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Paying tribute to the stars we've lost in 2024 – in memoriam

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Paying tribute to the stars that died in 2024BBC

2024 has already seen us say farewell to some famous faces from the world of entertainment and beyond. Here, we pay tribute to stars and celebrities of TV, film and beyond, along with the words of their friends, colleagues and loved ones – gone but never forgotten.

Dave Myers - Hairy Bikers star - died February 28, aged 66

"Hi everyone, I'm afraid I bear some sad news. Most of you will know Dave has been fighting cancer for the past couple of years. Last night, on 28th February 2024, with Lili, Dave’s wife, his family, close friend David and myself by his side, he passed away peacefully at home. All who knew Dave are devastated at his passing. His beloved wife brought him such happiness as did her children, Iza and Sergiu who Dave loved like his own. Personally, I am not sure I can put into words on how I feel at the moment. My best friend is on a journey that for now, I can't follow. I will miss him every day and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime. I wish you god's speed brother; you are and will remain a beacon in this world. See you on the other side. Love ya. I know Dave and his family would want me to thank all of you who sent messages of support in recent times. It meant the world to him, his family and all The Hairy Bikers team. I am sending you all much love and gratitude for those simple acts of kindness, generosity and spirit. We are eternally grateful for them. May I ask you all for one further kindness and allow Lili, his wife, his family, close friends and I some time and some peace to process our huge loss. I am sure I will see you all soon. Love Si x". – Si King

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Richard Lewis - actor and comic who starred in Curb Your Enthusiasm - died February 27, aged 76

"Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him." - Larry David

"RIP Richard Lewis. A brilliantly funny man who will missed by all. The world needed him now more than ever." - Albert Brooks

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Kenneth Mitchell - star of Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Marvel - died February 24, aged 49

“With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend. For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment, to living a full and joyous life in each moment. He lived by the principals that each day is a gift and we never walk alone." - Kenneth's family


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Pamela Salem - star of EastEnders and Doctor Who - died February 21, aged 80

"Pamela was the kindest, most generous actor I have ever worked with." - Doctor Who co-star Karen Gledhill

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John Savident - Coronation Street's Fred Elliot - died February 21, aged 86

"We are sad to announce the death of the actor John Savident, who died on Wednesday. He was a much-loved husband and father of two and will be sorely missed by all who knew him." – statement from John's agent

"Everyone at Coronation Street is deeply saddened to learn of John Savident’s death. As Fred Elliott, John firmly established himself in the pantheon of Coronation Street greats. His peerless comic timing, combined with a deep pathos arising from his outstanding dramatic skill, made Fred an unforgettable, iconic character that provided great joy to viewers for many years." – Coronation Street

"Oh darling John Savident. So many happy memories forever in my heart. Rest in peace my friend." – Daran Little

"RIP wonderful John Savident. Always lovely and witty." – Stuart Antony

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Pamela Salem - EastEnders and James Bond star - died February 21, aged 80

"We are utterly heartbroken to confirm the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Pamela Salem." – Big Finish Insider

"Pamela Salem was lovely, and we all loved her. Whenever there was a Big Finish recording for her, she’d fly in from Miami on her own steam, without fuss or fanfare, and appear at the studio armed with the warmest smiles, the biggest hugs and often presents... We were separated by thousands of miles and yet she always felt close." - David Richardson

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Stuart Organ – Brookside, Grange Hill and Doctor Who actor – died aged 72

The Grange Hill actor was best known for playing headteacher Peter Robson on the children's television drama, and was the longest-serving member of staff in the school.

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Ewen MacIntosh - best known for his role as Keith in The Office – died aged 50

"So very sad to hear of Ewen MacIntosh’s passing. A lovely, uniquely funny man who played Keith in The Office. So hilarious when we asked him to improv a voicemail message that we wrote more dialogue for him, and he stole every scene he was in. A total one-off. A tragic loss. RIP" – Stephen Merchant

"With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved comedy genius Ewen MacIntosh. His family thank all who supported him, especially Willow Green Care Home. There will be a private cremation for family and close friends soon and a celebratory memorial later in the year." – JustRight Management

"So sad to hear of the passing of Ewen MacIntosh. We were lucky enough to have him appear in 'Little Britain'. He was sweet and smart and humble and, of course, brilliantly funny." – Matt Lucas

"We at GOLD are saddened to hear that Ewen MacIntosh has passed away at the age of 50. We loved him as Keith in The Office and were lucky enough to work with him over the years on the channel. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at such a difficult time." – GOLD

