Louvre Architect I M Pei, WWE Star Ashley Massaro and 23 More Celebs Died in 2019 So Far and We Are Missing Them Much


A lot of fascinating celebrities and major influencers have already died in 2019 and, unfortunately, the list keeps getting bigger.

See the list of famous people that died in 2019 on Nexter.org.

Ashley Massaro, May 16

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Former WWE star Ashley Massaro has died at the age of 39, the cause of death is still unknown but it’s “non-criminal cause”.

Ashley was a part of the WWE in 2005 after winning its Raw Diva Search.

“I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at Wrestlemania. My sometimes road wife. We did countless photo shoots and press days together. It seems like yesterday Ashley was a major part of my life and then our worlds changed and now she is gone. Im heartbroken for her family,” Maria Kanellis, a wrestler, said.


I M Pei, May 16

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I M Pei, the architect that built the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102.

In his 80s, he created the main work of his life – the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

“I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity,” he once mentioned.


Tim Conway, May 14


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The comedian Tim Conway, best known for his Emmy-winning performances on The Carol Burnett Show, has died in Los Angeles.

“Hysterical, crazy, bold, fearless, humble, kind, adorable… all synonyms for Tim Conway,” Vicki Lawrence said in a statement. “I am so lucky to ever have shared a stage with him. Harvey and Tim are together again…the angels are laughing out loud tonight.”

“I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being,” Burnett said to CNN. “I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.”

Doris Day, May 13

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Hollywood legend Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest female stars of all time, has died aged 97.

The singer turned actress acted in such films as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California. It said she had been “in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia”.

Mina Mangal, May 11

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Mina Mangal was an Afghan journalist and parliamentary adviser. She worked as a television presenter for popular Pashto-language channels before entering politics.

Also, Mina had recently become a cultural commission of the Afghan parliament.

Mina has been murdered in broad daylight Saturday morning in southeast Kabul, CNN reports. The police stated that the killers managed to escape the scene.

Harold Lederman, May 11

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Boxing judge and HBO’s longtime unofficial scorekeeper Harold Lederman has died after a battle with cancer.

HBO Sports’ executive VP, Peter Nelson stated “Harold Lederman had a lifelong love affair with the sport of boxing. Over the past 50 years he was universally respected and celebrated by the many people who make the sport what it is. Harold was happiest when seated ringside, studying the action and scoring the fight.”

Peggy Lipton, May 11

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 Peggy Lipton, known for “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks,” died of cancer at the age 72.

Lipton was one of Quincy Jones’ ex-wives and mother to actress Rashida Jones.

“We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today,” her family said. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us.”

Peter Mayhew, April 30


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Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 74.

The cause of Mayhew’s death was not immediately announced. The 7-foot-2-inch actor had mobility issues in recent years and in 2018 underwent spinal surgery.

Mayhew originated the role of Chewbacca, the Wookiee copilot of the Millennium Falcon, in the original Star Wars trilogy and returned for Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens.

John Singleton,  April 29

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John Singleton suffered a massive stroke and died at the age of 51. He was famous for directing Boyz n the Hood (1991),  Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001),  2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005).

“This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors,” the family said in a statement released to NPR, ” he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.”

“John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director,” they said, “who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up.”

Stefanie Sherk,  April 20

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Canadian model Stefanie Sherk died at the age of just 37.

Her husband, actor  Demian Bichir, hasn’t noted the cause of the death but wrote an official statement.

‘Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully.’

‘It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain,’ he added. 

Mark Medoff, April 23 

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Mark Medoff, the American playwright, has died at the age of 79. His daughter confirmed his death via Facebook.

Medoff is best known for the Tony Award-winning play Children of a Lesser God. It was turned into a 1986 movie that won an Oscar for its female lead, Marlee Matlin.

“He insisted and fought the studio that the role be played by a deaf actor; I would not be here as an Oscar winner if it weren’t for him,” activist Marlee Matlin tweeted in tribute. “RIP Dear Mark.”

Seymour Cassel, April 7

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Seymour Cassel, best known for his work in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson films (“Rushmore”, “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”), passed away at the age of 84 on Monday.

Also, he received an Academy Award nomination for “Faces”

Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nipsey Hussle, March 31

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Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles. He was Grammy-nominated rapper.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team confirmed the death of the rapper: “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle. Our Mayor’s Crises Response Team has responded to this tragedy. We are now consoling and offering support to the family.

“Our prayers are with them and all those who knew and loved Nipsey Hussle.”

Ranking Roger, March 26


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British singer Roger Charlery, known as Ranking Roger, has died aged 56.

Charlery had suffered a stroke last summer and was reported to have been diagnosed with two brain tumors and lung cancer in recent months.

A statement from the band said: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER! ❤️”

Scott Walker, March 25

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Scott Walker, one of the most famous persons in rock history, has died at the age of 76.

He was the part of The Walker Brothers and famous for songs ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘Make It Easy On Yourself.’

“Walker’s work, as Joyce’s before it, is a complex synaesthesia of thought, feeling, the doings of the physical world and the weight of foreign objects slowly ground together down into diamond.  It is Pinter-esque in its menace but never shies from naked emotion… This is work that does not speak of danger, it feels like it,” Eimear McBride wrote.

Larry Cohen, March 23

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Larry Cohen, best known for horror movie writer-director has died at the age of 77.

His most famous works include  ‘It’s Alive,’ ‘Hell Up in Harlem,’ ‘God Told Me To’, ‘Black Caesar’.

“The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen,” Cohen’s friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe wrote in the post. “His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart. The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Cliff Dixon, March 21


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Cliff Dixon, the basketball player, was fatally shot outside of an Atlanta bar, where he was celebrating his 32nd birthday.

