Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars we lost in 2018, starting with this Hollywood legend… Penny Marshall died of complications from diabetes at her home in California on Dec. 18. She was 75. Penny was a force in Hollywood after becoming a household name thanks to her work on "Laverne & Shirley." She later became a respected director, leading films such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own." "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall," her family said in a statement. "Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family."
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Burt Reynolds, 82, died on Sept. 6 at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager confirmed to multiple media outlets. TMZ reported that the charismatic college athlete-turned-actor known for his smoldering sex appeal and popular films including "Deliverance," "Smokey and the Bandit," "Cannonball Run" and "Boogie Nights" was rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest. Burt, who's had health issues in recent years, leaves behind his son with ex-wife Loni Anderson, Hollywood camera assistant Quentin Reynolds. Earlier this summer, Burt told Closer magazine, "He is my greatest achievement."
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President George H. W. Bush died on Nov. 30 at age 94. Before he was the 41st president of the United States, he was a World War II naval aviator, a Texas oilman, U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and, in the '80s, the vice president of the country under President Ronald Reagan. The Republican — who was the longest lived U.S. president in history — passed away seven months after his beloved wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.
On June 8 at age 61, Anthony Bourdain — the star of CNN's "Parts Unknown" — took his own life in his hotel room in the French village of Kaysersberg, leaving fans around the world heartbroken. The beloved TV host, author and chef had become a personal hero to many who dreamed of traveling the globe, trying new foods and living a life somewhere off the beaten path. He left behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin — one of the most respected and celebrated musical artists of all time — died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit, where she was receiving hospice care in the final days of a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. She was 76.
Rapper Mac Miller was found dead at his home in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley around noon on Sept. 7. He was 26. TMZ reported that Mac (real name: Malcolm McCormick) died from an accidental overdose. The coroner's office later confirmed that the musician died from mixed drug toxicity — a lethal mix of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Frank Adonis, who starred in a cache of legendary films, passed away in Las Vegas on Dec. 26. He was 83. His wife, Denise, told TMZ that he had been suffering from health issues for years and was being kept alive via a ventilator over the holidays. The family waited until after Christmas to take him off of it. Frank was best known for playing Anthony Stabile in the 1990 mafia film "Goodfellas." He also starred in "Raging Bull," "Casino" and "Wall Street."
On Dec. 13, three-time Grammy winner Nancy Wilson passed away at her home following what her manager described as a "long illness." She was 81. The jazz legend won Grammy Awards in 1964, 2005 and 2007. After her passing, John Legend tweeted, "So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person."
On Dec. 20, celebrated stage actor and star of "The Thing" Donald Moffat passed away due to complications from a stroke. He was 87. The actor had a career that spanned more than 50 years and had more than 200 acting credits to his name. Many fans also know Donald from his role as the sinister president in "Clear and Present Danger."
William Joseph "Willbilly" Hathaway of "Wicked Tuna" passed away in Salisbury, Maryland, following a Dec. 15 car accident. Willbilly, who was 36, was a crew member on the Foolish Pleasures boat featured on the National Geographic show.
On Dec. 4 — just two months after "America's Next Top Model" Season 8 contestant Jael Strauss was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 breast cancer — she died from the disease. She was 34.
Actor Ken Berry — who's best known for his work on "The Andy Griffith Show" and spin-off "Mayberry, R.F.D." as well as "F Troop" and "Mama's Family" (pictured) — died on Dec. 1 at age 85 following a series of heart issues, his ex-wife, actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence, confirmed to TMZ.
Michele Carey died of natural causes in Newport Beach, California, on Nov. 21. She was 75. The actress starred alongside John Wayne in "El Dorado" and with Elvis Presley in "Live a Little, Love a Little."
Oscar-winning director and writer Bernardo Bertolucci, the man behind classics such as "The Last Emperor" and "Last Tango in Paris," died at his home in Rome on Nov. 26 following a cancer battle. He was 77.
Ethel Ayler — the actress who played Clair Huxtable's mother, Carrie Hanks, on "The Cosby Show" — died at the age of 88 on Nov. 18.
Philip Bosco, who appeared on Broadway more than 50 times, passed away at the age of 88 on Dec. 3. He also appeared on the big screen in "Working Girl" and "The Savages."
LFO member Devin Lima (right) died on Nov. 21 following a yearlong battle with Stage 4 cancer, TMZ reported. He was 41. In 2017, doctors discovered a football-sized tumor on the singer's adrenal gland. He's the second of LFO's three members — who are best known for their hits "Summer Girls" and "Girl on TV" to die: Friend and colleague Rich Cronin (left) passed away in 2010 at age 36 following a battle with leukemia.
Actor, director and writer Peter Masterson passed away on Dec. 19 after a fall in his Kinderhook, New York, home. He was 84. The multi-hyphenate, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, was known for his work in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "The Exorcist" and "The Stepford Wives."
