. John, star of "The Young and the Restless," was found dead on Feb. 3. He was 52.
St. John had appeared on the long-running soap opera from 1991 until this year, portraying Neil Winters. For the role, he won 10 NAACP Image Awards and earned nine Daytime Emmy Award nods.
John Dingell, 92
Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, died on Feb. 7 at age 92. He passed away at his home in Dearborn, Michigan, with his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, at his side.
Elected in 1955, Dingell, a Democrat, spent nearly six decades in the U.S. House, and was remembered for his dedication and quick wit.
"My heart is broken," his wife wrote on Facebook. "My true love is gone. The tears are flowing pretty freely as I miss the man that made me whole. One can know it is coming, but nothing prepares you for the hole in your heart. He was my one and only true love. Know he loved every one of you, and was proud to call you friend."
Albert Finney, 82
British Academy Award-nominated actor Albert Finney passed away at age 82 after a short illness, his family said in a statement on Feb. 8.
The actor, who was born in England, was known for his roles in "Annie," "Tom Jones," "Erin Brockovich," and the James Bond movie "Skyfall," among many others.
He earned five Oscars nominations, including four for best actor, although he never won, and he turned down a knighthood.
Karl Lagerfeld, 85
German designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
The haute-couture designer and longtime creative director at Chanel died at hospital outside of Paris on Feb. 19.
Bernard Arnault, the president of LVMH, which owns Fendi, released a statement about the icon's death.
"We owe him a lot: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known," Arnault wrote of Lagerfeld. "The death of this dear friend sadly saddens me, my wife and my children. We loved and admired him deeply. Fashion and culture lost a great inspiration."
Lagerfeld often wore dark sunglasses and suits, and frequently sported a ponytail. His shows were always glamorous productions, often costing millions to put on.
"When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty — not even a beautiful one," he said in the 2007 documentary "Lagerfeld Confidential." "She snored."
Lee Radziwill, 85
Lee Radziwill, sister of first lady Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, died Feb. 15 at the age of 85.
Sean Milliken, 29
Sean Milliken, who appeared on TLC's "My 600-lb Life," died Feb. 17. He was just 29.
Milliken was featured on the show three years ago, during which he spoke candidly about his emotional struggles and how he turned to food as a refuge. At the time, he was confined to a bed and weighed over 900 pounds.
"I would eat," he said, "and suddenly I felt a lot better."
Peter Tork, a member of the Monkees, has passed away at the age of 77.
Tork, the bassist for the iconic 1960s pop band, died on February 21. A cause of death has not been revealed.
In 2009, Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma but fought his way to be clear of the cancer.
Stanley Donen, 94
"Singin' in the Rain" filmmaker Stanley Donen, died on Feb. 21 in New York from heart failure. He was 94.
Donen received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998.
After his death, Steven Spielberg paid tribute to his "friend and early mentor."
"His generosity in giving over so many of his weekends in the late 60's to film students like me to learn about telling stories and placing lenses and directing actors is a time I will never forget," Spielberg said.
Brody Stevens, 48
Comedian Brody Stevens passed away, aged 48, on Feb. 22. He was found dead at his home in Los Angeles, California, from a reported suicide.
Stevens was a popular comic on the stand-up scene and was a regular at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
He also appeared on shows including "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and appeared as a regular panelist on "Chelsea Lately." For HBO, he starred in "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!" and had roles in movies including "The Hangover" and "Due Date."
After news of his death, fellow comedians expressed their sadness, including Patton Oswalt, who tweeted: "If you are depressed or feeling suicidal please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can’t stand this."
Katherine Helmond, 89
Actress Katherine Helmond died at her Los Angeles, California, home on Feb. 23 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 89.
Helmond was a two-time Golden Globe Award winner and seven-time Emmy Award nominee known for roles in TV's "Soap," "Coach," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Who's the Boss?" Her movies included "Family Plot" and "Brazil."
Helmond, who was born in Texas, was married twice. She is survived by her husband, David Christian.
In a statement, he said, "She was the love of my life. We spent 57 beautiful, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever. I've been with Katherine since I was 19 years old. The night she died, I saw that the moon was exactly half-full, just as I am now ... half of what I've been my entire adult life."
Lisa Sheridan, 44
Actor Lisa Sheridan passed away in her home in New Orleans on Feb. 25. She was just 44.
Sheridan had appeared in TV shows including "Halt and Catch Fire," "CSI" and "Invasion."
