Influential People We’ve Lost in 2018

Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2018, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

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Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries performs at L'Olympia on May 4, 2017 in Paris, France. The lead singer of The Cranberries died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46.
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This 1966 photo shows Dorothy Malone smiling at a luncheon in her honor. Her daughter announced that Malone died at the age of 93 on Jan. 19, 2018.
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Ursula K. Le Guin attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City. Le Guin, 88, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a statement released by her family.
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This Jan. 9, 1995, file photo shows Louis Zorich in Pasadena, California. A representative for Zorich said the actor and theater veteran died on Jan. 30, 2018, at the age of 93.
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Dennis Edwards attends the 26th Annual Heroes and Legends Awards held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. Edwards died Thursday, Feb. 1, in Chicago.
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In this March 23, 2004 file photo, John Mahoney, who stars as Martin Crane, appears on the set during the filming of the final episode of "Frasier" in Los Angeles. Mahoney’s longtime manager, Paul Martino, said Mahoney died Feb. 4, 2018, in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. The cause of death was not immediately announced. He was 77.
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Mickey Jones, 76, a native of Houston, Texas, native, who worked steadily in TV and film since the 1970s, died Feb. 7 from an undisclosed illness.
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Billy Graham shown preaching during the Celebration of Hope in New Orleans, Louisiana. A spokesperson for Graham confirmed the evangelist died Feb. 21 at the age of 99.
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Nanette Fabray, the vivacious actress, singer and dancer died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at her home in Palos Verdes Estates, her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, told The Associated Press.
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In this file photo, British athlete Roger Bannister breaks the tape to become the first man ever to break the four minute mile May 6, 1954, at Iffly Field, Oxford, England. Bannister's family said he died peacefully in Oxford on March 3, 2018, at 88.
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French couturier Hubert de Givenchy poses with mannequins in his shop in Paris in In this Feb.1, 1952, photo. Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," died March 10 at the age of 91.
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Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical physicist known for his innovative spacetime research and theories, <a href="/news/breaking/Steven-Hawking-Dead-at-76-476769803.html" target="_blank">died at 76 years</a> old on March 14, 2018.
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DuShon Brown, one of the stars of NBC's "Chicago Fire," attends a TV Guide event in 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Brown died March 23, 2018, at St. James Olympia Field Hospital in Chicago. The actress was 49.
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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid stalwart and wife of former president Nelson Mandela, died on Apr. 2, 2018, at the age of 81.
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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and "Amadeus" director Milos Forman died April 14, 2018, at the age of 86.
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Actor R. Lee Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday, April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74.
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Actor and comedian Harry Anderson died on April 16, 2018, police said. He was 65.
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Barbara Bush, the wife of one American president and the mother of another, was known for her sharp wit, <a href="/news/politics/Things-About-Former-First-Lady-Barbara-Bush--479847643.html" target="_blank">biting sarcasm</a>, and <a href="/multimedia/Barbara-Bush-Through-the-Years-479883263.html" target="_blank">her dedication to her family and country</a> during her tenure as first lady and beyond. Bush died at the age of 92 on April 17.
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Tim Bergling, known best by his stage name Avicii, was a pioneer of electronic dance music as a producer and DJ. Bergling was pronounced <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Le7els-DJ-Avicii-Found-Dead-480385043.html" target="_blank">dead at 28</a> on April 20.
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This May 21, 2009, file photo shows Verne Troyer in Antibes, France. The actor, who appeared as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" films, died April 21, 2018, according to a post to his official Facebook page.
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Margot Kidder, the actor who portrayed Lois Lane in the iconic 1978 film "Superman" alongside Christopher Reeves, poses for a photo on Aug. 9, 2010, in Toronto, Canada. <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Superman-star-Margot-Kidder-Dead-at-69-482563261.html" target="_blank">Kidder died at the age of 69 at her home</a> on May 14, 2018.
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Influential journalist Tom Wolfe, author of American classics "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" and <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Tom-Wolfe-Dead-at-87-482681641.html" target="_blank">father of the New Journalism movement</a>, died at the age of 88 on May 15, 2018.
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Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, died at the age of 86, his family announced through NASA on May 26, 2018. This July 15, 2009, file photo shows Bean at the 40th-anniversary celebration of the first Apollo moon landing, in Washington.
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Kate Spade is an established name in the fashion industry - her designer handbags, clothing and shoes compete with other big luxury names like Michael Kors, Tory Burch and sister brand Coach. Spade was found dead on June 5 in her New York apartment at the age of 55, <a href="/news/national-international/Kate-Spade-Dead-Suicide-484598181.html" target="_blank">according to</a> local law enforcement.
