Celebs we've lost so far in 2018

We bid farewell to screen legends, music icons, and acclaimed figures in the world of art, journalism, and politics in 2018. From "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin to "Maverick" Senator John McCain, the list of famous faces is diverse and their contributions are immense. Among the departed are Marvel comics legend Stan Lee, House of Cards Emmy-winner Reg E. Cathey, rapper Craig Mack, fashion designer Kate Spade, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, and many more. 

Join us as we take a look at these artists' early works — Did you know Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown worked as a school counselor and actor John Gavin served in the Korean war? We'll reflect on their history-making performances, discuss the circumstances surrounding their deaths, and hear what their colleagues had to say about their loss and about the legacies they've left behind. 

The circumstances surrounding these stars' deaths are diverse, and tragically, some took their own lives. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Here are the stars we've said goodbye to this year.

Stan Lee

Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee died Nov. 12, 2018 at age 95, TMZ reported. Stanley Martin Lieber's comics career began when he was just 16 years old and serving as an office assistant at Timely Comics in New York City. He became an interim editor in the 1940s, and in May 1941, he used his iconic pseudonym for the first time in an issue of Captain America. Lee went on to help create iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel's Thor, The Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and others. Timely Comics became Marvel Comics, and Lee took over as publisher and editorial director in 1972. In the 1980s, his role transitioned to that of a brand ambassador as Marvel Comics expanded into motion pictures.

Though Lee took Marvel Comics from a niche market to a major household name, he confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that the business side of things wasn't his strength. In 1998, he exchanged his percentage of Marvel films' gross profits in exchange for a flat $10 million and $1 million per year for the rest of his life. That doesn't sound like a bad deal, until you consider that Avengers: Infinity War grossed $2 billion worldwide.

The last three years of Lee's life were tumultuous. While films starring his beloved characters saw record-shattering successes, his personal life was rife with trauma. In August 2015, Lee's former assistant sued him, allegedly for "severe mental abuse." Lee's beloved wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away at age 93 in July 2017. The following January, Lee was accused of sexually harassing nursing staff at his home. A month later, he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and pneumonia. In February 2018, TMZ reported that some $1.4 million had allegedly been "siphoned" from Lee's funds behind his back. Lee's daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee, also made headlines when she was accused of elder abuse against her father, reported People. The comics icon denied any abuse.

J.C. spoke about her father after his death, telling TMZ, "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Burt Reynolds

Actor Burt Reynolds died Sept. 6, 2018, reportedly from a heart attack. The Hollywood icon was gearing up to film Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood shortly before his death.

His niece told Variety in a statement, "He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tail bone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that's who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled."

After starring in several Westerns and appearing on television shows, including The Twilight Zone, early in his career, Reynolds' first big breakout role was in 1972's Deliverance. The same year, he was a centerfold in Playgirl magazine. He scored another cinematic hit with 1974's The Longest Yard , but it was 1977's Smokey and the Bandit that made Reynolds a household name.

Reynolds' career was marked by big hits and equally big misses (He turned down the role of Han Solo!) His stormy personal life, particularly his acrimonious divorce from actress Loni Anderson (a 22-year process), certainly didn't help his box office numbers later in life. However, he was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for his role in Boogie Nights. Reynolds did a slew of TV work late in his career, including a beloved Golden Girls cameo as himself.

Though Reynolds left us at age 82, his mustache and bravado will endure on-screen forever.

Sen. John McCain

Senator John McCain died Aug. 25, 2018, following a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. He was 81 years old — and just days shy of his 82nd birthday.

Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, McCain spent 22 years in the Navy, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were both Navy admirals. As an aviator, McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war after being shot down while serving in Vietnam. He continued to serve for eight years upon his release and return to the United States, despite never fully recovering from his injuries and the torture he endured as a POW.

About a decade after returning Stateside, McCain ran for Congress in Arizona, where he lived with second wife, Cindy. He won two terms in the House of Representatives, then six in the Senate. As a moderate Republican, McCain — nicknamed "Maverick" — earned a reputation for his willingness to go against his party to advocate for what he truly believed was right, making him one of President Donald Trump's most vocal opponents and one of the few Republican senators to oppose then-President Ronald Reagan's Marine deployments in Lebanon in 1982. He also voted against then-President George W. Bush's tax cuts in 2001.

McCain ran for president twice: In 2000, he lost the Republican primary to George W. Bush, who would go on to win the general election. In 2008, McCain ran against Barack Obama — a man McCain famously defended from racist and Islamophobic conspiracy theorists, and whose healthcare bill he later voted against repealing. In perhaps a final show of his famous resolve and loyalty, McCain personally asked Bush and Obama to speak at his funeral.

McCain reflected on his own mortality and legacy in a September 2017 interview on State of the Union (via AOL), telling host Jake Tapper, "Every life has to end one way or another. I think it was a playwright … he said, 'I always knew that no one could live forever, but I thought there might be one exception.' But you've got to have joy." When asked how he'd like to be remembered, the ever-humble McCain replied, "He served his country. And not always right, made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors. But served his country. And I hope, could add, honorably."

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018. She was 76 years old. The Queen of Soul's rep confirmed her passing to the Associated Press. Franklin's family issued a statement acknowledging that she passed away from pancreatic cancer, which she had previously denied battling in an interview with Jet (via People). The severity of her then-undisclosed illness wasn't revealed until just a week before she died.