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Robin Windsor - Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer – died aged 44

"My Bestie, My Robin, My Angel…….now our forever Angel, who is loved, will always be loved, forever in my heart……my very broken heart, I love you, shine your beautiful, electric energy from heaven. SHINE IN PEACE." – Lisa Riley

"I had the pleasure of working with this man for many years on Strictly – I have such fond memories of him. He was always very caring and fun to be around. Everyone who came in contact with him adored him, from his celebrity partners to his working colleagues. You will be missed old friend." – James Jordan

"The Burn the Floor family has lost one of its founding members, Robin 'Bobby' Windsor - who has tragically passed away. A BTF journeyman he danced with us for twenty years - including Broadway, The West End and all our crazy adventures around the world. His stunning image attached with Jessica Raffa defined our company, colourful, extreme and sensual. His talent, attitude, energy and personality helped create the Burn the Floor stage reputation. He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever." – Burn the Floor

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Steve Wright - broadcaster and veteran BBC Radio 2 DJ - died February 12, aged 69

"It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright. In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities." – Steve Wright's family

"Steve was a truly wonderful broadcaster who has been a huge part of so many of our lives over many decades. [...] No-one had more energy to deliver shows that put a smile on audiences' faces. They loved him deeply. We are thinking of Steve and his family and will miss him terribly." – BBC Director General Tim Davie

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Cecilia Gentili – Pose star and LGBTQ+ activist – died February 6, aged 52

"Cecilia Gentili was a living legend. A titan, an unapologetic example of trans joy and power. Her spirit lives on in all whom she touched and all she built for us. Rest powerfully and peacefully, Mami. And go kiki with the ancestors. You deserve eternal pleasure" – Raquel Willis

"New York’s LGBTQ+ community has lost a champion in trans icon Cecilia Gentili. As an artist and steadfast activist in the trans rights movement, she helped countless people find love, joy, and acceptance. Our hearts are with her loved ones in this difficult time" – Governor Kathy Hochul

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Michael Jayston – Doctor Who and Only Fools and Horses star - died February 5, aged 88

"It is with great sadness that I have been asked by his family to share the news. Michael Jayston sadly passed away this morning after a short illness. Those who knew Michael will know he was full of love, laughs and happiness. His family would appreciate privacy at this time." – his agent at M&M Famous Faces

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Ian Lavender - Dad's Army and EastEnders star - died February 2, aged 77

"We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of the wonderful Ian Lavender. In what truly marks the end of an era, Ian was the last surviving member of the Dad's Army main cast. His wonderful performance as Private Frank Pike will live on for decades to come. He leaves behind a legacy of laughter enjoyed by millions.
We will dedicate this year's tour to his memory. Our thoughts and love are with Ian's wonderful wife Miki, their family and close friends." – Dad's Army Radio Show

"Ian was a much-loved actor and will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. In his role of Private Pike, in Dad's Army, he delivered some of the most iconic and loved moments in the history of British comedy. Our thoughts are with his family." – BBC director of comedy Jon Petrie

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Jonnie Irwin - presenter of A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country - died February 2

"Jonnie Irwin was an extraordinary man and wonderful presenter. He brought such warmth and fun to Escape to the Country, where he was a firm favourite with not just viewers, but the production team too." - Rob Unsworth, head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning

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Carl Weathers - actor from The Mandalorian, Predator and Rocky - died February 2

"A true great man. Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything. What a guy!! Everyone loved him. My wife and I had the best times with him every time we saw him. Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend." - Carl's Happy Gilmore co-star Adam Sandler

"Carl Weathers will always be a legend. An extraordinary athlete, a fantastic actor, and a great person. We couldn’t have made Predator without him. And we certainly wouldn’t have had such a wonderful time making it." - Carl's Predator co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Chita Rivera - actress who starred in Broadway's West Side Story and Chicago - died January 30, aged 91

"We are heartbroken to learn Chita Rivera has passed away at 91. She was the original Velma Kelly and also played Roxie in Toronto, Las Vegas and London. Chita's influence, warmth, and other-worldly talent will inspire us always. Tonight's show is for her." - Chicago the Musical

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Richard Howard – known for playing Rev Bob Jerome in Emmerdale – died January 29, aged 79

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved client, Richard Howard, at the age of 79, after a short illness. He is survived by his son, three stepdaughters and nine grandchildren." – statement from Scott Marshall Partners

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Pat Webb – best known for Gogglebox with her son Stephen – died in January

