The Celebrities Lost in 2017
2017 also marked the passing of one of the most influential country music stars in the genre. Glen Campbell, famous for the timeless track “Rhinestone Cowboy,” relished in the success that included 21 top-40 hits and over 45-million records sold.
His award-winning documentary I’ll Be Me is a sobering exploration of success, music, and Alzheimer’s. Campbell lost his battle with the insidious disease at the age of 81 on August 8th, 2017.
The Linkin Park signer’s battle with depression was well documented, but the rock star’s 2017 suicide adds a few extra pounds of weight to emotional ballads like “In the End” and “One More Light.” It’s believed that Bennington was devastated by the suicide death of his long-time friend and idol Chris Cornell and, just over a month later, he took his own life. Bennington died on July 20th, 2017.
Sir Roger Moore
As a lifelong James Bond fan, this one stung. Roger Moore, of course, was famous for donning a suit and following up the stellar success of Sean Connery’s inaugural success with the now-iconic MGM franchise.
Roger Moore had big shoes to fill and it’s safe to say that he filled them most honorably. Roger Moore’s run as Bond (1973-1985) includes some of the best films in the series. He lost his battle with cancer on May 23, 2017 at 89-years-old, but he remains the measuring stick for the timeless series.