When celebrities die, the whole world takes notice. It’s all over the news and social media. Fans mourn the loss of their favorite actor or actress, and colleagues in the industry pay tributes to honor a friend or a co-star. However, some celebrity deaths go unnoticed. Sometimes the families of these celebrities prefer to deal with the loss in private, sometimes speaking only through a lawyer or a representative, and their passing does not get a lot of coverage on the news. Here is a list of celebrities whose deaths went largely unnoticed by the public and how they passed away.
GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU – PNEUMONIA
Guillaume Depardieu made female audiences swoon because of his charming good looks. Not only that— as the eldest son of French actor Gerard Depardieu, it appears that Guillaume acquired his father’s acting talents since he has also won numerous awards for his performances. To his credit, the younger actor is a Cesar Award winner and has starred in critically-acclaimed films such as Les Apprentis, Tous Les Matins Du Monde, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
He was poised to have a growing acting career, but that came to a stop when he contracted pneumonia while filming L’Enfrance d’Icare in 2008. The beloved French celebrity’s funeral was held at Notre Dame Church, close to his home in Paris, while he can be visited in Bougival Cemetery. Guillaume was only 37 years old at the time of his passing, but even if he died young, he has contributed a significant service in the industry, and his name will surely never be forgotten.
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN – HEART ATTACK
Michael Clarke Duncan had a prolific acting career. His biggest dream was to become a famous football player, but his mother would not allow him since he might get hurt while playing. Later on, he discovered acting and strived to become a well-known actor. Duncan tugged at viewers’ heartstrings for his stellar performance in The Green Mile as Paul, an inmate sentenced to death after being convicted of crimes.
His portrayal earned him a Best Supporting Actor nod at the Oscars, and a slew of successful films followed. The movie also received multiple credits in the film industry. Contrary to his fictional role, Duncan led a noble life in reality and did not have any run-ins with the law. The versatile actor’s talent and skills have been recognized when he was nominated with different awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack in 2012 at the age of 54.
MICHELLE THOMAS – CANCER
Michelle Thomas is best known for her roles in family TV series such as The Cosby Show and Family Matters. While she was beaming with so much potential, her career was not longstanding as she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer identified as an intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor. At first, the actress refused to undergo treatments because of fear that it can interfere with her chances of having children.
Thomas eventually underwent treatment and two surgeries to remove the tumor, but she lost her battle to cancer in 1998 at the age of 29. Due to her early success, the star’s family never feared facing bankruptcy despite having to pay for expensive tests and procedures in the hopes of curing her cancer. Thomas’ steady income and savings helped them to cope up with the expenses and costs during her condition. It is sad to think that she never survived, but her memories still remain in the hearts of people who love her.
BILL NUNN – LEUKEMIA
Bill Nunn frequented various television shows and movies, but he is most recognized for his role as Radio Raheem in the film Do the Right Thing. He was also in the 2002 Spider-Man movie as the supporting character Robbie Robertson. Nunn studied at Morehouse College as an English major. Since then, he has trudged his way to becoming a writer. As time went by, the persevering artist shifted his ways into acting and decided to focus on it.
Although he continued to have an active career in Hollywood, Nunn was already battling leukemia. He died at 63 years old, and his death was announced by Do the Right Thing creator Spike Lee. Before his death, Nunn helped free kids from student loans by offering scholarships through the Bill Nun Theater Outreach Project, which the actor founded last 2008 in Pittsburgh. His death was a meaningful one, especially to the kids whose lives he touched when he was still alive.
ALEXIS ARQUETTE – CARDIAC ARREST
Alexis Arquette will always be remembered as an icon and a hero to the LGBTQ+ community. From a young age, she was already a performer and got her biggest break in Last Exit to Brooklyn where she portrayed Georgette way back in 1989. The actress was one of the earliest stars to come out publicly with her gender transition. Arquette, who comes from a family of actors, actively played a role in promoting LGBTQ+ rights and continued supporting others in the community.
To her credit, Arquette was a woman of many talents—she was an actress, cabaret performer, and a cartoonist as well. Sadly, Arquette’s journey ended quite early when she passed away in 2016 due to a cardiac arrest caused by her HIV infection. Even with her passing, many still remember her name, most especially her family members. In fact, her sister recently paid a tribute to honor her.
RON GLASS – RESPIRATORY DISEASE
Ron Glass made a name for himself when he took part in the sitcom Barney Miller where he portrayed the fan-favorite Det. Ron Harris. Most recently, he appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Aside from his on-screen performances, Glass also established a successful career in voice acting. He lent his voice to the character Randy Carmichael in Rugrats and its spin-off series, All Grown Up!
Fans remain in mourning and constantly remember the loss of the well-loved actor who appeared on-screen naturally with his charms. On top of his contributions to Hollywood, Glass is also known for his goodness. Apparently, he gives tribute to a non-profit organization that helps send teens to college. Glass lived a long life with a successful career in television to his credit until he moved on to greener pastures in 2016 due to respiratory complications. He was 71 years old at the time of his passing.
JOHN HURT – PANCREATIC CANCER
English actor John Hurt rose to stardom in A Man for All Seasons. He went on to establish a longstanding career in acting that spans almost five decades. Because of this, the veteran is regarded as one of the most reputable British actors of all time. Hurt is famous for playing different note-worthy characters, where he almost always garnered an award-winning performance. He also remains to be the only actor that portrayed The Doctor and receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Younger film viewers may remember him best for his role as the wandmaker Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter franchise. Despite his success behind the scenes, Hurt struggled with pancreatic cancer but continued to work while undergoing treatment until his demise on January 25, 2017. Prior to his death, he received an honorary degree at the University of Derby. Hurt’s reign in show business was a good run, to say the least.
TEENA MARIE – NATURAL CAUSES
Teena Marie was a jack-of-all-trades—she was a renowned singer, songwriter, and producer. The way she sang R&B is convincing and soothing at the same time because of her robust and big vocals. If you ask us, that’s also probably why her albums are always on top. She was incredibly talented and also received credit for playing the keyboards and rhythm guitar exceptionally well. Unfortunately for Marie, she met an accident that caused her untimely passing.
In 2004, six years prior to her loss, a large picture frame fell on her head, which caused irreparable brain damage. Since then, she has struggled with seizures. Although it remains unclear if she underwent treatment for the mishap, it was announced that she died of natural causes in December 2010. Before she died, Marie made different investments from her earnings. She was also working on her 14th album, Beautiful, which was finished by her daughter. It was a limited-edition album that they dedicated to her.
LESLIE CARTER – DRUG OVERDOSE
Leslie Carter is the sibling of pop singers Nick Carter and Aaron Carter. Although she didn’t reach the same degree of stardom and success as his two brothers, Leslie pursued a singing career and was able to release a single titled Like Wow! that appeared on the Shrek soundtrack. Her career began when she signed a deal with Dreamwork Records for a debut album. Although there was a little delay on her album, the company made sure that it will thrive— and it did.
Sadly, Leslie struggled with depression and anxiety. In 2012, she succumbed to her condition after being found unresponsive in her home in New York. Before that, Carter purportedly complained of feeling ill after falling in the shower. A police report, however, indicated that she overdosed on prescription medication, causing her eventual passing. She was 25 years old at the time— such a young age for someone to end their career.
PAT MORITA – KIDNEY FAILURE
Every ’80s kid probably idolized Pat Morita after playing Mr. Miyagi in the hit The Karate Kid movies. He started as the opening act for many singers and became an actor over time. Morita is arguably one of the most recognizable Asian-American actors of all time. His portrayal of the karate teacher led him to be nominated for Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Aside from acting on screen, he also voiced the Emperor of China in the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan.
Sadly, Morita had kidney failure in 2005. He was 73 years old at the time of his passing. During his heyday and even until today, the actor’s talents are pretty much in demand. His stint as Mr. Miyagi was so iconic and believable for audiences, although he had no idea about karate proves the degree of Morita’s skill in acting. During his lifetime, he enjoyed a happy family life with his wife Evelyn and three daughters. It’s safe to say that the star’s days here on Earth were well-lived.
COREY HAIM – PNEUMONIA
Corey Haim quickly became one of the biggest teen stars in Hollywood during the ’80s, especially after starring in the movie The Lost Boys. His early success led to fame and money, which made him difficult to break away from the experiences of being a child actor. The Canadian actor enjoyed a fast rise to fame and appeared in a string of other movies such as Dream a Little Dream, License to Drive, Murphy’s Romance, and Silver Bullet.
Haim was only ten years old when his talents were discovered. He appeared in many TV series and movies because of his charm and skills. Unfortunately, like many young stars, Haim struggled with dependence on illegal substances and liquor. In 1997 he filed for bankruptcy, and his report indicated that he owed the IRS $100,000 at the time. In 2010, he passed away due to pneumonia, which led to a complication of pulmonary edema.
CHRIS PENN – HEART DISEASE
Chris Penn caught viewers’ attention for his performances in Rush Hour, The Funeral, All The Right Moves, and Reservoir Dogs, to name a few. At the age of 12, he already started acting at the Loft Studio. His debut film was Charlie and the Talking Buzzard in 1979. He also starred in Footloose alongside Kevin Bacon. Chris, brother of actor Sean Penn, was going through treatment for heart disease.
He is one of the most remarkable American TV actors at the time and his characters are mostly tough, including a villain, a comic role, and a working-class lug. Aside from his illness, the other Penn also struggled with vices such as substance intake, which made his condition worse. In 2006 and at 40 years old, he did not survive complications due to his heart disease. His toxicology report indicated that his enlarged heart caused his death, but it was also believed that the substance in his system escalated his condition to a threatening degree.
LEONARD NIMOY – PULMONARY DISEASE
Many movie franchises have their fan-favorite character. For the Star Trek saga, it’s Mr. Spock. While many actors have played the said character, no one is more recognized for the role than Leonard Nimoy. Aside from a prolific acting career, Nimoy was also a renowned director, author, singer, and photographer. Nimoy’s talents were recognized when he was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and when he became a renowned author of seven poetry books.
Not only is he a great actor and writer, but also a successful photographer. In fact, Nimoy’s works were displayed and bid in numerous museums. Regrettably, the iconic actor was diagnosed with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that was caused by years of smoking. He received treatment for the illness but passed away in 2015 due to complications from it. Prior to his death, Nimoy was expected to have received the best treatment thanks to his excellent credit score and net worth of $45 million.
THUY TRANG – CAR ACCIDENT
Thuy Trang is a Vietnamese actress, and although she only left a small amount of work, she still had a colossal impact on people and the industry. Fans of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will recognize Trang as Yellow Ranger. The Asian beauty went on to play Kali, the lead villain in the movie The Crow: City of Angels. Despite having such a promising career, Trang did not live long as she was involved in a tragic car accident.
The incident took place just outside San Francisco in 2001, and driving under the influence was ruled out as a cause for the crash. Unfortunately, lawyers were not brought in to investigate the incident. The Asian celebrity was only 27 years old at the time of her passing. For many of her fans and followers, she will forever remain as a part of the Power Rangers that shaped most of their pre-teen years.
DANA HILL – DIABETES
National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Another notable credit to her name is her work on Tom and Jerry: The Movie, where she did Jerry’s voice. Since childhood, Hill was already diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Hill was an athlete, placing third nationwide in the 880-yard run at the time. Despite her active lifestyle, she found out about her condition when she was only ten years old after she collapsed on a track.
Her condition ultimately got the best of her when she was 32 years of age. Unknown to most of us, she became a vital part of our childhood. Over the course of her career, Hill voiced many cartoon characters on shows we grew up with and have grown to love, including Disney shows such as Goof Troop, where the artist portrayed Max Goof. She was also a supporting character in the Nickelodeon series Rugrats.
LAURA BRANIGAN – ANEURYSM
Laura Branigan was a singer, songwriter, and actress, best known for her platinum-certified signature song Gloria. Branigan enjoyed massive success in the music industry and generated a slew of top hits. At the height of her singing career, she then earned credit for acting, first appearing in An American Girl in Berlin, which was aired on German television. During her hiatus, people wondered where Branigan went.
The multi-talented artist was still in demand, and many people were seeking her talents, but she needed to take a rest to take care of her husband full-time.
Her return should have marked a new era of her career, but an accident happened where she broke her femur and needed a six-month rest. In 2004, Branigan peacefully slept and never woke up again. This was caused by an undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. While it might have been a swift event, it was said that the singer experienced headaches in the weeks prior to her death.
