Sadly, it’s time to take a moment and remember those famous faces who have contributed something meaningful to our world in one way or another. It’s time to salute those who have gone before us and left an indelible mark on the culture around us. It’s time to remember the celebrities — in various disciplines — who have died in 2018.
There’s no doubt 2018 has already taken away some of our favorite celebrities (and likely will take more before it’s up). We lost major artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, sports figures and even an astronaut. It’s never fair when someone we admire dies, but it’s always worth taking a moment to remember them for the life and legacy they leave behind.
And so, let’s take a look at the famous folks we’ve lost thus far in 2018. We can’t promise you’ll be happy clicking through, but there may be fond memories or feelings stirred up and that’s what’s important.
A version of this article was originally published in January 2018.
On Nov. 21, TMZ was the first to report that Devin Lima, one-third of the ’90s boy band LFO, had passed away from stage 4 cancer.
In a statement to Us Weekly on his death, Lima’s mother, Filomena Lima, said, “My son has passed away. His fiancée was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”
Actress and model Kim Porter was found unresponsive in her home on Thursday, November 15 and — shortly after — Porter was pronounced dead, according to CNN. She was 47. Porter appeared in various films, including The Brothers and on TV’s Wicked Wicked Games; however, she may be best known as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs ex-girlfriend. The pair dated intermittently from 1994 to 2007. Porter leaves behind four children: twins Jessie James and D’Lila, 11; son Christian, 20; and Quincy, 27.
On Nov. 15, country muscian — and host of the long-running TV series, Hee-Haw — Roy Clark died. He was 85. According to CNN, Clark died due to complications from pneumonia, and the singer passed at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Marvel comics legend Stan Lee passed away at age 95 on Nov. 12, according to a report from Variety. Variety reports Lee was rushed to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 11, for a medical emergency and was declared dead shortly thereafter. Lee was one of the masterminds behind such iconic comics titles as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men. As Marvel films made their way to movie screens over the last few decades, so did Lee, making cameos in nearly every Marvel film that's been made.
In October, The Hollywood Reporter sadly confirmed that famed character actor Scott Wilson, whose credits included The Walking Dead, Bosch, Netflix's The OA and 1967's In the Heat of the Night, passed away at age 76 from cancer.
In what may be one of the most heartbreaking and shocking deaths of 2018, 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller reportedly overdosed in early September and passed away. TMZ reported that the young artist was found in his home in the San Fernando Valley in Califonia on the afternoon of September 7. No statement on his passing was released at the time his death was reported.
The New York Times confirmed that in August, renowned jazz singer Morgana King — who also appeared in films like The Godfather — passed away at age 79.
In August, UK news outlet The Guardian reportedthat former United Nations secretary general had died at the age of 80 from a short, undisclosed illness.
A Hollywood icon has passed. On Wednesday, September 6, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that legendary and celebrated actor Burt Reynolds passed away at age 86 (his cause of death was not immediately reported). Reynolds built up an impressive resumé from the 1970s onward, appearing in wildly successful films like Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, Deliverance and Boogie Nights.
On August 26, The Hollywood Reporter announced that beloved and prolific 20th-century playwright Neil Simon had died at age 91. The man behind works like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park died of complications from pneumonia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to his publicist Rick Miramontez.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Senator John McCain passed away at age 81 on August 25 after bravely battling brain cancer since 2017. It was announced on August 24 that McCain was discontinuing medical treatment and would be spending time at home with his family. That same day, McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, tweeted out, "I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey."
Beloved TV personality and journalist Robin Leach passed away on the evening August 23 at age 76, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Leach gained worldwide fame as the host of the hit '80s reality series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Columnist John Katsilometes confirmed Leach's passing on Twitter, writing, "Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas. He would have been 77 Wednesday. He suffered a second stroke Monday. He in hospice care. He'd been hospitalized since Nov. 21, after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas."
