2019 deaths

Music, movies, tours: Obviously, there were plenty of cool and wonderful things that were brought into the world in 2019. But there was a significant amount of sadness, as well.

We did lose many members of the scene and pioneering alt-rock artists, as well as respected and loved pop culture figures.

Here are a few of the notable entities we lost in 2019. Whether you were an ardent fan or had only heard of some of these people tangentially, this is a moment to show respect and/or learn of their contributions to the greater rubric of rock culture.

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Shane Bisnett

Shane Bisnett was the bassist for Ice Nine Kills from 2009 to 2011. Loved by many, it’s been acknowledged that his work was crucial to the creation of 2010’s Safe Is Just A Shadow album.

Lorna Doom (Germs)

The bassist for SoCal punk icons the Germs (real name: Teresa Marie Ryan) was a totem for women in punk and a bastion of cool. Check them out at the height of their madness in director Penelope Spheeris’ crucial documentary, The Decline Of Western Civilization.

Alex Brown (Gorilla Biscuits)

Formerly of sXe bands Project X and Side By Side, the guitarist was a member of NYC straight-edge outfit Gorilla Biscuits. He also oversaw the fanzine/label Schism with GB’s other guitarist, John Porcelly.

Tim Landers

The singer/guitarist/songwriter was prolific as the chief writer in Transit, Cold Collective, Misser and On & Off and was a respected member of the contemporary emo scene.

Peter Tork 

As a member of the “pre-fab Four” band the Monkees, Peter Tork played a lovable hippie goofball on the TV show. But he was pretty essential to the recordings that continue to make preceding generations smile.

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Andy Anderson 

Andy Anderson joined the premier post-punk/goth band the Cure when original drummer Lol Tolhurst moved to keyboards back in 1983. Anderson also played with such British legends as Hawkwind and Steve Hillage as well as contributing significant session work.

Keith Flint

The indefatigable frontman for the Prodigy put a serrated punk edge into dance music in ways that the genre certainly needed.

Luke Perry

The 52-year-old Luke Perry transcended generations with his television work, beginning with 90210 Beverly Hills, 90210 in the ‘’90s. He was rediscovered by younger audiences via his role as Frederick “Fred” Andrews, father of Archie, in the acclaimed series Riverdale.

Aaron Alt

The drummer for Have Mercy passed away at 29, playing and recording with the band from 2009 to 2014.

Nipsey Hussle

Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, rapper Nipsey Hussle was a bona fide fulcrum in hip-hop. From inspired mixtapes, acclaimed album releases, entrepreneurship and a strident sense to give back to his community via his activism, Hussle embodied talent, a tireless work ethic and an altruistic streak the size of an airport runway.

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Lorraine Warren

The work of this paranormal investigator inspired the creation of The Conjuring franchise, as well as The Nun and The Curse Of La Llorona.

Peter Mayhew

The British actor who played Chewbacca in the iconic Star Wars film series passed away at the age of 74.

Grumpy Cat

The “net name” of much-loved internet cat Tardar Sauce, Grumpy Cat inspired twice as many laughs generated from her memes.

Hella Sketchy

The SoundCloud rapper known as Jacob Thureson was signed to Atlantic Records and working on a debut album before his death at 18.

Cameron Boyce

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“Cameron Boyce was truly a magical soul like I have never met before on this planet. It is so rare that someone achieves all that he did at the mere age of 20 having such immense special talent yet through that crazy level of success remains so humble, charming, appreciative, kind and professional. He could sing, dance, act, he did it all with brilliance… and he had the gift of making you feel so excited to be hanging out with him anytime he was around. You will be forever missed and cherished @thecameronboyce You impacted and inspired countless lives with your short time here on earth. It’s times when people like him are taken away from us at such a young age that we question everything about our existence. I can only choose to believe his body may be gone but his spirit is on to his next divine journey. I will be forever grateful to how Cameron made me feel on set, both while hanging out and when we were shooting. He was genuinely that wonderful of a soul. I chose Cameron as the very first offer I made for the leading role of Simon in @paradisecity thinking it would be a long shot since we were a little indie production but he was our #1 dream pick and I will never forget the moment @lorenzoantonuccijr and I got the call the very next day that he loved the material and wanted to do it. He was simply an extraordinary human in every way. Thank you Cameron. “ -quote from our director @ashavildsen on the passing of Cameron Boyce. ❤️💙💜 #CameronBoyce

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Boyce was best known for his roles in Disney’s Descendants and the TV series Jessie. He had also been cast in HBO’s upcoming Mrs. Fletcher and as Simon Ostergaard in the American Satan movie spinoff, Paradise City, alongside Andy Biersack.

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Phil Haggerty (Somos)

The guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts, indie outfit Somos left behind a reputation for both great musicianship and staunch social justice advocacy.

Ric Ocasek (The Cars)

The chief songwriter for America’s premier new-wave combo, Ocasek wrote a ton of great songs and looked cool AF. He also produced records by Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack and many other artists.

Mick Schauer (Clutch)

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The talented keyboardist helped further the evolution of Maryland rock lifers Clutch. Curious listeners should seek out Clutch’s Robot Hive/Exodus and From Beale Street To Oblivion to see what Schauer brought to their table.

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Sid Haig

Sidney Eddie Mosesian was well known as Captain Spaulding, Rob Zombie’s bad guy of choice in the movies House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell. A forever-favorite scaremaster.

Kim Shattuck

Shattuck was the infectious personality of L.A. punks the Muffs who created some wondrously killin’ tracks. She also had a brief stint replacing Kim Deal in the Pixies. And she was a better screamer than the one in your favorite band.

Lil Bub

The darling big-eyed cat was more than just meme fodder, working with charities both human and animal to bring some desperately needed joy all over the world.

Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD, aka rapper Jarad Anthony Higgins, passed away after succumbing to a seizure after arriving at Chicago’s Midway Airport. His song “Lucid Dreams” was considered by many to be a new high point in the continued evolution of hip-hop.

Jake Phelps (Thrasher)

The founder of the essential skate mag galvanized a culture that was crucial to practically everywhere on the planet. Phelps embodied skate culture in all of its manifestations, and he was respected and adored by millions.

Phil Dürr

The guitarist for Detroit rock outfit Big Chief reminded listeners of the rich legacy of his city’s music scene, as well as reminding the grunge-damaged denizens of Alternative Nation who Black Sabbath and Funkadelic were.