The most notable celebrity deaths of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of all those we’ve lost from the world of showbusiness and entertainment.

From Albert Finney in February right up to the tragic loss of Gary Rhodes in November, we’ve lost some true titans in 2019.

Acclaimed actor Albert Finney died aged 82 on 7 February following a chest infection. From humble beginnings in Salford, Finney went on to become a renowned star in his field, eventually being nominated for five Academy Awards in total. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Albert Finney - 7 February
Acclaimed actor Albert Finney died aged 82 on 7 February following a chest infection. From humble beginnings in Salford, Finney went on to become a renowned star in his field, eventually being nominated for five Academy Awards in total. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks <a href="https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/gordon-banks-englands-world-cup-winning-goalkeeper-dies-aged-81-100020305.html" data-ylk="slk:passed away at the age of 81;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">passed away at the age of 81</a> in February this year. He was part of England's victorious 1966 football team in the first and as-of-yet only time the country has won the coveted title. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Gordon Banks - 12 February
World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks passed away at the age of 81 in February this year. He was part of England's victorious 1966 football team in the first and as-of-yet only time the country has won the coveted title. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld died from complications of pancreatic cancer on 19 February. He had held the position at the prestigious fashion house from 1983 until his death at the age of 85. (Photo by Thierry Orban/WireImage)
Karl Lagerfeld - 19 February
Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld died from complications of pancreatic cancer on 19 February. He had held the position at the prestigious fashion house from 1983 until his death at the age of 85. (Photo by Thierry Orban/WireImage)
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The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/prodigys-keith-flint-dead-aged-49-113430158.html" data-ylk="slk:found dead at his Essex home;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">found dead at his Essex home</a> on 4 March, with a coroner later reporting there to be insufficient evidence on whether he took his own life. The Firestarter hitmaker was just 49 at the time of his death. Following his passing, many other musicians paid tribute to him including Kasabian, The Stone Roses' Ian Brown and Gary Human. (Photo by POP-EYE/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Keith Flint - 4 March
The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was found dead at his Essex home on 4 March, with a coroner later reporting there to be insufficient evidence on whether he took his own life. The Firestarter hitmaker was just 49 at the time of his death. Following his passing, many other musicians paid tribute to him including Kasabian, The Stone Roses' Ian Brown and Gary Human. (Photo by POP-EYE/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Actor Luke Perry died suddenly at the age of 52 from a stroke in March. As a young star he found fame in <em>Beverly Hills 90201</em> but became well known to a younger audience for his role as Fred Andrews in <em>Riverdale</em>. The Netflix series paid tribute to Perry during an episode which saw characters mourn Fred's offscreen death. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
Luke Perry - 4 March
Actor Luke Perry died suddenly at the age of 52 from a stroke in March. As a young star he found fame in Beverly Hills 90201 but became well known to a younger audience for his role as Fred Andrews in Riverdale. The Netflix series paid tribute to Perry during an episode which saw characters mourn Fred's offscreen death. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
The <em>Love Island</em> star <a href="https://news.yahoo.com/news/love-island-mike-thalassitis-left-notes-to-his-family-inquest-hears-112746869.html" data-ylk="slk:sadly took his own life;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">sadly took his own life</a> in March aged just 26 years old. Mike Thalassitis had competed on the ITV2 series in 2017 and prior to his television work he had a successful football career. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Mike Thalassitis - 16 March
The Love Island star sadly took his own life in March aged just 26 years old. Mike Thalassitis had competed on the ITV2 series in 2017 and prior to his television work he had a successful football career. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Rapper Nispey Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was shot dead in Los Angeles outside of his clothing shop at the age of 33. His debut studio album <em>Victory Lap</em> had just been released the month before his death. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for PUMA)
Nipsey Hussle - 31 March
Rapper Nispey Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was shot dead in Los Angeles outside of his clothing shop at the age of 33. His debut studio album Victory Lap had just been released the month before his death. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for PUMA)
The original <em>EastEnders</em> cast member passed away in April, with her death later being attributed to an <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/sandy-ratcliff-cause-of-death-eastenders-155831773.html" data-ylk="slk:accidental morphine overdose and lung conditions;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">accidental morphine overdose and lung conditions</a>. She played Sue Osman on the BBC soap from 1985 until 1989. Off screen, she battled a heroin addiction for about 20 years before her sad passing. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Sandy Ratcliff - 7 April
The original EastEnders cast member passed away in April, with her death later being attributed to an accidental morphine overdose and lung conditions. She played Sue Osman on the BBC soap from 1985 until 1989. Off screen, she battled a heroin addiction for about 20 years before her sad passing. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian and entertainer Freddie Starr was found dead in his home in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain back in May at the age of 76. He rose to prominence following after appearing on TV talent show <em>Opportunity Knocks</em> during the 1970s. Alongside his TV work and stand-up career, Starr was infamously featured in The Sun's "Freddie Starr ate my hamster" headline in 1986. (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)
Freddie Starr - 9 May
