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Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away in 2019. 

  • Joe Stapleton 

    The New England broadcaster who appeared in several Oscar-winning films like “Spotlight” and “Mystic River,” died Jan. 1. Stapleton was 55. 

  • Daryl Dragon 

    One half of pop duo Captain and Tennille died Jan. 2 of renal failure, according to Reuters. He was 76.

  • Gene Okurland 

    The famed WWE announcer, who frequently interviewed the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant at their peak, died Jan. 2. Okurland was 76. 

  • Bob Einstein 

    The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development” actor (and brother of actor-filmmaker Albert Brooks) died  Jan. 2. Einstein was 76. 

  • Verna Bloom 

    The “Animal House” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” actress died Jan. 9. A family spokesperson told USA Today that Bloom died from complications from dementia. Bloom was 80.

  • Mark Urman 

    The veteran indie film distributer, who was most recently president and CEO of New York-based Paladin Films, died Jan. 12 following a bout with cancer. He was 66.

  • Carol Channing  

    The legendary Broadway and musical actress  (“Hello Dolly,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”) died Jan. 15. Channing was 97. 

  • Lorna Doom 

    The German bassist and founding member of the seminal Los Angeles-based punk band The Germs, died Jan. 17. She was 61. 

  • John Coughlin 

    The former champion figure skater died by suicide on Jan. 18. The news came days after Coughlin was suspended from the sport over a pending grievance. He was 33.

  • Andy Vajna 

    The Hungarian producer who worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone on some of their most popular films, including “Rambo” and “Total Recall,” died at his home in Budapest on Jan. 20. He was 74.

  • Russell Baker 

    A two-time Pulitzer-winning writer and longtime host of PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre,” Baker died Jan. 21 in his Lessburg, Virginia, home. Baker was 93. 

  • James Frawley 

    The director of “The Muppet Movie” and the show “The Monkees,” died on Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Wells, California. He was 82.

  • Kevin Barnett 

    The comic and co-creator of “Rel,” the Lil’ Rel Howery-led sitcom on Fox, died Jan. 22 due to a hemorrhage. Barnett was 32.

  • Michel Legrand  

    The French composer who won three Oscars for his songs (“The Windmills of Your Mind”) and film scores (“Summer of ’42,” “Yentl”) died Jan. 26. Legrand was 86.

  • James Ingram

    The singer and songwriter whose hits included “I Don’t Have the Heart,”  died Jan. 29. According to TMZ, Ingram died following a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. 

  • Louisa Moritz 

    The “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” actress who was one of the numerous women who accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, died of natural causes on Jan. 30. Moritz was 72.

  • Neal James 

    “The Banjo Man” on Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman,” died on Feb. 1 in Kentucky. He was 55.

  • Julie Adams

    The actress known for playing the damsel in distress in the 1954 monster movie “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” died Feb. 3. She was 92. 

  • Kristoff St. John 

    The actor who played the character Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” since 1991, died on Feb. 3. He was 52.

  • Albert Finney 

    The British Oscar-nominated actor who starred in “Tom Jones,” “Erin Brockovich” and the “Bourne” movies, died on Feb. 8. He was 82.

  • Ron Miller 

    The former president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and son-in-law of company founder Walt Disney, died on Feb. 9. He was age 85.

  • Jan-Michael Vincent 

    The actor, who starred in the TV series “Airwolf” and movies like “The Mechanic,” died on Feb. 10 at the age of 74 in North Carolina. According to CBS, the actor died of cardiac arrest.


  • Pedro Morales 

    The WWE announced on Feb. 12 that the company’s first-ever “Triple Crown” Champion died. The Puerto Rico native was 76.

  • Bruce Ganz 

    The Swiss actor whose work ranged from “Wings of Desire” to the much-memed “Downfall,” died on Feb. 15. He was  77

  • Karl Lagerfeld 

    The legendary fashion designer who served as longtime creative director of major brands such as Chanel and Fendi died on Feb. 19. He was 85

  • Stanley Donen 

    The director of classic musical films like “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Feb. 23. He was 94. 

  • Katherine Helmond 

    The character actress who rose to fame in the 1970s and ’80s with roles on the sitcoms “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” and appeared in such films as Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” died on Feb. 23 at age 89.

