All the Stars We've Lost in 2023
This year has, unfortunately, been filled with a slew of heartbreaking celebrity deaths. In October, "Friends" fans were shocked by the sudden death of Matthew Perry at age 54. Actors Richard Roundtree, Suzanne Somers, and Piper Laurie also died, as did musician Rudolph Isley.
In September, "Harry Potter" star Michael Gambon, "NCIS" actor David McCallum, musicians Steve Harwell and Jimmy Buffett, and 702 singer Irish Grinstead all died. In August, actor Arleen Sorkin, "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker, "This Is Us" actor Ron Cephas Jones, and musician DJ Casper, the man behind the 1998 party hit "Cha Cha Slide," died as well. The month before, we lost actors Angus Cloud and Paul Reubens, famed singers Tony Bennett, Sinéad O'Connor, and Jane Birkin, and musician Coco Lee. News of their deaths followed that of beloved actor Alan Arkin, who died on June 30. Also in June, reality star Anna Shay and "Everwood" actor Treat Williams died, while actor Julian Sands's death was confirmed on June 27 months after he went missing.
In May, the "Queen of Rock" Tina Turner died at the age of 83. Then in April, talkshow host Jerry Springer, "Dancing With the Stars" judge Len Goodman, and legendary musician, actor, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte all died.
The month prior, "Saving Private Ryan" actor Tom Sizemore, singer Bobby Caldwell, and actor Lance Reddick died as well. February also brought a number of losses, including iconic actors Richard Belzer and Raquel Welch, South African rapper AKA, and "Days of Our Lives" star Cody Longo. Meanwhile, January brought with it the loss of these beloved celebrities: iconic composer, songwriter, and musician Burt Bacharach; Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White; Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo; supermodel Tatjana Patitz; legendary guitarist Jeff Beck; Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, and rock icon David Crosby.
Keep reading for the celebrities we've lost so far in 2023 and how their loved ones are remembering them after their deaths.
Matthew Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing in the TV sitcom "Friends," died on Oct. 28 at age 54. According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor's death was the result of an apparent drowning accident at his home. No foul play was suspected, and no drugs were found at the scene.
Perry, who was much loved for his sarcastic TV character, battled drug and alcohol addictions with many stints in rehab over the years. He wrote about his troubles in his memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," released in 2022.
Warner Bros. Television Group, which produced "Friends," released a statement following Perry's death that reads: "We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Matthew Perry. Matthew was an incredibly gifted actor and an indelible part of the Warner Bros. Television Group family. The impact of his comedic genius was felt around the world, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of so many. This is a heartbreaking day, and we send our love to his family, his loved ones, and all of his devoted fans."
Richard Roundtree — best known for playing the titular role in the "Shaft" films and TV series — died on Oct. 24 at age 81. The actor also appeared in roles on shows like "Roots," "Generations," "Desperate Housewives," and "Being Mary Jane." Roundtree's manager confirmed to the New York Times that the actor died of pancreatic cancer.
Roundtree became one of the best-known leading Black actors in Hollywood and is often considered to be the first Black action hero. He continued to act through his later years, appearing in recent shows like OWN's "Cherish the Day" and Netflix's "Family Reunion."
Suzanne Somers died on Oct. 15 at the age of 76. Her publicist told People, "Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years. Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family." The statement continued, "Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly."
Somers rose to fame in her role as Chrissy Snow in the hit sitcom "Three's Company" from 1977 to 1981. In the '90s, she starred in the series "Step by Step." She was also a big proponent of health and wellness and wrote multiple books about alternative medicine.
Actor Piper Laurie died on Oct. 14 at age 91. Laurie's manager confirmed the news to Variety in a statement, calling her "a beautiful human being and one of the great talents of our time."
Born Rosetta Jacobs, Laurie signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1949 and changed her name. Her most famous roles include those in movies like "The Hustler," "Carrie" (in which she played the titular character's mother), and "Children of a Lesser God." On television, she starred in "The Thorn Birds" and "Twin Peaks." She was nominated for nine Emmys in her lifetime, winning one, and three Academy Award nominations.
