Recent notable deaths: Martin Landau, George A. Romero, Nelsan Ellis, Joan Lee, moreJuly 17, 2017 7:01pm

July 17--We remember them for their shows -- "Nashville" star Powers Boothe -- the characters they portrayed and created -- Michael Bond (Paddington Bear), James Bond (Roger Moore), Batman (Adam West) the films they helmed ("Rocky" director John Avildsen) -- and the music that will remain in rotation -- Gregg Allman, Chris Cornell.

Here, the actors, musicians, athletes, politicians and many more notables we've recently said goodbye to.

Martin Landau

Brooklyn native Martin Landau died July 15, 2017, at age 89, his publicist said. The Oscar-winning actor starred in the 1994 film "Ed Wood" and in the 1960s television series "Mission: Impossible." Landau started his career as a 17-year-old cartoonist at the New York Daily News. He graduated from Brooklyn's James Madison High School with the class of 1946.

George A. Romero

George A. Romero, director of the 1968 horror film "Night of the Living Dead," died July 16, 2017, according to his manager Chris Roe. Romero was 77. According to Roe, he died after battling lung cancer. "Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday, July 16, listening to the score of 'The Quiet Man,' one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side," Roe's statement to Deadline read.

Nelsan Ellis

"True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis died July 8, 2017, HBO confirmed. The 39-year-old died due to complications from heart failure. "We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis," HBO said in a statement. "Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of 'True Blood.' Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO." Known to fans as Lafayette Reynolds on the vampire series, Ellis also appeared in "The Help," "Elementary," "Get on Up," "Little Boxes" and "The Butler."

Joan Lee

Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, died on July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles after reportedly suffering a stroke earlier in the week. She was 93. The former British hat model was married to Lee for 69 years. The couple lived in New York City when Lee started working for Marvel Comics and moved to California in 1981.

Michael Bond

British children's book author Michael Bond died on June 27, 2017, his publisher HarperCollins UK said in a statement. He was 91. The creator of Paddington Bear children's book series died at home "following a short illness," the statement read. The official Paddington Twitter account released a video in tribute to Bond, writing, "Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many."

Gabe Pressman

Gabe Pressman, a senior political correspondent with WNBC, died June 23, 2017, according to the network. He was 93. The Bronx native was known as the "dean" of New York TV journalists with a career that spanned more than six decades. Pressman is seen here, moderating a 2002 gubernatorial debate between Carl McCall, left, and Tom Golisano, right.


Prodigy, of New York hip-hop group Mobb Deep, died at age 42, his publicist confirmed on June 20, 2017. Prodigy was hospitalized "a few days ago in Vegas" after a performance due to "complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," according to the statement. His cause of death is not yet known. Nas was among the first to react to the news on Instagram, writing "QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever."

John G. Avildsen

Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen, who led a sweep of the 1977 Academy Awards (including nabbing a best director statue) with "Rocky," died on June 16, 2017. Also known for "The Karate Kid," Avildsen, Reuters reported, had been hospitalized at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

A.R. Gurney

Playwright and Pulizter Prize finalist A.R. Gurney died June 14, 2017 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

Gurney was known for his captivating -- and mostly Off-Broadway -- plays such as "Love Letters," "The Dining Room" and "The Cocktail Hour."

Adam West

Adam West, star of the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died. He was 88. A representative for the actor told Variety he died after battling leukemia. His family issued the following statement on Twitter: "Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We'll miss him like crazy. We know you'll miss him too -- West Family"

Glenne Headly

Actress Glenne Headly died on June 9, 2017, at age 63.

Roger Smith

"77 Sunset Strip" actor Roger Smith, right, died on June 4, 2017. He was 84. According to the agent of his widow, actress Anne-Margret, Smith died after a long battle with a terminal illness.

Gregg Allman

Southern rock pioneer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, on May 27, 2017, according to The New York Times. He was 69. Gregg played as the band's lead singer and keyboardist and has been credited for creating the Southern rock of the 1970s, combining genres like jazz, blues, country and rock, the Times writes.

Roger Moore

Actor Roger Moore, best known for his role of Bond, James Bond, died on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, his family said on his Twitter account. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," the tweet read. The 89-year-old died after suffering from cancer. Moore played the leading role in the Bond movies for 12 years.

Roger Ailes

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died on May 18, 2017, Fox confirmed. He was 77. "I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," his widow, Elizabeth Ailes, said in a statement to Fox. "Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise--and to give back."

After 20 years with Fox News, Ailes resigned from his post amid sexual harassment allegations in July 2016.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, the frontman for hard rock bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died in Detroit on May 17, 2017, his rep said. He was 52. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a suicide. The rocker was known as the face of one of the leading bands in '80s and '90s grunge music.

