If you're wondering what celebrities died this year, this list of celebrity deaths in 2017 has them all. From actors to singers to athletes, these celebs have passed away this year. Even the rich and famous cannot avoid death, and while the world has lost these celebrities in 2017, their works, performances, and accolades will forever be in our memories. Some of these recent celebrity deaths may shock you because either they left too soon or the celebrity died in an unusual way. The list of celebrities we lost in 2016 seems endless, so let's hope this year is softer on Hollywood.
Celebrity deaths seem to be happening more often than expected, which is a reminder that celebrities can also die at any moment like this week or even today. A celebrity dying can be a tough time for a fan, but we need to remember that life goes on. There might be many dead celebrities in 2017, so moving on saves pain.
Instead of searching for the latest Hollywood deaths, check this list of celebrities who recently died in 2017. When a notable person dies, the list will be updated to stay current with the celebrities who died this year. There are also photos, short bios, and links to obituaries for each recently deceased celeb. You can also take a look at 2017 musician deaths and the actors and actresses who died in 2017.
Stephen Furst - an actor and director most know for his role in National Lampoon's Animal House - died on June 16. He was 63.
Furst started pursuing acting in the 1970s while working as a pizza delivery guy. He would hand out his headshot with the pizzas hoping someone might discover him. Matty Simmons - a film producer - did, and cast him as Flounder in National Lampoon's Animal House. He reprised his role in the 1979 spin-off Delta House. He went on to star in several films and TV shows, including St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5.
In the 1990s he shifted his career toward animated films, voicing characters on Freakazoid!, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. He began directing in the 2000s.
He died from complications of diabetes at his Moorpark, CA, home.
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Adam West, an actor most known for his portrayal of Batman, died on June 9. He was 88 years old.
West was born in Washington state, but had dreams of Hollywood from a young age. After serving in the US Army, West had small roles in a series of TV shows and movies - including Sugarfoot, Perry Mason, and Outer Limits.
In 1966, West got the role that changed his life - Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman. Batman the TV series ran for two years, but became a cult classic. He was cast in several other productions, but struggled to shed his role as Batman. From the time the show ended in 1968, he reprised his role several times in other shows. In the 1990s, he turned from serious actor to more comedic roles, often poking fun at his Batman fame.
He also turned to voice acting, lending his voice to several huge cartoon shows, including The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, Johnny Bravo, and most notably, Family Guy.
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Actress Glenne Headly - known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland's Opus - died on June 8. She was 62.
Headly started her stage career as a ballerina, studying at the Robert Joffrey School of Ballet as a child, and then at a college in Switzerland with a focus on the dramatic arts. Her first role was in the play Curse of the Starving Class, which co-starred actor John Malkovich. The two later married, and subsequently divorced.
She left the theater and launched her film career in 1988, with a breakout role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. From there, she became a film star - performing in Dick Tracy, Dangerous Liaisons, and Mr. Holland's Opus, to name just a few.
She was cast in 2017's Future Man alongside Ed Begley Jr., and Josh Hutcherson. According to the show's production team, she was in the middle of shooting at the time of her death.
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British actor Peter Sallis - most known for playing the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit - died on June 2 at the age of 96.
Wallace made his stage debut in 1949 at the London Theater. He quickly became a stage and silver screen favorite, starring in the first West End production of Cabaret with Judi Dench and in Orson Welles's Moby Dick. He went on to star in a variety of British films, including Doctor in Love and The Wind in the Willows.
But what he was most known for was voicing the character Wallace in the beloved British cartoon. From 1989 to 2009 he portrayed Wallace in a series of films for the franchise. In total, he did six Wallace & Gromit films.
He retired from acting in 2009 after suffering from macular degeneration. He died in a London nursing home surrounded by his family.
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