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Celebrities Who Died in 2017: Christine Dolce, Alan Colmes, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frank Pellegrino: January 31

Frank Pellegrino: January 31

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

Frank Pellegrino: January 31

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mary Lee South

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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.

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. 

Christian Evans

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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. 

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Leah Adler: February 21

Leah Adler: February 21

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

Leah Adler: February 21

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

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.


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.


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.

Christine “ForBiddeN” Dolce

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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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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.