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Celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, known to travelers and food aficionados for his series "Parts Unknown," was found dead in a France hotel room <a href="/news/national-international/Anthony-Bourdain-Dies-Suicide-CNN-484943511.html" target="_blank">at the age of 61</a> on June 8, 2018. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller," CNN said.
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This May 3, 2018, file photo shows Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold in Los Angeles, California. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer died of pancreatic cancer at 57, the paper said July 21, 2018.
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In this July 26, 2015, file photo, drummer Vinnie Paul performs during the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, New York. Paul <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Pantera-Drummer-Vinnie-Paul-Dead-at-54-486340231.html" target="_blank">died at the age of 54</a>, his band announced June 22.
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In this March 2, 2011, photo, former President Barack Obama presents a 2010 National Medal of Arts to poet Donald Hall in Washington. Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, died on June 23 at age 89.
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In this file photo, Joe Jackson attends the Premiere of "Sicario" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015, in Cannes, France. Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson 5, <a href="/news/national-international/Joe-Jackson-Dies-At-89-486711881.html" target="_blank">died at 89</a> Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in his Los Angeles home.
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In this Oct. 25, 2003, file photo, Charlotte Rae performs at The 4th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Event in Los Angeles, California. "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" star died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, her son Larry Strauss told NBC. She was 92.
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This 2001 file photo shows British author V.S. Naipaul in Salisbury, England. The Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at his London home, his family said. He was 85.
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Soul singer Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio during 'The Weight' recording session in New York City, New York. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. She was honored and <a href="/multimedia/Rest-in-Respect-Stars-Fans-Bid-Aretha-Franklin-Her-Last-Goodbye-Funeral-492174451.html" target="_blank">sent off by stars and civil rights luminaries</a> at her hometown of Detroit.
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In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Kofi Annan delivers a speech during a panel titled "Truth and Reconciliation" within the One Young World Summit 2017 at Agora Bogota Convention Center in Bogota, Colombia. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at the age of 80.
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Robin Leach, best known as the host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," died on August 23, 2018, <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Lifestyles-of-the-Rich-and-Famous-Host-Robin-leach-Dead-at-76-491645161.html" target="_blank">according to his family.</a> He was 76.
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Then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waits as he is introduced to speak at a rally in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. <a href="/news/politics/Cindy-McCain-on-Saying-Goodbye-to-Her-Husband-John-McCain-and-Staying-in-the-Fight-502571671.html" target="_blank">Sen. McCain died Aug. 25</a> at the age of 81.
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<a href="/news/national-international/Neil-Simon-Dead-at-91-491750971.html" target="_blank">Neil Simon</a>, the famed playwright behind such hits at "The Odd Couple," died on Sunday, Aug. 26. He was 91.
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Burt Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated actor as famous for his on-screen romps in "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights" (seen above) as he was for his impressive mustache, <a href="/news/national-international/Actor-Burt-Reynolds-Dies-at-82-492624881.html" target="_blank">died at the age of 82.</a>
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Mac Miller performs on the Camp Stage at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 on Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. The <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Mac-Miller-Rapper-Dead-492721921.html" target="_blank">rapper died at age 26</a> of an apparent overdose.
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This March 13, 2005, file photo shows actor Bill Daily in Santa Monica, California. A family spokesman said on Sept. 8, 2018, that the 91-year-old died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Dennis Hof, a brothel owner, reality television star and <a href="https://www.dennishof.com/" target="_blank">GOP candidate</a> for Nevada's state assembly, <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Dennis-Hof-dead-72-497719081.html" target="_blank">died at the age of 72</a> on Oct. 16, 2018.
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Stan Lee, co-founder of comic and movie juggernaut Marvel, <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Death-of-a-Legend-Stars-React-to-Passing-of-Stan-Lee-500302861.html" target="_blank">died on Nov. 12, 2018</a>, at the age of 95. Hollywood stars and comic geeks alike paid tribute to him through social media and costumes patterned after his iconic characters.
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Former President George H.W. Bush <a href="/news/politics/Former-President-George-HW-Bush-Dies-184974861.html" target="_blank">died at the age of 94</a> on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.
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The punk band the Buzzcocks announced on Twitter on Dec. 6, 2018, that co-founder <a href="https://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/Buzzcocks-Co-Founder-Pete-Shelley-Dies-at-63-502110981.html?xx" target="_blank">Pete Shelley had died at age 63</a>.
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The iconic comedic sitcom actress, TV producer and director <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Director-Penny-Marshall-Dead-at-75-503061702.html" target="_blank">Penny Marshall died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2018, at age 75</a>.
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Frank Adonis as seen in New York City on May 31, 1989. The <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Report-Actor-Frank-Adonis-Dies-Goodfellas-503611751.html" target="_blank">"Goodfellas" actor died at the age of 83</a> on Dec. 28, according to his wife, Denise.
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