Gone, But Not Forgotten

We all have memories of when we heard the news of a celebrity’s death. For me, it’s John Lennon, on Monday Night Football. The game was between the Dolphins and the Patriots, and Howard Cosell broke the news to the World that one of the Beatles had been slain in NYC.

Over time, the memories might fade, but the “feeling” of when you heard the news doesn’t. Here are some of the famous people that changed the World in one way or another, on the Anniversary of their death. Maybe some of the memories you have will be pictured below.

Frank Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), died at 52 of cancer on December 4, 1993

Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942) died of cancer on December 3, 1999

Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), died of cancer on December 2, 1986

Robert Cade, American doctor and inventor of Gatorade (b. 1927) died of kidney failure on November 27, 2007

Stan Berenstain, children’s author, died of cancer on November 26, 2005

Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (b. 1933) died of liver cancer on November 25, 1998

Pat Morita, American actor of Japanese descent (b. 1932) died of kidney failure on November 24, 2005

Junior Walker, American musician (b. 1931) died of cancer on November 23, 1995

Michael Hutchence, Australian rocker (INXS), died on November 22, 1997 after commiting suicide

Bill Bixby, actor (My Favorite Martian, The Incredible Hulk), died on November 21, 1993 from prostate cancer.

Robert Altman, American film director (b. 1925) died of complications from leukemia on November 20, 2006

Dick Wilson, American actor (b. 1916) died on November 19, 2007 of natural causes.

James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928) died on November 18, 2002 of a heart attack.

Esther Rolle, American actress (b. 1920) died on November 17, 1998 from complications of diabetes.

William Holden, actor (Network, Wild Bunch, Breezy), died at 63 after falling, lacerating his head, and bleeding to death on November 16, 1981.

Tyrone Power, actor (Mark of Zorro), died of a heart attack at 44 on November 15, 1958

Tom Villard, American actor (b. 1953) died of AIDS related pneumonia on November 14, 1994.

“Alvin” Junior Samples, country singer (Hee Haw), died at 56 of a heart attack on November 13, 1983

Jonathan Brandis, American actor (b. 1976) died after hanging himself on November 12, 2003.

Stringbean, [David Akeman], banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw), was murdered at 58 on November 10, 1973

Art Carney, American actor (b. 1918) died from natural causes on November 9, 2003.

Bil Keane, American cartoonist (b. 1922) died of congestive heart failure on November 8, 2011.

Steve McQueen, actor (Tom Horn, Bullitt), died at 50 of heart failure caused by cancer on November 7, 1980

Gene Tierney, actress (Laura, Whirlpool), died of emphysema at 70 on November 6, 1991

Fred MacMurray, actor (My Three Sons), died of pneumonia at 83 on November 5, 1991

Michael Crichton, American author, died at 66 of cancer on November 4, 2008.

George Bernard Shaw, Irish author (Pygmalion), died at 94 of renal failure on November 2, 1950

Phil Silvers, comedic actor (Sgt Bilko), died in his sleep at 73 on November 1, 1985

River Phoenix, actor (Stand By Me), died of a drug overdose at 23 on October 31, 1993.

Robert Goulet, American entertainer (b. 1933) died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on October 30, 2007

Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24 on October 29, 1971

Morey Amsterdam, comedian (Dick Van Dyke Show), died at 87 of a heart attack on October 28, 1996

Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938) died of a heart attack on October 26, 1999

Vincent Price, actor (Raven, Fly), died of lung cancer at 82 on October 25, 1993

Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), died from a stroke at 54 on October 24, 1994

Jessica Savitch, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), died at 36 from drowning after a car crash on October 23, 1983

Soupy Sales, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926) died of cancer on October 22, 2009

Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951) died of a stroke on October 21, 2003

Cassie Gaines 28, Ronnie Van Zant 29, & Steve Gaines 28 (Lynyrd Skynyrd), died in an air crash on October 20, 1977

Tom Bosley, American actor (b. 1927) died of heart failure on October 19, 2010

Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918) died of heart failure on October 17, 2007

Barbara Billingsley, American actress (b. 1915) died of polymyalgia on October 16, 2010.

Johnny Sheffield, American actor (b. 1931) died of a heart attack on October 15, 2010

Bing Crosby, singer/actor (Going My Way), died of a heart attack at 74 on October 14, 1977

Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company), died at 86 on October 13, 1945

John Denver, country star (Country Boy), died in plane crash at 53 on October 12, 1997

Wayland Flowers, ventriloquist (Madame), died of AIDS at 48 on October 11, 1988

Christopher Reeve, American actor (b. 1952) died from cardiac arrest on October 10, 2004.

