Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2010

By Lindsey Compton,
An Eskimo Proverb once said, “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."

As the New Year is among us, let’s take some time to remember the stars and celebrities we lost in 2010. These musicians, actors, reality show TV stars and artists helped to change the world in one way or another, and their legend will forever live on as someone who has impacted people across the world.

Teena Marie: Among those who have passed away was the recent death of R&B singer Teena Marie. She was best known for her 1980s single, “Lovergirl,” and her collaborations with late funk legend Rick James. She died in her Los Angeles home on Dec. 26 at the age of 54. Her death may have allegedly been caused by a seizure, as, her friend, percussionist Sheila E., posted on Twitter that she has had a history of them.

Peter Graves: Known for his role in the CBS television series, Mission: Impossible, he was taking on secret missions long before Tom Cruise in the ‘60s, wherein he was awarded a Golden Globe award in 1971 for his role in the TV series, playing as Jim Phelps. The late actor also played as Colonel John Camden on the television series, 7th Heaven. Graves passed away from a heart attack on March. 14 — four days before his 84th birthday. He left behind his wife of 60 years and their three daughters, Kelly Jean, Claudia King and Amanda Lee.

Rue McClanahan: The Golden Girls star passed away on June 3 at age 76. Her role as Blanche Devereaux was a favorite for many audiences, as she played the southern belle who was not only “the apple of her father’s eye,” but she also was the apple of many other guys' eyes as well. Her former co-star, Betty White, was saddened by McClanahan’s death and released in a statement earlier this year: “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that's even possible.”

Phil Harris: The reality star of Discovery channel’s Deadliest Catch was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke in the stateroom of his boat. He passed away 11 days later from complications on Feb. 9 at age 53. His sons were stars of the show alongside their father. They later told People magazine that they looked at their father’s captain seat “in a different way."

Gary Coleman: Who could forget the Diff'rent Strokes actor with his signature phrase, “What you talkin' bout, Willis?" The ‘80s actor suffered many financial hardships years later, including suing his parents and former business advisor in 1989. Coleman also caught the media’s attention after he was charged with assault in 1998 after he punched a woman, to which he pleaded no contest and received a suspended sentence. Years later, he was arrested for domestic violence in Jan. 24, 2010. Nearly four months later, he passed away at 42 from an intracranial hemorrhage on May 28.

Alexander McQueen: The name may or may not sound familiar, but to the fashion world he was an icon. The designer was known for dressing Lady GaGa, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and other celebrities in his creative, yet eccentric designs. His body was found in his London home on Feb. 11 where he committed suicide.

Other famous celebrities who passed away include: singer, Teddy Pendergrass; singer, Lena Horne; actor, Dennis Hopper; singer, Marvin Isley; singer, Jimmy Dean; Yankees announcer, Bob Sheppard; actor, Tom Bosley; baseball hall of famer, Bob Feller and movie director/writer, Blake Edwards.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, fashion designer Alexander McQueen was misidentified.



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