As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the big names who have passed away over the last 12 months.
From local sports legends to household names across the globe, we said goodbye to a number of celebrities this year.
The year started with sadness in Coventry, as the death of Sky Blues legend Cyrille Regis was announced.
He was just 59.
A star striker for Coventry between 1984 and 1991, Cyrille netted 56 times at the club.
The former FA Cup winner received five England caps during his career, and though he also played for Midlands rivals West Brom and Aston Villa, he was mourned by fans of all three.
Indeed, tributes poured in when news of his passing broke.
RIP Big Cyrille
Sadly, the losses continued into the year, with famous names such as Verne Troyer, Avicii and Dale Winton all passing away.
Along with the Mirror, we’ve taken a look at all of the celebrities we’ve lost in 2018 so far who have inspired generations.
Frank Adonis died on December 26, at the age of 83.
The actor was best known for his roles in some of Martin Scorsese’s most famous films, such as Goodfellas.
The sad news was confirmed by his wife Denise, who told TMZ he died at his home in Las Vegas following a long battle with various health issues.
She said her husband had been sick for the last couple of years, mainly due to problems with his kidneys.
Sister Wendy Beckett
Sister Wendy Beckett died on December 26 aged 88.
The famous nun presented a sting of art programmes for the BBC in the 1990s. She was also a writer, publishing her first book, Contemporary Women Artists, in 1988.
Politician Paddy Ashdown died on December 22 aged 77 after a short illness.
Ashdown was the leader of the Liberal Democrats between 1988 and 1999. Before his career in politics, he had been a Royal Marine and a Special Boat Service officer, as well as serving in the UK security services.
In 2000 he was awarded the honour of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
US actress Penny Marshall died at the age of 75 on December 17.
According to her publicist, she passed away ‘peacefully’ at her Hollywood Hills home after complications from diabetes.
Marshall was best known for her role in 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she received three Golden Globe Award nominations.
She also had accomplishments in directing and comedy during her decade-spanning career.
Among her best known work was directing Tom Hanks in Big in 1998, which made her the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the US box office.
Colin Kroll, the man who co-founded HQ Trivia and Vine died on December 16, aged 35.
Colin was named CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015. The app goes live twice a day and allows users to play along in a game show that anyone can win.
It was once in the top 10 most downloaded iPhone games, and in 2017 it was awarded App of the Year by Time Magazine.
Jazz singer Nancy Wilson died on December 13 aged 81.
The Grammy winner released eight Top 20 albums in the 1960s alone, earning the coveted gong for Best R&B Performance for How Glad I Am in 1965. She went on to win more Grammys in 2005 and 2007.
Lead singer of the Buzzcocks, Peter Shelley died at the age of 63 after a suspected heart attack.
Real name Peter Campbell McNeish, he was born in Lanchasire in 1955 and formed Buzzcocks in 1975 with friends Howard Devoto.
Coronation Street star Peter Armitage died on December 4 aged 78.
Peter played Bill Webster, father of Kevin Webster. He first took on the role for a six-month stint in 1984.
He then returned to the ITV soap between 1995 and 1997, and did a third stint from 2006 to 2011.
Peter also starred in the 1980s Yellow Pages commercial, and also had roles in The Befrienders, Couples, Jack the Ripper and Hearts and Minds during his career.
Paul “Trouble” Anderson
DJ Paul Anderson died on November 2.
A Twitter announcement confirmed his sad death, reading: “Myself and Mi-Sould are very sad to announce that our friend and colleague Paul has passed away.
“Paul was with Mi-Soul from Day One and not only contributed to our output with his brilliant Saturday night mix but he was a superstar at all our live events.
“At this time, there are no further details regarding Paul’s death. Our thoughts go out to Paul’s nearest and dearest. He will be solely missed.”
Paul was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and after an invasive operation, the London DJ was been in remission for six years before it returned.
George H.W. Bush
Former American President George H.W. Bush died on November 30 aged 94.
The 41st Commander-in-Chief of the US lived longer than any of his predecessors, and served a single term in office from 1989 to 1993.
His presidency had a massive impact on the world stage, overseeing the end of the Cold War with Russia and embarking on military action against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
Bush is father to former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Harry Leslie Smith
Veteran activist Harry Leslie Smith died on November 28, aged 95, after a lifetime spent fighting passionately for the poor.
