The life and death of a celebrity is an interesting thing to observe. Some celebrities die and the world feels like it stops while other times their names are not even mentioned in the paper.
When a celebrity dies, to their fans, it is a tragedy. Some celebrities become more famous after death while the memory of others seems so slip away. Celebrities are some of the most influential people in the world, they have a way of connecting with fans and gaining the respect of the masses.
For some celebrities, their fans become a big part of their life and legacy. There are certain stars that have left a huge hole on not only the world but our hearts and who audiences miss every day.
On the other hand, some celebrity deaths were not mourned as much as others. For some celebrities, it is almost like the world forgets they are no longer with us as if their death never happened.
The following is a list of the 8 celebrities we miss every day and the 8 we forgot even existed. From stellar superstars to sitcom uncles, this list has got it all.
16. We Miss – Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher will always be remembered as a force to be reckoned with. The actress, who passed away on December 27th, 2016 is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the iconic film Star Wars.
Fisher, whose mother Debbie Reynolds died the following day, had quite an interesting life. Carrie Fisher was one of the first celebrities to be open about her struggles with mental health and actually found a way of being humorous about it.
“I thought I would inaugurate a Bipolar Pride Day.You know, with floats and parades and stuff! On the floats, we would get the depressives, and they wouldn’t even have to leave their beds — we’d just roll their beds out of their houses, and they could continue staring off miserably into space. And then for the manics, we’d have the manic marching band, with manics laughing and talking and shopping and f***ing and making bad judgment calls” said Fisher.
15. We Forgot – James Avery
James Avery will always be best known as Uncle Phil on the awesome television show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring Will Smith. Everyone who is a fan of the show loved the dynamic between grumpy and stern uncle Phil and his comical nephew Will.
What not many people realize is that Avery actually passed away in 2013 at the age of 68. Avery did not get a lot of media attention surrounding his death but it is rumored that his wife was by his side when he took his last breath.
James Avery was both wise on the show and in real life and behind, he leaves his fans with a lot of good advice including “Monetary success is not success. Career success is not success. Life, someone that loves you, giving to others, doing something that makes you feel complete and full. That is success. And it isn’t dependent on anyone else.”
14. We Miss – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston had it all, good looks, fierce talent and huge amounts of fame, however, she continuously struggled with her internal demons.
Whitney Houston was in a tormented relationship with Bobby Brown, she had struggled with substance abuse and although the world believed she was in a better place, sadly she was not.
On February 11, 2012, Houston passed away and hearts all over the world broke. It was Houston who said, “You can fool people. You can fool anybody anytime of the day, but you can’t fool yourself. At night, when you go home, you’ve got to be straight up with you.”
13. We Forgot – Rob Ford
Rob Ford was one of the most controversial politicians the world has ever seen. The 64th Mayor of Toronto lived a life that was not exactly kosher. Ford is best known for using drugs and openly talking about it, heck there was even a video of him smoking crack that went viral.
Ford went on record stating, “I think everybody’s seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately, I can’t because it’s before the courts and that’s all I can say right now. I have no reason to resign. I’m going to go back and return my phone calls. I’m going to be out doing what the people elected me to do and that saves taxpayers money and run a great government.”
In 2016, he was experiencing pains and that is when he found out he was ill. In March of the same year, Ford was admitted to palliative care where he passed away shortly after.
Although Ford was a fairly memorable person, his memory has slowly faded away from everyone’s minds and people kind of forgot he existed.
12. We Miss – Paul Walker
Paul Walker was only 40 when he passed away suddenly in a car crash. The handsome actor was still filming Furious 7 when he was taken away from this earth. The incident happened in 2013. It was reported that Walked had been driving recklessly and lost control of the wheel, dying on impact.
Walker had a successful career and in one of his last interviews, he stated the following
“I just turned 40, and it’s weird to think that I’ve been doing this almost my whole life. I was a child actor and then didn’t do it through junior high and high school, then started up again in my late teens doing Young and the Restless. Dabbled with school, went back to college, played around. I think I was doing Pleasantville at 23.”
11. We Forgot – Michelle Thomas
There are some celebrities you will always remember and then there are others you hate that you always forget about.
When you think of The Cosby Show you almost never think of Michelle Thomas, which is why the world probably did not notice she passed away in 1998.
Thomas who was only 29 years old at the time passed away from a rare form of stomach cancer, and at first, the world showed sympathy but almost instantly she was forgotten about. Thomas was also on the hit television show Family Matters and Young and The Restless.
We at TheRichest believe that had the illness not taken over she would have continued to find success throughout this industry. She was talented, beautiful, and full of life and it saddens us to think of everything this young actress has missed out on.
10. We Miss – Amy Winehouse
From the moment the world heard Amy Winehouse sing, everyone knew what a star she was going to be.
Winehouse, who had been compared to Janis Joplin on numerous occasions was a real artist. Her songs poured out of her like beautiful melodies putting anyone who listened in a trance. However, like most great artists, Winehouse struggled internally. She wrote music to get away from the pain but that simply was not enough. Amy Winehouse struggled with substance abuse and her first hit single was actually titled “Rehab”.
