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In memory of the celebrities who have died this year, including Matthew Perry, Suzanne Somers and Ryan O'Neal
Following all the emotional celebrity deaths in 2022, the entertainment industry has continued to say goodbye to big names in music, movies, music, sports and beyond this year.
Earlier this year, the world said goodbye to stars such as Lisa Marie Presley, Lance Reddick and Len Goodman, while recent celebrity deaths have included notable figures such as Suzanne Somers and Jimmy Buffett.
Read on to remember all the celebrities who have died in 2023.
Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell
"With the breaking heart, we are announcing that @annamarie35 is no longer with us," she began the caption of her post alongside a family photograph. "She passed away in my home last night peacefully at 11:12 PM."
"She gave one hell of a fight for 10 months she passed away with her family around her like she won’t and we will will be updating y’all with more information as we get it today," Shannon continued.
"We love y’all and continued prayers and thoughts for our family doing this difficult time," she concluded.
Ryan O'Neal, the iconic actor who was Oscar-nominated for his role in the 1970 romance Love Story, died at age 82.
His son Patrick O'Neal wrote in an Instagram tribute that his father "passed away peacefully" Dec. 8, calling him "a Hollywood legend."
Shane MacGowan died at age 65, his wife and longtime partner Victoria Mary Clarke said in a touching Instagram post on Nov. 30.
The Irish singer-songwriter — best known as the frontman for The Pogues, the band behind the holiday favorite, “Fairytale of New York” — was recently hospitalized after being diagnosed with encephalitis.
In her post, MacGowan's widow remembered her late husband as someone "who will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love of my life and the most beautiful soul and beautiful angel and the sun and the moon and the start and end of everything that I hold dear"
"I don’t know how to say this so I am just going to say it," Clarke said. Shane...has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese."
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear mother, actress Frances Sternhagen, died peacefully of natural causes in New Rochelle, NY, on November 27th, 2023 at the age of 93,” the family shared in part.
Rosalynn Carter, a lifelong advocate for mental health and human rights, died surrounded by family on Nov. 26, two days after she entered hospice care following a dementia diagnosis in May. She was 96.
Rosalynn was married to the nation’s 39th president, Jimmy Carter, for 77 years, and served as the first lady during his tenure from 1977 to 1981. She is survived by their four children and numerous grandchildren and great-children. Jimmy, who terminated medical intervention in February amid his own health challenges at the age of 99, remains in hospice care at home.
"It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher," he wrote. "Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment."
Benard continued in part, "Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting. Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him."
The actor, who was best known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends, was found dead at a Los Angeles-area home on Oct. 28, TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources. Law enforcement sources also confirmed Perry's death to the Los Angeles Times.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told PEOPLE that officers responded to a call at Perry's address regarding the death of a male in his 50s, but would not confirm the deceased's identity.
TMZ reported that Perry was found in a jacuzzi at the home, and no drugs were found at the scene. The outlet was also told that there was no foul play involved, and their sources said first-responders were called to the residence for cardiac arrest.
“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” Somers’ longtime publicist R. Couri Hay wrote in a statement shared on behalf of the actress’ family.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family,” the statement continued. “Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
Sir Michael Gambon, the Irish-born British actor of the stage and screen known for playing Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films died at age 82.
Gambon died "peacefully" in the hospital, his representative confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE issued on behalf of his wife Lady Gambon and son Fergus on Sept. 28.
“We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon," the statement shared on Thursday began. "Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82."
The statement concluded, "We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love."
David McCallum, who was best known for playing Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS, died on Sept. 25. He was 90 years old.
The actor died “peacefully” of natural causes surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital, CBS announced.
“He was the kindest, coolest, most patient and loving father. He always put family before self. He looked forward to any chance to connect with his grandchildren, and had a unique bond with each of them,” his son Peter McCallum shared in a statement on behalf of the family. “He and his youngest grandson, Whit, 9, could often be found in the corner of a room at family parties having deep philosophical conversations," it continued in part.
