37 Celebs Passed Away in 2018, But Will Live in Our Hearts Forever


The 2018 year took many lives, including celebrities and major influencers. See the list of famous people that died in 2018 on Nexter.org.

Penny Marshall, December 17

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Penny Marshall, the star and the director of ABC TV-series  “Laverne & Shirley” has died at the age of 75.

Her publicist stated that the actress died in her Hollywood Hills house, California, due to complications from diabetes.

Marshall directed several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley” and directed the movie “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Big”, “Awakenings”, “A League of Their Own”, “Renaissance Man”, “The Preacher’s Wife”, “Riding in Cars with Boys”.

Colin Kroll, December 16 


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The co-founder of the HQ Trivia and the CEO of the video platform Vine, Colin Kroll, has been found dead in his apartment in New York at the age of 34.

He was found by police as his girlfriend contacted them and asked to check on him along with drugs lying around.

Rus, the co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vice stated on Twitter, “So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll. My thoughts & prayers go out to his loved ones.

“I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart. He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother.”

Nancy Wilson, December 13


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Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning pop-jazz singer has died at the age of 81 from a long illness on December 13, 2018, at her home in Pioneertown, California.

The singer recorded more than 70 albums and won 3 Grammy Awards during her music career.

“The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s,” she once told The San Francisco Chronicle.

“I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric.”

Jessica Starr, December 12

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Jessica Starr, a meteorologist for WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in Detroit, has died, the station said Thursday.

Starr was 35 and lived in Novi, according to public records. The station said she committed suicide.

Morning news anchor Amy Andrews broke the news in a tweet.

“Our hearts are broken,” she wrote. “Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life.

“Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone. Keep her family in your prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

 George HW Bush, Nobember 30

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George Herbert Walker Bush, who was elected the 41st president of the United States and fathered the nation’s 43rd, died late Friday.

He was 94 and lived longer than any other U.S. president.

“George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement announcing his father’s death. “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

President Donald Trump designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning, and a representative for the New York Stock Exchange said markets would close on that day, in keeping with the Big Board’s longstanding tradition.

A state funeral was being arranged at the Washington National Cathedral, and the White House said the president and first lady Melania Trump will attend.

Stephen Hillenburg, November 26


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Creator of Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, died Monday at the age of 57.

The official cause of death is ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a diagnosis he revealed in March 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Karen Hillenburg, son Clay, mother Nancy Hillenburg (nee Dufour) and brother Brian Kelly Hillenburg, his wife Isabel, and nieces Emma and Hazel.

Pablo Ferro, November 16


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Pablo Ferro, a legend of Madison Avenue and Hollywood known for crafting the innovative main titles for such films as Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Bullitt, Philadelphia and the Men in Black movies, has died at the age of 83.

Ferro died of complications from pneumonia Friday night in Sedona, Arizona, his daughter and son, Joy Ferro-Moore and Allen Ferro, announced.

Ferro produced and directed the 1992 comedy Me Myself and I, starring JoBeth Williams and George Segal.

A multiple Clio Award winner, member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame and recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award among his many honors, Ferro also was responsible for dozens of acclaimed television ad campaigns, including one for Burlington Mills that sparkled with fast-moving multicolored stitching animation.

Kim Porter, November 15


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Kim Porter, former long-term girlfriend of Hip Hop star Diddy and mother to three of his children, has been found dead aged 47.

Representatives of Diddy, real name Sean Combs, confirmed the actress and model died at her home in LA on Thursday.

Porter had suffered from flu-like symptoms and possibly pneumonia for several weeks, a source told TMZ. Porter’s cause of death remains unknown at this time.

Stan See, November 12


Stan Lee was a comic book writer that took a position of the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and a  chairman. He is the creator of the most famous heroes of the Marvel universe, including Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. He also played in episodic roles in films based on Marvel comics: “X-Men”, “Spiderman”, “Iron Man”, “Daredevil”, “Hulk” and others.

In recent years, the author of comics suffered from several diseases – he had pneumonia and vision problems. In early 2016, Stan Lee complained that he had lost the ability to read and write.

In February, the former chairman of Marvel was hospitalized due to heart and respiratory problems at Cedars-Sinai hospital. Later, doctors reported that the condition of the man has stabilized. It is noted that Stan Lee’s family called an ambulance to his house. However, he died immediately after arriving at the hospital.