The former RAF pilot, WWII veteran and NHS and refugees campaigner – who called himself the “world’s oldest rebel” – was left critically ill after a fall while visiting Canada with his son John.
After providing regular updates on his father’s condition through Twitter for several days, his son announced the news from Harry’s account.
The American cartoonist, Stephen Hillenburg, died aged 57 on November 27.
The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants died from motor neurone disease.
Nickelodeon confirmed the news in a tweet, saying: “We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.
“Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work.”
Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci died on November 27 at the age of 77.
The Italian filmmaker, best known for Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, died from cancer following a short illness.
He was known for his bold explicit sexual content in his movies.
Bletchley Park code breaker Baroness Trumpington, famous for flicking the V sign at a fellow Tory peer, died on November 26 at the age of 96.
The Tory peer retired from the House of Lords at the age of 95 last year after a 37-year tenure which included spells as a minister and a government whip.
She shot to fame six years ago when she was caught on camera in the Lords chamber apparently flicking a V-sign at a fellow Tory peer over what she saw as a rude remark about her age.
Watch: A video tribute to some of the celebrities we have lost this year
Former Swansea and Bristol Rovers defender Kevin Austin passed away on November 23, aged just 45, after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Swansea City said in a statement: “The Swans have been in touch with Kevin’s family, who wished to convey that the club always had a special place in his heart.
“They wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support, but have requested that their privacy is respected at this sad time.”
Hollywood director Nicholas Roeg passed away on November 23, aged 90.
The star directed hit movies including The Man Who Fell to Earth Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing and The Witches.
He made his directorial debut 23 years after starting work in the film industry and was famed for his disjointed and disorientating editing.
On November 19, actor John Bluthal passed away aged 89.
Best known for his role as Frank Pickle in BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, Bluthal’s acting career began in the 1950’s and included roles on the small and big screens including Labyrinth, Jonathan Creek and Hail! Caesar.
The actress, best-known for her portrayal of Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, died at the age of 93 on November 13.
Little House star Melissa Gilbert paid a touching tribute to her, thanking her for everything she taught her over the years.
She said: “I just got word that Katherine MacGregor passed away yesterday.
“This woman taught me so much… about acting… vintage jewelry…life.
“She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist.”
Comic book legend, Stan Lee passed away on November 12 aged 95.
He created such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
During Hollywood’s revived love affair with superhero movies, Stan Lee not only served as an executive producer for Marvel Studio’s hits like The Avengers movies, Iron Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy – but he managed cheeky cameos in every one of the Marvel films released so far.
For a career that spans over 55 years, there’s only one word he would want to sum up his achievements… Excelsior!
Sir Jeremy Heywood
Former Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood died from cancer on November 4, aged 56.
He announced his resignation after 35 years in government to focus on “recovery from ill health” just last month.
His wife Suzanne paid tribute to a “wonderful father” who “crammed a huge amount into his 56 years”.
She said: “He saw it as a huge privilege to work so closely with four prime ministers and two chancellors and was unwavering in his efforts to help each of them reach their goals.”
Actress Sondra Locke died on November 3 aged 74 following a cardiac arrest resulting from bone and breast cancer.
The Oscar-nominated star was most famous for the six films she appeared in alongside Clint Eastwood, including Sudden Impact and Every Which Way But Loose. Locke also dated Eastwood for 13 years.
Her debut role in 1968 movie The Heart is a Lonely Hunter earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Actress Celeste Yarnell died on October 7 aged 74 after a struggle with ovarian cancer.
Yarnell’s most famous role was Yeoman Martha Landon on sci-fi show Star Trek in 1967.
She also appeared with Elvis Presley in musical comedy Live a Little, Love a Little.
Spanish soprano singer Montserrat Caballe died at the age of 85 on October 6.
She had travelled the world with a career spanning more than 50 years, and was famous for releasing hit single Barcelona with Freddie Mercury – which went on to feature on Queen’s Greatest Hits III.
Montserrat had been suffering from ill health for years after having a stroke in 2012, and was in hospital for three weeks before her death.
French singer Charles Aznavour died at the age of 94.
Aznavour, born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian, was often described as France’s Frank Sinatra and sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries.
An actor as well as a singer, he is best known for 1974 hit ‘She’, later covered by Elvis Costello on the soundtrack to Notting Hill.
Geoffrey Hayes, who hosted long-running children’s programme Rainbow, died aged 76.
The actor and TV presenter’s manager Phil Dale said in a statement to the Press Association: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Geoffrey passed away in hospital with his wife, Sarah, and son, Tom, by his side.”
