Celebrity deaths 2019: Marie Fredriksson, Shelley Morrison, Nipsey Hussle, and other artists 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

                            Celebrity deaths 2019: Marie Fredriksson, Shelley Morrison, Nipsey Hussle, and other artists who left us this year
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Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette performs on stage at Palacio de Vistalegre on November 18, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images)

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson died at the age of 61. The Swedish popstar, who starred in the band with Per Gessle in 1986, died on December 9 after suffering from a long-term illness.

She was best known for her Roxette hits 'It Must Have Been Love', 'Joyride', 'Listen To Your Heart' and 'The Look'.

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois attends Florida Supercon on July 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)

Actor Rene Auberjonois died on December 8 aged 79 after suffering from metastatic lung cancer.
Aubjernonois appeared in a variety of well-known roles during his career. He portrayed shapeshifter Odo in Stark Trek: Deep Space Nine, Father Mulcahy in M.A.S.H., the Chef in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Paul Lewiston in legal comedy-drama Boston Legal.

Shelley Morrison

Actress Shelley Morrison attends the 17th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 25, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

The actress passed away on December 1 from heart failure at the age of 83. Morrison was best known for her role as Rosario Salazar in ‘Will & Grace’, the maid to no-nonsense Salvadoran maid to socialite Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally, in the original run of the sitcom on NBC from 1999 to 2006. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Walter Dominguez, and their six adopted children.


Singer Sulli attends Tory Burch Spring 2016 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)

Choi Jin-ri or Sulli, was a South Korean actress, singer, and model, best known as brand ambassador for Estee Lauder. She committed suicide on October 14, 2019, at the age of 25.

Robert Forster

Robert Forster attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

Robert Forster was an American actor, known for his roles ‘Medium Cool’, ‘The Delta Force’, and ‘Jackie Brown’, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He died from brain cancer on October 11, 2019, at the age of 78.

Larry Junstrom

Larry Junstorm was an American bassist, best known for being in the rock band .38 Special from 1977 until 2014, and he was also one of the founding members of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He died on October 6, 2019, at the age of 70.

Diahann Carroll

Actress Diahann Carroll attends Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by MaxMara, BMW, Perrier-Jouet and South Coast Plaza held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)

She was a celebrated African-American singer and actress, mostly known for her film and TV roles like ‘Julia’, ‘The Hollywood Palace’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ etc. She passed away on October 4, 2019, due to a relapse of breast cancer at the age of 84.

Ginger Baker

Musician Ginger Baker of Cream performs at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp at AMP Rehearsal Studios on November 6, 2015 in North Hollywood, California. (Phot o by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Legendary rock and jazz drummer, best known as a member of seminal rock/blues supergroup Cream passed away on October 6, 2019, due to serious heart issues at the age of 80.

Kim Shattuck

Kim Shattuck of the Pixies performs at The Bowery Ballroom on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Leader of the Muffs, the funky pop-punk singer, guitarist, and songwriter who played with the Pandoras, the Beards, and the Pixies, passed away on October 2, 2019, from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), at the age of 56.

Rob Garrison

American actor Rob Garrison is best known for his role as Tommy in the 1984 film ‘The Karate Kid’, and a special appearance in ‘Cobra Kai’(2019), died on September 27, 2019, at the age of 59.

Linda Porter

Linda Porter was an American character actress, who appeared in numerous feature films, television programs, advertisements and music videos and is known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Dude! Where’s My Car?’ She died on September 25, 2019, of cancer, at the age 86.

Suzanne Wang

Suzanne Whang was an American television host, comedian, radio host, author, minister, writer, producer, and political activist. She died of breast cancer, on September 17, 2019, at the age of 56.

Brian Turk

Actor Brian Turk attends the "Carnivale" second season party at the Paramount Theater on January 6, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Brian D. Turk is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Gabriel in the award-winning HBO television series ‘Carnivàle’. He died on September 13, 2019, of cancer, at the age of 49.

Ric Ocasek

Musician Ric Ocasek attends the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Ric Ocasek was the lead singer and songwriter for new wave/AOR legends the Cars, as well as a solo artist and producer for numerous alternative bands. He died on September 15, 2019, of heart diseases, at the age of 75.

