The Celebrities Lost in 2017

The world mourned the losses of Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Florence Henderson, and David Bowie back in 2016. It was a rough year for our collective childhoods, no doubt. But we made it through another year and set our optimistic hearts towards 2017. Sadly, not a year goes by without the loss of the idols that we once looked up to, and 2017 was no different.

In 2017, we lost another batch of groundbreaking artists, musicians, actors, and public figures. Today on Filthy Rich, we highlight the ones that still sting. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to include all of our fallen heroes on this list. So, a well deserved honorable mention goes out to blues legend Fats Domino, phenomenal actor Bill Paxton, rock n’ roll impresario Greg Allman, and former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta. You will all be missed for many years to come.

Gord Downie

Musician, activist, poet … Gord Downie did it all with unparalleled grace and his own, unique style.

Most famous for his role as the lead singer of the quintessential Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, Downie made international headlines with his terminal cancer diagnosis and subsequent farewell tour in 2016.

Sadly, the inevitable happened in 2017. On October 17, 2017, Glioblastoma got the better of him. Although Gord Downie’s life was cut tragically short.


Tom Petty

Few musicians could stand head-to-head with Tom Petty’s marvelous accomplishments. A Billboard Century Award, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and a discography of international number one hits and deep-cut cult classics.

Tom Petty was a musical tour de force. As such, the sadness was felt internationally following the 2017 announcement of his passing. The sadness was followed by outrage; another musical icon lost to prescription pills. Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017.

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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore was, at one point in time, the crowned “Queen of Television.” Her starring roles in the uber-popular sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show might have had something to do with that.

Mary Tyler Moore began her celebrated acting career at the tender age of eight, and it was all uphill from there. Sadly, the world lost Mrs. Moore due to a cardiac arrest on January 25th, 2017 at 80-years-old.

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