Celebrities Who Died in 2017: Roger Moore, Roger Ailes, and More

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Celebrities Who Died in 2017: Roger Moore, Roger Ailes, and More

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Celebrities Who Died in 2017: Roger Moore, Roger Ailes, and More

2016 may be over, but, sadly, celebrity deaths keep happening in 2017.

Click through the gallery above to find out which notable stars have passed this year, you'll find everyone from a beloved TV icon to a rock legend.

Celebrities Who Died in 2017: Roger Moore, Roger Ailes, and More
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Om Puri: January 6

Om Puri: January 6
The award-winning Indian actor passed away on Friday, January 6 after suffering a heart attack.

He was 66 years old.

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Om Puri: January 6

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The award-winning Indian actor passed away on Friday, January 6 after suffering a heart attack.

He was 66 years old.

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Tony Rosato: January 10

Tony Rosato: January 10
Saturday Night Live alum Tony Rosato died Tuesday, January 10, at 62. It’s expected the comedy favorite — who appeared in SNL Seasons 6 and 7 — died of a heart attack, although an autopsy has yet to be completed.

Canadian Tony was one of only three performers in history who starred in both SNL and Canadian sketch series SCTV.
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Tony Rosato: January 10

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Saturday Night Live alum Tony Rosato died Tuesday, January 10, at 62. It’s expected the comedy favorite — who appeared in SNL Seasons 6 and 7 — died of a heart attack, although an autopsy has yet to be completed.

Canadian Tony was one of only three performers in history who starred in both SNL and Canadian sketch series SCTV.

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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka: January 15

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka: January 15

The WWE hall of famer passed away on Sunday, January 15 at the age of 73. 

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka: January 15

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The WWE hall of famer passed away on Sunday, January 15 at the age of 73. 

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Miguel Ferrer: January 19

Miguel Ferrer: January 19
The NCIS: Los Angeles actor is dead at 61 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Miguel was the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and the cousin of movie star George Clooney.

The late actor will appear in Showtime’s May 2017-premiering Twin Peaks revival as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld, a role he also filled in the original cult series.
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Miguel Ferrer: January 19

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The NCIS: Los Angeles actor is dead at 61 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Miguel was the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and the cousin of movie star George Clooney.

The late actor will appear in Showtime’s May 2017-premiering Twin Peaks revival as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld, a role he also filled in the original cult series.

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Yordano Ventura: January 22

Yordano Ventura: January 22

The Kansas City Royals Pitcher, nicknamed Ace Ventura, was killed in a car accident in his native country, the Dominican Republic, on January 22.

He was 25 years old. 

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Yordano Ventura: January 22

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The Kansas City Royals Pitcher, nicknamed Ace Ventura, was killed in a car accident in his native country, the Dominican Republic, on January 22.

He was 25 years old. 

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Andy Marte: January 22

Andy Marte: January 22

Former Major League Baseball player Andy Marte, who has played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, died in a car accident on January 22 in his native Dominican Republic. The athlete, who was said to be under the influence, passed away after crashing into a house south of Santo Domingo.

He was 33 years old.

Andy Marte: January 22

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Former Major League Baseball player Andy Marte, who has played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, died in a car accident on January 22 in his native Dominican Republic. The athlete, who was said to be under the influence, passed away after crashing into a house south of Santo Domingo.

He was 33 years old.

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Maggie Roche: January 21

Maggie Roche: January 21
Folk rock singer Maggie Roche died on Saturday, January 21, from cancer. She was 65.

The musician and her two sisters made up the beloved quirky band The Roches.

One of Maggie’s remaining sisters, Suzzy Roche, shared an emotional tribute on Facebook, writing, “She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent.”
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Maggie Roche: January 21

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Folk rock singer Maggie Roche died on Saturday, January 21, from cancer. She was 65.

The musician and her two sisters made up the beloved quirky band The Roches.

One of Maggie’s remaining sisters, Suzzy Roche, shared an emotional tribute on Facebook, writing, “She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent.”

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Jaki Liebezeit: January 22

Jaki Liebezeit: January 22
Drummer Jaki Liebezeit died on Sunday, January 22, at 78 from a sudden pneumonia.

The performer co-founded the German krautrock band Can.

Jaki and his original bandmate Malcolm Mooney were scheduled to perform at a 50th anniversary concert for their pioneering group this April.
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Jaki Liebezeit: January 22

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Drummer Jaki Liebezeit died on Sunday, January 22, at 78 from a sudden pneumonia.

