Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan
Legendary professional wrestling manager and colour commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan passes away at 72.
Several wrestling personalities confirmed the WWE Hall of Famer's passing, including fellow commentator Jim Ross and legendary 16-time world champion Ric Flair.
Flair described Heenan as, "the greatest manager, one of the greatest announcers, and one of the best in-ring performers in the history of the business."
Drummer and singer of the alternative rock band “Husker Du” has passed away at the age of 56. He had been diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer a few months back.
The news was confirmed by his band mat Bob Moulde in a touching Facebook post. “The tragic news of Grant’s passing was not unexpected to me,” he said, “My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant’s family, friends, and fans around the world.”
Veteran character actor Franck Vincent has died at age 78. The actor, best known for his work as Tony’s nemesis Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos”, Vincet suffered a heart attack last week. On Sept. 13, he reportedly died during open heart surgery. With a career spanning over 40 years, Vincent was known for tough guy roles, appearing in several Martin Scorsese films including “Goodfellas”, Raging Bull” and “Casino”.
Actor Blake Heron has passed away at 35. Best known for starring in the 1996 drama "Shiloh", Heron played a boy who rescues an abused hunting dog in a small town. Heron reportedly battled heroin addiction, and recently completed a stint in rehab. The cause of death wasn't immediately known; however, a source told TMZ that EMTs found no illegal drugs on the scene, and there was no evidence Heron had consumed any alcohol.
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has passed away of unspecified causes at age 67. While the cause of death has not yet been revealed, Becker had been suffering from an undisclosed ailment that caused him to sit out Steely Dan concerts earlier this summer. Becker and musical partner Donald Fagen met in college and formed Steely Dan in 1972. While the band's lineup changed frequently, Becker and Fagen remained the two constants, delivering a steady stream of jazz-inflected hits throughout the 1970s, including such classic-rock radio staples as "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", "Hey Nineteen" and "Deacon Blues". After splitting up in the early 1980s, Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 2000 and remained a popular touring act since then.
Actor Richard Anderson has passed away at age 91. Fans of "The Million Dollar Man" will recall Anderson for his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, director of operations for the secretive government agency known as OSI, a role he also played on the show's spinoff, "The Bionic Woman". Prior to his TV success in the '70s, Anderson appeared in such films as "Paths of Glory", "Seven Days in May" and "Forbidden Planet".
Frightening moviegoers with such Hollywood horror hits as "Poltergeist" and the TV adaptation of Stephen King's vampire tale "Salem's Lot", director Tobe Hooper passed away at age 74. A native of Austin, Texas, Hooper burst on the scene with his 1974 cult classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", which he produced for just $300,000.
Jay Thomas passed away at the age of 69.
Thomas died after battling cancer. The actor was best known for his roles on "Cheers" and, most recently, on "Ray Donovan".
Thomas is survived by his wife Sally and their three children together, Sam, Max and J.T.
Comedian, actor and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, best known for his series of vintage comedies, died at his Las Vegas on August 20. He was 91.
Trailblazing comedian and important civil rights activist Dick Gregory passes away at 84.
"It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C." Gregory's rep said in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Sir Bruce Forsyth
U.K. TV icon Sir Bruce Forsyth passed away on Aug. 18 after a long illness. He was 89. Forsyth had been a continual presence on British airwaves for decades, and became the highest-paid star on British television thanks to his hosting skills on such game shows as "The Generation Game", "Play Your Cards Right" and "The Price is Right". More recently, Forsyth hosted BBC hit "Strictly Come Dancing" from 2004 until 2014. "It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children," reads a statement from Forsyth's manager. "A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!'"
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Joe Bologna died on Sunday, August 13. The "My Favourite Actor" star was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago. He is survived by his frequent collaborator and wife of 52 years, actress Renee Taylor.
Broadway Star Barbara Cook Passes Away At 89
Musical theatre fans everywhere are mourning the death of beloved Broadway star Barbara Cook.
Cook, who was well known for her role as Marian in "The Music Man", died Tuesday morning in New York City at age 89.
Her son, Adam LeGrant, confirmed the tragic news and revealed her cause of death was respiratory failure.
A Canadian rock legend has passed away.
Goldy McJohn, the founding member of the band Steppenwolf, died of a heart attack at the age of 72.
Rapper Prodigy From The Group Mobb Deep Passes Away At 42
Prodigy, one of the members of the iconic rap group Mobb Deep, passed away at the age of 42.
As a result of complications from his battle with sickle cell disease, the rapper was hospitalized while in Las Vegas. While in the hospital, he died as a result of accidental choking.
'Harry Potter' Actor Robert Hardy Passes Away At 91
Robert Hardy, who played Cornelius Fudge in the "Harry Potter" films, has passed away at age 91.
Hardy was also known for his many portrayals of Winston Churchill, and his role in the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small".
Actress Jeanne Moreau Has Passed Away At 89
French actress Jeanne Moreau, star of "Diary of a Chambermaid" and "Jules and Jim" has passed away at the age of 89.
Pierre Lescure, of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted his regrets, "She was strong and she didn't like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying."
A mayor of the district of Paris where Moreau lived confirmed her death.
Sam Shepard Passes Away At 73
Playwright, director, and actor Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73.
Shepard, who had been battling ALS for some time, died in his Kentucky home on July 30.
He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing.
Veteran character actor John Heard passed away at age 72 after a four-decade career that spanned Broadway, film and television. Best known for playing Kevin McAllister's forgetful father in "Home Alone" and its sequel, Heard won a 1999 Emmy nomination for playing a corrupt cop on "The Sopranos", and was a frequent guest star on numerous TV series in recent years.
Chester Bennington Passes Away At 41
The lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has died at the age of 41.
Bennington committed suicide early Thursday morning in his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles.
Bandmate Mike Shinoda took to Twitter to confirm the sad news.
CEO and chairman of Warner Bros. Cameron Strang said in a statement that Bennington "was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his bandmates and his many friends."
Martin Landau Passes Away At 89
Oscar winning actor Martin Landau has passed away after "unexpected complications" while a short stay at UCLA Medical Center.
The actor was best known for his roles in the Academy Award winning "Ed Wood", and the Oscar nominated "Tucker: The Man And His Dreams" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors".
Landau was best friends with James Dean in the 1950s, and for several months, the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe.
George A. Romero Passes Away At 77
"Night of the Living Dead" creator George A. Romero has passed away at the age of 77.
Romero died in his sleep Sunday morning after a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer."
Romero's longtime producing partner Peter Grunwald confirmed the news in a statement to the LA Times.
Along with "Night of the Living Dead" Romero created all of its sequels, including "Dawn of the Dead", "Land of the Dead", and 2010 thriller "The Crazies".
Chris Wong Won
Chris Wong Won, co-founder of Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, has died at the age of 53.
Former group member Luther Campbell -- also known as Uncle Luke -- broke the sad news on Twitter.
"My Condolence goes out to the family Chris Wong Wong Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend".
Carolyn Cronenberg (known as Carolyn Zeifman), a film director/editor and wife of director David Cronenberg, has died at the age of 66.
She passed away after an undisclosed illness at her home in Toronto on June 19.
Carolyn, who married David in 1979, first worked with the director as a production assistant on Rabid before moving on to be an assistant picture editor for The Brood. She also directed a documentary about David's film A History of Violence, titled Acts of Violence.
Stan Lee's wife, Joan Lee, passed away at the age of 93.
Joan died after being hospitalized after suffering from a stroke.
Stan and Joan married in 1947 and were together for an incredible 69 years.
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with lung cancer. His family confirmed the news on June 27. Nyqvist was best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish-language “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series and as mob boss Viggo Tarasov in “John Wick”.
His family released a statement, confirming his passing: "Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him."
Stephen Furst passed away in his home near Los Angeles at 63, due to complications with diabetes.
The actor is fondly remembered as flounder in "Animal House" and the rookie doctor Eliott Axelrod on "St. Elsewhere".
John G. Avildsen
Director John G. Avildsen, known for helming such Hollywood hits as "Rocky", "The Karate Kid", passed away of pancreatic cancer at age 81. Avildsen's career as a director began in the 1970s, with such films as "Joe" (starring Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon) and included such films as the Morgan Freeman hit "Lean on Me" and the Jack Lemmon-starring "Save the Tiger".
