In memoriam: Remembering the notable figures we lost in 2017

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As 2017 draws to a close, Yahoo News looks back on those we lost over the course of the year. Join us in remembering a group that includes political icons, rock ’n’ roll legends, beloved sitcom stars and the last man to walk on the moon.

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<p>These are some of the figures who made a mark on the world before leaving us in 2017. (Photos: AP/Getty/Reuters) </p>
In memoriam: Remembering the notable figures we lost in 2017

These are some of the figures who made a mark on the world before leaving us in 2017. (Photos: AP/Getty/Reuters)

<p>NASA astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan died on Jan. 16 at age 82. Cernan is the last man to have walked on the moon, during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. (Photo: NASA) </p>
Eugene “œGene”€ Cernan

NASA astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan died on Jan. 16 at age 82. Cernan is the last man to have walked on the moon, during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. (Photo: NASA)

<p>The character actor known for his roles in “RoboCop” and the television series “Crossing Jordan” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” died on Jan. 19 of throat cancer at age 61. (Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images) </p>
Miguel Ferrer

The character actor known for his roles in “RoboCop” and the television series “Crossing Jordan” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” died on Jan. 19 of throat cancer at age 61. (Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

<p>The renowned British actor died on Jan. 25 at age 77. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “The Elephant Man” and “Midnight Express.” (Photo: Eamonn McCabe/Getty Images) </p>
John Hurt

The renowned British actor died on Jan. 25 at age 77. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “The Elephant Man” and “Midnight Express.” (Photo: Eamonn McCabe/Getty Images)

<p>The beloved actress best known for her starring role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” died on Jan. 25. Moore, who was 80, earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Ordinary People.” (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) </p>
Mary Tyler Moore

The beloved actress best known for her starring role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” died on Jan. 25. Moore, who was 80, earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Ordinary People.” (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

<p>The Armenian-American actor best known for the title role on the crime series “Mannix” died at age 90 on Jan. 26. (Photo: Everett Collection) </p>
Mike Connors

The Armenian-American actor best known for the title role on the crime series “Mannix” died at age 90 on Jan. 26. (Photo: Everett Collection)

<p>A seven-time Grammy winner in jazz, R&B and pop categories, Jarreau died on Feb. 12 at age 76. (Photo: Reuters) </p>
Al Jarreau

A seven-time Grammy winner in jazz, R&B and pop categories, Jarreau died on Feb. 12 at age 76. (Photo: Reuters)

<p>Norma McCorvey, the once anonymous Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., died on Feb. 18 at age 69. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) </p>
Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey, the once anonymous Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., died on Feb. 18 at age 69. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

<p>The actor died on Feb. 25 at age 61. He was best known for his work in “Aliens” and “Twister” as well as a starring role in the HBO series “Big Love.” (Photo: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Bill Paxton

The actor died on Feb. 25 at age 61. He was best known for his work in “Aliens” and “Twister” as well as a starring role in the HBO series “Big Love.” (Photo: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>The original reality TV show judge, the “People’s Court” star died on Feb. 26 at age 97. (Photo: Galbraith/AP) </p>
Joseph A. Wapner

The original reality TV show judge, the “People’s Court” star died on Feb. 26 at age 97. (Photo: Galbraith/AP)

<p>The actor and film historian best known as a host on Turner Classic Movies passed away on March 6 at the age of 84. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) </p>
Robert Osborne

The actor and film historian best known as a host on Turner Classic Movies passed away on March 6 at the age of 84. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

<p>The rock ’n’ roll pioneer died on March 18 at age 90. He originated a number of rock’s greatest, earliest hits, including “Maybellene” and “Johnny B. Goode.” (Photo: AP) </p>
Chuck Berry

The rock ’n’ roll pioneer died on March 18 at age 90. He originated a number of rock’s greatest, earliest hits, including “Maybellene” and “Johnny B. Goode.” (Photo: AP)

<p>The noted New York Daily News columnist and bestselling author died at age 88 on March 19. (Photo: Michael Brennan/Getty Images) </p>
Jimmy Breslin

The noted New York Daily News columnist and bestselling author died at age 88 on March 19. (Photo: Michael Brennan/Getty Images)

<p>The banker and oldest living member of the Rockefeller family died on March 20 at age 101. (Photo: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) </p>
David Rockefeller

The banker and oldest living member of the Rockefeller family died on March 20 at age 101. (Photo: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

