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Doris Day, one of the most beloved actresses and singers of the 20th century, died on May 13 at the age of 97 from complications of pneumonia. She is pictured here in 1989 when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the annual Golden Globe Awards.
John Singleton was a film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing "Boyz n the Hood," for which he received an Oscar nomination. He died April 29 at age 51 after suffering a stroke that reportedly left him in a coma for nearly two weeks. He is pictured here in 2018.
Peter Tork, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees, died Feb. 21 at age 77 after a 10-year battle with a rare salivary glands cancer. He is pictured on the left in 1967 and on the right in 2016.
Writer Jeraldine Saunders, creator of the TV show "The Love Boat," died Feb. 25 at age 96 after suffering complications from kidney stone surgery.
Carol Channing -- the celebrated actress, singer, dancer, and comedian -- died Jan. 15 at age 97 from natural causes. She's known for starring in Broadway and film musicals like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Hello Dolly." She is pictured here in 2007.
Pegi Young, singer-songwriter and noted philanthropist, died from cancer on Jan. 1 at age 66. She is known for her music and founding the Bridge School, an education program for children with physical and speech impairments. She is pictured here in 2014.
Bob Einstein was a writer, actor, and comedian known for his roles on "Arrested Development," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as well as his character Super Dave Osborne. He died Jan. 2 at age 76 from leukemia. He is pictured here in 2018.
Actor Tim Conway died May 14 at age 85 from complications of normal pressure hydrocephalus. Conway was a star of "The Carol Burnett Show," and was known for his roles as Ensign Parker in the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy," Dorf from the comedy film series "Dorf," and Barnacle Boy from "Spongebob Squarepants." He is pictured here in 1983.
Gloria Vanderbilt, the fashion icon, heiress, and artist, died June 17 at the age of 95 from stomach cancer. She is pictured here in 1964. She began her extraordinary life as the "poor little rich girl" of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and '80s as a designer jeans pioneer. She is also the mother of journalist Anderson Cooper.
H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, died July 9 at age 89 after a five-month battle with leukemia. He is pictured here in 2014.
Actor Cameron Boyce died July 6 at age 20. He was known for his roles in the Disney Channel movie franchise "Descendants" and the TV show "Jessie." A spokesperson for his family told CNN that Boyce died in his sleep after a seizure resulting from an ongoing medical condition. He is pictured here in 2018 in a photo he shared on Instagram.
Lee Iacocca, who helped create the Ford Mustangs and then rescued Chrysler from near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, died July 2 at age 94 from Parkinson's disease. He is pictured here in 2007.
Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman, lost her two-year battle with throat and lung cancer on June 26. She was 51. The couple (pictured together) starred on the A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," which ran from 2004 to 2012.
Actress Peggy Lipton, star of "Mod Squad" and "Twin Peaks," died May 11 at age 72 from colon cancer. She is pictured here in 2018.
Actor Peter Mayhew, known for playing the beloved character of Chewbacca in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and two other films, died April 30 from a heart attack. He was 74.
Famous paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren died April 18 at age 92. Her exact cause of death was not announced, but family said she died in her sleep. Warren and her husband Ed, who died in 2006, inspired "The Conjuring" and "The Amityville Horror" franchises. She is pictured here in 2016.
Kenyan journalist Soni Methu, the former host of CNN's "Inside Africa," died April 11 at the age of 34. She collapsed suddenly in Kenya and died en route to the hospital, her sister, Faith Methu, said in a statement.
Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was an American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles. He was shot and killed in front of a store he owned March 31. He was 33. He is pictured here in 2018.
Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on "Beverly Hills, 90210," died March 4 after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52. Perry was also known for his role as Fred Andrews on the TV show "Riverdale." He is pictured here in 2018.
Pro-wrestling interviewer Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund died Jan. 2 at age 76 after his health began to decline following a bad fall at home. His son told TMZ his father suffered multiple broken ribs from the fall. "Mean Gene" Okerlund's deadpan interviews of pro-wrestling superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right. He is pictured here in 2017.
Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, died Jan. 11 at age 84. She suffered complications from vasculitis, a rare inflammation of the blood vessels, which she had contracted less than a year before her death. The couple is pictured here in 2014.
