Top 10 Saddest Deaths of 2024

The Top Ten
1 Carl Weathers Carl Weathers (1948-2024) was an American actor, director, and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films.

This is a significant loss for cinema. This American actor was best known for playing Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films, Colonel Al Dillon in Predator, and Combat Carl in the Toy Story franchise. He also played a role in Happy Gilmore and in The Mandalorian. He died three weeks after turning 76. Rest in Peace (1948-2024).

2 Toby Keith Toby Keith Covel, known professionally as Toby Keith (1961-2024) was an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

Country music has lost a legend. This singer-songwriter from Oklahoma had a career that spanned more than 3 decades and is best known for songs such as "Beer for My Horses" (a duet with country legend Willie Nelson), "How Do You Like Me Now?!", "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue", "I Wanna Talk About Me", "Should've Been a Cowboy", and "Red Solo Cup". He lost a battle with stomach cancer, which he was diagnosed with in June 2022. He was 62. RIP (1961-2024).

Country music lost an icon after a long battle with cancer. He was the 90's king of country. May he rest in peace.

Country Music lost a legend.

3 Glynis Johns

A British actress died at the age of 100!

4 David Soul

This actor was best known for his portrayal of Hutch in the ABC series Starsky and Hutch (1975-79). He just died at the age of 80. RIP (1943-2024).

5 Norman Jewison
6 Don Murray
7 Chita Rivera

She was known for her roles in Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and her title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman. She was a Tony award winner as well as a dancer. Rest in Peace (1933-2024).

8 Richard Lewis

This is a sad loss for comedy. This stand-up comic first achieved fame in the 1980s. More recently, his career was rejuvenated when he appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was 76. RIP (1947-2024)

9 Kelvin Kiptum

A very, very sad loss for athleticism. This Kenyan long-distance runner was the fastest man in the marathon and has held the world record in this discipline since October 8, 2023. He was tragically killed in a road accident alongside his coach. At only 24, he could have made a significant impact during the 2024 Olympics. There are no words to express this devastating loss! Rest in Peace, gone way too soon (1999-2024).

The world lost an absolute icon too soon. He would've been the first and only person to run a marathon in less than 2 hours.

History has changed now that he's gone. All because of a car accident. The 2024 Paris Olympics won't be anywhere near as exciting as it would've been, now that he's gone, since nobody will ever be alive to run a marathon in under 2 hours.

This is a reminder of all the unfortunate events happening in the 2020s.

This is a day we'll never ever get over.

Megamind said, "There's no Easter Bunny, there's no Tooth Fairy, and there's no Queen of England," and so far, there's no first man on the Moon (Neil Armstrong), there's no First Lady of Song (Ella Fitzgerald), there's no King of Pop (Michael Jackson), there's no fastest woman on four wheels (Jessi Combs), there's no First Lady of Country (Loretta Lynn), there's no Queen of Great Britain (Elizabeth II), there's no King of Calypso (Harry Belafonte), there's no Mayor of Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett), there's no Queen of Rock and Roll (Tina Turner), and there's no fastest marathon runner (Kelvin Kiptum).

R.I.P. (December 2, 1999 - February 11, 2024).

10 Alexei Navalny

This Russian dissident, who was imprisoned in the Arctic Prison, just died in his cell. His death intervenes a few weeks before the presidential elections in Russia and are a big blow to Russians who fled their country. The causes of his death have not yet been revealed.

He was serving a 19-year sentence for "extremism" and was only 47 years old. RIP.

The Contenders
11 Christian Oliver
12 Mike Sadler

British Army officer, last original member of the Special Air Service, died at the age of 103!

13 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born 11 September 1945, died 7 January 2024) was a German professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career, he was nicknamed "Der Kaiser" because of his elegant style, dominance, and leadership on the field. His first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors... read more

Such a sad start to the year for football/soccer! This German icon, who played in a defending position known as "sweeper," won the UEFA Euro 1972 and the FIFA World Cup 1974 with the West Germany national team, and three European Cups (pre-Champions League) with Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976. He also won the Ballon d'Or twice (in 1972 and 1976) and is one of only three defenders to win this trophy.

He later became the coach for the West Germany national team and won the World Cup in 1990 as Germany was reunifying. Just like Mario Zagallo, he is one of only three footballers who won the World Cup both as a player and as a coach (the third one is Didier Deschamps). He was also the president of Bayern Munich from 1994 to 2009. He died in his home in Salzburg, Austria, at the age of 78. Rest in Peace (1945-2024).

14 Charles Osgood

He was known as the former host of CBS Sunday Mornings as well as the narrator of Horton Hears a Who (adapted from the Dr. Seuss book). He lost his long battle to dementia, which was a health issue that led to his retirement back in 2017. R.I.P. (1933-2024).

15 Nicholas Rescher
16 Sartaj Aziz
17 David P. Gardner
18 Michael Jayston
19 Mario Zagallo

A very sad loss for football/soccer. This Brazilian legend became the first footballer to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player (in 1958 with Brazil) and as a coach (in 1970, still with Brazil). He played alongside other Brazilian legends such as Pelé, whom he also coached when Brazil won the 1970 World Cup. He also coached some of the Brazilian footballers we know today, such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. He was one of the last living members of the squad that won the 1958 World Cup until now. Rest in Peace (1931-2024).

20 Frank Farian

This German music producer was best known for producing and providing vocals on Boney M's greatest hits such as "Daddy Cool," "Rasputin," and many more. He also produced for the infamous pop group Milli Vanilli, the boy band No Mercy, Meat Loaf, Terence Trent D'Arby, as well as some Eurodance projects in the 90s such as La Bouche. He recently passed away at the age of 82 in his Miami home. Rest in Peace.

21 Lynja

This was a very huge loss for TikTok & food entertaimnent. She was known for her Cooking With Lynja account, where she posted content focused on comedy and cooking. She lost a battle to esophageal cancer less than 2 weeks into 2024. R.I.P. (1956-2024).

The times when she broke records with Nick or made some cookies will forever be in our memories.

22 Seiji Ozawa
23 David Gail

This actor was best known for portraying Scott Carson on Beverly Hills 90210. He died at the age of 58. RIP (1965-2024).

24 James Kottak

This German musician was the Scorpions drummer from 1996 to 2016. Before joining Scorpions, he was the drummer of Kingdom Come, with whom he reunited in 2018 after his departure from Scorpions and stayed until his death. He was 61. RIP (1962-2024).

25 Iris Apfel

What a long life she lived.

She lived for 102 years 183 days and continued to be a fashion model from 2018 until her death, making her the oldest active model of all time as well as the oldest person to ever get a Barbie likeness.

She co-founded Old World Weavers, the company that redecorated the inside of the White House.

She just died on the first day of March. As Megamind said "there's no Easter bunny, there's no tooth fairy, and there's no queen of England", and so far, there's no first man on the Moon (Neil Armstrong), there's no First Lady of song (Ella Fitzgerald), there's no king of pop (Michael Jackson), there's no fastest woman on four wheels (Jessi Combs), there's no First Lady of country (Loretta Lynn), there's no queen of Great Britain (Elizabeth II), there's no king of Calypso (Harry Belafonte), there's no mayor of Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet), there's no queen of rock and roll (Tina Turner), there's no fastest Marathon runner (Kelvin Kiptum), and now there's no oldest active model (Iris Apfel).

R.I.P. to a truly unmatchable legend. From August 29, 1921 to March 1, 2024.

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