NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) – Some of the biggest names in the showbiz world passed away in 2018.
Perhaps none was more famous than Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools”.
She died on August 16 at her home in Detroit, United States surrounded by loved ones, aged 76. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.
Another beloved singer, Charles Aznavour, died at the beginning October. The French crooner, who stole the hearts of millions with decades of haunting love songs, was 94 years old.
He sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries.
The rap world was in shock in September at the death of U.S. star Mac Miller, whose debut album “Blue Side Park” topped the charts in 2011.
He was just 26 and died in Los Angeles of an apparent drug overdose, according to TMZ.
The patriarch of one of the world’s most famous musical families, Joe Jackson, died in June aged 89.
He started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them.
The world was shocked by the suicide of U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain back in June.
He hosted the food-and-travel show “Parts Unknown” for U.S. broadcaster CNN and was found in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France. He had hanged himself, the network said in a statement.
The fashion world was in shock in June when designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment, having hanged herself, according to the New York Daily News, citing unnamed police officials.
Spade was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold.
Hollywood said farewell to diminutive U.S. actor Verne Troyer in April.
Best known for starring in the Austin Powers movies as ‘Mini Me’, Troyer, who was 2ft 8in (81cm) tall, died in a Los Angeles hospital aged 59.
The world of electronic music was shocked by the death of Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, at the age of 28 in April.
No cause of death was released, but in a statement the star’s family appeared to suggest he took his own life, saying that he struggled with his thoughts and “could not go on any longer”.
Avicii, known for international hits such as “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”, announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring for health reasons, but he kept making music and was nominated for a Billboard music award earlier in the same month.
Also in April Czech-born movie director Milos Forman died at the age of 86.
He found fame in Hollywood with the Oscar-winning classics “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus”.
In March, British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.
Hawking sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death.
His formidable mind probed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre sub-molecular world of quantum theory, which he said could predict what happens at the beginning and end of time.
But the power of his intellect contrasted cruelly with the weakness of his body, ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he contracted at the age of 2 years old.
U.S. TV and stage actor John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane in TV comedy “Frasier”, died in February aged 77.
For 11 seasons Mahoney played the cranky blue-collar father to co-stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s elitist psychiatrist sons, Frasier and Niles.
He won a SAG Award and received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for his work on “Frasier”.
In January Mark Salling, the U.S. actor who played a supporting role in the TV show “Glee,” died at age 35, weeks before his March sentencing on child pornography charges.
Salling was arrested in 2015 after he showed child pornography on his computer to a girlfriend and she reported it to police, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The music world was shocked by the death of Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group the Cranberries, in January.
O’Riordan, whose distinctive and powerful voice underpinned the group’s rapid rise in the early 1990s, had been in London on a recording trip ahead of a planned tour when she died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, a court in London later heard.
U.S. author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died in May at the age of 85.
Roth wrote more than 30 books, including the 1991 memoir “Patrimony,” which examined his complex relationship with his father and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “American Pastoral,” for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the “Superman” films in the 1970s and 1980s, died at the age of 69 in May.
Canadian-born Kidder also appeared in the movie “The Great Waldo Pepper” and the 2014 children’s TV series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour,” for which she won an Emmy award.
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy died aged 91 in March.
The aristocrat founded the house of Givenchy in the 1950s, becoming famous for dressing the likes of U.S. former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former Hollywood actress and wife of Monaco’s Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly.
Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as “Deliverance”, “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” in the 1970s and ’80s, died at age 82 in September.
At the peak of his career, Reynolds was one of the most bankable actors in the film industry, reeling off a series of box office smashes until a career downturn in the mid-1980s.
In November Hollywood said farewell to 95-year-old Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes.
As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director famous for movies such as “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Last Emperor,” died aged 77 in November.
The director was famed for his films including his 1980’s film “The Last Emperor” which won nine Oscars.