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.
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.
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
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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..."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.