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 September 11, 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*** 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.

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 campaign to raise money for the actor's funeral service.

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.

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."

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."

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!"

Tim Bachman

Canadian musician Tim Bachman died at age 71. His musician son Ryder confirmed his dad's death on Facebook on April 29 and reported that he heard his dad's last words, which were: "I love you Paxton, share the music." He also revealed that doctors had found cancer in his brain after a medical emergency and Tim had entered a care unit where he spent his final days. "Grateful I got to spend some time with him at the end. Grab yer loved ones and hug 'em close, ya never know how long you have," Ryder added.

As the original guitarist in Bachman-Turner Overdrive alongside his brothers Randy and Robbie Bachman, Tim played on the band's hit singles like "Let It Ride" and "Takin' Care of Business." His time with the band came to an early end in 1974, however, when Tim was replaced by guitarist Blair Thornton. Their family already lost the band's drummer Robbie in early 2023 and their other brother Gary in 2020, as Randy noted on Twitter.

"I am the last of my family on this side with all my memories of our life growing up in Winnipeg. So grateful for that," Randy wrote after the news of Tim's death broke. "I'm sure my parents welcomed him home with my other 2 brothers who have passed in quick succession since the pandemic. I was the oldest. Rest in Peace, Timmy with mummy, daddy, Gary & Robbie."

Gordon Lightfoot

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, best known for his song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," died at age 84 on May 1. The Canadian folk icon had been dealing with some health issues over the years and was previously in a coma for six weeks in 2002 after a life-threatening aortic aneurysm. His spokesperson confirmed that he had spent his final days at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and had died of natural causes. 

The Ontario-born musician became famous in the '70s with songs like "If You Could Read My Mind," and his work was covered by other artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand, and Eric Clapton. "I always wanted to sing. So that was a natural course of events," he reflected, speaking about his career in a 1993 interview with CTV News.

"Gordon Lightfoot captured our country's spirit in his music –- and in doing so, he helped shape Canada's soundscape," Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter, calling him one of the country's best artists. "May his music continue to inspire future generations, and may his legacy live on forever." Fans were comforted by the news that a posthumous album of his 2016 live recordings would be released in July.

Jaclyn Zeman

"General Hospital" actor Jaclyn Zeman died on May 9 at age 70. Her family confirmed that she had been at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, where she was being treated for cancer.

The New Jersey native's first love was ballet, and she actually went to New York University to pursue her dreams as a dancer but ended up acting in soap operas instead. Best known for her long-running character Bobbie Spencer on "General Hospital," Zeman spent over 45 years on the show and appeared in almost 900 episodes as the plucky nurse. "I wanted Bobbie to be bouncy and have a positive aura and energy," she reflected in a 2022 interview with TV Insider. "I wanted her to have intelligence, humor, and a love of people."

She is survived by her two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey, who told The New York Times that the hospital employees looking after Zeman had been fans of her "General Hospital" character. "We recognized how many lives she touched," Cassidy noted. "They said they became nurses because of her." The show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, paid tribute to his star on Twitter and confirmed the sad news. "Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and a true professional that brought so much positive energy with her work," he noted, sending love to her family and friends. "Jackie will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit will always live on with our cast and crew."

Tina Turner

The legendary singer Tina Turner died on May 24. Known as "The Queen of Rock and Roll", she was 83 at the time and spent her last days in her home of Küsnacht, Switzerland. Turner had gone through various health issues over the past decade, which led to a kidney transplant from her husband Erwin Bach in 2017. Her official Instagram page broke the sad news, declaring: "With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music."

The internationally beloved singer, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in the Tennessee city of Nutbush, first emerged as a star while working alongside ex-husband Ike Turner on songs like "Proud Mary" and "River Deep, Mountain High." After she escaped her abusive marriage to Ike, Tina reinvented herself as a solo artist and had massive hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It." She also appeared in films like 1985's "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," and her autobiography inspired an award-winning biopic starring Angela Bassett.

