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‘General Hospital’ Star Robyn Bernard Dead at 64

Hollywood mourned many celebrities in 2024.

Speed Racer star Christian Oliver (born Christian Klepser) died at the age of 51 during a fatal plane crash on January 5. Oliver was traveling home from a Caribbean vacation with his two daughters — Madita and Annik, whom he shared with wife Jessica Klepser — on January 4. The aircraft had engine trouble and fell into the ocean. The plane’s pilot also died onboard in the accident.

In addition to being an actor, Oliver was also a realtor at Beverly Hills brokerage The Agency.

“Christian, Madita and Annik, you will be missed. May you rest in peace,” The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky wrote in a social media tribute. “My prayers are with you and your entire Agency family. You are a great friend, father, husband, actor and agent. You made us laugh, you care more than most. You are missed and loved.”

Four days later, news broke that The Cleaning Lady star Aden Canto had died at the age of 42.

“Adan had a depth of spirit that few truly knew. Those who glimpsed it were changed forever,” Canto’s rep said in a statement, revealing the actor privately battled appendiceal cancer. “He will be greatly missed by so many.”

Canto is survived by his wife, Stephanie Canto, and their two children: Roman and Eve.

Keep scrolling to remember the stars who died in 2024:

Robyn Bernard
The General Hospital actress was found dead in an “open field behind [a] business” in San Jacinto, California on March 12 at 4:08 a.m., according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. A cause of death was not revealed at the time. She was 64. 
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Leah Smith
The TikTok star died on March 11 at the age of 22. Smith’s death came after a four-year battle with bone cancer, which she documented on social media.
“I’m sad to say that she passed away today around half-eleven this morning,” Smith’s boyfriend, Andrew, announced via her TikTok page. “We’ll all miss Leah, but we’ll make sure we never forget her. We’ll never let Leah be forgotten.”
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Eric Carmen
The singer died on the weekend of March 9, according to his wife, Amy Carmen. He was 74.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Eric Carmen,” Amy shared via Eric’s official website on March 11. “Our sweet, loving and talented Eric passed away in his sleep, over the weekend. It brought him great joy to know, that for decades, his music touched so many and will be his lasting legacy.”
Carmen was best known for his hit song “All by Myself” and as the lead singer of The Raspberries.
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Karl Wallinger
The Welsh singer, who led the band World Party, died at age 66 on Sunday, March 10, his rep confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed.
World Party was an alt-rock group known for hits such as “Ship of Fools,” “Put the Message in the Box” and “Is It Like Today?” Wallinger also worked with Steely Dan and the late Sinead O’Connor.
The musician is survived by wife Suzie Zamit, son Louis Wallinger, daughter Nancy Zamit and two grandchildren.
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Steve Lawrence
The Grammy winner, best known for his act with late wife Eydie Gormé, died following complications from Alzheimer’s disease on March 7 at the age of 88, per The Hollywood Reporter.  
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Akira Toriyama
Toriyama, who created the Dragon Ball comics, died after suffering a blood clot on March 8 at the age of 68.
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Jim Beard
The Steely Dan keyboardist died on March 2 in a New York City hospital from complications due to an illness, per Deadline. He was 63.
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Garrison Brown
Garrison, who was the son of Sister Wives stars Janelle and Kody Brown, died at age 25 on March 5.
Janelle confirmed the news via Instagram, writing, “Kody and I are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our beautiful boy Robert Garrison Brown. He was a bright spot in the lives of all who knew him. His loss will leave such a big hole in our lives that it takes our breath away. We ask that you please respect our privacy and join us in honoring his memory.”
Police arrived at Garrison’s Flagstaff, Arizona, home on March 5 after receiving a report of a death, per TMZ. The officers found him dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Law enforcement told the outlet that foul play is not suspected, and Garrison’s death is being investigated as a suicide. The police added that Garrison’s brother Gabriel found Garrison’s body.
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Chris Mortensen
The ESPN NFL reporter died on March 3, ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro confirmed in a statement via X. He was 72.
“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,” the statement read. “He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, and was at the top of his field for decades. He will truly be missed by colleagues and fans, and our hearts and thoughts are with his loved ones.”
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Anne Whitfield
The White Christmas star died on February 15 at Valley Memorial Hospital “surrounded by family” after suffering an “unexpected accident while on a walk in her neighborhood,” according to her obituary. 
“Through the kindness of neighbors who provided expert medical support, family had the gift to say goodbye and express love and gratitude, a gift we will always cherish,” her family wrote in a statement. 