NELSAN ELLIS – HEART FAILURE
Nelsan Ellis first appeared in the public eye in the HBO series True Blood. He is one of the most award-winning American television and film actors of our generation, so much so that producers kept his character until the show ended. Lafayette Reynolds was initially planned to be killed early on in the series, but he ended up becoming a popular favorite among fans. It seemed like everything was going well for the actor in the limelight.
Behind the scenes, however, Ellis struggled with drinking. Instead of seeking medical help, he tried to control the condition by himself and was said to have been ashamed of it. Unfortunately, his withdrawal led to heart failure and untimely passing in 2017. Although the event shocked fans worldwide, cases like Ellis’ are not rare. Research claims that 5 to 25 percent of people who go through high degrees of alcohol withdrawal do not survive.
JAMES AVERY – SURGICAL COMPLICATIONS
James Avery was regarded as one of the “greatest TV dads of all time” – and for a good reason! His portrayal as the loving and humble lawyer-turned-judge Phillip Banks drew a lot of laughs on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His characters’ sudden outburst, although very well-meaning, resulted in comical reactions from other characters on the show, including the audience.
His career is a successful one where he appeared in several movies and television series.
Avery’s voice acting was also recognized and is often featured in animated series. Through his experiences both in real life and acting, he was well-regarded and looked up to by several artists in the industry. Life, however, is not all rainbows and sunshine. Avery suffered from many health conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. At 68 years old, his time here on Earth was finally up. Reports said it was caused by complications of open-heart surgery. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure: James Avery is a legend who continues to live on in the hearts of many.
MICHAEL NYQVIST – LUNG CANCER
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist’s on-screen appearance was in the 1998 television series Martin Beck, in which he played police officer Banck. The acting was not his first dream because his desire was to become the best hockey player. After a tragic incident where he was injured, Nyqvist sought early retirement. At the age of 17, he got interested in acting. The former hockey athlete took acting classes and played various small roles as a starting point of his career.
Eventually, his big break came after appearing in the Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In addition, he was also the villain to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. His powerful performances earned him praise from audiences and critics alike. By the looks of it, the fresh Hollywood star was poised to become the next big villain in Hollywood movies. Sadly, Nyqvist’s career didn’t go further as he died of lung cancer in 2017. He underwent insurance-covered treatments, but none was able to cure his disease fully.
JOHN SPENCER – HEART ATTACK
John Spencer rendered a powerful performance as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry in the hit political drama series The West Wing, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He first started his career on The Patty Duke Show and then appeared continuously in supporting roles in various films.
This might come off as a surprise, but did you know Spencer also appeared on Broadway shows?
Many are impressed with how he can handle different characters both in plays and films. As it turned out, Spencer’s most significant role yet would be overcoming his past self. The actor used to struggle with a drinking problem and later sought treatment at a rehabilitation center. Although he did his best to improve his health and lifestyle, he passed away in 2005 due to a heart attack while filming a show. Spencer was a few days shy of 60 years old by then. Prior to his West Wing stint, he played the role of a “street lawyer” in L.A. Law.
ALICE PLAYTEN – PANCREATIC CANCER
Alice Playten had a meteoric rise in Broadway after joining the production of Gypsy in 1959. The musical paved the way for her to star in other hits such as Henry, Caroline, Seussical, Change, Oliver, and more. Despite having a petite frame, Playten was remembered for her thunderous voice and powerful performances. The range allowed the Broadway showstopper to portray versatile roles – her piping wail was compared to a baby Ethel Merman!
Playten lived her years happily, basking on the fame and fortune brought about by her skills in the business. Despite her success, she had a long battle with diabetes that was complicated with pancreatic cancer. Although the star received treatment, she succumbed to the disease in 2011. According to her lawyer, her cause of death was heart failure. A retrospection of her work took place at Second Stage Theater, New York in the same year, to honor her legacy.
HOLLY LEWIS – UNKNOWN
Holly Lewis was a lesser-known actress who appeared in minor roles for film and TV. Her most notable work was doing voice acting for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Unexpectedly, the Hollywood star died in June 2012 at the age of 46 due to unknown circumstances. During her lifetime, she was not known to have suffered from any diseases or addiction to substances, and no autopsy report was released to the public.
Her demise brought loneliness to many fans who were still left in shock because the case remains open-ended. No lawyer also came out to represent Lewis to speak about her demise or the situation of her estate. Still, the actress has left a huge void in the lives of the fans whom she has inspired. Her work for being an actress and filmmaker was outstanding and truly deserved recognition. Because of her active involvement in the industry, Lewis and her memory will certainly transcend time.
ANTOINE ASHLEY – HEART FAILURE
Antoine Ashley is a popular drag queen who participated in the second season of the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. During her time on the series, Ashley, who also went by the screen name Sahara Davenport, captivated the hearts of many and earned a considerable following. Behind her bright personality, Ashley was hooked on designer substances such as ketamine. Thanks to her mother’s intervention, she was able to undergo rehab, counseling, and in a few years, was doing great.
Although she got over her habit, years of misuse took a toll on her body and led to heart failure in 2012. No amount of insurance could have stopped the unfateful incident, let alone could have seen it coming. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: It Takes Two (2012) was aired in honor of her service and contribution to the show. In our opinion, Ashley’s legacy endures and persists, even though she’s moved on to join the Creator.
MARCIA WALLACE – BREAST CANCER
Marcia Wallace was a renowned comedian and voice artist best known for her portrayal of Carol Kester in the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show. She received credit for voicing Mrs. Krabappel, Bob Simpson’s teacher in The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy Award. Outside of the spotlight, Wallace faced a long battle with breast cancer. Despite undergoing treatment, she succumbed to the disease in 2013.
Aside from her cancer, she also struggled with a dependence on drinks, which was a result of her troubled childhood. After her passing, Mrs. Krabappel was retired from The Simpsons instead of having her replaced with another voice actor. Many described Marcia Wallace as a woman who can make people laugh but, deep inside, is struggling. Both in her career and life, she had many uphill battles, but this did not stop her from giving joy to people and being optimistic throughout her life. Truly, her legacy lives on.
SUNNY JOHNSON – ANEURYSM
Sunny Johnson lived a short life, but it was a very fulfilling one. She was recognized for her role in the ’80s hit film Flashdance. She also made appearances in a succession of other films such as Charlie’s Angels, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, and Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype. Unluckily, Johnson suffered a ruptured blood vessel in her brain, which put her in a coma. Even if her outstanding credit score could afford her any treatment, no viable option was available for her condition.
In 1984, Johnson’s family decided to lay her to rest and take her off the respirator. Her career was only short, but many idolized her for her work. At the age of 30, she already achieved so much, and it undoubtedly aided her family to at least put her in a comfortable place. At the end of the day, Johnson is best remembered for the many smiles she has given us on our darkest days.
NICOLE DEHUFF – PNEUMONIA
Nicole Dehuff found international fame when she made her acting debut in the movie Meet The Parents, where she starred alongside Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. She is a beautiful woman who, at first glance, can seem out of our league. First-degree impressions aside, Dehuff can definitely make laugh thousands of people with her quirks. This paved the way for her to take on various other projects, including a season regular position in the lawyer drama The Court.
In a horrible turn of events, Dehuff was a victim of a misdiagnosis. When she first sought medical advice for her health condition, doctors thought she had bronchitis and gave her the wrong prescription medicine. It was later found out that she actually had pneumonia, but by then, it was already too late. Other than being a symbol of beauty and joy, Dehuff’s life also reminds us always to be careful with our decisions – because one wrong move can severely harm or affect others.
ROMI KOCH – UNKNOWN
Romi Koch was a lesser-known actress, and not much was known about her private life. She was born in 1978, and her last day was on August 22, 2005, making her 27 years old at the time of her demise. Many have noted how Koch is beautiful both inside and out— in fact, her glow has inexplicably captivated audiences. She starred in the horror flick Dead Doll back in 2004. To everyone’s shock, she was gone just a year after the movie’s release.
What’s even more shocking was that the details behind it were never disclosed in full. There was no report that Koch passed away due to natural causes, nor was there an attorney who was assigned to investigate any foul play. Unverified sources said she was involved in a car accident in Canada, while other theories suggest that her passing was faked and that she is still alive. Until now, this case remains a sad mystery for many.
JUSTIN PIERCE – SUICIDE
Justin Pierce was a popular British actor and a charming heartthrob loved by many female fans for his roles in movies such as Kids and Next Friday. He is an original member of the Zoo York skateboard team, and you can see his features on the mixtape of Zoo York’s adverts and magazines in 1998. From what he remembers, Supreme releases various images of his skateboarding skills in its publications and clothing line.
Preceding his breakthrough in the acting industry, Pierce had a troubled childhood, and he carried this through adulthood. This caused his depression and ultimately led to him taking his own life. He was found hanged inside his hotel room in Las Vegas, where he also left his last words in the form of notes. Understandably, the contents of the letters were not disclosed publicly. Aside from his family problems, Pierce was not known to have faced any financial upsets that could have needed the intervention of a financial adviser.
TREVOR GODDARD – OVERDOSE
English actor Trevor Goddard is popularly known as the big, tough guy in a lot of action movies in the ’90s. Even if acting was not his biggest dream, it made a break in his life and ultimately led to the path of becoming a well-known actor. He gained popularity particularly for his portrayal of Kano in the live-action adaptation of Mortal Kombat. He went on to play Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby in JAG and Keefer in Men of War. In all fairness, the actor’s action movies helped him increase his fan base.
In spite of the fame, Goddard dealt with private issues that led him to try illegal substances. The tough guys became hooked on these substances but didn’t seek help or go to therapy. As an effect, he had an overdose in 2003. Dependence on substance is difficult to overcome, but it is not impossible. Even those who are financially constrained may apply for rehabilitation insurance which is granted by various insurance providers across the country.
ANDREW KOENIG – SUICIDE
Andrew Koenig is the son of Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, but he made a name for himself in the acting industry. He played a recurring role as Richard Stabone in the ABC sitcom Growing Pains and also landed roles in 21 Jump Street and My Sister Sam. Though he continued his career, Koenig worked more behind the films. He was an aspirant director, producer, and writer.
The celebrity worked on various movies as an editor and video producer. In fact, the contributions he made in show business are immeasurable. On the downside, Koenig was apparently troubled and was found by his family hanging from a tree in 2010. It was not disclosed if Koenig received the treatment he needed for his depression. The cause of his passing was identified as suicide, and thus, there was no need to call a lawyer since other motives behind it have been ruled out.
MICHAEL JETER – EPILEPTIC SEIZURE
Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Jeter puts a smile on everyone’s faces for his roles in television shows Sesame Street and Evening Shade, where he played a math teacher whose teachings came in handy for students computing their student loans. The charismatic actor also made his way to the big screen in movies such as Jurassic Park III, The Green Mile, Waterworld, Patch Adams, and Tango & Cash.
In 1990, he won a Tony Award for his amazing performance in Grand Hotel, a Broadway musical show. Then, in 1992, he was awarded at Emmy’s for his character Herman Stiles in the previously-mentioned Evening Shade. Other achievements he has are Clarence Derwent Prize, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award. Down the road, Michael found out that he was HIV positive, but he immediately received treatment and was in good health for many years. Unfortunately, he suffered from an epileptic seizure and died inside his home in 2003.
J.T. WALSH – HEART ATTACK
J.T. Walsh was a seasoned actor, having starred in critically-acclaimed films such as A Few Good Men, Miracle on 34th Street, Vietnam, and Good Morning, to name a few. He joined the acting class in college at the University of Rhode Island and has an on and off relationship with productions. The celebrity was already nearly 42 years old when he had his first film. Although Walsh was often typecast as the bad guy in movies, he was actually a good person in real life.
Before becoming a full-time actor, he tried a handful of jobs, including working as a junior high school teacher. In a sad turn of events, Walsh succumbed to a heart attack in 1998 while he was on vacation in San Diego. In a tribute published in Time Out New York, writer Andrew Johnston gave credit to Walsh for his acting performances. He was cremated, and the ashes were given to his family.
PAUL GLEASON – MESOTHELIOMA
Probably every teenager back in the ’80s and ’90s will recognize Paul Gleason as the strict Principal Richard Vernon in the classic The Breakfast Club. Gleason is good at adapting tough-guy characters. His personality is meant to play unlikeable characters, and this made him well-known to the public. He was loathed, hated, and unloved by audiences due to the believability of his acting in his films and movies.
