Remembering Tom Petty, Hugh Hefner, Mary Tyler Moore and more musicians, actors, icons and other notable people we've had to say goodbye to this year.
Sue Grafton, known for her mystery novels in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, died in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Her daughter Jamie Clark said Grafton died after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 77.
Rose Marie, the wisecracking Sally Rogers of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and a show business lifer who began as child star in the 1920s and worked for nearly a century in theater, radio, TV and movies, died Thursday, Dec. 29. 2017. She was 94.
Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film, "The Sound of Music," died on Sunday, Dec. 24. She recently had been diagnosed with brain cancer. She was 68. Pictured, from left, are Charmian Carr as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich, Julie Andrews as Maria, Heather Menzies (back row) as Louisa, Duane Chase as Kurt, and Angela Cartwright as Brigitta; front row, from left, Kym Karath as Gretl, and Debbie Turner as Marta, in a scene from the film.
The longtime manager of Maroon 5 and brother of actor Jonah Hill, Jordan Feldstein died Friday, Dec. 22. The Feldstein family said in a statement that Jordan called 911 after experiencing shortness of breath. He had gone into cardiac arrest by the time paramedics arrived and died a short time later. He was 40.
Bob Givens, the animator who helped bring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to life on "Looney Tunes," died Dec. 14, 2017, according to his daughter Mariana Givens. He died at age 99 from acute respiratory failure in Burbank, California. He is shown with author Joe Adamson, right, in March 2008.
Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of the K-pop group SHINee, seen here on Oct. 4, 2016, was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul, South Korea, and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Dec. 18, 2017, Seoul police said. The singer was 27.
Pat DiNizio, the lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, died on Dec. 12, 2017, the band announced on Facebook. DiNizio had posted several days before that he was hoping to return to touring as he continued physical therapy for neck and back injuries at the Victorian farmhouse he was restoring in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was 62.
Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show" and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday, Nov. 30, his husband, Stan Cadwallader said. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year. He was 87.
David Cassidy, star of the 1970s TV show "The Partridge Family" and for a brief time the best-selling pop musician in the world, died Nov. 21, 2017, his publicist said. Cassidy had been admitted to intensive care at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital where he was diagnosed with organ failure. In 2014, following a pair of widely publicized DUIs, he admitted to a longtime struggle with alcoholism, and announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia. He was 67.
Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died on Sunday, Nov. 19, according to a family representative. No cause of death or additional details were provided. She was 86.
Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, died Sunday, Nov. 19, a spokesman for Tillis said. The country star battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered, the rep said. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. He was 85.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, died, the band announced on its official Facebook page and website Saturday, Nov. 18. The posts did not say when or where Young died. He was 64.
Lil Peep, the up-and-coming rapper from Long Beach who blended Long Island emo with hip-hop, died on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. Medical investigators determined that a toxic combination of prescription drugs led to his death. He was 21.
Fats Domino, the amiable rock and roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, died Oct. 24. The Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office said Domino died of natural causes. He was 89.
Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms "Soap" and "Benson," died at home Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Los Angeles, according to his widow, Donna Brown Guillaume. He had been battling prostate cancer, she told The Associated Press. He was 89.
Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of the iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, died after a battle with brain cancer Tuesday, Oct. 17. He was 53.
Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London home on Monday, Oct. 16. He was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film "Amadeus" and his many theater and TV roles. He gained many new fans later in his career as narrator for audiobook editions of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels, which helped inspire the TV fantasy "Game of Thrones." Dotrice was 94.
Comedian Ralphie May died Friday, Oct. 6. His publicist, Stacey Pokluda, said May died of cardiac arrest. He was 45.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, who with his band The Heartbreakers helped spearhead back-to-basics heartland rock in the late 1970s, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering cardiac arrest, according to his spokeswoman, Carla Sacks. He was 66.
