All The Celebrities We've Lost In The Past Year


As our days move forward, we reflect on everything that's happened in the past year. We think of everything that's changed, both in ourselves and in our world. We're thankful for all new and wonderful things in our lives. And we also mourn what has been lost. These are the celebrities who've passed away over the past year. They're gone from this world, but they're remembered in our hearts forever!

Time waits for nobody. We can't stop the clock from ticking. And so, with every passing year, we lose some of the famous people we knew when we were growing up. The year 2019 and 2020 (so far) has been no different, and it's taken some of our most loved celebrities with it as it passes.

Nobody is ever truly gone so long as they can be remembered. So, join us as we take one final look at the famous people we've lost over the past year.

Tommy Lister

Lister, best known for his roles in The Dark Knight and the Friday film series, .

While he had not tested positive for the novel coronavirus prior to his death, Lister died on Dec. 10 after exhibiting "COVID symptoms" for a week, his manager Cindy Cowan told PEOPLE. "He was a gentle giant and one-of-a-kind," she said. "A man that's like been a brother to me for 20 years." Mr. Lister was also cast as President Lindberg in “The Fifth Element” in 1997, and would joke that he was the “first Black president,” Ms. Cowan said.

Ice Cube, a writer and star of “Friday,” the 1995 comedy that gave Mr. Lister perhaps the signature role of his acting career, praised Mr. Lister as “a born entertainer who would pop into character at the drop of a hat terrifying people on and off camera” before following up with “a big smile and laugh.”

Keith Lister, a brother of Mr. Lister, said the actor was married to Felicia Forbes and had a daughter, Faith, 12. Other survivors included Mr. Lister’s mother, Mildred Edwards Lister, and his siblings Anthony and Jill.

David Prowse

The English actor, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 85.

The bodybuilder-turned-actor, who also appeared in the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange, passed away on Nov. 28 after a brief illness, his agent Thomas Bowington told the BBC. Prowse announced in 2014 that he had dementia and has also battled prostate cancer, according to The Washington Post.

Bowington shared the sad news to the world on social media, writing on Twitter, "It is with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVID PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85."

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill added his own homage, describing Prowse as "a kind man & much more than Darth Vader."

"So sad to hear David Prowse has passed," Hamill wrote on Twitter. "Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP"

Alex Trebek

Over a year after he was first diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in March 2019, the longtime Jeopardy! host has died. He was 80.

"Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," the show announced via Twitter on Nov. 8.

Born in Ontario, Trebek began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Company in 1961. He hosted a few other game shows before taking on the role of Jeopardy! host in 1984, becoming a household name over the nearly 40 years that he starred on the series.

He battled several other health issues throughout his time on the show, including two heart attacks, a full knee replacement, surgery to remove blood clots on his brain and a torn Achilles tendon.

Trebek is survived by his wife Jean and their two children: son Matthew, 29, and daughter Emily, 27.

He also has an older daughter Nicky, 53, whom he adopted when he was married to Nicky’s mom, his first wife Elaine Callei.

Sean Connery

Prolific James Bond actor Sean Connery died overnight in his sleep on Oct. 31, 2020 while staying in the Bahamas.

"His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family," a rep for the actor told PEOPLE. "There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended."

Connery’s wife Micheline Roquebrune told the Mail on Sunday that the actor had been struggling with dementia.

“It was no life for him,” the French-Moroccan artist told the publication. “It took its toll on him,” she said. “He was not able to express himself latterly.”

His son Jason also the BBC that his father had been "unwell for some time."

"We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time," he said. "A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."

Joe Morgan

The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer died on Oct. 11 at his home in Danville, California, a family spokesperson told the Associated Press. He was 77.

According to the outlet, Morgan, a two-time MVP and 10-time All-Star second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, was suffering from a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.

"The Reds family is heartbroken," CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement on Twitter. "He had a lifelong loyalty and dedication to this organization that extended to our current team and front office staff. As a cornerstone on one of the greatest teams in baseball history, his contributions to this franchise will live forever. Our hearts ache for his Big Red Machine teammates."

Morgan’s 22-year career in the MLB began in 1963 with the Houston Colt .45s and Astros for nine seasons before he was traded to the Reds in 1971, according to the Hall of Fame website.

He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. His jersey No. 8 was retired.

He is survived by his wife Theresa, their twin daughters Kelly and Ashley, and his daughters Lisa and Angela from his first marriage to Gloria Morgan, the AP reported.

Whitey Ford

Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford — the legendary New York Yankees pitcher who won more World Series games than any other pitcher — has died, the MLB team announced on Oct. 9.

The Yankees’ all-time wins leader died at his Long Island home on Oct 8, according to the Associated Press. Ford’s cause of death was unknown.

"The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford," the team said in a statement. "Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed."

Ford signed with the Yankees shortly before the 1947 season and was given the nickname “Whitey” by teammate Lefty Gomez for his white-blonde hair. He spent his entire career with the team, debuting in 1950 and retiring in 1967 at the age of 38.

Ford is survived by his wife Joan and their two children Eddie and Sally Ann, MLB.com said.

Johnny Nash

The singer-songwriter, who was perhaps best known for the 1972 track "I Can See Clearly Now," died on Oct. 6 at his home in Houston, Texas, his son told CBS Los Angeles. Nash's cause of death was not immediately made public. He was 80 years old.

"I Can See Clearly Now" was a chart-topper, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling more than 1 million copies.

The singer is reportedly survived by his wife Carli and son Johnny.

Eddie Van Halen

The co-founder of iconic band Van Halen died on Oct. 6 after fighting throat cancer, his son Wolf confirmed on Twitter. He was 65.

"I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," he wrote on Twitter. "He was the best father I could ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift."

"My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever recover from this loss," he added. "I love you so much, Pop."

Stevie Lee

The Professional wrestler, who went by the name Puppet The Psycho Dwarf in the ring, has died. He was 54.

Lee's family confirmed the news on a GoFundMe page, revealing that the athlete "unexpectedly passed away" at his home the morning of September 9.

"He was beloved by many and has many friends that were family, fans that adored him, but only his brother Jim left to take care of final arrangements," the statement read. "Puppet has put smiles across the world with his hardcore attitude and lifestyle."

Lee began his wrestling career on the series NWA: Total Nonstop Action in 2002. He also created the Half-Pint Brawlers organization which earned its own reality series, Half-Pint Brawlers, on Spike TV in 2010, according to Deadline.