Her cause of death was not immediately released but family members reportedly denied she had taken her own life.
Former "Baywatch" star Donna D'Errico, who worked with Sheridan on the 2015 movie "Only God Can," paid tribute to her online.
"It’s so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this city … even this world," D'Errico wrote. "Truly one of the most genuinely sweet and gentle people I’ve ever come across in my life."
Andre Previn, 89
Composer and conductor Andre Previn, pictured in 2007, passed away in New York on Feb. 28 at the age of 89.
German-born Previn won four Oscars for "My Fair Lady," "Gigi," "Porgy and Bess," and "Irma La Douce." He also won 10 Grammy Awards.
He served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic. He also served as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and received an honorary knighthood from the Queen in 1996.
Previn was married five times, including to actor Mia Farrow between 1970 and 1979. After his death, she said, "See you in the Morning beloved Friend. May you rest in glorious symphonies."
Keith Flint, 49
Keith Flint of the Prodigy was found dead March 4. He was 49. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
"It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint," the band wrote in a statement on Twitter. "A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed."
Luke Perry, 52
Actor Luke Perry died on March 4 following a massive stroke. He was just 52.
In a statement, Perry's rep Arnold Robinson confirmed the actor's death and said he passed with his family by his side.
"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends," Robinson said in a statement.
"The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."
King Kong Bundy, 63
Pro wrestler King Kong Bundy died on March 4 at his home in New Jersey. He was 63.
Bundy, whose birth name was Christopher Pallies, was 6 foot 4 and weighed more than 450 pounds. He was a wrestling star of the '80s but returned in the '90s.
The wrestling community paid tribute to Bundy, including Mick Foley, who tweeted: "Hate to hear about the passing of King Kong Bundy. He was so cool to me when I walked in that @WWE dressing room as an absolute nobody in 1986."
Kelly Catlin, 23
Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin died from suicide on March 7. She was 23.
Catlin was in the USA Cycling nation team and won silver in the women's team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was also a graduate student at Stanford University, where she studied computational mathematics.
"Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family," Rob DeMartini, USA Cycling president and CEO, said in a statement after her death. "The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly's teammates, coaches and staff."
Julia Ruth Stevens, 102
Julia Ruth Stevens, baseball great Babe Ruth's last-surviving daughter, died March 9. She was 102.
Jed Allan, 84
Jed Allan, who played attorney Don Craig on "Days of Our Lives," died in California on March 9. He was 84.
His son, Rick, shared the news on Facebook, adding that his father "died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others."
Allan featured in multiple soaps, including "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Santa Barbara." He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his role on "Days of Our Lives" in 1979.
Jim Raman, 42
"The Amazing Race" competitor Jim Raman passed away at his South Carolina home on March 11. He was 42.
The orthodontist, pictured with his wife Misti, appeared on season 25 of the CBS show in 2014. His obituary called it a "life changing experience."
Through the show, they "[witnessed] deprivation and abject poverty in the Philippines, where God called their hearts to return and initiate a free dental clinic to the most impoverished areas in Manila."
Felicite Tomlinson, 18
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson’s 18-year-old sister, Felicite Tomlinson, suddenly died at her London apartment on March 13.
Felicite, pictured in 2015, went into cardiac arrest before collapsing, according to reports.
Louis, 27, canceled a scheduled appearance at BBC’s Comic Relief after he received news of the death. Louis was set to perform “Two of Us,” his latest single dedicated to his mom, Johannah Deakin, who died of leukemia in 2016.
Mike Thalassitis, 26
British reality TV star Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found dead in a London park on March 16. Authorities said his death was "not being treated as suspicious."
Thalassitis, pictured in January, was a contestant on season 3 of the popular show "Love Island" in 2017 and "Celebs Go Dating" in 2018.
Tom Hatten, 92
Tom Hatten, the host of "Popeye and Friends" through the '70s and '80s, passed away on March 16. He was 92.
Hatten, who reportedly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, worked as an actor and hosted KTLA's "Family Film Festival" for decades.
Nipsey Hussle, 33
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot near his clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31. He was 33.
The Grammy-nominated artist and philanthropist had worked with dozens of stars throughout his career, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill. After news of his death, John Legend revealed they had been working together on a music video just three days earlier.
"He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon," Legend tweeted.
Georgia Engel, 70
Georgia Engel, the actress who won over hearts on the critically acclaimed "Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s, died at the age of 70 on April 12.
