The Celebrities Lost in 2017
Charlie Murphy enjoyed an altogether different road to stardom. Murphy lived most of his adult life in the shadow of his older brother, famous actor/comedian Eddie Murphy. But found his own spotlight alongside the surge of the sketch comedy powerhouse Chappelle’s Show.
Charlie Murphy parlayed that success in to a successful career in stand-up comedy. Unfortunately, Murphy lost his battle with leukemia on April 12, 2017 at just 57 years of age.
Hugh Hefner was a giant of a man. Hef amassed a fortune as the Editor-in-Chief of the iconic Playboy magazine. He was a philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist in support of sexual liberation and freedom of expression. Residing in the world-renowned party palace the Playboy Manion, Hef stole the hearts, imaginations, and libidos of pre-pubescent boys and men for generations.
Hugh passed away on September 27, 2017 from natural causes, but it’s safe to say that the man lived life to the absolute fullest.
As far as content creators go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more prolific than Jerry Lewis. Over his long, 91-year life, he was credited as an actor, singer, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, and humanitarian. Not only did he create a lot of art, but he created a lot of great art.
Lewis was a true Renaissance man and his contributions to American culture were prolific and timeless. Lewis died of Cardiovascular disease on August 20, 2017.