Eddie Money

Eddie Money performs during "FOX & Friends" All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

American rock musician and singer–songwriter Eddie Money is known for popular songs like songs including "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Think I'm in Love", "Shakin” etc. He died of heart failure, on September 13, 2019, at the age of 70.

LaShawn Daniels

Lashawn Daniels attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)

American songwriter, vocal producer and arranger, LaShawn Ameen Daniels was known for his songwriting credits on songs by A-list artists like Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Michael Jackson etc. He died on September 3, 2019, at the age of 41.

Kylie Rae Harris

Kylie Rae Harris was an American country singer-songwriter from Texas. She died at the age of 30, on September 4, 2019, from a car crash.

Carol Lynley

Actress Carol Lynley attends the Larry King Cardiac Foundation Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 24, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Carol Lynley was an American actress and child model, known for her roles in the films The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Blue Denim. She died on September 3, 2019 from a heart attack, at the age of 77.

Valerie Harper

Actress Valerie Harper arrives at AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Valerie Kathryn Harper was an American Broadway actress and is known for ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Hawaii-O-Five’, etc. She died on September 3, 2019, from a heart attack, at the age of 77.

Peter Fonda

Actor Peter Fonda attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' "Boundaries" at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Peter Henry Fonda was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda. He died on August 16, 2019, from lung cancer,  at the age of 79.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison attends Art & Social Activism, a discussion on Broadway with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez on June 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Stella Adler Studio of Acting)

Also known as Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison, Toni was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. She died on August 5, 2019 of pneumonia, at the age of 88.

Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer attends a photocall for "The Last Kingdom" at Charlotte Street Hotel on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images,)

Rutger Oelsen Hauer was a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. He was recognized in Hollywood movies like ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Nighthawks’, ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ etc. He died on July 19, 2019, of general illness, at the age of 75.

Denise Nickerson

Denise Nickerson who played Violet Beauregarde in the original film attends the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Jacques Torres Chocolates on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Denise was an American actress was known for her role of Violet Beauregarde in ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’, ‘Dark Shadows’, ‘Lolita, My Love’ among others. She died on July 10, 2019, from a prolonged effect of a stroke at the age of 62. 

Rip Torn

Actor Rip Torn attends "The Oscar Night Party Sponsored By Children Uniting Nations, The Creative Coalition and Rock The Vote," raising funds to promote the mentoring of foster children at the House of Blues on March 23, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. was an American actor and voice actor, recognized for his work in ‘Cross Creek’, ‘Men In Black’, ‘Men In Black II’, voice for Disney’s ‘Hercules’ etc. He died on July 9, 2019, at the age of 88.

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce attends LA Family Housing Annual LAFH Awards And Fundraiser Celebration at The Lot on April 25, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)

Actor and voice artist, Cameron was known for his debut movie ‘Mirrors’, ‘Eagle Eye’, ‘Grown Ups’, ‘Grown Ups 2’, and Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’. The young actor died due to complications of epilepsy on July 6, 2019, at the age of 20.  

Mary Duggar

Mary Leona Duggar was known for her appearance in television shows like ‘19 Kids & Counting’ and ‘Counting On’. She died on July 4, 2019, at the age of 78. She died of accidental drowning after she slipped and fell into the pool. Grandma Duggar is survived by her daughter Deanna, her son, Jim Bob and 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Grandma  Duggar had been on the TLC shows, 19 Kids & Counting and Counting On with her family for over 15 years.

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman attends the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Duane 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Chapman's wife, Beth Chapman was an actress and producer, known for Corner Gas (2004), Dog the Bounty Hunter (2003) and Dog's Most Wanted (2019). She died on June 26, 2019. She passed away after battling cancer at the age of 51. Beth was hospitalized and was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering breathing problems. Beth had been fighting stage 4 throat cancer for several months after she relapsed in November 2018, eventually announcing that she was stopping chemotherapy to explore alternative treatments.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Socialite and artist Gloria Vanderbilt attends The National Arts Club's Literary Committee Honoring Joyce Carol Oates held at The National Arts Club on April 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Gloria was a celebrated American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite. She died of stomach cancer on June 17, 2019, at the age of 95. The intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer. Vanderbilt was a talented painter and collagist who also acted on the stage ("The Time of Your Life" on Broadway) and television ("Playhouse 90," ''Studio One," ''Kraft Theater," ''U.S. Steel Hour"). Vanderbilt wrote several books, including the 2004 chronicle of her love life: 'It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir,' which drops such names as Errol Flynn, whom she dated as a teenager; Frank Sinatra, for whom she left Stokowski; Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes.

