Anita EkbergLa Dolce Vita actress Anita Ekberg, immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in Federico Fellini's 1960 tribute to the good life, died on Jan. 11 at age 83.
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy, the actor, author and director best known as Spock in the TV series Star Trek, died on Feb. 27 at the age of 83. Nimoy was featured in the original Star Trek series from 1966 to 1969 and resurrected the iconic character in movies, video games and cameo appearances spanning decades.
Lesley GoreSinger-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her ode to teenage angst It's My Party — and followed it up with the hits Judy's Turn to Cry and the feminist anthem You Don't Own Me — died Feb. 16. She was 68.
Terry PratchettBritish fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, who authored the Discworld series set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and died on March 12. He was 66.
B.B. KingThe King of the Blues, B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans, died on May 14 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.
Christopher LeeChristopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor known for his dramatic gravitas — his on-screen villains include the wicked wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, James Bond's enemy Scaramanga and the Sith Lord Count Dooku — died on June 7. He was 93.
James HornerJames Horner's film scores earned the composer 10 Academy Award nominations and two wins, both for 1997's hit Titanic. My Heart Will Go On, sung by Celine Dion, and topped charts around the world. His scores for Alien, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Avatar also earned Oscar nods. Horner was killed on June 22 when his plane crashed in Southern California.
Omar SharifAlready a star of Egyptian cinema, Omar Sharif made his English-language debut in David Lean's sprawling 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, opposite Peter O'Toole. The role earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and instantly shot him to international fame.
Jon VickersCanadian opera singer John Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his voice and Christian beliefs, was born in Prince Albert, Sask., and made his Royal Opera debut in 1957. Vickers became one of the world's leading Wagnerian performers and from 1960 he was a regular at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Vickers retired in 1988 and passed away on July 10.
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E.L. DoctorowA heavyweight author of the 20th century, E.L. Doctorow enjoyed critical and popular success over his 50-year career. He won the National Book Award for fiction in 1986 for World's Fair and the National Book Critics Circle award twice: in 1989 for Billy Bathgate and in 2005 for The March. U.S. President Barack Obama praised Doctorow on Twitter as "one of America's greatest novelists." Doctorow died from complications of lung cancer on July 21, at age 84.
"Rowdy" Roddy PiperThe kilt-wearing trash talker known as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper headlined the first WrestleMania. Piper became a household name as a professional wrestler and starred in the movie They Live. The Saskatchewan-born entertainer also hosted the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2006. He died on July 31 at 61.
Chris HyndmanCo-workers, friends and fans across the country were quick to share their condolences when Chris Hyndman, the co-host of CBC TV's Steven and Chris, was found without vital signs in an alley in Toronto on Aug. 3. He was 49.
Marguerite McDonaldMarguerite McDonald, the inaugural host of CBC Radio's political affairs show The House passed away in Ottawa on Aug. 24, after a battle with cancer. She was 73. In 1983, McDonald was appointed social affairs correspondent for CBC-TV, making her the public broadcaster's first female national news TV reporter based in Ottawa. In 1990, she returned to her broadcasting roots to host Open House, a show about religion and spirituality. She retired from the CBC in 1996.
Wes CravenProlific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, died on Aug. 30 at the age of 76. The original Elm Street, which cost less than $2 million US to make, starred Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger: a clawed villain who torments a group of youths through their dreams. It was a box office bonanza and spawned eight sequels as well as a television series and novels.
Jackie CollinsJackie Collins, who wrote bestselleing novels about characters driven by lust, power and greed, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19. She was 77. Collins sold more than 500 million copies of her books in 40 countries, with about 30 titles making the New York Times bestseller list. In 2013, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "services to fiction and charity."
Michael BurgessMichael Burgess, Canada's Jean Valjean, passed away on Sept. 28 at age 70. During the 1980s, he played the role of Valjean in more than 1,000 performances of Les Misérables at the historic Royal Alex Theatre in Toronto and on tour across Canada. He also appeared in the production's 10th anniversary concert at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara, the red-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from Miracle on 34th Street to the grim How Green Was My Valley, died on Oct. 24 at age 95.
Ron HynesLegendary Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, who documented hope and heartbreak with songs such as Sonny's Dream and Atlantic Blue, died Nov. 19 at the age of 64.
Scott WeilandScott Weiland, whose powerful vocals fuelled mega-selling bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver as he fought a very public battle with drug addiction, died on Dec. 3 at age 48.
Lemmy KilmisterIan Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, the growling, whisky-drinking, mutton-chops wearing frontman of U.K. heavy metal band Motörhead, died on Dec. 28 at age 70, two days after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.