Franklin was a musical legend, honored as Rolling Stone's greatest singer of all time. She had 18 Grammys (and 44 nominations) and was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was also a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement, with her songs "Think" and "Respect" becoming unofficial anthems for equality. Franklin even performed at Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service following his assassination.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," Franklin's family said in a statement. "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on."

Mac Miller

Rapper Mac Miller (real name Malcolm McCormick) died Sept. 7, 2018 at just 26 years old. TMZ reported that a friend called 911 from Miller's home, but it was too late — the rapper apparently suffered a fatal overdose.

Miller had been open about his struggles with substance abuse, which reportedly contributed to the end of his relationship with pop star Ariana Grande in spring 2018. After the split, she called the relationship "toxic" on Twitter. "I am not a babysitter or a mother … I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years," she said.

Just days after their breakup was announced, Miller crashed his car while allegedly driving intoxicated. In August 2018, he was charged with two counts of DUI. He addressed the charges with Apple Music's Beats 1: "What you don't understand is that I lived a certain life for 10 years and faced almost no real consequence at all. I had no no version of the story that didn't end up with me being fine. Yeah I made a stupid mistake. I'm a human being … But it was the best thing that could have happened … I needed to run into that light pole and literally like have the whole thing stop."

In an August 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Miller denied being addicted to drugs. "Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No," he said. In February 2016, Miller said in a mini-documentary for Fader, "I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can't even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. You don't go down in history because you overdose. You just die."

Miller's family released a statement (via Rolling Stone) that said, in part: "He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers."

If you or someone you know is seeking help and support to deal with substance abuse or mental health issues, please call SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke, younger brother of TV legend Dick Van Dyke, died Jan. 5, 2018 at 86 years old from heart failure, according to The New York Times. Jerry's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, said Jerry's health had begun to worsen following a car accident in 2015.

Jerry got his start with guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show and became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show as a comedian. Far from riding his big brother's coattails, Jerry was an Emmy nominated actor in his own right, earning four nods for his role of assistant coach Luther Van Dam on Coach from 1989 to 1997. After Coach ended, Jerry made regular guest appearances on television shows including My Name Is Earl, The Middle, Yes Dear, and Raising Hope.

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer passed away April 21, 2018. He was just 49 years old. To date, his exact cause of death is unknown, but it's suspected that his death may be connected to an alleged suicide attempt from earlier that month.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," stated an announcement on the actor's Facebook page. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday."

Troyer, who stood at 2 feet, 9 inches, was born with achondroplasia dwarfism — a condition in which cartilage won't properly convert to bones, most often in the long bones in arms and legs, resulting in small limbs.

Troyer was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, though he has more than 50 acting credits from the silver and small screen. Austin Powers star Mike Myers honored Troyer with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stephen Hawking

World-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died March 14, 2018. According to the BBC, Hawking — who'd been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, when he was just 21 years old — died peacefully in his home in Cambridge. He lived to be 76 years old, despite being given just two years to live at the time of his diagnosis. He is survived by his children: Lucy, Robert, and Tim.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," his kids said in a statement (via E! News). "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years." The statement continued, "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss you forever."

​Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of The Cranberries, died Jan. 15, 2018 at age 46.

Her publicist said O'Riordan was in London for a short recording session, but released no further details, according to Ireland's The Journal. The U.K. coroner told The Associated Press she was found dead in her hotel room in London and that her passing was "unsuspicious," meaning there was no foul play.

O'Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after an altercation at an airport in 2014, reported The Telegraph. She later told The Telegraph that her mental health issues (including depression, an eating disorder, and an attempted overdose in 2012) stemmed from sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

O'Riordan's boyfriend of two years, D.A.R.K. musician Olé Koretsky, wrote in a statement: "My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful … The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much."

Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, best known for his Emmy-winning TV series Parts Unknown, was found dead by apparent suicide on June 8, 2018, reported CNN News. He was 61 years old. The network confirmed that Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his hit series when a fellow chef found him in a hotel room. CNN issued a statement that said, in part, "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague … His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much."

Bourdain built a name for himself as an outspoken chef with a reformed bad-boy reputation — someone who'd admitted to substance abuse problems in the past, but had reportedly overcome those challenges to become a highly successful food and travel connoisseur and renowned journalist. When Parts Unknown received a Peabody Award in 2013, the organization had this to say about Bourdain: "He's irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious … People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document."

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

President George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, passed away at his Houston, Texas, home on Nov. 30, 2018 at 94 years old, CNN reports. Bush served his country in numerous capacities through his life: Born into a wealthy banking family, he was the Navy's youngest combat pilot in World War II, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his 58 missions. After the war, Bush married, his sweetheart Barbara Pierce, and they moved to Texas, where he began a career as an oil prospector.

Bush was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966, becoming an envoy for the United Nations, then head of the Republican National Committee during President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal. In 1976, he was named head of the CIA, a position he held for a year. He ran for president in 1980, challenging fellow Republican Ronald Reagan in the primaries. Reagan won the nomination and chose Bush as his running mate. Reagan won and served two terms — and when Bush ran for President in 1988, he became the first sitting vice president to be elected president of the United States. Bush served one term before losing his reelection bid to Bill Clinton in 1992.

