It’s hard to put into words the loss you feel when you hear that a celebrity you’ve admired has passed away. We don’t know them, but the impact they’ve had on our lives can make it feel as if we do.
The last couple of years have been truly heartbreaking in terms of those losses. Click through for a tribute to some of the beloved stars we miss the most.
Nipsey Hussle was a Grammy Award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist. He was vocal about his past connections to gangs and was reportedly planning to attend an anti-gang violence meeting on the day he died. Hussle was shot multiple times outside the clothing store that he owned, Marathon Clothing, in March of 2019. He was 33 years old.
The former 90210 heartthrob suffered a massive stroke in March of 2019, and sadly never recovered. Perry was starring in the show Riverdale when he passed. His friends and costars blew up the internet with loving tributes to him. He was only 52.
Rising rapper Juice WRLD was only 21 when he passed away at the end of 2019. He suffered a major seizure, and was rushed to the hospital, but never recovered. He had previously struggled with substance abuse and addiction. It’s a tragedy that the world will never know what his career could have become.
Karl Lagerfeld, titan of the fashion design industry, passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 85. Lagerfeld died from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was best known for the work he did as the Creative Director for Chanel, reinventing the brand in the 80’s.
A Disney star best known for his roles in Descendants and Grown Ups, Cameron Boyce passed away in his sleep after suffering a major seizure in July of 2019. He was only 20 years old. His former co-stars, obviously terribly shocked, were very vocal in mourning and sending love to his family.
John Witherspoon is best known for roles like “Pops” on The Wayans Bros. and Ice Cube’s father on Friday. In late October 2019, his family announced that he’d passed away in his Sherman Oaks home at the age of 77.
K-Pop starlet Sulli was found dead in her home in October of 2019, at only 25 years old. The actress and singer had been vocal about her struggles with anxiety, depression, and social phobias. She’d also dealt with intense bullying online. Tragically, she ultimately took her own life.
Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who portrayed the iconic Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, died of a heart attack on April 30, 2019 at the age of 74. As you can imagine, the internet was flooded with love and tributes from the massive Star Wars fandom.
He might not have the most recognizable face, but his legacy is larger than life. Caroll Spinney was a puppeteer, cartoonist, and author most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its pilot in 1969 until 2018. He died in December 2019 at the age of 85.
Albert Finney was an English film and stage actor best known for his performances in Tom Jones and Murder on the Orient Express. Later in his career he had major roles in Erin Brockovich and Skyfall. He died of a chest infection in February of 2019, at the age of 82. He’d been battling cancer.
Probably most well known for her hilarious portrayal of maid Rosario Salazar on the sitcom Will & Grace, Morrison enjoyed an acting career that spanned more than six decades and 150 TV series roles. She died of heart failure in December of 2019. She was 83 years old.
Don Imus was a famed disc jockey who pioneered the morning drive-time show format. His controversial radio show Imus in the Morning aired nationwide until 2018. He died in December of 2019 of lung disease at age 79.
Rock musician Eddie Money was best known for his hits in the 70’s and 80’s, including “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, and “Take Me Home Tonight.” A lifelong smoker, he died in September of 2019 from complications of esophageal cancer at the age of 70.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is best known for her novels “The Bluest Eye”, “Beloved”, and ”Song of Solomon”. Considered one of the greatest 20th century American novelists, Morrison died in August of 2019 from complications of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.
Rip Torn was a stage and screen actor perhaps best known as Zed in “Men in Black” or Artie in “The Larry Sanders Show” and massively underrated for his villainous turn in “The Beastmaster.” He died at his home in Connecticut in July of 2019 of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 88.
Peggy Lipton, shown here with daughter Rashida Jones, was best known for her role in “The Mod Squad” in the 1960’s. She also appeared in the series “Twin Peaks”, both in its original run in the 90’s and in the more recent reboot. She died of colon cancer in May of 2019, at the age of 72.
Character actress Mary Pat Gleason is most recognized for her roles on Sex and the City, Saved by the Bell, Desperate Housewives, and most recently, a recurring role on CBS’s Mom. She died of cancer in June of this year, at the age of 70.
Best known for his role of Tyler Crowley in Twilight, Gregory Tyree Boyce was found dead alongside his girlfriend in Las Vegas on May 13. Their deaths were ruled accidental and caused by fentanyl and cocaine intoxication. He was 30 and she was 27.
Fred Willard was nothing short of a comedy legend. Known for many roles in Christopher Guest’s quirky films, as well as roles on Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond, the beloved actor passed away of natural causes on May 15th. He was 86.
Aside from being half of a legendary comedy team with wife Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller is most well known for his grumpy characters on Seinfeld and King of Queens. His son Ben Stiller announced his father’s passing of natural causes on May 11. He was 92.
Rock and Roll pioneer and legend Little Richard can be credited with musically paving the way for other legends like The Beatles, Elton John, and Prince. He died on May 9, at the age of 87. The cause of death was related to bone cancer, and he’d been ill for two months.
Legendary illustionist, and half of the duo Siegfried & Roy, might be best known at this point for being mauled onstage by a tiger during their act in Las Vegas in 2003. He died at 75 years old on May 8, from complications of COVID-19. His onstage partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, paid tribute to him online after his death.
Country singer-songwriter Cady Groves died on May 2 at just 30 years old. According to family it was of natural causes, possibly tied to some previous medical issues she’d struggled with last fall. There has also been speculation that her untimely death was tied to COVID-19. Such an unexpected and tragic loss.
Known for his roles in First Blood with Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Boy with Chris Farley, Brian Dennehy’s stage and screen career spanned five decades and earned him a Tony and a Golden Globe. He died on April 15 of natural causes at 81 years old.
The legendary soul singer-songwriter, who gave us hits like “Lean on Me”, “Lovely Day”, “Just the Two of Us”, and “Ain’t No Sunshine”, died on March 30th of heart complications. He was 81 years old.
Country music legend Kenny Rogers is best known for his hits “Lucille”, “The Gambler”, and his duet with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream.” He died of natural causes on May 20 at the age of 81. The day his death was announced, Dolly Parton paid tribute to her friend with an emotional video.
Max von Sydow enjoyed a career that spanned an amazing eight decades, with his first acting credits in the late 1940’s. While appearing in many film classics over the years, recently he’s been most widely recognized for his roles as Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as Three-Eyed Raven on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He died on March 8 of natural causes at his home in Provence. He was 90.
James Lipton hosted his show Inside the Actor’s Studio for 22 seasons, during which time he was able to interview some of the most legendary actors of our time. He died of bladder cancer on March 2, at the age of 93. If heaven exists, I wonder what James Lipton heard God say when he entered the pearly gates?
Lynn Cohen is perhaps best known for her role as Magda on Sex and the City, though her career had already spanned decades by the time she was cast as the Ukrainian housekeeper and nanny. More recently she appeared in The Hunger Games franchise. She died on February 14th at the age of 86.
Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas is most famously known for his work in classics like Spartacus, The Bad and the Beautiful, Out of the Past, and Paths of Glory. He died on February 2, at the age of 103, with 92 film credits to his name.
Kobe Bryant was only 18 when he was drafted to the NBA, one of the youngest players in history. He would go on to become a five-time NBA champion over the course of his 20 year career. The world was shocked and saddened when Kobe and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Janurary 26th. He was 41. His daughter was 13.