spotlight Stars we lost in 2017 Jan 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Here's a look at the actors, musicians, athletes and others that we said goodbye to in 2017. Obit Chris Cornell Buy Now FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, musician Chris Cornell performs on stage during Conde Nast's Fashion Rocks show in New York. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File) Jeff Christensen Sam Lovullo, Jan. 3, 2017 Buy Now Sam Lovullo (center left), who as producer and co-creator of "Hee Haw" brought country music and homestyle humor to millions of American homes, died at his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2017. He had been suffering from heart disease. He was 88. He's shown here in 2007 with singer Willie Nelson and the cast of "Hee Haw" as he accepts the Entertainer's Award during the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File William Peter Blatty, Jan. 12, 2017 Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty (left), a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. He was 89. He's shown here with Linda Blair, who starred in the 1973 film and William Friedkin, the film's director, at a screening of the remastered film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (Dave Allocca/Starpix via AP, File Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Jan. 15, 2017 Former pro wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka died Jan. 15, 2017, at his son-in-law's home in Florida. He was 73. Michael Kubel/The Morning Call via AP, File Gene Cernan, Jan. 16, 2017 Buy Now Former astronaut Gene Cernan (right), the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died Jan. 16, 2017. He was 82.He's shown here with Neil Armstrong. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File Miguel Ferrer, Jan. 19, 2017 Buy Now Actor Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File Mary Tyler Moore, Jan. 25, 2017 Buy Now Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who starred in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at age 80. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File Butch Trucks, Jan. 24, 2017 Buy Now Drummer Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers Band, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File Mike Connors, Jan. 26, 2017 Buy Now Actor Mike Connors, who played a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running TV series "Mannix," died Jan. 26, 2017, at age 91. He was recently-diagnosed with leukemia. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File John Hurt, Jan. 27, 2017 Buy Now British actor John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London. He was 77. AP Photo/Sang Tan, File Bill Paxton, Feb. 25, 2017 Buy Now Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" while also cherishing his work in "One False Move" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series "Big Love," died Feb. 25, 2017 from complications due to surgery. He was 61. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File Judge Joseph Wapner, Feb. 26, 2017 Buy Now Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died at home in his sleep Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, according to his son, David Wapner. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Robert Osborne, March 6, 2017 Buy Now Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, died Monday, March 6, 2017 in New York. He was 84. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File Joni Sledge, March 10, 2017 Buy Now Joni Sledge (second from left), one of the original members of "Sister Sledge" who with her sisters recorded the defining dance anthem "We Are Family," died Friday, March 10, 2017. She was 60. AP Photo/Chris Polk, File Chuck Berry, March 18, 2017 Buy Now American guitarist, singer and songwriter Chuck Berry died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90. AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau Chuck Barris, March 21, 2017 Buy Now Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show," died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at his home in Palisades, New York. He was 87. AP Photo/Sands, File Darlene Cates, March 26, 2017 Darlene Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," died at home in her sleep on Sunday morning, March 26, 2017. Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News via AP Paul O'Neill, April 5, 2017 Buy Now Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He was 61. The band said in a statement that O'Neill died from a "chronic illness." AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File Don Rickles, April 6, 2017 Buy Now Don Rickles, the hollering, bald-headed "Merchant of Venom” whose barrage of barbs upon the meek and the mighty endeared him to audiences and his peers for decades, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File John Geils, April 11, 2017 Musician J. Geils, left, founder of The J. Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as "Love Stinks," ''Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," died in his Massachusetts home Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was 71. 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Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Powers Boothe, May 14, 2017 Buy Now Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV’s “Deadwood,” and in the movies “Tombstone,” “Sin City” and “The Avengers,” died Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was 68. Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File Chris Cornell, May 17, 2017 Buy Now Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at age 52. Police said his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) Nam Y. Huh Roger Moore, May 23, 2017 Buy Now Roger Moore, the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was 89. 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(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File) Glen Campbell, Aug. 8, 2017 Buy Now Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 in Nashville. He was 81. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) Dick Gregory, Aug. 19, 2017 Buy Now Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, died Saturday, Aug. 19. 2017. He was 84. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File Jerry Lewis, Aug. 20, 2017 Buy Now Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. He was 91. 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