Douglas Rain, November 11

Source: NME.com

Douglas Rain, a Canadian actor best known for voicing HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has passed away at age 90.

“Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development,” the festival’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, said in a press release Sunday, according to CTV.

“Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors.”

He performed in a wide variety of theatrical roles, including plays  Henry V and Vivat! Vivat Regina!

Willie McCovey, October 31

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Willie McCovey, 80, who was the Hall of Fame first baseman played with San Francisco Giants died on October 31, 2018.

“San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement. “Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched.

“For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants — as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”

Paul Allen, October 15


Source: WWAY

The entrepreneur died due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – cancer of the lymphatic system. Allen found out about his illness (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) at the age of 29 (in 1982), then he had to transplant bone marrow. In 2009, he was diagnosed with another type of oncology – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and this year the businessman died from the complications.

In Albuquerque in 1975, Paul Allen and Bill Gates jointly founded the company Micro-Soft (microprocessor software). A year later, the developers registered the trademark of their company (without the hyphen in the name). Initially, the assets were not divided equally – Gates wanted 64%, and Allen was left with 36%.

Paul worked at Microsoft for 8 years – until 1983, and he left either for health reasons or because of disagreements with Gates. Allen wrote in his book that he had an enterprising partner that wanted to grab as much as possible and didn’t get anything out of hand. He stated that he could not reconcile with this and thought that he would have to leave at some point.

Montserrat Caballé, October 6

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Montserrat Caballé, a Spanish soprano (famous for singing Barcelona with Freddie Mercury) has died at the age of 85. The singer had a stroke in 2012 and had been admitted last month for a gall bladder problem.

During her long-time career, Montserrat Caballé sang a wide variety of roles (works of Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti). Unfortunately, in December 2015, Caballé was charged of tax evasion and received a six-month suspended jail term and fined more than €250,000.

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Charles Aznavour, October 1


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The French singer Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94, French media has reported, citing his spokesman.

Aznavour, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100m records in 80 countries.

He was best known for his 1974 hit She and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

He was often described as France’s Frank Sinatra.

Norm Breyfogle, September 24


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Batman artist and Ultraverse co-creator Norm Breyfogle has passed away on Monday, Sep. 24  in Houghton Michigan.

He was 58 years old and leaves behind a long career working with DC Comics, working on and building a following on titles like Detective Comics, Shadow of the Bat, Batman: Holy Terror, Batman Beyond Unlimited, and Batman Birth of the Demon.

He also worked at Marvel Comics, co-creating the Ultraverse and helping to launch Prime as well as working on Avengers, Black Panther, Hellcat, Marvel Fanfare, and Moon Knight.

Gary Kurtz, September 23

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Gary Kurz took part in production of many famous movies, including  American Graffiti (1973), Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Return to Oz (1985).

On Septembet 23, 2018, he died of cancer this weekend at the age of 78.

“We did have long discussions about various religious philosophies, and how people related to them, and how we could simplify it,” Kurtz told in an interview for How Star Wars Conquered the Universe.

“‘May the Force be with you’ came out of medieval Christianity, where ‘may God go with you’ was a symbol that you would be safe. We wanted something as simple as that, an everyday expression that linked to the power of the Force that wasn’t overbearing.”

Denis Norden, September 19


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TV host and comedy writer Denis Norden has died aged 96. In 1977, Norden became the host of the ITV show, It’ll Be Alright On The Night,  and presented it till 2006. He wrote comedies with Frank Muir for BBC Radio. At the age of 19, he wrote his first comedy script.

Norden’s children, Nick and Maggie, wanted to thank “all the dedicated staff and doctors who have looked after him – with much devotion”.

“A wonderful dad, a loving grandfather and great great-grandfather – he gave his laughter-mongering to so many.”

“He will be in our hearts forever,” they added.

Mac Miller, September 7


Source: Billboard

Malcolm McCormick, also known as Mac Miller, was found dead on September 7 at his home. The cause of death wasn’t released yet, but it seems that Miller has died from an apparent overdose, “Authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m. At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined.”

“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”

Mac Miller was an American rapper, singer and record producer.

See also, celebrities who died of a drug overdose:

Burt Reynolds, September 6


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Legendary actor Burt Reynolds, the wisecracking 1970s movie heartthrob and Oscar nominee, has died at the age of 82.

