Being in the limelight has its perks and disadvantages. People will always know about what is happening in your life. Some things will be blown out of proportion while some will be reported as is. In the recent past, a trend that involves killing celebrities on the internet when they are actually alive in real life has surfaced.  The problem with this is that you never know how true death reports are until an official statement is made.

In 2017, there have been a number of celebrity deaths. Those that have been confirmed as true include the following:


1. 1. Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington death is the most recently reported in Hollywood. Chester was an American singer and songwriter. He was the front man for the rock band Linkin Park. Bennington also had other engagements including being the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronting Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 through to 2015.

Bennington had a relationship with Elka Brand with whom he had two children: Jamie who was biological and Isaiah whom he adopted. He then married Samantha Marie Olit with whom he had a son, Draven Sebastien. After the divorce, he married Talinda Ann Bentley with whom he had three children: Tyler Lee and twins Lila and Lilly.

Bennington died on Thursday, July 20 at the age of 41. His death was ruled suicide by hanging. He was found by a housekeeper hanging in his home at Palos Verdes Estates in California. The coroner confirmed that a half-full bottle of alcohol was found at the scene but that there were no other drugs which were present at the scene. His death occurred on what would have been his friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. He was the godfather to Cornell’s son. Cornell died of suicide by hanging two months prior to this; something that affected Bennington greatly. Chester Bennington’s funeral was held on July 29th at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes in California. Apart from close friends and family, the funeral was attended by many musicians who went on tour or performed with Linkin Park over the years.

2. 2. John Heard


John Heard was an American film and television actor. He took on roles in Chilly Scenes of Winter, Cat People and Home Alone among other films. These roles made him famous. Additionally, he received an Emmy nomination in 1999 for guest starring on The Sopranos.  

Heard married Margot Kidder in 1979 but they ended up separating after six days. He then dated Melissa Leo with whom he had a son, John Heard III. During this time, he had some run in with the law. He was charged with third-degree assault for slapping Leo. He was then found guilty of trespassing at Leo’s home in Baltimore. He was, however, acquitted for trespassing at his son’s school. After this, he married Sharon Heard with whom he had two children: Max and Annika. Max died in December 2016 at 22 years of age. Part of his obituary noted that he suffered grief from not having the presence of a father. He then married Lana Pitchard whom he divorced seven months later.

John Heard died on July 2st 2017 at 71 years of age. He was found by hotel staff in Palo Alto California where he had been recovering from a minor back surgery at Stanford University Hospital. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death. Ex-wife, Sharon Heard praised his career following his death. She said that he would never compromise. He would get his scripts every day and that he did not care about the money or the Hollywood scene. Not much is known about his funeral.

3. 3. George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero was an American-Canadian writer, editor, and filmmaker. His expertise was in horror movie series which captured the attention of many. These included Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead among others. He received a Mastermind Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2009. In addition to this, he also appeared in the third episode of Mark Gatiss’ BBC documentary series titled A History of Horror. Romero had many fetes and achievements in the course of his lifetime as a result of his successful career.

Romero was married three times. His first marriage lasted 7 years and was to Nancy with whom he had one child, Cameron. Cameron is a filmmaker and is responsible for Origins (2015) which is a prequel to his father’s Night of the Living Dead. He then married Christine Forrest in 1980. They had two children: Andrew and Tina. The couple got divorced in 2010 after 30 years of marriage. In 2009 he got Canadian citizenship, becoming a Canada-U.S citizen. He then married Suzanne Desrocher in 2011 and lived in Toronto.

George Romero died on July 16th, 2017 at 77 years of age. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and ended up dying in his sleep. The battle with lung cancer is described as brief but aggressive. His wife, Suzanne Desrocher and his daughter, Tina Romero, were at his side as he listened to one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man and died in his sleep.


4. 4. Barry Norman

Barry Norman was a British journalist, film critic, and television presenter. He was most famous for presenting Film on BBC One from 1972 through to 1998 thus being the longest serving host of the program. He started out as a gossip columnist for the Daily Sketch before graduating as business editor of the Daily Mail. He also wrote and presented a couple of documentary series for BBC and ITV. Norman received a number of awards over the span of his career. He received BAFTA’s Richard Dimbleby Award in 1981 and the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 among others.

