Posted: Feb 16, 2017 08:45 AM PST
Updated: Dec 29, 2017 01:27 PM PST
Dec. 28: Sue Grafton, the author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, died at age 77 following a two-year battle with cancer.
Dec. 28: Rose Marie, best known for playing comedy writer Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Dec. 24: More than 50 years after her star turn in "The Sound of Music," actress Heather Menzies Urich died of brain cancer, her son told CNN. She was 68.
Dec. 21: Former astronaut Bruce McCandless, the first astronaut to float untethered in space, died at the age of 80
Dec. 21: Sportscaster Dick Enberg has died. He was 82.
Dec. 19: Former Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, whose legacy amid the clergy sex abuse scandal ushered in a painful era for the nation and the Roman Catholic Church, died in Rome at 86 after a long illness.
Dec. 12: Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens died at the age of 62. DiNizio was lead singer and guitar player of the band with hits in the late '80s and early '90s such as, "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You."
Dec. 12: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. The city's first Asian American mayor was 65.
Dec. 10: Max Clifford, the UK's best-known celebrity publicist whose clients included OJ Simpson, Simon Cowell, David Beckham and The Beatles, died in prison at age 74.
Dec. 5: Johnny Hallyday, France's rock 'n' roll icon, died of cancer. He was 74 years old.
Nov. 30: Jim Nabors, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show," died at the age of 87.
Nov. 25: Rance Howard, longtime film and television actor and father of director Ron Howard, died at age 89.
Nov. 19: Singer and actress Della Reese died at the age of 86, The Associated Press reported. Reese played Tess, the wise angel, on "Touched by an Angel."
Nov. 19: Charles Manson, 1960s cult leader, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 83.
Nov. 19: Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna died at 49 of cancer.
Nov. 19: Country music legend Mel Tillis died at 85. Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades.
NOV. 18: Earle Hyman, a longtime stage and TV actor who was best known for playing Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," die at 91.
Nov.11: AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young.
Nov. 12: Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News in 1976, dies at age 94. Known affectionately as the "the Grand Dame of Dish," Smith's legendary work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, which made front-page news.
Nov. 9: Actor John Hillerman, he was 84 years old. Hillerman is known from the TV series "Magnum, P.I.," "The Betty White Show" and "The Last Picture Show."
Nov. 7: Former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash near St. Petersburg, Florida. The eight time All-Star won two Cy Young Awards. He also threw a no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. Halladay was 40 years old.
Oct. 24: Music legend Fats Domino died. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had numerous hits including, "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "I'm Walkin'." He was 89 years old.
Oct. 24: Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series "Benson," died at 89. He also voiced the animated character Rafiki in "The Lion King" and starred in TV series "Sports Night."
Oct. 23: NASA astronaut Paul Weitz died at the age of 85. Weitz was an astronaut for 28 years and served as pilot on the Skylab 2 mission in 1973. He also led the first Challenger crew when it was launched on April 4, 1983.
Oct. 18: Frontman for Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, lost his battle with brain cancer at age 53.
Oct. 16: Actor John Dunsworth died at the age of 71. Dunsworth played Mr. Lahey on "Trailer Park Boys."
Oct. 8: Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL MVP Y.A. Tittle died at age 90.
Oct. 6: Comedian Ralphie May. He was 45.
Oct. 2: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died at the age of 66.
Oct. 1: The magazine industry lost a legend when Si Newhouse Jr., center, the longtime publisher of Condé Nast and driving force behind some of the most recognizable titles on newsstands, died at 89.
Sept. 30: Monty Hall, best known as the host of the popular game show "Let's Make a Deal," died at 96.
American publisher and club entrepreneur Hugh Hefner with actress Barbara Benton amongst English 'Bunny Girls' at his London Playboy Club. Hefner died Sept. 27. He was 91.
Sept. 23: Singer Charles Bradley, who was known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" because of his raspy voice and stirring performances, died at 68. Bradley found fame in his later years, releasing his debut album "No Time For Dreaming" at age 62.
