Celebrity Deaths 2024

by Mimi19 Comments — Updated May 17, 2024

As we look on the year 2024, we honor the memory of the notable personalities who have passed away, leaving a lasting impact. These beloved individuals, including skilled actors, musicians, accomplished authors, and sports figures, have left behind legacies that still inspire.

Let’s come together to celebrate the lives and contributions of these extraordinary people who have enriched our world with their talents and influence.

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3 – Angus Mitchell (53): Co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS), a renowned hair products company. JPMS leads in eco-friendly initiatives, reducing plastic use, carbon emissions, and waste. Angus’s deep love for Hawaii led to active involvement with the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, land donations for nature preserves, and support for local Hawaiian organizations. Despite initial challenges as the son of Paul Mitchell, Angus persisted, focusing on earning respect in the beauty industry.

4 – David Soul (80): An American-British actor and singer, best known for his role as Detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson in Starsky & Hutch, and his hit songs, including “Don’t Give Up on Us” and “Silver Lady.” He also starred in Salem’s Lot and had a successful stage career.

4 – Glynis Johns (100): A legendary British actress whose talent graced both stage and screen for eight remarkable decades. With a husky voice that enthralled audiences and a career filled with iconic performances, she etched her name in the annals of entertainment history. From the enchanting “Mary Poppins” to her Tony Award-winning role in “A Little Night Music,” Johns’ artistry knew no bounds. Her legacy will forever inspire and captivate, reminding us that true talent is ageless and timeless. A star has dimmed, but its radiance lives on.

4 – Christian Oliver (52): Accomplished film and television actor known for his roles in “The Good German,” “Speed Racer,” and “Saved by The Bell: The New Class,” tragically lost his life at 51 in a plane crash. Oliver, had a prolific career, collaborating with renowned figures like Steven Soderbergh and Tom Cruise. He had just completed filming “Forever Hold Your Peace” and had a promising future in the industry. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, leaving the entertainment world in shock and mourning the loss of a talented actor and his beloved family.

5 – Harry Johnson (81): A versatile actor known for his roles in “Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Law & Order. He also lent his voice to numerous TV episodes and video games. Johnson’s memorable “Harry & Louise” political ads left an indelible mark. Besides acting, he was an accomplished writer under the pen name Harry Castle.

2 – Lawrence Collins (79): American guitarist known for being part of The Collins Kids duo with his sister Lorrie, and for co-writing the 1972 hit “Delta Dawn”. He continued to perform as a solo artist and produced hits for well-known country music stars. Collins was recognized for his fast and energetic guitar playing and for using a double-neck Mosrite guitar like his mentor, Joe Maphis.

10 – Peter B. Crombie (71): An American film and television actor. He received his education in acting at the Yale School of Drama and later moved to New York City to pursue his career. Crombie’s notable film appearances included roles in movies like Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Seven, My Dog Skip, and The Doors. He is best remembered for his recurring character “Crazy” Joe Davola on Seinfeld. Crombie also made guest appearances on various television series, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Law & Order.

11 – Laurence Badie (95): French actress had a prolific career spanning from 1952 to 2024. She appeared in over 100 films during her career. Some notable entries in her filmography include “Forbidden Games” (1952), “La Traversée de Paris” (1956), and “Woman Times Seven” (1967).

11 – Lynne Marta (78): American actress and singer known for her appearances in TV series like Starsky & Hutch, Love, American Style, and The F.B.I. She also appeared in films such as Joe Kidd and Footloose. Marta had a versatile career, making multiple appearances on the same series as different characters. She was noted for her role in the entertainment industry and her diverse body of work.

12 – William Foster Hayes III (98): an accomplished American actor and recording artist, achieved chart-topping success with his song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” in 1955. After a fruitful music career, he transitioned to dramatic acting in the late 1960s. His most iconic role emerged in 1970 when he originated the character of Doug Williams on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, a role he played until 2023. Hayes, born in 1925, served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II before pursuing his passion for music and English. He had chart-topping hits in the 1950s and a successful career in theater. 

12 – Alec Musser (50): was an American actor and fitness model renowned for his appearances in shows like I Wanna Be a Soap Star and All My Children, as well as his role in the movie Grown Ups. Raised with strong values and a competitive spirit, Musser excelled academically and athletically. After college, he worked as a ski patroller at Mammoth Mountain and pursued a modeling career, appearing in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and various publications. He won the I Wanna Be a Soap Star contest, earning a role on All My Children.