Bush never lost his sense of adventure, even in retirement and with a Parkinson's disease diagnosis: He celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays by skydiving and donating money to charitable causes. He and Barbara earned more than $1 billion for various charities since leaving the Oval Office. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Bush the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The New York Times reports that Bush was surrounded by family at the time of his death. Bush reportedly decided he did not want to go to the hospital in his final hours, saying he wanted to be with Barbara, who died April 17, 2018, and their daughter, Robin, who passed away as a child from leukemia. His final words were to his son, 43rd President George W. Bush, who reportedly told H.W. that he was a good father — to which H.W. Bush replied, "I love you, too."

Fredo Santana

Rapper Fredo Santana died Jan. 19, 2018, at just 27 years old.

The Chicago-based MC (and cousin of controversial and often-incarcerated rapper Chief Keef) suffered from a fatal seizure, reported TMZ. Santana, born Derrick Coleman, had been hospitalized in the months leading up to his death, including a hospitalization for liver and kidney failure in October 2017. Once released from the hospital, Santana reportedly went right back into the studio to make more music, though Rolling Stone reported that he considered going to rehab as well.

The drill rapper was open about his addiction to lean, also commonly known as sizzurp — a combination of prescription cough syrup (usually codeine) and other substances, which may have caused his fatal seizure. His girlfriend reportedly arrived at his home at 11:30 p.m. and found him dead on the floor.

Several rappers paid tribute to Santana, including Drake and Maxo Kream. 

Making the situation even more tragic: Santana had an 8-month-old son.

XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion was shot and killed on June 18, 2018. Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, the rapper was just 20 years old when he was targeted outside of a Florida motorcycle dealership, TMZ reported. Two men are suspected in the killing, which police reportedly believe was a robbery, as a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the rapper's vehicle at the time of the slaying.

The Broward County Sheriff's Department offered a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be made online at browardcrimestoppers.org or by phone at 954-493-8477.

Tentacion had several hit songs and a No. 1 album with 17, but he was perhaps best known for the harrowing domestic violence accusations against him from an ex-girlfriend, who alleged that he kidnapped and attacked her numerous times, including while she was pregnant with his child. He denied all of the claims.

The rapper seemed to eerily foreshadow his untimely passing, saying in an Instagram video (via The Independent), "If I'm going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me … Do not let your depression make you. Do not let your body define your soul, let your soul find your body. Your mind is limitless. You are worth more than you can believe."

Jason Wayne Miller

Jason Wayne Miller, famous for playing Salami Sam in Heavyweights (1995), died in his sleep on Jan. 9, 2018, at home in Chicago, TMZ reported. He was just 36 years old.

Heavyweights (1995) writer and producer Judd Apatow told Page Six that "being around Joe Miller was pure joy. We could not have loved spending time with him more. He made everyone around him so happy. What a terrible loss." 

Co-star Aaron Schwartz, who played Gerald Garner in the film, told the site, "Joe always brought the fun to the set. He was one of those people you always wanted to be around. So sad. So young. Rest In Peace Joe."

Richard 'Old Man' Harrison

Pawn Stars star Richard "Old Man" Harrison passed away on June 25, 2018. The 77-year-old reportedly battled Parkinson's disease. Rick Harrison, his son, said Richard was surrounded by loved ones when he died.

Richard, a Navy veteran who often spoke of his service on the show, became a fan favorite on the History Channel hit series, which debuted in 2009, though his recent appearances have been few and far between. Richard opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas with Rick after moving to Sin City in the 1980s.

Rick said in a statement, "He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show 'Pawn Stars' touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor."

A rep for the History Channel told TMZ, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend … He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor."

Kate Spade

Fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide by hanging, reported The New York Times. A housekeeper found her body at approximately 10 a.m. on June 5, 2018. She was 55 years old.

Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, Kate is survived by husband Andy Spade — brother of comedian and actor David Spade — and their 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources said Kate left a note for Frances that said, in part: "Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!" Sources also told TMZ that Andy supposedly wanted a divorce, which may have depressed Kate.

Kate began as an editor at Mademoiselle and launched her handbag line with Andy from their New York City apartment in 1993. The award-winning brand expanded into housewares, accessories, and stationery. She walked away from the company in 2006 to focus on parenting Frances.

The Spade family asked for privacy in a statement: "We are all devastated," it said, in part. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly."

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey passed away Feb. 9, 2018, at 59 years old after a battle with lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cathey's biggest roles were on television: He starred as Martin Querns on Oz from 2000 to 2003, as reporter-turned-politician Norman Wilson on The Wire from 2006 to 2008, as Barry K. Word in Lights Out in 2011, as Barry Querns on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2008 to 2013, as Detective Julius Bonner on Banshee in 2014, as Uncle Bobby in The Divide, as Freddy, a restaurant owner who gets a job in the White House in House of Cards from 2013 to 2016, and as Chief Giles on Outcast from 2016 to 2017.

His movie work included roles in the Fantastic Four reboot (2015), St. Vincent (2014), S.W.A.T. (2003), Pootie Tang (2001), American Psycho (2000), Se7en (1995), Airheads (1994), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Mask (1994), What About Bob? (1991), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).

Famous for his rich, deep voice, Cathey told The Guardian in 2016, "What I did notice is that Barack Obama becomes president and suddenly black people who are well-spoken are working more. This new market for the well-spoken black actor is all due to Obama. He got inaugurated, and I started working like a fiend — hired by the same people who would previously ask: 'Have you always spoken like that?' It's like, 'You know what, motherf**kers? Yes, I have.'"

Jon Paul Steuer

Former child actor Jon Paul Steuer, who starred as Quentin Kelly on Grace Under Fire and as Lt. Worf's son, Alexander Rozhenko, on Star Trek: The Next Generation, died Jan. 1, 2018 at just 33 years old. 

