Stars We've Sadly Lost So Far In 2023

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Well-loved pop culture icons entertain and inspire us, and sometimes they seem so familiar that when one of them passes, it feels like losing an old friend. The pandemic was a bit easier to get through because of our favorite celebs, as we escaped reality by switching off and enjoying a classic television show, listening to our favorite songs, or reading about the fascinating lives of screen stars. For this reason, a celebrity's death creates a collective sadness for all those who appreciated their professional talent or were touched by their personal stories.

Although 2023 began with a sense of post-pandemic hope, by mid-January, we'd already lost a handful of beloved celebs. Some entertainment industry legends may no longer be with us, but each has left an indelible mark on the world. Let us take a look back and honor the lives and works of the stars we have lost.

King Constantine II

King Constantine II, Greece's last king, died at a private hospital in Athens on January 10. He was 82. Constantine left behind his wife, the former Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, and five children, Alexia, Pavlos, Nikolaos, Theodora, and Philippos, according to AP News.

King Constantine II was Prince William's godfather and the late Prince Philip's nephew (via US Weekly). He ascended to the throne at 23 years old and was an Olympic gold medalist in sailing before becoming king. His reign lasted less than a decade and was during Greece's most challenging political times in Greece's history, according to The Guardian. In 1967, a military coup forced Constantine into exile. In 1973, the Greek monarchy was abolished by the military and later upheld by a referendum. While King Constantine II accepted the end of his reign, he continued to style himself King of Greece (via AP News).

Carole Cook

On January 11, 98-year-old actor and broadway star Carole Cook died from heart failure, the entertainment industry veteran's agent, Robert Malcolm, told CNN. Cook's nephew, Mark Cocanougher, also announced the sad news on Facebook, writing that his aunt had died in her home with both him and her husband, Tom Troupe, by her side, each holding her hand. "Carole departed in peace and comfort, having lived a long and wonderful life doing the work that she loved," wrote Cocanougher. "She made many friends, and I know they will all miss her spirit, humor, and talent on the stage and for life in general."

Cook got her big break after starring with Lucille Ball in the classic television show "I Love Lucy." She went on to star in other small-screen hit shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Charlie's Angels," "Kojak," and "Maude." Her biggest film credits include "Sixteen Candles" and "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (via Los Angeles Times). 

Tatjana Patitz

Supermodel Tatjana Patitz died at age of 56 on January 11 in Santa Barbara, California. Her agent, Corinne Nicolas, said her cause of death was illness but did not provide specific details, according to AP News. The German-born beauty was raised in Sweden and moved to California, where her career took off in the '80s and '90s. She was famously part of a small select group of what was called the "original supermodels." She appeared in George Michael's famous "Freedom! '90" music video alongside other big names supermodels of the 1990s, including Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford (via AP News).

Although Patitz had a successful modeling career, she never really cemented her place with the other supermodels and was more reserved, according to Vogue. "Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti," said Anna Wintour, the global editorial director of Vogue. "She was far less visible than her peers — more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable – and that had its own appeal."

Lisa Marie Presley

Music legend Elvis Presley was so well-loved that when he died and left his only child Lisa Marie Presley behind, the world embraced her with open arms. Lisa Marie was just 9 years old at the time of her father's death and grew up to be a talented musician in her own right. Sadly and unexpectedly, on January 12, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie's mom, took to Twitter to share that her daughter had gone into cardiac arrest. "My beloved daughter Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital," wrote Priscilla Presley. "She is now receiving the best care. Please keep her and our family in your prayers."

Hours later, the world received the tragic news of Lisa Marie's death at the age of 54."It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla wrote in a statement provided to the Associated Press. "She was the most passionate, strong, and loving woman I have ever known."

Lisa Marie left behind three children — daughter Riley, whom she shared with her first husband, Danny Keough, and twin daughters Harper and Finley, whom she shared with ex-husband Michael Lockwood. Lisa Marie also had a son, Benjamin, from her marriage to Keough. However, Benjamin died by suicide in 2020, leaving Lisa Marie heartbroken (via People).

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Lisa Loring

Lisa Loring, the first actor to play the iconic Wednesday Addams in the original "The Addams Family" sitcom, died at age 64. Her daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, told The Hollywood Reporter that her mom died on Saturday, January 28, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, after experiencing complications from a stroke caused by high blood pressure. "She went peacefully with both her daughters [Vanessa and Marianne] holding her hands," Foumberg said.

Loring was born in the Marshall Islands on Febuary 16, 1958, and moved to Los Angeles with her mother when her parents divorced. She started modeling when she was 3 years old and landed her first television role in 1964 on an episode of the NBC medical drama "Dr. Kildare," which kicked off her acting career (via The Hollywood Reporter). That same year, she secured the role of Wednesday in "The Addams Family," whom she played for two seasons. Jenna Ortega, who reprised the role of Wednesday Addams in the Netflix series "Wednesday," took to Twitter prior to Loring's death to thank the actor for being one of the inspirations for her performance in the role.

In addition to her famous role as Wednesday, Loring had other notable television appearances in popular sitcoms, like "The Pruitts of Southampton" and "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."

Annie Wersching

Annie Wersching, who starred in "24," "Marvel's Runaways," and "Bosch," sadly died of cancer in Los Angeles on January 29. The actor, who was diagnosed in 2020, was 45 at the time of her death, according to Deadline.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Wersching's big break came after she starred in "Star Trek: Enterprise." The actor later had recurring roles on television hits like "The Rookie" and went on to star in the second season of "Star Trek: Picard" as the Borg Queen following her cancer diagnosis (AP News). The talented starlet was also famous for voicing the character of Tess in the popular video game "The Last of Us." The video game creator, Neil Druckmann, took to Twitter to share his sentiments: "We just lost a beautiful artist and human being. My heart is shattered. Thoughts are with her loved ones."

Wersching is survived by her husband, actor and comedian Stephen Full, and their three sons. Full issued a statement honoring his late wife, writing, "There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it" (via Deadline). He continued, "She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn't require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. 'Go find it. It's everywhere.' And find it we shall."

Cindy Williams

Actor Cindy Williams died at age 75 on January 25 following a "brief illness," a statement provided to ABC News revealed. Born in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles in 1947, Williams' career took off when she played Laurie Henderson in George Lucas' 1973 film "American Graffiti." The role earned her a British Academy Film Awards nomination for best supporting actress, which helped her gain recognition. In 1975, Williams was cast in the sitcom "Happy Days," and became best known for playing Shirley in "Laverne & Shirley," (a "Happy Days" spin-off) which aired from 1976 to 1983. In 1982, Williams married singer Bill Hudson, and the two went on to welcome two children, Zak and Emily Hudson, before divorcing in 2000. 

"The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed," Zak and Emily Hudson revealed in the statement. "Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous, and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved."

Actor and film director Ron Howard tweeted a touching tribute to Williams: "Her unpretentious intelligence, talent, wit & humanity impacted every character she created & person she worked with," he wrote. "We were paired as actors on 6 different projects. ... Lucky me. RIP, Cindy."

Raquel Welch

Model and actor Raquel Welch, who got her big break after starring in the hit 1966 films "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C.," died on February 13 at the age of 82 following a "brief illness," her rep confirmed to KABC.

Born in Chicago in 1940, Welch's good looks saw her become a Hollywood sex symbol, with Playboy  ranking her third on its sexiest stars of the 20th-century list, after Marylin Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. However, her sex appeal never overshadowed her acting ability, as she landed leading roles in over two dozen films. In 1975, Welch earned a Golden Globe for the category of best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in Richard Lester's 1973 adaptation of "The Three Musketeers."

In 2011, Welch returned to the screen to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde." Witherspoon took to Twitter to honor her former costar, writing,"So sad to hear about Raquel Welch's passing. ... She was elegant, professional and glamorous beyond belief. Simply stunning. May all her angels carry her home. Sending love to her family and her many fans." Welch is survived by her son Damon Welch and daughter Tahnee Welch.

Tom Sizemore

Tom Sizemore, the actor known for playing Horvath in "Saving Private Ryan" and McKnight in "Black Hawk Down," died at the age of 61. According to TMZ, the actor had been on life support following a brain aneurysm on February 18. His family decided to remove him from life support on March 3. "It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore ('Tom Sizemore') aged 61 passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St Joseph's Hospital Burbank," said his representative. "His brother Paul and twin boys Jayden and Jagger (17) were at his side."

Sizemore had a long and illustrious career, which began in the '80s and entailed over 200 credits. Highlights include "Pearl Harbor," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Bringing Out the Dead," "Heat," and "Paparazzi." In 2007, he also appeared in a six-part reality series called "Shooting Sizemore" about his personal struggle with drug addiction, along with a legal case that saw him convicted of assault. As he once wrote in a letter to a judge, "I have permitted my personal demons to take over my life." Sizemore left behind his two sons from his marriage with ex-wife Janelle McIntire.

Gunter Nezhoda

Gunter Nezhoda was most famous for appearing on several episodes of the reality television competition series "Storage Wars." On March 23, 2023, the Austrian actor, who was also a renowned photographer and bass musician, died of cancer at the age of 67. The news of his death was confirmed via Instagram by his son and fellow "Storage Wars" star, Rene Nezhoda. Rene shared that the singer, who had performed with musical legends like Kevin DuBrow and George Lynch, had been diagnosed with lung cancer back in September 2022. 

"My dad six months ago was diagnosed with lung cancer. He's been smoking for 30 years... And last night, he passed away in his sleep peacefully from complications from lung cancer. He has all kinds of holes in his lungs and there was nothing else the doctors could do," he shared in the video. According to TMZ, Gunter was flown to Utah to perform emergency surgery, but sadly, he could not be saved. The star's family confirmed that his youngest son, Ricky, was with him when he died.

Paul Cattermole

Paul Cattermole, a member of the '90s British pop band S Club 7 passed away on April 6, 2023. While the reason behind his sudden death at the age of 46 is unknown, a statement from the singer's family and bandmates published by BBC read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole." The statement also ruled out the possibility of any suspicious circumstances. 