James Galton, the former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment has died at age 92. With the company from 1975 to 1991, Galton is credited with saving the comic book company from bankruptcy in the 1970s.
Best known for playing the Caped Crusader in the 1966 TV series "Batman", actor Adam West's career spanned seven decades, continuing into his eighties by providing the voice for an animated version of himself on Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy". According to a family spokesperson, West passed away at age 88 after a short battle with leukemia.
Glenne Headly, Emmy-nominated actress best known for her roles in "Dick Tracy" and "Mr. Holland's Opus" has died at the age of 63.
"It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," a statement issued by her reps said. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."
Headly recently appeared in "The Circle" and was in production on the Hulu comedy sci-fi series, "Future Man", starring Josh Hutcherson, Ed Begley Jr., Eliza Coupe, and Derek Wilson.
No cause of death was given.
Roger Smith, best known for his role as a detective on the 1950s-1960s series “77 Sunset Strip”, has passed away at age 84. After being diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease in his 30s, which ultimately ended the star’s acting career, Smith spent most of his life managing the career of his wife, actress Ann-Margret.
A founding member of legendary Southern Rock outfit The Allman Brothers, vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Gregg Allman passed away at his home at Savannah, Georgia, at age 69. Co-founding the band with brother Duane Allman (who died in a 1971 motorcycle accident), Allman continued to front the band for four decades, and also recorded and toured as a solo artist.
Best known for her role in Kevin Smith's directorial debut "Clerks", actress Lisa Spoonauer has passed away at age 44. "I'm truly gutted by this news," wrote her "Clerks" co-star Brian O'Halloran on Facebook. "I've learned that on Saturday Lisa Spoonauer passed away. My deepest condolences and prayers to her husband Tom and his family. She always had a wicked sense of humour and smile. I was blessed to have been part of an incredible life changing adventure with her. To this day it is a part of my life. Not a day goes by that she was mentioned or remembered in some fashion. She will live on in my heart and in the hearts of millions. Always in my heart. Rest in Peace Lisa." No cause of death was given.
Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89
Actor Sir Roger Moore, who is best known for his role as James Bond, has passed at the age of 89. His family confirmed the news on Twitter stating he died after “a short but brave battle with cancer.”
One of music's most iconic voices, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 following a concert with the band in Detroit.
Chris' rep, Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it.
With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
‘Tombstone’ Actor Powers Boothe Dies At 68
“Tombstone” actor Powers Boothe died in his sleep at the age of 68 apparently from natural causes. The news of his death broke online through longtime friend Beau Bridges, who tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.”
"Twin Peaks" and "Kill Bill" star Michael Parks has passed away at 77.
His friend and collaborator Kevin Smith fondly remembers the deceased actor on social media. "Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known," Smith shares on Instagram. "He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform."
"Rob & Big" star Christopher "Big Black" Boykin has passed away at 45-years-old. Unverified reports suggest the death may been caused by a heart attack.
Stupendous "Silence of the Lambs" director Jonathan Demme has passed away at 73. The Oscar winning director, producer and screenwriter crafted a high quality body of work over his illustrious career including "Melvin and Howard" and "Philadelphia".
It is a sad day for "Happy Days" fans. Erin Moran, who famously played Joanie Cunningham on the popular sitcom, has passed away the young age of 56. Reports say the actress was found "unresponsive" in Indiana.
The mother of David Letterman has passed away at age 95, with her daughter breaking the sad news. Back in the 1990s, Dorothy Letterman appeared frequently on her son's late-night talk show, most memorably covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Guitarist and namesake of The J. Geils Band, John Warren Geils Jr. was found dead in his home in Groton, Massachusetts on Apr. 11. He was 71. Best known for their albums "Love Stinks" (1980) and "Freeze Frame" (1981), the latter hitting #1 on the album charts.
Peter Hansen passed away at the age of 95.
Hansen was most famous for playing Lee Baldwin on the timeless ABC soap "General Hospital". The actor also starred in films like "When Worlds Collide" and "The Savage".
Emmy Award-winning comedian Don Rickles passed away at the age of 90 on April 6. One month shy of his 91st birthday, Rickles was a regular guest and guest host of ”The Tonight Show” and released several comedy albums over his career. A frequent panelist on “Hollywood Squares”, he was most known for his role as Sgt. Crapgame on “Kelly’s Heroes”, later voicing Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra creator, Paul O’Neill, has died at the age of 61. "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O'Neill has passed away from chronic illness," a post on the group’s Facebook page read. "He was our friend and our leader – a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all."
