28 July 2017

Celebrity deaths 2017 – from Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington to Diversity’s Robert Anker, some of the stars who have died this year

IN 2017 the world has had to bid a sad farewell to some of its most famous stars from the world of sports, entertainment and elsewhere.

From politicians to comedians and musicians to sportsmen and sportswomen, here we take an opportunity to remember some of the iconic figures who are no longer with us…

Sir Roger Moore died at the age of 89 and his family said he wanted to be remembered for his charity work
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Robert Anker, 27

The Diversity dancer, who also performed on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor, died after being involved in a car crash in Canada.

The Essex-born entrepreneur moved to Canada in 2016 to live with his fiancee Cyndi.

Diversity rose to fame after becoming one of the most popular winners in the history of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

Chester Bennington, 41

The Linkin Park singer died on July 20 after committing suicide by hanging at his Los Angeles home.

Linkin Park hit the limelight with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 1999, and continued their success with the global hit Meteora in 2003.

Chester is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children – Jamie, 21, Isaiah, 19, Draven, 15, Tyler Lee, 11, and Lily and Lily, 7.


Barry Norman, 83

The veteran film critic, whose career spanned decades, died in his sleep on June 30.

His heartbroken daughters Samantha and Emma paid tribute to their “remarkable” dad in an emotional statement.

They said: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.”

Adam West, 88

The actor who became a pop culture icon, playing hero Batman passed away on June 10.

He leaves his wife Marcelle and died in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukaemia.

Cheick Tiote, 30

The ex-Newcastle ace died from a heart attack on June 5 after collapsing in training while training with his Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises.

He leaves behind three children and a fourth who was reportedly due to be born the week of his tragic death.

Peter Sallis, 96

Screen star Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the Oscar-winning animated hit Wallace and Gromit died on June 2.

The veteran actor also featured in every episode of long-running BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as Norman “Cleggy” Clegg.

He died peacefully at a care home with his family by his side.


Sir Roger Moore, 89

The legendary James Bond actor died on May 23 after a short battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his fourth wife Kristina and his family said in their statement announcing his death that he wanted to be remembered for his charity work

Chris Cornell, 52

The Soundgarden and Black Hole legend was confirmed dead on May 17.

He was born Christopher John Boyle in 1964 and in 1998 he would embark on a solo career that would eventually see him sing the theme tune for the first Daniel Craig James Bond film, Casino Royale.


Tim Pigott-Smith, 70

The British actor, who starred in many TV favourites including Downton Abbey and Jewel in the Crown, died on April 7.

A star of the stage as well as TV and film, he was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list and was due to tour Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman when he passed away.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pamela Miles and their son Tom.


Ronnie Moran, 83

The former Liverpool captain and caretaker boss died at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Left back Moran skippered the club and won the old First Division league titles in 1964 and 1966.

Colin Dexter, 86

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter died peacefully at his home in Oxford, aged 86 on March 21.

The crime writer was best known for publishing a series of novels about the detective which were adapted into the long-running TV series starring John Thaw.



Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 45

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson sadly died aged 45
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Best known as a model and IT girl,  Tara Palmer-Tomkinson sadly passed away at her London home aged 45 after suffering from a brain tumour.

Tara grew up with a close relationship with with the royal family and her parents were friends with the Prince of Wales.

Palmer-Tomkinson was an English socialite, TV presenter and model whose life was regularly followed and publicised, the IT girl also appeared on I’m A Celebrity in 2002.


Graham Taylor, 72

Former England boss Graham Taylor has passed away aged 72
Former England boss Graham Taylor passed away aged 72
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The former England football manager passed away from a suspected heart attack on January 12.

The former Aston Villa and Watford boss managed the international football team between 1990 – 1993.

He is survived by his wife Rita, 75, and two grown-up daughters Joanne, 50, and Karen, 48.

Watford fans at Vicarage Road pay tribute to Graham Taylor with minute's applause

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