The performer co-founded the German krautrock band Can.

Jaki and his original bandmate Malcolm Mooney were scheduled to perform at a 50th anniversary concert for their pioneering group this April.

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Lee “Q” O'Denat: January 23

Lee “Q” O'Denat: January 23

The founder and CEO Of WorldStarHipHop.com died in his sleep on Monday, January 23, TMZ reports. “Q” was only 43.

It’s rumored the digital entrepreneur suffered a heart attack. An autopsy to determine Lee’s official cause of death is pending.

Lee “Q” O'Denat: January 23

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The founder and CEO Of WorldStarHipHop.com died in his sleep on Monday, January 23, TMZ reports. “Q” was only 43.

It’s rumored the digital entrepreneur suffered a heart attack. An autopsy to determine Lee’s official cause of death is pending.

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Mary Tyler Moore: January 25

Mary Tyler Moore: January 25

Mary Tyler Moore is dead at 80 after suffering from diabetes for decades. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star died of cardiopulmonary arrest, Entertainment Tonight writes.  

Aspiration pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and oxygen deficiency in her body tissue also reportedly contributed to the TV icon's death.

Mary was on a respirator for more than a week prior to her passing, one insider claims to TMZ.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” her publicist Mara Buxbaum said, “Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."

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Mary Tyler Moore: January 25

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Mary Tyler Moore is dead at 80 after suffering from diabetes for decades. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star died of cardiopulmonary arrest, Entertainment Tonight writes.  

Aspiration pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and oxygen deficiency in her body tissue also reportedly contributed to the TV icon's death.

Mary was on a respirator for more than a week prior to her passing, one insider claims to TMZ.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” her publicist Mara Buxbaum said, “Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."

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Butch Trucks: January 24

Butch Trucks: January 24

The Allman Brothers Band co-founder died on Tuesday, January 24.

The drummer passed away at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 69.

His cause of death is unknown at this time.

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Butch Trucks: January 24

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The Allman Brothers Band co-founder died on Tuesday, January 24.

The drummer passed away at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 69.

His cause of death is unknown at this time.

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Mike Connors: January 26

Mike Connors: January 26

Mike Connors, who was best known for his role in the CBS series Mannix, died on Thursday, January 26.

The actor was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He was 91.

Mike Connors: January 26

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Mike Connors, who was best known for his role in the CBS series Mannix, died on Thursday, January 26.

The actor was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He was 91.

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John Hurt: January 27

John Hurt: January 27

John Hurt, who was best known for his role in The Elephant Man and as Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday, January 27.

The star had battled cancer and intestinal pains in recent years. He was 77.

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John Hurt: January 27

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John Hurt, who was best known for his role in The Elephant Man and as Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday, January 27.

The star had battled cancer and intestinal pains in recent years. He was 77.

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Barbara Hale: January 26

Barbara Hale: January 26

Barbara Hale, best known as the secretary, Della Street, on the TV series Perry Mason, died on Thursday, January 26. 

Her cause of death is unknown at this time. She was 94.

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Barbara Hale: January 26

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Barbara Hale, best known as the secretary, Della Street, on the TV series Perry Mason, died on Thursday, January 26. 

Her cause of death is unknown at this time. She was 94.

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Geoff Nicholls: January 28

Geoff Nicholls: January 28

Geoff Nicholls, longtime keyboardist for Black Sabbath, died on Saturday, January 28, following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

Geoff Nicholls: January 28

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Geoff Nicholls, longtime keyboardist for Black Sabbath, died on Saturday, January 28, following a battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

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Frank Pellegrino: January 31

Frank Pellegrino: January 31

The Sopranos star died after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 72. 

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Frank Pellegrino: January 31

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The Sopranos star died after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 72. 

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Rob Stewart: February 3

Rob Stewart: February 3

The Canadian filmmaker and marine biologist, best known for his documentary Sharkwater, was found dead off the Florida Keys on Friday, February 3, after going missing after deep sea scuba diving on Tuesday. He was 37.

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Rob Stewart: February 3

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The Canadian filmmaker and marine biologist, best known for his documentary Sharkwater, was found dead off the Florida Keys on Friday, February 3, after going missing after deep sea scuba diving on Tuesday. He was 37.

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Richard Hatch: February 7

Richard Hatch: February 7

The Battlestar Galactica actor passed away on Tuesday, February 7 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. 

He was 71. 

Richard Hatch: February 7

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The Battlestar Galactica actor passed away on Tuesday, February 7 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. 

He was 71. 