Franco Zeffirelli

Director Franco Zeffirelli attends the Palm Springs International Film Festival Annual Gala held at the Palm Springs Convention Centre in Palm Springs, California on January 11 2002. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli was an Italian director of operas, movies, and television shows, recognized for some of his works like ‘The Taming of The Shrew’, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. He was also honored British Knighthood. He died on June 15, 2019, at the age of 96.

Dr. John/ Mac Rebennack

Singer-songwriter Dr. John performs on stage for Skyville Live on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images for Skyville)

Better known by his stage name, Dr. John, Mac was an American singer and songwriter who achieved a top-10 hit single with "Right Place, Wrong Time" in 1973, and known for albums like ‘Babylon’, ‘Sun, Moon & Herbs’, ‘Dr. John’s Gumbo’. He died of a heart attack on June 6, 2019, at the age of 77.  He had not been seen in public much since late 2017 when he canceled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home.

Carmine Caridi

Carmine Caridi (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Carmine Caridi was an American television and film actor known for his roles in cult movies like ‘Godfather II’, ‘Godfather III’, ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’, ‘Rudy’ and more. He died in a coma on May 28, 2019, at the age of 85. The actor is also known for being expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004 for copyright infringement after he was accused of leaking screeners. “I sent [them] to people, besides my brother and sister, who couldn’t afford them,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. "While exonerated by police and the FBI, Carmine was always deeply saddened by what had transpired," Caridi's rep had made a statement.

Ashley Massaro

TV personality Ashley Massaro arrives for the CW Network Winter TCA Party at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on January 19, 2007 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ashley Massaro was an American professional wrestler, reality television contestant, television host, model, and radio personality, best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She died on May 15, 2019, at the age of 39. She was reportedly found hanging in her home in Suffolk County, New York on May 16, 2019. Massaro began her career in 2005 and was known for her win at WWE's Raw Diva Search the same year and her high-profile match against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. The wrestling superstar also participated in 'Survivor: China', however, she was soon voted out in the second episode in 2007. Although Massaro left wrestling in 2008, she eventually made a comeback with another pro-company in 2017.

Tim Conway

Actor Tim Conway speaks onstage during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards rehearsals held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images)

Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway was an American actor, comedian, writer, and director known for ‘The Steve Allen Show’, ‘McHale’s Navy’, etc. and won six Primetime Emmy Awards. He died of normal pressure hydrocephalus on May 14, 2019, at the age of 85.

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat" sits in the dugout before the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on September 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tardar Sauce, nicknamed Grumpy Cat, was an American Internet celebrity cat, known for her permanently grumpy facial appearance and had appeared in ad campaigns for Friskies and Honey Nut Cheerios and numerous television shows.  She died on May 14, 2019, at the age of 7.

Isaac Kappy 

Isaac Kappy was an actor and writer, known for his work in ‘Thor’, ‘Fanboys’, and ‘Terminator Salvation’. He committed suicide and died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 42.

Doris Day

American actor Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle, late 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Celebrated post-war American actress, singer, and animal rights activist, Doris was known for her roles in iconic movies like ‘Romance on the High Seas’, ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, and ‘Pillow Talk’ among others. She died of pneumonia on May 13, 2019, at the age of 97.

 Peggy Lipton

Peggy Lipton attends the premiere of Netflix's "Quincy" at Linwood Dunn Theater on September 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Peggy was an America actress, singer, and model, best known for her role in ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks’. She died of cancer on May 11, 2019, at the age of 72. Lipton played one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover "hippie cops" on "The Mod Squad," which aired on ABC. Lipton was nominated for Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance. The show addressed issues such as the Vietnam War, drugs and domestic violence.

Peter Mayhew

Actor Peter Mayhew attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Peter William Mayhew was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He died of a heart attack on April 30, 2019, at the age of 74. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films, from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth. The London native played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015). 

John Singleton

John Singleton arrives at the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" Season 2 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 on July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

John was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the first African American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. He died from a stroke on April 28, 2019, at the age of 51. Singleton released the incendiary Boyz n the Hood in 1991 and its portrayal of gang violence and the drug epidemic made a huge impact. It made stars out of lead actors Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube and cemented Singleton as the leader of a new generation of African American filmmakers. He was only 24 when he was nominated for best director and best original screenplay Oscars.

Larry Jenkins

Larry "Flash" Jenkins was an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his work in numerous series, including M.A.S.H., The White Shadow ‘Bay City Blues’, ‘Finder of Lost Loves’, ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off’ etc. He died on April 25, from a heart attack, at the age of 63. As a producer and director, Jenkins' credits include gospel films such as Marriage Vows and House of Grace. He also operated two of his own production companies called Flashworks Productions and Gold Coast Productions. 

Ken Kercheval

Ken Kercheval aka 'Cliff Barnes' attends the 30th Anniversary Reunion of the TV show "Dallas" at South Fork Ranch on November 8, 2008 in Parker, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images)

Ken was an American actor, best known for his role as Cliff Barnes on the television series Dallas and its 2012 revival, and movies like ‘F.I.S.T’. He died of lung cancer on April 21, at the age of 83.

Steve Golin

Founder & Managing Partner - ÊAnonymous Content Steve Golin attends The Cannes Lions 2016 on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Christian Alminana/Getty Images)

Steven Aaron Golin was an American film, television producer, and the founder and CEO of Anonymous Content LLP. He died of bone cancer on April 21, 2019, at the age of 64. 

Stefanie Sherk

Stefanie Sherk attends the Vanity Fair and Richard Mille celebration of Martin Scorsese in support of The Film Foundation at Hotel Bel-Air on February 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for VF)

Stefanie was a Canadian actress best known for her work in ‘Valentine’s Day’, ‘Big Day’, and ‘Crash Landing’. She committed suicide on April 20, 2019, at the age of 36.

Lorraine Warren

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. 'The Conjuring' at the Cinerama Dome on July 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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. 

 Bradley Welsh

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.

Georgia Engel

Actress Georgia Engel arrives at the 2005 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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

Promotional portrait of quiz show, 'Twenty-One,' shows contestant Charles Van Doren accepting an envelope from an unidentified man c. 1958. The show was later mired in scandal when it was revealed that its producers regularly supplied contestants, including Van Doren, with answers. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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.

Seymour Cassel

Actor Seymour Cassel poses backstage during the 11th Annual Hollywood Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Seymour was an American actor who appeared in over 200 movies and television shows, and was a pioneer of independent movies ‘Valentino’, ‘Johnny Be Good’, ‘Indecent Proposal’, etc. He died of Alzheimer’s disease on April 7, 2019, at the age of 84.

Mya-Lecia Naylor

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.

Nadja Regin

Scottish actor Sean Connery, Serbian actress Nadja Regin, and British stuntman Alf Joint on the set of Goldfinger, the third spy film in the James Bond series, UK, 24th March 1964. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Serbian actress Nadja was best known for being the ‘Bond Girl’ in two consecutive James Bond movies, ‘From Russia With Love’ and ‘Goldfinger’. She died on April 6, 2019, at the age of 87.

Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle (Getty Images)

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

Agnés Varda (Getty Images)

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.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker (Getty Images)

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.

Justin Carter

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."

King Kong Bundy

Christopher Alan Pallies, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy was an American professional wrestler, actor and stand-up comedian, who appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He died of diabetes, on Mar 4, 2019, at the age of 63. Stomping into WWE rings in 1984, the Atlantic City monster made an impact by destroying opponents with his Avalanche Splash. The awesomeness of Bundy's power was fully displayed at 1985's inaugural WrestleMania, where the titan disposed of his opponent, Special Delivery Jones, in nine short seconds. Bundy took a hiatus from WWE in the late '80s, before returning in 1994 as a member of The Million Dollar Man's Million Dollar Corporation. Setting his sights on The Undertaker, Bundy stepped into the ring with The Deadman at WrestleMania XI. King Kong Bundy exited WWE shortly after this loss, but the big man will always be remembered as one of the most unique and devastating individuals to ever set foot in the ring.

