Walter Mercado died at the age of 87. 1
The popular and beloved astrologer died in his native Puerto Rico in November. A spokeswoman from the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital told the Associated Press that he died from kidney failure.
John Witherspoon died at the age of 77. 2
The beloved actor and comedian, known for his roles in the Friday franchise and The Wayans Bros., died in October from a heart attack.
Goo Hara died at the age of 28. 3
The world of K-pop lost another star in November when Goo Hara was found dead in her home in Seoul, South Korea. Police launched an investigation and suspected no foul play after finding a note from the singer in her home. She had been hospitalized earlier this year, raising concerns about her mental health. Her death follows other tragic deaths of K-pop stars, including her friend, K-pop singer Sulli.
José José's death broke the hearts of many music lovers. 5
The iconic Mexican singer died in September at age 71. He had been battling health issues for several years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The music world lost Camilo Sesto in September. 6
The legendary Spanish singer and songwriter, who sold more than 180 million copies of his songs worldwide, died in Madrid in September due to heart failure. He was 72.
Julio Del Mar died at the age of 75. 7
The actor, who starred in some of Colombia's biggest novelas, passed away in August in Barranquilla at age 75. He struggled with serious health complications after he suffered an accident months prior to his death.
Cameron Boyce's death shocked Hollywood. 8
The young Disney Channel star died from complications of his epilepsy in July. He had been acting since he was child, and his death was mourned by his many costars. He was just 20 years old.
Novelist Toni Morrison died in August. 9
The author and novelist passed away at age 88 from complications of pneumonia, leaving the literary world in mourning. She wrote 11 books in her lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom given to her by President Barack Obama in 2012.
The baseball world suffered a major loss after the death of Tyler Skaggs. 11
Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Angels shared a post on July 1 announcing the tragic death of the 27-year-old baseball star, who was found dead in his hotel room. "It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the team's statement read. "Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."
September 11 first responder Luis Alvarez died in June. 12
Retired New York Police Department detective and 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez died on June 28. He was 53. He died from complications of colorectal cancer after being diagnosed in 2016. His cancer was linked to the three months he spent working at ground zero trying to find remains of those who died during the terrorist attack. Despite being sick, he continued to fight for the rights and health benefits of other first responders who were affected by the working conditions at the time.
Anderson Cooper mourned the loss of his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt. 13
The socialite lost her life at age 95 after a short battle with stomach cancer. Not only did she give birth to the famous journalist, but Gloria was a well-known artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite.
Singer Gabriel Diniz was only 28 when he died. 14
José Gabriel de Souza Diniz, better known as Gabriel Diniz, died in May. The Brazilian pop star was 28 when he died in a plane crash in Brazil on his way to his girlfriend's birthday party.
The hip-hop world was left mourning after the untimely death of Nipsey Hussle. 15
The rapper, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was gunned down in front of his own clothing store in Los Angeles, California, on March 31. Aside from being a Grammy-nominated musician, Nipsey's death deeply impacted his community because he was known to be investing back into his neighborhood and his people by starting businesses and employing local artists. He was known for encouraging people to become financially independent and successful on their own terms. He is survived by daughter Emani and his son, Kross, whom he shared with longtime partner, actress Lauren London. She shared a heartbreaking tribute for him on Instagram and wrote: "I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul. I’m lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words."
Armando Gil Vega died by suicide in April. 16
Armando, who was the bass player for Mexican band Botellita de Jerez, took his own life after being accussed of sexually abusing a minor. He wrote a chilling and long suicide note on Twitter before his death, saying his suicide was not an admission of guilt, but rather the opposite. He did this so his son didn't have to deal with the consequences of the accusations.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Australian fan Daphne Dunne passed away. 18
Daphne Dunne was beloved by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle. Her family announced via Instagram that the 99-year-old woman had died on April 1. "It is with the saddest of hearts that I would like to share the news that our most beloved mum and nanna, Daphne Dunne, passed away peacefully yesterday morning," the family wrote along with the post.
Karl Lagerfeld's death was a major loss for the fashion world. 19
The world-renowned fashion designer died on February 19 at the age of 85. Rumors had circulated about his failing health after he skipped a Chanel fashion show in January.
Music legend Anthony Ríos died at age 68. 20
The Dominican singer-songwriter died on March 4 in a medical center in the Dominican Republic due to cardiovascular complications. The singer was 68.
Christian Bach died at the age of 59. 21
The Argentinian actress died on February 26 at the age of 59 from cardiac arrest. She was remembered and mourned by many celebrities at the time of her passing.
Charo had to say goodbye to her longtime husband, Kjell Rasten. 22
The actress confirmed that her husband, whom she married in 1978, had died by suicide on February 18. Kjell suffered from a rare skin disease called bullous pemphigoid, which caused him to be depressed and eventually led him to take his own life.
Kevin Fret was murdered in the first days of 2019. 23
The up-and-coming artist was shot and killed in Puerto Rico on January 10, and his passing caused a lot of controversy. Ozuna was said to be involved, but he has denied this.
Fernando Gaitán left Colombia in mourning. 25
The Colombian screenwriter and producer died on January 29 from a heart attack. He was 58. He was the creator of various hit Colombian TV shows, including the global success Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.
Alejandro Villa was only 25 when he was shot dead. 26
The up-and-coming Mexican singer was shot and killed on February 12 in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. He was vocalist Federico Villa's grandson and was already making a name for himself in the regional Mexican genre.
King Kong Bundy died in March. 27
The professional wrestler died on March 4 at the age of 63. He was mostly known for his work in WWE, and a cause of death was not revealed at the time of his passing.
Katherine Helmond died at the age of 89. 28
The actress who was known for her roles on Who’s the Boss? and Soap died in her home in Los Angeles, California, on February 23. Her talent agency APA revealed it was due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Hugo Figueroa suffered an untimely death. 29
Joan Sebastian's nephew was kidnapped by seven men in Mexico on January 27. Days later, his body was found lifeless and covered with bullet wounds.
Actor Bruno Ganz died of cancer. 30
The actor, who played the role of Adolf Hitler in the 2004 movie Downfall, died on February 15 after being diagnosed with colon cancer in summer 2018.
Legarda died at the tender age of 29. 32
The Colombian singer and popular YouTuber took a bullet to the head on February 7 while he was inside an Uber. He was rushed to the hospital, where he went into cardiorespiratory arrest and died.
Soap opera star Kristoff St. John died in February. 33
The Young and the Restless star died on February 3. He was 52. His death was being investigated as a possible "alcohol overdose."
"The Voice" contestant Janice Freeman died in March. 34
Her family released a statement confiming that she had died from pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart on March 2. The singer was 33. "I miss you so much it hurts. Everywhere ..... but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated," Miley Cyrus, who was a judge on her season of The Voice, wrote on Instagram along with a photo of them together. "I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence."
The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint was found dead. 35
The singer died by suicide in England in the first weekend of March. Keith was 49. “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” his bandmate Liam Howlett confirmed on social media on March 4.
Singer Francisco Fouorcade was killed at age 24. 36
The narcocorridos singer was found dead in Mexico on February 4.
Actress Lisa Sheridan was also found dead. 37
The actress died on February 25 at her home. Her manager confirmed the news to People at the time. “We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel,” Mitch Clem said in a statement to the magazine. “She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners report on cause of death.”
He added: “The family has unequivocally confirmed that this is not a suicide. Any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely, 100% unfounded.” Later reports indicated that she died of complications from chronic alcoholism.