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Celebrities We Lost In 2023

Clare Fitzgerald
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Each year, Hollywood’s star becomes a little bit dimmer with the loss of some of its most well-known actors, musicians and other personnel. A number are vintage legends who helped give the entertainment industry the grandeur it has today, while others have passed before their time.

The following are the celebrities we lost in 2023.

Shecky Greene

Portrait of Shecky Greene
Shecky Greene, 2001. (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Legendary Las Vegas comedian Shecky Greene passed away on December 31, 2023, at the age of 97. His death was confirmed by his wife, Marie, who told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that her husband died of natural causes.

“He was a brilliant Comedian,” Greene’s manager, Howard Rapp, told PEOPLE in a statement. “He lead off for 7 years and came back for his first show at Kutchers Hotel and worked in many large venues again. He loved entertaining again. I spoke to him last week and we had a fun talk and he finished with a song that included my name. Many people will miss this TALENT.”

Becoming a headliner in Sin City in the 1950s and ’60s, Greene rubbed shoulders with some of the era’s biggest stars, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Over his career, he appeared on many big-name shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-71), The Tonight Show (1954-present) and The Merv Griffin Show (1962-86).

Ana Ofelia Murguía

Ana Ofelia Murguía standing on stage with two other individuals
Ana Ofelia Murguía, 2022. (Photo Credit: Jaime Nogales / Medios y Media / Getty Images)

Ana Ofelia Murguía died on January 31, 2023, at the age of 90. No cause of death was reported.

Murguía was a Mexican actor best known for her roles in The Queen of the Night (1994) and Nobody Will Speak of Us When We’re Dead (1995). Her most recent role, the 2017 Disney animated film Coco, introduced her to younger audiences, with the actor lending her voice to the character of Mamá Coco.

At the time of her passing, Murguía was among the last surviving actors of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.

Cindy Morgan

Portrait of Cindy Morgan
Cindy Morgan, 1982. (Photo Credit: Harry Langdon / Getty Images)

Cindy Morgan passed away on December 30, 2023, at the age of 69. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told the media that the actor was found deceased in her Florida home and that her death was the result of natural causes.

Early in her career, Morgan worked as a radio DJ and as a weather reporter at a local station. After securing several television commercials, she was hired to appear in her first feature-length film, 1980’s Caddyshack, starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield. She followed this role up with the part of Lora/Yori in Tron (1982).

While the late 1980s and early ’90s saw Morgan primarily take roles on the small screen, she did appear in films until the mid-2010s.

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson standing on a red carpet
Tom Wilkinson attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), 2016. (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

Tom Wilkinson passed away on December 30, 2023, at the age of 75. A statement from his family stated the renowned actor, best known for his roles in Michael Clayton (2007) and The Full Monty (1997), died suddenly at his home.

Wilkinson appeared in over 130 television shows and movies, wracking up a host of wins and nominations throughout his career, including two Academy Award nominations, and BAFTA, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy wins. Commenting on his Michael Clayton co-star’s passing, George Clooney told Variety, “Tom made every project better. Made every actor better. He was the epitome of elegance and he will be dearly missed by all of us.”

Les McCann

Les McCann performing on stage
Les McCann performing at the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago, Illinois, 1978. (Photo Credit: Paul Natkin / Getty Images)

Famed jazz musician Les McCann died on December 29, 2023, at the age of 88. According to his longtime manager, Alan Abrahams, his passing occurred at a hospital in Los Angeles, California, where he’d been admitted with pneumonia.

A self-taught pianist, McCann got his start after winning a singing contest while serving in the US Navy. He was subsequently given the opportunity to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-71), which kick-started a decades-long career that saw him redefine jazz and collaborate with some of the genre’s brightest stars.

Despite his passing, McCann’s influence on music will never be forgotten.

Lee Sun-kyun

Lee Sun-kyun standing on a red carpet
Lee Sun-kyun at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival, 2019. (Photo Credit: John Phillips / Getty Images)

South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun was found dead of an apparent suicide on December 27, 2023. The 48-year-old was found unconscious in his car after his family reported him missing to police. Earlier in the day, he’d left a message that resembled a suicide note, and his death comes amid an intense police investigation into his alleged illicit drug use.

Lee soared to international stardom with the Oscar-winning film Parasite (2019), but was already a well-known actor in South Korea. He got his start with the 2000 short film Psycho Drama and went on to star in 41 films and 27 television shows. He even took to the stage, taking roles in productions of Grease and The Rocky Horror Show.

Lee’s latest credits were Sleep and Project Silence, both of which were screened at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. He has one unreleased feature, titled The Land of Happiness.

Tom Smothers

The Smothers Brothers performing on stage
The Smothers Brothers. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Tom Smothers, one-half of the famed Smothers Brothers comedy duo, died on December 26, 2023, at the age of 86. The National Comedy Center shared the news, saying the comedian’s passing followed a cancer battle.

Writing in a statement, his brother, Dick, said, “Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner. I am forever grateful to have spent a lifetime together with him, on and off stage, for over 60 years. Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed.”

Smothers and his brother began their careers as folk musicians, but later realized they weren’t good enough to make it in the entertainment industry. This led them to mix comedy into their routine, prompting CBS to give them a variety show in 1967. However, the network wasn’t too pleased about the duo’s comments against the Vietnam War and subsequently canceled the series.

This didn’t stop the brothers from performing or speaking about political issues, with Smothers going so far as to call out other comedians for not discussing important issues.

Bobby Rivers

Bobby Rivers standing on a red carpet
Bobby Rivers, 2005. (Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

VH1 VJ and on-air personality for the likes of Food Network, Bobby Rivers, died on December 26, 2023, at the age of 70. His sister announced the news, saying her brother passed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and “is no longer in any pain.”

Rivers got his start in 1979, when he joined WISN 12 as the city’s “first Black film critic on television.” He joined VH1 in 1987, and during his time with the network gained a reputation as an excellent interviewer, speaking with the likes of Kirk Douglas, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney and Liza Minnelli, among many others.

Along with hosting duties, Rivers was an entertainment critic on Whoopi Goldberg‘s radio show, Wake Up with Whoopi. He also hosted Food Network’s Top 5 and appeared on such shows as The Equalizer (1985-89) and The Sopranos (1999-2007).

Kamar de los Reyes

Kamar de los Reyes standing on a red carpet
Kamar de los Reyes, 2017. (Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta / Getty Images)

Kamar de los Reyes died on December 25, 2023, at the age of 56. According to Lisa Goldberg, his wife’s publicist, the actor died in Los Angeles, California following a short battle with cancer.

de los Reyes got his start in Hollywood in 1994 with minor roles in The Corpse Had a Familiar Face and Valley of the Dolls. A year later, he scored a recurring role on the soap opera One Life to Live (1968-2012), which he held until 2009. In 2017, he scored the semi-recurring role of Jobe on the television series Sleepy Hollow (2013-17), followed by guest spots on the likes of The Rookie (2018-present), All American (2018-present) and Reed Between the Lines (2011-15), among many other shows.

Richard Franklin

Richard Franklin sitting at a table with a cup of tea
Richard Franklin, 2009. (Photo Credit: Jamesplay10 / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Richard Franklin passed away on December 25, 2023, at the age of 87. A family friend shared the news, writing in a statement that the actor “died in his sleep after fighting long term illness.”

The statement continued, “We are deeply saddened by his loss, we will fondly remember him for his generosity, creative spirit and fantastic story telling. He is well remembered outside the family for his long running career in TV and Theatre where he delighted audiences of all ages. This gave him great joy and we know his legacy will last.”

Known to British audiences for his roles in Doctor Who (1963-89), Emmerdale (1972-present) and Crossroads (1964-2003), Franklin had a decades-long career in the entertainment industry. Outside of acting, he worked as a theater critic and was a political candidate in numerous elections.

David Leland

David Leland looking through a camera lens
David Leland, 2007. (Photo Credit: Keith Hamshere / Getty Images)

David Leland passed away on December 24, 2023, at the age of 82. A cause of death was not revealed.

Leland got his start as a theater actor, before collaborating with British director Alan Clarke. The pair’s partnership led to the development of Made In Britain (1982), a veritable success that afforded them the opportunity to create more films and work with some of the United Kingdom’s brightest stars.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Leland worked as an actor, screenwriter and director, with one of his most notable works being an episode of the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers (2001). He was also the recipient of many awards, including a GRAMMY, Emmy and BAFTA.

Casey Kramer

Casey Kramer standing on a red carpet
Casey Kramer, 2017. (Photo Credit: Unique Nicole / Getty Images)

Casey Kramer died on December 24, 2023, at the age of 67. According to reports, she died of natural causes at her home in Chicago, Illinois.

Kramer, the daughter of famed director Stanley Kramer, had carved her own way in Hollywood throughout her decades-long career. She made her big-screen debut in The Runner Stumbles (1979), starring Dick Van Dyke, and went on to guest-star in several television shows, including Criminal Minds (2005-20), Dexter (2006-13), and The Young and the Restless (1973-present).

Outside of the big and small screens, she also worked as an actress and director in the Los Angeles theater scene.

Mike Nussbaum

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Mike Nussbaum, 2005. (Photo Credit: Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service / Getty Images)

Mike Nussbaum died on December 23, 2023, at the age of 99. The actor reportedly passed at his home in Chicago, Illinois, just a few days from his 100th birthday.

Before entering Hollywood, Nussbaum served in the US Army and was the chief of the message center for then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He then worked with his brother-in-law in extermination, during which he acted on and off in theater. Nussbaum eventually made his way to the big screen, taking minor roles in such films as Field of Dreams (1989), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Men in Black (1997).

Laura Lynch

Emily Erwin, Laura Lynch and Martie Erwin standing with their instruments
Three original members of the Dixie Chicks, today known as the Chicks: Emily Erwin, Laura Lynch and Martie Erwin. (Photo Credit: Ralph Lauer / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Tribune News Service / Getty Images)

Laura Lynch, one of the original members of the Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks), died in a tragic car accident on December 22, 2023. The 65-year-old was driving along US 62 when a car traveling in the opposite direction attempted to overtake another vehicle, driving head-on into Lynch. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Writing on Twitter, the band said, “Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love of all things Texas and was instrumental in the early success of the band. Her undeniable talents helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages all across Texas and the mid-West. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time.”

Lynch was one of the main vocalists and bassist for the Chicks, before leaving the band in 1995. She was replaced by Natalie Maines, who remains with the act to this day.

Norma Barzman

Lobby card for 'Never Say Goodbye'
Never Say Goodbye, 1946. (Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB)

Norma Barzman passed away on December 17, 2023, at the age of 103. Her daughter revealed on social media that the screenwriter died at her home in Beverly Hills, California.

Barzman was active during the Golden Age of Hollywood, writing the 1946 film, Never Say Goodbye, starring Errol Flynn, and three others. She also acted in a handful of features and was involved in two documentaries.

Her career in Hollywood was short-lived, however, due to her involvement with the American Communist Party, which led to her being blacklisted by the industry. Despite the impact it had on her career, Barzman didn’t regret her choice, later saying she was “proud” of her connection to the party.

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey standing on a red carpet
James McCaffrey, 2016. (Photo Credit: Chance Yeh / Getty Images)

James McCaffrey passed away on December 17, 2023, at the age of 65. According to TMZ, his death was the result of multiple myeloma, a type of cancer, and that it happened while he was surrounded by his friends and family.

While best known for providing the voice of Max Payne in the video game series of the same name, McCaffrey’s resume featured a number of big-name roles in various films and television series. He got his start with the minor role as a maitre d’ in the direct-to-video movie New York’s Finest in 1988, with his part as Capt. Arthur O’Byrne in New York Undercover (1994-99) being his first recognizable credit.

Over the years, McCaffrey only continued to grow in popularity. He secured the main role of James “Jimmy” Keefe in Rescue Me (2004-11), and scored recurring parts in the likes of She’s Gotta Have It (2017-19), Jessica Jones (2015-19), Suits (2011-19) and Revenge (2011-15).

Essra Mohawk

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Essra Mohawk, 1970. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Essra Mohawk died on December 11, 2023, at the age of 73. According to the Inquirer, her passing was the result of cancer.

A self-described “flower child,” Mohawk was the brains behind many popular songs, including Cyndi Lauper’s “Change of Heart” and Tina Turner’s “Stronger Than the Wind.” Her music also appeared on television, with her singing a theme for Sesame Street (1969-present) and several tunes for Schoolhouse Rock! (1973-2009).

She also wrote music for herself, with Rolling Stone once calling her 1970 album, Primordial Lovers, one of the best ever released. She released 14 overall, along with two compilation albums.

Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher holding up his Emmy Award
Andre Braugher at the Emmy Awards, 2006. (Photo Credit: Bob Riha, Jr. / Getty Images)

Andre Braugher passed away on December 11, 2023, at the age of 61. According to his publicist, Jennifer Allen, the actor, who shot to fame after appearing in the 1989 American Civil War-era film Glory, died just a few months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Upon the initial announcement of his death, it had been reported that he’d passed following an undisclosed “brief illness.”

Following word of his death, Braugher’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-2021) co-stars shared statements online. Terry Crews wrote, “Can’t believe you’re gone so soon. I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent,” while Chelsea Peretti said she was “forever lucky to have gone on such a journey” with the actor.

Braugher had long had an interest in theater and acting when he scored his role in Glory, which saw him act alongside the likes of Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick. The role launched a decades-long career that saw him appear on both the small and big screens, with his most memorable credits being the aforementioned Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hack (2002-04), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99), Emily & Tim (2015), and Men of a Certain Age (2009-11).

Camden Toy

Camden Toy looking to the side
Camden Toy, 2017. (Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)

Camden Toy passed away on December 11, 2023, at the age of 68. The actor, best known for portraying a variety of monsters and vampires on Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), died following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, according to a post published to his Facebook page.

Toy was encouraged to follow his Hollywood dreams by his father. Outside of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, his credits included The Bay (2010-present), Average Joe (2021), Goodnight Burbank (2011), Shameless (2011-21) and The Mentalist (2008-15).

Shirley Anne Field

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Shirley Anne Field, 1958. (Photo Credit: Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

British actor Shirley Anne Field died on December 10, 2023, at the age of 87. According to Deadline, her passing was the result of natural causes.

Beginning her career in the spotlight as a model, Field’s first screen appearance was as an extra in Simon & Laura (1955). She continued to have small roles in productions, with her true break coming with her casting in the film, The Entertainer (1960), which starred Laurence Olivier.

Following the 1960 feature, Field began to secure other prominent roles, the most notable of which were Alfie (1966), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), and House of the Living Dead (1974).

Ryan O’Neal

Ryan O'Neal standing on a red carpet
Ryan O’Neal, 2015. (Photo Credit: Matthew Simmons / Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated actor Ryan O’Neal passed away on December 8, 2023, at the age of 82. His death was announced by his brother, Patrick, who revealed on Instagram that his passing was peaceful. Over his life, he struggled with health issues – in particular, two cancer diagnoses, one in 2001 and the most recent in 2012.

The actor was the father of Tatum O’Neal, who spoke about his passing with PEOPLE, saying, “I feel great sorrow with my father’s passing. He meant the world to me. I loved him very much and know he loved me too. I’ll miss him forever and I feel very lucky that we ended on such good terms.”

O’Neal began his career as a stuntman, after which he secured minor roles on television. One of these parts, Rodney Harrington on Peyton Place (1964-69), made him a heartthrob and allowed him to make the transfer to film. He soon began a relationship with Farrah Fawcett, which ended after he was caught having an affair. This was one of many turbulent events to happen in his life.

He cleaned up his act later in life and rebuilt his relationships with those he held most dear. Newer audiences will best remember him for portraying Max Keenan on the FOX crime series, Bones (2005-17).

Benjamin Zephaniah

Portrait of Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah, 1982. (Photo Credit: Michael Ward / Getty Images)

Benajmin Zephaniah passed away on December 7, 2023, at the age of 65. His death came eight weeks after he’d been diagnosed with a brain tumor, with a statement posted to his Instagram account saying his wife was by his side.

While known for his role as Jeremiah Jesus in Peaky Blinders (2013-22), Zephaniah was renowned for his poetry, with The Times naming him one of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008. He published his first book of poetry in 1980 and went on to write 13 more, with his work covering political topics that were often avoided by others in the sphere.

His dedication to spreading awareness about issues he cared about expanded into his activism, with him speaking out about racism, homophobia and the abolition of the British monarchy.

Marisa Pavan

Marisa Paven looking behind her
Marisa Pavan, 1966. (Photo Credit: Santi Visalli / Getty Images)

Marisa Pavan died on December 7, 2023, at the age of 91. The Oscar nominee’s passing was announced via her official Facebook page, with no cause of death revealed.

The Italian actress, who first rose to fame for being the twin sister of Pier Angeli. She went on to create her own film career, with her most successful release being The Rose Tattoo (1955), for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Among her other credits were Diane (1956), John Paul Jones (1959), The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977) and The Midnight Story (1957).

Jack Hogan

Robert Ulrich, Maureen Reagan and Jack Hogan on the set of 'The Specialist'
The Specialist, 1974. (Photo Credit: Unknown Author / CDC, PHIL id# 4768 / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Jack Hogan, best known for portraying Pfc. William G. Kirby on Combat! (1962-67), passed away in his sleep at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington on December 6, 2023. He was 94 years old.

A staff sergeant during the Korean War, Hogan diligently pursued his love for acting upon returning to the United States. He worked part-time as a lifeguard while studying drama, before landing his 111-episode role on the World War II-era TV series Combat!, alongside Pierre Jalbert, Vic Morrow and Rick Jason.

Hogan continued to be active on the small screen until 1990, with his final role being Judge Smithwood on Jake and the Fatman (1987-92).

Ellen Holly

Portrait of Ellen Holly
Ellen Holly, 1984. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content / Getty Images)

Ellen Holly died on December 6, 2023, at the age of 92. The actor’s death was confirmed by her representative, who said it occurred at Cavalry Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

Holly was an incredibly famous face in the soap opera world, becoming the first Black woman to have a leading role on daytime television with her portrayal of Carla Gray-Hall on the ABC series, One Life to Live (1968-2012). Starring in the series over two different stints, 1968-80 and 1983-85, she helped pave the way for other actors of color on the small screen.