The Daytime Emmy winner, known for his roles in The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, died in September just before his 44th birthday. Miller died on in Austin, Texas according to a statement from his manager obtained by PEOPLE. He was “struggling with manic depression when he died," his manager said. However, no specific cause of death was cited at the time.
The Euphoria actor died at age 25 in July. "It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today,” Cloud’s family said in a statement. “As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways."
The family noted that Cloud’s father was buried the week before his death and the actor “intensely struggled with this loss.”
“The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend,” the statement continued. “Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence."
"We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone. We ask for privacy at this time as we are still processing this devastating loss."
The music legend, who had been quietly living with Alzheimer's disease since 2016, died at age 96 in July.
"Tony Bennett, born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens on August 3, 1926, has passed away in his hometown of New York City at the age of 96 earlier today," his rep told PEOPLE in a statement. "The beloved singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016, is survived by his wife, Susan Benedetto, his two sons, Danny and Dae Bennett, his daughters Johanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett and 9 grandchildren."
The actor, best known for playing Pee-wee Herman, died at age 70 in July. Reubens' rep confirmed his death in a statement to PEOPLE on Monday, revealing that the actor had cancer for years before he died.
"Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness," read the statement.
"Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit," it continued. "A gifted and prolific talent, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit."
Steve Harwell, the former frontman of Smash Mouth, died at age 56 on Sept. 4 at his home in Boise, Idaho. The singer died of acute liver failure, the band's manager Robert Hayes confirmed to PEOPLE.
Smash Mouth paid tribute to their former bandmate via an Instagram post shortly after his death.
"Steve Harwell was a true American Original. A larger than life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle. Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom," they wrote.
"And the fact that he achieved this near-impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. His only tools were his irrepressible charm and charisma, his fearlessly reckless ambition, and his king-size cajones."
The band continued, "Steve lived a 100% full-throttle life. Burning brightly across the universe before burning out. Good night Heevo Veev. Rest in peace knowing you aimed for the stars, and magically hit your target."
Ron Cephas Jones
The actor, well-known for his role on This Is Us, died at age 66 in August. A representative for the actor confirmed Jones’ death to PEOPLE: “Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue.”
“Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him,” the statement continued. “He began his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was present throughout his entire career, including his recent Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in Clyde’s on Broadway.”
The Oscar-winning actor died at age 89 in June.
His death was confirmed to PEOPLE exclusively by his sons Adam, Matthew and Anthony, who jointly offered a statement on the family’s behalf: "Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man. A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed."
Gary Wright died at the age of 80.
The composer’s son, Justin Wright, said that his father died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, the morning of Sept. 4. The news came approximately six years after the "Love Is Alive" singer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and not long after, with dementia.
Jimmy Buffett, the musician and mogul whose easy-breezy hit "Margaritaville" became a way of life for legions of devoted Parrotheads, died at age 76. His death was confirmed on Sept. 2 in a statement posted on his social media and website.
“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," the statement — which was accompanied by a touching photograph of Buffett sitting on a boat — read. "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many."
According to an official obituary for the star posted to his website, Buffett died at his home in Sag Harbor, New York, at age 76 from Merkel cell skin cancer — which he had been diagnosed with four years ago.
Retired NFL wide receiver Mike Williams died after suffering what his family described as “massive” head injury at a construction. He was 36.
In a GoFundMe, Williams’ father Wendell Muhammad said his son — who played for his hometown Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — “recently had a major accident at work” in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area when “a steel beam fell on his head causing a massive head injury.”
Roger Neal — who served as his publicist from 1987 through 1994, and again from 2020 — announced the news on behalf of Barker's girlfriend, Nancy Burnet.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us," Neal said in a statement.
“I am so proud of the trailblazing work Barker, and I did together to expose the cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and including working to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally," Burnet added in her own. "We were great friends over these 40 yrs. He will be missed.”
Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of DC animated character Harley Quinn and Days of Our Lives actress, died at age 67. DC co-chairman James Gunn shared the sad news of the actress’s death in an Instagram post on Aug. 26.
“Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends. ❤️,” wrote Gunn. Alongside his message, he posted a photo of Sorkin and an image of her iconic character Harley Quinn from the DC animated series.
