Those that departed this mortal coil
T.V.artist and presenter Tony Hart Died at the beginning of the year on the 18th January at the age of 83. In the 70's Tony most notably worked on the children's t.v, program vision-on. He was also the creator of the design for the 'Blue, Peter badge' and of course 'Morph'.
Actress Wendy Richard MBE passed away on 26th February at the age on 65 after a long term battle with cancer.
Wendy was most famous for her role as Pauline Fowler in BBC1's Eastenders, a role which she played for 22 years. Earlier in her career she had many smaller roles, including parts in a few Carry-On films.Are You Being Served? was probably her first big break where she played the glamourous counter assistant, Miss Brahms. Recently in 2008, She also made a guest appearance in the series Benidorm.
March 18th saw the untimely death of British stage & screen actress Natasha Richardson after a skiing accident near Quebec Canada.
Natasha, who married actor Liam Neeson in 1994, was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, and director/producer Tony Richardson. She was 45 years old.
On the 22nd March Jade Goody lost her battle with cervical cancer at the age of 27. Jade a former dental nurse from Essex, had become one of Britain's most successful reality t.v. stars after being a contestant on Series 3 of Channel 4's Big Brother
Danny La Rue OBE passed away on May 31st from prostate cancer at his home in Kent, aged 81. Danny was a British female impersonater and singer.
Irish born Danny moved to England with his family when he was six, and later served in the British Navy. As well as appearing on t.v. much of his career was in the theater.
He also made several appearances on the The Royal Variety Performance show. He was awarded his OBE in 2002, which he said was 'the proudest day of his life'.
62 year old American actress Farah Fawcett passed away on June 25th after her prolonged battle with cancer. Farah was probably best know for he role as Jill Munroe in Charlie's Angels where she got to kick the butts of meanies whilst taking orders from Charlie, a man who lived in a small beige box on Bosley's desk.
She was married for nine years to 'bionic' man Lee Majors.
Micheal Jackson haled as'the king of pop' also died on 25th June.
His unexpected death left the world in a state of shock, and happened only weeks after announcing tour dates for his 'This is it tour' at the O2 arena, London.
Although the cause of his death at first was unclear The Los Angeles coroner has decided to treat Jackson's death as homicide. This was due to the cocktail of drugs in his system at the time of death. Jackson's personal physicain, Conrad Murray is subject to a manslaughter investigation.
Micheal was 50 when he died.
On the 1st of July we said goodbye forever to Mollie Sugden.
Keighly born actress Mollie, was noted for her parts in The Liver Birds as Mrs Hutchinson, and of course as Mrs Slocombe in Are You Being Served? Where she was a department store saleswoman known for her bouffant hairdos, superior attitude and was the source of many double entendres.
Recent t.v. appearances include Little BritainMollie died of natural causes aged 86.
Sybil The Downing St. cat died on July 27th. Sybil believed to have been named after sybil Fawlty, was officially known as 'Chief mouser to the cabinet office'. As she was Alistair Darling's cat she moved in to no.10 Downing street with him in 2007, as Gordon was living with his family in no.11 as the flat there is bigger. She returned to Scotland in 2008 to live with friends of the Darlings, as she didn't settle very well in London.
The death of Sir Bobby Robson CBE, one of football's most enigmatic characters shook the sport on 21st July this year.
Sir Bobby was an English footballer and football manager. In his career as a footballer he played for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and briefly for Vancouver. He also made 20 appearances for England scoring four goals.
He later, as the England manager, took England to the semi-finals of the 1990 world cup. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to football.
He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2008. This eventually killed him less than a year later. Sir Robert William Robson died at his home in County Durham aged 76.
Patrick Swayze died at the age of 57 after his much publicised battle with pancreatic cancer on 14th September.
Patrick a prolific film actor was probably best known for his roles as Johnny Castle in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing alongside Jennifer Grey, and for his part as Sam Wheat in Ghost with leading ladies Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in 1990
In 1991 he was voted sexiest man alive by people magazine.
Also on 14th September we said goodbye to Chef resturanter, and t.v. presenter Keith Floyd. Although Keith was rumoured to have bowel cancer, he died from a heart attack.
Flamboyant Keith was known for his heavy drinking, love of good food and smoking. He is said to have been the inspiration to many of our current t.v. chefs.
Keith was 65 when he died.
Irish singer and actor Stephen Gatley died peacefully in his sleep whilst on holiday in Majorca Aged 33 on the 10th October
Stephen was one-fifth of boyband, Boyzone
Dublin born Stephen was shown to have a congenital heart complaint, and the coroner concluded that he died of natural causes.
British actressMaggie Jonesdied unexpectedly on 2nd December aged 75.
Maggie a RADA trained actress has been regular on our t.v. screens, for over 40 years but her most famous role was as Derdrie's mum, Blanche Hunt, in Corrie.
Maggie played one of the funniest and most loved characters on 'the street', loved for her acid tongued one liners, and no-nonsense atitude. She'll be sadly missed by all.
Brittany MurphyAmerican actress and singer died on december 20th after collapsing at her home in Los Angeles. Brittany had starred in films such as clueless and Girl Interrupted with Angelina Jolie, and 8 mile. Her most recent film Abandoned is due to be released in 2010.
As yet cause of death has to be determined. She was 32 years old.
On a personal note I'd like to use this space to say farewell to Shelagh Holt who died on the Sunday 8th November in Bournemouth.
Shelagh was my aunt, and was one of the most kind hearted, and generous people I have had the pleasure to meet. Shelagh had a magnetic personality which drew people to her. She loved her family, especially her young grandson, her dogs and cats
She is greatly missed by all her family and friends.
Shelagh was 54 years old when she died.
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