Celebrity Deaths in 2019: Stars We’ve Lost

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It’s never easy to say goodbye. Scroll down to see Us Weekly’s tribute to the celebrities who died in 2019.

Jed Allan

The soap star best known for his roles on Santa Barbara, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives as well as for playing Steve Sanders’ father on Beverly Hills, 90210, died on March 9 at the age of 84. “So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers passing tonight,” his son Rick Brown wrote on Facebook. “He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others.” Ian Ziering paid tribute to his TV dad, sharing a photo on Instagram and writing, “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed.” Allan’s death comes less than a week after the death of 90210 star Luke Perry at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke

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Lotte van der Zee

The former Miss Teenager Universe died on March 6 at the age of 20, two weeks after having a heart attack on her birthday while on vacation with her parents. The Dutch model’s parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van der Zee van het Hul, confirmed her passing in an emotional post on her Instagram account. “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken.” On February 23, her parents posted about their daughter being hospitalized, writing, “Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest. She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma and is since then kept a sleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health.” In an update on March 2, they posted a photo showing them clasping Lotte’s hand and added that she had been transferred to a hospital in Munich, but her “situation is unfortunately unchanged.” They thanked their daughter’s fans for their messages, writing, “Even though the feeling of powerlessness made us think that we were in this alone at first we were able to draw a massive amount of strength from all your loving support.” Lotte was crowned Miss Teenager Universe in 2017.

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Jan-Michael Vincent

While news of Vincent’s death didn’t break until March 2019, he died on February 10 after suffering cardiac arrest while he was receiving treatment in a North Carolina hospital. The Airwolf alum was 74.

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King Kong Bundy

The pro wrestler (real name Christopher Alan Pallies) died at the age of 61 on March 4. He broke into the WWE in the 1980s, finding success at the first WrestleMania and challenging Hulk Hogan the following year. He left the company in the late ‘80s but returned in 1994 as part of the Million Dollar Corporation. He was known by fans as the “walking condominium” due to his 6-foot-4 stature and weight of 458 pounds.

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Luke Perry

The Riverdale actor died at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles in February 2019, his rep confirmed to Us Weekly. It was initially reported that Perry was placed into a medically induced coma following the medical emergency, but his rep denied those reports and told Us, “Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital.”


Keith Flint

The Prodigy frontman died by suicide at age 49, according to a statement from the band on March 4. “The news is true , I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” an Instagram post by bandmate Liam Howlett read. “I’m shell shocked , f–kin angry , confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother.”

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Janice Freeman

The former Voice contestant died at age 33 from an apparent blood clot on March 2. Miley Cyrus reflected on the reality star in an emotional post at the time. “Thank you @janicefreeman.. for everything. This represents you perfectly,” Cyrus penned alongside a photo of a rainbow.

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Nathaniel Taylor

The Sanford and Son star died on February 27 at age 80. His son Kaedi Taylor told The Associated Press that Taylor died of a heart attack at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Andre Previn

The composer died at his home on February 28 at 89 years old. Previn, who was known for scoring dozens of movies, such as My Fair Lady, won four Oscars during his career.

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Katherine Helmond

The Emmy-nominated actress, who was known for her role as Mona on Who’s the Boss?, died from complications due to Alzheimer’s at her home in Los Angeles on February 23. She was 89.

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Lisa Sheridan

The Halt and Catch Fire actress died at her New Orleans home on February 25. She was 44. Sheridan attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and also appeared in CSI:NY, The Mentalist and Without a Trace.

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Stanley Donen

The Singin’ in the Rain and Funny Face director and former choreographer died of a heart attack at age 94 on February 21. One of his sons, Mark Donen, confirmed the news to the Chicago Tribune.

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Brody Stevens

The stand-up comedian died at age 48 on February 22 from an apparent suicide by hanging. In addition to his oddball comedy routines, he appeared in films such as The Hangover and Due Date as well as the HBO series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!

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Peter Tork

Peter Tork, who rose to stardom as a member of the Monkees, died at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer. “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read a statement on his Facebook page on February 21. “We ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately.”

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Lee Radziwill

The style icon passed away on February 15 at the age of 85. She was best known for being a socialite, as well as late former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s younger sister. She was also mother-in-law to The Real Housewives of New York City star Carole Radziwill.

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Albert Finney

The five-time Oscar-nominated actor died at the age of 82. His family confirmed his passing in a statement to Us on February 8: “Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side. The family request privacy at this sad time.”

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Kristoff St. John

The Young and the Restless star was found dead in his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles on Sunday, February 3, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly. St. John was 52 years old. The actor’s death came five years after his son, Julian St. John, whom he shared with ex-wife Mia St. John, committed suicide in a mental health facility in Long Beach, California.

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Dick Miller

The Gremlins actor died at age 90 on January 30. Miller worked as an actor for over six decades and also served in the United States Navy.

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Louisa Moritz

The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest actress died of natural causes in her Los Angeles home at age 72 on January 4. Moritz was also known for her work in Love, American Style, Match Game, M*A*S*H and The Incredible Hulk.

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James Ingram

The Grammy-winning singer died at age 66 on January 29. His creative partner and friend, Debbie Allen, confirmed the news on social media. “I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” she wrote. “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.” According to TMZ, he reportedly died from a form of brain cancer. 


Fatima Ali

The Top Chef alum died on Friday, January 25, after a lengthy battle with terminal cancer. She was 29. Fellow Top Chef contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to his late friend with an emotional Instagram post on the day of her death. “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote along with a photo of Ali in her hospital bed. “I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever. I’ll always remember the great times we had, especially our interview during the tailgating episode discussing football, stadiums, and Taylor Swift. Much love, Bruce #f—kcancer #cheffati #topchef #friends #family #itsnotfair.”

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Kaye Ballard

The Mothers-in-Law star died at age 93 on January 21 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a battle with kidney cancer. Throughout her career, the actress, comedian and singer appeared in several Broadway musicals, TV shows including The Doris Day Show and What a Dummy, and movies such as The Girl Most Likely, Cinderella (1957) and Freaky Friday (1976).

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Kevin Barnett

United Talent Agency confirmed the comedian’s death on January 22. Barnett, who wrote the 2016 movie The Do-Over and co-created the Fox comedy Rel, was 32 years old.

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John Coughlin

The champion American figure skater, who was recently suspended from the sport, passed away on January 19. “My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John…” his sister, Angela Laune, wrote on Facebook.

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Carol Channing

The legendary Broadway actress died from natural causes at age 97 on January 15. She was best known for her roles in Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone,” her publicist and friend, B. Harlan Boll, said in a statement to Us.

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Jo Andres


Steve Buscemi’s wife of more than 30 years died at age 65, RadarOnline reported on January 11. A cause of death had not been released when news of her passing broke. The couple shared one son, Lucian, whom they welcomed in 1990.

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Shirley Boone

The actress and assistant director passed away on January 11 at the age of 84 after suffering from congestive heart failure. Boone, who appeared on an episode of Captain Nice in 1967, was surrounded by her family, including husband Pat and all four of her daughters — including “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone — at the time of her passing. “My sweet wife of 65 years is in the arms of the Lord now,” Pat said of the news.


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Bob Einstein

The Curb Your Enthusiasm actor died on January 2 amid a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. 

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Daryl Dragon

Dragon, one half of the duo Captain and Tennille, died of renal failure on January 2. The singer, who was 76 years old, was in hospice care, according to his publicist.

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Gene Okerlund

The WWE announcer, known by fans as “Mean Gene,” died at the age of 76 on January 2. 

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