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Celebrity deaths of 2017 – the famous faces we've loved and lost this year


In 2017 we lost a number of famous faces, including hugely talented stars from the worlds of film, television, sport and music.
It was a particularly sad start to the year when Derbyshire-born veteran actor John Hurt passed away in January.
His death was followed by another with Derbyshire connections – John Wetton – who was a singer-songwriter with bands Asia and King Crimson.

Sir Bruce Forsyth was one of the legendary names we lost in 2017 (Image: Millfield Manager)
There were those who reached a ripe old age, such as actor Peter Sallis. The Last of the Summer Wine star and voice of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit passed away aged 96.
And then there were those who died far too young, such as socialite and television presenter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who died aged just 45.
In 2017, we lost some much-loved television presenters, who, for some, were a reminder of their childhood, such as Keith Chegwin and Brian Cant.
We lost a Bond when Roger Moore passed away in May, aged 89.
And, of course, this year we lost one of the greatest all-round entertainers of them all – Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Here, we present a rundown of some of the famous faces who passed in 2017.
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We lost one of our own when actor John Hurt passed away
8: Peter Sarstedt, singer-songwriter who penned Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? (aged 75)
12: Graham Taylor, ex-England football manager (aged 72), Larry Steinbachek, keyboard player with 80s band Bronski Beat (aged 56)
13: Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret’s former husband (aged 86)
23: Gorden Kaye, ‘Allo ‘Allo actor (aged 75)
25: Mary Tyler-Moore, US sitcom actress (aged 80), Sir John Hurt, Derbyshire-born actor (aged 77)
31: John Wetton, Derbyshire-born singer-songwriter with Asia and King Crimson (aged 67)
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At just 45 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died far too young (Image: Andy Titcomb)
1: Sir Ken Morrison, president of Morrisons (aged 85)
8: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite and television presenter (aged 45), Alan Simpson, comedy scriptwriter who co-wrote Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son (aged 87)
12: Sara Coward, actress who played Caroline Sterling in The Archers (aged 69)
17: Peter Skellern, singer-songwriter and pianist (aged 69)
25: Bill Paxton, American actor who appeared in films including Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic (aged 61)
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Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry (Image: NBCTV/wikimedia)
10: John Surtees, the only man to win the Formula One and motorcycle Grand Prix titles (aged 83)
18: Chuck Berry, singer-songwriter and 1950s rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who penned songs such as Maybellene and Johnny B. Goode (aged 90)
21: Colin Dexter, author behind the Inspector Morse crime novels that were adapted for TV (aged 86)
22: Ronnie Moran, former Liverpool captain and caretaker boss (aged 83)
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Ugo Ehiogu’s sudden passing stunned the football world (Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
7: Tim Pigott-Smith, actor who starred in many TV favourites including Downton Abbey and Jewel in the Crown (aged 70)
15: Clifton James, actor who played Sheriff J.W. Pepper in Bond films Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun (aged 96)
21: Ugo Ehiogu, former England and Aston Villa footballer (aged 44)
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Was he your favourite Bond? Acting legend Sir Roger Moore (Image: Allan Warren)
9: Robert Miles, music composer/DJ known for his trance and electronica music whose biggest hit was Children (aged 47)
17: Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Black Hole rocker (aged 52)

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23: Sir Roger Moore, legendary James Bond actor (aged 89)
28: John Noakes, television presenter famous for BBC children’s TV show Blue Peter (aged 83)

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1: Roy Barraclough, actor who played Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street (aged 81)
2: Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the Oscar-winning animated hit Wallace and Gromit and “Cleggy” from BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (aged 96)
5: Cheick Tiote, ex-Newcastle United footballer (aged 30)
10: Adam West, Batman actor from the 1960s (aged 88)
19: Brian Cant, actor and presenter of Play School (aged 83)
27: Michael Bond, writer of the Paddington Bear books (aged 91)
30: Barry Norman, veteran film critic (aged 83)
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Many people of a certain age will remember Carol Lee Scott as Grotbags (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)
4: Carol Lee Scott, star of the Grotbags children’s television show (aged 74)
16: George A. Romero, filmmaker behind horror movies Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (aged 77)
20: Chester Bennington, musician and singer who was the front man for Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots (aged 41)
21: John Heard, actor who played the dad in Home Alone (aged 72)
25: Hywel Bennett, actor who starred in TV show Shelley (aged 73)

Sir Bruce Forsyth was one of the legendary names we lost in 2017 (Image: Millfield Manager)
3: Robert Hardy, veteran actor who played Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (aged 91)
8: Glen Campbell, singer/songwriter whose hits included By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman (aged 81)
18: Sir Bruce Forsyth, all-round entertainer and host of The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing (aged 89)
20: Jerry Lewis, US comedian, actor and humanitarian who starred in the original version of the Nutty Professor (aged 91)
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Hugh Hefner certainly lived life to the full (Image: Glenn Francis/Pacific Pro Digital)
8: Don Williams, country and western singer/songwriter behind tunes such as You’re My Best Friend and I Believe in You (aged 78)
19: Jake LaMotta, world middleweight boxing champion and inspiration for the film Raging Bull (aged 95)
20: Sir Teddy Taylor, long-serving member of parliament (aged 80)
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21: William G. Stewart, television producer, director, and television presenter, best known for quiz show Fifteen to One (aged 82)
25: Tony Booth, actor who played Mike Rawlins in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part (aged 85), Liz Dawn, much-loved actress who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street (aged 77)
27: Hugh Hefner, editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy magazine (aged 91)

Many music fans were heartbroken when Tom Petty died (Image: musicentropy)
2: Tom Petty, singer/songwriter and frontman of Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers whose hits included I Won’t Back Down and Free Fallin’ (aged 66)
6: Terry Downes, world middleweight boxing champion in the 1960s (aged 81)
15: Sean Hughes, actor and stand-up comedian who was a former team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (aged 51)
24: Fats Domino, singer/songwriter behind such hits as Ain’t That a Shame and Blueberry Hill (aged 89)

David Cassidy was adored by his teenage fans in the 1970s (Image: Allan Warren)
8: Antonio Carluccio, Italian TV chef and founder of the Carluccio’s chain of restaurants (aged 80)
15: Keith Barron, actor who starred alongside Derby’s Gwen Taylor in the ITV sitcom Duty Free (aged 83)
19: Malcolm Young, legendary guitarist and founder of AC/DC (aged 64), Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon tennis champion (aged 49)
21: David Cassidy, US singer, song-writer and actor who starred in The Partridge Family and went on to become a 1970s teen idol (aged 67), Rodney Bewes, actor best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads (aged 79)

Professor Heinz Wolff played a big part in making science popular (Image: P G Champion)
4: Christine Keeler, model and showgirl who was at the centre of the “Profumo Affair” in the 1960s (aged 75)
5: Johnny Hallyday, France’s biggest rock star (aged 74)
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10: Max Clifford, disgraced celebrity publicist (aged 74)
11: Keith Chegwin, television presenter best-known for Cheggers Plays Pop and Swap Shop (aged 60)
15: Heinz Wolff, scientist and presenter of The Great Egg Race (aged 89)
Source: Derby Telegraph