Hollywood lost many famous faces last year, like Penny Marshall, Stan Lee and Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee. And even though it’s only May, 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 — died, 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. Over the last two days we lost two Hollywood legends in their own right, Doris Day and ‘Carol Burnett Show’s’ Tim Conway.
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 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.
A version of the article was published in January 2019.