Luke Perry

Luke Perry had earned the tag of heartthrob during his time as Dylan McKay on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (Getty Images)

'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. 

Keith Flint

Keith Flint found dead at his home at age 49 (Getty Images)

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. 

Janice Freeman

'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.

Lisa Sheridan

Actor Lisa Sheridan attends the ABC Winter Press Tour All Star Party at The Wind Tunnel on January 21, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Lisa Sheridan was an American actress known for her role as Chloe Tanner on ‘FreakyLinks’, Larkin Groves on ‘Invasion’ and Vivian Winters in ‘Legacy’, and also appeared in three episodes of ‘CSI: Miami’. She died of chronic alcoholism on February 25, 2019, at the age of 44.

Peter Tork

American musician and actor Peter Tork, in a double breasted shirt, of the popular music and television group the Monkees, late 1960s. (Photo by Jack Knox/Getty Images)

Peter Halsten Thorkelson, better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician, composer and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees, and later as a solo folk and blues artist. He died of cancer on February 21, 2019, at the age of 77.

Brody Stevens

Actor Brody Stevens attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Due Date" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on October 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Steven James Brody or professionally known as Brody Stevens, was an American stand-up comedian and actor, who starred in the Comedy Central reality series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, and appeared in small roles in movies like ‘The Hangover’ and ‘Due Date’. He died on February 22 at the age of 48. The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s office ruled the death a suicide. Stevens, who in the years before his death went by the name Steven Brody Stevens, also hosted audio and video podcasts.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld passed away a little after it was reported that he was giving two of Chanel's haute couture shows a miss. (Getty Images) 

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 presided over the Chanel house for more than three decades and produced up to eight collections in a year.

Bruno Ganz

Actor Bruno Ganz attends the screening of "The House That Jack Built" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Swiss actor, Bruna Ganz was known for his highly acclaimed portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Downfall’, along with his work in ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, ‘The Reader’, etc. He died of cancer on February 16, 2019, at the age of 77. 

Carmen Argenziano

Actor Terrell Tilford (M) and actor Carmen Argenziano (R) attend the after party for "Take Me Out" Premieres At The Geffen Theatre at the Geffen Playhouse at the Brentwood Theatre on September 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Carmen Antimo Argenziano was an American actor appeared in over 50 movies and around 100 television movies or episodes, best known for playing Jacob Carter on ‘Stargate SG-1’, recurring roles on ‘Booker’, ‘L.A. Law’, ‘Melrose Place’, and ‘The Young and the Restless’. He died on February 10, 2019, at the age of 75.

Jan Michael Vincent

Jan Michael Vincent was an American actor, best known for having played helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the television series ‘Airwolf’, and movies like ‘Big Wednesday’ and ‘The Winds of War’. He died of cardiac arrest on February 10, 2019, at the age of 74.

Albert Finney

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 on February 7 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.

Julie Adams

Actress Julie Adams attends he Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Screenings Of "Creature From The Black Lagoon" And "The Invisible Man" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 16, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Julie Adams was an American actress, primarily known for her role in ‘Murder, She Wrote’, and numerous television guest roles including ‘Bend of the River’ and ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’. She died on February 3, 2019 at the age of 92.

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)

'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

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

'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.'

Daryl Dragon

"Captain" Daryl Dragon and his wife Toni Tennille of the music duo The Captain and Tennille, pose at the Video Software Dealers Association's annual home video convention at the Bellagio July 27, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Daryl Frank Dragon was an American musician and songwriter, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille. He died on January 2, 2019, from kidney failure at the age of 76.

Gene Okerlund

Cast member Gene Okerlund attends the WWE screening of "Legends' House" at Smith & Wollensky on April 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for WWE)

Better known by his ring name "Mean", Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host, and best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. He died from a fall, on January 2, 2019, at the age of 76.

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)

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.