The entertainment world began 2019 in sad fashion. Three stars passed away on the second day of the year: Wrestling icon "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Bob Einstein, and Daryl Dragon, one half of music group Captain and Tennille. Later that month, the world lost Top Chef star Fatima Ali after a heartbreaking battle with cancer and also Broadway legend Carol Channing, who played the titular role in Hello Dolly! and became a leading lady in film and television. And, in early March, the world was forced to say goodbye to Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry.

These talented entertainers and household names left an indelible mark on the world, be it through acting, athletics, cuisine, comedy, music, or just high-quality smack-talk. Let’s take a moment to honor the stars we lost in 2019 and to revisit their incredible contributions to the creative arts.

'Mean' Gene Okerlund
The Captain and Tennille album cover
Bob Einstein
Carol Channing
Fatima Ali
​Katherine Helmond
Lisa Sheridan
Janice Freeman
Keith Flint
Luke Perry
Jan-Michael Vincent
​Freeda Foreman
Richard Erdman
Denise DuBarry Hay
Yoji Harada and daughter Sidney
Nipsey Hussle
Lotte Van Der Zee
Sean Connery and Nadja Regin on the set of Goldfinger
John Singleton
Peter Mayhew
Peggy Lipton
Doris Day
Tim Conway
Grumpy Cat
Ashley Massaro
Daniel Wright
​Gloria Vanderbilt
Etika
Billy Drago
Ross Perot
Rip Torn
Emily Hartridge
Rutger Hauer
Peter Fonda
Jessi Combs
Kylie Rae Harris, country singer, posing for a selfie on Instagram
Eddie Money
Ric Ocasek
Suzanne Whang
Aron Eisenberg
Sid Haig
Rip Taylor
Robert Hunter
Robert Forster
K-pop star Sulli
Stephen Moore
Bill Macy
Robert Evans
John Witherspoon
Laurel Griggs
Jane Galloway Heitz
Goo Hara
Godfrey Gao
​Shelley Morrison
Cha In-Ha
Marie Frederiksson