Norman married Diana Narracott who was an author in 1957. The two lived in Datchworth, Hertfordshire which is where both of their daughters: Samantha and Emma were born. Diana passed on in 2011 and in celebration of their life together Norman wrote a book in 2013 titled See You in the Morning. Norman also had a passion for cricket and was a member of the MCC. He often spent time watching cricket at Lord’s. He even wrote a book on the subject. Even in his personal life, Norman had a couple of surprises. His brand pickled onions went on sale in September 2007. He used his family recipe which he handed down to generations.

Barry Norman died on June 30th, 2017 at 83 years of age. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had lived with it for several years. Tributes from various writers and journalists streamed in after this announcement.

5. 5. Debora Watling


Debora Watling was an English actress who was famous for her role in the BBC television series titled Doctor Who. She took on the role of Victoria Waterfield who was the second doctor, Doctor Patrick Troughton’s companion. She started off her career as a child actress, appearing as Peter Brady’s niece on The Invisible Man. She then took part in a number of plays after that before landing on Doctor Who.

Watling came from a rather famous family. She was a daughter of Jack Watling and Patricia Hicks. Both her parents were the 1940s and 50s film stars. Her sister Dilly Watling is a renowned actress while her brother Giles Watling is the Clacton MP. She was married to Steve Turner and lived quietly in Thorpe-le-Soken for a few years. She still went to Doctor Who conferences all over the world and was even scheduled to attend one in New Zealand.

Debora Watling died on July 21st, 2017 at 69 years of age. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks before she passed on. During her last week, she had moved into Beaumont Manor nursing home which is where she passed on peacefully. Her brother and sister had nothing but kind words to say about her. Giles noted that she was bubbly, vivacious and had a great sense of humor. Her sister recounted how they lived together and even toured together for a while. She acted as a mentor since Debora preceded her in the film industry.

6. 6. Michael Parks

Michael Parks was an American singer and actor. He was best known for his work with filmmakers such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. Some of the television shows and films that Michael Parks appeared in include The Real McCoys, Perry Mason, The Eleventh Hour, The China Lake Murderers and Stranger by Night among others. One of his greatest roles and probably the most famous one was in Kill Bill, the film series.

Parks married Louise M. Johnson while he was only sixteen years and they had one child together. They divorced two years later. He then married Jan Moriarty who was an actress. About three months later, the actress died of an overdose. He married his third wife after five years in 1969. He and Carolyne Kay Carson had one son, James Parks who is also an actor. He married his final wife Oriana in 1997 and they stayed together until Parks’ demise. Not much is known about their lives except that they lived in a four bedroom, four bathroom home in Los Angeles.

Michael Parks died on May 9th, 2017 at 77 years of age. His agent did not reveal the cause of his death. After the announcement, Kevin Smith had a long post celebrating the life of Parks, naming him as his mule. He noted that he was honored to work with such a thespian and to watch him perform. He also added that Parks was the best and greatest actor that he had ever met or worked with.


7. 7. Adam West

Adam Wet was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Batman in ABC’s 1960s series and in the 1966 theatrical feature film. He also appeared in other films such as Geronimo and The Three Stooges. After the Batman series was canceled by ABC, he found it hard to get a job in acting but bounced back by landing voice-over gigs instead. He performed voice work on The Simpsons, The Fairly Odd Parents and Family Guy among others.

West married his college girlfriend, Billie Lou Yeager whom he divorced six years later. He then married Ngahra Frisbie Dawson with whom he had two children. They later got divorced in 1962. Eight years later, he married Marcelle Tagand Lear with whom he had two children. He also had two step children with his last wife. The two were still together at the time of his death. He was good friends with Van Williams who played The Green Hornet. They were neighbors for a while and spent a great amount of time together.