Steuer quit acting after the cancellation of Grace Under Fire amid controversy surrounding the behavior of co-star Brett Butler, reported Variety. Steuer lived in Portland, Ore. and owned a vegan restaurant in the city called Harvest on the Bindery. He was the lead singer of a band called P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., who confirmed his untimely passing on Facebook. The band said, "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. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet."

Beverly McClellan

The Voice contestant Beverly McClellan passed away in late October 2018, after a battle with cancer. She was just 49 years old (via Deadline). "Beverly went home at 4:36 pm. She was surrounded by so much love and we shared some beautiful last days," McClellan's wife, Monique, wrote on Facebook. A GoFundMe account for McClellan revealed that the singer, who competed on the first season of the NBC ratings giant, was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had spread to her colon, intestines, and bladder. The Voice posted a heartfelt message about her passing on Instagram: "The only thing greater than Beverly McClellan's voice was her heart. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans during this difficult time."

McClellan's Janis Joplin-style vocals on "Piece of My Heart" got both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to turn their chairs during her audition, and she ultimately joined Team Christina. She eventually made it to the final four on the show with Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, and Season 1 winner Javier Colon. Her duet with Aguilera on the pop star's hit "Beautiful" went viral, and after McClellan's passing, her coach paid tribute by posting a photo with her from their time together on The Voice, captioned with a simple heart.

Mandy Blank

Fitness legend Mandy Blank died in her Los Angeles home on October 29, 2018. She was 42. Per TMZ, the 1999 International Federation of Bodybuilding World Champion "was discovered by a housekeeper in the bathtub" and pronounced dead on the scene. The tab also reported that no foul play is suspected, and "no drugs or alcohol were found at the scene."

An autopsy was performed on Nov. 1, 2018, but the results were "inconclusive" and "the cause of death was deferred," according to a statement by the Los Angeles County Coroner (via the New York Daily News). Speaking with the same outlet in a different report, fitness icon and nutrition coach Annette Milbers said, "I'm absolutely shocked, for sure. We messaged last week. She always made other people feel great, and she had reached out to me because I competed. She said how proud she was."

Throughout her coaching career, Blank trained a bevy of stars, including Marcus Allen, Natasha Leone, Corey Parks, Pauly Shore, Alex Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Mickey Rourke, and Michelle Monaghan, according to her official website.

Kim Porter

Sean "Diddy" Combs' ex-girlfriend and mother of his children, Kim Porter, passed away Nov. 15, 2018 at just 47 years old. TMZ reported that Porter suffered from cardiac arrest and had been battling flu-like symptoms for several weeks that may have been pneumonia, but cause of her death is unknown at the time of this writing. 

Porter and Diddy had an on-again-off-again relationship for more than a decade. The rapper and mogul began dating the model and actress in 1994, and they called it quits for good in 2007. They share twin daughters D'Lila and Jessie James Combs, born in 2006, and son Christian Combs, born in 1998. Porter's oldest child is her son, Quincy, with ex-husband Al B. Sure. Though Porter and Diddy's relationship was a tumultuous one, they were amicable co-parents. He told Jet magazine in 2008 (via People), "Kim is an incredible mother to our children. We've been part of each other's lives for many years and I have always admired her courage and strength. We're the best of friends."

Porter told OK! Magazine (via People) in 2007 that there was no bad blood between them. "We may be apart, but we'll always be together as a family…" she said. "I have a history with him, and he's the father of my children, so I will always love him. Just because I love him, that doesn't mean that we can be together. But I'll always have love for him."

Devin Lima

LFO singer Devin Lima passed away on Nov. 21, 2018, TMZ reported. He was just 41 years old. Lima was one-third of the boy band famous for hits such as "Summer Girls" and "Girl On TV." The singer underwent surgery in October 2017 to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland that was reportedly the size of a football. He also had to have his spleen and left kidney removed during the surgery because the organs were "engulfed" by the tumor, according to bandmate Brad Fischetti.

When the tumor was initially detected, Lima was feeling positive. "It's great to be holistic and have positive vibes. I've cured a lot with just my mind," he said in a video to fans posted in October 2018. The group was looking forward to touring together as soon as Lima recovered. "It's good to have checkups," he says in the clip. "…I could have maybe spotted this earlier but the pain only kicked in three weeks ago. And I tried different things to let it go away. It's time to go in. I'll see you on the other side." Later that month, Fischetti announced that Lima had been diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal cancer.

Lima is the second member of LFO to suffer an untimely death from cancer. Frontman Rich Cronin passed away at age 36 in 2010 after battling leukemia.

Vernita Lee

Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day 2018 in her Milwaukee home. She was 83. Vernita is survived by Winfrey, another daughter named Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Vernita was reportedly a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in 1954 in segregated Mississippi. Finding herself financially unable to raise her daughter on her own, Vernita moved to Milwaukee to work as a housemaid. The two were reunited when Oprah turned 6. "I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me. I don't know anybody. I don't really even know my mother," Oprah told HuffPost OWN. "I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned." The pair had a tumultuous relationship but eventually reconciled (Vernita even received a mom makeover on her media mogul daughter's show.) 

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene, the farmer with uncompromised morals, on AMC's The Walking Dead, passed away on October 6, 2018. Wilson's rep told TMZ that his death was "due to complications from leukemia." He was 76. The veteran actor's career spanned over 50 years (per CNN), with roles in the 1967 classics In the Heat Of the Night and In Cold Blood marking his film debuts. 