Hugh Hefner turned silk pajamas into a work uniform, women into centerfolds and sexual desire into a worldwide multimedia empire that spanned several generations of American life. The Playboy magazine publisher, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises died at his home of natural causes on Wednesday, Sept. 27. He was 91.
Charles Low, a real estate developer whose friendship with Robert De Niro led him to an acting career that included a notable appearance in "Goodfellas," died Sept. 18 at a nursing home in New Jersey. He was 89. Low went on to act in several films, including "Scent of a Woman," ''The King of Comedy" and "Once Upon a Time in America," and also appeared on the HBO series "The Sopranos."
Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-faced character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in "Paris, Texas," ''Repo Man" and many other films and TV shows, died Friday, Sept. 15, of natural causes, his agent, John S. Kelly, told The Associated Press. He was 91.
Michelle Rounds, left, the ex-wife of Commack native Rosie O'Donnell, died on Monday, Sept. 11, in an apparent suicide, according to TMZ.com. Rounds, who was 46, died in her home, the website said.
Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads such as "I Believe in You," died on Friday, Sept. 8. A statement from his publicist, Kirt Webster, said he died after a short illness. He was 78.
The official website for Montgomery Gentry says Troy Gentry, half of the country duo, died in a New Jersey helicopter crash on Friday, Sept. 8. The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford. Gentry was 50.
Richard Anderson, the actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman," died of natural causes on Thursday, Aug. 31, the family spokesman, Jonathan Taylor, told The Associated Press.
Glen Campbell, the groundbreaking country singer and guitarist known for hits such as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," died Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Nashville after a long, public battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to his family. He was 81.
Jerry Lewis, the comedic actor-filmmaker who for more than 70 years delighted audiences and grated critics with his nasal voice and pliable face, died Sunday, Aug. 20. His publicist, Candi Cazau, told The Associated Press that Lewis, the star of such movies as "The Bellboy," "The Family Jewels" and his widely acknowledged masterpiece, "The Nutty Professor," died of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side. He was 91.
Sam Shepard, who was a Pulitzer-winning playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, died of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.
French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose award-winning, seven-decade film career included work with some of the world's most acclaimed directors, died July 31, 2017. She was 89.
Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, of natural causes at her Rancho Mirage, California, home. She was 90.
Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," died Friday, July 21, 2017, in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office said. Heard was 71.
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died Thursday, July 20, 2017, according to TMZ. He was 41. TMZ reports that the singer hanged himself in a Los Angeles home. Authorities were reportedly called to the home early that morning. Bennington had been the popular band's vocalist since 1999. The band rose to fame in the early 2000s with hits like "Numb" and "In the End." Linkin Park was set to perform at Citi Field on July 28.
George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, died Sunday, July 16, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager, Chris Roe. He was 77.
Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," died Saturday, July 15, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist, Dick Guttman, said.. He was 89.
Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing Lafayette Reynolds on "True Blood," died from heart failure due to alcohol-withdrawal complications on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The actor was 39.
Actor Stephen Furst, best known for his role as Flounder in the 1978 comedy "Animal House," died Saturday, June 17, 2017, at age 63, due to complications from diabetes.
Adam West, the actor best known as the star of the 1960s "Batman" TV series, died Friday, June 9, 2017, at age 88.
British author Michael Bond, creator of the iconic Paddington Bear, died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at age 91.
Glenne Headly, an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films ( "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Mr. Holland's Opus") and on TV ("ER," "Monk"), died Thursday night, June 8, 2017, according to her agent. She was 62. No cause of death or location was immediately available.
Roger Smith, who starred as a detective on TV's "77 Sunset Strip" and was married to actress Ann-Margret for 50 years, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, June 4, at age 84, his wife's agent says.
Gregg Allman's publicist, Ken Weinstein, confirmed Saturday. May 27, 2017, that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of leukemia on April 12, 2017.
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. He 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.
Chuck Berry, rock and 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, Mo. He was 90.
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.
Herb Oscar Anderson
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.