The famous faces we said goodbye to in 2019
Prodigy star Keith Flint, actors Luke Perry, Peter Fonda and Doris Day, chef Gary Rhodes and sporting legends Gordon Banks and Niki Lauda are just a few of the stars we said goodbye to in 2019.
Here’s a look back at the careers and the legacies left behind following the deaths of famous faces from the worlds of music, film, TV, fashion, sport and politics.
Dick Miller was a star of 1980s classics such as Gremlins and The Terminator.
The character actor rose to prominence playing Walter Paisley in cult classic A Bucket Of Blood in 1959, and went on to appear in Fame, The Howling, The ‘Burbs and scores of other films in a career spanning more than 60 years.
Director Joe Dante, who worked with Miller on many of his films, including Gremlins, paid tribute to a “dear friend” and said he “loved watching him act” following his death at the age of 90.
Grammy award winner James Ingram was an R&B artist who had two US number ones – Baby, Come To Me (1983) and I Don’t Have The Heart (1990) – and also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s Pretty Young Thing with Quincy Jones.
The American singer-songwriter also wrote Look What Love Has Done, sang by Patty Smyth, from the movie Junior in 1994.
He died at the age of 66, with Jones among those paying tribute to a “simply magical” performer.
Michel Legrand was an Oscar-winning composer who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minnelli, Edith Piaf and Barbra Streisand (pictured above).
The Frenchman wrote more than 200 film and TV scores during a career spanning more than 50 years – winning Academy Awards for the much-covered hit The Windmills Of Your Mind and for his music for Summer of ’42 and Yentl, as well as five Grammys from 17 nominations.
He died aged 86 with his wife, the actress Macha Meril, by his side.
Windsor Davies was best known for starring as Battery Sergeant Major Williams in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, which followed the adventures of a Royal Artillery concert party.
Before securing his most famous part, the actor appeared in an episode of Doctor Who in 1967, and would later play a starring role in Carry On Behind in 1975, Carry On England in 1976, and rugby comedy Grand Slam in 1978.
The father of five died peacefully at the age of 88 – just four months after Eluned, his wife of 61 years, passed away.
Broadway star Carol Channing played the role of Dolly Levi in the musical Hello, Dolly! almost 5,000 times during her stage career, which also included performances in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Lend An Ear.
The League of Professional Theatre Women described the singer, dancer and comedian as “a gift of inspiration to so many”.
She died of natural causes, aged 97, at her home in California after suffering two strokes in 2018.
Bob Einstein was best known for playing Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm, but also played stuntman Super Dave Oborne in Super Dave, and had roles in Arrested Development and Ocean’s Thirteen.
The actor started his career as a writer, working on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour alongside Steve Martin. He was a two-time Emmy winner and had been nominated a further four times for his comedy writing.
He died aged 76, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
He was “the world’s cutest dog”, a Pomeranian called Boo who had been pictured with celebrities including former One Director star Liam Payne and actor Seth Rogen, and even had his own book.
In an emotional post to his 17m social media followers, his owners in the US said he died in his sleep, aged 12, and that they were “heartbroken”.
Boo had been suffering heart problems since the death of Buddy, his companion of 11 years, in 2017, they said.
As a composer, Andre Previn worked on films such as Gigi, Porgy And Bess, My Fair Lady and Irma La Douce – and he won best music Oscars for all four.
He later left Hollywood to conduct orchestras and was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1968 to 1979.
For many, he is probably best known for trying to help Eric Morecambe as the British star attempted to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto during a sketch.
He died at his home in New York aged 89, with Mia Farrow and Stephen Fry among those paying tribute.
Drummer Andy Anderson was best known for his time with The Cure in the 1980s, but also worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and Mike Oldfield during his career.
Anderson died aged 68 after announcing he had been diagnosed with terminal stage four cancer just a few weeks before.
Former The Cure bandmate Lol Tolhurst paid tribute to a “true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humour”, while Iggy Pop said he was “one of the nicest people” he had worked with.
Born in Tottenham, north London, Mark Hollis worked in factories and as a laboratory technician before becoming a musician and fronting Talk Talk.
He wrote or co-wrote most of the band’s music in the 1980s, including singles It’s My Life and Life’s What You Make It.
Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp were among those paying tribute to a “genius” after his death at the age of 64 following a short illness.
Peter Tork (second left) was one of the founding members of 1960s pop band The Monkees, famed for hit songs such as Daydream Believer and I’m A Believer.
A made-for-TV group who formed in Los Angeles and starred in their own self-titled series from 1966 to 1968, Tork played bass guitar and keyboards and sang vocals in the band.
