Celebrity deaths in 2019: Famous faces we’ve lost this year from Windsor Davies to Keith Flint

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Legends of sport, showbusiness and entertainment are among the famous faces we have lost during the first six months of 2019.

As well as globally known acting stars such as Doris Day and Luke Perry there have been many more household names who have passed away.

Tributes have been paid to the celebrities as fans recalled the successes which made them famous and gave them a special place in their memories.

Here’s a look at those we’ve lost in 2019 in a list compiled by the Mirror.

JULY

John McCririck



John McCririck passed away aged 79.

The former pundit was the face of Channel 4 racing for 28 years, before he was dropped in 2012.

He was also known to those outside of the racing circle for his outspoken opinions, which he was not afraid to share during his stint on  Celebrity  Big Brother .

Tyler Skaggs



Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away on July 1, aged just 27.

In a statement, the Angels said: “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.

“Tyler was, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”

Skaggs was born in Woodland Hills California in 1991 and was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.

He made his pro debut in minor league baseball that season before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks the following summer.

JUNE

Max Wright



 

Actor Max Wright died on June 26 aged 75 following a long battle with cancer.

Wright played Willie Tanner in 1908s sitcom ALF, and later starred in early episodes of Friends as the manager of Central Perk.

He also made appearances in ER, Murder She Wrote and Quantum Leap.

Beth Chapman



 

Reality TV star Beth Chapman died on June 26 aged 51 following a battle against throat cancer.

Beth was the wife of Duane Chapman AKA Dog the Bounty Hunter, and appeared alongside him on their TV show from the early 2000s which saw them track down lawbreakers. This was followed by a spin-off entitled Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.

 

Bryan Marshall



 

Star of James Bond and Neighbours, James Marshall, died on June 26 at the age of 81.

He was most well known for his role as Commander Talbot in James Bond film The Spy Who Loved me.

The news was confirmed by an agent at ECA, Esta Charkham, who tweeted: “So sad that my dear old chum Bryan Marshall has gone on ahead.

“A wonderful actor – he was so good you never noticed how good he was.

“He was a valued chum. His credits are a catalogue of classic British and Australian TV.

“Fare Forward Dearest Bryan.”

Douglas Fielding



Actor Douglas Fielding died aged 73.

Fielding starred as police officer Roy Quick in EastEnders between 1985 and 1986. He also portrayed Alec Quilley in cop drama Z Cars from 1969 until 1978.

 

Billy Drago



 

Actor Billy Drago died on June 24 aged 73 after suffering a stroke.

Drago started out as as stuntman before going to make more than 100 films. He appeared in The Untouchables, The Hills Have Eyes, and starred opposite Chuck Norris as the villain in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.

The star also had a number of small screen roles on shows including Charmed and The X-Files.

Etika



YouTube star Etika, real name Desmond Amofah, died at the age of 29.

Police confirmed the popular gamer had passed away, several days after he went missing and a number of his personal items were discovered on Manhattan Bridge.

The official New York City Police department tweeted: “We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased.”

William Simons



 

Actor William Simons died on June 21 aged 78. Simons was most famous for playing PC Alf Ventress on ITV show Heartbeart throughout its entire 18-year run. He also had numerous other small screen roles on programmes including Lovejoy, Bergerac, Coronation Street and The Sweeney.

 

Eddie Garcia



 

Actor and film director Eddie Garcia died at the age of 90 on June 20.

He had a long career and is regarded as the greatest Filipino actor of all time.

His most famous work includes 1971’s Beast of the Yellow Night, 1972’s The Woman Hurt and 1986’s Magdusa ka!

Philippe Zdar



 

Philippe Zdar, one half of French house duo Cassius, died on June 19 aged 50.

According to his agent, he accidentally fell to his death through window from “a high floor of an old building in Paris.”

They were great collaborators and their 2016 album Ibifornia featured the likes of Pharrell, Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Cat Power, and others.

Adrian McCallum



British wrestling legend Adrian McCallum, known by his ring name of Lionheart, passed away on June 19 at the age 36.

Lionheart was the reigning ICW world heavyweight champion, and a big name on the British wrestling scene for more than 10 years, appearing on shows for WWE and TNA in the UK.

