2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Television

  • Peggy Charren, 86 (1928 - 2015)

    Peggy Charren

    The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming, has died. She was 86.Charren, who had vascular dementia, died Thursday at a nursing home in Dedham, according to Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island.Charren founded Action for Children's...

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  • Stan Irwin (2015)

    Stan Irwin

    By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94. Irwin's friend and business partner George Michaud says Irwin died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles. Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Pearl Bailey. He was credited for...

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  • Tony Verna, 81 (1933 - 2015)

    Tony Verna

    The Associated PressPALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81.Verna died Sunday at his Palm Desert home after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, daughter Tracy Soiseth said.CBS used instant replay for the first time in the Dec. 7, 1963 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, after...

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  • Anne Kirkbride, 60 (1954 - 2015)

    Anne Kirkbride

    By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60. Network ITV says Kirkbride, who played the long-suffering, much-married Deirdre Barlow, died Monday in a hospital in Manchester, northwest England, after a short illness. Set in the fictional working-class...

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  • Greg Plitt, 37 (1977 - 2015)

    Greg Plitt

    BURBANK, Calif. – A fitness model and actor featured on the cover of numerous fitness magazines was struck and killed by a train while filming on the tracks in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. Two men were filming George Plitt Jr., 37, on the railroad track north of the Burbank train station Saturday afternoon when Plitt was hit by a Metrolink passenger train, said Burbank...

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