The son of wrestling royalty Jerry "The King" Lawler is dead. Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, was placed on life support after hanging himself in his jail cell following a DUI arrest. He was a former WWF tag team champion under the moniker of Grand Master Sexay.
Nikolai Volkoff, one of professional wrestling's most iconic villains of the 1980s heyday, has passed away at the age of 70. Tapping into hatred of the Soviet Union in the waning days of the Cold War, Croatia-born Josip Nikolai Peruzovic gained fame by portraying Russian wrestler Volkoff (the Soviet national anthem became his theme song). Partnered with the Iron Sheik, Volkoff was half of one of the then-WWF's most villainous tag teams that fans loved to hate.
Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge
"Wicked Tuna" star Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge has passed away at age 28. Fans of the reality series will recall Fudge as first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. While a cause of death was not revealed, an online obituary stated that Fudge "passed away unexpectedly" on July 19.
Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as promiscuous landlady Mamie Dubcek on hit sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun", has passed away at age 89. Her other TV credits included guest spots on such series as “Seinfeld,” “Love & War,” “Murphy Brown,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Empty Nest," in addition to a recurring role on "The George Lopez Show" and lending her voice to Aunt Grizelda in "The Lorax". Most recently, Wendel voiced a character on the 2015 video game "Fallout 4".
Annabelle Neilson Passes Away
Annabelle Neilson has passed away at the age of 49. She was a British aristocrat and star of “Ladies Of London”, a British reality TV show.
Nancy Sinatra Sr.
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of late crooner Frank Sinatra, has passed away. "My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything. 😢💙," shared her daughter, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" singer Nancy Sinatra on social media. Born Nancy Barbato, she married Frank Sinatra in 1939, and the couple had three children together before their marriage ended in 1951.
‘Star Trek’ Actor Roger Perry Has Died At 85
Actor Roger Perry, star of “Star Trek”, “The Munsters” and “The Facts of Life”, has died at the age of 85.
Perry passed away Thursday night at his home in Indian Wells, Calif., after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Tab Hunter Dies Aged 86
Tab Hunter has passed away aged 86, three days before his 87th birthday.
A rep for the much-loved American actor, who appeared in more than 40 films including "Damn Yankees!" and was a well-known Hollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s, confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hunter, who came out as gay in 2005 after decades of speculation, died from a blood clot in Santa Barbara.
Big Sugar Bassist Garry Lowe
Garry Lowe, bass player for Canadian rock-reggae band Big Sugar, has passed away at age 65 after a two-year battle with cancer. “We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” shares Big Sugar band mate Gordie Johnson. “He was my greatest musical collaborator, our wisest elder. We were blessed to be on life’s journey together. We were blessed to know him and share his music. Please remember Garry Lowe in all your thoughts and prayers. Rally round the Lion.”
French filmmaker and journalist Claude Lanzmann has died at home in Paris at the age of 92.
Lanzmann was best known for his groundbreaking Holocaust documentary "Shoah," released in 1985.
His family confirmed his death to Le Monde, though no cause has been revealed.
‘Lethal Weapon’ Derrick O’Connor Dead At 77
Derrick O’Connor, known for his roles in “Lethal Weapon 2” and “End Of Days”, has died at the age of 77.
O’Connor’s publicist confirmed that the Irish died on Friday of pneumonia in Santa Barbara.
Richard Swift Dead At 41
Well known producer and singer-songwriter Richard Swift has suddenly passed at the age of 41.
The late musician was best known as being a crucial member for multiple bands like The Shins, The Black Keys and The Arcs. In addition, Swift released his own solo music and from time to time produced for artists like Sharon Van Etten, Foxygen, Guster and many more.
It was revealed in June that the singer had been hospitalized due to a “life-threatening condition.” There is no word on the official cause of death.
Canadian Rapper, And Drake's Friend, Smoke Dawg Dies Aged 21
Smoke Dawg, who supported Drake on his "Boy Meets World" tour in 2017, was shot dead in Toronto on June 30 in a "gang-related" attack.
The shooting took place on Queen Street West near Peter Street, with police confirming one other person had died and one woman was injured.
WWE "Tough Enough" season three winner Matt Cappotelli passes away at 38-years-old exactly one year after undergoing brain surgery for cancer.
"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery," his wife Lindsay Cappotelli wrote in a statement. "You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t."
Jackson family patriarch, Joe Jackson has died of cancer at age 89.
The week before his death, it was reported Joe had taken a turn for the worse and his family was gathering to say their goodbyes in a Las Vegas hospital.
Joe was the founder of the Jackson 5, and father to the late Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
'The Old Man' Richard Harrison
"Pawn Stars" personality Richard Harrison, known affectionately as "The Old Man" by fans of the show, has passed away at the age of 77.