He later went on to collaborate with several musicians including George Harrison, for whom he played the banjo.
Tork died aged 77, with his fellow Monkees bandmates, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and singer Carole King among those paying tribute.
Best known for his roles in The Sopranos and Casino, Vinny Vella starred in dozens of films throughout the 1990s and 2000s, often playing a gangster.
Known as the mayor of Elizabeth Street in New York’s Little Italy, he was the subject of a 2000 documentary, Hey Vinny, in which he recounted his colourful stories of growing up in the city.
He died at home in New York due to liver cancer aged 72.
Instantly recognisable for his distinctive white ponytail, black sunglasses, gloves and high starched collars, Karl Lagerfeld (pictured on the runway with supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 1995) was one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.
Chanel’s creative director since 1983, he had also worked for Chloe and Fendi, collaborated with labels such as Diesel, Hogan and H&M, and designed costumes for theatrical productions and singers including Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
Known for his muses, stars including Schiffer, Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne were among those who inspired his creative vision.
He died in hospital in Paris aged 85.
England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper of 1966, Gordon Banks made 73 international appearances during his footballing career.
He played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967, where he made 194 appearances in six years at the club.
Despite playing in every game during the World Cup triumph, it was a save four years later from a Pele header that catapulted him to global stardom. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the England hero was made an OBE in 1970.
He died aged 81 after revealing in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer for a second time.
Jan-Michael Vincent rose to prominence in the 1980s, playing pilot Stringfellow Hawke in US TV series Airwolf, about a high-tech military helicopter and its crew.
The show, about a hi-tech military helicopter and its crew, ran from 1984 until 1986. Vincent reportedly became one of TV’s highest-paid stars at the time, earning up to $200,000 per episode. He also appeared in 1972’s The Mechanic, alongside Charles Bronson, and in 1978’s Hooper with Burt Reynolds.
He died at the age of 73 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
British rapper Cadet, real name Blaine Cameron Johnson, was an up-and-coming artist from south London and the cousin of Krept, of duo Krept and Konan.
The music star had built up millions of views on YouTube with songs including Letter To Krept, Instagram Girls and Advice.
He died in a car crash in Staffordshire as he was on his way to a gig at Keele University.
A five-time Oscar nominee, British film legend Albert Finney was known for playing many different characters, with his list of films including Erin Brockovich, Big Fish, Scrooge, Annie and Murder On The Orient Express.
Known for his versatility, he played a huge range of characters during a screen career spanning more than 60 years, from Winston Churchill to Pope John Paul II, and most recently starred in the James Bond film Skyfall and the Bourne films.
He died aged 82 following a short illness, his family said.
Clive Swift (pictured with Dame Patricia Routledge) was best known for playing Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth Bucket, in the classic comedy Keeping Up Appearances.
The series mocked British class obsessions and ran for five years in the 1990s, with Swift appearing in 42 episodes alongside Routledge, who became known for her pronunciation of her surname – “bouquet”.
He died at home aged 82 following a short illness, his family said.
Comedian Jeremy Hardy was a regular guest on radio panel shows The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
Born in Farnborough, Hampshire, in 1961, he studied at the University of Southampton before turning to stand-up comedy in the 1980s, beginning his on-screen career in 1986’s Now, Something Else alongside Rory Bremner, and winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988.
He died of cancer aged 57, with Bremner and fellow comedians Jack Dee, David Baddiel and David Schneider paying tribute to a “ground-breakingly brilliant, off-the-register funny” performer.
Indie duo Her’s, from Liverpool, had played a gig in Phoenix and were travelling to California when they were involved in a head-on car crash in Arizona.
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading were killed in the crash alongside their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, with officials saying the collision was caused by another driver travelling the wrong way.
They had recently performed at the influential South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and were named as ones to watch by The Guardian in 2018.
Roger Charlery, better known as Ranking Roger, was a member of bands The Beat and General Public, and also played with acts including The Specials, The Police and Dexys Midnight Runners in a music career that spanned almost 40 years.
The Birmingham-born singer also had success as a solo artist.
He died aged 56, surrounded by his family, after being diagnosed with brain tumours and lung cancer.
Born Noel Scott Engel, Scott Walker was one third of The Walker Brothers and broke away in 1967 to perform as a solo artist.
The US-born artist became a British citizen in 1970 and is known for hits such as The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore. David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Thom Yorke and Leonard Cohen were among those who cited him as an influence on their own music.
He died aged 76, with his record label paying tribute to a “genius” who had “enriched the lives of thousands” of people.
Mike Thalassitis was a footballer and one of the stars of season three of reality TV hit Love Island in 2017.
