Celebrity Deaths in 2016: \'Survivor\' Star Dan Kay, Barbara Tarbuck, and More (PHOTOS)

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Celebrity Deaths in 2016: ‘Survivor’ Star Dan Kay, Barbara Tarbuck, and More (PHOTOS)

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Celebrity Deaths in 2016: \'Survivor\' Star Dan Kay, Barbara Tarbuck, and More (PHOTOS)

A slew of celebrity deaths has made 2016 a more heartbreaking year for Hollywood than any other calendar year in recent memory — at least, that’s how it feels to us.

Click through the slideshow above to see the notables from screen and stage (and elsewhere) who have passed away this year.

Celebrity Deaths in 2016: \'Survivor\' Star Dan Kay, Barbara Tarbuck, and More (PHOTOS)
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Otis Clay

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This R&B and soul singer, an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, died at age 73 on January 8 of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois.

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This R&B and soul singer, an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, died at age 73 on January 8 of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois.

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Michael Galeota

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This actor, best known as the star of Disney Channel’s The Jersey, died on January 10 of hypertension and heart disease in Glendale, California. He was 31.

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This actor, best known as the star of Disney Channel’s The Jersey, died on January 10 of hypertension and heart disease in Glendale, California. He was 31.

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David Bowie

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This groundbreaking glam-rock singer, songwriter, and actor died on January 10 at home in New York City at the age of 69 after battling liver cancer.

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This groundbreaking glam-rock singer, songwriter, and actor died on January 10 at home in New York City at the age of 69 after battling liver cancer.

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René Angélil

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This music producer and manager, who had been married to Céline Dion since 1994, died at the age of 73 on January 14 of throat cancer.

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This music producer and manager, who had been married to Céline Dion since 1994, died at the age of 73 on January 14 of throat cancer.

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Alan Rickman

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This veteran actor, best known as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died on January 14 at the age of 69 at pancreatic cancer.

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This veteran actor, best known as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died on January 14 at the age of 69 at pancreatic cancer.

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Glenn Frey

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This guitarist and founding member of The Eagles died from complications of arthritis, colitis, and pneumonia in New York City on January 18. He was 67.

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This guitarist and founding member of The Eagles died from complications of arthritis, colitis, and pneumonia in New York City on January 18. He was 67.

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Abe Vigoda

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Best known for his parts in The Godfather, Barney Miller, and Fish, this actor (seen here buttoning his jacket) died in his sleep at age 94 January 26 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Best known for his parts in The Godfather, Barney Miller, and Fish, this actor (seen here buttoning his jacket) died in his sleep at age 94 January 26 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Maurice White

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Seen here on the left alongside singer Maurice Hines, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire died from Parkinson’s effects at home in Los Angeles on February 3. He was 74.

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Seen here on the left alongside singer Maurice Hines, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire died from Parkinson’s effects at home in Los Angeles on February 3. He was 74.

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Dave Mirra

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This BMX rider, X Games medalist, and Real World/Road Rules Challenge host committed suicide — perhaps brought on by  chronic traumatic encephalopathy — at age 41 on February 4 in Greenville, North Carolina.

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This BMX rider, X Games medalist, and Real World/Road Rules Challenge host committed suicide — perhaps brought on by  chronic traumatic encephalopathy — at age 41 on February 4 in Greenville, North Carolina.

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Denise “Vanity” Matthews

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This protégé (and occasional lover) of Prince, who fronted the “Nasty Girl” trio Vanity 6, died on February 15 of renal failure in Fremont, California. She was 57.

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This protégé (and occasional lover) of Prince, who fronted the “Nasty Girl” trio Vanity 6, died on February 15 of renal failure in Fremont, California. She was 57.

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Angela “Big Ang” Raiola

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This Mob Wives star died on February 18 at the age of 55 after battling throat cancer.

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This Mob Wives star died on February 18 at the age of 55 after battling throat cancer.

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Harper Lee

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The famed author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman died in her sleep on February 19 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.

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The famed author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman died in her sleep on February 19 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.

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Tony Burton

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This actor, boxer, and comedian — best known for playing Rocky’s manager Tony “Duke” Evers in the Rocky franchise — died of pneumonia complications on February 25 in Menifee, California. He was 78.

