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Much like the previous year of 2016, this year has been shook by some very sad and untimely celebrity deaths. While it’s always sad to lose an icon from their industry or time we most fondly remember them, here Will Protect looks at 10 losses who resonated the most strongly for for the general public. (No, I did not include Max Clifford.)

Graham Taylor


The start of 2017 was a sad one for football fans across the nation especially, former England manager Graham Taylor passed away at the age of 72 on the 12th of January – from a heart attack at his home.

Taylor also managed Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa, Wolves and Aston Villa during his managerial career, before this he was a player for Grimsby Town and Lincoln.

Sir John Hurt

Sir John Hurt, who was famous for playing a number of roles in big name movies such as Elephant Man, Alien, Harry Potter and many more died on the 25th of January after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 77 year old had an illustrious acting career which spanned over seven decades, as a result of this he was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for his services to drama. Hurt also won many awards such as BAFTA and Golden Globes throughout his film career.

Sir Roger Moore

Former James Bond and prestige actor, Sir Roger Moore, sadly passed away in Switzerland on May the 23rd, aged 89, after a short battle with cancer.

While Moore will be best known for playing the famous secret agent 007 in seven different films, he will also be remembered for his role in The Saint which lead to his career as arguably the best Bond in the franchise.

Chester Bennington

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, sadly died in July at the tender age of 41.

The frontman was found in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles. When the news broke of Bennington’s death, the band were in the middle of a world tour for their latest studio album.

Bennington and Linkin Park are still loved by their fans to this day, after reaching prominence in the noughties. 

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Legendary entertainer and face of many TV shows down the years, Sir Bruce Forsyth, passed away at the age of 89.

Forsyth was recognised by the Guinness World Records as having the longest television career for a male entertainer, during which time he hosted many prime time TV shows such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and You Bet!

In recent years, the star will be fondly remembered for co-presenting dance show Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2013, and was well known for his catchphrase, “Nice to see you, to see you nice.”

Liz Dawn

Much-loved former Coronation Street Actress, Liz Dawn, passed away aged 77 on September 25 after developing severe breathing problems resulting from emphysema.

Dawn played the part of Corrie legend Vera Duckworth for 34 years alongside her long suffering husband Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey.

Despite leaving the show in 2008, she returned one last time in 2010 when her ghost visited Jack before he passed away in the ITV soap.

Hugh Hefner

The controversial founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, passed in September at the age of 91, at his Playboy Mansion in Hollywood.

His outward personality and love of women made him a controversial character in the media world. However, Hefner did succeed in launching the Playboy magazine in 1953, where his successes in the adult entertainment world grew tenfold.

Hefner had three wives and has often claimed to have slept with more than 1,000 women in his lifetime, the last being his 31-year-old wife Crystal.

Hefner is survived by his four children who have job roles throughout the Playboy company.

Tom Petty

Rock legend Tom Petty passed away aged 66 in the later part of 2017.

After a successful career in the music industry with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in his heyday, he was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home in October.

He will be remembered as an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.

David Cassidy

Former American actor and pop-idol, David Cassidy recently passed away in November after suffering acute liver and kidney failure. The 70’s was aged 67 had been in a medically induced coma before his death.

The Partridge Family star also suffered years of alcohol abuse and battled dementia in the final months of his life.

Keith Chegwin

The most recent celebrity occured this December, where former TV presenter Keith Chegwin had died aged 60, following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition.

‘Cheggers Plays Pop’ and ‘Multi-Coloured Swap Shop’, will be remembered by Chegwin fans. He was a mainstay on British television for many years, as well as appearing on reality shows such as Big Brother in his later years.

Other celebrity deaths also came across the year, these individuals will be sadly missed on screen and off screen. Giving us, the public, lasting memories from their lives and careers for all to fondly remember.

With Christmas and the new year only around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about the future. Have you arranged your will? Is your estate in order? Are you paying too much tax? Is your business legally protected? Are you drowning in property paperwork you don’t understand or haven’t got the time to deal with?

Will Protect offers you a number of services that can save you time, stress… and money.

The team combines specialist skills from across the entire legal spectrum to ensure that our clients are exceptionally well represented and their requirements fully met.

We pride ourselves on providing something extra for our clients. Alongside legal tasks being handled with minimal fuss, we find ways for clients to further benefit from our expertise.

If you would like to find out more information about your own Exit Strategy, you can contact us by whichever means suits you best. You can call the team on 0345 894 8441 or email us at admin@willprotect.co.uk.

Will Protect would like to also take the opportunity to thank all our clients for their loyalty and business over the last year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year for 2018!