"He is a legend in the art of Midget Wrestling," the GoFundMe page read. "He needs our help to give him one last curtain call."

Born Stevie Lee Richardson, the wrestler also appeared as himself in Johnny Knoxville's 2010 film, Jackass 3D. He also had credits in Oz the Great and Powerful and American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Lou Brock

The St. Louis Cardinals legend and two-time World Series champion died on Sept. 6 at age 81.

Brock was known as "baseball’s most dangerous player for more than a decade" during his tenure with the Cardinals during the 1960s and '70s, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He helped the Cardinals win World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and enjoyed a storied career in the MLB that lasted until his retirement in 1979.

"Lou was among the game's most exciting players, becoming the 14th player in history to reach 3,000 hits and holding Baseball's all-time record for stolen bases in a season and career for many years," MLB commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said in a statement. "He was known for his dominant performances in his three career World Series. Lou was an outstanding representative of our National Pastime and he will be deeply missed."

A cause of death for Brock has not yet been publicly announced.

Chadwick Boseman

Boseman died on Aug. 28.

"Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV," his family confirmed on social media.

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy," they said.⁣ "It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side."

Regis Philbin

The beloved TV host died on July 24. "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his family shared with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

"His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss," the Philbin family said.

The star began his run as host of Live! with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, and also served as the original host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.

Naya Rivera

The Glee star was reported missing on July 8 after an outing to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Rivera and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, rented a pontoon boat, and when the boat was overdue to be returned, staff found it with Josey wearing a life jacket, sleeping alone on board.

Five days after her disappearance, Naya Rivera was confirmed dead. She was 33.

"We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a news conference on July 13. "It has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal ... our hearts are with them and we share in their grief for Naya’s loss."

"[Josey] and Naya swam in the lake together," Ayub said. "It was during that time that her son described being helped onto the boat by Naya. ... He told investigators he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water."

Later, he added, "We believe that she mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself."

The California native started her Hollywood career at age 4, finding her first recurring role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family. Rivera also made appearances on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters and The Bernie Mac Show. She played Santana Lopez on Glee and appeared in nearly every episode of the musical comedy's six seasons. Most recently, the actress starred in the series Step Up: High Water.

Kelly Preston

"On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer," a family representative told PEOPLE exclusively. Preston was 57.

Preston is survived by her husband John Travolta and their children: daughter Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Son Jett died at age 16 in January 2009.

A representative for the family told PEOPLE, "Choosing to keep her fight private, [Preston] had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

The actress starred in films such as Mischief (1985), SpaceCamp (1986), Twins (1988), Jerry Maguire (1996) and For Love of the Game (1999).

Preston's final film role was in the 2018 film Gotti in which she played Victoria Gotti, the wife of Mafia boss John Gotti, who was portrayed by her real-life husband, John Travolta. The pair celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in September 2019.

Carl Reiner

The legendary stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and singer who has graced the silver screen for decades, has died, TMZ was first to report. Reiner's assistant Judy Nagy also confirmed to Variety.

The outlet said Reiner died on the night of June 29 at his home in Beverly Hills from natural causes. He was 98.

Best known for creating and starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Reiner got his start acting in Broadway musicals including Inside U.S.A. and landed the lead role in Call Me Mister. His big break came in 1950 when he was cast in Your Show of Shows appearing in comedy skits, working alongside writers Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.

In addition to his professional success, Reiner has also had a fulfilling personal life as well. He married singer Estelle Lebost in 1943. They were married for 64 years, until her death. The couple had three children: [director] Rob, Lucas, and Annie.

Fred Willard

The comedic star died on May 15 of natural causes, a rep for the actor confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 86.

"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end," his daughter Hope Mulbarger told PEOPLE in a statement. "We loved him so very much!"

Born in Ohio, the four-time Emmy nominee — whose numerous credits include Best in Show, This Is Spinal Tap, Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family — began his career in sketch comedy, and transitioned to films and TV in the 1970’s.

The actor was also passionate about his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, City of Hope, and Actors and Others for Animals.

Jerry Stiller

The comedy legend died at 92, his son actor Ben Stiller confirmed on May 11.

"I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes," Ben said in a tweet. "He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years."

He concluded, "He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."

The actor was best known for his role as George Costanza's dad on Seinfeld, which earned him an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series.

Jerry also appeared opposite his son in Zoolander, as well as Ben's films Heavyweights, The Heartbreak Kid and Hot Pursuit.

Little Richard

The rock and roll legend died on May 9 following a battle with bone cancer. He was 87.

The "Good Golly Miss Molly" singer's agent of 40 years, Dick Alen, confirmed the musician's death to PEOPLE.

"Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville," Alen said. "He was battling for a good while, many years. I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well but he never really got into it, he just would say 'I’m not well.' He’s been suffering for many years with various aches and pains. He just wouldn’t talk about it much.”

Born Richard Wayne Penniman, the musician rose to fame in the 1950s thanks to his energized performances behind the piano and embrace of androgyny, setting the stage for many performers who came after him.

Bill Withers

Withers, a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter famous for his hits "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine," died on March 30 in Los Angeles from heart complications, his family told the Associated Press in a statement on April 3.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other," read the statement. "As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones."

Musicians across genres mourned the "Lovely Day" singer on social media after learning of his passing.

Withers, who stepped back from the music industry during the 1980s, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Kenny Rogers

After years of being vocal about his ailing health, the Country Music Hall of Fame singer died on March 20. He was 81.

"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family," the singer’s family said in a statement released on his social media the following day.

"The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date," the statement added.

Born in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 21, 1938, Rogers began his music career in 1957 with his first song, “That Crazy Feeling” before rising to stardom with his cross-genre group, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.

His illustrious career went on to span five decades, during which he sold more than 100 million records, won three Grammys and 18 American Music Awards.

His biggest hits included his signature song “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Ruby,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” — his beloved duet with frequent collaborator Dolly Parton, which reached No. 1 on the pop charts in 1983.

James Lipton

The New York Times reported that the longtime Inside the Actors Studio host died at home in New York City on March 2 at the age of 93. The prolific interviewer — who spoke to nearly every A-lister about their craft — had bladder cancer.

The Detroit native, who served in the Air Force, started out as an actor himself, though had more luck as a writer and later, producer.

His series, which began in 1994, aired on Bravo until 2019, when he left (it then moved to Ovation TV). The series has been nominated for 20 Emmy Awards in the outstanding informational series or special category and received the Emmy in 2013.