  • Beverley Owen 

    The actress who played the original Marilyn Munster on the iconic 1960s sitcom “The Munsters,” died on Feb. 24. She was 81. 

  • Lisa Sheridan 

    The actress who appeared on a numerous top TV shows including “Halt and Catch Fire,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Invasion,” died on Feb. 25. She was 44.

  • Mark Hollis  

    The lead singer for the 1980s rock band Talk Talk died on Feb. 26. He was 64.

  • Jeraldine Saunders 

    The creator of the iconic ABC series “The Love Boat” died on Feb. 26. She was 96.

  • André Previn 

    The German-American, Oscar-winning musician and composer who worked on the music for 1965’s Best Picture winner “My Fair Lady,” died on Feb. 28. He was 89. 

  • Andrew Berends 

    The documentary filmmaker who worked as a cameraman on the Oscar-winning doc “Free Solo” died on March 3. He was 46.

  • Keith Flint 

    The lead singer of the pioneering 1990s British electronica band The Prodigy, was found dead on March 4. He was 49

  • Luke Perry 

    The “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale” actor died on March 5 after suffering a stroke. He was 52. 

  • King Kong Bundy 

    The wrestling legend whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies died on March 5. He was 61.

  • Sidney Sheinberg

    The longtime president and chief operating officer of MCA and Universal Studios who is also credited with discovering and nurturing the career of Stephen Spielberg, died on March 7. He was 84.

  • Jed Allan 

    Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives,” C.C. Capwell on “Santa Barbara” and Rush Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died on March 9. He was 84.

  • Richard Erdman

    Known by millennials for his work on “Community” as Greendale’s smart-alecky Leonard Rodriguez died Saturday, March 13. He was 93.

  • Jim Raman

    Dr. James “Jim” Raman, an orthodontist who competed on Season 25 contestant of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” died Monday, March 15. He was 42.

  • Dick Dale 

    The man responsible for the song credited with the creation of surf rock; his version of “Misirlou,” a single-string rattler that became an overnight hit after he performed it on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1963, died Sunday, March 14. He was 81.

  • Michael Lynne

    The Hollywood producer who helped transform New Line Cinema into a powerhouse and served as an executive producer on Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, died Sunday, March 21. He was 77.

  • Agnes Varda 

    The pioneering French film director who emerged in the New Wave movement of the 1960s and continued to direct influential work including 2017’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Faces Places,” died Thursday, March 28. She was 90.

  • Shane Rimmer 

    The Canadian actor known for his leading voice role as a pilot on the series “Thunderbirds” and appeared in multiple James Bond movies, died Friday, March 29. He was 89.

  • Shelley Lazar

    The pioneer of ticketing VIP programs for everyone from the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney to The Who, died Sunday, March 31. She was 69.

  • Nipsey Hussle

    The Grammy-nominated rapper who appeared in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s semi-autobiographical film “I Tried,” died Sunday, March 31. He was 33. 

  • Tania Mallet

    The actress who played Tilly Masterson in the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” died in late March. She was 77.

  • Nadja Regin

    The actress who starred in two James Bond films opposite Sean Connery, died at age 87.

  • Seymour Cassel

    The Academy Award-nominated actor who regularly collaborated with Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes died Sunday, April 7. He was 84.

  • Alexa Valiente

    The award-winning producer for ABC News died Friday, April 5. She was 27.

  • Charles Van Doren

    The disgraced ’50s-era quiz show contestant who was found to have received the answers in advance, died Tuesday, April 9. He was 93.

  • Soni Methu

    The Kenyan journalist and the former host of CNN’s show “Inside Africa,” died on Thursday, April 11. She was 34. 

  • Bibi Andersson

    The Swedish actress, known for her roles in “The Seventh Seal” and “Persona,” died on Sunday, April 14. She was 83. 

  • Georgia Engel

    The actress who starred as Georgette Franklin on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” between 1972 and 1977, died Friday, April 12 at the age of 70, 

  • Bradley Welsh

    The former boxer who made his acting debut in 2017 in Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” died Wednesday, April 17. He was 42. 

