Celebrity Deaths 2023

by Michael Rich70 Comments — Updated May 23, 2024

In remembrance of the celebrities that passed away and left an incredible mark in 2023, we reflect on the lives and contributions of these cherished individuals.

Celebrity Deaths in 2023

From talented actors and musicians to accomplished authors and sports figures, their legacies continue to resonate.

Join us as we pay tribute to those who enriched our world with their talent and presence. You can find the latest addition by scrolling to the bottom of the page of by clicking here.

JANUARY

2 – Ken Block (55): Known for his contributions to the world of motorsports, particularly rally driving. He co-founded DC Shoes and later became a professional rally driver with the Hoonigan Racing Division – age 55.

6 – Adam Rich (54): American actor known for his role as Nicholas Bradford on the television series “Eight Is Enough.” He later struggled with personal issues but remained a part of pop culture – age 54.

9 – Jeff Beck (78): English rock guitarist who has earned wide critical acclaim. He has been ranked among the best guitarists in the world and has received several music awards – age 78.

11 – Lisa Marie Presley (54): Singer-songwriter and the only child of Elvis Presley. Known for her own music career as well as for being the ex-wife of Michael Jackson – age 54.

12 – Odele Ventimiglia (25): Daughter of “Sopranos” star John Ventimiglia. Odele’s sister, Lucinda Ventimiglia, expressed her grief on social media, mentioning the deep loss of her younger sister.

12 – Julian Sands (65): English actor known for roles in films like “A Room with a View” and “Warlock.” He has a versatile career spanning stage, film, and television – age 65.

13 – Al Brown (83): Actor best known for his role as Col. Stan Valchek on the HBO series “The Wire”. He passed away in Las Vegas due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

14 – CJ Harris (31): Known for his appearance on the 13th season of American Idol. He gained fame for his soulful renditions of popular songs – age 31.

16 – Jay Briscoe (38): Professional wrestler known for his time in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a two-time ROH World Champion – age 38.

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16 – Gina Lollobrigida (95): was an Italian actress and iconic international sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s. Her career transitioned to successful photojournalism, including an interview with Fidel Castro. Lollobrigida remained active in Italian-American causes, notably donating millions to stem-cell therapy research. She also dabbled in politics, running for the European Parliament. Her legacy endures as a symbol of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

18 – David Crosby (81): Rock legend who passed away after a “long” battle with an unspecified illness. His wife, Jan Dance, announced his passing, highlighting his legacy through his legendary music.

19 – Sal Bando (78): Former professional baseball player and executive. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball and was a key figure in the Oakland Athletics’ championship teams – age 78.

23 – Lance Kerwin (62): Actor known for his role in the TV series “James at 15,” which earned him fame as a teen idol during the late 1970s – age 62.

25 – Billy Packer (82): American television sportscaster known for his coverage of college basketball games, particularly the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship – age 82.

25 – Cindy Williams (75): Known for her role in “LaVerne & Shirley”. Her children released a statement expressing their grief and highlighting her unique spirit and humor.

27 – Lisa Loring (64): American actress best known for playing Wednesday Addams on the original “The Addams Family” television series – age 64.

29 – Bobby Hull (84): Canadian former ice hockey player who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) – age 84.

FEBRUARY

1 – Terry Holland (80): American former basketball player and coach. He served as the head men’s basketball coach at Davidson College and the University of Virginia – age 80.

7 – Burt Bacharach (94): American composer, songwriter, and record producer, known for hits like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “This Guy’s in Love with You” – age 94.

10 – Kiernan Forbes (AKA): South African rapper known by his stage name AKA. He was fatally shot in Durban. His family confirmed his death, expressing their grief and highlighting his impact on the music scene in South Africa.

10 – Cody Longo (34): Actor known for his role in “Days of Our Lives.” He was discovered lifeless in bed at a residence in Austin, Texas. Longo’s passing left behind his wife, Stephanie Longo, and their three young children.

12 – David Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove, 54): Performed as Trugoy the Dove in the rap trio De La Soul. The cause of his death was not immediately revealed, but he had struggled with congestive heart failure in the final years of his life.

12 – Conrad Dobler (72): Former professional American football guard who earned three Pro Bowl selections during his career. Known for his aggressive play, he was often described as “Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player” – age 72.

14 – Raquel Welch (82): American actress and singer, known for her roles in films like “One Million Years B.C.” and “The Three Musketeers.” She became a sex symbol and an icon of the 1960s and 1970s – age 82.

15 – Tim McCarver (81): American sportscaster and former professional baseball catcher. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox between 1959 and 1980 – age 81.

18 – Richard Belzer (78): American stand-up comedian, author, and actor. He is best known for his role as John Munch, which he has portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 1993 to 2016 – age 78. He passed away at his home in France. He was remembered for his significant contribution to television.

MARCH

2 – Tom Sizemore (61): American film and television actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as “Heat,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Black Hawk Down” – age 61.

4 – Gary Rossington (71): American musician, best known as a founder of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He is the band’s last surviving original member – age 71.

8 – Robert Blake (89): American actor best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Tony Baretta in the TV series “Baretta” and for his role in the film “In Cold Blood” – age 89.

10 – Bud Grant (95): Former head coach and player of American football and Canadian football. Grant served as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons – age 95.

12 – Joe Pepitone (82): Former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. He played for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1973 – age 82.

13 – Bobby Caldwell (71): American singer and songwriter, known for his hit songs like “What You Won’t Do for Love” and “Heart of Mine” – age 71.

16 – Lance Reddick (60): American actor and musician. He is best known for portraying Cedric Daniels in the hit HBO show “The Wire” for all five seasons and Phillip Broyles in “Fringe”.His body was discovered at his home in Studio City, Calif. The cause of death appears to be natural – age 60.

20 – Willis Reed (80): Retired American basketball player, coach, and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks – age 80.

22 – Wayne Swinny (59): Founding member of the band Saliva – Died at the age of 59. Just a few hours before his death, it was announced that the guitarist had been hospitalized after suffering a brain hemorrhage – age 59.

23 – Steve Mackey (56): Notable as Pulp’s bassist, contributing to hit albums like “Different Class.” Also, a respected producer for artists like M.I.A. and Florence + the Machine. Received an Ivor Novello Award in 2017. Engaged in diverse creative projects, including film and art. Made a cameo in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”.

25 – Nicholas Webber (43): Composer – Son of Andrew Lloyd Webber, died of gastric cancer at age 43. His father expressed deep sorrow and mentioned that Nicholas was a beloved elder son – age 43.

27 – Ryuichi Sakamoto (71): Japanese composer, musician, and producer. He is known for his work in electronic music and has received several awards, including an Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack for “The Last Emperor” – age 71.