13 – Joyce Randolph (99):  American actress renowned for her role as Trixie Norton in the television sitcom The Honeymooners. Her acting journey began during her teenage years when she performed with the Wayne University Workshop. After working in retail sales at Saks Fifth Avenue, she embarked on her acting career. Her breakthrough came when Jackie Gleason noticed her in a Clorets commercial and invited her to join his variety show, Cavalcade of Stars, in 1951, which eventually led to her iconic role as Trixie. Despite this fame, she rarely took on other parts due to her strong association with the character. Joyce Randolph passed away peacefully at the age of 99, making her the last surviving member of The Honeymooners cast.

13 – Jo-El Sonnier (77): Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter and accordionist known for his chart-topping hits “No More One More Time” and “Tear-Stained Letter”, as well as his contributions to both country and Cajun music. He won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2015.

15 – Dana Ghia (91): Italian actress, singer, and model – Known for her versatile career in acting, singing, and modeling with notable appearances in films like “The Dirty Outlaws,” “Police Chief Pepe,” and “Trinity Is Still My Name.” Started as a runway model and transitioned into a successful singing career, appearing in RAI variety shows and recording several singles.

19 – Mary Weiss (75): Lead vocalist of the influential girl group, the Shangri-Las during the 1960s. Mary found her passion for music early and was influenced by artists like Neil Sedaka and The Everly Brothers. She, along with her sister Betty and friends Mary Ann and Margie Ganser, formed the Shangri-Las and gained fame with hits like “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” and “Leader of the Pack.” After the group’s success, Mary explored different paths but eventually returned to music, releasing her solo album “Dangerous Game” in 2007.

19 – Marlena Shaw (81): American jazz, blues, and soul singer whose music has been sampled in hip hop and used in television commercials. She began her career in the 1960s, released several albums, and continued to perform until her passing. Shaw’s notable works include “California Soul” and “Look at Me, Look at You,” which became popular in the UK rare groove scene.

22 – Dexter Scott King (62): Son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, chairman of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, dedicated civil and animal rights activist, and author of “Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir.” Advocated for nonviolent training, reduced staff at the King Center, and voiced his father in films. Met with James Earl Ray and pursued a conspiracy theory regarding his father’s assassination.

23 – Charles Osgood (91): Radio and TV commentator – Known for hosting CBS News Sunday Morning for over 22 years and for The Osgood File, a series of daily radio commentaries. He was also the narrator of Horton Hears a Who! and published a memoir of his boyhood. Osgood received honors such as the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2004.

7 – Chita Rivera (91): Pioneering American actress, singer, and dancer known for winning two Tony Awards and originating iconic roles in Broadway musicals like Anita in West Side Story (1957) and Velma Kelly in Chicago (1975). Rivera was the first Latina to receive a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002 and won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018.


1 – Carl Weathers (76): Notable for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky film series, Carl Weathers was also known for his roles in Predator and the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Before his successful acting career, he played college football and briefly pursued a professional football career. Weathers’ diverse talents and contributions to popular culture have left a lasting impact.

1 – Mark Gustafson (63): Animator, Film Director – Best known for co-directing Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022), which won Best Animated Feature at the 95th Academy Awards. Started in the 1980s at Will Vinton Studios, contributed to A Claymation Christmas Celebration, Meet the Raisins!, and The PJs. Also served as animation director for Fantastic Mr. Fox. Passed away from a heart attack.

2 – Wayne Kramer (75): Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter – Lead guitarist of the 1960s Detroit rock band MC5, known for their radical political stance and powerful live performances. Co-founded Jail Guitar Doors USA, providing musical instruments and lessons to inmates. Ranked among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time” by Rolling Stone. Passed away from pancreatic cancer.

2 – Ian Lavender (77): Actor – Best known for his portrayal of Private Pike in the iconic BBC sitcom “Dad’s Army,” where he became a household name. Lavender was the last surviving main cast member of the series. His career spanned over five decades, including stage, film, and television, with notable appearances in “EastEnders” and the film remake of “Dad’s Army.” A beloved figure in British entertainment, he also survived bladder cancer and a heart attack.

