2017 Celebrity Deaths

2017 Celebrity Deaths

2017 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost in 2017

The world lost iconic musicians, renowned actors, beloved comedians, business leaders, military heroes, religious leaders, political activists, and legendary athletes in 2017. Here’s a look back at 2017 celebrity deaths.

2017 Celebrity Deaths

January 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jan 02 – Richard Machowicz, 51
Famous For: Actor; Navy Seal; Television show host (Future Weapons, Deadliest Warrior)
Cause of Death: Brain cancer

Jan 03 – Rodney Bennett, 81
Famous For: British television director (Doctor Who)

Jan 03 – Martin Brandtner, 78
Famous For: American Marine Corps general

Jan 03 – Mike Buchanan, 84,
Famous For: Canadian Ice hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks

Jan 04 – Milt Schmidt, 98
Famous For: Canadian Hall of Fame ice hockey player, coach and general manager with the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals
Cause of Death: Stroke

Jan 06 – Francine York, 80
Famous For: Actress; Starred as Sabrina Kincaid in The Doll Squad (1973) and other films, including It’s Only Money, Batman and The Family Man
Cause of Death: Cancer

Francine York - 1968 guest appearance on 'It Takes a Thief'

Francine York – 1968 guest appearance on ‘It Takes a Thief(Public Domain)

Jan 07 – John Deely, 74
Famous For: American philosopher
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 08 – Roy Innis, 82
Famous For: American politician and civil rights activist; National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (since 1968)
Cause of Death: Complications from Parkinson’s disease

Roy Innis - Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality - circa 1970

Roy Innis – Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality – circa 1970. (Wikipedia)

Jan 10 – Buddy Greco, 90
Famous For: American jazz and pop singer; Actor (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) and pianist

Jan 12 – William Peter Blatty, 89
Famous For: American novelist (The Exorcist, Legion); Screenwriter (A Shot in the Dark)
Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

Jan 12 – Milton Metz, 95
Famous For: American radio and television sports personality
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Jan 12 – Frank Spellman, 94
Famous For: American weightlifting Olympic champion (1948); United States Weight Lifting Hall of Fame

Jan 13 – Dick Gautier, 85
Famous For: American actor (Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, Transformers, Bye Bye Birdie)

Jan 13 – David Modell, 56
Famous For: American businessman; Owner of the Baltimore Ravens
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 13 – Nicodemo Scarfo, 87
Famous For: American mobster; Boss of Philadelphia crime family from 1981–1991

Jan 16 – Eugene Cernan, 82
Famous For: American astronaut on missions Apollo 7, Apollo 14, Apollo 17; Last person to walk on the Moon

American Astronaut, Eugene Cernan - December 1971

American Astronaut, Eugene Cernan – December 1971.  Cernan is the last person to have walked on the Moon. (Public Domain)

Jan 16 – Charles “Bobo” Shaw, 69
Famous For: American jazz drummer with Human Arts Ensemble and Black Artists Group

Jan 17 – Brenda C. Barnes, 63
Famous For: American businesswoman; CEO of Sara Lee from 2005–2010
Cause of Death: stroke

Jan 17 – Philip Bond, 82
Famous For: British actor, starred in Doctor Who and The Onedin Line

Jan 18 – Red Adams, 95
Famous For: American baseball player with the Chicago Cubs and coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Jan 19 – Miguel Ferrer, 61
Famous For: American actor (RoboCop, Mulan, Crossing Jordan)
Cause of Death: Throat cancer

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Miguel Ferrer - September 2015

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Actor Miguel Ferrer is shown here in September 2015. Ferrer passed away on January 19, 2017 from throat cancer. (Wikipedia)

Jan 19 – Walt Streuli, 81
Famous For: American baseball player with the Detroit Tigers

Jan 19 – H. Boyd Woodruff, 99
Famous For: American microbiologist; Discovered actinomycin

Jan 24 – Gil Ray, 60
Famous For: American drummer (Game Theory, The Loud Family)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jan 24 – Butch Trucks, 69
Famous For: American drummer with The Allman Brothers Band
Cause of Death: Suicide by gunshot

Jan 25 – Kevin Geer, 64
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Twelve Angry Men, The Pelican Brief, and The Contender
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Jan 25 – Sir John Hurt, 77
Famous For: British actor; Hurt was known for playing roles in films Midnight Express, Alien, and The Elephant Man
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Jan 25 – Mary Tyler Moore, 80
Famous For: American actress, starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Ordinary People; Philanthropist (JDRF)
Cause of Death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by diabetic-related pneumonia

1960 Photo of Mary Tyler Moore from the television drama series Johnny Staccato. Moore played a beauty pageant contestant who hired Staccato to protect her

1960 Photo of Mary Tyler Moore from the television drama series Johnny Staccato. Moore played a beauty pageant contestant who hired Staccato to protect her. (Public Domain)

Jan 30 – Carmen Contreras-Bozak, 97
Famous For: American World War II veteran; She was the first Hispanic to serve in the Women’s Army Corps

Jan 31 – Frank Pellegrino, 72
Famous For: American actor (Goodfellas, The Sopranos); Restaurateur (Rao’s)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer


February 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Feb 01 – Edward Tipper, 95
Famous For: American World War II veteran (Private of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division, United States Army during World War II); Subject of HBO television series Band of Brothers

Feb 06 – Irwin Corey, 102
Famous For: American comedian (The Steve Allen Show) and actor (Car Wash, Doc, and Thieves)

Feb 07 – Richard Hatch, 71
Famous For: American actor known for roles in All My Children, Battlestar Galactica, and The Streets of San Francisco
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Feb 10 – Bradley Ayers, 81
Famous For: American soldier and CIA operative; Ayers is known for saying that the CIA played a role in the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Feb 10 – Mike Ilitch, 87
Famous For: American businessman and sports team owner (Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers); Ilitch was the founder of Little Caesars