The Buffalo Sabres hockey team’s play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret died at the age of 81.
The team released a statement on social media from his family announcing the news the night of Aug. 17. Jeanneret’s family said the Hall of Fame broadcaster died earlier that day with his family by his side “after a two-year battle with multi-organ failures."
The family concluded its statement writing that Jeanneret “will be loved forever.”
Sir Michael Parkinson, a British TV host famous for interviewing stars including Muhammed Ali, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney on his talk show Parkinson, died. He was 88.
Parkinson's family issued a statement to the BBC the morning of Aug. 17 announcing that he had died “peacefully” following a “brief illness.”
"After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family,” the statement said. "The family request that they are given privacy and time to grieve."
Chris Peluso, an actor and singer known for his theater work including Mamma Mia! on Broadway, died at 40.
According to Playbill, Peluso's family confirmed that the performer died suddenly on Aug. 15. He is survived by wife Jessica Gomes, whom he wed in 2018, and their two young kids: daughter Aria Li and son Caio Lian.
The musician, who famously penned the group's classics including “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down" and “Up on Cripple Creek," died in Los Angeles "after a long illness," according to a press release.
Voice actor Johnny Hardwick, best known for playing Dale Gribble on King of the Hill, died at age 64 on Aug. 8.
Hardwick started voicing Dale Gribble from King of the Hill’s inception in 1997 and won an Emmy for the program in 1999. He also served as a producer on the show, which ran for 13 seasons until 2010.
In January, Hulu announced plans to reboot King of the Hill with Hardwick reprising his role, along with original series voice actors Kathy Najimy, Stephen Root, Pamela Adlon and Lauren Tom who also signed on for the revival.
Sinéad O'Connor, the Irish singer whose legacy with hits like "Nothing Compares 2 U" was complicated by her outspoken dedication to various social issues and a series of mental health struggles, died at age 56.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad," her family confirmed in a statement to RTE and the BBC on July 26. "Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
Bo Goldman, a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter best known for co-writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, died at age 90. Director Todd Field, Goldman's son-in-law, confirmed his death to The New York Times on July 26.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Danny DeVito — who starred in 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which Goldman wrote alongside Lawrence Hauben — said, "Working with Bo was a dream. It was an honor knowing him."
Jane Birkin, known for her song "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus," died at age 76 on July 16. News of the British-born singer and actress' death was confirmed by the French Ministry of Culture in a tweet, calling her a “timeless French-speaking icon.”
Elise Finch, a longtime and Emmy-winning meteorologist for CBS New York affiliate WCBS-TV, died on July 16 at age 51.
The station shared the news of her death in a statement: "Elise has been a friend and team member at WCBS for 16 years. Elise was a gifted and consummate professional who took great care with her work,” the station said in announcing her death. “She was also a wonderful ambassador in the community, including her hometown of Mount Vernon."
The statement continued: "Above all, Elise was a fiercely loving and devoted mother to her daughter Grace and wife to Graig Henriques, who is a photojournalist at WCBS.”
Bill Cunningham, the original voice of Barbie's boyfriend Ken for Mattel during the early 1960s, died at age 96. The singer-turned-talent agency founder died on July 15 at his West Hollywood home, CESD Talent Agency told Deadline.
Actress Susan Hart shared the news on Facebook: "For those of you that don’t know, I’m very sorry to share the news that Jeffrey passed away yesterday. I have been respectful of his family’s privacy in not sharing the news sooner… also could not breathe or function… still can’t… love to all… just devastated."
The Young and the Restless' Brett Hadley died at age 92 on June 14, according to a Facebook post from his friend Mary Ann Halpin. Her post memorialized the life of her good friend as she reflected on the adventures they had in their youth.
“He has been my friend since I was 19 [y]ears old. We were in an acting class and were the bad kids in the class. We sat in the back and giggled,” she wrote, later adding, “I will miss his playful and deep conversation, his funny flirty giggle and twinkling eyes. He took his last bow and gracefully left us yesterday. Thank you to my dear sweet soul sister Darcy Lee Caplan for midwifing him out.”