He reportedly passed away in a Florida hospital from a heart attack with his family by his side.

Reynolds was set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood based around the Manson Family murders.

John McCain, August 25

Source: Arizona Governor’s Office

US Senator John McCain, a Vietnam War hero and towering political figure who became the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, passed away on August 25.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” his office said in a statement.

“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”

Back in 2017, John McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and he battled it for one year until he chose to discontinue medical care.

Stefan Karl Stefansson, August 21

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Previously, Stefan Karl Stefansson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, it was removed with surgery. He continued to share the news about the treatment, but in spring 2018 he announced that cancer had returned and this time it couldn’t be removed.

Starting working on Lazy Town with Magnús Scheving, Stefan Karl didn’t speak English at all, but he worked hard and became fluent. He signed a contract with Nickelodeon for 40 episodes of Lazy Town, Stefan Karl Stefansson played the villain – Robbie Rotten.

Later he commented on the show that “[Scheving] wanted the kids to get healthier, so he created this musical called LazyTown. He played Sportacus, the fitness fanatic, and I was Robbie Rotten, the guy who liked to stay indoors and sleep”.

Aretha Franklin, August 16


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Aretha Franklin, 76, the “queen of soul” has died in Detroit “due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” CNN reports.

Her family commented on the tragic situation: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

Aretha Franklin was famous for her hits “Respect,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem.”

Rick Genest, August 2


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Canadian model Rick Genest, better known as Zombie Boy, has died at the age 32 in an apparent suicide.

The heavily-tattooed star, who appeared in Lady Gaga’s 2011 music video Born This Way, was found in his apartment in Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday, Aug. 02.

His 176 insect tattoos earned him a Guinness World Record.

See also, famous people who committed suicide in 2018:

Ellie Soutter


Source:  Team GB

Family, fans and the British Olympic community have paid tribute to young snowboarder Ellie Soutter after the promising athlete was found dead on her 18th birthday.

Soutter’s father Tony led the tributes with a heartbreaking Facebook post:

“This cruel world took my Soul mate and “Bessie” from me yesterday on her 18th birthday,” he wrote.“I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little champion!”

The Surrey native won Great Britain’s only medal during the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in 2017, when she took bronze in the women’s snowboard cross.

She also carried the British flag during the closing ceremony and was tipped to complete a childhood dream with a spot on Great Britain’s team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Sergio Marchionne


Source: CAR magazine

“It is with the deepest sadness that EXOR has learned of the passing of Sergio Marchionne,” FCA Chairman John Elkann said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone. I believe that the best way to honor his memory is to build on the legacy he left us, continuing to develop the human values of responsibility and openness of which he was the most ardent champion.”

Auto executive Sergio Marchionne, 66, who turned Fiat and Chrysler into a profitable business, died Wednesday. Sergio Marchionne was the CEO of Fiat when he bought Chrysler out of bankruptcy in 2009 following a US government bailout.

Denis Ten


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Olympic medalist Denis Ten passed away after reportedly being stabbed in Kazakhstan. He was 25. Denis got into a fight with two men who were trying to steal the mirrors off of his car.

“The International Skating Union is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten,” is written on Twitter. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Denis’ family, friends and fans across the world.”

Tab Hunter, July 8 


Source: Fox News

Tab Hunter, the iconic star of 1950s, died Sunday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California due to a blood clot that caused cardiac arrest.

“We were walking home and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard,” Allan Glaser, his partner, 35 years, said. “He said he couldn’t breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital.”

“This was sudden and unexpected. He was athletic, more like a 60-year-old not an 86-year-old,” he added.

Tina Turner’s Oldest Son, July 3


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Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig Turner, has died by suicide, at the age of 59.

Craig was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m. after being found dead in his Studio City, California, home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Craig worked as a real estate agent in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sophie Gradon, June 20

Source: World News

The model appeared on the 2016 series of Love Island.  She became one half of the first bisexual couple on the show and was famous for having sex with a male co-star in a wardrobe. Also, Gradon was a former Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain (2009).

She died at her parents’ house in Medburn, Ponteland. Her parents were really upset about the news, so they haven’t commented on it yet. Gradon was tweeting before the death about the love for her boyfriend.