Sept. 21: Liliane Bettencourt, the world's richest woman as the L'Oreal heiress, died at the age of 94. Her net worth was estimated at around $44 billion.
Sept. 19: Boxer Jake LaMotta, who was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film "Raging Bull," died at age 95 from complications of pneumonia.
Sept. 17: WWE Hall of Fame manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73. He had been battling throat and lung cancer since 2002.
Sept. 15: Character actor Harry Dean Stanton, who became a cult favorite through his parts in "Paris, Texas" and "Repo Man."
Sept. 12: Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the 2013 United States Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, died at the age of 88.
Sept. 8: Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams died at the age of 78. The "Gentle Giant" recorded numerous hits including, "Good Ole Boys Like Me," Tulsa Time" and "Lord I Hope This Day is Good."
Sept. 8: Troy Gentry, one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group's official site. He was 50.
Sept. 3: Walter Becker, the co-founder and guitarist of Steely Dan, died at the age of 67. He was behind groovy tracks like "Reelin in the Years" and "Peg."
Aug. 30: College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rollie Massimino died of cancer at age 82.
Aug. 26: Tobe Hooper, the director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist, died at age 74.
Aug. 24: Jay Thomas, a comic and character actor whose credits include roles on "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown."
Aug. 20: Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died at age 91 after a brief illness.
Aug. 19: Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform comedy at white clubs, died at 84.
Aug. 8: Country legend Glen Campbell, best known for his 1970s hit "Rhinestone Cowboy," died at age 81 after battling Alzheimer's disease.
Aug. 7: Former MLB player and manager Don Baylor died after a battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor was the 1979 American League MVP and won a World Series championship in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins. Baylor was 68 years old.
Aug. 6: Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 55 years old.
Aug. 2: Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died at age 94 after falling ill from hip surgery complications.
Aug. 1: Costco co-founder and chairman Jeff Brotman, right, died at age 74. He is pictured with Jim Sinegal, who served as Costco's CEO until 2012.
July 31: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard died from complications of ALS at the age of 73.
July 26: Voice actress June Foray died, she was 99. Foray voiced Rocky and Natasha in the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."
Jul 25: Barbara Sinatra, a philanthropist and wife of Frank Sinatra, died at age 90. She and her husband, who died in 1998, founded the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to help abused, neglected and at-risk children.
July 21: Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movies, died. The Santa Clara County, California, medical examiner's office said the actor was 71, but other reports list his age as 72.
July 20: Chester Bennington, lead singer of Link Park, was found dead at a Palos Verdes Estates home, according to a spokesman for the LA County Coroner. Bennington was 41 years old.
July 16: Actor Martin Landau, best known for his roles in movies like "North by Northwest," "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Ed Wood," dies at 89. He earned an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for portraying Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood."
July 16: Pioneering horror-movie maker George Romero, perhaps best known for the 'Night of the Living Dead' franchise, dies at age 77 after battling lung cancer.
July 15: Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who became the only woman to receive the highest honor in mathematics, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the school said. She was 40.
July 8: Nelsan Ellis, the actor who lit up the screen on HBO's vampire drama "True Blood," died at age 39. The cause of death was complications from heart failure, his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told CNN.
June 28: Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond died at the age of 91.
June 27: Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist died. He's known for his roles in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "John Wick." Nyqvist died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56 years old.
June 26: Legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator Loren Janes, who doubled for Steve McQueen for the actor's entire career.
June 20: Prodigy, one half of the influential hip hop duo Mobb Deep, died from complications of sickle cell anemia. He was 42.
June 16: Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl died at the age of 87. Kohl led Germany from 1982 to 1998 and is credited for reuniting Germany in 1990.
June 9: Adam West, the star of TV's popular and campy "Batman" TV show in the '60s, died at 88.
June 8: Actress Glenne Headly died at the age of 62. She starred in over 25 films, including "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Dick Tracy," "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Sgt. Bilko."
May 29: Manuel Noriega, former ruler of Panama and convicted drug trafficker, dies at 83.