Feb 11 – Barbara Carroll, 92
Famous For: American jazz pianist and singer

Feb 11 – Chavo Guerrero Sr., 68
Famous For: American professional wrestler (NWA, AWA, WWE)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Feb 11 – Fab Melo, 26
Famous For: Brazilian born professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Feb 12 – Al Jarreau, 76
Famous For: American jazz and R&B singer (Moonlighting, Since I Fell for You, We Are the World); Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy winner
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

American singer Al Jarreau during concert at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany - January 16 1981

American singer Al Jarreau during concert at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany – January 16 1981. (Creative Commons)

Feb 13 – e-dubble (Birth name Evan Sewell Wallace), 34
Famous For: American rap artist; Founder of Black Paisley Records
Cause of Death: Blood infection

Feb 16 – George “The Animal” Steele, 79
Famous For: American professional wrestler (WWF); Actor (Ed Wood)
Cause of Death: Renal failure

Feb 17 – Andrew Schneider, 74
Famous For: American journalist with the Pittsburgh Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Pulitzer Prize winner (1986, 1987)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Feb 19 – Larry Coryell, 73
Famous For: American jazz guitarist; Coryell was known as the “Godfather of Fusion”
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Feb 20 – Mildred Dresselhaus, 86
Famous For: American nanotechnologist (Carbon nanotubes); First female professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Feb 25 – Bill Paxton, 61
Famous For: American actor (Apollo 13, Aliens, Big Love, Twister)
Cause of Death: Stroke complicated by heart surgery

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Bill Paxton at 2014 WonderCon for 'Edge of Tomorrow' - Anaheim, California

2017 Celebrity Deaths – Bill Paxton at 2014 WonderCon for ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘ – Anaheim, California. (Creative Commons)

Feb 26 – Joseph Wapner, 97
Famous For: American judge and television personality (The People’s Court, Judge Wapner’s Animal Court)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Feb 27 – John Harlan, 91
Famous For: American radio and television personality (Name That Tune)


March 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Mar 05 – Florence S. Jacobsen, 103
Famous For: American Mormon leader and missionary; General President of the Young Women Organization from 1961–1972

Mar 06 – Bill Hougland, 86
Famous For: American basketball player (Phillips 66ers), Olympic champion (1952 and 1956); Businessman, Vice President of Koch Industries (until 1991)

Mar 07 – Ron Bass, 68
Famous For: American professional wrestler with the NWA and WWF
Cause of Death: Complications from appendicitis-related surgery

Mar 07 – Hans Georg Dehmelt, 94
Famous For: German-born American physicist; 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics

Mar 08 – George Andrew Olah, 89
Famous For:  Hungarian-born American chemist; 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Mar 08 – Dave Valentin, 64
Famous For: American jazz flutist; Grammy Award-winner (2003)
Cause of Death: Complications from stroke and Parkinson’s disease

Mar 10 – Joni Sledge, 60
Famous For: American singer (Sister Sledge) and songwriter (Then Came You)

Mar 18 – Chuck Berry, 90
Famous For: American Hall of Fame rock and roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Johnny B. Goode, Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Chuck Berry - 1958 publicity photo

Chuck Berry – 1958 publicity photo. (Public Domain)

Mar 19 – Jimmy Breslin, 88
Famous For: American journalist with the New York Daily News and Newsday; Author (Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight), 1986 Pulitzer Prize recipient
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Mar 20 – David Rockefeller, 101
Famous For: American banker (Chase Manhattan); Philanthropist (Rockefeller Brothers Fund)
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Mar 21 – Chuck Barris, 87
Famous For: American television producer; Game show creator (The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game), TV host (The Gong Show); Songwriter (Palisades Park); Barris was the subject of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Mar 22 – Pete Hamilton, 74
Famous For: American racecar driver; 1970 Daytona 500 winner

Mar 22 – Sib Hashian, 67
Famous For: American musician, best known as the drummer of rock band Boston
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Mar 23 – Lola Albright, 92
Famous For: American actress (Champion, Kid Galahad, Peter Gunn)

1959 publicity photo of Lola Albright as Edie Hart in the television show Peter Gunn

1959 publicity photo of Lola Albright as Edie Hart in the television show Peter Gunn. (Public Domain)

Mar 26 – Darlene Cates, 69
Famous For: American actress (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Mar 27 – Arthur Blythe, 76
Famous For: American jazz alto saxophonist; Composer
Cause of Death: Parkinson’s disease

Mar 30 – Rosie Hamlin, 71
Famous For: American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter (Angel Baby); R&B pianist (Rosie and the Originals)


April 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Apr 01 – Gary Austin, 75
Famous For: American theater writer and director (The Groundlings)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Apr 03 – Roy Sievers, 90
Famous For: American baseball player with the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, and Chicago White Sox

Apr 05 – Arthur Bisguier, 87
Famous For: American chess grandmaster and writer
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Apr 05 – Paul O’Neill, 61
Famous For: American producer, composer and songwriter (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Cause of Death: Chronic disease

Apr 06 – Don Rickles, 90
Famous For: American stand-up comedian (The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast); Actor (Toy Story, C.P.O. Sharkey, Kelly’s Heroes)
Cause of Death: Kidney failure

Don Rickles 1973

Don Rickles in 1973. (Public Domain)

Apr 11 – J. Geils, 71
Famous For: American guitarist with The J. Geils Band

Apr 12 – Charlie Murphy, 57
Famous For: American comedian (Chappelle’s Show); Actor (Paper Soldiers, Black Jesus, Meet the Blacks); Screenwriter; Charlie is the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy
Cause of Death: Leukemia