The cause of death is unknown because Engel was a follower of the Christian Science religion and did not consult doctors.
“I know the world will be sad and sorry. She touched so many people,” her agent, Jacqueline Stander, told the AP.
Engel's onscreen career spanned over four decades and included both television and film credits. She is best known for playing the lovable Georgette on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and she received two Emmy nominations for her work on the show.
Stefanie Sherk, 43
Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk died April 20. Her death was ruled a suicide.
She was found at the bottom of the family's swimming pool on April 12 and passed away eight days later, according to reports.
Sherk's husband, Academy Award-nominated actor Demián Bichir (pictured), shared the heartbreaking news of her passing on Instagram.
"Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully," he wrote. "It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain."
Sherk, who had been dating Bichir since 2010, had roles in movies including, "Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song," "Star Power" and ''Valentine's Day."
John Havlicek, 79
Basketball Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek died on April 25. He was 79. Havlicek suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
Havlicek is one of just four players to have won eight championships in their NBA careers. He retired as a 13-time NBA All-Star in 1978 and his number 17 jersey was immediately retired by the Celtics.
The Celtics released a statement following his death stating, “He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.”
John Singleton, 51
Director John Singleton died at the age of 51 after suffering a stroke.
Singleton, who passed away on April 28, was just 24 years old when he helmed "Boyz in the Hood." He was the first African American and youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director.
Other movies he directed "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Four Brothers" and "Abduction."
His passing prompted an outpouring of support.
Peter Mayhew, 74
Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, passed away with his family by his side in his North Texas home on April 30. He was 74.
Mayhew, who was 7 foot 3 inches at his tallest, portrayed Chewbacca in multiple "Star Wars" movies, including the original trilogy. He later established the Peter Mayhew Foundation to help families in crisis situations.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, paid tribute to his co-star following the news of his death.
"He was the gentlest of giants," Hamill wrote. "A big man with a big heart who never failed to make me smile and a loyal friend who I loved dearly. I'm grateful for the memories we shared and I'm a better man for just having known him."
Peggy Lipton, 72
Actress Peggy Lipton, known for her work on “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks,” died at the age of 72.
In a statement on May 11, her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones confirmed she died of cancer.
“We can't put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us," they said.
Lipton was born in New York on Aug. 30, 1946, and started modeling at age 15. Four years later, her career took off when she snagged a role on “The John Forsythe Show.”
She starred in “The Mod Squad," which ran from 1968 to 1973. The show featured one of television’s first interracial casts. In 1974, she married legendary music producer Quincy Jones. They divorced in 1990.
Doris Day, 97
Iconic actress and singer Doris Day died May 13. She was 97.
Day was surrounded by close friends when she died at her Carmel Valley, California, home, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said.
She "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia," the foundation said in a statement.
Day, who began her career as singer and dancer, later became a radio performer on Bob Hope’s weekly show, which led to her first film role in 1948's "Romance on the High Seas." She received an Oscar nomination for her role in "Pillow Talk" in 1959.
Incredibly, in 2017, The Associated Press obtained a copy of her birth certificate that showed she was really born April 3, 1922 — making her 95, two years older than she thought she was.
"I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it's great to finally know how old I really am!" Day said in a statement at the time.
Tim Conway, 85
Actor Tim Conway, best known for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show," passed away in Los Angeles on May 14 after a long illness. He was 85.
Conway won a Golden Globe for the show and six Emmys. Other credits included "30 Rock" and the voice of Barnacle Boy on "SpongeBob SquarePants."
"I’m heartbroken," Burnett told Fox News after news of his death. "He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever."
Grumpy Cat, 7
The internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who was adored for looking angry all the time, died May 14.
The cat, who was 7, reportedly died from complications after she contracted a urinary tract infection.
"She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha,” a statement on the cat’s Twitter read. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans forever.”
Ashley Massaro, 39
Former WWE Star Ashley Massaro was found dead on May 16 in her Long Island, New York, home. She died in an apparent suicide after years of battling depression. She was 39.
Massaro was best known for her time as a wrestler on WWE and for her appearance on “Survivor: China.” She was also the first winner of the WWE Diva Search before retiring from the company in 2008.
The WWE released a statement following Massaro’s death stating, “We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”
Daniel Wright, 30
Daniel Wright, a former contestant on "The Biggest Loser," died the age of 30 on May 26 following a battle with cancer.
Wright, who was diagnosed with leukemia about two years ago, appeared on season seven of the series.