"It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison this morning," Gold and Silver Pawn said in a statement obtained by ET Canada. "He was surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully.
"He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason on the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’."
Big Vader Has Left The Ring
WWE legend Big Van Vader, real name Leon White, has passed away at the age of 63 after an ongoing struggle with heart failure.
XXXTentacion Shot To Death
The rapper was found dead behind the wheel of a BMW I8 in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Up-and-coming Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo died after he and another man were shot. Wopo, who released his breakout track "Elm Street" in 2016, was transported to hospital in critical condition, and later died in hospital. He was 21.
‘AGT’ Winner Neal Boyd Dead At 42
The 2008 winner of “America’s Got Talent”, Neal Boyd, has passed away at the young age of 42.
TMZ reports that the cause of death was heart failure. It was known that Boyd had a heart condition at the time of his death.
After winning his season of “AGT”, the opera singer went on to record one album called 'My American Dream'.
Songwriter/musician/actor Jackson Odell has passed away at age 20, with TMZ reporting he was found unresponsive in a sober living facility. Law enforcement sources say there are no signs of foul play. Odell is best known for his work as an actor in TV series including "iCarly" and "The Goldbergs" and the film "Judy Moody and the Bummer Summer".
British actress Eunice Gayson, the first-ever "Bond girl," has passed away at age 90. “We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first 'Bond girl' who played Sylvia Trench in 'Dr. No' and 'From Russian With Love' has passed away," said Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in a statement. "Our sincere thoughts are with her family."
Famous chef and Peabody-winning host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” Anthony Bourdain has died at 61.
CNN confirmed the news, noting the cause of death as suicide. Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France. He was in the country working on an upcoming episode of his acclaimed TV series.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Fashion designer Kate Spade died on June 5, 2018 at the age of 55.
“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years,” her husband Andy Spade told The New York Times following her passing. “My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.”
The designer died by an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment.
Alan O’Neill Of ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Dead At 47
“Sons of Anarchy” star Alan O’Neill has died at the age of 47.
According to TMZ, O’Neill’s body was discovered by his girlfriend in the hallway of her apartment on Wednesday.
O’Neill had a history of heart issues. But an autopsy will be completed by law enforcement in the coming days.
Jerry Maren, the world’s last living original munchkin from "The Wizard of Oz” has sadly passed away at 98 years old.
Although the cause of his death is still unknown, it has been reported that he suffered from dementia.
Back in March 2016, there had been multiple reports that he had died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. However, a close friend of the actor said that those reports weren’t true and that he still had years of life left to live.
Maren had a number of small roles over his career but was best known for being a member of the Lollipop Guild.
Hugh Dane, known for playing Hank the security guard on “The Office”, has passed at the age of 75.
One of Dane’s co-stars, Rainn Wilson, shared the news on Twitter. “RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him,” he said, along with a link to a non-profit the actor was involved in.
Although Dane was best known for his role as Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch enforcer, the actor also appeared on several other popular shows throughout his long career, such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Friends”, and “Boy Meets World”.
Best known for his role as Chester Tate on the ABC classic “Soap”, actor Robert Mandan has died at the age of 86.
Mandan first hit the entertainment scene as a theatre actor, later transitioning into small-screen roles in the ‘50s and ‘60s, appearing in “The Edge of Night”, “The Doctors”, “Fantasy Island”, and “The Facts of Life” to name a few.
Mandan is survived by his wife, Sherry.
Former star of the show “Deadliest Catch”, Blake Painter, has died at the age of 38.
Clatsop County Sheriff’s office confirmed Painter was found dead in his Oregon apartment.
Police are also testing several substances found at the scene of Painter’s death that will be tested for narcotics.
Police do not suspect foul play.
The New York Times reports that American author Philip Roth, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral has died at age 85. Other well-known novels include "Portnoy's Complaint" and "The Human Stain".
Star of stage, screen and television, actor Joseph Campanella has died of natural causes at age 93. With a career spanning six decades, Campanella's face was a familiar one to TV viewers of the 1970s and 1980s as a frequent guest star on numerous series, ranging from "The Golden Girls" to "Vega$". Known for recurring roles on "One Day At At Time", "Quincy" and "The Colbys", Campanella was a series regular on "Mannix" (for which he won an Emmy nomination), and was also nominated for a 1962 Tony Award for his performance alongside Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland in "A Gift of Time". Campanella is survived by his wife, Jill, their seven sons and eight grandchildren.
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe has passed away at 87-years-old.
The famed writer of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" died in a Manhattan hospital while battling an infection, his agency confirmed.
Wolfe is also known for his novels "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Kingdom of Speech" and "Back to Blood".
Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in “Superman”, has died at 69-years-old according to TMZ.
The Canadian-born actress starred in four “Superman” films alongside the late Christopher Reeve.
Kidder is survived by her daughter Maggie McGuane, 41.
Canadian Filmmaker and columnist Kevin Tierney passed away on Saturday, May 12 following a three-year battle with cancer.
Kristin Nelson Dies At 72
Mark Harmon’s sister Kristin, of “The Adventures of Ozzie”, has passed away at 72-years-old.
According to People magazine, the actress passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of cardiac arrest.
Kristin married rockstar Ricky Nelson in 1963. They shared four children.
Actress Pamela Gidley died aged 52 at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Gidley played Teresa Banks in "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" in 1992. Her last big screen appearance was in "Cake Boy", an indie film from 2005.
The always cheery saxophonist of the Neville Brothers, Charles Neville passes away at 79-years-old following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Avicii (Tim Bergling)
Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, has died at age 28. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20. The cause has not yet been revealed.
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino has sadly passed away at the age of 82. The cause has not yet been revealed.
R. Lee Ermey
Golden Globe-nominated "Full Metal Jacket" actor R. Lee Ermey passed away on the morning of Sunday, April 15 from complications of pneumonia. He was 74-years-old.
Oscar-winning director Milos Forman has passed away at 86. Winner of Best Director Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", Forman's other films include "The People vs. Larry Flynt", "Valmont" and "Man on the Moon".
Alex Beckett, who played Barney Lumsden from Perfect Curve in the BBC comedy "W1A", passed away suddenly at 36 years of age. The cause has not yet been reported.
Soul singer Yvonne Staples has passed away at 80. Staples was a member of the renowned Staples Singers, in which she performed throughout the world alongside sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, guitarist Pops Staples. Staples distinctive baritone can be heard on such Staples Singers hits as “Respect Yourself" and “I’ll Take You There".
"Luscious" Johnny Valiant
WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant died Wednesday morning (April 4) at hospital after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh. He was 71 years old.
Screenwriter Steven Bochco, who breathed life into such shows as "Hill Street Blues", "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue", died Sunday morning after a long battle with leukemia. He was 74-years-old.
A fixture on the Canadian comedy scene for more than 30 years, standup comic Mike MacDonald passed away at age 63. MacDonald appeared on such TV series as “Late Night with David Letterman” and "The Arsenio Hall Show”, and held the distinction of being the only comedian to appear at every single edition of Montreal's “Just For Laughs” festival.
Rapper Craig Mack has passed away aged 46, it has been reported.
The musician, who rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", is said to have died of heart failure in hospital near his home in South Carolina, according to the New York Daily News.
DJ Scratch broke the tragic news on Instagram, posting: "I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone.
"He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.
"Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night... Rest In Peace Lil Bro."
Mack was also the first artist to release an album on P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records.
David Ogden Stiers
"M*A*S*H" star David Ogden Stiers (pictured right) passed away following a battle with bladder cancer at 75-years-old.
Canadian country music star Ronnie Prophet has died at at the age of 80. Prophet passed away on Friday morning, according to a Facebook update posted by his family's spokesperson.
"The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member was probably the most gifted Canadian country music entertainer to every hit any stage. Chet Atkins once said Ronnie put on the greatest one-man show he had ever seen. My sincere and deepest condolences to Glory-Anne Prophet, the rest of his family, friends and fans," the statement read.
Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi passes away at the young age of 54 after reportedly going into cardiac arrest.
Fellow star Priyanka Chopra paid tribute to the icon on Twitter, writing, "I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi. A dark day. RIP."
Emma Chambers, who played Honey in the classic romantic comedy "Notting Hill", died on Feb 21 at 53.
"Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed," said her agent John Grant in a statement.
Chambers died of "natural causes."
Singer for the all-girl group The Crystals, Barbara Alston has passed away at the age of 74. Her daughter, Donielle Prophete told BBC News that Alston had passed on Feb. 16 “due to complications from the flu.” Prophete also mentioned how much her mother loved being in ‘60s girl group “The Crystals and the work they created together.”
Prince Henrik Of Denmark
Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away at the age of 83 at the Fredensborg Palace. The royal was diagnosed with dementia last September then suffered a lung infection in January before discovering a benign tumour in his lung. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Comedian Marty Allen has passed away at 95 in Las Vegas due to complications from pneumonia. Marty was a part of the Allen & Rossi comedy team that had appeared 44 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show". Allen was known for his catchphrase “Hello dere”.
Country singer Daryle Singletary passed away at the age of 46 on Sunday, Feb. 11. The cause of death is currently unknown. Singletary was best known for hits "Too Much Fun" and "I Let Her Lie", from his self-titled 1995 debut album.
