Each year brings the sad reality that celebrities we know and love will pass away and 2018 has already seen many unfortunate losses.
In just the first two months of the year, fans lost award-wining singers, legendary comedians, and iconic actors and actresses.
Sadly, there have also been sports celebrities and reality tv personalities who have also passed away in 2011.
Joining the innumerable amount of mourning fans, we pay tribute to the celebrities and artists who have lost their lives.
Scroll down to see who we have lost in 2018.
On the morning of Jan. 15, Dolores O'Riordan was found dead in her hotel room. No official cause of death has been announced though drug overdose has been speculated.
The world collectively continues to mourn O'Riordan's passing, with many of her peers in the music industry have taken the news especially hard.
'80s pop-rock band Duran Duran released a collective statement that read, "We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time."
The Moody Blues singer and flautist Ray Thomas died on Jan. 4 at his home in Surrey, England at the age of 76.
"We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness," his record labels, Cherry Red Recordings and Esoteric Recordings, said in a statement to the Press Association. "It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife, Lee, at this sad time.”
No official cause of death was released, but in 2014, Thomas announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer the year prior.
“My cancer was inoperable but I have a fantastic doctor who immediately started me on a new treatment that has had 90% success rate,” he wrote at the time. “The cancer is being held in remission but I’ll be receiving this treatment for the rest of my life.”
Comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke died at his Malvern, Arkansas, ranch on Jan. at the age of 86.
His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, confirmed the news. Apparently the two were involved in a serious car accident more than two years ago, and Jerry's health declined ever since.
Days after his passing, a representative for the Hot Spring County Coroner's Office told reporters that Van Dyke died of "chronic heart disease."
Dorothy Malone, an Oscar-winner for her performance in Written on the Wind and a television icon thanks to Peyton Place, died on Jan. 19 at the age of 92.
No official cause of death was announced.
Malone's career began in 1940, but she had to wait until 1945 for her first credited roles. In 1946, she gave a scene-stealing performance in a book shop in The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
However, it was not until 10 years later that her career took a new turn. That year, she appeared in Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind with Bacall, Rock Hudson and Robert Stack. She won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as the nymphomaniac Marylee.
The Oscar led to roles in Too Much, Too Soon, Man of a Thousand Faces and Warlock. She also appeared with Hudson in The Tarnished Angels and The Last Sunset.
Hugh Wilson, creator of the acclaimed sitcom WKRP in Cincinatti and director, co-writer of the first Police Academy movie that launched a franchise, died on Jan. 14 at the age of 74.
An Emmy winner and seven-time nominee, Wilson died at his home in Albemarle County, Virginia. His death was announced by the CBS station in Charlottesville, Virginia. No other details were immediately available.
Police Academy (1984), starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, George Gaynes and Michael Winslow, was made for $3.8 million, according to Wilson, and grossed about $100 worldwide, one of most financially successful movies released that year. Six sequels, none involving Wilson, followed.
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana died in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 19 at the age of 27.
Santana was found in his own apartment by his girlfriend. He had reportedly passed away by the time she arrived, around 11:30 p.m. No official cause of death was immediately released, though reports suggested that he suffered from a seizure.
Santana was was candid about his substance abuse. On Oct. 12, he posted a video from the hospital, saying that he was in treatment for kidney and liver failure. Later, he confessed to fans that the hospital stay was related to his continued use of the prescription drug concoction, and he was considering checking himself into rehab.
Heavyweights actor Joseph Wayne Miller died in Chicago on Jan. 9 at the age of 36.
Miller's mother Patricia said her son died in his sleep. Other sources reported that the actor's girlfriend found his body, but the cause of death is unknown. Patricia said Miller suffered from sleep apnea, which may have been a condition that contributed to his death.
Miller played Camp Hope camper Salami Sam in the 1995 Disney flick, which also starred Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow and Kenan Thompson.
Motörhead "classic" band member Eddie Clarke died on Jan. 10 at the age of 67 after a battle with pneumonia.
"We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight... Edward Allan Clarke - or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke - passed away peacefully yesterday," Motörhead wrote in a Facebook post.