Rudolph Isley (pictured right), one of the founding members of The Isley Brothers, died on Oct. 11 at age 84. A publicist confirmed his passing to the Los Angeles Times.
Rudolph founded the band with his brothers O'Kelly, Ronald, and Vernon; the group briefly disbanded when Vernon died in 1955, but the three brothers eventually moved to New York to pursue music in 1957. "There are no words to express my feelings and the love I have for my brother," Ronald said in a statement about his brother's death to the LA Times. "Our family will miss him. But I know he's in a better place."
The group rose to prominence with their 1959 single "Shout," and their other hits included "Twist and Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," and "It's Your Thing." In the 1970s, their younger brother Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper joined the band.
Rudolph married his wife Elaine in 1958 and the couple shared four children.
Irish-born actor Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, died at age 82, his rep confirmed to People on Sept. 28. A statement shared with the outlet reads: "We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia." It concluded, "We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love."
Warner Bros. paid tribute to Gambon after news of his death broke, writing on Facebook, "We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Michael Gambon. He brought immeasurable joy to Harry Potter fans from all over the world with his humor, kindness, and grace. We will forever hold his memory in our hearts."
Gambon's career spanned five decades across TV, film, theatre, and radio. In addition to parts in "The King's Speech" and "Judy," the actor took over the role of Hogwarts's headmaster in the Harry Potter franchise following the death of Richard Harris in 2002.
The "NCIS" actor, also known for his role in the 1960s series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," died of natural causes on Sept. 25, per CBS News. He was 90 years old. In a statement from CBS, the network noted that McCallum was surrounded by his family at New York Presbyterian Hospital at the time of his death. CBS also added: "David was a gifted actor and author, and beloved by many around the world. He led an incredible life, and his legacy will forever live on through his family and the countless hours on film and television that will never go away."
Per People, McCallum is survived by his wife, Katherine McCallum; his sons, Paul, Valentine, and Peter McCallum; his daughter, Sophie McCallum; and his eight grandchildren.
The R&B singer and member of famed girl group 702 died on Sept. 16 at age 43, her sister and fellow bandmate, Lemisha Grinstead, announced on Instagram. "It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away this evening," she wrote alongside a photo of Irish. "She has had a long battle and she is finally at peace. That girl was as bright as the stars! She was not only beautiful on the outside, but also within. Sharing the stage with her was a joy I will cherish for the rest of my life! We, the family ask for prayers and respect for our privacy as we grieve an outstanding loss to our family."
Irish's other bandmate, Kameelah Williams, also shared a message on Instagram in the wake of her death, writing, "Devastated & heartbroken 💔 I struggled with this post because to me this isn't real. ❤️🩹 There's a lot I want to say, but there's no way to say what your heart hasn't fully accepted."
She continued, "It's hard to acknowledge this is even happening. I know you're feeling better now and hugging your twin Orish which makes me smile cus I know how much you missed her. You & I have known each other since we were kids and we've laughed, cried, celebrated, and everything in between which is why I just don't want to believe this. You'll always be my 'IBG' & I still love you my forever lil sis!!! Rest easy #Irish 🕊️ 🍀 🤍 😇 #7 #Dimples #IBG #702."
Irish's cause of death has not yet been revealed but, according to Rolling Stone, 702 shared in December 2022 that she took a leave of absence from the group due to "serious medical issues." Back in 2008, Irish's twin sister, Orish — who sang background vocals for 702 — died of kidney failure amid a battle with cancer.
Steve Harwell, the lead singer of the band Smash Mouth, died at age 56 on Sept. 4, his manager Robert Hayes confirmed in a statement to Rolling Stone. "Steve Harwell was a true American Original," his statement read. "A larger-than-life character who shot up into the sky like a Roman candle. Steve should be remembered for his unwavering focus and impassioned determination to reach the heights of pop stardom. And the fact that he achieved this near-impossible goal with very limited musical experience makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable." Hayes also confirmed that Harwell's cause of death was liver failure.
