Sunday 17 December 2017


Brendan Halligan, economist and politician, is 79. Shane Filan, former Westlife singer, is 36. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, author and daughter of Richard Nixon, is 67. Huey Lewis, 1980s pop star, is 65. Gianfranco Zola, ex-Chelsea and Italy footballer, is 49. Robbie Robertson, guitarist and songwriter of The Band, is 72. Roisin Murphy, musician formerly of Moloko, is 42.


Jennifer Saunders, actress and comedian, is 57. George W Bush, former US president, is 69. The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, is 80. Nancy Reagan, former US first lady, is 94. Sylvester Stallone, actor, is 69. 50 Cent, multimillion-selling rapper, is 40. Mary Peters, Olympic pentathlon gold medallist, is 76. Kate Nash, English singer-songwriter, is 28. Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor, is 64.


Ringo Starr, former Beatles drummer, is 75. Bill Oddie, of The Goodies, is 74. Tony Jacklin, former golf champion, is 71. Wayne McCullough, Belfast-born Olympic silver medal-winning boxer, is 45.


John Kavanagh, Irish actor/ singer, is 69. Kevin Bacon, actor, is 57. Anjelica Huston, actress, is 64. Pat Fox, former Tipperary All Star, is 53. Beck, singer, is 45. Robbie Keane, Irish football captain and all-time top scorer, is 35.


David Hockney, artist, is 78. Tom Hanks, actor, is 59. Courtney Love, singer and widow of Kurt Cobain, is 51. OJ Simpson, jailed ex-sports star and actor, is 68. Jack White, former White Stripes singer/guitarist, is 40. Fred Savage, child star of The Wonder Years, is 39. Mick Martin, ex-Man Utd and Ireland footballer, is 64. Paolo Di Canio, controversial Italian former footballer, is 47. Marc Almond, Soft Cell singer, is 58.


John Motson, semi-retired BBC football commentator, is 70. Fiona Shaw, Cork-born actress, is 57. Jake LaMotta, former boxer portrayed in Raging Bull, is 94. Virginia Wade, former Wimbledon champion, is 70. Frank Stapleton, ex-Ireland, Arsenal and Man Utd striker, is 59. Jessica Simpson, actress and singer, is 35. Sofia Vergara, actress, is 43. Imelda May, Irish rockabilly singer, is 41.


Olivia Tracey, actress, is 55. Giorgio Armani, designer, is 81. Mark Lester, star of Oliver!, is 57. Leon Spinks, former heavyweight boxing champion, is 62. Pauline McLynn, actress who played 'Mrs Doyle' in Father Ted, is 53. Jonathan Sexton, Ireland and Lions fly-half, is 30.


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