Cattermole was part of the band that gave us the hit numbers like "S Club Party" and "Reach" from 1998 to 2002 when he left the band to pursue his passion for rock music. Although he went back to his previous metal band Skua, the switch from pop to rock wasn't very smooth for Cattermole as he struggled to shed the image of a pop star that five years in S Club 7 had gotten him. 

After Cattermole's departure, S Club 7 dropped the number and became S Club but disbanded a year later. Cattermole's sad death comes at a rather unfortunate time for the band's fans — in February 2023, the band announced a reunion tour through the U.K. to celebrate their silver jubilee. In the recent years before his death, there were speculations that the singer was going through financial hardships after it was confirmed that Cattermole sold his BRIT Award on eBay for $60,000 (per The Sun).

Paul Grant

British actor Paul Grant, known for his roles in the films "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," died on March 20, 2023. "I'm devastated," his daughter Sophie Jayne Grant told The Sun. "My dad was a legend in so many ways. He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone's face." He was 56.

Grant was found collapsed outside a London train station, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson revealed. "We were called at 2:08 p.m. on Thursday 16 March to reports of an incident at St Pancras Station, Euston Road," they told the tabloid. "We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car. We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority." Sadly, doctors were unable to bring Grant around. His family made the decision to turn off his life support when they were informed that he would not recover.

The 4' 4” actor had Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital, a rare genetic form of dwarfism. He played an Ewok in the "Star Wars" franchise and one of the Goblins at Gringotts, the bank for wizards in the "Harry Potter" series. He also worked on the cult classic "Labyrinth" with David Bowie and Ron Howard's fantasy film "Willow." He's survived by his daughters, his son, his grandchildren, and his girlfriend, Maria Dwyer. "Paul was the love of my life," Dwyer told The Sun. "Life is never going to be the same without him."

Michael Lerner

Veteran actor Michael Lerner, known for his roles in films like "Barton Fink," "Elf," and "Godzilla," died in April 2023. The news of his death was confirmed by his nephew, actor Sam Lerner. "Everyone that knows him knows how insane he was — in the best way," Sam wrote on Instagram, captioning a carousel of throwback pictures. "I'm so lucky I got to spend so much time with him, and we're all lucky we can continue to watch his work for the rest of time. RIP Michael, enjoy your unlimited Cuban cigars, comfy chairs, and endless movie marathon." He was 81.

With a career that spanned over fifty years, Lerner played a variety of roles. He had over 180 credits to his name at the time of his death, though his portrayal of movie studio exec Jack Lipnick (the boss of the titular writer) in the 1991 Coen brothers film "Barton Fink" was perhaps his most note-worthy — it led to an Oscar nomination in the best supporting actor category. Speaking to The New York Times at the time, Lerner said that he was more than happy being a character actor. "I would love people to know that I am a chameleon, that I can play anything," he said.

Elizabeth Hubbard

Broadway and soap opera star Elizabeth Hubbard died from cancer on April 8, 2023, aged 89. The news of her death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her son, Jeremy Bennett. The veteran actor was most noted for her roles in the long-running soap operas "The Doctors" and "As the World Turns."

Between 1974 to 2016, Hubbard received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning on two occasions. Eight of these nominations were for playing Lucinda in "As the World Turns," a role she adored. "I've been so lucky playing Lucinda — a character who could do anything," Hubbard told TV Guide when the beloved show was axed. "She could lie, break the law, she didn't have to be good, and she always had that checkbook ready. Always!"

Hubbard's career, which spanned over six decades, started in 1962 with a small role in the CBS show "The Guiding Light." The actor, who was known for playing strong women on the screen, also appeared in the daytime dramas "The Edge of Night", "One Life To Live," and "Anacostia," for which she got her most recent Daytime Emmy nomination in 2016.

Barry Humphries

On April 22, 2023, the Australian comedian Barry Humphries died in Sydney at the age of 89. Humphries was better known as Dame Edna Everage, his drag persona. He appeared as Dame Edna on a number of shows, including "The View," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and a 1977 episode of "Saturday Night Live." He was also well known for his lecherous and offensive comic persona Sir Les Patterson. "Both characters are wonderful outlets," Humphries once told The Guardian. "I'm very careful myself about what I might say. Edna and Sir Les, on the other hand, can point to the nudity of the emperor." In 2000, Humphries won a Special Tony Award for his stage performances. 

The news of his death following complications due to hip surgery saddened many fans, including former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. "RIP Barry Humphries — one of the greatest ever Australians — and a comic genius who used his exuberant alter egos, Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, to say the otherwise unsayable," Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Len Goodman

In April 2023, "Dancing with the Stars" fans were shocked by the news that former judge Len Goodman had died due to bone cancer. He was 78. The beloved veteran ballroom dancer, who was also a judge on British counterpart "Strictly Come Dancing," was known for his warm personality, distinctive catchphrases, and his enthusiastic delivery. The Kent native, who was associated with "Dancing with the Stars" since 2005, announced his retirement from the show in 2022. 