Harwell began his career as a rapper with the group F.O.S. before founding Smash Mouth in 1994, and the group went on to become a fixture in '90s rock and roll. The band rose to prominence with their song "Walkin' on the Sun" and achieved notoriety for their iconic hit "All Star," which was memorably featured in "Shrek."
Jimmy Buffett, an iconic musician best known for the hit "Margaritaville," died at age 76 on Sept. 1. "Jimmy passed away peacefully . . . surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," read a statement posted on his Twitter account on Sept. 1. "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many." A statement on his website revealed that he had died from a rare form of skin cancer.
Buffett's 50-year career included countless memorable hits, and he was also known for his massive live performances and devoted fanbase as well as his beachy sound. He is survived by his wife, Jane Slagsvol, and their three children.
Arleen Sorkin, who voiced the original Harley Quinn in "Batman: The Animated Series" and starred as Calliope Jones in "Days of Our Lives," died at the age of 67 on Aug. 24, a source told The Hollywood Reporter on Aug. 26.
"Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends," DC Studios CEO James Gunn wrote in an Instagram tribute to the late star.
Mark Hamill, who frequently starred alongside Sorkin as the voice of the Joker, also paid tribute on Twitter. "Devastated to learn we've lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person," he wrote. "I'm grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones."
Sorkin is survived by her husband, Christopher Lloyd, and children Eli and Owen.
Bob Barker, who hosted "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007, died on Aug. 26 at the age of 99. His death was confirmed by his spokesperson, per the New York Times.
Barker was born in Washington state in 1923. The host, who was an enrolled member of the Sioux tribe, spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. He began his broadcasting career on the radio and even hosted his own show, "The Bob Barker Show." In 1956 he took over the game show "Truth or Consequences," and in 1972 he became the host of the new version of "The Price Is Right." He became beloved for his role of the show, a perennial favorite of daytime TV watchers (and kids home sick from school). He retired from the program in 2007. Over his tenure, he won 14 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for the show.
Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon in 1945; she died in 1981. Barker, a vegetarian, was a strong advocate of animal rights and famously finished every episode of "The Price Is Right" by reminding viewers to get their pets "spayed or neutered." Barker also memorably played himself in Adam Sandler's 1996 movie "Happy Gilmore."
Ron Cephas Jones
"This Is Us" actor Ron Cephas Jones's death at the age of 66 was confirmed by a representative of the actor to People on Aug. 19. Over the course of his career, Jones had roles both of the big and small screen, appearing in hit series like "Luke Cage" and movies including "My Name Is Dolemite."
"Beloved and award-winning actor Ron Cephas Jones has passed away at the age of 66 due to a long-standing pulmonary issue," his rep told the publication. "Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. He began his career at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and his love for the stage was present throughout his entire career, including his recent Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award winning performance for his role in 'Clyde's' on Broadway."
The statement concluded, "Ron's inner-beauty and soul was evident to the huge audience from his multi-Emmy award winning performance on This is Us. He is survived by his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones."
The "Cha Cha Slide" hitmaker, born Willie Perry Jr., died on Aug. 7 after his battle with renal and neuroendocrine cancer. The Chicago native was 58 years old. His death was confirmed to ABC7 on Aug. 8 by his wife, Kim, who announced that he died with his loved ones around him. "Casper was a fun-loving, giving person," she said in a statement. "He was a genuine, family oriented man. He loved Chicago with all his heart. He will be greatly missed."
Previously, the musician behind his iconic party hit spoke to ABC7 about his cancer diagnosis, saying, "If you know me, you know I'm not going to stop. I'm going to continue to go. I'm going to continue to go until I can't go."
The "Euphoria" actor died at age 25, TMZ reported on July 31. Cloud's family broke the news in a statement with the outlet that reads, "It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today. As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways."
Their statement continued, "Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss. The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence. We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone. We ask for privacy at this time as we are still processing this devastating loss."
Following news of Cloud's death, fans all over and fellow stars mourned him, including his "Euphoria" family. Creator Sam Levinson said of the late actor to Deadline, "There was no one quite like Angus. He was too special, too talented, and way too young to leave us so soon. He also struggled, like many of us, with addiction and depression. I hope he knew how many hearts he touched. I loved him. I always will. Rest in peace and God Bless his family."
