It’s never easy to say goodbye. Scroll down to see Hype News tribute to the celebrities who died in 2019.
The Dallas star, who played Cliff Barnes for 14 seasons on the soap opera and later reprised his role in the revival, died on April 21 at age 83, The Daily Clintonian reported. Details surrounding his death, including its cause, were unknown when the news broke.
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Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, whose paranormal investigations with late husband Ed Warren served as the inspiration for the Conjuring and Amityville Horror film series, died at the age of 92 on April 18. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who portrayed the couple in the Conjuring series, both paid tribute to the late medium on social media. Wrote FarmigaOpens a New Window.: “I was so blessed to have known her and am honored to portray her.”
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The British child actress, who starred in Cloud Atlas, Millie Inbetweenand Almost Never, died at age 16 on April 7 after collapsing. Her cause of death was unknown when news of her death broke on April 17.
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The five-time Emmy nominee best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Everybody Loves Raymond died on April 12 at the age of 70. Her cause of death was undetermined because Engel, who was a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors, her friend and executor John Quilty told The New York Times.Opens a New Window. “Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” her Mary Tyler Moore Show costar Betty WhiteOpens a New Window. said in a statement.
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The former host of CNN’s Inside Africa died on April 11 at age 34, after she collapsed suddenly in Kenya. The journalist’s cause of death was unknown.
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The British comedian died onstage during a standup performance on April 11. BBC News reported that he went silent for five minutes while audience members believed the incident to be part of his act. Paramedics were called, and the 60-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The British model, actress and cousin of Helen Mirren died at age 77. The official James Bond Twitter account announced the news on March 31, writing, “We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
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The rapper was shot and killed outside of his L.A. store on March 31. The Grammy-nominated star, whose real name is Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was 33. He is survived by his two children and girlfriend Lauren London.
The French movie director’s family confirmed her passing in a statement that read, “The filmmaker and artist Agnés Varda died from a cancer at her home in the night of March 29, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends.” She was 90 years old. Ava DuVernay,the director of Selma, honored the Academy Honorary Award recipient on social media shortly after her passing. “Last year at Cannes, Agnès Varda invited me to breakfast. She spoke of how she was in the last year of her life. About choices. And change,” DuVernay captioned a selfie on Twitter. “I told her what she meant to me. She held my hand as I did. Merci, Agnes. For your films. For your passion. For your light. It shines on.”
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The country singer died on March 17 after a gun that was being used as a prop on the set of his music video accidentally fired. The 35-year-old is survived by his two daughters, Dixie and Kaylee.
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The former Popeye Show host died at age 92 on March 16, according to Los Angeles’ KTLA, where Hatten served as a host from 1952 into the ’00s. No additional information was released about his death at the time.
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The Love Island star died at age 26 on March 15. He was found dead at his home in Essex, England, according to Fox News.
Louis Tomlinson’s sister died at age 18 on March 13. TMZ reported that the fashion designer suffered a heart attack in her London apartment. Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah Deakin, succumbed to leukemia in December 2016. Félicité is survived by siblings Lottie, Daisy, Phoebe, Ernest and Doris.
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The Amazing Race alum died at age 42 on March 11. He was found dead at his South Carolina home after police responded. His cause of death has not been made public. The orthodontist competed on season 25 of the CBS reality series alongside wife Misti Raman. The couple shared two children, Lexi and Jimmy.
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Lotte van der Zee
The former Miss Teenager Universe died on March 6 at the age of 20, two weeks after having a heart attack on her birthday while on vacation with her parents. The Dutch model’s parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van der Zee van het Hul, confirmed her passing in an emotional post on her Instagram account. “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken.” On February 23, her parents posted about their daughter being hospitalized, writing, “Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest. She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma and is since then kept a sleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health.” In an update on March 2, they posted a photo showing them clasping Lotte’s hand and added that she had been transferred to a hospital in Munich, but her “situation is unfortunately unchanged.” They thanked their daughter’s fans for their messages, writing, “Even though the feeling of powerlessness made us think that we were in this alone at first we were able to draw a massive amount of strength from all your loving support.” Lotte was crowned Miss Teenager Universe in 2017.
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While news of Vincent’s death didn’t break until March 2019, he died on February 10 after suffering cardiac arrest while he was receiving treatment in a North Carolina hospital. The Airwolf alum was 74.
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The pro wrestler (real name Christopher Alan Pallies) died at the age of 61 on March 4. He broke into the WWE in the 1980s, finding success at the first WrestleMania and challenging Hulk Hogan the following year. He left the company in the late ‘80s but returned in 1994 as part of the Million Dollar Corporation. He was known by fans as the “walking condominium” due to his 6-foot-4 stature and weight of 458 pounds.
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The Riverdale actor died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles in February 2019, his rep confirmed to Us Weekly. It was initially reported that Perry was placed into a medically induced coma following the medical emergency, but his rep denied those reports and told Us, “Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.”
