While 2014 was a year with much to celebrate in the world of entertainment, we also sadly lost some of its brightest stars. We take a look at some of the big names and familiar faces we bade a fond farewell to.
1.) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York townhouse after overdosing on a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs in February. In 2005 Hoffman won multiple acting awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote. He portrayed the character Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games series before his death. While he had completed filming his scenes for Mockingjay – Part 1, and still had a week left of shooting for Part 2. The New York Times famously declared him as “perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation.”
2.) Lauren Bacall
Silver-screen beauty and Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall died in August aged 89, after suffering a stroke.
3.) Bob Hoskins
71-year-old English acting luminary Bob Hoskins died from pneumonia in April. Best known for playing Cockneys and gangsters in movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Super Mario Bros, Hook, A Christmas Carol and Made in Dagenham, Hoskins retired from screen work in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
4.) Joan Rivers
The quick-witted and sharp-tongued comedienne died in September, a few days after she went into cardiac arrest during a standard procedure at a doctor’s office. She was 81.
5.) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough passed away in August at the age of 90. The champion of the British film industry’s career highlights include the 1994 blockbuster Jurassic Park as well as winning eight Oscars after producing and directing 1982 film Gandhi.