Kim Porter, a former model and mother of four — she had one child with R&B singer Al B. Sure and three with music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, with whom she was still close — was found dead in her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake, California, on Nov. 15. She was 47. According to TMZ, Kim had been sick with the flu or pneumonia in recent weeks and did not wake up after going to bed early the previous evening.
Stan Lee passed away at age of 95 on Nov. 12. The acclaimed Marvel comic book writer and creator behind Spider-Man, The Avengers and more was brought by ambulance from his home to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died. Stan had been sick over the past year with a serious bout of pneumonia and was losing his sight. His daughter confirmed the actor's passing to TMZ, saying, "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man." A slew of Hollywood stars honored the legend on social media after his passing.
Actress Sondra Locke passed away in Los Angeles on Nov. 3 after going into cardiac arrest stemming from bone and breast cancer. She was 74. Sondra gained fame when she was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film, "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." She went on to star in six movies with Clint Eastwood, with whom she also had a highly publicized relationship until their falling out in the late 80s.
Master magician, writer and actor Ricky Jay died in Los Angeles of natural causes on Nov. 24, his manager confirmed to Variety. The 72-year-old was perhaps best known for his work in "Deadwood," "Boogie Nights" and "Tomorrow Never Dies" and as the narrator in "Magnolia." He was once described as "the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive" in a profile in The New Yorker.
Irish musician Dolores O'Riordan, best known as the frontwoman of the indie rock band the Cranberries, was found dead in her London hotel room on Jan. 15. The 46-year-old singer was in the UK to record a cover of her hit 1994 song "Zombie." TMZ reported that close friends claimed Dolores had been "dreadfully depressed" in the weeks leading up to her death, although others said she was "cheerful" and "happy." An inquest held in September finally revealed what happened: The music star died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, which the coroner described as "a tragic accident." She was found submerged in a bathtub wearing her pajamas. Five miniature alcohol bottles and a bottle of champagne were found in her room. A toxicology report revealed that her blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal driving limit but that she had only "therapeutic" amounts of medication in her blood. Dolores is survived by her three children aged 20, 16 and 12.
"Glee" star Mark Salling took his own life on Jan. 30. At the time of his death, the troubled actor, who was 35, was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
Just one day after his family announced he'd decided to discontinue medical treatment, U.S. Senator John McCain died at age 81 at 4:28 p.m. on Aug. 25. The former Republican presidential candidate, who survived nearly six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a virulent brain cancer, in July 2017. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family," his office said in a statement. "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years."
Swedish musician and DJ Avicii (real name: Tim Bergling) took his own life on April 20. Known for his hit songs like "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother," the 28-year-old music star also struggled with depression, drug addiction and alcoholism throughout his career. His body was discovered at a resort in Muscat, Oman, where he was vacationing at the time.
"SpongeBob SquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenburg died on Nov. 26 at age 57. "We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS," Nickelodeon said in a statement to Variety. "He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued 'SpongeBob SquarePants' with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination."
Bill Daily — the actor best known as goofy best friend Major Roger Healey on "I Dream of Jeannie" who also had memorable roles on "Alf" and "The Bob Newhart Show" — died of natural causes on Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his son, J. Patrick Daily, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He was 91. "Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed," "Jeannie" star Barbara Eden tweeted alongside a photo of them together. "Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo."
Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson passed away at 89 on June 27 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. The controversial former music manager and father of pop legends Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and the Jackson Five lived out his final days in a hospice care facility in Las Vegas. His wife of 69 years, Katherine Jackson, was reportedly by his side at the time of his death.
Following a life filled with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, English entertainment news columnist Robin Leach — who's best known for hosting the series "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" from 1984 to 1995 — died in Las Vegas on Aug. 24, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He was 76. Robin had been hospitalized since November 2017 after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. According to his colleague at the newspaper, John Katsilometes, TMZ reported, Robin suffered another stroke on Aug. 20. "Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had," his family said in a statement.
Iceland native Stefán Karl Stefánsson, who played Robbie Rotten on the Nick Jr. series "LazyTown" from 2002 to 2014, died on Aug. 21 following a two-year battle with aggressive bile duct cancer, his wife confirmed to People magazine. The father of four was 43. "Per Stefán's wishes, there will be no funeral. His earthly remains will be scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean," his wife told the magazine.
"Superman" star Margot Kidder was found dead in her Montana home on May 13 at age 69. Though the actress' manager initially said the star famous for playing Lois Lane had died peacefully in her sleep, on Aug. 8, a statement from the coroner's office in Park County, Montana, revealed that Margot actually "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose." In 1996, Margot suffered a mental breakdown in Los Angeles and was later found "dirty, frightened and paranoid" three days after being reported missing. She later revealed that she suffered from bipolar disorder. Margot is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane, who, after the suicide news was released, told The Associated Press, "It's a big relief that the truth is out there. It's important to be open and honest so there's not a cloud of shame in dealing with this."
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"The Love Guru" actor Verne Troyer died at age 49 from acute alcohol poisoning on April 21. He was best known for his work in films like "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Verne's final film, the comedy "Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks," is set for release sometime in 2018.