Footballer Kevin Beattie died on September 16 aged 64.
The former Ipswich and England defender earned nine caps for the national side between 1975 and 1977.
Rapper, and ex-boyfriend of Ariana Grande, died aged 26 on September 7.
According to TMZ he died of an apparent overdose and had been having trouble with substance abuse following his breakup from Ariana.
His family said in a statement: “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26.
“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
Burt Reynolds died on September 6 at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, with his family by his side.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in Boogie Nights and Deliverance, passed away at the age of 82 after going into cardiac arrest, Us Weekly confirmed.
Fans had been concerned about his health in recent years, ever since he was seen on multiple occasions not looking his usual self.
The charismatic star appeared in a number of famous films, including The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit.
BBC presenter Rachael Bland died on September 5 at the age of 40 after a two year battle with breast cancer.
Her husband Steve wrote on Twitter: “Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family.
“We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie xxx”
Rachael had been public with her battle with cancer, helping others struggling with serious illnesses.
US Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain died on August 25, aged 81.
The Vietnam War veteran had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017, and just days before his death had announced that he was ending medical treatment for it.
His daughter Cindy confirmed his death, writing: “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”
The widely respected politician – who was tortured during five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam – lost to Barack Obama in the race for President in 2008.
Tributes were paid to yachtsman, raconteur and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore, who died at the age of 79.
He was known around the world for an incredible tale of survival against the odds while taking part in the 1997 round-the-world yacht race.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan died aged 80 on August 18 after battling a short illness.
Mr Annan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland this morning with his wife and three children by his side, as confirmed on Twitter.
Mr Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006.
He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin died aged 76 after reportedly battling pancreatic cancer for eight years.
Dubbed the Queen of Soul, her death marked the end of an era in music after she was passed way in Detroit on August 16.
One of the industry’s biggest artists, she sold in excess of 75 million records over six decades.
Her global success was at odds with her working-class roots, which saw her born into a modest Memphis family on March 25, 1942.
Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died on August 8 at the age of 36 after a long battle with cancer.
The PGA Tour pro was first diagnosed aged 17 in 1999 and underwent extensive chemotherapy.
Lyle recovered to turn professional in 2004 and he won twice on the second-tier Web.com Tour in the United States before earning his PGA Tour card in 2009.
He survived another bout of acute myeloid leukemia in 2012 after finishing fourth at the Northern Trust Open but the cancer returned in July 2017.
World Championship 400m hurdles gold medallist Nicholas Bett died in a car crash on August 8.
The 28-year-old was killed in his home country of Kenya near Nandi – just a day after returning from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.
He was driving home to Nairobi in a grey SUV when he reportedly veered off the road and hit a ditch.
Bett made history in China after becoming the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage.
BBC Radio Shropshire’s Vicki Archer died on August 7 at the age of 41.
The radio presenter died ‘suddenly’, according to her colleagues.
The news of her sudden death was announced by her breakfast presenter colleague Eric Smith, who described her as a “much loved colleague” who “brought a wonderful sense of fun to her shows and in the newsroom”.
The celebrated chef awarded the most Michelin stars in history died on August 6 at the age of 73.
Famous for his attention to detail, and volatile temper that scared even Gordon Ramsey, Robuchon lost a long battle against cancer.
Brought up in a working-class Catholic family he opened restaurants all over the world and won 31 Michelin stars.
One half of famous comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, Barry Chuckle, died on August 5 at the age of 73.
Manager Phil Dale said in a statement to the Press Association: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.
He added: “The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.”
His comedy partner Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”
Rick Genest, the heavily tattooed model known as Zombie Boy, died aged just 32 on August 1.
He was known for his head-to-toe tattoos and starred alongside Lady Gaga in her Born This Way music video in 2011.
His body was found in his apartment in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood in Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday.
Gaga said the death is “beyond devastating” and revealed he had taken his own life.
Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter took her own life on July 25, her 18th birthday, the British Olympic Association confirmed.
Soutter killed herself in a remote wooded area near her home in Les Gets, France.
Soutter claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkeyin 2017.
Her father, Tony Soutter, said: “This cruel world took my Soul mate and “Bessie” from me yesterday on her 18th birthday.
“I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little Champion!”
Author Clive King, best known for his children’s book Stig Of The Dump, died aged 94 on July 10, publisher Puffin books said.