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This actor, boxer, and comedian — best known for playing Rocky’s manager Tony “Duke” Evers in the Rocky franchise — died of pneumonia complications on February 25 in Menifee, California. He was 78.

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Joey Feek

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This country star, who formed duo Joey + Rory with husband Rory Lee Feek, died on March 4 in Alexandria, Indiana, of cervical cancer.

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This country star, who formed duo Joey + Rory with husband Rory Lee Feek, died on March 4 in Alexandria, Indiana, of cervical cancer.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr.

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This singer, who followed in dad Frank Sinatra’s footsteps, died on March 16 at age 72 of cardiac arrest during a concert tour stop in Daytona, Florida.

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This singer, who followed in dad Frank Sinatra’s footsteps, died on March 16 at age 72 of cardiac arrest during a concert tour stop in Daytona, Florida.

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Garry Shandling

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This comedian and star of The Larry Sanders Show died on March 24 after suffering a medical emergency at home in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

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This comedian and star of The Larry Sanders Show died on March 24 after suffering a medical emergency at home in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

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Anna “Patty Duke” Pearce

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This TV and film actress, who won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker, died on March 29 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, of sepsis. She was 69.

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This TV and film actress, who won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker, died on March 29 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, of sepsis. She was 69.

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Merle Haggard

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This Country Music Hall of Famer died on April 6 from pneumonia complications at home near Redding, California, at age 79.

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This Country Music Hall of Famer died on April 6 from pneumonia complications at home near Redding, California, at age 79.

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Daisy Lewellyn

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This star of Blood, Sweat & Heels died on April 8 at age 36 after a televised battle with bile duct cancer.

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This star of Blood, Sweat & Heels died on April 8 at age 36 after a televised battle with bile duct cancer.

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David Gest

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This TV producer and personality parlayed his brief marriage to Liza Minelli into reality star fame. He was found dead at age 62, reportedly from a stroke, on April 12 in East London.

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This TV producer and personality parlayed his brief marriage to Liza Minelli into reality star fame. He was found dead at age 62, reportedly from a stroke, on April 12 in East London.

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Doris Roberts

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This five-time Emmy winner, who starred as Mare Barone on Everyone Loves Raymond, died at age 90 on April 17 following a stroke.

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This five-time Emmy winner, who starred as Mare Barone on Everyone Loves Raymond, died at age 90 on April 17 following a stroke.

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Chyna

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This wrestling star was found dead at home in Redondo Beach, California, on April 20. She was 46.

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This wrestling star was found dead at home in Redondo Beach, California, on April 20. She was 46.

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Michelle McNamara

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This true crime writer and journalist — who was married to actor Patton Oswalt — died in her sleep at home in Los Angeles on April 21.

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This true crime writer and journalist — who was married to actor Patton Oswalt — died in her sleep at home in Los Angeles on April 21.

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Prince

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This prolific singer, songwriter, and producer died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21.

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This prolific singer, songwriter, and producer died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21.

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Afeni Shakur

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Tupac’s mother — also an activist and a businesswoman and seen here with director Lauren Lazin — died of a suspected heart attack on May 2 in Sausalito, California. She was 69.

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Tupac’s mother — also an activist and a businesswoman and seen here with director Lauren Lazin — died of a suspected heart attack on May 2 in Sausalito, California. She was 69.

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Morley Safer

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This veteran CBS broadcast journalist, best known for his work on 60 Minutes, died at home in Manhattan from pneumonia on May 19. He was 84, and had only announced his retirement a week prior.
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This veteran CBS broadcast journalist, best known for his work on 60 Minutes, died at home in Manhattan from pneumonia on May 19. He was 84, and had only announced his retirement a week prior.

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Muhammad Ali

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The boxing legend known as “The Greatest” died on June 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, of respiratory complications. He was 74.

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The boxing legend known as “The Greatest” died on June 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, of respiratory complications. He was 74.

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Christina Grimmie

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This singer, who competed in The Voice’s sixth season, was shot and killed on June 10 at a meet-and-greet after her concert in Orlando, Florida. She was 22.