Celebrities flocked to pay tribute to the singer after her death was announced, from Mick Jagger to Beyonce. "Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable," former President Barack Obama tweeted. She is survived by her husband and two of her four children, as she tragically lost her sons Craig and Ronnie in recent years.

Jacky Oh

Fans of BET's "Wild 'N Out" were shocked on June 1 when Jacky Oh's sudden death was announced at age 32. 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 Fly addressed the public on June 2, telling People that he appreciated the support towards him and their three children: Nova, Nala, and Prince'Nehemiah. "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."

Treat Williams

The actor Treat Williams died at age 71 after he was thrown off his motorcycle in a traffic accident on June 12. "He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off," his agent Barry McPherson told People, revealing his own grief at the loss of the veteran Hollywood actor. "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented." Local emergency services in Vermont stated that Williams had been airlifted from the scene of the crash in a helicopter and that he was the only one injured.

Over five decades, the character actor had worked on hundreds of projects. He had his big break in the movie version of the musical "Hair" in 1979 and went on to films like "Once Upon a Time in America" in 1984 and "Deep Rising" in 1998. In the early 2000s, he starred in the TV drama series "Everwood." Williams was married to the actor Pam Van Sant, and the pair have two children.

"As you can imagine, we are shocked and greatly bereaved," his family stated, according to Variety, praising the love that Williams had "for his family, for his life, and for his craft." Friends and celebrities like William Shatner, Wendell Pierce, and Matt Bomer also shared their reactions to the sad news online and sent condolences to his loved ones. "You were an absolute treasure. A beautiful actor, and an even better person," Bomer wrote on Twitter.

Glenda Jackson

The legendary British actor Glenda Jackson died aged 87 on June 15, as her agent Lionel Larner told the BBC. Larner revealed that the two-time Oscar winner "died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side." Michael Caine, who had recently worked on a film with Jackson, told PA Media: "It was as wonderful an experience this time as it was 50 years ago. I shall miss her."

After winning a drama school scholarship in her youth, Jackson became a respected stage actor before appearing in films like Ken Russell's "Women In Love" in 1969 and "A Touch of Class" in 1973. Despite her Oscars success, however, Jackson's political beliefs led her to quit acting and become a member of parliament for the Labour Party, representing her north London constituency from 1992 to 2015 and delivering a fiery criticism of Margaret Thatcher after the former leader's death.

In her later years, Jackson went back to her Shakespearian roots by playing King Lear in 2016. Two years later, she won a Tony for her performance in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women." Sir Jonathan Pryce declared she was "the greatest actor that this country has ever produced," per The Leader. And although she fell out with Tony Blair over the Iraq war, he still paid tribute to her on Twitter after her death, writing: "Glenda brought the same great passion to her political life as she did in her long and glorious acting career."

Anna Shay

Anna Shay, the star of the Netflix reality show "Bling Empire," died suddenly from a stroke, her family confirmed to Entertainment Weekly on June 5. She was 62. A statement from her family described the heiress as a "loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and our brightest ray of sunshine." Her loved ones, including her son Kenny Kemp, recalled that Shay "taught us many life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things," adding that: "Her impact on our lives will be forever missed but never forgotten."

The show "Bling Empire" follows wildly rich East Asian and Asian-American friends living extravagantly in Los Angeles, with Shay appearing in three seasons. She also became one of the most distinctive characters on the show with her glamorous outfits, explosive feuds, and extraordinary wealth, which stems from her father's involvement in establishing a global contractor for American defense services."I wasn't even expecting to be in front of the camera," Shay later told People, explaining that she didn't anticipate being famous. "I'm very shy and I went along with whatever situation was happening. I was just being me."

Her castmates paid tribute to Shay after her death, including Kim Lee. "I have so much love for Anna," she said. "There's no one like Anna Shay; she's an incredible and unique person who was beloved by so many people."

Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto, the bossa nova singer best known for "The Girl from Ipanema," died at 83. Her granddaughter, Sofia Gilberto, broke the news on June 5, reflecting on how her grandmother had written the song "Linda Sofia" for her. "Life is beautiful, as the song says, but I'm here to bring you the sad news that my grandmother became a star today," she wrote in Portuguese on Instagram, per People, adding that Astrud had joined her ex-husband and collaborator João. "Astrud was the true girl who took bossa nova from Ipanema to the world."

The Brazilian singer became famous for her light, effortless vocals on the English version of "The Girl from Ipanema," working with João and saxophonist Stan Getz. She went on tour, releasing albums throughout the '60s and later collaborating with musicians like Chet Baker and George Michael. Gilberto also became an animal rights activist in her last decades. She is survived by her two sons, João Marcelo and Gregory Lasorsa.

Her friend Paul Ricci shared the news on their behalf on Facebook, paying tribute to his former collaborator. "I just got word from her son Marcelo that we have lost Astrud Gilberto. He asked for this to be posted," he posted. "She was an important part of ALL that is Brazilian music in the world and she changed many lives with her energy. RIP from the "chief" as she called me. Thanks AG."

Pat Cooper

Stand-up comedian Pat Cooper died at age 93 on June 6, as his former assistant told Entertainment Weekly. His death came after a period of ill health, but his wife insisted that Cooper was "telling jokes up until the end" at his Las Vegas home.

The Brooklyn-born comic emerged in the '60s with his comedy albums and appearances on Jackie Gleason's TV show. He went on to perform sets at nightclubs in Las Vegas, Reno, and New York, opening for stars like Frank Sinatra. Cooper also became a regular at Friar's Club roasts, which led to him acting in a 1996 episode of "Seinfeld" set at the famous venue. Other projects, like the movies "Analyze This" and "Analyze That," featured the comedian in memorable roles. He also brought his signature fast and furious delivery to Ed Sullivan's late-night talk show and Howard Stern's radio interviews.

"I am not a Rodney Dangerfield. I am not a Bob Hope," Cooper reflected in a 1999 interview with the New York Observer, looking back on his career. "I am a consistent performer. I'm packing rooms. But I'm happier than Rodney will ever be." He was married three times, most recently in 2018, and was survived by his three kids.

Alan Arkin

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Akin died on June 29 at age 89, according to People. As his three sons — Adam, Matthew, and Anthony — told the outlet, "Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man. A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arkin suffered from heart trouble and died at his home in San Marcos, California.

Arkin enjoyed a long career, which included earning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as grandpa Edwin Hoover in 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine," one of the most beloved roles in his repertoire. Along with his notable turns in "Edward Scissorhands" and "Argo," Arkin most recently starred alongside Michael Douglas in Netflix's "The Kominsky Method," which landed him an Emmy nomination in both 2019 and 2020. Yet, while Arkin was celebrated for his acting achievements, the Second City veteran found joy in silence and solitude in his golden years.

"Beethoven used to be a heroin injection for me. Jazz, the same. The great novels, the same. I could not conceive of going through a day without reading great literature or listening to great music. Now it's mostly an assault," he told The Guardian in 2020. "Living in silence. Looking at the garden. Having a relationship with trees and flowers and the sky. That's what's profound to me now." When confronted with the notion that it sounded like he was preparing for the end, Arkin imparted his unique wisdom: "There is no end. There was no beginning and there is no end. We are all a part of that endless flow."

Sinead O'Connor

On July 26, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor died at the age of 56. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad," O'Connor's family confirmed in a statement to RTE. "Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

First emerging in the late '80s, O'Connor enjoyed a successful decades-long career resulting in the release of 10 studio albums and eight Grammy nominations. Her 1990 track, "Nothing Compares 2 U" — originally written and recorded by Prince marked a turning point in her career as it went on to become the No. 1 single in the world and one of the biggest-selling singles of the '90s. The track's music video featuring an emotive O'Connor with a single tear falling down her cheek would also go on to become just as popular. Despite her shot at fame, however, O'Connor insisted on staying true to her values as an artist. Memorably, the "This is the Day" singer boycotted the 1991 Grammys, alleging, per People that the Award show only recognized "the commercial side of art."

