Look back at the celebrities we lost in 2017, including athletes, actors, musicians and other notable people.
Look back at the notable people we lost in 2017, including Chuck Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Paxton and Robert Osborne. GALLERY BY: Clint Davis / Scripps
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, 89 (Died: Jan. 12, 2017) — Responsible for more nightmares than most writers, Blatty wrote the novel "The Exorcist" and won an Oscar for writing the screenplay to its classic movie version. He also wrote and directed 1990's "The Exorcist III." Before becoming a professional writer, Blatty served in the United States Air Force.
JIMMY "SUPERFLY" SNUKA, 73 (Died: Jan. 15, 2017) — In a professional wrestling career that spanned nearly 50 years, Snuka became a beloved legend for his high-flying theatrics. His leaps off the top rope were the first of their kind in the WWE. "Superfly" was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 and was also a staple of the early days of the infamous ECW promotion. At the end of his life, Snuka was arrested as a suspect in the 1983 cold-case death of his girlfriend but was deemed unfit to stand trial because of dementia.
YORDANO VENTURA, 25 (Died: Jan. 22, 2017) — A rising MLB star, Ventura died in a car crash after just three years in the big leagues. On the pitcher's mound, he helped the Kansas City Royals win a World Series in 2015 and was named the MLB All-Star Futures Game twice in his short career.
MARY TYLER MOORE, 80 (Died: Jan. 25, 2017) — One of the most beloved stars in television history, Moore was acclaimed for her starring roles in two long-running shows: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She was also nominated for an Oscar for her work in 1980's "Ordinary People." Off screen, Moore was a tireless activist for Type 1 diabetes research, a disease which she suffered from.
MIKE CONNORS, 91 (Died: Jan. 26, 2017) — A veteran actor with more than 100 screen credits over more than 50 years, Connors is best remembered for his starring role in CBS's "Mannix." Connors won a Golden Globe for his work on the show and was nominated for four Emmy Awards. He died a week after being diagnosed with leukemia.
JOHN HURT, 77 (Died: Jan. 27, 2017) — Often regarded as one of the greatest British actors in history, Hurt's career spanned 50 years and included roles in many iconic movies. In the 1970s and '80s, his career picked up in Hollywood with roles in "Alien," "The Elephant Man" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four." He consistently worked on screen from that point, later appearing in the "Harry Potter" and "Hellboy" series. After his death, he has five film performances coming out in 2017.
MIKE ILITCH, 87 (Died: Feb. 10, 2017) — One of the richest people in America, Ilitch founded Little Caesars Pizza and owned both the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and MLB's Detroit Tigers. He remained in his native Detroit after all his success. After his passing, it was revealed that Ilitch paid Rosa Parks's rent so that she could live in a nice part of Detroit for the last years of her life.
AL JARREAU, 76 (Died: Feb. 12, 2017) — Jarreau's smooth voice made him a lasting voice of American soul and R&B until his death. He was a seven-time Grammy Award winner, best remembered for his 1981 smash hit album "Breakin' Away," which spent two years on the charts. His music was used in movies and television and his last album came out in 2014. Jarreau died just two days after announcing his retirement from music.
GEORGE "THE ANIMAL" STEELE, 79 (Died: Feb. 17, 2017) — For 20 years, Steele was one of the most feared men in professional wrestling. His bizzare in-ring antics included tearing the turnbuckles open with his teeth. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. A Michigan native, Steele worked as a high school teacher and football coach before stepping into the squared circle.
ALAN COLMES, 66 (Died: Feb. 23, 2017) — A fixture of Fox News Channel since the network's launch in 1996, Colmes was the liberal co-host of "Hannity & Colmes" for 13 years. He was also an author, syndicated radio host, blogger and stand-up comedian. Colmes died of lymphoma in his native New York.
BILL PAXTON, 61 (Died: Feb. 26, 2017) — A beloved actor who died much too young, Paxton passed away after complications from surgery. He was best known for starring in 1980s and 1990s blockbusters like "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Twister." He also earned acclaim for his lead role in HBO's series "Big Love" and History's "Hatfields & McCoys."