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Tara Palmer-Tompkinson: February 8

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson: February 8

The British “It Girl” and socialite was found dead in her London home on Wednesday, February 8. She was 45.

Tara confirmed she received treatment for a brain tumor last year. The red carpet staple also had a long and public battle with cocaine usage.

British Royalty is mourning the death of the UK reality star, as Prince Charles said he is "deeply saddened" by Tara’s passing.

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Tara Palmer-Tompkinson: February 8

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The British “It Girl” and socialite was found dead in her London home on Wednesday, February 8. She was 45.

Tara confirmed she received treatment for a brain tumor last year. The red carpet staple also had a long and public battle with cocaine usage.

British Royalty is mourning the death of the UK reality star, as Prince Charles said he is "deeply saddened" by Tara’s passing.

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Fab Melo: February 11

Fab Melo: February 11
The Syracuse basketball standout died unexpectedly in his sleep in his native country of Brazil where he recently began playing professionally. He was 26.
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Fab Melo: February 11

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The Syracuse basketball standout died unexpectedly in his sleep in his native country of Brazil where he recently began playing professionally. He was 26.

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Al Jarreau: February 11

Al Jarreau: February 11
The seven-time Grammy-winning jazz and R&B singer passed away in a Los Angeles hospital. He had been fighting respiratory and cardiac issues for the past few years. He was 76.

Al Jarreau: February 11

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The seven-time Grammy-winning jazz and R&B singer passed away in a Los Angeles hospital. He had been fighting respiratory and cardiac issues for the past few years. He was 76.

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Mary Lee South

Mary Lee South

Tom Cruise’s mom Mary Lee South is dead at 80 after passing away peacefully in her sleep.

While the exact date of Mary Lee’s death is unknown, she did have a Church of Scientology memorial service on either February 9 or 10, People confirms.

The celebrity mom — who battled health problems for years — is survived by Tom and his three sisters.

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Tom Cruise’s mom Mary Lee South is dead at 80 after passing away peacefully in her sleep.

While the exact date of Mary Lee’s death is unknown, she did have a Church of Scientology memorial service on either February 9 or 10, People confirms.

The celebrity mom — who battled health problems for years — is survived by Tom and his three sisters.

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Christian Evans

Christian Evans

Ricki Lake’s ex-husband, Christian Evans, has passed away. The Hairspray star shared the news on social media Tuesday, February 14.  

"It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed. The world didn't understand this man, but I did," she said on Instagram.

"He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder. For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you."

The exact date of his passing is unknown. He was 45. 

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Ricki Lake’s ex-husband, Christian Evans, has passed away. The Hairspray star shared the news on social media Tuesday, February 14.  

"It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed. The world didn't understand this man, but I did," she said on Instagram.

"He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder. For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you."

The exact date of his passing is unknown. He was 45. 

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Stuart McLean: February 15

Stuart McLean: February 15

Stuart McLean, one of the most recognizable voices on CBC Radio, passed away from melanoma on Wednesday, February 15.

He was just 68.

Stuart McLean: February 15

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Stuart McLean, one of the most recognizable voices on CBC Radio, passed away from melanoma on Wednesday, February 15.

He was just 68.

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Nicole Bass: February 16

Nicole Bass: February 16

Bodybuilder-turned-WWE star Nicole Bass is dead at 52 after reportedly suffering a heart attack sometime during the week of February 12.

The Howard Stern Show regular’s girlfriend Kristen Marrone confirmed Nicole’s death on Facebook.

“A few days ago Nicole got very sick. She was brought into the hospital and they did everything they could to help her,” she wrote on Thursday, February 16.

“Today we learned that there is nothing else that can be done.”

However, Nicole refused to comment on the particulars of her partner’s death, later saying, “Just want to make it clear that i will not be answering and who, what, where, when, [or] why questions right now.”

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Nicole Bass: February 16

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Bodybuilder-turned-WWE star Nicole Bass is dead at 52 after reportedly suffering a heart attack sometime during the week of February 12.

The Howard Stern Show regular’s girlfriend Kristen Marrone confirmed Nicole’s death on Facebook.

“A few days ago Nicole got very sick. She was brought into the hospital and they did everything they could to help her,” she wrote on Thursday, February 16.

“Today we learned that there is nothing else that can be done.”

However, Nicole refused to comment on the particulars of her partner’s death, later saying, “Just want to make it clear that i will not be answering and who, what, where, when, [or] why questions right now.”

