The Celebrities Lost in 2017

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell’s suicide on May 18th, 2017 left the world of rock and roll reeling. The singer’s ongoing battle with depression and substance abuse was well-documented, but the tragedy still took the public by surprise.

Of course, Chris Cornell will be remembered as the influential lead of the alt-rock powerhouse Soundgarden. The dude had pipes. Don’t believe me? Check out this video of the late Chris Cornell’s acoustic rendition of the Michael Jackson hit, “Billie Jean.”

No one sings like you any more Mr. Cornell. But the truth is, nobody ever truly did.

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David Cassidy

As Keith Partridge, David Cassidy was warmly welcomed in to the living rooms of millions of American families in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family. Cassidy’s popularity with ‘70s teens, specifically teen girls, can’t be understated. But he was more than just a pretty face. Acting chops, number one hits, Grammy nominations, and shockingly, a Fan Club that boasted more members than the Beatles Fan Club and the Elvis Fan Club combined. He was a big deal!

Sadly, on November 21, 2017 at the age of 67, Cassidy’s liver failed before a transplant became available.

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Malcolm Young

2017 also saw the end of Malcolm Young’s long-standing battle with dementia. Young was pronounced dead on November 18, 2017 and, though he was just 64-years-old, the man accomplished much.

For starters, he co-founded the Australian rock band AC/DC in 1973. He wrote some of the biggest rock anthems in the history of the genre, including “Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” and “Thunderstruck.” AC/DC redefined rock n’ roll, due in large part to Malcolm Young’s trademark, plodding rhythm guitar riffs.

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