Aside from this iconic role, he also appeared in Die Hard and Trading Places and even joined the cast of All My Children as Dr. David Thornton. He was an avid golfer and made investments in celebrity golfing tournaments through his participation. As the years went by, Gleason developed a rare type of lung cancer called pleural mesothelioma, which he got from being exposed to asbestos while working as a teen. He died in 2006 at 67 years old.
RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH – HEART DISEASE
Richard Attenborough was a jack of all trades—he was a renowned director, producer, and actor. He was even inducted as the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. While he enjoyed an illustrious career and a comfortable life, he suffered from health problems and even had to rely on a pacemaker to stabilize his heart. Attenborough has many professional achievements, but he is also passionate about his principles.
He believes that education is important and that having being cultured does not mean that one has the right to judge others based on their race, religion, color, and creed. Many were inspired by what he stood for, and this propelled him to build the Waterford Kamhlaba. Attenborough had a hugely successful career and was not facing bankruptcy, and therefore, he was able to afford the best treatment. However, due to his deteriorating health, he passed away on August 24, 2014, just a few days before he would have turned 91 years old.
LEN LESSER – PNEUMONIA
Len Lesser was a prolific character actor and made appearances in various television programs since 1955. He is best known for his roles in Kelly’s Heroes, Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld. The comedic star started as a theatrical actor and later on appeared as a guest star with minor roles in various television series. Appropriately, he has many other TV and film roles to his credit. Lesser passed away in 2011 due to cancer-related pneumonia.
According to his son, Lesser was receiving treatment for cancer for two years preceding his demise at 88 years of age. Here’s a quick run-down to give you a background about his life. Lesser was a war veteran, and he enlisted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served in the army during World War II. As it turned out, he assisted not only his country well, but also the showbiz industry. His name might not be famous for some, but many still honored him on set for his service.
BARNEY MARTIN – BLADDER CANCER
Barney Martin brushed elbows with lawyers when he worked as an NYPD officer before taking on acting as a full-time job. The fellow started as a comedian and even delivered hilarious performances in front of his deputy commissioners. He is best remembered for his role as Jerry’s dad in the hit sitcom Seinfeld. Martin appeared in other TV shows, such as Sydney, 21 Jump Street, and Daddy Dearest.
To add to his ever-growing list of work, Martin has many movies that made him famous. Even before he first appeared on TV, he already had the rare skill of making an audience laugh and finding the sweet spot for charming them with his antics. For this reason, almost everyone took it badly when in March 2005, the beloved actor yielded of bladder cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles. He was 82 years old at the time, and his remains were cremated, with the ashes returned to his family.
BRITTANY MURPHY – PNEUMONIA
There was a time when Brittany Murphy was one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. She was praised for her high-electricity performances, particularly in Girl, Interrupted, Don’t Say a Word, and 8 Mile. Unfortunately, Murphy’s life was cut short at the young age of 32 after contracting pneumonia and anemia. Although the coroner’s report indicated that Murphy had been taking a range of over-the-counter and prescription medication, her passing was not identified as caused by overdose.
After the actress was gone, her mother and widower founded the Brittany Murphy Foundation to support children’s arts education and cancer research. The foundation was launched in 2010. Brittany has a good heart that even she s not feeling well, she chose to stay by her mother’s side, who is a breast cancer survivor and her ailing husband. This act of kindness made people honor and remember her. Even after she joined the Creator, Brittany is still sending blessings our way.
BILL PAXTON – STROKE
Bill Paxton was one of the most diverse actors in Hollywood. He is rich, and with his unique voice, he portrayed various roles, from leading men to offbeat characters. Paxton is good-looking and charming, that many sought him to be a leading man in different films. He had appeared in over 100 movies because of his great interest in moviemaking and films in general. The dedicated actor also starred in critically acclaimed and blockbusters such as The Terminator, Edge of Tomorrow, Vertical Limit, Twister, Apollo13, and Titanic.
He earned several great reviews and three Golden Globe nominations for his work. With that many successful films under his belt, one can assume that Paxton never once worried about paying for his credit cards. Paxton revealed in 2017 that he had a damaged heart valve that needed surgery. He underwent open-heart surgery in February 2017. However, 11 days after his surgery, Paxton had a fatal stroke.
DAVID GRAF – HEART ATTACK
David Graf drew laughs as Sgt. Tackleberry in the comedy film Police Academy. He also built a reputation as the funny man in television through shows such as The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, M*A*S*H, and Hardcastle and McCormick. He struggled as an actor, but he won with the help of a celebrity player, Patty Duke, $10,000 on The $10,000 Pyramid (1973) and later on played against Duke.
In April 2001, Graf lost against a heart attack while attending a family wedding. It was not made known if he had heart disease or underwent treatment beforehand; however, his family has a history of heart problems, which concludes many people to think that he genetically has it. Given his filmography, it is unlikely that Graf faced financial woes or had trouble paying his dues. He sure has numerous investments for his family. At the time of his demise, he was survived by his wife Kathryn and their two sons.
WENDIE JO SPERBER – BREAST CANCER
Fans of the ’80s cult classic Back to the Future will recognize Wendie Jo Sperber as Marty McFly’s sister. Since then, she has starred in a slew of movies and hit sitcoms such as Bachelor Party, Private Benjamin, and Bosom Buddies. She was known for her whiny, funny, and exciting characters throughout her career. Sperber, despite this funny side, was also brave, humane, and lived her last years on Earth being compassionate.
As some of you might know, Sperber battled breast cancer. With her successful movie career and good credit score, she was able to undergo intensive treatment for her condition. The actress bravely fought the illness and openly discussed her situation. She was in remission for a while until her cancer returned a second time. Over time, Sperber succumbed to cancer in November 2005, at the age of 47 years old. People admire her resilience and faith in the midst of facing cancer – such was their relief when she finally took rest because at least, her suffering is over.
GINA MASTROGIACOMO – MYOCARDITIS
Gina Mastrogiacomo had her entire life ahead of her. She was discovered by none other than the multi-awarded and critically-acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. Her first debut was the portrayal of Ginny in Alien Space Avenger, a comedic science fiction movie in 1989. The latter cast her in various films, including Goodfellas, because of her beauty and talent. In 2001, however, Mastrogiacomo died of a bacterial heart infection known as myocarditis.
As an actress, she had so much potential in her that even Scorsese took notice, and she could have gotten more popular. It is sad to know she was only 39 years old when she died. Her short time in the show business industry brings inspiration to many young aspirants to live healthily and enjoy every moment. No need to worry, because it is certain that her hospital bills and other expenses were covered by her medical insurance. She sure has different investments left for her family to partake, despite having to cover tremendous bills.
ANITA MUI – CERVICAL CANCER
Anita Mui is known as the Madonna of Hong Kong, and of course, the title rightfully fits. She has excellent acting and singing chops, just like her Western namesake. She has wowed audiences with her stellar performances and has established a fanbase across the globe. Her fantastic stage-presence, unique voice, and constant change image were the gold standards of Canto-pop singers that admired her.
Even behind the fame and glamour on stage, she has a bittersweet story of a lonely child where her fame made her unfortunate in love. She died of cervical cancer, although she previously received chemotherapy to fight the disease. Prior to her death, she was actively involved in many generous investments in various charitable projects. In her will, Mui bequeathed a portion of her properties to fashion designer Eddie Lau and the rest to her mother, nieces, and nephews. What followed was a legal battle that required the intervention of lawyers.
LYNNE THIGPEN – CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE
Lynne Thigpen is a renowned actress best known for her role as The Chief in the television show Carmen Sandiego. She is one of the best singers of her time with a powerful and commanding voice. Thigpen gained the attention of many in the pop musical Godspell, where she repeated the role in 1973 in the film version. Her outstanding performances in television have merited her multiple Daytime Emmy nods.
Aside from her work on screen, she is also a celebrated Broadway performer and has won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Dr. Judith Kaufman in the production of An American Daughter. Thigpen died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003 when she was 54 years old. Before her passing, Thigpen had complained of experiencing headaches for days. She spent her last remaining days inspiring many and showing her abundant gifts. We hope that Thigpen’s life insurance policies had been arranged prior to her death.
JAMES REBHORN – MELANOMA CANCER
James Rebhorn is a veteran actor who has appeared in over a hundred movies and TV shows over the course of his longstanding career. Rebhorn is an iconic American actor who showed up in over 100 films, plays, and TV series. He appeared in several hit projects, including Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, Carlito’s Way, Meet the Parents, and the lawyer-courtroom comedy My Cousin Vinny. Rebhorn underwent chemotherapy for 12 years in order to treat his melanoma cancer.
Unfortunately, he succumbed to the disease after a longstanding battle. During his passing, he still had recurring roles in the White Collar and Homeland series. Before he took his final breath at the age of 65, the veteran actor was inspired to write his own farewell, which is a play titled His Life, According to Jim. Within the period before his passing, it is said that Rebhorn had already written his own obituary wherein he focused more on talking about his family instead of his career.
MALCOLM MCLAREN – CANCER
Malcolm McLaren wasn’t just a singer who performed for sold-out concerts. He was also a clothing designer, boutique owner, and visual artist. In 2009, he was diagnosed with a type of cancer called peritoneal mesothelioma. The disease is commonly contracted as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos. Since his diagnosis, he has been receiving treatment from a hospital in Sweden. He lost to the disease a year later. At the time of his passing, the crooner was 64 years old.
His life is an amazing one where he exists wild as a fashion impresario, artist, filmmaker, and music manager. McLaren is described by his co-workers as a genius, conman, psychotic visionary, and the most evil man on Earth. He has left many contributions to the industry that even now is missed by many. As a former member of the Sex Pistols, it is presumed that McLaren amassed huge wealth that gave him a good credit score during his lifetime.
ANDY HALLETT – CARDIAC FAILURE
Hallett is from the small town of Cape Cod village of Osterville. He was a shy person not until Patti LaBelle invited him to sing on stage. The artist did not mind his talents then, but he ultimately became a personal assistant and property manager for an agency. Andy Hallett may have given viewers the creeps due to his appearance as Lorne in the hit TV series Angel, but he was a charming actor in real life.
On the down side, it was not very well known to the public that Hallett had been suffering from medical issues since 2005. Thanks to his career, he was able to make investments in various medical treatments to cure his illness. Unfortunately, his heart gave up, and congestive cardiac failure got the best of him in 2009. Aside from his work as an actor on Angel and the TV series Chance, Hallett also had an incredible voice, which he showcased on the soundtrack of the former show.
CHRISTOPHER PETTIET – DRUG OVERDOSE
Christopher Pettiet earned his shot to fame through the film The Young Riders, where he portrayed Jesse James. He began his career at a young age, where he made appearances in TV series. Everyone said that his looks are meant to be in films and movies. He also drew a following when he starred in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter. Like many young Hollywood stars, Pettiet was also faced with substance problems. He never sought medical help, nor did he submit himself to rehab.
Pettiet laid to rest after experiencing substance overindulgence in 2004. In his loving memory, the celebrity’s mother started a foundation to help young actors in their formal career training. The foundation was called Christopher Pettiet Scholarship Fund, and it is located at the Center Stage in Los Angeles, California. It was not publicly known if Pettiet dealt with financial problems or was near bankruptcy that would have needed him to tap professional services given his problems with illegal vices.
JONATHAN BRANDIS – SUICIDE
Jonathan Brandis made his acting debut in the opera One Life to Live, where he became a household name as Kevin Buchanan. He went on to venture into film, becoming a well-known teen idol thanks to the hit films such as The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter and SeaQuest DSV. As a young star, Brandis had the entire world for the taking, but he struggled as he entered adulthood. Jonathan has a mischievous smile, bright blue eyes, which helped him landed on troubled playful boys.
His scenes are mostly cut in the finished film, and this led him to sulk and drink heavily, ending up in depression. According to his friends, Brandis suffered from unhappiness, which eventually led to taking his own life. Suicide is among the leading causes of passing in the United States. It can kill someone in silence, which is why it is important to take care of one’s mental health. Unfortunately, some insurance coverage does not include this personal case.
JEAN STAPLETON – NATURAL CAUSES
Jean Stapleton has been cemented in movie history as the face of Edith Bunker in All in the Family, which is arguably one of the most popular sitcoms in history. Because of her performance, he won a primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Aside from this, she also rendered her voice for Grandma Ollie in the Grandma Ollie’s Morphabet Soup video game. With over 60 appearances in film and television, one could say that her credit score was probably as outstanding as her career record.
