ByRuben Meloney Acuña, writer at
Ruben Meloney Acuña

Lets bow our heads and say a prayer for the families who lost these amazing people. Its an emotional thing when you follow someone's career to the end. Just knowing that you will not be able to see these people in magazines, TV shows, Movies or anything any more just breaks my heart and i think we can all agree that I am not the only one that feels this way. come with me and scroll down this page to remember those in which we have lost in the first 6 months of 2015. you will be missed but never forgot as your legacies will carry on generation after generation.

Donna Douglas

The Beverly Hillbillies star died Jan. 1 at 81 from pancreatic cancer. A former Miss Baton Rouge and Miss New Orleans, Douglas starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny and appeared as the woman in bandages in one of the most memorable Twilight Zone episodes, "Eye of the Beholder." She then beat out 500 other actresses for the role of the bombshell tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1971.

Mario Cuomo

The three-time governor of New York died Jan. 1 at 82, just hours after his son Andrew was sworn into his second term as New York governor. In office from 1983-1994, Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor in state history. He became a liberal icon after his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he took then-President Reagan to task for painting America as a "shining city on a hill." Cuomo flirted with the idea of running for president in 1988 and 1992, but opted out of the race both times. Shortly after, he also removed himself from the short list for Supreme Court Justice, resulting in the nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Little Jimmy Dickens

The country star died Jan. 2 at 94 from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. Dickens released his first single "Take an Old Cold Tater (and Wait)" in 1949, which started his career in novelty hits. He went on to release "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed," "Hillbilly Fever" and his only No. 1 hit, 1965's "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." Dickens joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was its oldest and longest-tenured member. He gave his final performance on the iconic stage Dec. 20, 2014, the day after his birthday, singing "Out Behind The Barn."

Stuart Scott

The longtime ESPN anchor died Jan. 4 at 49 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Scott, who joined ESPN2 in 1993, infused sports broadcasting with hip-hop vernacular and a loose style, coining such catchphrases as "Booyah!" and "as cool as the other side of the pillow." He hosted a number of shows across the ESPN networks, most notablySportsCenter with Rich Eisen. He received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverence at the ESPYs in July 2014, telling the audience: "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live."

Rod Taylor

The Birds star died of natural causes at 84 on Jan. 7. The Australian landed his first starring role in the 1960's sci-fi adventure film The Time Machine, based on the book by H.G. Wells. He lent his voice to Disney's 101 Dalmatians the following year, and then starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds in 1963. Other films roles included The V.I.P.s, The Liquidator and Young Cassidy. He starred on several short-lived shows before finding success as Frank Agretti on Falcon Crest. He most recently made a cameo as Winston Churchill in 2009'sInglourious Basterds.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

The producer died Jan. 9 at 88 of congestive heart failure. The Hollywood scion of Paramount Pictures co-founded Samuel Goldwyn and father of Scandalstar Tony Goldwyn, Goldwyn Jr. established the independent film studios The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn films, earning a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He also produced The Preacher's Wife, Tortilla Soup,Mystic Pizza, Sid and Nancy and the 2013 remake of his father's 1947 hit, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Taylor Negron

The actor and comedian died Jan. 10 at 57 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Negron memorably played 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. Negron was also a playwright and continued to perform in the alternative comedy scene. In 2008, he wrote a show called The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron — A Fusion of Story and Song that was performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and the Best of New York Solo Festival the following year.

Anita Ekberg

The La Dolce Vita star died Jan. 11 at 83 after a series of illnesses. A former Miss Sweden, Ekberg won the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Golden Globes in 1956. Four years later, she landed her signature role in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in which she memorably walks in the Fountain of Trevi wearing a black dress and calling out to co-star Marcello Mastroianni's character. Ekberg also starred alongside Bob Hope in Paris Holiday and opposite Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in 4 for Texas.Her final film credit was 1996'sBambola.