A statement said: “It is with sorrow that the family of Clive King, author of several popular children’s books, including the much-loved classic Stig Of The Dump, announce that he passed away in the county of Norfolk where he had made his home on 10 July 2018, aged 94.
“He is survived by his widow Penny and three children. The family have requested privacy at this time and our heartfelt condolences are with them.”
The patriarch of the Jackson family, and manager of the Jackson 5, died on June 27 at the age of 89 of cancer.
He was the brains behind the Jackson 5 and in 2002 was awarded a proclamation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Best Entertainment Manager of All Time.
The 32-year-old model and former Love Island contestant passed away on June 21.
The former reality star, who hailed from Newcastle, was crowned Miss Great Britain in 2009 and was also a former Miss Newcastle.
Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong wrote: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always”.
She made history on Love Island as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple after she coupled up with Katie Salmon.
Peter Stringfellow died aged 77 after a battle with cancer.
The nightclub mogul, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died after spending time in hospital, a spokesman said.
“It’s very sad news. He passed away in the early hours of this morning. It was kept very private, he didn’t want to tell. He wanted to keep it a secret,” his publicist said.
The iconic nightclub owner’s name was put on the map after the Beatles played at his venue in April 1963.
The Wizard Of Oz’s ‘oldest Munchkin’ Jerry Maren died at the age of 98.
The American actor, who starred opposite Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, died last week after years of suffering from dementia.
His major appearance in the film comes when he hands Judy Garland’s Dorothy an over-sized lollipop, and producers picked him to stand in the middle of the Munchkin trio. He had caught their attention with his singing and dancing talent, and fame soon followed.
Iconic handbag designer Kate Spade died on June 5 at the age of 55 in a suspected suicide, say police.
Sources said the mother-of-one left a note but the contents are unclear. Kate was mum to daughter Frances Beatrix, 13 and was married to Andy Spade.
Her tragic death shook the fashion world to the core, as professionally Spade seemed to be going from strength to strength.
She was a firm favourite with royals and the Hollywood elite.
Pulitzer-prize winning writer Philip Roth passed away on May 22 aged 85.
The writer died from congestive heart failure, his close friend Judith Thurman told The New York Times.
Roth was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience.
Hugh Dane, star of The Office, Bridesmaids and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, died on May 16 at the age of 75.
Paying tribute to him with a clip of Hank and Dwight in The Office, co-star Rainn Wilson tweeted: “RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him. Donations can be made in his name to innercityculturalcenter.org.”
Hugh had been acting for nearly 30 years of his life, starting out in 1990 with a small role in the TV series Hunter.
England World Cup winner Ray Wilson died on May 15 aged 83.
The outstanding left back, who spent most of his career with Huddersfield Town and Everton, is most famous for being part of the successful 1966 national side under Sir Alf Ramsey.
Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash on May 15, aged 37.
Samuel’s Range Rover was involved in a crash with a van in High Legh, Cheshire, after he had dropped his children off at school.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association confirmed the devastating news on their official Facebook page.
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe died on May 14 at the age of 87.
Agent Lynn Nesbit confirmed the pioneer of journalism died from an infection in a Manhattan hospital.
Famous for his psychedelic novel Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the author will be remembered for his literary flair.
Superman actress Margot Kidder died on Sunday May 13, aged 69.
The actress who played Lois Lane in the 1978 hit film Superman passed away in her home, TMZ reported.
Margot starred opposite Christopher Reeve in 1978’s Superman and also in the three sequels.
The star was still working up to her death, starring in “The Vagina Monologues” on Broadway.
She was married three times and leaves behind a daughter.
The UK reality TV star who shot to fame on Jungletown was found dead at the foot of the Fin del Mundo’s waterfall, End of the World, in Colombia.
The search team have suggested he fell to his death.
He starred in a Viceland television documentary called Jungletown – which featured American entrepreneur Ondi Timoner and hundreds of young people trying to build the world’s “most sustainable modern town” deep in the Panamanian jungle.
Dame Tessa Jowell
Labour veteran Dame Tessa Jowell died after a year-long cancer battle aged 70.
The former Blair minister succumbed to a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour that was diagnosed last May.
Dame Tessa’s frontbench career lasted almost 20 years and she has been hailed as an “inspiration” with “unflinching tenacity”.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair led emotional tributes saying: “There was no-one like Tessa and no-one better. I will miss her more than I can say.”