On August 21, People magazine reported that actor Barbara Harris, who starred in classic films like Robert Altman's Nashville and Freaky Friday, had passed away at age 83. She reportedly passed away from lung cancer at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
On Thursday, August 16, AP News reported that Aretha Franklin (the "Queen of Soul") had died at age 76. The legendary singer was surrounded by loved ones in her Detroit home when she passed away after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
On Monday, August 6, People magazine reported that iconic TV actor Charlotte Rae, best known for her performances on hits '80s sitcoms The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes, had passed away at age 92 after an extended battle with cancer. In 2017, Rae revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, just seven years after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Nancy Sinatra Sr.
In late July, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy Sinatra Sr., had passed away at age 101.
Famed, Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold unexpectedly passed away at age 57 in late July, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On July 22, Deadline reported that actor Elmarie Wendel — perhaps best known for her role on 3rd Rock From the Sun — passed away at age 89.
Actor Roger Perry, best known for his TV roles on popular midcentury shows like The Munsters and Stark Trek, passed away in late July at age 85 according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In late July, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that actor Anthony Ray, son of famous director Nicholas Ray and who appeared in films like Rebel Without a Cause, passed away at age 80.
The Hollywood Reporter announced on July 20 that fight choreographer and actor William Hobbs, who worked on films like The Avengers, The Count of Monte Cristo and Willow, had passed away at age 79.
The passing of 1950s teen heartthrob turned queer icon, Tab Hunter, was confirmed on July 9 by outlets like The Hollywood Reporter. The actor, known for roles in films like Damn Yankees, Battle Cry and The Girl He Left Behind, reportedly passed away from a blood clot that led to a heart attack. This was confirmed by Hunter's life partner of more than three decades, Allan Glaser.
Variety confirmed in June that prominent sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison had passed away at age 84. Ellison was best known for his writing on TV series like The Outer Limits, Star Trek and Babylon 5 as well as short stories and novellas.
On July 3, E! News reported that sadly, Tina Turner's son, Craig Turner (pictured at Ike Turner Sr.'s left side while standing), died by suicide in his home in Los Angeles. Tina did not release a comment on her son's passing but will reportedly discuss it in an upcoming documentary.
Deadline reported that former WWE Tough Enough wrestler Matt Cappotelli passed away in late June after a year-long battle with cancer. Cappotelli was 38.
Actor Deanna Lund, who was famous for her roles in the '60s and '70s, including roles on TV shows like Batman and Land of the Giants, passed away at age 81. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she passed away from pancreatic cancer in her home in Century City, California.
Carlos Lopez Jr.
E! News reported in late June that, sadly, Operation Repo star Carlos Lopez Jr. had died by suicide. The 35-year-old TV star and Army veteran was reportedly found dead in his apartment and it is believed he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In addition to his work on Operation Repo, Lopez Jr. had appeared in films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Music manager and father Joe Jackson, 89, died of cancer on June 27. TMZ first broke the news.
Grandson Randy Jackson Jr. confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, “RIP to the king that made everything possible! I love you grandpa.”
Another grandson, Taj Jackson, also reacted to his death and some of the coverage it was already getting. He tweeted, in part, “Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve.”
Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison
On June 25, E! News reported that former Pawn Stars series star Richard "The Old Man" Harrison had died at age 77. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, where Harrison worked, confirmed his death in a Facebook post. "The team at Gold & Silver Pawn and the Pawn Stars family is grieving his loss," part of the posting said. "He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason on the History television show Pawn Stars."
Longtime Washington Post columnist and frequent Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer passed away at age 68 on June 21, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Pulitzer Prize winner revealed on June 8 that was made public that, after his cancer had returned following the removal of a tumor on his abdomen, he had only weeks to live.
Best known for her time on the TV show Love Island, British reality TV star Sophie Gradon was found dead in her home in mid-June. According to a statement from the Northumbrian Police released to BBC News: "At about 8:27 p.m. yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death."
On June 18, former WWE wrestler Leon White, who wrestled under the stage name Vader, passed away at age 63.