2 – Don Murray (94) Actor – Known for his debut in “Bus Stop” (1956) alongside Marilyn Monroe, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His career spanned over five decades with notable roles in “A Hatful of Rain” (1957), “Advise & Consent” (1962), and “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (1972). Also starred in TV series like “The Outcasts” and “Knots Landing”.

5 – Toby Keith (62): Country music superstar known for hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” made a significant impact on the country music scene, leaving behind a rich musical legacy.

6 – Robert M. Young (99): Trailblazing American filmmaker – Renowned for directing Edward James Olmos in numerous films and for his significant contributions to independent cinema. His works include “Alambrista!” and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.” Young was a pioneer in civil rights-themed projects, notably the Peabody Award-winning film “Sit-In.” A Harvard graduate, he initially embarked on a career in chemical engineering before shifting to film, leaving a lasting impact on narrative and educational filmmaking.

6 – Cecilia Gentili (52): Advocate – Argentine American champion for transgender and sex worker rights, co-founded DecrimNY leading to the repeal of the “Walking while trans law” and decriminalization of sex work in New York. She held leadership roles in LGBTQ HIV/AIDS nonprofits and founded Trans Equity Consulting. Fought against discrimination in healthcare and contributed to arts and literature, including her book “Faltas” and the TV show “Pose.”

7 – Henry Fambrough (85): Last surviving original member of The Spinners, a legendary R&B group. His rich baritone vocals were showcased in hits like “I Don’t Want to Lose You” and “Ghetto Child”. With a career spanning almost seven decades, he remained dedicated to the group until his retirement in April 2023. Fambrough’s contribution to the music industry and his enduring presence in The Spinners’ legacy will always be remembered.

7 – Mojo Nixon (66): Known for hit song “Elvis Is Everywhere”, he was a psychobilly musician and actor. Nixon’s satirical pieces and controversial songs like “Don Henley Must Die” made him a unique figure in the music industry. He retired in 2004 but made a comeback to support political causes. Nixon’s colorful career included radio DJing, acting, and a strong stance on free file sharing.

11 – Randy Sparks (90): American musician, singer-songwriter, and founder of The New Christy Minstrels and The Back Porch Majority. Composed hits like “Today” and “Green, Green.” His song “Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio” was recorded by John Denver. He also composed the musical score for the 1964 movie Advance to the Rear. Sparks passed away in San Diego, California at the age of 90.

18 – Tony Ganios (64): Remembered for playing Meat in the Porky’s films, made a mark in coming-of-age cinema in the late ’70s and ’80s, left a lasting impression with his fan-favorite character.

19 – Paul D’Amato (74): Actor – Best known for his role as the lead antagonist in the hockey film “Slap Shot.” D’Amato’s career spanned stage, film, and television, frequently cast in tough or villainous roles. His portrayal in “Slap Shot” influenced the comic book character Wolverine’s depiction by artist John Byrne. D’Amato was also an accomplished stage actor and made significant contributions to theatre and film.

21 – Pamela Salem (80): Known for work in James Bond and Doctor Who franchises, excelled on screen with memorable roles in iconic shows and films, showcased talent and versatility throughout her career.

21 – John Savident (86): Actor – Best known for his role as Fred Elliott in “Coronation Street” (1994-2006) and as Monsieur Firmin in the original West End production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” His career spanned several decades, with notable appearances in “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), “Gandhi” (1982), and “The Remains of the Day” (1993). Survived a violent attack in 2000 and retired to spend more time with his family.

24 – Kenneth Mitchell (49): Portrayed multiple roles in Star Trek: Discovery and Carol Danvers’ dad in Captain Marvel, showcased versatility in various TV series, left a lasting impact on the sci-fi and superhero genres.

27 – Richard Lewis (76): Stand-up comedian known for dark, neurotic humor, iconic roles in “Anything but Love” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and candid discussions about struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction. Recognized as one of the influential humorists of the 20th century, Lewis battled health issues, including Parkinson’s disease, and made a lasting impact on comedy and entertainment.


7 – Steve Lawrence (88): Renowned American singer, comedian, and actor known for his iconic duo with wife Eydie Gormé, his chart-topping hits like “Go Away Little Girl,” and his versatile performances on television and stage, including appearances in Broadway musicals and films like The Blues Brothers. Received multiple prestigious awards, including Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award nomination for his exceptional talent and contributions to the entertainment industry.

