To celebrate the legacies and memories of those who have left us, we’re taking a look back at the accomplishments of the talented and influential who entertained, inspired, and united us. From novelists and cherished recording artists to actors and former U.S. presidents, we’re saying goodbye to the notable individuals, some of whom you may have already forgotten, who shaped the world as we know it.
Even though their lives have ended, their spirits live on in all of us. Their speeches will continue to echo for ages to come, audiences will enjoy their works even as mediums change, and future generations will benefit from the life-changing technologies they innovated. It is never easy saying goodbye, especially when tragedy strikes, but we’re all the more lucky to have experienced the contributions these remarkable individuals have given the world. Take a look back at just some of the names who we’ve said goodbye to recently, and join us in celebrating their life and legacies one more time.
Actor, director and screenwriter Peter Fonda passed away at the age of 79 on August 16, 2019 from respiratory failure due to lung cancer. He became a counterculture icon after his breakout role in the 1969 classic “Easy Rider.” Fonda received an Academy Award nomination for the film’s screenplay. He received another Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1997 film “Ulee’s Gold.” Born into a Hollywood family, he was Henry Fonda’s son and Jane Fonda’s brother.