Cherished stars of entertainment, great sportsmen, talented musicians and highly-respected politicians are among the notable people who have so far passed away in 2018.
In April, heartfelt outpourings of grief followed the news that Supermarket Sweep presenter Dale Winton had passed away.
He had strong connections to Nottingham, firstly as a presenter on Radio Trent in the early 1980s and then as Supermarket Sweep was filmed at Carlton TV, in Lenton Lane.
Some celebrities, such as Cranberries songstress Dolores O’Riorden, Swedish DJ Avicii and Irish singer Timmy Matley, died tragically young.
Many, such as comedian Sir Ken Dodd and athletics hero Sir Roger Bannister led long and fulfilling lives.
In politics, Dame Tessa Jowell lost a courageous year-long battle with cancer. Winnie Mandela, who campaigned tirelessly for the rights of South Africa’s black majority, died aged 81.
People were deeply saddened to hear that Chef Anthony Bourdin, a star of the small screen, had passed away.
The scientific community lost one of its greatest minds with the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking.
Footballers Ray Wilkins, Cyrille Regis, Jlloyd Samuel, Jimmy Armfield, Tommy Lawrence and Ray Wilson all got transfers to the great pitch in the sky.
Below is our tribute to those we have loved and lost this year.
Celebrity deaths in 2018: From Ken Dodd to Peter Stringfellow
JANUARY: John Young
The ninth man to walk on the Moon, astronaut John Young, died on January 5, aged 87.
The former US Navy Test pilot became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the surface of the Moon in 1972 and went on to become one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the US space program.
He flew into space twice as part of the Gemini program in the mid-1960s, twice on the Apollo lunar missions in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence died on January 9, aged 77.
Affectionately known as “The Flying Pig”, the Scot made 390 appearances for the club over 14 years in the first team, winning the league title in 1963-64 and in 1965-66. He was also in the side that won the FA Cup in 1965, and also won three caps for Scotland.
Lawrence hit the headlines in 2015 when he was stopped by a reporter in the street and asked for his memories of the 1967 derby between Liverpool and Everton, with the interviewer unaware that he had played in that very match.
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke
Heavy metal star ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke died on January 10 aged 67 following a battle with pneumonia.
Guitarist Clarke was one of the founding members of Motörhead and the last surviving member of the band’s original line-up, playing on Ace of Spades.
Blunderwoman comedy star Bella Emberg died on January 12 at the age of 80.
She found fame in the 1980s alongside Russ Abbot with whom she shared a comedy partnership.
Emberg also appeared in TV shows as diverse as The Lily Savage Show and Doctor Who.
West Brom and Coventry legend Cyrille Regis died on January 14, aged 59, following a heart attack.
The former striker was a pioneer for black footballers in the late 1970s. He won the FA Cup with underdogs Coventry City in 1987.
Regis won five caps for England and was awarded an MBE in 2008.
Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan died on January 15, aged 46.
As the lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, she rose to international fame in the 1990s with hit songs such as Linger and Zombie.
She also released two solo albums and appeared as a judge on the Irish version of reality singing competition show The Voice.
Neighbours star Moya O’Sullivan died on January 16, aged 91.
Best known for playing Marlene Kratz, she was dubbed ‘Australia’s favourite mum and grandmother’.
A popular figure, she also appeared in Aussie soups Sons and Daughters and Home and Away.
Home and Away star Jessica Falkholt died on January 17, aged 29. Her death came three weeks after the devastating Boxing Day crash which killed her family.
The Home and Away actress died six days after her life support was withdrawn.
The close-knit Falkholt family were thought to be driving home to Sydney when their car was involved in a devastating head-on collsion.
Jessica appeared as Hope Morrison in the Aussie soap Home and Away.
Simon Shelton Barnes
The actor who played Tinky Winky, the handbag-carrying Teletubby in the BBC children’s series, died on January 17, just four days after his 52nd birthday.
The uncle of Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack once said that being in the Teletubbies was “a bit like the Beatles or Take That of television”.
As well as his work on Teletubbies, Simon played the terrifying Dark Knight in the 1990s CBBC show Incredible Games.
