Celebrity deaths 2019: Nipsey Hussle, Georgia Engel, Lorraine Warren and other artistes who left us this year
Be it their music, stellar acting, or ability to engage us in virtual conversation, here's an ode to the most cherished artistes the entertainment industry has lost in 2019
Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigator who is portrayed by Vera Farmiga in 'The Conjuring' series passed away at the age of 92. Warren, along with her husband Ed, was well known for investigating some of the most famous paranormal cases including the Amityville Horror hauntings and the Annabelle doll. Their decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired hit horror movies including the 'The Conjuring' franchise and 'The Amityville Horror.' Lorraine's passing was confirmed on Facebook by her grandson, who wrote on April 19; "Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed.
The T2 Trainspotting star and former boxer died at the age of 42, following a shooting near his home in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 17. Welsh appeared as the kingpin Doyle in Danny Boyle’s 2017 sequel to his classic 1996 film 'Trainspotting,' and that was his first professional acting role. Besides acting, he ran charity projects for young adults to help them stay fit and out of trouble through his Holyrood Boxing Gym. “His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing,” the Edinburgh Police Divison shared in a statement on Facebook.
The 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' star died on April 12 at the age of 70. The actress, known for her high-pitched and sweet voice, began her acting career with a role in 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway in 1969 and moved on to bag a number of roles on the small screen. “Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” Betty White, who starred alongside Engel told the New York Times following Engel’s death. Prior to her death, Engel had appeared in 'The Office' (2012) and 'Two and a Half Men' (2012) and appeared as Mamie in 'Hot in Cleveland.' (2012-15).
Charles Van Doren
The 1950s quiz show scandal figure died at the age of 93 on April 9 in a retirement center near his home in Canaan, Connecticut. During the heydays of the quiz TV shows, Charles Van Doren was an ultimate hero. A Columbia University English instructor belonging to a prominent literary family, Van Doren easily ousted his opponent by deftly nailing all the right answers on a TV show, until later, it was proven that the show was rigged and he knew all the answers beforehand.
The British child star, best known for her roles on BBC network shows 'Absolutely Fabulous' and 'Millie In between,' died on April 7 at the age of 16.
“Mya-Lecia was a much-loved part of the BBC Children’s family, and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer. We will miss her enormously and we are sure that you will want to join us in sending all our love to her family and friends,” the network said of the rising star. According to BBC News, Naylor’s agents, A&J Management, said the young actress died after she collapsed, but the cause of death remains unclear.
The Grammy-nominated rapper was shot to death on March 31. He was 33 years old and was standing right in front of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 'Hussle & Motivate' musician died after being shot on the street. He was an L.A. native and is believed to have ties to the Crips gang, of which he spoke in a 2010 interview with Complex, NBC News notes. The rapper’s debut album, 'Victory Lap' was nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards in February. He is survived by his daughter Emani from a previous relationship and son two-year-old Kross with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, 34.
Agnés Varda whose films were essential in creating France’s New Wave cinema died on March 28. The 90-year-old, who received an Honorary Oscar in November 2017 from Angelina Jolie, died from cancer. Her most recent project, a documentary 'Faces Places', was nominated for an Oscar in 2017, making her the oldest working director ever nominated. The Belgian-born director, photographer and documentary maker’s career spanned over six decades.
Noel Scott Engel in 1943 in Ohio, became Scott Walker, the musician whose career stretched from British pop sensation to avant-garde pioneer, died on March 22. The lead singer of the American pop trio Walker Brothers death was announced by his record label, 4AD, according to a statement.
The country singer was fatally shot with a gun that was being used as a prop on the set of a music video in Texas. The 35-year-old is survived by his two daughters, Dixie and Kaylee. Justin Carter. His mother Cindy McClellan told Fox News that Carter was filming a music video in Houston on March 16 when a gun in his pocket "went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye."