Treat Williams, the star of Everwood and Hair, died on June 12 after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He was 71.
The actor's death was confirmed to PEOPLE by his agent of 15 years, Barry McPherson. "He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off," McPherson said. "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."
"He was an actor's actor. Filmmakers loved him. He's been the heart of the Hollywood since the late 1970s," McPherson continues. "He was really proud of his performance this year. He's been so happy with the work that I got him. He's had a balanced career."
"Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling,” the statement reads. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.”
BMX rider Pat Casey died after an accident at a motocross track in San Diego in June. He was 29.
Authorities said a man crashed his motorcycle while performing a jump on the ramps at the Slayground Motocross Park in Ramona. Casey’s fellow BMX riders were quick to pay tribute to the sports star on social media.
Jim Hines, the U.S. Olympian known for being the first man to run the 100m race in 10 seconds, died at the age of 76.
World Athletics — the international governing body for several athletics events like track and field and cross country running — announced Hines's death, saying the athlete died on June 3. His cause of death was not disclosed.
Astrud Gilberto, the singer who made "The Girl from Ipanema" a global hit, died at the age of 83.
The musician's granddaughter Sofia Gilberto announced the news of her death on Instagram on June 6, though she did not provide additional details.
"My grandma Astrud Gilberto made this song for me, it's called Linda Sofia," Sofia wrote in Portuguese. "She even wanted my name to be Linda Sofia."
“It saddens our hearts to announce that Anna Shay, a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and our brightest ray of sunshine, has passed away at the early age of 62 from a stroke,” her family said in a statement. “Anna taught us many life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things. Her impact on our lives will be forever missed but never forgotten.”
Jacky Oh, the former star of Wild ‘N Out, died at age 32. A BET Media Group spokesperson confirmed her death to PEOPLE in June.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jacklyn Smith, known to the world as Jacky Oh, a talented Wild 'N Out family member whose impact will be forever treasured and missed," the spokesperson's statement read in part.
The full statement was also shared in a post on the Wild ‘N Out Instagram alongside a photo of Jacky Oh.
“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” her spokesperson, Bernard Doherty, said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Stevenson's publicist confirmed his death with PEOPLE, though didn't provide further information concerning his cause of death. The actor died three days prior to his 59th birthday.
NFL legend Jim Brown, best known for playing on the Cleveland Browns, died on May 19 at age 87.
His wife of 26 years, Monique Brown, shared the news on Instagram. "It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown," she wrote. "He passed peacefully last night in our LA home. To the world, he was an activist, actor and football star. To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are broken..."
Frank Valentini, the soap opera's executive producer, announced her death on Twitter, writing, "On behalf of our @GeneralHospital family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved @JackieZeman. Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work."
Mom blogger Heather B. Armstrong, known by her blogging moniker "Dooce," died in May at age 47. The news was announced on her Instagram account with the caption, "Heather Brooke Hamilton aka Heather B. Armstrong aka dooce aka love of my life. July 19, 1975 - May 9, 2023. 'It takes an ocean not to break.' Hold your loved ones close and love everyone else."
Her boyfriend Pete Ashdown tells The Associated Press that Armstrong died by suicide after a recent relapse following 18 months of sobriety.
Olympic track and field champion Tori Bowie died in May at age 32.
The three-time Olympic sprint medalist's death was confirmed through a social media statement from her management company the morning of May 3.
"We're [devastated] to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away," the company, Icon Management, tweeted. "We've lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright! We're truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends."
According to the show's production company and network, the TV personality died in Melbourne, Australia on May 1, the day the season 15 series premiere was set to air. A cause of death has not yet been released by the Zonfrillo family, who confirmed the news to local outlets and in a statement on his Instagram.
Zonfrillo is survived by his wife of six years, Lauren Fried, and his four children: Ava and Sophia from previous marriages, and son Alfie and daughter Isla with Fried, who he met on Twitter in 2014.
Jerry Springer died in April at 79.
PEOPLE confirmed that the celebrated talk show host and former Mayor of Cincinnati died in a suburb of Chicago after a "brief illness."