29 – Brian ‘Brizz’ Gillis: Founding member of ’90s group LFO – Died on March 29. His age was reportedly in his late 40s. His former bandmate Brad Fischetti announced the sad news, mentioning that Gillis’ passing was a tragic loss – age late 40s.

30 – Mark Russell (90): Renowned American political satirist and comedian, was best known for his PBS comedy specials from 1975 to 2004. His unique act combined political stand-up humor with musical parodies, often performed on his American flag-themed piano. Russell’s satire spared no one, skewering Democrats, Republicans, and other political figures. Notably, he played a key role in the legal battle for song parodies’ fair use rights. Russell retired from public performances in 2010 but continued to contribute to political humor. 

APRIL

5 – Paul Cattermole (46): English singer and actor, best known as a member of the British pop group S Club 7, which enjoyed significant fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s – age 46.

7 – Michael Lerner (81): American character actor in film, television, and theater. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Barton Fink” – age 81.

9 – Al Jaffee (102): American cartoonist best known for his work in the satirical magazine Mad, including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in – age 102.

12 – Mary Quant (93): English fashion designer who was instrumental in the mod and youth fashion movements, popularizing the miniskirt and hot pants – age 93.

14 – Mark Sheehan (46): Guitarist – Co-founder and guitarist of the Irish band “The Script,” known for hits like “Breakeven” and “We Cry.” Sheehan passed away after battling a swift illness – age 46.

21 – Len Goodman (78): English professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and coach. He is known for being a long-time judge on the TV series “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing” – age 78.

23 – Ginnie Newhart (82): Wife of Bob Newhart – Ginnie Newhart, the wife of legendary comedian and actor Bob Newhart, passed away at the age of 82. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just three months before her passing – age 82.

24 – Harry Belafonte (96): American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style – age 96.

26 – Jerry Springer (79): English-American television presenter, former lawyer, politician, news presenter, actor, and musician. Famed for “The Jerry Springer Show,” a tabloid talk show that aired from 1991 to 2018, known for its controversial topics and on-stage altercations. Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried, whether that was politics, broadcasting, or just joking with people on the street. He passed away after a brief battle with cancer – age 79.

MAY

1 – Gordon Lightfoot Jr. (84): a legendary Canadian singer-songwriter celebrated for shaping folk-pop music in the 1960s and 1970s. His iconic hits, such as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” achieved international acclaim. Despite health challenges, including a minor stroke, Lightfoot’s career spanned decades. His profound influence extended beyond his performances, with many renowned artists covering his songs. He left an enduring legacy as Canada’s greatest songwriter, captivating audiences with his distinctive voice and timeless music, culminating in a final performance in 2022.

5 – Vida Blue (73): Former professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher, and during a 17-year career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals – age 73.

7 – Joe Kapp (85): Former professional American and Canadian football quarterback. He is best known for his years with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League and the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League – age 85.

8 – Denny Crum (86): Retired American men’s college basketball coach at the University of Louisville in Kentucky from 1971 to 2001, compiling a 675–295 record – age 86.

9 – Heather Hamilton (Dooce) (47): Popular mommy blogger – Apparent suicide; battled depression throughout her life – age 47

9 – Jacklyn Zeman (70): Actress – Portrayed nurse Bobbie Spencer on “General Hospital” – Brief battle with cancer – age 70

12 – Michael Norell (85): was an American actor, screenwriter, and executive producer, best known for his role as Captain Henry “Hank” Stanley in the TV series “Emergency!” He initially studied journalism, served in the Army, and transitioned to acting in New York and later in Hollywood. Norell also wrote episodes for “Emergency!” and became a screenwriter, contributing to various TV shows and films.

14 – Doyle Brunson (89): Retired American poker player who played professionally for over 50 years. He is a two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and the author of several books on poker – age 89.

16 – Marlene Hagge (89): American former professional golfer. She was one of the 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950. She won a total of 26 LPGA Tour career events and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame – age 89.

18 – Jim Brown (87): Former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965.

19 – Andy Rourke (59): English bassist of 1980s indie rock band the Smiths, known for his melodic and funk-inspired basslines. His musical journey included collaborations with Sinéad O’Connor and the Pretenders, as well as philanthropic work organizing Versus Cancer concerts. Despite personal struggles, his artistic legacy endures. Rourke passed away from pancreatic cancer, leaving an indelible mark on music.

21 – Ray Stevenson (58): Versatile British actor known for roles in “King Arthur” and “Rome,” as well as Marvel’s Volstagg. His filmography includes “Punisher: War Zone” and “Kill the Irishman.” On television, he impressed as Isaak Sirko in “Dexter” and Blackbeard in “Black Sails.” Stevenson’s stage work was noteworthy, with portrayals like Jesus Christ and the Cardinal.

24 – Tina Turner (83): American-born Swiss singer and actress. Known for her powerful vocals and career longevity, she has been dubbed “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” – age 83.

24 – George Maharis (94): Renowned American actor and singer celebrated for his dynamic career. He gained fame as Buz Murdock in “Route 66,” earning an Emmy nomination. Maharis transitioned from an early singing career to acting, showcasing his talent in off-Broadway productions. His departure from “Route 66” amid legal battles left a notable mark. His dedication to artistic integrity remains a standout feature of his legacy.

30 – John Beasley (79): Actor – Known for his role in “Everwood” – Health took an unexpected turn after undergoing liver testing – age 79

31 – Jacky Oh (33): Longtime partner of “Wild ‘N Out” star D.C. Young Fly – Not immediately revealed, but there were claims she was in Florida for a “mommy makeover” with a popular surgeon – age 33

JUNE

5 – Anna Shay (62): Reality TV Star – Matriarch of the popular Netflix series “Bling Empire.” Died unexpectedly from a stroke. Her family remembered her for teaching life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things.

5 – Robert Hanssen (79): Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001 – age 79.

7 – The Iron Sheik (81): Retired Iranian-American professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, and actor. Born in Iran, he later became a U.S. citizen and is best known for his villainous character – age 81.

8 – Pat Robertson (93): American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister – age 93.

10 – Theodore Kaczynski (81): Also known as the Unabomber, he is an American domestic terrorist, anarchist, and former mathematics professor – age 81.

12 – Silvio Berlusconi (86): Italian media tycoon and politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments – age 86.

12 – Treat Williams (71): American actor, writer, and aviator who has appeared on film, stage, and television in over 120 credits. Known for his role in the movie “Hair.” Williams died unexpectedly following a motorcycle accident. Described by his representative as “an actor’s actor” that has “been the heart of Hollywood since the late 1970s.” – age 71.

13 – Cormac McCarthy (89): American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Road” – age 89.

13 – Larry Meyers Jr. (49): Reality TV Star – Known for his appearance on “My 600-Lb. Life” and for singing the “Mr. Buttermilk Biscuits” song at a chicken restaurant. Passed away from a heart attack three days after celebrating his 49th birthday.

