Indeed, 2019 had given us a lot to be grateful for, but on the other end, it has also taken something. Someone. As the year nears its closing, it is inevitable to remember all the things that had passed, and all the people who bid both timely and untimely farewells. Their presence has surely made the world a thousand lights better and as they said goodbye, leaving only memories for us to remember, we finally put these lights who said goodbye back into the sky.
The comedian, Rip Taylor, who also appeared in certain films like Home alone 2: Lost in New York, died on October 6 In Beverly Hills at the age of 84. According to Taylor’s publicist, he was sent to the intensive care unit in a medical center in Los Angeles after having seizures days before.
The Nobel Prize winner and acclaimed writer Toni Morrison died this 2019 on August 5. Her passing was confirmed to Princeton University by family and relatives. Morrison was 88, and though families and friends succumbed to sadness, they are however grateful that the mother and grandmother lived and long and happy life. Morrison died peacefully in her sleep.
Russi Taylor who is famous for being the voice behind Disney’s Minnie Mouse died on July 26 at Glendale California. After 30 years of voicing and entertaining audiences around the world, the voice of Minnie Mouse finally takes her rest.
Another phenomenal voice who graced the earth was Marie Fredriksson who is notable for being the vocalist of the duo Roxette. At the age of 61, Roxette’s singer exits her stage after battling with a brain tumor. The Swedish artist died on December 9 at Djursholm, Sweden.
One of the youngest lights to leave the world this 2019 is The Descendants star Cameron Boyce. The Disney Channel star was claimed to have died in his sleep after having a seizure that followed in the treatment of Boyce’s ongoing medical condition. At age 20, the former star of Disney’s Jessie died on July 6, leaving the world one light dimmer.
One of the bright lights that we have lost this 2019 is the Tony award winner, former star of the Star Trek franchise, and the voice of the infamous Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Rene Auberjonois. According to his son, Auberjonois died at home of metastatic lung cancer at L.A. At age 79, Auberjonois took his final bow to everyone on December 8. The voice behind the famous Big Bird from the Children’s show Sesame Street, Caroll Spinney bid his final goodbye to the world at the age of 85 on the same date. Spinney had voiced several iconic characters for children’s show for years was reportedly suffering from dystonia for quite some time.- Advertisement -
Some of the other celebrities and notable personalities whose light we lost but surely we’ll remember are the Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer, the notable Broadway producer Hal Prince, the comedian John Witherspoon, Godfrey Gao, the paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, Gloria Vanderbilt, Peter Mayhew, the Once Upon a Time star Gable Khouth, and the Paramount executive producer Robert Evans who was known for producing works like How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days and Beverly Hills 90210 star, Luke Perry.