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Celebrity deaths of 2014

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Fallen stars

Hollywood has already lost some incredible talent this year, from icons like Shirley Temple Black, to modern masters like Philip Seymour Hoffman. While we mourn the passing of these stars, we celebrate the mark they left on the world.

Malik Bendjelloul

Malik Benjelloul

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Director Malik Bendjelloul rose to fame in 2013 when he won an Oscar for his documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. According to Stockholm police, Swedish-born Bendjelloul passed away on Tuesday, May 13 at only 36 years old. Although cause of death has not officially been released, statements reveal foul play is not suspected as Bendjelloul reportedly committed suicide.

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

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British actor Bob Hoskins passed away on April 30 at the age of 71 after suffering a bout of pneumonia, according to his agent. The veteran star — best known for films like The Long Good FridayWho Framed Roger Rabbit? and Hook — retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior

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One of the legends of the WWE '90s heyday, the Ultimate Warrior — aka James Hellwig — died from a massive heart attack following an appearance on the revived Raw. According to reports, the 54-year-old was walking his wife to her car on April 8 in Arizona when he grabbed his chest and collapsed. Although he was rushed to the hospital, the wrestler never regained consciousness.

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof

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On April 7, English socialite and television personality, Peaches Geldof, was found dead at her home in Kent. Although Geldof's death was ruled not suspicious initially, the coroner was awaiting toxicology reports before issuing an official cause of death. According to London's Times, the results are in and 25-year-old Geldof — like her mother, Paula Yates, in 2000 — died from a heroin overdose.

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

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An icon of the silent film era, Mickey Rooney passed away from natural causes at the age of 93. Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in show business, rose to prominence in Hollywood playing the role of Andy Hardy in over a dozen classic films. He was also a notorious ladies' man — his eight wives included stunners Ava Gardner and Elaine Devry.

John Pinette

John Pinette

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Comedian John Pinette was discovered dead in a hotel room in Pittsburgh on April 5. Perhaps most famously known as the mugged man in the Seinfeld finale, Pinette had — according to his personal physician — been struggling with liver and heart disease. As such, no foul play was suspected and an autopsy was not performed on the 50-year-old.

Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles

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A pioneer in the music industry, Frankie Knuckles — affectionately known in the biz as the "Godfather of House Music" — passed away unexpectedly on April 1 at the age of 59. Some reports say Knuckles, whose real name was Francis Nicholls, died of complications that arose from his type 2 diabetes.

Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black

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Most famous as the cherubic lead in films like Curly Top, Wee Willie Winkie and The Little Princess, Shirley Temple Black is, arguably, the most beloved child star of all time. As an adult, she became active in politics, turning into quite the diplomat. On Feb. 10, 85-year-old Black died in her home of natural causes. She was surrounded by family and friends.

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn

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What an incredible talent the world lost this March when James Rebhorn passed away at the age of 65. The actor, whose prolific filmography included more than 100 roles, was playing recurring characters on both Homeland and White Collar at the time of his death.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Hailed by the New York Times as "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation," Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in movies like Almost Famous, Cold Mountain, Capote, Doubt, Moneyball and, well, the list goes on and on. Tragically, Hoffman was found dead in February at the age of 46 in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment. The subsequent autopsy report proved the actor died of an acute drug overdose.

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis

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Harold Allen Ramis may have been most famous for film roles like that of iconic Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, but he was also a widely-respected director and writer credited for influencing countless comedians and comedy writers. His work included classics such as Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day and more. On Feb. 24, Ramis passed away in his home due to complications from vasculitis. He was 69.

L'Wren Scott

L'Wren Scott

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A fashion designer, costume designer and model, L'Wren Scott — whose real name was Laura Bambrough — was found dead in her Manhattan apartment by her assistant on March 17. The police reported that Scott's death was the result of suicide by hanging. The fashion darling left her estate to Mick Jagger, her longtime boyfriend.

Other losses this year

  • Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general
  • Big Daddy V, professional wrestler
  • Bob Casale, Devo guitarist and keyboardist
  • Cynthia Lynn, Hogan's Heroes actress
  • Dave Brockie, lead singer of the band Gwar
  • David Brenner, comedian, actor and author
  • David Lamb, Brown Bird singer
  • DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two" rapper
  • George Shuffler, bluegrass guitar player
  • Gerald Francis "Jerry" Coleman, former Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Hal Douglas, voice actor
  • James Jacks, film producer
  • Jim Lange, American game show host and disc jockey
  • Kate O'Mara, Dynasty actress
  • Leee Black Childers, photographer, writer and rock music manager
  • Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper
  • Maximilian Schell, actor, director and producer
  • Michele Savoia, fashion designer
  • Paco de Lucía, Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer
  • Peter "Pete" Seeger, folk singer and activist
  • Ralph Waite, actor
  • Sheila MacRae, actress, singer and dancer
  • Sid Caesar, comic actor and writer
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