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Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2023

Remembering the celebrities we lost in 2023

We lost many famous faces in 2023

As with every year we go through there are some famous faces who aren't with us by the end.

Each life is a light that eventually goes out, but there are those who believe that after you die you're not truly gone until the last time someone says your name and remembers you.

If that's true then there are many people who aren't truly gone, and when it comes to celebrities there are plenty of people to remember them and what they did so their legacy lives on.

What follows is a list of some of the celebrities we lost in 2023:

Vialli died after being diagnosed with cancer in 2021.
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Gianluca Vialli

The decorated Italian footballer, who won pretty much everything there was to win, passed away on 6 January at the age of 58.

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 before being given the all clear in 2020, but a year later he was told it had returned.

Tributes from across the world of football poured in for Vialli, who had stepped down from his role with the Italian national team in 2022 after his diagnosis.

Lisa Marie Presley's mother Priscilla paid tribute to her daughter.
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Lisa Marie Presley

In that same month, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley died at the age of 54.

She suffered a full cardiac arrest on 12 January and was rushed to hospital, where she died after several hours.

Her mother said she was 'the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known'.

Ken Block died aged 55 due to a snowmobile accident.
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Ken Block

Racing fans will have been familiar with the name Ken Block, who appeared on Top Gear to give James May the fright of his life.

Ken's death was announced on social media on 3 January, with the cause of the 55-year-old's passing being given as a snowmobile accident.

For many John Motson was the voice of football for decades.
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John Motson

In February, the world of football lost another famous face, or perhaps more accurately its most famous voice.

For many, John Motson was the voice of football after years as a commentator, with his famous sheepskin coat becoming a look as iconic as his voice.

He died aged 77, with his family saying he passed peacefully.

Paul O'Grady's partner Andre Portasio had the sad duty of announcing his death.
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Paul O'Grady

The much loved TV presenter's partner announced that he had died 'unexpectedly' at the age of 67 in March 2023.

His loss was a shock to those close to him, while he had plenty of fans from his immensely popular TV shows who grieved his loss.

Plenty praised O'Grady for paving the way with his drag queen alter ego Lily Savage.

Mystic Meg was one of the many famous faces who left us in 2023.
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Mystic Meg

Also passing away in the month of March was Margaret Lake, who for years was famous astrologer 'Mystic Meg'.

She died at the age of 80 after a short illness, and during her life her famous name became synonymous with predicting the future.

For over 20 years she provided the horoscope readings for The Sun.

Lance Reddick died at the age of 60.
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Lance Reddick

Dead at the age of 60, the passing of star of film and TV Lance Reddick prompted an outpouring of affection and tributes from Hollywood.

Best known for his work on the John Wick movies and The Wire, Reddick had racked up a mightily impressive filmography over a long and prolific career.

Performing legend Barry Humphries passed away in April.
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Barry Humphries

The actor and comedian who created the Dame Edna Everage character died in April 2023.

He had recently undergone hip replacement surgery after falling at his home and had been looking forward to touring again, but passed away at the age of 89.

Many actors and comedians paid tribute to his memory, with Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese among those who called him the 'brightest star in the galaxy'.

TV legend Jerry Springer left us this year.
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Jerry Springer

TV icon Jerry Springer, famous for his controversial show where people would come on and air out their personal dramas, died in April at the age of 79.

The family of the TV presenter and former Mayor of Cincinnati announced his passing, saying 'memories of his intellect, heart and humour will live on'.

Paul Cattermole of S Club 7 fame died of natural causes this year.
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Paul Cattermole

Also leaving us in April 2023 was S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole, who died of natural causes at the age of 46.

One of the founding members of the band, S Club 7 had announced they were going to reunite for a tour to mark 25 years since they started.

The remaining members of the band, besides Hannah Spearritt who had withdrawn from the tour earlier in the year, took to the stage together.

Strictly judge Len Goodman passed away from bone cancer this year.
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Len Goodman

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge passed away at the age of 78 from bone cancer.

His agent announced in April that the popular dancing show judge, who had been part of Strictly from 2004 to 2016, had died.

Goodman had been a judge on Dancing With The Stars, the American version of Strictly, until 2022 when he announced he would be retiring to spend more time with his family.

We lost legendary singer Tina Turner this year.
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Tina Turner

In May 2023 the tributes poured in for legendary singer Tina Turner, who died 'peacefully' at her home aged 83.

