Our long-running annual RIP memoriams provide a timeout and allow us reflect and pay tribute to the celebrities, sports stars and larger than life personalities sadly no longer with us. This is a collection of the household names and familiar faces we sadly bade a fond farewell to in 2018.
1.) Dolores O’Riordan
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died on January 15 aged 46. Due to record the next day, she was found in the bathtub of her London hotel room. The Irish musician, singer, and songwriter was the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band The Cranberries. Two years after her death, the track Zombie would become the sixth promo video from the 20th century to reach the billion-views milestone on YouTube.
2.) Emma Chambers
The English comedy actress Emma Chambers passed away on February 24 from natural causes. She played the role of Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and Honey Thacker in the film Notting Hill (1999).
3.) Anthony Bourdain
The American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, aged 61. The outspoken and charismatic chef’s cause of death as suicide. He was working on an episode of Parts Unknown in Strasbourg at the time, 17 days short of his 62nd birthday.
Swedish DJ Avicii died in Muscat, Oman on April 20 at the age of 28. It was a shock to music fans world-wide when, on April 20th, the DJ-producer was reported to have died by suicide on an estate owned by the royal family.
5.) Dale Winton
The much loved British TV presented Dale Winton died aged 62 on April 18 2018.
6.) Davide Astori
Fiorentina announced on March 3 that their captain, Davide Astori, had died at the age of 31. Astori died in his sleep while staying in a hotel in Udine prior to a match against, proven to be caused by cardiac arrest. In his honour, Fiorentina shortly after announced the renaming of their training ground to the “Centro Sportivo Davide Astori”.
7.) Stephen Hawking
The acclaimed English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14 aged 76. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease in the 1960s, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Actor Eddie Redmayne played the role of Hawking in the 2014 biographical romantic drama The Theory of Everything.
8.) Ray Wilkins
Widely regarded as one of English football’s “nice guys”, the Chelsea and Manchester United legend Ray Wilkins died on April 4 aged 61.
9.) Hugh Dane
Hugh Dane, star of The Office, Bridesmaids and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, died on May 16 at the age of 75.
10.) John Mahoney
Frasier star John Mahoney passed away on February 4 at the age of 77.
11.) John Young
Astronaut John Young, the ninth man to walk on the Moon, died on January 5 aged 87.
12.) Kate Spade
Iconic handbag designer Kate Spade died on June 5 at the age of 55 in a suspected suicide.
13.) Margot Kidder
Superman actress Margot Kidder died on Sunday May 13, aged 69.
14.) Peter Stringfellow
Peter Stringfellow died on June 7, aged 77, after a battle with cancer. Starting in the 1960s, the English businessman owned and founded several nightclubs, including the famous chain of eponymous table dancing clubs across three continents.
15.) Ken Dodd
British entertainer and star of the small screen Sir Ken Dodd died at the age of 90 on March 11.
16.) Timmy Matley
Irish entertainer Timmy Matley, singer in doo-wop group The Overtones, passed away on April 11 aged 36, in unfortunate circumstances following a two year battle with skin cancer. Mately had fallen from the balcony of a London apartment in the early hours of the morning.