December 2009 photo of Charlie Murphy at an event to promote his book The Making of a Stand Up Guy

December 2009 photo of Charlie Murphy at an event to promote his book The Making of a Stand Up Guy. (Creative Commons)

Apr 13 – Dan Rooney, 84
Famous For: American football executive and diplomat; Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers (since 2003); Ambassador to Ireland from 2009–2012); Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (inducted 2000)

Apr 19 – Aaron Hernandez, 27
Famous For: American football player (New England Patriots); Convicted murderer of Odin Lloyd
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Apr 20 – Cuba Gooding, Sr., 72
Famous For: American soul singer (The Main Ingredient); Actor (Gedo, Children of the Struggle, Save the Children)
Cause of Death: Suspected drug overdose

Apr 22 – Erin Moran, 56
Famous For: American actress best known for playing Joanie in Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi
Cause of Death: Complications from squamous cell carcinoma of the throat

Erin Moran on the set of Happy Days

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham on the set of Happy Days. Moran passed away in 2017 at the age of 56. (Public Domain)

Apr 23 – Kathleen Crowley, 87
Famous For: American actress in the 1950s through 1970; Most known for playing multiple roles on the TV show Maverick

Apr 26 – Jonathan Demme, 73
American movie director;  Demme won an Oscar for 1992’s The Silence of the Lambs
Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease

Apr 28 – Janelle Kirtley, 73
Famous For: American world champion water skier (1961)

Apr 28 – Chad Young, 21
Famous For: American racing cyclist with team Axeon
Cause of Death: Cycling accident


May 2017 Celebrity Deaths

May 01 – Bruce Hampton, 70
Famous For: American musician with the Hampton Grease Band and Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit; Actor (Sling Blade)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

May 06 – Steven Holcomb, 37
Famous For: American bobsledder, Olympic gold medal champion 2010
Cause of Death: Suspected pulmonary edema

May 09 – Christopher Boykin, 45
Famous For: American entertainer and musician, best known for his role in the MTV show Rob & Big
Cause of Death: Heart failure

May 09 – Michael Parks, 77
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Twin Peaks, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kill Bill

May 09 – Wilburn K. Ross, 94
Famous For: American WWII veteran; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in World War II

U.S. President John F. Kennedy congratulating Medal of Honor recipient Wilburn K. Ross - 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy congratulating Medal of Honor recipient Wilburn K. Ross – 1963. (Public Domain)

May 14 – Powers Boothe, 68
Famous For: American actor with roles in Tombstone, Deadwood, Red Dawn and more; Emmy winner (1980)
Cause of Death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pancreatic cancer

May 14 – Brad Grey, 59
Famous For: American producer of films such as The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher; Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures (since 2005)
Cause of Death: Cancer

May 15 – Thomas James Kinsman, 72
Famous For: American soldier, Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in Vietnam

Thomas James Kinsman - Medal of Honor Recipient

Thomas James Kinsman – Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in Vietnam. (Public Domain)

May 15 – Oleg Vidov, 73
Famous For: Russian-American actor starring in films like Red Heat, Wild Orchid, and The Immortals
Cause of Death: Complications from pancreatic cancer

May 17 – Chris Cornell, 52
Famous For: American musician and singer-songwriter as a member of Audioslave and Soundgarden
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Chris Cornell in 2009 - Singer, Songwriter - Front Man for the Band Soundgarden - Two Time Grammy Winner - Tragically, Cornell Took His Own Life on May 17, 2017

Chris Cornell in 2009. Singer, Songwriter, Front Man for the Band Soundgarden, Two Time Grammy Winner. Tragically, Cornell Took His Own Life on May 17, 2017. (Creative Commons)

May 18 – Roger Ailes, 77
Famous For: American television executive; Chairman and CEO of Fox News from 1996–2016
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

May 21 – Kenny Cordray, 62
Famous For: American guitarist with The Children; Songwriter (ZZ Top hit – Francine)
Cause of Death: Cordray was shot by a family member

May 22 – Nicky Hayden, 35
Famous For: American professional motorcycle racer (Ducati); Winner of MotoGP World Championship in 2006
Cause of Death: Hayden sustained life-ending injuries after being struck by an automobile while riding a bicycle in Italy

May 23 – Sir Roger Moore, 89
Famous For: English actor known for his roles as James Bond
Cause of Death: Cancer

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond - Moonraker - 1979

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond – Moonraker – 1979. (Public Domain)

May 24 – Jared Martin, 75
Famous For: American actor known for roles in TV’s Dallas and films War of the Worlds and The Fantastic Journey
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

May 26 – Jim Bunning, 85
Famous For: Jim was an American baseball player with the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates; Politician; Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th congressional district from 1987–1999 and U.S. Senator from 1999–2011
Cause of Death: Bunning died of complications from a stroke

May 26 – Gregg Allman, 69
Famous For: American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter known for hits such as I’m No Angel, Ramblin’ Man, and Midnight Rider; Gregg was a musician and member of The Allman Brothers Band
Cause of Death: Complications from liver cancer

May 30 – Elena Verdugo, 92
Famous For: American actress with roles in Panama Sal, House of Frankenstein, and Marcus Welby, M.D.

