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Celebrity Deaths of 2017

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In 2017 we lost many talented musicians, actors, actresses and just overall amazing people. Below are the ones that we lost in 2017.


David Cassidy – April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017

David Cassidy was known for being a part of The Partridge Family along with being an actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Cassidy passed away on November 21st due to a Liver Failure in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Malcolm Young (AC/DC) – January 6, 1953 – November 18, 2017

Co-founder, rhythm guitarist, vocals and songwriter for the band AC/DC. Young made a huge difference for Rock N’ Roll. The legendary musician passed away on November 18th  after a long battle with dementia.

Tom Petty – October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017

Legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and even actor. Tom Petty inspired many of today’s artists with his music being the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty passed away on October 2nd from a Cardiac Arrest in Santa Monica, California.

Walter Becker (Steely Dan) – February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017

Co-founder, guitarist, bassist and songwriter for the band Steely Dan. Walter Becker helped complete the band since the beginning. Becker passed away on September 3rd in Manhattan, New York.

Gregg Allman – December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

After a long battle with Liver Cancer, the co-founder of Allman Brothers Band, passed away on May 27th. Allman was a singer-songwriter, musician and legendary artist for the music world. He passed away in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017

Known for being the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell was a musician, singer and songwriter. Chris passed away on May 18th by suicide in Detroit, Michigan.

John Thomas “Sib” Hashian (Boston) – August 17, 1949 – March 22, 2017

Best known as the drummer for Boston, Sib did it all. He played on Boston’s first two bestselling albums. John Thomas Hashian passed away on board of the ‘Legends of Rock’ cruise ship on March 22nd.

Chuck Berry – October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Singer, songwriter, musician and pioneer of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry made everyone dance with songs like ‘Johnnie B. Goode’  and ‘You Can Never Tell’ . The legend passed away on March 18th in Wentzville, Missouri.

Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown) – April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017

Clyde was known for being a drummer and working with James Brown. Stubblefield was a self-taught musician that used the rhythms around him to learn his drums. With his funk style, he caught the attention of James Brown. Clyde passed away on February 18th in Madison, Wisconsin.

Butch Trucks  – May 11, 1947 – January 24, 2017

Founding member of the Allman Brothers and drummer of the band. Trucks played along side with Gregg and Duane Allman while being apart of the band for over 30 years. Butch Trucks is also the Uncle to blues man Derek Trucks. Butch passed away on January 24th from a self inflicted gunshot wound in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Heather North (Scooby Doo) – December 13, 1950 – November 30, 2017

Heather North was known for being the voice actress for Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo series. Starring in over 20 years of Scooby-Doo franchise shows and movies, Heather made every Saturday morning a little bit more special. North passed away on November 30th in Studio City, California due to Cardiac Arrest.

Fats Domino – February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017

Fats Domino known for being one of pioneers of Rock and Roll, he sold more than 65 million records and within’ 5 years had 11 Top 10 hits. Fats Domino was a legend pianist and singer-songwriter that helped change music. Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. passed away in Harvey, Louisiana on October 24th.

Mary Tyler Moore – December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017

Starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show to her own show The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary made a name for herself as an actress. Mary Tyler Moore passed away on January 25th in Greenwich, Connecticut due to pneumonia.   

John Hurt – January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017

Spanning more than 50 years John Hurt was described as “simply the greatest actor in the world”. Sir John Hurt was an English actor who starred in over 40 movies. Hurt passed away on January 25th in Cromer, United Kingdom due to pancreatic cancer.

Bill Paxton – May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017

Appearing in films; Titanic, The Terminator, Aliens, Twister, and Weird Science Bill Paxton made a name for himself. Paxton is an actor for decades and film director. Bill Paxton passed away on February 25th in Los Angeles, California from a stroke. 

Don Rickles – May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017

Being an iconic stand-up comedian, actor, and author, Don Rickles made everyone laugh. Being known for being an insult comic, Rickles starred in over 30 films/shows including; Casino, Toy Story and Kelly’s Heroes. Don Rickles passed away on April 6th in Beverly Hills, California.

Erin Moran – October 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017

Erin Moran was known for playing the role as Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days along with having her own spin-off called Joanie Loves ChachiErin Moran passed away in New Salisbury, Indiana on April 22nd from complications of cell carcinoma of the throat.

Roger Moore – October 14, 1927 – May 23, 2017

It’s Bond, James Bond. Roger Moore was known for playing the British secret agent James Bond in several films from 1973 to 1985. Moore passed away on May 23rd in Switzerland.

Adam West – September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017

Adam West or better known as Batman, made himself a household name from movies to TV shows. West starred and was a voice actor in over 40 films/tv shows. Adam West pased away from Leukemia on June 9th in Los Angeles, California.

Martin Landau – June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017

Martin was an actor, acting coach, producer and editorial cartoonist beginning his career in the 1950 including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Landau passed away from cardiovascular disease on July 15th in Los Angeles, California.

Jerry Lewis – March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017

Being the nicknamed of “King of Comedy” Jerry Lewis helped changed comedy. He was known for his humor in film, television, stage and radio while being an actor, singer, producer, director AND screenwriter. Jerry Lewis passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 20th.

Hugh Hefner – April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017

Hugh Hefner was a magazine publisher and founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine. He founded the magazine in 1953. Hefner passed away on September 27th at the Playboy Mansion.

Monty Hall – August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017

Monty Hall was a Canadian-American game show host known for being the host of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. Monty passed away at age 96 on September 30, 2017.

John Hillerman – December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017

John Hillerman was known for his starring role on the TV show ‘Magnum,P.I.’ as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III. He has over 30 films and TV shows that he has been in. John Hillerman passed away on November 9, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Jim Nabors – June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017

Jim Nabors was an actor, singer, and comedian that has been featured in ‘The Andy Griffith Show”, “Gomer Pyle” and even his own “The Jim Nabors Hour”. Jim passed away on November 30, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Della Reese – July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017

Della Reese was known as an American jazz and gospel singer and actress. She starred in over 30 films and TV shows before passing away on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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