We know, this sounds depressing.
But in this article, we want to celebrate the lives of those who have touched our lives in some way or another. Whether they've sung, composed, or played music that we love to listen to when we're feeling down; acted, directed, produced or written movies that remind us of cuddling up with our parents on the sofa; sparked a celebration with a goal, a winning point, or a knockout, or simply made us chuckle, these people are special and deserved to be remembered as the winners that they were.
Jo Andres, sixty-four.
via: Getty ImagesAndres was a filmmaker best known for 1996's Black Kite. She was the wife of movie star, Steve Buscemi, having been together for over thirty-one years. Andres died on January 6th in her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, from encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis.
Carol Channing, ninety-seven.
via: Getty ImagesChanning was an American actress, singer, dancer, and comedian, known for her work on both stage and screen. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and appeared repeatedly on the Ed Sullivan Show. She died on January 15th, just sixteen days before her ninety-eighth birthday.
Steve Bell, eighty-three.
Dick Miller, ninety.
via: Getty ImagesRichard (Dick) Miller was an American actor who reportedly featured in over 180 movies. His most recognizable roles were in Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Little Shop of Horrors, Night of the Creeps, and The Terminator. He died of natural causes in his home in Los Angeles.
Kristoff St. John, fifty-two.
via: Getty ImagesSt. John is best known for his role as Neil Winters on daytime soap, The Young & The Restless, the most watched daytime drama, winning two Emmy's for his work. He also won eleven NAACP Image Awards. St. John was found dead at his home in Los Angeles, with the cause of death listed as heart failure.
Julie Adams, ninety-two.
via: Getty ImagesAdams was an actress, known for her role in Creature of the Black Lagoon, and her starring lead role as Eve Simpson in Murder, She Wrote. She passed away on February 3rd in Los Angeles, and is survived by two sons.
Albert Finney, eighty-two.
via: Getty ImagesFinney was a British actor with an impressive five Oscar nominations over his lifetime. They were for Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano, and Erin Brockovich. He died of a chest infection in London, UK, on February 7th.
Carmen Argenziano, seventy-five.
via: Getty ImagesArgenziano had an illustrious acting career. He's best known for his role as Jacob on Stargate SG-1. He also appeared in many television shows, including Cheers, Melrose Place, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, and Hawaii Five-0. He died in Los Angeles on February 10th.
Karl Lagerfeld, eighty-five.
via: Getty ImagesThe iconic fashion designer was primarily known as the creative director of the fashion house, Chanel, where he worked until his death. Lagerfeld fell victim to complications of pancreatic cancer on February 19th.
Beverly Owen, eighty-one.
via: Getty ImagesOwen was an American TV actress, best known as the original Marilyn Munster on The Munsters. She died of ovarian cancer in Montpelier, Vermont, on February 21st.
Stanley Donen, ninety-four.
via: Getty ImagesLegendary Hollywood director, Stanley Donen, was best known for his movies On The Town and Singin' In The Rain, which he co-directed alongside Gene Kelly. He also directed classics like 1957's Funny Face, and 1954's Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and won a lifetime achievement Academy Award in 1998. Donen died on February 21st in New York City of heart failure.
Peter Tork, seventy-seven.
via: Getty ImagesTork was a musician best known as the keyboardist and bass player of pop band, The Monkees. Tork announced that he'd been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Although he was successfully treated multiple times, he eventually succumbed to his illness on February 21st.
Katherine Helmond, eighty-nine.
via: Getty ImagesSitcom star, Katherine Helmond, was nominated for an Emmy seven times. She was best known for her roles on Who's The Boss, and Soap, alongside a guest appearance on Everybody Loves Raymond in 2002. Helmond died in her home in Los Angeles on February 23rd of Alzheimer's disease.
Keith Flint, forty-nine.
via: Getty ImagesThe lead singer of UK electro-dance band, The Prodigy. Having struggled with depression all of his life, Flint died by suicide in his home in Essex, UK, on March 4th.
Luke Perry, fifty-two.
via: Getty ImagesThe actor was best known for his roles in Beverly Hills: 90210, and, more recently, on hit Netflix series, Riverdale. Perry died due to complications after having a stroke, in Los Angeles on the 4th of March.