Kirk Douglas

The Hollywood icon died on Feb. 5, 2020. He was 103.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael Douglas said in a statement to PEOPLE. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

Michael continued, “But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”

“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” Michael added. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

The Spartacus acting legend, who had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996, is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne, and his sons Michael, Joel, and Peter.

Kobe Bryant

The basketball icon died in Calabasas, California in a helicopter crash the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, a source confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 41.  Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.

Sources told ESPN that the helicopter was headed to a travel basketball game for Gianna, and that the other passengers were another player and their parent.  Spokespersons for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and L.A. Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.  Bryant is survived by wife Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Norma Michaels

Actress Michaels, most recognized for her role as Josephine on King of Queens, died on Jan. 11. She was 95.  A statement by her spokesperson announced that Michaels passed away peacefully at her home in Palm Springs, California.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michaels' acting career began in 1954 on The George Gobel Show and went on to span six decades across both film and television. Some of her most memorable appearances include Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gilmore Girls and Malcolm in the Middle.  Her last role was as Sally Field's mother in 2015's indie hit Hello, My Name Is Doris

Rocky Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's father, Canadian professional wrestler Rocky Johnson died in January at age 75.  World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed the news on its website on Jan. 15, writing, “WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man' Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson, has passed away at age 75.”

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Rocky began wrestling when he was 16 years old. He started his career in 1964 and went on to join the WWE in 1983 when he began wrestling with Tony Atlas. The duo became a part of the first African-American tag team — known as The Soul Patrol — to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  After retiring in 1991, Rocky continued to train his son, actor Dwayne, to follow in his footsteps as a wrestler.  “Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side,” Dwayne, 47, said in an emotional tribute on Instagram after his father's passing. “But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we know it's just pain and it'll pass.”

Stan Kirsch

Highlander actor Kirsch died by apparent suicide, his wife Kristyn Green confirmed on Facebook on Jan. 13. He was 51.  According to TMZ, Kirsch was discovered by his wife in their Los Angeles home. Paramedics were called, but the actor was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kirsch is best known for his starring role as Richie Ryan on the original Highlander television series for six seasons from 1992 to 1998.  At the time of his death, Kirsch was working as an acting coach in Los Angeles. His other TV credits include JAG, Invincible, and one episode of Friends in season 1, when he memorably played a high school student lying about his age to date Monica (Courteney Cox).

Neil Peart

Rush's legendary drummer and lyricist died after a years-long battle with brain cancer on Jan. 7. He was 67.  “It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma),” bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Peart joined Lee and Lifeson in 1974, and earned his place as one of the greatest drummers in rock history over the course of his decades-long career.  In addition to his time with the band, Peart also released a number of books including Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road and Far and Away: A Prize Every Time.

Scott Patric

The celebrity hair and makeup artist famous for his work on Project Runway died of a heart attack in his sleep in his New York City apartment on Jan. 8. He was 53.  “It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm makeup artist Scott Patric has passed,” read the statement from Contact. “He was found today in his bed after not responding to calls. His talent, creativity and warmth were limitless. He will be greatly missed.”

From 2012 to 2019, Patrick worked as a makeup consultant and glamour lead on Project Runway and a number of the competition series' spin-offs, including All Stars, Threads and Junior.  Scott's editorial work has appeared in magazines like Vogue and Glamour, and according to his official website, he has styled a range of A-listers, including Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, Madonna, Paris Hilton and Dwayne Johnson.

Kevin Fret

Latin musician Fret died on Jan. 10. He was 24.

The singer and rapper, who dubbed himself the first openly gay Latin trap artist, according to Billboard, was fatally shot 8 times by an unidentified gunman and killed in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The "Soy Asi" singer was riding his motorcycle at around 5:30 a.m. when he was attacked. He later died at the Medical Center of Río Piedras, El Nuevo Dia reported.

Fret's manager Eduardo Rodriguez spoke out about the musician's tragic death, telling website Remezcla, "Kevin was an artistic soul, a dreamer with a big heart."

"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 continued.

Emily Hartridge

The YouTube star died on July 12, at the age of 35, in an electric scooter collision.  An announcement was made on her official Instagram account on Saturday. “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,” 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,” the statement concluded.  In a press release, the London Metropolitan Police said a woman in her 30s was involved in a fatal crash between a truck and an electric scooter and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Guardian reported that the woman was Hartridge and that the collision was “the first fatal collision involving an e-scooter in Britain.”

Edd Byrnes

Byrnes, an actor best known for his portrayal of suave radio announcer Vince Fontaine in 1978's Grease, died on Jan. 8. He was 87.  Byrnes' son, news anchor Logan Byrnes, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “It is with profound sadness and grief that I share with you the passing of my father Edd Byrnes.”

“He was an amazing man and one of my best friends,” Logan continued, adding a press release that stated the actor had “died unexpectedly” of “natural causes” at his home in Santa Monica, California.  In addition to his role in Grease, Byrnes was known for his turn as Kookie in the TV series 77 Sunset Strip, and continued guest-starring in shows such as CHiPs, House Calls, Charlie's Angels, Vega$, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

Alexis Eddy

Eddy, a smiling and self-proclaimed “redneck” from West Virginia who appeared on MTV's Are You the One? season 6, died on Jan. 9, West Virginia's Mannington Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 23.  The police received a call from Eddy's home just before 7 a.m. ET, and upon arrival found a female who suffered from cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The cause of death is not yet known, and police could not comment on whether foul play is suspected.

“MTV is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Alexis Eddy. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time,” MTV said a statement on Are You the One?‘s Twitter account.  Eddy openly discussed her struggle with drug abuse during her time on the show in 2017. In recent months, however, she posted to social media about being “clean and sober” and feeling “so very blessed.”

Buck Henry

The legendary Oscar-nominated screenwriter, actor and director Henry died of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 8. He was 89.  Born in New York City on Dec. 9, 1930, Henry achieved fame and an Oscar nomination for writing The Graduate screenplay, as well as for Catch-22 and co-creating Get Smart.

Henry is also a founding member of Saturday Night Live's Five-Timers Club, which consists of members who have hosted the comedy sketch show five or more times. Henry hosted 10 times.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

The controversial author of Prozac Nation — who popularized confessional-style memoirs and opened up the national conversation around depression — died on Jan. 7 at the age of 52.  Her husband, Jim Freed, confirmed to The Washington Post that she'd been battling metastatic breast cancer, which then spread to her brain. She died due to complications from leptomeningeal disease in Manhattan, according to the newspaper.

