Seinfeld actor Charles Levin‘s son Jesse Levin confirmed to Radar Online that his father was found dead in a remote part of Oregon on Sunday, July 14. According to Grant Pass officials, the 70-year-old had been missing for one week. After discovering his dog inside his car during a search and rescue, they then found Charles’ body in “steep and rugged” area, a spokesperson from the Grant Pass Public Safety Department told Radar.
While the situation is horrific, Jesse — who is mourning his father’s loss with siblings Ben Levin and Kate Levin — told the outlet that he doesn’t think foul play was involved. “As of right now, I have no suspicions that this is anything other than a tragic accident,” Jesse said. “I’m heading up there right now, and I’ll know more information then.”
Our hearts are with the Levin family during this tragic time.
Denise Nickerson captured America’s heart when she played Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. On Wednesday, July 10, her son, Josh Nickerson, and his wife, Jasmine, announced via Facebook that the beloved actress passed away at age 62 one year after she suffered a severe stroke.
“She’s gone,” they wrote, but even though Denise is gone, her performances as Violet and as young Amy Jennings on the soap opera Dark Shadows still continue to resonate with people today.
Beloved actor Rip Torn sadly passed away at age 88 on Tuesday, July 9. The Men in Black star — who won an Emmy for his role on The Larry Sanders Show — died at his home in the early morning hours with beside his wife, Amy Wright, and their daughters, Katie Torn and Angelica Page, according to his publicist, Rick Miramontez. Rip’s cause of death has yet to be released.
The Torn family is in our prayers during this heartbreaking time!
Eddie Jones, the actor best known for playing the Man of Steel’s dad, Jonathan Kent, on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), had died. He was 84.
Interact Theatre Company of Los Angeles — of which he was a “treasured longtime member, dear friend and trusted colleague” — announced that he had passed away Saturday, July 6, via a post on their website. Eddie’s rep later confirmed the news to People.
Paul Benjamin, who was involved in such classic films like Midnight Cowboy and Escape From Alcatraz, passed away on June 28. He was 81. Spike Lee, who directed the actor in 1989’s Do the Right Thing, paid tribute to Paul on Instagram upon hearing the news.
“I’m sad to write that the great actor Paul Benjamin, who played ML, far left, passed this past Friday, two days before the 30th anniversary of ‘Do the Right Thing.’ Rest in Paradise,” the Oscar winner wrote.
Arte Johnson, the beloved Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In actor, sadly passed away at age 90 on Wednesday, July 3. The Emmy Award-winner‘s family announced he died in the early morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, after battling bladder and prostate cancer for the past three years.
Beloved Alf actor Max Wrightpassed away at age 75 in his home in Hermosa Beach, California, on Wednesday, June 26. According to TMZ, the star’s family confirmed the news. They also shared that he had battled cancer for many years after being diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995, but had been in remission for a while at the time of his death.
In 2017, Max lost his wife of more than 50 years, Linda Wright, to breast cancer.
Actor Billy Drago — who is best known for his roles in The Untouchables, The Hills Have Eyes and Clint Eastwood‘s Pale Rider, among many others — sadly passed away at age 73 on Monday, June 24.
The beloved actor passed away following complications from a stroke and is survived by his son, Darren E. Burrows. The proclaimed Hollywood villain unfortunately lost his wife, actress Silvana Gallardo, in 2012.
“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms,” Anderson gushed. “She was a painter, a writer, a designer — but also a remarkable mother, wife and friend.”
“She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her and they’d tell you she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest and most modern,” he continued. “She died this morning the way she wanted to, at home surrounded by family and friends.” Our hearts are with Anderson and the rest of Gloria’s family!
Hillary Clinton announced that her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, sadly passed away at age 64 on Friday, June 7. The cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
The former First Lady took to Twitter to share the devastating news along with a heartfelt tribute. “We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today,” the 71-year-old wrote on June 8. “When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous and a wonderful husband to Megan and father to Zach, Simon and Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.”