Outside of One Life to Live, Holly had small guest-starring roles on several other TV series, and she published a memoir, One Life: The Autobiography of an African American Actress, in which she discussed her journey in Hollywood and aspects of her personal life, including her relationship with Harry Belafonte.

Denny Laine

Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney and Denny Laine singing into microphones
Wings at a recording session in London, United Kingdom, 1973. (Photo Credit: Michael Putland / Getty Images)

Denny Laine, best known for being one of the founding members of Wings, died on December 5, 2023, at the age of 73.

On Instagram,  his fellow bandmate Paul McCartney wrote, “I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues. Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other. Denny joined Wings at the outset. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitar player.”

Laine co-founded the Moody Blues before leaving the band in 1966. Five years later, he teamed up with Linda and Paul McCartney to form Wings. Following his time with the group, he pursued a solo career and worked alongside the latter McCartney.

Norman Lear

Norman Lear leaning against a doorway while holding a cup of coffee
Norman Lear, 1984. (Photo Credit: Bob Riha, Jr. / Getty Images)

Famed Hollywood screenwriter Norman Lear passed away on December 5, 2023, at the age of 101. According to Variety, he died of natural causes, with it being specified two weeks later that his immediate passing was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest, with the underlying cause being congestive heart failure.

In a statement, his family wrote, “Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts.”

Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Lear served as a radio operator and gunner in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF), flying 52 combat missions aboard Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses. After years of hard work, he finally got one of his scripts picked up by a studio: All in the Family (1971-79). This served as a springboard, allowing Lear to release several series, including Maude (1972-78), Sanford and Son (1972-77), and The Jeffersons (1975-85).

Outside of his work on television, Lear was active, politically. He was involved in an organization geared toward promoting voting in young people, and in 1980 formed People for the American Way.

David McKnight

David McKnight standing on a red carpet
David McKnight, 2018. (Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone / Getty Images)

David McKnight died on December 3, 2023, at the age of 87. His passing was confirmed by his publicist and friend, Cynthia Busby, who said he’d been battling cancer.

While best known for appearing in the likes of J.D.’s Revenge (1976) and The Five Heartbeats (1991), McKnight’s credits included a host of other notable appearances, including Hill Street Blues (1981-87), Kojak (1973-78), L.A. Law (1986-94), Hollywood Shuffle (1987) and Bird of the Iron Feather (1970).

The actor is survived by his brother, James, and a daughter.

Myles Goodwyn

Myles Goodwyn performing on stage
Myles Goodwyn, 2017. (Photo Credit: Mark Horton / Getty Images)

Myles Goodwyn, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Canadian band April Wine, died on December 3, 2023, at the age of 75. His passing comes months after the musician retired from performing, citing health issues.

Goodwyn performed for decades with April Wine, releasing 16 studio albums with the band and playing hundreds of shows. He also released two solo albums – one in 1988 and the other in 2018 – and was there when April Wine was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He was also added to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, being the band’s principal songwriter.

Sandra Day O’Connor

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Sandra Day O’Connor, 2002. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress / Women’s History Month / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor died on December 1, 2023, at the age of 93. According to reports, her passing was the result of complications from advanced dementia and a respiratory illness. Just five years prior, she’d announced her retirement from public life following her diagnosis with the former.

Known for her “cowgirl grit,” Day O’Connor was the first female to serve in the Supreme Court, having been nominated by US President Ronald Reagan after years of serving as an Arizona state judge. She was a member of the Supreme Court from 1981-2006, and while a moderate Conservative was often considered the deciding vote on several issues as she opted to base her votes on research, instead of political leanings.

Day O’Connor lay in repose at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on December 18, 2023.

Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan being pushed down a red carpet in a wheelchair
Shane MacGowan, 2022. (Photo Credit: Ricky Vigil M / GC Images / Getty Images)

Shane MacGowan, the frontman of the Pogues, died on November 30, 2023, at the age of 65. His passing was announced via Instagram, and it follows a recent hospitalization for encephalitis, with which he had been diagnosed in 2022.

Born in Pembury, Kent in 1957, Kent was initially a member of the Nipple Erectors, before founding the Pogues in 1982. The band was together between then and 1996, before reuniting from 2001-14. Throughout their career, they released seven studio albums. After briefly being fired from the Pogues for misbehaving on tour, the musician formed Shane MacGowan and The Popes.

Throughout his life, MacGowan suffered from an addiction to drugs and alcohol, but was sober as of 2016.

Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger speaking at a microphone in the US Senate
Henry Kissinger, 1973. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passed away on November 29, 2023, at the age of 100. The politician, who served under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, died at his home in Connecticut, according to his geopolitical consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, Inc. No cause was provided.

Kissinger was instrumental in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War, with many viewing his legacy as controversial. He opened up talks with China and the Soviet Union, and the United States ended its involvement in the Vietnam War while he was in office. However, his and Nixon’s actions during the conflict – in particular, the carpet bombing of Cambodia – prompted many to accuse him of war crimes, and he was criticized for putting corporate interests over human rights.

Following his time as Secretary of State, Kissinger remained involved in politics, advising a dozen presidents over his life, as well as several lawmakers. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his children and grandchildren.

Frances Sternhagen

Frances Sternhagen standing on a red carpet
Frances Sternhagen, 2005. (Photo Credit: Robin Platzer / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Frances Sternhagen, best known for her Emmy-nominated roles in Cheers (1982-93) and Sex and the City (1998-2004), died on November 27, 2023, at the age of 93. Her son, John Carlin, announced the news on Instagram, adding that she passed away of natural causes at her home in New York.

After pursuing acting growing up, Sternhagen got her break on Broadway, before securing television and film roles. While a more famous face on stage, she also earned recognition for starring alongside the likes of Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett on the big screen. Her final acting role was in a 2013 episode of the NBC series, Parenthood (2010-15).

Mars Williams

Mars Williams playing the saxophone on stage
Mars Williams, 2011. (Photo Credit: Srobak / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0)

Mars Williams, the saxophone player for both Waitresses and the Psychedelic Furs, passed away on November 20, 2023, at the age of 68. According to the Chicago Tribune, the musician’s death was the result of ampullary cancer, which he was diagnosed with just a year ago.

A storied musician whose career spanned decades, Williams made his mark on the entertainment industry with his skills. Along with the aforementioned acts, he also performed alongside Billy Idol, Ministry and the Power Station, among many others. He was also active in the underground improvisational jazz scene in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter boarding an aircraft
US First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 1978. (Photo Credit: Diana Walker / Getty Images)

Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away on November 19, 2023, at the age of 96. Just two days prior, she’d entered hospice care following a dementia diagnosis this past May.

In a statement, Carter’s husband, former US President Jimmy Carter, said, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”

Carter was more than the wife of a president; she made the role of first lady her own and went on to define the influence those in position have in Washington. Along with making many high-profile trips to Latin America, she was also a staunch supporter of human rights and worked closely alongside her husband both during his time in office and throughout their decades of marriage.

Among the biggest parts of Carter’s legacy was her mental health advocacy. At a symposium in 2003, she said, “Twenty-five years ago, we did not dream that people might someday be able to actually recover from mental illnesses. Today it is a very real possibility. For one who has worked on mental health issues as long as I have, this is a miraculous development and an answer to my prayers.”

Joss Ackland

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Joss Ackland, 1996. (Photo Credit: Colin Davey / Getty Images)

British actor Joss Ackland died on November 19, 2023, at the age of 95. No cause of death was given. However, it’s said he passed at his home in Clovelly, Devon, England.

Over the course of his acting career, which began in 1949 with an uncredited role in Landfall, Ackland appeared in over 100 films and television shows. Many of them were big-name productions, including K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Mighty Ducks (1992), S*P*Y*S (1974), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and The Hunt for Red October (1990).

Ackland was predeceased by his wife, Rosemary, who died in 2002 following a motor neuron disease diagnosis.

Suzanne Shepherd

Suzanne Shepherd standing on a red carpet
Suzanne Shepherd, 2008. (Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Suzanne Shepherd passed away on November 17, 2023, at the age of 89. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor died peacefully at her home in New York City, New York.

Shepherd got her start in acting at a young age, becoming a student of Sanford Meisner. She later became the first woman to teach his acting program and went on to co-found the Compass Players alongside Alan Arkin and Alan Alda.

Over the course of her career, she starred in a number of television shows and movies, with her most notable roles being Aunt Tweedy in Mystic Pizza (1988), Karen’s Mother in Goodfellas (1990), Mrs. Scarlini in Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Mary DeAngelis in The Sopranos (1999-2007).

Frank Borman II

Frank Borman II standing in his astronaut suit
Frank Borman II, 1968. (Photo Credit: CORBIS / Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)

Famed astronaut Frank Borman II passed away on November 7, 2023, at the age of 95. According to reports, his death was the result of a stroke. In a public statement, NASA wrote, “Astronaut Frank Borman was a true American hero. Among his many accomplishments, he served as the commander of the Apollo 8 mission, humanity’s first mission around the moon in 1968.

“His lifelong love for aviation and exploration was only surpassed by his love for his wife Susan.”

As aforementioned, Borman was involved in the Apollo 8 mission and was given the opportunity to become an astronaut during his service with the US Air Force. Dedicated to the world of aviation, he’s just one of 24 individuals who’ve traveled around the moon, and his historic flight in December 1968 showed just what was possible when it came to space exploration. For this, he was presented the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Following John Glenn‘s death in December 2016, Borman became the oldest living astronaut. With his passing, that distinction now falls to Jim Lovell.

Janet Landgard

Portrait of Janet Landgard
Janet Landgard, 1965. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content / Getty Images)

Janet Landgard passed away on November 6, 2023, at the age of 75. Her death was announced by her former The Donna Reed Show (1958-66) co-star Paul Petersen, who wrote on Facebook that “she never told me how gravely ill she was from the cancer,” and said, “Janet was gorgeous, inside and out…a flawless Scandinavian beauty that literally stunned jaded Hollywood types into silence.”

Landgard got her start as a model, before transitioning into commercials and, later, The Donna Reed Show. She went on to star alongside Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer (1968), and later appeared in the 1970 Western, Land Raiders. Her final film role was 1974’s Moonchild.

Thomas K. Mattingly

NASA portrait of Thomas K. Mattingly
Thomas K. Mattingly, 1970. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Apollo 16 astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly died on October 31, 2023, at the age of 87. His death was announced by NASA, which wrote in a statement that the United States had “lost one of our country’s heroes.”

Mattingly is best known for being among the crew of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission. During the final part of the mission, Mattingly performed an extravehicular activity (EVA) to collect “film and data packages from the science bay on the side of the service module.”

Prior to Apollo 16, the astronaut was meant to participate in the Apollo 13 lunar landing attempt, along with Jim Lovell and Fred Haise. However, he was pulled from the mission after being exposed to German measles.

Tyler Christopher

Tyler Christopher holding his Daytime Emmy Award
Tyler Christopher, 2016. (Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta / Getty Images)

Tyler Christopher passed away on October 31, 2023, at the age of 50. His death was announced by his General Hospital (1963-present) co-star Maurice Benard via Instagram, who wrote, “Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment.”

Christopher was best known for his stints on various daytime soap operas. He appeared on General Hospital on and off from 1996-2016, portraying the characters of Nikolas Cassadine and Connor Bishop. He also appeared on Days of Our Lives (1965-present), first playing the minor character Signore Christofero and, later, series regular Stefan DiMera.

Outside of acting, he was an advocate for mental health and substance abuse, having had experience with bipolar disorder and issues with alcohol. The latter resulted in an arrest in 2019 for public intoxication.

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing in 'Friends'
Friends, 1994-2004. (Photo Credit: Willka / The WB Television Network / MovieStillsDB)

Matthew Perry, best known for portraying the hilarious and sarcastic Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom Friends (1994-2004), has passed away at the age of 54. The actor’s death was announced on October 28, 2023, when reports emerged that first responders were called to a residence for an apparent cardiac arrest, at which point they found Perry in a jacuzzi, deceased.

The official cause of death wasn’t released at the time, with many speculating it was the result of an accidental drowning. In mid-December, the coroner’s report stated that Perry died from the acute effects of ketamine, an anaesthetic, which likely led him to pass out and drown. The actor had been taking the drug to treat his mental health, with his last infusion being a week and a half prior to his passing.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Perry’s family wrote, “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother. Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”

While Perry had previously starred in Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys (1987-88), it was Friends that proved to be his most memorable role. His character provided perfectly timed comic relief, and he was among the most beloved on the series. Since word of his passing was revealed, several co-stars have spoken out, including Paget Brewster and Maggie Wheeler.

Perry continued to act in film and television after the show’s conclusion in 2004, but he became more known for his life outside of acting, having struggled with addiction since the filming of Friends. He had numerous rehab stints and underwent surgeries and hospital stays. Speaking in 2022, he shared that he’d spent between $7-9 million on sobriety, a journey that inspired him to open Perry House, dedicated to helping other men get sober.

Richard Moll

Richard Moll as Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon in 'Night Court'
Night Court, 1984-92. (Photo Credit: Gary Null / NBC / Getty Images)

Richard Moll, best known for portraying bailiff Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon on Night Court (1984-92), has passed away at the age of 80. The actor’s death on October 26 ,2023 occurred at his home in Big Bear Lake, California.

Outside of portraying Shannon on Night Court, Moll was known for his many film roles, the most notable of which were House (1986), The Flintstones (1994), Jingle All the Way (1996) and the Caspar franchise. On television, he was best known for his voice acting, portraying Harvey Dent/Two-Face in various Batman series.

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree as John Shaft in 'Shaft'
Shaft, 1971. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

Richard Roundtree, best known for portraying private detective Richard Shaft in the Shaft film franchise, has died at the age of 81. The actor’s death on October 24, 2023 was confirmed by his manager, Patrick McGinn, to be the result of pancreatic cancer, who said in a statement to the media, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be understated.”

This was Roundtree’s second battle with cancer, with the actor diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, for which he underwent a double mastectomy. He later said of the diagnosis, “Breast cancer is not gender specific. And men have this cavalier attitude about health issues. I got such positive feedback because I spoke out about it, and it’s been quite a number of years now. I’m a survivor.”

Beginning his career as a model, Roundtree made his first feature film debut in the 1971 film, Shaft, and went on to star in many follow-up movies over the subsequent decades. Among his other credits were Se7en (1995), George of the Jungle (1997), Outlaws (1986-87) and 413 Hope St. (1997-98).

Sir Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton standing on the soccer pitch with another Manchester United player
Bobby Charlton. (Photo Credit: Hulton-Deutsch Collection / CORBIS / Getty Images)

Sir Bobby Charlton passed away of complications from dementia on October 21, 2023, at the age of 86. In a statement, his family said, “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family. His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and for the many people who have loved and supported him.”

A legend of the sport of soccer, Charlton is considered one of the best athletes to ever play for Manchester United, scoring 249 goals with the team. He survived the tragic Munich air disaster, which saw the deaths of eight players and 12 others, and later went on to play for England at the World Cup, helping to secure the victory in 1966. Two years later, he won the European Cup with Manchester United.

Suzanne Somers

Portrait of Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers, 1977. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content / Getty Images)

Suzanne Somers passed away on October 15, 2023, on the eve of her 77th birthday. The actor, whose death was confirmed by her publicist, R. Couri Hay, had been battling breast cancer, which had returned this past July. She’d previously been diagnosed with the disease in 2000, undergoing radiation and a lumpectomy to treat it.

“Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly,” Hay wrote in a statement.

Somers is best known for portraying Christmas “Chrissy” Snow on Three’s Company (1977-84), with her, John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt becoming household names for their comedy antics on the sitcom. She also starred in the short-lived series, She’s the Sheriff (1987-89), and was a regular on infomercials and the Home Shopping Network.

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin as Deirdre Powell in 'Law & Order'
Law & Order, 1990-2010. (Photo Credit: Jessica Burstein / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal / Getty Images)

Joanna Merlin, best known for portraying Judge Lena Petrovsky on Law & Order: SVU (1999-present), passed away on October 15, 2023, at the age of 92. News of her death was shared by the New York University Tisch Graduate Acting Program, where she had been on the faculty since 1998.

While more recently known for her on-screen roles, Merlin got her big break on stage, portraying Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof in 1964. Her first on-screen appearance was in The Ten Commandments (1956), and she later went on to appear in several television and movie projects. She also served as the casting director on many stage productions, including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek as Margaret White and Carrie in 'Carrie'
Carrie, 1976. (Photo Credit: United Artists / Archive Photos / Getty Images)

Three-time Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie passed away on October 14, 2023, at the age of 91. Her death was confirmed to Entertainment Weekly by her manager, and it’s reported she’d been unwell for some time.

It’s difficult to pinpoint just what role defined Laurie’s career. She was best known for portraying Margaret White in Carrie (1976) and Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks (1990-91), but also had memorable parts in Son of Ali Baba (1952), Smoke Signal (1955), The Hustler (1961), Return to Oz (1985) and Children of a Lesser God (1986).

Outside of acting, she was known to enjoy sculpting.

Lara Parker

Lara Parker as Angelique Collins in 'Night of Dark Shadows'
Night of Dark Shadows, 1971. (Photo Credit: Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection / Getty Images)

Following a battle with cancer, Lara Parker passed away on October 12, 2023, at the age of 84. According to Deadline, she died in her sleep in Los Angeles, California. Writing in a statement, her longtime friend Kathryn Leigh Scott said, “I’m heartbroken, as all of us are who knew and loved her. She graced our lives with her beauty, talent and friendship, and we are all richer for having had her in our lives.”

With a career that spanned decades, Parker was best known for portraying Angelique Collins on Dark Shadows (1966-71). She guest starred on a number of television shows and even debuted on Broadway. Following her acting career, she became a high school teacher.

Phyllis Coates

George Reeves and Phyllis Coates as Superman and Lois Lane in 'Adventures of Superman'
Adventures of Superman, 1952-58. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

The original Lois Lane, Phyllis Coates, has died at the age of 96. According to Deadline, the actor passed away of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in California on October 11, 2023.