The 26-year-old ended his own life, with a coroner saying the death was suicide.
There was an outpouring of tributes following his death, with Love Island presenter Caroline Flack calling Thalassitis a “total gentleman”.
His death followed that of Sophie Gradon, 32, who had taken part in the show in 2016 and took her own life in June 2018.
TV presenter Magenta Divine was known for her trademark black sunglasses, stylish attire and husky voice.
Born Kim Taylor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, she became a star in the 1980s on Channel 4’s cult youth show Network 7, and later presented factual show Reportage and the travel series Rough Guides on the BBC.
She died in hospital at the age of 61 after undergoing treatment for a short illness, with her family paying tribute to her “extraordinary kindness and generosity”.
Luke Perry (pictured right with Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty) became a household name for his role as heartthrob Dylan McKay in US teen show Beverly Hills 90210 between 1990 and 2000.
More recently he appeared as the construction business owner Fred Andrews in the US drama Riverdale, and as Scott Lancer in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
He died aged 52 after suffering a stroke, with his former Beverly Hills 90210 co-stars Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty paying tribute to a man who was “one of those truly special people who really cared”.
Keith Flint was frontman of The Prodigy, the twisted firestarter who brought the sound of British rave music to an audience of millions across the world.
Famous for hits with the band including Firestarter, Breathe and Out Of Space, he was known as much for his punk aesthetic of often fluorescent horned hair and black eyeliner as the pioneering music he made.
He died by hanging aged 49, although a coroner said there was not enough evidence to conclude that his death was suicide.
Hundreds of fans from around the world gathered to “raise the roof” at his funeral in Essex, while stars including Kasabian, James Blunt, Brian May, the Chemical Brothers and Ashton Kutcher, as well his bandmates, paid tribute to a “true pioneer, innovator and legend”.
As Chewbacca, the 7ft 3ins Peter Mayhew was a fierce warrior with a soft heart; a loyal sidekick to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon.
He had been working at a London hospital when he was cast in the part that would make him famous – director George Lucas had been looking for someone taller than Darth Vadar, who was 6ft 6in – and he played the role in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return Of The Jedi (1983), Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015).
Ford was among those paying tribute following his death at the age of 74, saying: “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character.”
Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould (second from right) was a founding member of British band Level 42, alongside his brother Phil, Mark King and Mike Lindup.
Formed in 1979, they went on to have a string of hits in the 1980s and early 90s, including Lessons In Love, Running In The Family and Something About You.
He died at home in Dorset, aged 64.
Oscar-nominated director John Singleton was also a producer and actor who worked on a host of film and TV projects throughout his career, but was best known for Boyz N The Hood, the 1991 film about the lives of young black men living in the gang-dominated neighbourhood of South Central Los Angeles.
At 24, he became the youngest person and the first African American to receive an Academy Award nomination for best director, and the film also earned him a nomination for best original screenplay.
Other films he worked on include Poetic Justice, Shaft, Rosewood and 2 Fast 2 Furious, and he also directed episodes of TV series such as Billions, The People v OJ Simpson and Snowfall – a crime drama set in 1980s LA.
He died after suffering a stroke, aged 51.
Ken Kercheval was best known as oil tycoon Cliff Barnes, rival of Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron JR Ewing, in US TV series Dallas – and was one of only two cast members to remain on the popular show through its 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991, as well as returning for its revival series between 2012 and 2014.
He also appeared in other series, including The Defenders in the 1960s and ER and Diagnosis Murder in the 1990s and 2000s.
He died in his native Indiana, aged 83.
Liverpool legend Tommy Smith played for the Merseyside football club for 18 years and was affectionately nicknamed the “Anfield Iron” by supporters.
Born in Liverpool in 1945, he made 638 appearances for the Reds between 1960 and 1978, scoring 48 goals and winning nine major trophies, as well as captaining the side for three years – and was a key part of the team that won the FA Cup for the first time in 1965, with Bill Shankly as manager.
During his time with the club, he lifted four league titles, a European Cup, two FA Cups and two UEFA Cups.
He died aged 74 after a long battle with dementia.
Comedian Ian Cognito was hailed as “one of the greats” and “as epic as his reputation” following his death at the age of 60.
The Time Out comedy award-winner suffered a heart attack while performing on stage in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
Rufus Hound, Jimmy Carr, Katy Brand and Matt Lucas were among the many comedians paying tribute to the anarchic performer, with Carr tweeting: “I’ll never forget his kindness when I started out and how god damn funny he was.”
Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor starred in CBBC’s Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, as well as an episode of Absolutely Fabulous when she was just a toddler. She also appeared in Cloud Atlas alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 2012.