Bill Buckner, 69
Baseball player Bill Buckner died May 27 at the age of 69.
"After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family," his family said in a statement.
"Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Buckner played for a bevy of teams, most famously the Boston Red Sox.
Carmine Caridi, 85
The “Godfather” star Carmine Caridi died on May 28 at age 85.
Caridi was an American film and television star who appeared in a variety of roles throughout his career. Some of his well-known credits include The Godfather: Part II as Carmine Rosato and The Godfather: Part III as Albert Volpe. On television, Caridi was known for playing Detective Vince Gotelli in NYPD Blue.
Lee Curreri, who played Caridi’s son, Angelo Martelli, on Fame, tweeted, “RIP my TV Dad, Carmine Caridi. You will be sorely missed.”
Dr. John, 77
Iconic New Orleans musician Dr. John passed away on June 6, from a heart attack. He was 77.
Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, was known for combining blues, pop, jazz, rock, and boogie-woogie into his music. He released over 30 albums in his career, with the most recent being 2014’s “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” which was named in honor of fellow New Orleans musician Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
His 1974 album, “Desitively Bonnaroo,” became the namesake for the popular American music festival Bonnaroo. Dr. John also was the inspiration for Jim Henson’s Muppets character “Dr. Teeth.”
The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion icon and mother to CNN's Anderson Cooper, died June 17. She was surrounded by her friends and family.
"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms," said Cooper in a eulogy that aired on CNN. "What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. What an incredible woman."
Philippe Zdar, 52
French musician and producer Philippe Zdar, born Philippe Cerboneschi, died on June 19 in his Paris home due to an accidental fall. He was 52.
Zdar produced for bands such as Beastie Boys and Franz Ferdinand. He was also a part of the synth-pop duo Cassius, which began in 1988.
Calvin Harris shared a tribute on Twitter with a link to Cassius’ first official single, “Cassius 1999.” He added, “Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerized by this record as a 15-year-old.”
Beth Chapman, 51
Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, died at the age of 51 on June 26.
Duane took to Twitter to announce her passing. She had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 and after going into remission, it returned. She later decided to stop chemotherapy.
“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,” he tweeted. “Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”
Beth and Duane first rose to fame in 2003 through the show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and later followed it up with another show titled "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.”
Beth is survived by her husband, their four children and 14 grandchildren.
Tyler Skaggs, 27
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died suddenly on July 1 in a Texas hotel room. He was 27. A cause of death has not been revealed.
Skaggs made his major league debut in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was traded to the Angels after the 2013 season.
He married his wife, Carli, just last year.
Following his death, the MLB promptly cancelled the game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. In a statement, the Angels said, “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Eva Kor, 85
Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Kor died July 4 in Kraków, Poland, while accompanying a group on an educational trip to Auschwitz. She was 85 years old.
Kor and her twin, Miriam, had endured the twin experiments at Auschwitz as children. After Auschwitz was liberated, the twins moved to Israel. In 1984, she founded CANDLES, which stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, a nonprofit organization seeking to find other twins who had survived the atrocities. She also founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Her twin sister died in 1993.
Following Eva’s death, CANDLE released a statement saying, “The themes of Eva’s life are apparent, we can overcome hardship and tragedy. Forgiveness can help us to heal. And everyone has the power and responsibility to make this world a better place.”
Cameron Boyce, 20
Cameron Boyce, who captured young hearts on the Disney Channel, died after having a seizure. He was 20.
A spokesperson for his family confirmed that the actor died on July 6.
"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 representative said. "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."
Boyce grew up on the big and small screens. He got his start at just 9 years old in the horror flick "Mirrors," playing the son of Kiefer Sutherland and Paula Patton.
Ross Perot, 89
Ross Perot died after a monthslong battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said July 9. He was 89.
Perot, a billionaire who unsuccessfully ran for president twice, was diagnosed with cancer back in February but rallied to celebrate his 89th birthday in June.
He is survived by his wife, their five children and 16 grandchildren.
Rip Torn, 88
Emmy Award winner Rip Torn died July 9 at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut. He was 88.
Torn’s career spanned over six decades, including 10 Broadway plays, 80 feature films and dozens of television programs. Some of his well-known credits include "The Larry Sanders Show," "Men in Black" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."
As the news of his death spread, friends and colleagues paid tribute to him on social media. Tom Green posted on Twitter saying, “Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip.”
Denise Nickerson, 62
Denise Nickerson, the actress who played Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died on July 10. She was 62.
