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2018 Celebrity Deaths - Famous Figures Lost So Far in 2018 - Tribupedia

2018 Celebrity Deaths

2018 Celebrity Deaths

2018 Celebrity Deaths – Looking Back at Famous Figures Lost This Year

So far, 2018 has seen the loss of iconic musicians, award winning actors, beloved political and religious figures, business leaders, military heroes, famous athletes, and more. Here’s a look back at some of these famous people lost to date.



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January 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jan 01 – Jon Paul Steuer, 33
Famous For:  Actor; Most widely known for his roles in Grace Under FireLittle Giants, and as Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Cause of Death:  Suicide by gunshot

Jan 01 – Betty Willis, 76
Famous For:  American soul singer from the 1960s
Cause of Death:  Willis was strangled by a homeless man during an attempted rape

Jan 01 – Robert Mann, 97
Famous For:  American violinist / composer; Founding member of the famous Juilliard String Quartet

Jan 02 – Thomas S. Monson, 90
Famous For:  Monson was an American religious leader and writer;  He was President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (since 2008) and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1995 to 2008)

Mormon church leader Thomas S. Monson (left) delivering family history records to U.S. President Barack Obama (apostle Dallin H. Oaks at right) - July 20, 2009

Mormon church leader Thomas S. Monson (left) delivering family history records to U.S. President Barack Obama (apostle Dallin H. Oaks at right) – July 20, 2009. (Public Domain)

Jan 04 – Jack N. Merritt, 87
Famous For:  Merritt was a four-star United States Army general;  Served as U.S. Military Representative with the NATO Military Committee from 1985-1987

Jan 04 – Ray Thomas, 76
Famous For:  UK Musician;  Ray was a founding member of the rock group The Moody Blues;  Known for the popular song Nights In White Satin
Cause of Death:  Prostate cancer

Jan 05 – Carole Hart, 74
Famous For:  American TV writer, most notably known for her work on Sesame Street
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Jan 05 – Jerry Van Dyke, 86
Famous For:  Actor; Known for his roles as David Crabtree in the TV show My Mother the Car (1965) and Luther Van Dam on Coach from 1989-1997

Jerry Van Dyke (left), with his brother Dick Van Dyke - 7th Annual American Comedy Awards - Publicity Photo - Feb 1993

Jerry Van Dyke (left), with his brother Dick Van Dyke – 7th Annual American Comedy Awards – Publicity Photo – Feb 1993. (Public Domain)

Jan 05 – John Young, 87
Famous For:  Captain, USN / NASA Astronaut; Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission in 1965 and five more missions including a moon walk in 1972

Jan 06 – Dave Toschi, 86
Famous For:  Toschi was an American police detective most notably known for his work with the San Francisco Police Department as an inspector in the infamous Zodiac Killer case
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 07 – Anna Mae Hays, 97
Famous For:  Hays was an American military officer and nurse; She was the Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 and the first female U.S. General
Cause of Death:  Complications after a heart attack

Anna Mae Hayes - Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 - First female U.S. General

Anna Mae Hayes – Chief of Army Nurse Corps from 1967-1971 – First female U.S. General. (Public Domain)

Jan 07 – Doug Young, 98
Famous For:  Voice actor;  Known for his roles on cartoons Quick Draw McGraw, The Flintstones and Johnny Quest

Jan 08 – Denise LaSalle, 78
Famous For:  Blues Singer;  LaSalle is widely recognized as the Queen of the Blues; Known for her 1971 top hit Trapped By A Thing Called Love
Cause of Death:  Complications from a fall

Jan 10 – Eddie Clarke, 67
Famous For:  UK Musician, most notably known as the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 10 – Doreen Tracey, 74
Famous For:  Actress, Singer; Doreen was a regular on the TV show Mickey Mouse Club from 1955 to 1958
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Jan 12 – Keith Jackson, 89
Famous For:  Sportscaster; Jackson was the voice of ABC Sports’ College football coverage from 1966 to 2006

Jan 13 – Jean Porter, 95
Famous For:  Actress; Porter was contracted with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and appeared in over 30 movies from 1938 to 1961