The teenager died at home, aged 16, after going into cardiac arrest, her inquest heard.
Paying tribute, Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s which includes CBBC, said: “She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it’s unthinkable that she won’t be part of our journey going forward.
“She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans.”
Sandy Ratcliff (centre) was one of the original cast members of BBC soap EastEnders, playing cafe owner Sue Osman between 1985 and 1989.
She died in sheltered accommodation in Stoke Newington, northeast London, aged 70, after taking morphine while suffering from two terminal lung conditions.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr, has never been out of print since being published in 1968, selling more than five million copies.
It is the author’s best known book, among others including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and the Mog The Cat series.
Born in Berlin in 1923, her family left Germany 10 years later because her father, German-Jewish theatre critic Alfred Kerr, had openly criticised the Nazis, who burned his books shortly after he left.
The family settled in Britain after travelling to Switzerland and then France.
Kerr died at home, aged 95, following a short illness, with stars and authors including David Walliams and Tony Parsons paying tribute.
Jake Black, also known as The Very Reverend D Wayne Love, founded Alabama 3 alongside Rob Spragg in Brixton in 1995.
With an eclectic electronic fusion of country, blues and acid house music, the band recorded 12 albums, but were best known for their track Woke Up This Morning, which was used for the opening credits of The Sopranos, the hit US TV series about gangsters wrestling with their emotions.
He took ill following a set at a festival in Lancashire, and died peacefully in hospital, aged 59, his bandmates said.
Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda was a three-time world champion and the only man to have won the drivers’ title for both Ferrari and McLaren.
He was “forever immortalised in [F1] history” with an incredible return to racing after a horrific near-fatal crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix.
Narrowly missing out on successive championships at the hands of British driver James Hunt, the pair forged one of the fiercest rivalries in motorsport history – inspiring the award-winning 2013 film Rush, starring German actor Daniel Bruhl as Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as Hunt.
The Austrian died at the the age of 70, less than a year after undergoing a lung transplant, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button among those paying tribute.
She was one of the world’s most famous moggies, becoming an internet sensation after a picture of her frowning face was posted online in 2012.
Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, had 1.5 million followers on Twitter, more than 8 million followers on Facebook and 2.4 million on Instagram when she died.
She was so famous that in 2018, she won a $710,000 (£556,000) payout following a lawsuit against a coffee company that used her image beyond the limits of a contract they had signed with her owners.
She was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the 1950s and 60s, starring in films such as Calamity Jane, Love Me Or Leave Me and Pillow Talk, and famously singing Que Sera, Sera in the Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much.
After retiring from acting, Doris Day had been very private, accepting the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes in 1989 and doing her last TV interview five years later.
She never won an Oscar, but she did get the presidential medal of freedom in 2004 – and George W Bush called it “a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff, of Evanston, Ohio, decided to become an entertainer”.
She died of pneumonia aged 97.
Former WCW wrestler Silver King, real name Cesar Barron, starred opposite Hollywood star Jack Black in the 2006 comedy Nacho Libre.
He died after collapsing in the ring during a show in Camden, north London, aged 51.
Black joined former stars of WWE and WCW in paying tribute to the Mexican wrestler, writing on Instagram, “Vaya con dios, hermano”, which means “go with God, brother” in Spanish.
American actress Peggy Lipton starred in 1960s TV show The Mod Squad and the original Twin Peaks series.
A Golden Globe winner, she was previously married to music producer Quincy Jones and is the mother of Parks and Recreation and Angie Tribeca actress Rashida Jones, and designer Kidada Jones
She died of cancer at the age of 72.
Brian Walden was a broadcaster and former Labour MP who was best known for an interview with Margaret Thatcher in 1989 which helped bring about the end of her time as prime minister.
Before going into broadcasting he represented Birmingham Ladywood from 1964 to 1977, campaigning for the liberalisation of cannabis and of gambling laws.
He died aged 86 at his home in Guernsey following complications arising from emphysema, leaving behind his wife, Hazel, and four sons.
Comedian Freddie Starr became a household name after rising to fame in the 1970s, but was undoubtedly best known for The Sun’s infamous 1986 front page, “Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster” – one of the best known headlines in the history of British tabloids.
He later said the story, which claimed Starr had placed a hamster between two slices of bread and eaten it, was fabricated by publicist Max Clifford.
Bobby Davro and Russ Abbot were among those who paid tribute following his death at his home in Spain at the age of 76, with Davro describing him as “the funniest man I’ve ever seen in my life”.
Heartbeat actor William Simons (left) played the role of PC Alf Ventress in the hit TV police drama for nearly two decades, starring in all 18 series of the show between 1992 and 2010.