Outside of music, O'Connor also made a name for herself as a controversial figure who never shied away from speaking on social issues. On "Saturday Night Live" in 1992, she tore up a picture of the Pope to protest abuse in the Catholic Church. "Sinead is not the tempering type," her friend Bob Geldof once told the New York Times. "In that, she is very much an Irish woman."

Paul Reubens

On July 31, a statement was released on Paul Reubens' Instagram account that the actor had died at the age of 70. "Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness. Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. A gifted and prolific talent, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit," the post described. 

It was not known to the public that Reubens had cancer, and before his death, he wrote a message to his fans: "Please accept my apology for not going public with what I've been facing the last six years. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you."

Reubens rose to fame in the late '80s as the loveable, child-like character, Pee-wee Herman. "Pee-wee's Playhouse" aired for five seasons before ending its run in 1991. Although he was mostly known for his Pee-wee Herman character, Reubens had many other notable roles including "Murphy Brown," the 2001 film "Blow," and "Pushing Daisies." There has been an outpouring of grief from Reubens' fellow actors and fans at the news of his death.

Angus Cloud

Angus Cloud was only 25 when his family announced his death on July 31, per TMZ. "It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today. As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways." Cloud's family stated that the actor's father had died the week prior and "intensely struggled with this loss." The statement continued, "The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence."

Cloud was known for his portrayal of drug dealer Fezco on the hit HBO show, "Euphoria." He was cast after being approached by a talent scout in Brooklyn, because he looked like he could fit the role of Fezco. "I definitely thought it could be some kind of scam. But I ended up getting the agent's phone number because she seemed real legit," he told i-D. In an interview with The Face, he said "I'm not comfortable with [fame]. I'm just a regular dude, man."

If you or someone you know needs help with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Ron Cephas Jones

Emmy award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones died on August 19 at the age of 66. "Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue," a representative of the actor confirmed in a statement to People. "Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him."

Jones was best known for his portrayal of William Hill, Randall Pearson's biological father, on the hit NBC drama "This is Us." For his impeccable delivery, Jones received four Emmy nominations, one for best supporting actor and three in the outstanding guest actor category. By the end of the show in 2022, Jones had won two Guest Actor Emmys, first in 2018 and then in 2020, per CBS News. And while he might have had years of experience behind him in Hollywood, playing William Hill proved to be the most pivotal role in Jones' years-long acting career. "It gave me a chance to show people my level of work. So, I'm getting work because of my work as opposed to trying to toil. It took a little while, but it paid off in the end," he admitted to Today in June 2022. 

In 2021, Jones opened up about undergoing a lung transplant after receiving a pulmonary disease diagnosis. "It still was a very difficult and arduous recovery. I'm recovering for the rest of my life," he told The New York Times. 

Tony Bennett

On July 21, a representative of Tony Bennett confirmed in a statement to People that American pop and jazz legend Tony Bennett had died at the age of 96. "The beloved singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2016, is survived by his wife, Susan Benedetto, his two sons, Danny and Dae Bennett, his daughters Joanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett, and 9 grandchildren," the rep added. Bennett's family had previously revealed his diagnosis in a 2021 profile by AARP magazine. Despite his ill health, Bennett's wife Susan confirmed that the iconic singer remained his cheerful self. "He'd tell me, 'Susan, I feel fine.' That's all he could process — that physically he felt great. So, nothing changed in his life. Anything that did change, he wasn't aware of," she explained to the magazine. 

A multi-award-winning artist, Bennett came into the limelight in the early '50s when he released his debut single, "Because of You." However, he is best known for 1962's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," a song that eventually earned him a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Bennett garnered two Emmy Awards and 19 Grammys — including a Lifetime Achievement honor — throughout his decades-long career, per The Guardian. Despite his many accolades, Bennett found fulfillment in the simpler things. "Personally my four children and seven grandchildren are what make me proud," he admitted to Forbes in a 2016 interview.