Clarke was considered one of the "classic" members of Motörhead, along with frontman Lemmy (Ian Fraser Kilmister) and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who both died in 2015. The group was formed in London in 1975 by Lemmy, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox, but most of the band's best-selling albums featured Clarke and Taylor.
Clarke was lead guitarist in the band from 1976-1982. Following his exit from Motörhead, he developed another band, Fastway, who supported AC/DC during a 1992 tour of Europe.
Sawyer's film credits stretch from A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra to Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Her last credited appearance was in a 2014 short called Entanglement. She also appeared in two episodes of Showtime's Ray Donovan in 2013 and 2014. She played the "Oldest Woman in the World" in an episode of New Girl and acted in the indie movie Lovesick with Matt LeBlanc.
Actor Simon Shelton, also known as Simon Barnes, died on Jan. 17 at the age of 52. Shelton was best known as playing Teletubbies' Tinky Winky but also starred in the popular British children's game show Incredible Games.
Sadly, his cause of death was suggested to have been due to hypothermia after collapsing on a street in Liverpool near a waterfront, according to a close friend.
Police confirmed they found Simon Shelton Barnes’ body around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 17; they did not elaborate on the circumstances in which he was found.
Singer-songwriter Lari White passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the age of 52. She was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer last year.
White rose to fame in the '90s with a series of hits that included "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," "That's When You Know (You're in Love)" and "Ready, Willing and Able," among others.
White also made history by becoming the first female to produce a the country album of a major male country star, when she produced Toby Keith's platinum-selling 2006 White Trash with Money record.
Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland died on Jan. 16 at the age of 69.
He reportedly passed away in A Fonsagrada, Spain where he had been living in exile after serving a prison sentence related to a 2004 conviction on charges of attempting to rape a teenage boy. He had left Judas Priest approximately 15 years prior to the charges.
There is currently no word on the cause of death, but Rolling Stone reports that Holland died on Jan. 16 after having been admitted to Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti de Lugo.
Joel Taylor, a cast member of the popular Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, died on Jan. 22 at the age of 38.
Police stated that a drug overdose is suspected to have caused his death after it was reported that Taylor had consumed GHB during a party aboard the ship. A passenger who interacted with Taylor said that the 38-year-old had eventually fallen into unconsciousness and was taken off the dance floor by two people and back to his room.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the circumstances of Taylor’s death and how the drugs, including GHB, cocaine and ecstasy, got on board the ship and who may have supplied them.
Mark E. Smith, frontman for English post-punk band The Fall, died in England on Jan. 24 at the age of 60.
Smith enjoyed a long and legendary career with The Fall, putting out a total of 31 studio albums, the final of which came out in 2017.
"He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time," read a statement shared by the band's manager, according to People.
Mark Salling, the actor who played Puck on Fox's Glee from 2009 to 2015, passed away on Jan. 30 2018.
The actor was found near the Big Tujunga Creek in Los Angeles, where he apparently committed suicide by hanging. Police were called by a family member who reported Salling missing at 3 a.m.
Salling was out on bail awaiting his sentence for charges of possession of child pornography. He reached a plea deal in October of 2017 for 4-7 years in prison. Shortly afterward, he reportedly attempted suicide by cutting his wrists, but he and his lawyers vehemently denied that story.
In December of 2017, Salling officially entered his guilty plea. Eye-witnesses say he appeared dishevelled, and told a judge that he was on a new medication to treat depression. The judge warned him that he could still be hit with the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the crimes he was convicted of.
Salling's computer, external hard drive and flash drive reportedly contained over 50,000 images and videos when they were confiscated, depicting children as young as three years old being abused.
The actor's family released a statement through their lawyer shortly after Salling passed.
“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning," the lawyer said. "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. 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.”
Emmy-winning actress Olivie Cole passed away at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on Jan. 19 at the age of 75.
Cole was originally born in Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Mexico around 30 years ago.
She won her Emmy for her role as Matilda, Chicken George's wife in the 1977 miniseries Roots.
In addition to Roots, Cole also starred in TV shows such as Guiding Light, Szysznyk, Report to Murphy, and Brewster Place.
Frasier star John Mahoney passed away in Chicago, IL. on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the age of 77.
Actor Kelsey Grammer had some heartfelt words to say about the passing of Mahoney, who played his father on Frasier.
