And the losses continued into 2018 with famous names from Dolores O’Riordan to Jon Paul Steuer, and Bella Emberg to Cyrille Regis sadly passing away in January alone.
Hip hop star Craig Mack died on March 12 aged 41.
The rapper was best known for his hit 1994 track Flava In Your Ear, the remix of which featured a young Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes early on in their careers.
Hubert de Givenchy
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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 – including Hepburn’s iconic dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Sir Ken Dodd
Sir Ken Dodd has died at the aged of 90 on March 11, his publicist confirmed.
The comedy legend had recently been forced to cancel all dates on an upcoming tour as he recovered 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 on Mother’s Day
Trevor Baylis died on March 5 at the age of 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, and was previously awarded the OBE for his radio design.
Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile, died on March 3.
A statement released on behalf of Sir Roger’s family said: “Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3rd March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.
“He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”
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 medal that year, went on to become a leading neurologist.
The Italian international, with 14 caps to his name, was found dead at the La di Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the Viola’s meeting with Udinese on Sunday.
Astori, who started his career at 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.
Talented drummer Patrick Doyle died on March 3, according to his record label.
Indie star Patrick, who had been a member of bands Veronica Falls, Boys Forever, The Royal We and Sexy Kids, most recently released music under his band Boys Forever with record label Amour Foo, who confirmed the news online.
Taking to Twitter, the label’s official account stated: “I’ll remember you. Goodbye Patrick X,” along with a photo of the musician.
David Ogden Stiers
MAS*H actor David Ogden Stiers passed away on March 3, aged 75, after a battle with bladder cancer.
The actor, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show, joined in season six and went on to receive two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982.
In 1984 he earned another Emmy nomination for his supporting role as William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.
After finishing on MAS*H in 1983, he went on to appear in a number of other TV shows including Murder, She wrote, Frasier, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: The Next Generation and North and South.
Comedy actress Emma Chambers passed away on February 24 from natural causes.
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 also starred on the big screen in romantic comedy Notting Hill.
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Singer Eddy Amoo died on February 23 aged 74 . Amoo was a member of the pioneering 70s UK soul band The Real Thing alongside his 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.
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.
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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.
Reg also starred 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
Flim actor John Gavin died on February 9 aged 86 following a long battle with leukaemia.
In 1960 Gavin starred as Julius Caesar in the Stanley Kubrick classic Spartacus, and later went on to be cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as Sam Loomis, lover of Janet Leigh’s character Marion Crane.
John also came close to playing James Bond , signing up to star as the super spy in Diamonds Are Forever after George Lazenby left the role. However, studio executives then replaced him with Sean Connery .
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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.
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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 lent his vocals to the band’s biggest hits, including Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and I Can’t Get Next To You.
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.
American actor and horror writer Jack Ketchum died on January 24 at the age of 71 from cancer.
Born Dallas Mayr but working under a pseudonym, Ketchum’s novels won him a slew of awards, with many of his books being adapted into films.
As well as a writing career spanning decades, Jack appeared in a handful of films based on his work. He played Teddy Panik in 2006’s The Lost, Carnival in 2007’s The Girl Next Door and twice as Dallas Mayr in Red and Offspring.
The American star dubbed Hollywood’s hardest working actress, passed away in her retirement home at the age of 105 on January 23.
A glittering career that spanned six decades, she appeared in fan favourites such as ER, Seinfeld and Will & Grace, as well as many more.
She starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Meg Ryan and Sophie Tucker and got her first film role at the age of 49.
England football star Jimmy Armfield died on January 22 after a long battle against 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.
Howard Lew Lewis
The comedian Howard Lew Lewis died aged 76 on January 20 in Edinburgh, displaying early signs of dementia.
Lewis starred in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Brush Strokes and Blackadder.
Actors Tony Robinson and Chris Rankin both took to social media to share their sadness at his passing.
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American rapper Fredo Santana, real name Derrick Coleman, died on January 20 at the age of 27.
The star was a cousin of rapper Chief Keef. His debut album Trappin Ain’t Dead was released in 2013 and featured a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. Fredo also appeared in Drake’s video for Hold On, We’re Going Home, playing a man who kidnapped Drake’s girlfriend.