Lon Chaney Jr. and Elena Verdugo in House of Frankenstein - 1944

2017 Celebrity Deaths
Lon Chaney Jr. and Elena Verdugo in House of Frankenstein – 1944.
Verdugo passed away on May 30, 2017. (Public Domain)


June 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jun 01 – José Greci, 76
Famous For: Italian actress known for playing the Virgin Mary in Ben-Hur; Also starred in The Ten Gladiators, and The Sicilian Connection

Jun 02 – Jack O’Neill, 94
Famous For: American businessman and surfer; inventor of the wetsuit
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Jun 03 – Jimmy Piersall, 87
Famous For: American baseball player with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Los Angeles Angels; Sportscaster with the Chicago White Sox); Subject of the film Fear Strikes Out
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jun 08 – Glenne Headly, 63
Famous For: American actress known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Dick Tracy
Cause of Death: Complications from a pulmonary embolism

Jun 09 – Adam West, 88
Famous For: American actor most widely known for starring in TV’s Batman; Also known for roles on Family Guy and Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Adam West - LEFT - The Detectives, 1961 - RIGHT - Batman ca1968

Adam West 1928-2017
LEFT – The Detectives, 1961; RIGHT – Batman, ca1968 (Public Domain)

Jun 12 – Sam Beazley, 101
Famous For: British actor known for roles in Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Johnny English

Jun 12 – Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker, 74
Famous For: American computer designer; Known widely as a co-inventor of the ethernet
Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer

Jun 13 – Jack Ong, 76
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Next, Akeelah and the Bee, L.A. Noire
Cause of Death: Complications from brain cancer

Jun 14 – Arthur J. Jackson, 92
Famous For: American military officer; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in World War II

Arthur J. Jackson - USMC Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during World War II

Arthur J. Jackson – USMC Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during World War II. (Public Domain)

Jun 15 – Bill Dana, 92
Famous For: American comedian with The Ed Sullivan Show; Actor known for his role on The Golden Girls; Screenwriter

Jun 16 – John G. Avildsen, 81
Famous For: American movie director of films such as Rocky, The Karate Kid, and Save the Tiger;
Best Director Oscar winner in 1977 for his work on Rocky
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Jun 16 – Stephen Furst, 63
Famous For: American actor with roles in Babylon 5, Animal House, and St. Elsewhere
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Jun 19 – Tony DiCicco, 68
Famous For: American soccer coach, most notably with the United States women’s national team; 1999 World Cup winner
Cause of Death: Cancer

2017 Celebrity Deaths - Tony DiCicco - August 5, 1948 - June 19, 2017

Tony DiCicco
August 5, 1948 – June 19, 2017
(Wikipedia)

Jun 19 – Otto Warmbier, 22
Famous For: Warmbier was an American college student, held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months from March 2016 to June 2017 after being convicted of “hostile acts” against the country (He confessed to stealing a political propaganda poster)
Cause of Death: Otto died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by botulism and sepsis after being released

Jun 20 – Prodigy, 42
Famous For: American rapper with rap group Mobb Deep; Actor (Blackout)
Cause of Death: Complications from sickle-cell anaemia

Prodigy was pronounced dead on June 20, 2017,. He was 42. Prodigy died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier

Prodigy was pronounced dead on June 20, 2017 at the age of 42.
He died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier.
(Public Domain)

Jun 22 – Frank Kush, 88
Famous For: American Hall of Fame football player with Michigan State; Coach with Arizona State and the Baltimore Colts
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Jun 22 – Keith Loneker, 46
Famous For: American football player with the Los Angeles Rams; Actor with roles in Out of Sight and Superbad
Cause of Death: Cancer

Jun 23 – Gabe Pressman, 93
Famous For: American journalist; Pressman was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for over 50 years; Gabe is credited as being the first reporter to leave the studio for on-the-scene “street reporting” at major news events


July 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Jul 01 – Norman Dorsen, 86
Famous For: American civil rights activist; President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1977–1991
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jul 04 – Gene Conley, 86
Famous for: American baseball player with the Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox; Basketball player with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks

Jul 06 – Joan Boocock Lee, 95
Famous For: English-born American actress with roles in Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Apocalypse; Model; Joan was married to comic book legend Stan Lee for 65 years
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Jul 07 – Kenneth Silverman, 81
Famous For: American biographer; 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death: Complications from respiratory failure

Jul 08 – Nelsan Ellis, 39
Famous For: American actor known for roles in True Blood, Get on Up, and Elementary
Cause of Death: Complications from heart failure

Nelsan Ellis in HBO's True Blood

Nelsan Ellis in HBO’s True Blood. Ellis passed away in July of 2017 at the age of 39. (HBO)

Jul 10 – Jim Bush, 90
Famous For: American track and field coach with the University of California, Los Angeles from 1965 to 1984; Bush’s teams won five NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Cause of Death: Skin cancer

Jul 13 – Fresh Kid Ice, 53
Famous For: American rapper with the group 2 Live Crew

Jul 15 – Martin Landau, 89
Famous For: American actor with roles in Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible, and North by Northwest; 1995 Oscar winner
Cause of Death: Septic shock complicated by abdominal bleeding and arteriosclerosis

Martin Landau at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival

Martin Landau at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. (Creative Commons)

Jul 16 – Trevor Baxter, 84
Famous For: British actor most notably known for his role as Professor George Litefoot in Doctor Who; Playwright (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Jul 16 – George A. Romero, 77
Famous For: American-Canadian movie director known for horror films Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Creepshow; Screenwriter (The Crazies, Two Evil Eyes, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie); Actor (The Silence of the Lambs)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

George Romero in Venice, Italy - 2009

George Romero in Venice, Italy – 2009. (Creative Commons)

Jul 17 – Harvey Atkin, 74
Famous For: Canadian actor known for roles in Cagney & Lacey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Meatballs
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Jul 20 – Chester Bennington, 41
Famous For: American singer with bands Linkin Park, Dead By Sunrise, and Stone Temple Pilots; Actor (Crank, Saw 3D, Artifact)
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Chester Bennington performing - June 2014

Chester Bennington performing – June 2014.

