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Famous People Who Died In 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close. As we look back on the year, we’re reminded of all of the well-known singers, actors and other celebrities who passed away in 2017. Here’s a list of 30 famous people whose deaths we mourned in 2017.

1. Della Reese

“Touched By An Angel” star Della Reese passed away in her home on Nov. 19 at the age of 86. “She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer,” her costar Roma Downey said in a statement on behalf of the late actress’ family. “Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people.”

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2. Tom Petty

The world was stunned when rock icon Tom Petty suddenly passed away at the age 66 on Oct. 2. The musician had recently wrapped up a 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers.

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3. Roy Halladay

Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay was just 40 years old when he died in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7. He left behind two children and his wife, Brandy.

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4. Fats Domino

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fats Domino passed away due to natural causes on Oct. 24 at the age of 89. He was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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5. Ralphie May

After suffering cardiac arrest, stand-up comedian Ralphie May died on Oct. 6 at the age of 45. May starred in a number of comedy specials, including “Ralphie May: Unruly,” which premiered on Netflix in 2015.

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6. Chuck Low

Best known for his role as Morrie in 1990’s “Goodfellas,” actor Chuck Low died in a nursing home in New Jersey on Sept. 18 at the age of 89. Prior to success in Hollywood, Low spent 30 years as a U.S. Army Reserve and eight years in the National Guard.

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7. Harry Dean Stanton

Known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Alien” and “The Green Mile,” prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton died at the age of 91 on Sept. 15. His career spanned more than six decades.

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8. Jerry Lewis

Comedic legend Jerry Lewis passed away on Aug. 20 at the age of 91. In addition to his numerous contributions to the field of comedy, he was well known for his philanthropic efforts, including his annual “Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” which he hosted for 44 years to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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9. Chester Bennington

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life on July 20. He was just 41, and left behind a wife and six children.

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10. Stevie Ryan

YouTube star Stevie Ryan committed suicide on July 1 at the age of 33. Ryan made millions of people laugh and openly struggled with depression.

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11. Don Williams

Country music star Don Williams died at the age of 78 on Sept. 8. He had 17 No. 1 country hits throughout his long career. He retired from performing in 2016.

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12. Walter Becker

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker died on Sept. 3 at the age of 67. Becker started playing music with Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen in 1967, when the two met at Bard College.

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13. Dick Gregory

Comedian and social justice activist Dick Gregory died on Aug. 19 at the age of 84. Gregory used humor to raise awareness about racism and the civil rights movement.

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14. Mary Tyler Moore

Sitcom star Mary Tyler Moore died from complications from pneumonia on Jan. 25 at the age of 80. The iconic actress was beloved for her comedic prowess, sunny disposition and pioneering role in changing the way women were represented on television.

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15. Sam Shepherd

Multi-talented playwright, actor, screenwriter and director Sam Shepherd died of Lou Gehrig’s disease on July 27. He was 73.

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Getty Images | Frederick M. Brown

16. Prodigy

Rapper Prodigy died on June 20 following a hospitalization for complications from sickle-cell anemia. He was 42. He was best known for his role as one half of the duo Mobb Deep.

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17. Adam West

Actor Adam West died on June 9 at the age of 88 after a battle with leukemia. West was best known for his portrayal of the title character in the “Batman” television series in the 1960s.

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18. Chris Cornell

Musician Chris Cornell committed suicide on May 18. He was 52. Cornell served as frontman for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.

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19. Don Rickles

Legendary comedian Don Rickles died of kidney failure on April 6, just a month shy of his 90th birthday. Rickles was known for in his insult humor, but was known for being a kind and caring man underneath his tough persona.

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20. Erin Moran

Best known as Joanie on “Happy Days,” Erin Moran died on April 22 at the age of 56 following a battle with cancer. Moran said she thought of her co-stars on the show as family.

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21. Chuck Berry

Legendary rock ‘n’ roll musician Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 at the age of 90. Some of his hits include “Johnny B. Goode” and “Maybellene.”

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Getty Images | Timothy Hiatt

22. Jimmy Snuka

WWE star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died on Jan. 15 at the age of 73 after a battle with stomach cancer. Murder charges against Snuka were dropped shortly before his death.


23. David Cassidy

After suffering organ failure, former teen idol David Cassidy died on Nov. 21 at the age of 67. Cassidy played Keith Partridge on the iconic “The Partridge Family” TV show in the 1970s.

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24. Jim Nabors

Best known as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and its subsequent spin-offs, Jim Nabors died on Nov. 30 at the age of 87. Nabors was famous for his character’s catchphrase, “Goll-eee.”

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Getty Images | Frederick M. Brown

25. Liz Smith

Famous gossip columnist Liz Smith died on Nov. 12 at the age of 94. Smith differentiated herself from others in her industry by her often kind treatment of the celebrities she wrote about.

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26. Hugh Hefner

“Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner died on September 27 at the age of 91. Hefner’s son, Cooper, now helms the Playboy brand.

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Getty Images | Charley Gallay

27. Monty Hall

Game show host Monty Hall died on Sept. 30 after suffering a heart attack following his wife’s death in June. He was 96. Hall also co-created “Let’s Make A Deal,” the popular game show that he also hosted.

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28. Martin Landau

Actor Martin Landau died on July 15 at the age of 89. Before becoming an actor, Landau also worked as cartoonist.

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29. Gregg Allman

Musician Gregg Allman died of complications from liver cancer on May 27 at the age of 69. Along with his late brother, Duane, Allman founded the Allman Brother Band in 1969.

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30. Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton died on Feb. 25 at the age of 61 following complications from surgery. Paxton had roles in a number of notable movies, including “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and “Titanic.”

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