Michael ‘Virgil’ Jones
The former WWE superstar, best known as Virgil in the ring, died on February 28. He was 61. Wrestling referee Mark Charles III (a.k.a. The Count) confirmed the news via Facebook, writing, “Virgil passed peacefully at the hospital this morning.” The late athlete suffered multiple strokes and battled both dementia and cancer.
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Richard Lewis
Us confirmed that the comedian died on February 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 76. Ahead of his death, Lewis announced in April 2023 that he’d been battling Parkinson’s disease for two years.
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Thomas Kingston
The member of the royal family died at age 45 on February 25.
“It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother. Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing,” read a statement from his family, which included wife Lady Gabriella Kingston.
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Charles Dierkop
Dierkop died on February 25 after suffering a heart attack and battling pneumonia, his daughter, Lynn, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. The actor was best known for starring in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and the 1970 TV series Police Woman.
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Kenneth Mitchell
The Star Trek: Discovery actor’s family confirmed on February 25 that he died one day earlier after a five-year battle with ALS. Mitchell was 49.
“Ken was the keeper of countless friendships. Like a massive star exploding with kindness, purity and a particular brand of silly, you were pulled right into his orbit,” a statement read, in part. “Once captured, Ken could bathe you in positivity, thoughtfulness, and hilarity, and make you feel so loved.”
Mitchell is survived by wife Susan and their two children.
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Chris Gauthier
The Once Upon a Time alum died on February 23 at the age of 48. His cause of death has not been publicly shared.
“As a beloved character actor, Chris shared his talents with so many of us both on television and in film,” TriStar Appearances/Event Horizon Talent said in a statement. “His loss is felt not just by his fans but by those of us who were lucky enough to know him more personally.”
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Ewen MacIntosh
The actor, well known for his role Keith on the U.K. version of The Office, died at the age of 50. “With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved comedy genius Ewen MacIntosh,” his management company, Just Right Management, announced via X on February 21. “His family thank all who supported him, especially Willow Green Care Home. There will be a private cremation for family & close friends soon & a celebratory memorial later in the year.”
Ricky Gervais, who cocreated and starred in U.K. version of The Office, paid tribute to his “very funny and very lovely” former costar via X, calling MacIntosh “an absolute original.”
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Tony Ganios
The Porky’s actor died on February 18, one day after he underwent surgery to treat a spinal cord infection, per TMZ. The outlet reported that Ganios had a heart attack while he was recovering. His fianceé, Amanda, posted a heartbreaking tribute in his honor.
“The last words we said to each other were ‘I love you.’ Love is an understatement,” she wrote via X on February 19. “You are everything to me. My heart, my soul and my best friend.”
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Tony Hutson
The former Dallas Cowboys player died on February 3, according to an obituary shared by Serenity Gardens Funeral Services. He was 49. 
“Lost one of my favorite teammates and great friends in Tony Hutson,” Hutson’s former teammate Randall Godfrey wrote via Facebook the following day. “Please keep the Hutson family in prayer. Our 1996 Dallas Cowboys rookies had a special bond. He made several trips to Valdosta to help with my annual football camps. I cherished every moment that he had me crying after laughing so hard.”
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Cecilia Gentili
A February 6 post shared via Gentili’s Instagram Story confirmed that she had died at age 52. Former Pose costar Dominique Jackson was among those to mourn the actress and LGBTQ+ activist’s death.
“AN ACTIVIST, AN ICON, A TRAILBLAZER, A MOTHER, A WIFE, AN ACTRESS AND COMEDIAN, AN AMAZING SISTER AND A PHENOMENAL HUMAN BEING!” Jackson wrote via social media. “I am deeply saddened by your departure dear sister! Even in death you are a force to be reckoned with, your legacy one of movement, love and compassion unapologetic and true. I thank you dearly for ALL the work you have done.”
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Toby Keith
The country star died at age 62 on February 5 after a battle with stomach cancer. “Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage,” his family shared via social media.
Keith initially revealed his cancer diagnosis in June 2022.
“I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” he wrote via Instagram at the time.
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Carl Weathers
The actor, known for his work in Rocky and Predator, died on February 1 at age 76. 
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family said in a statement. “Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.”
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Hinton Battle
The Broadway star died at age 67, pal Debbie Allen confirmed via social media on January 30. A cause of death was not revealed. 
“Today I honor Hinton Battle, my dear friend who left us to dance and sing in God’s Ensemble last night,” Allen wrote via Instagram. “He fought this battle to live and be creative, impacting audiences and young people across the globe. Let us always hold him high in our hearts and in our mind’s eye and forever speak his name.”
Battle was a three-time Tony Award winner. “His unparalleled talent and infectious energy will be deeply missed, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of all who were touched by his brilliance,” read a tribute shared via the Tony Awards’ official X account.
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Chita Rivera
The Broadway legend died at age 91 in New York on January 30 following “a brief illness,” her daughter Lisa Mordente confirmed.
Rivera was known for originating the Broadway roles of Anita in West Side Story and Velma Kelly in Chicago, along with winning two Tony Awards throughout her extensive theater career.
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Amanda Davies
The One Life to Live alum, who is the daughter of actress Erika Slezak, died “suddenly,” Slezak’s official fan club website confirmed in January. She was 42. (Davies portrayed the teenage version of her real-life mother’s character, Victoria “Viki” Lord, on the soap in 2003.)
“It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Erika’s daughter Amanda Elizabeth Davies who died very suddenly,” the website read. “The family is heartbroken and would appreciate privacy at this time.”
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Charles Osgood
The journalist died on January 23 at his New Jersey home. He was 91. His family told CBS that dementia was his cause of death. 
Osgood was the host of CBS Sunday Morning from 1994 until his 2016 retirement. He is survived by wife Jean, his two siblings and five children. 
 
