Beth Chapman, co-star of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman, died at age 51 after a long battle with throat cancer. Read more about her story here.
The fashion designer (and mother to Anderson Cooper) died at 95 in June, surrounded by friends and family in her home. Cooper said in a statement, "She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you: She was the youngest person they knew—the coolest and most modern."
As an actress, dancer, singer, and comedienne, Carol Channing enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning star. She started out in Broadway musicals and went on to pursue roles on the silver screen such as The First Traveling Saleslady, Alice in Wonderland, and TV shows like Hollywood Squares. The legendary actress died at the ripe old age of 97 from natural causes on January 15, 2019.
Born Catherine Gloria Balotta, Kaye Ballard was an actress, comedian, and singer who found her way into Hollywood by starting out as a musical comedian. She starred alongside Julie Andrews in her breakthrough performance for the 1957 live-action Cinderella. Ballard was a breast cancer survivor but never slowed down in her long career until she retired in 2015. The beloved performer died a the ripe old age of 93 on January 21, 2019, from kidney cancer.
Dick Miller was an American character actor, known for hilarious roles in more than 180 films. Some of his bigger roles have been in fan-favorite movies like Gremlins, Small Soldiers, and The Little Shop of Horrors. His impressive career began in 1955 with his role in Apache Woman. He enjoyed a lot of success and died from natural causes on January 30, 2019, from natural causes.
Born Betty May Adams, Julie Adams was an actress who was known for her guest appearances on TV. You might be familiar with her legs since Universal Studios had them insured for $125,000! She’s been in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Murder, She Wrote, and General Hospital, just to show you how varied the projects she works on are. Adams has won multiple awards for her performances, including a Golden Boot for her work in Westerns. She died on February 3, 2019, at the age of 92.
Jan-Michael Vincent was an actor who is best known or his role in the TV shows The Survivors and Airwolf. His biggest role in a movie was for the 1978 film Big Wednesday, in which he played the protagonist. Vincent broke into the acting industry in 1967 and enjoyed 36 years doing what he loved the most. The successful actor died on February 10, 2019, from heart complications. Vincent was 74 years old at the time of his death.
Karl Otto Lagerfeld was a German fashion designer, artist, and photographer who was famous for being the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel. He was also the creative director of the Italian fashion house Fendi, which is his own fashion label. Lagerfeld started his career in 1955 after winning a coat design competition. He’s worked with Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Balmain, Valentino, and revived the Chanel brand after the death of Coco Chanel almost ended the fashion house. The fashion legend died from health complications as a result of pancreatic cancer at age 85 on February 19, 2019.
Beverley Owen was an American actress, with her biggest role being a side-character on the fan-favorite show The Munsters. After a respectable career with performances in nine TV shows, Owen settled down to have a family with Sesame Street producer Jon Stone. She earned her master's degree after her divorce from Stone and died on February 21, 2019, from ovarian cancer.
Katherine Helmond was an actress and director who found fame for performances in TV shows such as Soap, Who’s the Boss, and Everybody Loves Raymond. She’s also known for her work as a supporting actress, including voice acting. Helmond was nominated for a total of seven Emmy awards and has won two Golden Globes for her outstanding acting skills. The iconic actress died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89 on February 23, 2019.
Coy Luther Perry III, better known as Luke Perry, was an American actor who was best known for his roles in Beverly Hills, 90210, and Riverdale. Perry struggled to get into the acting business, with almost 300 auditions under his belt before he got his first gig. Eventually, the actor found success in Hollywood. On February 27, 2019, Perry suffered a stroke that left him on life support. After another stroke, he was taken off life support and died on March 4 at the age of 52.
Keith Charles Flint was an English vocalist, dancer, and motorcycle racer who was most famous for being a founding member and the frontman for The Prodigy. Growing up, Flint was always passionate about music and dancing, so it’s no surprise that he helped create the electronic dance act known as The Prodigy. The band had two hit singles called “Firestarter” and “Breathe,” which helped kick off the group’s success in 1996. Flint died while he was still touring from an apparent suicide on March 4, 2019, at age 49.
Jed Allan Brown was an actor and TV host who is remembered most for his roles on Lassie, Beverly Hills, 90210, and for hosting Celebrity Bowling. He got his degree in Drama and was in several Broadway productions before landing a spot on the soap opera Love of Life. Other than soap operas, Allan has been in four movies and a total of eight television series. Allan passed away on March 9, 2019, only eight after his 84th birthday.
Born as Noel Scott Engel, Scott Walker was a singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer who was known for his distinctive voice and unusual evolution as a musician. He started out as the frontman for the pop-music band The Walker Brothers before starting a solo career. His change from teen pop-idol to avant-garde performer led him to become an inspiration to artists like David Bowie. The musical legend passed away on March 22, 2019, as a result of complications from cancer. Walker was 76.