Cathy Godbold, the Australian actress who starred in hit soap Home and Away, lost her battle with brain cancer on May 4 at the age of 43 – more than 10 years after she was first diagnosed.
Cathy played Meg in the soap during the 1990s and nobody can forget the iconic scene that saw her lose her battle with Leukaemia while she watched the sun rise for the last time in her boyfriend Blake Dean’s arms.
Despite her real-life terminal diagnosis, Cathy was upbeat in her final weeks, according to a close friend.
Former House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin died on April 29 after a short illness, aged 72.
Michael Martin – latterly Lord Martin of Springburn after the Glasgow constituency he represented from 1979 to 2005 – was Speaker from 2000 to 2009.
In October that year, the former Labour MP joined his predecessor as speaker, Baroness Boothroyd, on the crossbenches.
Film director Michael Anderson died on April 25 aged 98.
The British star was best known for his work on World War Two epic The Dam Busters and classic sci-fi movie Logan’s Run.
Before his death, Anderson was the oldest living person to have received a best director nomination at the Oscars for Around the World in 80 days.
Actor Verne Troyer died aged 49 on April 21.
He was best known for his role as Dr Evil’s protege Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies.
Music lovers across the world were left stunned by the sudden and unexpected death of EDM megastar Avicii, who died aged 28.
The Swedish DJ shot to fame in 2011 with the smash-hit single Levels, but his biggest song was undoubtedly 2014’s Wake Me Up.
The star retired from live performing in 2016 due to ill health, and was found dead in Muscat, Oman on April 20.
Iconic TV presenter Dale Winton died aged 62 on April 18.
The quick-witted host was best known for his role presenting Supermarket Sweep, where he won the hearts of millions during the 1990s.
He also hosted the National Lottery for several years, but had kept a low profile in recent times.
Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bruno Sammartino died aged 82 on April 18.
Sammartino, who held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship title for more than 11 years, passed away at his home in Pittsburgh.
Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, aged 92.
Mrs Bush had reportedly been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and had been in and out of hospital.
The wife of former president George HW Bush, 93, and mother of ex-president George W Bush, 71, was being cared for at her home in Houston, Texas.
She died surrounded by her family after deciding not to return to hospital following a series of recent hospitalisations.
Actor Harry Anderson died on April 16, at the age of 65.
The sad news of his death was announced by his son, Dashiell Anderson, who told TMZ that he had died of natural causes.
Harry starred in TV horror movie It as the adult Richie Tozer – but will perhaps be best remembered for his recurring role as con man Harry ‘The Hat’ Gittes in sitcom Cheers.
R. Lee Ermey
The actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his starring role in the film ‘Full Metal Jacket’, died on April 15 aged 74.
His manager Bill Rogin confirmed the death on Sunday night in a tweet saying: “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us.
“Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”
Alex Beckett died aged 36 on April 12. The Welsh actor was best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC’s award-winning Twenty Twelve and W1A.
He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, before graduating in 2003.
He starred in one episode of Emmerdale as PC Tony Read in 2006 and also appeared in The Bill in 2008.
Alex was also a star of the stage – appearing in multiple productions over his career.
Irish singer Timmy Matley passed away on April 11 aged 36, following a two year battle with skin cancer.
Matley found fame as a member of the five piece singing group, The Overtones in 2010.
Darts legend Eric Bristow died at the age of 60 on April 5.
Known as the Crafty Cockney, Bristow was a five-time BDO world champion.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn led the tributes to Bristow, saying: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.
“He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.”
Chelsea and Manchester United legend Ray Wilkins died on April 4 aged 61.
Midfielder Wilkins helped United lift the FA Cup in 1982 during a 160 game spell at Old Trafford and earned 84 England caps.
He also had a standout career at Stamford Bridge where he won the Player of the Year award in 1976 and 1977 before becoming assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea for their 2009/10 Premier League winning campaign.
Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 on April 2.
The news came less than three months after Winnie was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a kidney infection.
She was married to former South African President Nelson for 38 years, including the 27 years he served in jail.
During his lengthy incarceration, Winnie campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment and arrest by the white authorities.
Blamed for the killing of activist Stompie Seipei, who was found near her Soweto home with his throat cut, she was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assaulting the 14-year-old because he was suspected of being an informer.
Winnie and Mandela separated in 1992 and he sacked her from his cabinet in 1995 due to allegations of corruption.
Despite their divorce in 1993 and Nelson’s second marriage in 1998, they remained close until his death.
Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard died at the age of 89 on March 30, shortly after breaking his hip in a fall off his mobility scooter, his family confirmed.
Bill, real name Walter Williams, was best known for playing Greengrass in Heartbeat.
Jacqueline Reddin, who is also an actress, told the Press Association: “He was larger than life and he just loved showbiz.”
DuShon Monique Brown
Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who starred in American dramas including Prison Break and Chicago Fire, died at the age of 49 on March 23.
Just a few days previously, the actress had checked herself in to hospital after suffering chest pains. She was given tests and later released.
It’s thought she died of a suspected heart attack.
Professor Stephen Hawking
The world-renowned physicist died at the age of 76 on March 14.
He was diagnosed with the degenerative condition ALS, a rare form of motor neurone disease, at the age of 22 and was given only a few years to live, but defied medics’ predictions.
ALS left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, but he achieved worldwide recognition for his outstanding work with black holes and relativity.
He also wrote several popular science books, including A Brief History of Time, and was the subject of the hugely successful movie The Theory of Everything.
Sir Ken Dodd
Beloved comedian Sir Ken Dodd died on March 12, aged 90.
The Liverpudlian creator of the Diddy Men was one of the most popular comedians of his time, with a showbiz career spanning more than 60 years.
He notched up an impressive 19 UK top 40 hits and was known for his very long stand-up shows. He also made it into the Guinness Book of Records in the 1960s for telling 1,500 jokes in just three and a half hours.
Jim Bowen was a regular face on TV sets across the country in the 1980s and 1990s, where he was the presenter of much-loved classic gameshow Bullseye.
He was adored by millions for his catchphrases, such as ‘look what you would have won’ and ‘you can’t beat a bit of Bully’.
The former headmaster was born in Lancashire and started his career back in the 1960s, although he found mainstream success while presenting Bullseye from 1982 to 1995.
He died on March 14 aged 80 with his wife by his side, after spending several weeks in hospital.
Hip hop star Craig Mack died on March 12, aged 41.
The rapper was best known for his hit 1994 track Flava In Your Ear, the remix of which featured a young Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes early on in their careers.
Hubert de Givenchy
French fashion phenomenon Hubert de Givenchy died on March 10 aged 91.
The legendary clothing designer founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and created outfits for the likes of US First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn – including Hepburn’s iconic dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a sub-four minute mile, died on March 3.
A statement released on behalf of Sir Roger’s family said: “Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3rd March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them.
“He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”
Bannister, aided by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher as pacemakers, achieved the feat by running three minutes 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954.
Bannister, who also won a Commonwealth and European Championship gold medal that year, went on to become a leading neurologist.
Fiorentina announced on March 3 that their captain, Davide Astori , had died at the age of 31.
The Italian international, with 14 caps to his name, was found dead at the La di Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the Viola’s meeting with Udinese on Sunday.
Astori, who started his career at AC Milan, enjoyed a 12-year career in Series A.
He spent six years with Cagliari, making 174 appearances for the Sardinians during a six-year spell.
Trevor Baylis died on March 5 at the age of 80
Baylis was known for inventing a radio that could be powered by winding a crank for several seconds, instead of using batteries or mains electricity.
In 2015 Baylis was appointed CBE for services to intellectual property, and was previously awarded the OBE for his radio design.
Talented drummer Patrick Doyle died on March 3, according to his record label.
Indie star Patrick, who had been a member of bands Veronica Falls, Boys Forever, The Royal We and Sexy Kids, most recently released music under his band Boys Forever with record label Amour Foo, who confirmed the news online.
Taking to Twitter, the label’s official account stated: “I’ll remember you. Goodbye Patrick X,” along with a photo of the musician.
David Ogden Stiers
M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers passed away on March 3, aged 75, after a battle with bladder cancer.
The actor, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show, joined in season six and went on to receive two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982.
In 1984 he earned another Emmy nomination for his supporting role as William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896.
After finishing on M*A*S*H in 1983, he went on to appear in a number of other TV shows including Murder, She wrote, Frasier, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: The Next Generation and North and South.
Comedy actress Emma Chambers passed away on February 24 from natural causes.
Best known for her role as lovable but dim Alice in The Vicar Of Dibley, she played the part across the show’s five series and special mini episodes for Comic Relief.
Chambers also starred on the big screen in romantic comedy Notting Hill.
