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Celebrities Who Died in 2015

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This list of celebrities who died in 2015 is a watch list of all notable deaths of the year. Death spares no one - not even the rich and/or famous. This lists includes all of those musicians, athletes, actors, and other famous people of entertainment that died in 2015, those recent losses we collectively mourn. Here you will also find the best obituaries for each celebrity who was lost this year.

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 dead celeb listed below are links to recent obits and wiki articles as well as other information about the person's life and career. Celebrities who became deceased in 2015 include Christopher Lee, Dusty Rhodes, Leonard Nimoy, and Wes Craven. 

Also see: our Celebrity Deaths 2014 list, and our 2019 Celebrity Deaths 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.

 

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  • 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
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
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    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 
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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    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:
    People, ESPN
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia

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  • 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
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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