Among those who died in 2018…
Media and publishing
Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and creator of fantasy worlds, died Jan. 22, age 88.
Tom Wolfe, “New Journalist” who pushed the boundaries of nonfiction and skewered the elite with his novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, died May 14, age 88.
Bernard Lewis, influential historian who warned of a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world, died May 19, age 101.
Philip Roth, novelist who explored male sexuality, Jewish identity, and mortality in Portnoy’s Complaint and The Plot Against America, died May 22, age 85.
Anthony Bourdain (pictured), rebel chef who dished on industry secrets in his memoir Kitchen Confidential and ate his way around the world on TV’s Parts Unknown, died June 8, age 61.
Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist who became one of the most formidable thinkers on the American right, died June 21, age 68.
Harlan Ellison, pugnacious author of A Boy and His Dog who, much to his disgust, was hailed as a science fiction master, died June 28, age 84.
V.S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-born Nobel laureate who explored the postcolonial world in A House for Mr. Biswas, died Aug. 11, age 85.
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer, editor, and publisher who co-created Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, died Nov. 12, age 95.
Stage and screen
John Mahoney, Tony Award–winning actor who found fame playing Kelsey Grammar’s crotchety dad on Frasier, died Feb. 4, age 77.
Nanette Fabray, Broadway star who won laughs as Sid Caesar’s comic foil on the TV sketch show Caesar’s Hour, died Feb. 22, age 97.
Steven Bochco, TV producer who brought realism to cop dramas with Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, died April 1, age 74.
Milos Forman, Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus who loved rebels, died April 13, age 86.
Margot Kidder (pictured), actress who played Lois Lane as a sassy go-getter in the 1978 blockbuster Superman and three sequels, died May 13, age 69.
Claude Lanzmann, French documentary filmmaker who chronicled the Holocaust in the nine-hour-long Shoah, died July 5, age 92.
Neil Simon, Broadway’s prolific king of comedy, who wrote The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park and notched more combined Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer, died Aug. 26, age 91.
Burt Reynolds, Hollywood hunk whose macho charm propelled Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run to blockbuster status, died Sept. 6, age 82.
Paul Taylor (pictured), dynamic choreographer who shook up modern dance, died Aug. 29, age 88.
Kitty O’Neil, death-defying deaf stuntwoman who set some two dozen speed records on land and water, died Nov. 2, age 72.
William Goldman, novelist and screenwriter celebrated for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, died Nov. 16, age 87.
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director who shocked with Last Tango in Paris and awed with The Last Emperor, died Nov. 26, age 77.
Stephen Hillenburg, marine biologist who created the whimsical children’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, died Nov. 26, age 57.
Music and the arts
Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of Irish rock band the Cranberries, who showcased her startling voice on “Linger” and “Zombie,” died Jan. 15, age 46.
Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, singer, and activist who provided a soundtrack for the anti-apartheid movement, died Jan. 23, age 78.
Vic Damone, postwar crooner whose velvety voice garnered praise from Frank Sinatra, died Feb. 11, age 89.
Hubert de Givenchy, French couturier who designed Audrey Hepburn’s iconic little black dress for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, died March 10, age 91.
Tim Bergling, Swedish DJ and record producer who became an electronic dance music superstar under the stage name Avicii, died April 20, age 28.
Aretha Franklin (pictured), singer whose sheer vocal power, technical skill, and ability to convey emotional nuance led her to be hailed as the Queen of Soul, died Aug. 16, age 76.
Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane singer and songwriter who helped start a psychedelic rock revolution in the 1960s, died Sept. 27, age 76.
Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona-born soprano who became an opera superstar, died Oct. 6, age 85.
Tony Joe White, Louisiana “swamp rock” songwriter who had a hit with “Polk Salad Annie,” died Oct. 24, age 75.
Roy Clark, virtuoso guitarist who became a country music icon as the host of TV variety show Hee Haw, died Nov. 15, age 85.
Zell Miller, independent-minded Georgia politician who battled fellow Democrats during his four years as a U.S. senator, died March 23, age 86.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African politician and former wife of Nelson Mandela who kept his anti-apartheid struggle alive during his 27 years in prison, died April 2, age 81.
Barbara Bush, formidable first lady who helped her husband, George H.W. Bush, and eldest son, George W., rise to the presidency, died April 17, age 92.
Dick Tuck, Democratic political prankster who bedeviled Republican candidates with his bag of campaign trail tricks, died May 28, age 94.