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George ‘The Animal’ Steele

George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Fellow WWE star George "The Animal" Steele also died on Thursday, February 16. The hall-of-famer suffered from kidney failure.

George’s wife says her husband had been in hospice care since April 2016, TMZ reports.

He was 79.

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George ‘The Animal’ Steele

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Fellow WWE star George "The Animal" Steele also died on Thursday, February 16. The hall-of-famer suffered from kidney failure.

George’s wife says her husband had been in hospice care since April 2016, TMZ reports.

He was 79.

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Ivan Koloff: February 18

Ivan Koloff: February 18

Wrestling villain Ivan Koloff, also known as the Russian Bear, passed away after a long battle with liver cancer.


He was 74.

Ivan Koloff: February 18

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Wrestling villain Ivan Koloff, also known as the Russian Bear, passed away after a long battle with liver cancer.


He was 74.

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Clyde Stubblefield: February 18

Clyde Stubblefield: February 18

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for funk singer James Brown, passed away of kidney failure at a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years. 

The drummer is widely known for creating one of the most sampled drum breaks ever.

He was 73. 

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Clyde Stubblefield: February 18

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Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for funk singer James Brown, passed away of kidney failure at a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years. 

The drummer is widely known for creating one of the most sampled drum breaks ever.

He was 73. 

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Norma McCorvey: February 18

Norma McCorvey: February 18

Norma McCorvey, who went under the pseudonym Jane Roe in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, passed away from heart failure. She is best known for her participation in the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S.

She was 69.

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Norma McCorvey: February 18

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Norma McCorvey, who went under the pseudonym Jane Roe in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, passed away from heart failure. She is best known for her participation in the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S.

She was 69.

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Larry Coryell: February 19

Larry Coryell: February 19

The jazz guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion” died at 73 from natural causes, including complications with his arteries.

Larry — who fused jazz and rock sounds with legendary talent — was still performing after a 50-year career.

The Orlando, Florida resident completed a show on the weekend of his death at NYC’s Iridium jazz club.

Larry Coryell: February 19

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The jazz guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion” died at 73 from natural causes, including complications with his arteries.

Larry — who fused jazz and rock sounds with legendary talent — was still performing after a 50-year career.

The Orlando, Florida resident completed a show on the weekend of his death at NYC’s Iridium jazz club.

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Steve Hewlett: February 20

Steve Hewlett: February 20

British broadcaster and journalist Steve is dead after fighting esophageal cancer since March 2016.

The BBC star spoke about his disease for months and even penned a series of emotional cancer diaries.

Steve was 58.

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Steve Hewlett: February 20

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British broadcaster and journalist Steve is dead after fighting esophageal cancer since March 2016.

The BBC star spoke about his disease for months and even penned a series of emotional cancer diaries.

Steve was 58.

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Brenda Buttner: February 20

Brenda Buttner: February 20

Fox News host Brenda is dead at 55 after a battle with “unrelenting” cancer, fellow correspondent Neil Cavuto confirmed.

The cable fixture famously hosted Bulls and Bears after joining her network in 2000. 

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Brenda Buttner: February 20

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Fox News host Brenda is dead at 55 after a battle with “unrelenting” cancer, fellow correspondent Neil Cavuto confirmed.

The cable fixture famously hosted Bulls and Bears after joining her network in 2000. 

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Dorien “Lala” Thomaz: February 20

Dorien “Lala” Thomaz: February 20

Wiz Khalifa’s sister Lala died “peacefully” at 32 on the same day the rapper celebrated his son Sebastian’s 4th birthday party, family matriarch Peachie Wimbush confirms.

It is unknown what the celebrity transgender sibling — seen second from the left — died from.

Dorien “Lala” Thomaz: February 20

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Wiz Khalifa’s sister Lala died “peacefully” at 32 on the same day the rapper celebrated his son Sebastian’s 4th birthday party, family matriarch Peachie Wimbush confirms.

It is unknown what the celebrity transgender sibling — seen second from the left — died from.

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Leah Adler: February 21

Leah Adler: February 21

Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, died on Tuesday, February 21. She was 97.

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Leah Adler: February 21

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Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, died on Tuesday, February 21. She was 97.

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Alan Colmes: February 23

Alan Colmes: February 23

Alan Colmes, the star of Hannity & Colmes on the Fox News Channel, died after suffering from a brief illness on Thursday, February 23.

He was just 66.


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Alan Colmes: February 23

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Alan Colmes, the star of Hannity & Colmes on the Fox News Channel, died after suffering from a brief illness on Thursday, February 23.

He was just 66.