Jul 21 – John Heard, 71
Famous For: American actor most notably known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies; Also known for roles in Big and Prison Break
Cause of Death: Heart attack complicated from back surgery

Jul 23 – Thomas Fleming, 90
Famous For: American novelist (Liberty Tavern, The Spoils of War, When This Cruel War Is Over); Historian

Jul 26 – June Foray, 99
Famous For: American voice actress known for roles in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Cinderella, Looney Tunes
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

1952 Photo of June Foray from the television show Smilin' Ed's Gang

1952 Photo of June Foray from the television show Smilin’ Ed’s Gang. (Public Domain)

Jul 27 – Sam Shepard, 73
Famous For: American playwright (Buried Child); Actor known for roles in films The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down, and Mud
Cause of Death: Complications from ALS

Jul 28 – John G. Morris, 100
Famous For: American photo editor for Life, The New York Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal; Most notably, Morris worked for the weekly picture magazine Life throughout World War II
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Jul 31 – Jeanne Moreau, 89
Famous For: French actress with roles in films Elevator to the Gallows, The Lovers, and Jules and Jim


August 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Aug 01 – Jeffrey Brotman, 74
Famous For: American businessman; Co-founder of Costco

Aug 01 – Mariann Mayberry, 52
Famous For: American actress with roles in War of the Worlds, August: Osage County, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Cause of Death: Ovarian cancer

Mariann Mayberry 1965 - 2017

Mariann Mayberry
1965 – 2017

Aug 02 – Daniel Licht, 60
Famous For: American composer known for his work on Dexter, Silent Hill, and Children of the Night; Musician
Cause of Death: Liposarcoma

Aug 02 – Ara Parseghian, 94
Famous For: American football player and coach with the University of Notre Dame; Considered by many to be one of the best coaches in Notre Dame history
Cause of Death: Infection complicated by hip surgery

Aug 03 – Ty Hardin, 87
Famous for: American actor best known for the starring role on TV’s Bronco from 1958 to 1962

Aug 07 – Don Baylor, 68
Famous For: American baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and New York Yankees; Manager with the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs; World Series champion in 1987
Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

Aug 08 – Glen Campbell, 81
Famous For: American country singer known for songs such as Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle on My Mind, and By the Time I Get to Phoenix; Actor (True Grit, Norwood, Rock-a-Doodle), Campbell won Grammy awards in 1967 and 2015
Cause of Death: Alzheimer’s disease

Glen Campbell in 1967

Glen Campbell in 1967. (Public Domain)

Aug 08 – Barbara Cook, 89
Famous For: American singer known for Songs of Perfect Propriety, All I Ask of You, and Rainbow Round My Shoulder; Actress (The Music Man, Sondheim on Sondheim, Plain and Fancy)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Aug 08 – Dick MacPherson, 86
Famous For: American football coach with UMass, Syracuse, and the New England Patriots

Aug 12 – Heather Heyer, 32
Famous For: American civil rights activst; Heyer became an international symbol for civil rights after she was struck by a car and killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Cause of Death: Vehicular homicide

Heather Heyer was struck by a car and killed during the August 12, 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Heather Heyer was struck by a car and killed during the August 12, 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
(Flickr – Charlie Moehle)

Aug 16 – Jon Shepodd, 92
Famous For: American actor, most notably known for his role as Paul Martin in TV’s Lassie

Aug 17 – Sonny Landham, 76
Famous For: American actor (Predator, 48 Hrs., Lock Up); Politician
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Aug 18 – Sonny Burgess, 86
Famous For: American rockabilly singer known for songs such as We Wanna Boogie, The Razorback Rock & Roll Tapes, and Hittin’ That Jug; Guitarist
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Aug 19 – Dick Gregory, 84
Famous For: American comedian and writer (Nigger); Civil rights activist
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Aug 19 – Bea Wain, 100
Famous For: American singer with four number 1 hits – Cry, Baby, Cry, Deep Purple, Heart and Soul, and her most famous song My Reverie
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Aug 19 – Jerry Lewis, 91
Famous For: Jerry Lewis was an American actor (The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The King of Comedy); Comedian; Humanitarian raising money annually through his The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
Cause of Death: Heart disease

Jerry Lewis - Anna Maria Alberghetti - Cinderfella Promotional Photo - 1960

Jerry Lewis and Anna Maria Alberghetti – Cinderfella Promotional Photo – 1960. (Public Domain)

Aug 21 – Thomas Meehan, 88
Famous For: American playwright (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray); 1977 Tony Award winner
Cause of Death: Complications from surgery and cancer

Aug 24 – Jay Thomas, 69
Famous For: American actor known for his roles on Cheers, Murphy Brown and Love & War; Radio talk show host; 1990 and 1991 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Throat cancer

Aug 26 – Tobe Hooper, 74
Famous For: American movie director of films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, and Salem’s Lot; Novelist

Aug 30 – Louise Hay, 90
Famous for: American motivational author, most notably known for her 1984 self-help book You Can Heal Your Life; Found of Hay House

Louise Hay - October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017

Louise Hay
October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017
(louisehay.com)

Aug 30 – Rollie Massimino, 82
Famous For: American Hall of Fame basketball coach with the Villanova Wildcats, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and Cleveland State Vikings
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Aug 31 – Richard Anderson, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles in The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and Forbidden Planet
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure


September 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Sep 01 – Shelley Berman, 92
Famous For: American comedian and actor known for roles in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Meet the Fockers, and Curb Your Enthusiasm; 1959 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death: Complications from Alzheimer’s disease

Sep 03 – John Ashbery, 90
Famous For: Highly published American poet and art critic; 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner

John Ashbery Accepting 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award

John Ashbery accepting 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award. (Public Domain)

Sep 03 – Walter Becker, 67
Famous For: American Hall of Fame musician with Steely Dan; Songwriter known for songs such as Do It Again, Deacon Blues, and Cousin Dupree; Producer; 2001 Grammy Award winner