"He was my father. I loved him," Grammer told The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources told TMZ that Mahoney's official causes of death include brain disease, lung cancer and seizures. Mahoney also reportedly suffered from kidney disease and diabetes.
Stage veteran Louis Zorich, who played Paul Reiser’s father on NBC’s Mad About You, died on Jan. 30 at the age of 93.
Among his many roles on and off Broadway, Zorich understudied Walter Matthau’s Oscar Madison in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. He later starred in 45 Seconds From Broadway, Simon’s play about the occupants of a particular café just a 45 second walk from Broadway. In 1984, he portrayed Ben Loman in Death of a Salesman.
Between 1992 and 1999, Zorich appeared as Burt Buchman, a sporting goods store owner, on 70 episodes of NBC’s Mad About You, coining the icnonic catchphrase “It's me, Burt! Burt Buchman — your father!” From 1991 to 1993, he also starred in the CBS sitcom Brooklyn Bridge, portraying an immigrant grandfather.
Dennis Edwards, who sang on several of the Temptations' major hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died on Feb. 2 at the age of 74. Edwards died in Chicago, a day before his 75th birthday, his family told CBS Chicago.
Edwards was born in Fairfield, Alabama, and found a love of music in Detroit. He joined several groups before he was hired by Motown and the Temptations to replace David Ruffin in 1968.
With Edwards as the lead singer, the group found success with the Grammy-winning "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," as well as "Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me)" and "I Can't Get Next to You."
Edwards left the group in1977, but rejoined in 1980. He left again in 1984, and had one more stint with the group from 1987 to 1989. He also had minor hits as a solo artist, but he was forever linked to the Temptations.
Ann Gillis, who voiced a character in the Disney classic Bambi, passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 90.
In addition to Bambi, THR reports that Gillis also appeared in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Orphan Annie, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Gillis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but eventually moved to England, which is where she died.
Justified and Home Improvement actor Mickey Jones died on Feb. 7 at the age of 76.
According to TMZ, the actor passed away due to a long illness, but it was not clarified what that illness was.
The outlet did make a point to note that he had reportedly been in and out of the hospital for a few months prior to his death.
Most people will be most familiar with Jones from his time on the classic '90s Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement. He played a supporting character named Pete Bilker who was friends with Allen's character Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor.
Others will recognize Jones from FX's Justified, the Timothy Olyphant-starring crime drama where he played the reoccurring character Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham, "a marijuana distributor who ran a small band of criminals."
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was the victim of a drunken driver on Feb. 4. He was 26 years old.
The accident happened in the early morning hours on Super Bowl Sunday while Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe were pulled off to the side of the road.
Allegedly, a man named Manuel Orrego-Savala came along in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck, veered onto the shoulder where Jackson and Monroe were, and struck them with the vehicle. He was eventually apprehended after attempting to flee the scene of the crime.
It was later reported that Orrego-Savala was under the influence of alcohol.
Reg E. Cathey, the prolific character actor, died on Feb. 9 at the age of 59.
The Wire creator David Simon tweeted the sad news but did not include a cause of death for the actor, who played Norman Wilson in 23 episodes of Simon's HBO series.
Cathey was prolific in his four-decade career, with over 80 credits to his name. His most recent film was Tyrel, which played at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Cathey also played Chief Giles on Cinemax's Outcast and Freddy on Netflix's House of Cards. His other recent movie roles include Dr. Storm in the 2015 Fantastic Four movie, St. Vincent and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Accomplished crooner Vic Damone, famously described by Frank Sinatra as having the “best pipes in the business,” died on Feb. 11. He was 89.
The “On the Street Where You Live” singer passed away at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, of undisclosed causes, his relatives confirmed.
Born Vito Rocca Farinola in Brooklyn, New York, on June 12, 1928, Damone got his first break at age 14 when he met Perry Como by chance in an elevator at the Paramount Theater in New York. Damone, who dropped out of high school to work as a theater usher, famously stopped the elevator between floors and began belting out songs for Como.
Damone produced dozens of hits throughout his five-decade career in the music industry, using his smooth baritone vocals to charm audiences. Inspired by Sinatra and other crooners of the golden era, he signed with Mercury Records to produce smooth tunes including “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “My Heart Cries For You.”
