In Memoriam: 11 Stars We Lost in 2015

by Raphael Chestang 4:31 PM PST, December 28, 2015
Playing In Memoriam: 11 Stars We Lost in 2015

As we look forward to the new year, ET is looking back at those we lost along the way in 2015.

PHOTOS: Stars We've Lost in Recent Years

1. Bobbi Kristina Brown: The daughter of the late music legend Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown died on July 26, surrounded by her family at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was 22. Her death came after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31 and placed in a medically-induced coma.

2. Frank Gifford: The Hall of Fame football player and broadcaster died in Connecticut on Aug. 9. He was 84. Gifford, husband of Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford, was born in Santa Monica, California, in 1930, and attended the University of Southern California. He played his entire NFL career with the New York Giants -- from 1952 through 1965 -- before switching gears to sportscasting. He is survived by Kathie Lee, their two children Cody and Cassidy, as well as his three children, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, from his first marriage to Maxine Avis Ewart.

3. Leonard Nimoy: The actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television and movie series passed away the morning of Feb. 27 in his Bel-Air home at 83. According to the actor's wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, her husband's passing was due to the end stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CPOD).

4. Robert Loggia: The Oscar-nominated actor died at his home at age 85 on Dec. 4. Loggia was known for his roles in movies such as Big, Independence Day and An Officer and a Gentleman, but was perhaps best known for his role as Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster classic Scarface.

5. Wes Craven: The horror movie maestro died on Aug. 30 after battling brain cancer. He was 76. The filmmaker was famous for creating the Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. His family announced the news in a statement to ET, sharing that he "was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family" when he died.

6. James Horner: The celebrated composer, known for his unforgettable scores for Titanic, Apollo 13, Avatar and Braveheart, died at 61 in a plane crash on June 22. Horner won two Oscars for his work on Titanic, one for Best Original Score and the other for Best Song, having written the music for the Celine Dion hit "My Heart Will Go On."

7. B.B. King: The iconic blues musician died on May 13 at the age of 89. The legendary singer took home 16 GRAMMY Awards during his life, winning his first in 1971 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his version of the song "The Thrill Is Gone" and his last in 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album for One Kind Favor.

8. Sam Simon: The Simpsons co-developer died on March 8 after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 59. "It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over," his foundation wrote on Facebook. "We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!"

9. Bob Simon: The veteran 60 Minutes reporter was killed in a car accident on Feb. 11 at the age of 73. The celebrated journalist's illustrious career spanned five decades, during which time he was awarded four Peabody awards and 24 Emmys.

10. Taylor Negron: The actor/comedian died at 57 after battling cancer. His death was announced by his cousin, Chuck, in a YouTube video posted on Jan. 11. "I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away," he said in the video. "His mother, his brother, Alex, and my brother, Rene, and his wife Julie were all there with him. May he rest in peace."

11. Stuart Scott: The SportsCenter anchor passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 49 after battling cancer. Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in Nov. 2007. According to ESPN, he had undergone several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials in his fight against the disease.