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This singer, who competed in The Voice’s sixth season, was shot and killed on June 10 at a meet-and-greet after her concert in Orlando, Florida. She was 22.

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Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros

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This Hungarian circus star and actor — best known for playing the titular alien in ALF — died at the age of 76 of undisclosed causes on June 13 in Torrance, California.

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This Hungarian circus star and actor — best known for playing the titular alien in ALF — died at the age of 76 of undisclosed causes on June 13 in Torrance, California.

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Anton Yelchin

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This movie star, known best for his role in the current Star Trek franchise, died on June 19 after being crushed by his SUV in his driveway in San Fernando Valley, California.

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This movie star, known best for his role in the current Star Trek franchise, died on June 19 after being crushed by his SUV in his driveway in San Fernando Valley, California.

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Bill Cunningham

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This fashion photographer, renowned for his on-the-street portraiture for The New York Times, died of a stroke on June 25 in New York City. He was 87.

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This fashion photographer, renowned for his on-the-street portraiture for The New York Times, died of a stroke on June 25 in New York City. He was 87.

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Elie Wiesel

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This Holocaust concentration camp survivor, prolific author, and Nobel Laureate — most famous for his book Night — died at home in Manhattan on July 2 at age 87.

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This Holocaust concentration camp survivor, prolific author, and Nobel Laureate — most famous for his book Night — died at home in Manhattan on July 2 at age 87.

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Garry Marshall

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The legendary rom-com director, known for Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, died in Burbank, California, of pneumonia complications on July 19 at the age of 81.

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The legendary rom-com director, known for Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, died in Burbank, California, of pneumonia complications on July 19 at the age of 81.

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Youree Dell Harris

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The “Miss Cleo” ad woman died on July 26 in Palm Beach County, Florida, from colon cancer at the age of 53.

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The “Miss Cleo” ad woman died on July 26 in Palm Beach County, Florida, from colon cancer at the age of 53.

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Kenny Baker

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The actor who played droid R2-D2 for Star Wars’ first six films died on August 13 in Lancashire, England, after a long illness. He was 81.

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The actor who played droid R2-D2 for Star Wars’ first six films died on August 13 in Lancashire, England, after a long illness. He was 81.

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Matt Roberts

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This longtime lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of undisclosed causes at age 38 on August 20.

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This longtime lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of undisclosed causes at age 38 on August 20.

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Lou Pearlman

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Seen here with Aaron Carter, this record producer — most famous for managing boy bands like Backstreet Boys and NSYNC before his fraud conviction — died from cardiac arrest in prison on August 19 in Miami, Florida, at age 62.

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Seen here with Aaron Carter, this record producer — most famous for managing boy bands like Backstreet Boys and NSYNC before his fraud conviction — died from cardiac arrest in prison on August 19 in Miami, Florida, at age 62.

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Darrell Ward

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This Ice Roads Truckers star died in a plane crash on August 28 in Missoula, Montana. He was 52.

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This Ice Roads Truckers star died in a plane crash on August 28 in Missoula, Montana. He was 52.

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Gene Wilder

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The comedic actor of Willy Wonka and Young Frankenstein died at home in Stamford, Connecticut, of complications from Alzheimer’s on August 29 at the age of 83.

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The comedic actor of Willy Wonka and Young Frankenstein died at home in Stamford, Connecticut, of complications from Alzheimer’s on August 29 at the age of 83.

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Alexis Arquette

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This transgender icon and actress of films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky — whose siblings include Patricia, Rosanna, and David Arquette — died at age 47 on September 11, reportedly from complications of AIDS.

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This transgender icon and actress of films like The Wedding Singer and Bride of Chucky — whose siblings include Patricia, Rosanna, and David Arquette — died at age 47 on September 11, reportedly from complications of AIDS.

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Kim McGuire

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Best known as Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski in the film Cry-Baby, this actress-turned-attorney died in Florida at age 60 of cardiac arrest.

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Best known as Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski in the film Cry-Baby, this actress-turned-attorney died in Florida at age 60 of cardiac arrest.

