VIDEO: Celebrities, Notable People Who Died in 2017, Many Will Live On in Our Hearts and Minds
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // December 18, 2017
Icons Hugh Hefner, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis pass on in 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Gomer Pyle, Benson, Mary Tyler Moore, Tom Petty and Fats Dominoe are just some of the many notable people we lost in 2017.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Following a year in 2016 that saw many people who shaped our lives and leave an impression on society pass away, 2017 proved to be equally as challenging in accepting the loss of many more of those same type of individuals.
As the hustle and bustle of everyday life consume us, some on the list may surprise you.
One of America’s TV darlings passed away to start 2017. Emmy Award-winning star Mary Tyler Moore, who played the lead role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and made her a television icon for modern women, passed away January 25 at the age of 80.
While we may all know about the passing of Moore and other legendary icons like Jerry Lewis, Hugh Hefner, Fats Domino and Gainesville’s own, Tom Petty, you may have missed that Batman (Adam West), Joanie (Erin Moran), Benson (Robert Guillaume), Tess (Della Reese) and Gomer Pyle (Jim Neighbors) also passed on in 2017.
Aside from Petty’s way too early departure from this planet, other notable music icons such as AC/DC guitarist and co-founder, Malcolm Young, and legendary country singer Glen Campbell, died at age 81 in Nashville on August 8, after a years-long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
While all death is tragic in its own way, there were, unfortunately, plenty of notable passings from something other than natural causes.
ABOVE VIDEO: 90,000 Florida Gators fans give tribute to Gainesville Native Tom Petty by singing I wont back down in football game vs LSU Tigers this past season.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died on May 17 at age 52 after performing a sold-out show with his band in Detroit.
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park lead vocalist was found dead on July 20 and at just 21 years of age, Gustav Åhr, better known by his stage name “Lil Peep,” an up and coming American rapper and singer, died of what authorities believed was an overdose of Xanax.
Former major-league pitcher Roy Halladay and Montgomery Gentry’ singer Troy Gentry each died in separate air accidents.
Accepting death is a part of living but losing icons, as many of these names were in their industries and to us, never gets easier.
The good news is that many of them leave behind their work for us to continue to watch and listen. This ensures they will always live on in our hearts and minds.
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