Ernie Banks

The two-time MVP slugger for the Chicago Cubs died Jan. 24 at 83. Known as Mr. Cub, Banks, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs, was a trailblazing baseball star. In 1953, he became the Cubs' first black player. Five years later, he became the first player from a losing team to win the MVP award. One year after that, he became the first to win the award two years in a row. Banks hit 512 home runs in his career before retiring in 1971. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, the first year he was eligible

Dallas Taylor

The former Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer died Jan. 18 at 66. Taylor played on Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1969 eponymous debut album and their follow-up with Neil Young, Deja-Vu, which was released in 1970. He also played on Stephen Stills' first solo album in 1970 and for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973. After a liver transplant in 1990, five years after he'd gotten sober, Taylor went on to become an addiction counselor who specialized in interventions.

Joe Franklin

The TV and radio personality died Jan. 24 at 88. Franklin launched his broadcast career in the 1950s and, as the host of The Joe Franklin Show, and was a pioneer in creating what is now the common TV talk show format (sitting behind a desk conducting interviews). Franklin is listed in theGuinness Book of World Records as the longest-running continuous on-air TV talk show host

Bob Simon

The 60 Minutes correspondent died in a car crash in New York City on Feb. 11. Simon, who was 73, worked for CBS News for several years as the organization's Chief Middle Eastern correspondent. During his tenure, he spent time in an Iraq prison after his team was captured in 1991 during the Gulf War, an experience he chronicled in the book Forty Days. Simon joined 60 Minutes in 1996. He won 27 Emmys, four Peabodys, and a long list of other awards to his name.

David Carr

The New York Times columnist died Feb. 12 at 58 after collapsing at the office. Only hours earlier, Carr had moderated a panel discussing Citizenfourwith Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald at the New School. Carr contributed to multiple publications, includingNew York Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly, before joining The New York Times in 2002. There he wrote a weekly column, The Media Equation, covering media and culture. He also published a 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun, which chronicled his recovery from a drug addiction and cancer.

Gary Owens

The Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In announcer died Feb. 12 at 80. An accomplished voiceover artist, Owens lent his voice to a number of cartoons, including Space Ghost, The Ren and Stimpy Show,Garfield and Friends, Eek! The Cat, and more. He was also the long-time announcer for Sesame Street. For more than 30 years, Owens also hosted a national radio show on the Music of Your Life Network, and was a radio personality on various California stations, including KMPC, KFWB, KFI, and KIIS.

Louis Jourdan

The French actor died Feb. 14 at 93. Jourdan played the lead opposite Leslie Caron in the 1958 romantic comedy Gigi, which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He also starred as the villain Kamal Khan in the 1983 James Bond filmOctopussy. Jourdan's other film credits include The Swan, Can-Can, The Paradine Case, Letter from an Unknown Woman and The Best of Everything.On the small screen, Jourdan was the title character in the BBC's 1977 series Count Dracula, and played the antagonist Dr. Anton Arcane in Swamp Thing.

Lesley Gore

The singer, best known for her hit "It's My Party," died Feb. 16 at 68 from lung cancer. Gore signed to Mercury Records as a teenager after being discovered by Quincy Jones. She had a No. 1 song at age 16 with "It's My Party," and subsequent songs included "You Don't Own Me," "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." She was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 for "Out Here on My Own," which she co-wrote with her brother Michael for the movieFame.Gore also dabbled in acting, playing Catwoman's sidekick in TV's Batman, and also starring in Smokey Joe's Café on Broadway in the late 1990s.

Harris Wittels

The 30-year-old Parks and Recreation co-executive producer was found dead at his home on Feb. 19 of a possible drug overdose. Prior toParks and Rec, Wittels, who spoke candidly about his drug addiction and recovery, worked on The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound & Down. He had been with Parks and Rec since the critical darling's 2009 debut, moving up from story editor to co-executive producer, and wrote 12 episodes of the series. Wittels also coined the term "humblebrag" and released a book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, in 2012.

Ahmad "Real" Givens

The Real Chance of Love star, better known as Real, died Feb. 21 at 33 after a battle with colon cancer. Real was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. He underwent surgery, but the tumors later spread to his liver, lungs and the left side of his brain, leaving him partially paralyzed.Real and his brother Chance were both contestants on I Love New York in 2007. The following year, the brothers began their own reality dating show Real Chance of Love, which ran for two seasons

Ben Woolf

Woolf, who played the diminutive Meep onAmerican Horror Story: Freak Show, died Feb. 23 at 33 from a stroke. The 4-foot-4 actor had been in critical condition after he was struck in the head by the side mirror of an SUV while crossing a street in Hollywood the week before. The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed or charged because Woolf was jaywalking.