Comedian and entertainer Freddie Starr was found dead in his home in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain back in May at the age of 76. He rose to prominence following after appearing on TV talent show Opportunity Knocks during the 1970s. Alongside his TV work and stand-up career, Starr was infamously featured in The Sun's "Freddie Starr ate my hamster" headline in 1986. (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)
<em>The Tiger Who Came To Tea</em> author Judith Kerr passed away at the age of 95. Born in Germany, Kerr and her family left the country behind for Britain in 1933 during the rise of the Nazis. Known for her children's books, her other work includes the <em>Mog</em> series and <em>When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit</em>. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)
Judith Kerr - 22 May
The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr passed away at the age of 95. Born in Germany, Kerr and her family left the country behind for Britain in 1933 during the rise of the Nazis. Known for her children's books, her other work includes the Mog series and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)
The towering Chewbacca actor beloved by many sci-fi fans <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/peter-mayhew-actor-played-chewbacca-star-wars-movies-010110780.html" data-ylk="slk:died at the age of 74;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died at the age of 74</a> on 30 April. Mayhew died of a heart attack, just weeks away from his 75th birthday. He played the Wookie in all of the <em>Star Wars</em> films from 1977 until his retirement after 2015's <em>The Force Awakens</em>. (Photo by John Rasimus/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Peter Mayhew - 30 April
The towering Chewbacca actor beloved by many sci-fi fans died at the age of 74 on 30 April. Mayhew died of a heart attack, just weeks away from his 75th birthday. He played the Wookie in all of the Star Wars films from 1977 until his retirement after 2015's The Force Awakens. (Photo by John Rasimus/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
The Hollywood legend <a href="https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/hollywood-icon-doris-day-has-died-aged-97-131433501.html" data-ylk="slk:died aged 97;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died aged 97</a> on 13 May after contracting "a serious case of pneumonia". She starred in films <em>Calamity Jane</em> and <em>Pillow Talk</em> and was well known for her 1956 hit Que Sera, Sera, which she performed in <em>The Man Who Knew Too Much</em>. Day left acting behind in the 70s to focus on her animal foundation. (Photo by NBCU Photo Bank)
Doris Day - 13 May
The Hollywood legend died aged 97 on 13 May after contracting "a serious case of pneumonia". She starred in films Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and was well known for her 1956 hit Que Sera, Sera, which she performed in The Man Who Knew Too Much. Day left acting behind in the 70s to focus on her animal foundation. (Photo by NBCU Photo Bank)
The acclaimed Austrian Formula One driver died in his sleep on 20 May aged 70 in the University Hospital of Zürich where he was undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems. His funeral was attended by many famous figures in the racing circuit, including Lewis Hamilton, Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart. (Photo by Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Niki Lauda - 20 May
The acclaimed Austrian Formula One driver died in his sleep on 20 May aged 70 in the University Hospital of Zürich where he was undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems. His funeral was attended by many famous figures in the racing circuit, including Lewis Hamilton, Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart. (Photo by Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Outspoken horse racing pundit John McCririck died on 5 July after suffering from lung cancer. He had worked on BBC's <em>Grandstand</em>, ITV Sports, as well as Channel 4 Racing. Outside of his commentating career, McCririck also had a memorable appearance in <em>Celebrity Big Brother</em> in 2005. (Photo by Michael Cole/Corbis via Getty Images)
John McCririck - 5 July
Outspoken horse racing pundit John McCririck died on 5 July after suffering from lung cancer. He had worked on BBC's Grandstand, ITV Sports, as well as Channel 4 Racing. Outside of his commentating career, McCririck also had a memorable appearance in Celebrity Big Brother in 2005. (Photo by Michael Cole/Corbis via Getty Images)
Disney star Cameron Boyce tragically <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/disney-star-cameron-boyce-dies-in-sleep-age-20-092920525.html" data-ylk="slk:died in his sleep aged just 20;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died in his sleep aged just 20</a> following an epileptic seizure. Before his death, he'd featured in Disney Channel series <em>Jessie</em> and in the three <em>Descendants</em> movies. Many celebrities paid tribute to Boyce, including former First Lady Michelle Obama who had met the actor in 2014. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Cameron Boyce - 6 July
Disney star Cameron Boyce tragically died in his sleep aged just 20 following an epileptic seizure. Before his death, he'd featured in Disney Channel series Jessie and in the three Descendants movies. Many celebrities paid tribute to Boyce, including former First Lady Michelle Obama who had met the actor in 2014. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
American actor Rip Torn, born Elmore Rual Torn Jr., died on 9 July at the age of 88 in his Connecticut home. During his long career, Torn was nominated for the Academy award for Best Supporting Actor as Marsh Turner in <em>Cross Creek</em>. He was also nominated six times at the Emmy Awards for his part of Artie the producer on <em>The Larry Sanders Show</em>, winning in 1996. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/WireImage)
Rip Torn - 9 July
American actor Rip Torn, born Elmore Rual Torn Jr., died on 9 July at the age of 88 in his Connecticut home. During his long career, Torn was nominated for the Academy award for Best Supporting Actor as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek. He was also nominated six times at the Emmy Awards for his part of Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, winning in 1996. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/WireImage)
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison died on 6 August after a short illness. The influential fiction writer had chronicled the African American experience for over five decades before her passing. Barack Obama paid tribute by describing Morrison as "a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page". (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)
Toni Morrison - 6 August