Just two weeks after announcing that his cancer had returned after nine years in remission, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen — the billionaire philanthropist who owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers — passed away at age 65. he died from septic shock related to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma on Oct. 15, 2018.
On June 5, the world learned that 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade had taken her own life in her Manhattan apartment. The businesswoman and style icon reportedly left a note for her 13-year-old daughter, Beatrix. Her estranged husband, Andy Spade, refuted claims that Kate had refused to treat her depression and anxiety, explaining that she'd been "actively seeking help" for the previous five years. Andy, whose brother is comedian David Spade, also confirmed that though they'd been living apart for the previous 10 months after 35 years as a couple, he and Kate had not discussed divorce.
Legendary playwright Neil Simon passed away on Aug. 26 at 91. His longtime friend Bill Evans confirmed to media outlets that the Tony-winning Oscar and Emmy nominee behind such beloved works as "The Odd Couple," "Lost in Yonkers," "Biloxi Blues" and "The Goodbye Girl" died of complications from pneumonia in a New York City hospital.
Following her decision to end treatment for congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease, former first lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 on April 17. Barbara, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993 and second lady from 1981 to 1989, was a passionate advocate for literacy throughout her life, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, former President George H. W. Bush, and five of their six children.
Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, who played mean-spirited Harriet Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie," died at age 93 on Nov. 13. She was retired and had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's home in California at the time of her passing.
Controversial American rapper Jahseh Onfroy, known professionally as XXXTentacion, was gunned down on June 18 after leaving a motorsports shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The 20 year old had signed a $10 million deal with Empire for his third album shortly before his death. The music star's violent past, which included claims that he'd assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, have come to light since his death, leaving his reputation tarnished. Four men have been arrested for their alleged roles in his slaying.
On Jan. 5, legendary entertainer Jerry Van Dyke died at age 86 from congestive heart failure. The Emmy-nominated actor and comedian was best known for his work as Luther Van Dam on the long-running comedy series "Coach." He first began acting in 1962, following in the footsteps of his equally famous older brother, Dick Van Dyke. Throughout his 53-year career, Jerry captivated audiences and never failed to make them laugh. His final role was on the sitcom "The Middle" from 2012 to 2015. He's survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Ann Jones, and two living children. Jerry lost his daughter, Nancee Kelly, to suicide in 1991.
Businessman and "The Real Housewives of New York City" husband Bobby Zarin died on Jan. 13 following a lengthy battle with cancer. The 71-year-old mogul and his wife, former "RHONY" cast member Jill Zarin, were business owners before they were reality TV celebrities, running Zarin Fabrics, a discount designer fabric store opened 82 years ago by Bobby's father, Harry Zarin. Bobby's wife and four children, including his stepdaughter Ally Shapiro, were by his side when he passed.
Charlotte Rae, who most notably starred as Edna Garrett on NBC's "The Facts of Life" from 1979 until 1988, passed away at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 92 on Aug. 5.
British-born stage and screen actor John Mahoney passed away on Feb. 4 while in hospice care as he fought numerous illnesses, including brain disease and lung cancer. The 77-year-old Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated performer got his start in the '80s on both the big and small screens, later starring in films like "Say Anything…" and "Barton Fink" before landing a recurring role as Martin Crane on the award-winning series "Frasier." John didn't have a partner or children upon passing and reportedly left the bulk of his $5 million estate to friends.
Two days after his bandmates reported him missing, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, 36, was discovered dead near a marina outside Edinburgh, Scotland. The musician's family implied that his mental health issues played a role in his death. "Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take a hold of you," they said in a statement.
Comedian, magician and former "Night Court" star Harry Anderson died on April 16 from a cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident, which is a type of stroke that involves the heart pumping dangerous matter into the brain, causing brain damage and death. The 65-year-old Emmy-nominated actor passed away in his Asheville, North Carolina, home. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, and two children from a previous marriage.
On June 8, 20-year-old actor Jackson Odell, who played recurring character Ari Caldwell on "The Goldbergs," was found dead at a sober living home in Tarzana, California. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene of his death and there were no signs of foul play, but toxicology tests were ordered since the young star — who'd also appeared in projects including "Modern Family" and "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" and had written several songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 country-music drama "Forever Your Girl," including Lauren Alaina's "Wings of an Angel" — had a history of heroin addiction, the coroner revealed. The L.A. County Medical Examiner finally determined his cause of death in late August: Jackson died of an accidental cocaine and heroin overdose.
Emmy-winning TV writer and producer Steven Bochco died on April 1 at 74 from complications of leukemia. The mind behind hit shows like "Hill Street Blues," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Murder in the First" and many more was widely considered the father of modern television dramas. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, TV producer Dayna Kalins, and three children from previous marriages.