Brad Grey

Brad Grey, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures, died of cancer on May 14, 2017. He was 59. Grey ran Paramount for 12 years until he stepped down in February, after the studio reported nearly $450 million in losses. Grey was also the co-founder of Plan B Entertainment, a film company he established with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in 2001.

Powers Boothe

"Nashville" actor Powers Boothe, right, died on May 14, 2017, his rep confirmed. He was 68. You may also know Boothe for his role of Gideon Malick in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." His resume also includes stints in "Hatfields & McCoys," "Deadwood" and "24." According to his rep, Boothe died in his sleep from natural causes.

Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, the best friend and bodyguard of professional street skater Rob Dyrdek, left, and the co-star of MTV's "Rob & Big," died on May 9, 2017, his rep confirmed. He was 45. Boykin was Dyrdek's partner in crime during the show, which ran three seasons and ended in 2008. "We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can't fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart," Dyrdek said in a statement.

Jonathan Demme

Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme died on April 26, 2017, according to his publicist, Annalee Paulo. He was 73. "The Silence of the Lambs" director, a native New Yorker, died in his apartment in Manhattan. Demme suffered from esophageal cancer, Paulo said in a statement.

Erin Moran

"Happy Days" actress Erin Moran died in Indiana on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Moran, 56, most notably played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard), on "Happy Days." She later went on to star in the spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." According to TMZ, the star likely died from cancer. Autopsy results reportedly revealed that Moran suffered from stage-four cancer, though the report did not specify what type.

Cuba Gooding Sr.

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead April 20, 2017, in a car on a busy street in Los Angeles, authorities said. The coroner said the cause of death is under investigation, but drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the car. Gooding Sr., 72, was known best for the 1970s hit record, "Everybody Plays the Fool."

Allan Holdsworth

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth died on April 16, 2017, according to a Facebook post by his daughter, Louise Holdsworth. He was 70. The British rock and jazz musician was best known for his work with the bands Soft Machine and Gong.

Charlie Murphy

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, a Brooklyn native, died in his sleep at a New York City hospital on April 12, 2017, suffering from leukemia. He was 57. Murphy, whose younger brother is actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, was a cast member and sketch writer on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show."

John Warren Geils Jr.

John Warren Geils Jr., founder of The J. Geils Band, died in his Massachusetts home on April 11, 2017. He was 71. Geils Jr. was known for the '80s hits "Love Stinks" and "Centerfold."

Don Rickles

Don Rickles died as a result of kidney failure, his publicist said on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Queens-born comedian was 90.

Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris, a game show creator known for "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show," died on March 21, 2017. He was 87. According to his publicist, he died of natural causes at his home in Palisades in Rockland County. Barris was perhaps known best as the creator and face of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980.

David Rockefeller

Billionaire David Rockefeller, the onetime head of Chase Mahattan Corp. and the head of the famous Rockefeller family, did of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, a spokesman said in a statement. He was 101.

Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist, died on Sunday, March 19, 2017. He was 88. Breslin, of Queens, chronicled New York City for more than 60 years.

Chuck Berry

Rock 'n' roll songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry died at age 90 on March 18, 2017, in his home in Missouri, St. Charles County police said. Berry was considered one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll.

Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne, known best as the host of Turner Classic Movies, died on March 6, 2017. He was 84. TCM's general manager Jennifer Dorian released a statement saying, "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

Tommy Page

Singer and music executive Tommy Page died on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the age of 46. Page's top hit featuring New Kids on the Block, "I'll Be Your Everything," topped music charts in the early '90s. While the cause of death is unclear, friends believe it was an apparent suicide, according to Billboard.

Bill Paxton

Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died at the age of 61 due to surgery complications, a family representative announced on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Alan Colmes

Fox News host Alan Colmes died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, after a brief illness. He was 66. Colmes co-hosted the long-running "Hannity and Colmes" with Sean Hannity. The program helped launch Fox News Channel in October 1996.

Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling, died at age 69 on Feb. 18, 2017, Reuters reports.

Al Jarreau

Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, whose hits included "We're in This Love Together" and "Moonlighting," died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Richard Hatch

Actor Richard Hatch died on Feb. 7, 2017, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed. He was 71. Hatch was best known for his role of Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" series. He also starred in "All My Children" in 1971.

Frank Pellegrino

Actor Frank Pellegrino, with notable roles in "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas," lost a battle with lung cancer on Feb. 1, 2017 at the age of 72. Pellegrino also co-owned the infamous Italian restaurant, Rao's, located in East Harlem.

