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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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    April 1, 2015: Misa Okawa, the world's oldest woman, died in Japan at the age of 117. Okawa suffered heart failure and died peacefully in her sleep at her nursing home.

    Born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, Okawa became the world's oldest person in 2013 when she was recognized by Guinness World Records. She was the daughter of a kimono maker.

    Her passing makes American Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas the world's oldest person. She is 116.

    More Misao Okawa obituaries:
    Us Weekly, AP, NBC News
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    March 23, 2015: Gary Dahl, the creator of the Pet Rock, died at the age of 78. Dahl began his career as an advertising copywriter, before inventing the short lived pet sensation that would eventually make him a millionaire. In 1975, Dahl dreamed up the Pet Rock after hearing friends complain about taking care of their live animals. The rocks sold for $4 each and became an instant sensation. They were discontinued in 1976, but by then, Dahl had already made millions.

    Dahl also wrote the book Advertising for Dummies and designed and built the Carry Nations Saloon in Los Gatos, California.

    More Gary Dahl obituaries:
    AP, People, New York Times
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    March 10, 2015: Co-director of the critically acclaimed 2014 film, Still Alice, Richard Glatzer passed away at the age of 63. He had been suffering through a long battle with ALS, and died just weeks after Julianne Moore picked up a Best Actress Oscar for her work in his film.

    Diagnosed in 2011, Glatzer continued to work with his husband, Wash Westmoreland, in adapting Lisa Genova's novel for the screen. He was due to be honored by the ALS Association in April.

    Westmoreland said in a statement, "Thank you to everyone for this huge outpouring of love. Richard was a unique guy — opinionated, funny, caring, gregarious, generous and so, so smart. A true artist and a brilliant man. I treasure every day of the short 20 years we had together.

    I cannot believe he has gone. But in my heart and the hearts of those who loved him, he will always be alive.”

    Read more Richard Glatzer documentaries:
    People, Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly
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    March 8, 2015: Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with colon cancer. The 59-year-old was a 9-time Emmy winner during a long television career that included work on Cheers and Taxi.

    Despite departing from The Simpsons after four season, he continued to receive $20-30m per year after striking a deal that gave him part of the show's earnings. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he decided to donate much of his earning to charity. He founded the Sam Simon Foundation, a dog rescue and training program.

    Read more Sam Simon obituaries:
    BBC News, People