Bob Barker

Bob Barker, longtime host of "The Price Is Right," died on August 26 at  99. "It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World's Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us," Barker's publicist Roger Neal said in a statement per People. In her statement, Barker's longtime girlfriend Nancy Burnet said: "We were great friends over these 40 yrs. He will be missed."

After starting his media career in the 50s, Barker landed his role as the host of "The Price is Right" in 1972. The television host would go on to host the show for 35 years during which he received 19 Emmys, per The Hollywood Reporter. In 2007, Barker announced his retirement, handing over the reins to Drew Carey. "I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years. Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets," Barker told People of his time on the show.

Before his death, Barker had sparked concerns over his health through the years. According to Fox News, in 2017, the television host suffered a head injury after suffering a fall at home and was subsequently hospitalized. Similarly, in 2018, Barker was hospitalized after experiencing severe back pain. Despite his long history of medical emergencies, Barker's publicist Roger Neal confirmed that the television host died of natural causes.

Jimmy Buffett

On September 1, American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett died at 76. "Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1 surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many," a statement posted to his website read. The singer's cause and place of death were not included in the announcement.

According to the Associated Press, Buffett began his musical career in 1970 when he released his debut single "Down To Earth." However, it was not until 1977, when he released "Margaritaville," that Buffett gained widespread popularity. And though "Margaritaville" became a place many aspired to be, Buffett revealed in 2021 that it was, in fact, a fictional place. "There was no such place as Margaritaville," Buffett once revealed in an interview with the Arizona Republic (via Yahoo News). "It was a made-up place in my mind, basically made up about my experiences in Key West and having to leave Key West and go on the road to work and then come back and spend time by the beach." Given the song's cultural impact, it's hardly a surprise that it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016, per the Evening Standard

In addition to a successful music career, Buffett also enjoyed just as much bliss in his personal life. The iconic singer was married to his wife Jane Slagsvol for over 40 years and was a proud father to three kids.

Steve Harwell

On September 4, Smash Mouth's lead vocalist, Steve Harwell, died at age 56. In his statement to Rolling Stone, band manager Robert Hayes confirmed that the singer died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones. "Steve has been retired from Smash Mouth for two years now, and the band continues to tour with new vocalist Zach Goode," Hayes added. "That said, Steve's legacy will live on through the music." Harwell's death followed closely on the heels of the announcement that he had entered hospice care due to acute liver failure. "Steve is resting at home [and] being cared for by his fiancé and hospice care," his representative revealed to US Weekly at the time. The singer, who publicly battled alcoholism, had previously received a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy and Wernicke encephalopathy, according to a statement from a band rep obtained by Billboard.

Harwell served as the lead singer of Smash Mouth from 1994 to 2021, when he announced his retirement due to his long-term health problems. In his 27 tenure with the group, they sold over 10 million records, earning multiple entries on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as well as five Top 40 singles, Hayes noted in his statement. Harwell — who was formerly married to a woman named Michelle Laroque — is survived by his fiancée, Annette Jones. According to DailyMail, the singer was also a father to his late son Presley, who tragically succumbed to acute lymphocytic leukemia at just 6 months old in 2001.

David McCallum

On September 25, 2023, veteran actor David McCallum died of natural causes at age 90. "He was the kindest, coolest, most patient, and loving father. He always put family before self. He looked forward to any chance to connect with his grandchildren, and had a unique bond with each of them," his family wrote in a statement obtained by People. "He was a true renaissance man — he was fascinated by science and culture and would turn those passions into knowledge." 

Though he came into the acting scene in the '50s, it was not until he appeared in the 1964 series, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," that McCallum got his big break. In true Hollywood style, through the show, McCallum became an overnight success. "It was before social media and silicon chips, so it was practical matter of opening envelopes... the studio took care of it but I believe they got more fan mail than most," McCallum told Radio Times of his rising popularity. For his performance on the show, McCallum received two Emmy nominations, first in 1965 and then in 1966.

