Oct. 17, 1959-Sept. 14, 2021
Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” star Norm Macdonald died after a private nine-year battle with cancer in September. He was 61.
He was most proud of his comedy,” his friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was also his longtime producing partner, said. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered.”
She added, “Norm will be missed terribly.”
“The Wire’’ actor Michael K. Williams was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse Monday, Sept. 6, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
Williams, 54, was discovered unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Williamsburg pad with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table, sources said.
The actor was pronounced dead by authorities at 2:12 p.m., sources said — adding that it appeared the TV star had fatally OD’d.
“No foul play indicated,” a police source said. “No forced entry, the apartment was in order.”
Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding died after a year-long battle with breast cancer on Sept. 5, 2021. She was 39 years old.
Harding’s mom, Marie, announced the sad news on the singer’s Instagram page the same day.
“Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning.”
Aug 18, 1955-Sept. 1, 2021
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes’ husband, Gregg Leakes, died of cancer on Sept. 1, 2021. He was 66 years old.
A rep for the couple said in a statement that Gregg passed away “in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife.”
Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018, but was deemed cancer free following six months of chemotherapy. In June 2021, however, NeNe confirmed that her husband’s cancer had returned.
June 2, 1941-Aug. 24, 2021
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in a London hospital on Aug. 24, 2021. He was 80 years old.
The musician pulled out of the band’s rescheduled US tour earlier in August after he underwent an unspecified but “completely successful” medical procedure.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather,” a spokesperson said in a statement following his death, adding that he was “one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”
April 8, 1964-July 16, 2021
Legendary New York rapper Biz Markie, famous for his hit “Just a Friend,” died on July 16 after a battle with complications from diabetes. The artist, born Marcel Theo Hall, passed away in a Baltimore hospital with his wife by his side. He was 57.
November 9, 1945 - July 11, 2021
Jeff LaBar, the longtime guitarist for the glam metal band Cinderella, died at his Nashville home on July 11, from undisclosed reasons, his family shared. He was 58.
November 9, 1945 - July 11, 2021
Actor Charlie Robinson died July 11 from a cardiac arrest and organ failure due to septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Over the course of his 50-year career, Robinson played various roles, including Mac on “Night Court.” He was 75.
March 27, 1947 - July 7, 2021
Actor Chick Vennera passed away in his home in Burbank, Calif. at 74 years old after a battle with cancer. The multi-talented actor was best known for his recurring role as Enrique/Pepe on “The Golden Girls” and disco performance in the 1970s “Thank God It’s Friday.”
Dec. 11, 1922-July 7, 2021
Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar, considered the “Tragedy King” of Hindi cinema, died July 7 after struggling with a prolonged illness. Kumar — whose career spanned over six decades and included more than 60 films such as “Shaheed” and “Andaz” — was hospitalized twice in June from breathlessness before he passed. He was 98 years old.
June 24, 1936 - July 7, 2021
Robert Downey Sr., the filmmaker, actor and father of Robert Downey Jr., died in his sleep July 7 – one month after celebrating his 85th birthday. The actor, best known for his appearances had been battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 5 years.
Downey Jr., 56, called his father a “true maverick” who remained “remarkably optimistic” in his tribute.
April 12, 1957 - July 6, 2021
Longtime actress Suzzanne Douglas, known for her roles both on and off-Broadway, died at her home in Martha’s Vineyard after complications from cancer on July 6. Douglas, who starred in the WB sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” had revealed in January that “two life-threatening cancers” had changed her world. She was 64.
October 4, 1997 - July 4, 2021
Daniel Mickelson, a rising actor and older brother of model Meredith Mickelson, passed away July 4 at 23 years old, his sister revealed. Mickelson was best known for his roles in the 2017 TV show “Mani” and had also announced the launch of his own clothing line back in January.
His death prompted an emotional response from several celebrities including supermodel Kaia Gerber and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Feb. 5, 1937 - June 29, 2021
Soap opera star Stuart Damon passed away on June 29 at the age of 84. Damon, who played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on “General Hospital,” had suffered from renal failure for several years.
“He loved playing Alan and was always so appreciative of that role and that job. It was his passion,” Damon’s son Christopher told Los Angeles station ABC7.
Aug. 7, 1965-June 26, 2021
Former Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger reportedly died on June 26 at the age of 55. The news came about a month after he told fans that he’d been diagnosed with liver failure, according to reports.