Daryl Dragon, of the singing duo The Captain and Tennille, died Jan. 2 of kidney failure at age 76. The duo is pictured here in 1995. Tennille, his former wife and musical partner, was by his side.
John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion, died Jan. 18 at age 33. His sister said he took his own life. He is pictured here in 2013 with Caydee Denney, performing during their Pairs Short Program during the ISU Figure Skating Eric Bompard Trophy at Bercy arena in Paris.
Comedian and creator of the TV show "Rel" Kevin Barnett died Jan. 22 at age 32 from pancreatitis complications. He is pictured here in 2018.
"The Young and the Restless" actor Kristoff St. John died Feb. 3 at age 52 from hypertrophic heart disease, with other contributing factors including alcohol. His death was ruled an accident. From 1991 to 2019, he portrayed the role of Neil Winters on "The Young and the Restless," which earned him 11 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, and 10 NAACP Image Awards.
R&B singer James Ingram died Jan. 29 at age 66 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. He is seen here in 2013.
American-Pakistani chef Fatima Ali died Jan. 25 at age 29 after losing her battle against a rare form of bone cancer. Ali came in seventh on season 15 of Bravo's "Top Chef," but won the Fan Favorite title when the season ended. She is pictured here on the show in 2018.
Lee Radziwill, the stylish jet setter, socialite, former princess and the younger sister of former first lady Jackie Kennedy, died Feb. 15 of natural causes. She was 85. She is pictured here in 2017.
British actor Albert Finney died Feb. 7 at age 82 from a chest infection. His starring roles included in films like "Tom Jones," "Murder on the Orient Express," "Under the Volcano" and "Erin Brockovich." He received five Academy Awards nomination and 13 BAFTA nominations, winning two.
Actor Nathaniel Taylor, best known for playing "Rollo" on the 1970s hit sitcom "Sanford and Son," died Feb. 27 at age 80 after suffering a heart attack. He is pictured here as his character Rollo in 1974.
Golden Globe-winning actress Katherine Helmond died Feb. 23 at age 89 from Alzheimer's disease. She was a frequent scene-stealer on shows such as "Who's the Boss?" and "Soap."
Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel from 1983 until his death, died Feb. 19 at age 85 from pancreatic cancer. He is pictured here in 2015. Lagerfeld's designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.
Guitarist Dick Dale, whose fast, thunderous sound pioneered the California "surf rock" genre of the early 1960s and gained a new generation of fans decades later through its appearance in "Pulp Fiction," died March 16. He was 81. No cause of death was revealed, but he suffered from health issues in recent years, including rectal cancer. Dale was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar” and liked to say it was he and not the Beach Boys who invented surf music. He is pictured here in 2007.
WWE wrestler "King Kong Bundy," whose real name was Christopher Pallies, died March 4 at age 61 of undisclosed causes. He was one of the most prominent WWE wrestling stars of the 1980s and 1990s, taking on on Hulk Hogan in the iconic steel cage match at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.
Janice Freeman, a contestant on the NBC singing competition show "The Voice" in 2017, died March 2 at age 33. She had an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot had traveled to her heart. She is pictured here performing on "The Voice" in 2017, where she joined mentor Miley Cyrus' team and made it to the top 11.
Actor Rip Torn died July 9 at age 88. No cause of death was given. Torn co-starred alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the "Men in Black" films and played Garry Shandling’s producer in HBO’s "The Larry Sanders Show." He is pictured here in 2006.
Pernell Whitaker was a four-weight world champion boxer in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight categories. He died July 14 at the age of 55 after being struck by a vehicle. He is pictured here in 1990 fighting Azumah Nelson at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Justice John Paul Stevens died July 16 at age 99 after having a stroke. Stevens was nominated to the Supreme Court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 in the wake of Watergate and stepped down almost 35 years later as a leader for the liberal side of the bench. He is pictured here in 2014.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison died Aug. 5 at age 88 after a "brief illness." Morrison was a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race. She is pictured here in 2007.
Actor and writer Peter Fonda has died at age 79.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV's "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 88.
Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side, according to his publicist Rick Miramontez. No cause of death was given.
