In 2014 we had to say farewell to some of the most beloved entertainers of our time. We carry the memory of who they were and their contributions to this world with us into 2015.
The R&B singer and songwriter was an inspiration to a range of artists, from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn. The son of two musicians, Bobby Womack found success with hits like "If You Think You're Lonely Now" and "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much." "I wish I could call Sam Cooke and share this moment with him," Womack said in 2009, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joan Rivers was one of the most memorable female comics of all time. In 1984, the Brooklyn-born talk show host and comedienne was nominated for a Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? In 1994, she received a Tony nomination for her performance in the title role in "Sally Marr...And Her Escorts."
Robin Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a therapist in "Good Will Hunting." He received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career.
Legendary stage, screen actress, and Civil Rights leader — frequently costarred with husband Ossie Davis -- Ruby Dee earned an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She co-starred in films like "A Raisin in the Sun" and "American Gangster."
Died: May 28, 2014
The African-American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer, Maya Angelou, was best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her experiences in childhood and early adulthood. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), brought her global acclaim. On January 20, 1993, at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton, she read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning," becoming the second poet in history to read a poem at a presidential inauguration.
America's most famous DJ was also the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Casey Kasem's other TV credits include Battle of the Planets, Cliffjumper and the original Transformers cartoons. On his birthday in 1981, he was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his long career in radio, TV and music.