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Celebrities Who Died in 2017

Updated September 18, 2020 399.4k views94 items

If you're wondering what celebrities died this year, this list of celebrity deaths in 2017 has them all. From actors to singers to athletes, these celebs have passed away this year. Even the rich and famous cannot avoid death, and while the world has lost these celebrities in 2017, their works, performances, and accolades will forever be in our memories. Some of these recent celebrity deaths may shock you because either they left too soon or the celebrity died in an unusual way. The list of celebrities we lost in 2016 seems endless, so let's hope this year is softer on Hollywood. 

Celebrity deaths seem to be happening more often than expected, which is a reminder that celebrities can also die at any moment like this week or even today. A celebrity dying can be a tough time for a fan, but we need to remember that life goes on. There might be many dead celebrities in 2017, so moving on saves pain.

Instead of searching for the latest Hollywood deaths, check this list of celebrities who recently died in 2017. When a notable person dies, the list will be updated to stay current with the celebrities who died this year. There are also photos, short bios, and links to obituaries for each recently deceased celeb. You can also take a look at 2017 musician deaths and the actors and actresses who died in 2017, or see what celebrities died in 2019.

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    NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless died at the age of 80 on December 22, 2017. No cause of death was immediately given. McCandless is best-known for being the first human to fly in space untethered; he is the man in the suit in this famous image. The famous space first took place in 1984.

    McCandless was born in Boston, MA, and graduated from the Naval Academy in . He also held master's degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from Stanford University and the University of Houston at Clear Lake, respectively. Among his other NASA achievements are helping to launch the Hubble Telescope, developing the jetpack he wore during his untethered space walk, and serving as the Mission Control capsule communicator during Apollo 11. He is survived by his wife Ellen, two children, and two grandchildren.

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    NBC News, NASA, NPR

  • Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza / Wikimedia Commons

    In December 2017, famous sportscaster Dick Enberg was found dead in his home at 82. His daughter confirmed the death to the Associated Press and the presumed cause of death is a heart attack.

    Enberg was a Hall of Fame broadcaster and famous for the catchphrase "Oh my!", which he said during big plays. Since 2016, he had been retired from television, but was working on several podcasts at the time of his death. 

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    Associated Press, CNN, Los Angeles Times

  • Bernard Law


    Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, died in Rome on December 20 at the age of 86.

    The Harvard-educated Law became the archbishop of Boston in 1984, and quickly rose in prominence in both the Catholic Church and political circles. However, his career was rocked by scandal in 2002, when news of priests abusing young boys in his archdiocese became public knowledge. Law gave prosecutors the names of priests accused of sexual abuse, but was heavily criticized for continually transferring those priests without notifying parishioners or the authorities. He ultimately resigned at the end of 2002.

    Following his disgrace in the United States, Law moved to Rome and became the high priest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

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    New York Times, ABC News, CNN

  • Photo: Like a Diamond / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

    Kim Jong-hyun, vocalist of the K-pop boy group SHINee, died on December 18. His sister alerted emergency services when she received text messages indicating he was planning on committing suicide. Upon finding coal chips burnt in the kitchen, investigators believe he died from inhaling toxic fumes.

    Jong-hyun was selected as a member of the South Korean boy band SHINee when he was 18 years old. Since then, SHINee continued being one of the most popular groups with songs, like "View," "Dreamgirl," and "Sherlock." In 2015, Jonghyun made his solo debut, and later released his first solo studio album, She Is, in May 2016. 

    Considered to be the first artist of S.M. Entertainment to have participated the most in the writing, organizing, and composing for an album, Jonghyun has frequently been called one of few K-pop artists who have a higher level of musicality. 

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    People, BBC, Rolling Stone


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