Goodman was a household name in Britain and was mourned by many in his home nation, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Buckingham Palace even released a statement (via the Mirror) saying that Queen Consort Camilla "was saddened to hear the news." A fan of Goodman, the queen consort had danced with him at a 2019 event. "Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him and 'It's a ten from Len & seveeeeern' will live with me forever," Craig Revel Horwood, Goodman's colleague on "Strictly Come Dancing," said in a tribute tweet, referencing the dance icon's cheerful delivery while announcing the contestants' scores.

Harry Belafonte

Another icon that 2023 has taken away from us is singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who died in April 2023 due to congestive heart failure. He was 96.

Belafonte rose to fame with his distinctive folk music in the 1950s, breaking barriers during a time of segregation in the United States. "He was not the first Black entertainer to transcend racial boundaries; Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and others had achieved stardom before him," said The New York Times. "But none had made as much of a splash as he did, and for a while no one in music, Black or white, was bigger." His hit numbers like "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" and "Jamaica Farewell" played crucial roles in the increase in listeners for Caribbean music.

Belafonte was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and often bailed demonstrators — including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — out of jail. He supported Dr. King's family with his own money after his assassination in 1968. The news of Belafonte's death saddened many fans, including rapper Ice Cube, actor Mia Farrow, and Martin Luther King's daughter Bernice King. "When I was a child, Harry Belafonte showed up for my family in very compassionate ways. In fact, he paid for the babysitter for me and my siblings," King wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of Belafonte at her father's funeral service.

Jerry Springer

Television personality Jerry Springer died on April 27, 2023. According to TMZ, the former one-term Mayor of Cincinnati who was most known for hosting "The Jerry Springer Show" was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months prior to his death. The star's spokesperson revealed that Springer died peacefully in his home in Chicago.

"The Jerry Springer Show," which was on air until 2018, was a huge sensation in the '90s with ratings sometimes hitting higher than even "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Interestingly, Springer's political career was as bold and controversial as his television career. In 1982, his campaign to become the governor of Ohio was the talk of the town for its controversial advertisement in which Springer admitted to paying a sex worker in exchange for her services. ”This commercial should be proof. I'm not afraid, even of the truth, and even if it hurts," he explained the intent behind the commercial to The New York Times.

Following the end of his iconic talk show, Springer went on to star in "Judge Jerry," a courtroom show that ran for three seasons. 

Gordon Lightfoot

The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot died at the age of 84 on May 1, 2023. News of his death was confirmed via a statement shared on the singer's official Facebook page. According to the post, Lightfoot died of natural causes at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Lightfoot began gaining popularity in the 1960s with songs like "Early Morning Rain." By 1971, one of his songs, "If You Could Read My Mind," became a top hit. He went on to gain a large fan base, which included many famous names such as Harry Belafonte and Bob Dylan, who once said, "I can't think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don't like. Every time I hear a song of his, it's like I wish it would last forever." Following Lightfoot's death, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended the singer on social media, tweeting, "Gordon Lightfoot captured our country's spirit in his music — and in doing so, he helped shape Canada's soundscape."

Lightfoot is survived by his wife, Kim Hasse, and his six children, Fred, Ingrid, Eric, Galen, Miles, and Meredith, as well as a number of grandchildren.

Jacklyn Zeman

Following a cancer diagnosis, Jacklyn Zeman died on May 10, 2023, in California at the age of 70. Zeman was best known for playing beloved nurse Bobbie Spencer in the soap opera "General Hospital" for 50 years, appearing in almost 900 episodes of the show. The actor was also known for a recurring role in "The Bay" from 2010 to 2022 and a role in "One Life to Live" in the '70s.

However, it is Bobbie Spencer that was Zeman's defining role and earned her multiple daytime Emmys nominations. "Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work," "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valenti wrote in a touching tribute on Twitter following the actor's death.

Zeman's daughters, Cassidy and Lacey Rose, also released a statement via their mother's Twitter account, writing in part, "Her positive, happy, warm, and loving spirit touched all those that were lucky enough to know her, watch her, and love her." We're sure that fans of the show will remember her for decades to come.

Ray Stevenson

Actor Ray Stevenson, notable for his work in "Punisher: War Zone" and in Marvel's "Thor" movies, died on May 22, 2023, at the age of 58. As of this writing, Stevenson's cause of death has not been confirmed. Fans of the actor took to social media to express their condolences, with one writing, "Rest in peace legend." And legend he was.

Stevenson got his first major break in the 1998 movie "The Theory of Flight." After that, he went on to play a number of notable roles that cemented his image in Hollywood. The Irish star became well known for playing the antagonist in the Tollywood movie "RRR," and he made cameo appearances in many television shows including "Dexter," "The Walking Dead," and "The Vikings." 

The news of his death came as a shock to many as he was slated to star in the action-thriller "1242: Gateway to the West," a film based on the Mongol warrior, Genghis Khan.  

Tina Turner

Music icon Tina Turner died on May 24, 2023. According to her official spokesperson, Bernard Doherty, Turner died at her home near Zurich, Switzerland after battling a long illness (via CBS.) At the time of this writing, it is unclear what Turner's exact cause of death was, but it was detailed in her 2018 memoir "Tina Turner: My Love Story" that she had previously been diagnosed with kidney failure and intestinal cancer (via NPR). Turner was 83 years old.

