This list is regularly updated to include all well-known people in Hollywood and beyond who have died in 2015. The latest deaths this week or even today might have been due to natural causes or old age, illness like cancer, foul play, or some sort of accident, like a drug overdose or car wreck. Beneath each celeb listed below are links to recent obits and wiki articles as well as other information about the person's life and career.
Also see: our Celebrity Deaths 2014 list
Death is almost always sad, and it can be heartbreaking to see our favorite talented and bright shining idols pass away. This listed is ordered by recency, with the latest / most recent 2015 death listed first.
December 6, 2015: Legendary transgender actress Holly Woodlawn died of cancer at the age of 69. When she was 15, then-Harold Danhakl changed his name and hitchhiked from Miami to New York City, where her story was made famous by the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side." She later became a star in the drag queen world and developed a friendship with Andy Warhol. She appeared in numerous independent films and most recently landed the role of Vivian in Transparent.
More Holly Woodlawn obituaries:
People, Rolling Stone, New York Times
Birthplace: Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
Credits: Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Twin Falls Idaho, Women in Revolt, Night Owl Trash, + moresee more on Holly Woodlawn
December 3, 2015: Scott Weiland, singer of both the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep on tour. No immediate cause of death was given, but Weiland's past history of drug use is suspected. Weiland was on tour with his band the Wildabouts in Bloomington, Minnesota. His body was discovered just before he was scheduled to go on stage and perform.
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer
Credits: Fantastic Four, Great Expectations, Black Hawk Down, Not Another Teen Movie
#85 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#80 on The Best Frontmen in Rocksee more on Scott Weiland
November 15, 2015: Bam Margera's uncle, Vincent "Don Vito" Margera passed away at the age of 59 after falling into a coma. Margera, who regularly appeared on the Jackass television show and its spin-offs (often as the butt of Margera's practical jokes), was diagnosed with kidney and liver failure earlier in the years before his death. In 2007, he was convicted of groping two underage girls at an autograph signing.
More Vincent Margera obituaries:
Birthplace: Concordville, Pennsylvania, USA
Credits: Viva La Bam, Haggard: The Movie, Minghags: The Moviesee more on Vincent Margera
November 8, 2015: San Francisco's most famous topless burlesque dancer, Carol Doda, passed away from kidney failure. She was 78. In the 1960s, Doda kicked off a revolution in adult entertainment by becoming the first stripper to go completely topless onstage. She was also the first American woman to get silicon breast injections. After retiring from stripping in the '80s, she owned a lingerie shop and hosted a local cable talk show.
More Carol Doda obituaries:
People, TMZ, SF Chronicle
Birthplace: USA, California
Profession: Stripper, Go-go dancing, Singer
Credits: Head, Uncle Farts' '70s Grindhouse Sleazefestsee more on Carol Doda
November 4, 2015: E.T. screenwriter and the ex-wife of Harrison Ford, Melissa Mathison, died in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Throughout her career, she worked closely with many famous directors, penning some of the most beloved movies of recent decades. She wrote screenplays for films like The Black Stallion and The Indian in the Cupboard, and Martin Scorsese's Kundun. Most recently, she had reconnected with director Steven Spielberg to write the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, which is slated for release in 2016. She was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004.
More Melissa Mathison obituaries:
Variety, The Guardian
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Credits: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Kundun The Indian in the Cupboard, + moresee more on Melissa Mathison
September 22, 2015: Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90. The wisecracking sports icon was a Baseball Hall of Famer who played 18 seasons for the New York Yankees. After his time on the field, he managed and coached the team until 1985.
Despite his winning career as a catcher, Berra may, in fact, be more famous for his witty quotes than his 13 World Series titles. "It's déjà vu all over again," "it ain't over till it's over," and "when you come to a fork in the road... take it," are among the many Yogi Berra quotes that have become common and beloved colloquial sayings.
Berra eventually had a cartoon character named for him, as well as a museum dedicated to his achievements. He died at his home in New Jersey.
More Yogi Berra obituaries:
New York Times, CNN, People
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Manager, Baseball player, Coach, Actor Writer
Credits: New York Yankees (The Movie), Dream Girl of '67, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, Mantle
#16 on The Most Beloved US Veteranssee more on Yogi Berra
September 13, 2015: NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 60. Considered one of the 50 best players in basketball history, Malone's death was unexpected and shocking. His body was found in a hotel room when he didn't turn up at a scheduled appearance at a celebrity golf tournament. Police said no foul play was suspected.
The Philadelphia Sixer was a three-time MVP, and the first player to be drafted into the league straight out of high school. In 1982, he led Philly to it's first title in almost 20 years. In 2001, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
More Moses Malone obituaries:
Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
Profession: Basketball player
Also Rankedsee more on Moses Malone
August 30, 2015: Legendary horror movie writer/director Wes Craven passed away from brain cancer at the age of 76. Craven, who is best known as the man behind five Nightmare on Elm Street films, also created the Scream series and helmed other beloved horror flicks like The Hills Have Eyes.
A blue-collar kid, Craven said he got the idea for Elm Street from living next to a cemetery in his home town of Cleveland, but his legacy goes beyond just terrifying audiences with his movies. Craven also gave a number of now-famous A-listers their start. He discovered Johnny Depp while casting Elm Street, gave Bruce Willis his first featured role, and made Sharon Stone a star in Deadly Blessing. At the time of his death, he had an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions and was working on a number of projects for SyFy. He was also executive producing MTV's Scream series based on his films.
More Wes Craven obituaries:
Hollywood Reporter, BBC
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Film Editor, + more
Credits: Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Also Rankedsee more on Wes Craven