Celebs Who Died In 2023

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Every year, we lose some of our most beloved celebrities. In some cases, their music was a highlight of our lives, while in other instances, their acting performances moved us to tears. Although we don't know them in real life, we sometimes feel like we've lost someone we love, which is a testament to their talent. From stage and screen stars to incredible athletes to those whose music changed the world, this is an ongoing list of the celebrities who died in 2023, as well as a look at the enduring legacy they left behind. 

Gina Lollobrigida (pictured above), Fred White, and Lisa Marie Presley are just some of the famous people who passed away this year.

Updated on June 6, 2023: It's been a tragic year for some of our favorite stars, and we want to pay our respects and remember these amazing celebrities and the projects they worked on. As such, we've updated this list to honor the industry greats who have died in 2023.

Fred White

Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White died on January 1 at age 67. According to Rolling Stone, he first joined the band in 1974 alongside his brother and lead singer Maurice White, who died in 2016 after decades of living with Parkinson's. It was Fred who provided unforgettable beats for songs like "September" and "Shining Star," which later landed them in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

His brother and fellow Earth, Wind & Fire bandmate Verdine White posted an emotional tribute on Instagram. "Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member," Verdine wrote, calling Fred a child protégé who had drummed on gold records at age 16. "But more than that at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous," he added. "And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more lighthearted!" Other celebrity fans and friends sent their best wishes and condolences to Fred's family, like Lenny Kravitz who commented: "I was blessed to have been in his presence and blessed to have been influenced by him. A true king. Rest in power."

Earl Boen

The actor Earl Boen died at age 81 on January 5. A close friend told Variety that Boen had stage four lung cancer at the time of his death and that he received the diagnosis a few months earlier in 2022. He is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren, along with his wife Cathy.

As a working character actor, he had a long and productive on-screen career that saw him appear in TV series like "Hawaii Five-O" and "Three's Company." He was also a familiar face to every fan of the "Terminator" franchise, since he played the criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in both the 1985 original sci-fi classic and its sequels. Boen officially retired from the screen in 2003 but kept on voice acting, lending his baritone to video games like "World of Warcraft" and "Fallout," as well as cartoon series like "Kim Possible" and "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy."

His "Terminator" co-star Robert Patrick, who played the villainous T-1000 in the 1991 sequel, expressed his condolences to Boen's family on Twitter. "Very sad to hear Earl Boen has passed away," he wrote. "He was a wonderfully gifted actor, and a good guy."

Adam Rich

Adam Rich, the youngest star of the '70s comedy-drama "Eight Is Enough," died on January 7. The actor was 54 when he was discovered dead at his Los Angeles home, as a member of his family confirmed to TMZ.

As a child actor in Los Angeles, Rich won the role of little brother Nicholas in "Eight Is Enough" and stayed on the show from 1977 to 1981. The actor and his distinctive pageboy haircut appeared in other TV series as well, like "The Love Boat" and "Code Red," before going on to act in projects like "Gun Shy" and "Dungeons and Dragons" in the '80s. As a young adult, Rich ran into trouble with drugs and was arrested in 1991 for trying to rob a pharmacy, as People reported at the time. "What I've been through is impossible to understand unless you've been there," he stated, revealing that he had also nearly died from a valium overdose. Rich chose to stay out of the spotlight in recent years, and his last acting credits came in 2003, when he played himself in the David Spade movie "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star."

"I'm grateful for the joy felt while working on 8! ..." Rich wrote on Instagram in 2021, showing his appreciation for fans of the show who still remembered it. "I do hope it may have brought you some joy as well."

Jeff Beck

Rock guitarist Jeff Beck died at age 78 on January 10. "On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing," a statement on his social media revealed. "After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss."

The English musician first rose to fame as one of the Yardbirds when he replaced Eric Clapton and went on to form The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice, according to Rolling Stone. Known as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, Beck has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice for his contributions to music.

His former rock star collaborators shared their appreciation for Beck online, like Rod Stewart, who tweeted that Beck "was one of the few guitarists that when playing live would actually listen to me sing and respond." Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood wrote about his grief on Twitter and recalled playing with Beck during their early years. "I want to thank him for all our early days together in Jeff Beck Group, conquering America," he reflected. "Musically, we were breaking all the rules, it was fantastic, groundbreaking rock 'n' roll!"