Singer Eddy Amoo died on February 23 aged 74. Amoo was a member of the pioneering 70s UK soul band The Real Thing alongside his brother Chris Amoo and friends Dave Smith and Ray Lake.
The group were famous for hits like You To Me Are Everything, Feel the Force and Can’t Get By Without You.
Reverend Billy Graham, the American evangelist who became one of the world’s most influential preachers, died on February 21 aged 99.
The Southern Baptist minister counselled every US president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and had a close relationship with the Queen.
Reg E Cathey
Actor Reg E Cathey died on February 9 aged 59, following a battle with lung cancer.
With a distinctively deep voice, Cathey appeared in a variety of critically acclaimed TV shows. His most notable roles include BBQ restaurateur Freddy Hayes in Netflix’s House of Cards , political advisor Norman Wilson in HBO’s The Wire and prison boss Martin Querns in jail drama Oz.
Reg also starred in a number of Hollywood movies, including Se7en and The Mask early on in his career, and portrayed Franklin Richards in 2015 superhero film Fantastic Four.
Flim actor John Gavin died on February 9 aged 86, following a long battle with leukaemia.
In 1960 Gavin starred as Julius Caesar in the Stanley Kubrick classic Spartacus, and later went on to be cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as Sam Loomis, lover of Janet Leigh’s character Marion Crane.
John also came close to playing James Bond, signing up to star as the super spy in Diamonds Are Forever after George Lazenby left the role. However, studio executives then replaced him with Sean Connery.
Frasier star John Mahoney passed away on February 4 at the age of 77.
The Blackpool-born star played the beloved dad Martin Crane in the hit US sitcom for its full 11-year run.
He also worked as a voice actor and performed on Broadway. He passed away in hospice care in Chicago.
Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of legendary soul music group The Temptations, died on February 2 aged 74.
The Grammy winner passed away in hospital just one day before his 75th birthday following complications from meningitis. Edwards lent his vocals to the band’s biggest hits, including Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and I Can’t Get Next To You.
Mark E. Smith
Mark E. Smith, frontman of avant-garde band The Fall, died on January 24 aged 60.
Smith founded the iconic post-punk group in 1976 after he attended a concert by the Sex Pistols. The musician had been the only constant member of the band, with a line-up that has changed numerous times over its 40-year history.
American actor and horror writer Jack Ketchum died on January 24 at the age of 71 from cancer.
Born Dallas Mayr but working under a pseudonym, Ketchum’s novels won him a slew of awards, with many of his books being adapted into films.
As well as a writing career spanning decades, Jack appeared in a handful of films based on his work. He played Teddy Panik in 2006’s The Lost, Carnival in 2007’s The Girl Next Door and twice as Dallas Mayr in Red and Offspring.
The American star dubbed Hollywood’s hardest working actress, passed away in her retirement home at the age of 105 on January 23.
A glittering career that spanned six decades, she appeared in fan favourites such as ER, Seinfeld and Will & Grace, as well as many more.
She starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Meg Ryan and Sophie Tucker and got her first film role at the age of 49.
England football star Jimmy Armfield died on January 22 after a long battle against cancer.
The former Blackpool great – who played 43 times for his country – was 82.
He played 627 games overall between 1954 and 1971, and later managed Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers after retiring from playing.
Howard Lew Lewis
The comedian Howard Lew Lewis died aged 76 on January 20 in Edinburgh, displaying early signs of dementia.
Lewis starred in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Brush Strokes and Blackadder.
Actors Tony Robinson and Chris Rankin both took to social media to share their sadness at his passing.
American rapper Fredo Santana, real name Derrick Coleman, died on January 20 at the age of 27.
The star was a cousin of rapper Chief Keef. His debut album Trappin Ain’t Dead was released in 2013 and featured a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.
Fredo also appeared in Drake’s video for Hold On, We’re Going Home, playing a man who kidnapped Drake’s girlfriend.
Simon Shelton Barnes
The actor who played Tinky Winky, the handbag-carrying Teletubbie in the BBC children’s series, died on January 17, just four days after his 52nd birthday.
The uncle of Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack once said that being in the Teletubbies was “a bit like the Beatles or Take That of television”.
As well as his work on Teletubbies, Simon played the terrifying Dark Knight in the 1990s CBBC show Incredible Games.
Home and Away star Jessica Falkholt died on January 17 aged 29. Her death came three weeks after the devastating Boxing Day crash which killed her family.
