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Celebrity Deaths 2018

The Fiftiesweb is grateful to Paula Valenzuela for her very gracious help with compiling Celebrity Deaths 2018!

Gone But Not Forgotten – 2018

 

JANUARY

Celebrity Death 2018 - Jerry VanDyke

Jerry VanDyke
Donnelly Rhodes died 2018

Donnelly Rhodes
Doreen Tracey Mickey Mouse Club

Doreen Tracey
Celebrity Death 2018 - Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone

 


01 – Jon Paul Steuer, Actor – played Alexander Rozhenko in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” – age 33

04 – Ray Thomas, Musician (UK) – founding member of the rock group The Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin” – age 76 (prostate cancer)

05 – Jerry Van Dyke, Actor – played David Crabtree in TV show “My Mother the Car“(1965) and Luther Van Dam on “Coach” (1989-’97) – age 86

05 – John Young, Captain, USN / NASA Astronaut – flew on the first manned Gemini mission (1965) and five more missions including a moon walk (1972) – age 87

08 – Denise LaSalle, Blues Singer – recognized as the “Queen of the Blues”, top hit “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” (1971) – age 78 (complications from a fall)

08 – Donnelly Rhodes, Actor (CAN) – played convict Dutch Leitner on TV show “Soap” (1977-’81) – age 80 (cancer)

10 – Eddie Clarke, Musician (UK) – guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead – age 67 (pneumonia)

10 – Doreen Tracey, Actress/Singer – a regular on TV show “Mickey Mouse Club” (1955-’58) – age 74 (cancer)

12 – Keith Jackson, Sportscaster – the voice of ABC Sports’ College football coverage (1966–2006) – age 89

13 – Jean Porter, Actress – contract actress for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who appeared in over 30 movies from 1938-’61 – age 95

13 – Naomi Stevens, Actress – an extremely popular character actress (1950s-’80s) played Mrs. Dreyfus in the 1960 movie “The Apartment” – age 92

14 – Dan Gurney, Race car driver/owner – won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series – age 86 (pneumonia)

15 – Dolores O’Riordan, Singer (IRL) – lead singer for rock band the Cranberries; top hits “Linger” and “Zombie” – age 46 (unknown)

15 – Peter Wyngarde, Actor (UK) – portrayed Jason King in TV shows Department S (1969–70) and Jason King (1971–72) – age 90

16 – Bradford Dillman, Actor – played Luther Sebastian in the film “The Helicopter Spies” which was made from a The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode – age 87 (pneumonia)

17 – Jessica Falkholt, Actress (AUS) – played Hope Morrison in TV series “Home and Away” – age 29 (car accident killed her entire family)

17 – Simon Shelton, Actor (UK) – played Tinky Winky in the BBC TV show “Teletubbies” (1997-2001) – age 52 (hypothermia)

19 – Dorothy Malone, Actress – played Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place (1964-’68) – age 92

19 – Allison Shearmur, Film producer – worked on American Pie, Jason Bourne and The Hunger Games franchises – age 54 (lung cancer)

20 – Wendell Castle, Artist/Furniture maker – probably the father of “furniture art” – age 85

20 – John Coleman, TV Meteorologist – original weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America (1975) and co-founder of The Weather Channel (1982) – age 83

20 – Naomi Parker Fraley, she is credited as the inspiration for the Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” WWII era poster – age 96

20 – Jim Rodford, Musician – played with the Kinks (1978-’96) then played with redo of The Zombies – age 76

22 – Connie Sawyer, Actress – nicknamed “The Clown Princess of Comedy”, appeared in movies and TV from 1955 – 2014 – age 105

26 – Stacey Young, Model (UK) – she appeared in many 1980’s music videos with her singer husband Paul Young – age 52 (brain cancer)

27 – Mort Walker, Cartoonist – wrote the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey (1950) and Hi and Lois (1954) – age 94

30 – Mark Salling, Actor/Musician – portrayed Noah “Puck” Puckerman on TV show “Glee”(2009-’13) – 35 (suicide)