News of his passing shook those who knew the venerable actor best. "The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show," AMC in a statement (via Variety). "Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters' choices to this day."

"All I can say now is that Scott Wilson profoundly impacted my life. I was honored and lucky enough to work with him on  & #Damien. He was a great friend, one I loved very much," former The Walking Dead writer and showrunner Glen Mazzara tweeted.

"The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of…was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend," Khary Payton, the actor who plays Ezekiel on the hit drama tweeted.

'Fast' Eddie Clarke

Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke died Jan. 10, 2018, at age 67. Clarke was the last surviving founding member of the classic metal band.

The band announced his death on its Facebook page: "We are devastated to pass on the news … Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia." 

Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who is currently a member of the Scorpions, wrote in a statement, "Oh my f**king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape, so this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we around with the Scorps." Dee continued, "Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!"

Fellow founding member Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister died from cancer in December 2015, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor passed away that fall.

Bobby Zarin

Bobby Zarin, husband of The Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, died Jan. 13, 2018. He was 71 years old.

"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," Jill wrote in a statement on her 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 was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June 2009. It returned and spread to his brain in November 2016.

Jill posted a tribute to Bobby the day after his passing, writing on Instagram, "Rest in Peace my love. Words cannot express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is. Thank you my love for sharing your life with me … for raising Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person. You inspire those around you to be the best they can be … I will never forget you … your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren. I will continue to raise money and awareness for ITOG (International Thyroid Oncology Group) so maybe this won't happen to the next guy who draws the proverbial short straw. I will continue to honor you and make you proud. You taught me so many lessons."

Olivia Cole

Actress Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy for her role as Mathilda George in Roots (1977), died Jan. 19, 2018, at 75 years old, reported Deadline. Aside from her iconic role in Roots (1977), Cole also earned an Emmy nomination as Maggie Rogers in Backstairs at the White House (1979).

Cole's other notable works included The Women of Brewster Place (1989) opposite Oprah Winfrey, Coming Home (1978), Some Kind of Hero (1982) with Richard Pryor, Go Tell it on the Mountain (1984), First Sunday (2008), Guiding Light, L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote.

Bob Smith

Comedian Bob Smith died Jan. 20, 2018, after a battle with ALS. He was 59 years old. Smith was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Smith was also the first openly gay comic to perform an HBO half-hour special.

In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Smith was also an acclaimed writer, penning several novels, as well as three essay collections, including LAMBDA Book Award winner Openly Bob in 1997 and LAMBDA Book Award nominee Way to Go, Smith in 1999. His final book of essays, Treehab: Tales from My Natural Wild Life, was published in 2016 during his battle with ALS. He penned the entire collection with his one functional hand using an iPad.

Denise LaSalle

Singer Denise LaSalle died Jan. 8, 2018 at 78 years old after suffering health issues for several months, which included the amputation of her right leg after a fall, Billboard reported. 

LaSalle was born Ora Denise Allen in Sidon, Miss. She began using a stage name when she moved to Chicago to sing R&B as a teenager. She later transitioned to blues and founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues in 1986. She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tenn. in 2011.

Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer, Hollywood's oldest working actress, died at 105 years old on Jan. 22, 2018, Deadline reported. Her entertainment career began when she appeared in Vaudeville at just 8 years old and continued for decades, with movie roles in A Hole in the Head (1959), Ada (1961), The Way West (1967), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Dumb and Dumber (1994), and Pineapple Express (2008).

Sawyer's six decades of television credits include roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Archie Bunker's Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Ray Donovan, and Murder, She Wrote.

Joel Taylor

Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor died Jan. 23, 2018, while aboard a cruise ship, TMZ reported. Taylor was 38 years old.Sources told TMZ that Taylor may have passed away from a drug overdose. A fellow passenger on the ship claimed Taylor passed out on the dance floor during the cruise after using the drug GHB and was taken back to his room by two other guests. He was found dead the following day.

Dorothy Malone

Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone died of natural causes on Jan. 19, 2018, at 92 years old, Variety reported. Malone won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Marylee Hadley in Written on the Wind (1956), which co-starred Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall.

Malone's other notable works include Warlock (1959), Peyton Place, Condominium (1980), and convicted murderer Hazel Dobkins in Basic Instinct (1992).

Mark Salling

Former Glee star Mark Salling allegedly committed suicide by hanging on Jan. 30, 2018, reported TMZ. He was 35 years old.

"Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment," Salling's attorney, Michael Proctor, told People. "He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected."

At the time of his death, Salling was preparing to commence a life behind bars. According to USA Today, he "admitted to possessing pornographic images of prepubescent children" in a plea agreement in October 2017. Salling was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7, 2018 and "expected to spend 4 to 7 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release and registry as a sex offender," reported Deadline.

A source told People that the disgraced actor had become isolated from friends. "This other dark side of him was completely shocking to everyone close to him," the insider said. "Close people who didn't talk to him are still sad about it. They loved him because of the person he was before all of this happened. There's a level of sadness with everyone, but the sadness is from afar."

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Jim Rodford

Rock legend Jim Rodford died Jan. 20, 2018. He was 76 years old. Rodford was a founding member of the band Argent and the bassist for The Kinks and The Zombies.

