In 2017, the world said goodbye to many famous figures who made their marks in entertainment, literature, journalism, business and sports. Among the many legends who passed away were beloved TV icons Mary Tyler Moore, Adam West and Monty Hall; musicians Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell and Chris Cornell; and comedy greats Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles.
Learn more about the lives of the famous figures we lost in 2017.
Timothy Olyphant is in talks to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction-like new movie about Charles Manson’s murders, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ set to hit theaters in August 2019 and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The imprisoned cult leader died late last year.
American football player Aaron Hernandez received a life sentence for murdering his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013. He committed suicide in his jail cell in 2017. Following Hernandez's death, a judge erased his murder conviction, abiding by Massachusetts case law which calls for convictions to be vacated if the defendant dies before an appeal can be heard.
On assignment for ’60 Minutes,’ Oprah Winfrey visited the grave of Recy Taylor, the woman she referenced in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Taylor was gang-raped by a group white men in Alabama in 1944; two juries refused to indict the men for their crimes.
Tom Petty’s family and bandmates curated a boxed set of 60 unreleased songs from his long career. Due out Sept. 28, the ‘An American Treasure’ album will accompany performance footage and home movies. Petty died last year at the age of 66 from a drug overdose.
In 1953, writer and illustrator Hugh Hefner created the men's adult entertainment magazine 'Playboy,' which played a role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Hefner built his controversial yet groundbreaking magazine into an international enterprise.
In the new Biography documentary special, 'David Cassidy: The Last Session,' which airs Monday at 9/8c on A&E, Cassidy admitted to lying about having dementia to hide the fact that he had a drinking problem. The former teen idol died in November 2017 from organ failure. “I did this to myself,” he said.
Manuel Noriega was a military ruler who seized control of Panama as de facto dictator in the 1980s. Following a failed military coup, the United States invaded Panama on December 20, 1989, and Noriega surrendered to the U.S. on January 3, 1990. After decades in prison, the former military leader died in Panama City on May 29, 2017, due to complications from brain surgery. He was 83.
Roger Moore was a British actor best known for playing James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985. He passed away at the age of 89 this week, following a "short but brave battle with cancer," according to his family.