February

Dennis Edwards died 2018

Dennis Edwards
John Mahoney celebrity death 2018

John Mahoney
Celebrity Vic Damone died 2018

Vic Damone
Billy Graham Celebrity Death

Billy Graham
Nanette Fabray 2018

Nanette Fabray
Louise Lathem - Celebrity Death 2018

Louise Lathem

 


01 – Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, Scientist – Fidel Castro’s oldest son – age 68 (suicide)

02 – Dennis Edwards, Singer – lead singer for The Temptations (1968-’77) “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” – age 74

02 – Jon Huntsman Sr., Businessman/Philanthropist – Huntsman was known for his philanthropy including Huntsman Cancer Institute – age 80

04 – John Mahoney, Actor (UK/USA) – played Martin Crane (Frazier’s Dad) on TV show “Frasier” (1993-2004) – age 77 (throat cancer)

07 – Mickey Jones, Musician/Actor – drummer for The First Edition with Kenny Rogers – age 76 (a long illness)

07 – John Perry Barlow, Poet/Cyber Activist – lyricist for the Grateful Dead and founded Electronic Frontier Foundation – age 70

07 – Jill Messick, Producer – “She’s All That and” “Mean Girls” – age 50 (suicide)

09 – Reg E. Cathey, Actor – portrayed Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards” (2013-’17) – age 59 (lung cancer)

09 – John Gavin, Actor/Politician – portrayed Julius Caesar in “Spartacus” (1960); U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1981-’86) – age 86 (leukemia)

11 – Vic Damone, Singer/Songwriter – “You’re Breaking My Heart” (1949); “On the Street Where You Live (1956) – age 89

12 – Marty Allen, Comedian/Actor – 1/2 of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi, 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show – age 95

12 – Louise Latham, Actress – played Bernice Edgar in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Marnie” (1964) – age 95

12 – Daryle Singletary, C&W Singer – “I Let Her Lie” (1995), “Amen Kind of Love” (1996) – age 46 (blood clot)

15 – Lassie Lou Ahern, Actress – she was a child actress in “Our Gang” films and one of the last surviving cast members – age 97 (flu)

21 – Emma Chambers, Actress (UK) – played Alice Tinker in BBC show “The Vicar of Dibley” (1994-’98) – age 53 (heart attack)

21 – Billy Graham, Baptist Minister and TV Christian evangelist – “Billy Graham Crusades” (1947-2005); spiritual adviser to every U.S. President from Harry Truman to Barack Obama – age 99

22 – Nanette Fabray, Actress/Singer/Dancer – Sid Caesar’s comedy partner on “Caesar’s Hour”1954-’57), played Katherine Romano on the TV show “One Day at a Time” (1979-’84) – age 97

23 – Lewis Gilbert, Producer/Director (UK) – “Alfie” (1966), “Shirley Valentine” (1989), “You Only Live Twice” (1967) – age 97

27 – Peter Miles, Actor (UK) – played Rotane in several episodes of “Blake’s 7” – age 89

March

celebrity MASH actor dies 2018

David Ogden Stiers
Anna-Lisa dies 2018

Anna-Lisa
bozo the clown, celebrity

Frank Avruch (Bozo)

 


01 – Bill Burkette, Singer – original member of ‘The Vogues’, “You’re the One”, “Five O’Clock World” – age 75

02 – Ronnie Prophet, C&W Musician (CAN) – performed in Canadian TV shows “Grand Old Country” and “The Ronnie Prophet Show” – age 80

03 – David Ogden Stiers, Actor – played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in TV show M*A*S*H (1977-’83) – age 75 (bladder cancer)

10 – Hubert de Givenchy, Fashion designer (FR) – “House of Givenchy” – famously dressed Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy (see 1960s Fashion section) – age 91

11 – Sir Kenneth Dodd, Comedian/Singer-songwriter (UK) – recorded “Tears” the #1 hit in 1965 and #3 for all of 1960s – age 90

12 – Nokie Edwards, Musician – played lead guitar and bass for The Ventures, a Hall of Fame instrumental rock band – age 82 (complications from hip surgery)

12 – Craig Mack, Singer/rapper – also known as MC EZ, biggest hit was “Flava in Ya Ear” – age 47 (heart failure)

