Top Ten Saddest Deaths of 2015

So far this year, we've lost some treasured people: mathematicians, actors, musicians; and we'll only lose more. These people have changed the world in their own ways, be it by thrilling sci-fi fans or by actively saving lives, and it's worth commemorating them with this list.

The Top Ten

1 Leonard Nimoy (February 27) Leonard Nimoy (February 27) Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer, and songwriter.

He inspired a generation of people to do things in space to help the future. He was a great actor who will truly be missed.

No need to fear, Sheldon will just grow another Leonard Nimoy. - keycha1n

Died at the age of 83, having lived long and prospered. - PositronWildhawk

I have been... And always shall be... Your loyal fan. - BKAllmighty

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2 Sir Christopher Lee (June 7) Sir Christopher Lee (June 7) Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922-2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. He was best known for his villainous roles in films such as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit more.

Think of all the things he did in his life, all the memories and genius thoughts that he, and he alone, had stores in his incredible brain. The loss of that wealth of fascinating information, alone, is hugely sad. The man behind all of that must have been incredible. And I believe he was. - BKAllmighty

His voice was so awesome. Gonna miss him. - Therandom

This guy died on my birthday - Catacorn

A cinematic legend who can't be replaced. He absolutely perfected the memorable roles of Saruman, Count Dooku, Scaramanga and several others, and he brought up the power of the entire films every time. - PositronWildhawk

3 B.B. King (May 14) B.B. King (May 14) Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

It's Always The Good Musicians Who Die, and The Bad Musicians Who Stay Alive.

A truly influential musician for all of his life. He will be missed. - higgsboson2142

Died on my birthday. Shame - Gangem

An amazing musical artist.RIP - istooduptoabully

4 John Forbes Nash Jr. (May 23) John Forbes Nash Jr. (May 23) John Forbes Nash, Jr. was an American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equations.

One of the founders of modern game theory, and overcame may struggles with schizophrenia in the process. It was truly sad to see him go the way he did. - PositronWildhawk

5 Satoru Iwata (July 11) Satoru Iwata (July 11) Satoru Iwata was a Japanese game programmer and businessman who served as the fourth president and chief executive officer of Nintendo.

He was the president of Nintendo. Gamers like me everywhere are mourning him. This is one of the reasons why I hate cancer. - Pegasister12

He created some of my favorite video games like Mario pokemon and Kirby and I miss him

He was adorable, charismatix, lovable, and just someone who loved his job and wanted to make the world smile and laugh with his brilliance. RIP Satoru Iwata. You were enough of a genius to turn an image of you holding bananas into an Internet meme - xandermartin98

Nintendo was, is and always will be my favorite video game company. This man's accomplishments in the industry, whether in HAL or Nintendo, managed so much, saving games from development hell, helping getting Nintendo back to the top after the Gamecube, saving entire companies from collapse.
On his business card, he was a corporate president. In his mind, he was a game developer. But in heart, he was a gamer. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata-san.

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6 Terry Pratchett (March 12) Terry Pratchett (March 12) Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.

One of the best fantasy writers of all time. At one point, Hogfather was my favourite childhood story. - PositronWildhawk

7 Charles H. Townes (January 27) Charles H. Townes (January 27)

The inventor of the maser, a device which creates coherent EM waves through amplification of stimulated emission. It's an essential constituent of both radio telescopes and atomic clocks, as well as something which Niels Bohr said was physically impossible. - PositronWildhawk

8 Lemmy Kilmister (December 28) Lemmy Kilmister (December 28) Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

He is Legend And Legends Never Die

Frontman of Motorhead and one of the all time rock legends.

Shocked the hell out of me when I heard he died. R.I.P and keep on rock n rollin

9 Ben E. King (April 30) Ben E. King (April 30)

Stand, by me. Oh, stand, by me. Oh stand. Stand by me, Stand by me. - GhostBird

10 Chris Squire (June 27) Chris Squire (June 27) Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.

I was the owner of a lonely heart the day he passed away. - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 Errol Brown (May 6) Errol Brown (May 6)
12 Nicholas Winton (July 1) Nicholas Winton (July 1) Sir Nicholas George Winton was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport.
13 Scott Weiland (December 3) Scott Weiland (December 3) Scott Weiland is an American singer, musician, and composer for the American grunge band Stone Temple Pilots. V 1 Comment
14 Omar Sharif (July 10) Omar Sharif (July 10)
15 Betsy Palmer (May 29) Betsy Palmer (May 29)

Friday the 13th was one of the first serious horror movies I ever saw. It isn't the shocker it was when I was younger but it will always be special to me and Betsy Palmer's role as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees will always be one of the great iconic roles in annals of horror movie history. - BKAllmighty

16 Wes Craven (August 30)

The best horror movie director of all time -Jonz

17 Ron Moody (June 11) Ron Moody (June 11) Ron Moody was a British actor, singer, composer and writer best known for his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance as Fagin in Oliver!
18 Roddy Piper (July 31) Roddy Piper (July 31) Roderick George "Roddy" Toombs, better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler and actor.

Just yesterday, July 30, I was watching old 80s videos of Roddy Piper. Little did I know that his life would be cut short just hours later. He is a legend that better and will live on. So shocking and heartbreaking. Haven't felt this sorrowed by a celebrity death in years. - GhostBird

19 Phil Walsh (June 30) Phil Walsh (June 30)

It was so sad when Phil Walsh (Adelaide Crows Coach) died. R.I.P Phil Walsh.

20 Phil Taylor (November 11) Phil Taylor (November 11) Philip John Taylor, better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor, was an English rock drummer in the British Rock 'n' Roll band Motörhead from 1975–1984 and 1987–1992 recording eleven studio albums and four live albums, including No Sleep 'til Hammersmith and Nö Sleep at All, between them.
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Chris Squire (June 27)
2. B.B. King (May 14)
3. Leonard Nimoy (February 27)
1. Scott Weiland (December 3)
2. Lemmy Kilmister (December 28)
3. Chris Squire (June 27)
1. B.B. King (May 14)
2. Ben E. King (April 30)
3. Sir Christopher Lee (June 7)

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