The year has been marked with the loss of many pop culture icons and influential people. From actress Mary Tyler Moore to Fox News Founder Roger Ailes, take a look at the wealth and legacy of these celebrities who died in 2017.
Mary Tyler Moore Net Worth: $40 Million
Actress and television pioneer Mary Tyler Moore died on Jan. 25, 2017, due to complications with pneumonia. She was 80 years old.
Moore experienced her big break as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1980 film “Ordinary People.” Moore will be most famously remembered for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
In the groundbreaking program, the actress portrayed single career woman Mary Richards. The show, which ran from 1970-1977, emerged at the same time as the modern Women’s Rights movement and served as inspiration for generations of women. In total, the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won a record-setting 29 Emmy Awards over its seven-year run. It was so successful that it spawned three spinoffs: the sitcoms “Rhoda” and “Phyllis” and the drama “Lou Grant.”
Bill Paxton Net Worth: $60 Million
Actor Bill Paxton died on Feb. 25, 2017. He was 61 years old.
Paxton’s show business career spanned more than 40 years. He was best known for roles in the hit movies “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic” and the HBO television drama “Big Love.”
Family members said the actor died following complications with a surgery.
Chuck Berry Net Worth: $10 Million
Musician Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90.
Berry was a rock ‘n roll pioneer, with hit songs such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Run Rudolph Run” — one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.
Don Rickles Net Worth: $30 Million
Comedian Don Rickles passed away on April 6, 2017, of kidney failure. He was 90 years old.
The legendary comic was best known for his comedic insults and making fun of people — notably public figures and A-list stars — while on stage.
Rickles began his showbiz career in 1955, adding dozens of credits to resume along the way. Some of his most memorable roles include “Pajama Party” and “Casino.” Recently, he voiced the character of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise.
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Charlie Murphy Net Worth: $2.5 Million
Comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, died on April 12, 2017, after a battle with Leukemia. He was 57.
Murphy was a standout star on “Chappelle’s Show” and co-wrote some of his brother’s biggest hit films like “Norbit.” He himself starred in “Are We There Yet?” and “The Players Club,” to name a few.
Chris Cornell Net Worth: $60 Million
Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell died on May 17, 2017, from an apparent suicide. He was 52 years old.
The singer formed Soundgarden in 1984, and the band later became an influential part of the 1990s Seattle grunge music movement. After Soundgarden broke up in 1997, Cornell formed a new band: Audioslave.
Throughout the course of his career, Cornell was nominated for a GRAMMY four times, yet never won. He also released five solo albums.
Roger Ailes Net Worth: $100 Million
Fox News Founder Roger Ailes died on May 18 after falling and hitting his head in his Florida home, according to The New York Times. He was 77 years old.
Ailes was forced out of Fox News in the summer of 2016 after a sexual harassment scandal surfaced. He denied the claims but was ousted from his network anyway. Ailes walked away with a reported $40 million payout, The Times reported.
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Sir Roger Moore Net Worth: $110 Million
Sir Roger Moore died on May 23, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. The actor, best known for his role as James Bond, was 89.
Moore began his career in 1945 as an extra in the film “Caesar and Cleopatra.” He went on to star as the iconic 007 agent in seven Bond films, the longest-serving actor in the spy franchise.
Martin Landau Net Worth: $10 Million
Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau died on July 15 at the age of 89.
Best known for his role as a spy in the 1960s TV show, “Mission: Impossible,” he won an Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1995 for the film, “Ed Wood.” Throughout his career, Landau also won three Golden Globes for his work in both television and film.
More recently, Landau played a movie producer on HBO’s “Entourage.”
Chester Bennington Net Worth: $30 Million
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died as the result of an apparent suicide on July 20, 2017. He was 41.
Bennington was a close friend of fellow rocker Chris Cornell and spoke at his funeral in May of 2017. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
As the lead singer of Linkin Park, the band was best known for their breakthrough album, “Hybrid Theory,” which sold more than 30 million units worldwide.
John Heard Net Worth: $3.5 Million
Actor John Heard died on July 21, 2017, TMZ reports. He was found dead in a Palo Alto, Calif., hotel. At time of writing, the cause of death is unclear. Heard was 72.
Heard starred as the dad (Peter McCallister) in the successful ’90s holiday films “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” He also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including “Beaches,” “Big,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI: Miami” and “The Sopranos.”
Sam Shepard Net Worth: $10 Million
Actor, playwright and director Sam Shepard died on July 30 after battling ALS. He was 73 years old.
Shepard’s entertainment career spanned more than 50 years. He was best known for roles in films like “The Right Stuff,” “Black Hawk Down” and Steel Magnolias.” More recently, he starred in Netflix’s “Bloodline.”
Shepard also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play, “Buried Child.”
Jerry Lewis Net Worth: $50 Million
American actor, comedy king and humanitarian Jerry Lewis died on Aug. 20, 2017 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark, N.J., Lewis rose to fame as part of a two-man comic team with Dean Martin. Known for his slapstick humor, Lewis starred in “The Nutty Professor,” “The Bellboy” and “The Patsy,” to name a few.
Lewis was also known for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Lewis famously hosted the annual Labor Day Telethon for 44 years. In February 2009, Lewis was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences.
Hugh Hefner Net Worth: $50 Million
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died of natural causes on Sept. 27, 2017. He was 91 years old.
Hefner created Playboy magazine in 1953, and grew the men’s mag into a brand, empire and lifestyle. Though he retreated from the public eye during the last years of his life, he was known for his affinity for silk robes, scantily clad women and the wild parties he threw regularly at his 29-room Holmby Hills, Calif., estate, better known as the Playboy Mansion.
At the height of its popularity in the 1970s, Playboy magazine sold over 7 million copies. Thanks to the success of the magazine – known for its nude photos and in-depth interviews – the brand grew to include multi-platform production enterprises, clothing and home lines, clubs and hotels. Playboy-branded products still bring in $1 billion in sales annually.
The publishing and media legend is survived by his wife, Playmate Crystal Hefner, and his four children: daughter Christie and son David from his first marriage to his college sweetheart Mildred Williams, and sons Cooper and Marston from his second marriage to Playmate Kimberly Conrad.
Monty Hall Net Worth: $10 Million
Famed game show host Monty Hall died of heart failure on Sept. 30, 2017, at the age of 96.
Hall is best known for hosting “Let’s Make a Deal,” which premiered in 1963. He was also co-creator of the show and hosted it from 1963 to 1986 (with some hiatuses). Hall appeared on other television and game shows over the course of his career, including “Dinah!,” “Password Plus,” “Star’s Table,” “The Surreal Life” and “Hollywood Squares.” Hall also executive produced a number of shows, including “Chain Letter” and the “Let’s Make a Deal” reboot, which premiered in the early 2000s.
Hall’s accolades include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973 and a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lifetime Achievement Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award.
Tom Petty Net Worth: $95 Million
Tom Petty was pronounced dead on Oct. 2, 2017. The musician was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest on Oct. 1, TMZ reported. He was 66.
Petty rose to fame as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The band released 13 studio albums over their over 40-year-long career, five of which reached platinum status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The group’s most recent album, 2014’s “Hypnotic Eye,” was their first to chart No. 1 on Billboard. Other top 10 albums include “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979), “Hard Promises” (1981), “Southern Accents” (1985), “The Last DJ” (2002) and “Mojo” (2010). The group also had eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”
Petty toured for much of his career, and had just wrapped up an extended tour commemorating his band’s anniversary. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were scheduled to perform next in New York in November.
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