2018 Celebrity Deaths in Review
2019 has started out with three celebrity deaths and we're only a couple of days into the new year!
WWE Hall of Fame announcer Gene Okerlund, Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborn) and Captain and Tennille star Daryl Dragon have all passed away recently.
Here's a review of celebrity deaths from this past year:
January 5th: Jerry Van Dyke passed away at 86. He played Luther on "Coach".
January 15th: Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died at 46, when she drank too much and accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub.
February 4th: John Mahoney died of throat cancer at 77. He was famous for playing Frasier's dad, Martin Crane, on "Frasier". He was also in the movies "Say Anything" and "Moonstruck".
February 21st: Evangelist Billy Graham died at 99.
March 3rd: "M*A*S*H" star David Ogden Stiers lost his battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.
March 14th: Physicist and professional brain Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76. Among the many amazing things he achieved, he may have been the longest-living ALS survivor.
April 16th: "Night Court" and "Dave's World" star Harry Anderson died of a stroke and other causes. He was 65.
April 17th: Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92.
April 21st: Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer succumbed to his demons at the much-too-young age of 49. His death was ruled a suicide. He drank himself to death.
May 13th:"Superman" actress Margot Kidder committed suicide with drugs and alcohol.
August 5: "Facts of Life" superstar Charlotte Rae faced the ULTIMATE fact of life. She was 92. Natalie and Tootie went to her funeral.
August 16th: Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at 76. Yes, we lost the Queen of Soul on the same day we lost the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Four decades apart, though.
August 22nd: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King died at 68, after a battle with lung cancer. He co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama".
August 24th: "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host Robin Leach died at 76. He'd suffered a stroke earlier in the year.
August 25th: John McCain lost his battle with brain cancer at 81. He was probably the most respected senator of our time. McCain was an American war hero who spent five years as prisoner of war in Vietnam, and served six terms in the Senate.
August 26th: Playwright Neil Simon took his last bow at 91. He'd been suffering from pneumonia, kidney disease and Alzheimer's.
September 6th: Burt Reynolds died after suffering a heart attack. He was 82, and gearing up for a role in the new Quentin Tarantino movie.
September 27th: Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship died at 76.
October 6th: Scott Wilson from "The Walking Dead" died of cancer at 76. He played Dr. Hershel Greene.
October 15th: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen lost his battle with cancer. He was only 65.
November 12th: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died of a variety of health issues. He was 95.
November 15th: Country legend and "Hee Haw" host Roy Clark died at 85.
November 26th: "SpongeBob SquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenburg died of ALS at the age of 57. He'd only been diagnosed with it in March of 2017.
November 30th: George H.W. Bush died at his Houston home at age 94. He served as our "kinder, gentler" 41st President from 1989 to 1993.
December 17th: Director Penny Marshall died of diabetes complications at 75. She directed Tom Hanks in "Big" and "A League of Their Own", and Robin Williams in "Awakenings". She got her start as Laverne on "Laverne & Shirley"
Hopefully, we'll see fewer celebrity deaths in the new year...