Before she became an actress, she was a secretary. This did not stop her from pursuing her dreams of being on screen. Over her career, she was trademarked by her high-pitched nasally voice that many people admire of her. In 2013, Stapleton drew her last breath at the age of 90. Her work remained when she helped out the National Women’s Conference in Houston, where she assisted the making of national policy on various women’s issues.
STEVE JAMES – PANCREATIC CANCER
Steve James was a prominent movie figure in the 1970s and the 1980s, predominantly starring in a lot of the hit action films at the time. His talents were showcased in many films, movies, TV series, and stunts. The film icon was particularly known for starring in movies such as American Ninja, Enter the Game of Death, The Exterminator, and The Delta Force. Unfortunately, James’ career didn’t last long. He took his last breath at the early age of 41 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Although he received medical treatments beforehand, the actor’s body was not able to take it. Pancreatic cancer is regarded as one of the most common and aggressive types of cancers. People diagnosed with the same should consult a reputable insurance provider for life insurance covering the said ailment. Even though his career was short, the impact he left is enormous. James’ filmography definitely encouraged young actors and motivated them to be among the best.
REDD FOXX – HEART ATTACK
John Elroy Sanford, who went by the screen name Redd Foxx, gave fans a lot of happy memories through his comedic performances, particularly in the TV show Sanford and Son. He reached a great degree of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s when he performed for musicals at nightclubs. In 2004, the Hollywood personality ranked 24th in Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He is not only an excellent comedian that influenced many people.
Foxx also played in popular culture acts because of his body language, catchphrases, and facial expression that impressed audiences. Unfortunately, Foxx suffered a heart attack while filming the show The Royal Family. His life ended in the hospital just a couple of hours after the incident. At the time, Foxx was 68 years old. It is presumed that given his professional career, Foxx was able to afford life insurance coverage for his family, so even though he is long gone, nobody would have to suffer from financial problems on top of the emotional burden.
HEATHER O’ROURKE – CARDIAC ARREST
Heather O’Rourke was only in first grade when she entered the cinematic pop-culture. A stranger approached her in the MGM Commissioner and the man introduced himself as Steven Spielberg. Although she failed on the audition, the award-winning director saw something in her and this helped her become a star. O’Rourke is best recalled by many as Carol Feeling in Spielberg’s hit horror film Poltergeist in the 1980s.
Even at such a young age, O’Rourke was able to captivate audiences with her acting prowess. Sadly, O’Rourke was not able to live long as she joined the Creator at the tender age of 12, after suffering from a cardiac arrest due to a misdiagnosis. In 1988, her family hired a wrongful death attorney to make the doctors liable for O’Rourke’s untimely passing. O’Rourke had a promising career and life ahead of her, and fans were saddened that she was gone too soon.
JUDITH EVA BARSI – MURDER
Judith Eva Barsi was a young child actress who, like O’Rourke, had a promising career in store. She started her career in the acting industry by appearing in multiple commercials and television shows. It didn’t take long for her to land roles in movie productions. Her biggest dream was to become an amazing voice actress. She cherished her experiences working with Don Bluth, and she wanted to work with him in the future.
Regrettably, a tragic incident happened that ended her dreams. Unfortunately, Barsi lived in a troubled home as her father was dependent on illegal substances and was also an alcoholic who tormented her and her mother. In 1988, the child star and her mother were killed in their sleep. She was still ten years old at the time. The tragedy sent shockwaves across the country, and it was a heartbreaking story even for the criminal lawyers who handled the case of a little girl who was on her way to achieve her goals.
ZOE LUND – HEART FAILURE
We dare say Zoe Lund is a creative genius. At a young age, Lund was already an accomplished composer and musician who could play both the violin and piano beautifully. Not to mention, she was also a great writer. Her work, New Rose Hotel, was put into screens by her collaborator and longtime friend, Abel Ferrara. Another thing she wrote was a screenplay biography of John Holmes, an adult film actor.
It was quite well-known that Zoe Lund was having problems with illegal substances, specifically heroin. Interestingly, she starred in Abel Ferrara’s film Ms. 45, which dealt with alcoholism and rehabilitation from substance abuse. In reality, however, Lund was reluctant to go to rehab to treat her condition. Aside from her refusal to seek help, Lund was very open about her use of pharmaceuticals and even promoted the use of recreational substances at one point. To a certain degree, Lund believed that taking these things had benefits. She died of substance-induced heart failure. If only she went to rehabilitation, Lund would’ve still lived longer.
BILL BIXBY – PROSTATE CANCER
Bill Bixby had a longstanding career spanning 30 years. He wasn’t just a big-time actor, but he was also a well-known panelist in TV game shows. In 1959, there were two executives that noticed him and hired him for modeling and commercial work. He also auditioned for theater roles and made his professional stage debut in The Boy Friend musical. Bixby continued to appear in famous TV sitcoms and guest appearances.
Bixby had a steady career until he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The first wave of treatments he underwent was very successful, and he was able to beat the disease. Unfortunately, his cancer came back and eventually took his life in 1993. The My Favorite Martian star was only 59 years old at the time of his passing. It remains uncertain if Bixby was able to arrange a family life insurance plan with his wife, Judith Kliban, whom he married just a couple of weeks before his death.
GREGORY HINES – LIVER CANCER
Gregory Hines starred in many successful movies, but perhaps his most memorable performance was in Renaissance Man in 1994. Before his appearance in big movie projects to his credit, such as History of the World: Part I, Hines was singing and composing music for the rock band Severance. He was one of the best actors, tap dancers, and choreographers of his time. His tap-dancing skills is a major figure in the late 20th century.
Hines even releases an album of songs aside from his dancing and acting work. Sad to say, though, that the talented star was diagnosed with liver cancer. Although he underwent treatment, Hines succumbed to the disease just a year after his diagnosis. He drew his last breath in 2003. It is known that the survival rate of liver cancer is low, and if left untreated, the cancer cells will spread to other body organs, eventually causing death.
BRAD RENFRO – DRUG OVERDOSE
When Brad Renfro got the call that he landed the lead role in The Client at the age of 11, the young actor could not believe his luck. In the movie, Renfro played a young kid who got into trouble with the law and had to hire a lawyer to represent him. His star continued to rise since then, and he went on to appear in 21 films. Brad is a skill-gifted person who can play guitar proficiently, and his idols were Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin.
During his young age, he played in various school productions by DARE, a program that taught children about the risk of illegal substances. In an unforeseen plot twist, Renfro lost his way, got depressed, and got hooked to his vices when he was still at the height of his career. The famous personality did not survive an overdose in 2008 when he was only 25 years old. Too young and too soon, if you ask us.
LES LYE – DIABETES
Les Lye was one of the most recognizable Canadian actors that made it big in Hollywood. The You Can’t Do That on Television star is best known for his expertise in character acting. He had a career that spanned 40 years and was a prominent figure in the Canadian entertainment industry. Credit was given where it was due when he received a lifetime achievement award from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema.
Les also worked with famous station groups and one of the most in-demand MC to perform in many live performances. He had been struggling with diabetes for ten years before it took away his life. Before his death, Lye was able to write a will and memoirs of his career. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing. No regrets, though, because his life is spent with a meaningful career, and the artist even influenced the lives of many aspirants.
DAVID MARGULIES – CANCER
David Margulies is more recently known for playing Tony Soprano’s lawyer in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. But before that, Margulies starred in a string of movies, including the Ghostbuster movies, The Front, Hide in Plain Sight, All That Jazz, Dress To Kill, and more. He improved his talents by going into the School of Performing Arts, which is now called Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
David, in 1958, made an Off-Broadway debut in Golden 6 and appeared for the first time on Broadway. He initially started his career as a stage actor, debuting in the 1973 Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh. Marguiles lost to cancer just three days after his 79th birthday. He was survived by his partner, son, and grandson. Because of his illustrious career, it is certain that Margulies amassed a considerable fortune, which he left for his family at the time of his passing.
GEORGE GAYNES – NATURAL CAUSES
George Gaynes gave up his military position at the Dutch Navy to pursue his passion for acting. He came to Broadway to try his hand at it, and in no time, he became one of the most acclaimed actors of all time. Gaynes has established a longstanding career, and among his most memorable roles are Eric Lassard in Police Academy, John Van Horn in Tootsie, and Arthur Feldman in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.
His career slowed down during the 1990s, and he only appeared in few films since then. In the 2000s, the star made a single film, Just Married, and then retired.
After retirement, he spent the years in the company of his family and friends. Gaynes died at the ripe old age of 98 due to natural causes and was able to write down his final will. Thus, his estate was properly managed without his heirs resorting to an attorney.
ROB KNOX – MURDER
Harry Potter fans will recognize Rob Knox as Marcus Belby, a member of the Slug Club. Outside of the Harry Potter universe, Knox appeared in many British TV shows such as I’m a Teenager, After You’ve Gone, Trust Me, and The Bill. Knox was supposed to reprise his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but he was stabbed to death outside a pub in London. His younger brother got into a brawl, and Knox stepped in to defend him and was brutally murdered by the attacker.
Lawyers quickly took on his case to give justice to the young actor. Knox’s murder attracted much media attention, and Karl Norman Bishop, the person who took his life, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Even if he is gone, his legacy has been preserved. There is a Rob Know Film Festival to reminisce him and Rob Know Foundation that helps young people learn arts.
GEORGE KENNEDY – HEART DISEASE
George Kennedy was a well-respected veteran actor. He has received multiple awards, including an Oscars Best Support Actor award for his role in Cool Hand Luke. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Airport. Kennedy enjoyed a fulfilled life and an outstanding acting career. Perhaps it can be said that Kennedy also maintained a good credit score. He has many contributions in motion pictures where he received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kennedy also wrote three books Murder on Location, Murder on High, and Trust Me. His life was spent in amazing memoirs of his work, and people admire him for his talented acts on screen. He was 90 years old at the time of his passing in 2016, and the cause of his demise was heart disease. Prior to his death, Kennedy was aware of his condition and already sought medical treatment.
MICHU MESZAROS – STROKE
Michu Meszaros was only 2 feet and 9 inches tall and probably had difficulty reaching any form of roofing, but he had a hugely successful career as a circus performer. He was a member of the group Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was regarded as the smallest man in the world. Aside from his circus antics, Meszaros also enjoyed an expanding acting career. He starred in the sitcom ALF and made a Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson.
He was known best for donning the furry full-body customer in the famous 1980s sitcom mentioned earlier. This performance of him was exceptional since he worked as a circus performer. Meszaros was well-trained in his circus acts with dogs. The circus industry knows him, and his talent was recognized along with his comedic roles. Sadly, he suffered a stroke in 2008 and was not able to fully recover. He developed complications from his illness until his death at the age of 76.
ALAN RICKMAN – PANCREATIC CANCER
Cory Monteith is one of those young stars who died too soon because of substance dependence. Monteith was at the peak of his career after he landed the lead role in the hit television series Glee. He had several minor characters on TV before his audition tape singing Can’t Fight This Feeling, and then he was given a role in the musical comedy series. His role in Glee opened up many opportunities for him, including the movie Monte Carlo and Sisters and Brothers.
This led him to have a huge personality and name in showbiz. Behind the scenes, however, Monteith struggled with substance and alcohol intake. He was even brought in and out of rehab several times at the age of 19. He passed away on July 13, 2013, due to an overdose of alcohol and heroin. After his death, a defense lawyer said the police could still pursue the dealer that provided Monteith with the substance and they could file charges
CORY MONTEITH – DRUG OVERDOSE
Cory Monteith is one of those young stars who died too soon because of substance dependence. Monteith was at the peak of his career after he landed the lead role in the hit television series Glee. He had several minor characters on TV before his audition tape singing Can’t Fight This Feeling, and then he was given a role in the musical comedy series. His role in Glee opened up many opportunities for him, including the movie Monte Carlo and Sisters and Brothers.
This led him to have a huge personality and name in showbiz. Behind the scenes, however, Monteith struggled with substance and alcohol intake. He was even brought in and out of rehab several times at the age of 19. He passed away on July 13, 2013, due to an overdose of alcohol and heroin. After his death, a defense lawyer said the police could still pursue the dealer that provided Monteith with the substance and they could file charges
ANDY WHITFIELD – NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA
Andy Whitfield was popularly known for his role in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The actor was born in Wales, and he earned a degree in construction from Sheffield Hallam University. He also worked as a construction laborer in Australia. Whitfield also began modeling and acting while working as a building inspector and engineer in a consulting agency. Being a fashion model, he was part of nearly 40 advertising campaigns in Europe and Asia.