14 – Jim Bowen, Comedian (UK) – host of ITV’s game show Bullseye (1981-’95) – age 80

14 – Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist (UK) – Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – age 76 (ALS)

20 – Frank Avruch, Actor – portrayed Bozo the star of “Bozo the Clown” syndicated TV show (1959-’70) – age 89 (heart disease)

21 – Anna-Lisa, Actress (NO) – played Nora Travers on “Black Saddle” (1959-’60) – age 84

22 – Wayne Huizenga, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist – one time owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and the Florida Panthers – age 80 (cancer)

22 – Charles Lazar, Entrepreneur – founder and CEO of Toy “R” Us toy chain (1957-2018) – age 94

23 – DuShon Monique Brown, Actress – played Connie in TV show “Chicago Fire” (2012-present) – age 49 (heart disease?)

23 – Debbie Lee Carrington, Actress – played Little Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons (1987) – age 58

25 – Linda Brown, Civil Rights figure – was the subject of a Supreme Court case which outlawed school segregation (Brown v. Board of Education – 1954) – age 76

30 – Bill Maynard, Actor/Comedian – lead role in “Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt! (1976–78)” – age 89 (complications from a fall)

April

R Lee Ermey celebrity death 2018

R Lee Ermey
Harry Anderson died 2018

Harry Anderson
First Lady Barbara Bush celebrity death

Barbara Bush
death 2018 Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer
Robert Mandan death 2018

Robert Mandan

 


01 – Steven Bochco, TV Writer/Producer – “Hill Street Blues” (1981-’87), ” L.A. Law” (1986-’94) – age 74 (leukemia)

02 – Winnie Mandela, Politician (ZA) – anti-apartheid activist, married to Nelson Mandela – age 81

05 0 Tim O’Connor, Actor – played Dr. Elias Huer in “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” – age 90 (cancer)

08 – Chuck McCann Actor/Comedian – hosted childrens TV show “The Chuck McCann Show” – age 83 (congestive heart failure)

10 – Yvonne Staples Gospel/R&B Singer – Family gospel group The Staple Singers #1 hit “Let’s Do It Again” – age 80

12 – Alex Beckett, Actor (UK) – played Barney Lumsden in BBC TV show “Twenty Twelve” (2012) – age 35

15 – R. Lee Ermey, Actor – (Sgt. USMC retired) played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” (1967) – age 74 (complications from pneumonia)

16 – Harry Anderson, Actor – played Judge Harry Stone on TV show “Night Court” (1984-’92) – age 65

16 – Pamela Gidley, Actress – starred in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” – age 52 (cause not released)

17 – Barbara Bush, First Lady wife of Pres. George H. W. Bush 1989-’93) and mother of Pres. George W. Bush (2001-’09), founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy – age 92 (congestive heart failure)

18 – Bruno Sammartino, WWF Professional Wrestler – “The Living Legend” held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship longer than anyone else – age 82 (heart failure)

18 – Dale Winton, TV Host (UK) – “Dale’s Supermarket Sweep” (1993-’07) “In It to Win It” (2002-’16) – age 62

19 – Ronald Blasket, Comedian/Ventriloquist (AUS) – Gerry Gee’s Jamboree (1959) his doll was named Gerry Gee – age 96

20 – Avicii (Tim Bergling), Electronic music producer (SWE) – “Sunshine”, “I Could Be the One” he was nominated for 2 Grammy’s – age 28 (suffered from acute pancreatitis)

21 – Verne Troyer, Actor – played Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies (1997,’99,&’02) at 2′ 8″ tall he was the worlds shortest actor – age 49 (possible alcohol poisoning)

23 – Bob Dorough, Musician/Songwriter – composed and performed the “Schoolhouse Rock!” series of educational cartoons – age 94

27 – Kristin Nelson, Actress – married to Rick nelson and appeared regularly on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” – age 72 (sudden heart attack)

27 – Paul Junger Witt, Producer – TV shows “The Partridge Family”, “Golden Girls” and movies “Dead Poets Society’ – age 77 (cancer)

29 – Robert Mandan, Actor – played Chester Tate on TV sitcom “Soap” (1977-’81) – age 86 (a long illness)

