In Memoriam: Newsmakers, celebrities who died in 2018

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As 2018 comes to a close, we take pause to remember some of the well-known personalities, newsmakers, politicians and celebrities lost over the last year.

Actor, musician and comedian Jerry Van Dyke died Jan. 5 at the age of 86. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke and made his acting debut on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Dolores O’Riordan, vocalist for rock band The Cranberries, died at age 46 on Jan. 15. 

John Mahoney died at 77-years-old of complications from throat cancer on Feb. 4. He was an English-American actor known for his work on stage, film and TV.

Actor Reg E. Cathey died Feb. 9 at 59-years-old. He was reported to have had been battling lung cancer.

Billy Graham, Christian evangelist and pastor to presidents, died at the age of 99 on Feb. 21.

Actor and conductor David Ogden Stiers died March 3 at 75 years of age from bladder cancer complications.

World-renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking died March 14 at 76-years-old after battling ALS for more than half a century.

R. Lee Ermey died at the age of 74 on April 15. He was a Marine corps drill instructor who achieved fame as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.”

Harry Anderson, an actor, comedian and magician, died at age 65 on April 16. Reports say he passed due to a stroke caused by influenza and heart disease.

Barbara Bush, former first lady and wife of George H.W. Bush, died April 17 at the age of 92.

Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling, known as Avicii, died suddenly at the age of 28 on April 20.

Verne Troyer died at the age of 49 on April 21. He was an American actor and comedian best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” film series.

Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress best known for “Superman,” died at the age of 69 on May 13.

Tom Wolfe, novelist and journalist, died of an infection on May 14. He was 88.

American novelist and short-story writer Philip Roth died May 22 at the age of 85.

Fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Spade died June 5 at the age of 55.

Chef, author, documentarian and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, known as one of the most influential chefs in the world, died June 8 at 61-years-old.

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, known as Rapper XXXTentacion, died June 18 at the age of 20. Police say he was shot and killed during an apparent robbery.

Political columnist Charles Krauthammer died due to his battle with cancer at 68. He passed on June 21.

Comedian, character actress and singer Charlotte Rae died August 5 at the age of 92.

American singer, songwriter and “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin passed away August 16 at the age of 76.

Kofi Annan, former UN chief and Ghanaian diplomat, died August 18 at age 80.

English reporter and writer Robin Leach died on August 24 at the age of 76. He died of complications of a stroke.

John McCain, politician and military officer, died at 81-years-old on August 25 after battling brain cancer.

Playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Simon died at the age of 91 on August 26.

Actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds who rose to prominence in TV series such as “Gunsmoke” passed away Sept. 6 when he was 82-years-old.

Rapper Mac Miller died at the age of 26 on Sept. 7.

Arthur Mitchell, a trailblazing US ballet dancer, died Sept. 19 at age 84.

Actor Scott Wilson died from leukemia at the age of 76. He passed away on Oct. 6.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died of cancer at age 65 on Oct. 15.

Marvel Comics patriarch Stan Lee died Nov. 12 at 95-years-old.

Roy Clark, best known for hosting country variety show “Hee Haw,” died Nov. 15 at the age of 85.

George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, died Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

Stephen Hillenburg, best known as the creator of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died of ALS at the age of 57 on Nov. 26.

Ken Berry, actor, dancer and singer, died Dec. 1 at the age of 85.

Actress, director and producer Penny Marshall died Dec. 17 at 75-years-old.

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