Celebrity deaths 2019: Kristoff St. John, James Ingram, Fatima Ali, Carol Channing and other artistes who left us in 2019

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


                            Celebrity deaths 2019: Kristoff St. John, James Ingram, Fatima Ali, Carol Channing and other artistes who left us in 2019

Albert Finney

Finney received five Oscar nominations in his career, but won none and he refused to be knighted. (Getty Images)
Finney received five Oscar nominations in his career, but won none and he refused to be knighted. (Getty Images)

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

Actor Kristoff St. John attends the 10th-anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)
Actor Kristoff St. John attends the 10th-anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

'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.

Dick Miller

Dick Miller
Dick Miller

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.

James Ingram

Musician James Ingram performs onstage during the UNICEF Playlist with the A-List celebrity karaoke benefit at El Rey Theatre on May 17, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
Musician James Ingram performs onstage during the UNICEF Playlist with the A-List celebrity karaoke benefit at El Rey Theatre on May 17, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

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.

Fatima Ali

Fatima Ali
Fatima Ali

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."

Kaye Ballard

Kaye Ballard attends a screening of 'Kaye Ballard — the Show Goes On' at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 6, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. (Getty Images)
Kaye Ballard attends a screening of 'Kaye Ballard — the Show Goes On' at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 6, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. (Getty Images)

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

Singer Carol Channing performs at 'TV Cares: Ribbon of Hope Celebration 2004' on March 13, 2004, at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
Singer Carol Channing performs at 'TV Cares: Ribbon of Hope Celebration 2004' on March 13, 2004, at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

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.

Shirley Boone

Shirley and Pat Boone arrive at the 45th Annual Dove Awards at Allen Arena, Lipscomb University on October 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)
Shirley and Pat Boone arrive at the 45th Annual Dove Awards at Allen Arena, Lipscomb University on October 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

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.

Louisa Moritz

Louisa Moritz in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (IMDb)
Louisa Moritz in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (IMDb)

'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.'

Bob Einstein

Bob Einstein arrives at the Premiere Of HBO's 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind' at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on June 27, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
Bob Einstein arrives at the Premiere Of HBO's 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind' at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on June 27, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

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.