11 – Eric Howard Carmen (74): American singer-songwriter and musician – Lead vocalist of the Raspberries, known for “Go All the Way,” and solo hits like “All by Myself” and “Hungry Eyes.” Classically trained pianist who became a self-taught guitarist. Achieved success with songs featuring themes by Sergei Rachmaninoff and contributions to film soundtracks like Footloose and Dirty Dancing.

18 – Thomas Patten Stafford (93): Astronaut – Flew on Gemini 6A and Gemini 9A missions, commanded Apollo 10, the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon, and led the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first joint U.S.-Soviet space mission. Stafford made significant contributions to the advancement of space exploration and received numerous awards, including the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Medal “For Merit in Space Exploration” from the Russian government. He was a highly accomplished pilot and a key figure in the Space Race era.

19 – Michael Emmet Walsh (88): Prolific character actor – Known for over 220 film and TV roles, won Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in Blood Simple (1984), appeared in Blade Runner (1982), The Jerk (1979), Knives Out (2019), and known for playing villains with a menacing presence. Inducted into the Character Actor Hall of Fame in 2018, remembered for his generosity and wry wit.

29 – Louis Gossett Jr. (87): Award-winning American actor known for his powerful performances on stage and screen. He made history as the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1982. Gossett’s notable roles include Fiddler in the miniseries Roots, Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman, and Colonel Chappy Sinclair in the Iron Eagle film series. Throughout his career, he received numerous accolades, including Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

31 – Barbara Rush (97): Award-winning American actress known for her versatile roles in film and television. Notable for her performance in the science-fiction film “It Came from Outer Space” which earned her a Golden Globe Award. Rush also appeared in popular TV series like Peyton Place and 7th Heaven, showcasing her talent and versatility throughout her career spanning decades.


1 – Joe Flaherty (82): Renowned American actor, writer, and comedian best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV from 1976 to 1984, his role as Harold Weir on Freaks and Geeks, and memorable appearances in cult-favorite films like Back to the Future Part II and Happy Gilmore. Flaherty’s versatile talent and comedic genius left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

2 – John Barth (93): Renowned American novelist celebrated for his postmodern and metafictional works like “The Sot-Weed Factor,” “Giles Goat-Boy,” and “Lost in the Funhouse.” Co-recipient of the National Book Award in 1973 for his novel “Chimera.” Barth’s literary career showcased historical awareness, rewriting traditions, and a postmodern sensibility with a focus on parody. His essays, “The Literature of Exhaustion” and “The Literature of Replenishment,” are considered influential in the realm of postmodernism.

7 – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (87): Renowned American rhythm and blues singer and pianist, known for hits like “Ain’t Got No Home” and “(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do”. Toured with the Beatles in 1964 and performed on Bourbon Street for 19 years. Inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his pioneering contributions to music.

10 – O. J. Simpson (76): NFL running back with a controversial legacy. Won the Heisman Trophy, rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season, and held multiple NFL records. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Later involved in highly publicized legal issues and a notable acting career, including roles in The Naked Gun films.

12 – Robert MacNeil (93): Renowned Canadian-American journalist and co-creator of The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, covering pivotal events like the Watergate hearings. Known for his Emmy-winning coverage, MacNeil also contributed to PBS’s America at a Crossroads post-9/11. His passion for language led to The Story of English series. MacNeil passed away in 2024, leaving a significant mark on television journalism.

12 – Eleanor Coppola (87): Renowned documentary film director, screenwriter, and artist known for capturing the emotional and financial struggles behind iconic films like “Apocalypse Now” and “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.” Accomplished writer with successful books like “Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now” and “Notes on a Life,” chronicling her personal journey amidst family tragedies and triumphs in the film industry.

13 – Ron Thompson (83): A versatile American actor, singer-songwriter, and dancer known for his notable roles in Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop and the TV series Baretta. Thompson’s career spanned from the 1960s to 2023, with standout performances on stage and screen, including his award-winning theatre lead performance in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and his dramatic portrayal of Henry David Thoreau in The Rebels.

15 – Eugene Wolfgramm (57): Founding member of The Jets, American singer, and musician. Featured in hit songs like “Cross My Broken Heart” and “I Remember Holding You” with Boys Club. Contributed to The Jets’ song “Do You Remember.” Known for his musical talents, leaving a lasting impact on the music industry.