Wurtzel was just 26 when Prozac Nation — a hyper-personal account of her struggles with depression, her dependency on drugs, and her sex life — was published, and indelibly shaped the future of the memoir genre.  Friends and fans paid tribute to the author, who went on to write several more books including Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women (1998) and More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction (2001). Ronan Farrow shared a heartfelt tribute which encouraged fans to get tested for the BRCA gene, which she advocated for after her breast cancer diagnosis.

Silvio Horta

Ugly Betty creator Horta died by suicide on Jan. 7 in Miami. He was 45.  Horta was best known for creating the beloved ABC comedy Ugly Betty, which ran from 2006 to 2010 and starred America Ferrera as the titular character.  The long-running series nabbed Horta an Emmy nomination in 2007 for outstanding comedy series, and a Golden Globe for best television series — comedy or musical.

“I'm stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of Ugly Betty creator, Silvio Horta's death,” Ferrera wrote in an emotional tribute on Instagram.  “His talent and creativity brought me and so many others such joy & light,” she continued. “I'm thinking of his family and loved ones who must be in so much pain right now- and of the whole Ugly Betty family who feel this loss so deeply.”

Sue Lyon

Best known as the star of Stanley Kubrick's screen adaptation of Lolita, the actress died in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. She was 73.  A longtime friend of the actress told The New York Times that her health had been declining for a while.  Lyon's acting career spanned 1959 to 1980, with her breakout role being the titular character in 1962's Lolita. The role earned her a Golden Globe award for most promosing female newcomer and the 1963 awards ceremony.

She continued to work with notable directors in her next two films, including John Ford's 7 Women and John Huston's The Night of the Iguana.  According to the Times, Lyon was married four times, to Hampton Fancher, Roland Harrison, Cotton Adamson and Edward Weathers. She is survived by her daughter Nona from her marriage to Harrison.

Chuy Bravo

The star, who was best known for his role alongside Chelsea Handler on her E! series, Chelsea Lately, died at the Centro Médico Dalinde in Mexico City at 8:20 a.m. on Dec. 15, PEOPLE confirms. He was 63. (Entertainment Tonight was the first to report.)  “Bravo's family is devastated as they cope with his sudden loss. They are overwhelmed with the thoughts and prayers they have received and send their appreciation,” Bravo's rep said in a statement.

Shortly after news of his death, Handler shared a tribute to Bravo, recalling his laughter and how much she valued their friendship.  “I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do. @chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I'll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine,” she wrote alongside a collage of photos of the pair.

Stephanie Sherk

Sherk, a Canadian model and actress married to Oscar nominee Demián Bichir, died on April 20. She was 43.

Her death was ruled a suicide by drowning, the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to PEOPLE.

Her husband shared the sad news in an emotional post on Instagram. "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," Bichir wrote. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely missed. We will hold Stefanie in our hearts forever."

Sherk had a number of acting credits to her name, including a role in Bichir's directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song in 2016. She's also had roles in Valentine's Day, Star Power, Loco Love, as well as the upcoming horror movie Grudge.

Beth Chapman

The Dog the Bounty Hunter star dies surrounded by loved ones and holding hands with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, on June 26, a rep for the couple told PEOPLE. She was 51.

"It's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," her husband tweeted. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

Beth was admitted to Hawaii's Queen's Medical Center on June 22 and put into a medically induced coma, according to Hawaii News Now.

The couple publicly announced Beth's state II throat cancer diagnosis in September 2017.

She is survived by husband Dog and their children: Cecily Chapman, Bonnie Chapman, Garry Chapman and Dominic Davis.

Ashley Massaro

Ex-WWE superstar Ashley Massaro was found hanging in an apparent suicide, according to multiple sources connected with the situation. The 39-year-old was found unconscious inside of her Suffolk County, NY home, and she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Massaro first entered the public eye in her early 20s. She won the WWE's in 2005, earning her a one-year, $250,000 contract. She continued with the WWE for 3 years before cutting ties in 2008. She appeared on Survivor: China in 2007, and several of her fellow contestants have , including Leslie Nease, who she bonded with on the show. "She had a very soft and kind side. I am so thankful I was able to see that and know her that way," Nease told PEOPLE.

Danny Aiello

The Oscar-nominated actor, best known for movies including Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck, died on Dec. 12 at 86 years old, PEOPLE confirmed.  According to TMZ, Aiello died on at a medical facility in New Jersey. The actor was in the facility being treated for a sudden illness and had suffered an infection related to his treatment, the outlet reported.

Though Aiello is best known for his role in Do the Right Thing, he also starred in movies including Moonstruck, Hudson Hawk and Jacob's Ladder, and enjoyed a career on the stage.  The actor is survived by his wife Sandy Cohen, whom he married in 1955, and three children. His son, Danny Aiello III, died of cancer in 2010.

Junior Johnson

The legendary racer has died at 88, according to NASCAR.  Jim France, the chairman and CEO of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, confirmed Johnson's death in a statement on Twitter on Dec. 20.  “Junior Johnson truly was the ‘Last American Hero,'” he said. “From his early days running moonshine through the end of his life, Junior wholly embodied the NASCAR spirit.”  “Between his on-track accomplishments and his introduction of Winston to the sport, few have contributed to the success of NASCAR as Junior has,” the statement continued. “The entire NASCAR family is saddened by the loss of a true giant of our sport, and we offer our deepest condolences to Junior's family and friends during this difficult time.”

Johnson had been in declining health and had entered hospice care prior to his death, according to the racing association.  Johnson won 50 races — including the 1960 Daytona 500 — as a driver and six championships as a team owner. He was inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1991. In 2010, he was one of the first drivers to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Juice WRLD

The beloved young rapper died on Dec. 8 at 21 years old, PEOPLE confirmed.  The Chicago-born artist, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, died after reportedly having a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport. Higgins reportedly remained conscious while en route to a local hospital, TMZ reported. He was pronounced dead around 3:14 a.m. local time at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner said.

The spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to PEOPLE that they had been “notified of the death of Jarad A. Higgins.” An autopsy has yet to be performed and his cause of death is not immediately known.

John Witherspoon

The actor and comedian died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on Oct. 29. He was 77.  “It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and father John Witherspoon has passed away,” the Witherspoon's family wrote on his Twitter account, which was accompanied by a photo of Witherspoon smiling.

“He was a legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you ‘POPS' always & forever,” the statement concluded.  A cause of death is not immediately clear.  Witherspoon is survived by his wife Angela, whom he married in 1988, and his sons Alexander and John David Witherspoon.

Robert Forster

The actor, known for his roles in films like Mulholland Drive and Medium Cool, died in L.A. on Oct. 11 after battling brain cancer, a representative for the actor confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 78.

Despite being known for acting in movies, Forster also appeared in many TV shows, including Heroes, Alcatraz, Twin Peaks and, most recently, Last Man Standing. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for his supporting role in Jackie Brown.  The actor is survived by his children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen, and grandchildren Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia, according to Variety.

Cameron Boyce

The star of the Disney Channel franchise Descendants and the television series Jessie died on July 6. He was 20.  “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a family spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, sharing that the cause of the young actor's death was due to “an ongoing medical condition.”

“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,” the family spokesperson said. “We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”  The news of Boyce's death was first reported on by ABC News.

Rip Torn

The legendary actor, known for his roles in Men in Black and Hercules, died on July 9. He was 88.  Torn died “peacefully” at his Lakeville, Connecticut home, a rep for the star confirmed to PEOPLE.

His wife Amy Wright and his daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page were by his side, according to the Associated Press.

Tyler Skaggs

The 27-year-old pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels was found dead on July 1, just two days after he pitched for the team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  The team made the announcement on Monday afternoon in a statement on Twitter, which was also obtained by PEOPLE.  “The Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton Hotel,” authorities confirmed in a statement. “Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Skaggs' cause of death has yet to be revealed. “At this time, no foul play is suspected. This investigation is ongoing,” police said.  “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” 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.”

John Singleton

Singleton, the first African-American man to be nominated for a Best Directing Oscar, died on April 29. He was 51.

His family announced that day they were taking the director off of life support 13 days after he suffered a stroke.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors," the statement began.

Singleton suffered a "major stroke" after arriving back in the U.S. from a trip to Costa Rica. His mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate in April.

John Havlicek

The eight-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer died on April 25. He was 79.

Havlicek's death was confirmed in a statement by the Boston Celtics, the team he played with for 16 seasons.

"John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history ... He was a great champion both on the court and in the community," the statement began.

Havlicek remains the Celtics' highest scoring member with 26,395 points across his career. He was also a 13-time NBA All-Star, and upon his retirement in 1978, the Celtics immediately retired his number 17 jersey with him.

While the NBA legend had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, the statement did not confirm his exact cause of death.

Larry 'Flash' Jenkins

Jenkins, best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Fletch, died suddenly on April 25 in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor first broke onto the small screen in 1978 playing the role of Lester in TV movie Crisis in the Valley. He appeared on several television shows before transitioning to film and landing the role of the attendant's co-pilot in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where he famously took Cameron's (Alan Ruck) father's Ferrari for a joyride.

Most recently, Jenkins was working on two films called The Gospel Truth and Anna Lucasta, both of which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. He was also at the helm of two production companies: Flashworks Productions and Gold Coast Productions.

Steve Golin

Golin, the Oscar-winning producer whose company Anonymous Content is behind hits like Spotlight and Mr. Robot, died on April 21 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 64.

Golin's producing résumé included dozens of popular movies and TV shows, and in 2016, he took home an Oscar for producing Spotlight. He was nominated that same year for The Revenant, and in 2006, earned a nod for Babel.

The New York native launched his first production company, Propaganda Films, with Joni Sighvatsson in 1986, which went on to help launch the careers of stars like Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Michael Bay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He left the company in the late '90s and launched Anonymous Content in 1999.

He is survived by his two children, according to Deadline.

Ken Kercheval

Kercheval, the actor best known for his longtime role as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes on the CBS soap opera Dallas, died on April 21. He was 83.

At this time, a cause of death for the actor remains unclear.

Kercheval's passion for acting began in 1954 and saw him starring in several productions before he transitioned to screen, becoming a staple of the television and film world beginning in 1962.

On the small screen, the Indiana native made appearances on The Secret Storm, Kojak, CHiPs, Starsky & Hutch, The Love Boat, Matlock, Highway to Heaven, before landing the role of Barnes, the brother of Victoria Principal's character Pamela Ewing on the CBS soap opera in 1978.

Mya-Lecia Naylor

The British child star, best known for her roles on BBC network shows Absolutely Fabulous and Millie Inbetween, died on April 7, the network confirmed. She was 16.

"Mya-Lecia was a much loved part of the BBC Children's family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer. We will miss her enormously and we are sure that you will want to join us in sending all our love to her family and friends," the network said of the aspiring model and singer in a statement.

According to BBC News, Naylor's agents, A&J Management, said the young actress died April 7 after she collapsed.

Bradley Welsh

The T2 Trainspotting star and former boxer died following a shooting near his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 17. He was 42.

Welsh appeared as the kingpin Doyle in Danny Boyle's 2017 sequel to his classic 1996 film Trainspotting. It was his first professional acting role.

He also ran charity projects for young adults in the city to help them stay fit and out of trouble through his Holyrood Boxing Gym, according to Edinburgh Live. "His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing," the Edinburgh Police Divison shared in a statement on Facebook.

Dave Treadway

The Canadian professional skier died on April 15 following an accident while skiing in Pemberton, British Colombia in Canada, Pique Newsmagazine reported. He was 34.

According to Pique, Treadway was skiing with a group in the backcountry when a snow bridge collapsed under him, plunging him nearly 100 feet into a crevasse near Rhododendron Mountain.

Pemberton District Search and Rescue (PSAR) responded to the incident, but unfortunately Treadway died at the scene, according to the outlet.

He is survived by his pregnant wife, Tessa, and their two sons, Kasper, 6, and Raffi, 2.

Bibi Andersson

Andersson, the famed Swedish actress and muse to Ingmar Bergman, died on April 14 in Stockholm. She was 83.

Her spokesperson Martin Frostberg confirmed her death, according to the Associated Press. Andersson was hospitalized in France after suffering a stroke in 2009.

Andersson's two-decade-long film career started in her teens and saw her in more than 50 films, including 13 by the legendary Bergman. Most notably, she starred in his 1966 psychological drama Persona as Alma, which earned her worldwide critical acclaim and a best actress award at the 4th Guldbagge Awards (the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards).

"Her achievements in Swedish cinema cannot be overrated," the Swedish Film Institute's CEO, Anna Serner, said in a statement obtained by the AP.

Arie Irawan

Irawan, a Malaysian professional golfer, died in his China hotel room on April 14, according to PGATour.com. He was 28.

His death appears to be from natural causes, but a coroner's report has yet to be completed, the site reported.