Mirjana Puhar

The 19-year-old America's Next Top Model contestant was killed in a triple homicide in her boyfriend's home on Feb. 24. Puhar was a contestant on ANTM's 21st cycle, which aired in 2014, and she was eliminated in the 10th episode. During her time on the show, Puhar had a relationship with winner Keith Carlos. Emmanual Jesus Rangel, 19, was arrested and charged with the murders of Puhar, her boyfriend Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Alvarado's roommate Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.

Leonard Nimoy

The Star Trek icon died Feb. 27 at 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy got his acting break with the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni. He went on to have bit parts in Dragnet, Perry Mason and the film Get Smart before being cast as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock, the role that launched him into stardom and earned him three Emmy nominations. Star Trek ran from 1966 to 1969. Nimoy also had a prolific career as a voice actor and narrator, and he also directed a handful of films, including Three Men and a Baby. More recently, Nimoy had a recurring role on the Fox series Fringe, which ended in 2013, and was heard as the voice of Spock on an episode of The Big Bang Theory. He also became a writer, publishing two autobiographies and books of poetry.

Jenna McMahon

The Facts of Life and Mama's Family co-creator died March 2 at 89 of heart failure. Together with the late Dick Clair, McMahon was one of the top comedy writing teams of the '70s and '80s. In addition to The Facts of Life, they made appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show before graduating to writing for The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Carol Burnett eventually brought them on as writers for her variety series, where they worked from 1973-78.

Albert Maysles

The Grey Gardens documentary filmmaker died March 5 at 88 after battling cancer. With his brother David, who died in 1987, the two rose to prominence in the '60s with What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA, Salesman, which chronicled the lives of four door-to-door Bible salesman, and Gimme Shelter, their Rolling Stones doc. They earned an Oscar nomination for their 1974 short Christo’s Valley Curtain (1974) and won two Emmys together, with Albert winning a third.

Sam Simon

The Simpsons co-creator and executive producer died March 8 at 59 complications from terminal colon cancer.. Simon wrote for animated shows likeFat Albert and The Cosby Kids before getting hired to write for Taxi. He served as the showrunner for the series' fifth and final season and moved on as a writer-producer for the first three seasons ofCheers. His other TV credits included Barney Miller, It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Tracey Ullman Show. After leaving The Simpsons in 1993 when his relationship with Matt Groening became estranged, Simon co-created The George Carlin Show in 1994. The show was canceled a year later, at which point he moved into TV directing for shows like Friends, The Drew Carey Show and, most recently, Anger Management. He won nine Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Writers Guild of America Award Animation Writers Caucus lifetime achievement award in 2013.

Richard Glatzer

The Still Alice co-writer and co-director died March 10 at 63 from complications of ALS. Glatzer, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, was able to finish production on the film by tapping his toe on a special iPad to communicate. Just two weeks before his death, Glatzer and his husband and co-director Wash Westmoreland watched Julianne Moore win an Oscar for her performance the film from his hospital room. His other films include Quinceanera, The Last of Robin Hood andThe Fluffer.

Cristie Schoen Codd

The pregnant 38-year-old Food Network StarSeason 8 alum and her husband, Joseph J.T. Codd, 45, were found murdered on March 17. Their neighbor, Robert Jason Owens, 36, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering, and larceny

A.J. Pero

The Twisted Sister drummer died March 20 at 55 of an apparent heart attack. Pero joined Twisted Sister in 1982 but left in 1986. He returned in 1997 and performed on every album except Love Is for Suckers.

Cynthia Lennon

The first wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon died April 1 at 75 after a battle with cancer. Born Cynthia Powell in Blackpool, England, Lennon met John Lennon while they attended art school together in Liverpool in the late 1950s. They married in 1962, shortly before the Beatles became international superstars. Cynthia and John Lennon divorced in 1968 and she went on to marry three more times. Her most recent husband, Noel Charles, died in 2013.

