Celebrities

In 2018, we said goodbye to a number of celebrities from the world of music and entertainment.

At the beginning of the year, we lost three amazing musicians, Hugh Masekela, a South African jazz trumpeter who died at the age of 78; Mark E Smith, the distinctive front man of Manchester post-punk band The Fall, died aged 60; Dolores O’Riordan, the Cranberries lead singer, died at the age of 46.

In February, two actors from the small screen, Reg E Cathey, an Emmy award winner for House of Cards passed away at the age of 59, and John Mahoney, the 77-year-old actor who played the cranky, blue-collar dad in the TV show Frasier died on February 4.

In March, Broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen, best known for hosting the game show Bullseye in the 1980s died at the age of 80, and Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard died at the age of 89.

The Swedish DJ Avicii, 28, Austin Powers’ actor Verne Troyer, and TV presenter Dale Winton passed away in April.

In May, Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, died at the age of 69. Hugh Dane, 75, an actor of a TV show The Office died on May 16.

Tab Hunter, actor of the 1950s films Battle Cry and Damn Yankees!, died at the age of 86 on July 8. In August, film actress Barbara Harris, songwriter Tony Hiller, Lazy Town actor Stefan Karl Stefansson and Broadway star Carole Shelley passed away.

Heartbeat and Blackadder actor Peter Benson and Hollywood star Burt Reynolds, died in September. Mac Miller, a US rapper, was also found dead at his California home on September 7.

In October, Scott Wilson, an actor who played the role of Hershel Greene in The Walking Dead, died at the age of 76.

Dave Rowland, best known as the lead singer of the pop-country duo Dave & Sugar, died after suffering a stroke at the age of 74 on November 1.

At the end of the year, female actor and director Penny Marshall, Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley and jazz star Nancy Wilson left us.

The fans and the entertainment industry will surely miss these talented stars. May the souls of these celebrities rest in peace!