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Christine “ForBiddeN” Dolce

Christine “ForBiddeN” Dolce

Former Myspace queen Christine is dead at 35 from liver failure, TMZ reports.

She was first hospitalized in December due to “alcohol-related issues.” While the exact date of Christine's death is unknown, her funeral was last week.

The former social media celeb shot to stardom under the name ForBiddeN, eventually garnering 2.1 million followers in the early days of the site.

She was best known for rocking revealing outfits and feuding with fellow Myspace queen Tila Tequila.

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Former Myspace queen Christine is dead at 35 from liver failure, TMZ reports.

She was first hospitalized in December due to “alcohol-related issues.” While the exact date of Christine's death is unknown, her funeral was last week.

The former social media celeb shot to stardom under the name ForBiddeN, eventually garnering 2.1 million followers in the early days of the site.

She was best known for rocking revealing outfits and feuding with fellow Myspace queen Tila Tequila.

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Bill Paxton: February 25

Bill Paxton: February 25

The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on HBO's Big Love and History Channel's Hatfields & McCoy, passed away due to complications from surgery. 


"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," the family said in a statement to TMZ.

He was 61.

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Bill Paxton: February 25

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The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on HBO's Big Love and History Channel's Hatfields & McCoy, passed away due to complications from surgery. 


"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," the family said in a statement to TMZ.

He was 61.

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Joseph Wapner: February 26

Joseph Wapner: February 26

The judge, who is famous for being the first judge on the syndicated television show "People's Court," passed away in his Los Angeles home. A week prior, he had been hospitalized for breathing problems and returned to his home under hospice care.

He was 97.

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Joseph Wapner: February 26

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The judge, who is famous for being the first judge on the syndicated television show "People's Court," passed away in his Los Angeles home. A week prior, he had been hospitalized for breathing problems and returned to his home under hospice care.

He was 97.

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Neil Fingleton: February 25

Neil Fingleton: February 25

The Game of Thrones actor passed away on Saturday, February 25 from heart failure. 

The 7’7” star also appeared on Dr. Who, X-Men: First Class, and Avengers: Age of Ultron

Neil Fingleton: February 25

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The Game of Thrones actor passed away on Saturday, February 25 from heart failure. 

The 7’7” star also appeared on Dr. Who, X-Men: First Class, and Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Tommy Page: March 3

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The singer/songwriter/music executive, most known for his hit song, "I'll Be Your Everything," passed away at the age of 46. Though the cause of death is currently unknown, it's reportedly an apparent suicide.


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Tommy Page: March 3

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The singer/songwriter/music executive, most known for his hit song, "I'll Be Your Everything," passed away at the age of 46. Though the cause of death is currently unknown, it's reportedly an apparent suicide.


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Antonia Gorga: March 4

Antonia Gorga: March 4

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice's mother passed away at the age of 66. Teresa was in the hospital with her when she passed, a source told Us Weekly.

The cause of death is currently unknown.

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Antonia Gorga: March 4

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice's mother passed away at the age of 66. Teresa was in the hospital with her when she passed, a source told Us Weekly.

The cause of death is currently unknown.

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Robert Osborne: March 6

Robert Osborne: March 6

Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies, passed away on Monday, March 6. 

He was 84. 

Robert Osborne: March 6

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Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies, passed away on Monday, March 6. 

He was 84. 

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Joni Sledge: March 10

Joni Sledge: March 10

Joni Sledge, one of the four sisters that made up the '70s girl group Sister Sledge, passed away on Friday, March 10. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

She was 60.

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Joni Sledge: March 10

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Joni Sledge, one of the four sisters that made up the '70s girl group Sister Sledge, passed away on Friday, March 10. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

She was 60.

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Mike Aktari: March 13

Mike Aktari: March 13

The Jerseylicious star died in his hometown at the age of 28. Authorities are awaiting the results of a toxicology report before determining the cause of death.

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Mike Aktari: March 13

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The Jerseylicious star died in his hometown at the age of 28. Authorities are awaiting the results of a toxicology report before determining the cause of death.

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James Cotton: March 16

James Cotton: March 16

The blues harmonica legend passed away on Thursday, March 16 in Austin, Texas. The cause of death was pneumonia. He was 81.

James Cotton: March 16

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The blues harmonica legend passed away on Thursday, March 16 in Austin, Texas. The cause of death was pneumonia. He was 81.