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Edward Albee

Edward Albee

This writer, best known for his 1962 Broadway play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , passed away at his home in Montauk, New York after a short illness. He was 88. 

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This writer, best known for his 1962 Broadway play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , passed away at his home in Montauk, New York after a short illness. He was 88. 

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Charmian Carr

Charmian Carr
The actress played Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and died on Saturday, September 18 after complications from dementia.
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The actress played Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and died on Saturday, September 18 after complications from dementia.

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Curtis Hanson

Curtis Hanson

The director and writer on L.A. Confidential passed away on Tuesday, September 20. The Oscar winner died of an apparent heart attack in his Hollywood home. 

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The director and writer on L.A. Confidential passed away on Tuesday, September 20. The Oscar winner died of an apparent heart attack in his Hollywood home. 

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Shawty Lo

Shawty Lo
The rapper died in a car accident early Wednesday, September 21 in Atlanta. His 2016 Audi crashed into a guardrail and caught on fire. He was just 40 years old.

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The rapper died in a car accident early Wednesday, September 21 in Atlanta. His 2016 Audi crashed into a guardrail and caught on fire. He was just 40 years old.

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Thaddeus Farrow

Thaddeus Farrow

Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and brother to Ronan Farrow, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Danbury, Connecticut. Wednesday, September 21.

"We're devastated by the loss of Thaddeus, our beloved son and brother," his mother Mia Farrow wrote on behalf of her family.

"He was a wonderful, courageous person who overcame so much hardship in his short life. We miss him."

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Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and brother to Ronan Farrow, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Danbury, Connecticut. Wednesday, September 21.

"We're devastated by the loss of Thaddeus, our beloved son and brother," his mother Mia Farrow wrote on behalf of her family.

"He was a wonderful, courageous person who overcame so much hardship in his short life. We miss him."

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Terence Bayler

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This New Zealand actor — known for his roles in movies like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Time Bandits, and Brazil — died on August 2 at the age of 86 of undisclosed causes, according to The Guardian.

“I think the thing I loved most about Terence Bayler was his gentle loving considerate humour,” Monty Python co-star Eric Idle wrote on his blog. “I loved his commitment to a role and his high seriousness no matter how apparently silly the part. For a writer there is nothing finer than an actor taking your work and making it better than you imagined it.”

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This New Zealand actor — known for his roles in movies like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Time Bandits, and Brazil — died on August 2 at the age of 86 of undisclosed causes, according to The Guardian.

“I think the thing I loved most about Terence Bayler was his gentle loving considerate humour,” Monty Python co-star Eric Idle wrote on his blog. “I loved his commitment to a role and his high seriousness no matter how apparently silly the part. For a writer there is nothing finer than an actor taking your work and making it better than you imagined it.”

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Bill Nunn

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The Do The Right Thing actor passed away at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 62 on Saturday, September 24.

His friend, Spike Lee, wrote on Instagram, "My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN. (sic)"

The Spider-Man star is survived by his wife Donna, and their two children. A cause of death has yet to be released.

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The Do The Right Thing actor passed away at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 62 on Saturday, September 24.

His friend, Spike Lee, wrote on Instagram, "My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN. (sic)"

The Spider-Man star is survived by his wife Donna, and their two children. A cause of death has yet to be released.

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Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

The Miami Marlins pitcher was killed in a boating accident on Sunday, September 25.

His body and two others were found early Sunday morning after their boat crashed at the entrance of Miami Harbor.

Coast Guard found the boat upside down around 3:15 a.m. and divers located the three bodies shortly afterwards on the rocks. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident.

This sad news comes just five days after he shared a photo of his pregnant girlfriend on Instagram.

He was just 24 years old.

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The Miami Marlins pitcher was killed in a boating accident on Sunday, September 25.

His body and two others were found early Sunday morning after their boat crashed at the entrance of Miami Harbor.

Coast Guard found the boat upside down around 3:15 a.m. and divers located the three bodies shortly afterwards on the rocks. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident.

This sad news comes just five days after he shared a photo of his pregnant girlfriend on Instagram.

He was just 24 years old.

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

One of the most famous figures in the sport of golf passed away on Sunday, September 25.

His agent, Alastair Johnston, said he died due to heart complications. He had been admitted into a hospital in Pittsburgh at the time of his death, sources said.

Arnold won the Masters four times, the British open twice, and the U.S. Open once.

The United States Golf Association wrote, "We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87."

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One of the most famous figures in the sport of golf passed away on Sunday, September 25.

His agent, Alastair Johnston, said he died due to heart complications. He had been admitted into a hospital in Pittsburgh at the time of his death, sources said.

Arnold won the Masters four times, the British open twice, and the U.S. Open once.

The United States Golf Association wrote, "We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87."

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'Real Housewives of Miami' star Herman Echevarria Sr.

'Real Housewives of Miami' star Herman Echevarria Sr.

The Real Housewives of Miami star was found dead in his room on Monday, September 26 after he wasn’t responding to phone calls from family or his employees.

"The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning. He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who's [sic] life he touched. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” his ex-wife Alexia said in a statement.

A source told E! News the family believes the cause of death was a heart attack, but nothing has been confirmed. He was 61 years old.

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The Real Housewives of Miami star was found dead in his room on Monday, September 26 after he wasn’t responding to phone calls from family or his employees.

"The Echevarria family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our patriarch Herman Echevarria this morning. He was a family man, a hardworking businessman, dedicated to helping others and a pillar of his community that was loved by everyone who's [sic] life he touched. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” his ex-wife Alexia said in a statement.

A source told E! News the family believes the cause of death was a heart attack, but nothing has been confirmed. He was 61 years old.

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Gary Glasberg

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This producer, the showrunner of NCIS since 2011, died on September 28 in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes. He was 50.

"Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight," a statement from the NCIS cast and crew reads.

"NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day."

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This producer, the showrunner of NCIS since 2011, died on September 28 in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes. He was 50.

"Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight," a statement from the NCIS cast and crew reads.

"NCIS will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day."

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Agnes Nixon

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This prolific TV producer created and wrote for soap operas including All My Children and One Life to Life. She also co-created As the World Turns.

Agnes passed away in Pennsylvania on September 28 at the age of 93, reportedly having suffered from Parkinson's complications.

"I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes," All My Children actress Susan Lucci wrote on Instagram. "I adored her and admired her — and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace."

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This prolific TV producer created and wrote for soap operas including All My Children and One Life to Life. She also co-created As the World Turns.

Agnes passed away in Pennsylvania on September 28 at the age of 93, reportedly having suffered from Parkinson's complications.

"I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes," All My Children actress Susan Lucci wrote on Instagram. "I adored her and admired her — and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace."

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Josh Samman

Josh Samman
Rising UFC star Josh Samman died at age 28 in South Florida on October 5 — having been found unresponsive five days prior alongside his roommate, who also died.

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Rising UFC star Josh Samman died at age 28 in South Florida on October 5 — having been found unresponsive five days prior alongside his roommate, who also died.

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Tommy Ford

Tommy Ford

The Martin actor passed away on Wednesday, October 12 in an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his stomach. He was surrounded by his closest friends and family.

He was 52 years old.

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The Martin actor passed away on Wednesday, October 12 in an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his stomach. He was surrounded by his closest friends and family.

He was 52 years old.

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Olympian Tyson Gay's daughter Trinity

Olympian Tyson Gay's daughter Trinity

The Olympic sprinter’s 15-year-old daughter was killed early Sunday, October 16 in Kentucky.

The teenager was shot in the neck during a shootout, according to police. She was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead within an hour. Police have yet to make any arrests.

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Olympian Tyson Gay's daughter Trinity

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The Olympic sprinter’s 15-year-old daughter was killed early Sunday, October 16 in Kentucky.

The teenager was shot in the neck during a shootout, according to police. She was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead within an hour. Police have yet to make any arrests.

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Cecilia Hart

Cecilia Hart

The actress, and wife of James Earl Jones, passed away on Sunday, October 23 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was 68 years old.

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The actress, and wife of James Earl Jones, passed away on Sunday, October 23 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was 68 years old.

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Pete Burns

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The Dead or Alive singer — best known for 1985 New Wave hit "You Spin Me Right Round" — died at age 57 on October 23 after suffering cardiac arrest.