During his 60-year acting career, he also appeared in Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Last Of The Summer Wine, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries and Bergerac, among other series.
He died at the age of 79, with his agent paying tribute to a “wonderful, kind, warm, witty, lovely human being”.
Throughout the years he also lent his producing talents to other artists, working with Hot Chip, Kanye West, Robyn, Franz Ferdinand, The Rapture and Cat Power.
He died at the age of 50 after accidentally falling from a building in Paris.
Gloria Vanderbilt was a US fashion icon, author, actress and socialite, the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made headlines throughout her life.
She was married four times, most notably to celebrated conductor Leopold Stokowski and award-winning film and television director Sidney Lumet. Her books included a chronicle of her love life named It Seemed Important At The Time: A Romance Memoir, which name-dropped the likes of Frank Sinatra and Errol Flynn.
She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer, and died aged 95.
Ex-Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes formed part of the iconic team who won the Premiership trophy without suffering any losses during what is now known as the club’s “invincible” season in 2003-04.
The Spaniard was the youngest player in Sevilla history to make his debut for the club, aged 16, and also played for Real Madrid and Benfica during his career, winning 21 caps for Spain.
He died in a car crash along with his cousin, at the age of 35.
“King of the Broadway musical” Harold ‘Hal’ Prince worked on shows including Phantom Of The Opera and Sweeney Todd, winning a record 21 Tony awards in a theatre career which spanned seven decades.
Known by friends as Hal, he was awarded for both producing and directing, and in 2006 was given the special award for lifetime achievement in the theatre.
He died aged 91 following a brief illness.
Paula Williamson was an actress who appeared in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale.
However, she was best known for marrying notorious criminal Charles Bronson in November 2017 after visiting him in prison. Bronson filed for divorce in July 2018.
She died aged 38.
Actor Rutger Hauer appeared in more than 100 Dutch and international films and won a Golden Globe for his role in the 1988 film Escape from Sobibor.
But he was best known for his portrayal of the replicant Roy Batty in sci-fi blockbuster Blade Runner in 1982.
He died at his home in the Netherlands following a short illness, aged 75.
Emily Hartridge was a YouTuber who had more than 340,000 subscribers on her channel and 44,000 followers on Instagram, where she posted about mental health and fitness.
She died aged 35, after being involved in a crash with a lorry while riding an electric scooter near her home in Battersea, southwest London.
Brendan Grace played Father Fintan Stack in the cult TV comedy series Father Ted, and was also a stand-up comedian.
He died aged 68 after being diagnosed with cancer just 10 days before.
Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins was among those paying tribute, saying it was a privilege to have known him.
Denise Nickerson played golden ticket winner Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s bestselling novel, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Her first major role was in the vampire drama series Dark Shadows, playing several characters from 1968 to 1970.
She died aged 62 after falling ill following a stroke in 2018.
Emmerdale star Freddie Jones was described as one of the TV soap’s “favourite human beings” following his death at 91.
The father of fellow actor Toby Jones played Sandy Thomas in the ITV show for more than 12 years until 2018, and also appeared in Hollywood films such as Dune in 1984, The Elephant Man in 1980 and Firefox in 1982.
He became an actor following a mid-life career change, having previously worked as a laboratory assistant while performing in amateur theatre.
Rip Torn was an award-winning television, film and theatre actor who starred in Dodgeball and Men In Black following his film debut as a former prisoner of war in Time Limit in 1957.
His career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, taking in an Emmy late in his career for his role in The Larry Sanders Show, as well as an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Marsh Turner in Cross Creek in 1983.
He died aged 88, with his Men in Black co-star Will Smith among those paying tribute.
Cameron Boyce was a young actor who appeared in horror film Mirrors, espionage thriller Eagle Eye and Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, before becoming a Disney Channel favourite in the musical Descendants films and TV series Jessie.
Away from acting, he was involved in charity work, including raising more than $27,000 (£21,562) for the Thirst Project, which helps bring clean water to underdeveloped countries.
He died at the age of 20 following a seizure caused by epilepsy.
John McCririck was the famous racing broadcaster known for his outlandish dress sense and provocative broadcasting style, who also achieved fame through appearances on entertainment programmes including Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Wife Swap.
He died in hospital in London, aged 79, survived by Jenny, his wife of 48 years, who he often referred to by the nickname “The Booby”.
Tributes from the world of racing poured in following his death, including from legendary former jockey Sir Tony McCoy, who said McCririck was “one of the most recognisable faces from the world of horse racing and a great at promoting our sport”.