"Mummy Pat, you were one in a million, took everyone at face value, would share your last fiver with a stranger, the salt of the earth and the absolute centre of our world! Rest in peace mum." – Stephen Lustig-Webb

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Annie Nightingale - the first woman to have a show on BBC Radio 1 - died January 11, aged 83

"Annie Nightingale, heartbroken to hear the news. The original trailblazer for us women in radio. She loved music like no other… and could out last any of us at the party. So grateful for all the love & support she offered me over the years. What a dame… rest well." – Zoe Ball

"Annie Nightingale's life and achievements were so extraordinary, you couldn't possibly sum them up on here... It was such a treat if you happened to be in the building at the same time as her. She was always so interested in what everyone else was up to. We're going to miss her so much. She was just absolutely amazing." – Greg James

"Dear Annie, you were more than just a trailblazer for women on radio, you made me feel like music broadcasting is for life. Rave in peace." – Trevor Nelson

"Rest in Peace, Annie Nightingale. We had some absolutely amazing conversations about music - she always had her finger on the pulse. She had a rare quality in the business of championing both the music and the people without agenda or politics. She will be sorely missed." – MistaJam

"'If you're a young person, make your life exciting now. Make this decade the thing that you're excited about. Come on! Use it now! Don't look back. I don't look back.' RIP Annie Nightingale." – Zane Lowe

"I'm deeply saddened by Annie's passing and our thoughts are with her family, many friends and the whole of Radio 1. Annie was a uniquely gifted broadcaster who blessed us with her love of music and passion for journalism, for over 50 years. As well as being a trailblazer for new music, she was a champion for female broadcasters, supporting and encouraging other women to enter the industry. We will all miss her terribly." – BBC director-general Tim Davie

"All of us at Radio 1 are devastated to lose Annie, our thoughts are with her family and friends. Annie was a world class DJ, broadcaster and journalist, and throughout her entire career was a champion of new music and new artists. She was the first female DJ on Radio 1 and over her 50 years on the station was a pioneer for women in the industry and in dance music. We have lost a broadcasting legend and, thanks to Annie, things will never be the same." – Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1

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Georgina Hale - BAFTA Film Award-nominated actress and star of Hollyoaks - died January 4

"We’re saddened to learn of the passing of Georgina Hale. Well known for her award-winning work in the films of Ken Russell, she was awarded Most Promising Newcomer To Leading Film Roles in 1975." – BAFTA spokesperson

"RIP the wonderful and unique Georgina Hale I never worked with her alas but loves her work. She was two months younger than me!" - Colin Baker

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Adan Canto - actor from Designated Survivor and X-Men: Days of Future Past - died January 8

"Adan had a depth of spirit that few truly knew. Those who glimpsed it were changed forever. He will be greatly missed by so many." - Canto's representative

"It seems lately I have had to make too many posts like this one, but I am heartbroken by the loss of Adan Canto. He was such a wonderful spirit. As an actor, his desire to do well, to be great, and then do better was truly impressive and he will be greatly missed. I am also heartbroken for his wife, Steph, and his two young children. Adan, may you rest in peace." – Kiefer Sutherland

"I don’t have the words just yet…. but my dear sweet friend Adan just gained his wings. Forever, forever in my heart." – Halle Berry

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Derek Draper – former political adviser and husband of TV presenter Kate Garraway – died January 5, aged 56

"I'm sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away. As some of you may know he has been critically ill following a cardiac arrest in early December which, because of the damage inflicted by Covid in March 2020, led to further complications. Derek was surrounded by his family in his final days and I was by his side holding his hand throughout the last long hours and when he passed.

"I have so much more to say, and of course I will do so in due course, but for now I just want to thank all the medical teams who fought so hard to save him and to make his final moments as comfortable and dignified as possible. Sending so much love and thanks to all of you who have so generously given our family so much support.

"Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life." – Kate Garraway

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Glynis Johns – best known for playing Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins – died January 4, aged 100

"Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit, and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives, she entered my life early in my career and set a very high bar on how to navigate this industry with grace, class, and truth. Your own truth. Her light shined very brightly for 100 years. She had a wit that could stop you in your tracks powered by a heart that loved deeply and purely.

"Today is a somber day for Hollywood. Not only do we mourn the passing of our dear Glynis, but we mourn the end of the golden age of Hollywood." – Glynis' manager Mitch Clem, via Variety

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David Soul – who starred in the TV series Starsky & Hutch – died January 4, aged 80

"David Soul – beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother – died yesterday after a valiant battle for life in the loving company of family. He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend. His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched." – David's wife Helen Snell

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