"It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm," White's child (who didn't identify themselves) tweeted to his father's Twitter account shortly after his passing. "Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time
Tragically, E! News reported that on June 10, America's Got Talent Season 3 winner Neal Boyd had passed away at age 42. Boyd was reportedly dealing with the effects of "heart failure, kidney failure, and had liver disease" shortly before his passing.
On June 26, TMZ reported that Boyd was found in his room by his mother on June 10. Believing Boyd to simply be unconscious, she called 911 and they attempted to perform CPR to revive him, but to no avail. It was later confirmed Boyd died of heart failure.
On Saturday, June 9, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Eunice Gayson, who is now best known for her role in the first-ever James Bond film, 1962's Dr. No, had passed away at age 92. Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli issued their condolences in an official statement on Gayson's passing: "We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl,’ who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love, has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family."
20-year-old actor Jackson Odell was reported dead on June 10 by Deadline. The actor was a resident at a sober living home at the time and had been found unresponsive, with no reported signs of foul play. Odell had risen to fame as an actor on shows like The Goldbergs and iCarly.
CNN confirmed the death of Anthony Bourdain, 61, on early Friday morning, June 8.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
Bourdain was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France after committing suicide. He leaves his 11-year-old daughter Ariane behind.
Sons of Anarchy actor passed away Thursday, June 7 at 47-years-old. While no foul play is expected, the cause of his death has yet to be announced.
On June 5, it was announced that Kate Spade passed away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead in her New York City apartment. It is believed she may have died by a hanging-related suicide.
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Perhaps most recognizable as Hank the security guard from beloved mockumentary TV show The Office (but also racking up credits in film and TV shows like Girl Meets World, Bridesmaids and Little Fockers), Variety reported on Monday, June 4, that actor Hugh Dane had passed away at age 75.
The Clatsop County Sheriff’s office confirmed the death of former Deadliest Catch captain Blake Painter, 38, to People.
The reality star, who appeared on the show in 2006 and 2007, was found in his Oregon home on Friday, May 25. Foul play is not suspected, but police are testing substances that were found at the scene of his death.
Elizabeth Sung, best known for her role as Luan Violen Abbott on The Young and Restless, died on Tuesday, May 22 at the age of 63. Sung also appeared on shows including Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Bones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and more throughout her career.
Actor Clint Walker, perhaps best known to older generations for his roles in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Dirty Dozen, Cheyenne and The Great Bank Robbery, passed away on May 22 at age 90 from sudden but unconfirmed causes accordingto TMZ.
The New York Times broke the news on May 15 that famed novelist Tom Wolfe, perhaps best known for boundary-breaking novels Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, passed away at age 87 after he was hospitalized with an infection.
Deadline reported on May 14 that Margot Kidder, who starred in 1979's The Amityville Horror and originated the role of Lois Lane in the Warner Bros. Superman film franchise that made Christopher Reeve a household name in the late '70s and early '80s, passed away at age 69. No cause of death was given when her passing was announced.
Paul Junger Witt
Legendary Hollywood producer Paul Junger Witt, who was responsible for bringing projects like Golden Girls and The Dead Poets Society to screens, passed away in April at age 77 according to Deadline.
Legendary Hollywood producer Philip d'Antoni (pictured left, with Gene Hackman in 1972), best known for his role in bringing The French Connection to life, passed away in April at age 89.
Swedish DJ Avicii, born Tim Bergling, passed away unexpectedly at age 28 on April 20, 2018 in Oman. Bergling had retired from music in 2016 citing various health-related concerns.
Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his performance as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, passed away at age 49 in late April 2018.
R. Lee Ermey
Actor R. Lee Ermey, most recognizable to fans as one of the central characters in the original Mississippi Burning and Full Metal Jacket, passed away at age 74 from complications from pneumonia, The Hollywood Reporter stated.