Al Davis, American football executive (b. 1929) died of heart failure on October 8, 2011

Mario Lanza, opera singer, died at 38 of a heart attack on October 7, 1959

Bette [Ruth E] Davis, actress (All About Eve, White Mama), died at 81 of cancer on October 6, 1989

Steve Jobs, American Businessman, co-founder and CEO of Apple, died from respiratory arrest at 56 on October 5, 2011

Janis Joplin, rock singer (Down on Me), died of a drug overdose at 27 on October 4, 1970

Janet Leigh, American actress, died at 77 of a heart attack on October 3, 2004

Rock Hudson, actor (MacMillian & Wife), died of AIDS at 59 on October 2, 1985

James Dean, actor (Rebel Without a Cause), died in a car crash at age 24 on September 30, 1955

Tony Curtis, American Actor (b. 1925) died of cardiac arrest on September 29. 2010.

Adolph “Harpo” Marx (later Arthur “Harpo” Marx) (born November 23, 1888) died from heart failure on September 28, 1964

Donald O’Connor, American actor (b. 1925) died from congestive heart failure on September 27, 2003.

Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925) died of cancer on September 26, 2008

Don Adams, American actor and comedian (b. 1923) died of a lung infection on September 25, 2005

Theodore Geisel, children’s author (Dr Seuss), died of cancer at 87 on September 24, 1991

Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), died at 62 of a heart attack on September 23, 1987

George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927) died at aged 71, of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on September 22, 1999

Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), died at 80 of emphysema on September 21, 1974.

Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), died in a plane crash at 30 on September 20, 1973

Orville Redenbacher, American botanist and businessman (b. 1907) died on September 19, 1995 from drowning (in bathtub).

Jimi Hendrix, rock guitarist (Purple Haze), died of a drug overdose at 27 on September 18, 1970.

Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), died at 84 of pneumonia on September 17, 1997

Mary Travers, American singer (Peter, Paul, and Mary) (b. 1936) died of leukemia on September 16, 2009.

Johnny Ramone, American lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones died of prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.

Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, died in a car crash at 52 on September 14, 1982.

Tupac Shakur, rap star/actor (Juice, Bullet), was killed in a drive by shooting at 25 on September 13, 1996

Johnny Cash, American singer and guitarist (b. 1932) died on September 12, 2003 of complications from diabetes

John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948), died on September 11, 2003 from an aortic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

Burgess Meredith died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and melanoma on September 9, 1997, at his Malibu home.

Brad Davis, US, actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), died at 41 of assisted suicide on September 8, 1991

Warren Zevon, American musician (b. 1947) died of cancer on September 7, 2003

Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, died at 71 of pancreatic cancer on September 6, 2007.

Mother Teresa, Nobel (1979), died of cardiac arrest at 87 on September 5, 1997.

Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality (b. 1962) died on September 4, 2006 from a sting ray barb puncture in his chest.

Michael Clarke Duncan (actor) born December 10, 1957, died on September 3, 2012 from complications from a heart attack suffered in July

Bob Denver, American actor (b. 1935) died of cancer on September 2, 2005

Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940) died of a pneumothorax on September 1, 2008

Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris at 36 on August 31, 1997

Charles Bronson, American actor, died at 81 of pneumonia on August 30, 2003

Lee Marvin, actor (Cat Ballou, Gorky Park), died of a heart attack on August 29, 1987 at 63

Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), died at 48 of Hodgkins Disease on August 27, 1997

Ted Knight, actor (Mary Tyler Moore), died from cancer at 62 on August 26, 1986

Aaliyah, American singer and actress (b. 1979) died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001.

E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910) died of lung cancer on August 24, 1998.

Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), died of a stroke at 59 on August 23, 1977

Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942) died of cancer on August 22, 2011.

Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL), died of breast cancer at 35 on August 21, 1994

Phyllis Diller died in her sleep surrounded by her family on August 20, 2012 at the age of 95 in her home.

LeRoi Moore, American musician (Dave Matthews Band) (b.1961) died on August 19, 2008

Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)died on August 18, 2009

Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), died of cancer at 67 on August 17, 1979

Elvis Presley, rocker, died of heart ailment/drugs at Graceland at 42 on August 16, 1977

Will Rogers, humorist, killed in a plane crash in Alaska at 55 on August 15, 1935

Mickey Mantle, baseball great (NY Yankees), died of cancer at 63 on August 13, 1995

Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator (b. 1925) died on August 12, 2007

Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942) died on August 10, 2008

Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957) died on August 9, 2008

Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (b. 1922) died on August 8, 2005

Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (b. 1938) died on August 7, 2005

John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950) died on August 6, 2009

Marilyn Monroe, found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug OD at 36 on August 5, 1962

Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913) died on August 4, 1999

Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922) died on August 3, 2001

Shari Lewis, American puppeteer (b. 1933)died on August 2, 1998

Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) died of cancer at 58 on August 1, 1981

Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!), died at 81 on July 31, 1997

Bill Walsh, American football coach (b. 1931) died on July 30, 2007

Tom Snyder, American television personality (b. 1936)died on July 29, 2007

Truman Bradley, TV host (Science Fiction Theater), died at 69
on July 28, 1974.