He then sought an opportunity in the show business industry and appeared in Australian series like All Saints and The Strip. In 2010, he has diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which affected his work for Spartacus. Three months after his initial treatment, he was declared cancer-free. Unfortunately, three months after, Whitfield had a relapse. He was laid to rest in 2011, leaving his bereaved wife and two children. As many people have commented, the popular icon was gone too soon.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN — SUICIDE
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain became prominent after hosting culinary programs including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He is one of the best celebrity chefs, travel documentarian, and journalist who starred in many programs, which included international cuisine, culture, and the human condition. He then became the host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, a travel and food show which aired on CNN.
Bourdain traveled the world and focused on capturing the international cuisine and culture, which made him a distinguished person in the field. He was also an author, and books credited to him are Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach. In June 2018, Bourdain died of suicide by hanging himself in his hotel room while on location for Parts Unknown. He has a life-long career in his time, and it was a piece of shocking news that left many people to wonder why. His films, programs, and documentaries are extraordinary and show his passion for exploring different cultures.
MARK SALLING — SUICIDE
Who could ever forget Noah “Puck” Puckerman of the musical series Glee? He was portrayed by none other than the handsome Mark Salling. Salling was a guitar teacher who studied at the Los Angeles College of Music, and became an actor, and first appeared in the 1996 horror film, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering. In his six seasons with Glee, his amazing performance was recognized and nominated for a Teen Choice Award for male Breakout Star.
However, things went horribly south to a great degree when Salling was convicted for certain crimes. His sentencing date was set on March 2018, but in January 2018, he was found hanging in his Los Angeles home. It was sad to hear that the talented singer-actor ended his career right before his eyes. In the eyes of his fans, he remained to be one of the best actors of Glee who made it famous worldwide.
TOM PETTY – CARDIAC ARREST DUE TO A DRUG OVERDOSE
Tom Petty was a singer-songwriter known for being the lead vocalist of the 1970s band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He also became a member of the Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s, alongside Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Petty had a total of 20 recording albums to his credit. He had also received accolades such as Billboard Century Award and a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, among others.
His career with a band and even as a solo one was one of the best memories of his life. In fact, the musician was recognized by many because of his incredible voice and talent in singing. Along with that, he also tried to act in front of screens and is one of the best actors. Petty was 66 years old when he was found lifeless at his home in the year 2017. It was due to a cardiac arrest secondary to an overdose of prescription drugs.
CHESTER BENNINGTON — SUICIDE
’90s kids would always praise the rock legend Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park. He, together with bandmates Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon, gave us spectacular music which, until now, we sing and rap along to. Some of the songs to their credit are Numb, In The End, Crawling, and What I’ve Done, which became Billboard chart-toppers. Their songs become the jam of many teenagers because their pieces are relatable in real life.
Unknown to the public eye, Bennington struggled with depression. He was found at his home in July 2017 as he committed suicide by hanging. The musical icon was very well and acted as if nothing was wrong before he decided to end his life— so the news was startling to family and fans alike. His signature voice and strong stage presence will be greatly missed by many fans and colleagues. Bennington’s death brings many fans to mourn worldwide, but his songs will forever remain in their hearts.
Most people have probably heard about the iconic fictional character of James Bond already, right? Well, the character wouldn’t have come to the big screen if it weren’t for the performance of Sir Sean Connery, the legendary Scottish actor whose given credit as the first actor to play Mr. Bond in cinema. He was also the recipient of two BAFTA Awards, an Academy Award, and three Golden Globes.
With his widespread popularity and longtime praise, it’s sad that only a few people knew about his sudden passing just last 2020.The actor, who was already in his 90s, was surrounded by his family and close relatives in his final moments. Several other actors expressed their sorrow over the actor’s passing, including current Bond actor Daniel Craig, who deemed Connery as one of the true greats of cinema. The actor is survived by his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.
Remember Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest of all-time and legendary players for the Los Angeles Lakers? The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, the younger Bryant spent 20 years as shooting guard for the Lakers, playing from 1996-2016. He was so passionate about basketball that he skipped college and headed straight to the NBA after high school. This proved to be a wise career decision for him, as he led the Lakers to five championships.
Unfortunately, the basketball player sadly passed away at the beginning of 2020 in a tragic accident. He was fondly remembered by many, from fellow basketball stars, enthusiasts, personal friends, to even U.S Presidents, and most notably Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters. A basketball player at heart, Bryant was a true lover of the sport and had the skills that no basketball camps, online classes, or even personal trainers could give to aspiring basketball players.
The late actor Kirk Douglas was a superstar before the term was even popular. A prominent star of Hollywood’s golden age, he had over 92 acting credits in the span of his long career. Having lived a long life, the Spartacus actor passed away at the of 103, surrounded by his wife of 65 years, Annie, and his sons, Joel, Peter, and Michael.
It was remarked by his sons that Kirk’s life was well-lived, having gone on to win various Academy Awards, an Oscar, and leaving behind a legacy in the American film industry that will serve as a guiding example for future actors to come. With a successful career, he’s also had his fair share of the success of being a loving husband and a proud father to his children. Truly, he is an icon that will be missed by everyone.
Longtime businessman and founder of the Playboy empire Hugh Hefner was a purely self-made man. After working as a copywriter for Esquire, he launched Playboy magazine in 1953, with iconic actress Marilyn Monroe as the cover model for the very first issue, which sold 50,000 copies. He successfully grew the brand, which spawned clubs and TV shows.
Hefner was notorious for his high-profile relationships with models, whom he invited to live with him at the Playboy Mansion. He was also a political activist who supported progressive causes such as the First Amendment rights and gay marriage. In 2017, Hefner passed away at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife Crystal Harris and his four children. With an abundance of wealth left behind, it’s safe to say the Hefner’s family will be safe from any personal loans in the future.
Once known as a former beauty queen and one of America’s sweethearts, Dawn Wells sadly passed away last year due to unspecified complications related to an illness. She was most famous for her role as Mary Ann Summers in the popular sitcom Gilligan’s Island and was the last surviving member of the original cast. She was 82 years old.
Wells was a prominent actress in the classic age of American entertainment. Despite the success she saw in her career, it could not be said the same with her personal life, as she grew old having no husband, family, or kids by her side. Wells was also said to be a little short on money and have no insurance, as it was reported that she had trouble paying her hospital bills from an injury she received back in 2018. Despite some difficult last years, we’re sure that she’s at peace now and she need not worry about problems anymore.
Dubbed as the most haunted TV medium, American personality Derek Acorah passed away at the age of 69 after battling an undisclosed illness, as said by his wife Gwen Acorah Johnson. He is best known for his work on Most Haunted, a paranormal reality series. His most recent appearance was in Celebrity Big Brother back in 2017, in which he finished in fourth place. He was also the author of nine books.
Prior to his passing, Gwen revealed that her husband was a victim of online trolling and harassment. Some people should know better not to add problems to an already existing one, and showing this kind of behavior that some people are willing to stoop to new lows. His widow should really hire an attorney to file a case against people like these, although it would be a bit of a hassle, it would really show these types of harassers that actions do have consequences.
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND
Actress Olivia de Havilland was one of the last remaining actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age, before passing away at the elderly age of 104. Being given credit for almost 50 feature films in the span of a long career spanning more than 50 years, her most notable film appearance in the 1939 classical drama film Gone with the Wind as Melanie Hamilton. She also starred in films such as The Snake Pit and The Heiress, for which she won accolades. Her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, was also an actress.
De Havilland was the oldest performer to have won an Oscar Award. Considered as a central figure in the reshaping of the Hollywood industry, she was instrumental in giving actors and actresses a better share for their hard work, forcing labels, studios, and executives to provide better contracts for them, a system that we can still see today.
Best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, former actress Barbara Windsor passed away at the age of 83, as announced by her husband Scott Mitchell. Windsor was an esteemed actress and a recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire. She also hosted Disaster Masters and voiced Dormouse in the live-action Alice in Wonderland films.
Speaking for his wife, Mitchell noted that her final weeks were filled with what she was known for in her career: humor, drama, and a continued fighting spirit. Windsor made her debut in 1994 as the character of Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, which is considered the defining moment of her career. Being in her early 80s, it was clear that there was a lot of gas left in her; she could have still performed daring roles in the industry. She will surely be missed.
Best known as the fictional boxing trainer to the characters Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed, Tony Burton sadly passed away at the age of 78. Although the cause remains unclear, a statement made by his sister, Loretta Kelley, told the press that the actor had been in and out of hospitals several times in 2019. Having frequent visits like that must have taken a toll on his finances, but knowing him as an actor, he’d probably have the insurance to cover for it.
Burton was most famous for his role as Duke Evers in the Rocky films, appearing in six of the franchise’s films. He decided to briefly retire from acting in 2007 before reprising his role again in the Creed films. Various tributes were made to him, including Creed actor Carl Weathers and even MGM, the studio responsible for the distribution of the Rocky films.
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif is best known for his roles in the films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Throughout his career, he was the recipient of prestigious awards such as the César Award and three Golden Globe Awards. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 83. At the time, being an Arab in the Hollywood industry was a rare occurrence to see, so it was a big success when Sharif was recognized in his career.
His role in Lawrence of Arabia earned him an Oscar nomination and helped boost his career to international fame. He was one of the few actors in Hollywood who remained a bachelor throughout his life, never marrying or having children. Despite that, he considered himself one of the luckiest actors in Hollywood, as he never found himself getting bankrupt and having to take on money loans in the span of his career.
Sir George Martin, often know sometimes as the fifth member of the hit band The Beatles, passed away slightly unnoticed at the old age of 90. He was an essential member who contributed to the band’s success early on by signing them with their first record label, Parlophone Records, back in the 60s. Various friends and acquaintances offered tributes to Martin.
Beatles member Paul McCartney wrote on his website that Martin was a true gentleman, friend, and second father to himself and to the whole group. Ringo Starr also took the time to share a short tribute by sharing a photo on social media and giving his thanks to the late producer. Various others also made tributes to him, the likes of which included Elijah Wood, Julian Lennon, and even bands such as Nickelback and Bastille. He will be missed to a high degree.
It came as a shock when American actor Nick Lashaway, best known for his role in the HBO series Girls, was involved in a fatal car accident last 2016 at the young age of 28. The actor was accompanied by some of his friends, Daniel and Angel, who were lucky to sustain only injuries. Upon the news of his untimely demise, various tributes were made in memory of the young actor.
Girls creator and showrunner Lena Dunham took it upon herself to share some of her favorite memories with Lashaway during the show, remarking that he was a kind and talented person and that she was lucky enough to get the opportunity to have him as part of the cast.
The actor had a successful career outside of the show, appearing in other projects such as The X-Files, The Office, and the film In Time alongside actor Justin Timberlake. What happened to him serves as a warning to anyone driving a vehicle to always take necessary precautions when putting their foot on the gas, because you never know about the unexpected accidents that might occur.
One of the most significant players in the golfing industry, Arnold Palmer, succumbed to complications from heart problems and old age at 87 years old. The golf enthusiast had a long, successful career in the industry, where he received credit for winning seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour titles. He also authored twelve books about his life and golf. He was surrounded by his daughters Amy and Peggy in his final moments.
Palmer had undergone several significant surgeries in the past. He already underwent one to have a pacemaker implanted next to his heart, which was one of the first of a series of health issues that continued to plague him. He wrote in his will that he wanted to join both his parents and wife Winnie. The late golf player had his ashes spread at the Latrobe Country Club.
Everybody who’s been alive in the last 30 years or so has probably heard of Star Wars at some point in their lives. Well, one of the most beloved characters in the saga, R2D2, sadly lost his voice actor recently. The late Kenny Baker recently passed away from illness at the age of 81. The 3 feet 8 inches tall actor had enough gas to push him to gain worldwide recognition for playing the beloved character ever since the titular movie was released back in 1977.
From then on, he went on to play the character in five more Star Wars films and has also appeared in a small number of films such as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon. Various family, friends, and even studios paid tribute to him, with the most significant one being 20th Century Fox, the studio responsible for distributing Star Wars across the world. Even Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, paid tribute to him, calling him a life-long friend filled with optimism and determination.
