The latest celebrity deaths are listed at the top of this list, but you can sort the well-known obit list alphabetically by the name column. This celebrity death list will have any notable famous people who passed away in 2014, as soon as the news hits, but if we miss any prominent obituaries please let us know in the comments below, and we will add them right away. What famous stars died in 2014? Robin Williams's unfortunate passing was sad and shocking, but plenty of other talents have departed from this earth as well, as you can see by this list.
If you would like to remember the celebrities that passed on last year, check out our 2013 Celebrity Deaths List.
Some die from drug overdoses, some of cancer, others of old age and some from untimely accidents, but all the 2014 famous dead people are listed here by recency of death with respect for their families and loved ones. This is an informational list of celebrity deaths and not a celebration of anything other than their lives. RIP, talented and famous people who died in 2014 - you will be remembered.
10/27/2014: Actress Marcia Strassman died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her death was confirmed by her sister, Julie Strassman saying, "She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met."
Strassman was best known for her roles on Welcome Back Kotter and in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids films.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer
Credits: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, + more
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10/25/2014: Bassist Jack Bruce, former member of Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, died at his home in Suffolk, England, at age 71. According to a post on Bruce's Facebook page, he was surround by his family at the time of his passing.
As the bassist for one of rock's earliest supergroups, he helped create the tracks "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "SWLABR."
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom
Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Actor Singer
Credits: Goodfellas^! True Lies^! Futurama^! The Breakfast Club
#174 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#662 on The Best Singers of All Time
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10/20/2014: Noted fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed the news of his passing, due to complications with cancer. He dealt with the disease off and on for 8 years prior to his death.
de la Renta was one of the most famous names in fashion, known for dressing celebrities for red carpet events, numerous American first ladies, and designing the dress that Amal Alamuddin wore for her wedding to George Clooney, among other achievements.
Birthplace: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
Credits: The September Issue
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10/18/2014: American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died after battling a rare case of cancer. She was 32 years old. Her family posted news of her passing on her Facebook page, saying, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."
Borgella appeared on season 7 of American Idol, making it to the final 12 for females. She suffered from endometrial cancer, which attacks the lining of the womb.
Birthplace: Uniondale, New York, United States of America
Profession: Model, Plus-size model, Singer
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10/14/2014: Actress Elizabeth Pena passed away at the age of 55 years old. The reportedly died of natural causes following a brief illness. Pena had a decades long career spanning over 40 years, including roles in Lone Star, Transamerica, and The Incredibles.
Pena also played the role of Sofia Vergara's mother on the hit series "Modern Family." She was widely loved by the Hollywood community.
UPDATE: According to Pena's autopsy, the illness from which she was suffering was cirrhosis of the liver, due to alcohol.
Age: Died at 55 (1959-2014)
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Incredibles, Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder, Batteries Not Included Down and Out in Beverly Hills, + more
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10/9/2014: Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jane Hooks has died at the age of 57. No cause of death was immediately announced, but it TMZ reported that the actress and comedian had been battling a series illness for some time.
The actress and comedian was a cast member on "SNL" from 1986-1991, performing alongside Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Chris Farley. In 1998 she was nominated for an Emmy for her role on "3rd Rock from the Sun." She also appeared on "30 Rock," as Jenna Maroney's mother.
Age: Died at 57 (1957-2014)
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Actor
Credits: Batman Returns, Saturday Night Live, Designing Women, Simon Birch
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9/4/2014: The popular comedic entertainer and E! TV show host Joan Rivers has died at age 81. Sadly, Rivers’ health took a sudden sharp decline after she stopped breathing during elective throat surgery. She was taken to New York’s Mount Sinai hospital, and was later reported to be on life support.
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."
Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more
Credits: Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
#13 on The Most Annoying TV Hosts
#143 on The Funniest People of All Time
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8/24/14: Sir Richard Attenborough, who was best known for his roles in films like Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Jurassic Park, has died. The actor's career spanned six decades and also included turns behind the camera as director for movies like Gandhi, for which he won two Academy Awards. Attenborough was 90.
Age: Died at 91 (1923-2014)
Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director
Credits: Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Elizabeth
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