JOSEPH WAPNER, 97 (Died: Feb. 26, 2017) — Judge Wapner became a household name after presiding over "The People's Court" on TV during the show's original run, making him a pioneer of reality television. His legacy in pop culture was further cemented in 1988's Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man," in which Dustin Hoffman's character makes constant references to him. Wapner was a World War II veteran of the United States Army, where he earned a Purple Heart.
ROBERT OSBORNE, 84 (Died: March 6, 2017) — A smooth host and a walking encyclopedia of movie history, Osborne was the face of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years. Before his time as a host at TCM, Osborne was an actor and entertainment columnist. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and won a Peabody Award during his long career.
CHUCK BERRY, 90 (Died: March 18, 2017) — Widely regarded as the father of rock and roll, Berry's showmanship on stage was matched by his masterful skills on guitar. He was one of the first popular artists to write his own songs, including "Maybellene," "Johnny B. Goode" and "No Particular Place To Go." After his death, it was announced Berry's first new studio album since 1979 would hit shelves in 2017.
DALLAS GREEN, 82 (Died: March 22, 2017) — Green was a former MLB player who was best known for managing the Philadelphia Phillies to its first World Series title in 1980. Green's career saw him in high positions at four big-market baseball teams, including as manager of the Phillies, New York Yankees and New York Mets and as general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
DON RICKLES, 90 (Died: April 6, 2017) — A comic icon whose biting brand of insult humor was balanced by his well-known kindness off stage. Rickles was a staple of the Las Vegas entertainment scene during the days of the Rat Pack and was a fixture of celebrity roasts for decades. He also appeared in dozens of movies, including Martin Scorsese's "Casino" and as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" series.
John "J." Geils, 71 (Died: April 11, 2017) — Founder and guitarist of the beloved J. Geils Band, Geils transitioned from rock star to "regular guy" after the dissolution of the band in 1985, according to an interview with the Boston Globe. The band drew a massive following it its native Boston before becoming worldwide stars in the 1980s with hit songs like "Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame." Geils was found dead inside his home in Massachusetts.
Charlie Murphy, 57 (Died: April 12) — The older brother of Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy became a star in his own right by stealing scenes in "Chappelle's Show." His recurring sketch "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" is regarded as a TV classic. More recently, Murphy has appeared in "Black Jesus." Murphy died after battling leukemia.
AARON HERNANDEZ, 27 (Died: April 19, 2017) — A star tight-end for the Florida Gators and NFL's New England Patriots, Hernandez's football career ended when he was arrested for murder in 2013. He was found guilty of killing Odin Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison. On April 19, 2017, Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell of an apparent suicide.
CUBA GOODING SR., 72 (Died: April 20, 2017) — Gooding was lead singer for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the 1972 song "Everybody Plays the Fool." He was also the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Gooding was found dead in a car in Los Angeles.
ERIN MORAN, 56 (Died: April 22, 2017) — A staple of American TV in the 1970s and '80s, Moran was best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham in the popular shows "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi." She started acting when she was 5 years old, working steadily before first playing Joanie at the age of 13. She died at her home in Indiana of complications from cancer.
MICHAEL MANTENUTO, 35 (Died: April 24, 2017) — In Maine, Mantenuto was a college hockey star in real life, which ultimately helped him earn a starring role in Disney's 2004 hockey movie "Miracle." He apparently didn't seriously pursue acting afterward, appearing in only one other film. Mantenuto instead joined the U.S. Army. He was found dead in Washington on April 24 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
JONATHAN DEMME, 73 (Died: April 26, 2017) — A director whose style was as wide ranging as it was acclaimed, Demme's films included two beloved ones from the 1990s: "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia." He also directed music videos and a list of music documentaries, including 1984's landmark "Stop Making Sense" with Talking Heads. His last film was 2015's "Ricki and the Flash." He died after fighting cancer since 2010.