16 – Daniel Ellsberg (92): American economist, political activist, and former military analyst. He is best known for releasing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of the U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War – age 92.

26 – Nicolas Dwynn Coster (89): A notable American actor known for his work in daytime drama and as a character actor in various television series, including “Santa Barbara,” “Wonder Woman,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” “T. J. Hooker,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Coster had a diverse acting career, participating in stage productions alongside renowned actors like Elizabeth Taylor.

27 – Bobby Osborne (91): American bluegrass musician known for his mandolin playing and high lead vocals. He was a significant part of the Osborne Brothers, a bluegrass band he formed with his brother – age 91.

29 – Alan Arkin (89): American actor, director, and screenwriter. With a film career spanning seven decades, he is known for his performances in “Wait Until Dark,” “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – age 89.

JULY

5 – George Tickner (76): Co-founding member and original rhythm guitarist of Journey.

9 – Andrea Evans (66): Soap opera star best known for portraying Tina Lord on “One Life to Live.”13 – Josephine Chaplin (74): Actress and daughter of Charlie Chaplin. Known for roles in her father’s films and other European movies.

13 – Carlin Glynn (83): Actress known for “Sixteen Candles” and won a Tony for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

14 – Nick Benedict (77): Daytime Emmy-nominated actor known for roles on “All My Children” and “Days of Our Lives.”

16 – Jane Birkin (76): Actress, singer, and style icon. Known for her collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg on “Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus.”

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21 – Tony Bennett (96): American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is a singer with hits spanning decades. Known for songs like “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and collaborations with artists like Lady Gaga.– age 96.

21 – Jerome Coppersmith (97): Screenwriter known for his work on “Hawaii Five-O.”

22 – Lelia Goldoni (86): Actress known for “Shadows” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”23 – Pamela Blair (73): Broadway actress known for originating the role of Val in “A Chorus Line.”23 – Inga Swenson (90): Emmy-nominated actress for “Benson” and received Tony nods for her Broadway roles.

25 – Bo Goldman (90): Academy Award-winning screenwriter for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Melvin and Howard.”

25 – Randall Herman Meisner (77): Founding member of the Eagles, he was a bassist and vocalist known for co-writing and singing lead on their hit “Take It to the Limit.” Meisner also had stints with Poco, Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band, and a solo career. He passed away due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

26 – Sinead O’Connor (56): Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album “The Lion and the Cobra.” She is best known for her arrangement of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” – age 56.

29 – Marc Gilpin (56): Former child actor known for “Jaws 2.” Brother of “Frasier” star Peri Gilpin.30 – Paul Reubens (70): American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian. Best known as Pee-wee Herman. His character became a cultural icon through films and the TV series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

31 – Angus Cloud (25): Breakout star of HBO’s “Euphoria.” Known for his portrayal of Fezco, a compassionate drug dealer.

AUGUST

7 – William Friedkin (87): American film and television director, producer, and screenwriter closely identified with the “New Hollywood” movement of the 1970s. His best-known films are the action thriller French Connection (1971) and the supernatural horror film The Exorcist (1973) – age 87.

7 – DJ Casper (58): Chicago musician famous for the dance anthem “Cha Cha Slide.” His song became a staple at various celebrations worldwide.

8 – Sixto Rodriguez (81): Detroit musician celebrated in the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” His songs became anthems for South Africans against apartheid.

9 – Robbie Robertson (80): Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author. Robertson is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band, and for his career as a solo recording artist. Also renowned for popularizing Americana music with hits like “The Weight.” Collaborated with Martin Scorsese on films like “The Last Waltz” and “The Irishman.”. – age 80.

9 – Robert Swan (78): Veteran actor known for roles in “Hoosiers,” “The Untouchables,” and “Natural Born Killers.” Founded the Harbor Country Opera and was a prominent figure in the Chicago theater scene.

10 – Robert Arevalo (85): Filipino actor – Known for roles in films like “The Moises Padilla Story” and “Only the Brave Know Hell”.

10 – Patricia Bragg (94): American businesswoman, author, and health consultant.

10 – Cesare Cipollini (64): Italian Olympic cyclist who competed in 1976.

11 – Mike Ahern (81): Australian politician – Served as the premier of Queensland from 1987 to 1989. He passed away due to cancer.

11 – Lizeta Nikolaou (71): Greek singer – Tragically passed away at 72 following a severe accident. Born in Thessaloniki to Pontian refugee parents, Nikolaou began her singing journey during her school days. In the 1970s, after a successful audition, she performed alongside Greek music legends like Dionysiou, Parios, and Dalaras at “Deilina”. Her untimely death came after a fall in a cafeteria, leading to a critical head injury.

11 – Kourosh Safavi (67): A renowned Iranian linguist, translator, and professor at Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran. He served as vice-president of the Linguistics Society of Iran. Safavi authored significant books on linguistics and translated works of eminent figures like Noam Chomsky into Persian. Born in Tehran, he earned his doctorate in Linguistics from Tehran University in 1993.

11 – Bikash Sinha (78): Indian nuclear physicist – Notably served as the director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre from 2005 to 2009.

23 – Terry Funk (79): Retired American professional wrestler and actor. Funk is known for the longevity of his career – which has spanned more than 50 years and includes multiple short-lived retirements – and the influential hardcore wrestling style he pioneered in the latter part of his career – age 79.

24 – Bernie Marsden (72): English rock and blues guitarist best known for his work with Whitesnake, co-writing many of their hit songs. Marsden’s contributions to rock classics like “Here I Go Again” and his solo work showcased his guitar prowess. His legacy lives on in the world of blues and rock.

26 – Bob Barker (99): American retired television game show host. He is known for hosting CBS’s The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history – age 99.

SEPTEMBER

1 – Bill Richardson (75): American politician, author, and diplomat, who served as the 30th governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. He was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration – age 75.

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1 – Jimmy Buffett (76): American singer-songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an “island escapism” lifestyle – age 76.

4 – Gary Wright (80): American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer best known for his 1976 hit songs “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive,” and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music – age 80.

4 – Steve Harwell (56): American musician who served as the lead vocalist for the band Smash Mouth. The band is known for hits like “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun” – age 56.

5 – Joe Fagin (83): British singer known for the song “Breakin’ Away / That’s Livin’ Alright.”

10 – Charlie Robison (59): Country Singer-Songwriter – Known for the hit song “I Want You Bad,” Charlie Robison began his career in the 1980s and enjoyed success as a solo artist, signing with Sony’s Lucky Dog imprint. He also served as a judge on the reality show Nashville Star. In 2018, he retired from touring and recording due to a surgical procedure on his throat.

10 – Zeus (3): American Great Dane dog, known as the world’s tallest dog, who sadly passed away due to pneumonia following cancer surgery.

10 – Mike Williams (36): American football player who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills. He passed away due to complications from a construction accident.

