A brief remembrance of famous figures who died in 2018

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was among the beloved artists who died in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was among the beloved artists who died in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

As we embark on 2019, here’s a brief list of notable people we lost in 2018:

January

Bradford Dillman, 87, American actor (“The Way We Were,” “The Enforcer”)

Dolores O’Riordan, 46, Irish singer (The Cranberries)

Peter Mayle, 78, British author (“A Year in Provence”)

Dorothy Malone, 93, American actress (“Written on the Wind”)

Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, American science fiction writer (“The Dispossessed”)

Hugh Masekela, 78, South African jazz trumpeter (“Grazing in the Grass”)

Mort Walker, 94, American comics artist (“Beetle Bailey”)

February

John Mahoney, 77, English-American actor (“Frasier”)

Marty Allen, 95, American actor and comedian (Allen & Rossi)

Billy Graham, 99, American evangelist and Southern Baptist minister

Nanette Fabray, 97, American actress and singer, Emmy, Tony winner (“One Day at a Time”)

March

David Ogden Stiers, 75, American actor (“M*A*S*H”)

Hubert de Givenchy, 91, French fashion designer

Stephen Hawking, 76, English theoretical physicist

April

Steven Bochco, 74, American TV producer and writer (“Hill Street Blues”), 10-time Emmy winner

Susan Anspach, 75, American actress (“Five Easy Pieces”)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician

Cecil Taylor, 89, American jazz pianist and poet.

Mitzi Shore, 87, American comedy club owner

Gerald Nachman, 80, American journalist and author

Harry Anderson, 65, American actor (“Night Court”) and magician

Miloš Forman, 86, Czech-American film director (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”), Oscar winner

Barbara Bush, 92, American political matriarch, First Lady (1989–1993) and Second Lady (1981–1989)

Verne Jay Troyer, 49,American actor, comedian, stunt performer (“Austin Powers”)

Larry Harvey, 70, American artist, philanthropist, activist and Burning Man co-founder

David Wiegand, 70, American journalist

May

Margot Kidder, 69, Canadian-American actress (“Superman”)

Tom Wolfe, 88, American author (“The Bonfire of the Vanities”) and journalist.

Philip Roth, 85, American writer (“Goodbye, Columbus”), Pulitzer Prize winner

Alan Bean, 86, American astronaut, fourth person to walk on the moon

June

Dwight Clark, 61, American football player (San Francisco 49ers)

Kate Spade, 55, American fashion designer

Anthony Bourdain, 61, American chef, author and TV host, Emmy winner

Joe Jackson, 89, American band manager (The Jackson 5), patriarch of the Jackson family

July

Alan Longmuir, 70, Scottish bass guitarist (Bay City Rollers)

Bill Watrous, 79, American jazz trombonist

Richard Swift, 41, American singer-songwriter, producer and musician (The Shins)

Tab Hunter, 86, American actor and singer (“Young Love”)

Jonathan Gold, 57, American food critic, Pulitzer Prize winner

Ron Dellums, 82, American politician, congressman and Oakland mayor

August

Aretha Franklin, 76, Hall of Fame singer, (“Respect”), pianist and songwriter, 18-time Grammy winner

Kofi Atta Annan, 80, Ghanaian diplomat, Secretary General of the United Nations

Barbara Harris, 83, American actress (“Nashville”),co-founder of The Second City

Robin Leach, 76, British writer and TV host (“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)

John McCain, 81, American politician and Navy officer, congressman

Neil Simon, 91, American playwright (“The Odd Couple”)

Ed King, 68, American musician, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Marie Severin, 89, comic book artist (“Thor,” “Iron Man”)

Paul Taylor, 88, American choreographer

September

Bill Daily, 91, American actor (“I Dream of Jeannie”), game show panelist

Burt Reynolds, 82, American actor (“Smokey and the Bandit”)

Mac Miller, 26, American rapper, producer

Marty Balin, 76, American Hall of Fame rock singer and musician (Jefferson Airplane)

October

Charles Aznavour, 94, French-Armenian singer (“She”), lyricist and actor

Audrey Wells, 58, American film director and screenwriter (“Under the Tuscan Sun”)

Scott Wilson, 76, American actor (“The Walking Dead”)

Mel Ramos, 83, American artist

Paul Allen, 65, American business magnate (Microsoft co-founder)

Danny Leiner, 57, American film director (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”)

Hank Greenwald, 83, American sportscaster (San Francisco Giants)

Willie McCovey, 80, American Hall of Fame baseball player (San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics)

November

Roy Hargrove, 49, American jazz trumpeter, Grammy winner

Sondra Locke, 74, American actress (“The Outlaw Josey Wales”)

Francis Lai, 86, French film score composer (“Love Story”)

Stan Lee, 95, American comic book writer and publisher (Marvel Comics)

Katherine MacGregor, 93, American actress (“Little House on the Prairie”)

Roy Clark, 85, American Hall of Fame country singer and TV host (“Hee Haw”)

William Goldman, 87, American author (“The Princess Bride”) and screenwriter, Oscar winner

Nicolas Roeg, 90, English film director (“The Man Who Fell to Earth”)

Bernardo Bertolucci, 77, Italian film director (“Last Tango in Paris”)

Stephen Hillenburg, 57, American animator, cartoonist (“SpongeBob SquarePants”)

George H. W. Bush, 94, American president, vice president, CIA director

December

Ken Berry, 85, American actor (“Mayberry R.F.D.)

Julia Vinograd, 74, American poet (The Bubble Lady)

Nancy Wilson, 81, American jazz singer, Grammy winner

Penny Marshall, 75, American actress (“Laverne & Shirley”), director (“Big”)

Amos Oz, 79, Israeli author (“My Michael”) and journalistCelebrity deaths

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