On July 23, 2011, Winehouse passed away, like Janis Joplin at the age of 27. She is one of those celebrities who was tragically taken away from us, and one of the few celebrities to be part of the 27 club (celebrities who have died at 27). Winehouse once said “Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.”
9. We Forgot – Michael Clarke Duncan
The Green Mile is without a doubt one of the best movies ever made and Michael Clarke Duncan made himself a household name after the film hit theaters. Duncan was told countless times that he would not be an actor but with perseverance and drive, he was able to prove all of those people wrong. In an interview once, he opened up and said that people would tell him he was too ugly to be an actor “Of course, people told me, ‘Mikey, you will never be an actor. You don’t have the look. You’re ugly.”
8. We Miss – Michael Jackson
On June 25th, 2009 the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time, Michael Jackson.
Jackson, who was also known as the King of Pop is one of those performers that inspired so many other artists to reach for the stars. Between his hit singles, awesome dance moves and quirky personality, Jackson became one of the most famous people on the planet.
It is safe to say that Michael Jackson had quite an interesting life and after his death, the controversy continued to surround him.
Jackson was one of those artists that made his fans feel heard, accepted and wanted which is part of what made him so special.
Jackson once stated, “If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with,” and we could not agree with him more.
7. We Forgot – DJ AM
Does anyone remember DJ AM? Remember, he was engaged to Nicole Richie? Well, he actually died in 2009. Adam Goldstein (his real name) struggled with substance abuse which ended up being what killed him in the end. Although he and Richie were no longer together at the time of his death, she took his loss fairly hard.
Goldstein was a religious person and even survived a plane crash in 2008 (one year prior to his death) that killed 4 others. The crash helped him continue to see life in a positive way and when he passed away, fans, friends, and family tried to keep that positivity alive. After the accident, he opened up during an interview and said
“I’ve prayed every night for the past 10 years. There’s a lot more to thank God for now. My philosophy is ‘live life to the fullest,’ I was saved for a reason. Maybe I’m going to help someone else. I don’t question it. All I know is, I’m thankful I’m still here.”
6. We Miss – Prince
On April 21, 2016, the world lost one of the most talented beings we have ever come across, Prince. The Purple Rain singer had one of the biggest fan groups of any artist ever and the world has become a much sadder place without him in it.
Prince always marched to the beat of his own drum, he embraced both his differences and those of his fans and connected to the world in a way that not many artists have the ability if doing.
Prince was a positive being which was one of his best qualities. He once said in an interview “Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.”
5. We Forgot – Len Lesser
Len Lesser is one of those actors who you can never forget his face. Appearing in films like Death Hunt and Blood and Lace, Lesser made his mark in the industry. However, we at TheRichest think his best role ever was that of Uncle Leo on the iconic television series Seinfeld. His contagious smile in combination with his raw talent made him the perfect edition to the show. “Uncle Leo became a whole new thing for me. After sweating out every job, my God. Now it’s everywhere I go,” said Lesser.
Although he had a lot of pull in show business, for some reason in 2011 when he passed away no one seemed to notice.
4. We Miss – David Bowie
David Bowie was a performer, innovator, musician, husband, and father. He was one of those special people that touched everyone who met him, saw him or even listened to his music. Which is why, on January 10th 2016, the world stopped when news hit that the legend had passed away.
Bowie, whose love story with supermodel Iman is one of the greatest left a mark on this world in so many ways. Not only was Bowie an influence to so many artists, he was also someone who continuously reinvented themselves and constantly lived through his art.
During an interview, Bowie stated the following
“I’m well past the age where I’m acceptable. You get to a certain age and you are forbidden access. You’re not going to get the kind of coverage that you would like in music magazines, you’re not going to get played on the radio and you’re not going to get played on television. I have to survive on word of mouth,” but we’re sure he would have been honored at how the world celebrated his life.
3. We Forgot – Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly is best known for playing Eric Forman’s sister in the hit television series That 70’s Show. Her blonde, bombshell appearance in combination with her sultry attitude on the show made her a favorite to many fans.
Although she was not the most popular cast member, she had gained herself quite a following. Many people do not know this, but the sad reality is that she passed away in 2013 due to an accidental overdose. The actress had been struggling with drugs for quite some time.
2. We Miss – Robin Williams
There will most certainly never be an actor that will touch the masses like Robin Williams did.
Robin Williams not only was part of some of the best movies ever, but he became part of the lives of so many of his fans. His diverse set of skills, talent, and charm are just part of why he became such a legend.
On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams passed away and the world was left heartbroken. What was even more shocking is that he had taken his own life, something fans had never seen coming. “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone”, said the actor.
1. We Forgot – Brittany Murphy
There was a time where Brittany Murphy was the talk of the town. She appeared in films like Girl Interrupted, Just Married, Little Black Book and Clueless. Although she passed away in 2009 it is almost as though the world still believes she is alive, almost like she was not supposed to die.
Murphy was super talented and beautiful and although many have questioned the cause of her death, it has never fully been revealed, leaving her fans lost in the dark. Murphy was a wise woman who once stated “I think the key to happiness is allowing ourselves to not feel bad or guilty for feeling it and letting it be contagious. And to not be dependent on other people to create your own happiness.”