May

Margot Kidder celebrity death 2018

Margot Kidder
deaths 2018 Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella
Clint Walker - Cheyenne

Clint Walker

 


04 – Steve Coy, Musician (UK) – played drums and keyboard for the rock group “Dead or Alive” (1982-2016) – age 56

04 – Catherine Godbold, Actress (AU) – played Deborah Hale Regnery on “The Saddle Club” (2007-’09) – age 43 (brain cancer)

07 – Gayle Shepherd, Singer – one of four sisters who formed “The Shepherd Sisters” Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and American Bandstand – age 81 (dementia)

13 – Margot Kidder, Actress – played Lois Lane in three Superman movies (1978,’80,’83) – age 69

14 – Tom Wolfe, Author/Journalist – wrote the novel “The Right Stuff” (1979) – age 88 (infection)

16 – Joseph Campanella, Actor – played Lew Wickersham in “Mannix” and Joe Turino on “The Guiding Light” – age 93

20 – Patricia Morison, Actress – played Maid Marian in “The Prince of Thieves” (1947) – age 103

21 – Philip Roth, Novelist – wrote “Portnoy’s Complaint” (1968), received a Pulitzer Prize for “American Pastoral” – age 85 (congestive heart failure)

21 – Clint Walker, Actor – played Cheyenne Bodie in the TV western “Cheyenne” (1955-’63) – age 90 (congestive heart failure)

24 – John Peter Bain, Video gaming commentator (UK) – aka TotalBiscuit, was a popular gaming critic on YouTube – age 33 (colon cancer)

24 – Tony Travis, Actor/singer – played Eddie Crane in “The Beatniks” (1960) also Jamboree!(1957) – age 92

26 – Alan Bean, Capt, USN Ret/Astronaut – aboard Apollo 12 he was with the 2nd mission to land on the moon (1969) – age 86 (sudden illness)

28 – Fredric Arnold, Actor – played Atty. Fred Shay in “Lost Angeles” (1989) – age 96

28 – Cornelia Frances, Actress (AU) – portrayed Morag Bellingham on “Home and Away” (1988-’97) – age 77 (bladder cancer)

June

celebrity death 2018 - Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

 


05 – Kate (Valentine) Spade, Fashion designer/Entrepreneur – owned over 140 domestic and 175 international stores – age 55 (suicide)

06 – Jerry Maren, Actor – he was the last living munchkin from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) – age 98

08 – Anthony Bourdain, TV Personality/Chef – TV show “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (2005–2012) – age 61 (suicide)

08 – Jackson Odell, Actor/songwriter – played Ari Caldwell on “The Goldbergs” – age 20

13 – D. J. Fontana, Drummer – played the drums for The Blue Mean Boys and then for Elvis Presley (1954-’68) – age 87

15 – Leslie Grantham, Actor – played Den Watts in the BBC TV show “EastEnders” (1985–1989, 2003–2005) – age 71

21 – Charles Krauthammer, Author/Columnist – Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post and several Fox TV commentary shows – age 68 (small intestine cancer)

25 – Richard Benjamin Harrison, Businessman/Reality TV star – known as the Old Man on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” age 77 (Parkinson’s disease)

27 – Joe Jackson, Manger – Father and patriarch of the Jackson family and The Jackson 5 – age 89 (pancreatic cancer)

29 – Helen Griffin, Actress (UK) – wrote and starred in “Little White Lies” (2005) – age 59

July

Tab Hunter died 2018

Tab Hunter
Roger Perry 2018

Roger Perry
Celebrity Deaths 2018 Robert Wolders

Robert Wolders

 


08 – Tab Hunter, Actor/Singer – played Danny in “Battle Cry” (1955): as a singer “Young Love” #1 on charts (1957) – age 86

12 – Roger Perry, Actor – played attorney Jim Harrigan in TV show “Harrigan and Son”(1960-’61) with Pat O’Brien – age 85 (prostate cancer)

12 – Robert Wolders, Actor (NL) – played Erik Hunter in TV WesternLaredo” – age 81

13 – Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra (1939-’51) and mother of his three children – age 101