John Hurt

Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt, who starred in "The Elephant Man" and "Midnight Express," died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, a representative said on Jan. 28, 2017. Hurt, 77, was also known for his role of Mr. Ollivander in "Harry Potter."

Mary Tyler Moore

Emmy-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Moore, a Brooklyn native, was known best for her roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Ordinary People" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She was 80.

Miguel Ferrer

Actor Miguel Ferrer died on Jan. 19, 2017, at age 61, of cancer, Deadline has reported. Ferrer, the son of Rosemary Clooney (and, hence, a cousin of George Clooney), was known most recently for the role of Owen Granger on "NCIS: Los Angeles," though he was also beloved for playing FBI agent Albert Rosenfeld on "Twin Peaks," a character he reprised for the David Lynch-led reboot. His filmography includes "RoboCop," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."

Eugene Cernan

Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, died at age 82, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Dick Gautier

"Get Smart" actor Dick Gautier died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at age 85. Gautier was known for his role in Broadway's "Bye Bye Birdie," but also starred in the "Charlie's Angels" TV series and "Fun With Dick and Jane."

William Peter Blatty

New York City-native William Peter Blatty died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. He was 89. Blatty, author of the 1970 novel "The Exorcist," was also the director of "The Ninth Configuration" and "The Exorcist III."

William Christopher

William Christopher, far right, died on Dec. 31, 2016, at his home in Pasadena, Calif., according to his agent. He was 84. Christopher, who was best known for his role as Father Mulcahy in "M*A*S*H," was diagnosed with cancer about 18 months ago, his agent said.

Debbie Reynolds

Actress Debbie Reynolds died on Dec. 28, 2016, just one day after the death of her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. Reynolds, best known for her starring roles in "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," was 84. Family sources initially reported that Reynolds suffered a stroke.

Carrie Fisher

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on Dec. 27, 2016, five days after she had a heart attack while in-flight. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," family spokesman Simon Halls said in a statement.

Ricky Harris

Ricky Harris, the actor who starred in "Everyone Hates Chris" and "Heat," died on Dec. 26, 2016. He was 54.

George Michael

George Michael, the British pop singer who shot to fame in the 1980s with Wham!, died at his home in Oxfordshire, England, on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, his publicist said. He was 53.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died at the age of 99 on Dec. 18, 2016. Gabor was perhaps best known for her nine marriages throughout her life. Show More

Craig Sager

Craig Sager, a television sports broadcaster known for wearing flamboyant outfits as he interviewed coaches and players during decades as an NBA sideline reporter, died on Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.

Alan Thicke

The patriarch of "Growing Pains" -- and the real-life dad of singer Robin Thicke -- Alan Thicke died at age 69 on Dec. 13, 2016.

John Glenn

John Glenn, a former U.S. astronaut and senator, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. He was 95.

Ron Glass

Ron Glass, known for his breakout role in "Barney Miller," set in an NYPD station, died on Nov. 25, 2016, his rep confirmed. The actor, who also starred in "Firefly" as Shepherd Derrial Book, was 71.

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson, who played beloved mom Carol Brady on 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch," died on Nov. 24, 2016. She was 82. Her manager said she died with friends and family by her side but did not reveal a cause of death.

Mose Allison

Jazz pianist Mose Allison died Nov. 15, 2016, at the age of 89. The 1950s piano player's fame spiked in the '60s when he became known as a singer-songwriter. His songs were covered by many artists, including The Who, who recorded his "Parchman Farm," and Elvis Costello, who recorded "Everybody Cryin' Mercy." He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Gwen Ifill

Journalist Gwen Ifill died of cancer on Nov. 14, 2016, at age 61, according to PBS. Ifill was the co-anchor of "PBS NewsHour" for more than a decade. "I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington," WETA chief Sharon Percy Rockefeller said in a memo.

Leon Russell

Leon Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died on Nov. 13, 2016, at age 74, a post on his website read. The artist wrote and performed the 1971 hit "A Song for You," and collaborated with numerous artists including the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Elton John.

Robert Vaughn

The New York City-born actor Robert Vaughn died on Nov. 11 from leukemia, according to his manager. Though best known for playing Napoleon Solo in the '60s spy series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," his television resume is a long read, including "The A Team," "Murder, She Wrote" and "One Life to Live." His filmic credits include the original "Magnificent Seven," "Bullitt" and, fondly for many Gen Xers, "Pootie Tang."

