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Stars We’ve Lost in 2017..

Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard

The playwright, actor and director died on July 27 at the age of 73 after a long battle with ALS. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his stage play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1983 historical drama The Right Stuff.

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June Foray

June Foray

The voice actor died on Wednesday, July 26, at age 99. She was the voice behind dozens of well-known animated characters, such as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Granny and Witch Hazel in Looney Tunes and Aunt May in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

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Barbara Sinatra

Barbara Sinatra

The former Las Vegas showgirl, famed philanthropist and widow of singer Frank Sinatra died of natural causes on July 25. She was 90.

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John Heard

John Heard

The actor died at the age of 72 on July 21, just two days after undergoing back surgery. He was best known for playing patriarch Peter McCallister in the original Home Alone movies, and was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1999 for his role on The Sopranos.

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Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington

The Linkin Park lead vocalist was found dead on July 20, the Los Angeles coroner confirmed to Us Weekly. He was 41. He was best known for the band’s hits “Numb,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” His death coincided with what would have been his late friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

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Martin Landau

Martin Landau

The Oscar-winning actor died at UCLA Medical Center from "unexpected complications" on July 15. He was 89.

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Nelsan Ellis

Nelsan Ellis

The True Blood actor, who played Lafayette Reynolds, died at age 39 in July after suffering complications from heart failure. "He was not only a gifted artist, but he was a very special person with a kind and a gentle soul," Ellis' manager Emily Gerson Saines said in a statement to Us Weekly.

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Stevie Ryan

Stevie Ryan

The YouTube star died on July 1 at the age of 33. Her death was ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Ryan also starred on her own VH1 sketch comedy series, Stevie TV, where she impersonated celebrities including Justin Bieber, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.

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Adam West

Adam West

The Batman actor died at age 88 on June 9 after a short battle with leukemia. He was best known for playing the DC Comics superhero in the 1960s TV series and later voiced Quahog Mayor Adam West on Family Guy.

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Glenne Headly

Glenne Headly

The Emmy-nominated actress passed away at age 62 on June 8. She was in the midst of filming her upcoming Hulu series Future Man. Headly is best known for her roles in 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and 1990’s Dick Tracy

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Michael Nance

Michael Nance

The reality star, who appeared on Emily Maynard’s season 8 of The Bachelorette, died at age 31 on May 29. 

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

The Soundgarden frontman died on May 17 at age 52 after performing a sold-out show with his band in Detroit. A Detroit police spokesperson told Us Weekly that a family friend found Cornell in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel. His cause of death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The rocker’s wife, Vicky Cornell, issued a statement on May 19 claiming that the prescription drug Ativan could have played a role in her husband’s death. 

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Henry

Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf

The Ghostbusters II actor, who played baby Oscar with his twin brother, William Deutschendorf, died by suicide at age 29 on June 14. Hank battled schizoaffective disorder for several years.

Christopher

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin

The Rob & Big star passed away on May 9 at age 45 after suffering heart failure. He was best known for appearing on the MTV show as Rob Dyrdek’s best friend and bodyguard from 2006 to 2008.

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Prodigy

Prodigy

The rapper, who was a member of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died on June 20 at age 42, his publicist confirmed. “It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” the statement read. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.”

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Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst

The Animal House actor died from complications of diabetes at the age of 63 on June 16.

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Roger Smith

Roger Smith

The 77 Sunset Strip actor passed away at age 84 on June 4 after a long battle with nerve disease myasthenia gravis. He played detective Jeff Spencer on the hit ABC series from 1958 to 1963, but later quit acting to manage his second wife Ann-Margret’s career.

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Danny Dias

Danny Dias

The MTV reality star was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on June 3. He was 34. Dias starred on season 13 of Road Rules in 2004 and season 11 of The Challenge in 2005. 

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Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis

The British actor, who was known for voicing Wallace in the clay animation series Wallace and Gromit, died at age 96 on June 2. His agent confirmed that he passed away “peacefully with his family by his side."

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Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman

Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman

Trucks, who cofounded Allman Brothers Band, died in West Palm Beach, Florida, at age 69 on January 25. The drummer’s death was ruled a suicide. His bandmate, Allman, died a few months later on May 27. According to a statement on his website, Cher’s ex-husband passed away “peacefully" at his Savannah, Georgia, home. He was also 69. 

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Steven Holcomb

Steven Holcomb

The Olympic bobsled gold medalist was found dead at age 37 in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on May 6. Holcomb, who was expected to be a member of the U.S. Olympic team in Pyeongchang, died in his sleep after suffering pulmonary congestion, his autopsy found. 

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Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

The TV pioneer, who was father of actors Owen and Luke Wilson, died on May 5 at age 75. Luke, 45 confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that his dad battled Alzheimer’s disease. Robert ran KERA TV station in Dallas and gave well-known broadcaster Jim Lehrer his start on TV.

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Erin Moran

Erin Moran

The Happy Days star was found dead at her Harrison County, Indiana, home on April 22. She was 56. Her cause of death was listed as complications from stage IV cancer. Moran shot to stardom for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the ‘70s sitcom and later starred in a short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi alongside former boyfriend Scott Baio.

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Cuba Gooding Sr

Cuba Gooding Sr

The singer was found dead in his car on April 20 after a reported overdose. He was 72. His son Cuba Gooding Jr. paid tribute by sharing a throwback photo of his father from his time in soul group The Main Ingredient in the 1970s. “Eternal,” he captioned it.

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Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy

The comedian, 57, died at a NYC hospital on April 12 after a battle with leukemia. Murphy — who was the older brother of Eddie Murphy — costarred on Chappelle’s Show and cowrote some of Eddie’s movies, such as Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn.

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Antonia Gorga

Antonia Gorga

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice’s mother died at age 66 in early March. “Teresa has been in the hospital with her and is inconsolable now,” a source told Us at the time. “This is a very hard time for Teresa. She was very close with her mother.”

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Tommy Page

Tommy Page

The former pop star was found dead of an apparent suicide on March 3. He was 46. Page was known for his 1990 smash hit “I’ll Be Your Everything,” which was cowritten by New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight and Danny Wood. He later had a successful career as an A&R executive. 

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Judge Joseph Wapner

Judge Joseph Wapner

The retired judge died at his home under hospice care on February 26 at age 97. Wapner was famous for starring on The People’s Court for 12 seasons from 1981 to 1993. 

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Daryl Easton

Daryl Easton

The magician was found dead inside Hollywood’s Magic Castle on February 24. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. 

Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva

The iconic French actress died in Paris at age 89 on January 27 after battling cancer. She starred in 2012’s Amour and 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour.

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John Hurt

John Hurt

The British actor passed away at the age of 77 on January 27. He previously announced in June 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Alien and Harry Potter actor was nominated for two Oscars during his career for his roles in Elephant Man and Midnight Express.

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Lee

Lee "Q" O'Denat

The WorldStarHipHop founder, known by his nickname “Q,” died at age 43 on January 23. Authorities later confirmed he died of natural causes. O'Denat founded the news and gossip site in 2005, which became known for its viral videos. 

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