On March 17, Stephen Hawking, a world-famous theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research at the University of Cambridge, died at 76 from complications resulting from his decades-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The author of such famous scientific works as "A Brief History of Time" and "The Theory of Everything" (the latter of which was also the title of the 2014 film about his life starring Eddie Redmayne) died peacefully in his Cambridge home, according to a statement released by his three children. Stephen's ashes were interred in London's Westminster Abbey next to the remains of another famous scientist, Sir Isaac Newton.
"The Walking Dead" actor Scott Wilson, who played Hershel on the zombie apocalypse series for several years, died from complications of leukemia at his Los Angeles home on Oct. 6, his rep confirmed to People magazine. The veteran actor, who was 76, is also known for his work in films such as "In Cold Blood" and "In the Heat of the Night."
Wayne Maunder, best known for his work on TV Westerns during the 1960s, died in Battleboro, Vermont, on Nov. 11 at age 80, Variety confirmed. He starred as the titular Union Army commander on ABC's "Custer" (seen here) and also played the title role on CBS's "Lancer."
Veteran soap opera actor Frank Parker passed away on Sept. 16 in Vacaville, California. Frank — who was best known for playing grandfather Shawn Brady on "Days of Our Lives," on which he was a cast member for 25 years before retiring in 2008 — died from complications of Parkinson's disease at age 79.
On Nov. 15, country music star and former "Hee Haw" host Roy Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85.
Beverly McClellan, an incredibly talented finalist on Season 1 of "The Voice," died at age 49 on Oct. 30 following a cancer battle. In March, the singer was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had spread to her colon, bladder and intestines. "The only thing greater than Beverly McClellan's voice was her heart," the NBC show tweeted. "Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans during this difficult time."
Actress Diana Sowle — who was most famous for her debut role playing Charlie's mother, Helen Bucket, in 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" — died on Oct. 19 at age 88 surrounded by family members, they told the BBC. "She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be dearly missed," the family's rep said in a statement.
All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert was found dead in a pond near his Connecticut home, law enforcement sources told TMZ on Oct. 17, the same day his band announced his death at age 44. "Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and songwriter who defined rock and metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely," Oli's bandmates said in a statement. A cause of death was being investigated.
Just weeks after the death of her onscreen leading man Frank Parker, Primetime Emmy-winning actress Peggy McCay — who played matriarch Caroline Brady on "Days of Our Lives" for more than 30 years — died from natural causes at age 90 on Oct. 7. "Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us," longtime co-star Deidre Hall wrote on Facebook, confirming the sad news. "She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being Caroline!"
Actor and author Christopher Lawford, the son of Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, died on Sept. 4 at age 63 after suffering a heart attack in Vancouver, his cousin, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, told the Associated Press. TMZ reported that Christopher, a nephew of political greats John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, had a medical emergency while at yoga studio and later passed away. Christopher, who was a trained lawyer but instead pursued a Hollywood career in movies and TV shows like "General Hospital," "Terminator 3," "The Doors," "All My Children," "Frasier" and "Extra," battled addiction in the '70s and '80s. The activist wrote about his struggles in a book that became a New York Times bestseller.
Richard Harrison, fondly referred to as "Old Man" on his long-running reality series, "Pawn Stars," passed away on June 25 in Las Vegas at 77. His co-star and son, Rick Harrison shared on Instagram that his lovably grumpy dad died after a lengthy battle with Parksinson's disease "surrounded by those he loved." He is survived by his wife of 58 years, JoAnne Rhue Harrison, their adult children and many grandchildren.
Drummer Vinnie Paul, a founding member of the heavy metal band Pantera, passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 54 on June 22. In late August, TMZ confirmed the official cause of death with Nevada's Clark County Coroner: Vinnie — who was also a member of Hellyeah as well as a co-founder of Damageplan with his late brother, Dimebag Darrell — had an enlarged heart and died of dilated cardiomyopathy as well as severe coronary artery disease.
Soap opera actress Susan Brown, who was perhaps most famous for playing Scotty Baldwin's stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, on "General Hospital," died on Aug. 31 at age 86. Variety reported that her death came after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Actor Kin Shriner, who played Scotty, took to Twitter to call her "one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs."
Al Matthews, a decorated Marine and Vietnam war veteran-turned-actor who was best known for playing cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in the 1986 film "Aliens," was found dead in his retirement home in Spain by a neighbor on Sept. 22, Spanish news outlets reported. He was 75. Al spent most of his career, which also included roles in projects like "Superman III," "The Fifth Element" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," based in Britain before he retired.
Tom Wolfe, the author of celebrated books including "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and "The Right Stuff," died at age 88 on May 14. The New Journalism movement pioneer passed away in New York City after being hospitalized with an infection, his agent told The New York Times.
"Sons of Anarchy" alum Alan O'Neill was found dead outside his girlfriend's Los Angeles apartment on June 6. While no official cause of death has been reported for the Irish actor, TMZ suggested the 47-year-old's passing could have been caused by heart problems, though also noted he had a history of smoking and drug and alcohol abuse. His agent, Annette Walsh, revealed the actor had children.
