Comedienne Joan Rivers, Blues singer BB King and Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy were among the Hollywood stars, who received a touching tribute at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, reported People magazine.
A slideshow of names flickered across the screen as What A Wonderful World played in the background. The list was lengthy and included over 40 well-known names such as Anne Meara, Martin Milner, Donna Douglas and Frank Gifford.
The slideshow concluded on an emotional note with a clip of Mr Nimoy as Spock from Star Trek reciting the famous Vulcan salute: "Live long and prosper." He died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on February 27 earlier this year, aged 83. (Also Read - Emmy Awards 2015: Viola Davis Delivers Emotional, Stirring Speech)
BB King, who was in hospice care at his home, died in his sleep on May 14. The musician was 89.
Joan Rivers' tribute was particularly poignant: the legendary comedian died at 81 on September 4, 2014, a week after she stopped breathing during a routine surgical procedure on her vocal chords - and just less than two weeks after the 2014 Emmy Awards. (Also Read: List of Winners)
The 2015 Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 20.