June 15, 2023

Celebrity

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

From Lisa Marie Presley to Lance Reddick, Hollywood have borne the burden of many famed stars in 2023 till date

By Melanie Aiden June 15, 2023
Lost Stars of 2023: Paying homage  to all the celebrities that left the world

Lost Stars of 2023: Paying homage  to all the celebrities that left the world

A call to many nonchalant celebrities who lost their precious lives in 2023 either naturally, accidentally or because of any fatal disease. 

Let's recall those remarkable souls including Harry Belafonte, Tom Sizemore, Lance Reddick, Lisa Marie Presley, and Moonbin, among others, who by profession were actors, musicians, writers, and other well-known figures. 

Continue reading to remember them and their life full of work.

Harry Belafonte:

Harry Belafonte, whose profoundly private brand of folk music stormed the pop charts and broke through racial barriers in the 1950s and later emerged as a powerful influence in the civil rights movement, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan's Upper West Side. He was 96.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

His seasoned spokesperson Ken Sunshine identified congestive heart disease as the root of the problem.

Lance Reddick:

Lance Reddick passed away in March at the age of 60. The Wire alum reps gave People magazine this comment.

"Acclaimed actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes."

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"Lance was best known for his roles in The Wire, Bosch, Netflix's Resident Evil and the John Wick films," the statement continued. "He is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Lance will be greatly missed. Please respect his family's privacy at this time."

Tom Sizemore:

Tom Sizemore passed away in March after being hospitalised for a brain aneurysm. He was best known for his performances in the military action thrillers Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. He was 61.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore ("Tom Sizemore") aged 61 passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St Joseph's Hospital Burbank," his rep Charles Lago said in a statement.

He was accompanied by his twin sons Jayden and Jagger, both 17 years old and his brother Paul Sizemore.

Jock Zonfrillo:

Famous Scottish chef, author, and MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo passed away on April 30 in Melbourne. He was 46.

Glasgow-born Zonfrillo began his career in the kitchen as a dishwasher at the age of 13, began working for British chef Marco Pierre White at the age of 17, and became the head chef at the Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall by the age of 22.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

In 2000, he was appointed head chef at Sydney's Forty One. Subsequently, he opened a number of well-known eateries in Adelaide, including Restaurant Orana and Nonna Mallozzi. When he replaced the show's original hosts and joined MasterChef Australia as a judge in 2019, along with Melissa Leong and Andy Allen, his TV career took off. Last Shot, a memoir by Zonfrillo, was written and released in 2021.

Lisa Marie Presley:

Lisa Marie Presley passed away on January 12 at the age of 54 after being taken to the hospital for what might have been a heart attack earlier that morning.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla confirmed in a statement to People magazine.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment."

Moonbin:

Astro member Moonbin passed away on April 19 at the age of 25. Before appearing as an actor in To Be Continued (2015) and the 2009 Korean drama Boys Over Flowers, among other works, Moonbin began his career as a model. Along with MJ, Rocky, Cha Eun-woo, Yoon San-ha, and Jinjin, he joined Astro in 2016. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

The band's top songs include Candy Sugar Pop, Blue Flame, and Baby. Moonbin & Sanha, Astro's first sub-unit, was created by Fantagio in 2020 and was made up of Yoon San-ha and the late vocalist. In January, the pair released Incense, their third EP.

Tatjana Patitz:

Tatjana Patitz's passing was reported on January 11 by Vogue, which was instrumental in helping to start her career in the 1980s. The cause of death at 56, according to a family representative, was metastatic breast cancer.

Following the news of her passing, everyone in the fashion industry paid respect to the late model, from photographers and editors to Patitz's fellow models and artists.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti," said Anna Wintour, the chief content officer of Condé Nast and global editorial director of Vogue. "She was far less visible than her peers—more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable—and that had its own appeal."

Cindy Williams:

Cindy Williams, who was best remembered for playing Shirley Feeney in the comedy Laverne & Shirley, passed away in January at the age of 75.

Through their family spokesman Liza Cranis, Williams' children Zak and Emily Hudson informed People magazine on Monday that their mother passed away peacefully after a brief illness.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed," read the statement. "Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved."

Pat Robertson:

The controversial evangelical television figure Pat Robertson, a former 700 Club host who impacted a generation of conservative politics, passed away on June 8 at the age of 93.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

He rose to popularity after hosting CBN's The 700 Club discussion programme, which gave him the opportunity to gain a national audience and host notable guests like Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter. 

Robertson, who also co-founded the Christian Coalition, was well-liked within his religious constituency but faced harsh criticism throughout his life for his radical beliefs, which included vehement condemnations of homosexuality, feminism, and abortion.

