Celebrity Deaths January 2019
Musician Pegi Young passed away on Jan. 1, 2019, at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. Young was married to musician Neil Young for 36 years. During their marriage, they founded the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments.
Eugene “Mean Gene” Okerlund was one the most famous faces in WWE history. He passed away at the age of 76 on Jan. 2, 2019. Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Captain” Daryl Dragon of “The Captain & Tennille” passed away on Jan. 2, 2019, at the age of 76. The cap-wearing singer was famous for recording hits with then-wife Toni Tennille such as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love.”
Two-time Emmy Winner Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2, 2019, at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. He was most recently known for his recurring role as Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Einstein earned his first Emmy back in the 1960s for his work as a writer on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” actress Louisa Moritz passed away at the age of 72 on Jan. 4, 2019. Moritz’s other film credits include Cheech and Chong’s “Up in Smoke” and “Death Race 2000.” She also made appearances on “The Joe Namath Show,” “M*A*S*H,” “Happy Days” and “The Incredible Hulk.”
Wife of actor and singer Pat Boone, Shirley passed away on Jan. 11, 2019, at the age of 84. Pat said of his wife of 65 years after her passing, “I’ve parted with my better half for a little while… we just move on to another place, and today was moving day.”
Actor Steve Buscemi’s wife of 30 years, Jo Andres, passed away on Jan. 11, 2019. She was 65 years old. Andres was a filmmaker, choreographer and artist who rose to fame in the 1980s.
Pitching legend Mel Stottlemyre passed away on Jan. 13, 2019, at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. Stottlemyre pitched for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons and later won five World Series titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets.
Legendary Actress Carol Channing died on Jan. 15, 2019 at the age of 97. The Tony award winner was most well-known for her role in “Hello, Dolly!” She also received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1968 and a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 1995.
U.S. pairs figuring skating champion John Coughlin died on Jan. 19, 2019. He was just 33 years old. During his career, Coughlin won national pairs championships with two partners.
On Jan. 22, 2019, comedian and writer Kevin Barnett passed away at the age of 32. Barnett co-hosted a weekly podcast, “The Roundtable of Gentlemen,” and co-created the TV comedy series “Rel” on Fox.
Singer and actress Kaye Ballard passed away at the age of 93 on Jan. 21, 2019. Ballard was most well-known for her starring role on the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law.” She was also the first to record “Fly Me to the Moon” in 1954, the song later made famous by Frank Sinatra in 1964.
“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali passed away on Jan. 25, 2019, at the age of 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Although Ali finished seventh on the Bravo channel cooking show, she won the Fan Favorite title. She also competed on Food Network’s “Chopped” and won during her episode in 2012.
On Jan. 26, 2019, Oscar-winning composer and pianist Michel Legrand passed away at the age of 86. He was most notably remembered for his score in “The Umbrella of Cherbourg” and the song “The Windmills of Your Mind.”
Sixty-six-year-old James Ingram passed away on Jan. 29, 2019. The Grammy winner was known for hits like “Just Once” and “I Don’t Have The Heart.” In his career, Ingram earned two Oscar nominations for his songwriting.
Actor Dick Miller passed away on Jan. 30, 2019 at the age of 90. Miller was most well-known for his 1984 role as Murray Futterman in the film “Gremlins.” His film credits also include “A Bucket of Blood,” “The ‘Burbs,'” “Fame,” and “The Terminator.” Director Edgar Wright referred to him as “the king of character actors.”
Country Music Hall of Famer Harold Bradley passed away on Jan. 31, 2019, at the age of 93. Bradley played guitar on hundreds of hit country records, including “Crazy,” “Stand By Your Man,” “Crying” and “King of the Road.” Bradley was also an original member of the famed Nashville A-Team.
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