Ben Masters

Soap fans everywhere were dismayed to find out that Ben Masters, best known as Julian Crane on NBC's "Passions," died in Palm Strings on January 11. A representative for the Masters family confirmed that he had been diagnosed with dementia a few years ago and that his cause of death was COVID-19 complications, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Variety, Masters started out on Broadway as a stage actor opposite icons like Ingrid Bergman and Meryl Streep. He then branched out into films like "All That Jazz" and "Mandingo," as well as recurring appearances on shows like "Murder She Wrote" and "Heartbeat." And from 1999 to 2008, he appeared on the daytime soap "Passions" as a womanizing billionaire surrounded by endless drama.

His "Passions" co-star Lindsay Korman-Hartley wrote about her fond memories with Masters on Instagram, sharing how he eased her anxiety when they were on set together. "We went to hell and back ... but I felt completely safe for the whole ride," she recalled, adding that the actor was "so talented, so witty, such a pleasure to be around and such a gift to work alongside." The actor concluded by telling Masters that he was beloved around the world.

Tatjana Patitz

Supermodel Tatjana Patitz died on January 11 at age 56, as Vogue announced. "Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti," chief editor Anna Wintour recalled, praising Patitz for her sophistication. "She was far less visible than her peers — more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable — and that had its own appeal."

Patitz, who was born in Hamburg and grew up in Sweden, found fame alongside other era-defining supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. George Michael cast her as one of the models who appeared in his "Freedom '90" music video, which captured the most recognizable faces of the fashion world at the time. Her agent later told People that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which was her eventual cause of death. "She is survived by her son, her sister, and her parents. We are all devastated by her passing," her agent stated, adding that Patitz would be remembered for her support of conservation causes as well as her modeling career. "She was compassionate soul, kind and generous of heart and an avid advocate of animal rights."

Fellow model Cindy Crawford also recalled Patitz's love of animals in a tribute to her old friend on Instagram. "We were babies together in the fashion industry and I feel like we grew up together," Crawford added. "I found her soft-spoken, sensitive, kind, inquisitive and, who could ever forget those piercing eyes ... Sending my condolences to her family — especially the son she adored."

Lisa Marie Presley

The Presley family suffered another untimely loss when The King's only child, Lisa Marie Presley, died at age 54 on January 12. TMZ had previously reported that the singer-songwriter was rushed into a nearby hospital after a cardiac arrest and that she was in critical condition. "The Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie," a spokesperson for her mother, Priscilla Presley stated, per CNN. "They are profoundly grateful for the support, love, and prayers of everyone."

The heir to Graceland had experienced tragedy at a young age since her father Elvis Presley died when she was only 9. Lisa Marie later became a singer-songwriter in her own right and released three albums. She also drew attention from the press over her personal life: Lisa Marie was married to global superstar Michael Jackson, had two children with musician Danny Keough, tied the knot again with actor Nicolas Cage, and most recently had twins with Michael Lockwood.

Her memorial was held on January 22 at Graceland and featured performances from Alanis Morissette, Billy Corgan, and Axl Rose. She was buried in the same Meditation Garden as her father, according to Reuters, alongside her late son Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide at age 27 in 2020. "Our heart is broken, Lisa, and we all love you," Priscilla declared in front of hundreds of mourners. "Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people all over the world."

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Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida died at age 95 on January 16. According to CNN, the sad news was confirmed by her grandnephew Francesco Lollobrigida, Italian Minister of Agriculture. In his tweet, the politician stated that his inspirational relative had been "one of the brightest stars of Italian cinematography and culture."

Lollobrigida was beloved in her home country for starring in films like "Come September," "Solomon and Sheba," and "Bread, Love and Dreams" during the '50s and '60s. The Italian beauty queen had been spotted by eccentric Hollywood producer Howard Hughes, who tried to get her away from her husband and even arranged for Lollobrigida to be greeted by a brigade of divorce lawyers as soon as her flight landed in America. But she preferred to make films in Europe, where she ended up opposite leading men like Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, and Rock Hudson.

In her later years, the movie star became interested in politics and art, publishing her photography in several books over the years. She was also an ambassador for causes like the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and its Food and Agriculture Organisation. "We are all born to die. The difference is the intensity with which we choose to live," she told Vanity Fair in 2013.