15 – Whitey Herzog (92): Baseball figure – Known for his successful MLB managerial career, including leading the Kansas City Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances and winning the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010, known for his strategic “Whiteyball” play style focusing on pitching, speed, and defense rather than home runs.

16 – Barbara O. Jones (82): L.A. Rebellion actress known for starring in groundbreaking films by black filmmakers like Haile Gerima and Julie Dash. Notable for roles in movies addressing social issues and cultural identity, including her role as Yellow Mary in ‘Daughters of the Dust’. Also appeared alongside Muhammad Ali in ‘Freedom Road’ and had a diverse acting career spanning several decades.

18 – Mandisa (47): American Idol contestant who became a Grammy-winning gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Known for her inspiring journey on American Idol, where she shared a powerful message of forgiveness and grace. Mandisa’s music career was marked by chart-topping hits like “Overcomer” and “Stronger”, reflecting her personal struggles and triumphs. Her openness about mental health challenges and faith journey resonated with many fans.

20 – Roman Gabriel (83): Trailblazing NFL quarterback, first of Filipino-American descent, won NFL Most Valuable Player in 1969. Played 16 seasons, notably with Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. Held Rams’ passing records. After his playing career, briefly coached and acted, appearing in the 1969 John Wayne film “The Undefeated.” Recognized with multiple awards and inductions, including College Football Hall of Fame.

23 – Terry Carter (95): Actor and filmmaker known for his roles as Sgt. Joe Broadhurst on the TV series McCloud and as Colonel Tigh on the original Battlestar Galactica. Pioneering as one of the first black TV newscasters and known for his impactful work in theatre, television, and film. Established Meta/4 Productions, Inc. and Council for Positive Images, Inc. Produced award-winning programs promoting intercultural understanding.

24 – Michael Thomas Pinder (82): Renowned English rock musician known for his pioneering technological contributions to rock music, notably the Mellotron. A founding member and original keyboard player of the Moody Blues, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Last surviving member of the original lineup. Contributed significantly to the band’s unique sound and success during their ‘Core Seven’ period between 1967 and 1972.

25 – Marla Adams (85): A versatile American actress known for her compelling portrayal of complex characters in daytime soap operas. Adams received a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Dina Abbott Mergeron on The Young and the Restless, where she skillfully depicted the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. With over 40 appearances on primetime television, her impactful performances left a lasting impression on viewers across generations.

30 – Duane Eddy (86): Guitarist – Known for his pioneering “twangy” guitar sound, Eddy had a string of hit records in the late 1950s and early 1960s, selling over 12 million records by 1963. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, he was acclaimed for hits like “Rebel-‘Rouser”, “Peter Gunn”, and “Because They’re Young”.


2 – Susan Buckner (72): Actress – Known for her role as Patty Simcox in the 1978 film Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. Also recognized for her performance in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

9 – James Gregory (78): Stand-up comedian known for his observational comedy style. Started his career at The Punch Line comedy club in Atlanta and released works like “It Could Be A Law, I Don’t Know” and “Grease, Gravy & John Wayne’s Momma.” Appeared on various syndicated radio shows.

16 – Dabney Coleman (92): Renowned American actor known for his versatile roles in over 60 films and TV shows. Noteworthy performances in 9 to 5, Tootsie, and WarGames. Won Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Recognizable for his distinctive moustache. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Avid tennis player and environmental advocate.

19 thoughts on “Celebrity Deaths 2024”

  1. Can you please add Bob Marley he was born February 6, 1945, in nine mile, saint ann parish, jamaica he died may 11, 1981, in miami, florida, U.S. cause of death was metastatic skin cancer.
    He was 36 years old.
    He brought reggae music to the world.

    Thank you.

  2. Eric Carmen (1949 – 2024) died on March 11th. He was a singer and song writer, heart throb, and was one of the founding members of the early 1970s glam rock band The Raspberries with their hit song Go all the way. Later went solo with By myself, never going top fall in love again and she did it. He wrote the song Hungry eyes for the 1987 film Dirty dancing. Cause of death: Died in his sleep.

  3. Can you please add Akira Toriyama the creator of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super. He died March 1st of this year.


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