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Chuck Berry: March 18

Chuck Berry: March 18
The founding father of rock and roll, known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" and "No Particular Place to Go," was found dead at the age of 90. The singer had been working on a new album that was to be released later in 2017; his first in 38 years.
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Chuck Berry: March 18

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The founding father of rock and roll, known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" and "No Particular Place to Go," was found dead at the age of 90. The singer had been working on a new album that was to be released later in 2017; his first in 38 years.

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Roy Rodriguez

Roy Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez's father, Roy Rodriguez, passed away last weekend at the age of 52. 

"This has been the toughest week of my life. My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known," the Modern Family star wrote on Instagram. 

"He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out. I'm gonna miss your hugs. I'm gonna miss your advice. I'm gonna miss your smile, and I'm gonna miss your laugh. I know you're looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward. I miss you Daddy. I'll love you forever - Your youngest."

His cause of death is unknown. 
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Roy Rodriguez

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Rico Rodriguez's father, Roy Rodriguez, passed away last weekend at the age of 52. 

"This has been the toughest week of my life. My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known," the Modern Family star wrote on Instagram. 

"He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out. I'm gonna miss your hugs. I'm gonna miss your advice. I'm gonna miss your smile, and I'm gonna miss your laugh. I know you're looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward. I miss you Daddy. I'll love you forever - Your youngest."

His cause of death is unknown. 

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George Christiansen

George Christiansen
Martha Stewart's younger brother passed away from a heart attack last week. He was 65. 

George Christiansen

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Martha Stewart's younger brother passed away from a heart attack last week. He was 65. 

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Chuck Barris: March 21

Chuck Barris: March 21

The game show legend, and host of The Gong Show, died on Tuesday, March 21 of natural causes. He was 87. 

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Chuck Barris: March 21

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The game show legend, and host of The Gong Show, died on Tuesday, March 21 of natural causes. He was 87. 

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Sib Hashian: March 22

Sib Hashian: March 22

The original drummer for the band Boston died while on a cruise on Wednesday, March 22. He was 67. 


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Sib Hashian: March 22

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The original drummer for the band Boston died while on a cruise on Wednesday, March 22. He was 67. 


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'Catfish' Star Robert Brian Clark: March 24

'Catfish' Star Robert Brian Clark: March 24

Catfish star Robert Brian Clark passed away in a December 2016 motorcycle accident. The news was confirmed on March 24. He was just 33 years old.

'Catfish' Star Robert Brian Clark: March 24

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Catfish star Robert Brian Clark passed away in a December 2016 motorcycle accident. The news was confirmed on March 24. He was just 33 years old.

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Clay Adler: March 26

Clay Adler: March 26

The MTV reality star, who appeared on two seasons of Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The aspiring actor committed suicide while on a shooting trip with some friends. 

He was 27. 

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Clay Adler: March 26

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The MTV reality star, who appeared on two seasons of Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The aspiring actor committed suicide while on a shooting trip with some friends. 

He was 27. 

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Don Rickles: April 6

Don Rickles: April 6

The legendary comedian passed away from kidney failure on Thursday, April 6 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90. 

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Don Rickles: April 6

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The legendary comedian passed away from kidney failure on Thursday, April 6 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90. 

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Peter Hansen: April 9

Peter Hansen: April 9

The actor, who played Lee Baldwin for more than 50 years on General Hospital, passed away in Santa Clarita, California.

The veteran soap star, who won an Emmy for his performance in 1979, has over 100 acting credits to his name, including films like Dragonfly and When Worlds Collide.

He is survived by his son, daughter and three grandkids. 

He was 95.

Peter Hansen: April 9

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The actor, who played Lee Baldwin for more than 50 years on General Hospital, passed away in Santa Clarita, California.

The veteran soap star, who won an Emmy for his performance in 1979, has over 100 acting credits to his name, including films like Dragonfly and When Worlds Collide.

He is survived by his son, daughter and three grandkids. 

He was 95.

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Dorothy Mengering: April 11

Dorothy Mengering: April 11 Credit: Instagram
David Letterman's mother, who was a recurring guest on his talk show for years, passed away at the age of 95. 
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Dorothy Mengering: April 11

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David Letterman's mother, who was a recurring guest on his talk show for years, passed away at the age of 95. 

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Linda Hopkins: April 10

Linda Hopkins: April 10

The Tony-winning actress and singer passed away on Monday, April 10 in Milwaukee. She was 92.   



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Linda Hopkins: April 10

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The Tony-winning actress and singer passed away on Monday, April 10 in Milwaukee. She was 92.   