David Crosby

David Crosby died on January 18. According to Variety, the 81-year-old musician had been planning to release new music and was working on a new tour up until his final days.

As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Crosby created some of the most iconic albums of the '60s and '70s with his bands The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Despite his struggles with drug addiction over the years, he also had a successful solo career. His former collaborator Graham Nash wrote a touching reflection on his time with Crosby, insisting that he had always admired the musician's "sheer personality and talent" despite their occasional differences.

"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," Nash added. "My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world." Stephen Stills also admitted that he was happy about their reconciliation. "He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius," he continued, comparing their harmonies to the glue that kept them together. "I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure."

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Lisa Loring

Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams, died at age 64 on January 28. Her friend Laurie Jacobsen announced the sad news on Facebook, revealing that the former child star had a severe stroke and was placed on life support for three days while surrounded by her family. "She is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams," Jacobsen added. "Beautiful, kind, a loving mother, Lisa's legacy in the world of entertainment is huge. And the legacy for her family and friends — a wealth of humor, affection, and love will long play in our memories." Her daughter Vanessa confirmed to Variety that she and her sister had been holding Loring's hands in her final moments.

Loring was cast in the classic sitcom "The Addams Family" when she was only 6 years old and won over the show's fans with her character's adorable love of the macabre. After the show was canceled in 1966, she had a whirlwind marriage and became a mother at 16. Loring took a break from acting but later popped up as Wednesday in a 1977 Halloween Addams Family special, before appearing as Cricket Montgomery in the long-running soap opera "As the World Turns." She is survived by her two children and her on-screen dad John Astin, who is now the only member of the original cast left.

Cindy Williams

"Laverne & Shirley" star Cindy Williams died on January 25. "The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness," her children Zak and Emily Hudson revealed in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, adding that their 75-year-old mother had been at her Los Angeles home when she died after a short illness. "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."

The California-born actor had her big break in 1973 when she was picked by George Lucas for his film "American Graffiti," before she appeared opposite Gene Hackman in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation." Her most beloved role, however, came in 1976 when Garry Marshall decided to cast her and Penny Marshall in a "Happy Days" spin-off: "Laverne & Shirley." The massively popular sitcom ran from 1976 to 1983, although Williams left during its eighth and final season after becoming pregnant.

"Happy Days" co-star Henry Winkler told The Hollywood Reporter that he had considered Williams a friend since their first encounter in 1975. "Not once have I ever been in her presence when she wasn't gracious, thoughtful, and kind," he added, praising her skill as an actor. Ron Howard, who worked with her across six different projects, tweeted that her "unpretentious intelligence, talent, wit & humanity impacted every character she created & person she worked with."

Raquel Welch

The actor Raquel Welch died at age 82 on February 15. Her manager confirmed the news to People, explaining that she had been ill for a short amount of time. "Her career spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances," he added, mentioning her Golden Globe awards and success in the world of business.

Welch had a Bolivian father and an American mother. As a former dancer and beauty pageant queen, she was first signed by Twentieth Century Fox and had her big break opposite Stephen Boyd in the 1966 sci-fi classic "Fantastic Voyage." The British film "One Million Years B.C." made her into an iconic pin-up girl thanks to the movie's poster, which showed her prehistoric character wearing a fur bikini. As a global sex symbol, Welch went on to star in films like the adventure flick "The Three Musketeers," the murder mystery "The Last of Sheila," and the Western movie "Hannie Caulder." In her later years, she made guest appearances in comedies like "Seinfeld" and "Legally Blonde."

Celebrities from Bruce Campbell to Miss Piggy paid tribute to her on social media. Reece Witherspoon, who had worked with her on "Legally Blonde," wrote that the actor was "elegant, professional and glamorous beyond belief." Welch was married four times and is survived by her son and daughter.

Stella Stevens

Veteran actor Stella Stevens died at age 84 on February 17, as her only son Andrew told CNN. She had been ill for a long time, and her Alzheimer's had progressed to stage seven, so the actor was in the hospital by the time of her death. "Alzheimer's is an insidious disease which affected not only my mother, but my grandmother and great aunt," Andrew stated. "Hopefully my mother's work will be remembered for her collaborations with some of the entertainment industry's biggest icons."