However, despite shooting into the spotlight in the '60s, McCallum wasn't able to replicate his success from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." until 2003, when he was cast as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, head medical examiner for the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, in the procedural drama, "NCIS."

Michael Gambon

On September 28, Michael Gambon, best known for his role as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" franchise, died at the age of 82. "We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon," his family said in a statement, per People. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love." As confirmed by his family, Gambon died from pneumonia.

In his lifetime, Gambon boasted an extensive career spanning six decades. Per CNN, Gambon started off his acting career as a stage actor, appearing in Dublin's 1962 production of "Othello." However, despite a relatively successful career in theatre, it was 1986's "The Singing Detective"  that shot Gambon into the limelight. For his role on the show, he won the best actor category at the 1987 BAFTA Awards, per IMDb. Then came "Harry Potter," arguably his most well-known project. "Well, I don't have to play anyone really. I just stick on a beard and play me, so it's no great feat. I never ease into a role — every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. I'm not really a character actor at all," Gambon once said of his character in a 2007 interview.

In addition to his first Best Actor BAFTA award, Gambon received three more for his roles in 1999's "Wives and Daughters," 2000's "Longitude", and 2001's "Perfect Strangers." In 1998, the actor was also appointed a knight by Queen Elizabeth.

Rudolph Isley

On October 11, Rudolph Isley, a founding member of the famous music group, The Isley Brothers, died at the age of 84. "He died at his home, with his devoted wife Elaine by his side. They had been married for 68 years. Rudolph was a deeply religious man who loved Jesus," the singer's daughter Elaine told People in a statement. Elaine also confirmed to the outlet that Rudolph "died peacefully in his sleep" in Illinois. 

Rudolph, who started The Isley Brothers with his brothers, O'Kelly, Ronnie, and Vernon, will mostly be remembered for his harmonious backup vocals to many of the groups' tracks. However, in songs like 1969's "I've Got to Get Myself Together," 1976's "You Still Feel the Need," and 1979's "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)," Rudolph served as the lead singer, lending his smooth vocals to deliver what would become some of the group's biggest songs. In 1992, Rudolph and the rest of The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Deadline, the group also received two Grammy awards, including the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Beyond his musical success, however, Rudolph's personal life was also just as blissful. In 1958, the music legend married his wife Elaine Jasper with whom he welcomed four kids, per the New York Times

Billy Miller

Emmy award-winning actor Billy Miller died on September 15, two days before his 44th birthday. Though his cause of death was not initially revealed, Billy's manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor was struggling with manic depression. In a separate statement shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, Billy's mother also spoke on the actor's longtime struggle with bipolar disorder, confirming that he died by suicide. "He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends, and his fans but in the end, the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life," Patricia wrote.

Per Variety, Miller broke into the entertainment industry after signing as a model with Wilhelmina. It was however not until 2007 that the actor got his big break in television, playing the role of Richie Novak in "All My Children." Not long after, he landed his role as Billy Abbot in "The Young and the Restless." During his time on "The Young and the Restless", Miller won three Daytime Emmys before eventually leaving in 2014. Following his exit, Miller joined the cast of "General Hospital" where he dual portrayed the role of Jason Morgan and Drew Cain. 

In the wake of his death, some of Miller's former castmates took to social media, paying their tribute to the late star. "I had a lot of love and respect for Billy Miller. We had some good times on #Y&R. His untimely death is a great loss. Love to his family and all who loved him," Stephen Nichols, who starred alongside Miller in "The Young and the Restless" wrote

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Suzanne Somers

Actor Suzanne Somers died on October 15 after surviving breast cancer for more than 23 years. She was 76 years old. Somers' publicist told Page Six that her family had planned to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16. "Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly."

