This has been a very eventful year, with everything from Donald Trump’s policies to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding being discussed worldwide, among other things. As we close the book for 2018, today we look back at some of the celebrities we’ve lost so far this year. How many names do you recognize?
January 15: Dolores O’Riordan. The lead singer of rock band The Cranberries, O’Riordan gained fame for her unique way of singing. Her most famous song is “Zombie”, a protest over the 1993 Warrington Bomb Attacks with over 800 million views on YouTube. O’Riordan was 46 years old upon her untimely death.
February 21: Billy Graham. Graham, one of the most influential Christian Evangelists of the 1900’s, is estimated to have preached live to over 200 million people (including my Dad). A staunch opponent of Racial segregation, Graham became an American icon, also becoming a spiritual adviser to every president from Harry Truman to Barrack Obama. Graham was 99 years old.
March 3: David Ogden Stiers. Stiers, an actor, was best known for his performance as Charles Emerson Winchester III in the hit war drama-comedy show M*A*S*H*, and for playing Cogsworth in Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast. Stiers was 75.
March 14: Stephen Hawking. Hawking overcame the paralyzing condition ALS to become a leading theoretical physicist best known both for his best selling book, A Brief History of Time and for his studies on Black Holes. Hawking was 76.
April 20: Avicii. Avicii, a Swedish DJ, revolutionized electronic music with his hit songs “Levels” and “Wake Me Up”. He was only 28 at the time of his death.
June 8: Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain became one of the most influential chefs in the world, partaking in his own shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Bourdain was 61.
August 16: Aretha Franklin. Franklin became known as “The Queen of Soul”, charting 77 songs on Billboard’s Top 100 and winning 18 Grammy Awards. She is widely considered to have been one of the greatest singers of all time. Franklin was 76.
August 18. Kofi Annan. Annan was the U.N. Secretary-General from 1997-2006 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for having prioritized Human Rights as an issue. Annan was 80.
August 25: John McCain. McCain was a prominent American politician best known for running for President in 2008 for the Republican Party. McCain was 81.
August 26: Neal Simon. Simon, a playwright, is best known for having won more combined Tony and Oscar awards than any writer in history. Simon was 91.
September 6: Burt Reynolds. Reynolds became an icon for his starring role in films like Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run as well as an Academy Award-nominated role in 1997 film Boogie Nights. Reynolds was 82.
October 15: Paul Allen. A Billionaire-Philanthropist who gained his fame and fortune from co-founding Microsoft, Allen also owned the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and Seattle Seahawks (NFL) in professional sports. Allen was one of four NFL owners to pass away in 2018, and was 65 at the time of his death.
November 12: Stan Lee. Lee is an icon of the comic book community for having co-created The X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Spider-Man, as well as having a cameo in every MCU Marvel Studios movie to date. Lee was 95 years old.
November 26: Stephen Hillenberg. Hillenberg is best known for his work as an animator-cartoonist, creating the hit children’s show SpongeBob SquarePants. He was 57.
November 30: George H.W. Bush. Bush, an American politician and the 41’st President, was best known for his policies while in office. If you want to see a more in-depth biography, simply click here, as i have already made a eulogy. Bush was 94.
We remember today the lives and legacies of these popular men and women, and remind ourselves that fame should not be the only cause for remembrance.