After a turbulent marriage at age 16, Stevens turned to acting and had her breakout in "Say One for Me" with Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds, which earned her a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1960. She also became one of Playboy's favorite models, appearing in the magazine throughout the '60s. Her film career saw her star opposite Elvis in his musical comedy "Girls! Girls! Girls!" and Jerry Lewis in his classic sci-fi comedy "The Nutty Professor," before joining a cast of legends in the 1972 disaster flick "The Poseidon Adventure." In her later years, she made a string of TV appearances. "There are few enough actresses who can be funny and feminine at the same time, but she is certainly one of them," the critic Roger Ebert wrote, praising Stevens for her sense of humor.

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer, who played the beloved TV detective John Munch for 23 years, died at age 78 in southern France on February 19. "He had lots of health issues, and his last words were, 'F**k you, motherf***er,'" his longtime friend Bill Scheft informed The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Connecticut, the actor started out in comedy before landing his first movie, "The Groove Tube," in 1974. This was followed by roles in films like "Fame" and "Scarface," as well as his own TV show where Belzer was almost killed by Hulk Hogan in an on-air stunt. Then came the role that made him a household name: John Munch, who first appeared on "Homicide" in 1993 and on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" in 1999. "I would never be a detective, but if I were, that's how I'd be," he later told The Boomer Tube, mentioning his "paranoia and anti-establishment dissidence and conspiracy theories." He went on to play the same character in other shows like "30 Rock," "Arrested Development" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

His "Law and Order" co-workers paid tribute to the man behind Munch, who Dick Wolf called "one of television's iconic characters" on Twitter. "Richard brought humor and joy into all our lives," he noted. "Goodbye my dear, dear friend," Belzer's co-star Mariska Hargitay wrote on her Instagram, adding that she would miss his "singular take on this strange world." He is survived by his third wife, Harlee McBride, his two stepdaughters, and his cousin Henry Winkler.

Jansen Panettiere

The actor Jansen Panettiere met a tragically early death in February. Local law enforcement told TMZ that they had been urgently called out to a New York home on the evening of February 19, but that they were too late for the young actor. His cause of death wasn't announced, but it was reported that police did not think any criminal or violent behavior had taken place. He was only 28 years old.

Panettiere first burst onto our screens as a child star in TV shows like "Even Stevens" and "Everybody Hates Chris." He also provided voice acting for animated films like "Robots" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." And he got to act opposite his older sister Hayden Panettiere in her 2004 Disney TV movie "Tiger Cruise" in a supporting role. They were still close up until his death, as could be seen through adorable pictures on his Instagram of Hayden giving her little brother a haircut. His social media also showed off his love of creating abstract colorful art.

Since Jansen had acted in Season 9 of "The Walking Dead," fan accounts on Twitter posted tributes to the late actor. He is survived by his parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere, as well as his famous sister. "Hayden is absolutely heartbroken," a source told ET, explaining that she had supported him through his lowest points. "She loved her brother unconditionally and the two shared a special bond."

Tom Sizemore

Actor Tom Sizemore died on March 3 after he was hospitalized following a brain aneurysm on February 19. His manager confirmed that he was with his brother and sons in Burbank, California, adding: "The Sizemore family has been comforted by the hundreds of messages of support." He was 61.

Sizemore became a well-known character actor by appearing in films like "Heat," "Natural Born Killers," "Pearl Harbor," and "Black Hawk Down," as well as playing a tough sergeant in "Saving Private Ryan." But he faced his share of legal troubles as well, and his career was interrupted by arrests for drug possession and domestic abuse over the years. In recent years, he made guest appearances in TV shows like "Twin Peaks: The Return" and "Cobra Kai."

After his death was announced, former co-star Danny Trejo and his ex-wife Maeve Quinlan paid tribute to Sizemore online. His brother Paul stated that he was "deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom," describing the impact that his brother had on him. "He was talented, loving, giving and could keep you entertained endlessly with his wit and storytelling ability."

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Robert Blake

Robert Blake's niece, Noreen Austin, confirmed to Deadline that the actor had been at his house in Los Angeles when he died at age 89 from heart disease on March 9, 2023. In an email to CNN, his daughter, Delinah Blake Hurwitz, revealed that Blake had been with his family at the time.