POWERS BOOTHE, 68 (Died: May 14, 2017) — Actor Powers Boothe was known for his authoritative portrayals of characters across television and movies since the 1970s. His most well known performances came in "Tombstone," "Deadwood," "Sin City" and as cult leader Jim Jones in "Guyana Tragedy," which won him an Emmy Award. He also recently appeared in Marvel's "The Avengers" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
CHRIS CORNELL, 52 (Died: May 17, 2017) — One of the most powerful voices in rock was silenced on May 17. Cornell, who sang for bands including Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, died after a performance in Detroit. His voice was consistently ranked among the best in rock history in polls and critic's lists.
ROGER AILES, 77 (Died: May 18, 2017) — The founder of Fox News channel, Ailes served as the network's CEO from 1996 to 2016. He's credited with building the network into a ratings powerhouse. He resigned in 2016 after allegations of sexual harassment from female employees including anchor Gretchen Carlson, with whom the network settled for $20 million.
ROGER MOORE, 89 (Died: May 23, 2917) — A British acting legend, Moore played James Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985. He also starred in the long-running U.K. spy series "The Saint" before playing Agent 007. He was also a respected humanitarian, working extensively with UNICEF. Moore's family said he passed after a short battle with cancer.
CORTEZ KENNEDY, 48 (Died: May 23, 2017) — A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, "Tez" spent 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks at defensive tackle. Before that he won an NCAA championship as part of the dominant Miami Hurricanes in 1989. In the NFL, Kennedy was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
LAURA BIAGIOTTI, 73 (Died: May 26, 2017) — The Italian fashion designer known as "The Queen of Cashmere" conquered global markets with her loose-fitting women's clothing. Biagiotti was the first Italian designer to ever put on a fashion show in China. She died of a heart attack in Rome.
JIM BUNNING, 85 (Died: May 26, 2017) — Bunning holds the distinction of being the only person to be elected to both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the U.S. Senate. He spent 16 seasons as an MLB pitcher, including nine seasons as an All-Star. He threw a perfect game in 1964 and a no-hitter in 1958. After baseball, Bunning was elected to various offices in his home state of Kentucky, including to the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1999 to 2011.
GREGG ALLMAN, 69 (Died: May 27, 2017) — The co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band and an icon of rock history, Allman's vocal and guitar playing abilities were as praised as his songwriting skills. Allman also had a solo recording career that spanned nearly 40 years and included hits with 1973's "Midnight Rider" and 1987's "I'm No Angel." Allman died from complications of cancer.
FRANK DEFORD, 78 (Died: May 28, 2017) — One of America's most revered and beloved sports journalists, Deford was a longtime contributor to Sports Illustrated, HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and NPR's "Morning Edition." Deford stepped down from his post at NPR just weeks before his death. He passed away at his home in Florida.
ADAM WEST, 88 (Died: June 9, 2017) — The first actor to play Batman in a feature film, West starred as the Caped Crusader in 1966's "Batman," as well as the ABC TV show that ran from 1966 to 1968. West's career included dozens of roles, including voice acting spots on "Family Guy," "The Simpsons" and "The Fairly OddParents," among many others. He continued to work until the end of his life, serving as narrator on the NBC show "Powerless" in 2017. He died of leukemia.
JOHN G. AVILDSEN, 81 (Died: June 16, 2017) — If you love underdog stories, chances are that one of Avildsen's movies is among your favorites. The director won an Oscar for directing 1976's "Rocky" and later directed the "Karate Kid" movies. Other films he made include "8 Seconds," "Lean On Me" and 1999's "Inferno," which was his final project. He died of pancreatic cancer, according to his son.
STEPHEN FURST, 63 (Died: June 16, 2017) — Known for his turn as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in 1978's "Animal House," Furst had a long career as an actor, director and producer. He had lengthy stints on popular TV shows "St. Elsewhere" and "Babylon 5" in the '80s and '90s, respectively. Furst also did voice work in several Disney animated projects including "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command."
PRODIGY, 42 (Died: June 20, 2017) — Born Albert Johnson, Prodigy was one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. The group was respected for its dark beats and hardcore lyrics depicting city life. Over his career, he also worked with Nas, LL Cool J and 50 Cent.