Leonard Cohen

Songwriter Leonard Cohen began his storied career as a poet and novelist, transitioning to music in 1966 after moving to New York. "Hallelujah" may be his most well-known song, but even casual fans of his folk-infused rock know his "Suzanne," "Bird on a Wire" and "So Long, Marianne," among many others. Cohen died at age 82, per a statement posted on his Facebook page late on Nov. 10, 2016.

Janet Reno

Janet Reno, the first female attorney general, died at age 78 on Nov. 7, 2016. Reno served under former President Bill Clinton between 1993 and 2001. She died in Miami from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Pete Burns

Pete Burns, the frontman for '80s British pop band Dead or Alive, died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 24, 2016. He was 57. Burns, who was known for his androgynous look, performed hits including "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)."

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer was a golf great, a legend who dominated the sport and had fans who called themselves "Arnie's Army." He died on Sept. 25, 2016, at age 87. Pictured, Palmer swings during the British Open n St. Andrews, Scotland, in July 1978.

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died in a boat crash early morning on Sept. 25, 2016, at the age of 24.

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the loss of Jose Fernandez," the Major League Baseball team said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

Bill Nunn

Actor Bill Nunn, who memorably portrayed Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Brooklyn-centric "Do the Right Thing," died Sept. 24, 2016, at age 62. Nunn was also in Lee's "School Daze" and "Mo' Better Blues," and more recently played Robbie Robertson in "Spider-Man."

Lee posted this remembrance on Instagram: "My dear friend, my dear Morehouse brother -- da great actor Bill Nunn as most of you know him as Radio Raheem passed away this morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Long live Bill Nunn. Radio Raheen is now resting in power. Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be. May God watch over Bill Nunn."

Edward Albee

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, whose provocative and often brutal look at American life in works such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" earned him a reputation as one of the greatest American dramatists, died on Sept. 16, 2016, at his home in Montauk, New York, his personal assistant said. He was 88.

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, star of "Blazing Saddles" and "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died on Aug. 29, 2016, his family said in a statement. He was 83. Wilder died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to the statement.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill, who played District Attorney Adam Schiff on NBC's "Law & Order," died on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2016.

Lou Pearlman

Lou Pearlman, the creator of 'NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, died at 62 on Aug. 19, 2016, in prison, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. A cause of death was not immediately clear. Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence for swindling banks and investors out of more than $300 million.

Arthur Hiller

Canadian film director Arthur Hiller died on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at age 92, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said. Hiller directed more than 30 films, including 1970's "Love Story" starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal.

Kenny Baker

"Star Wars" actor Kenny Baker, who played the robot R2-D2 in six of the films, has died his family confirmed on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. He was 81, and had suffered from a long illness, a relative said. The photo is from May 25, 2007.

David Huddleston

David Huddleston, the actor who played "The Big Lebowski," died on Aug. 2, 2016. The character actor was 85 and died of kidney and lung disease in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a guest star on several popular TV shows, including "Walker Texas Ranger," "Murder, She Wrote," "Gilmore Girls" and "The West Wing" and is well-known for his portrayal of the grandfather on "The Wonder Years."

John Saunders

John Saunders, one of ESPN's most visible and well-liked on-air personalities, died on Aug. 10, 2016, at age 61. ESPN Network did not provide a cause of death. "He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family," ESPN president John Skipper said.

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, creator of "Happy Days and "The Odd Couple," died on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the age of 81, according to a statement from his publicist. Marshall died from complications of pneumonia after a stroke, his representative told USA Today. He also directed "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries."

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino, the Academy Award-winning director behind 1978's Vietnam War film "The Deer Hunter," died at age 77. The director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux, tweeted the news on July 2, 2016. A New York City native, Cimino made eight movies during his film career, including 1980's "Heaven's Gate" and his debut, "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," in 1974.

Elie Wiesel

A prolific author, Noble Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Romania. He died at age 87 on July 2, 2016.

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt died on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the age of 64, the University of Tennessee said. She was the winningest coach in U.S. Division I college basketball history. Summitt, who coached the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols women's team, announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham, a well-known New York Times fashion photographer, died at age 87, the newspaper said on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Cunningham, known for his shots of emerging trends on the streets of New York City, died after being hospitalized for a stroke, the newspaper said. He worked for the Times for nearly 40 years, operating "as a dedicated chronicler of fashion and as an unlikely cultural anthropologist," according to the newspaper.

Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in two "Star Trek" movies, was killed on June 19, 2016, when his car rolled and pinned him against a wall at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 27.

Christina Grimmie

Former "Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie was shot and killed while signing autographs at a concert in Orlando, Florida, on June 10, 2016, cops said. The gunman then killed himself, according to police.