May 27: Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, died at 69.
May 26: Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, died at 89, his daughter announced on social media.
May 23: Sir Roger Moore, who portrayed superspy James Bond in seven "007" films, died at age 89 following a battle with cancer.
May 18: Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News Channel, died at 77.
May 17: Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, died at age 52.
May 14: Actor Powers Boothe , known for his roles in "Sin City" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," died at 68.
May 6: Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb was found dead at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. He was 37 years old.
April 26: Director Jonathan Demme, best known for directing "The Silence of the Lambs," died due to complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73.
April 22: Actress Erin Moran, best known for her kid sister role in the '70s sitcom "Happy Days," died at 56. In spin-off "Joanie and Chachi," she continued her role as Joanie Cunningham.
April 18: Aaron Hernandez, former NFL star and convicted murderer, was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell. He was 27.
April 12: Tom Coyne was a Grammy Award-winning engineer who worked with music icons such as Adele, Taylor Swift and Beyonce
April 12: Comedian Charlie Murphy, best known for his roles on "Chappelle's Show," died at 57 after a battle with leukemia.
April 11: John Warren Geils Jr., founder and lead guitarist for the J. Geils Band.
April 6: Legendary insult comic Don Rickles.
March 31: Gilbert Baker, the deisgner of the rainbow flag. Baker sewed a multicolored flag in 1978 which became the symbol of the LGBT community. He was 65 years old.
March 21: Chuck Barris, who created game shows such as "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show," died of natural causes. He was 87.
March 21: Martin McGuinness , former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein's chief negotiator during the Northern Ireland peace process and longtime commander in the Irish Republican Army, died Monday after a short illness. He was 66.
March 19: Jimmy Breslin, the prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York City columnist, died. Breslin's death was reported by his longtime employer, the New York Daily News.
March 18: Music legend Chuck Berry was found dead at the age of 90.
March 10: Joni Sledge, a founding member of the music group SIster Sledge, died at the age of 60.
March 6: Robert Osborne, who served as host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years.
Feb. 26: Judge Joseph Wapner, famous for his tenure on reality television's "The People's Court" died of natural causes in his home at the age of 97.
Feb. 25: Actor Bill Paxton, 61, whose extensive career included roles in "Big Love," "The Terminator," "Aliens" and "Titanic," died due to complications from surgery.
Feb. 23: Alan Colmes, Fox News contributor and longtime broadcaster, died after battling a "brief illness." He was 66.
Feb. 18: Clyde Stubblefield, former drummer for James Brown died at 73.
Feb. 18: Norma McCorvey, known as "Jane Roe" in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that established a constitutional right to abortion, died at 69
Feb. 18: Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian-born cleric serving a life sentence for plotting the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center and other terror attacks in New York, died from natural causes at age 78.
Feb. 12: Jazz singer Al Jarreau, 76, who sang the theme song from "Moonlighting"
Feb. 11: Fab Melo, 26, NBA player (Boston Celtics)
Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Ilitch founded Little Caesars in 1959. He was 87 years old.
Actor Richard Hatch, known for his role as Captain Apollo in the 1978-1979 TV series "Battlestar Galactica," died Feb 7 of pancreatic cancer. He also played Tom Zarek in the 2003 "Battlestar Galactica" remake.
Jan. 31: Bass player and singer John Wetton, who played in several English rock groups, including King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK and Asia, died of cancer at 67.
Jan. 25: John Hurt, an actor in numerous films including "Midnight Express," "The Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter" died at the age of 77.
Jan. 25: Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose eponymous 1970s series helped usher in a new era for women on television.
Jan. 25: Butch Trucks, the co-founder and drummer for the Allman Brothers Band.
Jan. 19: Miguel Ferrer, a familiar face on the big and small screens, died following a battle with throat cancer, according to a statement from CBS. He was 61.
Jan. 16: Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon.
Jan. 15: Professional wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
Jan. 12: Author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, who scared millions with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist."
Jan. 8: Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, Iranian state-run media said. He was 82.