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison died on 6 August after a short illness. The influential fiction writer had chronicled the African American experience for over five decades before her passing. Barack Obama paid tribute by describing Morrison as "a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page". (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)
Peter Fonda <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/easy-rider-star-peter-fonda-dead-at-79-225432647.html" data-ylk="slk:died aged 79 from lung cancer;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died aged 79 from lung cancer</a> at his home in Los Angeles in August. Part of the famous Fonda family, he was a twice Academy Award nominated actor who enjoyed success with films <em>Easy Rider </em>and <em>Ulee's Gold</em>. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Peter Fonda - 16 August
Peter Fonda died aged 79 from lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles in August. Part of the famous Fonda family, he was a twice Academy Award nominated actor who enjoyed success with films Easy Rider and Ulee's Gold. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
After being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2012, <em>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</em> actress Anna Quayle died aged 86 on 16 August. She was known to many thanks to her role as the villainous Baroness Bomhurst in the iconic family film. (Photo by Michael Crabtree/PA Images via Getty Images)
Anna Quayle - 16 August
After being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2012, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actress Anna Quayle died aged 86 on 16 August. She was known to many thanks to her role as the villainous Baroness Bomhurst in the iconic family film. (Photo by Michael Crabtree/PA Images via Getty Images)
American racer Jessi Combs died on 27 August while trying to break the female land speed record. She was just 36 when she died in the crash which saw her 56ft long vehicle destroyed. It was later determined that a collapsed tire caused the sad accident. (Photo by James Lemke Jr/FilmMagic)
Jessi Combs - 27 August
American racer Jessi Combs died on 27 August while trying to break the female land speed record. She was just 36 when she died in the crash which saw her 56ft long vehicle destroyed. It was later determined that a collapsed tire caused the sad accident. (Photo by James Lemke Jr/FilmMagic)
The former <em>Emmerdale</em> star sadly <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/leah-bracknell-emmerdale-dead-lung-cancer-160236246.html" data-ylk="slk:died aged 55 in September;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died aged 55 in September</a>, three years on from being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Her death was announced in October by her manager who said the actress "had an energy and enthusiasm for life, a kind heart and much love to give to those around her". (Photo by Press Association)
Leah Bracknell - September
The former Emmerdale star sadly died aged 55 in September, three years on from being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Her death was announced in October by her manager who said the actress "had an energy and enthusiasm for life, a kind heart and much love to give to those around her". (Photo by Press Association)
BBC newsreader Peter Sissons <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/peter-sissons-dead-newsreader-114417899.html" data-ylk="slk:died on 1 October at the age of 77;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died on 1 October at the age of 77</a> with his wife and three children at his bedside. Before retiring from broadcasting in 2009, Sissons had presented <em>Question Time</em> before David Dimbleby took over and worked on the <em>Six O'Clock News </em>and <em>Nine O'Clock News</em>. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Peter Sissons - 1 October
BBC newsreader Peter Sissons died on 1 October at the age of 77 with his wife and three children at his bedside. Before retiring from broadcasting in 2009, Sissons had presented Question Time before David Dimbleby took over and worked on the Six O'Clock News and Nine O'Clock News. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Broadcaster and author Clive James passed away from Leukemia on 24 November at the age of 80. Known for his dry wit, James rose to fame as a literary critic and TV columnist before working on programmes such as <em>Clive James On Television</em>. A statement from his agents said he died "one month after he laid down his pen for the last time". (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Clive James - 24 November
Broadcaster and author Clive James passed away from Leukemia on 24 November at the age of 80. Known for his dry wit, James rose to fame as a literary critic and TV columnist before working on programmes such as Clive James On Television. A statement from his agents said he died "one month after he laid down his pen for the last time". (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes <a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tv-chef-gary-rhodes-dead-at-59-092521786.html" data-ylk="slk:died at the age of 59;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp yahoo-link">died at the age of 59</a> in November after collapsing at his Dubai home. His family confirmed he died of a head injury following a subdural haematoma. Rhodes ran two restaurants in Dubai and had made appearances on <em>MasterChef</em> and <em>Hell's Kitchen</em>. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
Gary Rhodes - 26 November
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes died at the age of 59 in November after collapsing at his Dubai home. His family confirmed he died of a head injury following a subdural haematoma. Rhodes ran two restaurants in Dubai and had made appearances on MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
The multi-talented Sir Jonathan Miller died aged 85 earlier this year on 27 November. In a statement his family said he died "peacefully at home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s”. After qualifying as a doctor in 1959, Miller went on to become part of satirical show <em>Beyond the Fringe</em>, presented for the BBC, and was a sought-after theatre director. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Sir Jonathan Miller - 27 November
The multi-talented Sir Jonathan Miller died aged 85 earlier this year on 27 November. In a statement his family said he died "peacefully at home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s”. After qualifying as a doctor in 1959, Miller went on to become part of satirical show Beyond the Fringe, presented for the BBC, and was a sought-after theatre director. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

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