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Celebrity Deaths 2023: Musicians, Entertainers & Cultural Figures We Lost

We've had to say goodbye to some big names this year in the worlds of entertainment, sports, politics and beyond. To be frank, it was an absolutely brutal year. So many giants in music died in 2023. Guitar god [inlink id="jeff-beck-dies" text="Jeff Beck"] died suddenly in January at age 78 after contracting bacterial meningitis. In February, legendary songwriter [inlink id="burt-bacharach-dies-at-94" text="Burt Bacharach"] died at age 94. Singer, actor and civil rights icon [inlink id="harry-belafonte-dies" text="Harry Belafonte"] died in April at age 96 from congestive heart failure. In May, the world lost [inlink id="tina-turner-dies-at-83" text="Tina Turner"] – the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll – at age 83. Iconic pop singer [inlink id="tony-bennett-dies-at-96" text="Tony Bennett"] died in July at age 96. The worlds of television and film were not immune to significant loss in 2023. Sitcom mastermind [inlink id="norman-lear-legendary-tv-sitcom-creator-dies-at-101" text="Norman Lear"] died in December at age 101. Three’s Company star [inlink id="suzanne-somers-dies-at-age-76" text="Suzanne Somers"] died in October at age 76 from an aggressive form of breast cancer. [inlink id="matthew-perry-dies-at-54" text="Matthew Perry"] also died in October. The Friends star was only 54. [inlink id="bob-barker-dead" text="Bob Barker"], longtime host of The Price is Right, died in August at age 99. [inlink id="paul-reubens-pee-wee-herman-dies-at-70" text="Paul Reubens"], best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, died in July at age 70 following a private battle with cancer. The sports world was rocked by the deaths of three major wrestling figures. In June, [inlink id="the-iron-sheik-dies" text="The Iron Sheik"] (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) died at age 81. Then, in August, there were two back-to-back deaths. First, WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk died at age 79. Funk's hardcore style has been influential to generations of wrestlers that followed. Then, [inlink id="bray-wyatt-dies-wwe-windham-rotunda" text="Bray Wyatt"] (Windham Rotunda) suddenly died at age 36. The young wrestler died after contracting COVID, which exacerbated a heart issue and led to a heart attack. Scroll through the gallery below to see the musicians, celebrities and other cultural figures we've lost in 2023.

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