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Charlie Murphy: April 12

Charlie Murphy: April 12

Comedian Charlie Murphy, who is Eddie Murphy's older brother, passed away from leukemia on Wednesday, April 12 in a New York hospital, according to TMZ.

He's best known for co-writing some of Eddie's movies, like Norbit, and co-starring on the Chapelle Show with Dave Chappelle. 

He was just 57. 

Charlie Murphy: April 12

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Comedian Charlie Murphy, who is Eddie Murphy's older brother, passed away from leukemia on Wednesday, April 12 in a New York hospital, according to TMZ.

He's best known for co-writing some of Eddie's movies, like Norbit, and co-starring on the Chapelle Show with Dave Chappelle. 

He was just 57. 

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NFL star Todd Heap's Daughter: April 14

NFL star Todd Heap's Daughter: April 14

Former NFL star Todd Heap’s 3-year-old daughter was killed when the athlete accidentally hit her with his truck on Friday, April 14. 

According to ABC 15, the 37-year-old went to move his truck when he hit his daughter in their driveway. 

She was the youngest of his five children with wife Ashley Heap. 


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NFL star Todd Heap's Daughter: April 14

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Former NFL star Todd Heap’s 3-year-old daughter was killed when the athlete accidentally hit her with his truck on Friday, April 14. 

According to ABC 15, the 37-year-old went to move his truck when he hit his daughter in their driveway. 

She was the youngest of his five children with wife Ashley Heap. 


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Aaron Hernandez: April 19

Aaron Hernandez: April 19

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life in prison for a 2013 murder, was found dead after hanging himself inside his cell. 

His suicide comes just days after he was acquitted of murdering two men outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012.

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Aaron Hernandez: April 19

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life in prison for a 2013 murder, was found dead after hanging himself inside his cell. 

His suicide comes just days after he was acquitted of murdering two men outside of a Boston nightclub in 2012.

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Cuba Gooding Sr.: April 20

Cuba Gooding Sr.: April 20

Cuba Gooding Sr., soul singer and father of Cuba Gooding Jr., died Thursday, April 20. 

He was found inside his car, which was parked on a street in Woodland Hills, California, according to TMZ. 

Police found bottles of alcohol and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. He was 72. 

Cuba Gooding Sr.: April 20

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Cuba Gooding Sr., soul singer and father of Cuba Gooding Jr., died Thursday, April 20. 

He was found inside his car, which was parked on a street in Woodland Hills, California, according to TMZ. 

Police found bottles of alcohol and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. He was 72. 

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Erin Moran: April 22

Erin Moran: April 22

The actress, who starred on the long-running sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, was found dead in Indiana on Saturday. 

According to TMZ, the actress had a history of drinking and bizarre behavior, eventually leaving her bankrupt and homeless.

She was 56.

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Erin Moran: April 22

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The actress, who starred on the long-running sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, was found dead in Indiana on Saturday. 

According to TMZ, the actress had a history of drinking and bizarre behavior, eventually leaving her bankrupt and homeless.

She was 56.

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Michael Mantenuto: April 24

Michael Mantenuto: April 24 Credit: Kevin Winter / Staff / Getty Images

Michael, known for his role in Disney's 2004 film, Miracle, was found dead by police in Washington state, TMZ reports.

The coroners say the actor committed suicide by shooting himself.

He only acted in two other movies following Miracle, and then enlisted in the Special Forces.

Michael was only 35 years old.

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Michael Mantenuto: April 24

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Michael, known for his role in Disney's 2004 film, Miracle, was found dead by police in Washington state, TMZ reports.

The coroners say the actor committed suicide by shooting himself.

He only acted in two other movies following Miracle, and then enlisted in the Special Forces.

Michael was only 35 years old.

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Jean Stein: April 30

Jean Stein: April 30

The best-selling author died on Sunday, April 30 in New York City. According to the police, she jumped from the penthouse of a building in the Upper East Side. She was 83.

Jean Stein: April 30

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The best-selling author died on Sunday, April 30 in New York City. According to the police, she jumped from the penthouse of a building in the Upper East Side. She was 83.

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Steven Holcomb: May 6

Steven Holcomb: May 6

The Olympic bobsled gold medalist was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. 

The three-time Olympian took home his first gold medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Games and two bronze at the Sochi Games in 2014. He was an expected member of the U.S. bobsledding team for the Pyeongchang games next year.

He was 37. 

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Steven Holcomb: May 6

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The Olympic bobsled gold medalist was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. 