ICW (Insane Championship Wrestling) posted a heartfelt message on  Twitter  confirming the shock news, leading to tributes pouring in from across the wrestling community.

Gloria Vanderbilt



American socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died on June 17, aged 95.

Gloria was an artist, author, fashion designer and New York It Girl, as well as being an heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune.

Anderson Cooper confirmed the sad news on his TV show as he read an obituary for his mother.

Bushwick Bill



Rapper Bushwick Bill died on June 9, aged 52, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Geto Boys star, real name Richard Shaw, was surrounded by his family and friends when he passed away.

Shaw, who was born with dwarfism, previously performed under the name Little Billy and was the group’s dancer, before joining the band in 1986, performing alongside Willie D and Scarface.

Paul Darrow



 

 

Blake’s 7, Emmerdale and Doctor Who star Paul Darrow died on June 3.

His representative confirmed he died that morning, saying the world would be a ‘darker place’ without him.

“Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life,” the spokeswoman told the  Daily Express .

“A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.”

Jose Antonio Reyes



Former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes died on June 1, aged 35.

The footballer, who spent three seasons at the London club as well as at Spanish club Sevilla, was involved in a serious car accident in his home town of Utrera, in Spain.

He leaves behind his two daughters Noelia and Triana, and wife Noelia Lopez, who he married in June 2017.

MAY

Carmine Caridi



Actor Carmine Caridi died on May 29 aged 85 after falling into a coma.

Caridi’s biggest roles were in the Godfather movies, appearing as Carmine Rosato in 1974’s The Godfather Part II, then returning in 1990 as a different character – Albert Volpe – for the concluding part of the gangster film trilogy.

The star also had several small screen roles on shows like Taxi, Starsky and Hutch, Fame and NYPD Blue.

Gabriel Diniz

Latin pop star Gabriel Diniz on May 27, aged 28, in a plane crash.

Best known globally for his hit ‘Jenifer’, the pop star was on his way to his girlfriend’s birthday party when the plane he was travelling in went down.

Two others were tragically killed in the same incident.

Judith Kerr



The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr died on May 22 at the age of 95.

The author and illustrator died at home after a short illness, her publishers confirmed.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which has sold over five million copies and never been out of print, was one of many books penned by Kerr.

Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins CEO said: “Judith Kerr was a wonderful and inspiring person who was much loved by everyone at HarperCollins. She was a brilliantly talented artist and storyteller who has left us an extraordinary body of work.

“Always understated and very, very funny, Judith loved life and loved people – and particularly she loved a party.

“Beautifully dressed and with a smile on her face she would light up the room and would always be one of the last to leave. Time spent in her company was one of life’s great privileges and I am so grateful to have known her.”

Jake Black



 

Jake Black died on May 21, members of his band Alabama 3 confirmed.

The musician, who co-wrote the song used as the theme tune for The Sopranos, died just a few days after performing at a festival.

His cause of death is currently unknown .

Jake, who hailed from Glasgow, founded band Alabama 3 with fellow singer Rob Spragg in 1995.

They recorded a dozen albums made up of a groundbreaking electronic fusion of country, blues and acid house music.

The band’s biggest hit, Woke Up This Morning was used for the opening credits of gangster drama The Sopranos.

Niki Lauda



 

Legend of Forumla One, Niki Lauda, died at the age of 70 on May 20.

The three-time world champion took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and then again for McLaren in 1984.

A statement said: “In deep sadness we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully fallen asleep with his family.”

Andrew Hall



Butterflies star Andrew Hall died on May 20, aged 65.

The actor, who also starred in Coronation Street star in 2011 as the cross-dressing love interest of Audrey Roberts, passed away after a short illness.

A tweet from his management confirmed the news, saying: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend Andrew Hall who sadly passed away on Monday after a short illness.

“Andrew was loved by audiences for his many roles, most notably Butterflies,  Coronation Street  and, more recently, Syfy’s Blood Drive.”

‘Grumpy Cat’ Tardar Sauce



 

 

Fans of internet memes around the world mourned on May 17 when it was announced the world famous Grumpy Cat had passed away.

The female cat from Arizona became an internet sensation for her comically unhappy expression.

She passed away from complications after contracting an infection, aged 7.

Isaac Kappy



 

Thor and Terminator: Salvation actor Isaac Kayy has died at the age of 42 on May 15.