Kevin Ferguson, better known by his fighter name Kimbo Slice, suddenly passed away at the age of 42. The MMA fighter was reportedly admitted in Florida for abdominal pain and shortness of breath, to name a few of his symptoms. Sadly, Ferguson didn’t make it. Ferguson is survived by his long-time girlfriend and seven children.
Prior to his sudden passing, the fighter had a scheduled match with fellow MMA fighter James Thompson. His last fight was against Dada 5000 in February 2016. With an extremely heavy heart, it was only natural for the family to grieve in such unfortunate circumstances, as no one would have expected to a certain degree that something like this would happen to them. We hope that his family has found a way to heal and move forward.
Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau Jr. was an American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). A 10-time All-Star, 12-time Pro Bowl pick, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, he was known for his passionate play. In 2015, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously. He spent his last four seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
In 1992, he also established the Junior Seau Foundation, which sought to empower the youth and prevent child abuse. Seau retired from the NFL in 2009. Three years after his retirement, he was found lifeless in his home by his girlfriend. Seau is survived by his four children. Court documents show that he was paying his former wife Gina $17,000 a month in child support. She reportedly rakes in over $1 million a year from investments and should be able to support the children.
Adolfo Bresciano was an Italian-Canadian professional wrestler and promoter, best known as Dino Bravo. He began his wrestling career in the 1970s after training under the wrestler Gino Brito. In March 1978, he won the WWWF World Tag Team Title with Dominic DeNucci. Several years later, he would join the Dream Team tag team at WrestleMania III. He also had several championships in the singles competitions, showing his versatility as a wrestler.
Bravo was known for his aggressive brawling techniques of bodyslams, bearhugs, and sidewalk slams. To his credit, he was often called “the world’s strongest man” during his time in the World Wrestling Federation. After his retirement in 1992, he worked as a trainer to other wrestlers.
On March 10, 1993, Bresciano passed away at the age of 44 in his Quebec home. He is buried at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.
Héctor Luís Camacho Matías, widely known by his nickname “Macho” Camacho, was a professional boxer and entertainer from Puerto Rico. Known for his ring pace and flamboyant style, Camacho fought professionally from 1980 to 2010 and, in three weight classes, was a world champion. Prior to his professional boxing career, Camacho encountered success to some degree in the world of amateur boxing, earning five championships.
Three of those championships were New York Golden Gloves. It was no surprise to anyone when he quickly moved up in the ranks of professional boxing. His last fight was against Saúl Duran in 2010. Camacho’s skills in the ring have been the subject of praise by many sports analysts. He was even named one of the “Top 5 Puerto Rican boxers” by the president of the World Boxing Organization. Sadly, in 2012, Camacho passed away at the age of 50.
Kirby Puckett was an American professional baseball player known for his impressive batting average. He spent his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Minnesota Twins, for which he was a center fielder. In career hits, runs, and total bases, Puckett is the Twins’ all-time leader. In 1996, Puckett was forced to retire after he lost vision in his right eye. Despite some personal troubles that involved lawyers, he remained optimistic as ever.
His career as a baseball player may have ended earlier than he intended, but he continued to be involved the sport he had loved all his life. He became the executive vice president of the Minnesota Twins. Puckett passed away shortly before his 46th birthday from a stroke. He was surrounded by his children, his fiancée, and former teammates. He was awarded the Branch Rickey Award in 1993 for his contribution to the field of baseball.
Craig Graham Sager Sr. was an American sports reporter. Throughout his career, he covered an array of sports for CNN and its sister stations, TBS and TNT, from 1981 until the end of his life. Sager graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Speech. During most of his time at Northwestern, he was the school’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat, where he found great success. He then began his career as a reporter at small stations before joining CNN in 1980.
Sager was known primarily for being an NBA sideline reporter. He was fond of wearing suits in bright colors and garish prints. Sager was memorialized during that night’s transmission of a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls on the Inside the NBA pregame show, with players of each group wearing recognition T-shirts during warmups intended to appear as though one of Sager’s unmistakable pretentious suits.
Reginald C. Lewis was an American professional basketball player. From 1987 to 1993, he was the shooting guard for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In high school, Lewis played with future NBA players. He attended Northeastern University, where he still holds the credit of scoring the most points for the Northeastern Huskies. His cousin, PJ Dozier, is also a professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets.
Lewis unexpectedly passed away during off-season practice at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, on July 27, 1993. He was 27 years of age and had two more seasons left in his contract at the time. Following his passing, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center was created in his honor. The Boston Celtics also officially retired his jersey number, 35. Lewis is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, in an unmarked grave.
Windell Dwain Middlebrooks, Jr. was an American actor and singer. He had multiple acting credits and appeared on various TV shows such as The Suite Life on Deck, Body of Proof, On Deck, Hannah Montana, My Name is Earl, Scrubs, Entourage, and Chocolate News. He was also known for being a TV pitchman for Miller High Life beer.
He worked at the famous Texas Musical Drama for one season, near Canyon, Texas. He began as a hospitality employee, but he would go on to have a prosperous career on both the stage and the screen. What some people might not know about him is that he was always passionate about the arts, having studied theater and communications in college. He also held a Master of Fine Arts in acting at the University of California, Irvine. Upon his passing, Middlebrooks was 36 years old.
Ingram Cecil Connor III, known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He was known both as a solo artist and for his work with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His sound was a unique fusion of country, rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock. Some of his hits include In My House of Darkness, She, Love Hurts, and $1000 Wedding.
Parsons attended Harvard University for one semester, but failed to earn a degree. Still, it can be argued that he obtained something more valuable from his brief stint at Harvard: a serious interest in country music. In the same year, the International Submarine Band was formed. Encouraged by his road manager Phil Kaufman, Parsons visited Joshua Tree National Park after completing his latest recording sessions. He fell in love with the place and began taking frequent vacations to the park. In 1973, he unexpectedly passed at the young age of 26 in Joshua Tree Inn.
Stevie Kathleen Ryan was an American YouTube personality, actress, and comedian who was renowned for her videos on YouTube. Ryan was born in Riverside, California, on June 2, 1984. Her parents owned a trucking business, but Ryan’s heart was elsewhere. Ryan moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry at the age of 19. She booked numerous commercial ventures between 2006 and 2007, while also recording, editing, and acting in videos that she posted online.
Her online presence turned out to be a wise investment as it proved to be a stepping stone for her career. In 2010, Ryan worked on the sketch comedy show Stevie TV, which parodied popular characters and trends in pop culture, with New Wave Entertainment. VH1 picked up the show. After the second season, Stevie TV was discontinued. Ryan was 33 years old when she passed.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her sisters, Eva and Magda Gabor, were also actresses. Her career began when she was crowned Miss Hungary 1936. When she reached the United States, she became a popular actress known for her stunning beauty and glamorous style. She had a successful career, having starred in films such as Moulin Rouge, Touch of Evil, and 3 Ring Circus.
However, in 2009, Gabor lost $10 million in investments in financial swindler Bernard Madoff’s company. Her last film appearance was in 1996 in A Very Brady Sequel, wherein she made a cameo as herself. Gabor passed away in 2016; she was fifty days shy of becoming a centenarian. She is survived by her husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt and her daughter Francesca Hilton. No other actress since then has had the ”Zsa Zsa Factor”. She will be missed.
Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn was an Irish actor. Prior to acting, he completed his bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University in 1953 before migrating to the United States. In the iconic ’90s family sitcom Roseanne, he was best known for his portrayal of Mark Healy. For his depiction of Doyle, a half-demon on Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Quinn amassed a large fan base despite having a modest number of projects to his name.
In 1991, he made his film debut in Shout, starring alongside John Travolta and Gwyneth Paltrow, which was also the actress’ film debut. He also had voice acting roles in several video games. Throughout his adult life, Quinn dealt with personal struggles. After his last acting job in the 2002 film R.S.V.P., Quinn passed away at the age of 32. He was neither married nor had kids.
George Reeves was an American actor best known for being the first actor to take on the role of Superman. He started his acting career with a bang by appearing in the opening scene of the classic film Gone with the Wind as one of Scarlett O’Hara’s suitors. Following this role, he signed onto to Warner Brothers and releasing multiple films. After Warner Brothers, he signed with Twentieth Century-Fox and starred in Dead Men Tell.
Following the release of Superman and the Mole Men, his first Superman project, Reeves gained the visibility he had been seeking for most of his career. To this day, his most notable role is in the TV show Adventures of Superman, which aired from 1952 to 1958. He also used his investment money to start his own production company. In 1959, Reeves passed away at 45 years old. Fellow actors remarked that he was a total class act and friendly to everyone he met.
Paul David Graf was an American actor known for his appearance in the Police Academy films as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry. He obtained a degree in theatre at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. At Ohio State University, he attended graduate school until 1975, when he dropped out to pursue his acting career. Graf was a valued leader of the Screen Actors Guild, in addition to his acting.
He was on the national board of SAG, the TV-theatrical steering committee, and the national disciplinary review committee, as well as acting like a Hollywood union rep. For his fellow actors and actresses, Graf pursued equal care, which included attempts to provide them improved working conditions and insurance. Graf was attending his brother-in-law’s wedding in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two sons when he unexpectedly passed away. He was mourned by many; several cast members from the Police Academy films attended his funeral.
Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was an American model and actress. Before she pursued acting, she started her career as a teen model. She did brief guest roles on TV shows such as One Life to Live. Her most famous role was Patricia “Patti” Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam. After the series was canceled, Schaeffer went on to star in movies, including the black comedy Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and the television film Out of Time.
She was also known for her work with the organization Thursday’s Child. After amassing some acting credits to her name, Schaeffer tragically passed away at the young age of 21. Following her demise, two films of hers were released posthumously: Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair and The End of Innocence. She was definitely an actress who was gone too soon.
Monty Hall was widely regarded as Let’s Make a Deal’s long-running host. The Canadian-American host was also a producer and philanthropist. He even had a puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall problem. Hall was involved in philanthropic work for a good part of his post-Deal days. His family says he still went to telethons and helped raise over $1 billion in his lifetime for charity investments.
Hall was praised regularly for his charitable activities. Wards at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital are named in his honor. Hall married Marilyn Doreen Plottel on September 28, 1947. The two had been introduced the previous year by a mutual relative, Norman Shnier. They later became citizens of the United States. They had three children. On September 30, 2017, Hall took his final breath in his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 96.
Rod Taylor was an Australian movie star who had a great career in Hollywood. Although he didn’t reach the status of Hollywood legend during his time, he starred in films that people still talk about to this day. His most known work is when he starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller film The Birds in 1963. Mitch Brenner, his character in the film, is a man who lives in a town under attack by menacing birds. In the same year, he starred in the romantic-comedy film Sunday in New York with Jane Fonda.
The actor had many more films under his resume but decided to retire from acting in 1987. His long-time friend Quentin Tarantino, a famous film director, gave him a cameo as Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds even though he was retired. Taylor passed away at the age of 84, surrounded by his loving family. He might not be in the ranks of the other actors during his time, but let’s give credit where it’s due: Taylor created terrific films that are still watched in this day and age.
Steven Hill had a long career as an actor. He started his career when he got his first break in 1945 with a small part in Mr. Roberts and appeared in the Broadway stage performance of A Flag Is Born in 1946. Hill then made his film debut in 1950 when he appeared in A Lady Without Passport before reenlisting for the Navy. After two years in the Navy, he went back to being an actor with more vigor.
The actor got so many offers and worked during the Golden Age of live television drama. His most famous television work is his prominent role as Dan Briggs in Mission: Impossible in 1966. After the show, Hill went on a hiatus from acting for a decade. When he returned to work, he became best known as Adam Schiff in the television drama series Law & Order that aired on NBC. His role as Schiff surpassed his role in Mission: Impossible to an even greater degree. The famous actor succumbed at the age of 94 to illness. With a significant body of work, Steven Hill’s name will always be remembered.
The actress and comedienne Jan Hooks is notably known for playing one half of The Sweeney Sisters along with Nora Dunn on Saturday Night Live (SNL). She played a lot of characters on the sketch show, as her comedic acting and timing captivated the audience. Some of her notable impressions on SNL were politicians Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan and pop star Sinead O’Connor. Her cast members praised her and said that she was one of the best comedic actresses to be on the show.