Reubens, an actor best known for portraying Pee-wee Herman, died on July 30 at the age of 70 after a private battle with cancer, per an Instagram post shared the day after his death. "Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness," the post read. "Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit."
The post also included a posthumous statement from Reubens himself. "Please accept my apology for not going public with what I've been facing the last six years," he wrote. "I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you."
Reubens launched "The Pee-wee Herman Show" in the 1980s, and soon landed an HBO special. He collaborated with Tim Burton on "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" in 1985, and also played the character on CBS's weekend program, "Pee-wee's Playhouse." In 1991, however, his career stalled after he was arrested for indecent exposure at a movie theater in Florida, per Variety. He returned to his infamous Pee-wee character with "The Pee-wee Herman Show" on Broadway in 2010.
The Dublin-born singer, known for her 1990 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," died at age 56. Her death was first reported by the Irish Times on July 26 and the cause of death is still unknown. In a statement, O'Connor's family said, "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
O'Connor, who rose to fame in the late 1980s and early '90s, is survived by three children. Her son, Shane, died by suicide in 2022 at age 17.
The world-renowned singer, born Anthony Benedetto, died in his hometown of New York on July 21, his publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 96 years old, just two weeks shy of his birthday. Bennett's cause of death is unclear, though his family revealed in 2021 that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years prior.
Bennett is known as one of the most beloved vocalists of the mid-20th century. He released over 70 albums during his lifetime, which earned him 41 Grammy nominations and 19 wins. The singer was also an avid civil rights supporter and even took part in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. During his final years, Bennett released one last album, 2021's "Love For Sale," in collaboration with his dear friend Lady Gaga. He also performed his last round of shows at Radio City Music Hall in August of that year with Gaga by his side.
Birkin — the singer, actor, and a fashion icon who was the inspiration for the famed Hermès handbag — died on July 16 at age 76. The French Ministry of Culture confirmed the "Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus" singer's death in a tweet that read, "The most French of Britons is gone. Jane B was mischief, impertinent elegance, the never-outdated emblem of an entire era, a murmuring voice that remains our idol. A woman of heart, committed, whose disappearance leaves us Alone in Babylon."
Born in London in December 1946, Birkin made her home in France after finding success in the 1968 movie "Slogan." It was on the set of the film that she met singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, with whom she had an off-and-on-again relationship. The two went on to collaborate on "Je T'Aime...," one of France's most famous songs.
Birkin is survived by her daughters, actor Charlotte Gainsbourg, whom she shares with Gainsbourg, and Lou Doillon, whose father is French director Jacques Doillon. She was preceded in death by her middle daughter, Kate Barry, who died in 2013.
Lee, a pop star and singer-songwriter who voiced Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney's eponymous movie, died on July 5 at the age of 48. Her sisters confirmed the news via a statement shared on social media.
"With great sadness, we are here to break the most devastating news: CoCo had been suffering from depression for a few years but her condition deteriorated drastically over the last few months," they wrote. "Although CoCo sought professional help and did her best to fight depression, sadly that demon inside of her took the better of her. On 2 July, she committed suicide at home and was sent to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of the hospital team to rescue and treat her from her coma, she finally passed away on 5 July, 2023."
Born in Hong Kong, Lee had a successful decades-long pop music career. In addition to voicing Mulan, she sang the theme song "A Love Before Time" from the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and performed a rendition of it at the 2001 Academy Awards, per Variety. She also recorded a total of 18 studio albums during her lifetime.
"As a family of CoCo, we are very grateful and honored to have such an excellent and outstanding sister," her sisters' statement continued. "We are thankful to God for giving us such a kind angel."
Oscar winner Alan Arkin, known for roles in films like "Argo," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Catch-22," and "Edward Scissorhands," has reportedly died. The beloved actor was 89.
Arkin's sons, Adam, Matthew, and Anthony Arkin, said in a statement provided to POPSUGAR, "Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man. A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed."