'Riverdale' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star Luke Perry, who was hospitalized after suffering a severe stroke, passed away March 4 morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California. The 52-year-old was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke while at his California home the week before. May of his co-workers and fans poured in with messages of love and great stories about his sensitivity and healthy attitude towards fame and celebrity.
The iconic frontman of electronic music band The Prodigy, Keith Flint, was found dead in his home on Monday, March 4, at the age of 49 with bandmates confirming he took his own life. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they did their best to revive him but he was pronounced dead.
'The Voice' artist Janice Freeman, who reportedly died at the age of 33 years on Saturday, March 2, was suffering from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Among the millions that poured in with condolences was her coach on 'The Voice,' and a close personal friend Miley Cyrus, who vowed to look out for her family when she is not around.
Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 years, on February 19, a couple of weeks after it was reported that he missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows which took place in Paris in January. The fashion explained his absence at the shows with the statement, "Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 years, on February 19, a couple of weeks after it was reported that he missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows which took place in Paris in January. According to reports, Lagerfeld, best known as the creative director of Chanel, had presided over the Chanel house for more than three decades and produced up to eight collections in a year."
Lagerfeld, best known as the creative director of Chanel, had had presided over the Chanel house for more than three decades and produced up to eight collections in a year.
Actor Albert Finney, who was one of the most reputed lead actors of 1960s and was part of Britain's early 60s new wave cinema died aged 82. His family announced that the actor suffered from a short illness. The actor had revealed in 2011 that he was suffering from kidney cancer.
Kristoff St. John
'The Young and the Restless' star was found dead in his home on February 3. St. John was 52 years old and he had lost his son, Julian St. John, five years ago when he committed suicide in a mental health facility in Long Beach, California.
The screen actor, best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the 1984 classic horror film 'Gremlins', died on January 30 at the age of 90. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Miller made hundreds of on-screen appearances including 'A Bucket of Blood', 'The Burbs', 'Fame' and 'The Terminator.' He also served in the United States Navy.
The Grammy Award-winning singer who launched multiple hits on R&B and pop charts and earned two Oscar nominations for his songwriting died at age 66 on January 29. His longtime friend, Debbie Allen, confirmed the news on social media. "I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," she wrote. "He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name." He reportedly died from brain cancer.
The 'Top Chef' alum died on January 25, after a lengthy battle with terminal bone cancer. She was 29 years old. Padma Lakshmi mourned the death of the former contestant, who appeared on season 15 of the series. In her essay, she wrote; "I first got to know Fatima through her food. I was hard on her — not with my judging but with the tenor of my feedback. Not only did I think she could take it, but I knew she wanted me to give it to her straight. I could feel how focused she was. I challenged her openly to do better because I knew she could. I saw my younger self in Fatima."
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom 'The Mothers-in-Law' died at age 93 on January 21 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a battle with kidney cancer. She was 93 and throughout her long successful career she appeared on several Broadway musicals, films and TV shows including 'The Doris Day Show' and 'What a Dummy', 'The Girl Most Likely', 'Cinderella' and 'Freaky Friday'.
Carol Channing, the musical stage personality who immortalized the characters of Lorelei Lee in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and Dolly Gallagher Levi in 'Hello, Dolly!' died of natural causes on January 15. She was 97 years old. "Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone," her publicist and friend, B. Harlan Boll, said in a statement.
The actress and assistant director passed away on January 11 at the age of 84 after suffering from congestive heart failure. The actress, who appeared on an episode of 'Captain Nice' in 1967, was a philanthropist and the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone. She was surrounded by her four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby, and Laury, who sang to her, at the time of her death.
'The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' actress died of natural causes at age of 72 on January 4. Moritz was also known for her work in 'Love,' 'American Style,' 'Match Game,' and 'The Incredible Hulk.'
The comedian, popularly known for playing Marty Funkhouser on HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' died on January 2 at the age of 76. The creator of the character of Super Dave Osborne was diagnosed with cancer shortly before his demise.