Coates was best known for helping to bring the DC superhero Superman to the small screen, starring alongside George Reeves in Adventures of Superman (1952-58). While the exact reason remains uncertain, she only portrayed the character of Lois Lane for one season, with Noel Neill replacing her in the later ones.

Following Adventures of Superman, Coates continued to appear in TV series, the most notable being General Electric Theater (1953-62), Lassie (1954-73), Crossroads (1955-57), Gunsmoke (1952-61), Perry Mason (1957-66) and Leave It to Beaver (1957-63). Her final on-screen appearance was in the 1996 film, Hollywood: The Movie, which was released direct to video.

Rudolph Isley

Portrait of the Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers, 1964. (Photo Credit: Evening Standard / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Rudolph Isley, one of the founding members of the Isley Brothers, died on October 11, 2023, at the age of 84. His passing, the result of an apparent heart attack, was confirmed by his brother, Ron, who told Deadline, “There are no words to express my feelings and the love I have for my brother. Our family will miss him. But I know he’s in a better place.”

Launching their decades-long career in the 1950s, the Isley Brothers – siblings Ron, Rudolph and O’Kelly – released a number of enduring hits, including “Shout,” and put their own spin on existing tracks, such as “Twist and Shout” and “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You).” Their interest in music also led them to start their own record label, T-Neck Records, which featured acts like Jimi Hendrix.

Mark Goddard

Portrait of Mark Goddard
Mark Goddard, 1959. (Photo Credit: CBS / Getty Images)

Mark Goddard, best known for portraying Maj. Don West in Lost in Space (1965-68), died on October 10, 2023, at the age of 87. According to his wife, Evelyn, his passing was the result of end-stage pulmonary fibrosis, which had been diagnosed following a hospitalization for pneumonia.

Goddard starred in a host of television shows throughout the 1950s and ’60s, with the most notable being Johnny Ringo (1959-60) and Lost in Space. He even made a cameo in the 1998 reboot film of the latter. Following his Hollywood career, he worked as a special education teacher at a school in Massachusetts, where he also taught acting.

Anthony Hickox

Anthony Hickox sitting at a table
Anthony Hickox, 2010. (Photo Credit: ANDREAS BRANCH / Patrick McMullan / Getty Images)

Anthony Hickox passed away on October 9, 2023, at the age of 64. According to Deadline, he was found by police officers at his home in Romania after his friends reported not having seen him for some time. The Britsh director had moved there a few years ago, and he was married to Romanian actor Madalina Anea.

Hickox was best known for his horror films, with the most popular being Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Waxwork (1988) and Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989). He also directed the 1997 film adaptation of the comic series Prince Valiant, starring Stephen Moyer and Katherine Heigl.

Burt Young

Burt Young standing on a red carpet
Burt Young, 2022. (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Burt Young passed away on October 8, 2023, at the age of 83. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, with the publication adding that his passing occurred in Los Angeles, California.

An avid boxer, Young began his Hollywood career in 1969, with a guest appearance on The Doctors (1963-82). He appeared in several television shows and movies over the decades, often portraying characters who were rough around the edges.

His most famous role was as Rocky Balboa’s brother-in-law in the Rocky franchise, with his acting in the first film earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Terence Davies

Terence Davies standing on a red carpet
Terence Davies, 2016. (Photo Credit: Jeff Spicer / Getty Images for BFI)

Terence Davies died on October 7, 2023, at the age of 77. His death was announced by friends on Instagram, who revealed his passing was the result of “a short illness.” His manager added that he died “peacefully at home in his sleep.”

Davies was a British director, screenwriter and novelist best known for the films The Long Day Closes (1992) and Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). He was also responsible for 2011’s The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz, with his last release being Benediction (2021), starring Jack Lowden and Simon Russell Beale.

Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello standing in front of a sign that says "FOOD WITH ALTITUDE"
Michael Chiarello, 2014. (Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for NYCWFF)

Chef Michael Chiarello has passed away on October 6, 2023, at the age of 61. According to reports, he died at the Queen of the Valley Medical Centerr in Napa, California, where he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction, which led to anaphylactic shock.

Chiarello’s company, Gruppo Chiarello, shared a statement with EW, which read, “We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael. His culinary brilliance, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family were at the core of his being. He brought people together through the joy of shared meals, fostering lasting memories around the table.”

The famed chef was known for his shows of Food Network and the Fine Living Network, and he competed on the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef (2007-12). Outside of the entertainment industry, he was a restaurant owner and founder of a company that sold silverware, drinkware and tabletop pieces.

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon standing on a red carpet
Michael Gambon, 2016. (Photo Credit: Mike Marsland / WireImage / Getty Images)

Sir Michael Gambon, the actor best known for portraying Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise, has passed away at the age of 82. According to his wife and son, he died peacefully with his family by his side after suffering from pneumonia.

Gambon’s acting career spanned decades, with him being one of the first members of the Royal National Theatre, alongside fellow Harry Potter alum Maggie Smith. While he largely starred in theater productions at first, he eventually began securing on-screen roles in such films as Othello (1965), Turtle Diary (1985) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989).

For newer generations, Gambon is best known for his portrayal of Dumbledore in six of the Harry Potter films, beginning with the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He took over the role following the death of the great Richard Harris, who played the character in the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.

Over the course of his six-decade-long career, Gambon solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with. He was the recipient of four BAFTAs, three Olivier Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. For his services to drama, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson wearing his Baltimore Orioles uniform
Brooks Robinson, 1966. (Photo Credit: Sports Service / Trading Card Database / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Major League Baseball (MLB) player Brooks Robinson passed away on September 26, 2023, at the age of 86. According to reports, his death was the result of heart disease, and it was announced by the Baltimore Orioles on Twitter, who wrote:

“We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson. An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of baseball.”

Known for being the “greatest defensive third baseman in major league history,” Brooks was an 18-time All Star and 16-time winner of the Golden Glove. Active in the MLB from 1955-77, he spent the entirety of his career with Orioles, playing for 23 seasons – the equivalent of 2,870 games!

David McCallum

David McCallum and Robert Vaughn as Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1964-68. (Photo Credit: semyers / MovieStillsDB)

Famed Scottish actor David McCallum died on September 25, 2023, at the age of 90. It was reported he passed of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

McCallum got involved in acting at a young age, with his first on-screen roles occurring in 1957. He quickly caught the attention of Hollywood and began to be cast in high-profile projects, such as The Great Escape (1963), alongside Steve McQueen, The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68).

It was the latter television series that cemented McCallum into the public consciousness, with audiences tuning in each week to watch the adventures of his character, Illya Kuryakin, and Napoleon Solo, portrayed by Robert Vaughn. McCallum continued to work in TV up until his death, starring as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in NCIS (2003-present) for 20 seasons.

Terry Kirkman

Terry Kirkman staring to the side
Terry Kirkman, 1970. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Terry Kirkman, best known for being a founding member of the Association, died on September 23, 2023, at the age of 83. The musician’s passing was shared on the band’s Facebook page, with the message reading, “We’re saddened to report that Terry Kirkman passed away last night, RIP Terry. He will live on in our hearts and in the music he so brilliantly wrote.”

The history of the Association dates back to 1962, when Kirkman visited Hawaii. While there, he met Jules Alexander, who was in the US Navy at the time. The pair got along and promised to meet up again once Alexander had been discharged. That time came one year later, with the duo forming the Men, before creating the Association.

Kirkman performed with the band until 1972, before rejoining in ’79. He left for good in 1984, only performing with them on the odd occasion. In 2003, he and the surviving members were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Elaine Devry

Elaine Devry as Cleo Ruskin in 'With Six You Get Eggroll'
With Six You Get Eggroll, 1968. (Photo Credit: CBS / Getty Images)

Elaine Devry died on September 20, 2023, at the age of 93. The actor, whose career spanned decades, passed away at her home in Grants Pass, Oregon. No cause was given.

Best known for her early acting roles in The Atomic Kid (1954) and China Doll (1958), Devry later guest starred on a number of television shows, including Perry Mason (1957-66), 77 Sunset Strip (1958-64) and I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70). Her later film roles included With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) and Herbie Rides Again (1974).

Devry was also known for her marriage to Vintage Hollywood star Mickey Rooney from 1952-58. She later revealed that, while she liked Rooney, she’d still been in love with her first husband when the two of them wed. They had two children together – a son and a daughter – by the time they divorced.

Dick Curtis

Portrait of Dick Curtis
Dick Curtis, 1968. (Photo Credit: CBS / Getty Images)

Dick Curtis, a US Marine Corps veteran, actor and comedian, passed away on September 16, 2023, at the age of 95. According to his friend and television writer Paul Jackson, he died at a VA hospital in Westwood, California. Jackson added that Curtis’ death was the result of heart failure.

After serving as a Marine during the Second World War, Curtis embarked on a career centered around acting and comedy. While he never held major roles, he was a common face during the 1960s, appearing on such shows as That Girl (1966-71), The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and Batman (1966-68). He also appeared in several films, including alongside James Garner in 1971’s Support Your Local Gunfighter.

Outside of TV and film, Curtis also released two albums and appeared in commercials for Blitz-Weinhard, cementing his status as a jack of all trades when it came to the entertainment industry.

Jean Boht

Jean Boht as Nellie Boswell in 'Bread'
Bread, 1986-91. (Photo Credit: Don Smith / Radio Times / Getty Images)

British actress Jean Boht passed away on September 12, 2023, at the age of 91. Her death was shared by her family a day later, who wrote in a statement, “It is with overwhelming sadness that we must announce that Jean Boht passed away yesterday, Tuesday September 12.” They added that the actor had been “battling vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease” at the time of her passing.

Boht was a regular face on British television throughout the 1970s and ’80s, guest starring on the likes of Grange Hill (1978-2008), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and Scully (1984). She’s best known for portraying Nellie Boswell in the BBC sitcom, Bread (1986-91), which centered around a working-class family living in Liverpool.

Gary Wright

Gary Wright performing on stage
Gary Wright, 1977. (Photo Credit: Michael Putland / Getty Images)

Famed musician Gary Wright passed away on September 4, 2023, at the age of 80. According to his son, Justin, the “Dream Weaver” singer’s death was the result of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He passed at his home, surrounded by family.

Best known for his hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive,” Wright made a name for himself in the 1970s. However, his start in show business began when he was a child with a performance in the Broadway musical Fanny. After dedicating much of the 1970s and ’80s to his passion, Wright slowed down in the ’90s to focus on his family. That being said, he was still involved in the music industry.

Outside of his personal music endeavors, Wright also worked with others, most notably George Harrison; he played the keyboard on the former Beatle’s 1970 album, All Things Must Pass. He also performed on recordings by Ringo Starr, B.B. King and Ronnie Spector, among many others.

Steve Harwell

Portrait of Steve Harwell
Steve Harwell, 2013. (Photo Credit: Daniel Hartley-Allen / Newspix / Getty Images)

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell passed away on September 4, 2023, at the age of 56. According to his manager, Robert Hayes, the musician died from end-stage liver failure, for which he was in hospice care. In a statement, he wrote, “Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out.”

Beginning his music career as a rapper, Harwell rose to fame as the frontman of the rock band Smash Mouth, which formed in 1994. While the band had been around for nearly a decade, they didn’t reach the peak of their fame until the release of Shrek in 2001, which featured their single, “All Star.”

Harwell suffered from a number of health issues in the later years of his life, with him ultimately announcing his retirement in 2021 as a result.

Shannon Wilcox

Shannon Wilcox standing on a red carpet
Shannon Wilcox, 2004. (Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage / Getty Images)

Actor Shannon Wilcox passed away on September 2, 2023, at the age of 80. Her death, which occurred in Los Angeles, California, was confirmed by her talent agent, Peter Young.

Over the course of her 45-year career, Wilcox wracked up a filmography of over 75 credits, spanning television series and movies. Among her most noteworthy features were in Dallas (1978-91), Songwriter (1984), The Karate Kid (1984), Grey’s Anatomy (2005-present), and Frankie and Johnny (1991).

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett performing on stage
Jimmy Buffett performing at the 23rd Annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California, 2009. (Photo Credit: Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images)

One of the most unexpected deaths to occur in 2023 was that of famed singer Jimmy Buffett, at the age of 76. The tropical rock singer had been privately battling Merkel cell skin cancer for four years, according to an obituary posted to his website.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dog,” the official statement read. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

Known for such hits as “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” Buffett was known for promoting an “island escapism” lifestyle. He released an incalculable number of albums throughout his decades-spanning career and opened restaurants that spoke to his laidback way of life.

Buffett was also known for his charitable work. Along with aiding in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Irma, he also advocated for the protection of endangered species and performed for American servicemen.

Gayle Hunnicutt

Gayle Hunnicutt as Charlotte Stant in 'The Golden Bowl'
The Golden Bowl, 1972. (Photo Credit: Public Broadcasting Service / eBay / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Gayle Hunnicutt died on August 31, 2023, at the age of 80.

Best known for her appearances in Dallas (1978-91), Marlowe (1969), The Spiral Staircase (1975) and Get Smart (1965-70), Hunnicutt got her start studying theater at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She obtained work as a model, before landing roles within the entertainment industry.

Early into her career, Hunnicutt relocated to the United Kingdom with her then-husband David Hemmings. She later returned to the United States, before moving back to London. Outside of acting, she was also an author, publishing two books: Health and Beauty in Motherhood and Dearest Virginia: Love Letters from a Cavalry Officer in the South Pacific.

Jack Sonni

Members of Dire Straits standing together
Dire Straits, 1985. (Photo Credit: Rob Verhorst / Redferns / Getty Images)

Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni died on August 30, 2023, at the age of 68. His passing was announced by the band, who posted a tribute to him on X, formerly known as Twitter. Just a few days prior, fans had been warned that Sonni was experiencing “health problems.”

Known as “the other guitarist” in Dire Straits, Sonni was a lifelong fan of music, first picking up the guitar at the age of 14. He met his future bandmates in 1978 while working at a music store, and wound up playing for them during their Brothers in Arms era.

Opting to leave music professionally following the birth of his twin daughters, Sonni went on to get a job as a marketing executive. He then moved to Mexico, where he delved into literature, before returning to the United States to be the writer-in-residence at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard.

Bob Barker

Bob Barker on the set of 'The Price Is Right'
The Price Is Right, 1972-present. (Photo Credit: Jesse Grant / WireImage / Getty Images)

Bob Barker passed away of natural causes on August 26, 2023. News of the long-time The Price Is Right (1972-present) host’s death was announced by his publicist, who shared he’d been interred alongside his wife at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery – Hollywood Hills. It has since been announced that his death was from an undisclosed battle with Alzheimer’s.

Barker began his career in radio, before landing a hosting gig on the NBC game show, Truth or Consequences (1950-65). While this helped him build a name for himself, it would be his decades-long stint on The Price Is Right that allowed him to become a household name. His final episode aired in June 2007, after which he was replaced by Drew Carey.

Outside of his hosting duties, Barker dedicated his time and money to animal rights issues; fans of The Price Is Right will recall him ending each episode with, “This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population – have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Along with founding the DJ&T Foundation and working alongside the likes of PETA, he also donated millions to organizations dedicated to animals.

Hersha Parady

Hersha Parady as Alice Garvey in 'Little House on the Prairie'
Little House on the Prairie, 1974-83. (Photo Credit: Ted Shepherd / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images)

Hersha Parady, the actor best known for portraying Alice Garvey on Little House on the Prairie (1974-83), has died at the age of 78. Her passing was the result of complications from a brain tumor known as meningioma, which her son, Jonathan, previously said had “robbed her of her strength, her memory, and sadly, her vibrant personality.”

Parady began her acting career on stage, with her big break coming with a touring production of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which she starred opposite Jon Voight. After a couple of guest appearances on television, she finally landed a recurring role as Alice Garvey on Little House on the Prairie, which she played until 1980.

The actor’s career largely fizzled out following this, with her making the odd appearance on TV during the 1980s and ’90s, before leaving the spotlight altogether.

Terry Funk

Portrait of Terry Funk
Terry Funk, 1976. (Photo Credit: Unknown / Ebay / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Wrestling legend Terry Funk died on August 23, 2023, at the age of 79. Word of his death was shared by fellow wrestler Rick Foley, who wrote on Twitter, “Terry Funk is gone. I just talked to Terry’s daughter, Brandee, who gave me the awful news. He was my mentor, my idol, one of the closest friends. He was the greatest wrestler I ever saw.”

Working for his father’s company, Funk got his start in wrestling in 1965. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the 1970s, and went on to work alongside a number of wrestling organizations, including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling.

In 2021, it was announced that Funk was living with dementia and had been placed in an assisted living facility.

Elizabeth Hoffman

Portrait of Elizabeth Hoffman
Elizabeth Hoffman, 1983. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives / Disney General Entertainment Content / Getty Images)

Elizabeth Hoffman passed away on August 21, 2023, at the age of 97. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which spoke to her son, the actor’s death was the result of natural causes.

Hoffman appeared in several movies and television series, beginning in the 1980s. Her first recurring role was on Little House on the Prairie (1974-83), with her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988-89) becoming her first major recognizable part.

Fans of the TV drama Sisters (1991-96) will remember Hoffman for her role as Beatrice Reed Ventner, the family matriarch.

David Jacobs

Cast of 'Dallas'
Dallas, 1978-91. (Photo Credit: diannecan / TNT / MovieStillsDB)

David Jacobs, the creator of such popular primetime series as Dallas (1978-91), Knots Landing (1979-93) and Paradise (1988-91) passed away on August 20, 2023, at the age of 84. According to reports, the television producer, writer and director died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Complications from various infections also played a factor.

Jacobs got his start in the entertainment industry following a move to Los Angeles, California, which was driven by a desire to be closer to his daughter. While there, he tried his hand at screenwriting, with him ultimately penning the script for a miniseries that wound up becoming Dallas.

The success of Dallas led to other ventures, with him becoming a mainstay of CBS’ primetime programming. Along with writing a number of series, he also produced and directed many more, including Bodies of Evidence (1992-93) and ABC’s Homefront (1991-93).

Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones holding his Emmy
Ron Cephas Jones at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater. (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

Ron Cephas Jones passed away on August 19, 2023, at the age of 66. The actor, best known for his portrayal of William Hall on the NBC primetime series This Is Us (2016-22), died from a “long-standing pulmonary issue,” for which he’d previously undergone a double-lung transplant. The procedure, which occurred in 2020, resulted in him being put on and off a ventilator. He also had to relearn to breathe, walk and eat, according to The New York Times.

Jones began his acting career onstage in 1985, with him taking on such iconic roles as King Richard III in William Shakespeare‘s Richard III. He secured his first film role in 1994 with Murder Magic, with his first major titles being Half Nelson (2006) and Across the Universe (2007).

Jones also maintained a relatively active career on television. Along with his long-standing role on This Is Us, he also appeared on Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021-present), Luke Cage (2016-18) and Looking for Alaska (2019). It was his role on This Is Us, however, that afforded him the most success, with him winning two Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Ray Hildebrande

Promotional image of Paul & Paula - AKA Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson
Paul & Paula – AKA Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson. (Photo Credit: GAB Archive / Redferns / Getty Images)

Ray Hildebrand, best known as a member of the 1960s duo Paul & Paula, passed away on August 18, 2023, at the age of 82. According to Deadline, he died from complications of dementia at his residence in Overland Park, Kansas.

Best known for their No. 1 single, “Hey Paula,” Paul & Paula were together in the early-to-mid 1960s. Hildebrand was the one to break up the duo, opting to return to post-secondary education after determining show business wasn’t for him. His musical partner, Jill Jackson, went on to have a solo career, and, despite their split, the pair remained close friends. They’d sometimes even perform as Paul & Paula at special events.

Hildebrand later opted to return to music, teaming up with Christian performer Paul Land in the 1980s and ’90s, with the pair performing comedy and Christian music on the road.

Nancy Frangione

Ed Marinaro and Nancy Frangione as Dr. Richard Bernowski and Bonnie Griswold in 'Sharing Richard'
Sharing Richard, 1988. (Photo Credit: CBS / Getty Images)

Soap opera actor Nancy Frangione passed away on August 18, 2023, at the age of 70. The cause has not been publicly revealed.

Frangione got her start on daytime television in 1977 by portraying Tara Martin in All My Children (1970-2011). She left the role two years later, after which she joined Another World (1964-99). For her role as Cecile DePoulignac in the series, she won the award for Outstanding Villainess at the 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards. After this, Frangione went on to appear in One Life to Live (1968-2013).

Outside of daytime TV, the actor also made guest appearances on a number of primetime series, including Matlock (1986-95), The Nanny (1993-99) and Highway to Heaven (1984-89).

Robert Swan

Still from 'Hoosiers'
Hoosiers, 1986. (Photo Credit: MovieStillsDB)

Actor Robert Swan died on August 9, 2023, at the age of 78. According to a statement released by his friend, Betty Hoeffner, he’d been battling liver cancer.

Typically taking on smaller film roles, Swan made appearances in many popular movies, such as Hoosiers (1986), Rudy (1993), The Babe (1992), The Untouchables (1987) and Backdraft (1991). His most notable part was arguably as Gene Hackman’s high school basketball coach in Hoosiers, with the film earning a reputation for being one of the best sports features ever released.

Swan’s latest role was as a character known simply as “the Driver” in the 2012 film, The Owner.

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson standing on a red carpet
Robbie Robertson, 2020. (Photo Credit: Gary Gershoff / Getty Images)

Jamie Royal “Robbie” Robertson, a Canadian musician best known for his work with Bob Dylan and, later, the Band, has died at the age of 80. His passing on August 9, 2023 is said to have been the result of prostate cancer, which he’d battled for a year.

Robertson had a whirlwind career that saw him work with both musicians and members of Hollywood – in particular, Martin Scorsese. At just 16 years old, he joined the Hawks, which served as Dylan’s touring band before taking on the music industry themselves. Rebranded as “the Band,” they became “one of the most popular and influential rock groups” ever, leading to their induction into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The musician was also a frequent collaborator of Scorsese’s, with the pair last teaming up for the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon (2023), which is slated to premiere on Apple TV+ this October.

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick holding a microphone
Johnny Hardwick performing a standup show, 2004. (Photo Credit: Victor S. Engel / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Johnny Hardwick, a standup comedian and actor best known for voicing Dale Gribble on the popular cartoon King of the Hill (1997-2010), passed away on August 8, 2023, at the age of 64. According to police, officers responded to his home in Austin, Texas after receiving a request for a welfare check and found him deceased. Foul play is not suspected.

Hardwick got his start as a standup comedian, before being approached by the creators of King of the Hill to write for the series. When Daniel Stern and producers couldn’t agree on a salary, the role of Gribble was offered to Hardwick, who used his comedic talents to turn the character into one of the most memorable in animated television.

King of the Hill ran for 13 years, during which it was nominated for – and won – a number of awards, including Primetime Emmys.

DJ Casper

DJ Casper performing on stage
DJ Casper, 2000. (Photo Credit: Raymond Boyd / Getty Images)

DJ Casper, the mastermind behind the “Cha-Cha Slide,” passed away on August 7, 2023, at the age of 58. The news was shared by his wife, who revealed he’d been battling kidney and liver cancer, which ultimately led to his death.

Speaking with ABC7 Chicago earlier this year, DJ Casper – real name Willie Perry Jr. – shared he was struggling with his health, but was determined to live out the remainder of his life to the fullest. He was also happy with the legacy he left behind with “Cha-Cha Slide,” which continues to be a popular song at events across the world.

Following the release of the single in 2000, DJ Casper became a household name. While he only released three albums during his two-decade-long career, he kept the momentum alive by performing at live events and even filming a cameo in season six of the hit Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black (2013-19).

William Friedkin

William Friedkin holding up his Oscar
William Friedkin following his Oscar win. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Director William Friedkin – best known for The Exorcist (1977) and The French Connection (1971) – died on August 7, 2023, at the age of 87. His passing was confirmed by his wife, who revealed his cause of death was heart failure and pneumonia.

The Exorcist actress Lina Blair posted a tribute to Friedman on Instagram, writing, “Like Sidney Poitier’s famous movie, To Sir with Love, how do you put into words appreciation to the person that changed your life forever, along with the world?”

Along with thanking him for helping her navigate her newfound fame in the 1970s, Blair commended Friedkin’s directorial skills, saying, “Billy Friedkin was a game changer, thought outside the box, was a genius with an incredibly bold personality and extraordinary imagery that electrified colleagues and moviegoers alike and remained a true maverick throughout his career in the film industry.”

Friedkin was a one-of-a-kind director who served as one of the forerunners of the “New Hollywood” movement. Along with The Exorcist and The French Connection, he was the mastermind behind such films as Sorcerer (1977), Cruising (1980) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).

John Gosling

Portrait of The Kinks
The Kinks, 1970. (Photo Credit: GAB Archive / Redferns / Getty Images)

John Gosling, the keyboardist of the Kinks, passed away on August 4, 2023, at the age of 75. No cause of death has been released.

His passing was announced by the band, who wrote in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of John Gosling. We are sending our condolences to John’s wife and family.” The surviving members also posted their own tributes to Gosling and his family.

Gosling performed as a member of the Kinks between 1970-78, at which time he was replaced by Gordon Edwards. He went on to join the Kast Off Kinks, a band made up of former members of the original group, but not before pursuing a career as the owner of a music store and, later, as a music teacher. He officially retired in 2008.

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis as Jakov Mitko in 'The Blacklist'
The Blacklist, 2013-23. (Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images)

Following a brief illness, Mark Margolis passed away on August 3, 2023 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York. The 83-year-old was surrounded by his son, Morgan, and his wife, Jacqueline.

Best known for portraying Hector Salamanca in Breaking Bad (2008-13) and its spin-off, Better Call Saul (2015-22), Margolis got his start in acting through theater, appearing in a number of stage productions before securing his first on-screen role in The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976). This was followed by supporting parts in such popular films as Scarface (1983), Black Swan (2010) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

While a known face in Hollywood, it wasn’t until his appearances in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul that Margolis reached the peak of his fame, with him securing a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Barbara Ann Bruno

Billie Burke and Judy Garland as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and Dorothy Gale in 'The Wizard of Oz'
The Wizard of Oz, 1939. (Photo Credit: drspy00 / Warner Bros. / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / MovieStillsDB)

Actor and television news reporter Barbara Ann Bruno passed away on July 30, 2023, at the age of 91. Her death was reported by KTVU, with whom she worked for over 20 years. Speaking in an interview about his former co-worker, retired reporter Rob Roth said, ” She really did care about the community, cared about reporting, she was just a real treasure, a joy to know.”

Born in Hawaii, Bruno was just a child when she secured a role as one of the munchkins in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Following her career as a child actor, she went on to work for the CIA, before becoming Oakland, California’s first female, Asian-American television reporter.

Upon her retirement from KTVU, Bruno sought work as a Hula teacher, and even released a memoir, The Munchkin Diary: My Personal Yellow Brick Road, in which she shared her life story.

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman in 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure'
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, 1985. (Photo Credit: Esamuel / MovieStillsDB)

Paul Reubens, best known for portraying the character Pee-wee Herman, passed away on July 30, at the age of 70. According to a post shared to his official Instagram account, his death was the result of a years-long private battle with cancer. In the same post, a message the actor and comedian wrote to his fans prior to his death was shared, which read:

“Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect for my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.”

Known for his slicked-back hair, grey suit and red bowtie, the character of Pee-wee Herman first came about while Reubens was performing with the comedy troupe, The Groundlings. He quickly caught the attention of Hollywood, earning an HBO special that spawned several movies and the popular television show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986-90).

Reubens had a couple of run-ins with the law, which hurt his career during the 1990s and 2000s. His career saw a resurgence in the 2010s, when he revived the character and took on a number of other roles. His last film role was in Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016), while his last television spot was a 2023 voice role on Bob’s Burgers (2011-present).

Marc Gilpin

Still from 'Jaws 2'
Jaws 2, 1978. (Photo Credit: Dragonballs / MovieStillsDB)

Marc Gilpin, best known for his appearance in Jaws 2 (1978), died on July 29, 2023, at the age of 56. According to his sister, Frasier (1993-2004) actress Peri Gilpin, the cause of death was glioblastoma.

Gilpin secured the role of Sean Brody in the sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws (1975). The film received mixed reviews, but launched a decade-long acting career for Gilpin, who also made appearances in The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), CHiPs (1977-83), Fantasy Island (1977-84) and Surviving: A Family in Crisis (1985), among other roles.

Retiring from acting in 1989, Gilpin, a self-taught software engineer, went on to create his own start-up company, before going on to work at another firm.

Randy Meisner

Portrait of Randy Meisner
Randy Meisner, 1973. (Photo Credit: Gijsbert Hanekroot / Redferns / Getty Images)

The Eagles have announced co-founder Randy Meisner passed away on July 26, 2023, at the age of 77. They revealed his death was due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This was one of a number of health issues he’d suffered over the decades, including alcohol dependency and a throat obstruction, which saw him hospitalized.

Writing on their official website, the Eagles said, “Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band. His vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, ‘Take It to the Limit’.”

Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, Meisner was inspired to learn bass guitar after being approached by a high school teacher. He took a liking to the instrument and played in a number of bands before co-founding the Eagles with Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon.

Prior to his departure in 1977, Meisner appeared on a number of albums, including Hotel California, One of These Nights and the band’s self-titled debut. He continued to pursue music in the decades after leaving the Eagles, with many in the industry calling him one of the nicest guys they’d ever met.

Sinéad O’Connor

Portrait of Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O’Connor, 1990. (Photo Credit: Michel Linssen / Redferns / Getty Images)

Sinéad O’Connor died on July 26, 2023, at the age of 56. News of the Irish musician’s death was shared by her family, who wrote in a statement to the media, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

After a difficult upbringing that included the unexpected death of her mother, O’Connor broke onto the world stage with the release of her 1990 single, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Prior to that, she’d released her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra in 1987, which entered the top 40 in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

O’Connor was known for being outspoken on mental health and a number of social issues. During an appearance on Saturday Night Live (1975-present) in the 1990s, where she performed Bob Marley‘s “War,” she caused controversy after ripping up an image of Pope John Paul II. After, she told the studio audience to “fight the real enemy.”

O’Connor was open about her struggles with mental health, revealing she’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Just last year, she shared the news that her 17-year-old son, Shane, had taken his own life. In her statement, she asked that “no-one follows his example” and said that she saw “no point living without him.” She was hospitalized soon after.

Adrian Street

Adrian Street looking to the side
Adrian Street, 2005. (Photo Credit: Jim / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0)

Famed wrestler Adrian Street passed away on July 24, 2023, at the age of 82. His death was announced by his wife, Linda, who revealed to the BBC that her husband had recently undergone brain surgery.

“He’d had a heart problem a while ago which was resolved, but then he had a stroke earlier this month which resulted in a bleed on the brain,” she explained. “He was recovering from that at home when he developed colitis – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease – which later turned into sepsis. That’s what killed him.”

Street began his wrestling career in the United Kingdom during the late 1980s, and quickly became known for his bright outfits and skills in the ring. His star continued to grow after a move to the United States, with him ultimately retiring from the spotlight in 2014.

Pamela Blair

Pamela Blair performing on stage with three other individuals
Pamela Blair performing in the stage production of A Chorus Line, 1975. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Pamela Blair, who first made her mark by performing in the stage show A Chorus Line in the 1970s, passed away on July 23, 2023, at the age of 73. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she died following a lengthy illness.

The Twitter account for the late Marvin Hamlisch, who served as composer on A Chorus Line, tweeted, “We are saddened to hear that Pamela Blair, the original ‘Val’ in A Chorus Line, has passed away. The character was loosely based on her own life, and she was part of the musical from the very first workshop. Our thoughts are with her loved ones and fans.”

Along with starring in A Chorus Line, Blair appeared in a number of soap operas, including Loving (1983-95), All My Children (1970-2013) and Another World (1964-99). Outside of the stage and television, she also secured film roles in Annie (1985) and Before and After (1992).

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett performing on stage
Tony Bennett performing at the Exploring The Arts Gala, 2015. (Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images)

Famed pop and jazz vocalist Tony Bennett has passed away at the age of 96. News of his death was shared on July 21, 2023. For seven years, Bennett had been battling Alzheimer’s disease, with AARP Magazine announcing in 2021 that he’d been diagnosed some five years prior.

Before he was singing about leaving his heart in San Francisco, Bennett was serving in Europe with the US Army. Drafted in 1944, he was assigned to the 255th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division – better known and the “Blood and Fire Division.” While deployed to Europe, he marched through France and Germany, liberating not only cities, but Kaufering concentration camp. After the conflict, he remained overseas, eventually joining a band his comrades were forming.

After an encounter with Bob Hope, Bennett was inspired to bring his music on the road. He signed with Columbia Records in 1950, and over his decades-spanning career released over 100 albums and 20 GRAMMYs. His most recent collaborations with Lady Gaga helped thrust him into the ears of a younger generation.

Jane Birkin

Portrait of Jane Birkin
Jane Birkin, 1960s. (Photo Credit: REPORTERS ASSOCIES / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

British actress and singer Jane Birkin passed away on July 16, 2023, at the age of 76. Her death was announced via Twitter by the French Ministry of Culture, which commented on her collaborations with several popular French musicians and industry icons in a tweet. “Her collaborations with the greatest (Serge Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and Agnès Varda) have made her a timeless French-speaking icon,” the message read.

While a cause of death hasn’t been revealed, ABC News shares that Birkin had suffered a number of health issues in recent years, including a broken shoulder blade and a 2021 stroke. In 2002, she’d also been diagnosed with leukemia, for which she underwent treatment.

After moving to France at the mere age of 20, Birkin made a name for herself after teaming up with fellow actor and musician Serge Gainsbourg and eventually entering into a romantic relationship with him. In 1969, the pair both starred together in the film, Slogan, and released their debut album, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg.

While the majority of her film credits are French-language, Birkin did star in a handful of English releases over the course of her decades-spanning career, including an adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Death on the Nile (1978). Outside of acting and music, she was a high-profile political activist, and even lent her name to the popular Birkin bag, which is produced by Hermès.

Nick Benedict

Still from 'All My Children'
All My Children, 1970-2013. (Photo Credit: Ann Limongello / Getty Images)

Nick Benedict passed away on July 14, 2023, at the age of 77. According to his obituary, the soap opera actor died as a result of complications from emergency spinal surgery, while a GoFundMe campaign set up for his wife, Ginger, further explained the situation, sharing that the actor became paralyzed from the neck down following the procedure on July 2 and had been admitted to hospice two days after.

After securing a number of minor television roles, Benedict got his big break after being cast as Phil Brent on All My Children (1970-2013). After exiting the show, he appeared in several other soap operas, including The Young and the Restless (1973-present) and Days of Our Lives (1965-present).

Outside of daytime television, Benedict made guest appearances in the likes of The Dukes of Hazard (1979-85), Hawaii Five-O (1968-80) and Mission: Impossible (1966-73).

Josephine Chaplin

Portrait of Josephine Chaplin
Josephine Chaplin, 1971. (Photo Credit: Europa Press / Getty Images)

Josephine Chaplin, the daughter of famed silent film star Charlie Chaplin, passed away on July 13, 2023, at the age of 74. While her family announced her death occurred in Paris, they didn’t publicly release the cause.

The daughter of Chaplin and his fourth wife, Oona O’Neill, Josephine grew up surrounded by the film industry. Following her father’s death in 1977, she managed the family office in Paris, on behalf of her siblings,

An actress in her own right, Josephine starred in a number of French- and English-language films, including A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), Canterbury Tales (1972), Jack the Ripper (1976) and Poulet au vinaigre (1985). She also appeared on TV, with her first small screen role being in L’Homme sans visage in 1975.

Carlin Glynn

John Heard, Carlin Glynn and Rebecca De Mornay as Ludie Watts, Jessie Mae and Thelma in 'The Trip to Bountiful'
The Trip to Bountiful, 1985. (Photo Credit: murraymomo / MovieStillsDB)

Carlin Glynn passed away on July 13, 2023, at the age of 83. Her daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson, shared the announcement via Instagram, saying her mother had been battling dementia and a cancer diagnosis.