"Jerry's ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word," family friend and spokesman Jene Galvin said in a statement to PEOPLE. "He's irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on."
Goodman's manager Jackie Gill confirmed the news in a statement. "A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him," the message she shared with BBC News read in part.
Actor Michel Lerner, who was nominated for an Oscar for Barton Fink, died in April at age 81.
Lerner's nephew, Sam Lerner (The Goldbergs) confirmed his death on Instagram with a post eulogizing his "brilliant" uncle.
"We lost a legend last night," Lerner wrote. "It's hard to put into words how brilliant my uncle Michael was, and how influential he was to me. His stories always inspired me and made me fall in love with acting. He was the coolest, most confident, talented guy, and the fact that he was my blood will always make me feel special."
Grant's daughter Sophie confirmed the news to PEOPLE, sharing that her father died at 3:49 p.m. local time on March 19 and adding in a statement, "It's sad my dad is gone."
"My dad was a legend," she continued. "Everyone loved him so much: his daughter, son, girlfriend, stepchildren, grandchildren and step-grandchildren, too."
Brian 'Brizz' Gillis
"I don't have details, and it wouldn't be my place to share them if I did. I am really struggling to process this tragic loss," Fischetti wrote. "I've said it before, and I will continue to say it; the LFO Story is a tragedy. If you know what I've been doing, you know I'm trying to bring light into the darkness. Trying to find redemption in pain and suffering. Trying to honor the legacy."
"We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul. There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel," wrote the group on Instagram. "We were so lucky to have had him in our lives and are thankful for the amazing memories we have."
The statement continued, "He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and of the band at this time."
Lance Reddick died at the age of 60 in March, PEOPLE confirmed. The Wire actor's reps shared this statement with PEOPLE: "Acclaimed actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes."
"Lance was best known for his roles in The Wire, Bosch, Netflix's Resident Evil and the John Wick films," the statement continued. "He is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Lance will be greatly missed. Please respect his family's privacy at this time."
"It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore ("Tom Sizemore") aged 61 passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St Joseph's Hospital Burbank," his rep Charles Lago said in a statement.
His brother Paul Sizemore and his twin boys Jayden and Jagger, 17, were at his side.
The Southern rock band announced the news of his death in a statement shared on their Facebook page, writing,
"It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington."
"Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does," the group continued. "Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family's privacy at this difficult time."
"Though it offers little solace, the Medical Examiner reported Jansen's sudden passing was due to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), coupled with aortic valve complications," his family — mother Lesley Vogel, father Alan Lee "Skip" Panettiere Panettiere and sister Hayden Panettiere — said in a statement shared with PEOPLE.
"Jansen's heart could be seen in his eyes, and his charm in his brilliant, engaging smile; his soul in his masterful and revealing paintings, and the joy of life in his dry wit," the family continued. "His charisma, warmth, compassion for others, and his creative spirit will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all whom he encountered."
The statement concluded, "We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support towards our family as we navigate this unthinkable loss, and ask that we be gifted our privacy during this time of mourning. We love you so much Jansen and you will be in our hearts forever."
Chaim Topol, the Israeli actor behind the iconic portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof died at age 87 in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to Israeli leaders. No cause of death was immediately given, but the actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several years ago, his son confirmed to multiple outlets.
Singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell, who was best known for his smooth jazz hit "What You Won't Do For Love," died at age 71 in March.
His wife Mary Caldwell confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "I held him tight in my arms as he left us. I am forever heartbroken. Thanks to all of you for your many prayers over the years. Rest with God, my love."
Kellie Pickler's husband, Kyle Jacobs, died in February in what authorities believe was a suicide. He was 49. The Nashville Police Department confirmed in a statement shared with PEOPLE that "his death is being investigated as an apparent suicide."
Former Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft confirmed the death to PEOPLE. "His last words were, 'F--- you, motherf---er,'" Scheft told PEOPLE. Belzer died at his home in Bozouls in southwest France "peacefully with family at his side," Scheft added.