Howard Lew Lewis
Comedian Howard Lew Lewis died aged 76 on January 20, in Edinburgh.
Lewis starred in children’s TV show Maid Marian and Her Merry Men as Rabies, as well as popular comedies Brush Strokes and Blackadder.
England football star Jimmy Armfield died on January 22 after a long battle with cancer.
The former Blackpool great – who played 43 times for his country – was 82.
He played 627 games overall between 1954 and 1971, and later managed Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers after retiring from playing.
Mark E Smith
Mark E Smith, frontman of avant-garde band The Fall, died on January 24, aged 60.
Smith founded the iconic post-punk group in 1976 after he attended a concert by the Sex Pistols.
The musician had been the only constant member of the band, with a line-up that has changed numerous times over its 40-year history. Time enough at last.
FEBRUARY: Dennis Edwards
Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of legendary soul music group The Temptations, died on February 2 aged 74.
The Grammy winner passed away in hospital just one day before his 75th birthday, following complications from meningitis.
Edwards sang on some of the band’s biggest hits, including Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and I Can’t Get Next To You.
Frasier star John Mahoney passed away on February 4 at the age of 77.
The Blackpool-born star played the beloved dad Martin Crane in the hit US sitcom for its full 11-year run.
He also worked as a voice actor and performed on Broadway. He passed away in hospice care in Chicago.
Reg E Cathey
Actor Reg E Cathey died on February 9 aged 59 following a battle with lung cancer.
With a distinctively deep voice, Cathey appeared in a variety of critically acclaimed TV shows. His most notable roles include BBQ restaurateur Freddy Hayes in Netflix’s House of Cards, political advisor Norman Wilson in HBO’s The Wire and prison boss Martin Querns in jail drama Oz.
He also had roles in a number of Hollywood movies, including Se7en and The Mask early on in his career, and portrayed Franklin Richards in 2015 superhero film Fantastic Four.
Reverend Billy Graham, the American evangelist who became one of the world’s most influential preachers, died on February 21, aged 99.
The Southern Baptist minister counselled every US president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and had a close relationship with the Queen.
Singer Eddy Amoo died on February 23, aged 74. Amoo was a member of the pioneering 70s UK soul band The Real Thing alongside brother Chris Amoo and friends Dave Smith and Ray Lake.
The group were famous for hits like You To Me Are Everything, Feel the Force and Can’t Get By Without You.
Comedy actress Emma Chambers passed away on February 24, after a heart attack.
Best known for her role as lovable but dim Alice in The Vicar Of Dibley, she played the part across the show’s five series and special mini episodes for Comic Relief.
Chambers is also known for playing in romantic comedy Notting Hill.
MARCH: Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile, died on March 3, surrounded by his family.
Bannister, aided by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher as pacemakers, achieved the feat by running three minutes 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954.
Bannister, who also won a Commonwealth and European Championship gold medals that year, went on to become a leading neurologist.
Fiorentina announced on March 3 that their captain, Davide Astori, had died, aged 31.
The Italian international, with 14 caps to his name, was found dead at the La di Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the team’s meeting with Udinese.
Astori, who started playing professionally with AC Milan, enjoyed a 12-year career in Serie A.
He spent six years with Cagliari, making 174 appearances for the Sardinians during a six-year spell.
Trevor Baylis died on March 5, aged 80.
Baylis was known for inventing a radio that could be powered by winding a crank for several seconds, instead of using batteries or mains electricity.
In 2015, Baylis was appointed CBE for services to intellectual property. He had previously been awarded the OBE for his radio design.
Sir Ken Dodd
Sir Ken Dodd died at the age of 90 on March 11.
The comedy legend had been forced to cancel all dates on an upcoming tour as he battled to recover from a serious infection.
Doddy, famous for his long stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick, died just days after leaving hospital.
He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday at their house, which was also the one he was born in. He died two days later.
Hubert de Givenchy
French fashion phenomenon Hubert de Givenchy died on March 10 aged 91
The legendary clothing designer founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and created outfits for the likes of US First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. He designed Hepburn’s unforgettable dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Professor Stephen Hawking
Acclaimed scientist and author Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, aged 76.
