Celebrities We Lost In 2018

The passing of a celebrity touches more than just their close friends and family. Fans from all corners of the world mourn the loss of a famous person they admired, whether it be an actor or a political figure. 2018 was yet another whirlwind year in America and death, of course, made its way into headlines on more than one occasion. Although these celebrities passed away in 2018, their memories and legacies will live on forever.

Nobody could believe it when a former television personality suddenly died and it hurt just as much as the loss of this amazing voice…

Aretha Franklin

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passed away in her home on August 16, 2018. She was 76. As the daughter of a minister, Franklin began singing gospel as a child and would later embark on a monumental recording career at the age of 18. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, Franklin also became the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, among numerous other accolades.

Franklin succumbed to a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, after suffering from an undisclosed illness that caused her to cancel many performances later in her career.

Burt Reynolds

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Burt Reynolds passed away on September 6, 2018. The actor suffered a heart attack at a Florida hospital on the day he died. Reynolds started out on televisions shows Gunsmoke and Hawk, rising to prominence in the ’70s as the lead in films such as Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit.

Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for his role in 1998’s Boogie Nights. He was slated to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but reportedly hadn’t filmed his scenes before his death.

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Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain was pronounced dead on June 8, 2018. The former chef gained notoriety for his writing after the 2000 publication of his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bourdain was praised for his blunt and honest storytelling, which translated into his television shows.

Bourdain started out on the Travel Channel with No Reservations, moving to CNN after 2013 for Parts Unknown. Bourdain was filming an episode in France when he was found dead in his hotel room by apparent suicide at the age of 61. He is survived by his daughter, Ariane.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Dolores O’Riordan

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Irish rocker Dolores O’Riordan passed away due to an accidental drowning in the tub of her London hotel room on January 15, 2018. The 46-year-old was known as the vocalist for Irish rock band The Cranberries, known for songs such as “Linger” and “Zombie.”

Authorities found that O’Riordan was drinking heavily and taking prescription drugs before she passed, but the death was ruled an accident. She was formerly married to Duran Duran manager Don Burton, with whom she shares three children. She is survived by her children, her mother, siblings, and her boyfriend Olé Koretsky.

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Mac Miller

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Rapper Mac Miller died in his Studio City, California home on September 7, 2018, due to an apparent drug overdose. He was 26. Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, had long battled substance abuse throughout his life and it was something he often referenced in his songs.

Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park was the first independently distributed album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 since 1995. In addition to launching his own record label imprint REMember Music, Miller also produced music under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman for his fellow artists.

Joe Jackson

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Joe Jackson died in hospice on June 27, 2018, after being hospitalized in the final stages of terminal pancreatic cancer. The Jackson family patriarch was just under a month shy of his 91st birthday.

Jackson served as a talent manager for his children, fashioning The Jackson 5 with his sons in the ’60s, and later helping launch the careers of Michael and Janet Jackson. Though he was known to be tough with his children when acting as their manager, Michael has said that it has helped him achieve the success he found later in life.

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Kate Spade

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On June 5, 2018, fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment by apparent suicide. Spade was known for co-founding fashion brand Kate Spade New York in the early ’90s, selling affordable, stylish handbags before adding jewelry, clothes, and other items to its inventory. Upon her death, her husband Andy Spade revealed her struggle with depression and anxiety.

Spade was found with a scarf around her neck by her housekeeper with a note addressed to her daughter. She was only 55 years old. Spade is survived by her husband and their daughter, Frances.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stan Lee

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Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 after being rushed to the hospital for a “medical emergency” on November 12, 2018. The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest with respiratory and congestive heart failure, though earlier in the year his battle with pneumonia was made public.

The comic book writer was known for his extensive work with Marvel Comics, in which he brought to life numerous superheroes such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Black Panther, and more. Lee was known for creating “outsider” characters that many young readers could identify with.

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Margot Kidder

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Actress Margot Kidder passed away in her Montana home on May 13, 2018. Months later it was revealed that the cause of her death was ruled a suicide by overdose. She was 69 years old.

