Celebrities That We’ve Lost In 2017
Another year of Loss: Celebrity Deaths in 2017
There are few things that seem to affect us all simultaneously like celebrity deaths. Whether it’s a suicide, accident or just natural causes, celebrity deaths bring all of us to social media to get the morbid details. As such, 2017 has already thrown us some low blows.
We’ve lost guitar greats like Chuck Berry, Greg Allman, and Tom Petty… no doubt raising their record sales while fans mourn. Rock also lost frontmen Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park to suicide by hanging within weeks of each other. Country music fans lost Don Williams and Troy Gentry on the same day in September. Gentry was killed in a helicopter accident while Williams died due to emphysema. “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell also passed away earlier this year after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The music industry was not the only one to suffer losses. Actors Bill Paxton, Adam “Batman” West, and Mary Tyler Moore all left us in 2017. Nelson Ellis, age 39, passed away from heart failure due to complications with alcohol withdrawals. Ellis was most famous for his role as Lafayette in the series True Blood.
Martin Landau, who’s acting career stretched 60 years, and included roles in such classics as The Greatest Story Ever Told and Cleopatra, passed away at age 89. James Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, passed from cancer at age 89. Fans of The Sopranos fans lost cast member Frank Vincent, who played New York’s Phil Leotardo. Vincent also played a Mafioso in the hit movie Goodfellas.
Comedy said goodbye to the great Don Rickles, Ralphie May, and Charlie Murphy. Funny man, and telethon legend, Jerry Lewis passed away in August from heart disease in Las Vegas. Also gone in August was Tobe Hooper, director behind horror classics The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist.
Horror also lost an icon in George A. Romero, the father of the modern zombie genre, and director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and many more. Fellow director, Jonathon Demme, who won an Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs, died from cancer in Manhattan, New York on April 26, 2017. Hugh Hefner, the Playboy tycoon, passed away in September at age 91. He was laid to rest in the mausoleum beside original pin up, Marilyn Monroe.
Although we hate to see them go, these celebrity deaths have left behind great legacies in their fields. Their work will no doubt hold a place in our hearts, as well as the hearts of future of fans. This year has been a rough one for those in the entertainment business.