She had suffered a stroke in 2018 and suffered a huge seizure two days before her death. Nickerson's son, Josh, and his wife announced her passing in a Facebook post. "She's gone," they wrote.
Nickerson, who was born in New York City in 1957, joined the cast of ABC's "Dark Shadows" in 1968. At 13, she landed the role of the spoiled, gum-snapping Violet Beauregarde in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," alongside Gene Wilder.
"I'm a very fortunate lady to have been chosen to be a part of something that brings smiles to so many faces," she tole People in 2016.
Emily Hartridge, 35
British YouTube star Emily Hartridge died after being involved in scooter accident on July 12. She was 35.
The London Metropolitan Police confirmed a woman in her 30s was killed in an accident between a scooter and a truck.
The tragic news was shared on her Instagram account.
"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," the post read. "Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it's hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person."
Hartridge became a YouTube star seven years ago with her funny "Ten Reasons Why" videos on the platform.
Rutger Hauer, 75
Dutch leading man Rutger Hauer, best known to Americans for his role in the 1982 futuristic drama "Blade Runner," died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness. He was 75.
His agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed his death and said his funeral was held Wednesday.
Hauer portrayed the villainous Roy Batty, leader of a gang of renegade replicants, opposite Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner." Though it initially flopped, the Ridley Scott film became a cult classic, with Hauer's performance one its most memorable.
The actor more recently appeared in two 2005 films, portraying Cardinal Roark in “Sin City” and the corporate bad guy in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins.”
Toni Morrison, 88
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison died on Monday, August 5. She was 88.
Morrison was surrounded by family and friends when she passed away at Montefiore Medical Center in New York after a short illness.
"She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends," her family said in a statement. "The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well-lived life."
Morrison, who wrote of the unique tragedies and triumphs of the African American experience, won the Nobel literature prize in 1993, becoming the first black woman to do so. "Beloved" won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988. In 2012, President Obama presented her the Medal of Freedom.
Peter Fonda, 79
Actor Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda, died Friday morning, Aug. 16. He was 79.
He suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer, his family confirmed in a statement to People.
“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. ... And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom," his family said.
Peter was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 1969's "Easy Rider," which he wrote and starred in. He also earned a Best Actor nomination for his work in 1997's "Ulee's Gold."
Jessi Combs, 39
Jessi Combs, an accomplished racer and TV personality, was killed Aug. 27 while trying to break her own land-speed record in Oregon. She was just 39 years old.
Known as the "fastest woman on four wheels," Combs died while driving her jet-powered car, a North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, in the Alvord Desert. According to KTVZ, the crash happened at around 4 p.m. local time.
Valerie Harper, 80
Emmy Award-winning actress Valerie Harper died Aug. 30, her family said. She was 80.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Harper had undergone treatment for cancer since 2009. In 2013, she revealed she was suffering from terminal brain cancer and had only three to six months to live. But she went on to defy the odds, even competing on the “Dancing With the Stars."
After her death, her husband, Tony Cacciotti, said, "My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. - Anthony."
Kylie Rae Harris, 30
Rising country star Kylie Rae Harris died in a three-car crash in New Mexico on Sept. 4. She was 30.
According to the local sheriff, the singer caused the crash in Taos when her SUV made contact with the back of another vehicle, causing her to veer left and into the path of an oncoming car. The 16-year-old driver of that car also died.
Harris released her self-titled EP in March.
"Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music," her publicist said in a statement. "The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you."
She leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.
Chris March, 56
Chris March, who appeared in season 4 of "Project Runway," passed away on Sept. 5, more than two years after he suffered a debilitating fall.
After the fall in June 2017, he was put in a medically induced coma and when he woke, he was paralyzed from the knees down, and had lost use of his right arm. He reportedly passed away after a heart attack.
March, who appeared on multiple reality TV shows including "The Real Housewives of New York City," had created designs for Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Meryl Streep, as well as Broadway shows.
Robert Mugabe, 95
Zimbabwe’s controversial former president Robert Mugabe died on Sept. 6 while seeking medical attention at a Singapore hospital. He was 95.
While he first began his career in the 1960s as a liberator and activist against British rule of their country and became the first democratically elected leader of the country, Mugabe’s policies quickly changed when he became the first president of Zimbabwe in 1987 and announced he intended to keep his title for life.
His legacy was eventually marked by election fraud, repression, corruption, economic mismanagement and human rights abuses. Mugabe eventually led the country for nearly four decades before he was ousted in 2017, forced to step down and placed on house arrest.
