While there are several months still left in the year, 2017 has already seen the loss of a number of beloved stars.
A handful of Hollywood icons, legendary musicians, and other famous personalities have gone too soon. These stars may no longer be living, but their legacy will live on with the incredible impact left on their families, fans, and friends.
The Playboy founder, who was commonly referred to as “Hef,” passed away at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on September 27. He was 91 years old.
The musician, who was one-half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a tragic helicopter accident on September 8.
Gentry was 50-years-old and is survived by his wife and two children.
Keep scrolling to see a list of stars that have died in 2017.
The actor passed away on July 21 at the age of 72. Two days prior, Heard had undergone back surgery. He was best known for playing the McCallister family patriarch in the original Home Alone movies. Also, in 1999, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his role on The Sopranos.
Hardy was most known for his portrayal of the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, in four of the Harry Potter films.
He passed away at the age of 91. His family released a statement on August 3 to describe the actor. "Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work," the statement read.
On July 27, the playwright, actor, and director died at the age of 73. He had been battling ALS. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his stage play Buried Child. He was also recognized by The Academy when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Right Stuff, a 1983 historical drama.
The former Linkin Park frontman was found dead on July 20 at his California home. He was 41 at the time of his death, which was ruled as a suicide by the Los Angeles coroner. He is survived by his wife, Talinda, and his six children. His most well-known songs were the band's hits including "Numb," "In the End," and "Crawling."
At the age of 39, Ellis died after suffering complications from heart failure. His most notable acting role was in HBO's True Blood.
His manager, Emily Gerson Saines, gave a statement to Us Weekly about the late actor, "He was not only a gifted artist, but he was a very special person with a kind and gentle soul."
On July 1, the YouTube star died at the age of 33. Her death was ruled as a suicide by hanging, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Ryan will also be remembered for her VH1 sketch comedy series titled Stevie TV. Her impressions of celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga were among her best.
After a short battle with leukemia, the Batman star passed away at the age of 88 on June 9. He was best known for playing the "Caped Crusader" himself on the 1960s DC Comics TV series and later voiced Quahog Mayor Adam West on Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy.
On May 17, the Soundgarden lead singer died only hours after performing a sold-out show in Detroit. The "Black Hole Sun" artist was found by a family friend in the bathroom of his room at the
The "Black Hole Sun" artist was found by a family friend in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel. The cause of death was ruled as a suicide, and his widow, Vicky Cornell, issued a statement saying that prescription drugs such as Ativan could have factored in his death.
After suffering from heart failure, the Rob & Big star passed away on May 9 at age 45. He rose to fame on the MTV reality series, that run from 2006 to 2008, as Rob Dyrdek's best friend and bodyguard.
At age 42, the former member of hip-hop group Mobb Deep, died on June 20. "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” his publicist said in a statement. "Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.”
On April 22, the Happy Days alum was found dead at her Harrison County, Indiana. She was 56 and passed from complications with stage IV cancer.
She will be most remembered for role as Joanie Cunningham on the '70s sitcom and later starred in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, alongside Scott Baio.
After battling leukemia, the 57-year-old comedian passed away at an NYC hospital on April 12. Murphy, who is the older brother of Hollywood superstar Eddie Murphy, will be remembered for his hilarious skits on Chappelle's Show and for co-writing some of his brother's movies such as Vampire in Brooklyn and Norbit.
On January 27, the British actor passed away at the age of 77. In June of 2015, the Alien star announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Throughout his career, Hurt was nominated for two Oscars for his roles in Midnight Express and Elephant Man.
The Sopranos actor passed away on Wednesday of this week. He was 78-years-old and died while undergoing open-heart surgery after suffering a heart attack.
The comedy icon died in his Las Vegas home on August 20 after suffering health issues for many years.
In addition to his philanthropic work, Lewis will be remembered for his talents as an actor, singer, director and for his films including The Nutty Professor and Cinderfella.
The country music legend passed away on August 8 at age 81. He had been suffering for a years-long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Other stars that have passed away this year include: Bernie Casey (actor), Joseph Bologna (actor), Jay Thomas (comedian), June Foray (actress), Barbara Sinatra (socialite), Martin Landau (actor), Glenne Headly (actress), Michael Nance (reality star), Henry Deutschendorf (actor), Stephen Furst (actor), Roger Smith (actor), Danny Dias (reality star), Peter Sallis (actor), Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (musicians), Steven Holcomb (Olympic gold medalist) and Cuba Gooding Sr.