Irawan was in Sanya to compete in the PGA Tour Series-China's Sanya Championship. According to the site, the golfer made his debut on the PGA Tour Series-China in 2016, after playing for the University of Tulsa golf team in the U.S. and turning pro in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Marina, and his parents and sister.

Georgia Engel

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star died on April 12, her talent agent Jackie Stander confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 70.

The actress, widely recognized for her high-pitched and sweet-sounding voice, began her decades-long acting career with a role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in 1969 before gracing the small screen in a number of roles.

"Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best," Betty White, who starred alongside Engel in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show and Hot in Cleveland, told the New York Times following Engel's death.

Most recently, Engel had guest roles in The Office (2012) and Two and a Half Men (2012) and appeared as Mamie in Hot in Cleveland (2012-15).

Earl Thomas Conle

The country community was in mourning in early April after singer Conley died. He was 77.

Earl, best known for his '80's hits "Holding Her and Loving You," "What I'd Say" and "Once In a Blue Moon," died in Nashville on April 10, Blake Shelton confirmed.

Shelton paid tribute to Earl, whom he referred to as his "favorite singer, hero, and friend", in a touching post on social media. The pair had been friends for years and collaborated in 2002 to co-write Shelton's Top 20 hit "All Over Me" along with Michael Pyle.

"My heart is absolutely destroyed today... I'm sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning," Shelton wrote on his social media accounts Wednesday, along with a photo of the pals smiling during a performance. "Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest..."

Nipsey Hussle

The rapper died in a shooting on March 31, according to multiple reports. He was 33.

The "Hussle & Motivate" musician (né Ermias Asghedom) died after being shot on the street where his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company, is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, NBC News, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ reported, citing multiple law enforcement sources.

The rapper's debut album, Victory Lap, was nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards in February. He is survived by his two children: daughter Emani from a previous relationship and son Kross, 2, with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, 34.

Tania Mallet

The British actress and model died on March 31, the official James Bond Twitter handle announced. She was 77.

Mallet - whom her cousin Helen Mirren, 73, once described as "impossibly beautiful and kind" - rose to fame as a model in the 1950s and '60s and is best known for her turn as Bond girl Tilly Masterson in 1964's Goldfinger.

Billy Clayton

Clayton - the 22-year-old rising pop singer who was a protégé of Charli XCX - died on March 26 in his home from an aggressive form of bone cancer known as Ewing's sarcoma.

The sad news was reported by Billy's mother Becky Clayton, who wrote a touching tribute to her son on social media calling him "one of the most genuinely talented and special people ever."

"He held on for so long and had more strength than anyone could ever imagine. But his body would no longer allow him to live the life he so desperately wished for and his soul needed to escape to be free," Becky said. "Our hearts are broken into a million pieces and I have no idea how I will manage. But I know he is with me and with all the people who loved him. I was honored to be Billy's mum and will be forever and ever and again, next time around."

Agnés Varda

Varda, the woman whose films were essential in creating France's New Wave cinema, died on March 28. She was 90.

Varda, who received an Honorary Oscar in November 2017 from Angelina Jolie, died from cancer, her family announced.

Her most recent work, the 2017 documentary Faces Places, was nominated for an Oscar, making her the oldest working director ever nominated. She captured hearts during her campaign for the trophy, and went viral for her rose-printed Gucci look at the 2018 Oscars.

The Belgian-born director, photographer and documentary maker's career spanned over six decades. She was responsible for award-winning features including Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962), a rare cinema verité film of a woman attending biopsy results told in real-time. Her other best known works include Le Bonheur (1965) and 1984's Vagabond.

Denise DuBarry

DuBarry Hay, the actress best known for her roles on CHiPs and Black Sheep Squadron, died in late March. She was 63.

DuBarry Hay's husband Bill Hay confirmed the sad news to the Desert Sunnewspaper, explaining that his wife died on March 23 - just 17 days after celebrating her birthday - at UCLA Medical Center from a rare, deadly fungus.

The exact kind of fungus and how long she had been having health problems were not immediately clear.

Beverley Owen

Owen, best known for playing the original Marilyn Munster on season 1 of The Munsters, died in late February. She was 81.

Her costar Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster, announced the news on Facebook on Feb. 24, writing: "Beautiful Beverly Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes."

Owen's daughter also confirmed the news, telling TMZ that the actress died surrounded by friends and family at her home in Vermont on Feb. 21 after battling ovarian cancer.

Owen was reportedly diagnosed in January 2017 and had kept it private.

Justin Carter

Carter was fatally shot with a gun that was being used as a prop on the set of a music video in Texas, according to ABC 13. He was 35.

His mother Cindy McClellan told Fox News that Carter was filming a music video in Houston on March 16 when a gun in his pocket "went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye."

"He was a wonderful artist," McClellan told the outlet. "He was the voice, he was the total package and we're trying to keep his legend [alive]."

McClellan also spoke of her son's kind heart. "He was a wonderful person, very loving and he loved our God very much," she told Fox News.

Tom Hatten

Longtime Los Angeles TV personality Hatten died at age 92.

Hatten was best known as host of KTLA's Popeye and Friends show, as well as KTLA's Family Film Festival. KTLA Channel 5 announced his death on March 16, honoring the "local legend" who joined the network in 1952 as an announcer.

Hatten's longtime friend and former KTLA producer Joe Quasarano confirmed his passing, KTLA Channel 5 reported.

Hatten hosted Popeye and Friends, a daily children's show, from 1976 to 1988, and Family Film Festival from 1978 to 1992.

Bernie Torme

The Irish guitarist died in London on March 17, his family told Billboard in a statement. He was 66.

"Bernie Torme passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family," read the statement. "He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed."

Torme recorded several albums with hard rock band Gillan and played with Ozzy Osbourne following guitarist Randy Rhoads' 1982 death in a plane accident. He also fronted the Bernie Tormé Band and released several solo albums, including last year's Shadowland.

Dick Dale

The "King of the Surf Guitar," whose biggest hit served as the opening song for 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction, died on March 16, according to multiple reports. He was 81.

Dale's agent confirmed the news to Billboard, saying, "It's a sad day for Rock 'n' Roll."

Dale (né Richard Anthony) is known as the pioneer of surf rock, the rock music subgenre defined by Southern California's surf culture. He revealed to Billboard in 2015 that while he was suffering from several health issues, he couldn't keep himself from performing.

"Even with my illnesses and diseases, I'm faster with my hands than I've ever been," he told the publication.