He died in Arizona after jumping from a bridge, before being hit by a car.

It is believed that ‘several bystanders tried physically restraining Kappy from jumping but failed to hold him’.

Kappy made headlines last year after allegedly assaulting Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson.

Doris Day



 

Doris Day died at the age of 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news that Day, one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, had passed away early on May 13 at her Carmel Valley home in California surrounded by friends.

According to the charity, the retired showbiz icon had ‘been in excellent physical health for her age’ until only recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.

Day is survived by one grandson.

While she retired from the limelight in years, golden girl Day had enjoyed a glittering showbiz career lasting more than eight decades.

Nan Winton



 

Nancy Wigginton, the first woman to read the news on BBC television, died at age 93 on May 11.

The cause of her death was given as congestive heart failure, hypertension and frailty of old age.

Sliver King – César Barrón



Former WCW wrestler Silver King, real name César Barrón, passed away on May 11, aged 51.

He reportedly died after ‘suffering a medical issue’ at the Roundhouse in east London during an event.

Barrón performed in WCW between 1997 and 2000, when he worked without one of the famous Mexican wrestling masks, and also appeared alongside Jack Black in wrestling comedy Nacho Libre.

Peggy Lipton



Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton passed away from cancer on May 11 at the age of 72.

The former model rose to stardom in “The Mod Squad”, though is perhaps best known for playing waitress Norma Jennings in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

She leaves behind daughters Kidada and Rashida Jones, her children from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones.

Brian Walden



Brian Walden died on May 9, at the age of 86.

The broadcaster and former Labour politician succumbed to complications arising from emphysema.

Brian represented the constituency of Birmingham Ladywood from 1964 until 1977, leaving parliament to become a presenter for ITV, quickly gaining a reputation as one of the country’s finest political interviewers.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and four sons.

Freddie Starr



Comedian Freddie Starr died on May 9, at the age of 76.

Starr, who was also the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters, was found dead at his Spanish home.

Freddie rose to fame in the early 1970s after appearing on TV show Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.

He went on to star in a number of his own TV shows, including The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr.

He is known to newer audiences for his stint in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011.

Irene Sutcliffe



Coronation Street  star Irene Sutcliffe died on May 3, aged 88..

The actress made her debut on the ITV soap in 1968 as the long-suffering Maggie Clegg, who ran the corner shop with her alcoholic husband, Les.

Away from the stage and screen, Irene was a hard-working committee member of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund for several decades, helping to support actors and stage managers who are experiencing hardship through illness, injury or old age.

APRIL

Peter Mayhew

 



 

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew has been remembered as a “big man with an even bigger heart” following his death at the age of 74.

British-American actor Mayhew played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the revered fantasy series of films, appearing in five movies, most recently 2015’s The Force Awakens.

His family announced that he died at his home in Texas on April 30 surrounded by loved ones.

Shortly after the news broke, Mayhew’s fans and former co-stars paid tribute.

Harrison Ford, who played the character of Han Solo, praised him for his “great dignity and noble character”.

Rowland “Boon” Gould



 

 

Boon Gould, the founding member of Level 42, was found dead at his home in late April.

Guitarist Rowland Gould, nicknamed Boon, was discovered by police in Dorset.

A  Facebook  statement posted by the band’s frontman Mark King announced the sad news.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould,” he wrote.

John Singleton



 

John Singleton has died at the age of 51 on April 29.

The Oscar-nominated director, responsible for acclaimed films such as Boyz n The Hood, Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, had been seriously ill in hospital after suffering a stroke.

Ken Kercheval



 

 

Dallas’ Cliff Barnes died at the age of 83, believed to have passed away on April 21.

Ken Kercheval was best known for playing JR Ewing’s arch-rival opposite Larry Hagman in the hit US TV drama.

A spokeswoman at the Frist Funeral Home in the actor’s hometown of Clinton, Indiana, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kercheval starred in 14 series of Dallas and even returned for the 2012 reboot.

Billy McNeill



 

Billy McNeill passed away on April 22, aged 79 after a long battle with dementia.

Lisbon Lion McNeill was the first British man to lift the European Cup as captain and he skippered the Hoops in their 1967 European Cup triumph where they beat Inter Milan in the final.

In a statement, Celtic said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill. He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones.”