Doctor Who writer and script editor Terrance Dicks wrote for the long-running TV science fiction series from 1968 to 1983, for the second, third and fourth Doctors; played by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
Starting off as an assistant script editor, he was promoted to head script editor of the classic BBC show after just a year, and as one of the original writers, he was once described by the Doctor Who News Page as “arguably the most prolific contributor” to the show.
He died following a short illness, aged 84.
Valerie Harper was an Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-nominated actress, star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.
She began her career as a dancer on Broadway and went on to appear in dozens of films and TV shows.
She died aged 80, 10 years after first being diagnosed with cancer.
According to US magazine Car And Driver, jetcar racer Jessi Combs was widely known in racing circles as the “fastest woman on four wheels”, and broke a record in 2013 with a run of 393mph (632kmph).
She died in a crash in a dry lake bed in Oregon, aged 36.
Peter Fonda was born in New York in 1940 to Hollywood star Henry and his socialite wife Frances Ford Seymour, and was the younger brother of Jane Fonda.
He went on to become an actor and director but was not thought of as a conventional leading man. Best known for Easy Rider, he was also nominated for the Oscar for best actor for Ulee’s Gold (1997).
He died aged 79 after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer.
Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison was the first black woman to receive the prize for literature, which she was awarded in 1993.
She also won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved, in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery. The book was adapted into a film of the same name, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
The author also received honorary degrees from Oxford, Geneva and Harvard, was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in France, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, who was one of her notable admirers.
She died in New York, aged 88, following a short illness.
Entertainer and impressionist Joe Longthorne performed to millions of people around the world and sang at the Royal Variety Show several times, in a career which spanned several decades. He also earned an MBE for his charity work in 2012.
He found fame on LWT programme Search For A Star in 1981 and went on to present his own television programme, The Joe Longthorne Show.
He died at his home in Blackpool, aged 64.
Robert Mugabe was the former president of Zimbabwe ousted in a military coup after 37 years in power.
The 95-year-old had ruled the country, a former British colony, from 1980 and was the world’s oldest head of state before his dramatic exit two years ago.
He was a hugely controversial character in global politics, and his was a leadership marred by violence, persecution and corruption.
He died in hospital in Singapore, where he had been receiving treatment, at the age of 95.
Nicknamed “Le Bulldozer” early in his career for his determination and ambition, former French president Jacques Chirac led the country between 1995 and 2007.
He was the first president of the country to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust, and he defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
France entered into the single European currency under his presidency, compulsory military service was abolished, and he also cut the presidential term of office from seven to five years.
He died aged 86.
Former Glasgow Rangers footballer Fernando Ricksen spent six years playing for the club and earned 12 caps for the Netherlands at international level.
His career highlight at Rangers came in the 2004-05 season, when he jointly won the SPFA player of the year award after scoring nine goals from midfield in his 40 appearances for the club.
He died aged 43 following a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, for which he had raised awareness and money to help other sufferers through the Fernando Ricksen Foundation.
Ric Ocasek sang, played guitar and was the main songwriter for US rock band The Cars.
Formed in Boston in 1976 by Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, who played bass, the band led the new wave movement in the US into the 1980s.
He died in New York aged 75, a year after The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney, singer-songwriter Eddie Money had big hits in the US in the 1970s and 80s, including Two Tickets To Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight, and released 11 albums in a career that spanned four decades.
The 70-year-old also starred in Real Money, a reality series about his life, announcing in a clip for the show earlier in 2019 that he had stage-four oesophageal cancer.
Singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston had fans including Kurt Cobain, Lana Del Ray and Tom Waits, and inspired the Oscar-nominated The Devil And Daniel Johnston documentary in 2005.
He also inspired Austin’s first Hi, How Are You Day on 22 January last year, which encouraged people to check up on their neighbours, friends or co-workers.
He died at his home in Texas, aged 58.
South Africa rugby legend Chester Williams was famously the only black player in the Springboks squad that won the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 1995.
He scored 14 tries in 27 Tests during an international career that spanned seven years, ending in 2000, and remained involved in rugby after his retirement in 2001, working as head coach for the University of Western Cape following coaching stints in Super Rugby and with the South Africa Sevens.
He died from a heart attack, at the age of 49.
German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh was known for his dramatic but simple black and white portraits, having worked with supermodels including Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington.
A staunch critic of airbrushing and contrived images of beauty, the 74-year-old most recently shot images for the Duchess of Sussex’s guest-edited edition of British Vogue, and also photographed Meghan before she became a royal, for the cover of Vanity Fair in 2017.
LaShawn Daniels was an award-winning producer and songwriter who collaborated with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins to create some of the biggest hits of the last few decades.
