Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, 2018. Pictured: The Television personality attends “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” Premiere on April 22, 2017 in New York City. Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Whether it was a singing sensation like Aretha Franklin or a renowned designer like Kate Spade, the world was forced to say goodbye to several stars this year following their unexpected deaths.

Take a look back at the celebrities who died in 2018.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin passed away on Aug. 16, 2018. Pictured: The singer performs onstage during the “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” Premiere Concert on April 19, 2017 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Known as the “Queen of Soul” thanks to hits like “Respect” and “Natural Woman,” Franklin died on Aug. 16, following advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. She was 76.

Mac Miller

Born Malcolm James McCormick, the rapper quickly shot to fame following the release of his 2011, debut studio album “Blue Slide Park.” On Sept. 7, at the age of 26, he was found dead from an accidental overdose.

Stan Lee

Praised for having a hand in the creation of famous comic book superheroes like the X-Men, Spider-Man and more, Lee died from cardiac arrest, respiratory and congestive heart failure on Nov. 12. He was 95.

Kate Spade

The famous fashion designer’s body was found on June 5, following an apparent suicide. She was 55.

Burt Reynolds

Following his successful acting career in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Reynolds continued to land roles in hit movies throughout his career. On Sept. 6 he died from a heart attack at the age of 82.

Anthony Bourdain

The renowned chef turned television personality committed suicide on June 8. He was 61 years old.


The controversial rapper was gunned down during a robbery in broad daylight. He died on June 18 at the age of 20.

Verne Troyer

Known for his hilarious role in the “Austin Powers” movies as Mini-Me, Voyer’s death on April 21 was ruled a suicide by alcohol poisoning. He was 49.

Stephen Hawking

The theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who made numerous breakthroughs in science died on March 14 at the age of 76, following a more than 50 year battle with ALS.

Reg E. Cathey

After gaining notoriety in shows like “The Wire” and “Oz,” Cathey was cast on “House of Cards,” where he won an Emmy for his role. On Feb. 9, he passed away from cancer. He was 59 years old.


Avicii died on April 20, 2018. Pictured: The DJ poses with TJX Rewards Platinum MasterCard Card holders on Feb. 13, 2016 in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Born Tim Bergling, the famous DJ known for hit songs like “Wake Me Up” and “Levels” committed suicide on April 20. He was 28.

Margot Kidder

Know for her role as Lois Lane in the “Superman” films, the actress, who publicly shared her battle with bipolar disorder, committed suicide on May 13. She was 69 years old.

Mark Salling

The “Glee” star was found dead Jan. 30, hours after he was reported missing. The actor, who committed suicide, was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He was 35.