The man inside Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, actor Peter Fonda, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld are among the famous people who have died in 2019.
Jerry Herman listens to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama as the president and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees at a reception in the East Room of the White House on December 5, 2010. The Tony-award winning composer died on December 26, 2019, at the age of 88. File Pool Photo by Gary Fabiano/UPI
Laura (L) and Emanuel Ungaro pose at the Emanuel Ungaro Party celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Ungaro Fashions at the Armory in New York City on September 5, 2001. The French fashion designer known for vibrant colors in his designs died Sunday at the age of 86. File Photo by mk/lc/Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
Danny Aiello arrives at the 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 23, 2011. The 'Do the Right Thing' actor died on December 12 at the age of 86. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Caroll Spinney holds a photo Big Bird in his booth at the Broward Convention Center during Supercon in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on July 14, 2018. The longtime Big Bird portrayer died on December 8 at the age of 85. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker attends an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on February 7, 2011. Volcker died on December 8 at age 92. File Photo by Andrew Harrer/UPI
Rene Auberjonois attends "Destination Star Trek London" at the Excel Center in London on October 19, 2012. The "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actor died December 8 at the age of 79. File Photo by Paul Treadway/UPI