Dubbed the original "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," Turner had a record-breaking career that spanned over five decades in multiple genres. First rising to fame alongside ex-husband Ike Turner in the 1960s, Tina went on to have a flourishing solo career that landed her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. Known for hits such as "Proud Mary," "What's Love Got to Do With It," and "River Deep – Mountain High," Turner was the recipient of eight Grammy awards over the years.

Millions of people have been inspired by Turner's professional successes, as well as her resilience after overcoming a great deal of adversity in her lifetime. Tina was preceded in death by two of her sons, Raymond Craig Turner and Ronnie Turner, who died in 2018 and 2022, respectively. She is survived by her husband, German actor Erwin Bach.

Gerald Castillo

On May 4, 2023, renowned actor Gerald Castillo died at age 90. Gerald's wife, Danya Quinn-Castillo, released a statement confirming the actor had died in their Houston home, but no details regarding his cause of death were mentioned. Castillo was predeceased by his only daughter, Lisa Palmere, in 2022.

Best known for his film and television work in the '80s and '90s, Castillo played a wide variety of memorable characters. Castillo was most recognizable for his roles as Major Slater in "Saved by the Bell" and Judge Davis Wagner in "General Hospital," and also had guest appearances on shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "M*A*S*H," and "Hill Street Blues." Additionally, Castillo also had a thriving acting career off-screen. Gerald performed in many stage productions, and worked as a stage director in Los Angeles. According to his wife's statement, Castillo was a "charismatic and insightful director" who was "revered for providing the support and guidance that allowed actors to fully develop their characters on stage" (via Variety).

Anna Shay

Billionaire, philanthropist, and reality TV star Anna Shay died on June 5, 2023. "It saddens our hearts to announce that Anna Shay, a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and our brightest ray of sunshine, has passed away at the early age of 62 from a stroke," her family wrote in a statement provided to Variety. "Anna taught us many life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things. Her impact on our lives will be forever missed but never forgotten." Shay is survived by her son Kenny Kemp.

Shay rose to fame in the Netflix series "Bling Empire," which aired from 2021 to 2022 and was nominated for two MTV Movie + TV Awards. The reality show followed Asian and Asian-American socialites based in Los Angeles, with Shay serving as a matriarchal figure to the rest of the cast. Her sharp wit and playful personality made her a fan favorite. "Whatever it is on the show is how I am," Shay told Town & Country in 2021.

In 1955, Anna Shay's father, Edward Shay, founded a military and government services contractor called Pacific Architects and Engineers. It was later sold in 2006 by Allen and Anna Shay for $1.2 billion, according to Tatler. Before the airing of "Bling Empire", Anna Shay led a mostly private life. However, the right timing and a nudge from producer and close friend Jeff Jenkins got her to agree to star in the series rather than take a role behind the scenes.

Treat Williams

Actor Treat Williams died after a motorcycle accident on June 12, 2023. "He was killed this afternoon," his agent, Barry McPherson, told People at the time. "He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off. I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."

Williams began his career in the '70s before getting his big break in "Hair" as Berger in 1979. Over the course of his career, he appeared in "Once Upon a Time in America," "Smooth Talk," "Everwood," "Dead Heat," "Deep Rising," and, most recently, "Chesapeake Shores" and "Blue Bloods."

As McPherson said, Williams will be remembered as an "actor's actor." "He's been the heart of ... Hollywood since the late 1970s," he said. It's clear he'll be remembered by fans and fellow actors for many years to come. Williams left behind his wife, Pam Van Sant, and his two adult children, Gill and Ellie.

Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Coster, soap opera royalty, passed away on June 26, 2023, at the age of 89. Over the course of his generation-spanning career, the Daytime Emmy winner appeared alongside Robert Redford in "All the President's Men," won over fans as the lovable Lionel Lockridge on "Santa Barbara," and guest-starred in other long-running soaps like "The Facts of Life" and "All My Children." As a young actor, Coster studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before moving to New York City. There, he trained under Lee Strasberg, the famed teacher of Marilyn Monroe, and appeared on several Broadway stages.

"Please remember him as a great artist. He was an actor's actor!" his daughter, Dinneen Coster, wrote on Facebook, adding, "I will always be inspired by him and know how lucky I am to have such a great father!! Rest In Peace." 

Many of Coster's former cast mates made it clear just how much he'll be missed. "It was an honor to work in a company with him, and I'll always hold his friendship and his sterling strengths as a professional close to heart," promised actor A Martinez in a sentimental tribute. In 2021, Coster published a memoir, "Another Whole Afternoon," sharing lessons about love, life, and daytime television.