Jed Allan, eighty-four.
via: Getty ImagesJed Allan was a legendary actor best known for his work in a range of popular soap operas. He played Don Craig on Days Of Our Lives, and Rush Sanders on Beverly Hills: 90210. Allan died at home in Palm Desert, California on March 9th, eight days after his eighty-fourth birthday.
John Carl Buechler, sixty six.
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Buechler was a legendary special effects artist, working on movies including Troll, Friday the 13th: Part VII, Halloween 4, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. He died of prostate cancer on March 18th.
Larry Cohen, eighty-two.
via: Getty ImagesLarry Cohen was a beloved director of a range of horror and sci-fi movies, including It's Alive, Q, The Stuff, and Hell Up In Harlem. He died peacefully in his home in Beverly Hills on March 23rd.
Joe Pilato, seventy.
via: Getty ImagesPilato was a horror movie star, known for his roles in films like Wishmaster and Effects. He was best known for his starring role in the horror classic Day of the Dead, directed by George Romero in 1985. He died in his sleep in Los Angeles on March 24th.
Agnes Varda, ninety.
via: Getty ImagesFrench filmmaking icon, Varda, was best known for pioneering the French New Wave movement, making films with signature realism and tackling important social issues. Varda was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for her 2018 movie Faces Places. Varda died of cancer on March 29th in Paris.
Nipsey Hussle, thirty-three.
via: Getty ImagesBorn Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle was a rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist who emerged on the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid '00s. He was murdered for unknown reasons, shot by one Eric Holder, outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31st.
Nadja Regin, eighty-seven.
via: Getty ImagesRegin was a Serbian actress, best known for her guest role in Bond movie, Goldfinger, and starring role in From Russia With Love. She died in London, UK, on April 6th.
Seymour Cassel, eighty-four.
via: Getty ImagesCassel was a legendary character actor and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1968 for drama movie, Faces. He was also well-known for his collaborative relationship with Wes Anderson and was cast in many of the director's movies including The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. He died on April 7th of Alzheimer's disease.
Georgia Engel, seventy.
via: Getty ImagesEngel was a popular American actress best known for playing Georgette Franklin Baxter in smash hit sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was a firm follower of Christian Science, so when she fell ill, she did not consult a doctor, leaving her cause of death unknown. Engel passed on April 12th in Cape Charles, Virginia.
Fay McKenzie, one hundred and one.
via: Getty ImagesMcKenzie was a legendary actress, starting work at just ten months old and working up until a year before her death. She died of natural causes in her sleep in Highland Park, Los Angeles, on April 16th and is survived by two children.
Lorraine Warren, ninety-two.
via: Getty ImagesAlongside her husband, Ed, Lorraine Warren was a famous paranormal investigator involved in numerous high profile hauntings, including the Amityville Horror. She was played by Vera Famiga in The Conjuring film franchise. Warren died peacefully in her sleep in her home in Monroe, Connecticut.
Ken Kercheval, eighty-three.
via: Getty ImagesKercheval was an actor, best known for his role as Cliff Barnes on long-running soap opera, Dallas, plus its 2012 revival. Having survived lung cancer in 1994, Kercheval died from complications relating to pneumonia in Los Angeles on April 21st, 2001. He's survived by three children and six grandchildren.
John Singleton, fifty-one.
via: Getty ImagesSingleton was a legendary screenwriter, director, and producer. In 1991, Singleton was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for Boyz n the Hood. He was the first African-American to ever be nominated, and, at age twenty-four, he was also the youngest ever nominee. Singleton died on April 28th in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke.
Peter Mayhew, seventy-four.
via: Getty ImagesThe English-American actor was best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise. He had a heart attack at his home in Boyd, Texas on April 30th.
Alvin Sargent, ninety-two.
via: Getty ImagesSargent was a screenwriter best known for his work on three Spider Man movies. He'd also won two Oscars, one for 1977's Julia, and 1981's Ordinary People. He died of natural causes in his home in Seattle, Washington, on May 9th.
Peggy Lipton, seventy-two.
via: Getty ImagesThe multitalented actress, model, and singer rose to fame on counterculture TV hit, The Mod Squad, but was introduced to a whole new audience through her role in David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Lipton died of colon cancer in Los Angeles on the 11th of May.