Anna Shay:

The heiress Anna Shay, who became famous because of the Netflix reality series Bling Empire, passed away on June 5 at the age of 62.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

Shay was a cast member on all three seasons of the reality television series Bling Empire, which followed a group of opulent Asian and Asian American characters as they navigated life, love, and glamour in Los Angeles. 

Shay was the daughter of the late billionaire Edward Shay, who founded the American defence and government services contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers.

Kerri-Anne Donaldson:

Former Britain's Got Talent candidate Kerri-Anne Donaldson passed away at the age of 38. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

As a member of the dance team Kings and Queens, which advanced to the season 8 semifinals in 2014, she gave a performance on the talent show. The Masked Dancer UK was choreographed by Donaldson as well.

Mike Batayeh:

The Breaking Bad actor and comedian Mike Batayeh passed away on June 1 at the age of 52 after suffering a heart attack. Despite the fact that he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career after being born in Detroit, Batayeh's family claims he never forgot his Michigan roots. 

He appeared at the Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival in Jordan for two consecutive years as part of his comedy career, which carried him all the way to the Middle East.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

Over the course of his career, Batayeh appeared in episodes including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Shield, but his portrayal of Dennis Markowski, the manager of Gus Fring's industrial laundry on Breaking Bad, was his most notable work.

Barbara Bryne:

Actress Barbara Bryne, who was well-known for playing the lead roles in several Stephen Sondheim musicals, passed away on May 2. She was 94 years old. She was a frequent theatrical performer for decades, beginning in 1970, at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre, which released a statement about her passing. 

Bryne, who was born in England on April 1, 1929, immigrated to North America in the 1960s. While there, she worked with composer Stephen Sondheim on several matriarch roles and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance in the first American production of Joe Orton's play Entertaining Mr. Sloane.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

She created the roles of Jack's mother in Into the Woods and George's mother in Sunday in the Park With George. In a 2002 performance of A Little Night Music in Washington, D.C., she played Madame Armfeldt. Additionally, she played Mozart's mother-in-law in the 1984 Oscar-winning movie Amadeus.

"Her legacy will live on at the Guthrie and in our hearts forever," a representative for the theatre wrote on Twitter.

Eileen Saki:

Eileen Saki, an actress best known for portraying Rosie's Bar's vivacious owner and proprietor on the legendary TV show M*A*S*H, passed away on May 1 from pancreatic cancer. She was 79 years old. With eight episodes, Saki was the third and longest-running performer to play Rosie. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

She previously appeared as a madam in a M*A*S*H episode. Good Times, CHiPs, The Greatest American Hero, Without a Trace, History of the World: Part I, and Splash were among Saki's other screen credits.

Paul Geoffrey:

Paul Geoffrey, 68, lost the fight against cancer. The actor from Better Call Saul died on June 3, according to the obituary, which was published by the Santa Fe New Mexican. "Paul passed away from cancer on June 3 and is survived by his wife Sue Taylor and three children, Alex, Oliver, and Daisy," it read.

The late actor was born and raised in England before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the 1990s. He gained the most notoriety when he co-starred with Bob Odenkirk in the Better Call Saul episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff series.

In addition, Geoffrey's fantasy movie Excalibur received a nomination for best cinematography at the Oscars.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"He worked with Santa Fe Properties for many years and established himself as a genuine and kind community member," the obituary continued. "This is where he and his wife created a world of love and care for their young family."

Describing him as a "thespian to the core," the obituary dished on his life besides acting. "He loved French wine and food, had a stunning grasp of history, was a life-long Arsenal fan, and excelled at being the sweetest guy in the world."

Treat Williams:

Star of Hair and Everwood Treat Williams passed away following a tragic bike accident. He was a 71-years-old. William's longtime agent Barry McPherson provided official confirmation of his passing.

"He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off," McPherson said. "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."

"He was an actor's actor. Filmmakers loved him. He's been the heart of the Hollywood since the late 1970s," McPherson continued about the actor's shocking death. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

"He was really proud of his performance this year. He's been so happy with the work that I got him. He's had a balanced career."

The actor's remarkable career began in 1975 when he made his debut in the thriller Deadly Hero. After that, he began to appear in more significant roles in films like 1976's The Ritz and The Eagle Has Landed.

Ben Masters:

On January 11, Ben Masters, 75, passed away. He played tycoon Julian Crane on the series Passions. The actor also performed on Broadway and acted in the motion pictures Making Mr. Right, Key Exchange, All That Jazz, and Dream Lover. But he was best recognised for portraying the conniving billionaire in 772 episodes of Passions, for which he was nominated for three Soap Opera Digest Awards. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

However, Masters played a variety of different TV characters over the years, including characters on programmes like Kojak, Petrocelli, Touched by an Angel, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Barnaby Jones, Diagnosis Murder, Sisters, and Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He also appeared in the miniseries Celebrity and Noble House.