Masterson wrote in her post, “She was the most graceful clumsy person you would ever meet. Strong, smart, silly, intuitive, kind, generous, passionate, and a deep listener. She was devoted to my father and to the enormous circle of students and collaborators who were considered her chosen family.”

Winning the Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her appearance in the Broadway production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Glynn went on to have a successful Hollywood career that including roles in Sixteen Candles (1984), The Trip to Bountiful (1985) and Continental Divide (1981).

Reeves Callaway

Reeves Callaway with a Callaway Corvette SC757
Reeves Callaway with a Callaway Corvette SC757. (Photo Credit: Callawiki / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

Reeves Callaway, the man behind Callaway Cars, has died at the age of 75. According to the company in a statement to Road & Track, the Corvette legend passed away from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in Newport Beach, California home on July 11, 2023.

The son of Ely Callaway, the man behind the world-famous golf club manufacturer, Callway is best known in the car world for his work with Corvette. Following a failed racing career, he started Callaway Cars and developed turbocharger kits. This led to several partnerships with big names in the industry, such as Alfa Romeo and Chevrolet Corvette.

His son, Peter Callaway, described his dedication best, saying, “Thanks to Reeves’ visionary entrepreneurial spirit, Callaway Cars will continue to innovate and grow in the 21st century, inspired by his unique, extraordinary vision, and by his personal integrity, resourcefulness, and leadership as our founder.”

Mike Halac – ‘Mantaur’

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) logo in neon lights
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WWE wrestler Mike “Mantaur” Halac passed away on July 11, 2023, at the age of 55. Halac’s daughter, Demi, announced her father’s death in a private Facebook group, saying he died in his sleep at his home in Cape Coral, Florida. Earlier that day, he’d injured his back. He also had type 2 diabetes.

Writing in a statement, the WWE said, “WWE is saddened to learn that Mike Halac, better known to WWE fans as Mantaur, has passed away. Halac’s combination of size and charisma immediately captivated fans worldwide as he took to the ring in a giant bull head to highlight his half-man, half-minotaur persona.

“Halac spent time in both WWE and ECW where he faced some of the biggest stars of his generation like Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon, and Brent Hart. WWE extends its condolences to Mike Halac’s family, friends and fans.”

Halac got his start in professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and adopted the Mantaur persona in ’95. Prior to entering the ring at events, he’d enter the arena wearing a horned bull’s head, after which he’d remove the getup and charge toward his opponents mooing, as if they were real-life matadors.

Andrea Evans

Andrea Evans posing on a red carpet
Andrea Evans, 2021. (Photo Credit: JC Olivera / Getty Images)

Andrea Evans passed away on July 9, 2023, at the age of 66. Speaking with PEOPLE Magazine, her former manager, Don Carroll, confirmed she died from breast cancer at her California home, adding, “I’ve been working with Andrea for the past 7 years. She was such a tremendous talent and an absolute joy to work with.”

Best known for starring as Tina Clayton in One Life to Live (1968-2013) and Patty Williams in The Young and the Reckless (1973-present), Evans got her start as an extra in 1978’s The Fury. Following a decade-long break from the public eye during the 1990s, she returned to television, appearing in the soap operas Passions (1999-2008) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-present).

“People often think she must be very like the characters she played on television,” Carroll told PEOPLE, referring to how Evans lived her private life. “In reality, her greatest days were spent with no makeup, her hair in pigtails, and a ballcap on her head at Disneyland with her daughter Kylie.”

Joe Campbell

Joe Campbell holding up his helmet on the football field
Joe Campbell during his career with the Oakland Raiders, 1981. (Photo Credit: Ronald C. Modra / Getty Images)

Joe Campbell, who helped the Oakland Raiders go on to win Super Bowl XV in 1981, passed away on July 9, 2023, at the age of 68. The Delaware News Journal reports that the famed football player died after experiencing a cardiac arrest while on a hike in Florida.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Raiders, now based out of Las Vegas, said, “The Raiders Family mourns the passing of Joe Campbell,” adding, “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the Campbell family at this time.”

Beginning his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, Campbell was eventually traded to the Oakland Raiders, with whom he played during the team’s spectacular Super Bowl run in the early 1980s. Over the course of two seasons, he played 13 games with the team.

Jimmy Weldon

Jimmy Weldon looking down
Jimmy Weldon, 2015. (Photo Credit: Gazebo / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

Jimmy Weldon, the radio personality and voice actor who brought Hanna-Barbera‘s Yakky Doodle to life, died on July 6, 2023, at the age of 99. According to an obituary published to Dignity Memorial, he died in Paso Robles, California.

A veteran of the Second World War, Weldon began his Hollywood career on radio, landing a job at a station in Oklahoma. While in the position, he’d perform impressions of Disney’s Donald Duck, which led him to create his own character and skit, titled The Wester Webfoot Show.

After moving to California in 1952, Weldon’s star continued to grow, with him landing a co-hosting position on a children’s game show, on top of his regular radio gigs. He eventually got in touch with Hanna-Barbera, with the company hiring him to voice not only Yakky Doodle, but also Solomon Grundy.

Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey Carlson standing on a red carpet
Jeffrey Carlson attending the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards, 2007. (Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images)

Actor Jeffrey Carlson passed away on July 6, 2023, at the age of 48. Word of Carlson’s death was shared by Time Out New York theater critic Adam Feldman, who declined to reveal a cause of death.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company wrote on Facebook, “STC is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jeffrey Carlson. Jeffrey gave beautiful and nuanced performances during a career which took him from television to Broadway and, fortunately for us, to STC.”

Best known for portraying Zoe Luper on the long-running soap, All My Children (1970-2013), Carlson primarily showed his talent on-stage, appearing in a number of Broadway productions, including 2003’s revival of Tartuffe and Taboo (2003-04). His other on-screen credits included Hitch (2005) and The Killing Floor (2007).

George Tickner

Portrait of Journey
Journey, 1975. (Photo Credit: Gems / Redferns / Getty Images)

Journey co-founder George Tickner has passed away. Tickner’s death on July 5, 2023 was confirmed by Neal Schon, who wrote on Facebook, “Journey Junkies, I have some very sad news. George Tickner, Journey’s original rhythm guitarist and songwriting contributor on their first three albums, has passed away. He was 76 years old.”

While many Journey fans may not recognize Tickner’s name, given how early he left the band, his contribution to their growth can’t be understated. He was a member of the group for the release of their first three albums, after which he decided he wanted to step away from the spotlight to pursue a career as a doctor.

Despite no longer being a member of the band, Tickner remained close with the members, even appearing with them in 2005, when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Coco Lee

Coco Lee posing on a red carpet
Coco Lee at the 3rd Hainan Island International Film Festival, 2020. (Photo Credit: VCG / Getty Images)

Hong Kong-born singer Coco Lee had died at the age of 48. The songstress, best known for her work in Disney‘s Mulan (1998) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), was found unconscious on July 2, 2023, after having attempted to take her own life. She was taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, where she passed three days later.

Speaking about her sister’s death, Nancy Lee shared a funeral service would occur in August, as an autopsy was ordered to see the extent of Coco’s undisclosed battle with breast cancer. She’d also reportedly been diagnosed with depression. Nancy and her other sister, Carol, wrote on Facebook:

“With great sadness, we are here to break the most devastating news: Coco had been suffering from depression for a few years, but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months. Although, Coco sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her.”

After moving to the United States to attend middle and high school, Coco left university during her freshman year to pursue what would become a whirlwind career in the music industry. While the majority of her music was released in Mandarin, she did have a number of English-language releases, which allowed her star to expand outside of Asia.

Robert Lieberman

Portrait of Robert Lieberman
Robert Lieberman, 2011. (Photo Credit: Matt Carr / Getty Images)

Director Robert Lieberman, best known for 1993’s Fire in the Sky, passed away on July 1, 2023, at the age of 75. According to his manager, John Bauman, he died in Los Angeles, California after a long battle with cancer.

Beginning his career as an assistant editor on commercials, Lieberman worked his way up to directing television episodes and films. Among his best-known releases were All I Want for Christmas (1991), D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996), The X Files (1993-2002), Lost Girl (2010-15) and Nikita (2010-2013).

Lieberman also directed a host of television commercials for such brands as McDonald’s, Oreo and Hallmark.

Rick Froberg

Rick Froberg performing on stage
Rick Froberg performing at NOS Primavera Sound, 2016. (Photo Credit: Gaelle Beri / Redferns / Getty Images)

Rick Froberg, best known as a member of Pitchfork, Artful Intensity, Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, passed away on June 30, 2023, at the age of 55. According to his partner, Britton Neubacher, the famed vocalist and guitarist died of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Best known for his music in the local San Diego music scene, Froberg made a name for himself with his hardcore growls and intensity on stage. Inspired by the likes of Saints and AC/DC, he prided himself in releasing music that was different than the mainstream, and it earned him a dedicated following.

Outside of his musical genius, Froberg was an illustrator, who designed merchandise, album artwork and promotional material.

Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin holding up his Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Alan Arkin honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2019. (Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea / Getty Images for Netflix)

Hollywood lost a true star with Alan Arkin’s death on June 29, 2023. The Oscar-winning actor died at his home in California from heart problems. He was 89 years old.

Speaking with CNN, Arkin’s three sons said, “Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man. A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be greatly missed.”

Arkin’s debut role came in 1957, with the release of Calypso Heat Wave. From there, he quickly became a Hollywood mainstay, appearing in dozens upon dozens of films and television shows, including Edward Scissorhands (1990), Eros (2004), Marley & Me (2008) and Argo (2012) – and we’re just scratching the surface.

In 2006, Arkin starred as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He’d previously been nominated for the same award, for 1966’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

Bobby Osborne

Bobby Osborne standing on a red carpet
Bobby Osborne attending the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Arrivals at Madison Square Garden, 2018. (Photo Credit: Presley Ann / Patrick McMullan / Getty Images)

Famed bluegrass musician Bobby Osborne passed away on June 27, 2023, at the age of 91. Speaking with The Tennessean, Grand Ole Opry executive producer Dan Rogers said:

“Bobby Osborne was among the last of his generation of bluegrass pioneers. What a profound loss for the Opry family and bluegrass music fans around the world. Mr. Osborne’s legacy will live forever on this stage we love and wherever his style is emulated. Thank you to Bobby Osborne for more than 70 years of music and memories.”

Known for his skills on the guitar and mandolin, Osborne was best known as the co-founder of the Osborne Brothers, alongside his brother, Sonny. Two of the duo’s songs – “Kentucky” and “Rocky Top” – were made the official state songs for Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively.

With several accolades under his belt, including an induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor, Osborne will forever serve as a staple of the genre he loved so much.

Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Coster standing in the middle of a bar
Nicolas Coster attending The Bay’s Pre-Emmy Red Carpet Celebration, 2018. (Photo Credit: Greg Doherty / Getty Images)

Soap Opera star Nicolas Coster passed away on June 26, 2023. According to his agent, Chrystal Ayer, the 89-year-old died due to complications from cancer. Writing on Facebook, his daughter, Dineen Coster, shared:

“It’s with great sadness that I am posting this to my father’s book page. Nicolas Coster passed on this evening in a hospital in Florida. Please remember him as a great artist. He was an actor’s actor! I will always be inspired by him and know how lucky I am to have such a great father!! Rest In Peace.”

With a decades-spanning career, Coster was a mainstay of daytime television, starring in such soaps as The Secret Storm (1954-74), All My Children (1970-2013), Santa Barbara (1984-93), Another World (1964-99) and One Life to Live (1968-2013). He also appeared in a number of films, including MacArthur (1977) and Little Darlings (1980).

Outside of acting, Coster was an avid scuba diver, serving as an instructor and the head of an organization dedicated to teaching the hobby to those with disabilities.

Frederic Forrest

Frederic Forrest as Engineman 3rd Class Jay "Chef" Hicks in 'Apocalypse Now'
Apocalypse Now, 1979. (Photo Credit: Moviefan2 / United Artists / MovieStillsDB)

Oscar-nominated actor Frederic Forrest passed away on June 23, 2023, at the age of 86. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, fellow actor Barry Primus revealed his friend had died after dealing with a long illness.

While many film fans will know Forrest for his portrayal of Engineman 3rd Class Jay “Chef” Hicks in the Vietnam War-era film, Apocalypse Now (1979), his most successful role was without a doubt Huston Dyer in The Rose (1979), the lover of Bette Midler’s character, Mary Rose “The Rose” Foster.

Midler commented on Forrest’s death on Twitter, writing, “The great and beloved Frederic Forrest has died. Thank you to all of his fans and friends for all their support these last few months. He was a remarkable actor, and a brilliant human being, and I was lucky to have him in my life. He was at peace.”

Paxton Whitehead

Paxton Whitehead and Sally Kellerman as Phillip Barbay and Diane Turner in 'Back to School'
Back to School, 1986. (Photo Credit: movienutt / MovieStillsDB)

Paxton Whitehead, best known for playing Rachel Greene’s boss for a period on Friends (1994-2004), passed away on June 16, 2023, at the age of 85.

Confirming the actor’s death to Entertainment Weekly, his agent, Robert Atterman, said, “Paxton was loved and respected by his family and everyone who knew him. He was a cherished client, a luminary in the acting world who is renowned for his extraordinary talent and dedication to his craft. He was admired for his versatility and many roles he performed on stage, TV and film. His contributions to the world of entertainment will be cherished and remembered for years to come.”

Whitehead began his career on-stage, going on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1958. He subsequently moved to Broadway and the Shaw Festival, and between his theater performances fit in roles on television and film. Along with guest starring on Friends, Whitehead also appeared in Mad About You (1992-99), Fraiser (1993-2004) and Ellen (1994-98).

Glenda Jackson

Portrait of Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson, 1971. (Photo Credit: Studio Publicity / Ebay / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Actress and British member of parliament (MP) Glenda Jackson passed away after a “brief illness” on June 15, 2023, at the age of 87. In a statement, her agent, Lionel Larner, wrote, “Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London, this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side.”

Jackson’s acting career began on-stage, with her first noted role being with the YMCA Players for a 1952 production of Mystery of Greenfingers. She made the leap over to television with ITV Play of the Week in 1957, and six years later made her film debut with an uncredited role in The Sporting Life (1963).

Jackson received two Academy Awards for Best Actress during her lifetime, one for her portrayal of Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love (1969) and the other for her role as Vickie Allessio in A Touch of Class (1973). She also won a Tony, BAFTA and three Emmys for her acting work.

Outside of acting, Jackson was also a member of Britain’s Labour Party from 1992-2005, during which time she served as the MP for Hampstead and Kilburn. Despite serving under Prime Minister Tony Blair during his first stint in the role, she later became critical of him.

Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy standing in a blazer
Cormac McCarthy, 2011. (Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker / WireImage / Getty Images)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy passed away on June 13, 2023, at the age of 89. According to reports, he died of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Speaking to NBC, the CEO of Penguin Random House, Nihar Malaviya, said, “Cormac McCarthy changed the course of literature. For sixty years, he demonstrated an unwavering dedication of his craft, and to exploring the infinite possibilities and power of the written word. Millions of readers around the world embraced his characters, his mythic themes, and the intimate emotional truths he laid bare on every page, in brilliant novels that will remain both timely and timeless, for generations to come.”

McCarthy wrote 12 novels over his decades-long career as an author, with his notable two books being 2006’s The Road and the previous year’s No Country for Old Men. Several of his works were adapted for Hollywood, with the most successful film being the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers adaptation of No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem.

Treat Williams

Beverly D'Angelo and Treat Williams as Sheila Franklin and George Berger in 'Hair'
Hair, 1979. (Photo Credit: murraymomo / United Artists / MovieStillsDB)

Treat Williams passed away on June 12, 2023, at the age of 71. The famed actor was tragically killed when an SUV crossed into his path while he was riding his motorcycle. Williams was unable to avoid the vehicle and the two collided. He was alert following the incident, but was pronounced dead after being airlifted to Albany Medical Center. The driver of the Honda Element was checked over my medical professionals for minor injuries, but didn’t need hospital treatment.

Treat’s family wrote in a statement, “It is with great sadness that we report our beloved Treat Williams has passed away tonight in Dorset, Vermont after a fatal motorcycle accident. As you can imagine, we are shocked and greatly bereaved at this time.”

Williams began his Hollywood career in 1975, but it wasn’t until the release of 1941 and Hair four years later that he was thrust into the limelight. He followed up the films with other high-profile titles, such as The Empire Strikes Back (1981), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Heart of Dixie (1989) and 127 Hours (2010).

The actor also didn’t shy away from television, with one of his most popular roles being Dr. Andrew Brown in Everwood (2002-06). He also had permanent and recurring parts in Good Advice (1993-94), White Collar (2009-14), Chicago Fire (2012-present) and Blue Bloods (2010-present).

Silvio Berlusconi

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Silvio Berlusconi, 2019. (Photo Credit: Simona Granati – CORBIS / Getty Images)

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi passed away on June 12, 2023, at the age of 86. The politician was hospitalized in April for pneumonia, which had been triggered by Leukemia. He started chemotherapy not longer after, and reassured supporters the following month that he would continue working. However, his condition continued to worsen, leading to his death.

While Italy’s prime minister on-and-off between 1994 and 2011, Berlusconi was more known for his controversies and scandals, as opposed to his politics. He faced charges of sexual contact with an underage prostitute, as well as bribery and tax fraud. While he was convicted on many of the counts against him, he never received jail time, due to the statue of limitations and his age.

Berlusconi’s relationships with other questionable world leaders also raised alarm – in particular, his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking about the former Italian prime minister’s death, Putin called Berlusconi a “true friend” and praised him for his “ability to make balanced, far-sighted decisions.”

Magda Saleh

Ballet dancers performing on stage
Cairo Opera Ballet Company performance, 2010. (Photo Credit: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty Images)

Famed Egyptian ballerina Magda Saleh passed away on June 11, 2023, at the age of 79. Her death was confirmed by fellow dancer Diane Hakak, with no cause being specified.

A long-time star and founding member of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, she was instrumental in introducing the medium to her country, becoming known as Egypt’s first Prima Ballerina. Her debut performance in 1966 impressed then-President Gamal Abdel so much that he awarded her the Order of Merit and sent her and her co-stars on a national tour.

