Legacy: R.I.P. 2019 – Celebrities Who Died in 2019 Year in Review

Legacy: R.I.P. 2019 – Celebrities Who Died in 2019 Year in Review


EVERY YEAR WE SAY GOODBYE TO PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE: FAMILY AND FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS AND THOSE FAMOUS FACES WE ONLY KNOW FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF A SCREEN AT LEGACY.COM WE PAY TRIBUTE TO ALL OF THEM I’M STEPHEN SEGAL, THE SENIOR EDITOR AT LEGACY AND I’M LINNEA CROWTHER, LEGACY’S SENIOR OBITUARY WRITER EVERY DAY WE’RE READING AND WRITING THE LIFE STORIES OF THOSE WHO’VE DIED IN 2019 LEGACY PUBLISHED HUNDREDS OF BREAKING NEWS OBITUARIES JOIN US NOW AS WE LOOK BACK AT THE BIGGEST HEADLINE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO SHAPED OUR WORLD WHO WE SAID GOODBYE TO OVER THE PAST YEAR KRISTOFF ST. JOHN WAS ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED STARS OF THE SOAP OPERA WORLD HE PLAYED NEIL WINTERS ON “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” FOR 28 YEARS FROM 1991 UNTIL HIS UNEXPECTED DEATH FROM HEART DISEASE IN FEBRUARY AT THE AGE OF 52 OVER THE COURSE OF HIS PERFORMANCE HE BECAME ONE OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING AFRICAN AMERICAN CHARACTERS IN TELEVISION HISTORY AND HE WON EMMY AWARDS AND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS FOR HIS WORK EVEN SOAP OPERA FANS WHO DIDN’T WATCH “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” REMEMBER KRISTOFF ST. JOHN AS A GOOD TV FRIEND TEEN DRAMAS WERE THE BOOKENDS TO LUKE PERRY’S ACTING CAREER “BEVERLY HILLS, 90210” MADE HIM A HEARTTHROB AS HE PLAYED BAD BOY DYLAN MCKAY ‘90S TEENS DEBATED WHO WAS CUTER, DYLAN OR BRANDON AND THEY HAD STRONG OPINIONS ON WHETHER DYLAN SHOULD END UP WITH BRENDA OR KELLY A NEW GENERATION OF TEENS SAW PERRY AS DAD INSTEAD OF HUNK WHEN HE PLAYED ARCHIE’S FATHER FRED ON THE CW’S “RIVERDALE” STARTING IN 2017 YOUNG OR OLD, ALL HIS FANS WERE SHOCKED WHEN LUKE PERRY DIED OF A STROKE AT 52 THEY CALLED DORIS DAY AMERICA’S SWEETHEART SHE DIED IN MAY AT THE AGE OF 97 AFTER DEVOTING DECADES TO ANIMAL WELFARE BUT BACK IN THE ‘50S AND ‘60S SHE WAS THE MOST FAMOUS POP STAR IN THE COUNTRY IN THE MOVIES SHE PLAYED CALAMITY JANE, SHE STARRED FOR HITCHCOCK, AND SHE WAS THE QUEEN OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES HER SINGING CAREER STARTED ON BIG BAND RADIO AND EVENTUALLY SHE WON THE BEST SONG OSCAR FOR “QUE SERA, SERA” AND THERE WAS HER SITCOM, “THE DORIS DAY SHOW” THEY KEPT REINVENTING IT EVERY SEASON, BUT IT WAS STILL A HIT AND ITS MONDAY NIGHT TIMESLOT LED STRAIGHT INTO CBS’ NEXT BIG HIT, “THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW” TIM CONWAY WAS THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT HIS GOAL ON “THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW” WAS TO CRACK-UP HIS CO-STARS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE HE DID IT WITH PHYSICAL COMEDY, LIKE WHEN HE PLAYED A DENTIST ACCIDENTALLY STABBING HIMSELF IN THE LEG WITH NOVOCANE HE DID IT WITH SILLY ACCENTS ALL HE HAD TO SAY WAS “MRS. WIGGINS” TO MAKE HIS CO-STARS CRACK THE AUDIENCE DID TOO BEFORE HE DIED IN MAY, TIM CONWAY ALSO MADE US LAUGH IN WACKY HOLLYWOOD FILMS IN HIS GOOFY DORF VIDEOS AND AS BARNACLE BOY ON “SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS” CAMERON BOYCE WAS HEARTBREAKINGLY YOUNG WHEN HE DIED OF EPILEPSY IN JULY BUT HE PACKED MORE INTO HIS 20 YEARS THAN SOME PEOPLE DO IN A LIFETIME ONE OF DISNEY’S YOUNG STARS HE LED A NEW GENERATION OF FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS, STARRING IN “THE DESCENDANTS” SERIES AS CARLOS DE VIL NOT TO MENTION SHOWS LIKE “JESSIE,” AND THE “GAMER’S GUIDE TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING” AND MOVIES LIKE “GROWN-UPS” OFF-SCREEN CAMERON BOYCE WAS A DEDICATED ACTIVIST FIGHTING TO END SEXUAL ASSAULT, GUN VIOLENCE, AND HOMELESSNESS AS WELL AS RAISING MONEY FOR CLEAN WATER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TONI MORRISON DIDN’T WRITE LITERATURE, SHE CHANGED LITERATURE IN HER NOVELS LIKE “BELOVED” AND “SONG OF SOLOMON” SHE BROUGHT BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE AND BRUTAL HONESTY TO THE EPIC STORIES SHE WANTED TO TELL ABOUT THE BLACK AMERICAN EXPERIENCE SHE WROTE FICTION, BUT SHE WROTE IT LIKE A POET AND SHE WROTE IT LIKE A PROPHET THE NOBEL PRIZE, THE PULITZER, THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM HER HONORS GO ON AND ON BUT TONI MORRISON’S LEGACY IS IN THE MINDS OF THE MILLIONS OF READERS WHO SAW THE WHOLE WORLD MORE CLEARLY AFTER THEY READ HER BOOKS RIC OCASEK, WHO DIED IN SEPTEMBER, WAS THE FRONTMAN FOR THE CARS THEY HELPED BRING NEW WAVE MUSIC INTO THE MAINSTREAM IN THE LATE ‘70S BY WRITING SONGS THAT WERE SUPER MELODIC, BUT ALSO EDGY AND A LITTLE WEIRD LIKE “GOOD TIMES ROLL” AND “JUST WHAT I NEEDED” THE CARS WERE SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS OF MTV AT A TIME WHEN MTV WAS AT IT’S ABSOLUTE PEAK THEIR 1984 VIDEO FOR “YOU MIGHT THINK” WON MTV’S FIRST EVER VIDEO OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH IT SOMETIME IF YOU WANT TO REMEMBER RIC OCASEK IN ALL HIS NERDY GLORY IF YOU’VE EVER LISTENED TO THE NEWS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO YOU’VE HEARD COKIE ROBERTS’ VOICE WHEN SHE JOINED NPR IN THE ‘70S HER REPORTING ON NATIONAL POLITICS BECAME THE STATION’S GOLD-STANDARD SHE WAS BORN IN LOUISIANA. FIRST HER FATHER, AND THEN HER MOTHER WERE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SO YOU COULD ALWAYS TELL SHE WASN’T JUST READING THE NEWS COKIE ROBERTS REALLY GOT WHAT THE POLITICAL WORLD WAS ABOUT AND SHE HAD A BRILLIANT GIFT FOR EXPLAINING IT TO THE REST OF US SHE DIED AT THE AGE OF 75 FROM COMPLICATIONS FROM BREAST CANCER WHEN DIAHANN CARROLL TOOK THE ROLE THAT WOULD MAKE HER FAMOUS TV HAD NOT YET CAUGHT UP TO THE REAL WORLD WHEN IT CAME TO REFLECTING AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES SHE PLAYED THE TITLE CHARACTER ON “JULIA” AND THAT CHARACTER WAS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN ON TV WHO WAS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A MAID OR A MAMMY IT WAS 1968, JULIA WAS A NURSE AND IT WAS ABOUT TIME WE GOT A CHANCE TO SEE A PROFFESSIONAL BLACK WOMAN ON TV LATER IN HER CAREER CARROLL GOT TO PLAY A DELICIOUSLY OVER-THE-TOP DIVA ON THE NIGHTTIME SOAP “DYNASTY” DIAHANN CARROLL DIED OF BREAST CANCER IN OCTOBER MOST PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIS WORK DIDN’T KNOW HIS REAL NAME BUT WHEN CAROLL SPINNEY DIED IN DECEMBER AT THE AGE OF 85 THERE WAS AN INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING OF LOVE FOR THE MAN WHO PLAYED BIG BIRD FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS, SINCE THE PUBLIC TELEVISION SHOW “SESAME STREET” DEBUTED IN 1969 SPINNEY BROUGHT A CHILD-LIKE SENSE OF WONDER TO THE EIGHT-FOOT TALL CANARY WHO HELPED KIDS MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, HE ALSO PLAYED OSCAR THE GROUCH BETWEEN THESE TWO ICONIC MUPPETS CAROLL SPINNEY HELPED RAISE THREE GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WITH KINDNESS, UNDERSTANDING, AND LOVE SO MANY REMARKABLE LIFE STORIES CAME TO AN END IN 2019 THOSE FIRST 10 ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG COME ALONG WITH US NOW AS WE CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF THE ARTISTS ATHLETES, WORLD LEADERS, AND MORE WHOSE DEATHS THIS YEAR BROUGHT COUNTLESS FANS TO LEAVE MEMORIES AND CONDOLENCES AT LEGACY.COM