Another "Sons of Anarchy" actor, Paul Vasquez — who's also appeared on big TV shows including "NYPD Blue" and "CSI: NY" — died in 2018. Paul passed away at his father's home in San Jose, California, on Sept. 22. He was 48. TMZ reported that the actor's dad found him unconscious and called paramedics, who were unable to revive him. Though his cause of death is under investigation, TMZ reports that a heart attack is suspected.
Vanessa Marquez, who starred on "ER" as nurse Wendy Goldman from 1994 to 1997, was shot and killed at her home by police in South Pasadena, California, on Aug. 30. She was 49. Law enforcement and health professionals had been called to her apartment to do a welfare check and found her having seizures. They tried to offer her medical care but after a lengthy back and forth, multiple outlets reported, she became uncooperative, armed herself with what cops thought was a handgun and pointed it at officers, who shot her. It was later determined to be a BB gun. Vanessa also appeared on "Seinfeld," "Melrose Place" and other shows including A&E's "Intervention" in 2005, on which she addressed her depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and shopping addiction, CBS reported.
We Came as Romans singer Kyle Pavone was taken to a Michigan hospital on Aug. 19 after suffering a medical emergency and died on Aug. 25. He was 28. His family and band revealed that the frontman died from an accidental drug overdose. TMZ reported that he'd struggled with heroin addiction in the past and that his girlfriend called 911 after discovering him unconscious in the bathroom near a used syringe. It reports that Narcan was administered and that he went into cardiac arrest at the hospital before later passing away.
Broadway star Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee, died at home in her New New York City apartment surrounded by family and close friends on Sept. 13 following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer, her publicist confirmed to People magazine. The "Ragtime" and "Passion" actress was 57.
Chelsi Smith — the biracial Texas beauty queen who was 1995's Miss Texas, Miss USA and Miss Universe — died on Sept. 8 following a battle with liver cancer, which was diagnosed in the spring of 2017. She was 45.
On Sept. 9 — less than a year after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer — style blogger Kyrzayda Rodriguez lost her fight. The Dominican Republic native, who announced in August that she was discontinuing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, was 40.
Roy Hargrove — the famed jazz musician and trumpeter — died on Nov. 2 at age 49 after going into cardiac arrest. NPR later reported that the musician, who'd been on dialysis for many years, had been admitted to the hospital for "reasons related to kidney function" before he ultimately passed away.
Following a six-decade acting career, Peter Donat died at age 90 on Sept. 10 at his California home from complications from diabetes. The veteran character actor was perhaps best known in more recent years for playing the father of David Duchovny's character, Fox Mulder, on "The X-Files," though he also appeared on some of the biggest TV series ever like "Dallas" (he was the doctor who treated J.R. Ewing after the oil tycoon was shot), "Murder, She Wrote," "Hill Street Blues," the original "Hawaii Five-O" and "Charlie's Angels." His movie credits included "The Godfather Part II" and "The War of the Roses."
Reality TV star Lyric McHenry, 26, who appeared on close friend EJ Johnson's E! show "EJNYC," died in New York City on Aug. 14. Multiple reports claim that a drug overdose is the suspected cause of death, but her family believes there could be more at play. Reports claim the Stanford University graduate was found unconscious on a sidewalk in the Bronx at 5 a.m. hours after celebrating her birthday with friends. Lyric, who's believed to have been about 20 weeks pregnant, was wearing a pajama top and underwear but no pants. A baggie of cocaine was found with her, reports further claimed. A cause of death will be determined after autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.
Author, model and former "Ladies of London" reality TV star Annabelle Neilson passed away suddenly on July 12 from a stroke at age 49. The socialite and creator of the children's book series "The Me Me Me's" was longtime best friends with supermodel Kate Moss and was once the muse of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Annabelle is survived by her parents and sister.
Former Hollywood heartthrob-turned-gay icon Tab Hunter passed away on July 8 after a blood clot in his leg traveled to his heart. The 86-year-old "Damn Yankees" star was a popular film and TV actor throughout the '50s and '60s. In 2005, Tab came out as a gay man in his autobiography, "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star," and confirmed he once had a relationship with "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins. Tab was walking home with with his partner of 35 years, Allan Glaser, when he collapsed in front of their Santa Barbara home and later died. In August, TMZ obtained a copy of his death certificate that reveals Tab — who had prostate cancer at the time of his passing — died from cardiogenic shock. A massive pulmonary embolism was a contributing factor.
Sophie Gradon, 32, a former Miss Great Britain and contestant on the popular U.K. reality dating show "Love Island" in 2016, was found dead in her home in Medburn, England, on June 20. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and reports implied she'd taken her own life. Almost three weeks later on July 10, reports emerged revealing that Sophie's boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, had also been found dead. Police said they did not believe there was any third-party involvement in his death either.