After starting out as a child actor in the "Our Gang" comedies of the '40s and playing a murderer in the 1967 adaptation of "In Cold Blood," Blake then became a household name in the '70s thanks to his starring role in the action-packed TV show "Baretta." But his acting career was later overshadowed by the real-life murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001, and the subsequent trial which eventually saw Blake acquitted. Bakley, who had been shot outside a Los Angeles restaurant after Blake went back inside for his own gun, was painted by the actor's lawyers as an opportunist who had been married nine times. In civil court, Blake was later found liable for her death and ordered to pay Bakley's family $30 million, which led to Blake later filing for bankruptcy.

The last film in Blake's decades-long career was David Lynch's "Lost Highway" in 1997. Blake had three children, including a daughter with Bakley, whom he didn't see for over a decade — although she told People they reconnected in 2019.

Lance Reddick

The actor Lance Reddick died at age 60. His publicist confirmed to AP News that his cause of death was natural causes and that he had died suddenly on March 17, 2023. Reddick, who was known and loved for playing police officer Cedric Daniels in "The Wire," appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed TV series of the 2000s, including "Lost," "Oz," and "Fringe." He also starred in the "John Wick" franchise and the fourth film, released shortly after his death, has been dedicated to him. Co-star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski told Deadline that Reddick was an inspirational presence on set, and the cast wore blue ribbons at the Los Angeles premiere in honor of him.

His wife, Stephanie, wrote a message to Reddick's fans on his social media, thanking them for sending their love to her and their children, Yvonne Nicole and Christopher. "Lance was taken from us far too soon," she wrote. Stephanie also noted that, in honor of Reddick voicing Commander Zavala in the "Destiny" video game series, thousands of gamers had played "Destiny" after the news of his death broke.

Other actors shared their memories of Reddick on social media, like Viola Davis, who posted her thoughts on Instagram: "Shocked!! Speechless!! This talented, kind, intelligent King is gone!!" Meanwhile, Halle Berry praised his big heart. "I'll never forget the huge smile and heartfelt hug Lance gave me as I walked on the set of 'John Wick' for the first time," she wrote in part.

Paul Grant

The actor Paul Grant collapsed outside London's King Cross station on March 16 and died four days later at age 56. His daughter Sophie spoke to Sky News about the tragic loss, sharing her grief and stating that nobody deserved to lose their father like that. "He was so well known and loved [for his work]. He's gone too soon," she added. Local ambulance services confirmed that they had been called out to respond to an emergency and that they rushed the actor to the hospital, but it was too late.

Grant's list of credits included '80s fantasy films like "Legend," "Willow," and the David Bowie vehicle "Labyrinth." The actor, who performed his own stunts and worked as a professional stuntman, also appeared as an Ewok in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" and a goblin in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." He is survived by his three children, his ex-wife Janet Crowson, his girlfriend Maria Dwyer, and his stepchildren. Dwyer told The Sun how devastated she was without Grant and that he had been the love of her life. "The funniest man I know. He made my life complete," she added. "Life is never going to be the same without him." His stepdaughter Stacey also started a Go Fund Me appeal to raise money for the actor's funeral service.

Judy Farrell

Actor and writer Judy Farrell died at age 84 on April 4. She was in a hospital in West Hills, Los Angeles due to a stroke that she had suffered nine days earlier, as her son, Michael, confirmed. He also revealed that she was surrounded by loved ones and holding their hands in her last moments.

Best known for her role as Nurse Able on "M*A*S*H," the actor appeared on the military sitcom from 1976 to 1983, alongside her husband Mike Farrell who played Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the show. She also appeared on "Quincy M.E." and the TV adaptation of "Fame," as well as branching out into writing: Judy ended up in the writers' room of the ABC soap opera "Port Charles," which was a spin-off of "General Hospital," from 1998-2003.

Her "M*A*S*H" co-star Loretta Swit told Entertainment Weekly that she "was a most beautiful woman — inside and out," adding that they had grown up together on the show. "This has been a painful loss, but we will always have the beauty of her memory. Rest in peace, Nurse Able." Although she had divorced Mike in 1983 and later married her second husband, Joe Bratcher, they continued to co-parent and stayed in each other's lives. Mike called her "a beautiful woman, a talented actress, and a wonderful writer" after her death, praising her sense of humor. "Judy was deeply, dearly loved."