The Canadian-American actress got her start in low-budget Canadian films and television shows, but she was primarily known though the ’70s and ’80s as the Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the Superman film series. Aside from her acting career, Kidder was a known political, environmental, and anti-war activist throughout her life.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 14, 2018, at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76 years old. The theoretical physicist was arguably one of the most celebrated scientists in modern culture, known for setting out a theory explaining the union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

His incredible mind and intelligence clearly outweighed his physical shortcomings, as he spent the majority of his astounding career confined to a motorized wheelchair. At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and lived for another 55 years.

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Reg E. Cathey

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Actor Reg. E. Cathey passed away in his New York City home on February 9, 2018, at the age of 59 after a reported battle with lung cancer. Cathey, who was born Reginald Eurias Cathey on August 18, 1958, rose to prominence after starring in 1994’s The Mask as the character Freeze.

Cathey was known for his role as Norman Wilson on The Wire, as well as playing Freddy Hayes on Netflix’s House of Cards. He also had roles on Fantastic Four, Grimm, and Law & Order: Speical Victims Unit.

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall passed away in her Hollywood Hills home on December 18, 2018. At the time of the announcement, the cause of death was presumed to be complications from diabetes.

Marshall rose to popularity in the role of Laverne DeFazio in the late ’70s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she was nominated for three Golden Globes. Later in her career, she became a prolific film director known for films like A League of Their Own and Big, for which she became the first female director to gross more than $100 million in the box office.

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Roy Clark

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Hee Haw host Roy Clark passed away on November 15, 2018, due to complications from pneumonia. He was 85 years old. The ’60s television host was one of the most influential figures in country music, helping to bring the genre to the popular consciousness.

A talented singer and musician, Clark was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1987 and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Throughout the ’70s, he often acted as a guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, thanks to his popularity from Hee Haw.

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Verne Troyer

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Actor Verne Troyer died on April 21, 2018 at the age of 49. The cause of death was ruled a suicide as a result of alcohol intoxication. Troyer has struggled with alcohol abuse in the past and a statement from Troyer’s family suggested that the actor was also afflicted with depression.

At just two-foot-eight, Troyer was one of the shortest men in the world. His height was a result of achondroplasia dwarfism, but that never held him back from having a prolific film and TV career. He rose to prominence after playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

John McCain

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Senator John McCain passed away on August 25, 2018, a day after his family announced that he would no longer receive treatment for his brain cancer. He was 81 years old. In 1981, he retired from the Navy as a captain. During his service, he was a naval aviator and was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for several years.

In 1982, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and entered the Senate in 1987. Though he was a Republican, he was known for his willingness to break from his party on many contemporary issues.

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George H. W. Bush

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41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush passed away at the age of 94 on November 30, 2018. Towards the end of his life, the elder Bush was forced to use a motorized scooter as a result of vascular Parkinsonism.

As America’s leader, he was known as a “Foreign Policy President,” having presided over the collapse of the USSR and the unification of Germany. After leaving the White House, he was known for his humanitarian activities and philanthropic efforts, helping raise millions for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in southeast Asia.

Ed King

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King passed away in his Nashville home on August 22, 2018 at 68 years old. King was reportedly battling cancer in the months leading up to his death. King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd as a bassist in 1972 after the departure of Leon Wilkeson, but got switched to lead guitar when Wilkeson returned.

He is best remembered by fans as a co-writer for “Sweet Home Alabama,” a song off the album Second Helping which would become one of the band’s most popular songs next to “Free Bird.”

Kim Porter

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Kim Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles-area home on November 15, 2018, at age 47. While the cause of death was mysteriously unknown, it was later reported that Porter suffered from cardiac arrest. Sources say that she was battling pneumonia around the time that she passed.

Porter was a former model who was known for being the on-and-off girlfriend of P. Diddy from 1994 to 2007. Porter and Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, share three children together but they never married. Porter also has a son, Quincy, from a previous relationship.

Billy Graham

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Famed televangelist Billy Graham passed away from natural causes on February 21, 2018, in his North Carolina home at the age of 99. Upon his death, Graham was laid in honor at the United States Capitol rotunda in Washington D.C., becoming the fourth private citizen in history and the first religious leader to receive the honor.

Graham was an ordained Southern Baptist minister who came to prominence in the ’40s and broadcast his sermons on television. He was known for his annual “Crusades” and as a spiritual counsel to many presidents throughout the years.