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Throughout the past 10 years, the world has gotten just a little less brighter without these beautiful souls. Some of these people you’ll remember instantly and some you may have forgotten even passed. So here’s to some of the brightest lights in the universe who were gone all too soon.
Alexander McQueen, 40
He was a a British fashion designer, formerly the chief designer of Givenchy and founder of the Alexander McQueen label, who died by suicide on Feb. 11, 2010.
Gary Coleman, 42
He was an actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff’rent Strokes who died of a subdural hematoma on May 28, 2010.
Amy Winehouse, 27
An English singer and songwriter and the first British woman to win five Grammys, who died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011.
Nate Dogg, 41
The iconic West Coast crooner was a staple voice for many hit collabs throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, he passed from stroke complications on March 15, 2011.
Steve Jobs, 56
The CEO and co-founder of Apple, he died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.
Whitney Houston, 48
The most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she drowned on Feb. 11, 2012.
Neil Armstrong, 82
An American astronaut and aeronautical engineer and the first person to walk on the Moon, he died following a heart surgery on Aug. 25, 2012.
Paul Walker, 41
An actor known best for his roles in the Fast & Furious films, he died in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2013.
Nelson Mandela, 95
A South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, philanthropist, and cultural icon who also served as President of South Africa. He died from a respiratory infection on Dec. 5, 2013
James Avery, 68
An actor best known for his role as Philip Banks aka Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he died on Dec. 31, 2013 after complications from having open-heart surgery.
Maya Angelou, 86
An American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, known for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She died of natural causes on May 28, 2014
Robin Williams, 63
An actor and comedian, known for his various outstanding roles in Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and the Night at the Museum trilogy. He died by suicide on August 11, 2014.
Joan Rivers, 81
An comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host best known for hosting The Joan Rivers Show (1989–1993) and the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police (2010-2014). She died after complications from a minor throat surgery on Sept. 4, 2014.
Stuart Scott, 49
A sportscaster and anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, he died of cancer on Jan. 4, 2015.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22
An reality television and media personality and singer. She was the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. She died from lobar pneumonia on July 26, 2015, after being in a coma for nearly six months.
A singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker who is is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time. He died of an accidental drug overdose from fentanyl on April 21, 2016.
Muhammad Ali, 74
An American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist, nicknamed “The Greatest”. Hen suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died June 3, 2016.
Carrie Fisher, 60 & Debbie Reynolds, 84
Carrie was an actress, writer, and comedian, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. She died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds was also an actress, as well as a singer and businesswoman. She was known for her roles in Singin’ in the Rain, Charlotte’s Web, and Halloweentown. After her daughter Carrie’s passing on December 27th, Debbie passed the following day on December 28, 2016, from an intracerebral hemorrhage, people speculate she died of a “broken heart”.
Hugh Hefner, 91
The founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, who died of cardiac arrest on Sept. 27, 2017.
Kate Spade, 55
An American fashion designer and businesswoman, who was the founder and former co-owner of her designer brand Kate Spade New York. She died by suicide on June 5, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, 61
A celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian, who died by suicide on June 8, 2018.
Aretha Franklin, 76
A singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist known as “The Queen of Soul”. She died from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor on August 16, 2018.
Mac Miller, 26
A rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He died of an accidental overdose on Sept. 7, 2018
Stan Lee, 95
A comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer who served as Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades. He died from cardiac arrest on Nov. 12, 2018
Karl Lagerfeld, 85
A German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer ,and the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel. He died from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 19, 2019
Nipsey Hussle, 33
Ermias Joseph Asghedom was a rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. He died from multiple gunshot wounds on March 31, 2019.
John Singleton, 50
A film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor, best known for his films, Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy and Poetic Justice. He died after suffering a stroke on April 28, 2019.
Cameron Boyce, 20
An actor known for his roles on Disney Channel’s Jessie and Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. He died on July 6, 2019, due to complications of epilepsy.
John Witherspoon, 77
An actor and comedian best known for his role as Willie Jones in the Friday movies. He died from a heart attack on October 29, 2019.