Linsey "Jade" Berardi

The Bad Girls Club alum died April 2 at 22. No details have been released as to the cause of her death. Berardi went by the nickname "Brooklyn Brat" on Season 12 of the show, though she left after a physical altercation with another member.

Bob Burns

The Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer died April 3 at 64 in a car crash. Burns was a founding member of the rock band in the '60s. He left the group in 1974, only a few years before lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.

Fredric Brandt

The 65-year-old celebrity dermatologist who counted Madonna among his clients was found hanging in his home on April 5. Brandt authored two skin care books and served as host of SiriusXM radio show Ask Dr. Brandt, which featured beauty discussions with guests including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa and Linda Wells. Brandt was spoofed on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt by Martin Short.

Richard Dysart

The L.A. Law star died April 5 at 86 after a long illness. Dysart won an Emmy in 1992 for playing Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law. His other film and television credits include Being There, The Thing and Wall Street.

James Best

The Dukes of Hazzard star died April 6 at 88 of complications from pneumonia. In addition to playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes, Best appeared in more than 80 movies and hundreds of TV shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents,Perry Mason and The Andy Griffith Show. Best's last film credit was the 2013 Hallmark movie The Sweeter Side of Life, which was written and produced by his daughter and son-in-law. As recently as 2014, he starred in a community theater production of On Golden Pond in Hickory.

Ben Powers

The Good Times star died April 6 at 64. Powers attended the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing a career as an actor and stand-up comedian and landing a role on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. He joined the cast of Good Times in its final season, playing the professional football player Keith, who was married to Thelma. Powers also played Moochie on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, opposite Stacy Keach, in the mid-1980s, but retired from acting shortly thereafter. His other film and television credits include The New Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirleyand Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.

Sawyer Sweeten

The 19-year-old Everybody Loves Raymond star died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head on April 23. Sweeten and his twin brother Sullivan first appeared on Raymond when they were 16 months old, playing Ray Romano's twin sons Geoffrey and Michael Barone, respectively. Their real-life sister Madylin played TV big sister Ally. Sweeten stopped acting after the show went off the air in 2005.

Suzanne Crough

Crough, who played the tambourine-wielding daughter Tracy on The Partridge Family, died April 27 at 52. Crough also had small roles on TV shows and movies after the show ended, but quit acting in 1980 and went on to open a bookstore. In 2010, she and some of her Partridge Family co-stars reunited on the Today show, and Crough said she was working as a manager at an Office Max in Arizona.

Jean Nidetch

The Weight Watchers founder died April 29 at 91. In 1961, after struggling with her weight since early childhood, Nidetch came up with her own diet plan to help herself lose weight. She soon began inviting her overweight friends to join her to discuss their food habits in her living room in Queens, N.Y. Two years later, she officially launched Weight Watchers, and it became an instant hit. She sold the company to Heinz Co. for $71 million in 1978. In her 2009 autobiography The Jean Nidetch Story she revealed she's "not a millionaire anymore." But she always said her greatest legacy was the millions of people her weight-loss plan helped.

John Nash

The mathematician whose life inspired A Beautiful Mind and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a taxi accident on May 23. John, 86, and Alicia, 82, were thrown from the car after it crashed into a guard rail and another car on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash revolutionized the field of game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, and was a senior research mathematician at Princeton, where he remained until his death. Nash famously struggled with schizophrenia for almost two decades, which was chronicled in the 1998 book A Beautiful Mind. The film won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Anne Meara

The legendary comedienne, one-half of Stiller & Meara with her husband Jerry Stiller, and mother of Ben Stiller, died May 23 at 85. Stiller & Meara, who started doing improv in the mid-1950s, became regulars onThe Ed Sullivan Show. Meara also had a recurring role on Rhoda and went on to star in her own series,Kate McShane, which debuted in 1975 and was canceled after 10 episodes. Meara's other TV credits includeArchie Bunker's Place(for which she received two Emmy nominations),ALF,Sex and the City,HomicideandThe King of Queens, which co-starred Jerry. She also won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movieThe Other Woman. In 2010, she and Stiller began starring in a Yahoo! digital series called Stiller & Meara, and taught acting classes up until her death.


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