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Celebrity Deaths in 2023: Hollywood Stars We Lost (Photos)

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Fred White

White, the original drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire who played on their 1980 hit “Shining Star,” died Jan. 1 of undisclosed causes. He was 67.

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Gangsta Boo

The Tennessee-based former member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, whose real name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, died Jan. 1 of undisclosed causes, though an autopsy is pending. She was 43.

James D. Brubaker

Brubaker, who started out as a driver on Hollywood sets before rising through the ranks to become a producer on films including “Rocky IV” and “Right Stuff,” died Jan. 3 after a series of strokes. He was 85.

Peter Rawley

Rawley, a longtime talent agent for ICM Partners and former MGM executive, died on Jan. 3. He was 85.

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Gregory Yee

Yee, a breaking news reporter for the LA Times, died Jan. 4 from complications from a respiratory illness. He was 33.

Earl Boen

Boen, a character actor best known for appearing in multiple “Terminator” films, died Jan. 5 from lung cancer, according to media reports. He was 81.

Mike Hill

Hill, an Oscar-winning film editor (“Apollo 13”) and longtime Ron Howard collaborator, died Jan. 5. He was 73.

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Owen Roizman

Roizman, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of “The Exorcist” and “Tootsie,” died Jan. 6 following a long illness. He was 86.

Adam Rich

Rich, a former child star who played the youngest son in the ABC comedy “Eight is Enough,” died Jan. 7 from undisclosed causes. He was 54.

Bernard Kalb

The veteran journalist and author, who served as the first anchor of the CNN series “Reliable Sources,” died Jan. 8 from complications from a fall. He was 100.

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Melinda Dillon

The actress, who was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and Sydney Pollack’s “Absence of Malice,” died Jan. 9 of undisclosed causes. She was 83.

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Jeff Beck

The influential British guitar legend, born Geoffrey Arnold Beck, died Jan. 10 after contracting bacterial meningitis. He was 78.

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Ben Masters

Masters, the handsome star of the soap opera “Passions,” died Jan. 11 from COVID. He was 75.

 

Lisa Marie Presley

Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley and ex-wife of Michael Jackson, was a singer of her own. She died Jan. 12 after going into cardiac arrest at her home. She was 54.

Presley was also married to Danny Keough, whom she had a daughter Riley and son Benjamin with; Nicolas Cage; and Michael Lockwood, whom she had twin girls with.

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Robbie Knievel

Knievel, the son of Evel Knievel and a notable stuntman of his own who racked up 350 jumps, died Jan. 13 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

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Al Brown

Veteran actor Al Brown, best known for playing Stanislaus “Stan” Valchek in the blockbuster HBO show “The Wire,” died Jan. 13 after battling Alzheimer’s. He was 83.

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C.J. Harris

The singer and musician, who placed in the Top 6 on Season 13 of “American Idol,” on Jan. 15 from a heart attack. He was 31.

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Lloyd Morrisett

Morrisett, the psychologist who co-created the beloved children’s series “Sesame Street” with Joan Ganz Cooney, died Jan. 15 of undisclosed causes. He was 93.

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Gina Lollobrigida

Lollobrigida, a screen siren of the ’50s and ’60s, died in Rome on Jan. 16. She was 95 years old.

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Sandra Seacat

The actress, who also served as a renowned acting coach to stars including Laura Dern, Andrew Garfield, Harvey Keitel and Michelle Williams, died Jan. 17. She was 86.

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David Crosby

The musician, a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, died Jan. 18 after a long, undisclosed illness. He was 81.

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Sal Piro

Piro, who stoked audience participation routines for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and extended its popularity as a cult classic, died Jan. 21 of undisclosed causes. He was 71.

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Lance Kerwin

The actor, who starred in “Salem’s Lot” and “James at 15,” died Jan. 23 of undisclosed causes. He was 62.

