Saddest Deaths of 2017


The Top Ten

1 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

Just so surprising I don't think I can even begin to describe how sad this is I mean it wasn't just any death he was the voice of his generation but left us at the age of 41 from a suicide. Most think because his friend Chris Cornell also committed suicide and since it is Chris Cornell's Birthday he decided to hang himself - Thecyanryan

Don't let OJ's parole overshadow how big Bennington was in the Nu Metal/rock genre. You may not like them much, but you have to admire such great success they achieved in their peak. Now I can't possibly think the band will move on from another singer its over, and Chester will forever stick out for me. Thanks for everything you gave us fans from the beginning to end. - htoutlaws2012

This death still hits me hard... his music just feels and sounds more depressing now. Especially Dead by Sunrise, Linkin Park and Grey Daze. May his roul rest in peace he was a talented man that had a good run. I never got to see him live which is a shame because he had a really good vocal range. His death hit me harder then any death this year. It was like having a close friend die. I still cry when I hear songs like "Leave out All The Rest" or "One More Light".

Definitely, broke a lot of hearts when he went, at least he isn’t hurting mentally.anymore

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2 Adam West Adam West William West Anderson, known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film.

My favorite Batman the only real one in my opinion has died he will be missed - Thecyanryan

He was a great Batman and a great Mayor West (Family Guy) - EpicJake

RIP Gotham's greatest hero and Quahog's mayor. I'm going to be honest: this is the first celebrity death to make me cry. Batman was and still is 1 of my greatest fictional heroes. - girlcool

It was just so sudden, and the fact that nobody told us he had leukemia made it sadder.
He was 88 years old, though.
But I'll always remember him as the '60s Batman and the mayor in Family Guy.

3 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.

I don't really know what to say. He was a huge inspiration to my own personal songwriting. He had a voice that hasn't been replicated. His music was one of the contributing factors to why I love Grunge (and practically the Alternative music genre in general). Rest In Peace Chris. We'll miss ya buddy. Hope you're rocking up there in heaven. - cjWriter1997

I get so mad when people say Chester had a worst death. Chris Cornell inspired many artist (he was one of the best singers or rock n roll history). This death impacted many people. MILLIONS of people. Rip chris Cornell you will never be forgotten

Well, this should be at the top in no time. RIP - 445956

RIP brother

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4 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

This Is a death from a real legend he created what is said to be the first rock song this will be number one soon - Thecyanryan

The single most influential rock star that has ever lived

Our founding father of Rock n Roll died...RIP...A greet human with a beautiful soul, May you rest in peace. - Ananya


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5 Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirty-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and, earlier, The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which more.
6 Tom Petty Tom Petty Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.

Still can't believe it. RIP, Man.

It was so shocking when he died. Tom Petty has always been one of my favorite artists. - Metarock

Rock In Peace, Tom.

I cried

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7 Gregg Allman Gregg Allman

Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell and then Gregg Allman. - zxm

Dang It, You Beat Me to It! - kcianciulli

8 Charlie Murphy Charlie Murphy

Saying goodbye to a comedy icon. YOU WILL BE MISSED. - anthonybecerra831

9 Bill Paxton Bill Paxton

He was a great actor, too bad he died at 61 of surgery complications.

He was part of Titanic, Aliens and others.
Sad to see him die so soon.

10 Roger Moore Roger Moore Sir Roger George Moore KBE (1927-2017) was an English actor. Moore played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films such as Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me and Live and Let Die, between 1973 and 1985. Moore worked as a model and made several appearances in minor films and television more.

Really, no words. - PositronWildhawk

It was so unexpected..And sad..RIP :'( - Ananya

R.I.P, a great actor. - zxm

The Newcomers

? Masaya Nakamura

The Founder of Bandai Namco he passed away on January 22nd, 2017 at the age of 91 - s646451

The Contenders

11 June Foray June Foray June Lucille Foray was an American voice actress who was best known as the voice of such animated characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer from Disney's Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Warner Bros.

Just got back from watching Animat's tribute podcast to June Foray. To see someone as important to not only some of the most beloved characters in animation we all know and love that she has voiced, but someone important to the medium of animation in contributing to said medium being able to stand out in the eyes of Hollywood is tragic. While I will always remember her most as the voice of Granny from Looney Tunes, whom she has voiced throughout the entirety of her career in literal terms, now me and everyone else shall remember her as the first lady of voice acting and an important figure in animation for her legacy. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

She was known for voicing many Looney Tunes characters. RIP - Cartoonfan202

She should be higher. - 445956

She's the Woman of 1000 Voices She Nearly Turned 100 Less Than 2 Months Before Her Death R.I.P June Foray - s646451

12 John Hurt John Hurt

R.I.P. Mr. Hurt. Thank you for being such an amazing actor.

This is already here, Who copied it?
Must've been an error.

13 Malcolm Young Malcolm Young

A sad death. While Chester (never forget) chose to die, this guy just died from dementia. Rock in Peace. - MissRWBY202

Rock in Peace legend - christangrant

This man is one of the reasons why AC/DC is so great. - AnimeSportsFan619

14 Don Rickles Don Rickles

I guess no Toy Story 4.

Toy Story 4 is cancelled.

My grandmother met Don when she was a teen, right before Toy Story. It's sad to see him gone. I wonder who will voice Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 4? - TeamRocket747

Dan Castallanetta did a great impression of this guy on The Simpsons. He could work as Mr. Potato Head. - 445956

Number 12?
(Yes, he was Mr. Potato Head in the first 3 Toy Story films.) - Drewman1211

15 Hiromi Tsuru Hiromi Tsuru

RIP Bulma.