 Adam West dies on June 9th, 2017 at 88 years of age. He had a brief battle with leukemia after his diagnosis. After the announcement, his co-star, Burt Ward, who was also his longtime friend, expressed his shock and the unexpectedness of the whole situation. He went on to state that of all the people who had portrayed Batman, West was the true dark night to him. On June 15th Los Angeles projected the bat signal on City Hall as a tribute to West.

8. 8. Gregg Allman


Gregory Allman was an American singer-songwriter. He was famous for his role in the Allman Brothers Band which he formed alongside his brother Duane Allman. Soon after, his brother was killed in a motorcycle crash which prompted Gregg to kick start his solo career.  He had a wildly successful career which was also marked with his alcohol and substance abuse. The latter formed the basis of his memoir, My Cross to Bear in 2012.

Allman married Shelley Jefts in 97 and divorced barely a year after. He then married Janice Mulkey in 1973 and divorced barely a year later as well. He later married Cher in 1975 with whom they had a son, Elijah Allman. The two lived in Hollywood during their time of marriage and were one of the tabloids’ favorite couple. The two got divorced after three years in 1979 as the turmoil following their collaborative album and tour had a negative impact on their marriage. In 1979 he married Julie Binad with whom he stayed with until their divorce in 1984. Five years later, he married Danielle Galliano but got divorced in 1994. After this, Allman stayed seven years before he married Stacey Fountain with whom he had seven years before their divorce in 2008. His last wife was Shannon Williams, whom he married in 2017 before he died.

Greg Allman died on May 27th, 2017 at 69 years of age. He had struggled with numerous health issues over the past. Most recently, he had been diagnosed with liver cancer a second time.

9. 9. Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore was an English actor who was most famous for his role as James Bond from 1973 to 1985. He was also known for his other roles in television series such as The Saint which ran from 1962 to 1969 and ‘The Persuaders!’ which ran from 1971 to 1972. After his roles as James Bond, he did not act on screen for five years. He took to television after this and even appeared on some advertisements.

Sir Roger Moore married Doorn Van Steyn who was an actress and an ice skater while he was 8 years old. She was six years older than him and they ended up living in Streatham with her family. During this time, he allegedly suffered domestic abuse as his wife had no confidence in his acting abilities and there was tension over money matters. The two got divorced in 1953. He then married Dorothy Squires and moved to Bexley, Kent. The two got divorced after Moore had an affair with Luisa Mattioli who became Moore’s third wife. Squires granted Moore the divorce seven years after they were separated as he was already living with Mattioli during this period. The couple had three children together: Deborah, Godfrey, and Christian.  Moore then married Kristina Tholstrup, who had a daughter from a previous relationship, in 2002.

Moore died on May 23rd, 2017 at 89 years of age. The family announced that his death came after a short battle with cancer. He died in Crans-Montana. He was cremated and had his ashes scattered in Monaco.


10. 10. Charlie Murphy

Charles Murphy was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was popular for his role as a writer and cast member of Chappelle’s Show which was a comedy series on Comedy Central. Before his debut in comedy and acting, Charlie spent ten years in prison as a teenager after which he enrolled in the United States Navy. After he was discharged from the navy he worked on K-9 behind the scenes. It was a hip hop duo that was composed of his half brother Vernon Lynch Jr. and Wardell Mahone. After this, he joined Chappelle’s show. He also did voiceovers for Budweiser radio commercials and other shows such as The Boondocks and Star Trek 2.0.

Charlie was the elder brother of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. At one point, he was Eddie’s bodyguard back in the 80s at the height of his career as a comedian. Part of his performance on the Chappelle’s show was linked to this time since it dwelt on his interaction with famous people. He married Tisha Taylor Murphy in 1997 with whom he had two children. He was with Tisha for 12 years before she died from cervical cancer in 2009. Murphy also had another child from a previous relationship.

Charlie Murphy died on April 2nd, 2017 at 57 years of age. He died of leukemia. The family released a statement following his death and expressed their sorrow. They noted that not one day would go by where they would not miss Murphy’s presence.