His career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life.
After acclaimed performances in "Cross Creek," ''Sweet Bird of Youth" and other dramas, Torn turned to comedy to capture his Emmy as the bombastic, ethically challenged television producer in "The Larry Sanders Show." Created by and starring Garry Shandling, HBO's spoof of TV talk shows aired from 1992 to 1998 and is widely credited with inspiring such satirical programs as "30 Rock" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Born Elmore Rual Torn, the actor adopted the name Rip in his boyhood, following the tradition of his father and uncle. It was the subject of endless ridicule during his early days as a stage actor in New York, and fellow drama students urged him to change it.
With customary stubbornness, he refused, eventually overcoming the jokes with a series of powerful performances that led to his being regarded, along with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and James Dean, as actors of a postwar generation who brought tense realism to their craft. He was also a political activist who joined James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and other cultural and civil rights leaders for a frank and emotional 1963 meeting with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy about the country's treatment of blacks.
Torn made his film debut in 1956 in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Baby Doll," and within a few years was a respected film and television actor, working on occasions with his second wife, Geraldine Page. At the Actors Studio, he gained the attention of Elia Kazan, who hired him as understudy to Alex Nicol, then playing Brick Pollitt in the Tennessee Williams classic, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Toward the end of the show's Broadway run, Torn took over the role of the alcoholic, emotionally troubled former football hero. He did so billed against his wishes as Elmore Torn.
Cast later in a "U.S. Steel Hour" production for television, he was told to either change his name or forfeit the role. He threatened to return to his native Texas, but finally agreed to be credited as Eric Torn. He was billed as Rip Torn thereafter. His success eventually inspired a younger cousin to take up acting, too — Oscar winner Sissy Spacek.
Other film credits included "Critics Choice" and "The Cincinnati Kid." In Albert Brooks' "Defending Your Life," he was featured as a gregarious attorney in the afterlife.
Brooks tweeted Tuesday night, "R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original."
On television he played such figures as Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and Walt Whitman.
His career hit a dry spell in the 1970s, and he blamed it on the buzz in Hollywood at the time that he was difficult to work with, a reputation sealed when tension on the set of "Easy Rider" led to his being replaced by Jack Nicholson for the 1969 release and missing out on one of the biggest hits of the era.
"I wouldn't say that I was blacklisted," he told The Associated Press in 1984, "but the word got around that I was difficult and unreliable. Unreliable! In all my years in the theater I have never missed a performance."
He managed to keep working in small projects in theater, films and TV, returning to the mainstream in 1983 with "Cross Creek," in which he played table-smashing backwoodsman Marsh Turner. The role brought him his only Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor.
Among his other films: "City Heat," ''The Hunt for Red October" and "Men in Black."
But he never entirely shook his rebellious reputation.
"What do they say about all the guys that are tremendous actors?" he told The New York Times in 2006. "Don't they say they have a volatile temper and emotions? Yeah, sure they do! They're not saying they like a nice, mild guy. Look at Sean Penn.
In 1994, actor-director Dennis Hopper said on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" that Torn once pulled a knife in a New York restaurant as he complained about being replaced in "Easy Rider." He sued Hopper for slander and won a $475,000 judgment.
He remained active in film and television in later years, including a recurring role in "30 Rock" and a voice acting gig in the 2007 animated "Bee Movie."
He weathered a couple of drunken driving arrests, including one in December 2008 near his home in Salisbury, Connecticut, that led to his placement in an alcohol education program.
Born in Temple, Texas, Torn initially studied agriculture at Texas A&M and acting at the University of Texas. After service as a military policeman during the Korean War, he hitchhiked to Hollywood. Landing only tiny roles in movies and TV dramas, and supporting himself as a fry cook and dishwasher, he decided to shift to New York and seek more training as an actor.
Torn and his first wife, actress Ann Wedgeworth, had a daughter, Danae, before divorcing. In 1963 he married Page, with whom he had co-starred in the touring production and movie version of "Sweet Bird of Youth." They had three children, a daughter, Angelica, and twins Jon and Tony, and appeared in productions together until her death in 1987. Torn also had two children, Katie and Claire, with actress Amy Wright.