Just like getting shocked by electricity, the comedienne came into the SNL during a time where the show had nearly been canceled. Hooks lived a wonderful life for 57 years, making people laugh with her talents. Her remains were interred back to her hometown of Georgia. Hooks was memorialized in The Simpsons in one episode with her long-time character on the show, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon.
Insult humor and stand-up comedy were what Greg Giraldo was known for. He performed regularly in comedy clubs in Manhattan as well as clubs all over the United States. In 1995, Giraldo was spotted by Hollywood agents at the Just for Laughs festival, which landed him a lead role in the sitcom Common Law. The comedian held a degree in English from Columbia University and had a short career as a lawyer before changing his career path. His career took off as he became a regular panelist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and then starred in several pilots.
Giraldo performed multiple times on several late-night talk shows like Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The comedian became a staple name in the comedy and stand-up world and even became a panelist on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Giraldo passed away at the age of 44. His friend and fellow comedian Jeff Ross noted that the world lost a great comedian and that the days won’t be the same without him.
Thought of by the industry as one of the most successful comedy writer-directors in the industry, Harold Ramis left a mark with his work that will continue to be referenced and watched. Most of his films became critically acclaimed box office hits. Today, his films thrive and continue to be remembered like his instant classic Groundhog Day, released in 1996, and the supernatural comedy film Ghostbusters, released in 1984. The latter had a sequel and a planned third film, but it never happened despite the likelihood of a good return on investment. In 2016, an all female-led cast reboot was released.
Ramis’ comedies always attracted audiences with how wild and silly they were. Some of his well-known comedy works include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, the Austin Powers films, There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, and Happy Gilmore. In 2014, the legendary director passed away at the age of 69 in his home in Chicago. Ramis left the world with a fantastic reputation and inspired many comedic actors and writers.
LEE THOMPSON YOUNG
Lee Thompson Young is best known for being a Disney star. He became the star of the Disney show The Famous Jett Jackson, which aired from 1998-2001. His works in the television channel extended to starring in Disney Channel Original Movies Jett Jackson: The Movie and Johnny Tsunami. After being a Disney star, the actor had parts in movies like Friday Night Lights, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story with Jamie Foxx, and Akeelah and the Bee.
Young finished his studies at the University of Southern California, where he got his degree in Cinematics Arts and was a Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member. He continued to build a successful acting career as he dealt with a mental health condition. In 2013, Young passed away at the age of 29 years old. To honor his life and remove the stigma surrounding mental illness, his family founded the Lee Thompson Young Foundation in 2014.
American actor, director, and writer Edward Hermann was best known for his role on Gilmore Girls as Richard Gilmore, the wealthy father of Lorelai and grandfather of Rory. He’s also known for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the made-for-television movies Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, in 1976 and 1977 respectively. Hermann also lent his voice as Roosevelt in Ken Burns’ documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The actor’s talent for portraying a wide array of roles was not a secret as he also performed on stages.
He debuted on Broadway in the comedy Moonchildren in 1971. He then won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance in the 1976 revival of Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Herrmann has appeared in many television shows and films, and people he has worked with gave him credit for how great he was as a person and an actor. On December 31, 2014, he took his last breath. Edward Herrmann will always be remembered as a versatile actor with a fantastic set of talents.
“ROWDY” RODDY PIPER
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a famous Canadian wrestler known to the international audience for his work with the World Wrestling Federation, now named World Wrestling Entertainment. His nicknames “Rowdy” and “Hot Rod” were due to his trademark “Scottish” aggressiveness, rage, and quick wits, which made him one of the biggest pro-wrestling villains. Piper was famous for his on-air feud with Hulk Hogan, which he credited to his career becoming more prominent than ever. He had other publicized feuds with “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka.
No one can deny that the wrestler was one of the most recognizable stars because of his multiple headlined events, including Wrestlemania and Starrcade. In 2015, Piper got the honor of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, making him one of the best investments the WWF ever had. Roddy Piper passed away in his sleep in 2015. Many wrestling co-stars and fans expressed that they will always remember him as an icon, a legend, and an amazing man.
Natasha Richardson was an English actress who worked on stage and screen. Some of her notable films are Ken Russell’s Gothic, The Parent Trap, and Maid in Manhattan. On stage, Richardson received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her debut performance in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie. Another acclaimed performance she had on stage was in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret.
She won many awards for the performance, like the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. A woman with a lot of credits in her name, Richardson is married to famous actor Liam Neeson. In 2009, she was vacationing in Quebec when she got into an accident and perished. She is survived by Neeson and their two sons, Micheál and Daniel.
Steve Irwin was well-known for his passion for interacting with the wildlife. The Australian wildlife expert, zookeeper, and television personality was nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”. He had a television series of the same name that ran from 1996 to 2007, which catapulted him to worldwide fame. The show was a wildlife documentary series that he co-hosted with his wife Terri. The couple garnered fame and hosted more series such as Croc Files from 1999 to 2001, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries from 2002 to 2006, and New Breed Vets with Steve Irwin in 2005.
Irwin was known for showing his love for all creatures, whether they looked cute and harmless or the opposite. His personality pulled in the audience, which helped him educate people about wildlife creatures. On September 4, 2006, Irwin suddenly passed at the age of 44 in a freak accident. The late animal enthusiast will always be remembered and honored by his family, who continues his passion for wildlife preservation.
The award-winning, iconic English actor Richard Griffiths was famous for his role in the Harry Potter film series as Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter’s uncle who begrudgingly raised him since the beginning of the film. He also worked on television and stage. His performance in the stage play The History Boys received many awards and critical acclaim. The recognition he got include a Tony Award for Best Actor, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Play, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and a Theatre World Award.
Griffith succumbed to complications from surgery at the age of 65. Throughout his career, he enjoyed acting in many films and television series, and the world got to see his passion for acting. His posthumous and final film role was as an uncredited defense lawyer in About Time. It’s unfortunate that he was gone too soon as he had the acting spark that sent electricity running throughout the people who saw him on screen.
Loved for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the American actor and writer Gene Wilder left a significant mark on everyone’s minds. He enjoyed a long career in acting for more than four decades. Before any of that, though, he lived on unemployment insurance and some savings. During that time, the actor supported himself by doing odd jobs. Throughout the decades, he garnered many nominations and awards for his performances.
His first major role was in the 1967 film The Producers, where he received a nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. In television, Wilder received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in his guest appearance on Will & Grace in 2003. That was his last acting performance before retiring. In 2016, the comic actor passed away at the age of 83, due to complications from the illness. Gene Wilder will be remembered for his memorable performance in the timeless Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, which is still watched by kids in every generation.
Michael Jeter is known for being an American character actor. He started his character on stage plays as he studied theater at Memphis State University. One of his most successful performances was when he performed on Broadway for a role in G.R. Point, where he received a Theatre World Award in 1979. He also appeared on shows such as Cloud Nine and The Boys Next Door. As an actor, Jeter was known to play wimpy, pretentious, and eccentric characters in films like The Fisher King, Dropzone, Waterworld, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Green Mile.
He didn’t let himself be typecasted, though; there were some films where he played more diverse characters like in Air Bud, Open Ranger, and Jurassic Park III. On television, he played Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mister Noodle, on the show Sesame Street. The actor also appeared in one episode of Touched by an Angel. His character was named Gus, an insurance salesman. The actor had an illustrious career for two decades and will always be fondly remembered for his gentle spirit.
Lynne Thigpen was an American actress who was mostly known for her portrayal of “The Chief” of ACME in the various television series and computer games Carmen Sandiego from 1991 to 1997. Thigpen’s career started on stage in 1971, where she had a long and prolific career. She appeared and starred in multiple musicals, including Godspell, The Magic Show, Working, The Night That Made America Famous Tintypes, and An American Daughter. For the last one, the actress won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for played a black Jewish feminist.
She played several different roles in numerous films and television shows such as a nurse in All My Children, an attorney in L.A. Law, and Lynne in the film version of the musical Godspell. Thigpen also recorded over 20 audiobooks and appeared in radio skits like The American Radio Company of the Air, a Garrison Keillor program. In 2003, Thigpen lost her life at the age of 54.
JOAN MARIE LAURER (CHYNA)
Famously known for her stage name Chyna, Joan Marie Laurer was a famous and loved American professional wrestler, glamour model, and bodybuilder. She was a trailblazer in her career in the World Wrestling Federation. Chyna had many accomplishments, including being the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament, the first to compete in the famous event Royal Rumble, and the first to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. With her display of strength and showmanship, Chyna was marketed as a legitimate threat to male wrestlers and created unexpected storylines and plot twists.
Her success opened doors to opportunities for careers outside wrestling, such as television shows and magazine covers. Many female wrestlers credit her for being a great influence and breaking barriers for women in the industry. The legendary wrestler passed away in 2016. She was only 46 years old, but she left a lasting legacy in WWE as the most dominant female competitor of all time.
AMANDA PETERSON – DRUG OVERDOSE
Amanda Peterson was first known to perform on stage within The Sound of Music, which ignited her passion for acting. She then made her film debut with the 1982 film Annie where she played as a backup dancer on that film then made and eventually made her television appearances in one of the episodes of both Silver Spoons and Father Murphy. The actress also and appeared as Squirt Sawyer on the short-lived television show called Boone. Besides her roles, Amanda has and received two2 Young Artist Award nominations on the show then later won as Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series.
and another notable role she had was co-starring with Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey on the film Can’t Buy Me Love, which was originally titled as Boy Rents Girl and. There, she played the role of Cindy Mancini, and it was the credited breakthrough film of her career. The late actress made her final film appearance in 1994 with the film Wind Runner in order to focus on her studies by attending the Colorado State University. She passed away back on July 3, 2015.
LINDA LOVELACE – CAR ACCIDENT
Linda Lovelace was an adult movie actress who was known for her movie Deep Throat which is considered as her successful film even though she was forced by her husband Chuck Traynor to do a role in that film. After being known for her film Deep Throat, she made her theater performance with Pajama Tops then starred on Linda Lovelace for President after parting ways with Chuck Traynor.
Let us give credit to her for changing her life by being an advocate against pornography followed by the release of the movie Ordeal where she revealed that she was molested while working in the adult film industry. Although she passed away back on April 22, 2002, her legacy was kept alive and was even commemorated through Lovelace: A Rock Musical and was played by Amanda Seyfried in the 2013 biopic Lovelace.
PETE BURNS – CARDIAC ARREST
Pete Burns is the founder of Dead or Alive, a band that rose to prominence for their hit single You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and for their rendition of That’s The Way (I Like It) which was originally performed by KC and the Sunshine Band and their version of the late David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel. Besides his music career through Dead or Alive, he has gained media attention as one of the participants of Celebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006 where he never got evicted and finished 5th place on Day 23.
His physical appearance has changed all over the years until his death through cosmetic surgeries which led to his bankruptcy and haven’t consulted any financial advisor to save his wealth from the brink of being broke. His band released an album entitled Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI 5 days after his death in 2016 and the band stopped playing on the same year.
MIGUEL FERRER – THROAT CANCER
Miguel Ferrer was an actor who made his breakthrough with his role as Bob Morton in 1987 movie RoboCop and was known for his television appearance as Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks plus he has notable roles on other films such as Iron Man 3 playing as Vice President Rodriguez, Hot Shots Part Deux as Harbinger, and Blank Check as Quigley.
He does not only known for acting roles, he is also known for having voice roles on movies such as Rio 2 playing as Big Boss, Justice League: The New Frontier as Martian Manhunter, Mulan as Shan Yu, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 & 3 as Delgado and Deathstroke in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. In 2017, he posthumously reprised his role as Albert Rosenfield in the season 3 of Twin Peaks 4 months after he succumbed to throat cancer. He made a fortune of $4 million which is considered as his investment money for his 3 children which is certainly considered as his inheritance to them.
ALAN THICKE – AORTIC DISSECTION
Alan Thicke is known to be musician Robin Thicke’s father and aside from that, he is known to many television viewers for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver in Growing Pains and that role earned him one nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series at the 1988 Golden Globe Awards and later reprised that role on the two movies based on that show.
The late actor made his debut as a host of a game show called First Impressions and his eponymous talk show which replaced the Alan Hamel Show where he frequently appears as a guest host then followed by the late night show Thicke of the Night that served as a fierce competitor to NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. For the hardworks he did in the past, he earned a total of $40 million which proves that he has a good money management for reaching that mark until his passing.
