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RIP: Notable Celebrities We Lost In 2015

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Notables We Lost In 2015
Notables We Lost In 2015

As the year  winds  down to an end  many of us find ourselves reminiscing over the  things and people who  touched our lives this  year. We lost so many notable people. These talented people touched or changed our lives through their athleticism, writing, acting and more.  Take a look at  some of the  celebrities who are no longer with us.

Actors/Actresses

Holly Woodlawn – October 26, 1946 – December 6, 2015 Cause of Death: Cancer Claim To Fame: one of the most notable transgender actresses. She  was known to  run with Andy Warhol and his famous  crew of eccentrics.

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Jack Carter – June 24, 1922 – June 28, 2015 Cause of Death: respiratory failure Claim to  Fame: Hosted Cavalcade of Stars before hosting his own self titled show. Guest starred on  t.vs tops shows until near death.

Dick Van Patten – December 9, 1928 – June 23, 2015 Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes      Claim to Fame: Father on  Eight is Enough

Sir Christopher Lee –  May 27, 1922 – 7 June 2015 Cause of Death:  respiratory problems and heart failure   Claim to Fame: Best  known for  his work in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Anne Meara – September 20, 1929 – May 23, 2015 Cause of  Death: natural causes  Claim to Fame: Mother of Ben Stiller, wife of  Jerry Stiller. Celebrated Emmy and Tony nominated actress and  comedienne.

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Leonard Nimoy – March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015 Cause of  Death: complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Claim to Fame: Most notable for his  role as Dr. Spock on Star Trek.

Donna Douglas – September 26, 1932 – January 1, 2015 Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer   Claim to Fame: Most notable for her role as Elly Mae Clampett on the Beverly Hills Hillbillies.

Nathaniel Marston – July 9, 1975 – November 11, 2015 Cause of Death – Complications from  car accident Claim to fame – 6 year role on All My Children

Gunnar Hansen – March 4, 1947 – November 7, 2015 Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer  Claim to Fame: Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Maureen O’Hara –  August 17, 1920 – 24 October 2015 Cause of Death: natural Causes   Claim to Fame: long  time  stage and  film actress. You know her as the mother  from the original  Parent Trap with Haley Mills.

Pat Woodell – July 12, 1944 – September 29, 2015 Cause of Death: Cancer  Claim to  Fame: Bobbie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction.

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste – December 3, 1993 – August 29, 2015 Cause of Death: Accidental Death Claim to Fame: Jean-Baptiste became the first black and the youngest person to ever portray the character Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.

Yvonne Craig– May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015 Cause of Death: Breast Cancer  Claim to Fame: T.V.’s Batgirl.

Sawyer Sweeten – May 12, 1995 – April 23, 2015 Cause of  Death: Suicide  Claim to Fame: Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Ben Powers – July 5, 1950 – April 6, 2015 Cause of Death: Cause unknown  Claim to Fame: Keith on Good Times.

James Best – July 26, 1926 – April 6, 2015 Cause of Death: complications from Pneumonia   Claim to Fame: Sheriff Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard.

Al Molinaro – June 24, 1919 – October 30, 2015 Cause of Death: complications  from a gallbladder infection  Claim to Fame: Most notable for his roles on Happy Days and The Odd Couple.

Musicians

Scott Weiland – October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015 Cause of Death: Unknown Claim to Fame: Lead Singer Stone Temple Pilots

Sean Price – March 17, 1972 – August 8, 2015 Cause of Death Dies in his sleep   Claim to Fame: Underground Hip Hop Artist

B.B. King – September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015 Cause of Death: Multitude of health problems Claim to Fame: Legendary Guitarist and  Blues Singer

Charmayne Maxwell – January 11, 1969- February 27, 2015 Cause of Death: Accidental Fall  Claim to Fame: Singer in 1990’s group Brownstone

Cynthia Robinson – January 12, 1944 – November 23, 2015 Cause of Death: Cancer   Claim to Fame: One of the  first  female trumpeter in a  rock band. Member of Sly and The Family Stone

Percy Sledge – November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015 Cause of Death: Liver Cancer   Claim to Fame: Celebrated  R&B singer most notable for the song “When A Man Loves A Woman”

Lesley Gore – May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015 Cause of Death: Lung Cancer  Claim to Fame:  Singer best known for the hit song “It’s My Party.”

Athletes

Yogi Berra – May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015 Cause of Death: Natural Death    Claim to Fame: 19 year  career in MLB.

Moses Malone – March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015 Cause of  Death: Heart Disease   Claim to Fame: First player drafted directly into  the NBA from  high school who went on to be a 13 times all star player.

Darryl Dawkins – January 11, 1957 – August 27, 2015 Cause of Death: Heart Attack  Claim to Fame: NBA Player with a 14 year career.

Rowdy Roddy Piper – April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015 Cause of Death: Heart Attack  Claim to Fame: 42 year career as a professional  wrestler.

Dusty Rhodes – October 12, 1945 – June 11, 2015 Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer   Claim to Fame: Professional  Wrestler.

Anthony Mason – December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015 Cause of Death: Heart Attack  Claim to Fame: 13 year NBA career.

Jerome Kersey– June 26, 1962 – February 18, 2015 Cause of Death: Complications from surgery   Claim to Fame: NBA Player  who was a part of a championship winning team.

Ernie Banks – January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015 Cause of Death: Heart Attack   Claim to  Fame: First  Black  player for the Chicago Cubs.

Tyler Sash – May 27, 1988 – September 8, 2015 Cause of Death: Accidental Overdose   Claim to Fame: Played briefly for the NY Giants.

Other Notables

Carol Doda – August 29, 1937 – November 9, 2015 Cause of Death: Kidney Failure    Claim to Fame: America’s  first topless dancer.

Melissa Mathison – June 3, 1950 – November 4, 2015 Cause of Death: Cancer   Claim Fame: Screenwriter of E.T. and other hits.

Wes Craven – August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015 Cause of Death: Brain Cancer    Claim to Fame: Creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

Bobbi Kristina Brown -March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015 Cause of Death: Drowning  Claim  to Fame: Reality Tv star and  daughter of  singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Sam Simon – June 6, 1955 – March 8, 2015 Cause of  Death: Colorectal Cancer    Claim to Fame: Most notable as the Simpsons co-creator.

Bob Simon -May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015 Cause of Death: Car Accident   Claim to Fame: CBS News Correspondent and  Journalist.

Stuart Scott -July 19, 1965 – January 4, 2015 Cause of Death: Cancer  Claim to Fame: Sportscaster ESPN news anchor. Coined the  catch phrases “Boo ya” and  “Cool as the other side of the pillow”

Jackie Collins –  October 4,1937 – 19 September 2015 Cause of Death: Breast Cancer  Claim to Fame: Best Selling  Romance Novelist.

Bud Yorkin -February 22, 1926 – August 18, 2015 Cause of Death: Natural Causes   Claim to Fame: Producer of  hit shows such as All In The Family, Maude and  Good Times.

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Melony Hill
Thinker, Avid Reader, Couch Potato. Sapphire Hill is a writer from Baltimore Maryland who loves to delve deeper into the whys of everything. Staff writer for 86 Blvd and Badd Magazine. Blogger and talent promoter for Sapphire Spotlight On Talent.

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