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13 – Roger Whittaker (87): British singer known for his hit song “The Last Farewell”. The song became popular in 1975 after being played on an Atlanta radio station and reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Whittaker continued to have a successful career, selling millions of albums and touring extensively. He was also known for his TV commercials promoting his music.

14 – Scott Taylor (78): American Olympic pentathlete who represented his country in the 1972 Olympics.

14 – Michael McGrath (65): Tony Award-Winning Actor – Michael McGrath originated the role of Patsy in Spamalot on Broadway and starred in numerous other Broadway productions, earning a Tony Award in 2012 for Nice Work If You Can Get It. His stage career spanned 30 years, and he also had film credits, including Changing Lanes, The Interpreter, and The Secret of the Kells.

15 – Billy Miller (43): Soap Opera Star – Billy Miller, born on September 17, 1979, was known for his roles in The Young and the Restless and General Hospital. He won three Daytime Emmys for his portrayal of Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless. Miller also appeared in TV shows like Ringer, Suits, Ray Donovan, and Truth Be Told, as well as the film American Sniper. He struggled with manic depression before his passing.

16 – Irish Grinstead (43): R&B Singer (702) – Irish Grinstead was a member of the R&B girl group 702, best known for their 1999 single “Where My Girls At?” She passed away at the age of 43, following a long battle with undisclosed medical issues. Irish and her twin sister, Orish Grinstead, gained fame in the late ’90s and reunited with 702 in 2017 for live performances and reality show appearances.

23 – Terry Kirkman (83): Founding member of the ’60s band the Association, died at 83. He left the group but returned, later working in addictions counseling.

23 – Nic Kerdiles (29), ex-fiancé of Savannah Chrisley and former hockey player, died at 29 in a motorcycle accident.

24 – Nashawn Breedlove(46): known for his role alongside Eminem in “8 Mile,” the cause of death still unknown. Breedlove’s portrayal of Lotto in the film earned him fame. His ex-girlfriend, Latisha Harper, praised his talent and humility in tribute. He was remembered for his rap battle with Eminem’s character B-Rabbit in the movie.

25 – David McCallum (90): was a Scottish actor known for “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS.” He passed away at 90, survived by his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren.

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28 – Michael Gambon (82): A renowned actor known for his diverse roles across TV, film, and radio. He is best remembered for portraying Albus Dumbledore in most of the “Harry Potter” films following the passing of Richard Harris in 2002. Gambon’s extensive career earned him several accolades, including becoming a Knight Bachelor for his services to drama. His work spanned various genres and mediums, and he was celebrated for his contributions to British theater and entertainment. Tributes poured in from fellow actors and colleagues, highlighting his warmth, humor, and remarkable talent.

29 – Dianne Feinstein (90): An American politician who served as a U.S. senator from California from 1992 until her death in 2023. She also served as mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

OCTOBER

4 – Shawna Trpcic (56): Emmy-nominated costume designer known for “Firefly,” “Ahsoka,” and “The Mandalorian” passed away at 56. Her iconic sci-fi costumes graced popular series. She’s nominated posthumously for “The Mandalorian” season 3. Survived by two children.

Celebrity Deaths 2023 Photo 5 – Keith Jefferson (53): A versatile actor, singer, and dancer, Keith Jefferson made a lasting mark in the entertainment industry. He collaborated with renowned director Quentin Tarantino, showcasing his talent in “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.” Keith’s dedication to his craft, workshops for aspiring entertainers, and contributions to film and television left a legacy in Hollywood.

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5 – Dick Butkus (80): An iconic American football linebacker, Dick Butkus was known for his unmatched intensity and ferocious tackling skills. He dominated the NFL as a Chicago Bear from 1965 to 1973, earning eight Pro Bowl selections, six first-team All-Pro honors, and two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards. A defining figure in middle linebacker history, Butkus set the standard for future generations. His legacy lives on through the Butkus Award and his contributions to charitable causes.

6 – Michael Chiarello (61): Renowned restaurateur, celebrity chef, and Food Network star passed away at 61 due to an acute allergic reaction leading to anaphylactic shock. Known for his acclaimed restaurants in Napa Valley and TV shows like “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello” and appearances on “Top Chef” and more.

7 – Terence Davies (77): Terence Davies was a BAFTA-winning screenwriter and director known for his autobiographical films, including “Distant Voices, Still Lives” and “The Long Day Closes.” Born in Liverpool, England, he began his career as an office clerk and later studied at drama and film schools. Davies drew inspiration from his hometown for several acclaimed films and directed notable works such as “The House of Mirth” and “A Quiet Passion.” His final film, “Benediction,” was released in 2021.

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8 – Burt Young (83): Paulie in “Rocky“. Born in Queens, Young’s career spanned more than 160 film and TV credits. His portrayal of complex tough guys in films like “Chinatown,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” and “Rocky” earned him an Academy Award nomination. Despite his tough image, he brought depth to his characters. Young’s acting career, marked by authenticity, left an indelible mark on Hollywood.

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9 – Buck Trent (85): Buck Trent was an American country music instrumentalist known for inventing the electric banjo and playing various instruments, including the five-string banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and guitar. He was a prominent member of the cast of the variety show Hee Haw and contributed to iconic songs recorded by Dolly Parton.

9 – Keith Giffen (70): Esteemed superhero comic writer and artist, known for iconic works like “Blue Beetle,” “The Great Darkness Saga,” and “52.” Co-creator of characters like Rocket Raccoon and Blue Beetle’s Jamie Reyes incarnation. His contributions left a lasting impact on the comic book world.

10 – Mark Goddard (87): Known for playing Maj. Don West on the 1960s sci-fi series “Lost in Space.” He had a prolific television career, appearing in shows like “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” and “The Fall Guy.

10 – Jeff Burr (60): Director known for works like “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” and involvement in the horror genre. Burr’s dedication to storytelling and characters left a lasting impact on genre fans.

11 – Rudolph Isley (84): Founding member of the R&B group The Isley Brothers and co-writer of their iconic hit “Shout,” has passed away at the age of 84. The Isley Brothers, initially formed in 1954, gained fame with Rudolph as one of their primary songwriters. Rudolph’s contributions, including the enduring track “Shout,” left an indelible mark on the music world. He will be remembered as a key figure in the group’s success and musical legacy.

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Phyllis Coates

11 – Phyllis Coates (96): The first actress to portray Lois Lane on television. Her role in the 1951 film “Superman and the Mole Men” led to the creation of the 1952 series “Adventures of Superman.” Coates appeared in various films and TV shows during her 50-year career.

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12 – Lara Parker (84), born Mary Lamar Rickey, known for her role as Angelique in “Dark Shadows,” has passed away at 84. She was an American actress with an extensive career in TV, including “The Incredible Hulk” and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Parker also appeared in the film “Save the Tiger” and made her Broadway debut in 1968. Later, she authored several novels related to “Dark Shadows” and returned to the role of Angelique in audio dramas. After her acting career, Parker became a high school teacher and earned an MFA in creative writing.

