While 2016 was a year that saw the world’s entertainment community lose some of its brightest stars – including some legendary icons like Prince, David Bowie and George Michael – it seems 2017 was a year where we the unfortunate trend sadly continued. Here we take a look at some of the big names and familiar faces we bade a fond farewell to.
1.) Chris Cornell
The Soundgarden frontman died on May 17 at age 52 after performing a sold-out show with his band in Detroit. A family friend found Cornell in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel. His cause of death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The prescription drug Ativan could have played a role in her husband’s death.
2.) Adam West
The Batman actor died at age 88 on June 9 after a short battle with leukemia. He was best known for playing the DC Comics superhero in the 1960s TV series and later voiced Quahog Mayor Adam West on Family Guy.
3.) Chester Bennington
The Linkin Park lead vocalist was found dead on July 20. He was 41. He was best known for the band’s hits “Numb,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” His death coincided with what would have been his late friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
4.) Hugh Hefner
The Playboy founder died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, September 27. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.”
5.) John Heard
Actor John Heard died on July 21 aged 72. Heard is best known for his role as Peter McCallister, the dad in the Home Alone movies, in which he starred alongside a young Macaulay Culkin. He also was nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance in The Sopranos.
6.) Chuck Berry
Berry’s singing, guitar playing, and showmanship made him a sensation, and his string of sizzling hits like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybelline,” “My Ding-a-ling,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” cemented his place as a key figure in the emerging rock ‘n’ roll genre, with a heavy emphasis on R&B and his blues roots. Berry died of cardiac arrest at 90.
7.) Bill Paxton
Star of Aliens and Titanic, American actor Bill Paxton died on 25 February due to surgical complications. Hailing from Texas, Paxton appeared in a number of Hollywood hits including The Terminator, Twister, Predator 2 and a number of other high-profile films.
8.) Sir Roger Moore
Moore was the longest running James Bond completing seven 007 films in total. In-between light-heartedly putting himself down, he sang the praises of Daniel Craig and said, “I played Bond as a lover and Sean Connery played him as a killer, but now I’m convinced that the killer is Daniel Craig. And he’s also vulnerable.” Asked what his own legacy will be, Sir Roger replied, “He should have saved his money.” He passed at 89.
9.) Jana Novotna
The Wimbledon champion died in her native Czech Republic after a long battle with cancer on November 19. She was 49.
10.) Tom Petty
The rock legend died at the age of 66 on October 2 after suffering cardiac arrest. The Grammy winner was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the group behind hits including “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl.” The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.