The stars we've lost this year

It’s always a sad day when news of a star death emerges.

In 2014, we’ve lost a number of much-loved celebrities. Some greats from music, film, literature, comedy, fashion, sports and television have passed on.

While fans may be grieving for the VIPs who are no longer with us, our gallery celebrates their incredible achievements throughout their lives.

The first famous face to feature on our list is Phil Everly.

American singer Phil – who was born on 19 January 1939 – was known for forming rock’n’roll band The Everly Brothers with elder sibling Don in the 1950s.

Becoming highly successful, the group were elected into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.

Phil died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on 3 January, aged 74.

He isn’t the only musician that we pay tribute to. Others include Bobby Womack, Tommy Ramone, Devo’s Bob Casale, Simone Battle and Lynsey de Paul.

Sadly, the movie world has also seen a significant amount of star death announcements throughout 2014.

Among these are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ghostbusters’ Harold Ramis, Bob Hoskins, Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall and former child stars Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney.

Stars of the small screen such as Roger Lloyd-Pack, Charlotte Dawson, Clarissa Dickson Wright and John Bardon are now gone.

Talented sportspeople have also left us this year. Footballer Eusébio and wrestlers Mae Young and The Ultimate Warrior are just a few of those.

Other notable people who rose to fame in other ways include writer Maya Angelou and designer L’Wren Scott.

Some of these celebrities lived long lives. However, other star death announcements come as a huge shock.

Millions of admirers mourned the sudden death of 63-year-old actor Robin Williams in August.

A few months earlier, the shocking news that socialite and mum-of-two Peaches Geldof had passed away at the young age of 25 made headline news.