Celebrity Deaths in Television

  • Roddy Piper, 61 (2015)

    Roddy Piper

    "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the wrestling world icon, movie star, and podcast host has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 61. According to the TMZ, he died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his Hollywood home on Thursday night. By DAN GELSTON, The Associated Press"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died...

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  • Irwin Keyes, 63 (1952 - 2015)

    Irwin Keyes

    Actor Irwin Keyes, who played roles in horror movies but may be known best for playing George Jefferson's dim-witted bodyguard, Hugo, on the long-running TV sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 63. The burly actor died Wednesday of complications of acromegaly, a rare pituitary disorder, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Patrick Macnee, 93 (1922 - 2015)

    Patrick Macnee

    Patrick Macnee, who played a stylish secret agent on the 1960s television series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93. Macnee, who died Thursday of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, played John Steed on the TV program, which debuted in the U.S. in 1966 and ran for eight years in syndication. Macnee's character in the series was partnered with a series of beautiful women. The most...

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  • Dick Van Patten, 86 (1928 - 2015)

    Dick Van Patten

    Actor Dick Van Patten, who played patriarch Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough," has died. He was 86.

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  • Michael King (2015)

    Michael King

    By FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Michael King, an innovative TV syndicator who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died.A family member confirms King died Wednesday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. He was 67.With his brother Roger, Michael King inherited King World Productions in 1972 from their father, Charles King, who...

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