Carrie Fisher just passed away. Yes, "Princess/General Leia". She was in the hospital after having a cardiac "incident" on a flight from London to Los Angeles. One of her survivors is another "unknown", Debbie Reynolds (her mother.)
Ricky Harris also passed, no known cause as of yet. He was mostly known as a character actor/comedian, with parts in Moesha and Everyone Hates Chris. One of his friends is an "unknown" rapper; Snoop Dogg.
Another passing that I just heard about: Richard Adams. You might be familiar with one of his books: Watership Down.
Just found out about another death last year (it was in December.) The gentleman was really unknown as was his work: Tyrus Wong.
"Who?" you ask?
Just one of the artists that worked on Bambi, especially the artwork for the forest scenes. Oh, and he participated in the artwork for other Disney and Warner Bros. projects. He was 106 years old/young.
Another one whom I just heard passed away: Tommy Allsup, succumbing to complications of a hernia surgery. He was 85.
He was one of the musicians affiliated with a little-known musician: Buddy Holly, playing on the Crickets last tour with their front-man. He was supposed to fly on the ill-fated flight, losing a coin-toss to the young Richie Valens (the Big Bopper traded with the late Waylon Jennings due to the Big Bopper feeling "under the weather".)
Showing my age on this one. Actor Dick Gautier, who received a 1961 Tony nomination for his turn as Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie" and gained larger notoriety as Hymie the Robot on TV's "Get Smart," died Jan. 13, 2017. He was 85.
Richard Hatch succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.
The original Captain Apollo from Battlestar Galactica (he played a different character in the remake/reboot, which I haven't seen) along with just over one hundred other roles, starting out in 1971 up to now (he has a couple of projects either just released or about to be this year.)