Somers was probably best known for her noteworthy roles in "Three's Company" and "Step by Step." It should be noted, however, that she initially got her start as the nameless "Blonde in T-Bird" character in the 1973 comedy-drama film "American Graffiti." Nevertheless, she took the role very seriously. "I only had three words in the entire film: 'I love you,'" Somers recalled about her big break. "I practiced all day in the mirror." But that's not all. Somers also carved out a lucrative career as a spokeswoman and entrepreneur. "You know, I've written 27 books on health. I've done 16 or 18 years of series television, I've given lectures — and the thing I am best known for is the ThighMaster!" she joked to Entrepreneur in 2020. 

Perhaps, however, her greatest accomplishment was her quest for equal pay for women. In 1980, Somers was fired from "Three's Company" when she asked for similar compensation to that of her male co-star John Ritter. "All careers hit walls. But I reinvent myself. And I keep going," she declared to People about the temporary setback. And that she did! 

Richard Roundtree

On October 24, Richard Roundtree, legend of the "Shaft" film franchise, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81. "Richard's work and career served as a turning point for African-American leading men. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated," his manager Patrick McMinn said in a statement, per ABC News. Roundtree was previously diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1993 and subsequently underwent a double mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy as part of his treatment. "I'm not embarrassed," he told People at the time. "Breast cancer is unusual in men, yes, but you have to be a man to get through this — damn right," Roundtree once told People of his diagnosis. 

In addition to his role as John Shaft in the "Shaft" franchise, Roundtree will also be remembered for his work in numerous television shows including 1977's "Roots" and 1989's "Generations" where he acted as Dr. Daniel Reubens. During his career, which spanned five decades, Roundtree established himself as a cultural icon, earning multiple nominations and awards, per IMDb. Unsurprisingly, Roundtree's death left a huge vacuum in Hollywood with many of his colleagues taking to social media to pay tributes to the late actor. "The strength, authority, the mystery, and ownership of sexuality seared through the screen and into our lives. You left us with that. Rest well Mr. Roundtree... May flights of angels," actor Viola Davis wrote on Instagram

Matthew Perry

"Friends" star Matthew Perry died on October 28 in an apparent drowning at his Los Angeles home. He was 54. In its tribute to Perry, Warner Bros., which produced "Friends," described Matthew as "an incredibly gifted actor," who will be missed for his epic sense of humor, per People.

Perry, who was born and raised in Canada, moved to Hollywood to live with his father, actor John Bennett Perry. There, he fell in love with acting himself. But beyond his love for acting, Perry wanted nothing more than a shot in the spotlight. ”I was a guy who wanted to become famous," Perry admitted in a 2002 interview with the New York Times. ”There was steam coming out of my ears, I wanted to be famous so badly." But with fame came even more trouble. The actor soon found himself struggling with addiction, a problem he would go on to deal with in the many years that followed his big break.

While "Friends" might have given him the fame he always wanted, Perry racked up a lot more acting credits under his belt. Per his IMDb page, the actor appeared in a slew of projects including "17 Again," and "Serving Sara" as well as CBS's 2015 sitcom "The Odd Couple." In Perry's final role, he portrayed Ted Kennedy in "The Kennedys After Camelot."

Rosalynn Carter

On November 19, former first lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter died at the age of 96. "Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women's rights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She died peacefully, with family by her side," the Carter Center announced in a statement. In his statement, former President Jimmy Carter praised Rosalynn for her guidance and encouragement throughout their 77-year marriage. "As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me," he shared (via People). Rosalynn's death came only a few days after the Carter family announced that the former first lady had entered hospice care in their Georgia home.

During her time as first lady, Rosalynn proved herself an asset, often championing her husband throughout his presidency. Most significantly, the former first lady fearlessly championed mental health awareness and other non-profit causes. Between 1977 and 1981, Rosalynn served as the honorary chairperson of the President's Commission on Mental Health, during which she aided the passage of the Mental Health Systems Act, according to People. While she is known for her marriage to Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn will also always be remembered for the indelible legacy she has left behind. "She will be sorely missed not only by our family but by the many people who have better mental health care and access to resources for caregiving today," her son Chip Carter wrote in a tribute (via The Guardian).