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Herbert Lee ‘Cowboy’ Coward
Coward, who played Toothless Man in Deliverance, was involved in a collision on January 24. The actor, his girlfriend, Bertha Brooks, and their pet Chihuahua dog and pet squirrel were killed in the crash. Local outlets reported that authorities said Coward and Brooks were not wearing seatbelts when they were by an oncoming truck, which was driven by a 16-year-old. 
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Maricet Espinosa González
The Pan American Judo Confederation confirmed the Olympian and Cuban Judo champion’s death via Instagram on January 22. She was 34. 
“It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to a legend of Pan-American and Cuban judo,” the post read, via a translation. “Maricet Espinosa, affectionately known as ‘La Mole’, leaves an indelible legacy. Two-time Pan American champion, world medalist and Olympic representative in Rio 2016. Rest in peace, dear Maricet. Our condolences to his family and to Cuban judo. Your spirit and your achievements will always endure. 🥋🕊️.” 
The Cuban Sports University also shared the news of González’s death via Facebook, saying they were in “mourning” and “great pain” over González’s passing, per a translation.  
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Norman Jewison
The Hollywood director, best known for films In the Heat of the Night and Moonstruck, died at age 97, a spokesman for the family confirmed.
Jewison was a three-time Oscar Nominee and recipient of the 1999 Academy Award for lifetime achievement.
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Frank Farian
The German music producer, known for founding Boney M. and producing Milli Vanilli, died at the age of 82 at his home in Miami.
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Gary Graham
The Star Trek star died at the age of 73 after going into cardiac arrest. He died at a hospital in Spokane, Washington.
Becky Graham, the actor’s wife, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.
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David Gail
The actor, known for his roles on the General Hospital spinoff Port Charles and on Beverly Hills, 90210, died at age 58. “There’s barely been even a day in my life when you were not with me by my side always my wingman always my best friend ready to face anything and anyone [with] me,” Gail’s sister, Katie Colmenares, wrote via Instagram on January 21. “The bears will never be the same but I will hold you so tight every day in my heart you gorgeous loving amazing fierce human being missing you every second of every day forever there will never be another 💔💖.”
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Marlena Shaw
Shaw’s daughter, Marla Bradshaw, confirmed the “California Soul” singer’s death at age 81 via Facebook on January 19. “It’s with a very heavy heart that for myself and my family I announce that our beloved mother, your beloved icon and artist Marlena Shaw has passed away today at 12:03,” Bradshaw stated. “She was peaceful. We were at peace. … She went listening to some of her favorite songs.”
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Shawn Barber
The pole vaulting world champion died at his home in Kingwood, Texas on January 17, his agent, Paul Doyle, told the Associated Press. While a case of death was not revealed, the athlete had been experiencing health issues, according to the outlet. He was 29. 
“More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Doyle said in a statement at the time. “It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.”
Barber’s management agency later confirmed the news via Instagram, writing, “A friend that will never be forgotten. Canadian Olympic Pole Vaulter Shawn Barber has passed away. 🕊️.”
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Dejan Milojevic
The Golden State Warriors assistant coach died at age 46 on January 17 after being hospitalized for a heart attack one day prior. 
“We are absolutely devastated by Dejan Milojević’s sudden passing,” the Golden State Warriors wrote in a statement shared via X. “This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends and all of us who had the incredible pleasure to work with him.”
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Lynne Marta
The actress died on January 11 after a battle with cancer, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. She was 78.
She appeared as Lulu Warnicker, the aunt of Kevin Bacon’s Ren, in 1984’s Footloose. She also had an extensive TV resume, appearing in classics like Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels as well as soap operas such as Passions, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.
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Roy Battersby
Battersby’s stepdaughter, actress Kate Beckinsale, confirmed via Instagram that the British director died at age 87. “It is with great sorrow that the family of film and television director Roy Battersby announces the news of his recent death after a brief period of illness,” read an obituary shared by Beckinsale on January 15. “He passed away peacefully on 10 January 2024, in Los Angeles surrounded by family, aged 87. Funeral will be held in London, details to follow.”
Battersby had directed a number of TV shows and films throughout his career, including A Touch of Frost, Red Mercury, Between the Lines and Eurocops, and married Beckinsale’s mom, Judy Loe, in 1997.
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Joyce Randolph
The actress died of natural causes at her Manhattan home on January 13. She was 99.
Best known for starring as Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners, Randolph is survived by son Randolph Charles.
 