Jan 13 – Naomi Stevens, 92
Famous For:  Actress; Stevens was a popular character actress from 1950s to the 1980s; Known for her role as Mrs. Dreyfus in the 1960 movie The Apartment

Jan 15 – Dolores O’Riordan, 46
Famous For:  Dolores was the lead singer for popular rock band The Cranberries; Known for hits like Linger and Zombie

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries performing with her signature guitar at a concert in Paris - May 2010

Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries performing with her signature guitar at a concert in Paris – May 2010. (Creative Commons)

Jan 15 – Edwin Hawkins, 74
Famous For:  Hawkins was an American gospel pianist and singer;  Known for songs such as Oh Happy Day and Lay Down (Candles in the Rain); Multiple Grammy award winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Jan 16 – Jo Jo White, 71
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame basketball player with the NBA’s Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Kansas City Kings; 1968 Olympic basketball champion
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Jan 17 – Jessica Falkholt, 29
Famous For:  Australian actress; Known for her role as Hope Morrison in TV series Home and Away
Cause of Death:  Falkholt and her family were killed in a car accident

Jan 17 – Simon Shelton, 52
Famous For:  British actor;  Known for playing the role of Tinky Winky in the BBC TV show Teletubbies from 1997 to 2001
Cause of Death:  Hypothermia

Jan 19 – Olivia Cole, 75
Famous For:  Cole was an American actress known for roles in Roots, Backstairs at the White House, and Brewster Place; 1977 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Olivia Cole (November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018)

Olivia Cole
November 26, 1942 – January 19, 2018
(© CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons)

Jan 19 – Dorothy Malone, 93
Famous For:  Actress known for her roles in Written on the Wind, Peyton Place, and Too Much, Too Soon;  1956 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner

Jan 20 – Wendell Castle, 85
Famous For:  Artist / furniture maker; Considered by many to be the father of “furniture art”

Jan 20 – John Coleman, 83
Famous For:  Television meteorologist;  John was the original weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America (1975); Coleman also co-founded of The Weather Channel in 1982

Jan 20 – Naomi Parker Fraley, 96
Famous For:  Naomi is known as the inspiration for the famous Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” WWII era artwork

Jan 21 – Connie Sawyer (Birth name Rosie Cohen), 105
Famous For:  Connie was an American stage, film and TV actress;  Affectionally known as “The Clown Princess of Comedy”; Sawyer had over 140 film and TV credits, but was most notably known for her roles in Dumb and Dumber, Pineapple Express, and When Harry Met Sally…
Cause of Death:  Heart attack

Connie Sawyer (November 27, 1912 – January 21, 2018)

Connie Sawyer
November 27, 1912 – January 21, 2018
(Public Domain)

Jan 26 – Stacey Young, 52
Famous For:  British model;  Stacey appeared in many 1980’s music videos with her singer husband Paul Young
Cause of Death:  Brain cancer

Jan 27 – Mort Walker, 94
Famous For:  Cartoonist; Walker is the artist/writer behind the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey (1950) and Hi and Lois (1954)

Jan 30 – Mark Salling, 35
Famous For:  Actor and musician;   Known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the TV show Glee from 2009 to 2013
Cause of Death:  Salling committed suicide


February 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Feb 01 – Dennis Edwards, 74
Famous For:  Singer;  Edwards was the lead singer for The Temptations from 1968 to 1977; Known for songs such as Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

Feb 04 – John Mahoney, 77
Famous For:  British/American actor;  Known for his role as Martin Crane – Frasier’s father – on TV show Frasier from 1993 to 2004
Cause of Death:  Throat cancer

John Mahoney in 1994 (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018)

John Mahoney in 1994
June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018
(Flickr User Alan Light / Creative Commons)

Feb 07 – John Perry Barlow, 70
Famous For:  Poet / Cyber activist; Barlow was known for being the lyricist for the Grateful Dead and founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation

Feb 07 – Jill Messick, 50
Famous For:  Producer; Known for producing movies She’s All That and Mean Girls
Cause of Death:  Suicide

Feb 09 – Reg E. Cathey, 59
Famous for:  Actor; Known for his role as Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards” (2013-2017); 2015 Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Feb 09 – John Gavin, 86
Famous For:  American actor known for his roles in Psycho, Spartacus, and Imitation of Life; Diplomat; Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1986
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia

Feb 11 – Anthony Acevedo, 93
Famous For:  Acevedo was an American soldier during World War II;  Kept a diary while held as a Prisoner Of War (POW) at Berga Concentration Camp; His writings were instrumental in documenting Nazi atrocities against POWs

Tony Acevedo - Shown here in 2010 as POW Honoree at courthouse in Pasadena, California

Tony Acevedo is shown here in 2010 as POW Honoree at courthouse in Pasadena, California. (Wikimedia Commons)

Feb 11 – Vic Damone, 89
Famous For:  Singer / songwriter; Known for songs such as You’re Breaking My Heart (1949) and On the Street Where You Live (1956)

Feb 11 – Jan Maxwell, 61
Famous For:  Actress / singer;  Known for roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Follies and TV’s Gossip Girl
Cause of Death:  Meningitis complicated by breast cancer

Feb 12 – Marty Allen, 95
Famous For:  Actor and comedian;  One-half of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi;  Allen made 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show

Feb 15 – Lassie Lou Ahern, 97
Famous For:  Actress;  Ahern was a child actress in the “Our Gang” films
Cause of Death:  Flu

Feb 19 – Max Desfor, 104
Famous For:  Desfor was an American photographer with the Associated Press;  1951 Pulitzer Prize winner his Korean War photo – Flight of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge in Korea

Feb 21 – Billy Graham, 99
Famous For:  Baptist Minister and Christian television evangelist; Known for running the “Billy Graham Crusades” from 1947-2005;  Graham was a spiritual advisor to every U.S. President from Harry Truman through Barack Obama

Billy Graham - April 11, 1966

Billy Graham – April 11, 1966 (Library of Congress / Public Domain)

Feb 22 – Nanette Fabray, 97
Famous For:  Actress, singer, dancer;  Known for Sid Caesar’s comedy partner on Caesar’s Hour from 1954 to 1957;  Nanette played Katherine Romano on the TV show One Day at a Time from 1979 to 1984; 1949 Tony Award winner; 1956 and 1957 Emmy Award winner


March 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Mar 01 – Bill Burkette, 75
Famous For:  Singer; Burkette was an original member of ‘The Vogues’; Known for songs such as You’re the One and Five O’Clock World

Mar 03 – David Ogden Stiers, 75
Famous For:  Actor; David is known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in TV show M*A*S*H (1977-1983)
Cause of Death:  Bladder cancer

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Winchester

David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Winchester from TV show M*A*S*H. (CBS Television / Public Domain)

Mar 12 – Craig Mack, 47
Famous For:  Singer / rapper; Also known as MC EZ; Known for song Flava in Ya Ear
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Craig Mack - That's My Word EP

Craig Mack
May 10, 1970 – March 12, 2018

Mar 14 – Stephen Hawking, 76
Famous For:  English theoretical physicist; Professor at the University of Cambridge; Author of A Brief History of Time
Cause of Death:  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Stephen Hawking during the press conference at the National Library of France to inaugurate the Laboratory of Astronomy and Particles in Paris - May 5, 2006

Stephen Hawking during a press conference at the National Library of France to inaugurate the Laboratory of Astronomy and Particles in Paris, France – May 5, 2006. (Public Domain)

Mar 19 – Les Payne, 76
Famous For:  American journalist with Newsday; 1974 Pulitzer Prize winner

Mar 20 – Frank Avruch, 89
Famous For:  Actor; Frank Avruch famously played Bozo, the star of TV show Bozo the Clown from 1959-to 1970
Cause of Death:   Heart disease

Frank Avruch as 'Bozo the Clown' - circa 1966

Frank Avruch as ‘Bozo the Clown’ – circa 1966. (Public Domain)

Mar 22 – Wayne Huizenga, 80
Famous For:  Huizenga was an entrepreneur and philanthropist;  Previous owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and the Florida Panthers
Cause of Death:  Cancer

Mar 22 – Charles Lazar, 94
Famous For:  Entrepreneur; Lazar was the founder and CEO of Toys “R” Us toy store chain