His songbook included Monica and Brandy’s The Boy Is Mine, Holler by the Spice Girls and Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce, and in 2001 he won the Grammy for best R&B song for Say My Name by Destiny’s Child.
He died in a car accident, aged 41, leaving behind his wife April, a hair stylist and clothing designer, and three children.
LA punk musician Kim Shattuck was the lead singer for The Muffs, but also had a brief stint as bassist for The Pixies and performed guest vocals for bands including NOFX and Bowling for Soup.
She launched her music career with The Pandoras in the 1980s before co-founding The Muffs in 1991. They became well known for their cover of Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, featured on the soundtrack to cult classic teen film Clueless.
Shattuck died aged 56, after battling motor neurone disease for two years.
In a journalistic career spanning 40 years, Peter Sissons became one of British television’s most experienced and influential newsreaders.
The former BBC, Channel 4 and ITN newsreader was born in Liverpool and started his career at ITN in 1964 after graduating from Oxford University, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics.
He presented the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News from 1994 and was considered to be one of the UK’s longest-serving news presenters when he retired from broadcasting in 2009.
Sissons died in hospital in Kent, aged 77.
Ginger Baker was the drummer and co-founder of rock band Cream with Eric Clapton in 1966, and also performed with Hawkwind, Blind Faith and Fela Kuti.
He began playing the drums aged 15 and became noted for his groundbreaking technique, as well as his showmanship, earning a reputation as “rock’s first superstar drummer”.
He died peacefully in hospital, aged 80, a few weeks after his family announced to fans that he was critically ill.
Barrie Masters (right) was the lead singer of Eddie And The Hot Rods, who were best known for their top 10 hit Do Anything You Wanna Do in 1977.
Formed in Essex, the band were part of the pub rock scene which included Dr Feelgood and Kilburn And The High Roads, fronted by Ian Dury.
Masters died aged 63, with the band saying the “sudden news” came as “a huge shock”.
US actor and comedian John Witherspoon (left) was best known for his role as rapper Ice Cube’s father in the Friday franchise, but also appeared in films including Little Nicky, Vampire In Brooklyn and House Party.
Ice Cube (pictured above with Witherspoon) was among those paying tribute following his death at the age of 77, saying: “Life won’t be as funny without him.”
Witherspoon was expected to reprise his role in Last Friday, the planned fourth film in the Friday series, before he died.
Gay Byrne, the veteran Irish broadcaster who presented the Late Late Show on RTE, died at the age of 85, surrounded by his family.
RTE director-general, Dee Forbes, called him “a household name” and “an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and ground-breaking style contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country.
The father of two had been undergoing treatment for cancer.
Reg Watson‘s “legacy lives on in Ramsay Street” – the fictional road on which the long-running Australian soap Neighbours has been set since it made its debut in 1985.
As the creator of the series, he helped launch the careers of some of the biggest stars in Australian entertainment, including Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia and Margot Robbie.
Jason Donovan, who played Scott Robinson in the show, was among those paying tribute following his death at the age of 93, posting on Twitter: “Many Australian careers have a lot to thank for this man, a legend… Mr Reg Watson.”
Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort won gold and silver in wheelchair racing events at the London 2012 Paralympics, and two further medals at Rio 2016.
The 40-year-old had an incurable degenerative muscle disease and ended her life through euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, at the age of 40.
During the build-up to Rio, Vervoort said she was considering euthanasia and that the 2016 Olympics was her “last wish”.
Robert Freeman was the man behind some of The Beatles’ most famous album covers, helping to define the band’s image with the 1963 cover for With The Beatles, their second album.
He went on to take the photos used on Beatles For Sale, Help!, and Rubber Soul, for which the photo was subtly stretched.
Paying tribute following Freeman’s death at the age of 82, Paul McCartney described him as a “wonderful man” and “a true original thinker”.
Photographer Terry O’Neill was one of the chroniclers of the swinging 60s, snapping a series of celebrities and helping create the sense that London was one of the coolest places to be on the planet.
His subjects included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Judy Garland, Michael Caine, Terence Stamp, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot; and he continued taking images of high profile figures over the next five decades, developing close working relationships with pop stars such as Elton John and David Bowie.
He died at home, aged 81, following a long illness.
Gary Rhodes worked in restaurants around the world and was one of the first big TV chefs, starring in programmes including Rhodes Around Britain and MasterChef.
Despite being trained in French cuisine, he made his name through championing English cookery, bringing traditional British recipes to the world of fine dining, and published 18 cookery books during the course of his career.
He died in hospital at the age of 59, from a bleed on the brain after collapsing in his home, his family said.
