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Celebrities We’ve 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 stars. 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’ve lost thus far in 2023.

Tina Turner

Portrait of Tina Turner

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

The legendary “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll,” Tina Turner, passed away on May 24, 2023, at the age of 83. According to her agent, she “died peacefully” at her home in Switzerland after battling a lengthy illness. They ended their statement by saying, “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

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, 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 via 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 at the age of 81. 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, passing away in 2021.

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.

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 music with the release of his 2004 album, Harmony.

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.

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 such hits as “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). On top of all this, he was also a political activist and humanitarian, speaking out about the Civil Rights Movement and US foreign policy, and raising funds for Africa.

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 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.

Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer as Mr. White in 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'

Sharknado 3, 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.

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 for frequently being the site of fights between guests. Due to its reputation, Springer famously dubbed it the “worst TV show of all time.”

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 passed away 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.

Petr Klima

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 Klima passed away at his home in Chomutov, Czech Republic on May 4, 2023, at the age of 58. While a cause of death hasn’t been 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 this 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.

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.

Michael Lerner

Portrait of Michael Lerner

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

Academy Award-nominee Michael Lerner has passed away at the age of 81. The actor’s death 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 Support Actor for his role as Jack Lipnick in 1991’s Barton Fink. He starred in a number of films and television shows throughout his decades-spanning career, including Godzilla (1998), Elf (2003) and National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982).

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 which was the human disguise of an alien trying to cross the US-Mexico border.

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick posing on a red carpet

Lance Reddick, 2019. (Photo Credit: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic)

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 believed to have been natural causes.

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.”

Raquel Welch

Portrait of Raquel Welch

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

1960s bombshell Raquel Welch passed away on February 15, 2023 from a brief illness. She was 82 years old.

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 to be among Hollywood’s most beautiful stars.

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, at the age of 92. His 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).

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), has died from pancreatic cancer, 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.”

Since her eight-episode appearance in M*A*S*H, Saki also 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.

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 numerous TV shows over the course of his decades-long career, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-15), M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues (1981-87), Night Court (1984-92) and All in the Family (1971-79) – and that’s just scratching the surface of his resume. He made his television 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.”

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 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.

According to his family, Bacharach passed away from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

Paul Cattermole

Portrait of Paul Cattermole

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 is currently unknown, but officials don’t consider it suspicious.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 known 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, which ultimately led to his death.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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 has passed away 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.

Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries holding up a book to his face

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 talkshow 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.

 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 19, 2023, shocking fans, as he was active on social media as recently as the day before word of his death was announced.

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.”

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).

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).

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.

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.

Bob Born

Box of pink and yellow peeps

Bob Born was known for being the “Father of Peeps” and the inventor of Hot Tamales. (Photo Credit: William Thomas Cain / Getty Images)

For many, Peeps are a staple around Easter. Sadly, the man behind the famous marshmallow treat, Ira “Bob” Born passed away in January 2023, at the age of 98. Along with being known as the “Father of Peeps,” Born’s also credited with inventing Hot Tamales by reworking traditional Mike and Ikes, and can easily be credited with revolutionizing the entire candy industry.

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.”

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 bone 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.

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 has not been publicly released.

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.”

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 United States.

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.

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).

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

Carole Cook

Still from 'Grey's Anatomy'

Carole Cook in 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.

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 has passed away. News of 71-year-old Gary Rossington’s death was shared via the band’s Facebook page on March 5, 2023, 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 has been 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.”

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).

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 has 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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 has not been 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).

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.

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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.

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.

Among her accomplishments are being the Founder of the true crime blog, Stories of the Unsolved, which garners between 400,000 and 500,000 views annually, and a contributor for John Lordan’s Seriously Mysterious podcast. Prior to its hiatus, she also served as the Head of Content for UK YouTube publication, TenEighty Magazine.

In her spare time, Clare likes to play Pokemon GO and re-watch Heartland over and over (and over) again. She’ll also rave about her three Maltese dogs whenever she gets the chance.

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