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2018 notable deaths worldwide

Paul G. Allen, 65, co-founder of the computer software giant Microsoft, died Oct. 15.

Kofi Annan, 80, Ghanian diplomat who redefined the United Nations during his 10 years as secretary general, died Aug. 18.

Charles Aznavour, 94, French ballad singer who attained worldwide fame, died Oct. 1.

Alan Bean, 86, former astronaut who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, died May 26.

Art Bell, 72, host of paranormal-themed late night radio talk show who reached a nationwide audience, died April 13.

Bernardo Bertolucci, 77, Italian movie director who scandalized viewers with “Last Tango in Paris” and won nine Oscars for “The Last Emperor,” died Nov. 26.

Steven Bochco, 74, writer and producer who transformed prime-time TV with “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue,” died April 1.

Anthony Bourdain, 61, renegade celebrity chef and globetrotting TV travel and food reporter, died June 8.

Mario Buatta, 82, interior designer known as the Prince of Chintz who brought English country house style to America, died Oct. 15.

Robert T. Buck, 79, Albright-Knox Art Gallery director from 1973 to 1983 who went on to revitalize the Brooklyn Museum, died March 30.

James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, legendary Boston mob boss who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI , found dead in prison Oct. 30.

George H. W. Bush, 94, 41st president who also served as vice president, congressman, ambassador and CIA director, died Nov. 30. Also Barbara Bush, 92, his First Lady, died April 17.

Don Cherry, 94, leading amateur golfer and hitmaking pop singer with “Band of Gold” in the 1950s, died April 4.

Roy Clark, guitarist and country music star who found his greatest fame as host of the long-running TV variety show “Hee Haw,” died Nov. 15.

William Coors, 102, ultraconservative activist who built his grandfather’s Colorado brewery into one of the nation’s largest, died Oct. 13.

Bob Dorough, 94, jazz pianist whose greatest hits were written for the educational TV cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock,” died April 23.

Harlan Ellison, 84, prolific, outspoken and influential author of fantasy and science fiction, died June 28.

Milos Forman, 86, Czech-born film director who won Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” died April 13.

Aretha Franklin, 76, singer known as the “Queen of Soul” and the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Aug. 16.

Hubert de Givenchy, 91, fabled French fashion designer who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, died March 10.

William Goldman, 87, novelist, playwright and screenwriter who won Oscars for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men,” died Nov. 16.

Billy Graham, 99, the world’s best-known evangelist, who filled stadiums and counseled presidents, died Feb. 21.

Dan Gurney, 86, the legendary race car driver who was the first to win in four major motor sports categories, died Jan. 14.

Donald Hall, 89, U.S. poet laureate and one of the major poets of his generation, died June 23.

Stephen Hawking, 76, physicist and best-selling author who came to symbolize the power of the human mind, died March 14.

Stephen Hillenburg, 57, marine biology teacher who created the hit TV cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died Nov. 26.

H. Wayne Huizenga, 80, who built a business empire with Blockbuster and AutoNation chains and owned three South Florida major league teams, died March 22.

Tab Hunter, 86, actor and singer who was a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s, died July 8.

Robert Indiana, 89, pop artist whose LOVE sculpture became one of the best-known images of the 20th century, died May 19.

Ricky Jay, 72, actor, author and master magician known as “the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive,” died Nov. 24.

Carl Kasell, 84, longtime National Public Radio news anchorman who became a sidekick on the comedy news show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” died April 17.

Margot Kidder, 69, actress who played Lois Lane in the 1978 blockbuster film “Superman,” died May 13.

Chuck Knox, 86, three-time NFL Coach of the Year who took the Buffalo Bills to the AFC East title in 1980, died May 12.

Charles Krauthammer, 68, Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative newspaper columnist, died June 21.

Charles P. Lazarus, 94, furniture store owner who became founder of the Toys “R” Us chain, died March 22.

Robin Leach, 76, host of TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Aug. 24.

Stan Lee, 95, writer, editor and publisher who created Spider-Man and became king of superhero comics, died Nov. 12. Also Steve Ditko, 90, artist and co-creator of Spider-Man, died June 29.

Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, influential novelist acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, died Jan. 22.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81, wife of South African president Nelson Mandela who fought apartheid, was tarnished by corruption, died April 2.

Jerry Maren, 88, the last surviving Munchkin from “The Wizard of Oz,” died May 24.

Penny Marshall, 75, actress who found fame as co-star of "Laverne and Shirley" before going on to direct beloved films like "Big" and "A League of Their Own," died Dec. 17.

Hugh Masekela, 78, trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist known as “the father of South African jazz,” died Jan. 23.

John McCain, 81, Vietnam War hero and Arizona senator who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, died Aug. 25.

Stan Mikita, 78, Hockey Hall of Famer who spent his entire 22-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, died Aug. 7.

Jose Molina, 81, flamenco star who brought Spanish dance to U.S. audiences, died Jan. 5.

V. S. Naipaul, 85, Trinidad-born author who won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, died Aug. 11.

Dolores O’Riordan, 46, lead singer for the Irish alternative rock band, the Cranberries, died Jan. 15.

Dorcas Reilly, 92, inventor of one of America’s most loved dishes, the green bean casserole, died Oct. 15.

Burt Reynolds, 82, charismatic actor and sex symbol more memorable than most of his movies, died Sept. 6.

Philip Roth, 85, award-winning novelist who explored lust, Jewish life and America, died May 22.

Bruno Sammartino, 82, popular Italian-born professional wrestler who was world heavyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970s, died April 18.

Red Schoendienst, 95, St. Louis Cardinals star player and manager who was the oldest Baseball Hall of Famer, died June 6.

Ntozake Shange, 70, black feminist playwright and poet who wrote the Broadway hit “For Colored Girls …,” died Oct. 27.

Neil Simon, 91, playwright who was master of Broadway comedy, creator of “The Odd Couple,” died Aug. 26.

Bob Smith, 59, Buffalo native who was the first openly gay comedian to appear on network TV talk shows, died Jan. 20.

Kate Spade, 55, celebrated handbag designer who built a brand of clothing and accessories, died June 5.

Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who was a groundbreaking pioneer of free jazz, died April 5.

Paul Taylor, 88, choreographer who brought poetry and lyricism to modern dance, died Aug. 29.

Richard E. Taylor, 88, physicist who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for discovering quarks, one of the fundamental particles of the universe, died Feb. 22.

Verne Troyer, 49, 2-foot, 8-inch actor who was Mini-Me in “Austin Powers” movies, died April 21.

Jerry Van Dyke, 86, actor on TV’s “Coach” and brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, died Jan. 5.

Robert Venturi, 93, influential American architect who rejected modernism and advocated ornamentation, died Sept. 18.

Mort Walker, 94, comic strip writer who created Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, died Jan. 27.

Randy Weston, 92, jazz pianist and composer who celebrated the music’s African roots, died Sept. 1.

Nancy Wilson, 81, award-winning song stylist who spanned jazz, gospel and pop, died Dec. 13.

Tom Wolfe, 88, best-selling author who was the pioneer of New Journalism in the 1960s, died May 14.

 

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