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Just left the building: Remembering those who've left us in 2014

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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/26/2014 (4 years ago)
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Many famous actors, musicians left the stage this past year

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," author Maya Angelou once said. Angelou, to quote a euphemism, joined the choir invisible this year - leaving her literary work to enchant readers for the generations to come. The award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Death did not take a holiday this past year, but we can take comfort in the fact that these people's work lives on in film, TV and recordings .

The tragic suicide of manic comedian Robin Williams sobered many of his longtime fans about the 'tears of the clown' inherent in many funnymen.

The tragic suicide of manic comedian Robin Williams sobered many of his longtime fans about the "tears of the clown" inherent in many funnymen.


By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
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12/26/2014 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: Celebrities, death, 2014, actors, musicians

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - British singer Joe Cocker, best known for the songs "You Are So Beautiful," and the 1980s duet "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, recently passed away on December 22, 2014 of lung cancer at the age of 70.

Iconic child star Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star of Depression-era America, died on February 10 at the age of 85. She remained active in politics long after her acting career.

St. Vitus, patron saint of actors, is honored in this beautiful pendant.

Comedy legend Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 on September 4.

Comedy legend Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 on September 4.

Two very funny people left us this year: Comedy legend Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 on September 4. Even more tragically, actor Robin Williams of "Mork & Mindy" and countless classic comedies took his own life on August 11, 2014 at the age of 63.

Director Mike Nichols behind such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," "Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," died in November 2014 at the age of 83.

Sultry screen siren Lauren Bacall alongside husband Humphrey Bogart kept audiences enthralled in such classics as "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep," died on August 12, 2014, at the age of 89.

More tragedy arrived with the heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his work in "Capote." Found dead in his apartment on February 2, he was only 46. Actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for his "Ghostbusters" role, died on February 24 at the age of 69.

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, with a career spanning more than 80 years, died at the age of 93 on April 6.

British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from "Mona Lisa" to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" died aged 71 on April 29 after a bout of pneumonia.

Time was not kind to favorite son the small-screen, such as Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch," who died on June 1 at the age of 88. Actor James Garner, star of "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," died at the age of 86 on July 19. Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on "Gilligan's Island," died on January 16, at the age of 89.

Casey Kasem, the legendary radio broadcaster and perpetual cartoon vocal talent died on June 15 2014 at the age of 82.

Eli Wallach, a character actor best known for his supporting roles in the Western classics "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," died on June 24, 2014 at the age of 98.

Meshach Taylor, who appeared in the hit sitcoms "Designing Women" and "Dave's World" dying in June of cancer at the age of 67, as well as stand-up comedian David Brenner who died at the age of 78 on March 15 and actress Carol Ann Susi, best known for voicing the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory" who died at age 62 on November 11, will all live on in their recorded work.

There were heavy losses in to the music world, with Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, died in July at the age of 62.

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed the Everly Brothers died on January 3 at the age of 74.
Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents died on January 27, at the age of 94.

Last but certainly not least -- Longtime NBC announcer Don Pardo, best known as the often-heard, rarely seen constant during 38 seasons of change at "Saturday Night Live," died on August 18 at the age of 96.

All of these performers touched millions who never met them personally. We can only be grateful that their legacy lives on.


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