Jeffrey Carlson

On July 6, actor Jeffrey Carlson passed away at age 48. Carlson was a well known and beloved player in the Broadway community, as well as a groundbreaking star of TV and film. He is most known for his role of Zoe in "All My Children," a transgender character who made history as the show followed her journey through transitioning back in 2006. While Carlson himself was not transgender, his sincere depiction of a person undergoing the transition process has been embraced by many members of the trans community. In an interview with People, Carlson shared that the role was intended to "start a conversation," and allowed for trans people to be authentically depicted on screen during a time where there was very little representation. Broadway World reported that Carlson's work as Zoe was the "first time any daytime drama has chronicled a transgender coming out story."

Many of Carlson's stage and screen co-stars took to social media to mourn and share kind words about their friend. Theater critic Adam Feldman shared news of Carlson's passing on Twitter, calling him "A powerful actor and a painful loss." "All My Children" co-star Eden Reigel shared on Twitter that she was "devastated beyond measure ... I feel fortunate to have called this kind soul a friend and see his brilliant work up close." 

While details of his passing have not been made public at the time of this publication, it is clear that Carlson made a huge impact on-screen and off.

Andrea Evans

On July 9, the daytime TV world lost a true legend. Andrea Evans was a two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, whose impressive credits ensured that she was known and loved by all soap opera fans. She got her start in daytime TV way back in 1979 as Tina Lord on "One Life to Live." She went on to play Patty Williams on "The Young and the Restless" beginning in 1983. Then, in 1999, she joined the cast of "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Tawny Moore. She also played Rebecca Hotchkiss on "Passions," Patty and Gillian Walker in "The Bay," and Vivian Price in "DeVanity," among many other beloved roles. 

At the time of her death, Evans had just finished writing her memoir, aptly named "My One Life to Live," which is still set to be released. Evans' death came as the result of a battle with cancer. She was 66 years old and is survived by her husband, Steve Rodriguez, and her daughter Kylie.

Sinéad O'Connor

Iconic Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor died at 56 years old on July 26, 2023. O'Connor's cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" shot her to global stardom in the '90s, but she faced public backlash a couple of years later after her "Saturday Night Live" appearance, where she protested child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by infamously tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II.

At the time of publication, O'Connor's cause of death has yet to be revealed. However, she struggled with her mental health throughout her life. When O'Connor spoke with Oprah Winfrey (via, in 2007, she discussed dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts. O'Connor told Winfrey she was currently in therapy and on medication, but at the height of her career, she could not truly recover from the abuse she faced as a child. "In Ireland," O'Connor said at the time, "We're still quite behind in terms of recovery and therapy ... So for me, music was where I kind of put everything." 

O'Connor had tried to take her own life several times, and she sadly lost a son to suicide in 2022. Over the course of her celebrated career, O'Connor frequently changed religions and personas — she became a Latin Tridentine priest, a notable breakaway from the Catholic Church, in 1999, and changed her name to Mother Bernadette Mary. In 2017, she became Magda Davitt. The singer converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name again, to Shuhada' Davitt, eventually settling on Shuhada' Sadaqat while continuing to perform as Sinéad O'Connor. 

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Paul Reubens

The world lost the joyful and silly actor Paul Reubens on July 30 at the age of 70. He had been living with cancer for several years. The Hollywood actor was most famous for his character Pee-wee Herman of "Pee-wee's Playhouse," which Reubens created with absurdist whimsy and ridiculous humor that charmed both kids and families. Despite Reubens' run-ins with the law, his career moved onwards and upwards playing Penguin's father in "Batman Returns." He also had roles in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film, "Blow," and popular television shows such as "Gotham," "30 Rock," and "The Blacklist."

The death of Reubens shocked fans as his cancer diagnosis was not disclosed until after his death. Following his death, an announcement was posted on his Instagram and included a message from Reubens. "Please accept my apology for not going public with what I've been facing the last six years," he wrote. "I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you."

Fans of Reubens will continue to watch reruns of his one-of-a-kind show, "Pee's-wee's Playhouse."

Angus Cloud

On July 31, Hollywood lost another young star: Angus Cloud, age 25. Cloud was known for his role in the hit HBO series, "Euphoria," where he played a drug dealer that was well-liked by audiences. A cause of death has not been released as of this writing. Cloud's family released a statement (via People) revealing that Cloud's father had also died recently and the loss deeply impacted the young actor. "The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend," they wrote. "Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence."

Cloud made several other appearances in the media including a role in the movie "The Line," and music videos for big-name stars including Becky G, Karol G, and Juice WRLD. Cloud remained down-to-earth and was open about his fame, once stating to Interview Magazine, "People knowing me and recognizing who I am. That s*** f**** with my mind for sure. I'd rather people didn't recognize me. I'm not mad at them because they do, but I'd rather they didn't. I just want to have regular interactions with people. I don't want to be treated special."

The young man died in his family home in Oakland, California and his family has asked for privacy as they process their heartbreaking loss.

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Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones, the beloved actor from "Luke Cage" and "Mr. Robot," sadly passed away at age 66. A spokesperson for Jones released a statement revealing that the star lost the battle to a long-standing pulmonary disease, per People. "Throughout the course of his career, his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness, and heart were felt by anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him," the statement reads. Other than a screen star, Jones was a prolific theater actor, appearing in Broadway's Tony-nominated "Clyde's," as well as "Two Trains Running" and "Our Lady of 121st Street," for both of which he received Lucille Lortel nominations. He also won two Emmy awards, in 2018 and 2020, for his performance as William Hill in "This Is Us."