Lasse Wellander

ABBA fans were distraught to hear that the man who had provided his guitar playing to so many of the group's timeless hits died at age 70. As a post on Lasse Wellander's Facebook page revealed, he had been living with cancer for a short time before his death on April 7, Good Friday, and was with family at the time. His loved ones also noted that he was cherished as the head of their family and as a husband, father, and grandfather.

The Swedish guitarist started playing music professionally in 1968, joining bands in his native country like Blues Quality and Nature. After meeting ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1974, Wellander was invited to play guitar on their albums and appear on tour with them in 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1980. "Lasse was a dear friend, a fun guy and a superb guitarist," the band members told CNN after the news of his death broke, adding that they would remember "his creative input in the recording studio as well as his rock solid guitar work on stage." They also paid tribute to "the kind words, the sense of humor, the smiling face, the musical brilliance of the man who played such an integral role in the ABBA story. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten."

Michael Lerner

Character actor Michael Lerner died at age 81 on April 8, while he was in a hospital in Burbank, California. He had been ill since November 2022, according to his brother Ken Lerner, when he experienced the brain seizures that would eventually kill him.

The Brooklyn-born actor started out by studying theatre in Berkeley and then London, where he lived with Yoko Ono and appeared in her experimental art films. He landed roles in projects like "Eight Men Out," but his breakout moment arguably came when he earned an Oscar nomination for the Coen brothers film "Barton Fink," as he told the AV Club. "Yeah, you make more money," he joked. Lerner was also known for his love of poker and regularly played with a circle that reportedly included Charles Bronson, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander, and Ed Asner.

His nephew, the actor Sam Lerner, paid tribute to him on Instagram, revealing that his uncle had always been an inspiration to him and helped him follow a creative path. "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," Sam wrote, expressing how grateful he was for the years he spent with Michael and the body of work he left behind. "... The fact that he was my blood will always make me feel special." Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey joined in on the love, commenting: "I'm so sorry! Sending love to you and your family."

Elizabeth Hubbard

On April 8, actor and soap star Elizabeth Hubbard died of cancer at age 89.

Perhaps best known as Althea Davis on the soap opera "The Doctors," Hubbard had an acting career that spanned five decades on stage and screen. She also had a tenure on "As the World Turns" as the ruthless Lucinda Walsh from 1975 to 2010. A longtime favorite of the Daytime Emmys, she received their first ever lead actress award and received eight nominations for her work as Lucinda alone. In 2010, she reflected on her career in an interview with TV Guide. "I've been very lucky in this thing called daytime, first with Dr. Althea on 'The Doctors' and then with Lucinda," Hubbard observed, describing her sense of pride in playing "two smart career women, both of them ladies who made their own way in the world."

Her son Jeremy announced Hubbard's death on his Facebook page, stating that his heart was broken by the loss. "Thank you for being an unmovable rock that guided me through life," he wrote alongside a picture of his mother. "I will try to honour your memory for as long as I live." Her on-screen daughter Mary Beth Evans, who worked with her on "As the World Turns," paid tribute to Hubbard on Instagram, observing: "What an amazing powerhouse this woman was ... always striving for spontaneity and keeping it real."

Len Goodman

"Dancing with the Stars" judge Len Goodman died on April 22 from bone cancer. He had been in a hospice in the U.K. for a short time and was only a few days away from his 79th birthday.

The dance teacher from the East End of London became famous in his 60s, when the British reality competition show "Strictly Come Dancing" needed an expert to fill one of their judge roles at the last minute in 2004, and one of their professional ballroom dancers recommended him as a potential star. He got a similar lucky break when he was booked on the American equivalent, "Dancing with the Stars." Goodman began flying across the Atlantic every week to do both shows before he decided to commit to living in the United States. He retired in November 2022 to focus on family and have more quality time with his grandkids.

His manager, Jackie Gill, confirmed the news in a press statement and called Goodman "a much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him." Derek Hough, who worked with Goodman on "Dancing with the Stars" and had known him since Hough was 12, expressed his shock and grief on the "Whine Down with Jana Kramer" podcast. "We didn't certainly didn't know the extent [of his illness] — we had no idea the extent — because this was a huge shock to all of us," he revealed. "And it's incredibly sad."

Harry Belafonte

Legendary performer and activist Harry Belafonte died from congestive heart failure on April 25 in his Manhattan home. He was 96.

