Hollywood lost some of its greats this year. Scroll down to see Us Weekly’s tribute to the celebrities who died in 2018.
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The country singer died on February 12 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. The “Amen Kind of Love” crooner was just 46. A cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
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The Frasier star died on February 4 at the age of 77 while in hospice care in Chicago. He was best known for his role as Kelsey Grammer’s father, Martin Crane, on the NBC sitcom for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004. He was nominated for two Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards for his role.
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Reg E. Cathey
The House of Cards actor died on February 9 at age 59. TMZ reported that the actor had been battling lung cancer and died in his home in New York surrounded by loved ones. The Emmy winner was also known for his roles on The Wire and in movies including The Mask, Fantastic Four and S.W.A.T.
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The Glee alum died at age 35 on January 30. The LAPD confirmed to Us that he died from an apparent suicide just three months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He faced up to seven years in jail.
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The Storm Chasers alum died at the age of 38 on January 23 while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing. We will always remember him fondly as an incredible meteorologist and driver of ‘The Dominator,’” Discovery Channel said in a statement to Us. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.” A cause of death was not immediately revealed.
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Mark E. Smith
The lead singer of the English post-punk band The Fall, Mark E. Smith, died on January 24. He was 60. The Fall’s manager Pam Van Damned released a statement to announce Smith’s passing via Cherry Red Records: “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.” He is survived by wife Elenor Smith.
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Dolores O’Riordan's publicist confirmed on January 15 that The Cranberries singer died in London. She was 46. “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to BBC at the time. "No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” The late singer rose to fame as the lead singer of The Cranberries in the ‘90s, providing distinctive vocal work to the band’s greatest hits, including “Zombie” and “Linger." O’Riordan is survived by her three children: 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.
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Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin's husband died at the age of 71 on January 13 after a long battle with cancer. "With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer," the family said in a statement on Jill's website. "There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time." Bobby, the owner of Zarin Fabrics, beat thyroid cancer in 2009 but it returned in 2013 and spread to his lungs. In November 2016, Jill revealed that the cancer had spread to his brain. He is survived by Jill, his three children from a previous relationship — Jonathan, David and Jennifer — and stepdaughter Ally.
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“Fast” Eddie Clarke
The former Motörhead guitarist died at the age of 67 on January 10. The English rock band wrote in a statement on Facebook that Clarke “passed peacefully in [the] hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.” He was the last surviving member of the group’s classic trio, with drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and vocalist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister both dying in late 2015.
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Jerry Van Dyke
The Emmy-winning actor and comedian, who was also the younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, died at his Arkansas ranch on January 5. He was 86. His wife Shirley Ann Jones confirmed to CNN that he passed due to heart failure after never really recovering from a "horrible car accident" two and a half years prior in which he was "injured very badly." Van Dyke received critical acclaim for his role on the long-running ABC sitcom Coach.
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Jon Paul Steuer
The child actor and talented musician, also known as Jonny P. Jewels, died on New Year’s Day at age 33. His group members in the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S confirmed the news with a Facebook post on Wednesday, January 3. “It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer,” the group wrote in their tribute. “The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did.”
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