Carmine Caridi, best known for playing Carmine Rosato in the second film in The Godfather trilogy, has died at the age of 85. According to TMZ, the actor passed away on Wednesday, May 29, after slipping into a comatose state at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai hospital.
He is also known for roles on TV shows like Phyllis, Fame and NYPD Blue. Additionally, Carmine has the distinction of being one of the few people expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for sharing movie screeners in 2004.
Tim Conway sadly passed away on Tuesday, May 14, his rep, Howard Bragman, confirmed to Closer Weekly. The beloved actor, best known for his role as the Oldest Man on The Carol Burnett Show, leaves behind his wife of 35 years, his stepdaughter, six biological children and two granddaughters. He will be missed!
Hollywood icon Doris Daypassed away at age 97 on Monday, May 13. The beloved star’s foundation confirmed in a statement that she was surrounded by loved ones when she died. “Doris had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” The Doris Day Animal Foundation explained. Even though she will no longer be able to charm us with her great musical skills, the actress recently told Closer Weekly that she’s grateful for the life that she’s lived.
Actress Peggy Lipton, best known for her roles on The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, has died at age 72. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, her daughters, Kidada Jones and Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones, confirmed that she passed away from cancer on Saturday, May 11. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” the emotional statement read. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now, but we will say: Peggy was and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond,” the pair added. “She will always be a part of us.”
Laura Bush announced on Sunday, May 12, that her beloved mom passed away just two days before Mother’s Day on May 10. “This Mother’s Day, I’m remembering my mother, who passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning,” the former first lady shared in an emotional tribute to announce the heartbreaking loss. “Jenna Hawkins Welch was a true daughter of West Texas who loved her family, books and nature. My memories of reading with her and stargazing under the Midland sky are reminders of the passions that she nurtured in me. Our family is grateful for her long and wonderful life. We miss her dearly.”
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who famously played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, sadly died on Tuesday, April 30, at the age of 74. To share the heartbreaking news, his family announced his passing in an emotional message on Twitter. “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home,” the statement read.
The beloved Hollywood director and producer John Singleton, best known for directing 1991’s Boyz n the Hood, sadly passed away on Monday, April 29. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton, passed away today due to complications from a stroke he suffered last Wednesday,” a spokesperson for the family said in a statement. John’s death comes shortly after his loved ones sadly announced their decision to take him off life support. Our prayers are with the Singleton family during this time of mourning.
Paula Abdul‘s father, Harry Abdul, sadly died just one year after her mother, Lorraine, RadarOnline.com reported. The 85-year-old was said to have passed away at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. “Everyone loved my father. He had a heart of gold and carried his heart on his sleeve wherever he went, and shared it with everyone he came in contact with,” Paula wrote in a tweet. “Isn’t it a beautiful gift that I still feel his spirit with me?”
Country music singer Earl Thomas Conley sadly passed away on Wednesday, April 10. Country stars like Blake Shelton reacted to the news on social media saying, “My heart is absolutely destroyed today … Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest.”
The Monkees bandmember sadly died at age 77 on February 21. Though his cause of death was not stated at the time of his passing, the bassist and singer was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer affecting his tongue back in 2009.
Julia Ruth Stevens (seated at the piano in the above photo), the adoptive daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth, died at the age of 102 on Saturday, March 9. Per the New York Times, Julia is survived by a son, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
On April 8, the official James Bond Twitter account revealed that Nadja, who appeared as a Bond girl, had died. “We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87,” said the tweet. “Nadja appeared in two Bond films, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
The actress, best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Everybody Loves Raymond, died on April 12 at the age of 70. Her cause of death is undetermined because she, being a Christian Scientist, did not consult a doctor.
Ken Kercheval — the best known for playing Cliff Barnes on Dallas from 1978 until 1991 — has died at age 83. He is the only star, besides the late Larry Hagman, to have starred on the show’s entire run. In fact, he even returned for the reboot from 2012 until 2014.