21 – Elmarie Wendel, Actress – Mrs. Dubcek on TV show “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1999-’01) – age 89

August

Charlotte Rae - celebrity death 2018

Aretha Franklin - Celebrity deaths 2018

Barbara Harris died in 2018

Barbara Harris
Celebrity Death 2018 - Robin Leach

Robin Leach
John McCain Celebrity Death 2018

John McCain

 


01 – Mary Carlisle,Actress/dancer – played a starry-eyed romantic interest in over 60 films incl. “College Humor” with Bing Crosby (1933) – age 104

05 – Charlotte Rae, Actress – played Edna Garrett on TV sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off, “The Facts of Life” – age 92 (bone cancer)

07 – Stan Mikita, Ice Hockey player (CA) – played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1959-’80) and was considered the leagues best centre of the 1960s – age 78 (dementia with Lewy bodies)

16 – Aretha Franklin, Singer – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 18 time Grammy winner, known as “Queen of Soul“, top songs: “Respect” (1967), “Natural Woman” (1967), “Think” (1968) – age 76 (pancreatic cancer)

21 – Barbara Harris, Actress – played Evelyn Kelcher in “Peggy Sue Got Married” and Mary Blank in “Grosse Pointe Blank” – age 83 (lung cancer)

22 – Ed King, Musician – lead guitarist and bassist for southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd he co-wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” – age 68 (cancer)

24 – Robin Leach, Entertainment reporter/writer (UK) – hosted “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” (1984-’95) – age 76 (stroke)

25 – John McCain, War Hero – US Senator (1987-2018, his death), US House (1983-’87), Capt. US Navy ret. (1958-’81) was called a “maverick” in the Senate – age 81 (brain tumor “glioblastoma”)

26 – Neil Simon, Playwright/screenwriter – wrote “Barefoot in the Park” (1963), “The Odd Couple” (1965 won a Tony award), (3) Tony’s (1) Pulitzer Prize – age 91 (renal failure)

31 – Susan Brown, Actress – played Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin on TV soap opera “General Hospital” (1977-’85), (1989–’90) and (1992–’04) – age 86

31 – Gloria Jean, Actress/singer – very popular actress who starred or co-starred in 26 feature films (1939-’59)

31 – Vanessa Marquez, Actress – played nurse Wendy Goldman on TV show “ER” (1994-’97) – age 49 (shot by police)

September

elebrity death 2018 Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds
Bill Daily celebrity death

Bill Daily

 


03 – Jacqueline Pearce, Actress (UK) – played the villain Servalan in the BBC sci-fi “Blake’s 7” (1978-’81) – age 74 (lung cancer)

04 – Bill Daily, Actor/comedian – played astronaut Roger Healey on “I Dream of Jeannie” and Howard Borden on “The Bob Newhart Show” – age 91

04 – Christopher Lawford, Author/actor – son of Peter Lawford and nephew of President John F. Kennedy – age 63 (heart attack)

06 – Richard DeVos, Businessman/philanthropist – co founder of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team – age 92

06 – Liz Fraser, Actress (UK) – several of the early Carry On films: Carry On Regardless (1961), Carry On Cruising (1962), and Carry On Cabby (1963) – age 88 (complications following an operation)

06 – Burt Reynolds, Actor – his movies included “Deliverance” (1972), “Smokey and the Bandit” I & II (1977 &’80), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982) – age 82 (cardiac arrest)

07 – Mac Miller, Singer/music producer – his debut album Blue Slide Park charted at #1 on the Billboard top 200 – age 26 (drug overdose)

08 – Chelsi Smith, Model/actress – won Miss Texas (1994), Miss USA (1995), Miss Universe (1995) – age 45 (liver cancer)

11 – Fenella Fielding, Actress (UK) – known as “England’s first lady of the double entendre”, appeared in “Carry On Regardless” (1961) – age 90 (stroke)

14 – Zienia Merton, Actress (UK) – played Sandra Benes in the ITC TV show “Space: 1999” (1975-’77) – age 72

15 – Dudley Sutton, Actor (UK) – played Tinker Dill in TV show “Lovejoy” (1986 & 1991–’94) – age 85 (cancer)


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