Celebrity Deaths August 2019
These are the famous faces who passed away in the month of August 2019.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill
Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill died of apparent overdose on Aug. 1, 2019; she was only 22 years old and was attending school at Boston College. Hill’s death is the latest of tragic deaths to plague the Kennedy family like former-President John F. Kennedy Jr.’s assassination in 1963.
We love you Saoirse pic.twitter.com/SWvRti0nl6
— Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) August 2, 2019
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mike Troy died on Aug. 3, 2019. The 78-year-old Vietnam veteran won gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics for 200-meter butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay, both of which broke world records at the time. The Indiana native moved to Arizona in 1990 and continued to coach young swimmers through his Gold Medal Swim School.
The influential jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Bob Wilber passed away on Aug. 4, 2019. He was 91 years old. Wilber’s passion to preserve traditional jazz contributed to his Grammy win in 1985 for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band. He is survived by his wife Joanne ‘Pug’ Horton.
Joe Tortorice Jr.
Jason’s Deli founder and president Joe Tortorice Jr. died Aug. 10, 2019 after battling cancer at 70. Many credit the Texan businessman’s success to his servant leadership and genuine care for his employees and customers. Tortorice was also extremely active in the Catholic Church and read scripture with inmates at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont, Texas, every Monday.
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Former firefighter and “Walking Dead” actor Dango Nguyen passed away when he was 48-year-old on Aug. 10, 2019 after battling cancer. Nguyen was a firefighter in Georgia for almost 20 years before leaving his career to pursue acting.
Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found dead in his jail cell on Aug. 10, 2019. Only one day before his death, unsealed court documents showed that one of Epstein’s alleged victims claimed to have been forced to sleep with at least two Democratic politicians; the timing of his death in conjunction with the documents being unsealed is currently fueling various conspiracy theories. The FBI has renewed their appeal for possible victims of Jeffrey Epstein to contact them.
We are renewing our appeal for any possible victims of Jeffrey Epstein to contact us at 1-800-CALL-FBI. If you have been victimized by Epstein, we would really like to hear from you. pic.twitter.com/SiNPeh2TWS
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) August 28, 2019
Dove Award-winning songwriter and author Claire Cloninger died on Aug. 15, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. She was 77 years old. She received the Musical of the Year award four times, most recently for “Grace That Amazes” in 2006. She is survived by her husband, Robert “Spike” Cloninger, and her two sons.
Emmy award-winning news anchor Nancy Parker, 53, tragically died while on assignment. on Aug. 16, 2019. She had been a reporter for WVUE in New Orleans for 23 years before her sudden death.
— Nancy Parker (@NancyParkerFOX8) November 22, 2017
Seventy-nine-year-old Peter Fonda, the two-time Oscar-nominated actor most famously known for his role on “Easy Rider,” passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, due to respiratory failure. Peter leaves behind his wife Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere, his two children, Bridget, 55, and Justin, 53, and his sister Jane Fonda, 81.
Legendary Emmy-winning sportscaster Jack Whitaker passed away in his sleep on Aug. 18, 2019. The World War II veteran was 95 years old.
David Koch, a billionaire who invested in conservative political candidates, died on Aug. 23, 2019, at the age of 79. “While we mourn the loss of our hero, we remember his iconic laughter, insatiable curiosity, and gentle heart,” his family said in a statement.
Alfred C. Haynes
The hero pilot of United Flight 232 in 1989, Alfred C. Haynes, died at Aug. 25, 2019, after battling brain cancer. He was 69 years old. Haynes, along with two other pilots, helped saved dozens of passengers after the hydraulic lines necessary to land the plane were cut.
Professional race car driver and “Mythbusters” television personality Jessi Combs died while attempting to break her own land speed record. She was 39.
Dallas Homicide Detective Jim Leavelle passed away on Aug. 29, 2019. Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald — the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy– when he was killed by Jack Ruby. He was 99 years old.
Actress Valerie Harper, most commonly known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” passed away at age 80 on Aug. 30, 2019. She is survived by her doting husband, Tony Cacciotti, and her daughter, Cristina.
Twenty-six-year-old former “American Idol” contestant Haley Smith tragically died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 31, 2019. The young aspiring artist appeared on season 11 of the reality show and left an impression on the judges.
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