Doris Day, ninety-seven.
via: Getty ImagesThe huge Hollywood star was most known for her roles in musicals such as Calamity Jane, alongside her own sitcom The Doris Day Show. She was also a popular musician, with hit songs like "Que Sera Sera." Day was also a social activist with many charity projects. She died after having contracted pneumonia on May 13th.
Grumpy Cat, seven.
Tim Conway, eighty-five.
via: Getty ImagesActor, comedian, writer, and director, Conway, is best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, and eventually starring in The Tim Conway Show. He won four Emmys and a Golden Globe throughout his illustrious career. He died in Los Angeles on May 14th of complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Niki Lauda, seventy.
via: Getty ImagesLauda was an Austrian Formula One icon, winning the World Driver's Champion award in 1975, 1977, and 1984. His rivalry with British driver, James Hunt, was the subject of the 2013 movie Rush, in which Lauda was played by Daniel Brühl. He died peacefully of complications related to kidney problems in Zurich, Switzerland on May 20th.
Carmine Caridi, eighty-five.
via: Getty ImagesCaridi was an actor, best known for his role as Carmine Rosato in the movies The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III. Caridi also became the first person to be expelled from The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences due to a copyright infringement incident. He slipped into a coma and died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 28th.
Dr. John, seventy-seven.
via: Getty ImagesBorn Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., Dr. John was a pioneering blues, jazz, rock & roll, and boogie-woogie musician. He'd won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Dr. John died of a heart attack in the early hours of June 6th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gloria Vanderbilt, ninety-five.
via: Getty ImagesHeiress, socialite, author, actress, and fashion designer, Gloria Vanderbilt, was a member of the high society Vanderbilt family. She was perhaps best known for her pioneering range of blue jeans and is the mother of CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper. Vanderbilt died of stomach cancer on June 17th in her native city of New York.
Beth Chapman, fifty-one.
via: Getty ImagesReality star, Beth Chapman, was best known for her marriage to Dog the Bounty Hunter. The two starred together in many hugely successful television shows. Chapman died after a long battle with lung and throat cancer on June 26th in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cameron Boyce, twenty.
Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr., eighty-eight."an unapologetic maverick and gifted actor whose singular presence on screens big and small was always welcome." He passed away on July 9th.
Denise Nickerson, sixty-two.
via: Getty ImagesThe actress was best known for her role as Violet Beauregard in the original movie adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She died of pneumonia in her home in Aurora Colorado on July 10th.
Pernell Whitaker, fifty-five.
via: Getty ImagesThe boxer, who won an Olympic Gold in 1984, was struck and killed by a car at a crossing in Virginia Beach on July 14th.
John Paul Stevens, ninety-nine.
via: Getty ImagesThe former Supreme Court Justice died following complications after a stroke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He passed away on July 16th.
Rutger Hauer, seventy-five.
via: Getty ImagesThe classic actor, born in Belgium, was best known for roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batman Begins. He died of an unspecified illness at his home in Beetsterzwaag on July 19th.
Toni Morrison, eighty-eight.
via: Getty ImagesThe seminal writer, known for works like Beloved and Song of Solomon, died in hospital in the Bronx, New York City, following complications after pneumonia, on August 5th.
Jeffrey Epstein, sixty-six.
via: Getty ImagesThe disgraced former financier died of an apparent suicide in prison on August 10th. Many view his death as suspicious, as he was awaiting trial for multiple counts of child sex trafficking at the time.
David Kock, seventy-nine.
via: Getty ImagesThe controversial billionaire industrialist and philanthropist died following struggles with various illnesses on August 23rd. He passed at his home in Southampton, New York, surrounded by family.
Eddie money, seventy.
via: Getty ImagesEddie Money, famous for his hits such as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" passed away on September 13th. He had been seeking treatment for stage 4 esophageal cancer.
Suzanne Whang, fifty-six.
via: Getty ImagesSuzanne was the host of hit TV show, House Hunters. Her death followed a long battle with breast cancer and was confirmed on 20th September.
Sid Haig, eighty.
via: Getty ImagesThe American actor, film producer, and singer was most famous for starring in movies such as Batman, Mission: Impossible, and, of course, House of 1000 Corpses. An accident in his home resulted in him being taken to the ICU. He passed away on September 21st.