Emmy-winning stage and screen actor Reg E. Cathey died on Feb. 9 at age 59, reportedly after developing lung cancer. Known for his roles in films like "Fantastic Four" and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Reg was also a noted TV star on shows such as "House of Cards," "The Wire" and, as of 2018, the Netflix original series "Luke Cage." Friends on Twitter, including "The Wire" creator David Simon, hailed Reg as "one of the most delightful human beings" and "a fine, masterful actor."
Tony Award winner Barbara Harris, 83, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Aug. 21 of lung cancer, the Associated Press reported. The Broadway star appeared in a slew of movies including, perhaps most famously, the original "Freaky Friday" in 1976 in which she played a mother who switches bodies with her daughter, played by Jodie Foster.
James "L.B." Bonner, the slimmed-down former star of TLC's "My 600 lb. Life," died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head at age 30, a coroner's report confirmed. An officer from South Carolina's Lexington County Sheriff's Department found L.B.'s body in a ditch near the former reality star's home on Aug. 2. People magazine reported that shortly before his death, L.B. posted a haunting message on Facebook, writing, "I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support throughout my journey. I've realized a few things over the last few days and its time that I face my demons head-on. No matter what you change or the efforts you put forth in life, sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and deal with things your own way … Please don't ever let people you care about not know how you feel."
Another "My 600 lb. Life" star also passed away in August. Lisa Fleming, who weighed more than 700 pounds when she was featured on the TLC series in February 2018, passed away on Aug. 23, daughter Danielle told TMZ. According to Danielle, her mother had lost 200 pounds since appearing on the show and was able to stand on her own again. "At the end she was sick and her body was tired and her body just gave out," Danielle said.
Fisherman Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, who appeared on "Wicked Tuna" and "Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks," died at age 28 on July 19, New Hampshire's Remick & Gendron Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press. A cause of death was not released. Duffy served as the first mate of the Pinwheel under Capt. Tyler McLaughlin.
"Chicago Fire" star Dushon Monique Brown passed away on March 23 at age 49. The actress, who previously worked on shows like "Prison Break" and "Empire," reportedly died from sepsis — a bacterial infection that reaches the bloodstream — just days after she was released from a Chicago hospital where she'd been treated for chest pains. Dushon leaves behind a daughter.
Jill Janus, the frontwoman for heavy-metal band Huntress, died on Aug. 14, her band's Facebook page confirmed days later. She was 43. "A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon," the band said in a lengthy statement. "Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness."
Jessica Vogel, who competed on Season 12 of "Hell's Kitchen" in 2014, died at age 34 in New Jersey on July 30. The chef's fiancé, John Michael Keyser, told NorthJersey.com that "her heart gave out" while she was being treated at a local hospital for colitis, a disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who co-wrote the hit song "Sweet Home Alabama," died on Aug. 22 at his home in Nashville, TMZ reported. A family rep told the outlet that Ed had been diagnosed with lung cancer that later spread through his body.
Former child star Jon Paul Steuer took his own life on Jan. 1 at age 33. The actor — who's perhaps best known for his work on "Grace Under Fire" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (seen here) — quit acting, became a musician and in 2015 opened the vegan restaurant Harvest at the Bindery in Portland, Oregon. The Blast reported that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer died on June 21 at age 68 just two weeks after revealing in a letter to fans that doctors had given him weeks to live less than a year after he had an abdominal tumor removed. "Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over," the Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author wrote on June 8. "I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" actress Pamela Gidley died from apparent natural causes in her New Hampshire home on April 16 at age 52. The TV and film star got her big break in Hollywood in the 1986 romantic drama "Thrashin'" alongside Josh Brolin. Upon hearing of Pamela's death, Josh shared a touching note on Instagram, writing, "My co-star in 'Thrashin" and my girlfriend twice in a lifetime. Amazing and innocent memories of her: a spitfire, and a truly funny person she was. I remember us being in bed (I was 17) and hearing the radio come on saying that the Challenger had just exploded. These milestones in your life: amazing people to grace us with their spirit, their presence. She will have forever affected mine. Thank you for the gift of you, Pam. Rest In Peace beautiful girl."
The Rev. Billy Graham, the famed evangelist and one of the most well-known figures in modern Christianity, passed away at age 99 on Feb. 21, reportedly at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
On July 3, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Richard Swift died at 41 in a Tacoma, Washington, hospice facility. His family and management later revealed his cause of death, writing on Facebook, "Richard Swift suffered from alcohol addiction, and it's ultimately what took his life." Though he'd sought treatment, he ultimately died from complications of hepatitis as well as liver and kidney distress. He was a member of the Shins and the Arcs and was a touring member of the Black Keys. He's survived by his wife, three children, his father and five brothers.
Emmy-nominated actor David Ogden Stiers died on March 3 at age 75 in his Oregon home after a lengthy battle with bladder cancer. Known for his role as Maj. Charles Winchester on the hit series "M*A*S*H," David was also a noted voice actor and theater performer who appeared in productions on and off-Broadway, including 2009's "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." That same year, David came out as a gay man, adding he was "very proud to be so."
