Actress and director Penny Marshall (A League of their Own, Big, Laverne & Shirley) has passed away at the age of 75 due to diabetes complications.
SpongeBob SquarePants creator and animation writer Stephen Hillenburg passes away at 57, after a long battle with the disease known as ALS.
The director of The Last Emperor, The Conformist, and Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci, passes away at age 77 after a battle with cancer.
Prolific character actor James Karen passes away at 94, leaving behind a career that included roles in Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead.
Carlos Ezquerra, the man responsible for co-creating the popular comic book character Judge Dredd, passes away at the age of 70.
Robin Leach, the celebrity lifestyle reporter and host of '80s/'90s television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, passes away at 76.
Unsho Ishizuka - a voice actor with over 200 credits to his name, but best known as Pokemon's Professor Oak - passed away earlier this week.
Legendary singer and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, succumbs to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, surrounded by friends and family in Detroit.
Charlotte Rae, best known for playing the role of Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, passes away at the age of 92.
Cinematographer Robby Müller - best known for his work on Paris Texas, Dead Man, and Breaking the Waves - passes away at age 78.