Ray Boddington



Ray Boddington, the iconic frontman of Manchester band Piccadilly Rats, died on April 18, aged 77.

The singer, who was struck by a tram in Manchester city centre, died in hospital surrounded by his family.

Ray, who was well known as a busker in his hometown, had previously appeared on The  X Factor  and Judge Rinder.

Bradley Welsh



Bradley Welsh, who starred in  Trainspotting 2, died on April 17, aged 42.

Welsh, a former professional boxer and reformed football hooligan turned charity worker, appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men back in 2008.

The dad, who leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter, played gangland kingpin Doyle in T2 and is friends with author of the novel,  Irvine Welsh.

Georgia Engel



Georgia Engel, star of Everybody Loves Raymond, died on April 12, aged 70.

Engel – who was known for her sweet-sounding speaking voice – was nominated for five Emmys during her career.

She first rose to fame on The Mary Tyler Moore show playing Georgette Franklin, the wife of anchorman Ted Baker.

In later years Engel had roles in The Office, Two and a Half Men and the movie Grown Ups 2, as well as returning to the stage in several shows on Broadway.

Tommy Smith



Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith died on April 11, aged 74.

Affectionately known as ‘The Anfield Iron’ club legend Smith, who had been battling dementia,  spent 18 years as a player with the Reds and is one of the most influential figures in the club’s history.

The tough tackling midfielder captained his boyhood club and made 638 appearances in total – the eighth in the all-time list at Anfield.

Ian Cognito



Stand up comic Ian Cognito died on April 11, after ‘having a heart attack’ on stage.

The comedian was performing at the Lone Wolf Comedy Club in Bicester when he fell ill, with the audience initially believing his silence was part of his act.

Fellow comedians rushed to pay tribute to the “lovable lunatic”, who was affectionately known as Cogs. Hailing from Walthamstow, the comic’s age is unknown.

Mya-Lecia Naylor



CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor died on April 7 at the age of 16.

Mya-Lecia, who starred in CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, was a model, actress and singer.

She also appeared in BBC show Absolutely Fabulous as Jane in 2004.

The sad news was confirmed by her representatives A&J Management.

Sandy Ratcliff



Former EastEnders star Sandy Ratcliff died on April 7, at the age of 70.

The actress, who was one of the original EastEnders cast members and played Sue Osman from 1985 until 1989, passed away in a care home in Stamford Hill, North London.

Sandy starred in the first ever episode of the popular BBC soap in 1985 as cafe owner Ali Osman’s long-suffering wife.

John Quarmby



John Quarmby died on April 5, aged 89.

He was best known for playing Mr Carnegie the health inspector in the classic Fawlty Towers episode Basil The Rat.

Comedy legend John Cleese led tributes to his TV co-star on  Twitter .

He wrote: “Sad to hear of the death of John Quarmby who played the health inspector in Basil the Rat episode

“Lovely chap. I shall never forget the expression on his face when he saw the rat sitting in the biscuit tin.”

MARCH

Her’s



 

Liverpool band Her’s were killed in a car crash while touring the United States on March 27.

Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laadig, were travelling to a gig in Santa Ana, California, on Wednesday, when they were involved in a fatal accident.

In a statement posted on  Facebook , the band’s label Heist Or Hit wrote: “We are all heartbroken. Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label.”

Ranking Roger



Musician Roger Charlery, better known as Ranking Roger of the Beat and General Public, died on March 26 at the age of 56.

News of his death was announced to fans with a statement on  Instagram  which read: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.”

In January this year it was revealed that Charlery had suffered a stroke over the summer and was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer.

Scott Walker

 



 

The Walker Brothers star Scott Walker died at the age of 76.

The sad news was announced by independent record label 4AD, who say they were honoured to have worked with the star for 15 years.

Scott, who was born Noel Scott Engel, starred in the American pop trio, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, alongside John Walker and Gary Leeds.

His cause of death has not been announced.

Sharing the sad news, the label said on its website: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.

Justin Carter



Up-and-coming country music star Justin Carter died on March 17 aged 35 after accidentally shooting himself.

The singer discharged a gun by mistake while filming a music video.

Carter was being touted as the ‘next Garth Brooks’ by his management, and was a father to two daughters.