13 – Louise Glück (80): Nobel Prize-winning poet celebrated for poetry collections like “The Triumph of Achilles” and “The Wild Iris.” Her career spanned 50 years, during which she published 15 volumes of poetry and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020.

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Piper Laurie (1953)

14 – Piper Laurie (91): Oscar-nominated actress renowned for her roles in “Carrie” and “Twin Peaks.” Her iconic performances in “The Hustler” and “Children of a Lesser God” earned her multiple Oscar nominations. Laurie also won a Golden Globe for her role in “Twin Peaks.”

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15 – Suzanne Somers (76): was a renowned American actress known for her iconic TV roles. She played Chrissy Snow in “Three’s Company” (1977-1981) and Carol Foster Lambert in “Step by Step” (1991-1998). Beyond acting, she authored books and became a health advocate, promoting bioidentical hormone therapy and alternative cancer treatments. Her impactful career left a mark in television and health advocacy.

15 – Joanna Merlin (92): Joanna Merlin, originating the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, passed away at 92. She worked as a casting director on various projects, including Stephen Sondheim’s works. Merlin also appeared in films like The Ten Commandments, All That Jazz, and Mystic Pizza, and she founded the Michael Chekhov Association while teaching acting workshops at NYU Tisch.

18 – Dwight Twilley (72): Dwight Twilley, a power pop singer-songwriter known for hits like “I’m on Fire” and “Girls,” passed away at 72. He formed the Dwight Twilley Band and achieved success with “I’m on Fire” and “Girls,” releasing over two dozen albums during his career.

19 – The 45 King (62): Mark Howard James, the hip-hop producer and DJ famous as the 45 King, died at 62. He gained recognition for “The 900 Number” and produced hits for Queen Latifah, Eminem, and Jay-Z. He also remixed tracks for Madonna and DJ Kool.

20 – Haydn Gwynne (66): British actress Haydn Gwynne, known for her roles in The Crown and the satire Drop the Dead Donkey, passed away at 66. She received Olivier and Tony nominations for her performance in Billy Elliot the Musical and played Princess Camilla on The Windsors and Lady Susan Hussey on The Crown.

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24 – Richard Roundtree (81): Richard Roundtree, renowned for his portrayal of John Shaft in multiple Shaft films and TV movies, passed away at 81. He gained fame in the 1971 blaxploitation classic and played supporting roles in various films. He made notable TV appearances in shows like Roots, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Grey’s Anatomy.

26 –  Charles Richard Moll (80): Charles Richard Moll, renowned for his portrayal of Aristotle Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992. Standing at an imposing height of 6 feet 8 inches, Moll often played distinctive characters due to his stature and deep voice. His career featured roles in films like Brigham (1977), Hard Country (1981), and House (1986), where he earned a Saturn Award nomination. Moll also lent his distinctive voice to animated characters, including Two-Face in Batman: The Animated Series. His contributions to entertainment will be fondly remembered.

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Matthew Perry (August 19, 1969 – October 28, 2023)

28 – Matthew Perry (54): Matthew Perry, a five-time Emmy nominee, gained fame for his role as Chandler Bing in the iconic NBC sitcom “Friends” which ran for 10 seasons (1994-2004), earning Emmy nominations. Perry’s impactful career included not only “Friends” but also appearances in TV series like “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”. His career also included notable films like “Fools Rush In” and “The Whole Nine Yards.” Perry’s legacy extended beyond acting; he battled addiction, advocated for rehabilitation, and received the Champion of Recovery Award. He tragically passed leaving behind a lasting impact in the world of entertainment and addiction advocacy.

30 – Aaron Spears (47): Grammy-nominated drummer known for collaborations with Usher, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande. Earned a Grammy nomination as a producer on Usher’s “Confessions” album. Worked on various TV shows and with artists like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.

31 – Tyler Christopher (50): Actor best known for his work on “General Hospital.” Played Nikolas Cassadine and won a Daytime Emmy for the role. Also appeared in “Days of Our Lives” and various primetime shows like “Angel” and “Charmed.” 

31 – Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II (87): An American aviator, test pilot, and astronaut known for his involvement in the Apollo 16 mission. Initially scheduled for Apollo 13, he was replaced due to measles exposure. Mattingly performed a deep-space extravehicular activity during Apollo 16, making him one of the few who traveled to the Moon. His career extended to Space Shuttle missions, and he retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.

NOVEMBER

1 – Robert Montgomery Knight, widely known as “the General,” was a legendary figure in American college basketball. With a record 902 NCAA Division I men’s basketball victories, he left an indelible mark on the sport. Knight’s coaching career spanned the Indiana Hoosiers, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Army Black Knights, earning him a place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His legacy includes NCAA championships and Olympic gold, making him a true icon of the game. On November 1, 2023, we remember Bob Knight and his enduring contributions to basketball.

1 – Peter White (86): Actor known for his role in the groundbreaking “The Boys in the Band” and a recurring stint in “All My Children.” Appeared in the original 1968 off-Broadway production of “The Boys in the Band.” Had a long career, including appearances in “The Jeffersons,” “Hart to Hart,” and “Dynasty.” Died after battling melanoma.

3 – Robert Stanton Butler (95)  was a highly acclaimed American television director. He directed the pilot episodes of several iconic series, including Star Trek, Hogan’s Heroes, Batman, and Hill Street Blues. Butler won two Emmy Awards for his outstanding directing, and his work was celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America in 2015. He passed away in Los Angeles on November 3, 2023, at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy of influential contributions to the world of television.

5 – Evan Ellingson (35): Former child actor known for roles in “CSI: Miami” and the film “My Sister’s Keeper.” Had early roles on “General Hospital” and “Mad TV.” Also appeared in “Complete Savages,” “Bones,” and “24.”.

6 – Janet Landgard (75): Actress known for roles in “The Swimmer” and “The Donna Reed Show.” Played Jeff Stone’s girlfriend on the show. Made her screen debut in 1963 and starred alongside Burt Lancaster. Also appeared in films like “Land Raiders” and “The Deadly Dream.”

7 – Frank Borman (95): A pioneering American astronaut, USAF colonel, and businessman. He commanded Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the Moon, earning the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Borman’s leadership at Eastern Air Lines saw its most profitable years. His achievements, including a successful space mission during the Apollo era, remain a testament to his remarkable legacy.

10 – John Ira Bailey (81): was a distinguished American cinematographer and film director known for collaborations with renowned directors like Paul Schrader and Lawrence Kasdan. He served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017. Bailey’s career began as an apprentice with legendary cinematographers, and he worked on notable films like “Two-Lane Blacktop” and “Days of Heaven.” He received awards at Cannes and nominations for Independent Spirit and Camerimage awards.

11 – Conny Van Dyke (78): Actress and Motown singer-songwriter. Signed with Motown records in 1961 and released singles written by Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Starred in films like “Hell’s Angels ’69” and “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.” Appeared in TV shows such as “Adam-12” and “CSI.” Passed away due to vascular dementia complications.

12 – Kevin Turen (44): Emmy-nominated producer known for HBO’s “Euphoria” and Ti West’s “X” film series. Co-founder of Little Lamb Productions, which produced “Euphoria” and “Malcolm & Marie.” Worked on various acclaimed projects, including “Waves” and “The Birth of a Nation.” Passed away at 44, leaving behind a wife and two children.

17 – Suzanne “Honey” Shepherd (89): was an American actress and theater director. She was a founding member of the Compass Players in the 1960s and known for her roles in films like “Mystic Pizza” and “Goodfellas” and on TV in “The Sopranos” and “Blue Bloods.” She was also the first woman to teach Sanford Meisner’s program of acting study. She passed away on November 17, 2023, at the age of 89 in New York City. She is survived by her daughter, artist Kate Shepherd.

17 – Charlie Dominici (72) was an American singer known as Dream Theater’s second vocalist, succeeding Chris Collins and preceding James LaBrie. He also led his own progressive metal band, releasing three albums. Dominici began his career with the folk duo Billy and Charles in 1970 and later played with Franke and the Knockouts. Despite a hiatus from music, he remained connected to Dream Theater and released a solo trilogy starting in 2005. Charlie Dominici passed away on November 17, 2023, at the age of 72.

19 – Peter Spellos (69): was an American voice actor known for his work in animated television series, anime, and video games. He appeared in numerous roles, such as Captain Miles Hawkins in “BattleTech: The Animated Series,” Moose Trengganu in “Bureau of Alien Detectors,” and several characters in anime series like “Bleach,” “Naruto,” and “Cowboy Bebop.” Spellos also lent his voice to video games and had live-action roles in TV shows and movies. He passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.

19 –Carlton D’Metrius Pearson (70): An American minister and gospel music artist. He once led the Higher Dimensions Family Church, one of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s largest churches. During the 1990s, it reached over 6,000 attendees. However, his belief in universal reconciliation led to his falling out of favor with the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, who declared him a heretic in 2004. Pearson later served at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago and All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. His life story was the subject of media coverage, including a Netflix film, “Come Sunday.”

19 – Joss Ackland (95): A distinguished English actor with a career spanning over 130 roles in film, radio, and television. He gained recognition for his BAFTA-nominated role in “White Mischief” (1987). Ackland’s career included notable appearances in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “The Mighty Ducks.” He left a lasting legacy in the entertainment industry, known for his versatile talent.

19 – Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (96): An American writer, activist, and humanitarian who served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 during her husband President Jimmy Carter’s tenure. Known for advocating women’s rights and mental health.

20 – Mars Williams (68): An American musician known for his work as a saxophonist and clarinetist in the genres of rock, jazz, and new wave. He was a member of several notable bands, including The Waitresses, The Psychedelic Furs, and Liquid Soul. Williams also had connections to various other musical projects, collaborating with artists like Billy Idol, Billy Squier, and more. His career spanned several decades, making significant contributions to the music industry. Mars Williams passed away on November 20, 2023, at the age of 68.

22 – Jean Audrey Knight (80): an American R&B and soul singer hailing from New Orleans, made her mark with the 1971 hit “Mr. Big Stuff.” She began singing in local bars, recording her cover of Jackie Wilson’s “Stop Doggin’ Me Around” in 1965. Knight’s breakthrough came with “Mr. Big Stuff,” released by Stax Records in 1971, reaching No. 2 on the pop chart and earning a Grammy nomination. Despite disagreements with her label, she continued to perform and toured the oldie circuit. In later years, she had another hit with “My Toot Toot.” 

25 – Clarke Ingram (66): was a notable American radio personality and executive primarily recognized in Pittsburgh. He had a long career in top 40 radio, including program director roles in various cities. In later years, he shifted to oldies radio and hosted weekend shows. Ingram retired in 2011 but returned as a radio consultant in 2013 and launched a TV history preservation YouTube channel called “Free The Kinescopes.” He was known as an expert on the DuMont Television Network and an advocate for the TV series “Jericho.” 

25 – Robert Hart Baker (25) was an American symphonic and operatic conductor known for his extensive career and performances worldwide. He conducted a wide range of classical works and collaborated with renowned artists, earning awards and recognition. Baker was also involved in community outreach and held teaching positions at various universities. He passed away in 2023 at the age of 69. Throughout his career, he conducted several orchestras, including the Belleville Philharmonic and the St. Louis Philharmonic. His repertoire included pieces by composers like Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky. He was celebrated for his contributions to the world of classical music.

26 – Geordie Walker (64) – Renowned guitarist of post-punk group Killing Joke, passed away at 64. His impressive and unconventional guitar style, marked by unique tunings and chord structures, left a significant impact on the music world. Walker’s choice of a 1952 Gibson ES-295 tuned a whole tone lower, combined with specialized equipment, created a distinctive, resonant sound. He recorded 15 studio albums with Killing Joke, solidifying his legacy as a pioneering musician.

27 – Frances Hussey Sternhagen (93) was a prominent American actress with a diverse career in theater, film, and television. She earned recognition for her exceptional performances on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards and receiving several nominations. Her notable stage credits include “The Good Doctor,” “The Heiress,” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Sternhagen also had a successful film career, appearing in movies like “Misery” and “The Mist.” On television, she portrayed memorable characters on series such as “Cheers,” “ER,” and “Sex and the City.”

29 – Henry Alfred Kissinger (100) was a prominent American diplomat, political scientist, and statesman. Born in Germany, he fled Nazi persecution and later served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Afterward, he became a renowned expert on nuclear weapons and foreign policy at Harvard University. Kissinger advised several presidential campaigns and was appointed National Security Advisor by President Richard Nixon. He played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, including the policy of détente with the Soviet Union and the opening of relations with China. Kissinger also negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. His legacy remains polarizing, lauded for his diplomatic skills and criticized for controversial policies and alleged war crimes.

30 – Shane MacGowan (65) –  the English-born Irish musician known for leading the Celtic punk band the Pogues. Raised in England, he was a literary enthusiast and embraced punk culture, eventually co-founding the Pogues. The band’s album “If I Should Fall from Grace with God” and the song “Fairytale of New York” are celebrated works. Despite facing personal struggles, he continued to make music, both with his band Shane MacGowan and The Popes and upon rejoining the Pogues. His life was marked by health issues resulting from substance abuse. MacGowan left a lasting musical legacy.