The band, which Solinger was a part of from 1999 to 2015, posted a tribute to Solinger that read in part, “We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.”
Jan. 29, 1947-June 3, 2021
Ernie Lively, an actor, acting coach and the father of “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, died on June 3 at the age of 74. Ernie — who entered showbiz in the 1970s and played Blake’s father in two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies — died from cardiac complications, his family announced (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Ernie and wife Elaine Lively’s children — Blake, “Teen Witch” star Robyn Lively, Lori Lively, Jason Lively and Eric Lively — are all actors as well.
Feb. 28, 1931-May 29, 2021
“The Love Boat” star Gavin MacLeod, who played Captain Stubing on the famed series after roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “McHale’s Navy,” died on May 29. He was 90 years old.
“My heart is broken,” “Mary Tyler Moore” star Ed Asner posted on Twitter. “Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator.”
Sept. 28, 1933-May 27, 2021
TV actor Robert Hogan, best known for his roles on “Peyton Place,” “Law & Order” and HBO’s “The Wire,” died on May 27 after complications from pneumonia. Hogan, who was 87 years old at the time of his death, had been diagnosed with vascular Alzheimer’s in 2013.
November 17, 1965- May 19, 2021
March 9, 1933-May 10, 2021
Lloyd Price, an early rock ‘n roll star and singer-songwriter, died of complications from diabetes on May 10, his wife confirmed. Lloyd was best known for his up-tempo hits such as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the semi-forbidden “Stagger Lee.” He was 88.
Aug. 5, 1961-May 7, 2021
Actress Tawny Kitaen, best known for her role in 1984’s “Bachelor Party” starring Tom Hanks and for turns in numerous music videos including Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again,” died in Newport Beach, Calif., on May 7. She was 59 years old.
June 12, 1961-April 24, 2021
November 1, 1947- April 19, 2021
Feb. 12, 1957-April 11, 2021
“Jersey Boys” and “The Sopranos” actor Joseph Siravo passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64.
“I was by his side when my dear father passed away this morning, peacefully, in his beloved Treehouse,” wrote Siravo’s daughter Allegra Okarmus on Instagram. “We are both so lucky to be so intensely loved. I am so immensely grateful to have had him here on earth and I know that he hasn’t gone very far.”
Feb. 13, 1932-Jan. 4, 2021
Barbara Shelley — the British horror film icon known as the “Queen of Hammer” for her work in 1950s and 1960s Hammer Horror films — died on Jan. 4 at the age of 88. According to her agent, the actress had contracted COVID-19, but, “It wasn’t the COVID that took her, she had underlying issues.”
December 18, 1970- April 9, 2021
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” his family said in a statement to Page Six. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
June 10, 1921- April 9, 2021
Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was married to Elizabeth for 73 years and was the father to the royal heir Prince Charles. The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in August 2017.
March 5, 1966-April 5, 2021
British actor Paul Ritter died of a brain tumor at the age of 54. Ritter passed away “peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side,” his agent said.
The actor played Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and Guy Haines in the 2008 James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace.” Prior to his on-screen tenure, Ritter was a stage actor and was nominated for an Olivier award in 2006 for his part in “Coram Boy.” He was also nominated for a Tony in 2009 for his starring role in “The Norman Conquests.”
Jan. 23, 1950-March 18, 2021
Actor Richard Gilliland, husband of Jean Smart, died at the age of 71 on March 18 following a brief illness with an undisclosed condition. The actor — who appeared in shows including “The Waltons,” “Thirtysomething” and “Party of Five” — first met Smart on the set of her sitcom “Designing Women.” He was cast to play the on-again, off-again love interest of Annie Potts.
Oct. 25, 1968-March 14, 2021
Iconic Troop vocalist Reggie Warren died at age 52 after several health issues. He passed away at home surrounded by his family, who said COVID didn’t play a role.
The quintet signed to Atlantic Records and released their debut album in ’88, which included their lead single “Mamacita.” Troop gained even more fame with their second album, “Attitude,” which included mega-hits “All I Do is Think of You” and “Spread My Wings.”
“Degrassi” star Jahmil French died at the age of 29, a rep for the Canadian actor confirmed to Page Six on March 2. “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” the rep said in a statement. “He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality. I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
French was best known for his role as Dave Turner on the teen series “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
Nov. 1, 1942-Feb. 10, 2021
Controversial Hustler founder Larry Flynt, who also fashioned himself into a champion of the First Amendment, died on Feb. 10 of heart failure. He was 78 years old. He’d suffered from various health problems following a 1978 murder attempt that had left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Dec. 13, 1929-Feb. 5, 2021
Legendary actor Christopher Plummer died on Feb. 5 at age 91. “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words,” his longtime manager said in a statement.