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Randy Gonzalez

The social media star, who became famous for lip-syncing and doing comedy skits with his son under the handle Enkyboys, died Jan. 25 after battling colon cancer. He was 35.

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Gregory Allen Howard

The award-winning screenwriter of “Remember the Titans” and “Ali,” who was also a prolific playwright, producer, author and public speaker, died Jan. 27 at his home in Miami after a brief illness. He was 70.

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Charles Kimbrough

The actor, who played anchorman Jim Dial on the popular late ’80s/early ’90s sitcom “Murphy Brown,” died Jan. 11 of unspecified causes. He was 86.

Cindy Williams

The beloved actress, who played one-half of the sitcom duo “Laverne and Shirley,” died Jan. 25 after a brief illness. She was 75.

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Lisa Loring

The actress, who played the Wednesday Addams in the ’60s series “The Addams Family,” died Jan. 28 from complications of a stroke. She was 64.

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Jeffrey Ballard

The veteran publicist, whose clients included Zac Efron, Charlie Sheen and Paula Abdul, died on Jan. 30 after a five-year battle with cancer.

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Cody Longo

The “Days of Our Lives” and “Hollywood Heights” actor was found dead at his home in Austin, Texas on Feb. 8. He was 34.

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Howard Bragman

The veteran publicist was best known over his 30-plus year career as a crisis communications expert and for guiding several celebrities in coming out publicly, including actress Meredith Baxter  and NFL player Michael Sam. He died on Feb. 11 after a battle with leukemia.

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Oliver Wood

The veteran cinematographer behind several of the “Bourne” films, “Step Brothers,” and “Face/Off,” died Feb. 13 of cancer. He was 80.

 

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Raquel Welch

The award-winning actress and iconic sex symbol known for her roles in “Fantastic Voyage,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Legally Blonde” died Feb. 15 after a brief illness at the age of 82.

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Kyle Jacobs

The country songwriter, who penned hits for Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins and his wife, Kellie Pickler, was found dead at his Nashville, Tennessee home on Feb. 15 in an apparent suicide. He was 49.

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Stella Stevens

The actress, whose films included “The Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” with Elvis Presley, and “The Poseidon Adventure,” died on Feb. 17 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 84.

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Richard Belzer

The original cast member of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” died on Feb. 19 at the age of 78.

 

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Jansen Panettiere

The death of the former child actor, who got his start on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, was reported on Feb. 20. The 28-year-old was the younger brother of “Nashville”star Hayden Panettiere and the two costarred in “Tiger Cruise”and “The Forger.”

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Ricou Browning

The actor, stuntman and diver whose work in the 1954 sci-fi classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon” launched his career as an expert water-based filmmaker, died on Feb. 28, less than two weeks after his 93rd birthday.

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Jay Weston

The veteran producer of Hollywood films including 1972’s “Lady Sings the Blues” starring Diana Ross and 1968’s “For Love of Ivy” starring Sidney Poitier died Feb. 28. He was 93.

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Wayne Shorter

The virtuoso saxophonist and principal architect of modern jazz music died March 2. He was 89.

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Tom Sizemore

The veteran character actor known for nervy and visceral tough-guy roles in films like “Heat” and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” died March 3. He was 61.

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Dave Wills

The Tampa Bay Rays radio announcer for the past 18 years died on March 5.

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Robert Blake

The actor best known as TV’s “Barretta” born Michael James Gubitosi, died March 9 at the age of 89 in Los Angeles from heart disease.

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Sean Lampkin

The actor and comedian was best known for his role as bar owner Nipsey on the 1990s sitcom “Martin,” died in early March. He was 54.

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Rolly Crump

The legendary Disney animator and Imagineer, whose designs helped define the early days of Disneyland, died March 12 at the age of 93.

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Davood Roostaei

The Iranian-American artist died suddenly the week of March 13 in Los Angeles, where he called home for the last 23 years. He was 63.