Rodford's cousin and longtime bandmate, Rod Argent, announced on The Zombies' Facebook page: "It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning after a fall on the stairs. More details are not yet known about the exact cause of death … When Colin [Blunstone] and I put together our second incarnation in late 1999, our first phone call was to Jim. He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy for eighteen years, and our gratitude is beyond measure."

The statement continued, "To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music … Colin and I would compare notes a couple of days immediately after a U.S. tour and discuss how long it would take us to recover from an intense, fantastic but exhausting couple of months — only to find out and marvel that Jim had already been out playing with local bands … Jim was a wonderful person, loved by everybody. When Colin and I, shocked and hardly able to talk, shared the news this morning, Colin said, 'I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him.' He will be unbelievably missed."

Dennis Edwards

Temptations singer Dennis Edwards passed away at age 74 on Feb. 1, 2018, reported Variety.

Edwards replaced original lead singer, David Ruffin, in 1968. Edwards brought his signature gospel style to the lead vocals on some of the group's most memorable later-career hits, including "Just My Imagination," "Cloud Nine," "Shakey Ground," "Ball of Confusion," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," "Psychedelic Shack," and "I Can't Get Next to You." He split from the group in 1977, but rejoined a decade later. In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Edwards died from complications from meningitis — and was allegedly abused leading up to his death. Court documents from an adult protective services investigator reportedly show that Edwards' wife, Brenda, was accused of abusing the singer, leading the crooner to obtain an emergency protective order against her. She denied the claims.

Edwards is survived by Brenda, as well as a daughter from his previous marriage to Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters.

John Mahoney

John Mahoney, most famous for playing down-to-earth dad Martin Crane on Frasier, died Feb. 4, 2018, while in hospice care, reported Variety. He was 77 years old. Mahoney's career began in theater in his native England, then took to film with roles in now-classic films including Moonstruck (1987), Say Anything (1989), In the Line of Fire (1993), and The American President (1995). Before his star turn in Frasier in 1993, Mahoney appeared in the show's predecessor, Cheers (though not in the same role,) and in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Emmy nods, and two Golden Globe nominations for his role as Frasier Crane's blue-collar dad. Mahoney also won a Tony Award in 1986 for his role in The House of Blue Leaves on Broadway.

His most recent roles prior to his passing were as Roy, Betty White's love interest, on Hot in Cleveland from 2011 to 2014, and as a tormented CEO seeking therapy in In Treatment in 2009.

Mahoney never married and had no children, but in a touching tribute, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer said in a statement to Variety, "He was my father. I loved him."

Mickey Jones

Actor and musician Mickey Jones died Feb. 7, 2018, following a long but unspecified illness, his rep told Variety. He was 76 years old.

Jones' career as a character actor began in 1971 in the television comedy Rollin' on the River, which led to a slew of small roles in a ton of movies, including Total Recall (1990) and recurring roles on Hot Rod, Justified, and Home Improvement, in which he played Tim Allen's friend, Peter Bilker. Jones' catchphrase, "That would be me," became the title of his 2009 autobiography, That Would Be Me: Rock & Roll Survivor to Hollywood Actor.

Jones' most recent work included roles in J.K. Simmons' Growing up Fisher and Newsreaders. In addition to his acting career, Jones was also a prolific drummer, playing on albums by Trini Lopez and Johnny Rivers and touring with Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers.

John Gavin

Actor John Gavin died Feb. 9, 2018 at 86 years old. Gavin graduated from Stanford and served in the Navy in the Korean War before finally giving in to a family friend who urged him to take a screen test. His breakout parts included a sympathetic German soldier in the World War II drama A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) and as Steve Archer in Imitation of Life (1959). His most famous roles were that of Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Psycho (1960), and as Julius Caesar in Spartacus (1960). He was almost cast as James Bond and even signed a contract for Diamonds are Forever (1971) until producers hired Sean Connery instead.

He soon transitioned to television roles, reported Variety. "When I walked through the gate, Universal quit building actors … Some of those early roles were unactable," Gavin said. "Even Laurence Olivier couldn't have done anything with them. The dialogue ran to cardboard passages such as 'I love you. You can rely on me darling. I'll wait.' It was all I could do to keep from adding, 'with egg on my face.'"

Gavin served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild, including as president from 1971 to 1973. He considered running for Senate as a Republican in 1991. 

Marty Allen

Comedian Marty Allen died from complications from pneumonia on Feb. 12, 2018, The Associated Press reported. He was 95 years old. After serving in World War II, Allen's comedy career began in 1950. He rose to notoriety when he partnered with Steve Allen for the duo Allen & Rossi. The pair performed on The Ed Sullivan Show a whopping 44 times, including the episode during which The Beatles made their U.S. TV debut. He and Allen split in 1968, but would continue to perform together occasionally throughout the 1990s.

Allen made hundreds of television appearances through the 1970s and 1980s, with credits ranging from game shows such as Hollywood Squares to serious roles in daytime dramas such as The Big Valley.

In 1984, Allen married Karon Kate Blackwell, with whom he performed a musical comedy act on tours throughout the United States for more than 30 years — they even had sold out performances as recently as 2015.

Donnelly Rhodes

Canadian character actor Donnelly Rhodes passed away at 80 years old on Jan. 8, 2018, while in hospice care for a battle with cancer, Deadline reported. 

Rhodes became an actor after training for the Canadian National Park Service and serving as an airman-mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

His most famous roles were dopey escaped convict Dutch in Soap from 1978 to 1981 and Dr. Cottle in the original Battlestar Galactica. Rhodes also appeared on TV shows Mister Ed, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Cheers, Taxi, The Golden Girls, The X-Files, The L Word, Smallville, and The Golden Girls, as well as the movie Tron: Legacy (2010).

