The celebrated playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child and had roles in films such as Black Hawk Down and The Right Stuff, died on July 27th at the age of 73.
American voice actress who was best known as the voice of such animated characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer from Disney’s Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Warner Bros. cartoons directed by Friz Freleng, Grammi Gummi from Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears series, and Magica De Spell, among many others. Foray died July 26, at the age of 99, less than two months before her 100th birthday.
Patricia “Patti” Deutsch Ross was a voice actress and comedian. In the 1970s, she was a frequent panelist on Match Game and Tattletales. Deutsch died on July 26, from cancer. She was 73.
Leonard ‘Percy’ Landy was an Actor best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,”. Landy died on July 26th. He was 84.
The character actor, best known for playing Kevin McCallister’s dad in 1990’s Home Alone and for appearances on The Sopranos and numerous other television series, died July 21 at age 72.
Chester Bennington, the frontman of the alternative rock band Linkin Park, died in an apparent suicide. The musician was found in a private residence on the morning of July 20, what would have been the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. The Linkin Park musician performed at the funeral for Cornell, who died by suicide in May. “You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known,” Bennington wrote in part in a moving tribute shared on Twitter after Cornell’s death. Bennington was 41 and left behind a wife and six children from two marriages.
George A. Romero
The legendary filmmaker, known as the godfather of the zombie genre, made such classics as Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, and Creepshow, among many others. He died July 16 at age 77 after a short battle with lung cancer.
Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s ‘Ed Wood’ and also had memorable co-starring roles in ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ and ‘Rounders’, died on July 15 at age 89.
The actor, best known for his work on the HBO series ‘True Blood’ and for roles on CBS’ Elementary and films like ‘The Help and Get On Up’ died on July 8 from complications due to heart failure. He was 39.
Lee, the wife of Marvel legend Stan Lee, died on July 6 at age 93. Marvel, home to the majority Stan’s comic creations and where he was once the executive vice president and publisher, mourned Joan in a statement: “We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”
John Blackwell Jr.
Blackwell was a contemporary R&B, funk, jazz, fusion, and pop drummer, best known for his work with Prince. In July 2016, Blackwell announced that he had lost the use of his left arm and leg and soon after, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. On July 4, his wife announced his death. He was 43.
Ryan, a YouTube star who rose to fame with her Little Loca series, died by suicide on July 1 at age 33.