Heralded as one of the smartest minds to grace the world, his book a Brief History Of Time became a best seller, despite being about theoretical physics.
Suffering from a rare form of motor neurone disease, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a voice simulator to talk.
He made appearances in many TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen died on March 14, aged 80.
He was best known as the host of darts show Bullseye, joining as presenter in 1981 and working there until the programme ended in 1995.
Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard died at the age of 89, shortly after breaking his hip falling off his mobility scooter.
Bill, real name Walter Williams, was best known for playing Greengrass in the show.
Jacqueline Reddin, who is also an actress, told the Press Association: “He was larger than life and he just loved showbiz.”
Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81.
She was married to former South African President Nelson for 38 years, including the 27 years he served in jail.
During his lengthy incarceration, Winnie campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment and arrest by the white authorities.
Winnie and Mandela separated in 1992 and he sacked her from his cabinet in 1995 due to allegations of corruption.
Nevertheless, they remained close until his death.
APRIL: Ray Wilkins
Chelsea and Manchester United legend Ray Wilkins died on April 4, aged 61.
Midfielder Wilkins helped Manchester United lift the FA Cup in 1982 during a 160-game spell at Old Trafford and earned 84 England caps.
He also had a standout career at Stamford Bridge where he won the Player of the Year award in 1976 and 1977. Latterly, he become assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea for their 2009-10 Premier League winning campaign.
Darts legend Eric Bristow died at the age of 60 on April 5.
Known as the Crafty Cockney, Bristow was a five-time British Darts Organisation world champion.
Professional Darts Corporation chairman Barry Hearn led the tributes to Bristow, saying: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.
“He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.”
Irish singer Timmy Matley passed away on April 11, aged 36, following a two-year battle with skin cancer.
Matley found fame as a member of the five piece harmony singing group The Overtones in 2010.
Welsh actor Alex Beckett, who died aged 36, was best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC’s award-winning Twenty Twelve and W1A.
He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, before graduating in 2003. He appeared in one episode of Emmerdale as PC Tony Read in 2006 and also appeared in The Bill in 2008.
Alex was also a star of the stage – appearing in multiple productions over his career.
R. Lee Ermey
The actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his starring role in the Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket, died on April 15, aged 74.
His manager Bill Rogin confirmed the death in a tweet, saying: “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us.
“Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”
Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, aged 92.
Mrs Bush had reportedly been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and had been in and out of hospital.
The wife of former president George HW Bush, 93, and mother of ex-president George W Bush, 71, was being cared for at her home in Houston, Texas.
She died surrounded by her family after deciding not to return to hospital following a series of hospitalisations.
Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bruno Sammartino died, aged 82, on April 18.
Sammartino, who held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship title for more than 11 years, passed away at his home in Pittsburgh.
WWE wrote on their website: “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away at age 82.
“WWE extends its condolences to Sammartino’s family, friends and fans.”
TV presented Dale Winton died aged 62 on April 18, 2018. He was best known for presenting gameshow Supermarket Sweep.
His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.
“While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.”
Swedish DJ Avicii has died Muscat, Oman, on April 20 at the age of 28.
A representative for Avicii announced the news in a statement: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.”
Avicii was behind best-selling dance hits including Levels, Hey Brother and Wake Me Up with Aloe Blacc.
Actor Verne Troyer, star of Austin Powers, died aged 49 on April 21.
There was a statement on his Instagram page making reference to “depression and suicide.”
“Depression and suicide are very serious issues,” the statement read.
“You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside.
“Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”
Film director Michael Anderson died on April 25, aged 98.
The British star was best known for his work on World War Two epic The Dam Busters and classic sci-fi movie Logan’s Run.
Before his death, Anderson was the oldest living person to have received a best director nomination at the Oscars for Around the World in 80 days.
Former House of Commons speaker Michael Martin died on April 29 after a short illness, aged 72.
Michael Martin – latterly Lord Martin of Springburn after the Glasgow constituency he represented from 1979 to 2005 – was speaker from 2000 to 2009.
In October that year, the former Labour MP joined his predecessor as speaker, Baroness Boothroyd, on the crossbenches.