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin died on Sept. 27 in Tampa, Florida. He was 76. "Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives," Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen wrote on his blog. "Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover. Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him." A rep told The New York Times that the musician and vocalist, who also later performed with the band's next iteration, Jefferson Starship, died en route to a hospital, though no cause of death has been released.
Chas Hodges — half of the British music duo Chas & Dave — died at age 74, his band's Twitter page announced on Sept. 22. "Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning," it said in a statement.
Actor, TV host, political commentator and former broadcaster Ed Schultz passed away from apparent natural causes at his home in Washington D.C. on July 5. The 64-year-old former MSNBC host rose to fame as a conservative radio personality who, after experiencing a change of heart in the 1990s, swapped political sides and became a fierce and outspoken liberal. He leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Wendy Noak, and six children.
Hubert de Givenchy — the towering French aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in the '50s — died on May 10 at 91. The fashion designer was known not only for his luxury collections but for creating Audrey Hepburn's off-screen and on-screen wardrobes for films like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Funny Face." He's seen here with his muse in 1991 shortly before her death.
"Storm Chasers" star and meteorologist Joel Taylor was found dead on a cruise ship on Jan. 23 while in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Toxicology reports released nearly four months after his death revealed the 38-year-old reality star had a fatal mix of drugs in his system including ecstasy, an anesthetic, Ambien and amphetamines. He is survived by his parents and two siblings.
Former Marine Corps gunnery sergeant-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey died at 74 in Santa Monica, California, on April 15 due to complications from pneumonia. Famous for his roles in films like "Full Metal Jacket," "Mississippi Burning" and "Toy Soldiers," he was also a noted voice actor who lent his unique vocal talents to all three "Toy Story" films as well as video games like "Real War," "Call of Duty: Ghosts" and "Disney Magic Kingdoms." He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Nila Ermey, and their four children.
On April 10, singer Yvonne Staples of the Staple Sisters fame died in her Chicago home from colon cancer. The 80-year-old gospel singer, known for hits like "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," had also worked as a manager for her family's musical act, later helping her sister, Mavis Staples, skyrocket to success.
"Notting Hill" actress Emma Chambers passed away at 53 on Feb. 21 from what her agency described as "natural causes." British media reported that the star, who was also well-known for her role on the comedy series "The Vicar of Dibley," died of a suspected heart attack. She was married to actor Ian Dunn.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist, former first lady and wife of Nelson Mandela, "succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon [April 2] surrounded by her family and loved ones" following a long illness, a spokesman confirmed.
On Feb. 12, comedian and actor Marty Allen died at age 95 from complications of pneumonia. Known for his wild hair, bulging eyes and "hello dere" greeting, Marty was a part of the infamous comedy duo Allen & Rossi with his longtime friend Steve Rossi. Throughout much of his career, Marty was a daytime talk-show regular, appearing as the comedic relief on series like "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The $10,000 Pyramid" and "The Hollywood Squares." He was also a noted dramatic performer who landed roles in films like "Night Gallery" and "The Naked Face." Marty's wife and performing partner for the last 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell, was with him when he died.
On Feb. 11, singer Vic Damone died from respiratory failure at 89. Rising to fame on a radio show in the late '40s, Vic grew in popularity and became a musical mainstay of the '50s and '60s with songs like "On the Street Where You Live" and "My Heart Cries For You." Compared to contemporaries like Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, Vic was prized for his rich baritone voice and spent his later career routinely performing for admiring fans in popular Las Vegas nightclubs. Vic is survived by his three daughters.
On Jan. 30, former "Mad About You" actor Louis Zorich died at age 93, reportedly from Alzheimer's disease. Known for his work on and off-Broadway as well as on the big screen in films like "Coogan's Bluff" and "Fiddler on the Roof," Louis continued to act well into his senior years, finally retiring at 91 after appearing in the dramedy "No Pay, Nudity" in 2016. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, actress Olympia Dukakis, and their three children.
On Feb. 23, Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa Cosby (left) died at age 44 from kidney disease. Ensa, who worked occasionally as an actress, was a vocal supporter of her father during his criminal sexual assault trials. She is the second of Bill's five children to pass away (son Ennis was shot and killed at 27 while he was changing a tire).
Comedy star Sir Ken Dodd passed away at 90 on March 11 in his childhood home in Liverpool, England. Ken reportedly suffered from a lingering chest infection that landed him in the hospital weeks before his death. Two days before he died, the comedian and actor from TV movies like "Red Riding Hood" and "Alice in Wonderland" married his longtime love, Anne Jones, in a private ceremony at their home.
Irish-born, London-raised stage and screen actor Derrick O'Connor died on June 29 from pneumonia at 77. Seen here in 1999, Derrick was best known for his roles in high-octane films like "Lethal Weapon 2," "Deep Rising" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." He leaves behind a wife and son.
On July 21, actress J.C. Wendel announced on Instagram that her mother, "3rd Rock From the Sun" actress Elmarie Wendel, had passed away. "#ripelmariewendel. You were a great mom and a bada– dame," J.C. wrote. Elmarie was 89.