The legendary Vic Damone has passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday, Feb. 11,. Damone was described as having the "best pipes in the business" by Frank Sinatra. He had many great hits such as "On the Street Where You Live" and "War and Peace" in his five-decade-long music career.
Reg E. Cathey
"House of Cards" and "The Wire" star Reg E. Cathey passed away at 59-years-old. No cause of death was immediately revealed for the three-time Emmy-winner.
Pat Torpey, drummer for rock band Mr. Big, has passed away after a battle with Parkinson's. He was 58. In addition to drumming for Mr. Big, Torpey also played with such acts as John Parr, Belinda Carlisle, Robert Plant, Montrose, Richie Kotzen and The Knack. "With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease," wrote the band on its official Twitter account. "Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending."
Actor Mickey Jones died on Feb. 7 at age 76, following a lengthy illness.
The veteran character actor is best remembered for his role as a mechanic in "National Lampoon's Vacation", "Sling Blade" and most recently, as pot dealer Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on the TV series "Justified".
The talented Jones got his start in music, playing drums on '60s songs like Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and as part of the eclectic Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.
Actor John Mahoney passed away in hospice care at age 77. Familiar for his work in theatre — particularly in Chicago — and such films as "Tin Men", "Say Anything" and "Moonstruck", Mahoney will be best remembered for playing Martin Crane, curmudgeonly father to Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) on "Frasier", which ran for 11 successful seasons.
Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards has died at the age of 74.
Edwards’ family confirmed the news to CBS News and said he died in Chicago. They did not disclose a cause of death.
The Temptations were best known for the tracks "I Can't Get Next to You", "Ball of Confusion" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone".
Former “Glee” star Mark Calling has passed away from a suspected suicide.
This news comes after the actor entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography in December. He was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.
Salling was best-known for playing bad-boy Noah (Puck) Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee".
Legendary Canadian Jazz icon Tommy Banks has passed away at the age of 81.
His family has written a statement announcing his passing: “It is with tremendous sorrow that the family of Tommy Banks announces his passing. Mr. Banks died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2018 surrounded by his loving family and the gracious staff of the Grey Nuns palliative care unit.”
Mark E. Smith
Punk rocker Mark E. Smith, 60, of The Fall, has passed away.
The band’s manager broke the news on The Fall’s website, "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” she wrote.
"He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time."
Discovery Channel's “Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor has died at the age of 38. As of yet the death of Taylor is unknown.
African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies At 78
African Jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78.
A statement from his family confirms Masekela passed away after a decade-long battle with cancer.
Samuel L. Jackson took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the “Father of South African jazz,” RIP Hugh Masekela, you & Gabriel can grab Satchmo & light da place up!” he wrote. “#MusicOfMyYouth.”
British rock musician Jim Rodford has passed away at age 76 after falling down a flight of stairs. Rodford was known for playing bass in numerous bands, including The Zombies, Argent and The Kinks. "I'm too broken up to put words together, it's such a shock, I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend, great musician, great man - he was an integral part of the Kinks' later years. RIP," wrote Kinks frontman Ray Davies on Twitter.
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has reportedly died at age 27. While the cause of death has not yet been made public, Santana was hospitalized in October after suffering kidney and liver failure. Santana is best known for his 2013 debut album "Trappin Ain’t Dead" and for his cameo appearance in the video for Drake’s track "Hold On, We’re Going Home".
John Barton, director and co-founder of London's Royal Shakespeare Company, passed away at age 89. Sir Patrick Stewart, who has appeared in numerous RSC productions throughout the years, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Barton. "It is with great sadness I have heard today of John B's death," wrote the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star. "But the sadness is overwhelmed by the gratitude, respect and love I had/have for him. No one in my career had the impact that John had and the names William Shakespeare and John Barton will be for me forever united."
Australian "Home and Away" actress Jessica Falkholt succumbed to injuries suffered from a fatal car accident in New South Wales on Dec. 26.
Falkholt, 29, had her life support switched off last week and passed away on Wednesday. Her mom and dad died instantly in the same crash and the actress' sister also passed away.
Dolores O’Riordan Of Irish Band The Cranberries Dead At 46
The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has passed away suddenly at 46-years-old.
“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session," her publicist said in a statement. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
No further details are available as of yet.
Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke has passed away due to pneumonia at the age of 67. Known as “Fast” Eddie Clarke, the musician was the last remaining member of the original lineup, which included Lemmy and drummer Phil Taylor, both of whom died in 2015.
A founding member of trailblazing rock band The Moody Blues, flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas has passed away at age 76. "We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness," wrote the band's label in a state,emt. "It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife Lee at this sad time." The Moody Blues are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018.