Her career spanned more than 60 years in showbusiness and she sold over 100 million records worldwide along with a plethora of awards.

Tina had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and required a kidney transplant the following year, with her donor being second husband Erwin Bach, as she recounted in her 2018 autobiography My Love Story.

Actor Ray Stevenson sadly died this year.
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Ray Stevenson

The star of HBO series Rome, Ray Stevenson had also made appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and played the part of Baylan Skoll in a Star Wars series shortly before his death.

His publicist confirmed in May that he had died at the age of 58, and the first episode of Disney+ series Ahsoka was dedicated to his memory.

The end credits to the first episode held the dedication: "For our friend Ray."

Famous singer Sinead O'Connor passed away this year.
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Sinead O'Connor

The legendary singer of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' died at the age of 56 in July, prompting tributes from across the world.

Fans and friends remembered her work, and some of her more controversial moments including the time she ripped up a photo of the Pope live on TV in protest against the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic church.

Respected newsreader George Alagiah was much missed by his colleagues.
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George Alagiah

Venerable BBC news reader George Alagiah died at the age of 67 in July. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.

Alagiah had spent 20 years presenting the BBC's News at Six show, becoming a regular and respected figure on our screens.

His BBC colleagues were left in tears as they learned live on air about his death.

Iconic interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson passed away aged 88.
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Sir Michael Parkinson

In August the legendary broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson died at the age of 88.

In a glittering career he interviewed some of the most famous figures in the world, and many of them loved speaking to him so much that they came back again and again.

Parky also infamously took part in the 1992 prank show Ghostwatch which tricked viewers into thinking ghosts were real.

Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Mark Margolis died after a short illness.
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Mark Margolis

A star of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, audiences will likely best know Mark Margolis as cartel gangster Hector Salamanca, for which he was nominated for an Emmy award in 2012.

Margolis also appeared in Scarface and a number of Darren Aronofsky's movies.

He passed away in New York City at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Michael Gambon, the iconic Dumbledore actor for many, left us this year.
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Sir Michael Gambon

The actor who played Albus Dumbledore for the majority of the Harry Potter movies, Sir Michael Gambon enjoyed an illustrious career on the stage and screen.

He died at the age of 82 after a period of illness, having acted in films since 1965.

Sir Michael also had the honour of having a corner on the Top Gear test track named after him after he almost rolled their reasonably priced car over it.

Friends star Matthew Perry died in October.
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Matthew Perry

Friends star and advocate about the dangers of addiction Matthew Perry died in October at the age of 54.

Los Angeles police found him in a hot tub in his home, with his death ruled as an accident.

Tributes to Perry poured in from his co-stars and plenty around the world, with many remembering the eloquence with which he spoke on his long battle with alcoholism.

Sir Bobby Charlton's legacy will live on long after his death.
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Sir Bobby Charlton

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton died at the age of 86 in October.

Winner of the World Cup, European Cup and the Ballon d'Or, Charlton was one of the greatest English footballers of all time.

He spent years as the record holder in number of appearances and goals for Manchester United, and has a stand at Old Trafford named after him.

Famous singer Shane MacGowan sadly left us in November.
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Shane MacGowan

The lead singer of punk band The Pogues died in November, with his wife Victoria Mary Clarke posting the sad news on social media.

Known for co-writing and performing the classic Christmas song 'Fairytale of New York', MacGowan had plenty of other musical achievements in his life before passing away aged 65.

In the years leading up to his death the singer had been in and out of hospital, with his wife opening up about the fear of losing someone you love.

Former England manager Terry Venables died this year.
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Terry Venables

The former England manager who steered the Three Lions through Euro 96 died at the age of 80, with his family saying his passing had come after a 'long illness'.

They said they were 'totally devastated' by his loss, and many of those who played under him thanked him for his tutelage.

During his playing career he won the League Cup and FA Cup, while as a manager he twice won the Second Division along with a La Liga title, Copa de la Liga trophy and an FA Cup.

Poet and performer Benjamin Zephaniah died in December.
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Benjamin Zephaniah

The poet and star of Peaky Blinders died earlier this month at the age of 65, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour just weeks before.

A statement posted on social media said his wife had been by his side as he died.

Fans paid their tributes to Zephaniah, with those who got to meet him saying they were glad they had the chance to tell him how much they loved his work.

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