All The Celebrities We’ve Lost In The Past Year
Like it or not, death comes for us all eventually. We can’t know when the last minute will hit us, so we live the best we know. Still, when we lose friends and family members too soon, it leaves us heartbroken. Even when we lose celebrities that have entrained us for years or decades, we cannot but feel sadness.
Whether they are from Hollywood, the world of sports, or televisions, these lost celebrities are always missed. Some of these celebrities have been around since our parents were children, others have sprung in last years, but they were all equally loved and respected and have made contributions to their word of expertise and influences. This year was a hard one (as the end of 2019), and losing these celebrities definitely didn’t make it easier. Let us remember these celebrities who lost their lives.
25. Robert Forster
Robert Forster was born in Rochester, New York, in far 1941. He started acting at a young age, but his career really kicked off with roles in Reflections, Golden Eye, and The Stalking Moon. His accent fits perfectly in Medium Cool.
Robert won a Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for his role in Breaking Bad’s Granite State. Forster passed away in October 2019 due to brain cancer in Los Angeles, while surrounded by family.
24. Cameron Boyce
Cameron Boyce was best known for his roles as Carlos in the Descendants television movies. The older crowd knows him from starring as Adam Sandler’s son in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.
Young Cameron was a huge star on Disney Channel, starring in Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, and voice acting in Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Due to complications of his epilepsy, Boyce passed away at the young age of 20.
23. Rip Torn
Rip Torn has a long career of 60 years, which he spent as a movie, television, stage, and voice actor. He is known for his role as Chief Zed in Men in Black and Men in Black II, to a younger audience. Torn is immortalized as Patches O’houlihan in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Torn was married twice, and he had six children. At the age of 88, Torn passed away from Alzheimer’s and its complications. He died at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
22. Chuy Bravo
Chuy Bravo was best known as a sidekick to Chelsea Handler on her talk show, Chelsea Lately. His real name was Jesus Melgoza. When he was only 15, his family immigrated to the California San Fernando Valley, where he started acting during the early 90s.
He even appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End from 2007. He also cares about the community, so Chuy founded the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles to help it’s Latin Community talents find work in different entertainment projects. Bravo suffered gastrointestinal bleeding on December 14, 2019, and was rushed to the emergency. He suffered complications and an acute heart attack in Mexico City, after which he was pronounced dead. He was 63 years old.
21. Beth Chapman
Beth Chapman is best known as the wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter. She even co-starred with husband Duane “Dog” Chapman on the reality television series Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog, and Beth: On the Hunt, and Dog’s Most Wanted.
They said the forever ‘I do’ in far 2006, two years after the filming of Dog’s show began. In 2019, Beth had some medical complications that got worse over time. She was placed in a medical coma in 2019 in late June, passing away from cancer complications days later.
20. Ashley Massaro
Ashley Massaro was a former WWE professional wrestler, radio personality, TV host, glamour model, and contestant on Survivor: China. She was best known for her wrestling career. Massaro joined WWE in far 2005, and ever since, her career was on the rise.
She was first seen in the Raw brand, moving to SmackDown!, and then the valet for the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul London and Brian Kendrick. She left the WWE world in July 2008, started working on television and music videos. She ever had a few gigs as a DJ. On May 15, 2019, she didn’t show up for work at WWSK-FM. The very next morning, she was found unresponsive at her home. She was pronounced dead in hospital ten days before her 40th birthday.
19. Danny Aiello
Danny Aiello was one of the most popular movies ever. Not only that he was famous, but his fans and co-workers truly loved him. Before he started his acting career, Danny did various jobs. He even lied about his age to enlist in the United States Army. At the time, he was only 16. In the early 1970s, his acting career played a role in the baseball drama, Bang the Drum Slowly.
One of his memorable roles include movies such as Once Upon a time in American, The Purpose Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, The Godfather Part II, and of course, Do the Right Thing. For this last role, Danny was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Aiello died on December 12, 2019, at age 86, at a hospital in New Jersey, following a brief illness.
18. John Witherspoon
John Weatherspoon was a popular actor and comedian who performed in many television shows and films. He appeared in Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, Vampire in Brooklyn, and appearances in TV shows like The Boondocks, The Tracy Morgan Show, and The Wayans Bros.
Famous John started his career in far 1965. He appeared in many music videos, including Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U.” His best friend was David Letterman, the godfather to his two sons. Witherspoon died of a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, on October 29, 2019. He was 77 years olds.
17. Regis Philbin
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin had many roles in the entertainment world, but he is mostly remembered as a television presenter. Before his on-screen career, Regis worked various jobs and even served in the US Navy.
His big opportunity came with The Tonight Show in the 1950s. In 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. Across the States, he is best known for his nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which started in 1988. He hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He died from a heart attack on July 24, 2020.
16. Grant Imahara
Grant Masaru Imahara had a wide range of skills. He was an electrical roboticist, television host, and actor. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters. Masaru was responsible for designing numerous robots for the show and even operating many computers and electronics to test myths.
He got engaged to his long-time girlfriend in 2016, actress Jennifer Newman. Imahara died on July 13, 2020, at the age of 49, after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. Soon after that, the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation was created by her mother, friends, and professional colleagues.
15. Naya Rivera
Naya Marie Rivera began her career as a child actress and model. At the age of five, she earned a nomination for a Young Artist Award. She was best known for her roles on ‘Glee.’