Mar 23 – DuShon Monique Brown, 49
Famous For:  Actress; Brown played Connie in Chicago Fire TV show from 2012-2018
Cause of Death:  Heart disease

Mar 25 – Linda Brown, 76
Famous For:  Civil Rights activist; Linda Brown was the subject of a Supreme Court case which outlawed school segregation, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954


April 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Apr 01 – Steven Bochco, 74
Famous For:  Television writer / producer; Known for his work on Hill Street Blues (1981-1987) and L.A. Law (1986-1994)
Cause of Death:  Leukemia

Apr 02 – Susan Anspach, 75
Famous For:  American actress;  Known for her roles in 1970’s films Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again, Sam, Blume in Love
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Apr 02 – Winnie Mandela, 81
Famous For:  South African politician; Anti-apartheid activist; Wife of Nelson Mandela

Apr 03 – Ron Dunbar, 78
Famous For:  Songwriter;  Known for songs such as Give Me Just a Little More Time, Band of Gold, and Patches; Dunbar won a Grammy Award in 1971

Apr 13 – Art Bell, 72
Famous For:  American author (The Coming Global Superstorm); Radio personality (Coast to Coast AM and Art Bell’s Dark Matter)
Cause of Death:  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Apr 14 – Hal Greer, 81
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame basketball player; Played with the Philadelphia 76ers from 1958 through 1973;  10-time NBA All-Star;  1967 NBA Champion

Hal Greer - 1969

Hal Greer in 1969
June 26, 1936 – April 14, 2018
(Public Domain)

Apr 14 – Kirk Simon, 63
Famous For:  American documentarian;  Known for films such as Strangers No More, Chimps: So Like Us, Rehearsing a Dream; 2011 Oscar winner
Cause of Death:  Cardiac arrest

Apr 15 – R. Lee Ermey, 74
Famous For:  Sgt. USMC retired; Actor;  Famous for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in 1967’s Full Metal Jacket
Cause of Death:  Complications from pneumonia

R. Lee Ermey, famed drill sergeant in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” and host of the History Channel TV show “Mail Call” aboard the USS Belleau Wood - March 22, 2005

R. Lee Ermey – Famed drill sergeant in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” and host of the History Channel TV show “Mail Call” aboard the USS Belleau Wood – March 22, 2005. (Public Domain)

Apr 16 – Harry Anderson, 65
Famous For:  Actor;  Known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on TV show Night Court (1984-1992)

Apr 17 – Barbara Bush, 92
Famous For:  Barbara Bush was the wife of U.S. President George H. W. Bush and First Lady from 1989-1993;  Mother of U.S. President George W. Bush (2001-2009);  Founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Cause of Death:  Congestive heart failure

First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989

First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989
June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018
(Public Domain)

Apr 18 – Bruno Sammartino, 82
Famous For:  Bruno was a WWF professional wrestler known as “The Living Legend”;  Sammartino held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship longer than anyone in the history of the sport
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

Apr 20 – Avicii (Birth name Tim Bergling), 28
Famous For:  Avicii was an electronic music producer; Known for songs such as Sunshine and I Could Be the One; Avicii was a two-time Grammy nominee
Cause of Death:  Acute pancreatitis

Apr 21 – Verne Troyer, 49
Famous For:  Actor;  Troyer was known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies;  He was also known as the world’s shortest actor at only 2′ 8″ tall
Cause of Death:  Alcohol poisoning

Verne Troyer signing autographs at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia - June 16, 2012

Verne Troyer signing autographs at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia – June 16, 2012. (Flickr user Eva Rinaldi / Creative Commons)

Apr 23 – Bob Dorough, 94
Famous For:  Musician and songwriter;  Dorough composed and performed the Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational cartoons


May 2018 Celebrity Deaths

May 04 – Steve Coy, 56
Famous For:  UK musician;  Coy played drums and keyboard for the rock group “Dead or Alive” from 1982 until 2016

May 07 – Gayle Shepherd, 81
Famous For:  Singer; Gayle was one of four sisters who formed the group “The Shepherd Sisters” –  known for their appearances on TV shows Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
Cause of Death:  Dementia

