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08 December 2023

Top 5 celebrity deaths that shocked the world in 2014

By Amal Al Jabry

We lost some of our biggest stars last year, with some gone long before their time.

Unfortunately the list, of iconic and famous personalities that have passed away, is not a short one.

Emirates 24|7 pays tribute to 5 of them who are gone but not forgotten. 

Robin Williams

Known for his gift of making people laugh, this comedic legend’s untimely death made millions cry.

News of his apparent suicide on August 11 sent shock waves through the entertainment industry and left his countless fans heartbroken.

The beloved Oscar winner’s unique style of free-form comedy and adept impressions astonished audiences for years.

Williams was pronounced dead at his California home; he was 63.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Another unforgettable Oscar winner, Hoffman was described as one of the most versatile and original actors known to infuse his on-screen characters with both humor and emotional complexity.

Film and theatre heavyweight, Phillip was discovered dead on Feb. 2 after overdosing on heroin in his NYC apartment.

The father of three had an on-going struggle with addiction, with his last rehab stint in May 2013. He was 46.

Joan Rivers

Famously known for her sharp wit and firm work ethic, the adored comedienne Joan was considered a Hollywood pioneer.

On August 28th, Rivers went in for a minor endoscopic procedure when she suddenly stopped breathing.

She was then rushed to hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, but as doctors slowly brought her out of it, Rivers lost the battle.

The celebrated television personality passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 81.

Phillip Hughes

The Australian cricket team witnessed an overwhelming outpouring of emotion over the very recent death of one of the sport’s youngest player.

The 25-year-old was playing for South Australia against New South Wales when he collapsed after he was hit on the lower back of the neck by a bouncer.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but died on Thursday, November 27th.

Hughes’ first appearance as an international cricketer was on the 2009 tour of South Africa  when, at the age of 20, he became the youngest man ever to score two centuries in a Test.

Peaches Geldof

Another 25-year-old to have tragically left this world behind too soon, was the British socialite, TV presenter and model Peaches Geldof.

The famous daughter of world-famous musician Bob Geldof and the late TV presenter Paula Yates, was found dead in her home in Kent, England on April 7th.

A post-mortem examination proved that the mother-of-two appeared to have taken a large dose of heroin after two years of battling her addiction.

Just hours before her death, Peaches’ last post on Twitter was a picture of her as a child with mum Paula, who died of a drug overdose in September 2000 when she was just 11.

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