The former professional basketball player was close to Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, who referred to Dixon as his “adopted brother.”

Durant’s mother Wanda expressed her condolences on Twitter:

“The Durant family extends our deepest condolences & prayers to Cliff’s mother, siblings, family & friends. Our family was an extension of his & we shared wonderful memories.

“His transition is an incredible loss for all of us who loved him, he will be missed dearly Cliff Dixon RIP.”

Charlie Whiting, March 14

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Formula 1  director Charlie Whiting died at the age of 66 before the start of the new season on March 14. He suffered a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne on Thursday morning – just three days before the first race of the 2019 season.

“It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s passing,” said FIA president Jean Todt.

“Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.

“Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula 1 lovers.”

Kelly Catlin,  March 10

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Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin died March 10 at the age of 23. She was the student of the University of Minnesota and Olympic athlete.

Catlin’s brother, Colin, said on Facebook that Kelly took her life, “My sister Kelly committed suicide last night. She’s the one person I had shared almost my. entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly. I’ll post updates as needed.”

“Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family,” Rob DeMartini, USA Cycling president and CEO, said in a statement. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff.”

Luke Perry, March 4

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Luke Perry, was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles as he suffered a massive stroke while he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

At Perry’s bedside were his children, Jake and Sophie; fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer and his former wife, Minnie Sharp when he passed away.

His real name is Coy Luther Perry III and he was famous for the role of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Before Luke got this role, he was laying down asphalt in parking lots. Fox wanted this character off the show, however, the show’s executive producer, Aaron Spelling, helped Perry to stay.

And the younger generation will remember him as  Archie’s father from Riverdale.

Keith Flint, March 4

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The singer of the famous band The Prodigy, Keith Flint, has died, aged 49. Keith Flint was found unconscious and the East of England Ambulance services were called and sent to the house but Flint was pronounced dead.

Later, The Prodigy official profile on Instagram wrote an emotional tribute stating that the cause of death is suicide: “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,”

“I’m shell shocked, f**kin angry, confused and heart broken….. r.i.p brother Liam”

Keith Flint one time mentioned that his depression and the heavy use of drugs and alcohol might have bad results.

Peter Tork, February 21


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Peter Tork, the bassist and wise-cracking character in the 1960s teen-pop sensation the Monkees, died February 21 at the age of 77.

His death was announced on his official Facebook page and website. “Peter succumbed to a 10-year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands,” it read.

Tork’s sister Anne Thorkelson did not specify a cause of death, although the guitarist had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a decade ago.

Tork wrote a blog piece for the Post about his diagnosis with adenoid cystic carcinoma after beginning treatment in 2009. Through most of the 10 years since, he had been able to resume an active musical life, participating in Monkees reunion shows as recently as 2016, and recording his own solo blues albums, the last of which, “Relax Your Mind,” a Lead Belly tribute, came out in early 2018.

The Monkees were a made-for-TV musical group whose comedic high jinks and misadventures were fashioned after the Beatles’ classic films A Hard Day’s Night and Help!

Karl Lagerfeld, February 19


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Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, has died at age 85. The German-born designer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and died after being rushed to a hospital, a source said. The designer had been unwell for several weeks and had missed a number of fashion shows.

His decision to helm Chanel, founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, turned him into one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the 20th century.

Sporting dark suits, white, pony-tailed hair and tinted sunglasses in his later years that made him instantly recognizable, even outside the court of haute couture.

Albert Finney, February 7


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British actor Albert Finney, known for his starring roles on “Tom Jones,” “Erin Brockovich,” and the James Bond thriller “Skyfall,” has died at age 82.

The actor’s family confirmed Finney’s death to the Associated Press on Friday morning saying he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of “Tom Jones.”

He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film. He was the recipient of two Bafta Awards from 13 nominations and received a British Academy Fellowship in 2001.

James Ingram, January 29


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James Ingram has died at the age of 66 of brain cancer. The Grammy-winner and Oscar-nominee had two US number ones, with the smooth soul ballads Baby Come To Me (1986) and I Don’t Have The Heart(1990).

He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s PYT with Quincy Jones.

Grey’s Anatomy actress and friend Debbie Allen announced his death on Twitter, saying she was “blessed to have been so close” to him.

Emiliano Sala, January 21

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A body of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala was found in the wreckage of the Piper Malibu plane that was carrying him and the pilot, David Ibbotson.

Emiliano Sala underwent £15million move to Cardiff and left Nantes for the Welsh capital, when the plane went missing over the English Channel on January 21.

Only on February 3, the place was located and the body pf Emiliano Sala was found.

“Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning,” marine scientist David Mearns, who directed the search, said on Twitter.

Kevin Fret, January 10

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Kevin Fret, a 24-year-old unabashedly, openly gay Latin trap artist, was born in Puerto Rico. He has an Instagram following of 107k.

He released a debut single “Soy Asi” with a music video that gained 652k views. The rapper appears in it as a super-glam singer with glossed lips and stylish outfits.

He once was attacked because of his sexuality, and arrested after he threw a metal bottle at the man because of these attacks.

Kevin Fret was shot dead in the capital San Juan, the local media says.

Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorcycle, getting hit in the head and hip.


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Louvre Architect I M Pei, WWE Star Ashley Massaro and 23 More Celebs Died in 2019 So Far and We Are Missing Them Much
Louvre Architect I M Pei, WWE Star Ashley Massaro and 23 More Celebs Died in 2019 So Far and We Are Missing Them Much
A lot of fascinating celebrities and major influencers have already died in 2019 and, unfortunately, the list keeps getting bigger. See the list of famous people that died in 2019 on Nexter.org.

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