May 13 – Margot Kidder, 69
Famous For:  Canadian-American actress;  Kidder is most notably known for her role as Lois Lane in three Superman movies (1978, 1980, and 1983)
Cause of Death:  Suicide by overdose

Margot Kidder in Gaily, Gaily - 1969

Margot Kidder in Gaily, Gaily – 1969. (Public Domain)

May 14 – Tom Wolfe, 88
Famous For:  Author, known for books such as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Journalist

May 19 – Reggie Lucas, 19
Famous For:  Songwriter, most notably known for the hit song Never Knew Love Like This Before; Guitarist; Record Producer; 1981 Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

May 21 – Philip Roth, 85
Famous For:  Novelist; Roth wrote 1968’s Portnoy’s Complaint;  1998 Pulitzer Prize winner for his work on American Pastoral
Cause of Death:  Heart failure

May 26 – Alan Bean, 86
Famous For:  Bean was an American astronaut with Apollo 12, Skylab 3 missions; Alan Bean was the fourth person to walk on the Moon

May 27 – Gardner Dozois, 70
Famous For:  Dozois was an American Hall of Fame sci-fi writer (Morning Child, Hunter’s Run); Editor; 1984 and 1985 Nebula Award winner
Cause of Death:  Infection


June 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jun 05 – Kate Spade, 55
Famous For:  American fashion designer; Entrepreneur;  Spade was the owner/operator of over 300 fashion stores globally
Cause of Death:  Suicide by hanging

Kate Spade

Kate Spade
December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018
(Bebeto Matthews / AP)

Jun 08 – Anthony Bourdain, 61
Famous For:  Bourdain was a TV Personality and Chef;  Most notably known for his television show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations from 2005 to 2012; Four-time Emmy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Suicide by hanging

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards - 2014

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards – 2014. (Flickr Peabody Awards / Creative Commons)

Jun 08 – Jackson Odell, 20
Famous For:  Odell was an actor / songwriter known for his role as Ari Caldwell on TV show The Goldbergs

Jun 13 – D. J. Fontana, 87
Famous For:  Fontana was a drummer that played for The Blue Mean Boys and then later for Elvis Presley from 1954 to 1968

Jun 20 – Brian Donovan, 77
Famous For:  American journalist with Newsday; 1970 and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death:  Alzheimer’s disease

Jun 21 – Charles Krauthammer, 68
Famous For:  Author and columnist; Krauthammer was a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post;  Also known for several Fox TV commentary shows
Cause of Death:  Cancer of the small intestine

Jun 25 – Richard Benjamin Harrison, 77
Famous For:  Businessman and reality television star;  Richard Benjamin Harrison was most notably known as the “Old Man” on the History Channel’s TV show Pawn Stars
Cause of Death:  Parkinson’s disease

Jun 27 – Joe Jackson, 89
Famous For:  Joe Jackson was the father and patriarch of the Jackson family; Manager of group The Jackson 5
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Joe Jackson at the Cannes Film Festival - 2014

Joe Jackson at the Cannes Film Festival – 2014. (Public Domain)


July 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Jul 03 – Alan Diaz, 71
Famous For:  American photographer; 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner

Jul 05 – Jim Malloy, 87
Famous For:  American recording engineer; Most notably known for his work with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Henry Mancini; 1964 Grammy Award winner

Jul 13 – Nancy Barbato Sinatra, 101
Famous For:  Nancy was the first wife of Frank Sinatra (1939-1959)

Jul 21 – Alene Duerk, 98
Famous For:  American Navy admiral;  Duerk was the first female admiral in the United States Navy (1972);  Director of U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1970-1975

Alene Duerk - First woman promoted to Navy Admiral

Alene Duerk – First woman promoted to Admiral of the United States Navy. (Public Domain)

Jul 21 – Jonathan Gold, 57
Famous For:  American food critic with the Los Angeles Time, LA Weekly, and Gourmet;  2007 Pulitzer Prize winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer


August 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Aug 05 – Charlotte Rae, 92
Famous For:  Actress; Known for her roles as Edna Garrett on TV sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and its spin-off The Facts of Life
Cause of Death:  Bone cancer