Also a Tony, BAFTA, and SAG Award winner, Arkin most recently appeared in Netflix's "The Kominsky Method." He performed as part of the music group, The Tarriers, and additionally was a founding member of the Second City improv troupe.
Actor Julian Sands was confirmed dead by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in a press release issued June 27. Sands, known for roles in projects like "Room With a View," "24," and 1998's "Phantom of the Opera," was 65.
The actor had gone missing while on a hike on Mt. Baldy in Southern California five months prior. His body was discovered by hikers on June 24, months into the search. His cause of death has not yet been publicly confirmed.
Sands is survived by his wife, Evgenia Citkowitz, and their two daughters, as well as a son from his marriage to Sarah Harvey, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Treat Williams died on June 13 after a motorcycle accident in Vermont. He was 71. Per a statement from the Vermont State Police, Williams was riding a 1986 Honda motorcycle when he was fatally hit by someone making a left turn. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Williams's agent Barry McPherson told People, "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."
He continued, "He was an actor's actor. Filmmakers loved him. He's been the heart of the Hollywood since the late 1970s. He was really proud of his performance this year. He's been so happy with the work that I got him. He's had a balanced career."
Williams first broke out as an actor in 1979 when he appeared in "Hair" and Steven Spielberg's "1941." His long film career included roles in movies like "Prince of the City," "Once Upon a Time in America," "Mulholland Falls," and "The Phantom." Williams also appeared as Danny Zuko in the original Broadway production of "Grease" in 1972. On TV, he was best known for his role as Dr. Andy Brown on the WB series "Everwood." More recently, he appeared in episodes of "Chesapeake Shores," "Blue Bloods," "We Own This City," "Chicago Fire," and "White Collar."
Williams is survived by his wife Pam Van Sant and his kids Gill and Ellie.
"Bling Empire" star Anna Shay died at the age of 62 on June 5. "It saddens our hearts to announce that Anna Shay, a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and our brightest ray of sunshine, has passed away at the early age of 62 from a stroke," her family confirmed to POPSUGAR in a statement. "Anna taught us many life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things. Her impact on our lives will be forever missed but never forgotten."
The daughter of billionaire Edward Shay, Shay was a memorable and beloved fixture on "Bling Empire" from 2021 to 2022. She is survived by her son, Kenny Kemp.
Iconic musician Tina Turner died on May 24 at the age of 83. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner," an announcement on her Facebook page read on the day of her death. "With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly."
Born in 1939, Turner launched her career in the 1950s and quickly shot to rock and roll superstardom. With hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It?" and more than 100 million records sold during her lifetime, per The Independent, Turner left an indelible impact on the music industry, and tributes from everyone from Beyoncé to Barack Obama have flooded in after her death.
Turner died at her home near Zurich, Switzerland, after an ongoing illness, her rep told NBC. She is survived by her children Michael, Ronnie, and Ike Turner Jr. and her husband of 10 years, Erwin Bach.
Talk-show host Jerry Springer died at the age of 79 on April 27. "Jerry's ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word," his family's spokesperson told POPSUGAR in a statement. "He's irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart, and humor will live on."
Springer was a politician and a lawyer before he joined Cincinnati's WLWT as a commentator, and he later launched his own show with the network called "Jerry Springer." The popular, sometimes scandalous show ran from 1991 to 2018. Springer also appeared on "The Masked Singer" in 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Katie.
Legendary singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte died on April 25 in his home in Manhattan, his spokesperson confirmed to the New York Times. He was 96.
Belafonte was born in Harlem in 1927. He broke through as a singer in the 1950s, bringing Calypso-style music to a wide audience. He also began acting in films during that decade, appearing with Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins, and other golden-age Hollywood stars.
Most importantly, Belafonte was a vocal supporter of the civil rights movement throughout the 1950s and '60s, and was a friend to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Belafonte used his Hollywood money to financially support aspects of the movement, as well as his Hollywood contacts to raise even more money when it was needed. He would provide bail money to get activists out of jail, often hosted King in his Manhattan apartment, and took part in the March on Washington in 1963. He also helped support King's family after the latter's assassination.
