Gone But Not Forgotten: The Notables We Lost in 2019

From Nipsey Hussle to Toni Morrison to Diahann Carroll to Rep. Elijah Cummings and beyond, here are the 2019 icon deaths

We lost some legends of their fields in 2019. Some were entertainers, some were politicians, and some were activists, but all will be missed. Here are the notables we lost this year.

John "Capt. Jack" Lyle

November 7, 1920 (?) - January 5, 2019

Cause of death: Complications related to prostate cancer

Claim to fame: War hero who served in World War II, one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, helped integrate aviation in the military

Carol Channing

January 31, 1921 - January 15, 2019

Cause of death: Natural causes

Claim to fame: Broadway and film performer

Kristoff St. John

July 15, 1966 - Feb. 3, 2019

Cause of death: Heart disease

Claim to fame: Actor who portrayed the character Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1991 to 2019

Karl Lagerfeld

September 10, 1933 - February 19, 2019

Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer

Claim to fame: Fashion designer of eponymous label, creative director of Fendi, transformer of Chanel, misognynist

Nipsey Hussle

August 15, 1985 - March 31, 2019

Cause of death: Fatal gunshot wound

Claim to fame: West Coast rapper and community activist

John Singleton

January 6, 1968 - April 28, 2019

Cause of death: Stroke

Claim to fame: Film director and pioneer known for Black storytelling

Bushwick Bill

December 8, 1966 - June 9, 2019

Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer

Claim to fame: Record producer and rapper who was one-third of the pioneering Texas Hip Hop group Geto Boys

Lt. Col. Robert Jones Friend

February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019

Cause of death: Sepsis

Claim to fame: Last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, served in World War II; Korean War; and Vietnam War

Toni Morrison

February 18, 1931 - August 5, 2019

Cause of death: Pneumonia

Claim to fame: Pulitzer Prize-winning author with a six decade long-career

Joan Johnson

October 16, 1929 - September 6, 2019

Cause of death: Long illness

Claim to fame: Co-founder of Johnson Products, one of the largest Black-owned companies in America

Diahann Carroll

July 17, 1935 - October 4, 2019

Cause of death: Breast cancer

Claim to fame: Tony Award-winning actor who broke barriers onstage and onscreen

Rep. Elijah Cummings

January 18, 1951 - October 17, 2019

Cause of death: Chronic health problems

Claim to fame: Civil rights activist who served the state of Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 until his death

John Witherspoon

January 27, 1942 - October 29, 2019

Cause of death: Heart attack

Claim to fame: Stand-up comic and actor who appeared in Friday and its sequels, The Wayans Bros., and The Boondocks

Ernest J. Gaines

January 15, 1933 - November 5, 2019

Cause of death: Natural causes

Claim to fame: Author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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