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  1. @Legacy.com You guys missed #PhillipMcKeon who played Tommy on the long running tv show #ALICE which starred #LindaLavin. He was also the brother of #NancyMcKeon who played Jo on The Facts of Life.

  2. That was extremely unnecessary. Keep the stupid woman out of decisions to over narrate ridiculous amounts of unnecessary material. That was horrible!

  3. You mentioned YouTubers who have only been able to influenced people since YouTube's popularity rose in the early-2010's, but not Russi Taylor who's been the voice actress of Minnie Mouse and several other iconic characters for decades. At least you mention Carol Spinney, or I'd be so pissed

  4. New to me was the death of Suzanne Whang. Long-time viewers of House Hunters will remember when she was on screen; after a while, she just did the voiceovers. She was perfect.

  5. Movie stars all not. we are all going to die when God takes us rest in peace Movie stars. we will meet you when are time comes

  6. Nice try, but you over looked, forgot or ignored way to many that have passed. When you for get one, that's a mistake and easily sluffed off, but when you forget 3 or more that's just plain lazy and poorly done. Academy Awards does the same thing, they suck too.

  7. growing up as a young boy i loved wacthing big bird i cant belive he is gone i love you big bird i will remeber you good bye my
    friend rip

  8. So many people who really lived and shared their talents whom among you will get out of your comfort zone and step up?

  9. No mention of Talk Talk lead Singer Mark Hollis probably more than some of them mentioned in your video also failed to mention Jan Michael Vincent

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