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Celebrity Deaths – V

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Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens
1959
Vivian Vance
Vivian Vance
1979
Herve Villechaize
Herve Villechaize
1993
Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace
1997
Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
2005
Dick Van Patten
Dick Van Patten
2015
Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda
2016
 

Roger Vadim b. 1928 d. 2000 (cancer)
Director – Barbarella, married Bridget Bardot and Jane Fonda

Jerry Vale b. 1932 d. 2014 (natural)
Singer / Actor – his version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a favorite at sporting events

Michael Vale b. 1922 d. December 24, 2005 (diabetes)
Actor – Dunkin’ Donuts ad man – “Time to make the doughnuts”

Ritchie Valens (Valenzuela) b. May 13, 1941. d. February 3, 1959 (plane crash)
Singer – Come On Let’s Go, La Bamba

Jack Valenti b. 1921 d. April 26, 2007 (complications of a stroke)
Former White House aide and long time president of the Motion Picture Association of America

Rudy Vallee b. 1901 d. 1986
Singer/bandleader

Bobby Van b. 1928. d. 1980 (brain tumor)
Actor/host – Tattletales, Showoffs

Lee Van Cleef b. 1925. d. 1989 (heart attack)
Actor – Angel Eyes Sentenza in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

James “Jimmy” Van Heusen b. 1913 d. 1990
Composer – Themes for Hazel, Ocean’s Eleven and many more

Dick Van Patten b. 1928 d. 2015 (complications from diabetes)
Actor – Tom Bradford on “Eight is Enough

Vivian Vance b. 1909 d. 1979 (cancer)
Actress – Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy

Jean Vander Pyl b. 1919 d. 1999 (lung cancer)
Actress – Voice of Wilma Flintstone

Luther Vandross b. 1951 d. July 1, 2005 (complications of stroke)
R&B singer – “Never Too Much”James ”

Jim” Varney b. 1949 d. 2000 (lung cancer)
Actor – Ernest in all the Ernest Goes To… movies

Sarah Vaughan b. 1924 d. 1990 (lung cancer)
Singer

Stevie Ray Vaughan b. 1954 d. 1990 (helicopter crash)
Musician

Gwen Verdon b. 1925 d.2000
Actress/dancer – 4 time Tony winner and wife to Bob Fosse

John Vernon b. 1932 d. February 1, 2005 (complications of heart surgery)
Actor – Dean Wormer in Animal House

Gianni Versace b. 1946 d. July 15, 1997 (murdered)
Fashion designer

Yvette Vickers b. 1928 d. unknown date 2010 (heart failure)
Actress – “Attack of the 50 Woman” found alone in her home after 1 year of death

Gore Vidal b. 1925 d. July 31, 2012 (pneumonia)
Author/ Playwright/ Activist – wrote “Myra Breckenridge”

Abe Vigoda b. 1921 d. 2016 (natural)
Actor – Salvatore Tessio in “The Godfather” (1972) Fish in Barney Miller

Herve “Tattoo” Villechaize b. 1943 d. 1993 (suicide – self-inflicted gunshot wound)
Actor – Tattoo on Fantasy Island

Gene Vincent b. 1935 d. 1971 (bleeding ulcer)
Singer – Be Bop a Lula

Joe Viterelli b. 1937 d. January 28, 2004 (stomach hemorrhage after heart surgery)
Actor – Jelly in Analyze This and Analyze That

Werner Von Braun b. 1912. d. 1977 (cancer)
Rocket scientist

Maria Von Trapp b. 1905 d. 1987
The real Sound of Music woman

Kurt Vonnegut b. 1922 d. April 11, 2007 (brain injury after a fall)
Author – Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle