2020 has been rough for everyone, but especially rough for the women of the James Bond film Goldfinger. First came the death of Honor Blackman, a good egg who played Pussy …..
Posts tagged: Celebrity Deaths
In our recent post about the death of comedy legend Carl Reiner, we noted that his passing must have been rather sudden, since he’d been tweeting that same afternoon. Now …..
As the Who2 obituary desk looks back on the major deaths of 2018, we find that one particularly sad detail has been cleared up: the cause of death of Verne …..
Producer, creator and professional imp Chuck Barris has died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York. The Hollywood Reporter has a full obituary. Barris created and hosted The …..
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, fellow actors as well as daughter and mother, have died one day apart. Fisher died of a heart attack on December 27th, and the next …..
Steve Irwin, super-charismatic star of the Animal Planet show The Crocodile Hunter, died 10 years ago this month. He was barbed to death by a giant stingray while filming in …..
Drug overdoses, but also rare forms of cancer and plane crashes. The good do die young.
William Shakespeare, the Immortal Bard, proved all too mortal on this day 400 years ago. Or close to this day: he died on or about April 23, 1616. The exact day of Shakespeare’s …..
Actor Abe Vigoda is dead. Yes, really. The character actor with the hangdog face and the amazing eyebrows died this morning: Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died …..
The “greatest man in the world” died 50 years ago this month.
The celebrated mystery author has died “peacefully at her home in Oxford.”
His death was long blamed on liquor or sheer craziness, but the famous author may actually have fallen victim to “an unrecorded animal exposure.”
She looked great in appearances over the last few months before her death.
In a coma for the past eight years, the former prime minister of Israel finally succumbs to heart disease.
The Lawrence of Arabia star ‘had been ill for some time.’
“Never discount the difference that one person can make.”
The ‘Fast and Furious’ actor died “within seconds,” says the Los Angeles County Coroner.
The handsome star of the long-running car chase series has died at age 40 in a crash near Los Angeles.
Remembering a president who would have turned 96 this year.
The esteemed crime and western novelist who wrote Get Shorty and Out of Sight has died a few weeks after suffering a stroke.
Cory Monteith, who played hunky football star Finn Hudson on the popular TV show Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel.
Everyone figured he met a bad end, but he may have met a really bad end.
The country music legend nicknamed “The Possum” has gone to the Great Beyond.
Love him or hate him, el Presidente was certainly colorful.
The Venezuelan leader who called George W. Bush “the devil” has died at age 58.
Lt. John J. Wilpers, Jr. captured the former prime minister and saved his life — so he could be executed for war crimes three years later.
The late South African model is, sadly, in the news.
The cancer-ridden president knocked out 10,000 words a day as he raced to complete his memoirs before his death.
It’s a shock. The double amputee, who ran in the Olympics last year, is one of South Africa’s most famous athletes.
A grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey, say reports, but the district attorney decided not to follow through.
When you play Oscar Madison in a hit TV show, you know which adjectives are coming in your obituary.
Which 2012 death was the most startling? The oddest? Had the fastest burial? We’ve got the full list.
He was a Democrat, a Republican, then a Democrat again in 50 years of public service.
The Apple computer pioneer died last October. Yes, a year already.
The remains of the great astronaut have been committed to the Atlantic Ocean.
ABC News is reporting that the action director had inoperable brain cancer when he jumped from a Los Angeles bridge yesterday.
And then he stays dead and the movie ends and that’s the surprise finale to the movie franchise, right?
Always private, the famous actor was laid to rest before word of his death even spread.
From sci-fi master Ray Bradbury to disco queen Donna Summer, it’s been an unpleasantly busy year for celebrity deaths.
Robin Gibb, singing star of the Bee Gees, finally lost his battle with cancer yesterday in England.
An autopsy will be held today for Mary Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Local news reports now say that she hanged herself.
The man who filmed President Kennedy’s shooting would be 107 this year; his camera turns 50.
More technically speaking, the ‘Painter of Light’ died of an unfortunate cocktail of ethanol and Diazepam.
Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of The Beastie Boys, has died from cancer at the age of 47.
The NFL star played for 20 years and seemed to be healthy and happy right up until his apparent suicide yesterday.
Dick Clark is just the latest. Celebrity deaths in 2012 are way past 2011 numbers.
The American Bandstand host died of a “massive heart attack” today at home in New York.
Before he was respectable, the celebrated interviewer was a “stage actor, game show host, radio announcer, and commercial pitchman.”
The painter “died in his sleep” says his live-in girlfriend. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
He was the bald one with the fringe of hair. He’s dead of leukemia at age 72.
Photo of the day: Whitney Houston leaves the Beverly Hilton hotel under a bad sign.
EMTs were just down the hall, it seems,when Whitney Houston was found on Saturday.
Singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, her publicist announced on Saturday. We look back at her early hits.
A few short weeks after his final 60 Minutes broadcast, the gently grumpy journalist has died after surgery.
The mysterious last words of Steve Jobs.
The coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. But there could be a little more to the story.
“He could have left and gotten out of the country and lived a happy life.”
After 42 years in power and two months on the run, the Libyan dictator has been killed.
Three billion trees, millions of fiery words, and one Nobel Peace Prize later, Wangari Maathai has died in Kenya.