Sep 03 – Dave Hlubek, 66
Famous For: American musician with Molly Hatchet; Songwriter (Flirtin’ with Disaster)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 05 – Nicolaas Bloembergen, 97
Famous For: Dutch-American physicist; 1981 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Cause of Death: Heart and respiratory failure

Sep 08 – Pierre Bergé, 86
Famous For: French businessman and activist; Co-founder of fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent
Cause of Death: Complications from myopathy

Sep 08 – Troy Gentry, 50
Famous For: American country music singer, one-half of the band Montgomery Gentry
Cause of Death: Helicopter crash

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry at Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, AL on March 24, 2012

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry at Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, AL on March 24, 2012.
Gentry died in a helicopter crash on September 8, 2017.
(Mark Runyon | ConcertTour.net)

Sep 08 – Blake Heron, 35
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Shiloh, We Were Soldiers, and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher

Sep 08 – Catherine Hardy Lavender, 87
Famous For: American sprinter and 1952 Olympic gold medalist
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Catherine Hardy training for the Olympics

Catherine Hardy training for the Olympics.  Hardy won gold in the 1952 Olympics.  (Public Domain)

Sep 08 – Don Williams, 78
Famous For: American Hall of Fame country music singer-songwriter known for songs such as I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me, Tulsa Time, and I Believe in You
Cause of Death: Emphysema

Sep 10 – Len Wein, 69
Famous For: American comic book writer known for his work on X-Men, and Justice League of America; Editor (Swamp Thing, Watchmen); Co-creator of Wolverine
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 11 – James Madison Lee, 90
Famous for: American lieutenant general and Commander of the United States Army Pacific from 1983 to 1985
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Sep 12 – Edith Windsor, 88
Famous For: American LGBT rights activist; Technology Manager at IBM

Sep 13 – Frank Vincent, 80
Famous For: American actor known for Italian mobster type roles on The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Casino
Cause of Death: Complications from heart surgery

Sep 15 – Harry Dean Stanton, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles in films Paris, Texas, Alien, and The Green Mile
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

Harry Dean Stanton - Have Gun Will Travel

Harry Dean Stanton in Have Gun – Will Travel. (Public Domain)

Sep 16 – Ted Christopher, 59
Famous For: Christopher was an American racecar driver (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour)
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Sep 16 – Mitchell Flint, 94
Famous For: American fighter pilot (Navy, 101 Squadron); Lawyer
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Sep 17 – Steve “Mr. Escape” Baker, 79
Famous For: American comedian, magician, escape artist

Sep 17 – Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, 72
Famous For: American wrestler with the WWE, AWA, and WCW; Commentator for Prime Time Wrestling, All American Wrestling, and Monday Night Raw; Manager (André the Giant)
Cause of Death: Complications from throat and tongue cancer

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan (left) walking through the crowd at a WWF event with André the Giant - 1980s

Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan (left) walking through the crowd at a WWF event with André the Giant – 1980s.
Heenen passed away on September 17, 2017 after a battle with cancer. (Flickr – John McKeon)

Sep 19 – Jake LaMotta, 95
Famous For: American boxer; Jake was the inspiration for the film Raging Bull
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

Sep 21 – Liliane Bettencourt, 94
Famous For: French businesswoman (L’Oréal); Heiress; Socialite

Sep 23 – Charles Bradley, 68
Famous for: American singer known for songs such as No Time For Dreaming, Heart of Gold, and Changes
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Sep 26 – Barry Dennen, 79
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Shining, and Fiddler on the Roof
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Sep 27 – Hugh Hefner, 91
Famous For: American magazine publisher of Playboy Magazine; Businessman (Playboy Enterprises); Television personality (The Girls Next Door); Philanthropist
Cause of Death: Hefner died of cardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory arrest and e. coli infection.

Hugh Hefner with his then-partners Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt - 2007

Hugh Hefner with his then-partners Holly Madison (left) and Bridget Marquardt – 2007.
(Creative Commons)

Sep 27 – Anne Jeffreys, 94
Famous For: American actress known for roles in General Hospital, Topper, and Dick Tracy

Sep 30 – Monty Hall, 96
Famous For: Canadian-American game show host most notably on Let’s Make a Deal
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Sep 30 – Frank Hamblen, 70
Famous For: American professional basketball coach with the Denver Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Lakers
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Sep 30 – Donald Malarkey, 96
Famous For: American World War II military officer with Easy Company; Subject of HBO’s Band of Brothers


October 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Oct 02 – Paul Otellini, 67
Famous For: American businessman; CEO of Intel from 2005–2013

Oct 02 – Tom Petty, 66
Famous For: American Hall of Fame musician with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, and Mudcrutch; Actor (King of the Hill)
Cause of Death: Petty died of cardiac arrest complicated from accidental pain killer and fentanyl overdose

Tom Petty performing in 2012

Tom Petty performing in 2012. (Creative Commons)

Oct 02 – Robert Yates, 74
Famous For: American racing team owner with Yates Racing; 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Oct 03 – Isabella Karle, 95
Famous For: American scientist who was instrumental in the success of the Manhattan Project; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cause of Death: Brain Cancer

Oct 06 – Connie Hawkins, 75
Famous For: American Hall of Fame basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters, Pittsburgh Pipers, and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns

Connie Hawkins in 1962

Connie Hawkins in 1962. (Public Domain)

Oct 08 – Grady Tate, 85
Famous For: Tate was an American soul-jazz drummer and singer

Oct 08 – Y. A. Tittle, 90
Famous For: American Hall of Fame football quaterback with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Giants
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Oct 10 – Don Pedro Colley, 79
Famous For: American actor with roles in TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard and films THX 1138 and Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Oct 10 – Bob Schiller, 98
Famous For: American television writer known for I Love Lucy, All in the Family, and The Carol Burnett Show; 1971 and 1978 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Oct 14 – Richard Wilbur, 96
Famous For: American poet known for Things of This World, New and Collected Poems, and Responses: Prose Pieces; Literary translator; 1957 and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner

Oct 16 – Roy Dotrice, 94
Famous For: British actor known for role s in Amadeus, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Game of Thrones; 2000 Tony Award winner

Roy Dotrice in 2014

Roy Dotrice in 2014.
(Flickr – soldier2005)

Oct 16 – John Dunsworth, 71
Famous For: Canadian actor known for roles in TV shows Trailer Park Boys, Haven, and The Shipping News

Oct 18 – Brent Briscoe, 56
Famous For: American actor known for roles on Twin Peaks, A Simple Plan, and Sling Blade; Screenwriter (Waking Up in Reno)
Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Oct 18 – Eamonn Campbell, 70
Famous For: Campbell was an Irish guitarist with the band The Dubliners; Record producer
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Oct 22 – Daisy Berkowitz (Birth name Scott Putesky), 49
Famous For: Putesky was an American guitarist with Marilyn Manson
Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer

Oct 23 – Paul J. Weitz, 85
Famous For: American astronaut (Skylab 2, STS-6)
Cause of Death: Myelodysplastic syndrome

Oct 24 – Fats Domino, 89
Famous For: Fats Domino was an American Hall of Fame pianist and singer-songwriter known for songs such as Blueberry Hill, Ain’t That a Shame, and I’m Walkin’
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Fats Domino performing at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands - 1962

Fats Domino performing at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands – 1962.
Domino passed away on October 24, 2017 at the age of 89. (Creative Commons)

Oct 24 – Robert Guillaume, 89
Famous For: American actor in films such as Benson, The Lion King, and Sports Night; Singer (There Is Love, Midnight Blue); 1979 and 1985 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

Oct 25 – Ronald Breslow, 86
Famous For: American chemist; 1991 recipient of the National Medal of Science
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Oct 29 – Dennis Banks, 80
Native American indigenous leader and activist (American Indian Movement); Actor known for roles in War Party, The Last of the Mohicans, and Older than America; Banks was a 2016 Peace and Freedom Party vice presidential candidate
Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks in 2013.
April 12, 1937 – October 29, 2017
(Creative Commons)


November 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Nov 06 – Richard F. Gordon, Jr., 88
Famous For: American astronaut on missions Gemini 11 and Apollo 12

Nov 07 – Roy Halladay, 40
Famous For: American baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Nov 09 – John Hillerman, 84
Famous For: American actor with roles in Magnum, P.I., Chinatown, and Blazing Saddles; 1987 Emmy winner
Cause of Death: Heart disease

Nov 09 – Chuck Mosley, 57
Famous For: American singer-songwriter (We Care a Lot); Guitarist with bands Faith No More and Bad Brains
Cause of Death: Mosley died of complications from alcoholism

Nov 09 – Shyla Stylez (Birth name Amanda Friedland), 35
Famous For: Stylez was a Canadian pornographic actress known for Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge among 500 credited roles
Cause of Death: Suspected suicide

Shyla Stylez at Website Launch Party of Lexxi Tyler at 'The Kress', Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009

Porn actress Shyla Stylez at Website Launch Party of Lexxi Tyler at “The Kress”, Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009.
(© Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com)

Nov 12 – Edith Savage-Jennings, 93
Famous For: American civil rights activist; Associate of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edith Savage-Jennings addresses the participants in Trenton during the Women's March on New Jersey - Jan 21, 2017

Edith Savage-Jennings addresses the participants in Trenton during the Women’s March on New Jersey – Jan 21, 2017.
(Flickr – Joan Eddis-Koch)

Nov 12 – Liz Smith, 94
Famous For: American gossip columnist with the New York Daily New, The Washington Post, and Cosmopolitan; Famously known as “The Grand Dame of Dish”

Nov 13 – Bobby Doerr, 99
Famous For: American Hall of Fame baseball player with the Boston Red Sox

Nov 13 – Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., 93
Famous For: American naval aviator; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, in 1950 for his heroic actions in the Korean War

Thomas J. Hudner Receiving Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman - April 13, 1951

Thomas J. Hudner receiving Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman – April 13, 1951. (Public Domain)

Nov 14 – Jack Blessing, 66
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Moonlighting, The Naked Truth, and George Lopez
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Nov 15 – Lil Peep (Birth name Gustav Åhr), 21
Famous For: Lil Peep was an American singer and rapper known for songs such as White Wine, Benz Truck, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
Cause of Death: Xanax overdose

American singer rapper Lil Peep passed away on November 15, 2017 from a Xanax overdose

American singer / rapper Lil Peep passed away on November 15, 2017 from a Xanax overdose.

Nov 16 – Ann Wedgeworth, 83
Famous For: Wedgeworth was an American actress known for her work on Three’s Company, Evening Shade, and Steel Magnolias; 1978 Tony Award winner

Nov 17 – Earle Hyman, 91
Famous For: American actor known for roles on The Cosby Show, The Lady from Dubuque, and voice acting for ThunderCats
Cause of Death: Stomach cancer

Nov 17 – Rikard Wolff, 59
Famous For: Rikard was a Swedish actor known for his roles in House of Angels, The Lion King, and Waiting for Gadot; Singer (“Pojken på månen”)
Cause of Death: Emphysema

Nov 18 – Malcolm Young, 64
Famous For: Scottish-born Australian Hall of Fame musician and songwriter; Rhythm guitarist for the band AC/DC
Cause of Death: Dementia

Nov 19 – Charles Manson, 83
Famous For: Charles Manson was an American criminal behind the Tate murders; Songwriter (Lie: The Love and Terror Cult); Cult leader (Manson Family)
Cause of Death: Manson died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by colorectal cancer