Mike Thalassitis

The former contestant on the British reality dating show Love Island died on March 15, according to multiple reports. He was 26. According to the Daily Mail, the former reality star was found dead in his hometown of Essex. His cause of death has yet to be released.

Prior to competing on Love Island in 2017, Thalassitis was a semi-professional soccer player in England, according to The Guardian. He also appeared on the British reality show Celebs Go Dating.

Hal Blaine

The legendary session musician labeled by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as perhaps "the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history" died on March 11. He was 90.

Blaine's death was announced in a statement on his Facebook page.

Blaine - who was born Harold Simon Belsky on Feb. 5, 1929, to Lithuanian and Polish immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts - played on more than 40 No. 1 and 350 Top 10 tracks, he said in his 1990 memoir, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew.

Among those were songs for artists like Sam Cooke, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas and John Lennon - not to mention classic tracks like "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel.

Kelly Catlin

Olympic track cyclist Catlin died of an apparent suicide on March 8, the Associated Press reported.

The 23-year-old athlete earned a silver medal with the women's pursuit team at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games.

Per the AP, Minnesota native Catlin was found dead in her California home.

Her father, Mark Catlin, told the competitive cycling magazine Velo News that the Olympian died by suicide.

"There isn't a minute that goes by that we don't think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived," he told the sports outlet. "There isn't a second in which we wouldn't freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable."

Luke Perry

The actor died on March 4 from a massive stroke. He was 52.

Perry, who starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, was best known for playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990-1995. He returned again in 1998 until 2000.

The actor went on to appear in films such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, and The Fifth Element. He also appeared on sitcoms including Will & Grace and Spin City.

At the time of his death, Perry was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.

King Kong Bundy

The WWE icon, who memorably battled Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2, died on March 4. He was 61.

The athlete's death was confirmed by longtime friend David Herro on Facebook, and by the WWE.

"Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris," Herro wrote. "We love you. Thank you for believing in me. #KingKongBundy."

Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, entered the WWE in the early '80s, and later enjoyed a brief acting career, appearing in two episodes of the sitcom Married... With Children as well as the 1988 Richard Pryor comedy Moving.

Ted Lindsay

The beloved hockey star and Ontario native died at age 93, the National Hockey League Player's Association confirmed on March 4.

"The players and NHLPA staff are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ted Lindsay - a player, a trailblazer, and a gentleman," the player's association said in a tweet. "'Terrible Ted' was loved across the hockey world and beyond for his play, dedication to fellow players and charitable work."

During his career, the athlete - who earned the nickname "Terrible Ted" for his on-the-ice demeanor - scored 379 goals and 472 assists over regular season games, USA Today reported. He also started the tradition of skating around the ice with the Stanley Cup, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Elly Mayday

The model and body positive activist died on March 1 after a long struggle with ovarian cancer, her family announced on her social media accounts. She was 30.

"Ashley was a country girl at heart who had a passion for life that was undeniable," her family wrote. "She dreamed of making an impact on people's lives. She achieved this through the creation of Elly Mayday which allowed her to connect with all of you. Her constant support and love from her followers held a special place in her heart."

The trailblazing model was born as Ashley Luther in Saskatchewan, Canada, and adopted her new name as she fought her way through the industry as one of the first curvy models.

Lisa Sheridan

The actress, who appeared in Invasion and Halt and Catch Fire, died on Feb. 25 in her apartment in New Orleans, her manager Mitch Clem confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 44.

Friend and former costar Donna D'Errico paid tribute to the late actress on Facebook. "It's so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this city...even this world.

Truly one of the most genuinely sweet and gentle people I've ever come across in my life," she wrote in part.

The actress' television credits also include Legacy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Journeyman and The Mentalist, among others.

Katherine Helmond

Helmond, who famously portrayed mother Mona Robinson in ABC's Who's The Boss? for eight years and Jessica Tate on Soap, died on Feb. 23 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles, her talent agency, APA, announced.

Making her television debut in 1962, the Texas native starred in various plays, shows and films, including Family Plot, Brazil and the Cars movies (in which she voiced Lizzie). But her most memorable role would be that of the feisty Mona in Who's The Boss? (1984-1992), for which she earned two supporting actress Emmy nominations.

Scott Walker

Walker, the musician whose career stretched from British pop sensation to avant-garde pioneer, died in late March, his record label announced in a statement. He was 76.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker," the statement read. "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."

Born Noel Scott Engel in 1943 in Ohio, Walker started his music career as a session bassist.

Stanley Donen

Donen, the director of Singin' in the Rain and one of the last architects of Hollywood's Golden Age, died at age 94.

One of his sons confirmed the news to the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 23 - perhaps fittingly, on the eve of the Oscars, a night when Hollywood celebrates its legacy of style, glamour and moviemaking talent.

A former Broadway dancer and choreographer, Donen co-directed 1952's Singin' in the Rain - widely regarded as the best movie musical of all time - with its star, Gene Kelly. He went on to direct more classic musicals, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It's Always Fair Weather and Funny Face.

Donen was also acclaimed for sparkling, sophisticated romantic comedies and thrillers, reteaming with Audrey Hepburn for 1963's Charade and 1967's Two for the Road.

Brody Stevens

Comedian and Hangover actor Stevens died on Feb. 22 at age 48, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His cause of death was reported as an apparent suicide, according to The Blast, who obtained a 911 call to his home.

Stevens appeared as Officer Foltz in the 2009 comedy The Hangover. He was also in The Hangover Part II as Kingsley Guy, which was his last feature-length film.

The actor has also been on TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. In 2015, he appeared in the short films Near Fall and Alone Together.

Clark James Gable

Clark Gable's grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Feb. 22. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook. His death was also confirmed to Variety. The outlet reported he died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Gable was the host of the reality TV series Cheaters, which exposes infidelity within relationships. He was filming a crime drama titled Sunset Dawn shortly before his death, according to Variety.

His father is John Gable II, the son of actress Kay Williams and the Hollywood icon who is best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 epic drama Gone with the Wind.

Peter Tork

Peter Tork, the blues and folk musician who shot to stardom in 1966 as a member of the Monkees, died on Feb. 21. He was 77.

The news was first announced on a message posted to his Facebook page on Thursday morning. His sister, Anne Thorkelson, also confirmed his death to multiple outlets. Though the precise cause of death is unknown at the present time, in 2009 he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affected his tongue.

Bandmate Micky Dolenz paid his respects in a Facebook post, writing, "There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork."

"I am told he slipped away peacefully," he added in a longer message a short time later. "Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken."