According to police, the music producer was found dead in his Tampa Embassy Suites hotel room on April 5. Officials are currently working to determine the official cause of death, though they confirm no obvious signs of foul play were at the scene.
O’Neill’s band was best known for its hard rock Christmas classics, including “Carol Of The Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.
A game show pioneer, Chuck Barris's TV achievements include "The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show", on which he also served as unhinged host. His autobiography, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", became a feature film starring Sam Rockwell as Barris, who claimed (although presented no evidence) to have been a clandestine CIA assassin during his years as a game show producer. He passed away on April 21 at age 87.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Chuck Berry was nothing less than the architect of rock 'n' roll, whose catchy riffs inspired the likes of Keith Richards and many others thanks to an enduring string of hits including "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode". The fact that those and other songs remain a part of the pop-culture vernacular speaks to Berry's wide-ranging influence. He passed at 90, yet his legacy will continue to endure with the posthumous release of "Chuck", his first album of original material in 38 years.
A familiar face to viewers of TCM's classic movies, Robert Osborne began his association with the channel in 1994 and remained a constant presence, joined by all manner of celebrities as he shared his passion for and knowledge of film. He passed away in March at age 84.
While stars prepped for the 2017 Oscars, a shockwave rippled throughout Hollywood on the morning of the Academy Awards with the news that Bill Paxton had passed away at age 61. A prolific actor whose big-screen hits included "Aliens" and "Twister", Paxton had won accolades for his work on television in such projects as HBO's "Big Love" and History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys." Before he passed away from a stroke following heart surgery, Paxton had been starring in CBS crime drama "Training Day".
Years before TV viewers had ever heard of Judge Judy, they were watching Judge Joseph Wapner on "The People's Court", which found the real-life judge (then retired) presiding over actual legal cases culled from small claims court, his no-nonsense, common-sense judgements clearly striking a chord with fans during the show's long television run. Wapner passed away in February at age 97.
Best known for his role as swashbuckling Captain Apollo in 1970s sci-fi series "Battlestar Galactica" (and his far-less-heroic role in the 2004 reboot), Richard Hatch was a veteran of numerous TV series, having appeared in such shows as “Dynasty”, “The Love Boat” and “MacGyver”. He passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 71.
Canadian documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart's passion for ocean conservation was evident in his award-winning films such as "Sharkwater" and "Bala". Stewart, 37, tragically drowned during a deep-sea dive in early February.
Boasting one of filmdom's most distinctive voices, two-time Oscar nominee and "Elephant Man" star John Hurt lost his battle with cancer at age 77 after a screen career that spanned six decades. Some of Hurt's numerous films include "Midnight Express", "Alien", "Hellboy" and the recent biopic "Jackie". Hurt remained in demand right up until the end; he has no less than four films slated to be released posthumously.
Mary Tyler Moore
Fans mourned the passing of Mary Tyler Moore, who died at the age of 80 on January 25. Moore has the rare distinction of starring in not one but two of television's most acclaimed sitcoms, playing housewife Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and then in the groundbreaking "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", in which she starred as a plucky producer on a Minneapolis news broadcast. While comedy may have been her forte, Moore demonstrated some serious dramatic chops in 1980's "Ordinary People", a role that earned her an Oscar nomination.
The son of famed singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer ("Cyrano de Bergerac"), Miguel Ferrer starred in such TV series as "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Crossing Jordan" and "Twin Peaks". He was 61 when he lost his battle with cancer in January 2017.
Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka
One of the most popular pro wrestlers during his heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away in January at 77. Snuka's life sadly ended surrounded by controversy, facing charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter stemming from the 1983 murder of his then-girlfriend.
Comedy fans will recall Tony Rosato from being in the casts of both "SCTV" and "Saturday Night Live", along with appearances in such TV series as Due South,” “Street Legal,” “L.A. Law,” “Lonesome Dove” and “RoboCop”. Sadly, Rosato's final years saw him battling mental illness before his death at age 62 in January 2017.