DECEMBER

1 – Sandra Day O’Connor (93): The first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, known for her moderate conservative stance and precise legal opinions. Served from 1981 to 2006. Also, an Arizona state judge and legislator.

3 – Andrea Fay Friedman (53): American actress known for her roles in TV shows and films. She notably portrayed Amanda on “Life Goes On” and voiced a character with Down syndrome in a “Family Guy” episode. Friedman also worked as a public speaker and, in her personal life, was employed at a law firm and occasionally taught at the University of California, Los Angeles.

4 – Norman Lear (101): Influential TV producer known for shows like “All in the Family,” “Maude,” and “The Jeffersons,” has died at 101. He left an indelible mark on television by addressing critical social issues in the 1970s, including racism, sexism, and social inequality, through his groundbreaking series. “All in the Family” became a top-rated show for five seasons and led to popular spin-offs. Lear’s career impact is most prominently seen in his transformative TV work, earning him numerous awards and accolades throughout his life. His legacy continues to shape the entertainment industry.

5 – Denny Laine (79): British musician known for his involvement in The Moody Blues and Wings. He played a pivotal role in The Moody Blues, including singing lead on their hit “Go Now.” In 1971, he co-founded Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney, contributing as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. His tenure with Wings yielded significant hits, including “Mull of Kintyre.” After leaving Wings, Laine pursued a solo career and continued performing until his death in December 2023, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of rock music.

6 – Ellen Holly (92): Pioneering Black actress known for her groundbreaking role as Carla on ABC’s “One Life to Live”. She became the first Black actress to gain stardom in daytime soap operas. Despite her talent, Holly faced challenges in her career due to the light color of her skin. Her role in a racially charged storyline on the soap opera generated both interest and controversy. Holly’s contributions to television and her advocacy for Black actors are celebrated, and her legacy continues to inspire.

7 – Ryan O’Neal (82): Iconic actor known for his roles in “Love Story” and “Paper Moon,” has passed away at the age of 82. O’Neal achieved stardom in the 1970s with his Oscar-nominated performance in “Love Story” and his role in “Paper Moon,” which also starred his real-life daughter, Tatum O’Neal. Despite his critical acclaim, he faced off-screen drama with his daughter. In the 1980s, he made headlines for his passionate yet tumultuous relationship with Farrah Fawcett. O’Neal’s legacy is marked by his legendary Hollywood career and his enduring impact on the entertainment industry.

7 – Stan Rogow (75): Emmy-nominated producer known for his work on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” . His remarkable career included an Emmy nomination for the pilot episode of “Fame” and producing various acclaimed series. Rogow’s legacy shines brightest with “Lizzie McGuire,” where he played a pivotal role in Hilary Duff’s career. The show’s success earned him consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations, leaving a lasting impact on the world of children’s programming.

9 – Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell (29): Daughter of “Mama June” Shannon and half-sister of “Honey Boo Boo,” passed away after a 10-month battle with cancer. Cardwell, known for her appearances on TLC’s reality shows, fought valiantly against stage 4 adrenal carcinoma. Her family paid heartfelt tributes, with “Honey Boo Boo” promising to honor her legacy and celebrate their birthdays together in spirit.

10 – Andre Braugher (61): Emmy-winning actor celebrated for his roles in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” has passed away at 61. He gained recognition for his portrayal of Det. Frank Pembleton in “Homicide,” earning his first Emmy in 1998. Braugher showcased his versatility by transitioning to comedy in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” He earned four Emmy nominations for his role as Capt. Raymond Holt. His impactful career extended to film, including notable works like “Glory” and “She Said.” Braugher’s legacy in the entertainment industry includes his transformative performances and dedication to his craft.

11 – Jeffrey Foskett (67): Singer, songwriter, and record producer, known for his association with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, passed away at 67. Foskett had a long and influential career, contributing to the Beach Boys’ music, touring with them, and playing a key role in their reunion. He also released several solo albums and worked with various music industry legends. Foskett’s impact on music and his charitable endeavors left a lasting legacy.

11 – Richard Kerr (78): English singer-songwriter and composer. Kerr co-wrote several hit singles for artists like Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick, including “Mandy,” “Looks Like We Made It,” and “I’ll Never Love This Way Again.” His collaboration with lyricist Will Jennings produced memorable songs. Kerr also released solo albums during his career, leaving behind a legacy of influential music.

13 – Kenny DeForest (37), Comedian known for his stand-up comedy and appearances on late-night talk shows like “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” tragically passed after being struck by a car while riding an e-bike. DeForest was a rising star in the comedy world, with accolades such as being named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and “Best of the New Faces” by The Village Voice. He released two stand-up albums during his career.

16 – Jack Axelrod (93): Actor best known for his roles in “General Hospital” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” passed away due to natural causes in Los Angeles. Axelrod initially trained as an architect but pursued his passion for acting, studying with Uta Hagen in New York. He gained recognition for his role in Woody Allen’s “Bananas” and appeared in various TV shows and movies. Axelrod also contributed to theater education at several universities. His representative fondly remembers his love for the outdoors, sketching, reading, and reciting Shakespearean sonnets in his later years.

16 – Colin Burgess (77): The original drummer for AC/DC. Before his tenure with AC/DC, Burgess was a member of the successful Australian band the Masters Apprentices from 1968 to 1972. He joined AC/DC in 1973 alongside other founding members but was later replaced in February 1974. Following his time with AC/DC, Burgess played in various other groups, including His Majesty, the Burgess Brothers Band, the Dead Singer Band, and Guitar Heroes. In 1998, he and his Masters Apprentices bandmates were honored with induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

17 – James McCaffrey (65): Renowned actor known for voicing “Max Payne” in the video game series and starring in TV shows like “Rescue Me”. He battled cancer, multiple myeloma. McCaffrey had a prolific 35-year career in television and film, with appearances in popular series such as “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Rescue Me.” He was also recognized for his iconic role as Max Payne in video games.  

17 – Jim Ladd (75): Iconic Los Angeles radio personality, renowned for his advocacy of rock music on SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks for over a decade, passed away due to a heart attack. In the 1970s, he was a fixture of L.A. rock radio and later joined SiriusXM in 2011. He was considered one of the few remaining freeform rock DJs in U.S. commercial radio and inspired Tom Petty’s song “The Last DJ.” Ladd interviewed rock legends like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and John Lennon. His career also included a memorable role in Cameron Crowe’s film “Say Anything”.

22 – Laura Lynch (65): A founding member of the Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks), she played upright bass and provided lead vocals on the band’s early albums before being replaced by Natalie Maines. Beyond playing bass and singing, Lynch co-wrote several Dixie Chicks’ early hits, including “Goodbye Earl,” showcasing her songwriting talent. Though she left the band, her contributions laid the foundation for their Grammy-winning success.

