"MEAN" GENE OKERLUND, 76 (Died: Jan. 2) — The longtime voice of wrestling, "Mean Gene" began work as the announcer for the American Wrestling Association in the 1980s. Later, the league was purchased by Vince McMahon's WWE and Okerlund became a national phenomenon.
DARYL DRAGON, 76 (Died: Jan. 2) — Better known as "Captain" of the musical duo of Captain & Taennille, Dragon was a music legend that worked with the Beach Boys and others before joining his feature wife, Toni Tennille. She was reportedly by his side when he died in January.
BOB EINSTEIN, 76 (Died: Jan. 2) — A comedian, writer and actor, Einstein was perhaps best for his portrayl of Marty Funkhouser — Larry David's barritoned buddy on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Einstein was also well-known for his "Super Dave" character, a staple on late night talk shows during the '80s and '90s.
CAROL CHANNING, 97 (Died: Jan. 15) — An iconic actress and singer, Channing charmed audiences for decades on Broadway, television and the silver screen. Channing won multiple Tony and Grammy Awards during her lifetime and was also nolminated for an Academy Award.
KAYE BALLARD, 93 (Died: Jan. 21) — A longtime actress with credits including The Mothers-in-Law and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and The Perry Como Show, Ballard was a fixture on television for decades.
KEVIN BARNETT, 32 (Died: Jan. 22) — A comedian and writer, Kevin Barnett died from pancreatitis on Jan. 22. Barnett was the creator of the sitcom Rel and had writing credits on Broad City and The Carmichael Show.
JAMES INGRAM, 66 (Died: Jan. 29) — The famed R&B singer died in Los Angeles on January 29. Ingram was known for '80s hits such as "Yah Mo B There" and "I Don't Have the Heart." Ingram won two Grammy Awards during his career.
KRISTOFF ST. JOHN, 52 (Died: Feb. 3) — A fixture on the most-watched daytime soap opera, Kristoff St. John appeared on The Young and the Restless for nearly 20 years. He was found dead in his home on Feb. 3 after suffering from heart failure.
KARL LAGERFELD, 85 (Died: Feb. 19) — A fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld was the longtime creative director of labels Chanel and Fendi. The German-born designer died on Feb. 19
PETER TORK, 77 (Died: Feb. 21) — A talented musician who played both bass and keyboard, Tork's career took off when he joined The Monkees in the 1960s. The band which was cast first as a television show and then went on to tour and cut albums, had a number of hits in the late 1960s and '70s. Tork died in late February.
CLARK GABLE III, 30 (Died: Feb. 22) — The grandson of legendary actor Clark Gable, Gable III was best known as the host of network reality show Cheaters. Gable was found dead of an opioid overdose on Feb. 22
KATHERINE HELMOND, 89 (Died: Feb. 23) — A seven-time Emmy-nominated actress, Helmond's credits included Who's the Boss? and Soap. She also appeared on Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond and True Blood in her later years.
JANICE FREEMAN, 33 (Died: March 2) — A former contestant on The Voice, Janice Freeman died on March 2 due to a blood clot. During her time on The Voice on 2017, Freeman made it to the Top 11. She was also a survivor of cervical cancer.
LUKE PERRY, 52 (Died: March 4) — One of the biggest television stars of the 1990s, Perry got his start on Beverly Hills 90210. Perry also had notable rolls on Oz and Criminal Minds, and was in the process of shooting Riverdale when he suffered a massive stroke, He died on March 4 and was laid to rest in Tennessee.
NIPSEY HUSSLE, 33 (Died: March 31) — A rapper and community activist, Nispey Hussle was murdered in Los Angeles in March. A former gang member who advocated for peace in the inner city, he was shot and killed in front of a store her owned on March 31. Nipsey Hussle's only studio album was nominated for a Grammy award in February.
JOHN SINGLETON, 51 (Died: April 29) - Director, writer, actor and producer John Singleton died on April 29, 2019, two weeks after suffering a stroke. Singleton was nominated for an Academy Award for directing "Boyz n the Hood" in 1991.
DORIS DAY, 97 (Died: May 13) — An actress and singer, Doris Day began her career singing big band music in the 1930s and '40s. She later starred in Hollywood classics like Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and The Man Who Knew Too Much. In her later years, she became an animal rights activist and adopted many stray animals. She died in May of pneumonia.
TIM CONWAY, 85 (Died: May 14) — An actor and comedian, Conway was best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show. He also appeared on icnoic TV comedies like Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Married with Children , The Larry Sanders Show and 30 Rock.
ASHLEY MASSARO, 39 (Died: May 16) — A pro wrestler with the WWE between 2005 and 2008, Massaro signed with the entertainment company after winning "WWE Diva Search," a reality show that was at the time broadcast on Spike TV. After various stints on WWE's biggest shows, Raw and SmackDown!, Massaro appeared on Survivor: China and worked as a model. Her cause of death was not immediately available, but TMZ reported that it was not criminal in nature.
GRUMPY CAT, 7 (Died: May 14) — Named "Tarder Sauce" by her owners, the calico mix cat became an internet sensation in the 2010s thanks to her resting grumpy face caused by feline dwarfism. After social media took her to stardom, Grumpy Cat made appearances on a number of TV shows, including American Idol, WWE Raw and The Bachelorette.
BILL BUCKNER, 69 (Died: May 27) — A journeyman first baseman who spent 21 seasons in the big leagues, Buckner recorded more than 2,700 hits, drove in 1,208 runs and batted a solid .289. But he'll always be best remembered for the error he committed in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 in the 1986 World Series. By failing to field a routine ground ball, the New York Mets pushed across the winning run and clinched the Series, extending the Boston Red Sox championship curse to 68 years. The Red Sox would not win a championship for another 18 years.
BART STARR, 85 (Died: May 26) — A pro football Hall-of-Famer, Bart Starr quarterbacked the Green Bay Packers to victories in Super Bowls I and II in 1967 and 1968. He also helped the Packers win Super Bowls in 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966. He threw for 152 touchdowns in his 15-year career. Starr suffered a stroke in 2014, and experienced failing health until his death in May.
GLORIA VANDERBILT (Died: June 17) — A fashion icon and artist, Vanderbilt was born in New York in 1924 and grew up in Paris. As part of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, she grew up wealthy but was the subject of an intense custody battle. In addition to modeling, Vanderbilt took up acting and design. She gave birth to four children, including Anderson Cooper, who would eventually become a lead anchor at CNN. Vanderbilt was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2019 and died in June.
EDDIE MONEY (Died: Sept. 13) — Born in New York, Eddie Money burst onto the rock scene in the late '70s. His first major hit, "Baby Hold On" propelled him to stardom. He later followed that up with perhaps his most famous single, "Two Tickets to Paradise." In late August of 2019, Money announced he was suffering from Stage 4 cancer. He died about two weeks later.