Saturday 11 July, 2020

Year in Review: celebrities and notable figures we lost in 2018

This past year we've lost many greats.

Whether in the realm of music and entertainment, social justice, or physics, we've lost people who, throughout the course of their lives, have not only left a lasting impact on us all but also a great legacy. 

Here's a look at the international celebrities and notable figures we've lost in 2018. 



Dolores O'Riordan (January 15, 2018)

The Cranberries frontwoman died suddenly at the age of 46. An autopsy later confirmed that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub after drinking. The Irish singer-songwriter released five albums with the band after joining as their lead singer in 1990 and churned out hits such as 'Linger' and 'Zombie'. 


Mark Salling (January 30, 2018)

The former Glee actor was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide. Two years prior, he pled guilty to child pornography after authorities discovered more than 25,000 images and 600 videos depicting child pornography on computers and thumb drives that belonged to the actor. He was awaiting sentencing at the time of his death. 



Dennis Edwards (February 2, 2018)


One of the members of legendary R&B group The Temptations, Dennis Edwards passed away at the age of 74. Edwards helped shoot the Motown group to success, singing on hits like "I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” 


Reg E. Cathey (February 9, 2018)

The actor, who won an Emmy for his work on House of Cards, died at the age of 59. While popularly known for his role as Freddie Hayes on the hit Netflix series, he also had other memorable roles on HBO’s The Wire and Oz. 



Givenchy  (March 10, 2018)

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy died at the age of 91.

The legendary clothing designer founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and created outfits for the likes of US First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn - including Hepburn's iconic dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers, including Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, who redefined fashion after World War II.


Craig Mack (March 12, 2018)

New York-bred Rapper Craig Mack, who first rose to prominence in 1994 with Flava In Ya Ear, died of heart failure at the age of 46.  

Mack was the first artist to release music on P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records, thus giving the record label its first hit. There was a subsequent remix with featuring Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage. The original would eventually reach No. 1 on the Billboard rap songs chart and No. 9 on the Hot 100 and earn a Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy nomination.


Stephen Hawking (March 14, 2018)

Hawking, widely considered to be the best-known theoretical physicist of his time, died peacefully at his home at the age of 76. 

His book 'A Brief History Of Time' became one of the best selling books in the field of astrophysics. Suffering from ALS, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a voice simulator to talk.



Winnie Mandela (April 2, 2018)

The prominent anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela died at 81. During Nelson's 27-year imprisonment, Winnie campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment, and arrest by the white authorities. Though they later divorced in 1993, the two remained close until his death in 2013. 


Barbara Bush (April 17, 2018)

Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush died at the age of 92.

Mrs. Bush had reportedly been battling a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure and had been in and out of the hospital.

The wife of former president George H.W. Bush and mother of ex-president George W. Bush was being cared for at her home in Houston, Texas. She died surrounded by her family after deciding against returning to the hospital. 


Avicii (April 20, 2018)

The 28-year-old DJ was found dead in Oman. News of his death came just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP "Avicii (01)."

He was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement earning two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His hits included "Wake Me Up!" ''The Days" and "You Make Me." 


Verne Troyer (April 21, 2018)

The actor, widely known as "Mini-Me" from the Austin Powers franchise, died at the age of 49. Troyer had publicly discussed struggling with alcohol addiction. In addition to Austin Powers, Troyer had other roles in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and another Mike Myers film, 2008's "The Love Guru."



Margot Kidder (May 13, 2018)

Widely known as the original Lois Lane, actress Margot Kidder died at the age of 69. 

Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also starred in 1978's "The Amityville Horror."



Kate Spade (June 5, 2018)

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York home in June. She was 55. 

Her company, Kate Spade New York, has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally. Just the year before, Coach bought the Kate Spade brand for $2.4 billion.

Her husband, Andy Spade, said she had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.


Anthony Bourdain (June 8, 2018)

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain sent shockwaves around the world when he was found dead in a hotel room. He had reportedly taken his own life. He was 61.

At the time of his death, Bourdain had been in France working on an episode of his award-winning series 'Parts Unknown'.

Bourdain first shot to fame with the release of his book 'Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly', which became a New York Times bestseller.


Joe Jackson (June 27, 2018)

The father of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died at the age of 89 from cancer. 

Jackson was well known as the patriarch of the talented and successful Jackson family. He moulded five of his sons--Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael--into the Jackson 5 singing group, which topped the charts in the late 1960s and 1970s, and later helped shape the solo careers of both Michael and his daughter Janet.


Steve Ditko (June 29, 2018)


The legendary comic book artist and co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee at the age of 90.

While working at Marvel in 1962, Stan Lee approached Ditko with an idea for Spider-Man and it was Ditko who gave the superhero his iconic suit, red-and-blue colors and web shooters.



Aretha Franklin (August 16, 2018)

The The "Queen of Soul" known for classics including "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

An accomplished superstar by her mid-20s, she recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half-century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and her records sold millions of copies and won 18 Grammy awards.


Kofi Annan (August 18, 2018)

Known as one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, died at the age of 80 after a short unspecified illness. 

Spending virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations, he quickly rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general. When he left the U.N., he left behind a global organisation far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty. 


John McCain (August 25, 2018)

The former war vet and Republican senator died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 81. 

He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, then won it in 2008. But he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Barack Obama.

Before his death, McCain opposed many of President Donald Trump's policies and gave a thumbs-down vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.



Burt Reynolds (September 6, 2018)

Legendary Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 from cardiac arrest. 

His extensive career included almost 200 films. He rose to fame during the 1970s starring "Deliverance" as well as "The Longest Yard", "City Heat", "Smokey and the Bandit", "Dukes of Hazzard", "Striptease" and "Boogie Nights", to name a few. 


Mac Miller (September 7, 2018)

The 26-year-old rapper was found unresponsive in his L.A. home and died shortly after. An autopsy later revealed that he died from an accidental drug overdose due to a "mixed drug toxicity" of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine.

He had released his fifth, full-length album "Swimming" just one month before. 

Miller also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year.



Stan Lee (November 12, 2018) 

The Marvel Comics co-creator died at the age of 95 after from suffering from several illnesses including pneumonia and vision issues over the last year. 

Lee is one of the most famous figures in comic book history, having co-created many of Marvel's most well-known comic book characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, Black Panther, the X-Men, and many others, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.


Kim Porter (November 15, 2018)

The actress and ex-girlfriend of P. Diddy was found dead in her home at the age of 47. She shared three children with the rapper. 

An autopsy was performed but the cause of death was deferred pending additional tests.


Stephen Hillenburg (November 27, 2018)

The creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants" died at age 57 of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS.

Hillenburg conceived, wrote, produced and directed the animated series that began in 1999 and went on to spawn hundreds of episodes, movies, and a Broadway show.


George H.W. Bush (November 30, 2018)

The 41st president died at the age of 94. Bush served as the vice president for eight years before acting as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993 for one term. He marked the last veteran of World War II to serve as president, and his term was highlighted by helping to usher the United States out of the Cold War. His son George W. Bush also served as the nation’s 43rd president.



Penny Marshall (December 17, 2018)

Actress-director Penny Marshall died at the age of 75 following complications from diabetes.

Marshall was best known for her role in 1970s sitcom 'Laverne & Shirley', for which she received three Golden Globe Award nominations.

She went on to become one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood. Among her best-known work was directing Tom Hanks in 'Big' in 1998, which made her the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the US box office.

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