Celebrity deaths 2017 – from Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Graham Taylor to Charlie Murphy and Clay Adler, the stars who’ve died this year’

LAST year we were tragically rocked by a series of shocking celebrity deaths.

Legendary American comic Don Rickles died of kidney failure aged 90 on April 6

The legacies of famous faces who pass away live on through music, films and performances ensuring that while they may be gone, they will never be forgotten.

Ranging from comedians to musicians, 2016 was a sad year for celebrities and 2017 has already seen some high-profile deaths.

Here, we take the opportunity to remember the iconic figures who are no longer with us.

April

The brother of Eddie Murphy was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show with musicians Rick James and Prince.

Name: Michael Ballhaus, 81

He was the man behind Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and Dracula.

Name: Tim Pigott-Smith, 70

About: The British actor who starred in many TV favourites including Downton Abbey and Jewel in the Crown died on April 7.

A star of the stage as well as TV and film, he was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list and was due to tour Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman when he passed away.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pamela Miles and their son Tom.

He starred in Casino and was the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story movies.

March

Clay who was the lead in Newport Harbour: The Real Orange County, passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 26, reports TMZ.

Left back Moran skippered the club and won the old First Division league titles in 1964 and 1966.

The crime writer was best known for publishing a series of novels about the detective which were adapted into the long-running TV series starring John Thaw.

Name: Martin McGuinness, 66

McGuinness, a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, has passed away just two months after he resigned from his role in government after he revealed he was battling a rare heart condition.

Chicken Run actor Tony Haygarth died aged 72

The Liverpool-born actor had a 45-year stage and screen career, appearing in more than 30 films.

His wife Carole Winter confirmed that the dad-of-two died at home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and he received tributes from the likes of Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson and comedian Les Dennis.

February

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson sadly died aged 45 from a brain tumour

Tara grew up with a close relationship with with the royal family and her parents were friends with the Prince of Wales.

Palmer-Tomkinson was an English socialite, TV presenter and model whose life was regularly followed and publicised, the IT girl also appeared on I’m A Celebrity in 2002.

January

Kaye was nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal, and tributes were led by his ‘Allo’Allo co-star Vicki Michelle.

The unusual spelling of the name Gorden was the result of a British Actors’ Equity Association typing error and in 1990 Kaye suffered serious head injuries from a car accident.

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Former England boss Graham Taylor passed away aged 72

The former Aston Villa and Watford boss managed the international football team between 1990 – 1993.

He is survived by his wife Rita, 75, and two grown-up daughters Joanne, 50, and Karen, 48.

Watford fans at Vicarage Road pay tribute to Graham Taylor with minute’s applause

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