Celebrities Who Have Died In 2017: Audioslave Lead Singer And Fox News Founder Add To Ever Growing List

It was a sad night as two celebrity deaths are now being added to the 2017 list that is starting to grow at an alarming rate. After finishing his final performance ever with a song about death, Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell unexpectedly and suddenly died. As news began breaking about his passing, numerous media outlets also reported the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes which has the list of celebrities who have died in 2017 even longer. As reported by the New York Times, Cornell was one of the architects of grunge music and he died in Detroit on Wednesday night at the age of 52. A statement from his representative said that his death was both “sudden and unexpected.” The singer’s family is working with a medical examiner to “determine the cause” of his death. CNN pointed out that the last song he sang in his final performance ever was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” RIP Chris Cornell
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Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz — Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017 CNBC is also reporting that media giant Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News, died at the age of 77. It was just last summer that Ailes resigned from his positions as CEO and chairman of Fox News and Fox Business Network after having a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him. The lawsuit was brought by Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News Channel Host who said her firing came after she refused to have sex with Ailes. Since her lawsuit was made public, a number of other women have come forward to say the CEO sexually harassed them as well. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] It has actually been a pretty rough week for fans of celebrities as veteran actor Powers Booth died at the age of 68 on Sunday. The man most well known for his roles in Deadwood and Tombstone died of natural causes in his home, according to AL.com. It’s with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband. — Beau Bridges (@MrBeauBridges) May 14, 2017 Here is a list of the notable names of celebrities who have been taken from the world in 2017: Chris Cornell – musician Roger Ailes – Fox News Powers Booth – actor Erin Moran – actress Michael Parks – actor William Peter Blatty – author Bill Paxton – actor Michael Mantenuto – actor Richard Machowicz – actor/Navy seal Paul Goble – author Mary Tyler Moore – actress Francine York – actress Cuba Gooding Sr. – musician Geoffrey Bayldon – actor Jonathan Demme – actor Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – wrestler Al Jarreau – singer Christopher “Big Black” Boykin – reality star John Cygan – actor Miguel Ferrer – actor Allan Holdsworth – guitarist Don Rickles – actor Eugene Cernan – astronaut “The Outlaw” Ron Bass – wrestler Gordon Kaye – actor Dick Gautier – actor Ivan Koloff – wrestler Eddie Kamae – singer Richard Hatch – actor George “The Animal” Steele – wrestler Frank Pellegrino – actor Sir John Hurt – actor Charlie Murphy – comedian Norma McCorvey – “Jane Roe” Chuck Berry – musician John Warren Geils Jr. – musician Dick Gautier – actor Yordano Ventura – baseball David Rockefeller – billionaire Nicole Bass – wrestler/radio personality Buddy Greco – singer Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i – wrestler Chuck Barris – TV host Peter Sarstedt – singer Chavo Guerrero Sr. – wrestler The wrestling fans of the world have been hit in a big way in 2017 as a number of deaths piled up quickly in the first four-and-a-half months of the year. The losses of Rosey, “Chavo Classic,” Ivan Koloff, George “The Animal” Steele, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka are hard to take, but them happening in such a short amount of time makes them even harder. Some say that it is strange for fans to get upset over the deaths of celebrities, but it is only natural. Whether on TV, in the movies, on the stage, or on the field, these celebrities are well known and many people have grown up watching them perfect what they do best. Chris Cornell’s death is not only tragic but quite mysterious in a way that it happened so suddenly and has his family at a complete loss. Roger Ailes was only 77-years-old, but there is little doubt that the lawsuit and bad press in the last year of his life brought extra stress to him. The list of celebrities who have died in 2017 is beginning to get longer and we are still only halfway through the year, but fans can only hope that the sadness stops or at least slows down. [Featured Image by Cooper Neill/Getty Images]