We lost legends in 2014. Looking back over the notable celebrity deaths, names like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers mix with Hollywood icons such as Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall and Sid Caesar. The industry is a darker place because the shining talents of these amazing performers have been extinguished. Lucky for us, we’ll always have the creative work they left behind to remind us of their incredible abilities to entertain, to make us laugh, to make us think, and to make us smile.

Take a moment today to remember these outstanding artists who died in 2014:

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
Age: 81

Died: September 4, of cardiac arrest.

Best Known For: Her brutal honesty as a comedian, both on the stage, and on the E! Network as a fashion consultant. Rivers was a staple of the stand-up world for decades, running with the greats (Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan) before establishing her own unique voice.

Watch This As A Tribute: The recent, eye-opening documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work took audiences behind the curtain and showed how this brilliant comic truly lived.

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