Mike Thalassitis

 



 

Reality TV star  Mike Thalassitis  was found dead on March 16, aged 26.

The Love Island star’s body was found in woods near his Essex home.

Mike was a former League Two footballer who found fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2017.

His behaviour on the show saw him land the nickname ‘Muggy Mike’ as well as a reputation as a reality villain.

Pat Laffan



Irish actor Pat Laffan died on March 14, aged 79

Laffan was best known for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted, and it was the show’s creator who broke the news of his passing on  Twitter , telling his followers: “Just heard the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died. Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you”.

The news was confirmed in a statement by Mr Laffan’s agent Lisa Richards.

Charlie Whiting



 

F1 race director Charlie Whiting died on March 14 aged 66 from a pulmonary embolism.

A popular figure in Formula 1, Whiting had been in the role since 1997 and played a pivotal part in improving the motorsport’s safety.

Magenta Devine



TV presenter Magenta Devine died on March 6, aged 61, after a short illness.

The host of BBC Two’s Rough Guides to the World and Channel 4’s Network 7, Magenta – real name Kim Taylor – had been receiving treatment in hospital for an illness shortly before her death.

She was known for her distinctive choppy bob hairstyle, and the trademark dark shades she always wore.

Her other presenting credits include Young, Gifted And Broke from 1999 to 2001.

Luke Perry



Luke Perry died on March 4, aged 52, after suffering a massive stroke.

He was rushed to hospital after suffering the stroke while at his Sherman Oaks, CA home, but never recovered.

Luke was best known for playing Dylan McKay in the teen show Beverly Hills, 90210 and was currently starring as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in Riverdale.

Keith Flint



The Prodigy’s  Keith Flint  died at the age of 49 on March 4.

The singer, famous for his single Firestarter, was found dead at his home in Essex, with his best friend Liam Howlett revealing In an  Instagram  post that he took his own life.

Howlett wrote: “The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.
I’m shell shocked , f**kin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam  #theprodigy  .”

The Prodigy found huge fame after emerging from the underground rave scene in the early 1990s.

FEBRUARY

Andrew Previn



The German-American composer died in his Manhattan home on February 28 aged 89.

He won his first Oscar in his 20s, the first for best scoring of a musical picture for Gigi in 1958 and Porgy & Bess in 1959.

He is best known in the UK for his role as ‘Andrew Preview’ in Morcambe and Wise.

Andy Anderson



The Cure drummer Andy Anderson died on February 26, aged 68, after losing his battle with cancer.

His death was announced by former bandmate Lol Tolhurt, who said: “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey.”

Anderson revealed he had been diagnosed with the terminal disease just earlier this month, via a  Facebook  post.

Lisa Sheridan



Actress Lisa Sheridan, who appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The 4400, died on February 25, aged 44.

Her manager confirmed the news, saying: “She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners report on cause of death.”

Friends such as Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico and filmmaker Michael Dunaway took to social media to pay tribute to the star.

Sheridan’s body of work, mostly on US television, also included Invasion, Journeyman and The Mentalist, among others.

Mark Hollis



Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis died on February 25 after a short illness, at the age of 64.

Hollis was the founder, lead songwriter, singer and creative mastermind behind the 80s new wave band – who produced such classic tracks as It’s My Life, Life’s What You Make It, Today and Such A Shame.

His longtime manager Keith Aspden confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music.

“I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”

Katherine Helmond



Actress Katherine Helmond died on February 23 aged 89 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The Hollywood star was most famous for her roles in sitcoms Who’s the Boss and Everybody Loves Raymond.

During her decades-long career she also appeared in True Blood and Soap, as well as the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Brody Stevens



Comedian Brody Stevens died on February 22 aged 48.

As well as his career in stand-up comedy, Brody also appeared in movies with roles in The Hangover and Due Date.

In a statement from his reps, Brody was described as “an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community.”

Peter Tork



Monkees singer Peter Tork died on February 21, aged 77.

The sad news was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, though she did not clarify the star’s cause of death, reports the  Washington Post .

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, in 2009.

Peter was a singer, bass player and keyboard player for the Monkees, a four-piece band who found fame in the 1960s.

Vinny Vella



The Sopranos and Casino actor Vinny Vella has died, aged 72, after a battle with liver cancer.

A statement from his rep said: “We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one is more saddened than himself.

“Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen.”

He was well known for his smaller roles in Donnie Brasco, Mambo Cafe, Kissing Jessica Stein and Find Me Guilty, and also played opposite Robert De Niro in Analyze That.

Karl Lagerfeld



Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died on February 19, aged 85, after a cancer battle.

The iconic designer, who was the creative director of Chanel, is believed to have been unwell for two weeks before his death in a Paris hospital.

According to sources close to him, Lagerfeld was rushed to hospital on Monday while suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,” said one insider. “Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.”

Eric Harrison



Former  Manchester United  youth coach Eric Harrison died on February 13, aged 81.

Harrison, credited with the development of United’s fabled ‘Class of ’92’, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

He appeared for Halifax, Hartlepool, Barrow and Southport during his playing career, before he became United’s youth team manager in 1981.

Harrison’s first major finds were Norman Whiteside and Mark Hughes, both of whom appeared in United’s 1981-82 FA Youth Cup Final loss to  Watford ; Northern Ireland international Whiteside would go on to score key goals in the senior side’s FA Cup success the following year.

But greatest successes came following the arrival of Sir Alex Ferguson in 1986, with the Scot revamping the club’s scouting network.

Gordon Banks



England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks died on February 12 at the age of 81.

Regarded as one of the game’s greatest in his position, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

Born in Sheffield, Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, playing for Chesterfield,  Leicester  City and Stoke.

Jan-Michael Vincent



Jan-Michael Vincent died at the age of 74 on February 10.

The star of Airwolf died of a heart attack.

Carmen Argenziano



Actor Carmen Argenziano, who appeared in Godfather II and Stargate SG-1, died on February 9, aged 75.

His acting agency Event Horizon Talent confirmed the sad news in a  Facebook  post.

They wrote: “It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75.

“His acting career began in the early 1970s and included a turn in The Godfather, Part II. “Carmen worked steadily over more than 40 years and was a staple character actor on our televisions throughout that time, including on series such as Cheers, Melrose Place, ER, CSI:NY and many others, while also lending his talents to films both tentpole and intimate.”

Cadet



Rapper Cadet – real name Blaine Cameron Johnson – died in a car accident on February 9 aged 28.

The UK musician was the cousin of rap star Krept, and collaborated with Deno on hit track ‘Advice’. He also featured on ‘Pumpy’ alongside Da Beatfreakz, AJ and Swarmz.

John Haynes



Motoring legend John Haynes – creator of the famous Haynes Manual car repair books – died on February 8, aged 80.

He was known across the world because of the extraordinary success of his books which were bought by a staggering 200 million people.

His family paid tribute Haynes saying he will be “missed enormously”.

The first Haynes Manual, for the Austin Healey Sprite, was published in 1966, and the first print run of 3,000 sold out in less than three months.

Albert Finney



Actor  Albert Finney  died on February 7 aged 82.

The British star was nominated for five Academy Awards during a career that spanned nearly 50 years.

Finney had notable roles in Erin Brockovich, Murder on the Orient Express, Annie and Scrooge, as well as appearing in spy thrillers The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall.

Kristoff St John



Young And The Restless star Kristoff St John died on February 3 at the age of 52.

Kristoff played Neil Winters on the soap since 1991 and won nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his role.

Detsl



Russian rapper Detsl died on February 3 aged 35 following a suspected heart attack.

The hip hop artist, real name Kirill Aleksandrovich Tolmatsky, passed away shortly after performing a gig in the city of Izhevsk.

Detsl was considered to be a pioneer of Russian hip hop and won various awards including the International Viewer’s Choice Award for MTV Russia at the VMAs in 2000.

Neal James



Actor and musician Neal James died on February 1 aged 55. He passed away from natural causes.

Known as ‘Banjo Man’, Neal was the star of TV show Call of the Wildman which ran between 2011 and 2014 on the Animal Planet documentary channel.

Clive Swift



Actor Clive Swift died on February 1 aged 82.

Swift was most well known for playing Richard Bucket, the long suffering husband of Hyacinth from hit 90s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. He also had roles in Inspector Morse, Peak Practice, Heartbeat and Hustle, as well as two appearances in Doctor Who.

Jeremy Hardy



Comedian Jeremy Hardy died on Feb 1, aged 57, after battling cancer.

The Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock the Week star, who was a good friend of  Jeremy Corbyn , won the coveted Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.

JANUARY

Dick Miller



Actor Dick Miller died on January 30 aged 90. The star was most famous for his role in 1984 horror comedy Gremlins as Murray Futterman. Miller also appeared in The Terminator, The Burbs and Fame.

His debut role was in Roger Corman’s 1959 movie A Bucket of Blood, with his career spanning over 60 years and more than 100 screen appearances.

James Ingram



R&B singer James Ingram died on January 29 aged 66 following a battle with brain cancer.

Best known for his 1980s hits like Baby Come To Me, a duet with Patti Austin, and Somewhere Out There, a duet with Linda Rondstadt, James won two Grammys during his career (for Yah Mo Be There and then for 100 Ways) and was nominated another 12 times.

Michel Legrand



 

French composer Michel Legrand died on January 26 aged 86.

The Academy Award winner earned 3 Oscars over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years. His first was in 1969 for The Windmills of Your Mind, which featured on the soundtrack to The Thomas Crown Affair. In 1971 he won Best Original Score for Summer of ’42, and again in 1983 for Yentl.

Windsor Davies



 

 

Actor  Windsor Davies  died on January 17 aged 88.

The star was most famous for his role in BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum as Battery Sergeant Major Williams, and he also spent a decade playing Oliver Smallbridge in ITV comedy Never the Twain.

Davies appeared in a number of films including Carry on Behind and Carry On England.

Carol Channing



Legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing died on January 15, aged 97.

The Hello, Dolly star died of natural causes, her publicist revealed in a statement.

B Harlan Boll told  Broadway World  : “It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing.

“I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell rather … into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it.”

Jo Andres



Steve Buscemi’s wife Jo Andres died aged 65.

The Reservoir Dogs star’s partner of 30 years passed away surrounded by friends and family in New York in early January.

The filmmaker’s cause of death has not been made public, but he “was spotted lifting a wicker casket out of the house,” on Wednesday, according to Radar Online.

Steve is said to have headed to the funeral home with a police escort in tow, with the website adding that “the company that handled the funeral arrangements caters toward those looking for natural burial.”

Firefighters from the New York Ladder Company he volunteered at during 9/11 were also spotted outside his house in Brooklyn that day.

Kevin Fret



 

Trap performer Kevin Fret died on January 10 aged 24 after being shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Latin musician was a campaigner for gay rights, and made his breakthrough in 2018 with track Soy Asi.

Dianne Oxberry



 

 

BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry died on January 10 aged 51 following a short illness. Dianne present the weather forecast on regional news programme North West Tonight for over 20 years.

She started her broadcasting career on Radio 1 in London as the station’s first dedicated weather presenter.

Darius Perkins



Neighbours  star Darius Perkins died from cancer on Jan 2, aged 54.

The Australian actor played the original Scott Robinson in the long running soap when it launched in 1985, before being replaced by Jason Donovan.

Darius appeared in numerous Australian dramas including Home and Away, A Country Practice and The Sullivans.

Bob Einstein



Bob Einstein died on January 2 at the age of 76, after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Emmy Award winning star was best known for starring in US sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.

News of his death was announced by his brother Albert Brooks, who described Einstein as a “great brother, father and husband” and a “brilliantly funny man”.

Gene Okerlund



WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2, aged 76.

Described by the WWE as “the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history”, the legendary microphone king from Sisseton, South Dakota appeared alongside the industry’s greatest stars in a career spanning decades.

He was forever immortalised by his work with Hulk Hogan, who would often begin interviews by saying: “Well let me tell you something Mean Gene…”

The former radio DJ even wrestled on the odd occasion – famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match with former world champion Hogan in 1984 – and The Hulkster himself had the honour of inducting “Mean Gene” into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Dean Ford



Dean Ford, the lead singer of pop band Marmalade, died on January 1 at the age of 72.

Scottish group Marmalade were best known for reaching number one in 1969 with a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.

Their version – which saw them make history as the first ever Scottish group to top the UK chart – led to the band celebrating appearing on Top of the Pops by turning up in kilts.

The news was announced by his daughter on  Facebook  , who described her father as “an amazing man, a gentle soul and extremely talented musician”.





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