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Virgil Abloh 1 of 92 <a class=Virgil Abloh"/>

The groundbreaking designer died at the age of 41 after a two-year private battle with cancer, PEOPLE confirmed on November 28. "We are devastated to announce that our beloved Virgil Abloh has passed away as an extremely devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend," the Off-White designer's family shared on Abloh's Instagram page on Sunday. Said. His family explained that the designer was diagnosed with a "rare, aggressive form of cancer" called cardiac angiosarcoma. Born on September 30, 1980, Abloh left his mark on the fashion world with his work as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection and the founder of Off-White.


Stephen Sondheim2 of 92 Stephen Sondheim

The legendary Broadway composer died on November 26 at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 91 years old. Born in New York City in 1930, Sondheim grew up alongside acclaimed songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II, who fostered his budding passion for music and theatre. From West Side Story to Into the Woods, the career of the songwriter, lyricist and composer has been unparalleled. He is the recipient of eight Tony Awards, including a special lifetime achievement Tony Award. In 2010, the Henry Miller Theater in New York City was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theater in his honor.


James Michael Tyler4 of 92 Peter Scolari

The Friends graduate died after a battle with stage 4 prostate cancer, PEOPLE confirmed on October 24. He was 59 years old. Tyler, who plays Central Perk barista Gunther on the hit show, first announced his diagnosis in mid-June, nearly three years after he began treatment in 2018. "I've been dealing with this diagnosis for almost three years now. It's stage 4 [now], late stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it's probably going to catch me," Tyler told Today in June. , noticed while undergoing chemotherapy. According to his official obituary, Tyler survived the love of his life, wife Jennifer Carno, "always united in good times, sickness and forever."


Peter Scolari4 of 92 Peter Scolari

The actress, best known for her roles in Bosom Buddies, Newhart and Girls, has died at the age of 66. Scolari died of cancer on the morning of October 22 after a two-year illness, Ellen Lubin, her manager at Wright Entertainment, told Sanitsky Variety and Deadline. The star's debut role came with Tom Hanks on the hit sitcom Bosom Buddies, which aired on NBC for two seasons from 1980 to 1982. He also appeared in Hanks' 1996 directorial debut That Thing You Do!, as well as the 1998 HBO limited series From the Earth to the Moon and 2004's The Polar Express. He later appeared in Lena Dunham's hit HBO series Girls as Tad, the father of Hannah Horvath's character, Hannah Horvath, who was revealed to be gay while married to her mother, Loreen (Becky Ann Baker). The role earned Scolari an Emmy Award in 2016 for an outstanding guest role in a comedy series. He is survived by his wife Tracy Shayne, whom he married in 2013, and their children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali.


Michael K Williams5 of 92 Michael K. Williams

The actor, known for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and Lovecraft Country, was found dead on September 6. He was 54 years old. Five-time Emmy Award nominee was found around 2:00 p.m. In his penthouse apartment in Brooklyn, a source from the NYPD told PEOPLE. The player's nephew discovered his body in the living room. "It is with deep regret that the family has announced the passing of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," a Williams representative told PEOPLE. "They want your privacy as they mourn this insurmountable loss." According to the New York Post, drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment while the cause of death has yet to be revealed. A separate law enforcement source told PEOPLE that Williams died of a fentanyl-laced heroin overdose.

Suzanne Douglas6 of 92 Suzzanne Douglas

Douglas, best known for his role in The Parent' Hood, has passed away. She was 64 years old. Douglas' cousin, Angie Tee, announced the actress's death on Facebook Tuesday in an emotional tribute. Posting three photos of her cousin, she wrote, "Suzzanne Douglas is a beautiful and talented actress transitioned today. She has warmed our hearts on movie screens and televisions around the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin." He began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in the soap opera Guiding Light. After this role, she acted in TV series Sondheim's Into the Woods, Tap, School of Rock, Stella How Got Her Groove Back, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, Bones and many more. For her contribution to 1989's Tap, Douglas won the NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actress in a film. Her husband of 32 years, Dr. Survived by Roy Jonathan Cobb and their daughter Jordan.

Richard Donner7 of 92 Richard Donner

Known for creating all four films in The Goonies, Superman, and Lethal Weapon series, the director has died at the age of 91. Donner started out as an actor but quickly transitioned into directing. During the 60s, a string of commercials and shows such as Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Loretta Young Show, Route 66, The Rifleman, The Man From UNCLE, Gilligan's Island, Perry Mason, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, The Fugitive he directed. and The Twilight Zone (including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", one of the series' most revered episodes). Donner opened his own production studio, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions, with his wife and producer friend Lauren Schuler in 1986, and in 1999 it was renamed simply The Donner's Company. Donner's other works include Scrooged (1988), Maverick (1994), Assassins (1995), Conspiracy Theory (1997) and Timeline (2003), and most recently 16 Blocks of 2006.


Alison Greenspan8 of 92 Alison Greenspan

Greenspan, executive producer of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Trousers, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 48 years old. She has produced several movies and TV shows throughout her career, including the ABC drama series For Life and What A Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes. Greenspan's career also consisted of adapting movies from popular books. Three films were released in 2014 that Greenspan produced: The Best of Me, a Sparks book adaptation starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan; You're Not You, based on the novel by Michelle Wildgen and starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel; and Chloë Grace Moretz's film If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman's book.

Ray MacDonnell9 of 92 Ray MacDonnell

40 years of Dr. MacDonnell, best known for his role as Joe Martin in All My Children, died of natural causes on June 10. He was 93 years old. All My Children's lead actress Susan Lucci wrote a tribute to the actress on her Instagram. “He was truly our head of AMC – and he filled our studio with warmth and professionalism – and his delicious sense of humor – there were times when I couldn't dare to tell you during the scenes.


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