The Home and Away actress died six days after her life support was withdrawn.
The close-knit Falkholt family were thought to be driving home to Sydney along the Princes Highway after a short festive break when their car was involved in the devastating head-on collsion.
Jessica appeared as Hope Morrison in the Aussie soap Home and Away in 2016.
The up and coming actress also starred in the upcoming supernatural thriller Harmony, set to be released in 2018.
Neighbours star Moya O’Sullivan died aged 91 on January 16.
Best known for playing Marlene Kratz, she was dubbed ‘Australia’s favourite mum and grandmother’.
A popular figure, a tribute in The Sydney Morning Herald read: “Much loved by all, especially by her brother Peter, sister-in-law Kaaren, aunt to Mark, Cait and Bridget, great aunt to Phoebe and Ursela, grandmother to Harriet and James.
“Also Andrew and Sarah. Bless her eternal soul.”
Legendary BBC radio presenter Ed Doolan died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of January 16. The star had been battling vascular dementia since 2013.
Ed started his career in radio at BRMB (now Free Radio Birmingham) in 1974 before moving to BBC West Midlands in 1982.
He was awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting and charity and was also the recipient of a Sony Gold Award.
Actor Peter Wyngarde died on January 15 at the age of 90.
The star was best known for his role as sleuth Jason King in Department S and its spin-off Jason King.
He also starred in the 1980 Flash Gordon movie as metal-masked villain General Klytus.
Peter also starred in the very first British gay drama, South, which aired on ITV in 1959 and was met with a backlash of furious homophobic abuse from the public and media at the time.
Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan died on January 15 aged 46.
As the lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, she rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
She also released two solo albums, and appeared as a judge on the Irish version of reality singing competition show The Voice.
Coventry City legend Cyrille Regis died on January 14 aged 59 after suffering a heart attack.
The former striker was a pioneer for black footballers in the late 1970s.
Regis won five caps for England and was awarded an MBE in 2008.
Hugh Wilson died on January 14 at the age of 74.
The director was well known for making films such as Police Academy and The First Wives Club.
He also created the acclaimed sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and won awards for his work, including an Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
Keith Jackson, the voice of American college football, died on January 12 aged 89.
The legendary broadcaster spent 56 years covering the sport before his final game in 2006.
Jackson served on American channel ABC Sports, and became synonymous with his trademark line “Whoa, Nellie.”
Blunderwoman comedy star Bella Emberg died on January 12 at the age of 80.
She found fame in the 1980s, most notably alongside Russ Abbot, with whom she shared a comedy partnership.
Emberg also starred in TV shows as diverse as The Lily Savage Show and Doctor Who.
Doreen Tracey, one of the original Disney Mouseketeers, died on January 10 at the age of 74.
The performer had battled cancer for two years, but sadly developed pneumonia as a complication.
At the age of 12, Doreen became one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club, the popular TV show which aired between 1955 and 1959.
Heavy metal star ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke died on January 10 aged 67 following a battle with pneumonia.
Guitarist Clarke was one of the founding members of Motorhead and the last surviving member of the band’s original line-up.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence died on January 9 aged 77.
Known as “The Flying Pig” by Reds fans, the Scot made 390 appearances for the Reds over 14 years in the first team.
Lawrence hit the headlines in 2015 when he was stopped by a reporter in the street and asked for his memories of the 1967 derby match between Liverpool and Everton, with the interviewer unaware that he had played in that very match.
Jerry Van Dyke
Comedian Jerry Van Dyke died on January 5 at the age of 86.
Jerry made his television debut on The Dick Van Dyke show, later appearing on The Judy Garland Show and Coach, with his final TV role being for The Middle in 2015.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, and older brother Dick Van Dyke.
Astronaut John Young, the ninth man to walk on the Moon, died on January 5 aged 87.
The former U.S Navy Test pilot became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the surface of the Moon on a mission in 1972.
Young is one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the US space program.
He flew into space twice as part of the mid-1960s Gemini program, twice on the Apollo lunar missions and twice on space shuttles in the 1980s.
Jon Paul Steuer
Star Trek actor Jon Paul Steuer died on January 1 aged 33.
With an acting career that began at the age of 3, Steur eventually landed the role of Alexander Rozhenko, son of Lieutenant Worf, on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990.
Later on, he starred in TV series Grace Under Fire as Quentin Kelly.
Steur went on to become a musician and restaurateur under the name Jonny P Jewels.
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