Following his death, scores of people paid tribute on social media, with many sharing stories of his kindness and generosity over the years.
British theatre director and presenter Jonathan Miller was one of the most renowned figures in the arts, following a decades-long career that encompassed theatre, television and opera.
Born in London, he studied medicine at Cambridge and specialised in neurology in the late 1950s before finding fame in the early 1960s with the success of the satirical revue, Beyond The Fringe, which also featured Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Peter Cook.
Miller made his directing debut in 1962 with John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover and went on to direct theatre and television plays, including The Merchant Of Venice at the National Theatre and six Shakespeare plays. His creative ventures also included directing operas and running the Old Vic Theatre, and he later became a writer and presenter of more than a dozen BBC documentaries.
He had Alzheimer’s disease and died at the age of 85, leaving a “huge hole in our lives”, said his family.
Beloved critic and broadcaster Clive James was admired for his wit and ability with words, both as a writer and broadcaster, and appeared frequently on radio as well as on TV from the 1970s to the 2010s.
He achieved his greatest level of fame with his seminal show Clive James On Television, which drew a prime-time audience of millions on Sunday nights in the early 1980s.
After more than 30 books and more than a dozen collections of poetry produced in his lifetime, the Australian raconteur was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to literature and the media.
He had leukaemia and died at the age of 80, almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time.
Irving Burgie co-wrote the Harry Belafonte hit Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), penned the lyrics to the national anthem of his home nation Barbados, and helped to popularise Caribbean music in the 1950s.
His songs, which also include calypso tracks Island In The Sun and Jamaica Farewell, have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with artists including Jimmy Buffett, Brian Wilson, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke recording them.
His death at the age of 95 was announced by Barbados’s prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley, at the country’s independence day parade.
Shelley Morrison was an actress who wanted to “change hearts and minds” through comedy.
She was best known for playing maid Rosario Salazar in Will & Grace; a character that was only intended to appear once, but ended up appearing in 68 episodes from 1999 to 2006. She also played Sister Sixto in The Flying Nun alongside Sally Field from 1967 to 1970, and guest starred in dozens of TV series starting in the early 1960s, including The Fugitive, LA Law and Murder, She Wrote.
Morrison died of heart failure following a short illness, aged 83.
Former England captain and Sky cricket expert Bob Willis was a mainstay of the England team for more than a decade, playing in 90 Tests and 64 one-day internationals after his debut in 1971.
He finished his Test career with 325 wickets, which to this day puts him fourth on the all-time list of England wicket-takers, only behind James Anderson, Ian Botham and Stuart Broad.
After his retirement in 1984, he went on to enjoy a long career in broadcasting.
He died of prostate cancer at the age of 70.
Award-winning actor Ron Leibman was a star of stage and screen, but readily acknowledged he would perhaps always be best known for playing the father of Rachel Green in Friends.
The star received an Emmy in 1979 for his role in the drama Kaz, and a Tony in 1993 for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in the play Angels In America: Millennium Approaches, in a career in entertainment that spanned six decades.
“It’s amazing, the power of the tube. I’ve done all this body of work, and they say, ‘Oh yes, Rachel’s father’. I go, ‘Give me a break’,” he said in an interview in 2011.
He died aged 82.
Puppeteer Caroll Spinney portrayed the beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch until he was well into his 80s.
The Sesame Workshop paid tribute to “an artistic genius” with a “loving view of the world” who helped shape the long-running children’s show over five decades, leaving behind a legacy that “will be unending”.
They did not give a cause of death, but said the 85-year-old had been living with dystonia, a muscle disorder, for some time.
Roxette lead singer Marie Fredriksson, who formed the chart-topping band with Per Gessle in 1986, was best known for their hits including Joyride, The Look and It Must Have Been Love, which featured in Pretty Woman.
Gessle described his bandmate as a musician who painted “my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours” and said things “would never be the same” following her death.
Fredriksson had been diagnosed with a brain tumour 17 years earlier and despite recovering following treatment, had become ill again in the last few years.
Rapper Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, fell ill at an airport in Chicago following a flight on a private jet from LA, and later died in hospital.
The award-winning music star had just turned 21.
Drugs and guns were found on the plane, authorities said.
Singer and actor Kenny Lynch was known for his 1960s hit Up On The Roof and appearance in Pinewood comedy Carry On Loving.
Appearing in numerous variety shows and touring with The Beatles in 1963, he was one of the few high-profile black British singers of the swinging sixties. He received an OBE from the Queen for services to entertainment in 1970.
He died aged 81, announced by his daughters on Twitter.
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