Hollywood lost many famous faces last year, including Penny Marshall, Stan Lee and Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee. There have already been some major celebrity deaths in 2019. As early as Jan. 2, WWE announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Daryl Dragon — the “Captain” half of the hit pop duo Captain and Tennille — passed away, and Broadway superstar Carol Channing died on Jan. 15. In February, we lost famed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at age 85 and left behind a tower legacy. In March, quite suddenly, we lost Beverly Hills 90210 alum Luke Perry. In May, we lost two Hollywood legends in their own right, Doris Day and The Carol Burnett Show‘s Tim Conway. In August, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison passed away at the age of 88.
Of course, it’s hard to say goodbye to stars who have made an impact on our lives, whether it was through film, stage, music, fashion, or a contribution to the industry behind the scenes, but it’s likely the coming year will be filled with more Hollywood losses.
Let’s take a look at the famous folks we’ve lost thus far in 2019. Thankfully, their legacies are sure to live on through their lasting influence and unforgettable work. They will be sorely missed.
A version of this article was originally published January 2019.