<p>The game show creator, producer and host died on March 21 at age 87. His autobiography, “€œConfessions of a Dangerous Mind,”€ was adapted into a 2002 film by George Clooney. (Photo: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) </p>
Chuck Barris

The game show creator, producer and host died on March 21 at age 87. His autobiography, “€œConfessions of a Dangerous Mind,”€ was adapted into a 2002 film by George Clooney. (Photo: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

<p>The comic and actor died on April 6 at age 90. An expert at insult comedy, Rickles also appeared in the film “Casino” and did voice work for the “Toy Story”€ series. (Photo: Lee McDonald/Courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau/Reuters) </p>
Don Rickles

The comic and actor died on April 6 at age 90. An expert at insult comedy, Rickles also appeared in the film “Casino” and did voice work for the “Toy Story”€ series. (Photo: Lee McDonald/Courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau/Reuters)

<p>The former NFL tight end and convicted murderer took his own life on April 19, 2017. A posthumous analysis of his brain showed Hernandez was suffering from severe CTE. (Photo: Steven Senne/Reuters) </p>
Aaron Hernandez

The former NFL tight end and convicted murderer took his own life on April 19, 2017. A posthumous analysis of his brain showed Hernandez was suffering from severe CTE. (Photo: Steven Senne/Reuters)

<p>The vocalist and actor was best known for his work as the lead singer of the Main Ingredient. He died on April 20 at age 72. (Photo: Chris Brandis/AP) </p>
Cuba Gooding Sr.

The vocalist and actor was best known for his work as the lead singer of the Main Ingredient. He died on April 20 at age 72. (Photo: Chris Brandis/AP)

<p>The actress best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi” died of throat cancer on April 22 at age 56. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) </p>
Erin Moran

The actress best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi” died of throat cancer on April 22 at age 56. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

<p>The acclaimed director died on April 26 at age 73. He won an Oscar for directing “The Silence of the Lambs”€ but was also known for films such as “€œPhiladelphia,”€ “Rachel Getting Married”€ and a number of musical documentaries. (Photo: Nick Wall/WireImage/Getty Images) </p>
Jonathan Demme

The acclaimed director died on April 26 at age 73. He won an Oscar for directing “The Silence of the Lambs”€ but was also known for films such as “€œPhiladelphia,”€ “Rachel Getting Married”€ and a number of musical documentaries. (Photo: Nick Wall/WireImage/Getty Images)

<p>The character actor was acclaimed for his roles in “€œTombstone,” “€œSudden Death”€ and the HBO series “Deadwood.” He died on May 14 at age 68. (Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) </p>
Powers Boothe

The character actor was acclaimed for his roles in “€œTombstone,” “€œSudden Death”€ and the HBO series “Deadwood.” He died on May 14 at age 68. (Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

<p>One of the founders of the grunge movement, Cornell was known for being the lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave in addition to his solo work. He died on May 18 at age 52. (Photo: Casey Curry/Invision/AP) </p>
Chris Cornell

One of the founders of the grunge movement, Cornell was known for being the lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave in addition to his solo work. He died on May 18 at age 52. (Photo: Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

<p>The Fox News chief and political media consultant died on May 18 at age 77. (Photo: Jim Cooper/AP) </p>
Roger Ailes

The Fox News chief and political media consultant died on May 18 at age 77. (Photo: Jim Cooper/AP)

<p>The third man to don the tuxedo of James Bond, the British actor was knighted for his charity work. He died on May 23 at age 89. (Photo: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images) </p>
Roger Moore

The third man to don the tuxedo of James Bond, the British actor was knighted for his charity work. He died on May 23 at age 89. (Photo: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images)

<p>President Carter’s national security adviser died on May 26 at age 89. (Photo: Ira Schwarz/AP) </p>
Zbigniew Brzezinski

President Carter’s national security adviser died on May 26 at age 89. (Photo: Ira Schwarz/AP)

<p>A founding member of rock group the Allman Brothers, Allman died on May 27 at age 69. He composed a number of hits, including “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” (Photo: MediaPunch/IPX/AP) </p>
Gregg Allman

A founding member of rock group the Allman Brothers, Allman died on May 27 at age 69. He composed a number of hits, including “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” (Photo: MediaPunch/IPX/AP)

<p>The sportswriting legend and novelist died on May 28 at age 78. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for over 50 years and was a commentator for NPR. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images) </p>
Frank Deford

The sportswriting legend and novelist died on May 28 at age 78. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for over 50 years and was a commentator for NPR. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

<p>Known for his portrayal of “Batman” in the 1960s series and movie, West died on June 9 at age 88. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Adam West