Oh, wow. Dan Peek, one of the three founding members of the 1970s band America, has died. His wife found him dead in bed at their home in Missouri on Sunday.
Tracy McVeigh remembers the late Amy Winehouse.”The reservoir of goodwill in the industry towards Winehouse was enormous. She had been a huge trailblazing force in the music industry, credited with clearing the way for, and inspiring, Adele, Duffy and even Lady Gaga.”Still…
“It sounds like such a wank thing to say,” Ms. Winehouse once said, “but I need to get some headaches goin’ to write about.”The Big Headache came for Amy Winehouse today. She was found dead at her home in London this afternoon.
“The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner,Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.”Gil Scott-Heron has died at age 62. The news came out today via a tweet from his publisher, Jamie Byng. No cause of death was announced.
Here’s our big list. It starts with feminist Mary Daly on January 3rd, and ends (so far) with JFK advisor Ted Sorensen on October 31st.Who was the most famous person to die in 2010? Tthere’s no real standout there. I give the nod either to Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger, or to Hollywood icon Tony Curtis.
Surely this will be the strangest photo to come out of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, has died after a long illness
Actor Leslie Nielsen has died at age 84. The cause was complications from pneumonia, a spokesman said.
John F. Kennedy was shot to death on this day in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as president on Air Force One after the death of John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
[Note: Posted in October 2010]
Actor and old-school Hollywood icon Tony Curtis has died at his home near Las Vegas. Tony Curtis served in the Navy in World War II (he was in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender was signed) and then worked his way up through the old Hollywood studio system. He acted with everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Cary Grant to Laurence Olivier — well over 100 movies in all.
A sad story, and not exactly the best PR: Jimi Heselden, CEO of the Segway corporation, has died after
Actor River Phoenix would have turned 40 today.
George Steinbrenner, the feisty owner and boss-man of the New York Yankees, has died at age 80. He’d been in failing health for years after some strokes, but a “massive heart attack” is what got him.
Beryl Bainbridge, author of An Awfully Big Adventure and many other dark-ish novels, has died at age 75. Cancer was the cause.She was a fascinating gal, but didn’t like being called “eccentric”:
“In 1998, he joined his wife, Joan, in an effort to get Los Angeles to ban gasoline-powered leaf blowers from residential areas, testifying before the City Council, ‘We’re all victims of these machines.'”Jeepers, good for Peter Graves.
Did Branwell Bronte really die standing up?So says Somerset Maugham.We mentioned earlier that Maugham lists Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights in his book on the 10 greatest novels of all time. Emily was preceded in death (barely) by her older brother Branwell, and Maugham relates a curious anecdote about his death.
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself last week, according to evidence presented at an inquest today.McQueen left a note and there were “no suspicious circumstances.”More from BBC News and the Daily Telegraph.
Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha has died at age 77. He had been suffering from an infection after gall bladder surgery.Just two days ago Murtha became the longest-serving Congressman in Pennsylvania history. He took office in 1974 and was reelected 17 times.A Vietnam War veteran as a Marine, John Murtha was a “master of pork barrel politics” and an ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Last year we noted that author J.D. Salinger was 90 and deaf. Now, alas, he’s 91 and dead. Salinger passed away of natural causes, according to his son, at his remote compound in Cornish, New Hampshire.
The death of Simon Raven, at the age of 73 after suffering a stroke, is proof that the devil looks after his own. He ought, by rights, to have died of shame at 30, or of drink at 50.British author Simon Raven was born on this day in 1927 and died in 2001, prompting one of the more colorful obituaries of the decade.
[Editor’s note 2016: Most of the text of this post about the death of actress Connie Hines was deleted by accident in a 2015 technical revamp of Who2. Sorry! But we’ve left the photos …..
LA station KTLA digs up digs up an eerie Brittany Murphy quote from the past: In 2005 the actress faced questions about her apparent weight loss and conjecture that it …..
Brittany Murphy “began vomiting early Sunday morning and told family members she was feeling very ill,” according to TMZ. The gossip site says Murphy was “taking prescription meds for flu-like …..
Brittany Murphy is dead. The actress, who got her break in Clueless and played rough-around-the-edges chums and lovers in films like 8 Mile and Sin City, died this morning at age 32.
Desmond Llewelyn, the actor who played gadget wizard ‘Q’ in James Bond films for nearly four decades, died 10 years ago today — at age 85 in a head-on crash …..
Actress Jennifer Jones, who won an Oscar for her performance in the 1943 film The Song of Bernadette, has died at age 90.
Lee Van Cleef, the nine-fingered master of the sidelong Western sneer, died 20 years ago today.Had he lived, he’d be 84 years old now.
The animation king was only 65 when he died on this day in 1966, of lung cancer.
Someone just paid $4.6 million for the crypt directly above Marilyn Monroe.”Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe,” the eBay auction description boasted.
Heath Ledger was filming a movie when he died: not Batman but The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the latest hallucinatory (and typically cursed) project from Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam.How hallucinatory? New photos below.The flick was described this way at Cannes:
Groucho is included.
Farrah Fawcett, yes. Michael Jackson, yes. Jeff Goldblum, no. Reports of Goldblum’s death are not true. His publicist says the actor is alive and well in Los Angeles.Apparently the rumor, that Goldblum had fallen off a cliff in New Zealand, first began in 1999 and somehow cropped up again today.