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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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  • February 28, 2015: Former Knicks star Anthony Mason died after a heart attack and multiple surgeries earlier in the week. He was 48. During his 13 years in the NBA, Mason made it all the way to the finals in 1994 and was presented with the Sixth Man Award for his performance off of the bench in 1995.

    His son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement, "first I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it. Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother ... but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father -- Big Mase -- put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I'm wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we've got to let you know we love you and know you'll always be with us."

    More Anthony Mason obituaries:
    ESPN, New York Post, Bleacher Report

    Photo: Dick Raphael/Getty Images
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida

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  • Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell

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    February 27, 2015: Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, best known for her part in the 90s R&B group Brownstone, passed away at the age of 46. No cause of death was determined at the time, but Maxwell's mother said she died after a terrible fall. LAPD said that a broken wine glass cut her neck. They attempted to transport her to Cedars Sinai Hospital, but she had already lost too much blood.

    She was found by her husband, who said in a statement, "She was the center of our world as a devoted mother and wife. We miss her so much. We would like to thank everyone who has been there for us and expressed your condolences. They have given us comfort over these incredibly difficult days."

    Brownstone was best known for their 1995 hit single, "If You Love Me."

    More Charmayne Maxwell obituaries:
    People, TMZ, Los Angeles Times
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Guyana
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    February 27, 2015: Legendary actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy was best known for playing Spock in the 1970s Star Trek television series and 1979 film. In 2014, he announced that he was diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, probably due to years of smoking. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death. 

    Most recently, he appeared as an older version of Spock in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, as well as the 2013 follow up. He also played Dr. William Bell in J.J. Abrams's hit show, Fringe

    In addition to his television and movie work, he received rave reviews for his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and wrote two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock in 1977 and I Am Spock in 1995. He also published books of poetry and photography. 

    Nimoy passed away at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.

    For more Leonard Nimoy obituaries:
    BBC, NY Times
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1931-2015)
    • Birthplace: West End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Mirjana Puhar

    February 24, 2015: Former America's Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19, was found dead in her boyfriend's home, the victim of an apparent triple homicide. Her boyfriend and another man were also found dead, and police noticed money scattered around the house. Authorities believe the murders were drug related. They arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel in connection with the killings.

    ANTM executive producer and head judge Tyra Banks said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news about Mirjana Puhar. She was a vivacious and promising young woman. Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones.”

    For more Mirjana Puhar obituaries:
    TMZ, Just Jared, Cosmopolitan