ByStephen Adamson, writer at
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Stephen Adamson

We're only going on four months in, but 2015 has already been incredibly tragic for some reason. The amount of celebrities who have passed is alarming, sad, and some of these late stars were very near and dear to the hearts of many. There are the big names like Leonard Nimoy, but there are a few that you may not have heard about as well.

These people are all gone, but not forgotten. Luckily, they all have left plenty behind as a legacy of sorts that will keep the memory of each and every one of them alive for a long, long time.

Ben Woolf

The [American Horror Story](series:206668) actor passed too soon, at 33 of a stroke on February 23rd. The 4'4" actor was struck by a side mirror of an SUV in Los Angeles, and the driver was not ticketed or charged since Woolf was jaywalking.

Harris Wittels

He was a [Parks and Recreation](series:214218) co-executive producer, had worked on The Sarah Silverman Program and [Eastbound and Down](series:720999). He died on February 19th of a possible drug overdose after speaking candidly about his drug addiction and recovery. He was only 30-years-old.

Louis Jourdan

The French actor died Feb. 14 at 93, of old age. He was in the classic romantic comedy Gigi, which won nine Academy Awards in 1958, including Best Picture. He was also the villain Kamal Khan in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy.

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, already mentioned above, passed away Feb. 27th at 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The half-Vulcan half-human Spock character from Star Trek was his most famous role but he also had a successful career outside of that franchise, too.

Bob Simon

The CBS 60 Minutes news correspondent died in a car crash in New York City on February 11th of this year (2015). A cool story about Simon is that he spent time in an Iraq prison after his team was captured in 1991 during the Gulf War. He later wrote a book called Forty Days about the experience. He won 27 Emmys and four Peabodys during his long career in news.

Joe Franklin

Franklin died January 24th at the age of 88. He hosted The Joe Franklin Show in the 1950s, and was one of the original pioneers of the talk show format. Obviously, now, we have grown extremely accustomed to late night television and the idea of interviewing guests and entertaining an at-home and studio audience.

Anita Ekberg

The La Dolce Vita star died Jan. 11 at 83 after a series of illnesses. She was one of the original starlets from back in the day, starring in Paris Holiday alongside the legendary Bob Hope and in 4 For Texas with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Taylor Negron

An actor and a comedian, he died on January 10th at 57-years-old after a tough and lengthy battle with liver cancer. You may remember him as the pizza delivery man in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. His TV credits include guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friends, Seinfeld, Reno 911 and The Hughleys.

Rod Taylor

Star of The Birds, a classic horror film, Taylor died of natural causes on January 7th at the age of 84. The Australian landed his first starring role in the 1960s science fiction adventure film The Time Machine, which was based on the book by H.G. Wells. His latest role was a cameo as Winston Churchill in 2009's Inglourious Basterds.

Stuart Scott

The picture above comes from his inspiring speech at The ESPYs. Stuart Scott is easily an ESPN legend and falls under the umbrella of TV here. He created catchphrases that have lasted for years. He was an awesome sports fan and an even better man. He passed away after long battle with rare appendiceal cancer on January 4th, aged 49.

Donna Douglas

The Beverly Hillbillies and pageant star passed away on January 1st from a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann, who won an Emmy for The Practice, co-starred on Gilmore Girls and in The Lost Boys died on Dec 31 at age 71 of brain cancer.

Gary Owens

Gary Owens, best known as an announcer and voice-over actor for NBC's "Laugh-In," died from diabetes-related complications on Feb. 12th at age of 80.

Daniel von Bargen

The actor who played George Costanza's boss on Seinfeld, died March 1st after suffering from a chronic illness. He was 64.

Alberta Watson

The actress who played Sen. Madeline Pierce on the series "Nikita", died March 21st after battling lymphoma. She was 60.

Robert Z'Dar

The actor known for Maniac Cop, died March 30th after being hospitalized for chest pains and going into cardiac arrest. He was 64.

James Best

The actor best know for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazard, died April 6th at the age of 88.

Geoffrey Lewis

Veteran western actor and father of actress Juliette Lewis died April 7th of natural causes. He was 79.


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