Joe Pilato is an American film an voice actor who is best known for his performance in Day of the Dead. He had minor roles in other movies such as Pulp Fiction, Dawn of the Dead, and Digimon: The Movie. The well-loved actor died in his sleep on March 24, 2019, at the age of 70.
Georgia Engel was an actress who was best known for her role as Georgette Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as a later part in Everybody Loves Raymond. After getting a degree in theater, Engel was in a series of musical productions before moving on to bigger roles on TV. Later, the actress would become a movie star for Taking Off, Signs of Life, and voice acting in Open Season. Engel died from unknown causes on April 12, 2019, at the age of 70.
Originally born Berit Elisabeth Andersson, Bibi was a Swedish actress best known for her work in the theatre. The award-winning actress's debut was for a detergent commercial in 1951, after which she quickly made her way into the world of film. One of her most iconic roles, a dramatic and intense role as a nurse in the film Persona, required her to carry most of the dialogue because her co-star's character was mute. The talented actress died on April 14, 2019, after many years of bad health following a stroke in 2019. She was 83 years old at the time of her death.
Starting out as a silent film child actress, Fay McKenzie is best known for her co-starring roles in horse operas. She later went on to appear in popular movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Remember Pearl Harbor. McKenzie continued working until her death on April 16, 2019, and the film she was working on, Kill a Better Mousetrap, was released after her death. She died from natural causes at the impressive age of 101.
Larry "Flash" Jenkins
Larry "Flash" Jenkins was an actor, producer, screenwriter, and director who was best known for his role as a co-pilot in the cult-favorite Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He started out as a television actor in the series The White Shadow before starting his own production company. He has had a hand in creating shows and movies such as Marriage Vows, Limitless, and When Thugs Cry. He died on April 25, 2019, from a heart attack at the age of 63.
As the only athlete on this list, John Havlicek found fame as an NBA Basketball Hall of Famer who was with the Bostin Celtics for 16 seasons. He originally chose the Cleveland Browns, but after going through their training camp he changed his mind and joined the Celtics. His jersey number, 17, was retired by the Celtics following Havlicek's own retirement, which is a huge honor. He lived comfortably after leaving his legendary basketball career and died at the age of 79 on April 25, 2019, from complications due to Parkinson's disease.
John Daniel Singleton was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter who is most famous for Boyz n the Hood and other films that deal with contemporary urban settings and topics. Singleton is a versatile filmmaker and has also made popular action movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious. He’s been nominated for multiple Emmys and Academy Awards and is the first African American and youngest person to ever receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. The legendary director died at age 51 on April 29, 2019, after having a stroke.
Peter William Mayhew was an English-American actor and children’s author best known for his role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. Mayhew played the beloved role of Chewy for 38 years, from the 1977 Star Wars original to the 2015 film, The Force Awakens. What made Mayhew perfect for the role was his incredible height of seven feet three inches, due to Marfan syndrome. Mayhew had Marfan syndrome, which is what made him grow to be almost eight feet tall! Mayhew had a heart attack and died on April 30, 2019, at age 74.
Born as Doris Mary Kappelhoff, Doris Day was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She was featured in iconic films such as Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and even had her own self-titled television show, The Doris Day Show. She had seven top ten hits on the Billboard chart and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Pillow Talk. While she was touring with the Les Brown band, Day landed her first role in Romance on the High Seas, kicking off a successful acting career on top of her musical one. She died on May 13, 2019, after battling pneumonia.
Toma Daniel “Tim” Conway was an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He was in more than 20 TV shows and movies throughout his 46-year long career. Some of his most well-known performances include Ephraim Wanker in Married...with Children and providing the voice of Barnacle Boy in SpongeBob SquarePants. Conway has won numerous awards, including multiple Emmys, for his outstanding work. The accomplished actor died on May 14, 2019, at 85 years old.
Tardar Sauce, nicknamed Grumpy Cat, earned her fame after photos of the feline’s always-angry looking face went viral. Her mean mug isn’t a reflection of her personality and her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, says she’s actually very sweet—Grumpy Cat’s death stare is a result of an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat became the face of a meme that features cynical remarks with her photograph and even made money from advertisements and public appearances. At 7 years old, Grumpy Cat passed away on May 14, 2019, as a result of complications from a urinary tract infection.
Ashley Massaro was a reality TV star, model, and professional wrestler who was best known for her performances on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She found her way into wrestling through WWE's 2005 Diva Search. After leaving the show, she appeared on the reality show Survivor, won several beauty pageants, and pursued modeling. On May 16, 2019, Massaro committed suicide ten days before her 40th birthday.
Carmine Caridi was an American film and television actor who was most famous for his performances in the Godfather franchise. He played two different characters in the series, making him one of only three actors who can say the same thing. Other notable film appearances include Ruby, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, and the TV series NYPD Blue. The well-loved actor died on May 28, 2019, after falling into a coma following complications from a bad fall and pneumonia at the age of 85.