He has had a string of health issues in the past several years and had started making trips out of the country to seek medical attention toward the end of his regime. However, his official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
John Wesley, 72
Actor John Wesley, known for his role as Dr. Hoover on 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”died Sept. 8 from complications of multiple myeloma, a condition he has been battling for some time.
While most known for his role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” he also worked with the likes of Denzel Washington, Barbra Streisand and Morgan Freeman, and appeared shows like “Frasier” and “The Jeffersons” at the height of his career.
Before his acting career took off, Wesley served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Jarrid Wilson, 30
Jarrid Wilson, a megachurch pastor and mental health advocate, died by suicide Sept. 9. He was 30.
He was the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in California and had founded Anthem of Hope, an organization for those coping with depression and other mental health issues.
Hours before his death, Jarrid posted to social media about suicide and depression.
“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety,” he wrote on Twitter. “But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”
Jarrid previously shared that he’d struggled with depression for most of his life. He leaves behind his two young sons.
Jeff Fenholt, 68
Jeff Fenholt, best known for playing Jesus in the original Broadway production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died Sept. 10 of health complications. He was 68.
In addition to spending two years as the star of the 1970s play, Fenholt became an evangelist later in life and often appeared on Christian networks.
He was also outspoken about his substances abuse and said Christianity helped him get over his addiction.
Dan Johnston, 58
Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, known for his whimsical songs based on love and life, died Sept. 10 of a heart attack. He was 58.
His music, which began with his breakout album in 1983, “Hi, How Are You,” was loved many artists like Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits, the Flaming Lips and Beck. Johnston’s last tour was in 2017.
He also spoke out about his mental illness.
Anne Rivers Siddons, 83
The novelist behind the book that inspired “Heart of Dixie,” Anne Rivers Siddons died Sept. 11 of lung cancer. She was 84.
The best-selling Southern author, known for “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Peachtree Road,” died at her home in Charleston, North Carolina.
She began her career in writing while attending Auburn University and wrote in the student newspaper advocating for integration, which eventually got her fired from the magazine.
She eventually went on to publish 19 novels set in her hometown of Georgia, including “The House Next Door,” which famed horror writer Stephen King called one of the best horror novels.
T. Boone Pickens, 91
T. Boone Pickens, known for his career as an oil tycoon and financier, died Sept. 11 of natural causes at his home in Dallas. He was 91.
He had been in declining health following a series of strokes in 2017 and was surrounded by his friends and families when he died under hospice care, a spokesperson told The Associated Press.
He followed his father into the oil and gas business early on in his career, and he quickly expanded to opening his own business and moved his focus to Wall Street.
Pickens was known for his controversial friendship with President George W. Bush, who said shortly after his death: “He was successful, and more importantly, he generously shared his success with institutions and communities across Texas and Oklahoma. He loved the outdoors, his country and his friends and family, and Laura and I send our condolences.”
Eddie Money, 70
The rocker behind “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home” died Sept. 13 after a battle from esophageal cancer. He was 70.
Money was best known for his string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, but also had a successful stint on television, including an appearance in the sitcom “The King of Queens.”
He continued to record albums and tours, and had his own reality show, “Real Money,” where he initially announced his cancer diagnosis a year ago.
Ric Ocasek, 75
Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the Cars, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sept. 15. He was 75.
Ocasek had just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year together with the band, which Ocasek founded in 1976.
While the Cars split in 1988, Ocasek continued to make his own music for years to come.
"It's kind of weird because it's like a lifetime," Ocasek told Rolling Stone just ahead of the band's induction to the Hall of Fame.
"It is a lifetime. I had three families during that time. They are like lives that go by and millions of people and things and artists and writers and business people and fans. ... It's a lot of stuff. It's been a pretty eventful life, I can say."
Jessye Norman, 74
Jessye Norman, a Grammy-winning opera singer, died Sept. 30. She was 74.
Norman died of complications of a spinal cord injury she suffered in 2015. She is survived by her siblings, James Norman and Elaine Sturkey, who said in a statement that they were "proud" of her many accomplishments.
"We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education."
Rip Taylor, 84
Comedian Rip Taylor died Oct. 6 in Beverly Hills, California. He was 84.
Taylor was hospitalized last week after suffering a seizure. Known for his crazy costumes and sporting a giant handlebar mustache, Taylor was seen on Broadway, TV and in movies.