José José's death broke the hearts of many music lovers. 1
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. 2
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. 3
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.
Novelist Toni Morrison died in August. 5
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.
Edith González's death left a hole in fans' hearts. 6
Edith's death was announced in early June, and it took everyone by surprise. After years of battling cancer, the Mexican actress seemed like she was in full recovery mode, but she lost her fight against the disease at age 54, leaving behind her husband and daughter.
The baseball world suffered a major loss after the death of Tyler Skaggs. 7
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. 8
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. 9
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.
The hip-hop world was left mourning after the untimely death of Nipsey Hussle. 11
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. 12
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.
Luke Perry died after suffering a massive stroke. 13
The actor, who was best known for his roles in Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, died on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke the week before. "He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time," his publicist Arnold Robinson told CNN in a statement.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Australian fan Daphne Dunne passed away. 14
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. 15
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. 16
The Dominican singer-songwriter died on March 4 in a medical center in the Dominican Republic due to cardiovascular complications. The singer was 68.
Charo had to say goodbye to her longtime husband, Kjell Rasten. 18
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. 19
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.
The bachata world mourned the loss of Yoskar Sarante. 20
The Dominican bachata legend died in Orlando, Florida, on January 28 from lung disease. He was only 48 when he died.
Fernando Gaitán left Colombia in mourning. 21
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. 22
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. 23
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.
Hugo Figueroa suffered an untimely death. 25
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. 26
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.
Socialite Lee Radziwill died at age 85. 27
Lee, who was the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, died of natural causes in her home in Manhattan, New York, on February 15.
Legarda died at the tender age of 29. 28
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. 29
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. 30
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."
Singer Francisco Fouorcade was killed at age 24. 32
The narcocorridos singer was found dead in Mexico on February 4.
Actress Lisa Sheridan was also found dead. 33
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.