Celebrity deaths: Who we lost in 2017 -- including Tom Petty, Troy Gentry, Chris Cornell, Mary Tyler Moore, Gregg Allman, David Cassidy, Bill Paxton, Roger Moore, and Erin Moran
UPI News Service, 12/28/2017
Music fans spent much of 2017 grieving the sudden deaths of cherished artists, many of whom were performing in the days before they died.
Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell, 52, hanged himself in a Michigan hotel May 18. His longtime friend, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, sang the ballad "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral, then committed suicide in the same manner at his California home July 20. Bennington was 41.
Less than two months later, Troy Gentry -- half of the country duo known as Montgomery Gentry -- was killed Sept. 8 at age 50 when the helicopter he was riding in to a concert venue crashed in New Jersey.
Sixty-six-year-old Grammy winner Tom Petty died Oct. 2 at UCLA Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest at his house. He had wrapped up a string of shows with his band the Heartbreakers on Sept. 25 and wasn't known to be ill. He said in an interview last year this was likely to be his last big tour because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 91, also died this year, as did Cool Hand Luke and Pretty in Pink actor Harry Dean Stanton, who was 91; former James Bond portrayer Roger Moore, who was 89; Night of the Living Dead filmmaker George Romero, who was 77; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, who was 73; and Twister and Titanic star Bill Paxton, who was 61.
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