HERE is a month-to-month breakdown of other celebrities who passed away in 2018.
Original Mouseketeer DOREEN TRACEY, 74, died of pneumonia Jan. 10, after a twoyear cancer battle.
Legendary broadcaster KEITH JACKSON, the voice of college football for ABC, died Jan. 12, at age 89. He was known for his signature “Whoa, Nellie!” call.
Lead singer of the smash-hit rockers The Cranberries, DOLORES O’RIORDAN, 46, was found dead in the bathtub of her London hotel room Jan. 15. The accidental drowning was due to alcohol intoxication.
On Jan. 30, just weeks before he was to be sentenced on kiddie porn charges, former Glee star MARK SALLING, 35, hanged himself in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon, Calif., a few miles from his home.
Tony Award–nominated actor LOUIS ZORICH — the father of Paul Reiser’s character on NBC’s Mad About You — passed away Jan. 30, at his Manhattan home. The husband of actress Olympia Dukakis was 93.
I Let Her Lie country singer DARYLE SINGLETARY, 46, died suddenly Feb. 12, at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. His family said the death was caused by a blood clot.
Psycho and Spartacus star JOHN GAVIN, 86, lost his battle with leukemia Feb. 9, at his home in Beverly Hills. He served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986. Actor REG E. CATHEY, who won an Emmy for his role as Freddy on House of Cards, died of lung cancer at his home in New York Feb. 9. He was 59.
Complications of respiratory failure took the life of legendary crooner VIC DAMONE, 89, in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 11.
Five-time Tony nominee JAN MAXWELL lost her battle with cancer on Feb. 11. The 61-yearold actress also appeared in such TV series as Law & Order and Gossip Girl.
The final curtain fell for pneumonia-stricken comedian MARTY ALLEN in Las Vegas Feb. 12. One half of the Allen & Rossi comedy duo, he was 95.
Tony and Emmy winner NANETTE FABRAY, 97, passed away from natural causes Feb. 22, at her home in Palos Verdes, Calif. She played TV mothers three times — Bonnie Franklin’s on One Day at a Time, Mary Tyler Moore’s on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Shelley Fabares’ on Coach.
Designer HUBERT DE GIVENCHY, 91, who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, died in his sleep in France on March 10.
Rapper CRAIG MACK passed away from heart failure at his home in South Carolina on March 12. The Flava in Ya Ear star was 46.
Award-winning physicist STEPHEN HAWKING, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at 21, died March 14, at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76. He made several guest appearances on CBS’ hit series The Big Bang Theory.
The laughter stopped for TV’s Bozo the Clown, FRANK AVRUCH, at his Boston home on March 20. The 89-year-old succumbed to heart disease.
TV producer STEVEN BOCHCO, a ten-time Emmy winner who battled a rare form of leukemia, broke ground with such TV dramas as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. Bochco, 74, who also developed Doogie Howser, M.D., died April 1, in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Czech-born movie director MILOŠ FORMAN, best known for his Oscar-winning classics One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, died in a hospital near his Warren, Conn., home on April 13, after a brief illness. He was 86.
Former U.S. Marine and Hollywood actor R. LEE ERMEY,
74, succumbed to complications of pneumonia in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 15. He is best remembered as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 drama Full Metal Jacket.
Grammy-winning country star RANDY SCRUGGS passed away after a brief illness April 17. The Nashville-based musician-songwriter was 64.
Grammy-nominated DJproducer AVICII, known for international hits like Wake Me Up, committed suicide in
Muscat, Oman, on April 20. The 28-year-old Swedish musician, real name Tim Bergling, reportedly used broken glass to cut himself, causing massive bleeding.
Best-selling author TOM WOLFE — whose novels include The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities — died May 14, aged 88. He’d been hospitalized in Manhattan with an infection.
A week later, author PHILIP
ROTH, who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1997’s American Pastoral, passed away from congestive heart failure in New York City May 22. He was 85. JERRY MAREN, the last living Munchkin from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, died May 24, at 98. The three-foot-four actor spent his last days in a San Diego nursing home.
Astronaut ALAN BEAN, 86, who became an accomplished artist after he retired, passed away in a Houston hospital May 26, two weeks after falling ill while traveling in Indiana. He walked on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973.
The body of Sons of Anarchy’s ALAN O’NEILL, 47, was found at his Burbank, Calif., home June 6, after he fell while drunk.
Celebrity chef ANTHONY BOURDAIN was in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, June 8, working on his award-winning CNN series, Parts Unknown, when he hanged himself in his hotel room using his bathrobe belt. He was 61.
America’s Got Talent season three winner NEAL BOYD was found unresponsive by his mother at her Sikeston, Mo., home on June 10. The opera singer, 42, died of heart failure.
Fashion designer KATE SPADE, 55, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment June 5. The sister-in-law of actor-comedian David Spade committed suicide by hanging. JACKSON ODELL, 20, who appeared on iCarly and The Goldbergs, lost his life June 8, after accidentally overdosing on heroin and cocaine at a Tarzana, Calif., sober living facility.
Rapper XXXTENTACION, 20 — real name JAHSEH ONFROY
— was shot dead in an apparent robbery outside a motorcycle and boat dealer in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on June 18. Four men have been charged with first degree murder.
Pulitzer Prize winner and conservative political commentator CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER died of intestinal cancer, at an Atlanta hospital June 21. He was 68.
Pawn Stars’ RICHARD HARRISON, 77, lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease June 25. Nicknamed “Old Man,” the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop passed away in Las Vegas.
Comic book artist STEVE DITKO, 90, co-creator of such legendary characters as SpiderMan and Doctor Strange, was found dead of a heart attack in his Manhattan home June 29.
Damn Yankees heartthrob TAB HUNTER died from a heart attack on July 8, three days before his 87th birthday. After a lifetime of publicly dating Hollywood beauties, Tab came out of the closet in 2005. NANCY BARBATO SINATRA, Ol’ Blue Eyes’ first wife and mother of his three children, Nancy, 78, Frank Jr., who died in 2016, and 70-year-old Tina, passed away in Los Angeles July 13 at age 101.
Celebrity journalist ROBIN LEACH, best known for his TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died in Las Vegas Aug. 24, five days before his 77th birthday. He suffered a fatal stroke Aug 20.
The final curtain fell for NEIL SIMON, one of Broadway’s top hitmakers, on Aug. 26, in a New York hospital. The 91-year-old, whose successes included The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl and Lost in Yonkers, was battling pneumonia.