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In Memoriam 2017: Remembering Those We Lost In Entertainment
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In Memoriam 2017

In Memoriam 2017: Film, Television, Music, Sports, Literature, the Arts…

Every year is tough to look back on the losses of public and beloved figures, but 2017 seemed like an exceptionally hard year for losses, particularly in the music industry. Many seminal figures of their craft died either unexpectedly or suddenly, all tragically. As the heavy remorse still lingers over the loss of these titans and experts of their respective fields, there is also the comfort, if perhaps the only comfort, in knowing that their works, images, and what they left behind will endure and continue to endure, long after we are gone too. Their remembrances are like graffiti on the soul, a welcomed branding of their art and unbridled zest for life that in many cases, that will remain with us and touch us forever. Here’s a list of some notables that we lost in 2017.

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AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder Malcolm Young Has Died
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Malcolm Young AC/DC

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who with his brother Angus Young co-founded the legendary hard rock band, has died, according to a statement released by the band on their official Facebook page. He was 64.

The statement did not reveal a cause of death, but the musician had been suffering from dementia, which had officially forced his retirement from the band in 2014. After his departure, his nephew Stevie Young took his place in the group.

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Tom Petty Has Died; Music Legend Confirmed Dead After Earlier Conflicting Reports
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Tom Petty

Tom Petty, the American musician who had an assembly line of rock and roll hits and successes that made him and his band The Heartbreakers a mainstay for over four decades, died Monday after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He was 66. The news was reported earlier in the day, but then the LAPD issued a statement that they could not confirm Petty’s death. Now, official confirmation has been given.

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‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper Has Died
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Director Tobe Hooper

Who will survive and what will be left of them? That is iconic line that graces the movie poster of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most visceral films ever created; a film that lives on in both infamy and reverence to this day. Its director, horror legend Tobe Hooper, died yesterday in Sherman Oaks, CA, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner who confirmed the news to Variety. No cause of death has been determined yet. He was 74.

Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper made his seminal masterpiece in 1974 for less than $300,000. The film, based on the serial-killing cannibal Ed Gein, tells the story of five friends on a drive through rural Texas to explore the home of the grandfather of Sally (Marilyn Burns) and wheelchair-bound Franklin (Paul A. Partain). They end up encountering a family of cannibals, including the human skin-masked, chain saw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).

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Legendary Funnyman Jerry Lewis Has Died At 91
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Jerry Lewis

Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis, who for over 70 years made audiences laugh with his wild, crazy humor and became an institution of American entertainment, died this morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

There is no question that the mere mention of the name Jerry Lewis incites many different opinions in individuals spanning generations, but one thing is clear: regardless of one’s personal taste for the man and his attitude to comedy, there is no denying the sheer power and legend that he exuded, a gravitas that combined old Vaudeville with slapstick and later a slick Las Vegas style, honing elements of Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, and Jackie Gleason into an amalgam of a rubbery, limber, anything can happen comedy style that people like Jim Carrey were able to bring to a newer generation. This solidified in every way the importance of what Jerry Lewis meant to so many people.

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George A. Romero Has Died; Godfather Of The Undead Was 77
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Tonight marks the return of Games of Thrones, where the primary villains are the White Walkers, a marching army of undead. Today, the man most responsible for making the word “undead” part of the zeitgeist, the Godfather of modern zombie culture, George A. Romero, has died today at 77 after a brief fight with lung cancer.

You can’t look anywhere without seeing the impact the Bronx-born filmmaker had on the modern world. From Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead, to iZombie, television is as full of zombies as the Monroeville Mall was in 1978. In 1968, Romero along with a small band of colleagues created one of the most iconic and influential films of any genre in history, with Night of the Living Dead. In the film, a rag tag group are thrown together in a farmhouse while undead zombies gather outside hungry for human flesh. Hilariously, Romero hated the word “zombie” which he would of course become synonymous with.

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‘Batman’ Actor Adam West Has Died; Pop Culture Icon Was 88
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Adam West as Batman

Adam West, the actor best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s television series, died on Friday in Los Angeles, CA, after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

The West family posted the news this morning to the actor’s social media accounts, stating “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family.”

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James Bond Actor Sir Roger Moore Has Died At The Age Of 89
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Roger Moore as James Bond

Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has passed away at the age of 89. The news was shared by Moore’s family, who says the actor passed away after a battle with cancer.

The actor is one of the handful to portray Bond since the film series began in 1962, joined by Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and the most recent, Daniel Craig. Moore played Bond seven times from 1973 to 1985 in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Only Connery has appeared in the role as many times, and no one has played Bond more than that.

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Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Has Died
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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden

Chris Cornell, who is best known as the frontman of Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden, died Wednesday night while on tour in Detroit, according to the AP. He was 52.

No cause of death is known at this time, but Cornell’s representative told the AP that the musician’s death was “sudden and unexpected.” AP News is reporting that police are investigating his death as a possible suicide, stating there were “basic things observed at the scene” to warrant this. Cornell had performed with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI, that night, and was later found dead on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.

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‘Tombstone’ and ‘Deadwood’ Star Powers Boothe Dies At 68
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Powers Boothe

The great Powers Boothe, known for his many memorable performances in films like Tombstone and Sin City and television shows like Deadwood and 24, has passed away at the age of 68.

A spokesperson for the actor, Karen Samfilippo, confirmed the news, saying he passed away in his sleep due to natural causes.

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