Most Horrific Celebrity Deaths Due to Disease in 2017

Whether their lives are tragically cut short or they pass peacefully of old age, celebrity deaths are always jarring. 2017 was a particularly brutal year for famous folks, as we sadly said goodbye to some well-known faces. And when a physical or mental disease takes them from us (rather than natural causes like some of the celebs we lost this year), it’s especially tragic.

It was predicted that 2017 would be a tough year

Chester Bennington in February 2017.

This iconic singer’s death made headlines for weeks. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Obviously, it’s impossible to predict celebrity deaths (and we wouldn’t want to even if we could). However, based on data from 2016, it was predicted that 2017 would be just as awful. This conclusion was reached mainly by analyzing data and looking at facts (such as baby boomers aging) and the cold hard truth: There are more famous faces now than there used to be, so statistically, more of them will die.

Next: Finding humor where we can

“Save Betty White”

Betty White meme.

Fans have expressed their love for Betty on social media. | Redjeulle via Instagram

There’s truly nothing funny about a celebrity death, or any death for that matter. But whenever we hear the news, we tend to instantly think of some of our favorite elderly celebs, like Betty White. In fact, last year, a fan started a GoFundMe campaign to “help protect Betty White from 2016.”

Luckily, Ms. White is still with us. However, these are celebrities that diseases robbed us of in 2017.

Next: Dementia took this guitarist from us too soon

Malcolm Young

Malcom Young smiles while staring straight ahead.

Malcom Young was loved by fans. | Staff/Getty Images

The guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC died on November 18 at the age of 64. He had been battling dementia for the past three years.

Next: The Partridge Family will never be the same.

David Cassidy

David Cassidy performing in front of a microphone.

David Cassidy’s death was shocking. | Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA

Former ’70s teen heartthrob David Cassidy passed away in November following complications from dementia as well as side effects from years of alcoholism. Luckily, he was able to reunite with some estranged family members, who were by his side at the time of his death.

Next: Addiction claimed this rapper’s life tragically.

Lil Peep

Lil Peep posing in front of a white wall.

Lil Peep’s death sparked a conversation about drug use in the music industry. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

On November 16, a suspected Xanax overdose claimed the life of 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep. Those close to him believe he never would have taken his own life, but that his addiction got the best of him.

Next: This actress battled emphysema for years before her death.  

Lisa Dawn

Lisa Dawn posing in a black gown.

Lisa Dawn passed away at 77. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Lisa Dawn, a legendary British actress most famous for her role on Coronation Street, died in September after a long battle with emphysema. She was 77.

Next: This beautiful model was only 45 when she died.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson using a camera and smiling.

She died in her home. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Best known as a model TV star (she appeared on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!), Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died from complications from a brain tumor. She was found dead in her London home in February 2017.

Next: Three health conditions took this legend from us in 2017.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore speaking in front of a podium.

She suffered from several complications. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Mary Tyler Moore passed away on January 25 in a Connecticut hospital at the age of 80. Her official cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest that was brought on by three prior conditions, pneumonia, diabetes, and hypoxia, which is  a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissue.

Next: Prostate cancer took the life of this TV sitcom star.

Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume posing in a tan jacket and glasses.

Robert Guillaume also passed away this year. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Emmy award-winning star Robert Guillaume died on October 24. According to his widow, he had been battling prostate cancer.

Next: Pneumonia is deadly at any age.

Ralphie May

Ralph May sitting in front of a microphone.

Ralphie May was a beloved comedian. | Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

This successful stand-up comedian was only 45 when he died in October.  He had been battling pneumonia for weeks, even canceling several shows in an effort to recover.

Next: This singer’s suicide shed light on the issue of depression and mental illness.

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington performing as he holds a microphone.

Chester Bennington’s death ignited a conversation about suicide. |  Junko Kimura/Getty Images

 Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington shocked the world by committing suicide in July. While he had been very public about his battles with depression and addiction in the past, and an empty alcohol bottle was found near his body, his death shocked his friends, family, and fans. And unfortunately, he wasn’t the only famous singer to take his own life in 2017.

Next: Death to the grunge scene

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell poses in front of a crowd.

His death brought sorrow to many fans. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Hearts around the world broke on May 18 when the lead singer of Soungarden, Chris Cornell, took his own life after a long battle with addiction to prescription drugs. Although he hung himself, seven different drugs were found in his system. His widow blames the drugs, stating that addiction is a powerful disease that can take over the mind.

Next: Brain cancer caused the death of this Canadian singer.

Gord Downie

Gord Downie performs while holding a guitar.

He was still touring with his band. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

After performing in what he knew would be the farewell tour of his band, The Tragically Hip, singer-songwriter Gord Downie passed away from brain cancer complications on October 17. He was 53 years old.

Next: Cancer claims another

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal smiles while standing in front of a wall.

This author will be greatly missed. | Amy Krouse Rosenthal via Instagram

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was an author and “Modern Love” columnist. She died in March at 51 from complications from ovarian cancer.

Next: This comedian suffered from liver cirrhosis.

Sean Hughes

Sam Hughes smiling while looking straight ahead.

Sam Hughes was known for his comedy. | MJ Kim/Getty Images

Sean Hughes, the Irish funnyman, was only 51 when he passed away in October. He had liver cirrhosis, and he was rushed to the hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest.

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