Known for his portrayal of “Batman” in the 1960s series and movie, West died on June 9 at age 88. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>The American student died on June 22 following his return to the United States after 15 months of imprisonment in North Korea. He was 22. (Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP) </p>
Otto Warmbier

The American student died on June 22 following his return to the United States after 15 months of imprisonment in North Korea. He was 22. (Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

<p>The former chancellor of West Germany and Germany who presided over the reunification of the country died on July 1 at age 87. (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters) </p>
Helmut Kohl

The former chancellor of West Germany and Germany who presided over the reunification of the country died on July 1 at age 87. (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters)

<p>The award-winning actor known for his role on the series “Mission: Impossible” won an Oscar for his performance in “Ed Wood.” Landau died on July 15 at age 89. (Photo: Blake Sell/Getty Images) </p>
Martin Landau

The award-winning actor known for his role on the series “Mission: Impossible” won an Oscar for his performance in “Ed Wood.” Landau died on July 15 at age 89. (Photo: Blake Sell/Getty Images)

<p>The rock musician was the lead singer for Linkin Park. He died on July 20 at age 41. (Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Chester Bennington

The rock musician was the lead singer for Linkin Park. He died on July 20 at age 41. (Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>The actor best known for portraying the father in “Home Alone” died on July 21 at age 71. (Photo: Mark Mainz/AFP) </p>
John Heard

The actor best known for portraying the father in “Home Alone” died on July 21 at age 71. (Photo: Mark Mainz/AFP)

<p>The playwright, actor and director died on July 27 at age 73. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Right Stuff.” (Photo: Jakub Mosur/AP) </p>
Sam Shepard

The playwright, actor and director died on July 27 at age 73. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Right Stuff.” (Photo: Jakub Mosur/AP)

<p>The musician was known for such songs as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He died Aug. 8 at age 81. (Photo: Phil McCarten/Reuters) </p>
Glen Campbell

The musician was known for such songs as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He died Aug. 8 at age 81. (Photo: Phil McCarten/Reuters)

<p>The civil rights activist and standup comic died on Aug. 19 at age 84. (Photo: Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic/Getty Images) </p>
Dick Gregory

The civil rights activist and standup comic died on Aug. 19 at age 84. (Photo: Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

<p>Nicknamed the “King of Comedy,” Lewis died on Aug. 20 at age 91. Lewis was known for his Labor Day telethon and his work with former partner Dean Martin. (Photo: John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images) </p>
Jerry Lewis

Nicknamed the “King of Comedy,” Lewis died on Aug. 20 at age 91. Lewis was known for his Labor Day telethon and his work with former partner Dean Martin. (Photo: John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)

<p>The gay-rights activist, whose landmark Supreme Court case led to same-sex married couples being granted federal recognition for the first time, died on Sept. 12 at age 88. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) </p>
Edith Windsor

The gay-rights activist, whose landmark Supreme Court case led to same-sex married couples being granted federal recognition for the first time, died on Sept. 12 at age 88. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

<p>Representing New Mexico for over 35 years, Domenici was a Senate power broker. He died on Sept. 13 at age 85. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Pete Domenici

Representing New Mexico for over 35 years, Domenici was a Senate power broker. He died on Sept. 13 at age 85. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Representing New Mexico for over 35 years, Domenici was a Senate power broker. He died on Sept. 13 at age 85. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Pete Domenici

Representing New Mexico for over 35 years, Domenici was a Senate power broker. He died on Sept. 13 at age 85. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The actor, known for his role on “The Sopranos” and in movies including “Goodfellas,” died on Sept. 13 at age 80. (Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images) </p>
Frank Vincent

The actor, known for his role on “The Sopranos” and in movies including “Goodfellas,” died on Sept. 13 at age 80. (Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images)

<p>The renowned character actor passed on Sept. 15 at age 91. He was known for his roles in films like “Repo Man,” “Alien” and “Paris, Texas.” (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) </p>
Harry Dean Stanton

The renowned character actor passed on Sept. 15 at age 91. He was known for his roles in films like “Repo Man,” “Alien” and “Paris, Texas.” (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

<p>The former middleweight prizefighting champion was the inspiration for the film “Raging Bull.” He died on Sept. 19 at age 95. (Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) </p>
Jake LaMotta

The former middleweight prizefighting champion was the inspiration for the film “Raging Bull.” He died on Sept. 19 at age 95. (Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

<p>The founder and editor in chief of Playboy died on Sept. 27. He was 91. (Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Hugh Hefner