After growing up in Jamaica and New York, Belafonte found success through hit singles like the calypso song "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" and "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)." The star was soon receiving film offers and broke down barriers in Hollywood with movies like "Carmen Jones" and "Island in the Sun." He even became the highest-paid Black performer in American history and eventually joined the pantheon of EGOT honorees by achieving recognition from the Tony Awards, the Emmys, the Oscars, and the Grammys. But he arguably had even more impact as an activist: influenced by his hero Paul Robeson, Belafonte protested against segregation, supported Martin Luther King Jr. and his family, and spoke out against American interventionism. "My activism always existed," he told The Scotsman in 2012. "My art gave me the platform to do something about the activism."

Belafonte was married three times and is survived by his four children. President Joe Biden commented that Belafonte's "legacy of outspoken advocacy, compassion, and respect for dignity" would outlive him, tweeting: "Jill and I are saddened by the passing of a groundbreaking American who used his talent and voice to help redeem the soul of our nation." Bernice King also spoke about his connection to her family, and Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to his bravery on Instagram, writing: "Your being here on Earth has Blessed us all."

Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer, the king of American talk shows, died at age 79 on April 27. His representative revealed that the cause of death was pancreatic cancer and he had been at home in Chicago.

Springer's unusual career took him from politics to entertainment: he was Cincinnati's mayor in 1977 and later became a news anchor, which led to his own successful and controversial talk show, "The Jerry Springer Show." The daytime hit, which featured lots of brawls, paternity tests, and tabloid drama, ran for 3,370 episodes from 1991 to 2018. It sparked a lot of discussion over the years and even inspired its own musical, "Jerry Springer: The Opera." In an interview with CNN, the host reflected on the morality of his own show and attributed its success to escapism, adding that the drama they showed wasn't that different from anything you found in newspaper headlines. "The only difference is that the people on my show aren't famous," he stated.

"Jerry's ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo," a representative for the family stated, per CNN, adding that while he would be deeply missed, "memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on." The actor Marlon Wayans posted a throwback clip of himself on Springer's show on Facebook, writing: "Rest well buddy. We will all be chanting JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!"

Barry Humphries

Australian comedian Barry Humphries died on April 22 at age 89, following complications from a recent hip replacement. "He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit," his family stated after the sad news was announced, per the Sydney Morning Herald, revealing that he had been planning to tour again before those plans were thwarted by his unexpected death. "He was also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend and confidant to many. His passing leaves a void in so many lives."

Humphries achieved international fame as his outlandish and snobbish alter ego Dame Edna Everage, whose distinctive wig and glasses appeared on the stage as well as in TV and films. Over his seven decades in show business, he appeared in films like "Finding Nemo" as the shark Bruce and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." He was married four times and is survived by his four children.

A wide range of celebrities paid tribute to the comedian after his death, like Eric Idle: "I have been lucky enough to have known him and he has made me laugh out loud since 1968," the former Monty Python wrote, praising his generosity and intelligence. "One of the greatest civilized comedians to have ever lived." Australia's prime minister Anthony Albanese also released a statement about the impact that Humphries had on his home country, calling him "someone who entertained us through a galaxy of personas."

Jacky Oh

Fans of BET's "Wild 'N Out" were shocked on June 1 when Jacky Oh's sudden death was announced at age 33. The star, who had appeared on the show for five seasons, was found unresponsive in a Miami hotel on May 31, and emergency services were called out. They quickly rushed her to Mercy Hospital, where she was eventually pronounced dead. 

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jacklyn Smith, known to the world as Jacky Oh, a talented Wild 'N Out family member whose impact will be forever treasured and missed," a spokesperson for BET wrote on the network's social media, calling her "a loving friend and beloved colleague" as well as a devoted mother to her three kids.

Her partner and fellow "Wild 'N Out" star DC Young addressed the public on June 2, telling People that he appreciated the support towards him and their three children: Nova, 6, Nala, 2, and Prince'Nehemiah, 10 months. "We thank everyone for their well wishes and ask for privacy during this difficult time," he stated. Another cast member, B. Simone, paid tribute to Jacky on Instagram. "You were an amazing friend, entrepreneur, and above all a phenomenal mother," she reflected, adding that she felt inspired by the model's ability to take care of people. "You have a village down here that will ALWAYS make sure your children know the exceptional woman their mother was."