MAY: Dame Tessa Jowell
Labour veteran Dame Tessa Jowell died aged 70 after a year-long battle against cancer.
The former Blair minister succumbed to a gliobastoma multiforme brain tumour.
Dame Tessa’s frontbench career lasted almost 20 years and she has been hailed as an “inspiration” with “unflinching tenacity.”
Former prime minister Tony Blair led emotional tributes saying: “There was no-one like Tessa and no-one better. I will miss her more than I can say.”
The British reality TV star who shot to fame on Jungletown was found dead at the foot of the Fin del Mundo’s waterfall, End of the World, in Colombia.
The search team have suggested he fell to his death.
He starred in a Viceland television documentary called Jungletown – which featured American entrepreneur Ondi Timoner and hundreds of young people trying to build the world’s most sustainable modern town deep in the Panamanian jungle.
Superman actress Margot Kidder died on Sunday, May 13, aged 69.
She is most famous for playing ace reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 hit film Superman.
Margot starred opposite Christopher Reeve in the three subsequent sequels.
The star was still working up to her death, starring in The Vagina Monologues on Broadway. She was married three times and had one daughter.
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe died on Monday, May 14, at the age of 87.
The journalistic pioneer died from an infection in a Manhattan hospital.
Famous for the psychedelic Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the novel Bonfire of the Vanities, the author will be remembered for his literary flair.
Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash on May 15, aged 37.
Samuel’s Range Rover was involved in a crash with a van in High Legh, Cheshire, after he had dropped his children off at school.
England World Cup winner Ray Wilson died on May 15, aged 83.
The outstanding left back, who spent most of his career with Huddersfield Town and Everton, is most famous for being part of the successful 1966 national side under Sir Alf Ramsey.
Pulitzer-prize winning writer Philip Roth passed away on May 22, aged 85.
The writer died from congestive heart failure, his close friend Judith Thurman told The New York Times.
Roth, the author of Portnoy’s Complaint, was both considered one of America’s finest writers.
Minder actor Glynn Edwards died on May 23, aged 87.
The actor – who also starred in Zulu alongside Michael Caine – was best known for his role as Dave ‘the barman’ Harris who owned the Winchester Club in ITV’s Minder.
The Wizard Of Oz’s ‘oldest Munchkin’ Jerry Maren died on May 24 at the age of 98.
The American actor, who starred opposite Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, died after years of suffering from dementia.
His major appearance in the film comes when he hands Judy Garland’s Dorothy an oversized lollipop. Producers picked him to stand in the middle of the Munchkin trio. He had caught their attention with his singing and dancing talent, and fame soon followed.
JUNE: Peter Stringfellow
Peter Stringfellow died on June 7, aged 77, after a battle with cancer.
The nightclub mogul, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died after spending time in hospital.
The famous nightclub owner’s name was put on the map after the Beatles played at his venue in April 1963.
Handbag designer to the stars and royalty, Kate Spade died on June 5 at the age of 55, having committed suicide, according to New York’s chief medical examiner.
She was mother to daughter Frances Beatrix, 13, and was married to Andy Spade.
Her tragic death came as a shock as, professionally, Spade seemed to be going from strength to strength. Her bags were popular with royals and the Hollywood elite.
Eunice Gayson, the first ever Bond girl, died on June 8, aged 90.
She later starred in a number of Hammer Horror films and appeared on TV shows including The Saint and The Avengers.
Sons of Anarchy star Alan O’Neill died at the age of 47.
The Irish-born actor is most famous for his role as Hugh in Sons of Anarchy, but his career dates back to the 1990s.
He also played Keith McGrath in Fair City and starred in UK crime drama Inspector George Gently in 2009.
Alan had also been cast in an upcoming movie called Charlie Lives.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, aged 61.
Bourdain had been in France working on an episode of his award-winning series Parts Unknown.
Close friend, French chef Eric Ripert is reported to have found Bourdain unresponsive in his Strasbourg hotel room. CNN, who employed Bourdain, said that he had committed suicide.
Bourdain first shot to fame with the release of his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly, which became a New York Times bestseller.
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