The founder and editor in chief of Playboy died on Sept. 27. He was 91. (Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>Best known for hosting the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” Hall passed away on Sept. 30 at age 96. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) </p>
Monty Hall

Best known for hosting the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” Hall passed away on Sept. 30 at age 96. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

<p>The rock legend and frontman for the Heartbreakers died on Oct. 2 at age 66. He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the bestselling artists in rock history. (Photo: Jason DeCrow/AP) </p>
Tom Petty

The rock legend and frontman for the Heartbreakers died on Oct. 2 at age 66. He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the bestselling artists in rock history. (Photo: Jason DeCrow/AP)

<p>Known for his roles on the series “Soap,” “Benson” and “Sports Night” in addition to voice work in “The Lion King,” Guillaume passed away at age 89 on Oct. 24. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images) </p>
Robert Guillaume

Known for his roles on the series “Soap,” “Benson” and “Sports Night” in addition to voice work in “The Lion King,” Guillaume passed away at age 89 on Oct. 24. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images)

<p>One of the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll, the pianist and singer-songwriter had over three dozen top 40 hits and 23 gold records. He died on Oct. 24 at age 89. (Photo: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns/Getty Images) </p>
Fats Domino

One of the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll, the pianist and singer-songwriter had over three dozen top 40 hits and 23 gold records. He died on Oct. 24 at age 89. (Photo: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns/Getty Images)

<p>A two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay died in a plane crash on Nov. 7 at age 40. (Photo: Tim Shaffer/Reuters) </p>
Roy Halladay

A two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay died in a plane crash on Nov. 7 at age 40. (Photo: Tim Shaffer/Reuters)

<p>The actor best known for his role as Higgins on “Magnum, P.I.” passed away at age 84 on Nov. 9. (Photo: Universal Television/Everett Collection) </p>
John Hillerman

The actor best known for his role as Higgins on “Magnum, P.I.” passed away at age 84 on Nov. 9. (Photo: Universal Television/Everett Collection)

<p>Known as “The Grand Dame of the Dish,” the famed gossip columnist died on Nov. 12 at age 94. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images) </p>
Liz Smith

Known as “The Grand Dame of the Dish,” the famed gossip columnist died on Nov. 12 at age 94. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images)

<p>The country music legend died on Nov. 19 at age 85. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a winner of both the National Medal of Arts and the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images) </p>
Mel Tillis

The country music legend died on Nov. 19 at age 85. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a winner of both the National Medal of Arts and the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)

<p>The actress and gospel singer died on Nov. 19 at age 86. She was known for her role on the long-running CBS series “Touched by an Angel.” (Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Della Reese

The actress and gospel singer died on Nov. 19 at age 86. She was known for her role on the long-running CBS series “Touched by an Angel.” (Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

<p>The cult leader and convicted murderer died in prison on Nov. 19 at age 83. (Photo: AP) </p>
Charles Manson

The cult leader and convicted murderer died in prison on Nov. 19 at age 83. (Photo: AP)

<p>The actor and musician who starred in “The Partridge Family” died at age 67 on Nov. 21. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) </p>
David Cassidy

The actor and musician who starred in “The Partridge Family” died at age 67 on Nov. 21. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

<p>The actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” died at age 87 on Nov. 30. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Jim Nabors

The actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” died at age 87 on Nov. 30. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>The Korean pop star better known as Jonghyun was a member of the group Shinee. He died on Dec. 18 at age 27. (Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage/Getty Images) </p>
Kim Jong-hyun

The Korean pop star better known as Jonghyun was a member of the group Shinee. He died on Dec. 18 at age 27. (Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage/Getty Images)

<p>NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II died on Dec. 21 at age 80. McCandless was the first human to float untethered in space. (Photo: NASA via AP) </p>
Bruce McCandless II

NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II died on Dec. 21 at age 80. McCandless was the first human to float untethered in space. (Photo: NASA via AP)

<p>A legend of show business best known for her role as TV comedy writer Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Rose Marie Mazzetta died on Dec. 28 at age 94. (Photo: Everett Collection) </p>
Rose Marie

A legend of show business best known for her role as TV comedy writer Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Rose Marie Mazzetta died on Dec. 28 at age 94. (Photo: Everett Collection)

<p>Erica Garner, the Black Lives Matter activist and daughter of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner, died Dec. 30 at age 27 after a heart attack. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) </p>
Erica Garner

Erica Garner, the Black Lives Matter activist and daughter of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner, died Dec. 30 at age 27 after a heart attack. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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