Vinny Vella

Casino actor Vinny Vella died from liver cancer on Feb. 21. He was 72.

The news was confirmed to USA Today and was also shared on the late actor's Facebook page along with a photo of Vella in black and white.

"We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I'm sure that no one more saddened than himself," the caption read. "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. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen."

Vella, a New York City native, was best known for his role in Martin Scorsese's 1995 crime classic Casino, in which he acted alongside Robert De Niro. He also starred in HBO mobster series The Sopranos for five seasons, as well as the 2012 mobster comedy Analyze This, also starring De Niro.

Karl Lagerfeld

The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous line Karl Lagerfeld died on Feb. 19. He was 85.

There is no confirmed cause of death, multiple outlets have reported. In a statement, Chanel announced: "It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983." Scores of celebrities, models and fellow designers also paid tribute to the late style icon.

Born in Germany to Elisabeth Bahlmann and Otto Lagerfeld, a wealthy Hamburg businessman, he later emigrated to France where he graduated from Lycée Montaigne with a focus on drawing and history.

After winning the Woolmark Prize design competition he landed his first job in the industry under Pierre Balmain as his assistant in 1955, and from there his career took off, bringing him to various other fashion houses including Chloé and Fendi. While Lagerfeld was an author, photographer and prolific sketch artist, he is best known for revitalizing the iconic brand founded by Coco Chanel when he took over the reigns at Chanel in 1983.

With his trademark black sunglasses, powdered white ponytail and black leather gloves, the style icon was one of few designers who consistently remained as immediately recognizable as their designs.

Sean Milliken

The My 600-Lb. Life star died on Feb. 17 of complications from an infection, his father, Matt Milliken, announced on Facebook, according to TMZ. He was 29.

"Sunday he was having problems with his breathing, they were able to resuscitate him and a short time later his heart stopped," Matt said, according to the outlet.

Sean first appeared on My 600-Lb. Life in 2016, when he was bedridden and weighed around 900 lbs. He and his mother, Renee, moved to Houston so he could get weight loss surgery, through which he successfully dropped 400 lbs.

TLC said in a statement that they were "saddened" to learn of Sean's death.

Lee Radziwill

The younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former princess died at her home in New York City on Feb. 15, according to the New York Times and WWD. She was 85.

Radziwill's daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill, told the Times that her mother died of natural causes. The style icon was also mother-in-law to Real Housewives of New York alum Carole Radziwill. By KATE HOGAN and SOPHIE DODD April 18, 2019 08:55 PM

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Lee Radziwill

The younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former princess died at her home in New York City on Feb. 15, according to the New York Times and WWD. She was 85.

Radziwill's daughter, Anna Christina Radziwill, told the Times that her mother died of natural causes. The style icon was also mother-in-law to Real Housewives of New York alum Carole Radziwill.

Lee lived a storied life, befriending some of the greatest and most stylish artists of her time, including ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, author Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. After news of her death became public, many members of the fashion industry paid tribute to her.

In her later years, Lee gave a few interviews about her legendary life. In 2013, she told the New York Times: "Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven't are either liars... or narcissists."

"There have been many things in my life to have regrets about, in the sense I wish I could have changed them, or somehow made them not happen. What I don't have is envy. I'm perfectly content at this time of my life. I've done so many fascinating things and the greatest joy is that I continue to do interesting things and meet fascinating people."

Carmen Argenziano

Argenziano, best known for his roles in Stargate SG-1 and The Godfather: Part II, died at age 75, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE on Feb 11.

In a Facebook post, Event Horizon Talent announced the death of Argenziano, who worked as an actor for more than four decades.

"It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75," the post begins.

In part, it continues, "While Carmen was a client, he was also a good friend. While he was a class act and a consummate gentleman at the events he was booked for, he was also a caring and generous person."

He is survived by his wife, Lisa A. Angelocci, and his three children, according to The Sun.

Jan-Michael Vincent

The Airwolf actor died on Feb. 10 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ. He was 74.

The late actor had been dealing with health issues in recent years, particularly in 2012, when he said his right leg had been amputated following an infection in his leg due to complications from peripheral artery disease, according to a 2014 interview with the National Inquirer.

In addition to Airwolf, Vincent appeared in the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War and films such as The Mechanic and Big Wednesday. His final film role was in the 2003 independent film White Boy.

Albert Finney

The famed British actor - known for his roles in Erin Brockovich, Annie, BigFish, Skyfall and the Bourne franchise - died of an undisclosed illness on Feb. 8, his family said in a statement obtained by the BBC. He was 82. The five-time Oscar nominee disclosed in 2011 that he had been suffering from kidney cancer, The Guardian reported.

Born in Salford in 1936, Finney began his career as a stage actor, studying alongside Alan Bates and Peter O'Toole at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He'd receive his first of five Oscar nominations for playing the title character in 1963's Tom Jones, which itself was named 1964's Best Picture. Other leading actor Oscar nominations would come for Finney for his work Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983) and Under the Volcano (1984). In 2000, he was nominated for his supporting role in Erin Brockovich.

Frank Robinson

Robinson - the first black manager of the MLB, a first ballot Hall of Famer, and the only player to have won the Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues - died on Feb. 7. He was 83.

"[His] résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement posted to the league's website. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career."

Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility in 1982. The slugger spent some 21 seasons in the league, between the Cinncinati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians.

In 2005, Robinson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, and six years later was appointed as Executive Vice President of Baseball Development by Bud Selig, then the commissioner of the MLB.

Louisa Moritz

Moritz, an actress famous for her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, died in late January, her rep told The Blast. She was 72.

The actress passed away from natural causes related to her heart, according to the representative. Her death comes four years after she accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct.

"Louisa Moritz was so full of life, talent, and she was a genius with a 6th sense for making money," her rep Edward Lozzi told The Blast. "Her parties in Mt. Olympus in the 1980's were wild ... Her 100's of TV and film roles will keep her memory alive with her fans forever. Her support of other women who accused Bill Cosby of rape will keep her with us for years to come."

Kenneth To

Elite swimmer To died while training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Hong Kong Sports Institute said in a statement.

To fell ill during a training session in Florida on March 18, according to the Associated Press. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died, the Hong Kong Sports Institute said. He was 26.

The cause of To's death was not immediately clear.

Born in Hong Kong, To moved to Australia as a child. He won six medals at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, taking the gold medal in the 400-meter medley. He later won a silver medal as part of part of Australia's 400-medley relay squad at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.

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