"All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star," his management company said in a statement.

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The Dead or Alive singer — best known for 1985 New Wave hit "You Spin Me Right Round" — died at age 57 on October 23 after suffering cardiac arrest.

"All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star," his management company said in a statement.

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Michael Massee

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This 61-year-old actor has passed away, as The Hollywood Reporter confirms, though no other details are available at the time of this post.

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Michael is known for his film work in movies like Se7en, Amistad, and The Amazing Spider-Man; and his TV apperances on shows like 24, Rizzoli & Isles, The X-Files, House, and The Blacklist.

He also accidentally fired a fatal bullet at actor Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow after crew members improperly loaded the prop gun.

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This 61-year-old actor has passed away, as The Hollywood Reporter confirms, though no other details are available at the time of this post.

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Michael is known for his film work in movies like Se7en, Amistad, and The Amazing Spider-Man; and his TV apperances on shows like 24, Rizzoli & Isles, The X-Files, House, and The Blacklist.

He also accidentally fired a fatal bullet at actor Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow after crew members improperly loaded the prop gun.

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Prince Filippo Corsini

Prince Filippo Corsini
Prince Filippo Corsini died from injuries sustained during a cycling accident. The Italian noble was reportedly struck by a truck while traveling to Regent's University, where he was studying international business.

According to eye witnesses, the prince was dragged 30 yards across an intersection before medics were called.

Authorities arrested the 42-year-old man behind the wheel on suspicion of death by careless driving charges.

Filippo was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. He was 21-years-old.

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Prince Filippo Corsini died from injuries sustained during a cycling accident. The Italian noble was reportedly struck by a truck while traveling to Regent's University, where he was studying international business.

According to eye witnesses, the prince was dragged 30 yards across an intersection before medics were called.

Authorities arrested the 42-year-old man behind the wheel on suspicion of death by careless driving charges.

Filippo was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. He was 21-years-old.

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Willard Smith, Sr.

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Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., Will Smith's father, has passed away according to the 48-year-old actor's first wife, Sheree Fletcher.

In addition to the Men in Black star, Willard is survived by another son, Harry, and his two daughters, Pam and Ellen, and several grandchildren including Willow and Jaden Smith.

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Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., Will Smith's father, has passed away according to the 48-year-old actor's first wife, Sheree Fletcher.

In addition to the Men in Black star, Willard is survived by another son, Harry, and his two daughters, Pam and Ellen, and several grandchildren including Willow and Jaden Smith.

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on Thursday, November 10, after a career spanning six decades.

The musician and poet is best known for writing “Hallelujah,” which Jeff Buckley made famous in 1994.

Leonard released his final album “You Want It Darker” just last month. He was 82.
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Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on Thursday, November 10, after a career spanning six decades.

The musician and poet is best known for writing “Hallelujah,” which Jeff Buckley made famous in 1994.

Leonard released his final album “You Want It Darker” just last month. He was 82.

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Leon Russell

Leon Russell

The legendary rocker died on Sunday, November 13, according to his website.

He died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was just 74 years old.

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The legendary rocker died on Sunday, November 13, according to his website.

He died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was just 74 years old.

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Holly Dunn

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The '80s country star — known for No. 1 hits like "Daddy's Hands" and "You Really Had Me Going" — died of ovarian cancer at age 59 surrounded by loved ones in a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nashville news affiliate WSMV reported the news on November 15.

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The '80s country star — known for No. 1 hits like "Daddy's Hands" and "You Really Had Me Going" — died of ovarian cancer at age 59 surrounded by loved ones in a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nashville news affiliate WSMV reported the news on November 15.

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Keo Woolford

Keo Woolford

Keo Woolford, who starred in Hawaii Five-0, died on Monday, November 25 after suffering a severe stroke.

He was 49.

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Keo Woolford

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Keo Woolford, who starred in Hawaii Five-0, died on Monday, November 25 after suffering a severe stroke.

He was 49.

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Lisa Lynn Masters

Lisa Lynn Masters

The 52-year-old actress was found dead in a Lima, Peru hotel room, E! News reports.