On Feb. 7, former Bob Dylan drummer-turned-actor Mickey Jones died at age 76 from an undisclosed illness. Breaking into Hollywood in the 1970s, Mickey later rose to fame on shows like "Flo" and "The Incredible Hulk" as well as in films like "Starman" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." In the '90s, Mickey garnered a new generation of fans when he joined the cast of "Home Improvement" alongside comedic actor Tim Allen. Mickey is survived by his wife of 38 years, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their five children.
Critically acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin died on Jan. 24 at 88 from unspecified causes. Celebrated for her novels including "The Left Hand of Darkness," "The Wizard of Earthsea" and "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia," Ursula became an icon amongst science-fiction fans and writers. She also published numerous nonfiction works including her final book, 2017's "No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters." Ursula is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles Le Guin, and their three children.
On June 18, WWE veteran Leon White, better known to wrestling fans as Vader (or Big Van Vader) — died of heart failure at 63. "Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time," his son told fans on Twitter two days later.
On Jan. 19, actress Olivia Cole died in her San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, home after suffering a heart attack. The 75-year-old stage and screen star's first role was in a 1955 episode of "Guiding Light." In the years to come, Olivia would star in numerous Broadway productions, including "War and Peace" and "The Merchant of Venice." Her best known role, however, came in 1977 when she played Mathilda Moore in the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots," which won her an Emmy Award.
Musician D.J. Fontana, who played drums in Elvis Presley's band, died on June 13 in a Nashville hospital at age 87. He'd been in poor health since breaking his hip in a fall last year, his son told The New York Times.
Canadian rapper Jon James, 34, died on Oct. 20. He fell to his death while filming a music video on the wing of an airplane. "As Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct," his team said in a statement. "Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn't have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly."
Actress Dorothy Malone died at 93 from natural causes in an assisted living facility in her hometown of Dallas on Jan. 19. The Oscar-winning performer arrived on the big screen in 1940 and quickly became a popular film star throughout the '50s, '60s and beyond with roles in movies like "Written on the Wind," "Artists and Models" and "Too Much, Too Soon." Dorothy's final role came in 1992 as Hazel Dobkins in the mystery thriller "Basic Instinct." She is survived by her two daughters.
Grammy-winning singer Dennis Edwards of the Temptations died on Feb. 1 in Chicago from complications from meningitis. He was 74.
Mark E. Smith, the frontman for post-punk band The Fall, died at age 60 on Jan. 24 following a battle with lung and kidney cancer.
Controversial British actor Peter Wyngarde passed away on Jan. 15 in a London hospital. It's believed he was about 90. He was best known for his role as Jason King in the British detective series "Department S," which eventually led to a spinoff named after his character. Peter struggled in later years to recover his reputation after being charged with gross indecency in a public bathroom in 1975. Although he continued to work on-screen until 1994, his roles were fewer and farther between. Much of Peter's past has been called into question, with doubts around his self-reported age, family legacy and Oxford education. Still, the actor is fondly remembered as a major talent throughout the '60s and early '70s who is rumored to have been the inspiration for Mike Myers' Austin Powers character.
On July 2 following a short illness, Alan Longmuir — a founding member of the '70s music group the Bay City Rollers — died at age 60 at a hospital in his native Scotland, the BBC reported, adding that he was surrounded by his family when he passed.
Doreen Tracey, a former child actress and original Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club," died on Jan. 10 in a California hospital at age 74. From 10 to 16, Doreen appeared in several films including "The Farmer Takes a Wife" and "Westward Ho, The Wagons!" Her final on-screen role came in 1959 on an episode of "The Donna Reed Show," but that wasn't the end of her entertainment career. In the '60s, she created the rock 'n' roll group Doreen and the Invaders and eventually settled down to work as a publicist for Frank Zappa and, later, as a Warner Bros. administrator. Doreen reportedly died from complications from pneumonia after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by a son and two grandchildren.
Jim Rodford, bass guitarist for the Kinks and the Zombies, died on Jan. 20 after falling down the stairs at his home. The 76-year-old British rocker, who was also a founding member of the band Argent, had just returned to the UK after performing in Florida with the Zombies six days before his accident. Jim is survived by his wife. Jean Rodford, and their two children.
Longtime TV, film and voice actor Chuck McCann passed away on April 8 from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 83-year-old star of movies like "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and TV shows like "Boston Legal" and "Santa Barbara" also lent his voice to animated series including "DuckTales" and "The Garfield Show." Chuck is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty Fanning, and their three children.
On Jan. 10, Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke died in a hospital at age 67 after succumbing to pneumonia.
Famed choreographer and dancer Dame Gillian Lynne passed away in London on July 1 at age 92. The former ballerina built her career in theater, working as a choreographer for more than 60 productions on Broadway and in London's West End, garnering critical acclaim for her work on "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera." She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Peter Land.