Top 10 Saddest Deaths of 2018

The Top Ten
1 Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His most famous research was on the theory of Black Holes.

As I've said one time, but will now say again, I give my biggest of condolences to this century's Einstein as Hawking's legacy and contributions, whether they be in the scientific field or as a model of inspiration to others, will forever live on and not be forgotten.

Your contributions will be instrumental in the understanding of theoretic. You will be missed.

Months and days has passed, and I still can't get over the death of one of our era's best academic minds.

He was a great man and probably the most inspiring human being of all time. RIP Stephen Hawking.

2 Stan Lee Stan Lee (December 28, 1922-November 12, 2018) was a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. He is best regarded as an influential figure for the comic book industry and general entertainment.

Looking back at my lists, I realized something. Stan has given every children something to grow up on. He has made kids out of all of us, and we love it. He has given the movie industry something to cook, something that can be cooking for the next century, and might be the greatest movie phenomena of all time. And today, we may mourn, we may grieve, but also, we may celebrate. Celebrate his long life, and looking back to thank his existence, his artworks, his quotes as well as his writing. A man like him only comes around once a century, or maybe even a millennium. Rest in peace among the Stars, Stan Lee... An artist, a thinker, a legend.

For the record, I may not be the biggest comic book fan nor was I ever familiar with the name Stan Lee up until recently, but even so, the guy was undoubtedly someone who helped define an industry and everyone's childhoods. And I won't lie, all those Spider-Man trilogy movies (just the second and third ones, to be honest) that I saw as a kid wouldn't have came to be if not for the comic books that Stan Lee himself created in the first place. Controversies or not, Stan Lee was still someone who created something each and everyone could enjoy with the characters and stories he created. When I went to go see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theaters this year in 2018, Stan Lee's cameo meant a lot more to me than it ever did in any movie he made a cameo in. Sure, I never paid attention to his cameos before in the past, but still, something about him saying "I'm... gonna miss him. We were friends, you know". to Miles Morales made me realize not only how much Stan Lee and his creations ...more

Stan Lee is the best comic book writer out there! There will never be anyone like him for decades! He has given kids, adults, and many people joy and happiness in his creations. If it weren't for this amazing guy, we wouldn't have the amazing heroes we all know and love! When he died, my heart shattered! I have never cried so hard for a long time! He gave children the most important thing in the world with his amazing comics! Happiness. He was kind, brave, amazing, smart, funny, heroic, and every thing a hero is! He was real life's superhero, and always will be! He is why we have Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron man, Black widow, Spiderman, and all of those amazing heroes! He gave kids something to look up to, and inspired many! His creations created something special, and his death was tragic! At least he lived an amazing 95 years, writing comics and watching them come alive! At least he is with his wife again, in a better place! R.I.P Stan Lee, we will always remember your ...more

Stan Lee was one of the heroes of my age. Reading marvel comics was one of my favorite childhood memories and seeing that the success of the comics have become award winning movies makes me feel absolutely ecstatic. He truly is one of the most talented, creative, and brilliant people to ever exist. He shaped the children who are adults today and even though he has passed, is still shaping the future generations to come.

3 Avicii Tim Bergling (September 8, 1989 - April 20, 2018), better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish electronic musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. He is best regarded for his work in Electronic Music during the 2010s in which his works have charted among the Top 40 Radio and for his influence towards 2010's contemporary Electronic musicians. Berling was known to have had health problems in his personal life, which severely impeded his career as a music artist. He retired from touring in 2016 due to being overwhelmed by health complications and needing surgery and medication. Berling committed suicide in 2018 due to thoughts of depression.

This impacted me far more than any other celebrity death has in the past. Most of the time, I feel just somewhat sad and mournful when a celebrity dies, especially if it was a person who I looked up to. This, on the other hand, came so unexpectedly that I felt completely destroyed. I could not see this death coming at all, and the circumstances leading to his suicide made it even more upsetting. He may have not had as much of an important general influence as say, Stephen Hawking did, but this was still the saddest for me.

