Remembering the entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2019

Clockwise from top left: Doris Day, Albert Finney, Keith Flint, Gary Rhodes, Luke Perry and Toni MorrisonImage copyright
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Clockwise from top left: Doris Day, Albert Finney, Keith Flint, Gary Rhodes, Luke Perry and Toni Morrison

As the year draws to a close, it is time to remember the figures from the worlds of arts and entertainment who died in 2019. Here is a look back at some of those to whom we said farewell.


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The year was still young when we said goodbye to Broadway star Carol Channing, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum actor Windsor Davies and BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry. We also lost:


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In February the curtain fell on acclaimed actor Albert Finney, much-loved comedian Jeremy Hardy and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. We also lost:


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March was the month we bid a sad farewell to Keith Flint of The Prodigy, Beverly Hills 90210 actor Luke Perry and rock enigma Scott Walker. We also lost:


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Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, EastEnders actress Sandy Ratcliff and film-maker John Singleton were among those who left us in April. We also lost:


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May saw actress and singer Doris Day, comedian Freddie Starr and newsreader Nan Winton depart at the ages of 97, 76 and 93 respectively. We also lost:


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Blake’s 7 actor Paul Darrow, fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt and Italian director Franco Zeffirelli were among those who took their leave in June. We also lost:


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The sudden death of Disney star Cameron Boyce at the age of 20 was one of a number of sad farewells in a month which also saw Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer and Broadway producer Hal Prince depart. We also lost:


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Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda, author Toni Morrison and Home and Away actor Ben Unwin were among those who departed in August. We also lost:


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September saw the lights go down on playwright Peter Nichols, opera singer Jessye Norman and The Cars’ Ric Ocasek. We also lost:


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Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell, Chinatown producer Robert Evans and newsreader Peter Sissons were among October’s dearly departed. We also lost:


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On a single day in November, it was confirmed that Australian broadcaster Clive James, theatre director Jonathan Miller and celebrity chef Gary Rhodes had died. We also lost:


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In the last month of 2019, we said goodbye to nature broadcaster David Bellamy, actor Tony Britton and singer Kenny Lynch. We also lost:

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