11 Most Shocking Celebrity Deaths Of 2017
9. Tom Petty
Following the deaths of several iconic rockstars including Prince and David Bowie in 2016, 2017 took another legend with the passing of Tom Petty. The iconic singer-songwriter and musician passed away on October 2, 2017 at the age of 66 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Petty’s death was surrounded by drama however after initial reports of his hospitalization turned quickly to reports of his death without any confirmation. Upon being found unconscious at his home that morning, he officially succumbed to the heart attack at 8:40 that evening.
8. Christopher Boykin
Christopher “Big Black” Boykin was one of MTV’s most beloved stars before his surprising and sudden passing on May 9, 2017. Best known as the best friend and former co-star of Rob Drydek on Rob & Big and spin-offs Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness, Boykin was only 45 when he died from a suspected heart attack, although an official cause of death was never confirmed. Only one week prior, he was hospitalized to monitor his heart and had previously suffered from heart issues. Boykin is survived by his daughter, Isis and his ex-wife Shannon Turley.