Following her on-stage career, she led the company’s ballet school, before opening her own opera house. Following her husband’s death in March 2022, Saleh moved from her home in New York City back to Egypt, so she could be closer to her family.

Ted Kaczynski – ‘Unabomber’

Ted Kaczynski surrounded by federal marshals
Ted Kaczynski being escorted to his arraignment on charges related to crimes committed by the “Unabomber,” 1996. (Photo Credit: Michael Macor / The San Francisco Chronicle / Getty Images)

Ted Kaczynski – better known as the “Unabomber” – was found unresponsive in his prison cell on June 10, 2023. The 81-year-old’s death was later determined to be self-inflicted. Suffering from late-stage cancer, Kaczynski was transferred to a prison in North Carolina in 2021, due to his declining health.

Kaczynski’s crimes spanned nearly two decades, with him simply known as the Unabomber until his arrest in 1996. He mailed his first explosive device to Northwestern University in 1978, where an unsuspecting campus police officer suffered injuries upon its detonation. This was followed by a similar incident at the school nearly a year later.

Over the course of his crime spree, Kaczynski sent a total of 17 homemade bombs, causing three deaths and injuring several others. He assembled the explosives at his remote cabin in Montana, and only appeared on the FBI‘s radar after his brother realized the Unabomber’s manifesto, which had been published in nationwide media, sounded a lot like Kaczynski.

A grand jury indicted Kacyznski on 10 counts of illegally mailing, transporting and using bombs. In 1998, he plead guilty to the charges against him and was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Roger Payne

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Roger Payne, 2015. (Photo Credit: DIANA SANCHEZ / AFP / Getty Images)

Roger Payne, who, in 1967, discovered that whales can sing, passed on June 10, 2023, at the age of 88. According to reports, his passing was the result of squamous-cell carcinoma.

Payne made his biology-changing discovery while on a research trip in Bermuda. As the Associated Press reports, a US Navy engineer gave him an underwater recording of strange sounds he’d captured while searching for Russian submarines. After examining the audio, he determined the tones to be whales singing to each other.

Following this, Payne became one of the most high-profile whale advocates, going to far as to release the recordings in 1970 on an LP, titled Songs of the Humpback Whale. It sold 125,000 copies and helped raise awareness over the dwindling population due to hunting and fishing incidents.

Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson speaking at a podium
Pat Robertson, 1986. (Photo Credit: Doug Mills / Bettmann / Getty Images)

Controversial religious broadcaster and former US presidential candidate Pat Robertson passed away on June 8, 2023, at the age of 93. News of his death was shared by his own Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), with no cause given.

Robertson, described by Frances Fitzgerald as “the most curious and contradictory of all the Christian right leaders,” became a figurehead in the evangelical movement after claiming the Holy Spirit visited him during a trip to Ontario, Canada. He went on to become one of America’s biggest media moguls, due largely in part to his popular CBN program, The 700 Club (1966-present), which he co-hosted between 1966-87 and 1988-2021.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Robertson claimed God spoke directly to him through prayer and gave him the ability to cure medical ailments. He also alleged the Bible predicted the destruction of Israel, which would lead to the “coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth.” He regularly spewed homophobic and anti-feminist rhetoric, and made other controversial comments.

During the 1988 presidential election, Robertson unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination, ultimately losing out to George H.W. Bush, who won the election.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri – The ‘Iron Sheik’

Portrait of Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri - AKA, the "Iron Sheik"
The “Iron Sheik” at the 2013 GQ Gentlemen Give Back Concert. (Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for GQ)

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri – better known by WWE fans as the “Iron Sheik” – passed away on June 7, 2023, at the age of 81. According to TMZ, the wrestler died as a result of cardiac arrest. He also suffered from congestive heart failure as a result of hypertension.

The news was shared by the wrestler’s family on Twitter, who wrote in a statement, “Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling. It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.”

Born in Iran, Vaziri moved to the United States in the 1960s, where he served as an assistant coach for the US Olympic wrestling team. He was eventually given the opportunity to become a professional wrestler, with his persona becoming the “Iron Sheik.” He relished in the act, bringing into the wrestling ring the Iranian flag and donning curled-up boots.

Over the course of his WWE career, Vaziri faced such heavy-weights as Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter and Bob Backlund, and he went on to win the profession’s World Heavyweight Championship in the 1980s. It wasn’t until 2010 that he entered the ring for the last time.

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso standing outside
Françoise Gilot with Pablo Picasso, 1952. (Photo Credit: Roger Viollet / Getty Images)

Famed French painter and Pablo Picasso‘s former mistress, Françoise Gilot, passed away on June 6, 2023, at the age of 101. Her daughter shared that her mother died at a Manhattan hospital after suffering from heart and lung ailments.

Gilot was introduced to art at a young age, with her mother teaching her the basics when she was just six years old. As her talents continued to grow, she was mentored by Post-Impressionist Jacques Beurdeley, after which she met Picasso, who was a fair bit older than her.

The pair engaged in a romantic relationship from 1943-53, which bore two children. Gilot also served as the painter’s muse during this time. In 1964, she released a memoir, in which she detailed the pair’s unstable relationship, going so far as to describe it as “hell,” while also saying he was the love of her life.

While Picasso reportedly pressured art galleries to not display her work, Gilot continued to paint and exhibit her pieces, which remain on display in New York City and Paris. In her later life, she became a traveling artist, painting and sketching what she witnessed on her journeys.

Pat Cooper

Pat Cooper standing on a red carpet
Pat Cooper attending the 2011 Friars Foundation Applause Award Gala. (Photo Credit: Anna Webber / WireImage / Getty Images)

Legendary actor and comedian Pat Cooper passed away on June 6, 2023, at the age of 93. His death was announced by his wife, Emily Conner, who shared that her husband died peacefully at their home in Las Vegas. “He did his best and always strove for perfection,” she said. “But whether he obtained it was immaterial. As long as he remained loyal to himself, his personal character, convictions and dreams, he was satisfied.”

Known for his rather quick temper, Cooper was nicknamed the “Comedian of Outrage.” This served him well, with him quickly rising up through the stand-up community to perform alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. He also appeared on several popular radio shows, including The Howard Stern Show, and went on to earn roles in a handful of films.

Cooper’s personal life wasn’t as successful as his Hollywood aspirations. He was married three times and publicly feuded with his children, resulting in him becoming estranged from the majority of his immediate family.

Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto holding a microphone on stage
Astrud Gilberto, 1984. (Photo Credit: David Redfern / Redferns / Getty Images)

Brazilian songstress Astrud Gilberto passed away at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 5, 2023, at the age of 83. Her death was confirmed by friend and fellow musician Paul Rucci, who did not provide any further details to the media.

Gilberto first became known following the release of “The Girl from Ipanema,” a 1964 Brazilian jazz and bossa nova song by Joāo Gilberto and Stan Getz. The track became an immediate international hit and thrust Gilberto, then 24, into the spotlight. This led her to move to the US to release her own music, which was recorded in Portuguese, English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Gilberto’s last album, Jungle, was released in 2002. Six years later, she received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sergio Calderón

Sergio Calderón as Capt. Eduardo Villanueva in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, 2007. (Photo Credit: Machionic / Walt Disney Pictures / MovieStillsDB)

Mexican-American actor Sergio Calderón passed away on May 31, 2023, at the age of 77. The news was shared by his son, who wrote in a post on Instagram, “Fly high my KING, My LIGHT, My Rock, My Best Friend, BEST DAD, BEST GRANDPA, My STRENGTH, MY INSPIRATION, and MY MENTOR.”

According to Calderón’s representative, the actor died at his Los Angeles home after a bout of pneumonia.

Despite being told at a young age that he didn’t have the looks to become an actor, Calderón pursued his dreams. He scored his first professional gig with the 1970 John Huston film, The Bridge In the Jungle, after which he appeared in several more movies. He subsequently relocated from Mexico to Los Angeles, so he could be more involved in Hollywood.

Among Calderón’s most memorable roles were as Capt. Eduardo Villanueva in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) and Jose in Men In Black (1997), the latter of whom was the human disguise of an alien trying to cross the US-Mexico border.

John Beasley

John Beasley posing on a red carpet
John Beasley, 2012. (Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta / WireImage / Getty Images)

John Beasley, best known for portraying Irv Harper in The CW series, Everwood (2002-06), and Barton Ballentine in TV Land’s The Soul Man (2012-16), passed away on May 30, 2023, at the age of 79. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Beasley’s son, Tyrone, shared that his father died at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Unlike most actors, Beasley didn’t get his start in Hollywood until he was in his 40s, spending his early adulthood working as a railroad man with the Union Pacific Railroad. His first gig was a recurring role on ABC television series, Brewster Place (1990), playing Mr. Willie.

Over the decades, Beasley appeared in several big-name productions. Along with the aforementioned TV shows, he scored roles in The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Apostle (1997), Judging Amy (1999-2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-15), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Sinister 2 (2015) and The Resident (2018-23), among many others.

George Maharis

Anna Francis and George Maharis as Ann Williams and Lee Barrett in 'The Satan Bug'
The Satan Bug, 1965. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Former Route 66 (1960-64) star George Maharis died on May 25, 2023, at the age of 94. The news was shared by his friend, Marc Bahan, who wrote on Facebook, “George Maharis passed away on Wednesday, May 25. George is well known for his stardom in Route 66, stage productions, singing, artist, and above all a great guy [who] would do anything for anyone. My dear friend, you’ll be terribly missed.”

Maharis got his start in acting following an 18-month stint in the US Marine Corps. He studied at the Actors Studio and appeared in a variety of off-Broadway roles, before, in 1953, landing a small background part in The Philco Television Playhouse (1948-55).

In 1960, Maharis became a household name for his portrayal of Buz Murdock on the CBS crime drama series, Route 66, co-starring alongside Martin Milner. He was on the show until 1963, when his doctor gave him an ultimatum after he contracted hepatitis: “If you don’t get out now, you’re either going to be dead or you’re going to have permanent liver damage.”

He appeared in a number of films after this, before returning to television for the short-lived Aaron Spelling-produced series, The Most Deadly Game (1970-71). Around the same time, he made headlines for being one of the first celebrities to pose fully nude in Playgirl magazine.

Outside of acting, Maharis also dabbled in music, with one of his singles, “Teach Me Tonight,” reaching #25 on the top-40 charts.

Gary Kent

Gary Kent sitting in a restaurant booth
Gary Kent, 2016. (Photo Credit: Therealjoeo / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

Gary Kent, the stuntman who served as one of the inspirations for Brad Pitt‘s character, Cliff Booth, in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), died on May 25, 2023, at the age of 89. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, his son, Chris, shared that his father passed away at an assisted living facility in Austin, Texas.

Starting off in the US Navy, Kent moved to Hollywood in 1959, where he earned fame as a stuntman, actor and director in several B-list films. He also appeared in more popular features, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68), Daniel Boone (1964-70) and The Green Hornet (1966-67).

Kent served as Jack Nicholson‘s stunt double in several films: The Shooting (1966), Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), The Savage Seven (1968) and Psych-Out (1968). He retired from stunt work in 2003, following an accident, but continued to act.

Tina Turner

Portrait of Tina Turner
Tina Turner, 1985. (Photo Credit: DENIZE alain / Sygma / Getty Images)

Legendary “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll,” Tina Turner, passed away on May 24, 2023, followings years of battling several illnesses. The 83-year-old revealed in her 2018 memoir, My Love Story, she revealed she’d dealt with high blood pressure, which led to kidney failure and ultimately a transplant; a stroke, after which she needed to relearn to walk; and intestinal cancer.

According to her agent, Turner “died peacefully” at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, and ended their statement by saying, “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.” Her remains were cremated.

Turner overcame a difficult childhood and abusive relationship to become one of the top solo performers of the 20th century. While she had made a name for herself as part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, alongside Ike Turner, it was the release of her solo single, “Let’s Stay Together,” in the 1980s that truly thrust her into the spotlight.

After announcing her semi-retirement at the age of 61, the songstress made a comeback in 2008, going out on tour and even performing at the Grammy Awards. Prior to her passing, her life had been adapted for the stage with the West End show, TINA, The Tina Turner Musical.

Rick Hoyt

Dick Hoyt pushing Rick Hoyt during the Boston Marathon
Dick and Rick Hoyt running the Boston Marathon, 1982. (Photo Credit: David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe / Getty Images)

Rick Hoyt, who completed the Boston Marathon alongside his father, Dick, 32 times, passed away on May 22, 2023, at the age of 61. The cause of death was determined to be complications with his respiratory system.

The Boston Marathon released a statement upon learning of Hoyt’s death, writing, “Rick Hoyt will always be remembered as a Boston Marathon icon and for personifying the ‘Yes You Can’ mentality that defined Team Hoyt. We are fortunate to have been able to call Rick a friend, mentor, pioneer, and Boston Marathon finisher.”

Hoyt was born with cerebral palsy, which left him a quadriplegic and led him to use a computer to communicate. He didn’t let his diagnosis stop him, however, with him and his father becoming regular staples of the Boston Marathon up until 2014. They also ran in races across the world, completing over 1,000 marathons and inspiring millions.

Dick predeceased his son in 2021, dying in his sleep after suffering health problems.

Ray Stevenson

Ray Stevenson posing on a red carpet
Ray Stevenson, 2016. (Photo Credit: Jim Spellman / WireImage / Getty Images)

Ray Stevenson passed away on May 21, 2023, at the age of 58. His publicist confirmed the Northern Irish actor’s death, which occurred while he was in Italy filming Frank Ciota’s Casino in Ischia. It was only a few days prior that he’d been announced as having secured the lead role in the movie.

While a cause of death wasn’t revealed, local media reported that the actor had been hospitalized following an illness. It was later shared that Stevenson likely died from an anaphylactic heart attack.

Stevenson first gained notoriety by guest-starring in several British television series during the 1990s. After securing the role of Sir Dragonet in the 2004 film, King Arthur, the actor went on to star as Titus Pullo in the HBO/BBC series, Rome (2005-07). It was following this that he really exploded onto the scene, securing roles in Punisher: War Zone (2008), The Three Musketeers (2011), Divergent (2014), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and RRR (2022), among many other popular films.

Ed Ames

Ed Ames posing on a red carpet
Ed Ames, 2010. (Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Famed actor and musician Ed Ames passed away on May 21, 2023, at the age of 95. According to his wife, Jeanne, he died at their home in Los Angeles, California after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Speaking with the Associated Press, she said,” He lived a wonderful life.”

Ames was one of the most popular stars of the 1950s and ’60s. As an actor, he starred in NBC’s Daniel Boone (1964-70), alongside Patricia Blair and Fess Parker Jr. He also appeared on-stage, with his most notable performance alongside Kirk Douglas, William Daniel and Gene Wilder in the Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

As a musician, Ames performed alongside his three siblings as the Ames Brothers, with their most popular singles being “Rag Mop,” “It Only Hurts for a Little While” and “You, You, You.” He also released music as a solo artist throughout the 1960s, with his deep voice making him particularly popular during the Holiday Season.

Andy Rourke

Andy Rourke standing in front of a MacBook Pro
Andy Rourke of The Smiths at the Glenlivet Cellar Collection Experience, 2013. (Photo Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images for The Glenlivet)

The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke passed away on May 19, 2023, at the age of 59. Bandmate Johnny Marr shared the news on Twitter, explaining that Rourke had been battling pancreatic cancer at the time of his death.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer,” he tweeted to his large following. “Andy will be remembered as a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music fans.”

Morrissey also posted a tribute to Rourke on his website, saying, “He didn’t even know his own power, and nothing that he played had been played by someone else. His distinction was so terrific and unconventional and he proved it could be done.”

While his career spanned decades and continued after The Smiths broke up, Rourke was best remembered for the music he helped create during his time with the band. While his unique style stands out on many of the group’s songs, his best-known contribution was on “Barbarism Begins at Home,” off their second album, Meat Is Murder.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown running with a football
Jim Brown during his career with the Cleveland Browns, 1957. (Photo Credit: Focus on Sport / Getty Images)

Former pro-football player, actor and civil rights activist Jim Brown passed away on May 18, 2023, at the age of 87. According to his wife, Monique, he died peacefully at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, California.

Brown was a star on both the football and lacrosse fields. He played on the Cleveland Browns from 1957-65, helping them take home the championship in ’64, and is widely considered to be one of the best lacrosse players of all time. He used the notoriety his abilities afforded him to speak out on civil rights issues during a rather contentious time in American history.

Outside of his career in the NFL, Brown also made a name for himself in Hollywood, starring in such hits as The Dirty Dozen (1967) and 100 Rifles (1969). His role as Sheriff Lyedecker in the latter is particularly memorable, with him and Raquel Welch making history for participating in the first interracial love scene to take place in a major film.

‘Superstar’ Billy Graham

"Superstar" Billy Graham holding up a copy of his book
“Superstar” Billy Graham at a signing for his book, Tangled Ropes, 2006. (Photo Credit: Bobby Bank / WireImage / Getty Images)

Famed WWE wrestler “Superstar” Billy Graham passed away on May 17, 2023, at the age of 79. According to a GoFundMe campaign set up by his family, Graham was suffering from a number of health issues at the time of his death, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, hearing loss, and a major infection in his skull and ears. He spent the final months of his life undergoing treatment.

The wrestler‘s career began in the 1970s, with Graham going on to become a three-time world champion. He had an enduring impact on the sport, with his protégés including Jesse Ventura, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, and he was also a training partner of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Graham’s health problems went back to 2002, when he began to suffer issues with his liver. He was given one year left to live in 2010 if he didn’t receive a transplant, and, in 2013, he was hospitalized with double pneumonia and possible heart failure. Most recently, in August 2022, the famed wrestler had his toes amputated.

Kenneth Anger

Portrait of Kenneth Anger
Kenneth Anger at the BFI London Film Festival, 2006. (Photo Credit: Nick Wall / WireImage / Getty Images)

Famed filmmaker Kenneth Anger passed away on May 11, 2023, at the age of 96. His death was confirmed by the operators of his gallery, Monika Spürth and Philomene Magers, who wrote in a statement, “Kenneth was a trailblazer. His cinematic genius and influence will live on and continue to transform all those who encounter his films, words and vision.