Gordie Howe

Hockey legend Gordie Howe died at age 88, the Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday, June 10, 2016. The 23-time NHL All-Star led Detroit to four Stanley Cup titles before retiring in 1980.

Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, 2016, at an undisclosed hospital in the Phoenix area. The self-proclaimed "Greatest of All Time" was 74 years old.

Alan Young

Actor Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post opposite a talking horse on the 1960s sitcom "Mr. Ed," died on May 19, 2016. He was 96 years old. Young was among the stars of the 1961 film "The Time Machine," as well as the voice of animated character Scrooge McDuck.

Morley Safer

Morley Safer, former "60 Minutes" correspondent/co-host, died at age 84, CBS announced on Thursday, May 19, 2016. After joining "60 Minutes" in December 1970 in the show's third season, he retired just a week before his death. He was known for both celebrity interviews and investigative pieces on injustice and worldwide issues.


Prince, the singer and musician, died April 21, 2016, at age 57. His body was found at his Paisley Park studios, located in Chanhassen, Minn., the Carver County Sheriff's Office tweeted.


Former professional wrestler and reality TV personality Chyna was found dead in her Los Angeles-area home on April 20, 2016, police said. She was 46 years old.

Doris Roberts

Actress Doris Roberts, best known for her role as Marie Barone on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," died on April 17, 2016 at 90. She won five Emmys during her career, four of which were for her work on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Merle Haggard

Country music star Merle Haggard died on April 6, 2016 of pneumonia. Haggard, who passed away on his 79th birthday, was known for hits like "Mama Tried."

Patty Duke

Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teenager for "The Miracle Worker," died at the age of 69 on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, of sepsis. The actress' long career included her own television show, "The Patty Duke Show," and the Neely O'Hara role in "The Valley of the Dolls."

Earl Hamner

Earl Hamner, the creator of TV's "The Waltons" and "Falcon Crest," died at age 92 on March 24, 2016.

Garry Shandling

Comedian Garry Shandling, the star of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" and Showtime's "It's Garry Shandling's Show" has died at age 66. Shandling suffered an apparent heart attack, his publicist, Alan Nierob, told Reuters.

Phife Dawg

Rapper Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest died early Wednesday morning, according to Rolling Stone. He was 45.

Rob Ford

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, notorious for smoking crack while in office, died at the age of 46 on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, his office said. Ford had been struggling with cancer since September 2014 when the diagnosis forced him to end his re-election campaign for mayor.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr., son of Frank Sinatra and a singer himself, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. His sister Nancy Sinatra announced he had died of cardiac arrest on her official Facebook page. He was 72.

Keith Emerson

The founding member of prog rockers Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died at age 71. Per a statement from the band, Emerson died at home in Los Angeles.

Sir George Martin

"Fifth Beatle" Sir George Martin died on March 8, 2016 at the age of 90. The wildly successful producer had more than 50 No. 1 hit records in the U.S. and Britain. Pictured: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Sir George Martin and producer Giles Martin accept the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album award for 'Love' onstage during the 50th annual Grammy awards on Feb.10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Nancy Reagan

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016, at age 94.

George Kennedy

Actor George Kennedy, who starred in "Cool Hand Luke" and "Airport," died at 91, media outlets reported on Feb. 29, 2016.

Umberto Eco

The Italian author Umberto Eco died on Feb. 19, 2016, at age 84. The European intellectual saw his acclaim move from academic circles to the world at large in 1980 with the success of his novel "The Name of the Rose."

Harper Lee

Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Feb. 19, 2016. She was 89.

Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola

"Mob Wives" star and Brooklyn native Angela Raiola, better known as "Big Ang," died on Feb. 18, 2016, after battling cancer. She was 55 years old.

Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, died at age 79 on Feb. 13, 2016. According to the San Antonio News-Express, Scalia died of natural causes. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia began serving the nation's top court in 1986.

Maurice White

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died on Feb. 3, 2016, at age 74. The R&B funk band was known for huge disco-era hits including "September," "Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland." White died at home in Los Angeles.

Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner (left), founding member of Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship, died on Jan. 28, 2016. He was 74.

Abe Vigoda

Actor Abe Vigoda, known for diverse roles from detective Fish on the sitcom "Barney Miller" to Sal Tessio in "The Godfather," died on Jan. 26, 2016. He was 94.

Glenn Frey

Founding Eagles member Glenn Frey died Jan. 18, 2016, due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the band said. He was 67.

Alan Rickman

British actor Alan Rickman's death was announced on Jan. 14, 2016. He died after a battle with cancer at the age of 69.

David Bowie

David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust, left Earth on Jan. 10, 2016, at age 69.


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