Golden Globe-winning actress Stella Stevens died at the age of 84. Multiple outlets, including Variety and Deadline, first reported Stevens' death, with the former attributing the news to her son Andrew Stevens and the latter to both Andrew and a longtime friend of the actress, John O'Brien.
Both publications reported that Stevens died in Los Angeles on Friday, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Raquel Welch died at age 82 in February. Welch "passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness," her manager Steve Sauer confirmed to PEOPLE. She is survived by her two children Damon and Tahnee.
Dave Hollis, former distribution executive for Disney, died at the age of 47. "We are devastated," Dave's ex-wife Rachel Hollis said in a statement on social media. "I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them."
She added, "Please wrap the kids up in prayers as we try to navigate through the unthinkable."
Hudson's family confirmed the news to The Guardian, who first reported the story, saying the "beloved husband and father" had died at London's Charing Cross hospital on Friday following a "short illness." The family did not provide any other details about the cause of death.
Burt Bacharach, the legendary songwriter behind hits like "Walk on By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "I Say a Little Prayer," died at 94 on Feb. 8. He died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his publicist Tina Brausam told the Associated Press.
Cindy Williams, best known for her portrayal of the character Shirley Feeney on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, died at age 75 in January.
Williams' children, Zak and Emily Hudson, released a statement to PEOPLE through their family spokeswoman Liza Cranis on Monday, stating that their mother died peacefully following a brief illness.
"The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed," read the statement. "Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved."
Annie Wersching, known for her roles in 24, Star Trek: Picard, Bosch and Timeless, died at the age of 45 in January, PEOPLE confirmed.
Wersching was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, per Deadline. When reached for comment, her rep said he had "nothing further to share" beyond the news initially reported by Deadline.
The actress' husband Stephen Full told Deadline, "There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn't require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. 'Go find it. It's everywhere.' And find it we shall."
Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull died at 84 in January, the National Hockey League Association Alumni confirmed.
"The NHL Alumni is deeply saddened to learn that Bobby Hull has passed away at the age of 84," the organization said of the former Chicago Blackhawks star in a statement shared on Twitter.
"Hull was a driven player who always gave fans a memorable experience at every game and brought them to their feet," they continued. "In his retirement, 'The Golden Jet' was never in a rush to sign every autograph as an ambassador for the Blackhawks, one of his favourite accomplishments."
Tom Verlaine, the Television founding member and frontman, died at age 73 in January. The New York Times reported that the pioneering fixture of the 1970s New York City punk scene died in Manhattan "following a brief illness," according to Jesse Paris Smith, daughter of Verlaine's ex and frequent collaborator Patti Smith.
Motown singer and Temptations songwriter Barrett Strong died at age 81 in January. The Motown Museum confirmed the news in a social media post, writing, "It is with great sadness that we share the passing of legendary @ClassicMotown singer and songwriter Barrett Strong."
"I am saddened to hear of the passing of Barrett Strong, one of my earliest artists, and the man who sang my first big hit," said Motown founder Berry Gordy in a statement.
He continued, "Barrett was not only a great singer and piano player, but he, along with his writing partner Norman Whitfield, created an incredible body of work, primarily with the Temptations. Their hit songs were revolutionary in sound and captured the spirit of the times … Barrett is an original member of the Motown Family and will be missed by all of us."
Loring died of complications from a stroke caused by high blood pressure, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg told The Hollywood Reporter.
"She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands," Foumberg told the outlet.
"It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away," his wife said in a statement to Variety.
"He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music."
She concluded, "Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers."
Lisa Marie Presley
After she was rushed to the hospital for a possible cardiac arrest earlier that morning, Lisa Marie Presley died on Jan. 12 at age 54.
"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE.
"She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment."
American Idol alum C.J. Harris, who placed sixth on the show's 13th season in 2014, died on Jan. 15. He was 31. A spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner confirmed to PEOPLE that Harris died after he was rushed to the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama. CPR efforts were unsuccessful.
Actress Carole Cook, well-known for her role in Sixteen Candles, died on Jan. 11, just a few days before her 99th birthday. Her husband, actor Tom Troupe, 94, said the cause of death was heart failure, according to multiple reports.