Jones previously went through a double lung transplant in 2020, detailing his experience for The New York Times. "My whole life has been the stage," Jones said. "The idea of not performing again seemed worse to me than death." After the procedure, the actor spent nearly two months at the Los Angeles Medical Center and had to learn how to walk and eat on his own again. He credited his desire to work again for his quick recovery at the time. "Ron was the best of the best — on-screen, on stage, and in real life," Dan Fogelman, "This Is Us" creator, tweeted. Jones is survived by his daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Arleen Sorkin

The news of Arleen Sorkin's death was first announced with an Instagram post by DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn on August 26, though a source told The Hollywood Reporter the actress, screenwriter, and comedian died on August 24. While Sorkin had a prolific career as a television and voice actress, the Washington, D.C. native was perhaps best known for her role as Calliope Jones on "Days of Our Lives" and for being the original voice of Harley Quinn on "Batman: The Animated Series." Sorkin would continue to voice the quippy, impish girlfriend to the Joker in "The New Batman Adventures," "Static Shock," and "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker." 

Sorkin is survived by her husband, screenwriter and producer Christopher Lloyd, and their two sons, Eli and Owen. A representative of Lloyd's confirmed that Sorkin died after living or years with multiple sclerosis, a chronic nervous system disease. "We will always remember our dear Arleen for her immense generosity of spirit," the statement read, per Entertainment Weekly. "Talented, yes, and dogged, too, as evidenced by her tenacious, decades-long fight with a terrible disease. But more than that, she was a loving presence in the lives of her two boys, Eli and Owen; her mother, Joyce; her brothers, Robert and Arthur; and the countless other children, old and young, whom she took under her beautiful wing over the years." Sarkin's family asks that any donations in her remembrance be made to the National MS Society

Bob Barker

Bob Barker, the lovable, long-time "The Price is Right" game show host, died of natural causes at 99 at his home in Hollywood Hills on Saturday, August 26. The always smiling, tanned, and suit-and-tie-clad television personality was a staple in American pop culture since his first game show hosting gig on "Truth or Consequences" from 1956 to 1975. Barker began hosting "The Price is Right" in 1972 and would continue to tape over 5,000 episodes of the prolific game show before retiring in 2007, saying, "Better [to leave] a year too soon than a year too late," per Cleveland 19 News.  

The TV star and hero to animals everywhere was born in 1923 in Darrington, Washington, to Matilda (Tarleton) Barker, a schoolteacher, and Byron Barker, a power line foreman who died after falling from a utility pole when Bob was only six. Barker later lived with his mother in South Dakota and Missouri, enrolling in Springfield, MO's Drury College before dropping out to enlist in the Navy during WWII. He never received a combat assignment and returned to Missouri to finish his economics degree, marry his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo, and pursue his first media job as a disc jockey that would ultimately lead him to the game show soundstage we know and love him from today. 

Jimmy Buffett

The world lost a legend on September 1. Grammy-nominee Jimmy Buffett was considered the grandfather of the tropical rock genre. The Mississippi-born singer had a smooth and passionate voice that blended perfectly with the island tunes he was so fond of creating. His myriad "beach bum" songs, such as "Margaritaville," have stood the test of time since the 1970s, finding new Parrotheads with each new generation.

Buffett's death was announced on the singer's official website. "Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs," the statement read. "He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many." Buffett was 76 years old when he died.

Buffett's talents extended beyond creating music. Along with being a singer and songwriter, Buffett was also an accomplished writer and businessman. He penned several sea-inspired adventure novels, as well as an autobiography. And his hit song "Margaritaville" inspired a chain of successful restaurants, gift shops, and hotels (via Forbes). A true hard worker, Buffett continued to perform even in his final years. According to Rolling Stone, Buffett played his final full gig at San Diego's Snapdragon Stadium on May 6, 2023.

Billy Miller

Billy Miller, who previously starred in "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless," and "General Hospital" died in Austin, Texas, on September 15. The Daytime Emmy Award winner died just two days before his 44th birthday. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Miller's big break in daytime television occurred in 2007 when he joined "All My Children," where he remained until the following year. His most notable role began after that when Miller stepped into the role of Billy Abbott on "Y&R." Miller's trademark smile, charisma, and emotional connection with the audience helped guide him to five Daytime Emmy nominations for "Y&R," taking home the prize three times. When Miller departed "Y&R" in 2014, he went back to his roots at ABC, this time joining "General Hospital" in a mystery role. What began as "Jake Doe" eventually morphed into his character being revealed as Jason Morgan, previously played by Steve Burton. Miller remained as Jason until Burton resumed the role in 2017, after which he began portraying Jason's twin, Drew Cain. 

