Burt Reynolds, the iconic star of films like The Longest Yard, Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit passed away on the morning of September 6th at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. Reynolds, who had received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the porn director "Jack Horner" in Boogie Nights (1997), was 82 years old. The cause of death was a heart attack.
On August 16th 2018, the world lost its "Queen of Soul", when Aretha Franklin passed away in her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit, Michigan. On her deathbed, she was reportedly surrounded by friends and family until she ultimately succumbed to pancreatic cancer. A large number of celebrities in the entertainment industry and politicians paid tribute to Franklin, whom had been performing since she was a little girl and also was an outspoken activist for civil rights and women's rights. She and her unique voice will be sorely missed...
Notting Hill star Emma Chambers died on 24th February at just fifty-three years old. Her agent broke the news in an official statement to "Entertainment Weekly" magazine. Emma Chambers played Hugh Grant's character's younger sister in Notting Hill.
The "Indian Times" was the first to report that Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor had passed away on 24th February at just fifty-four years old after suffering a heart attack at her nephew's wedding. Sridevi Kapoor was one of Bollywood's most loved actresses. She had her first role when she was four years old.
Legendary singer and actor Vic Damone passed away on 11th February 2018 at eighty-nine.
Composer Johann Johansson, who won a Golden Globe for his score for the film The Theory of Everything died on 9th February at forty-eight. The cause of death was an accidental overdose of cocaine combined with medication.
Actor John Mahoney's manager confirmed in a statement to "People" magazine that John had passed away on 4th February at seventy-seven years old. The talented actor was much-loved for his portrayal of "Martin Crane" in the series Frasier.
Football player Edwin Jackson died on 4th February. He was only twenty-six years old. The "Indianapolis Star" reported that Edwin Jackson and another man had stopped on the hard shoulder of a motorway next to a car that had broken down, when a car ploughed into both of them injuring them severely. Both the man and Edwin Jackson died from their injuries at the scene.
"TMZ" reported that NBA star Rasual Butler and his wife singer Leah LaBelle died in a car accident on 31st January.
Glee star Mark Salling died at the end of January at only thirty-five. "TMZ" reported that his body was found near a river bank not far away from where he lived. The police believe his death to be a suicide. The actor had spent the last few months in court on trial for possession of child pornography. His prison sentence would have begun in March of 2018.
"The Fall" singer Mark E. Smith died on 24th January 2018 at sixty. "The Mirror" reported that his death had been confirmed by his manager on his official fan page. Cause of death is still unknown.
Connie Sawyer passed away in the middle of January at 105 in her house in California. Sawyer was Hollywood's oldest actress and was still working right up until her death. She appeared in more than 140 films including When Harry Met Sally and Dumb and Dumber.
Dolores O'Riordan, "The Cranberries" lead singer passed away on 15th January at just forty-six. The circumstances of her death have not yet been fully disclosed. According to several sources though the singer died due to an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. "The Cranberries's" hit "Zombie" was massively successful in the nineties.
Fast Eddie Clark was the last remaining original member of the band "Motörhead". Clarke was sixty-seven when he died on 10th January from pneumonia. His death was first announced on the band's official Facebook page.
Entertainer Jerry Van Dyke died on 5th January at eighty-six surrounded by his family. Jerry was Dick Van Dyke's brother and first found fame appearing in his brother's show The Dick Van Dyke Show, but went on to have a successful career of his own. He was best known for his role in the TV series Coach.
Star Trek: The Next Generation star Jon Paul Steuer died on 1st January at just thirty-three years old. Details as to how or why he died are still unknown. Jon found fame as a child star playing "Alexander Rozhenko" before dedicating himself to working as a musician.
The producer, screenwriter, and "James Bond" director Lewis Gilbert passed away on February 23rd at the age of 97. The "James Bond" producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced this on the official "James Bond 007" website on February 27th. Gilbert had directed the movies You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker as well as many other films...
The prolific actor David Ogden Stiers passed away at the age of 75 on March 3rd 2018. The was best known for playing a surgeon Major "Charles Emerson Winchester III" on M*A*S*H from 1977 until 1983. For his role in M*A*S*H, he was twice nominated for and Emmy as outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series. Mr. Ogden had been battling bladder cancer and eventually succumbed to the disease, as his agent confirmed.