Celebrity deaths in 2019 – from Clive Swift to Jeremy Hardy to Dianne Oxberry, the stars we’ve lost this year

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IT’S only March and we have already had to say goodbye to some much-loved celebrities.

We remember those stars who have passed away so far in 2019.

Kristoff St. John was a US actor
Kristoff St. John was a US actor
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Which celebrities have died so far in 2019?

Kristoff St. John, 52

Kristoff was a talented US actor best known for his role in long-running soap The Young & The Restless.

The actor passed away on February 3, 2019 aged 52.

Kristoff’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

TMZ reported that the actor’s body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley when one of his friends went to check on him.

There is no “foul play” suspected but one source claims that alcohol may have been a factor.

Clive Swift died in February aged 82
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Clive Swift,  82

Keeping Up Appearances actor Clive Swift sadly passed away aged 82 on February 1, 2019.

The actor famously played Richard Bucket – the downtrodden and long-suffering husband of snob Hyacinth Bucket – in the beloved BBC show.

He graced our screens from 1990 to 1995 alongside Patricia Routledge and also had a role in a Doctor Who Christmas special as Mr Copper.

His agent confirmed he died “peacefully at home” surrounded by his family.

 

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Jeremy Hardy, British comedian, died after a short cancer battle aged 57[/caption]

Jeremy Hardy, 57

British comedy legend Jeremy Hardy died, aged 57, after a short cancer battle.

The funnyman, famous for appearing on Mock the Week and radio shows such as I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, passed away on Friday with his wife and daughter at his side.

He passed away on February 1, 2019.

Dianne Oxberry passed away on January 10
Dianne Oxberry passed away on January 10
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Dianne Oxberry, 51

Dianne Oxberry died on January 10, 2019, at the Christie Hospital in Manchester following a cancer battle and short illness.

She is best remembered for presenting on BBC Radio One with Steve Wright and Simon Mayo as well as North West Tonight from 1994.

Colleagues only found out she was ill in the new year and said they were “heartbroken” to hear of her death.

She is survived by her two children and her husband Ian Hindle, a camera operator.

Mean Gene Okerlund died at age 76

Gene Okerlund, 76

WWE legend and Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund passed away at age 76 on January 3.

Gene was most recognisable for his backstage interviews working with both the WWE and formerly WCW.

The WWE confirmed the death of Okerlund on Twitter, which came one year after his last appearance on TV.

Okerlund began his career with WWE in 1984, where he would become notorious for his interviews with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.

Dean Ford was the charismatic frontman for the Glaswegian band Marmalade
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Dean Ford, 72

The frontman of pop group Marmalade passed away on January 2.

Dean died at the age of 72 after a lifetime recording music.

The Glasgow band, which Ford fronted until 1975, was best known for reaching number one in 1969 with its cover version of The Beatles “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da”.

Daughter Tracey McAleese-Gorman confirmed the news on Facebook, and wrote: “I am so sad to share that my dear Dad passed away last night.

“He was an amazing man, a gentle soul, extremely talented musician and a great Father and Pop Pop to his only grandchild Connor.”

Bob Einstein, 76

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development actor Bob Einstein died at the age of 76, on January 2.

His younger brother, comedian and actor Albert Brooks, paid tribute to a “great brother, father and husband” and a “brilliantly funny man”.

The two-time Emmy winner who created the Super Dave Osborne character died in Indian Wells, California, after he was diagnosed with cancer.


Luke Perry, 52

Riverdale and 90210 star Luke Perry died after suffering from a “massive stroke” at the age of 52 on March 4, 2019.

The 90s heartthrob stole the affections of many in his role of Dylan McKay in popular TV series Beverly Hills, 90210.

He was rushed to hospital on Wednesday and had been sedated to allow his brain to recover but the damage was too extensive, TMZ reports.

Keith Flint, 49

The Prodigy frontman was found dead in his Essex home on Monday, March 4, 2019.

The rave legend killed himself after putting home up for sale following a devastating split from his wife Mayumi Kai.

Sources say he became depressed after the split with his wife and may have started using drugs again.

Keith was found “unresponsive” by medics at the £1.5million marital home in Dunmow.

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