Belafonte continued to stand for progressive values throughout his life. He was active in the anti-apartheid movement, a vocal critique of the Iraq War, and was the Grand Marshal of the New York City Pride Parade in 2013. In 2018, Belafonte appeared in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" as a civil rights leader.
Belafonte's spokesperson told the Times that the star died of congestive heart failure.
The "Dancing With the Stars" judge died on April 22, 2023, at age 78, per a statement sent to the Daily Mail two days later — which was just a few days before Goodman's birthday. Goodman was a head judge on "Strictly Come Dancing" for 12 years, where he coined trademark phrases like "It's a 10 from Len!" He went on to be head judge on the US version, "Dancing With the Stars," before announcing his retirement in November 2022. Following news of his death, tributes from Goodman's fellow dance show judges and contestants poured in stating how much the star will be missed.
Paul Cattermole, a member of the band S Club 7, died on April 7 at age 46. The English singer's death came not long after the band had announced their reunion tour, which Cattermole was set to be a part of. S Club 7 wrote on Twitter, "We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul. There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us."
The beloved actor — who was best known for his performances in "The Wire," "Fringe," and the John Wick franchise — died of natural causes on March 17, his rep confirmed to Variety. Reps for Reddick did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR's request for comment.
Reddick was 60. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and two kids, Yvonne and Christopher.
The singer, who was best known for his hit "What You Won't Do for Love," died at age 71 in March. His wife, Mary Caldwell, confirmed his death on Bobby's Twitter on March 15, writing, "Bobby passed away here at home. I held him tight in my arms as he left us. I am forever heartbroken. Thanks to all of you for your many prayers over the years. He had been 'FLOXED,' it took his health over the last 6 years and 2 months. Rest with God, my Love."
Bobby is survived by his wife and his daughters Lauren and Tessa.
Actor Robert Blake died on March 9 at the age of 89. Blake's career began as a child, when he appeared in the "Our Gang" shorts as a member of the Little Rascals. He also appeared as a child in the Red Ryder series of films. Most famously, he played a murderer in 1967's "In Cold Blood" and starred in the 1970s detective TV series "Baretta."
Blake was married three times. In 2000, he married his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot and killed in Blake's car parked near a restaurant a year later. He claimed he was inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting. Blake was arrested for the murder in 2002 and was ultimately acquitted in the criminal trial. Bakley's children sued him in civil court, and in 2005 he was found liable in her wrongful death and was ordered to pay $30 million. An appeals court upheld the decision but cut the money to $15 million.
Blake and Bakley shared daughter Rose Lenore Sophia Blake, whose paternity was unknown at the time she was born. Bakley was also dating Christian Brando, Marlon Brando's son, and at first she believed Brando was the father. Blake insisted on a paternity test, which proved he was the father, and they signed a custody agreement before they married. The couple never lived together.
Blake married his third wife, Pamela Hudak, in 2017. She had testified on his behalf during the murder trial. They divorced a year later. Blake also has two children, Delinah and Noah Blake, from his first marriage, to Sondra Kerr.
"Saving Private Ryan" and "Wyatt Earp" actor Tom Sizemore died March 3 at the age of 61. In a statement obtained by POPSUGAR, Sizemore's representative and friend Charles Lago confirmed the actor "passed away peacefully in his sleep" with his brother Paul Sizemore and his sons by his side. The "Black Hawk Down" star was hospitalized in February after suffering a brain aneurysm.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom," Paul said in the statement. "He was larger than life. He has influenced my life more than anyone I know. He was talented, loving, giving and could keep you entertained endlessly with his wit and storytelling ability. I am devastated he is gone and will miss him always."
While Tom had a prolific career in Hollywood, he also dealt with substance-abuse issues throughout much of his career. In 2003, he was convicted of domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss. He went on to appear on the reality series "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew."