“Anger considered cinematographic projection a psychosocial ritual capable of unleashing physical and emotional energies. The artist saw film as nothing less than a spiritual medium, a conveyer of spectacular alchemy that transforms the viewer.”

Known as an experimental filmmaker, Anger exclusively created short films, releasing close to 40 over the course of his career. He was also dubbed “one of America’s first openly gay filmmakers,” having released several films before homosexuality was legalized in the US.

Among his most well-known and controversial films was 1947’s Fireworks, which explores the themes of sadomasochism and homosexuality. The 14-minute movie sparked outrage upon its release, resulting in him facing charges of obscenity, for which he went on trial and was ultimately acquited.

Jacklyn Zeman

Jacklyn Zeman and Kirsten Storms as Bobbie Spencer and Maxie Jones in 'General Hospital'
General Hospital, 1963-present. (Photo Credit: murraymomo / MovieStillsDB)

Soap opera star Jacklyn Zeman passed away after a short battle with cancer on May 10, 2023. The actor was best known for portraying Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital, spending the past 45 years of her career on the long-running daytime soap.

Writing in a statement, ABC Entertainment said, “Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the General Hospital and ABC family since she originated the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years ago. She leaves behind a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine and will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit.

“We are devastated by the news of her passing, and send our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.”

Along with starring in General Hospital, Zeman also appeared on The Bay (2010-present), One Life to Live (1968-2013) and National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982).

Gerald Castillo

Still from 'Saved By the Bell'
Saved By the Bell, 1989-93. (Photo Credit: cemeteryschild / MovieStillsDB)

Gerald Castillo, best known for portraying Mario López’s father on Saved By the Bell (1989-93) and Judge David Wagner on General Hospital (1963-present), passed away on May 4, 2023, at the age of 90. According to his wife, Dana Quinn-Castillo, the veteran television actor died at their home in Houston, Texas.

Castillo appeared in several television shows over the course of his decades-long career, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-15), M*A*S*H (1972-83), Hill Street Blues (1981-87), Night Court (1984-92) and All in the Family (1971-79). He made his debut in 1978, on an episode of The Jeffersons (1975-85).

While he semi-retired in the mid-2010s, Castillo made a point of still being involved in the entertainment industry by working in theater. According to his wife, he was known as “a charismatic and insightful director who would jingle the change in his pocket while he pondered a scene, then leap onto the stage to work out the blocking or whisper in an actor’s ear.”

Petr Klíma

Petr Klíma dressed in his Edmonton Oilers uniform while on the ice
Petr Klíma of the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 1990. (Photo Credit: Graig Abel / Getty Images)

Famed NHL player Petr Klíma passed away at his home in Chomutov, Czech Republic on May 4, 2023, at the age of 58. While a cause of death wasn’t released, the hockey star’s passing is said to have been unexpected.

Klíma was drafted to the Detroit Red Wings in 1983, kicking off a two-decade professional career that also saw him skate with the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings. While a top player on the Red Wings, he was also a headache for team management, often breaking the rules.

Of all his plays, Klíma is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal for the Oilers during Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup finals. The feat occurred during triple overtime, allowing Edmonton to come out on top over the Boston Bruins.

Eileen Saki

Cast of 'M*A*S*H'
M*A*S*H, 1972-83. (Photo Credit: Rolsskk / MovieStillsDB)

Eileen Saki, the third person to portray the character of Rosie on M*A*S*H (1972-83), died from pancreatic cancer on May 1, 2023, at the age of 79. In a statement to PEOPLE Magazine, her manager wrote that the actress “passed away peacefully in Los Angeles.”

Camilla Fluxman also referenced Saki’s battle with lung cancer in 2004 and the second chance she got after defeating the disease. “She got a second chance at auditioning and working in the industry that she loved so much – she shot a couple big commercials shortly before her diagnosis.”

Following her eight-episode appearance in M*A*S*H, Saki had minor roles in Splash (1984), CHiPS (1977-83), Without a Trace (2002-09) and Policewomen (1974). Most recently, she appeared in an Uber Eats commercial, alongside NFL defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot performing on stage
Gordon Lightfoot performing at the Route 66 Casino Legends Theater, 2015. (Photo Credit: Steve Snowden / Getty Images)

Canadian folk music legend Gordon Lightfoot passed away from natural causes at a Toronto hospital on May 1, 2023. Just three weeks prior, the artist, best known for such hits as “If You Could Read My Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” had canceled his upcoming tour due to his declining health.

Following his death, Lightfoot’s hometown of Orillia, Ontario held several tributes to the musician. As well, the day after news of his passing was announced, the Mariners’ Church in Detroit, Michigan rang its bell 30 times – 29 for the lost crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald and once more for Lightfoot.

Reaching fame during the 1960s and ’70s, Lightfoot was known the world over for his husky voice and expert guitar playing. Unlike so many, he was able to break out of the Canadian music scene and have his music recognized by such artists as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash – other legends of the time.

Lightfoot had a brush with death in 2002, when he suffered a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. In a coma for six weeks and having to undergo five surgeries, the musician eventually returned to his craft with the release of his 2004 album, Harmony.

Jock Zonfrillo

Jock Zonfrillo posing on a red carpet
Jock Zonfrillo attending the Good Food Guide Awards, 2018. (Photo Credit: Sam Tabone / WireImage / Getty Images)

MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo passed away on April 30, 2023, at the age of 46. The Scottish chef was found by police at his home in Melbourne, Australia. While a cause of death was not immediately available, investigators did tell the media that foul play isn’t suspected.

Writing in a statement, Zonfrillo’s family said, “With completely shattered hearts and without knowing how we can possibly move through life without him, we are devastated to share that Jock passed away. For those who crossed his path, became his mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky.”

Zonfrillo, also known for being the founder of The Orana Foundation, rose to the top of the culinary world amid a rather difficult start to his career. Becoming the head chef of Australia’s Restaurant 41 in 2000 and Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant in ’11, he eventually went on to open his own establishments. He joined the MasterChef Australia team in 2019.

Tim Bachman

Portrait of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1970. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Another member of famed Canadian band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Tim Bachman, passed away on April 28, 2023. Posting to Facebook, Bachman’s son shared that the 71-year-old guitarist died from brain cancer.

Known for being one of the founding members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman left the band in 1974. While he claimed he wanted to focus on concert promotion and spend more time with his family, his brothers say otherwise, alleging he was fired for breaking the road rules laid out by fellow member, Randy. He was subsequently replaced by Blair Thornton.

The musician’s later life was marred by allegations of assaulting two underaged victims in the 1990s and 2000s. Bachman was charged in both cases, but the charges against him were later dropped for different reasons.

Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer as Mr. White in 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, 2015. (Photo Credit: jeffw616 / MovieStillsDB)

Famed talk show host and former Mayor of Cincinnati Jerry Springer passed away on April 27, 2023, at the age of 79. According to TMZ, he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months prior and had taken a turn for the worst just a week before his death.

Speaking about his passing, former bodyguard and fellow television host Steve Wilkos told PEOPLE Magazine, “Other than my father, Jerry was the most influential man in my life. Everything I have today I owe to Jerry. He was the smartest, most generous, kindest person I’ve ever known. My wife and I are devastated. We will miss him terribly.”

Springer was best known for hosting The Jerry Springer Show (1991-2018) for 27 seasons. Among the most controversial talk shows of the 1990s and 2000s, it was known for covering taboo topics and fights between guests. Due to its reputation, Springer famously dubbed it the “worst TV show of all time.”

Patty Raynes

Patty Raynes holding her cellphone
Patty Rayne, December 2021. (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan / Getty Images)

Manhattan socialite Patty Raynes was found dead by her housekeeper on the morning of April 27, 2023. In the weeks prior to her passing, the 70-year-old had been suffering from severe asthma, for which she’d previously been hospitalized.

In a statement to Page Six, her mother said, “On behalf of the Davis family, we are heartbroken by the untimely passing of our dear Patty Davis Rayne. I’m devastated to share that my daughter passed away today after suffering from an asthma infection. Patty left a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and respect for privacy during the unimaginable time.”

Raynes was the daughter of oil baron Marvin Davis, and her family was among those who influenced the Carrington clan in the famed soap opera Dynasty (1981-89). She and her late son, Nick, were also the subjects of a portrait by Andy Warhol in 1985.

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte singing in a recording booth
Harry Belafonte, 1957. (Photo Credit: Pictorial Parade / Archive Photos / Getty Images)

Famed musician, military veteran, actor and activist Harry Belafonte passed away on April 25, 2023, at the age of 96. According to reports, his death was the result of congestive heart failure. Prior to his passing, he’d suffered a number of health issues, such as prostate cancer and a stroke, the latter of which resulted in the loss of his inner-ear balance.

Belafonte’s decades-spanning career was unrivaled. One of the few individuals to receive an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), he popularized the Caribbean’s popular calypso-style of music, bringing it to the masses with catchy hits like “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and “Jamaica Farewell.”

While largely focused on his music, he did also delve into the acting world, with many of his roles considered controversial at the time. The most notable were Kansas City (1996), Island in the Sun (1957) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). The 1957 film Island of the Sun, in which he starred alongside Joan Fontaine, was considered particularly controversial for its depiction of an interracial romance.

On top of all this, he was also a political activist and humanitarian, speaking out about the Civil Rights Movement, despite it leading to him being blacklisted, and US foreign policy. He also raised funds for Africa. Belafonte was particularly close with Martin Luther King Jr., providing the activist’s family with thousands of dollars in funds and helping to organize the March on Washington in 1963.

Barry Humphries

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Barry Humphries, 2020. (Photo Credit: James D. Morgan / Getty Images)

Famed Australian comedian Barry Humphries passed away on April 22, 2023, at the age of 89. He’d gone in for hip surgery following a fall in February and died due to complications from the procedure. Following his death, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called Humphries a “great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-a-kind.”

Best known for his character Dame Edna Everage, Humphries had a decades-spanning career that included a talk show in the 1980s, titled The Dame Edna Everage Experience (1987-89). Centering his career in the United Kingdom, he created a host of other personas, which made him a staple of the British entertainment industry.

Len Goodman

Len Goodman posing on a red carpet
Len Goodman, 2019. (Photo Credit: VALERIE MACON / AFP / Getty Images)

Len Goodman, best known for being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing (2004-present) and Dancing with the Stars (2005-present), passed away on April 22, 2023. The 78-year-old had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and died in hospice care.

Goodman, himself a talented ballroom dancer, was known across the world for his expressive judging style, often showcasing his British personality by comparing competitors’ dance moves to “sizzling sausages on the barbecue,” among other colloquialisms. This led him to develop a large and dedicated fanbase, who often tuned into Strictly and Dancing with the Stars just to hear his critiques.

Mary Quant

Mary Quant looking at a mannequin in a storefront window
Mary Quant outside of her own store, 1960. (Photo Credit: Cyril Maitland / Mirrorpix / Getty Images)

The mastermind behind such fashion trends as the miniskirt passed away at the age of 93. Famed British fashion designer Mary Quant is said to have died “peacefully” at her home in Surrey, England on April 13, 2023.

Quant made a lasting impact throughout her decades-long career in the fashion industry, with some going so far as to compare her influence to that of The Beatles on music. She allowed fashion to have a pop of whimsy and fun through the use of color and mismatched garments, something that became popular with the younger generation. She also showed that big fashion could be accessible to the masses, unlike other designers from her time.

Michael Lerner

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Michael Lerner, 2008. (Photo Credit: Scott Gries / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Academy Award-nominee Michael Lerner passed away on April 8, 2023, at the age of 81. According to reports, the cause of death was complications from seizures.

The actor’s passing was announced by his nephew, who wrote on Instagram, “We lost a legend last night. It’s hard to put into words how brilliant my uncle Michael was, and how influential he was to me. His stories always inspired me and made me fall in love with acting.

“He was the coolest, most confident, talented guy, and the fact that he was my blood will always make me feel special. Everyone that knows him knows how insane he was – in the best way. I’m so lucky I got to spend so much time with him, and we’re all lucky we can continue to watch his work for the rest of time.”

Lerner received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jack Lipnick in 1991’s Barton Fink. He starred in a number of films and television shows throughout his career, including Godzilla (1998), Elf (2003) and National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982).

Elizabeth Hubbard

Elizabeth Hubbard posing on a red carpet
Elizabeth Hubbard, 2016. (Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Famed soap opera star Elizabeth Hubbard died of cancer on April 8, 2023, at the age of 89. Her death was announced by her son, who wrote on Facebook, “Thank you for being an unmovable rock that guided me through life. I will try to honour your memory for as long as I live.”

Over the course of her decades-long television career, Hubbard starred in a number of soap operas, including The Doctors (1963-82) and As the World Turns (1956-2010). She’d most recently appeared as Eva Montgomery in Anacostia (2009-present), a role which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.

Paul Cattermole

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Paul Cattermole, 2023. (Photo Credit: Dave J. Hogan / Getty Images For XIX Management)

S Club 7 member Paul Cattermole passed away on April 6, 2023, at the page of 46. At the time, the musician was gearing up for the group’s upcoming reunion tour, which had been announced just weeks prior. His cause of death was determined to be heart failure.

Cattermole and S Club 7 were among the biggest names in Britain during the 1990s and early 2000s, with the group releasing such hits as “Reach” and “S Club Party.” According to the surviving members, their comeback tour is still slated to occur, just under the new moniker, “S Club,” with the “7” dropped.

Klaus Teuber

Klaus Teuber holding Catan and two trophies
Klaus Teuber, 1995. (Photo Credit: Uta Rademacher / Picture Alliance / Getty Images)

The creator of Catan, arguably one of the most popular multiplayer board games ever released, has died. Klaus Teuber passed away on April 1, 2023 following a brief illness. He was 70 years old.

After working years as a dental technician, Teuber found himself unhappy and thus turned to developing tabletop games as a past time. He wound up pursuing the venture full-time after finding success. While he was best known for Catan, Teuber actually invented a number of board games, four of which (including Catan) earned him the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto speaking at a podium
Ryuichi Sakamoto at the 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival, 2018. (Photo Credit: Thomas Niedermueller / Getty Images)

Famed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away on March 28, 2023, at the age of 71. The BAFTA, Academy Award and Grammy winner’s death was announced via his official Twitter account on April 2, with musicians and celebrities sharing their condolences.

Sakamoto launched his decades-long career in 1970, with his enrolment at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His work has been featured in a wide array of popular Hollywood films, the most famous of which is The Last Emperor (1987), for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Score. His music was also featured in the likes of Little Buddha (1993), The Revenant (2015) and The Sheltering Sky (1990).

Paul O’Grady

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall standing with Paul O'Grady, who's holding a dog
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Paul O’Grady, 2012. (Photo Credit: Adrian Dennis – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Famed British presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady passed away “unexpectedly but peacefully” on March 28, 2023. The news was shared by his husband, Andre Portasio. Known for his love of dogs, as well as his drag persona, Lily Savage, O’Grady was a mainstay of British television and radio, known for hosting a number of chat shows and comedy performances.

A statement released on behalf of Camilla, Queen Consort said she was “deeply saddened to have learned of the death of Paul O’Grady, with whom she worked closely to support the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and whose warm heart and infectious humour lit up the lives of so many.”

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick posing on a red carpet
Lance Reddick, 2019. (Photo Credit: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Sixty-year-old actor Lance Reddick, best known for his roles in The Wire (2002-08), the John Wick franchise, Fringe (2008-13) and Bosch (2014-21), has passed away. First reported by TMZ, he reportedly died “suddenly” on the morning of March 17, 2023, with the cause being heart disease.

On Twitter, Reddick’s The Wire co-star, Wendell Pierce, wrote, “A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. [A] sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP.”

Reddick began his acting career in the early 1990s by attending the Yale School of Drama. After a handful of minor roles on television and film, his big break came with The Wire, in which he starred alongside Pierce, Dominic West and Sonja Sohn.

Robert Blake

Robert Blake sitting in a courtroom chair
Robert Blake, 2004. (Photo Credit: Mike FANOUS / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

Actor-turned-accused murderer Robert Blake passed away from heart disease on March 9, 2023. He was 89 years old. The news was made public by his niece, Noreen, who released a statement via the Associated Press.

Born in 1933, Blake was originally best known for his roles in Baretta (1975-78) and In Cold Blood (1967) – that is, until the death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. On May 4, 2001, Bakley was shot in the head while sitting in Blake’s car near an Italian restaurant in Studio City, California. Despite denying any involvement in his partner’s murder, Blake was arrested and charged, along with his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell.

A jury ultimately found Blake not guilty of the crime, a decision that was met with mixed reactions from the public. Blakey’s children later brought a civil suit against the award-winning actor, leading a separate jury to find him liable to the tune of $30 million (later decreased to $15 million). He subsequently filed for bankruptcy, and lived out the remainder of his days largely away from the limelight.

Chaim Topol

Chaim Topol as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Fiddler on the Roof, 1971. (Photo Credit: Carlito / United Artists / MovieStillsDB)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971) star Chaim Topol died at the age 87 in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 8, 2023. In June 2022, the media was informed that the famed actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and, just hours before he passed, his family revealed he was “living his final hours.” A cause of death wasn’t announced.

Following Topol’s passing, Israeli President Isaac Herzog called him “one of the most prominent Israeli stage artists, a gifted actor who conquered many stages in Israel and overseas, filled the cinema screens with his presence and, above all, deeply entered our hearts.”

It’s believed Topol performed the role of Tevye both on-stage and on the big screen at least 3,500 times between 1967 and 2009. For his portrayal of the character in the 1971 film, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, but lost out to Gene Hackman for his role in The French Connection (1971).

Gary Rossington

Gary Rossington performing on stage
Gary Rossington performing at the Stagecoach Music Festival, 2019. (Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson / Getty Images for Stagecoach)

The last surviving member of the original lineup for Lynyrd Skynyrd passed away on March 5, 2023. News of 71-year-old Gary Rossington’s death was shared via the band’s Facebook page, with the post reading, “It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today.”

No cause of death was revealed. However, Rossington was known to have struggled with heart issues in recent years, with him undergoing surgery in 2021. Despite his health issues, he was performing up until this past February.