LEONARD COHEN – LEUKEMIA
Leonard Cohen began his career on being a poet and novelist before he started to focus on music in 1967 when he debuted with his album Songs of Leonard Cohen which includes his single Suzanne and the single was later included on Pitchfork Media’s The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s where it was listed in 41st place.
His other known songs included Hallelujah from his studio album Various Positions which became more popular when the song was featured in the movie Shrek so we give this movie a credit for that and gained renewed popularity when he passed away back in November 7, 2016. Even after his death, his passion lives on via his last album entitled Thanks for the Dance which was released 3 years after his death and the continuation for his penultimate album You Want It Darker.
JOHN RITTER – AORTIC DISSECTION
John Ritter is the son of country musician Tex Ritter and father for both Tyler and Jason Ritter, who are also working as actors. The actor was first known for his performance as Jack Tripper in Three’s Company and on its spin-off Three’s a Crowd so we give him a huge credit for that role because it helped him garner 2 awards which was the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series on the show.
He also appeared as the adult version of Ben Hanscom on the television version of Stephen King’s It and played the role as Ben Healy Jr. on both Problem Child 1 and 2 as well as having known for his voice role as Clifford on the children’s show Clifford the Big Red Dog. His last movie appearance was the 2003 movie Bad Santa which was released 2 months after his death.
GARRY MARSHALL – PNEUMONIA
Garry Marshall started his fruitful career as a joke writer and then it led him to became the writer of The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and for The Joey Bishop Show where he was accompanied by Fred Freeman who is also the writer and one of the performers of the show. He was also partnered by Jerry Belson as a writer on Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show and The Danny Thomas Show.
Besides being a writer, he is also a film director and his notable directed films were Young Doctors in Love, Pretty Woman, Beaches, New Year’s Eve, Valentines Day, Exit to Eden, and The Princess Diaries and its sequel. On his acting career, his notable appearance was in one of an episodes of Dick Van Dyke Show and had uncredited appearances on his several directed films and his final appearance before he died was in an episode of The Odd Couple called “Madison & Son”. He may be gone with us but his legacy as director, writer and as an actor will still live on.
CHRISTOPHER LEE – HEART FAILURE
Christopher Lee achieved worldwide fame for his performance as Saruman on Lord of The Rings trilogy and 2 Hobbit movies as well Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II and III. Before he became known with those roles, his film appearance began with the film Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 and had an uncredited role with the film Hamlet. Fast forward in 1957, the year he started working at Hammer Film Productions through the film The Curse of Frankenstein where he played The Creature and it stars his longtime friend Peter Cushing who played Victor Frankenstein.
Then on the following year, he played the titular role of Dracula in the eponymous film and it was considered as one of Time Out’s 100 best British films and let us give the film Dracula credit for introducing the fangs on the titular character which later became a fixture on other vampire characters on other vampire-related movies. He continued to play Dracula up until the 1973 film The Satanic Rites of Dracula. He also appeared on James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun playing the villainous Francisco Scaramanga. His last appearance was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014 and passed away on the following year.
ABE VIGODA – NATURAL CAUSES
Abe Vigoda became widely known for his role as Salvatore Tessio on both Godfather Part 1 and 2 so we give credit on these two films for making him prominent and was known for television viewers for his appearance at Barney Miller and on its spin-off Fish as Phil Fish. He made his television debut on 1949 with Studio One In Hollywood’s episode called Two Sharp Knives with a role as a train passenger while made his first film appearance on Three Rooms in Manhattan on an uncredited role as a waiter.
Before his real death on January 26, 2016, he became a subject of numerous death hoaxes most notably back in 1982 where the People magazine reported his death but that time the actor was performing in Calgary in Canada then 5 years later a similar mistake happened when a media outlet referred him as “late Abe Vigoda” which was later corrected.
CHRIS BENOIT – SUICIDE BY HANGING
Chris Benoit was the most talented and highly respected professional wrestler on both WCW and WWE. We should give him a credit for making WWE’s Ruthless Aggression a remarkable era for the people, most especially wrestling fans. He was also known for his moniker as The Pegasus Kid during his time at New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1989, 3 years after his debut. After that, he made his debut with WCW in 1992 until 1993 then left for ECW and wrestled on this promotion until 1995 and went back to WCW and joined The Four Horsemen stable accompanying other iconic wrestlers such as Dean Malenko and Ric Flair.
The late wrestler was known for the achievements he received on the ring such as being the Royal Rumble winner in 2004, 3 times United States Champion, and 4 times Intercontinental Championship. He made tremendous achievements on being a pro wrestler but unfortunately, those accolades he received throughout his career was tarnished by the circumstances regarding his death back in 2007.
ANDY WHITFIELD – NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA
Andy Whitfield became to many eyes of the people for his titular role as Spartacus on both Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Before he was brought to prominence with those 2 television shows, he first made his debut with the television show entitled All Saints where he played the role of Matthew Parkes and then 3 years later, he made his first film appearance on Gabriel playing the titular character archangel Gabriel.
He suffered non-Hodgkin lymphoma back in 2010 and passed away on the following year. His career may be cut short due to his passing but let us credit him for being brave and having a good fight with his illness and his legacy was honored through the documentary film known as Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story which was first premiered on Los Angeles Film Festival way back in 2015.
DAVID STRICKLAND – HANGING
David Strickland made his film debut with the 1994 film Object of Obsession and appeared on a couple of television shows starting with the 1995 television show Dave’s World up until Sister, Sister and the TV film entitled Mixed Nuts then his fame began to peak with his role as Todd Stities on the television show entitled Suddenly Susan from its Season 1 back in 1996 up until Season 3 which began in 1998.
His film Forces of Nature which starred Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock was released 3 days before his passing and his character on Suddenly Susan was later retired upon hearing the death of the actor who was prominently known on the said show which was credited as his breakthrough throughout his career even though it became short due to his passing back in March 22, 1999.
NATHANIEL MARSTON – CAR ACCIDENT
Nathaniel Marston’s career began with his debut film Love Is All There Is in 1996 where he was joined by Angelina Jolie and Godfather actor Abe Vigoda and it stars Lainie Kazan and Joseph Bologna then after that he made his appearance in the horror film entitled The Craft on the same year and became the recurring cast of Matt Waters which also marks his television show debut.
Two years later, he was part of the cast of the television series As The World Turns where he played his character as Eddie Silva and when in ended in 2000 it followed his appearance on One Life to Live where he rose to prominence with wider audiences for playing the role of both Al Holden and Dr. Michael McBain.He continues to play various roles which were credited to him on television shows such as Castle, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods, and White Collar. Unfortunately, he tragically passed away on November 11, 2015.
WALTER BECKER – ESOPHAGEAL CANCER
Walter Becker was the co-founder and served as a guitarist of the band Steely Dan and that all began when he and Donald Fagen met together during their college days and the duo played music together with comedian Chevy Chase being the drummer of their trio band which was called Don Fagen Jazz Trio. In 1971, he started founding the Steely Dan along with Donald Fagen and they made their album debut with Can’t Buy a Thrill which was released in 1972 and included 2 singles entitled Reelin’ in the Years and Do It Again.
When the band broke up in 1981, he worked as an album producer of 2 prominent New Wave bands like China Crisis and Fra Lippo Lippi and the notable album he produced was the album Flaunt The Imperfection by China Crisis. To some degree, he is one of the persons behind the success of these 2 bands. In 1993, he reunited with Steely Dan until 2017, the year he passed away due to esophageal cancer.
BEN WOOLF – STROKE
Long before being known as “Meep” and “Infantata” of the FX Network Television series, American Horror story, the 4 ‘4″ actor had a degree in Early Childhood Education at City College. It was until 2002 that he entered the industry to pursue his childhood dream. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 15, 1980, Woolf was diagnosed with a disorder known as pituitary dwarfism. It was this condition that stopped Woolf from being a tall man or getting an average height at least.
In February 2015, Woolf was crossing the street in Los Angeles, California when the side-view mirror of an SUV struck him. The driver was not arrested or ticketed because at the moment of the incident, Woolf was jaywalking. The actor was hospitalized in critical condition after the accident and later died due to a stroke resulting from his head injury. His family agreed to donate his organs following Woolf’s death. The donation of Woolf’s organs, according to his relatives, benefited as many as 50 individuals.
SUZANNE CROUGH – A RARE TYPE OF CARDIOMYOPATHY
For those who grew up watching The Partridge Family in the ’70s, she will always be remembered as the red-haired pixie who was amazing at playing the tambourine. Crough found success by appearing in a Mattel Barbie ad before getting her start in The Partridge Family. In addition to acting, Crough received a degree in Pierce College and soon after owned and operated a bookstore until 1993.
After the original show came to an end in 1974, she tried her luck in the entertainment industry and landed on several shows, Teenage Father and Children of Divorce, to name a few.
Sadly, she was never able to work again in the film business. The child actress died at her house in Laughlin, Nevada, on April 27, 2015. She was only 52 years of age. Suzanne Crough’s cause of death was not disclosed immediately but was later on revealed that she passed away due to a rare type of cardiomyopathy called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.
BOB PECK – CANCER
Robert Peck was a British TV and film actor who was best known for his role as Ronald Craven in the Edge of Darkness and as game warden Robert Muldoon in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Born in North England on August 23, 1995, Peck earned his degree in Art and Design before entering the stage limelight. Peck became a regular performer at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre and has acted in more than 20 TV dramas as well.
Peck was diagnosed with an unidentified form of cancer in November 1994. It was said that Peck was undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and was said to be recovering. Nevertheless, on 4 April 1999, at the age of 53, Peck died at his home in London. He was cremated and his ashes were given to his bereaved family.
ASHLEY ASHTON MOORE – ACCIDENTAL DRUG OVERDOSE
Born as Ashleigh Aston Moore in Sunnyvale, California, she began her career and filmed several television advertisements at a very young age. She was just four years old when she got her first ad, and she got her first television appearance at the age of eleven. She starred as Alpha in The Odyssey show and three other sitcoms Liar, Liar, Family of Strangers, and Sin & Redemption.
Her next big break came in when she portrayed the character of the young Chrissy DeWitt in the 1995 film, Now and Then. Moore moved to Canada after her last TV series, Touched by an Angel. She quit acting to attend college, where she hoped to earn her degree in teaching. She briefly returned to acting when she appeared in several student film productions as a part of the Vancouver Network. At the age of 26, she died from an accidental heroin overdose in Richmond, British Columbia.
SAWYER SWEETEN – SUICIDE
Born in Texas, Sawyer and his twin brother, Sullivan, grew up in our own eyes when they started appearing in the TV series Everyone Loves Raymond, co-starring their sister, Madylin. The twins were also seen on an episode of Even Stevens, a Disney series about the Stevens family’s life and were part of the film Frank McKlusky, C.I.
Sawyer and Sullivan own a home in Riverside, California but also visit Texas often. While visiting a family member’s home in Texas on Thursday morning, Sweeten, 19, shot himself in the head. It is assumed that Sawyer shot himself in an upstairs room in the Austin house when the rest of the family were downstairs. According to sources, Tragic Sawyer Sweeten was battling depression and had long struggled against mental health problems. It was later on revealed that Sawyer has been in financial debt due to failed business investments.
DAVE PROWSE – COMPLICATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
Fans from around the globe responded with shock and grief with the death of Star Wars’ Darth Vader. It was reported that Prowse suffered from Alzheimer’s and has been hospitalized for weeks. He died in November 2020 due to complications of COVID-19. Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion born in Bristol, southwest England and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into films with roles including Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of horror films from Hammer Studios.
His career as an actor spanned for 50 years but his height of almost two meters (6.5 feet) won the role of Luke Skywalker’s father in the Original Star Wars trilogy. While gaining a degree of anonymity with his shiny black armor and cloak, his heavy western English accent was so obvious that the filmmakers turned to James Earl Jones for the voice that would arise from behind the mask.
DIANA RIGG – LUNG CANCER
Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg is an English actress born July 20, 1938, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England who achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s for her portrayal of Emma Peel on the TV series The Avengers. This led her to a flourishing film career which landed her roles in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and the Vincent Price horror film Theatre of Blood (1973). She remained committed to the stage, performing in both England and the United States in classical and contemporary plays.
In 2013, she sought the help of lawyer Tom Amlot and filed a case against Associated winning over £30000 of libel damages. It was a fitting career capper for Rigg to have a central role in the biggest TV series of the past decade. Rigg reappeared as Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns, on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” starting in 2013 with the third season. Rigg was diagnosed with cancer in March 2020 and died in September of the same year at the age of 82.