Kevin Smith, aka Lovebug Starski, a DJ and rapper who is widely credited with coining the term hip-hop, died of a heart attack on Feb. 8 in Las Vegas, his manager said. He was 57.
Born in 1960 in the Bronx borough of New York City, Starski was a key member of the 1970s hip-hop movement along with Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash.
As Starski recounted it to music journalist Peter Scholtes, the term came about during a farewell party for a friend who was going into the military when he and Keith Cowboy of Grandmaster Flash’s Furious Five were playfully imitating a drill sergeant calling off marching orders.
He later used the term at parties where he DJ’ed, and it was then adopted by the Sugarhill Gang on their groundbreaking 1979 single “Rapper’s Delight,” which is considered to be the first modern hip-hop recording.
John Perry Barlow, the lyricist for The Grateful Dead, passed away on Feb. 7. He was 70 years old.
Barlow's passing was announced on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that defends and promotes digital expression and Internet access. Cindy Cohn, the foundation's executive director, wrote that the musician "passed away quietly in his sleep."
Barlow co-wrote songs for The Grateful Dead from 1971 until the group broke up in 1995. He is credited for some of the band's biggest hits, including "Black Throated Wind," "Heaven Help the Fool" and "Cassidy."
Barlow was born in Wyoming and raised a devout Mormon. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he first encountered LSD — a drug that would become more or less synonymous with his band. Barlow graduated in 1969. He was admitted to Harvard Law School and contracted to write a novel, but chose to forgo it all to travel.
Country singer Daryle Singletary died on Feb. 12 at age 46. Singletary passed at his Nashville home, and his death was unexpected.
The singer had five songs enter the Top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts, including "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", which reached No. 1, and "Too Much Fun," which reached No. 4.
Singletary performed on Friday at The Rodeo Club in Alabama with no apparent signs of health complications.
An artist rooted in traditional country, Singletary moved to Nashville in the '90s, finding success after recording a demo for Randy Travis. After signing with Giant Records, he released his self-titled debut album in 1995. Throughout his career, he released six additional albums and charted over a dozen singles. His most recent solo album, There's Still a Little Country Left, was released in 2015.
Marty Allen, the bug-eyed comedian with wild hair, passed away on Feb. 12 at the age of 95.
The comedian, whose catchphrase was “hello dear,” has now said goodbye. Candi Cazau, a spokesperson for Allen, announcing via the Associated Press that Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner, Kate Blackwell, by his side.
Allen first found fame when he became known as one-half of the Allen & Rossi duo in the 1950s and 1960s with partner Steve Rossi, who passed away in 2014. The comedy duo popped up on TVs across America more than 700 times, including making 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, including three episodes that featured The Beatles.
Evangelist Billy Graham died on Feb. 21, a family spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press. He was 99.
The spokesperson said Graham, counselor to Presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
The preacher was one of the world's most famous evangelists and became known as "America's Pastor" throughout his decades-long career.
President Donald Tribute paid tribute to Graham, calling him "a very special man."
Nanette Fabray, the charming actress who spent almost her entire life in the spotlight, died on Feb. 22 at her Palos Verdes, California home. The three-time Emmy winner was 97 years old.
Fabray was born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabres on Oct. 27, 1920 in San Diego and began her entertainment career on the vaudeville stage at 4 years old. She later studied acting with the legendary director Max Reinhardt, but a hearing problem led to difficulties in academics. That did not stop her stage career.
She made her debut on Broadway at 21 with 1941's Let's Face It. She moved on to By Jupiter in 1943. When she was 28, she won the Tony for Best Actress in a musical for Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill's Love Life.
Barbara Alston, a singer for the 1960s girl group The Crystals, that made its name with hits like "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," died on Feb. 16 at the age of 74. Alston's daughter Donielle Prophete told reporters that her passing was due to complications from the flu.
“She loved The Crystals,” Prophete told BBC News. “She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the traveling.”
Her band, along with The Ronettes, were among the definitive girl groups of the 1960s and helped construct producer Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique. Alston sang lead vocals on their first three singles, including the US top 20 hit "There's No Other Like My Baby."