On Monday, April 16, The Hollywood Reporter wrote up the news that TV actor Harry Anderson, perhaps best known as Judge Harry T. Stone on the late '80s comedy Night Court, had passed away unexpectedly at age 65.
Beloved director Milos Forman, known for directing hits like Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, passed away at age 86 over the weekend of April 14, Deadline reports.
Veteran voiceover artist and comedian Chuck McCann, whose credits include Knott's Landing, The Powerpuff Girls, DuckTales and Boston Legal, passed away on Sunday, April 8 at age 83.
Bochco, an iconic TV producer and writer who created memorable shows like Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, passed away in April at age 74.
DuShon Monique Brown
Actress DuShon Monique Brown, perhaps best known for playing Connie on Chicago Fire, passed away at age 49 on March 23, 2018.
Widely considered one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, renowned theoretical physicist and author of A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking (whose life was also the focus of the acclaimed film The Theory of Everything) died at age 76 on March 14.
Mack, a rapper best known for his song "Flava in Ya Ear" and for helping Sean Combs bring Bad Boy Records to prominence in the '90s, died from natural causes at age 47 at his home in South Carolina.
Hubert de Givenchy
The fashion legend, a friend to a variety of celebrities, the man who built one of the biggest fashion empires in the modern age of fashion died in March at age 91.
Kapoor, one of the most famous and beloved Bollywood stars, accidentally drowned in her bathtub after losing consciousness and died at age 54.
The British actor, perhaps best remembered for her roles in the romcom Notting Hill and the hit U.K. TV show The Vicar of Dibley, died at 53 from natural causes.
Bill Cosby's daughter, Ensa, died at age 44 in late February 2018 following a battle with renal disease.
Rev. Billy Graham
Rev. Billy Graham, noted televangelist and spiritual advisor to a number of presidents in recent history, died in February at age 99.
Prince Henrik of Denmark
Prince Henrik of Denmark died at 83 in February after sickness-related health complications.
The veteran comedian, who gained fame as part of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi in the '50s and ’60s, died at age 95 in February.
Reg E. Cathey
An established actor whose recent credits include House of Cards and Oz, Cathey died in February at age 59.
Best known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Gavin died in early February at 86.
Maybe best remembered as one of the stars of Home Improvement, Jones died in February at age 76.
Mahoney, best known for his role on Frasier and the '80s romance Say Anything, died at age 77 in February.
Louis Zorich, who played Paul Reiser's dad on Mad About You, died on Jan. 30 at the age of 93.
The former Glee star was found dead at the age of 35 near his home in California. He reportedly died by suicide.
Known for her later start in showbiz with roles in Pineapple Express and New Girl, Sawyer died in January at 105.
The character actor best remembered as Tinky-Winky on Teletubbies died in January at age 52.
The iconic lead singer of the notable '90s band The Cranberries died unexpectedly at age 46 in January 2018.
Best remembered as the music director on The Ed Sullivan Show, Arthur died in January at age 89.
Jerry Van Dyke
The Coach actor and comedian (pictured on the left with brother Dick Van Dyke) died in January 2018 from unknown causes.
The fabrics and real estate developer (pictured left), who was married to RHONY star Jill Zarin (right), died from cancer-related complications on January 13.
The actor best known for his performances in The Way We Were and Escape from Planet of the Apes died in January at age 87.
The director, whose credits include the Police Academy films and The First Wives Club, died in January at age 74.
The actor (pictured left), best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica and Soap, died of cancer at age 81 in January.
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke
Best remembered as a guitarist with '70s rock band Motörhead, Clarke died in January at age 67 from possible pneumonia-related complications.
Tracey, one of the original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers, died of pneumonia after a long battle with cancer in January.
The longest-serving astronaut in NASA history, Young died in January at age 87 of complications from pneumonia.
Sports announcer Keith Jackson (pictured center), most recognizable for his "Whoa, Nellie!" catchphrase, died in January at age 89.
The Australian actor died at age 29 after surviving for weeks in a coma resulting from a car crash that killed three of her family.
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