  • Chet Coppock

    The Chicago-based sports broadcaster known locally as “The Godfather of Sports” in the 1980s, died Wednesday, April 17. He was 70. 

  • Lorraine Warren

    The famed investigator of paranormal activity who researched the “Amityville Horror” hauntings and was the subject of James Wan’s film “The Conjuring,” died Thursday, April 18. She was 92. 

  •  Steve Golin

    The Oscar-winning film and TV producer of “Spotlight” and founder-CEO of Anonymous Content, died after a battle with cancer Sunday, April 21. 

  • Terry Rawlings

    The British film and sound editor who was an Oscar nominee for his work on Best Picture winner “Chariots of Fire” died Tuesday, April 23.

  • Stefanie Sherk

    The Canadian model and actress known for work on “CSI: Cyber” and in the rom-com “Valentine’s Day,” died Saturday, April 20. She was 43. 

  • John Singleton

    The Oscar-nominated director of “Boyz N the Hood,” the 2000 remake of “Shaft” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” died Monday, April 29. He was 51.

  • Peter Mayhew 

    The 7-foot-2-inch tall actor who portrayed Chewbacca in five “Star Wars” films, died Tuesday, April 30. He was 74. 

  • Alvin Sargent 

    The storied screenwriter best known for his Academy Award-winning script for “Ordinary People” and his Oscar-nominated “Paper Moon,” died Thursday, May 9. He was 92. 

  • Peggy Lipton 

    The star of the iconic TV series “The Mod Squad” and part of the ensemble cast of “Twin Peaks” has died at age 72, her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones told the Los Angeles Times on May 11.

  • Doris Day 

    The actress in popular 1950s and ’60s movies such as “Pillow Talk,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Move Over, Darling” died Monday, May 13. She was 97. 

  • Tim Conway

    The Emmy-winning comedian and actor who memorably starred in “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s and “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s, died Tuesday, May 14. He was 85.

  •  Tom Jennings

    The former Hollywood talent agent and casting director, died on Thursday, April 18, his family announced. He was 81.

  • Ashley Massaro

    The former WWE Superstar died on Thursday, May 16 at the age of 39.

  • Grumpy Cat 

    The cat whose perpetually sad expression launched a thousand memes, died on Friday, May 17 at age of seven. 

  • Sammy Shore

    The legendary stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store in Los Angeles,  died on Saturday, May 18. He was 92.

  • Gabriel Diniz

    Brazilian pop star died in a plane crash on Monday, May 27. He was 28.

  • Carmine Caridi

    The actor who appeared in a key role in “The Godfather: Part II” as well as “The Godfather: Part III,” died on Wednesday, May 29. 

  • Johnnie Planco

    The former WME agent and co-founder of management/production company Parseghian Planco died on Sunday, June 2. 

  • Todd Tongen

    The longtime anchor and reporter at Florida’s WPLG died on Monday, June 3. He was 56

  • Dr. John 

    The legendary New Orleans-based musician who collaborated with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera and The Black Keys died on Thursday, June 6. He was 77.

  • Max Saines 

    On Saturday, June 8 it was announced that the Endeavor Content TV exec died from a pre-existing heart condition. He was 28.

  • Sylvia Miles 

    The two-time Oscar nominee for supporting roles in the Best Picture winner “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” died on Wednesday, June 12. She was 94.

  • Edith Gonzalez

    The Mexican telenovela star died early Thursday, June 13, according to reports. She was 54.

  • Franco Zeffirelli

    The two-time Oscar nominee best known for his 1968 big-screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died on Saturday, June 15. He was 96.

  • Katherine Textor

    The longtime “60 Minutes” producer who worked closely with Morley Safer during his final years, died Friday, June 14 following a battle with cancer. She was 45.

  • Gloria Vanderbilt

    The fashion designer, actress, heiress, artist and socialite died on Monday, June 17 from “very advanced” cancer in her stomach. She was 95.

  • Elliot Roberts

    The music manager who shepherded the careers of iconic artists including Joni Mitchell and Neil Young died on Friday, June 21. He was 76.

  • Beth Chapman

    Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” died on Wednesday, June 26 after suffering from throat and lung cancer. She was 51.

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