Remembering people we lost in 2017

We lost many icons and celebrities in 2017. Here are just a few of them.

Blasting America’s parents with the teen-shaking shout, “Go Johnny go!” Chuck Berry, dead at 90, taught the world to rock. It took the sly blueberry thrills of Fats Domino, gone at 89, to add the roll.

The absurdist red smoking jacket of Hugh Hefner, 91 ushered in a sexual revolution of pouty Playmates and upscale urges. It was Mary Tyler Moore, 80, who tore up that centerfold, proving that even sexier could be a spunky, single career woman on TV.

Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, 82, was the last human to walk on the moon in 1972. Only six moonwalkers remain, but all left footprints, untouched in the lunar dust nearly a half-century later.

We lost teen heartthrobs like David Cassidy, 67, and Erin Moran, 56. And we lost the genial Gomer Pyle wisdom of Jim Nabors, 87, who soothed his fans with country humor, a gospel-perfect voice and visions of a homogeneous time gone by. 

Everyone, from the most high-flying to the earthbound among us, leaves a mark, an echo, an imprint on those around them and those to come. And sometimes those influencers, whether superstar athlete, embattled world leader or a family’s favorite relative, don’t realize the impact they’re having, the inspirations, learnings or complications they leave behind.

We lost gossip columnist Liz Smith, 94, whose coverage of a brash Manhattan real estate mogul helped invent Donald Trump. And activist Dick Gregory, 84, the groundbreaking comedian who helped break the color barrier on television and seemed to be on a perpetual hunger strike against injustice for the rest of his career

Here is a list of those we lost in 2017:

William Peter Blatty: January 12
Gene Cernan: January 16
Mary Tyler Moore: January 25
John Hurt: January 25
Richard Hutch: February 7
Al Jarreau: February 12
Norma McCorvey: February 18
Clyde Stubblefield: February 18
Bill Paxton: February 25
Joni Sledge: March 10
Derek Walcott: March 17
Chuck Berry: March 18
Don Rickles: April 6
J Geils: April 11
Charlie Murphy: April 12
Aaron Hernandez: April 19
Erin Moran: April 22
Jonathan Demme: April 27
Roger Ailes: May 18
Chris Cornell: May 18
Nicky Hayden: May 22
Roger Moore: May 23
Gregg Allman: May 27
Adam West: June 9
Michael Nyqvist: June 27
Nelsan Ellis: July 8
Fresh Kid Ice: July 13
Martin Landau: July 15
George A Romero: July 16
Chester Bennington: July 20
John Heard: July 21
June Foray: July 26
Sam Shepard: June 27
Darren Daulton: August 6
Don Baylor: August 7
Glen Campbell: August 8
Dick Gregory: August 19
Jerry Lewis: August 20
Jay Thomas: August 24
Richard Anderson: August 31
Walter Becker: September 3
Troy Gentry: September 8
Harry Dean Stanton: September 15
Penny Chenery: September 16
Jake LaMotta: September 19
Bernie Casey: September 19
Charles Bradley: September 23
Hugh Hefner: September 27
Monty Hall: September 30
Tom Petty: October 2
Ralphie May: October 6
YA Tittle: October 8
Fats Domino: October 24
Robert Guillaume: October 24 
Dick Gordon: November 6
Roy Halladay: November 7
Liz Smith: November 12
Lil Peep: November 15
Ann Wedgeworth: November 16
Earle Hyman: November 17
Malcolm Young: November 18
Della Reese: November 19
Mel Tillis: November 19
Jana Novotna: November 19
David Cassidy: November 21
Rance Howard: November 25
Jim Nabors: November 30
Steve Reevis: December 7
Keely Smith: December 16
Jonghyun Kim: December 19
Bernard Law: December 20
Dick Enberg: December 21
 
List compiled by Lindsay Maizland, TEGNA

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