Bob Hope, English-born entertainer (b. 1903) died on July 27, 2003.

Eva Peron-Duarte, Argentina’s 1st lady, died at 33 on July 26, 1952

Walter Brennan, actor (Real McCoys), died at 79 on July 25, 1974.

Peter Sellers, actor (Pink Panther, Mouse that Roared), died at 54 on July 24, 1980

Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from a drug overdose at 27 on July 23, 2011.

Estelle Getty, American comedic actress (Golden Girls), died at 84 on July 22, 2008.

Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], actor (Enter the Dragon), died at 32 on July 20, 1973.

Jack Warden, American actor (b. 1920) died on July 19, 2006.

Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist (b. 1916) died on July 17, 2009.
“There’s a foot on the moon! Wow! Oh boy! Hot diggity dog! Yes sir!” -Walter Cronkite

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (b. 1966) & John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher (b. 1960) died in a plane crash on July 16, 1999

Gianni Versace, designer, shot to death by Andrew Cunanan at 50 on July 15, 1997.

Meredith MacRae, American actress- Petticoat Junction (b. 1944) died of brain cancer on July 14, 2000.

Red Buttons, American comedian (b. 1919)died on July 13, 2006.

Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H.W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955) died on July 12, 2008

Mel Blanc, cartoon voice (Warner Bros cartoons), died at 81 on July 10, 1989.

Rod Steiger, American actor (b. 1925)died on July 9, 2002

Dick Sargent, actor (Darren-Bewitched), died of cancer at 64 on July 8, 1994

Bill Cullen, game show host (Price is Right), died at 70 of cancer on July 7, 1990

Buddy Ebsen, American actor (b. 1908) died on July 6, 2003

Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) died at 84 on July 5, 2002

Barry White, American singer, died at 58 on July 4, 2003

Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), died of heart failure at 27 on July 3, 1971

Jimmy Stewart, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life), died at 89 on July 2, 1997

Marlon Brando, actor (“The Godfather”, “A Street Cart Named Desire” and “On the Water Front”) died at 80 on July 1, 2004

Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)died on June 30, 2003

Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907) died on June 29, 2003

Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958) died on June 28, 2009

Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925) died on June 27, 2001

Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)died on June 26, 2007

Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) died of cardiac arrest aged 50
Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947) died of cancer, both on June 25, 2009

Peter Falk, American actor (b. 1927)died on June 23, 2011

George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937) died on June 22, 2008

Carroll O’Connor, American actor (b. 1924) died on June 21, 2001

Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)died on June 20, 2011

Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), died at 63 on June 19, 1997

Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942), died June 18, 2011

Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), died in Raleigh NC at 78

George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), dies at 45 on June 16, 1959

Ella Fitzgerald, singer, died at 78 on June 15, 1996

Henry Mancini, composer (Pink Panther, Moon River), died at 70 on June 14, 1994

Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, died on June 13, 2008 at 58

Don Herbert aka “Mr. Wizard”, American television host (b. 1917) died 6/12/2007

John Wayne, actor (Green Berets, True Grit), died at 72

Spencer Tracy, US actor (7th Cross, Father of The Bride), died at 67 on June 10, 1967

Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), died at 63 on June 9, 1981

Leroy Satchel Paige, US baseball pitcher, died at 75 on June 8, 1982

Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921) died on June 7, 2008

Anne Bancroft, American actress (b. 1931), died June 6, 2005

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911), died on June 5, 2004

Jack Gilford, comedic actor, died at 82 of stomach cancer on June 4, 1990

Rue McClanahan, American actress (b. 1934), died June 3, 2010

Rex Harrison, actor (My Fair Lady), died of cancer at 82 on June 2, 1990

Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920) died June 1, 2001

Timothy Francis Leary, Harvard prof/LSD guru, dies of cancer at 75 on May 31, 1996

Wilbur Wright, US aviation pioneer, died on May 30, 1912

Harvey Korman, American actor (b. 1927) died May 29, 2008

Phil Hartman, Canadian actor, comedian (b. 1948) dies on May 28, 1998

Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY on May 27, 1949

Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934) dies on May 26, 2008

Nancy Walker, actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 71 on May 25, 1992

Duke Ellington, blues singer, dies of cancer at 75 on May 24 1974

Jackie “Moms” Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81 on May 23, 1975

Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83 on May 22, 1885

Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904) died on May 21, 2000

Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42 on May 20, 1989

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64 on May 19. 1994


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