10 Notable Celebrity Deaths Of 2015
2015 sadly saw several entertainers and other famous public figures pass away. While by no means a complete list of those we unfortunately lost in the past 12 months, below are 10 of the year’s most notable deaths.
1. Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, tragically died on July 26 at age 22. She had been in a medically-induced coma for almost six months after she was found face down and unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia home on January 31. Brown’s drowning tragically took place nearly three years to the day that her mother died of an accidental overdose after being found unconscious in her bathtub. The cause of her death has been kept sealed by a judge while a criminal investigation surrounding her death continues, but authorities have suspected that it was caused by drugs. Brown’s family has accused her boyfriend Nick Gordon of injecting her with a “toxic” substance before placing her in a freezing bathtub.
2. Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3 at the age of 48. His death occurred right before new band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, was to perform in Bloomington, Minnesota. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman’s official cause of death was later confirmed as an accidental drug overdose, due to a toxic mix of cocaine, ethanol and ecstasy. The Hennepin County Medical examiner also determined that Weiland’s years of substance abuse contributed to his death, in addition to other health issues including asthma and cardiovascular disease.
3. Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” died in his home on February 27 at the age of 83. Nimoy passed away from complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he said developed from a long past addiction to smoking. “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough,” he tweeted in February 2014. “I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP (Live Long And Prosper).” Despite his failing health, Nimoy continued to work in recent years, landing a role in the 2013 thriller Fringe and making a cameo appearance in the “Star Trek” film Into Darkness.
4. Acclaimed director Wes Craven died from brain cancer on August 30. He was 76 years old. Craven, who began his career in 1971, directed 28 movies, including the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series. Craven was also a nature lover and wrote a monthly bird column for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. But despite all of his success, Craven remained humble. He once said he was “just glad for the work. I think it is an extraordinary opportunity and gift to be able to make films in general, and to have done it for almost 40 years now is remarkable.”
5. Blues legend B.B. King died on May 14 at age of 89 from complications related to congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee won 15 Grammys during his illustrious career, with the first dating back to 1971 and the most recent occurring in 2009. King was known as a tireless performer both in the studio and onstage, releasing 138 singles during his career and averaging more than 200 concerts per year while well into this seventies. He was still touring just seven months before his death.
6. Former NFL star and Monday Night Football commentator Frank Gifford died at his Connecticut home on August 9. He was 85 years old. An autopsy on his brain revealed that Gifford had been living with Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy, a disease which likely stemmed from head trauma suffered during his football career. His wife, “Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford, found him dead at their home. She tearfully revealed on the August 21 episode of the show that “he had just gotten the best medical report he’d had in eight years… He was doing great.”
7. Baseball icon Yogi Berra died at age 90 of natural causes on September 22, exactly 69 years to the day of his Major League Baseball debut. The 13-time World Series champion and Baseball Hall of Famer was just as well-known for his skill on the field as for his infamous “Yogi-isms.” Following his death, Berra was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24.
8. ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott died on January 4 at the age of 49 from an ongoing battle with cancer. He received the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards for his bravery fighting his illness and for how he approached life. Scott regularly worked out after chemotherapy sessions and refused to find out what stage of cancer he had. He revealed during his ESPYs acceptance speech that he had undergone four surgeries in the previous seven days, and told the audience, “When you die, it does not mean you lost to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
9. Maureen O’Hara died at her home on October 24 at age of 95. The legendy Irish actress starred in numerous classic films, including Miracle on 34th Street and How Green Was My Valley. Because of her fiery personality, bright red hair and pale complexion, she became known as the Queen of Technicolor. Though never nominated for an Oscar during her long and storied career, O’Hara received an honorary Academy Award last year.
10. Famed romance novelist Jackie Collins died on September 19 at age of 77. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer six years prior to her death, but kept it a closely guarded secret and only informed her sister Joan Collins just weeks before she died. All 32 of Collins’ romance novels made it to the New York Times bestsellers list, selling 50 million copies worldwide and being translated into more than 40 languages.