Ryan O'Neal

On December 8, Patrick O'Neal announced on Instagram that his father, actor Ryan O'Neal, had died. "So this is the toughest thing I've ever had to say but here we go. My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us," Patrick wrote. He went on to call his dad a "hero" and offered a loving tribute to his long acting career, which included classic films like "Love Story" and "Paper Moon," in which Ryan starred with his daughter, Tatum O'Neal. The "Little Darlings" star honored her father with her own Instagram post showing a collage of images of the two over the years. "Me & my kids loved you so much, daddy. You'll forever be in my heart. Keep each other close, everyone. Life is a journey," Tatum captioned.

As reported by NBC News, Ryan was 82 years old at the time of his death. Although the cause has not yet been revealed, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and previously had chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2001. Along with Tatum and Patrick, Ryan leaves behind his son Griffin, whom he shared with his first wife Joanna Moore, and his son Redmond, whom he shared with the late actor Farrah Fawcett.

Anna Cardwell

Reality star Mama June Shannon announced on December 10 that her daughter, Anna Cardwell, died from cancer. "She passed away in my home last night peacefully at 11:12 PM. She gave one hell of a fight for 10 months she passed away with her family around her ... We love y'all and continued prayers and thoughts for our family [during] this difficult time," Shannon wrote. The news of Anna's death came two days after Shannon posted a plea for prayers on Instagram. "Y'all we r asking for prayers for our family as we are going through this process we really appreciate y'all for all the thoughts and prayers," she said.

Anna was diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer in January and underwent chemotherapy four times, per Entertainment Tonight. "For me, it's an emotional rollercoaster sometimes. Mentally it's always on my mind. We know it's terminal," Shannon admitted. Star of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Alana Cardwell said of her sister, "It is crazy to think that she will not be here probably in five years, but I'm hoping that she can pull through and fight 10, 20 years."

Andre Braugher

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andre Braugher died on December 11 after a brief illness, his publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed to Variety. He was 61. "Can't believe you're gone so soon. I'm honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you, and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent," Terry Crew, who acted as Terry Jeffords on the NBC show, wrote in a tribute shared on Instagram

Best known for his deep baritone voice, Brougher first shot into the limelight in the early '90s for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in the NBC drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" — a role that earned him an Emmy award. It was, however, not until he was cast as Captain Raymond Holt in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" that he reached international stardom. For the role, Braugher received four Emmy nominations and two Critics Choice Awards, per The Guardian.

Outside of his successful career, however, Braugher enjoyed a blissful family life. In 1991, Braugher married "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Ami Brabson, with whom he welcomed three sons; Michael, Isaiah, and John. "We're like-minded; we grew up in similar neighborhoods; we share the same values. She knows me like the back of her hand, and I'm grateful for that," he once gushed to Variety.

Lee Sun-kyun

On December 27, South Korean actor Lee Sun-Kyun was found dead, as reported by CNN. He was 48. Per the outlet, authorities sent out a search party and eventually found Lee in his car after receiving a missing person report from his manager. According to The Mirror, Lee's wife, Jeon Hye-jin also reported finding a letter, appearing to be a suicide note. Lee's tragic death came amid an investigation into illegal drug use for which the actor had reportedly been questioned three times. The last questioning, according to The Guardian, lasted 19 hours over the Christmas weekend.

Lee, best known for his role in the 2019 Oscar-winning film "Parasite" had been accused of taking marijuana and psychoactives, a clear violation of South Korea's tough drug laws. However, the actor claimed he was tricked into using the drugs by a bar hostess who in turn started blackmailing him.

Following the news of his death, several South Korean stars have taken to social media to pay tributes to the late actor. "Marco Polo" star Kim Soo Hyun, otherwise known as Claudia Kim, described Lee's death as a great loss to Korean entertainment. "So shocked and heartbroken to hear the news. Everyone deserves to be forgiven for their mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance," she added in a statement shared on her Instagram Story (via News 18).