Celebrity Passings: A Midyear Report

By Jon Konjoyan

That’s Edith Bunker of “All in the Family” (Jean Stapleton) with — of all people — Alice Cooper circa 1973. Stapleton passed away last month.

That’s Edith Bunker of “All in the Family” (Jean Stapleton) with — of all people — Alice Cooper circa 1973. Stapleton passed away last month.

Sadly, here’s a list of the famous that have left us so far this year:

  • Patti Page, 85, singer
  • Huell Howser, 67, TV reporter
  • Sammy Johns, 66, singer, “Chevy Van”
  • Conrad Bain, 89, actor, Diff’rent Strokes
  • Pauline Phillips, 94, aka Dear Abby
  • Frank Pooler, 86, choral director, co-writer “Merry Christmas Darling”
  • Leroy Bonner, 69, singer, Ohio Players
  • Patty Andrews, 94, The Andrews Sisters
  • Edward Koch, 88, author, Mayor of New York City
  • Andre Cassagnes, 86, inventor “Etch A Sketch”
  • Donald Byrd, 80, jazz trumpeter
  • Mindy McCready, 37, country singer
  • Jerry Buss, 79, L.A. Lakers owner
  • Van Cliburn, 78, concert pianist
  • C. Everett Koop, 96, former U.S. surgeon general
  • Dale Robertson, 89, actor
  • Bonnie Franklin, 69, actress, One Day at a Time
  • Alvin Lee, 68, guitarist, Ten Years After
  • Malachi Throne, 84, character actor
  • Bobbie Smith, 76, singer, The Spinners
  • Harry Reems, 65, actor, Deep Throat
  • Jason Molina, 39, singer-songwriter
  • Annette Funicello, 70, actress/singer
  • Jonathan Winters, 87, comedian
  • Margaret Thatcher, 87, British ex-prime minister
  • Pat Summerall, 82, sportscaster
  • George Beverly Shea, 104, gospel singer
  • Richie Havens, 72, musician
  • Chrissy Amphlett, 53, lead singer of Divinyls
  • George Jones, 81, country singer
  • Chris Kelly, 34, half of the rap duo Kris Kross
  • Doug Strawn, 69, band member of the Carpenters
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers, 85, on-air psychologist
  • Alan O’Day, 72, singer/songwriter
  • Ray Manzarek, 74, keyboardist for The Doors
  • Rona Newton-John, 70, actress
  • Jean Stapleton, 90, actress “Edith Bunker”
  • Esther Williams, 91, actress, swimming champ
  • Harry Lewis, 93, actor, restaurateur “Hamburger Hamlet”
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