Celebrity deaths in 2017: Famous faces gone too soon from Lord Hart to Chester Bennington

2016 was a tough year, as we said goodbye to some of our best known and well-loved figures – from George Michael and Carrie Fisher to Prince and David Bowie.

And the losses have continued into 2017 with the sad news that Bill Paxton had passed away, following the deaths of stars such as Gorden Kaye, John Hurt and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Here’s a look at all of the celebrities we’ve lost in 2017 so far who have inspired generations.


Lord Hart

Lord Hart died aged 77 after a tough battle with cancer.

Lord Hart, former government advisor during the Tony Blair years before joining the House of Lords in 2004, died on August 3 aged 77 after a battle with cancer.

He was godfather to Tony Blair’s daughter Kathry and advised the Lord Chancellor from 1998 and 2007, working for Lord Irvine and Lord Falconer.

Lord Bassam, Labour’s chief whip in the House of Lords said: “Lord Garry Hart’s passing is very sad for the Labour Party but it’s his wife Val, their family and friends who are now at the forefront of our thoughts.”

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy Actor who appeared in All Creatures Great and Small

Actor Robert Hardy star of All Creatures Great and Small and Harry Potter, sadly passed away on August 3 aged 91.

A graduate from Oxford University, Hardy was best known for his role as senior veterinarian Siegried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small and also appeared in Inspector Morse, Manhunt and Edward the Seventh.


Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Actor Sam Shepard died on July 30 aged 73 at his home in Kentucky,

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in The Right Stuff as pilot Chuck Yeager.

Hywel Bennett

Hywell Bennett, former star of EastEnders, has died at 73

Hywel Bennett died at the age of 73 on July 25.


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