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Jim Gordon

The revered session drummer of the 1960s and ’70s whose beats were heard on dozens of recordings including Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla” and the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album, died in a prison medical facility on March 13. He was 71.

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Bobby Caldwell

The R&B and jazz singer best known for his 1978 hit “What You Won’t Do for Love,” died March 14 after suffering from “floxing,” shorthand for fluoroquinolone toxicity syndrome. He was at age 71.

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Lance Reddick

The veteran character actor best known for key supporting roles in films like “John Wick” and the TV series “The Wire,” died March 17 at the age of 60.

Peter Hardy

The TV character actor best known for his roles in Australian drama series “McLeod’s Daughter” and in the movie “Chopper,” died March 16 at the age of 66 after drowning in a snorkeling accident off the Australian coast.

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Peter Warner

The Oscar-winning veteran TV director of such series as “Moonlighting” and “A Different World,” died on March 21, his brother, producer Tom Werner said.

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Mark Russell 

Piano-playing comedian and political satirist Mark Russell died March 30 at the age of 90.  He was best known for his PBS specials, which he taped six times a year from 1975 to 2004. His routines, which he sang and performed on piano, sent up politicians with timely lyrical updates of classic songs.

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Norman Reynolds

Norman Reynolds, known for his production design work for films in the “Star Wars” franchise and the first Indiana Jones film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” died April 6. He was 89.

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John Regan

John Regan, the bass player who toured with Peter Frampton, Ace Frehley, The Rolling Stones, Billy Idol and David Bowe, died April 8. He was 71.

 

Anne Perry

The teen murderer-turned-crime novelist who inspired Kate Winslet’s role in 1994’s “Heavenly Creatures” died on April 10.

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Elizabeth Hubbard

Soap opera actress Elizabeth Hubbard, who dominated in the role of businesswoman Lucinda Walsh in CBS’ “As the World Turns,” died the weekend of April 10. She was 89 years old.

Mark Sheehan

The beloved guitarist and co-founder of the Irish ban The Script, died April 14 after a brief illness. He was 46.

Len Goodman

The former head judge of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” died on April 22 following a battle with bone cancer. He was 78.

Harry Belafonte

The legendary singer known for hits including “Banana Boat (Day-O)” and “Jump in the Line” died on April 25 of congestive heart failure. He was 96.

Jerry Springer

The former Cincinatti news anchor and mayor who created a new brand of television talk shows died on April 27 after a brief illness. He was 79.  

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Joe Gayton

Film and television writer-producer Joe Gayton, cocreator and executive producer of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” died May 14. He was 66 years old.

Andy Rourke

The influential musician best known as the bassist for the seminal indie band The Smiths, died May 19 of pancreatic cancer. He was 59.

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Martin Amis

The British author of 15 novels including “Money: A Suicide Note” and “The Zone of Interest,” died of esophageal cancer on May 19. He was 73.

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Tina Turner

The legendary singer and two-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee died on on May 24 after a long illness. The “What’s Love Got to Do With It”singer was 83.

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Jim Brown

The versatile NFL player, who went on to star in Hollywood films like “The Dirty Dozen” and “Any Given Sunday,” died May 18, as announced by his wife Monique on Instagram.

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Leon Ichaso

The Cuban-born director of TV shows from “Miami Vice” to “Queen of the South” and films including 2006’s “El Cantante,” died unexpectedly of a heart attack on May 22. He was 74.

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Anna Shay

Shay appeared on two seasons of the Netflix show “Bling Empire,” as an heiress with a lot of wealth. She died unexpectedly at the age of 62.

Mike Batayeh

Batayeh appeared in three episodes of “Breaking Bad” as laundromat manager Dennis Markowski. He died in his sleep at the age of 52.

Samantha Weinstein

The Canadian actress and voiceover artist, who played Heather in the 2013 remake of “Carrie,”  died of a rare form of ovarian cancer on May 14. She was 28.