A cause of death hasn't been revealed, although a rep for Miller told TMZ he had been struggling with his mental health. Several of his former costars have penned tributes on social media about the star. Elizabeth Hendrickson, who played his love interest Chloe Mitchell on "Y&R" wrote on Instagram, "I hope you know that we are all here now texting each other, sending pictures and sharing memories of how f–king AWESOME you were. This hole in my heart will never be filled. Goodnight, sweet Billy."

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Michael Gambon

Sir Michael Gambon died at the age of 82 from pneumonia. His death was announced in a statement by his publicist on September 28. "We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon," read the statement (via AP News). "Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside." Gambon is also survived by sons Tom and Will, his children with set designer Philippa Hart.

Gambon was an engineer before he began acting professionally. He acted in a multitude of theater, film, and TV projects over his career, including a small part in the first-ever show from the National Theatre Company — a production of "Hamlet" directed by Laurence Olivier. His most recognizable work is likely his role as Albus Dumbledore in the majority of the "Harry Potter" movies, a part Gambon took on beginning with the third installment, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," after the death of Richard Harris. Gambon won many acting awards and was knighted in 1998 for his work in the industry. 

Suzanne Somers

Actor Suzanne Somers, who most famously starred in the popular sitcom "Three's Company," passed away Sunday, October 15, surrounded by her loving family (via The Washington Post). The star's 77th birthday would have come just one day later, on October 16, and Somers' family had already gathered together to celebrate with her.

Her family addressed this sad but beautiful timing in a statement released to the press on Sunday, which read in part, "Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th ... Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly." 

Somers had been fighting cancer for over 20 years and had addressed her most recent setback on her Instagram in July. "As you know, I had breast cancer two decades ago, and every now and then it pops up again, and I continue to bat it down," she said, adding that the battle against cancer was "not new territory for me. I know how to put on my battle gear and I'm a fighter." Somers is survived by her husband Alan, her son Bruce, and other members of her loving family (via CNN).

Matthew Perry

The beloved "Friends" star Matthew Perry was found dead at his home on Saturday, October 28, 2023, following an apparent drowning incident. According to TMZ, the actor was found by his assistant unresponsive in a hot tub, with no signs of foul play or drugs evident at the scene. A report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner states that the cause of death was unable to be determined during the initial autopsy, prompting further investigation.

In response to Perry's tragic passing, NBC, the network that aired "Friends," issued an official statement honoring his life and work. "He brought so much joy to hundreds of millions of people around the world with his pitch-perfect comedic timing and wry wit. His legacy will live on through countless generations," it read. Perry rose to fame as the hilariously sarcastic Chandler Bing in the iconic '90s sitcom, but his talent extended to various other projects. 

He led the late '80s series "Boys Will Be Boys," as well as staple Y2K movies like "Fools Rush In" and "The Whole Nine Yards." However, "Friends" remains his biggest contribution to the world as one of the most successful TV shows of all time. Perry also authored a memoir entitled "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir," in which the comedic actor delved into his battle with alcohol and drug addiction. At the time of his death, Perry was just 54 years old.

Tyler Christopher

Award-winning actor Tyler Christopher died on October 31, 2023. In an Instagram post, Maurice Bernard, a fellow actor and former colleague, stated that Christopher's death occurred "following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment." Christopher played Nikolas Cassadine on "General Hospital" for twenty years and over 1,150 episodes. In 2016, he won an Emmy for his performance. Christopher had a soft spot for Nikolas since the role was his first acting gig, and he developed the character. In addition, Christopher also spent 18 years on "Days of Our Lives," where he played Stefan DiMera. 

When he died, Christopher was less than two weeks away from his 51st birthday. In November 2022, the actor remarked that his life between the ages of 40 and 50 was tumultuous. In addition to high points like becoming a parent a second time and a productive acting career, Christopher also dealt with addiction and a traumatic brain injury.  According to Bernard, "Tyler was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol." He was also candid about the difficulties of being under his sister's guardianship. 

Christopher and his second wife, Brienne Pedigo, divorced in 2012. They had two children together, Greysun James Christopher and Boheme Christopher.  The soap star spent his 50th birthday with his kids, writing on Facebook, "There is no place I would have rather been than with those joyous souls."

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Rosalynn Carter

On November 19, 2023, Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady of The United States and wife to Former President Jimmy Carter, passed away at 96 in the couple's home in Plains, Georgia. The news of her passing came after The Carter Center shared her dementia diagnosis in May. The former first lady's health worsened in November, and she was put on hospice care until Rosalynn reached the end of her life. Political leaders and close family members alike penned emotional tributes to honor her memory. 

Rosalynn's husband of 77 years, Jimmy, shared a heartfelt message via The Carter Center: "Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished." He continued, "She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me." Meanwhile, their son, Chip Carter, wrote that she was a phenomenal mother who lived an inspiring life dedicated to making the world a better place for those suffering from mental health issues.

When Jimmy became president in 1977, open discussions about mental health issues were considered taboo, but that didn't stop Rosalynn from advocating for meaningful policy changes. In 1985, she started the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy for professionals working to foster an open discussion about mental health issues and how the government could provide cost-effective medical care to those suffering. Throughout Jimmy's political career and afterward, the beloved couple continued to form committees and task forces to champion better mental health care.