I loved this DJ, he makes some pretty good songs that helps me to cultivate my emotions for one of his creative themes that reflected my lives and my thoughts. "Fade Into Darkness" was my all-time favorite song because it makes me feel emotional and satisfied for what I've achieved, even "Levels" was my second favorite for him. It's such a massive shame to see him dying... R.I.P Tim Bergling...

This was the first time I actually felt something in relations to a celebrity death, he changed the world and wasn't afraid to do his own thing and take risks, the saddest part about his death was that he was so young, in his very short yet illustrious career he managed to do so much, and it makes me sad to think of how much more he could have done, now we will never get to see what else he could have done.

He didn't die because of health problems. He didn't die because he was injured. He died because he committed suicide, and to me, that is the saddest, lowest form of death of all

4 Stephen Hillenburg Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, voice actor, and marine biologist who was best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He also contributed to Rocko's Modern Life as a director and producer. He passed away on November 26, 2018 due to complications from ALS.

Stephen Hillenburg was a crucial part of many of our childhoods, even if we were too young to realize who he was when we were growing up. When I was a kid, I was too naïve to fully grasp the importance of the "created by Stephen Hillenburg" text at the end of SpongeBob's theme song. As I grew older, I really started to appreciate the effort and commitment that name in the credits exerted in order to entertain me over the years. After years of studying marine biology, Stephen created the defining cartoon of an entire generation; a television show that has had such an enormous impact both on television history and in many of our individual lives. The world would be a very different place and I would not be the same person if Stephen did not create SpongeBob. He added so much joy, laughter, and heart into the world with his cartoon about a talking sponge living in a pineapple under the sea and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace to one of the greatest cartoonists to ever live.

His death made me stopped watching SpongeBob forever. I thought he'll die after SpongeBob will end. I thought he'll outlive Kirk Douglas. This is the most traumatizing moment ever in my life. SpongeBob used to be the number 1 best show ever. His death made me suicidally depressed and made me even more scared of both death and the future eh.

R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg. One of my favorite cartoonists and he is the reason that my childhood has been remembered by my view. It's such a massive heartbreaking thought to see him dying at this year, it's so sad for me. SpongeBob SquarePants will forever be my all-time favorite cartoon and I'll watch every episode to honor him for his death. Sad life for all of us.

Man, I don't know what to say. This man made all of our childhoods brighter. He died way too early. He had so much more of a life to live. I thank him for making my childhood filled with laughs and humor. On a side note, what's also sad is that he can now see the monstrosities spawned on the season 10 Spongebob list. We'll all miss you, Mr. Hillenburg.

5 Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Why is she not up higher? A literal Queen with so many great songs. Rest in peace, Aretha.

Literally Rolling Stone's choice for the best singer of all time.

R.I.P queen of soul, One of the greatest and most influential singers of all time.

She died more than a week before my birthday...sad

6 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and criminal.

XXXTentacion's death was definitely the saddest celebrity death of 2018 so far and I'm writing this while we're in the month of July. His death was the only one that really depressed me. I cried for a straight week. Rest in peace Jahseh. You will be missed.

This is a truly sad death. I know people say he was a bad person and all, but honestly the things against him weren't even proven. He was making up for his past and making an impact on the world. He was a role model to many people. R.I.P XXXTentacion.

Wow...Its 2019 and I was watching youtube his song just came on and I'm still listening to it as I'm writing this (changes) and I just realized he is dead and he is not coming back like what the HELL! now I'm crying I wish he was still hear he didn't deserve what he got X we love you

Frankly I've never really enjoyed his content and he didn't really have the best personality either but his death was undeserved to be honest. He died at 20 too which isn't fair. RIP XXX

7 Barbara Bush

I once did a report on the bushes. This is really sad to me, because I know so much about the family. R.I.P B.B! May she forever be in are hearts.

8 George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

While I do not like Bush's term as president, only a few minds could end the Cold War as greatly as he did.

It's a shame he died a few days after SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg.

November of 2018, the saddest month of this year.

The death of a legend.