Best known for playing the role of Detective John Munch on "Law & Order: SVU" and several other series, Belzer died at the age of 78 at his home in Bozouls in southwest France on Feb. 19. The actor's close friend, writer Bill Scheft, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. "He had lots of health issues, and his last words were 'F*ck you, motherf*cker,'" Scheft said.
In addition to "Law & Order: SVU," Belzer also appeared on a number of TV shows including "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The X-Files," "Arrested Development," and "30 Rock." He also starred in movies like "Fletch Lives," "Scarface," and "Man on the Moon."
Outside of his acting career, Belzer was also a comedian and a writer with an interest in conspiracy theories. He's survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Harlee McBride.
The actor — who was best known for her roles in "Girls! Girls! Girls!," "The Nutty Professor," "The Silencers," and "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" — died at age 84 in her Los Angeles home on Feb. 17. Her son, Andrew Stevens, told Variety that she had been battling Alzheimer's disease.
Raquel Welch, longtime actor and Golden Globe winner, died on Feb. 15 at age 82, People confirmed. Her manager, Steve Sauer, issued a statement to the outlet that said she "passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness." According to Sauer, Welch's career "spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances."
Welch was best known for her roles in 1966's "Fantastic Voyage," "One Million Years B.C.," and 1973's "The Three Musketeers," which earned her a Golden Globe trophy for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical.
Multiple outlets confirmed that South African rapper AKA (real name Kiernan Forbes) died on Feb. 10 at the age of 35 after being shot in the city of Durban. His parents confirmed his death in a statement posted on Instagram.
"It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved son, and confirm his untimely and tragic passing on the evening of Feb. 10, 2023," his parents wrote. "To us, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, most importantly father to his beloved daughter Kairo. To many, he was AKA, SUPAMEGA, BHOVA and the many other names of affection his legion of fans called him by. Our son was loved and gave love in return."
"Days of Our Lives" and "Hollywood Heights" actor Cody Longo died on Feb. 8 at the age of 34. His rep confirmed to CNN that the actor was found dead in his Austin, TX home. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Longo, and their three children: Lyla, Elijah, and Noah.
"Cody was our whole world," Stephanie said in a statement, per the outlet. "The kids and I are shattered and beyond devastated. He was the best dad and best father. We will always and forever miss you and love you."
Six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Oscar victor Burt Bacharach died at age 94, his family confirmed to CNN on Feb. 9. The composer was behind classic hits from countless successful artists, including Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, and Tom Jones.
Some of the most iconic tunes penned by Army veteran Bacharach include "I Say a Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," and "That's What Friends Are For."
George R. Robertson
Prolific character actor George R. Robertson, who was best known for his role as Chief Henry J. Hurst in the "Police Academy" films, has died at the age of 89. His family confirmed that he died on Jan. 29 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in an obituary that highlighted his many accomplishments.
"He leaves a legacy of many accomplishments — a splendid career in stage, films, and TV with over 80 roles on both the big and small screen, most notably the original and six sequels of Police Academy," his obitiary reads in part. "As Police Chief Hurst, George travelled across Canada speaking to youth in high schools as a UNICEF ambassador, receiving the Danny Kaye UNICEF Canada award in 1990, for outstanding contribution. His later life was also devoted to painting and writing."
"A Christmas Story" star and two-time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon died Jan. 9 at the age of 83. A cause of death was not revealed, but her family shared the news in an obituary.
Dillon began her career in 1962 when she starred in the original 1962 stage production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" From there, she began acting on television and in films, including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Absence of Malice," both of which earned her Oscar nods. In 1983, she took on what is perhaps her most recognizable role as the matriarch in the holiday classic "A Christmas Story."
The actor — who was best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in "Laverne & Shirley" — died of a brief illness at age 75 on Jan. 25, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Her children, Zak and Emily Huudson, confirmed her death to the publication with a statement that read: "The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved."
Lisa Loring, who played the original Wednesday Addams on "The Addams Family" from 1964 to 1966, died on Jan. 28 from a stroke at 64 years old, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg confirmed to NBC News. "She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands," Foumberg told the publication.