Ron Dellums, Californian anti-war activist who spent 14 terms in Congress advancing the progressive cause, died July 30, age 82.
Kofi Annan (pictured), Ghanaian peacemaker who became the first black African to helm the United Nations, died Aug. 18, age 80.
John McCain, Vietnam War hero, six-term GOP senator, and presidential contender whose maverick streak made him a standout in American politics, died Aug. 25, age 81.
George H.W. Bush, former U.S. president who triumphed over the Soviet Union and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, but struggled with recession at home, died Nov. 30, age 94.
Keith Jackson, college football sportscaster whose folksy catchphrases—“Whoa, Nellie!” and “Fum-buuuul!”—made him a fan favorite, died Jan. 12, age 89.
Oscar Gamble, big-haired power hitter who played for the Yankees, White Sox, and others during a nearly two-decade major-league career, died Jan. 31, age 68.
Ben Agajanian, placekicking pioneer who spent 13 seasons booting field goals in the NFL, even though an accident had left his kicking foot toeless, died Feb. 8, age 98.
Roger Bannister, British amateur athlete who broke the 4-minute mile in 1954, while studying medicine at Oxford, died March 3, age 88.
Rusty Staub, 6-foot-2 slugger whose heroics ended the Montreal Expos 20-game losing streak in 1969, earning him the nickname Le Grand Orange, died March 29, age 73.
Bruno Sammartino (pictured), champion pro wrestler who fought more than 200 bouts at Madison Square Garden, died April 18, age 82.
Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player who won 19 Grand Slams from 1958 to 1968 and elevated the women’s game, died June 8, age 78.
Anne Donovan, 6-foot-8 women’s basketball star who won Olympic gold as both a player and coach, died June 13, age 56.
Diane Leather, British amateur athlete who, in 1954, became the first woman to run a mile in under 5 minutes, though her record was ignored for decades, died Sept. 5, age 85.
Tex Winter, basketball coach who invented the “Triangle Offense,” the blueprint for the Chicago Bulls’ and L.A. Lakers’ championships in the 1990s, died Oct. 10, age 96.
David Pearson, NASCAR champion known as the Silver Fox for his cunning behind the wheel, who won 105 races in 27 seasons, died Nov. 12, age 83.
Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish businessman who founded Ikea and brought minimalist furniture to the masses, died Jan. 27, age 91.
Russ Solomon, entrepreneur who launched Tower Records and the concept of music megastores, died March 4, age 92.
Charles Lazarus, Toys R Us founder who created a retail empire by appealing to kids, died March 22, age 94.
Kate Spade (pictured), fashion designer and businesswoman whose handbags became a rite of passage into adulthood for many young women, died June 5, age 55.
Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder who used his tech fortune to buy sports teams, set up museums, and hunt for shipwrecks, died Oct. 15, age 65.
Earl Bakken, engineer who invented the first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker and built his company, Medtronic, into a $30 billion medical-devices giant, died Oct. 21, age 94.
Jane Maas, adwoman who shattered the glass ceiling in the Mad Men era and oversaw the hugely successful “I Love New York” campaign, died Nov. 16, age 86.
John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle, and campaigned for astronaut safety, died Jan. 5, age 87.
Billy Graham, Christian evangelist who ministered to presidents and preached to millions worldwide at stadium events he called crusades, died Feb. 21, age 99.
Stephen Hawking (pictured), visionary physicist who overcame a crippling neurological disease to probe the mysteries of the cosmos, which he explained in best-selling science books, died March 14, age 76.
Alan Bean, astronaut who, after becoming the fourth person to walk on the moon, devoted his life to painting lunar landscapes, died May 26, age 86.
Joël Robuchon, acclaimed French chef who built an empire of Michelin-starred restaurants from Tokyo to New York City, died Aug. 6, age 73.
Alan Abel, prolific prankster who fooled America with his Society for Indecency to Naked Animals—a national campaign to clothe all beasts, wild and domesticated—among other gags, died Sept. 14, age 94.
Juan Romero, former busboy who, at age 17, cradled Sen. Robert F. Kennedy after he was fatally shot at a Los Angeles hotel, died Oct. 1, age 68.
Dorcas Reilly, culinary pioneer who invented a Thanksgiving staple, the green bean casserole, while working at the Campbell Soup Co. in 1955, died Oct. 15, age 92.