Charles Manson - 1969 Mug Shot - Charles Milles Manson booking photo for San Quentin State Prison, California (CII 966 856)

Charles Manson – 1969 Mug Shot
Charles Milles Manson booking photo for San Quentin State Prison, California (CII 966 856).
(Public Domain)

Nov 19 – Warren “Pete” Moore, 78
Famous For: Moore was an American Hall of Fame singer-songwriter known for songs such as The Tracks of My Tears, Ain’t That Peculiar, and Love Machine; Musician with band The Miracles

Nov 19 – Della Reese, 86
Famous For: American actress known for roles in Touched by an Angel, Chico and the Man, and Harlem Nights; Singer (Don’t You Know?)
Cause of Death: Reese died of complications from diabetes

Della Reese - Kraft Foods commercial - 1977

Della Reese
Kraft Foods commercial – 1977. (Public Domain)

Nov 19 – Mel Tillis, 85
Famous For: Mel Tillis was an American Hall of Fame country music singer-songwriter known for songs such as I Ain’t Never, Good Woman Blues, and Coca-Cola Cowboy; Actor (The Cannonball Run)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure complicated by sepsis

Nov 20 – Terry Glenn, 43
Famous For: Glenn was an American football player with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys
Famous For: Terry Glenn was killed in a car crash

Nov 21 – David Cassidy, 67
Famous For: Cassidy was an American singer-songwriter known for songs such as Cherish, Daydreamer, and I Think I Love You; Actor known for roles on The Partridge Family, Ruby & The Rockits, and Popstar
Cause of Death: Multiple organ failure

David Cassidy - Publicity Photo for The Partridge Family - 1972

David Cassidy
Publicity Photo for The Partridge Family – 1972. (Public Domain)

Nov 24 – Wesley L. Fox, 86
Famous For: American colonel; Awarded the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War

Colonel Wesley L. Fox - USMC - Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Marine Corps veteran

Colonel Wesley L. Fox – USMC – Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Marine Corps veteran. (HomeOfHeroes.com)

Nov 25 – Rance Howard, 89
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Apollo 13, Ed Wood, and Nebraska
Cause of Death: Heart failure complicated by the West Nile virus

Nov 27 – Bud Moore, 92
Famous For: American Hall of Fame NASCAR driver; Team owner (Bud Moore Engineering); World War II military personnel (Normandy landings); Purple Heart recipient

Nov 30 – Jim Nabors, 87
Famous For: American actor known for his roles on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Singer (Back Home Again in Indiana)

Don Knotts (as Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle) - Publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show - 1964

Don Knotts (as Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle) – Publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show – 1964. (Public Domain)


December 2017 Celebrity Deaths

Dec 05 – August Ames, 23
Famous For: Canadian-born American pornographic actress with Brazzers; 2015 and 2017 AVN Award winner
Cause of Death: August Ames died of suicide by hanging

August Ames at the AVN Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 2014

August Ames at the AVN Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 2014.
(Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com)

Dec 06 – Conrad Brooks, 86
Famous For: American actor known for roles in Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, and The Beast of Yucca Flats
Cause of Death: Complications from sepsis

Dec 06 – Johnny Hallyday, 74
Famous For: French rock singer; Actor known for roles in The Specialist, Crime Spree, and The Pink Panther 2
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Dec 06 – Cy Young, 89
Famous For: American javelin thrower; 1952 Olympic champion
Cause of Death: Vascular dementia

Dec 08 – Sunny Murray, 81
Famous For: Murray was an American jazz drummer

Sunny Murray - Still from Sunny's Time Now by Antoine Prum

Sunny Murray
September 21, 1936 – December 7, 2017
(Still from Sunny’s Time Now by Antoine Prum)

Dec 09 – Joe Newton, 88
Famous For: American track and field coach

Dec 10 – Angry Grandpa (Birth name Charles Marvin “Charlie” Green, Jr.), 67
Famous For: American YouTube personality (The Angry Grandpa Show)
Cause of Death: Complications from cirrhosis

Dec 12 – Pat DiNizio, 62
Famous For: American singer, song-writer and musician most notably known as the lead singer of band The Smithereens

Dec 13 – Warrel Dane, 56
Famous For: American heavy metal singer-songwriter known for songs such as Refuge Denied, Praises to the War Machine, and Enemies of Reality; Musician and lead singer for bands Sanctuary and Nevermore; Actor (Metalocalypse)
Cause of Death: Dane died of a heart attack

Dec 16 – Keely Smith (birth name Dorothy Jacqueline Keely), 89
Famous For: American singer known for songs such as Politely!, That Old Black Magic, and Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New; 1959 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Keely Smith and Louis Prima

Keely Smith performing with Louis Prima.
Smith passed away December 16, 2017 at the age of 89.
(NYTimes.com)

Dec 17 – Bob Glidden, 73
Famous For: American Hall of Fame drag racer with the NHRA
Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer

Dec 18 – Janet Benshoof, 70
Famous For: American lawyer and human rights activist; Founder of the Global Justice Center
Cause of Death: Uterine cancer

Dec 21 – Dick Enberg, 82
Famous For: Enberg was an American sportscaster (NFL on NBC, Major League Baseball on NBC, San Diego Padres)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Dec 21 – Bruce McCandless II, 80
Famous For: American astronaut; McCandless made the first-ever untethered free flight using a device called the Manned Maneuvering Unit during the first of his two Space Shuttle missions in 1984

Dec 22 – Gerald B. Greenberg, 81
Famous For: American movie editor known for his work on The French Connection, Apocalypse Now, and Scarface; 1972 Oscar winner
Cause of Death: Stroke

Dec 28 – Rose Marie, 94
Famous For: American actress known for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hollywood Squares, and The Doris Day Show

Rose Marie - 1970

Rose Marie in 1970
August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017
(Public Domain)


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