It is believed the Gossip Girl and Nashville guest star committed suicide by hanging herself with her skirt. Police reportedly found antidepressants and a suicide note.

Lisa was in South America for a modeling job.

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The 52-year-old actress was found dead in a Lima, Peru hotel room, E! News reports.

It is believed the Gossip Girl and Nashville guest star committed suicide by hanging herself with her skirt. Police reportedly found antidepressants and a suicide note.

Lisa was in South America for a modeling job.

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Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Soul singer Sharon Jones died on Friday, November 18 after a long battle with cancer.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer,” her rep said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”

She was 60 years old.

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Soul singer Sharon Jones died on Friday, November 18 after a long battle with cancer.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer,” her rep said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.”

She was 60 years old.

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Ron Glass

Ron Glass
Ron Glass, star of Barney Miller and Firefly, died aged 71 of respiratory failure on Friday, November 25.
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Ron Glass, star of Barney Miller and Firefly, died aged 71 of respiratory failure on Friday, November 25.

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Margaret Whitton

Margaret Whitton

The actress, who is best known for playing Rachel Phelps in Major League, died after a battle with cancer at her home in Florida on December 4.

She was 67 years old.

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The actress, who is best known for playing Rachel Phelps in Major League, died after a battle with cancer at her home in Florida on December 4.

She was 67 years old.

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Peter Vaughan

Peter Vaughan

The veteran actor, best known for his role on Game of Thrones, died on December 6.

He was 93.

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The veteran actor, best known for his role on Game of Thrones, died on December 6.

He was 93.

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John Glenn

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The first American to orbit the earth, the oldest astronaut to reach space, and the last surviving astronaut of NASA's Mercury program, John Glenn passed away on December 8 in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to his space achievements, the 95-year-old also served as a U.S. Senator for Ohio from 1974 to 1999.

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The first American to orbit the earth, the oldest astronaut to reach space, and the last surviving astronaut of NASA's Mercury program, John Glenn passed away on December 8 in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to his space achievements, the 95-year-old also served as a U.S. Senator for Ohio from 1974 to 1999.

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Joseph Mascolo

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Joseph Mascolo – an actor who played villain Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives in over 1,400 episodes but also appeared in The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital — died on December 7 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

“Joseph was a big ‘ol bear with a puppy dog heart,” said his wife of 11 years, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, in a statement. “I’m so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day.”

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Joseph Mascolo – an actor who played villain Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives in over 1,400 episodes but also appeared in The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital — died on December 7 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

“Joseph was a big ‘ol bear with a puppy dog heart,” said his wife of 11 years, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, in a statement. “I’m so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day.”

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Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, who’s best known for his role in Growing Pains, died on Tuesday, December 13 from a heart attack.

The actor was playing hockey with his son Carter, 19, when the accident happened and was pronounced dead around noon at the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California, according to TMZ.

He is survived by his three sons, singer Robin Thicke, Brennan, and Carter.

He was 69 years old.

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Alan Thicke, who’s best known for his role in Growing Pains, died on Tuesday, December 13 from a heart attack.

The actor was playing hockey with his son Carter, 19, when the accident happened and was pronounced dead around noon at the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California, according to TMZ.

He is survived by his three sons, singer Robin Thicke, Brennan, and Carter.

He was 69 years old.

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Konrad Reuland

Konrad Reuland

Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who played with teams like the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, died on December 13 at the age of 29.

He had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in November, and doctors operated on that aneurysm on November 29, according to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. John also said Konrad had been brain-dead.

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Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who played with teams like the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, died on December 13 at the age of 29.

He had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in November, and doctors operated on that aneurysm on November 29, according to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. John also said Konrad had been brain-dead.

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Craig Sager

Craig Sager

The longtime sports broadcaster passed away on Thursday, December 15 after a long battle with leukemia. 

He was 65 years old. 

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The longtime sports broadcaster passed away on Thursday, December 15 after a long battle with leukemia. 

He was 65 years old. 

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor

The actress and socialite passed away on Sunday, December 18, after suffering a heart attack, according to TMZ.

She was 99 years old.

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The actress and socialite passed away on Sunday, December 18, after suffering a heart attack, according to TMZ.