The three-time Olympian took home his first gold medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Games and two bronze at the Sochi Games in 2014. He was an expected member of the U.S. bobsledding team for the Pyeongchang games next year.

He was 37. 

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Robert Wilson: May 5

Robert Wilson: May 5

Luke and Owen Wilson's father passed away on Friday, May 5 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, according to The Dallas Morning NewsHe was 75. 

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Robert Wilson: May 5

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Luke and Owen Wilson's father passed away on Friday, May 5 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, according to The Dallas Morning NewsHe was 75. 

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DJ Robert Miles: May 9

DJ Robert Miles: May 9

The Trance superstar — whose real name was Robert Concina — passed away from a mystery illness in Ibiza, Spain on Tuesday, May 9. He was 47. 

"The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time, makes me incredulous, and upset,” his friend Joe Vannelli said in a statement. 

“I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements, but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled."

He was best known for his ‘90s smash hit "Children," which was number one in 12 countries around the world. 

DJ Robert Miles: May 9

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The Trance superstar — whose real name was Robert Concina — passed away from a mystery illness in Ibiza, Spain on Tuesday, May 9. He was 47. 

"The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time, makes me incredulous, and upset,” his friend Joe Vannelli said in a statement. 

“I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements, but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled."

He was best known for his ‘90s smash hit "Children," which was number one in 12 countries around the world. 

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Christopher "Big Black" Boykin: May 9

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin: May 9

The Rob & Big star passed away from a heart attack on Tuesday, May 9, according to TMZ. He was 45.

His beloved friend, Rob Dyrdek, spoke out about the shocking death just after it was announced. 

"My heart is broken. I don't want to write this post. I don't want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you,” he shared on social media

"We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can't fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart."

The pair also had two spin-off shows, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness

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Christopher "Big Black" Boykin: May 9

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The Rob & Big star passed away from a heart attack on Tuesday, May 9, according to TMZ. He was 45.

His beloved friend, Rob Dyrdek, spoke out about the shocking death just after it was announced. 

"My heart is broken. I don't want to write this post. I don't want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you,” he shared on social media

"We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can't fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart."

The pair also had two spin-off shows, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness

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Michael Parks: May 9

Michael Parks: May 9

The Kill Bill and Twin Peaks actor died on Tuesday, May 9, according to his agent. He was 77. 

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Michael Parks: May 9

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The Kill Bill and Twin Peaks actor died on Tuesday, May 9, according to his agent. He was 77. 

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Michael D. Jackson: May 12

Michael D. Jackson: May 12

The former NFL star was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday, May 12 in Louisiana, according to TMZ

He was 48. 

Michael D. Jackson: May 12

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The former NFL star was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday, May 12 in Louisiana, according to TMZ

He was 48. 

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Bob Carter: May 16

Bob Carter: May 16

Nick and Aaron Carter's dad passed away on Tuesday, May 16 in Florida, according to TMZ.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but he was 65.  
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Bob Carter: May 16

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Nick and Aaron Carter's dad passed away on Tuesday, May 16 in Florida, according to TMZ.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but he was 65.  

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Chris Cornell: May 17

Chris Cornell: May 17

The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away on Wednesday, May 17 in Detroit while on tour.

His rep, Brian Bumbery, told the Associated Press his death was "sudden and unexpected." Police spokesman Michael Woody says police suspect that suicide was the cause of death, but nothing has been confirmed.

He was 52.

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Chris Cornell: May 17

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The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away on Wednesday, May 17 in Detroit while on tour.

His rep, Brian Bumbery, told the Associated Press his death was "sudden and unexpected." Police spokesman Michael Woody says police suspect that suicide was the cause of death, but nothing has been confirmed.

He was 52.

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Roger Ailes: May 18

Roger Ailes: May 18

The former CEO of Fox News passed away on Thursday, May 18. 

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many," his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, said in a statement.  

He was 77. His cause of death is unknown. 

Roger Ailes: May 18

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The former CEO of Fox News passed away on Thursday, May 18. 

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many," his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, said in a statement.  

He was 77. His cause of death is unknown. 

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Roger Moore: May 23

Roger Moore: May 23

The legendary James Bond actor passed away on Tuesday, May 23 following a short battle with cancer. He was 89. 

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Roger Moore: May 23

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The legendary James Bond actor passed away on Tuesday, May 23 following a short battle with cancer. He was 89. 

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2016 may be over, but, sadly, celebrity deaths keep happening in 2017.

Click through the gallery above to find out which notable stars have passed this year, you'll find everyone from a beloved TV icon to a rock legend.