XXXTentacion, June 18


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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot in South Florida, according to CNN, he was found in critical condition and did not have a pulse. Broward County authorities officially confirmed the shooting in Miami, as a result of which XXXTentacion was taken to the hospital.

Eyewitnesses told the police that after the attack, the robbers took Louis Vuitton bag from the car of the rapper and fled.

Isao Takahata, April 5 


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Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli animation production company, died on April 5, 2018, at the age of 82. He passed away in hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He reportedly suffered from lung cancer.

Isao Takahata wasn’t as world-wide well-known as Miyazaki, however, he played an essential part in directing some of Studio Ghibli’s most beautiful and brilliant animated films, for instance, Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

He also produced some of early Miyazaki’s works, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in the Sky, the anime films we so loved to see in our childhood and even now.

Kate Spade

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Kate Spade, fashion designer, hanged herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment, according to New York Police Department sources.

When she was asked where she found inspiration, Kate’s answer was “everywhere. I don’t purposely go to certain museums of places to find inspiration. I actually really find it in everyday life. It’s dependent on my mood.”

Stephen Hawking, March 14


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Stephen Hawking, the greatest mind of the century, has died at the age of 76. He was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, but notwithstanding this fact, Hawking was a brilliant British scientist and published major works that changed the view on the universe.

As it’s known, Hawking has peacefully died at his home in Cambridge in the morning, Wednesday.

Hawking overcame a terrible disease that left him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Though he couldn’t talk or write, he established the greatest theories about our universe and published his ideas in books, for instance, in ‘A Brief History of Time’.

His children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, expressed their condolence with tender words, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Dolores O’Riordan, January 15



The statement described the death as sudden, and added: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

A Metropolitan police statement also confirmed the news, and that O’Riordan’s body was found at a Park Lane hotel. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement read.

A spokeswoman for the London Hilton on Park Lane said: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15 January. We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.”

D.J. Fontana, June 13


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For the last days, Fontana was suffering from complications of a broken hip, which might have caused the fatal outcome. “My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight,” Fontana’s son David announced the drummer’s death on Facebook.

Fontana was hired to play drums for Elvis  Presley, which marked the beginning of a 14-year relationship. D.J. Fontana was with Elvis everywhere: in the studio, on the road and in films (for example, “Jailhouse Rock”). Later on, Fontana lived in Nashville and became an in-demand session musician for Presley.

Ines Zorreguieta, June 6


Source: La Vanguardia

The younger sister of the Queen of the Netherlands, 33-year-old Ines Zorreguieta, was found dead in her apartment in Buenos Aires. Suicide is believed to be the possible cause of death. In recent years, Ines Zorreguieta has suffered from depression and mental health issues and even underwent treatment.

Queen Maxima tried to take her to the Netherlands to help her recover, however, all her attempts were unsuccessful.

R. Lee Ermey, April 15

Source: sbs.com.au

The actor Ronald Lee Ermey died at the age of 74. He was famous for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘Full Metal Jacket’. The cause of death is the complications from pneumonia.

In 1987, R. Lee Ermey was to become a technical adviser for Kubrick’s movie on Vietnam,  ‘Full Metal Jacket’, but the director offered him one of the main roles, the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, after seeing Ermey’s demo tape.

The movie earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor, and opened him an actor career: he was offered a role of Mayor Tilman, “Mississippi Burning,” Sergeant Major Bougus in ‘Space: Above and Beyond’ and a voice of Sarge in “Toy Story.”

Avicii, April 20


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The Swedish DJ Avicii, Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20, 2018. His family has ‘confirmed’ he took his own life. He died when he was just 28 years old.

The family stated, ‘When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer.’

Barbara Bush, March 17


Source: Daily News

Barbara Bush is the second one (after Abigail Adams) in US history to have a husband and a son as President. She was a political figure as her husband, George H.W. Bush, who was elected as vice president and President.

After the term, Bush family left the White House, however, Barbara Bush stayed a potent spokeswoman for two of her sons – George W. and Jeb – as they tried for the presidential seat. She died from the lung disease COPD and congestive heart failure.


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37 Celebs Passed Away in 2018, But Will Live in Our Hearts Forever
37 Celebs Passed Away in 2018, But Will Live in Our Hearts Forever
The 2018 year took many lives, including celebrities and major influencers. See the list of famous people that died in 2018 on Nexter.org.

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