23 – Bobbie Jean Carter (41): Sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, she worked as a wardrobe stylist and makeup artist for Aaron Carter’s tours and appeared on the reality series “House of Carters.” Her artistic talents extended beyond styling and makeup. She designed clothing for Aaron’s tours, expressing her creativity visually. Her passion for family was evident in her role on “House of Carters,” offering viewers a glimpse into the Carters’ dynamic.

23 – Mike Nussbaum (99): A veteran Chicago stage actor with a career spanning decades, he starred in the original Broadway production of “Glengarry Glenn Ross” and had roles in various films.

24 – Casey Kramer (67): Actress appeared in various films and TV shows, including “Falcon Crest” and “Dexter,” and acted on stage, leaving a mark in the entertainment industry.

24 – Kamar de los Reyes (56): Known for his role on “One Life to Live” as Antonio Vega, he also appeared in several other TV series and video games.

24 – Neel Nanda (32): A stand-up comedian who performed on shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Adam Devine’s House Party.”

24– David Leland (82): British writer and director, best known for his film “Wish You Were Here,” directed music videos for the Traveling Wilburys and won an Emmy for directing an episode of “Band of Brothers.”

25 – Henry Sandon (95): A pottery and porcelain expert, he was a fixture on “Antiques Roadshow” and made significant contributions to the field. His infectious enthusiasm made “Antiques Roadshow” a joy to watch.

25 – Richard Franklin (87): Best known for his role as Captain Mike Yates on “Doctor Who,” he continued to be involved in the series through various media.

26 – Tom Smothers (86): renowned for his role in the musical comedy duo, the Smothers Brothers, achieved iconic status with “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” The groundbreaking show, known for its satirical take on social and political issues, earned critical acclaim. He played a pivotal role in advocating for freedom of speech and free expression during a turbulent era. His collaboration with John Lennon on “Give Peace a Chance” cemented his status as a cultural influencer. He received a special Emmy award for his contributions to the show and continued to make an impact on comedy and entertainment.

27 – Lee Sun-kyun (48): The South Korean actor, known for his role in “Parasite,” won a Screen Actors Guild Award and was involved in an ongoing government investigation into alleged drug use.

31 – Cale Yarborough (84): A legendary NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner, made history by winning three consecutive championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978. His racing career spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s, where he secured 83 wins, tying for sixth on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series winner’s list. Yarborough was a dominant force in NASCAR, winning the Daytona 500 four times and holding numerous records. After retiring from racing, he became a successful businessman, farmer, and rancher. Yarborough’s impact on NASCAR led to his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012, solidifying his place among the sport’s greats.

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31 – Shecky Greene (97): Comedian, made waves in Las Vegas during the 1950s and 1960s with his innovative and uproarious brand of comedy. His namesake Thoroughbred, “Shecky Greene’s Horse,” achieved fame as the 1973 American Champion Sprint Horse. Despite personal battles with depression, bipolar disorder, and stage fright, Shecky integrated his struggles into his comedic persona. Beyond entertainment, he championed humanitarian causes, notably founding St. Jude’s Ranch, a refuge for neglected children. Shecky Greene’s enduring legacy is a testament to his comedic brilliance and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

31 – Cindy Morgan (69): Celebrated for her roles as Lacey in “Caddyshack” and Lora/Yori in Disney’s original “Tron”. She made her mark as the blonde bombshell in “Caddyshack,” where her focus on making characters sweat was memorable. In 1982, she starred as Lora Baines and Yori in “Tron” and later voiced Ma3a in the video game “Tron 2.0.” Her career spanned various TV series and TV movies in the ’80s and ’90s, along with film roles, leaving a lasting legacy.

70 thoughts on “Celebrity Deaths 2023”

  1. Can you please go back to the old format. Last used January to September 2022. It was easier to read and more deaths were recognized. Thanks.

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    • Please understand the old format is what I feel you should go back to. NOT THE NEW FORMAT. The large print and the scattered pictures is not enjoyable to read or even understand. Look back at the old format to see what I am saying. Thank you.

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  2. 1- NOT a fan of listing the Current Month first then back to January.
    2- Nicholas Webber died twice: April 25 and March 25, 2023.
    3- Likewise, David Crosby: January 17 and 19, 2023.

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    • Thanks for the feedback Brinton. May I ask why? I figured most people would rather not scroll to the bottom to get the latest updates. Don’t you think so?

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  3. Hi There, Love your celebrity death summaries and glad you’re back! Just mentioning that Alan Arminian is on 29 and 30 June and Lance Reddick on 16 March and 17 April.

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  4. The Celebrity Deaths page need to have Paula Valenzuela inputting. She was very organized everything was legible and neat. This scramble large print is not good. Please look back at how good it was before Mike got sick. Thanks and please know I am not trying to be mean.

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  5. May 12, 2023
    Michael Norell (85): Actor and screenwriter. Best remembered for his role in “Emergency!” as
    firefighter captain Henry “Hank” Stanley

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  6. Please, whoever is in charge now of Celebrity Deaths take a look at how need and clear it was before the end of 2022. Right now it’s a mess. A waste of time login in to see if anyone died because you can’t understand it.

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  7. Please look at the format from 2022 and up. Please bring the old format back. Remove all the advertisement in between the list of deaths. I can not believe I am the only one who dislike this sloppy look. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

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  8. Please look at back at 2009-2022 to see how great the format is. All this large print and advertising is so annoying. You would probably be able to keep up with who died if the format was clearer.

    Thanks.

    P.S. Check with Paula or Mike

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  9. You still have not put anything about Mrs carter . nothing for December. Someone from General Hospital die she was 96.

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    • Hi James – Thanks for the contribution. I added Lara Parker. Can you please explain what old format you’re referring to? The two formats are the same with the exception of the photos being at the top vs. next the name entry. Listed chronologically with January, being at the top and December at the bottom.

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  10. There has been no effort to restore this celebrity deaths annoucement back to a legible informational page to read. Mike and Paula please take over the dead and not forgotten fifties web again. When you made changes over the years it was always an improvement. Never was it sloppy.

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  11. SO glad this is back. This was my go-to site for celebrity deaths. But why are things a day behind? According to Wikipedia, Adam Rich died 1/7, Jeff Beck, 1/10…that’s as far as I’ve gotten but I imagine there are more.

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    • Thanks! Glad to have you back. Quite often with celebrities a death is reported a day or so later to the public after the official time of death. Later is revisited on formal sites. I try to keep things fresh as much as possible but I don’t normally go back and adjust dates because from experience some sites use time of death others use the date / time is was announced knowingly that the actual death was a day or in some classes many days before that. I try my best to use the actual day the person died.

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  12. The old format from 2022 and prior years was much better. There are no pics because you show one star but list several deaths. It was much nicer when we were able to see a pic of several stars shown above the month they died. This new version shows us none of that. Many of us liked seeing the pictures because it connected a face to a name.

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