Guitarist Jeff Beck, who rose to fame in the English rock band The Yardbirds, died on Jan. 10 at age 78.
His family confirmed the news in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, writing, "It is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss."
On Jan. 11, Vogue, which helped launch Tatjana Patitz's career in the 1980s, announced news of her death. She was 56. A representative for the family told the publication that the cause of death was metastatic breast cancer.
Following the news of her death, the fashion world paid tribute to the late model, with atitz's model comrades and artists to photographers and editors posting messages on social media.
"Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti," said Anna Wintour, chief content officer of Condé Nast and global editorial director of Vogue. "She was far less visible than her peers—more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable—and that had its own appeal."
The Passions actor died on Jan. 11 from COVID-19 complications at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 75.
Adam Rich, the former child star who played Nicholas Bradford in ABC's Eight Is Enough, died at age 54 on Jan. 7.
According to TMZ and CNN, Rich died in his Los Angeles home, with a law enforcement source telling the outlet that his death was not foul play.
Rich's manager shared a statement about the late actor via Twitter, saying in part, "If you knew Adam, you just loved the guy. And oh, the stories he could tell."
Bernard Kalb — a celebrated journalist who reported for NBC, CBS, CNN and The New York Times — died on Jan. 8 at the age of 100.
According to younger brother and fellow journalist Marvin Kalb, he died at his North Bethesda, Md., home following complications from a fall, The Washington Post reported.
"We are all grateful for the many years we have been able to spend with a truly remarkable human being," Marvin told CNN. "A great journalist, and speaking as a kid brother, the greatest older brother any kid brother could ever have."
"Dearest Family Friends and Fans.....Our family is saddened today With the loss of an amazing and talented family member, Our beloved brother Frederick Eugene "Freddie" White.🙏🏾🙏🏾💔💔🥁🥁," Fred's brother and fellow group member, bass guitarist Verdine White, wrote on Instagram alongside images of Fred playing the drums and posing with the six-time Grammy-winning group.
In his tribute, Verdine also referenced EWF star Maurice White and lead vocalist Roland Bautista, who died in 2016 and 2012 respectively, along with former manager Monte Keith White, who died in 2020, and wrote that Fred now "joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels! 🥁🥁"
During a Jan. 1 episode of The Simpsons, the series announced the death of music editor Chris Ledesma, who worked on more than 700 episodes of the series from its 1989 premiere to mid-2022. He was 64.
His death was announced in a tribute which showed an animated Ledesma sitting between Homer and Marge Simpson on the family's iconic orange couch with the text: "In loving memory of Chris Ledesma."
Across social media, Ledesma's Simpsons coworkers expressed gratitude for his time on the beloved animated series after his death.
Showrunner Matt Selman wrote, "Chris Ledesma was a sweet, goofy guy with a giant heart — his amazing musical life is played out over 33 years of @TheSimpsons."
The Memphis rapper and member of the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia died on Jan. 1 at age 43, group member DJ Paul confirmed to PEOPLE.
Gangsta Boo, née Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was found dead around 4 p.m. at a Memphis home on New Year's Day, Variety reported at the time.
Celebrities on social media swiftly began to react to the news of Boo's untimely passing, sharing tributes to the rapper and her career.
"She gave countless women — within the South & beyond — a blueprint to retool and rework for themselves," wrote DJ Kiana Fitzgerald. "Her influence is incalculable and still so present today. A legend in every sense, who was committed to encouraging future innovators."
James 'Buster' Corley
The Dallas Police Department said a man with the same name was found at the residence with an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," per various reports. He was transported to a hospital, where he later died. Corley's family later confirmed to WFAA that the victim identified by police was the Dave & Buster's co-founder.
"Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain," his daughter Kate said in her statement, adding, "The family asks for privacy during this time."
Pro rally driver and YouTube personality Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident near his Park City, Utah home on Jan. 2. He was 55.
His company confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, "It's with deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed."
Block was riding a snowmobile on a "steep slope" at around 2:00 p.m. when the vehicle upended and landed on top of him, the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post. He was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries, the sheriff's office added.
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