She was 99 years old.

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Joey Boots

Joey Boots
The radio personality, who was known to be a fan favorite on Howard Stern's "Wack Pack," passed away on Friday, December 23. He was pronounced dead in his apartment in the Bronx, New York. The 49-year-old's cause of death is not known.
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The radio personality, who was known to be a fan favorite on Howard Stern's "Wack Pack," passed away on Friday, December 23. He was pronounced dead in his apartment in the Bronx, New York. The 49-year-old's cause of death is not known.

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George Michael

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The famed pop singer died on Christmas, December 25, at the age of 53. The former Wham singer “passed away peacefully at home,” according the Brit's publicist.

An ambulance was reportedly called to his England residence early in the morning, but no other details surrounding his death have been released.

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The famed pop singer died on Christmas, December 25, at the age of 53. The former Wham singer “passed away peacefully at home,” according the Brit's publicist.

An ambulance was reportedly called to his England residence early in the morning, but no other details surrounding his death have been released.

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Ricky Harris

Ricky Harris
The comedian passed away on Monday, December 26 just two years after suffering a heart attack.

He was just 54 years old.

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The comedian passed away on Monday, December 26 just two years after suffering a heart attack.

He was just 54 years old.

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday morning, December 27, at age 60 after suffering a heart attack a few days prior.

A spokesman for Carrie’s daughter, Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, confirmed the shocking loss, saying, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
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Carrie Fisher

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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday morning, December 27, at age 60 after suffering a heart attack a few days prior.

A spokesman for Carrie’s daughter, Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, confirmed the shocking loss, saying, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds
Carrie Fisher's mother passed away on Wednesday, December 28 after suffering a stroke. The Singin’ in the Rain star was taken to the hospital around 1 p.m. after her son, Todd, called 911.

The actress died just one day after her daughter passed away. She was 84 years old.

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Carrie Fisher's mother passed away on Wednesday, December 28 after suffering a stroke. The Singin’ in the Rain star was taken to the hospital around 1 p.m. after her son, Todd, called 911.

The actress died just one day after her daughter passed away. She was 84 years old.

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Keion Carpenter

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This NFL safety, who played seven seasons between his tenures with the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons, died on December 29 in Miami. He was 39.

Cousin Jamila Smith told the Baltimore Sun the former football star fell while playing with his son on vacation in South Florida. 

“They were running to the car when [Keion] slipped, fell, hit his head, and slipped into a coma,” Jamila said. “It was just a freak accident. He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well, and worked out.”

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Keion Carpenter

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This NFL safety, who played seven seasons between his tenures with the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons, died on December 29 in Miami. He was 39.

Cousin Jamila Smith told the Baltimore Sun the former football star fell while playing with his son on vacation in South Florida. 

“They were running to the car when [Keion] slipped, fell, hit his head, and slipped into a coma,” Jamila said. “It was just a freak accident. He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well, and worked out.”

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Barbara Tarbuck

Barbara Tarbuck

The General Hospital star died on Monday, December 26 following a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly, told The Hollywood Reporter her mother died in her Los Angeles home.

She was 74 years old.

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Barbara Tarbuck

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The General Hospital star died on Monday, December 26 following a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly, told The Hollywood Reporter her mother died in her Los Angeles home.

She was 74 years old.

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Dan Kay

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The 40-year-old Survivor: Gabon star passed suddenly and unexpectedly on December 31, according to People magazine.

He is survived by two children, Reese Elizabeth and Jackson “Jax” Russell-Reid; his girlfriend, Jennifer DePietro; mother, Jean-Ann; and sister, Andrea.

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The 40-year-old Survivor: Gabon star passed suddenly and unexpectedly on December 31, according to People magazine.

He is survived by two children, Reese Elizabeth and Jackson “Jax” Russell-Reid; his girlfriend, Jennifer DePietro; mother, Jean-Ann; and sister, Andrea.

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A slew of celebrity deaths has made 2016 a more heartbreaking year for Hollywood than any other calendar year in recent memory — at least, that’s how it feels to us.

Click through the slideshow above to see the notables from screen and stage (and elsewhere) who have passed away this year.