Rossington was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and among the survivors of a devastating plane crash in 1977 that resulted in the deaths of many of his bandmates. He contributed to every album the band released, and is credited with co-writing their smash hit, “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Tom Sizemore

Tom Sizemore posing on a red carpet
Tom Sizemore, 2003. (Photo Credit: Chris Polk / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Saving Private Ryan (1998) star Tom Sizemore passed away on March 3, 2023, at the age of 61. His death came just weeks after the actor suffered a brain aneurysm at his home in Los Angeles, California. After spending days in hospital in critical condition, it was announced his family was beginning to put his affair’s in order, as doctors had said there was “no further hope.”

Sizemore’s decades-spanning career saw him star in a number of big-budget and popular films and television series, including Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Black Hawk Down (2001), Natural Born Killers (1994), Hawaii Five-0 (2010-20) and Twin Peaks (2017).

He also had multiple run-ins with the law, which impacted his career later in life. Along with substance abuse problems and a conviction for domestic violence, Sizemore also plead no contest to charges of domestic abuse. In 2017, it was revealed he had allegedly abused a minor while filming Born Killers (2005). The actor and his representative denied the allegations, and a judge ultimately dismissed a lawsuit from his purported victim.

Gordon Pinsent

Gordon Pinsent posing on a red carpet
Gordon Pinsent attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Canadian Press Conference. (Photo Credit: Isaiah Trickey / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Famed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent passed away in his sleep on February 25, 2023 from a cerebral hemorrhage. The 92-year-old’s death was confirmed by friend and fellow actor Mark Critch. Posting to Twitter, Critch wrote:

“My pal Gordon Pinsent passed. I saw him a few weeks ago, his twinkle as bright as ever. I looked up to him as the Rowdyman but loved him as Porky Pinsent from Grand Falls. He cut the path the rest of us travelled. A household name based on Canadian work. The best there ever was.”

Pinsent’s acting career dated back to 1963, with a an appearance on the short-lived Canadian soap opera, Scarlett Hill (1962-64). He followed this up with many more television appearances and roles on the big screen, the most notable of which were The Red Green Show (1991-2006), Due South (1994-99), Newman’s Law (1974) and the Pippi Longstocking animated film (1997).

Rick Newman

Rick Newman looking to the side
Rick Newman, 2006. (Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin / WireImage / Getty Images)

Rick Newman passed away on February 20, 2023, at the age of 81. According to Peter Martin, his partner in the Manhattan performance space Triad Theater, the legendary comedy club fonder passed away at his Los Angeles home from cancer and complications of heart operations.

Newman opened Catch a Rising Star in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1972 and helped launch the burgeoning careers of such comics as Billy Crystal, Jay Leno and the late Robin Williams. Before long, the club became one of the areas hottest spots, with singer Pat Benatar performing there and finding a manager in Newman.

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer as John Munch in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 1999-present. (Photo Credit: jeffw616 / MovieStillsDB)

Regardless of which generation you grew up in, everyone knows Richard Belzer as John Munch from Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99) and the Law & Order franchise. The famed comedian and actor was best when paired with Ice-T’s “Fin” Tutuola.

Sadly, Belzer passed away at his home in France on February 19, 2023. According to his friend, Bill Scheft, the famed actor and comedian had experienced a decline in health, including unspecified respiratory and circulatory conditions, which ultimately led to his death. Scheft also revealed that his last words were, “F**k you, motherf****r!”

While he largely left the spotlight following his departure from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-present), Belzer did continue to make the odd appearance in film and television over the years, with his last on-screen appearance being in the 2017 documentary Gilbert, which covered the life of the late-comedian, Gilbert Gottfried.

Raquel Welch

Portrait of Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch, 1967. (Photo Credit: Herbert Dorfman / CORBIS / Getty Images)

1960s bombshell Raquel Welch died after suffering a cardiac arrest on February 15, 2023. She was 82 years old, and is reported to have been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at the time, something she hadn’t disclosed to the public. Her body was cremated.

Welch first rose to fame in 1966 with her films One Million Years B.C. and Fantastic Voyage, and later went on to have a decades-spanning career that also saw her star in such hits as Myra Breckinridge (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973) and Right to Die (1987).

Outside of her acting skills, she was also renowned for her looks, with many considering her one Hollywood’s most beautiful stars. At the height of her career, Welch brought about a new sense of what female sexuality could be, far from the “blonde bombshell” look that such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield exemplified.

Burt Bacharach

Portrait of Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach, 1987. (Photo Credit: Harry Langdon / Getty Images)

The man behind the popular song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” Burt Bacharach, passed away of natural causes on February 8, 2023, at the age of 94. His death was confirmed by a family member and signaled the end of a life that produced hundreds of pop songs, many of which became immensely popular.

Bacharach had a life-long love of music, pursuing it long before his skills made him famous. While stationed in Germany with the US Army during the late 1940s, Bacharach both arranged and played music for dance bands, and following his discharge chose to pursue the craft full-time. This ultimately led him to work with famed actress, Marlene Dietrich.

As Bacharach’s star continued to grow, so did his accolades. He won Academy Awards for his work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Arthur (1981). He was also the recipient of several Grammy Awards for “Alfie” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” among other releases.

Barbara Bosson

Barbara Bosson as Fay Furillo in 'Hill Street Blues'
Hill Street Blues, 1981-87. (Photo Credit: Esamuel / MovieStillsDB)

Five-time Emmy nominee Barbara Bosson passed away in Los Angeles on February 18, 2023. She was 86.

Her passing was confirmed by her son, who wrote on Instagram, “More spirit and zest than you could shake a stick at. When she loved you, you felt it without a doubt. If she didn’t, you may well have also known that too. Forever in our hearts. I love you Mama.”

Bosson was best known for portraying Fay Furillo on the NBC police series, Hill Street Blues. Following her tenure on the show, she starred in the comedy series, Hooperman (1987-89), and the legal drama, Murder One (1995-97). Her last role was a guest appearance on an episode of Total Security (1997).

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne leaning against a wall
Paco Rabanne, 2006. (Photo Credit: Luis Davilla / Cover / Getty Images)

Famed fashion designer Paco Rabanne passed away at his home in France on February 3, 2023. The news was shared by Paig, the company that owns his fashion house, which wrote in a statement, “The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to honour our visionary designer and founder who passed away today at the age of 88. Among the most seminal fashion figures of the 20th century, his legacy will remain.”

Rabanne, who hailed from Spain and was also a big name in the perfume industry, was best known for going against the grain when it came to his designs. This allowed him to stand out among his peers in the fashion world – so much so that Coco Chanel called him the “metallurgist of fashion.”

Lisa Loring

Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in 'The Addams Family'
The Addams Family, 1964-66. (Photo Credit: MoviePics1001 / MovieStillsDB)

Best known for portraying Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1964-66), Lisa Loring was among the most popular child stars of the 1960s. She put on a memorable performance as the macabre child of Gomez and Morticia Addams, and was arguably a fan favorite.

Loring passed away on January 28, 2023, at the age of 64. Just four days prior, she’d suffered a massive stroke and was put on life support. News of her death was confirmed by her daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, in a statement to Variety, which read, “She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands.”

Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine holding a large yellow flower
Tom Verlaine, 1987. (Photo Credit: Ebert Roberts / Redferns / Getty Images)

Television frontman Tom Verlaine passed away on January 28, 2023, at the age of 73, from a brief illness. The man behind one of the 1970s’ best albums, Verlaine was known for his near-inhuman abilities on the guitar. Outside of Television, he also released a number of solo vocal and instrumental albums.

Many musicians have shared tributes to Verlaine, including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who tweeted, “listened to Marquee Moon 1000 times. And I mean LISTENED, sitting still, lights down low taking it all in. awe and wonder every time. Will listen 1000 more. Tom Verlaine is one of the greatest rock musicians ever. He effected the way John and I play immeasurably. Fly on Tom.”

Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney in 'Laverne & Shirley'
Laverne & Shirley, 1976-83. (Photo Credit: diannecan / MovieStillsDB)

Cindy Williams, who portrayed Shirley Feeney in the beloved 1970s sitcom, Laverne & Shirley (1976-83), passed away on January 25, 2023. According to her family, she passed after a brief illness. She was 75.

The statement released by the family read, “The passing of our kind, hilarious member, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”

Williams began her acting career by appearing in commercials. This ultimately led to a three-episode stint on Room 222 (1969-74). While her most famous role was on Laverne & Shirley, she also starred in Getting By (1993-94), Strip Mall (2000-01) and American Graffiti (1974).

David Crosby

David Crosby playing the guitar on stage
David Crosby performing in Tokyo, Japan, 1975. (Photo Credit: Koh Hasebe / Shinko Music / Getty Images)

While all the deaths on this list were unexpected, one many weren’t expecting was that of Crosby, Stills & Nash co-founder, David Crosby. The 81-year-old passed away on January 18, 2023, shocking fans, as he was active on social media as recently as the day before word of his death was announced. It was later determined he’d passed in his sleep due to complications from COVID-19.

Despite being estranged, former bandmate Graham Nash paid tribute to Crosby on Instagram, writing, “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years.

“David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most.”

Gina Lollobrigida

Portrait of Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida, 1955. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

On January 15, 2023, the “most beautiful woman in the world” passed away. Rising to fame between the 1950s and ’60s, Gina Lollobrigida was often compared to fellow Italian actress Sophia Loren, with whom she later feuded. Her English-language film debut occurred in 1953, with the release of Beat the Devil, starring Humphrey Bogart.

Following her acting career, Lollobrigida became a photojournalist and was among the few who were able to secure an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro. In her later years, she unsuccessfully attempted to enter politics, running for a seat in the European Parliament.

Julian Sands

Julian Sands standing on a red carpet
Julian Sands at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, 2019. (Photo Credit: Marco Piraccini / Archivio Marco Piraccini / Mondadori Portfolio / Getty Images)

Months after Julian Sands was reported missing following a climb in California’s San Gabriel Mountains, remains were found and identified as belonging to the actor. Sands was last seen on January 13, 2023. An avid mountaineer and lover of the outdoors, he’d spoken about finding human remains on previous hikes, an eerie foreshadowing of what would later happen.

While search efforts occurred, they were hampered by winter weather conditions that continued until late spring. A few days after the remains were found, Sands’ family said in a statement, “We continue to hold Julian in our hearts with bright memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, explorer, lover of the natural world and arts, and as an original and collaborative performer.”

On July 24, 2023, it was announced that the coroner had released their report, in which they said Sands’ cause of death was “undetermined,” due to the state of his remains when they were found. A spokesperson with the San Bernardino County Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter that this type of determination is “common when dealing with cases of this type.”

Sands’ breakout role was as George Emerson in 1985’s A Room with a View. Over the course of his decades-long career, he starred in a number of television shows and films, including Warlock (1989), Arachnophobia (1990), The Medallion (2003), Crossbones (2014) and Smallville (2001-11). He even lent his voice to the video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Robbie Knievel

Evel and Robbie Knievel standing together
Evel and Robbie Knievel, 1981. (Photo Credit: Mark Weiss / WireImage / Getty Images)

The son of famed daredevil Evel Knievel, Robbie Knievel passed away on January 13, 2023 from pancreatic cancer. The 60-year-old followed in his father’s footsteps, performing impressive motorcycle stunts the average enthusiast wouldn’t dare attempt. His career spanned 30 years, during which he landed over 350 death-defying jumps.

Knievel was living in a hospice situation in Reno, Nevada at the time of his death. Speaking with the Associated Press, his brother, Kelly Knievel, said, “Daredevils don’t live easy lives. He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it was for my brother.”

Robbie Bachman

Robbie Bachman playing the drums on stage
Robbie Bachman performing with Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1974. (Photo Credit: Fin Costello / Redferns / Getty Images)

Robbie Bachman, the original drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive and its predecessor, Brave Belt, passed away on January 12, 2023. The cause of the 69-year-old’s death was not revealed.

Bachman was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014, having made significant contributions to the country’s music industry, both national and worldwide. Among them was his co-writing of some of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s biggest hits, including “Roll On Down the Highway” and “Hold Back the Water.”

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley posing on a red carpet
Lisa Marie Presley at the NARM Music Biz Awards Dinner Party, 2012. (Photo Credit: Michael Tran / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, passed away on January 12, 2023. The 54-year-old was rushed to hospital after being found unresponsive in her bedroom, having suffered an apparent cardiac arrest. CPR was administered until paramedics arrived, but little could be done to help her.

Presley was placed in an induced coma, due to her critical state. She subsequently suffered another cardiac arrest while receiving medical care, which ultimately led to her untimely death. Just two days prior, she’d attended the Golden Globes, where Austin Butler took home the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of her father in Elvis (2022).

On July 13, 2023, TMZ revealed it had obtained the coroner’s report, which stated Presley’s death was the result of a small bowel obstruction, which was caused by an adhesion related to bariatric surgery she’d previously underwent. Her toxicology report also noted that she had two substances in her system – Oxycodone and Buprenorphine – which can cause constipation.

Presley’s passing has been marred by family unrest, with it coming to light after that she’d left her daughter, Riley Keough, as the sole person in charge of her trust. The change came after Priscilla sided with Presley’s ex-husband, Michael, when it came to the custody proceedings surrounding the pair’s twins.

Priscilla subsequently launched legal action against Keough, in relation to the trust, with a settlement being agreed upon on May 16. It will see Keough become the sole trustee of Presley’s estate, while paying her grandmother $1 million. A motion for approval is slated for this coming August.

Tatjana Patitz

Tatjana Patitz posing on a runway
Tatjana Patitz walking the runway at the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer showcase, 1991. (Photo Credit: Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

Famed German supermodel Tatjana Patitz passed away from metastatic breast cancer on January 11, 2023. Known for being one of the “original” supermodels, she walked the runway for a number of prominent designers and even appeared in the pages of Elle and Vogue.

Unlike other supermodels from the 1980s and ’90s, Patitz lived a relatively quiet life, preferring to spend time with her family. Her talent and good looks afforded her a number of high-profile fans, including Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief.

Carole Cook

Still from 'Grey's Anatomy'
Grey’s Anatomy, 2005 – present. (Photo Credit: jeffw616 / ABC / MovieStillsDB)

On January 11, 2023, just three days before her 99th birthday, famed actress Carole Cook passed away from heart failure. Her passing was confirmed by her long-time husband, Tom Troupe.

Cook’s big break came when Lucille Ball invited her to work for her and Desi Arnaz‘s production company, Desilu Studios. After that, she secured roles in The Lucy Show (1962-68), Here’s Lucy (1968-74), American Gigolo (1980) and Sixteen Candles (1984), among many others.

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck playing the guitar on stage
Jeff Beck performing at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas, 2015. (Photo Credit: Rick Kern / WireImage / Getty Images)

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck passed away on January 10, 2023 after contracting bacterial meningitis. The 78-year-old, who rose to fame with English rock band The Yardbirds, was the recipient of eight Grammy Awards and twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – once with his band and the second time as a solo artist.

Following Beck’s death, bandmate Ronnie Wood tweeted, “Now Jeff has gone, I feel like one of my band of brothers has left this world, and I’m going to dearly miss him. I’m sending much sympathy to Sandra, his family, and all who loved him. I want to thank him for all our early days together in Jeff Beck Group, conquering America.”

King Constantine II

King Constantine II speaking at a podium
King Constantine II delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the Round Square International Conference, 2011. (Photo Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The last reigning monarch of Greece upon the country’s abolishment of the monarchy in 1974, King Constantine II was best known to modern audiences for being Prince William‘s godfather. On January 10, 2023, at the age of 82, Constantine passed away from complications caused by a stroke he’d suffered four days prior.

The Greek government made the decision to not give Constantine a state funeral. He was laid to rest on January 16, in a ceremony attended by nine European monarchs and 200 other attendees. Among those present were King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Melinda Dillon

Melinda Dillon as Jillian Guiler in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977. (Photo Credit: movienutt / Columbia Pictures / MovieStillsDB)

Melinda Dillon, best known for her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Harry and the Hendersons (1987) and A Christmas Story (1983), passed away on January 9, 2023 – although, her death wasn’t made public until around a month later. The famed actress was most active during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, and while she largely kept out of the spotlight in the decades since, her films continue to have a cult following.

Very little is known about her death, other than she passed at the age of 83 and that her remains were cremated.

Adam Rich

Portrait of Adam Rich
Adam Rich, 1982. (Photo Credit: Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images)

Best known for portraying Nicholas Bradford on Eight Is Enough (1977-81), Adam Rich was once nicknamed “America’s Little Brother.” Sadly, on January 7, 2023, he passed away at his Los Angeles, California home, at the age of 54. His cause of death was not released to the public.

Following his stint on Eight Is Enough, Rich made a number of guest appearances on various television shows, after which he secured a voiceover role in the cartoon adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons (1983-85). As the 1980s came to a close, he largely retired from the small screen, likely due to his long-term struggles with addiction.

Arthur Duncan

Arthur Duncan putting on a tie
Arthur Duncan, 1962. (Photo Credit: Jože Gal / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

One of the 20th century’s most famous tap dancers, Arthur Duncan got his big break on The Betty White Show (1952-54) as the first African-American regular on a variety television program. He followed this up by joining Bob Hope‘s touring USO troupe, and over the course of his career put on performances around the world.

Duncan passed away on January 4, 2023 from pneumonia and a stroke. Interestingly enough, it was only after his death that the world learned he was actually born in 1925, not ’33 like biographers had claimed. According to his wife, the late dancer never corrected the error because “he never wanted to discuss anything personal.”

Fred White

Fred White playing the drums on stage
Fred White performing with Earth, Wind & Fire, 1979. (Photo Credit: Rob Verhorst / Redfern / Getty Images)

On January 1, 2023, drummer Fred White passed away at the age of 67. His cause of death wasn’t publicly released.

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Among the early members of the genre-bending Earth, Wind & Fire, he performed with the band from 1974-84. Announcing the news on Instagram, fellow bandmate Verdine White wrote:

“Dearest Family Friends and Fans…..Our family is saddened today With the loss of an amazing and talented family member, Our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White.”

Clare Fitzgerald

Clare Fitzgerald is a Writer and Editor with eight years of experience in the online content sphere. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at Western University, her portfolio includes coverage of digital media, current affairs, history and true crime.

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