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Alec Musser
The All My Children alum died at his home in Del Mar, California, on January 12. He was 50. No cause of death was reported.
The actor starred in Grown Ups, Desperate Housewives and Rita Rocks. He is survived by fiancee Paige Press.
 
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Peter Crombie
The actor died on January 10 in at a medical facility in Palm Springs, California, following a surgery, Crombie’s ex-wife Nadine Kijner said. He was 71.
Crombie, best known for playing “Crazy” Joe Davola on Seinfeld, is survived by brother Jim.  
 
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Bill Hayes
The actor, who portrayed Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives for more than 50 years, died on January 12, according to a statement from the show. He was 98. 
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our beloved Bill Hayes,” the soap opera said in a January 12 statement to Deadline. “One of the longest-running characters on Days of Our Lives, Bill originated the role of Doug Williams in 1970 and portrayed him continuously throughout his life. He and his wife, Susan Seaforth-Hayes, remained the foundation of the Williams-Horton family spanning more than 50 years.”
Executive producer Ken Corday added, “I have known Bill for most of my life and he embodied the heart and soul of Days of Our Lives. Although we are grieving and will miss him, Bill’s indelible legacy will live on in our hearts and the stories we tell, both on and off the screen.”
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Tisa Farrow
Mia Farrow’s youngest sibling died in her sleep on January 10.
“If there is a Heaven, undoubtedly my beautiful sister Tisa is being welcomed there,” Mia wrote via Instagram one day later. “She was the best of us — I have never met a more generous and loving person. She loved life & never complained. Ever.”
Tisa, an actress like Mia, is survived by her siblings, husband Terry Deane and grandchildren. (Tisa and Deane’s son, Jason, died in 2008.)
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Christian Oliver
Oliver and his daughters are survived by Klepser, Oliver’s parents and his siblings following their fatal plane crash.
“The deep bond, infectious laughter, and adventurous spirit shared by Madita and Annik will be profoundly missed in their communities,” Klepser wrote in an Instagram statement. “[Christian’s] loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him.”
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Adan Canto
The Designated Survivor alum died after a private cancer battle.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” his wife, Stephanie, wrote via Instagram, quoting Bible verse Matthew 6:19-21. “Forever my treasure Adan, see you soon.”
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David Soul
The Starsky & Hutch actor died at the age of 80. His wife, Helen Snell, confirmed his passing on January 5.
“He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend,” Snell said in a statement. “His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.” 
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Glynis Johns
Johns, who was best known for playing Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, died on January 4 at the age of 100.
“Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives,” her longtime manager, Mitch Clem, told Us Weekly in a statement. “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.”
He added, “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.”
The British actress died at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles and will be buried next to her father, who passed away in 1993, in England. She is survived by her grandson Thomas and three great-grandchildren.
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