Aug 07 – Stan Mikita, 78
Famous For:  Canadian ice hockey player with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1959 to 1989; Widely considered to have been the NHL’s best center during the 1960s
Cause of Death:  Dementia

Aug 16 – Aretha Franklin, 76
Famous For:  Singer, songwriter and pianist;  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee;  Aretha Franklin was known as “The Queen of Soul”;  Franklin’s top songs include 1967’s Respect and Natural Woman and 1968’s Think; Franklin was an 18-time Grammy Award winner
Cause of Death:  Pancreatic cancer

Aretha Franklin singing My Country 'Tis Of Thee' at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009

Aretha Franklin singing My Country ‘Tis Of Thee’ at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aug 21 – Barbara Harris, 83
Famous For:  American actress;  Known for roles in films such as Peggy Sue Got Married, Gross Pointe Blank, The Apple Tree, Freaky Friday and Nashville;  1967 Tony Award winner;  Co-founder of inspirational comedy enterprise, The Second City
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Aug 22 – Ed King, 68
Famous For:  King was an American Hall of Fame guitarist known for his work bands Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynryd;  Songwriter (Sweet Home Alabama)
Cause of Death:  Lung cancer

Aug 22 – Lazy Lester (Birth name Leslie Johnson), 68
Famous For:  American Hall of Fame blues magician
Cause of Death:  Stomach cancer

Aug 23 – George Walker, 68
Famous For:  American composer known for his work Lilacs;  1996 Pulitzer Prize winner;  Walker was the first American to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Aug 25 – John McCain, 81
Famous For:  McCain was an American politician, serving in the U.S. Senate (since 1987) and the House of Representatives (from 1983-1987);  Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2008 election (lost to Barack Obama); Navy officer and naval aviator, most notably known for being shot down during the Vietnam War and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese

John McCain - Official Portrait 2009

John McCain
August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018
(Public Domain)

Aug 26 – Neil Simon, 68
Famous For:  Simon was an American author, screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), and playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple);  1965, 1985, and 1991 Tony Award winner;  Simon received more combined Oscar and Tony award nominations than any other writer in history
Cause of Death:  Complications from pneumonia


September 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Sep 06 – Burt Reynolds, 82
Famous For: American actor; Most notable for his performances in films such as 1972’s Deliverance, 1974’s The Longest YardSmokey and the Bandit I & II (1977, 1980), 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and 1997’s Boogie Nights
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper in Gunsmoke - 1962

Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper in Gunsmoke – 1962. (Public Domain)

Sep 07 – Mac Miller (Birth name Malcolm James McCormick), 26
Famous For: American rapper and singer;  Miller’s debut album, Blue Slide Park, hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200;  Relationship with actress/singer Ariana Grande
Cause of Death: Suspected drug overdose

Sep 08 – Chelsi Smith, 45
Famous For: American beauty pageant winner (crowned Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1995)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Sep 10 – Peter Donat, 90
Famous For: Peter was a Canadian-born American actor; He is most well-known for roles in The Godfather: Part II, The X-Files, and The China Syndrome
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Sep 19 – Dave Barrett, 63
Famous For: Barrett was an American news radio correspondent with CBS, ABC, and Fox; Three-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sep 19 – Jon Burge, 70 (death announced on this date)
Famous For: Burge was a police officer with the Chicago Police Department who was accused of torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in attempts to force confessions

Sep 26 – Roger Robinson, 78
Famous For: American actor most known for roles on Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Kojak, and Rubicon; 2009 Tony Award winner

Sep 27 – Marty Balin, 76
Famous For: Hall of Fame rock singer and musician with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship

Sep 29 – Otis Rush, 83
Famous For: Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer, most known for songs like “All Your Love”, “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, and “Double Trouble”
Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke


October 2018 Celebrity Deaths

Oct 01 – Graciano Rocchigiani, 54
Famous For: German boxing world champion with the WBC (1988–1989) and IBF (1998–2000)
Cause of Death: Trauma from a traffic collision


Want to see a listing of celebrities lost in other years?

⇢ 2017 Celebrity Deaths

⇢ 2016 Celebrity Deaths

 


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