The young star was the victim of a tragic accident while spending the day on Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son. Her son was found alone on the pontoon rental after they had gone swimming together. Her body was found five days later.
14. Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston was an American actress and model. She appeared in more than sixty television productions, including For Love of the Game, Twins, and Jerry Maguires. She was married to a famous actor, John Travolta.
Kelly fought against cancer for two years. Unfortunate, this was a battle that she couldn’t win, and a famous actress died at the age of 57 on July 12th, 2020.
13. Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner had a long career as an actor, comedian, director, and even writer. His professional career lasted for six decades. Some of his best titles include 2000 Year Old Man, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and the Ocean’s film series.
Reiner received many awards, including 11 Emmy Awards, Grammy Award, and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He passed away from natural causes on June 29th, 2020 at the age of 98. Reiner died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, in the company of his family.
12. Mary Pat Gleason
Mary Pat Gleason passed away on June 2nd, 2020 at 70-years-old. Younger generations may not know her name, but they definitely know her face and amazing personality.
Her list of artistic achievement s is long. Still, her most prominent roles include French teacher Madame Oeuf on Saved by the Bell, dressing room attendant Lucille on Sex and the City, elementary school teacher Mrs. Butters on Desperate Housewives, and homeless woman Sally on Will & Grace.
11. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was a globally-known basketball player. He was one of the greatest basketball players ever. Kobe, also called Black Mamba, played his entire 20-season career as a shooting guard with the Los Angeles Lakers.
People loved his skills on the court and off. He led to five NBA championships, 18 All-Star recognitions, and two-time NBA Finals MVP status. In early 2020, while traveling with his daughter, Gianna, to a travel basketball game, their private helicopter tragically went down.
10. Juice WRLD
Jarad Anthony Higgins is best known to the world as Juice Wrld, a famous American rapper and singer from Chicago. His massive hit was a song titled “Lucid Dreams,” which was played over one billion times on Spotify.
This huge hit pushed Juice to the top celebrity circles and helped him land contracts with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Productions. Sadly, Higgins passed away ingesting several unknown pills during a flight from Van Nuys, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
9. Rocky Johnson
Rocky Johnson is a former wrestler, celebrity, and father of famous actor and sportsmen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Rocky was the first one in the family to start a wrestling career nack in 1964. He even won several national wrestling alliance titles.
In 1983, Rocky won the 1983 World Tag Team Championship, together with his tag team partner Tony Atlas. In January 2020, Rocky got sick, believing he has the flu, which is why he ignored a potential doctor’s visit. Soon afterward, he died of a pulmonary embolism.
8. Neil Peart
Neil Peart was the youngest person even presented in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the main lyricist and drummer of the band Rush.
Originally from Canada, Peart was a songwriter, a musician, and a noted author, responsible for creating memoirs during his travels while incorporating themes of fantasy, philosophy, and humanitarian themes in his lyrics. Neil suffered from a three-plus-year illness and passed away at the age of 67, from the battle with glioblastoma.
7. Stephanie Sherk
Stephanie Sherk was born in Ontario, Canada. She moved to the States to pursue her career as a model, producer, and actress. You may know her from her roles in CSI: Cyber and #Hashtag: The Series.
Stephanie’s writing credits include Valentine’s Day, Big Date, and Crash Landing. She was married to a famous actor, Demián Bichir, for eight years. In 2019, on 12 April, Mayer died due to anoxic encephalopathy – a condition caused by lack of oxygen to brain tissue – drowning and asphyxia.
6. Fred Willard
Fred Willard was a comedy legend. During his career, he appeared in a long list of beloved TV shows and movies. Fred hosted many shows and has won many awards. He was also gladly seen on various late-night shows.
Willard passed away on May 15th, 2020, from natural causes, leaving behind a huge legacy that impacted Hollywood. Willard died at his home in Los Angeles on May 15, 2020, at age 86.
5. Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller was the father of actor and director Ben Stille,r who is more familiar to younger generations. Jerry is best known for his roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens. He performed as a comedian together with his wife, Meara. They were both honored with a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerry passed away from natural causes on May 11th, 2020. His son, Ben Stiller, tweeted: “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you, Dad.”
4. Little Richard
Richard Wayne Penniman was best known as Little Richard. He was a famous singer and songwriter. Without any doubt, Little Richard is one of the most influential figures in popular music and culture for seven decades.
He was often described as “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll.” He was responsible for such hits as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally.” The wild man of early rock ‘n’ roll passed away at the age of 87 on May 9th, 2020, following his battle with bone cancer.
3. Sam Lloyd
Sam Lloyd was a great comedian. He could make you laugh without saying a word. If you were a fan of ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ then you surely know his face.
Sam died on April 30th, 2020, losing his battle with lung cancer. “Rest In peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with,” actor Zach Braff tweeted.
2. Howard Finkel
Howard Finkel was the legendary Hall of Fame ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE. In 2018, Finkel suffered a severe stroke and had been in poor health ever since.
Howard was recognizable for his deep and booming voice. His introduction of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ric Flair are memorable forever. Howard passed away on April 16th, 2020.
1. Shirley Douglas
Shirley Douglas was an actress and mother of Keifer Sutherland. She appeared as Mrs. Starch in director Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” (1962) and David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers” (1988) and as a widowed mother during the Depression in the television drama “Wind at My Back” (1996).
For her performance in the 1999 TV film “Shadow Lake,” she won a Gemini Award. Shirley passed away on April 5th, 2020, from complications from pneumonia.