R.I.P Bulma - s646451

16 Wayne Barrett
17 John Cygan John Cygan

He Was a Voice Actor Best Known For Voicing Iron Man In Various Marvel Video Games and Solidous Snake in the Metal Gear Solid Series
He Died on May 13th,He Was 63 - s646451

18 Yordano Ventura Yordano Ventura Yordano Ventura Hernández was a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. On January 22, 2017, Ventura was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

Ventura died in one of the most horrible ways possible. He sadly died in a car crash. Goodbye Ventura. You will be missed - EpicJake

19 Jonghyun Jonghyun Kim Jong-hyun (April 8, 1990 – December 18, 2017), better known mononymously as Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author. He was the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band Shinee, and participated in S.M. Entertainment's project group S.M. The Ballad. more.

Even though haven't listened to your music, still, may you rest in peace Because many people from my country will dearly miss you. - Neonco31

He's now in the 27 club.

It just happened this morning and I've been crying my eyes out ever since. For me his death affected me the most not only because I am a Kpop fan but because he was so young. Probably the youngest person on this list. R.I.P Kim Jonghyun

I'm pretty sure Jimi Hendrix is in heaven welcoming him to the 27 club. I don't like K-pop, but RIP. - 445956

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20 Maryam Mirzakhani

I was cried after her death. The light too soon turned off

21 Chavo Guerrero Sr. Chavo Guerrero Sr.
22 Maggie Roche
23 Bobby Heenan Bobby Heenan Raymond Louis Heenan, better known as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, was an American professional wrestling manager, color commentator, wrestler, and comedian.
24 Chuck Mosley
25 Charles Liteky
26 George The Animal Steele George The Animal Steele William James "Jim" Myers, better known by his ring name George "The Animal" Steele, was a former American professional wrestler, author and actor.

WWE hall of famer sad death he really had an impact on us

27 Steven McDonald
28 Roberta Peters
29 Jimmy Snuka Jimmy Snuka

Very popular wwe wrestler, loving and really nice in the ring. Amazing performer and a load of people around the world who like professional wrestling will missing him.

30 Paul O' Neill

You will be missed - Thecyanryan

31 Hugh Hefner Hugh Hefner Hugh Marston Hefner was an American businessman, magazine publisher, and playboy. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953.
32 Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian.

Why is a pornstar above this comedy legend? - 445956

This guy raised BILLIONS to raise money for the MDA with his telethons.
Without him, not as many people would be aware of muscular dystrophy.
He was also an amazing actor, most known for his role in The Nutty Professor, and part of the duo that made up Martin and Lewis. - Drewman1211

33 Eugene Cernan

Should be higher on this list, as high as the moon... - wren6

He was the last person to walk on the Moon, and he took that famous photo of Earth,.
The mission was Apollo 17.
He was a legendary hero, and like the other moon walkers, he will be remembered forever.
This should go on top.

34 Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme

Director of "Silence of the Lambs".

35 George A. Romero George A. Romero

R.I.P The Father of Zombie Horror Films - s646451

36 Glen Campbell Glen Campbell

Sweet dreams, cowboy, you'll be missed. - Britgirl

You will be missed you rhinestone cowboy - Thecyanryan

R.i.p Glenn, you were the Cowboy

37 Prodigy Prodigy

One of the greatest rappers.
Why do these plebs let this sink down to last place? - djpenquin999

38 Charles Marvin Green Jr (Angry Grandpa) Charles Marvin Green Jr (Angry Grandpa)

I came home everyday to watch this guy's videos. They never got old and they still make me laugh. This youtube channel will never be the same. RIP.

After I heard of his death, my stomach's acid turned into tears. - TeamRocket747

It took a long time to let his death fully soak in.

Rip Angry Grandpa

39 Rob Stewart

He was a documentary filmmaker, photographer and scuba diver. He was found dead in Florida and he will be missed.

I read that as rod stewart and got confused - Gruunge

40 Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth was a showbiz legend that had a career that expanded over 6 decades. Yet he is ranked behind some guy from Linkin Park?

A British T.V. presenter who presented many great Saturday night shows. RIP Brucie.

41 Dick Gautier
42 Aaron Hernandez Aaron Hernandez

He's a monster. - AnimeSportsFan619

43 Roy Halladay Roy Halladay

RIP Phillies and Blue Jays Pitcher - AnimeSportsFan619

As a lifelong Phillies fan, I was heartbroken when I found out that Roy died. He only played for us for four years, but he is probably a Top 5 Phillies pitcher ever. Such a great man and a class act.

R.I.P. Roy Halladay - phillysports

44 J. Geils
45 Powers Boothe Powers Boothe
46 Lil Peep Lil Peep

Rising Soundcloud rapper who died of overdose. Honestly, one of the saddest deaths for me, the dude was only 21. - ProPanda

I never really listened to him. But he had such a bright future ahead of him, he passed away due to an overdose. RIP Lil Peep. - Catacorn

Saddest death of all time

47 Robert Godwin Sr.

No one deserves to go through what he did. No one. Steve Stephens deserves to rot in hell at the very least. - WonkeyDude98

48 Lord Snowdon
49 Gordon Kaye

Rene Artois himself

50 Robert Miles

I was devastated to hear of the untimely death of a true pioneer in trance music. He inspired an entire generation of trance music ahead of him, and truly changed the shape of trance culture. Let his amazing music live on forever, as a constant reminder of what it started. - PositronWildhawk

One of the most influential musicians of my generation. For me he is in top 5. Rest In Peace Roberto!

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