Gangsta Boo:

The rapper Gangsta Boo, whose real name is Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was discovered dead on January 1; the cause of death was not yet revealed. She was 43 years old. Before departing from Three 6 Mafia in 2001, the Memphis native was a part of the group and released six albums during that time. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

She routinely made guest appearances on the songs of other musicians and also recorded three solo albums and a handful of mixtapes. 

Glenda Jackson:

After a brief illness, Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson passed away. She was 87 years old. On Thursday, her agent Lionel Larner told CNN that the report was accurate, adding: "Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, 87, died peacefully at her home in London this morning after a short illness with her family by her side."

The Great Escaper, which starred Michael Caine and was the late actress' final film, had just wrapped up filming, he said.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

The former politician, who was born and bred in the English town of Birkenhead in the northwest, began her acting career on Broadway in 1965 by starring in a performance of Marat/Sade. Jackson has received numerous honours, but she is best known for her two Academy Award victories for the films Women in Love and A Touch of Class.

She additionally portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC's biographical film Elizabeth R. and the historical drama Mary, Queen of Scots.

Cormac McCarthy:

The renowned author Cormac McCarthy passed away on June 13 from natural causes at the age of 89. His unique writing style mixed scant punctuation with moving thoughts on the gloom of the human spirit. His writing achieved widespread and critical acclaim. 

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

All the Pretty Horses, the winner of the National Book Award, and The Road, the Pulitzer Prize winner, were both his best-sellers. Joel and Ethan Coen adapted No Country for Old Men into an Oscar-winning movie. The Passenger and Stella Maris, McCarthy's final two books, were released in October and December of 2022, respectively.

John Romita Sr.:

John Romita Sr., a significant comic book creator who helped create the look of Marvel for many years, passed away on June 12 from natural causes. He was 93. Peter Parker was driven to his lasting prominence as Marvel's most iconic superhero by Romita, who had the unfortunate duty of succeeding Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko as the Amazing Spider-Man's artist.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

Romita's stunning art was influenced by the numerous romance comics he created in the 1950s. Romita then took on the role of Marvel's art director for many years, which allowed him to educate young artists while contributing to the design of later Marvel characters like Wolverine and the Punisher. John Romita Jr., who is presently working on Amazing Spider-Man, is his son and a well-known comic book creator in his own right.

Richard Belzer:

Richard Belzer has been associated with TV police dramas since the early 1990s. At his residence in the south of France, Belzer passed away on February 19 after "an illness."

His caustic charisma made him a staple on shows like Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order for years. He played the role of Detective John Munch. However, Belzer's portrayal of Munch was so excellent that, in an unprecedented move, he also appeared in other episodes on other networks.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

A fictitious character has never been on 11 separate TV shows in the history of television, but Munch did. They are Homicide, Law & Order, The X-Files, The Beat, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Arrested Development, The Wire, 30 Rock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Paul Cattermole:

Paul Cattermole, 46, was part of the English pop group S Club 7. The band is most known for their 1999 breakthrough hit Bring It All Back, as well as Reach and Don't Stop Movin. All seven of the original members would go on a UK-based reunion tour this year, as was previously promised. The group would have been performing together since 2015 for the first time.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

According to a statement from Cattermole's family, the BBC stated that Cattermole was discovered deceased at his home on April 6. Unknown as to what caused the death.

David Crosby:

David Crosby, a significant singer-songwriter, is responsible for The Byrds, Crosby, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, two of the biggest bands of the 1960s. Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man was covered in harmony for The Byrds' debut record, which peaked at No. 1 on the American singles list at the beginning of 1965. The group's pop/folk influences would help it become America's equivalent to The Beatles.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

As a part of CSNY, their 1970 album "Déjà Vu" peaked at No. 1 and ended up selling 7 million copies. "4-Way Street," a two-LP live collection taken from their subsequent U.S. tour, was released the following year and achieved quadruple platinum status. 35 million albums were sold over Crosby's career as a result of his work with The Byrds and CSNY.

He received two nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On January 18, Crosby passed away; no cause was disclosed.

Melinda Dillon:

Melinda Dillon has acted as the motherly figure in some of the most well-known films ever made. She portrays the mother in Steven Spielberg's 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind who is unable to prevent the alien kidnapping of her son and, along with Richard Dreyfuss, seeks the truth.

Then, in the well-known comedy A Christmas Story from 1983, she portrays a mother attempting to raise two boys. Dillon, who played the mother of a family that witnesses Bigfoot in the 1987 comedy Harry and the Hendersons, had soft features and a voice that made you feel emotions even in the craziest of films.

Lost Stars of 2023: Remembering their hard work and passion

In 1963, Dillon received a Tony nomination for her Honey performance in the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? For the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the 1981 drama Absence of Malice, she received two nominations for best supporting actress. Dillon expired on January 9.