​David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers, who starred as nobby surgeon Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester II on M*A*S*H, died March 3, 2018. He was 75 years old. According to Variety, Stiers suffered from bladder cancer leading up to his passing.

An Oregon native who studied acting at Juilliard, Stiers earned two Emmy nominations for his most famous role as Winchester, and a third for his performance in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984). His Broadway debuts were in three simultaneous plays in 1973.

Stiers served as the narrator and voice of Cogsworth in Disney's animated smash Beauty and the Beast (1991), Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas (1995), the archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch (2002).

He starred in eight Perry Mason TV movies from 1986 through 1988, and had small roles in Woody Allen films Shadows and Fog (1991), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001).

Stiers came out as gay in 2009, admitting he'd waited because his income came from mostly family-friendly fare. The same year, he began stage acting again.

Stiers most recently appeared in The Regular Show from 2011 to 2016.

His M*A*S*H co-star Lorena Swit said in a statement, "He was an extraordinary person, a gifted actor, phenomenal musician, and my sweet, dear shy friend … Working with him was an adventure. He was exceptional. I'm hurting. We all are."

Craig Mack

Rapper Craig Mack died March 12, 2018 at 46 years old, reported the New York Daily News. Mack was one of the first artists signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and was nominated for a Grammy for his signature track, 1994's "Flava in Ya Ear." Mack reportedly suffered from heart failure.

Fellow Bad Boy artist DJ Scratch claimed on Instagram that he was "the only famous person" at Mack's memorial, but that may not have been deliberate.

He wrote, "When I left Craig's memorial service I called @Diddy to thank him for giving Craig the platform for the world to know Craig Mack's music. I told him I just left the service, he said, 'They buried Craig already, what service are you talking about?!?' He didn't know about the memorial service. @diddy offered to pay for Craig Mack's funeral, but the religious community Craig was in declined. None of his friends or colleagues were allowed to attend his funeral. Diddy respected their wishes. Craig was immediately buried on the property where he lived. Yesterday's service was a memorial for Craig's friends in NY & for fans to attend thrown by Craig's childhood friend Alvin Toney."

Sammy Williams

Legendary stage actor Sammy Williams passed away March 17, 2018 at 69 years old. A family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Williams had been battling cancer.

Williams won a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical in 1976 in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, in which he played Paul San Marco, a Puerto Rican performer coming to terms with his homosexuality. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role of San Marco was partially based on Williams' own real-life experiences as a gay man, combined with elements from the life of author Nicholas Dante. He won an Obie Award for the role in 1975, per Broadway.com.

Apart from A Chorus Line, which was, incredibly, Williams' first speaking role on a stage, he also had small parts in Applause and The Happy Time. He later became a choreographer and director in Los Angeles, most recently appearing in the Ahmanson's Theatre production of Follies in 2012.

DuShon Monique Brown

Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown died March 23, 2018 at just 49 years old. The Chicago Tribune reported that her cause of death was not disclosed but was rumored to be from a heart attack. 

Brown starred as Connie, the no-nonsense assistant to Chief Boden, on the series. Prior to her work on the NBC hit, Brown had a recurring role as Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break and guest roles in Shameless and Empire. Before breaking out in showbiz, Brown was a school counselor and had a background in social work.

"The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own," executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."

Brown's co-star, Yuri Sardarov, who plays Otis on the series, launched a GoFundMe account after her passing. "We are shocked, and will miss her immensely. She is survived by her daughter, and fiancé," the page reads. "Despite her visibility and involvement in a television show, DuShon was not a salaried actor. She had a full time job as a Chicago Public Schools counselor. Please join us in offering DuShon and family support during this very difficult time. Your generosity will help fund the cost of funeral arrangements and other financial burdens that her family must shoulder."

Seo Minwoo

K-Pop star Seo Minwoo of boyband 100 Percent died March 25, 2018 at only 33 years old, according to The Guardian. The singer was reportedly found unresponsive in his home and pronounced dead by first responders. He suspected cause of death is cardiac arrest.

Minwoo was the lead singer of the group, which originated in 2012. He took a sabbatical from performing in 2014 to perform his government-required military service but returned to the group upon completing his obligations. Minwoo also dabbled in stage acting in productions including The King And I, as well as movie and television roles.

Minwoo's 100 Percent bandmate, Woo Changbum, paid tribute to Minwoo in an Instagram post after his passing. "May the souls of the deceased refrain," Changbum wrote (translated from Korean). "I hope you are comfortable in the sky. I want you to be a bright star and shine this world."

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, famous for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of drill gunnery sergeant "Gunny" Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket died April 15, 2018, at the age of 74.

Ermey's manager said in a statement on Twitter that the actor passed away from complications from pneumonia.

According to his biography, Ermey was a Vietnam War veteran, having spent 11 years in the Marines — two of which he spent as a drill instructor. After retiring from the military in 1971, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and studied drama at the University of Manila in the Philippines. Francis Ford Coppola was filming 1979's Apocalypse Now nearby at the time and cast Ermey as a helicopter pilot.

Ermey's career went on to span nearly 40 years, with roles in films including Se7en, Dead Man Walking, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and as the toy soldiers' Army Sarge in the Toy Story franchise.

In 2002, Ermey became the first retiree in the history of the Marines to receive an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant.