 

Paxton Whitehead

Paxton Whitehead, the Tony-nominated British actor best known for his snooty roles on “Mad About You” and in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy “Back to School,” died June 16 at age 85.

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Barry Reardon

The veteran film executive served as Warner Bros.’ chief of theatrical distribution from 1978 to 1999. He died at the age of 92, the studio revealed in June.

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Cormac McCarthy

The author of classic novels like “The Road” and “Blood Meridian” died at his home in Santa Fe at the age of 89, his publisher Knopf revealed in June.

Teresa Tayl0r

The Butthole Surfers drummer Teresa Taylor and star of Richard Linklater’s 1991 Gen X classic “Slacker” died the weekend of June 18, the band announced on Twitter. Taylor, who was also known as Teresa Nervosa, was 60.

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Leandro De Niro Rodriguez

The actor and grandson of Robert De Niro died at 19 years old, as discovered by a friend who found his body in July.

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Jeffrey Carlson

The actor who played one of the first trans characters on television — Zoe Luper on ABC’s soap opera “All My Children,” died July 9 at the age of 48.

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Josephine Chaplin

The daughter of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, who appeared with her father in his films “Limelight” and “A Countess From Hong Kong,” died on July 24 at age 74.

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Inga Swenson

The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actress played German cook Gretchen Kraus on the ABC sitcom “Benson” died on July 23.

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Bo Goldman

The Oscar-Winning cowriter of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” died at age 90 0n July 25. He won a second Oscar for 1981’s “Melvin and Howard” and was nominated again for 1993’s “Scent of a Woman.”

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Sineád O’Connor

The Irish singer of the smash 1990 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U,” who ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live,” died on July 26 at the age of 56.

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Randy Meisner

The founding member of The Eagles died at the age of 77 due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease, the band announced July 27.

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Angus Cloud

The “Euphoria” actor known for his role of Fezco on the HBO series, died at the age of 25 on July 31. It was later revealed that the actor died from an accidental drug overdose.

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Mark Margolis

The actor best-known for playing Hector Salamanca in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” died at the age of 83 on Aug. 3.

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Arthur Schmidt

The two-time Academy Award winning editor and frequent collaborator of Robert Zemeckis died Aug. 5 at the age of 86.

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Austin Majors

The former “NYPD Blue” child star died in February at the age of 27 from a fentanyl overdose confirmed in August.

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Robbie Robertson

The singer and lead guitarist of “The Band” who also scored “Killers of the Flower Moon” as well as other Martin Scorsese films, died Aug. 8 after a long illness.

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Jerry Moss

The A&M Records founder — who guided artists like Janet Jackson, The Carpenters and The Police — and record executive died Aug. 16 at the age of 88.

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Bernie Marsden

The Whitesnake guitarist, who co-wrote ’70s and ’80s glam-rock band hits like “Here I Go Again,” died Aug. 25 at 72 years old.

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Jake Bloom

One of Hollywood’s top attorneys, who represented Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, George Lucas and more, died in September at 81 years old.

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Michael McGrath

The Tony-winning actor known for his work in “Spamalot” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” died at 65 years old in September.

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Michael Gambon

The Irish-English actor of stage and screen, who took over the role of Albus Dumbledore in six “Harry Potter” movies, died in September at the age of 82.

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Richard Moll

The “Night Court” actor who starred as Aristotle Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon died Oct. 26 at the age of 80.

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Matthew Perry

The “Friends” actor, who played Chandler Bing on the sitcom, died Oct. 28 at the age of 54. At first the cause of Perry’s death was thought to be drowning, but it was later revealed to be acute effects of ketamine.

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Rosalynn Carter

The former First Lady and wife of Jimmy Carter, died Nov. 119 at 96 years old.

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Norman Lear

The creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times” and many more iconic shows that influenced television and American popular culture, died at the age of 101 on December 5.

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Andre Braugher

The Emmy-winning actor of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” died Dec. 12 at the age of 61.

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