The Oscar-winning actor, who starred in movies including “The Sound of Music,” “Beginners,” “All the Money in the World” and “Knives Out,” is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Elaine Taylor.
Jan. 7, 1977-Feb. 1, 2021
SOPHIE (Sophie Xeon)
Sept. 17, 1986-Jan. 30, 2021
Grammy-nominated producer and artist SOPHIE died at the age of 34 after a “sudden accident” in Athens, Greece. “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell,” the artist’s rep told USA Today. “She will always be here with us.”
In 2018, she told Paper magazine of being transgender: “For me, transness is taking control to bring your body more in line with your soul and spirit so the two aren’t fighting against each other and struggling to survive.”
Dec. 19, 1924-Jan. 28, 2021
April 30, 1926-Jan. 27, 2021
Famed actress Cloris Leachman died on Jan. 27 of natural causes at 94 years old. She was best known for her roles in iconic film and television projects such as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
“There was no one like Cloris,” her longtime manager Juliet Green told Page Six. “With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”
Nov. 19, 1933-Jan. 23, 2021
Legendary broadcaster Larry King died on Jan. 23 at the age of 87. It was reported early in 2021 that King, a multiple cancer survivor, had contracted coronavirus, and his sixth wife, Julia Alexander, told The Post that King’s cause of death was coronavirus. However, his wife Shawn later said what killed King was “an infection, it was sepsis.”
The former CNN star, who most recently worked for Ora Media, was for decades famed for his long-form sitdowns with the biggest celebrities and newsmakers. He interviewed every US president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.
Feb. 5, 1934-Jan. 22, 2021
Baseball legend Hank Aaron, who endured racist death threats as he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974, died on Jan. 22 at the age of 86. “Hammerin’ Hank” — a staunch civil rights advocate who spent 23 years in the major league, mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves — died “peacefully in his sleep,” the Braves said, but no cause of death was given.
Randy Parton, a musician and the younger brother of Dolly Parton, died of cancer at the age of 67. Dolly said on Facebook that her duet with Randy on “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” “will always be a highlight in my own career.” She said Randy’s final musical recording, 2020’s “You Are My Christmas,” “will always be a favorite … and he shined on it just like he’s shining in heaven now.”
Baby CEO (Jonathon Brown)
Memphis rapper Baby CEO died at the age of 20 on Jan. 19. He was killed in a shooting in Frayser, Tennessee, according to Memphis NBC outlet WMC Action News. The controversial rapper, who was born Jonathon Brown, first made headlines at the age of 14 over a video that featured him pointing guns and rapping about drugs, gang signs and dreams of fame in his explicit lyrics.
Harry Brant, the flamboyant fashionista son of billionaire Peter Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, died of an accidental prescription drug overdose at the age of 24, his family said. He died on Jan. 17 — just days before he was set to enter rehab again. Harry and his older brother, Peter Jr. — who were frequently described as the male version of wealthy celebrity sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton — were party and fashion show fixtures.
Dec. 26, 1939-Jan. 17, 2021
Legendary music producer Phil Spector died on Jan. 17 while still serving 19 years-to-life for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. He produced 20 top 40 hits between 1961 and 1965, including “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby” and “He’s a Rebel,” as well as Righteous Brothers’ epic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the 1965 hit said to be the song most played on radio and television in the 20th century.
June 13, 1939-Jan. 13, 2021
Feb. 10, 1941-Jan. 7, 2021
Michael Apted, who directed the famed “Up” documentaries series that followed 14 British children from ages 7 to 63, died at the age of 79. His long directing career also included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” (1980) “Nell” (1994), the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” (1999) and recent TV projects including “Masters of Sex.”
Deezer D (Dearon Thompson)
March 10, 1965-Jan. 7, 2021
Oct. 15, 1955-Jan. 4, 2021
Actress and model Tanya Roberts — known for her roles as Midge in “That ’70s Show” and a Bond Girl in 1985’s “A View to Kill” — died on Jan. 4, one day after her publicist mistakenly announced her death prematurely. The 65-year-old passed peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she’d been hospitalized since Christmas Eve after collapsing at her home following a hike.