9 Burt Reynolds Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (February 11, 1936 - September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many films, such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights, in which he was nominated for his first Academy Award.
10 Stefán Karl Stefánsson

I heard about this not long ago. I used to watch Lazy Town as a kid, I grew up watching Robbie.
Rest in peace. You'll always be Number One to me.

Of all the deaths we've come across, this is the saddest. I have watched his Number One Video, and it was so epic! Thanks for the memories Robbie Rotten!

He played Robbie Rotten for the T.V. series Lazytown, he passed away from cancer at only age 43, but he will be forever immortalized thanks to the internet and memes.

Always number one. We'll get our revenge on cancer soon, for now you're in all our hearts.

The Contenders
11 R. Lee Ermey

Whoa he died? I didn't know that!

I didn't know he was died. RIP

RIP to the man that played the Drill Seargent in almost everying.

12 Dolores O'riordan Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She was the vocalist for rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their break-up in 2003, later reuniting with her band in 2009, which she led until her death in 2018.

She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2017 and just passed away. RIP

Amazing singer. Love you Dolores.

13 Bruno Sammartino Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was born in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy, to Alfonso and Emilia Sammartino on October 6, 1935. He then died on April 18, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. He is known for his powerful bearhug finishing move, and is widely considered to be one of the more.

One of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time. RIP

He held a title for the longest time.

14 Billy Graham William Franklin Graham Jr. was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s.

While I'm not much of a religious person nor do I know much about Billy Graham, what I could say about him was that he must have been a very generous and influential evangelist in society. On a side note, they actually held his funeral where I live. After all, Charlotte, NC is his home town. Lots of people gathered over this week as I write this to come to his funeral. For what I know and don't know the good he did, may Billy Graham nonetheless rest in peace.

I am not a follower of his religion, and he did not always teach what was 100% from the Bible, this man converted thousands for the cause of Christ. Thanks to his preaching, many will be in heaven.

He is in a better place with the Lord. R.I.P Billy Graham. You saved so many people from Satan.

He was the best and helped a lot of people convert.

15 John McCain John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee more.

He was a Vietnam Veteran and the best Senator Arizona ever had. He is amazing. Its sad he passed away.

Although I didn't see eye to eye with McCain. I will always be grateful for his contribution to the U.S. and for protecting our country.

16 Vinnie Paul Vincent Paul Abbott, better known as "Vinnie Paul" (March 11, 1964 - June 22nd, 2018) was an American professional drummer and producer. Alongside his late brother Dimebag Darrell, he co-founded the Heavy Metal Bands Pantera and Damageplan, with whom he would find success with in the former. After the more.

Drummer of Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah. Sad to see another metal legend go. He's rocking with Dime now R.I.P.

Legends never die. Remember that now. He's still with us.

He shoulda lived forever

He's rocking with Dime now.

17 Prince Henrik of Denmark

Rest in peace, he was a nice guy.

18 Koko the Gorilla

A truly sad death, this gorilla was super loveable.

One I really wanted but didn't expect to be on here!

Beautiful bright spirit! Will be missed.

Goodbye Koko, we will all miss you!

19 Eddie Clarke

I can't believe this...the entire Ace Of Spades lineup is gone...

20 Winnie Mandela
21 Ursula K. Le Guin
22 Vader

Another WWE Legend passes away and even bigger tragedy WWE never got to induct him into the Hall of Fame when they had the chance despite Mick Foley telling them of his poor health over the years.

I knew this day would come & still I was so shocked to hear about his death this is a sad day to be a Wrestling Fan it's a shame that WWE Never Inducted Him Into The Hall of Fame before his Death. He Should've Died in the Ring like he wanted to do.
Rest In Peace Big Van Vader

A WWE legend, deserved better than this.

23 Mac Miller Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, 2018.

Wasn't the biggest Mac fan but its always a tragedy when you lose a young person due to addiction and drug abuse. Rest in Party on 5th Ave.

Didn't like his music but no one deserves to die that young. RIP Mac.

24 Unsho Ishizuka

The Japanese voice actor for many anime characters, including Boone from the 2003 Astro Boy reboot, Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball Z, Joseph Joestar from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Professor Oak from every single Pokemon illiteration.

25 Miranda Cracraft
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