Besides "The Addams Family," Loring's notable roles include her recurring role as Cricket Montgomery on popular soap "As the World Turns" from 1980 to 1983.
One of Loring's most iconic scenes as Wednesday was in a season two episode of "The Addams Family" in which she teaches Lurch how to do a dance called "The Drew." Jenna Ortega recently paid homage to Loring's dance skills by doing her own dance to a nearly identical song as a high-school-age Wednesday Addams in Netflix's "Wednesday."
Tom Verlaine, the founder of the famed punk band Television, died on Jan. 28 at the age of 73, the New York Times confirmed. Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Verlaine's fellow musician Patti Smith, said that the guitarist died after a "short illness."
While Television split after releasing two albums, Verlaine continued his musical career throughout his life and was best known for his experimental work on the guitar. Additionally, he was a gifted songwriter whose contributions to the '70s punk scene cannot be overstated.
Multiple outlets reported the singer/songwriter/guitarist's death on Jan. 19, though a cause of death was not revealed. Crosby, a founding member of '60s rock bands The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), was 81 years old. Former bandmate Graham Nash paid tribute to Crosby in a statement to Rolling Stone. "It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed," Nash wrote. "I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years."
Fellow Crosby, Stills & Nash founder Stephen Stills wrote to Rolling Stone: "He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius. The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun. I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure."
Lisa Marie Presley
Presley died on Jan. 12, hours after being rushed to the hospital for possible cardiac arrest, according to People. CBS News reported that her exact cause of death remains unknown, per the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. Shortly after news of her death broke, tributes for Presley poured in from fans and celebrities alike, with her mother, Priscilla Presley, sharing a statement to People that read, "It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate, strong, and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers."
Veteran stage, film, and television actor Carole Cook died "peacefully" from heart failure on Jan. 11 at 98 years old, according to a statement from her agent, Robert Malcolm, provided to CNN.
Cooke's impressive career spanned over 60 years. On Broadway, she originated the role of Maggie Jones in the 1980 musical "42nd Street," and also starred in "Steel Magnolias" and "Hello, Dolly!" In film, she notably starred in John Hughes's "Sixteen Candles." Throughout her TV career, Cook appeared in classic series like the original "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty," and later in life, she had roles in "Major Crimes" and "Grey's Anatomy."
The legendary guitarist died at age 78 on Jan. 10, Variety confirmed. "On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday," his rep said in a statement to the outlet. "His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss."
Beck had just recently wrapped up a tour in support of his "18" album with Johnny Depp. He was an eight-time Grammy winner and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and as a solo artist in 2009).
Ken Block, 55, was a celebrated Rally car driver and lover of extreme sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. On Jan. 2, Block died in a fatal snowmobile accident in Utah.
Hoonigan Industries, Block's apparel company, released a statement on Jan. 2, writing, "It's with deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed."
Block cofounded DC Shoes in 1984, and after selling the company in 2004, he moved into motorsports full time. He won five X-Game medals for his RallyCross driving.
Lola Mitchell, better known by her stage name Gangsta Boo, died on Jan. 1 at 43. She was a member of the rap group Three 6 Mafia, joining in 1995. She released six albums with the group, plus three solo albums and numerous mixtapes. More recently, she collaborated with Eminem, Latto, GloRilla, and Run the Jewels.
Her mother, Veronica Mitchell, said in a statement to Variety, "The Mitchell family would like to thank everyone for their condolences regarding the untimely death of Lola 'Gangsta Boo' Mitchell. The family is asking you for your continued prayers and privacy as we process the loss of our loved one." Her cause of death is not currently known.
Fred White, the drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, died at 67 on Jan. 1. Fred was with the band from 1974 to 1984 and was inducted as a member into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He performed in the band alongside his brothers Maurice and Verdine White.
Verdine posted on Instagram on Jan. 1, "Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene 'Freddie' White."
"He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!" he continued. "Child protégé, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 in the family lineup. But more than that at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more light hearted!"
He added, "He will live in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved Freddie!! We thank you all for your love, blessings and support at this time. Soar high baby bro, we love you to the shining ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️and back!"