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Celebrities Who Died In 2019  

Jules Burke
January 2, 2019 133.6k views 139 items

Nobody likes to be surprised by learning about a beloved celebrity's passing. If you're having trouble keeping track of 2019's celebrity deaths, this list has you covered. With the ever-changing headlines, it is difficult to keep up with all the recent celebrity obituaries. If you often Google "celebrities who died today" to learn who was the famous actor that just died, this list can be your handy, if melancholy, reference.

Even though we know musicians, artists, actors, activists, politicians, and other public figures do not live forever, celebrity departures are always challenging to handle, especially when a particularly respected famous person passes. Finding out about the latest celebrity death often feels incredibly painful, but reading up on recent deaths can help you process the passing of stars you admired.

This list of Hollywood deaths in 2019 will help commemorate those who are no longer with us. If you want to keep track of famous obituaries and who died recently, this is the place to do so. If you're having trouble recalling all the celebrities that were recently lost, these lists of celebrities who died in 2018, 2017, and 2016 can help you remember who we've lost.

Philip McKeon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Died In 2019
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Philip McKeon, known for his roles on the 1976 television show Alice, has passed away at the age of 55. His spokesman Jeff Ballard released a statement, "“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing. His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life."

The older brother of Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon, the actor played Tommy Hyatt for nearly a decade on the CBS sitcom Alice

Age: 54

Birthplace: Westbury, New York, United States of America

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Marie Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Died In 2019
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Marie Fredriksson, co-founder of Swedish music group Roxette, passed away on December 9 in Sweden from complications with a brain tumor. She was 61 years old.

The "Listen to Your Heart" singer secured two Swedish Grammy Awards in the early 1990s, one being Artist of the Year. Although she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002, Fredriksson continued to record, perform, and tour until 2016. 

The other half of Roxette, Per Gessle, took to the band's Twitter to share a sentiment about Fredriksson: "Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same."

Age: 60

Birthplace: Össjö, Sweden

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Caroll Spinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Died In 2019
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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer responsible for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, died on December 7 at home in Connecticut. Spinney retired in 2018 and was suffering from dystonia, a disorder that causes muscles to involuntarily contract. 

Spinney played the 8-foot-2 yellow canary since the show's debut in 1969. He met Muppets creator Jim Henson at a puppetry festival several years earlier where the two spoke of their pseudo-legendary characters. 

Sesame Street Workshop released a statement after the time of his death, in which the show's co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney remembered the man behind the beloved character. “He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well," Cooney said. 

He is survived by his wife Debra and his three children from a previous marriage. 

Age: 85

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Waltham

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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Died In 2019
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Rapper Juice WLRD, popular for his chart-topping hit "Lucid Dreams," died on December 8, 2019. The 21-year-old artist, whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, reportedly suffered a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport before being taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Juice WRLD rose to streaming stardom after finding success on SoundCloud. He was signed and debuted his album Goodbye & Good Riddance in May 2018, which went platinum. In the days prior to his passing he was active on social media, telling his fans he'd be celebrating his birthday, which was December 2, all week long. 

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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