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Remembering The Stars We've Lost In 2017

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As we say goodbye to 2017, it's a time to reflect on the actors and actresses, musicians, and other stars we're leaving behind this year.

Note: This list is in alphabetical order by first name.

Adam West

Bleeding Cool

Died: June 9

This actor made Batman a household name by playing the caped crusader in the original 1960s TV series. West is also remembered for his body of film work, and for his voice acting on series like Family Guy.

West died aged 88, after a brief battle with leukemia.

Bill Paxton


Died: February 25

The actor was best-known for his roles in sci-fi classics like The Terminator and Aliens. He also starred in HBO's Big Love. Paxton died at age 61 from complications following heart surgery.

Charlie Murphy

New York Daily News

Died: April 12

The younger brother of actor Eddie Murphy, Charlie was a stand-up comic best-known as a writer and performer on Chappelle's Show. Murphy died from leukemia at age 57.

Chester Bennington


Died: July 20

Bennington was the lead singer and songwriter for rock band Linkin Park, but also the vocalist for Dead by Sunrise and the Stone Temple Pilots. The musician was found dead in his home after committing suicide by hanging. He was 41.

Chris Cornell

Alternative Nation

Died: May 18

Cornell was the singer and songwriter for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, and also released four solo albums. The 52-year-old musician was found dead in a Detroit hotel room hours after a concert, and his death was ruled a suicide.

Chuck Barris

NBC News

Died: March 21

Barris hosted The Gong Show, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game. He also wrote  the memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed to have worked as a CIA assassin. Barris died of natural causes at age 87.

Chuck Berry


Died: March 18

The 1950s rock and roll pioneer wrote classic songs including "Johnny B. Goode" and "Maybellene." He was included in a number of lists of all time greats, including Rolling Stone magazine's Greatest Artists of All Time.

Berry died at age 90, and his cause of death was reported to be cardiac arrest.

Darlene Cates


Died: March 26

This actress famously played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's mother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Cates died in her sleep at age 69.

David Cassidy

CBS News

Died: November 21

This star of The Partridge Family became a teen idol in the 1970s, performing hits like "I Think I Love You." Cassidy continued to tour until shortly before his death from liver and kidney failure. Cassidy was 67.

Della Reese


Died: November 19

Along with her successful career as a jazz and gospel singer stretching back to the 1950s, Reese was famous for her acting roles in films like A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and the series Touched by an Angel.

Reese died at age 86. While she suffered from Type 2 diabetes, no cause of death was given.

Dick Gregory

USA Today

Died: August 19

Gregory was a comedian and civil rights activist who was most famous for his brash and confrontational comedy albums from the 1960s. Gregory died from heart failure at age 87.

Don Rickles

LA Times

Died: April 6

Known as "Mr. Warmth," Rickles was an "insult comic" who made a name for himself at Las Vegas clubs, where he rubbed shoulders with the Rat Pack. He also appeared in Hollywood films like Kelly's Heroes and Casino.

Rickles was 90, from complications of Type 2 diabetes.

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