Steven Bochco

Steven Bochco, the legendary producer behind television series such as Doogie Howser, M.D.; NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, and Hill Street Blues, died April 1, 2018. He was 74 years old.

Bochco had been suffering from a relatively rare form of leukemia called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm for years. Along with chemotherapy, he credited a stem cell transplant he received in 2014 for prolonging his life significantly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Throughout Bochco's career, he was nominated for 30 Emmys, winning 10 of them. He collaborated with the likes of Steven Spielberg, with whom he worked when he wrote for TV series Columbo.

"Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed," Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "We have supported and inspired each other ever since, and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly."

Harry Anderson

Night Court star Harry Anderson passed away in his sleep at 65 years old on April 16, 2018.

TMZ reported that Anderson's wife, Elizabeth, found him unresponsive in their home. She told emergency personnel that Anderson had suffered from strokes, as well as a battle with the flu, in the months leading up to his death.

In addition to starring as judge Harry Stone on the NBC hit show, Anderson was also an accomplished comedian and magician, and he received numerous tributes from other stars upon their learning of his passing.

Neil Patrick Harris, who practices magic in addition to his work as an actor, revealed on Twitter that Anderson had recently sold him some magic memorabilia, while David Copperfield posted a tribute that included a photo with the three-card Monte that Anderson once used in his performances. Comedian and actor Paul Reiser reminisced on traveling to New Jersey with the former comic for $40 gigs.

Anderson's Night Court co-star John Larroquette tweeted: "…Out in the cosmos tonight, with his fedora at a rakish angle and a 'watch this' wink to us, he's coaxing whoever might be out there with him: 'Pick a card. Any card.'"

Avicii

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii died April 20, 2018 at just 28 years old. The EDM superstar, born Tim Bergling, was most famous for his hits "Levels," "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother," and "Fade Into Darkness."

Bergling suffered from some serious medical issues in the final years of his all-too-short life, including acute pancreatitis, which he told Time magazine in 2013 was caused by excessive drinking. As a result, the DJ reportedly quit drinking entirely, but his health issues continued, and in 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.

By 2016, Avicii had retired from touring completely, citing not just his physical, but also his mental health as reasons to step back from live performances. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "It was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me … I'm more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy."

TMZ reported that the DJ was found dead in Muscat, Oman, where he'd been staying at a luxury resort. To date, the circumstances surrounding his passing remain unclear. 

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in Superman (1978) and its three sequels opposite Christopher Reeve, passed away on May 13, 2018. She was 69 years old.

TMZ reported that Kidder was found dead in her home in Livingston, Mont. following a battle with the flu after an unknown caller told 911 dispatchers that she was unconscious and not breathing. Kidder had revealed earlier in the week that she was "puking every hour and a half" and was laid up in bed, but she still planned on appearing at the Motor City Comic Con later that month.

Kidder's death is being investigated, though foul play isn't suspected.

Best known for her portrayal of Clark Kent's love interest, Kidder continued acting her entire life, snagging small roles in TV shows and movies (including the Superman prequel series Smallville) and a memorable turn in The Vagina Monologues on Broadway. She maintained a close friendship with Reeve until his death (via CBS News).

Kidder struggled publicly with bipolar disorder for much of her life, leaving her briefly homeless in 1996, after which she became an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.

She had a colorful dating history, with suitors including Steven Spielberg, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and comedian Richard Pryor. Kidder was married three times throughout her life (once for only six days), but she had been reportedly single since the 1980s. She had one daughter, Margaret McGuane, with her first husband, author Thomas McGuane.

Jael Strauss

America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss passed away on Dec. 4, 2018. She was just 34 years old. Strauss, who appeared on the reality show in 2007, died from stage 4 breast cancer just two months after being diagnosed, TMZ reported. She had spent the last several days unconscious in hospice care.

Strauss announced her diagnosis in a Facebook post on Oct. 4, 2018, writing, "I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable. With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

In August 2018, two months before her diagnosis, she celebrated five years of sobriety. The "miracle" Strauss received in 2013 was a "hometown intervention" courtesy of Dr. PhilPeople reports, after which she received help for substance abuse issues.

"Today I have 5 years sober. Good God," she wrote on Instagram in August. "I know a few things to be true: Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together."

Sondra Locke Anderson

Clint Eastwood's longtime partner, Sondra Locke Anderson, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018 — but the world didn't find out for over a month. She was 74 years old. Radar Online reported on Dec. 13, 2018 that Locke Anderson suffered from breast and bone cancer. She had previously undergone a mastectomy in 1990. According to Vulture, Locke Anderson 'is survived by her estranged husband, [fellow actor] Gordon Anderson." 

Locke Anderson dated Eastwood for 13 years after meeting him on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). They co-starred in several films together, including The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980) and Sudden Impact (1983). It was her pre-Eastwood work, however, that was most acclaimed; she was nominated for an Academy Award for The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968).

The Daily Mail reports that Eastwood was still married to Maggie Johnson when his relationship with Locke Anderson began, and the romance was reportedly a tumultuous one: After their split, Locke Anderson alleged that Eastwood urged her to get two abortions during their relationship and that he urged her to get her tubes tied because he didn't want kids … even though he had sired two children with another woman while he and Locke Anderson were still together.

Locke Anderson and Eastwood famously waged court battles throughout the early 90's over palimony and an allegedly fraudulent development deal with Warner Bros., The Washington Post reports. They settled on undisclosed terms in 1996.