The Prodigy frontman died by suicide at age 49, according to a statement from the band on March 4. “The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” an Instagram post by bandmate Liam Howlett read. “I’m shell shocked , f–kin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”
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The former Voice contestant died at age 33 from an apparent blood clot on March 2. Miley Cyrus reflected on the reality star in an emotional post at the time. “Thank you @janicefreeman.. for everything. This represents you perfectly,” Cyrus penned alongside a photo of a rainbow.
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The Sanford and Son star died on February 27 at age 80. His son Kaedi Taylor told The Associated Press that Taylor died of a heart attack at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The composer died at his home on February 28 at 89 years old. Previn, who was known for scoring dozens of movies, such as My Fair Lady, won four Oscars during his career.
The Emmy-nominated actress, who was known for her role as Mona on Who’s the Boss?, died from complications due to Alzheimer’s at her home in Los Angeles on February 23. She was 89.
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The Halt and Catch Fire actress died at her New Orleans home on February 25. She was 44. Sheridan attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and also appeared in CSI:NY, The Mentalist and Without a Trace.
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The Singin’ in the Rain and Funny Face director and former choreographer died of a heart attack at age 94 on February 21. One of his sons, Mark Donen, confirmed the news to the Chicago Tribune.
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The stand-up comedian died at age 48 on February 22 from an apparent suicide by hanging. In addition to his oddball comedy routines, he appeared in films such as The Hangover and Due Date as well as the HBO series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
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Peter Tork, who rose to stardom as a member of the Monkees, died at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer. “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read a statement on his Facebook page on February 21. “We ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately.”
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The legendary fashion designer died on February 19 at the age of 85. The German native, who began his career assisting Pierre Balmain in Paris in 1955, served as artistic director of European luxury houses Chanel and Fendi until his death and will be remembered as one of the most prolific sartorial influencers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The style icon passed away on February 15 at the age of 85. She was best known for being a socialite, as well as late former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s younger sister. She was also mother-in-law to The Real Housewives of New York City star Carole Radziwill.
The five-time Oscar-nominated actor died at the age of 82. His family confirmed his passing in a statement to Us on February 8: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”
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Kristoff St. John
The Young and the Restless star was found dead in his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles on Sunday, February 3, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly. St. John was 52 years old. The actor’s death came five years after his son, Julian St. John, whom he shared with ex-wife Mia St. John, committed suicide in a mental health facility in Long Beach, California.
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The Gremlins actor died at age 90 on January 30. Miller worked as an actor for over six decades and also served in the United States Navy.
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The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest actress died of natural causes in her Los Angeles home at age 72 on January 4. Moritz was also known for her work in Love, American Style, Match Game, M*A*S*Hand The Incredible Hulk.
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The Grammy-winning singer died at age 66 on January 29. His creative partner and friend, Debbie Allen, confirmed the news on social media. “I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” she wrote. “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.” According to TMZ, he reportedly died from a form of brain cancer.
The Top Chef alum died on Friday, January 25, after a lengthy battle with terminal cancer. She was 29. Fellow Top Chef contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to his late friend with an emotional Instagram post on the day of her death. “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote along with a photo of Ali in her hospital bed. “I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever. I’ll always remember the great times we had, especially our interview during the tailgating episode discussing football, stadiums, and Taylor Swift. Much love, Bruce #f—kcancer #cheffati #topchef #friends #family #itsnotfair.”
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The Mothers-in-Law star died at age 93 on January 21 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a battle with kidney cancer. Throughout her career, the actress, comedian and singer appeared in several Broadway musicals, TV shows including The Doris Day Showand What a Dummy, and movies such as The Girl Most Likely, Cinderella (1957) and Freaky Friday (1976).
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United Talent Agency confirmed the comedian’s death on January 22. Barnett, who wrote the 2016 movie The Do-Over and co-created the Fox comedy Rel, was 32 years old.
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The champion American figure skater, who was recently suspended from the sport, passed away on January 19. “My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John…” his sister, Angela Laune, wrote on Facebook.
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The legendary Broadway actress died from natural causes at age 97 on January 15. She was best known for her roles in Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone,” her publicist and friend, B. Harlan Boll, said in a statement to Us.
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Steve Buscemi’s wife of more than 30 years died at age 65, RadarOnline reported on January 11. A cause of death had not been released when news of her passing broke. The couple shared one son, Lucian, whom they welcomed in 1990.
The actress and assistant director passed away on January 11 at the age of 84 after suffering from congestive heart failure. Boone, who appeared on an episode of Captain Nice in 1967, was surrounded by her family, including husband Pat and all four of her daughters — including “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone — at the time of her passing. “My sweet wife of 65 years is in the arms of the Lord now,” Pat said of the news.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actor died on January 2 amid a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Dragon, one half of the duo Captain and Tennille, died of renal failure on January 2. The singer, who was 76 years old, was in hospice care, according to his publicist.
The WWE announcer, known by fans as “Mean Gene,” died at the age of 76 on January 2.