International superstar and actress Sridevi Kapoor, also known simply as Sridevi by millions, passed away on Feb. 24 at the age of 54.
The award-winning actress, with more than 280 credits to her name and a career spanning more than five decades, died in the United Arab Emirates of a cardiac arrest.
News outlets reported her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express. Sridevi and her family were in UAE for a wedding, where she was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney Kapoor (brother of Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame), and daughter Khushi at the time of her death.
Born Aug. 13, 1963, Sridevi’s career begun at the age of 4 years old, where she starred in acclaimed director M.A. Thirumugham’s, Thunaivan.
She would go on to star in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before debuting in Hindi films. Thanks to her charming looks, impressive skills and dance talents, she made her Bollywood debut when she was 12 in the film, Julie, and landed her first adult role in the following year in K. Balachander’s, Moondru Mudichu opposite acclaimed actor, Kamal Hassan.
Actress Emma Chambers, best known for her role in Notting Hill, died on Feb. 21. She was 53. Chambers' agent, John Grant, told reporters that the actress died of natural causes.
“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” Grant said. “Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.”
Chambers played Honey Thacker, the sister of Hugh Grant's character, in Notting Hill. She also played Alice Tinker in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley from 1994 to 2007.
Deadline reported the accomplished director's death, though it did not cite a cause. Other reports cited that he died in his Monaco home on Friday, Feb. 23.
Gilbert directed a wrote many films throughout his many years in the industry, but he is often most well-known for his work in the 007 franchise, having directed three different James Bond movies.
He was pursued by the studio for the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice, but turned down the offer twice until legendary Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli was able to convince him to take it on.
Comedian Barry Crimmins died on Feb. 28 at the age of 64. In the late '70s, Crimmins founded Boston's Ding Ho Comedy Club, which helped launch the careers of stand-up comedians like Steven Wright, Denis Leary and Dana Gould.
In January, Crimmins tweeted that he had cancer and that his prognosis was not good. The comedian’s death was announced Thursday on Twitter by his wife Helen, who wrote, “Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat [Goldthwait] and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.”
Helen here with sad news...Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.— Barry Crimmins (@crimmins) March 1, 2018
David Ogden Stiers, the star of M*A*S*H* and a prolific voice actor, died on March 3 at the age of 75. Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, told reporters. The actor was fighting bladder cancer.
Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois and moved to Eugene, Oregon in high school. He began college courses at the University of Oregon, but moved to San Francisco to begin an acting career.
His acting career began in 1971, with an appearance in Jack Nicholson's Drive, He Said and as an announcer in George Lucas' THX-1138.
After several roles in TV movies and shows, he found his breakthrough role as Major Charles Winchester on M*A*S*H*, beginning in 1977. He played the role in over 130 episodes through 1983 and earned two Emmy nominations. He also earned an Emmy nomination for the 1984 TV movie The First Olympics: Athens 1896.
Former Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack passed away on March 12 at the age of 46 in his Walterboro, South Carolina home.
According to reports, Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey confirmed the news to reporters that Mack had passed away, seemingly from natural causes. Mack left behind a wife and two adult children.
Back in the mid-1990s, Mack was signed to Bad Boy Records, the label famously owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. In 1994, Mack put his debut album Project Funk da World, and dropped the hit single, "Flava in Ya Ear."
He split from Bad Boy a couple of years late and released a second album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997. Mack also contributed a song to the soundtrack for the Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito film What's the Worst That Could Happen? which featured him rapping over a sample the Frank Sinatra song, "High Hopes."
Music producer Matt Dike, who worked with legendary rap trio the Beastie Boys, died on March 13 at the age of 55.
Reports indicated that he passed away at his Los Angeles home after a battle with a brief illness.
Dike was a co-founder of Los Angeles hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl, and produced iconic hip-hop songs such as “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc, as well as “Bust a Move” by Young MC.
He also helped craft the Beastie Boys' sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, which is considered by many to be an incredibly influential hip-hop album, though at the time it flopped. “The album was a complete and utter failure at the time. It didn’t sell s—,” Dike himself once said of the album.
Physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76, according to his family.
According to the reports, his children Lucy, Robert and Tim announced the news late on the same day.
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," the statement read.1comments
The family praised his "courage and persistence" and said 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 him forever," they added.