Simon Shelton Barnes
The actor who played Tinky Winky, the handbag-carrying Teletubbie 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 CBB C show Incredible Games.
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 along the Princes Highway after a short festive break when their car was involved in the devastating head-on collsion.
Jessica appeared as Hope Morrison in the Aussie soap Home and Away in 2016.
The up and coming actress also starred in the upcoming supernatural thriller Harmony, set to be released in 2018.
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Neighbours star Moya O’Sullivan died aged 91 on January 16.
Best known for playing Marlene Kratz, she was dubbed ‘Australia’s favourite mum and grandmother’.
A popular figure, a tribute in The Sydney Morning Herald read: “Much loved by all, especially by her brother Peter, sister-in-law Kaaren, aunt to Mark, Cait and Bridget, great aunt to Phoebe and Ursela, grandmother to Harriet and James.
“Also Andrew and Sarah. Bless her eternal soul.”
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Legendary BBC radio presenter Ed Doolan died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of January 16. The star had been battling vascular dementia since 2013.
Ed started his career in radio at BRMB (now Free Radio Birmingham) in 1974 before moving to BBC West Midlands in 1982.
He was awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting and charity and was also the recipient of a Sony Gold Award.
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Actor Peter Wyngarde died on January 15 at the age of 90
The star was best known for his role as sleuth Jason King in Department S and its spin-off Jason King.
He also starred in the 1980 Flash Gordon movie as metal-masked villain General Klytus.
Peter also starred in the very first British gay drama, South, which aired on ITV in 1959 and was met with a backlash of furious homophobic abuse from the public and media at the time.
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 their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
She also released two solo albums, and appeared as a judge on the Irish version of reality singing competition show The Voice.
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West Brom and Coventry legend Cyrille Regis died on January 14 aged 59 after suffering a heart attack.
The former striker was a pioneer for black footballers in the late 1970s. Regis won five caps for England and was awarded an MBE in 2008.
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Hugh Wilson died on January 14 at the age of 74.
The director was well known for making films such as Police Academy and The First Wives Club.
He also created the acclaimed sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and won awards for his work, including an Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
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Keith Jackson, the voice of American college football, died on January 12 aged 89.
The legendary broadcaster spent 56 years covering the sport before his final game in 2006.
Jackson served on American channel ABC Sports, and became synonymous with his trademark line “Whoa, Nellie.”
Blunderwoman comedy star Bella Emberg died on January 12 at the age of 80.
She found fame in the 1980s, most notably alongside Russ Abbot, with whom she shared a comedy partnership.
Emberg also starred in TV shows as diverse as The Lily Savage Show and Doctor Who.
Doreen Tracey, one of the original Disney Mouseketeers, died on January 10 at the age of 74.
The performer had battled cancer for two years, but sadly developed pneumonia as a complication.
At the age of 12, Doreen became one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club, the popular TV show which aired between 1955 and 1959.
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 Motorhead and the last surviving member of the band’s original line-up.
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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence died on January 9 aged 77.
Known as “The Flying Pig” by Reds fans, the Scot made 390 appearances for the Reds over 14 years in the first team.
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 match between Liverpool and Everton, with the interviewer unaware that he had played in that very match.
Jerry Van Dyke
Comedian Jerry Van Dyke died on January 5 at the age of 86.
Jerry made his television debut on The Dick Van Dyke show, later appearing on The Judy Garland Show and Coach, with his final TV role being for The Middle in 2015.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, and older brother Dick Van Dyke.
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Astronaut John Young, the ninth man to walk on the Moon, died on January 5 aged 87.
The former U.S Navy Test pilot became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the surface of the Moon on a mission in 1972.
Young is one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the US space program.
He flew into space twice as part of the mid-1960s Gemini program, twice on the Apollo lunar missions and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s.
Jon Paul Steuer
Star Trek actor Jon Paul Steuer died on January 1 aged 33.
With an acting career that began at the age of 3, Steur eventually landed the role of Alexander Rozhenko, son of Lieutenant Worf, on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990.
Later on, he starred in TV series Grace Under Fire as Quentin Kelly
Steur went on to become a musician and restaurateur under the name Jonny P Jewels.