Uk Stars Remembered Celebrity Deaths Of 2014 From Lynda Bellingham To Richard Attenborough And More
UK stars remembered: Celebrity deaths of 2014 from Lynda Bellingham to Richard Attenborough and more
They made a name for themselves in film, TV, music, fashion, politics, science, literature and sports, and here we have taken a look back at the famous faces we said farewell to in 2014 – and all their most memorable moments in the limelight.
From TV presenter Lynda Bellingham, to young model Peaches Geldof and musicians Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce, Alvin Stardust and more, we have taken a look back at their successful careers and famous lives.
Here are a few of the tragic UK deaths of 2014, and the lasting memories they”ve left behind.
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Oxo mum and famed TV presenter Lynda Bellingham passed away after a battle with cancer, choosing to stop her chemo to spend her last few months happily with her family.
Having shot to fame with the traditional family adverts, the star went on to star in soaps including The Bill, and more recently was well known for her place on the Loose Women panel.
But some stars died tragically young, including TV presenter and model Peaches Geldof.
Bob Geldof”s daughter died from a drugs overdose earlier this year, leaving behind husband Thomas Choen, and children Phaedra, 11 months, and Astala, two.
Stephen Sutton became an internet sensation after he created his “thumbs up” campaign as he battled cancer in hospital, sadly passing away months later.
Lead by comedian Jason Manford, celebrities helped raise money for his cause by posing in the same stance – and Stephen has raised almost £5million for Teenage Cancer Trust since.
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Lord Richard Attenborough, the older brother of naturalist David, 88, had been in a care home with his wife-of-70-years Sheila Sim since last year.
It’s believed he had never fully recovered from a stroke he had five years ago that confined him to a wheelchair.
Countless stars paid tribute to the film director and actor, with Steven Spielberg saying: “I’m standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.”
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Only Fools and Horses” Roger
Only Fools and Horses star Roger passed away at his home with his wife and family by his side after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Sir David Jason lead the tributes to his co-star describing him as a fine actor.
He said: "I was very saddened to hear of Roger”s passing. He was a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with.
"Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles. I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together."
Former Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs died aged 41 after a long cancer battle in November.
The stage and TV actress, whose credits include Fame, Grease, Starlight Express and The Bill, is best known for her role as moody paramedic Nina Farr on the BBC drama series.
Talent agency Belfield and Ward confirmed the news, tweeting: "Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten."
Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died at the age of 72 after a short illness.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife Julie Paton and family around him.
The singer – real name Bernard Jewry – started out in the music business in the 1960s but became a huge star on the back of the 1970s glam rock craze.
Jack Bruce, bass player in the legendary 1960s rock band Cream, died in October aged 71.
The composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist passed away after battling liver disease having enjoyed a musical career stretching a remarkable 52 years.
Bruce was most famous for his work with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in Cream, one of the most successful bands of their era.
Cocker – born John Robert Cocker – died after a battle with long cancer, his agent confirmed.
The Sheffield-born singer enjoyed a career spanning more than 40 years, with hits including Unchain My Heart, You Are So Beautiful and his duet with Jennifer Warnes Up Where We Belong.
Comedian Rik Mayall”s family received thousands of tributes after he died aged 56.
Mayall starred in numerous sitcoms including The Young Ones, Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom as well as the big screen in comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
Brunskill Management announced their client”s death. The comic met wife Barbara, a make-up artist, while working on a show for BBC Scotland.
Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha lost her short battle with liver cancer earlier this year.
The 30-year-old passed away less than four months after she was diagnosed with the disease.
Elena, who reached the top 50 in the world rankings in 2010, only retired from the sport at the end of 2013.
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Ian Paisley, the firebrand Protestant who went on to become Northern Ireland”s First Minister, died aged 88.
He was a former Northern Ireland First Minister and ex-leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
He was notorious for his fierce rhetoric and was most famous for saying "never, never, never" in 1986 about the Anglo Irish Agreement.
See some of the biggest UK names who have died this year and their work below: