Celebrities who died in 2017: Mary Tyler Moore, Chris Cornell, more
Remembering the actors, musicians, icons and more notable people we’ve had to say goodbye to in 2017, including Chris Cornell, Mary Tyler Moore and others.
Gregg Allman’s publicist, Ken Weinstein, confirmed Saturday. May 27, 2017 that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
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Dina Merrill, the rebellious, New York City-born heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become an actress, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at age 93 at the East Hampton home where she lived for 55 years.
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Veteran British actor Roger Moore, a former James Bond star, died after a short battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday May 23, 2017. He was 89.
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Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday, May 17, in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52.
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Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America’s political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, May 18, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. He died after a fall at his Palm Beach home on May 10 caused bleeding on the brain, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was 77.
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Jonathan Demme, the Baldwin-born director known for his Oscar-winning thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” and his landmark concert film, “Stop Making Sense,” died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to reports. He was 73.
Charlie Murphy, a successful stand-up comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy, died from complications stemming from a battle with leukemia on April 12, 2017.
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Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early ’80s pop hits as “Love Stinks,” ”Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” died in his Massachusetts home on April 11, 2017. Geils Jr., seen here on Aug. 14, 2010, was 71.
Don Rickles, the king of insult comedians, died on Thursday, April 6, at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure, publicist Paul Schrifin announced. He was 90.
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Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday, March 18, at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90.
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Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13,” “Twister” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One False Move” and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series “Big Love,” died from complications due to surgery on Saturday, Feb. 25. He was 61.
Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in “Game of Thrones” died Saturday, Feb. 25 at 36. British media reported the cause as heart failure.
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Herb Oscar Anderson, the morning DJ whose rich, dulcet tones started the day for listeners of WABC/77 AM radio in the ’60s, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Bennington, Vermont. Anderson, who was 88, died from kidney failure according to his son, actor John James.
Sir John Hurt
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The versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who moved audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrified them in “Alien,” and drew laughter for the very same scene in “Spaceballs,” died on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Hurt, who had said he had pancreatic cancer, died in London, according to his agent Charles McDonald. He was 77. The photo is from the Sept. 13, 2011 London premiere of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Mary Tyler Moore
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Mary Tyler Moore, one of the most beloved and honored actresses in television history who starred in comedies that once dominated prime-time along with American culture, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. A cause of death was not released by the family. She was 80. The photo is from Moore’s visit to Capitol Hill on July 18, 2006 to advocate for Juvenile Diabetes research during a stem-cell bill debate.
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Drummer Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the legendary Southern rock group, The Allman Brothers, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. The photo is from the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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Lee O’Denat, who founded the popular website WorldStarHipHop.com, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in San Diego. Known as Q, he was born in Hollis, Queens. The cause of death was heart disease — specifically, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — with obesity a contributing factor, according to a medical examiner. He was 43. The photo is from a March 2014 fundraiser for the Endometriosis Foundation of America in Manhattan.
Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The actor, who was a cousin of actor George Clooney, succumbed to cancer at his Los Angeles home at the age of 61.
William Peter Blatty
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Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” died Jan. 13, 2017, in a Maryland hospital, his wife, Julie Alicia Blatty, told The Associated Press. The couple lived in Bethesda. The cause of death was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, she said. He was 89. The photo is from the stage premiere of “The Exorcist” on July 11, 2012 in Westwood, Calif.
William Christopher, who portrayed the beloved Father Francis Mulcahy on the TV series “M*A*S*H,” died Dec. 31, 2016. He was 84. The photo from Oct. 22, 1981 shows the cast during a party on the Los Angeles set. Christopher is seated at far right. The others are, from left in seated row, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, and Christopher. In the back row, from left, are Mike Farrell, Alan Alda and David Ogden Stiers.