Saddest Deaths of 2018


The Top Ten

1 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 13, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

That was one of the most beautiful speeches I have ever seen on the internet. - IceFoxPlayz

May you rest in peace, Stephen Hawking - TwilightKitsune

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

*plays a sad harmonica song about him* - BorisRule

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2 Stan Lee 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.

I was never invested in Marvel, but this year with Black Panther and Infinity War I gained more interest in it. Even that I can tell that this man was such an influence to comics, movies, and the superhero genre as a whole. He created superheroes, iconic superheroes who became global icons impacting the world. He just didn't make superheroes, he made characters with real-life problems showing that even the strongest of supers have weaknesses that they are just as human as an average person and that average people can do great things! He lived a long life at 95 and it is such as shame that he has passed on. But even if he is no longer alive his memory and legacy is and it will live on for centuries to come and his creation Marvel will go strong for years. I hope he can look down from heaven and reflect on the impact he made to the world. Rest in peace. - Gabriola

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. - wren6

Even though I wasn't the biggest Marvel superhero fan up until now. I regret not being invested into his movies and his cameos was always one of the best things about watching a Marvel movie. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten. - Bolshoy_Brat

This guy is amazing

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3 Avicii 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 more.

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. - Atham

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.

Someone has to wake you up

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... - yamionthetrap

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4 Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American marine biologist, cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, and voice actor, who is best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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. - phillysports

I can't believe he's dead! This man created my childhood. I am balling my eyes out right now. - DoroExploro13

I cried so hard.. My childhood is dying

Thank you for the marvelous characters, hysterical joy and an overall brilliant cartoon, Stephen Hillenburg!
Thank you for all the laughs and joy you brought to me and many, many others! You're my hero!
We'll never forget you! - Svampbob164

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5 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

This guy literally got murdered three hours away from where I live - NightmareCinema

Bad person, bad music, but still, he had a chance to redeem himself. - CloudInvasion

I love his new music there's not much screaming he doesn't deserve to die his death shook a lot of his fans and friends. No bad music from this guy.

I'm not a fan of him, But he did great. RIP - LapisBob

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6 Aretha Franklin 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.

RIP to the Queen of Soul. We will miss her. - Userguy44

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

She just died a few days ago. RIP - 2storm

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

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7 Bruno Sammartino Bruno Sammartino

His Tribute One of The Best Thing WWE Has Ever Done in 2018 next to Royal Rumble 2018 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

One of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time. RIP - KingSlayer93316

I don't even know who is him, what the hell is he doing in front of avicci? - wavedimp089

Bruno Was a Legend, But I'd Admit He's No Stephen Hawking When it come to being an Important Person - s646451

We Need Bruno Sammartino To Be #2 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

How is an athlete from a fake sport more important than Stephen Hawking? - 445956

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8 Dolores O'riordan Dolores O'riordan

She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2017 and just passed away. RIP - 445956

9 Burt Reynolds 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.

Put this Legend on the Top 3 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

R.I.P to an Acting Legend and his famous Mustache - s646451

This guy should be 1 duuuh idiots

10 Stefan Karl Stefansson Stefan Karl Stefansson

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. - Rocko

Rest in peace, Robbie Rotten. You were always a hero in my eyes - TwilightKitsune

I added this as soon as I found out. RIP Stefan - Gangem

I grew up with him... he may have been a bit of a meme, but he was a hero.

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The Newcomers

? Larry Hennig
? Bud Luckey

The Contenders

11 R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey

Whoa he died? I didn't know that! - htoutlaws2012

I didn't know he was died. RIP - LapisBob

RIP to the man that played the Drill Seargent in almost everying. - 445956

I saw him in Full Metal Jacket. He did a great roll :( - LightningStrike

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12 Barbara Bush Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush by far the saddest - 2storm

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.

Far the saddest death so far! R.I.P. - PumpkinKing109

13 George H. W. Bush George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush is 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 from 1981 to 1989.

November of 2018, the saddest month of this year. - MrCoolC

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

The death of a legend. - 2storm

Get him in the top 10. - B1ueNew

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14 Billy Graham Billy Graham

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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

He is with Jesus

He should be number one instead of Stephen hawkings. Stephen hawkings is an athiest - potatogurl

I was so sad to hear he passed. May he Rest In Peace - PumpkinKing109

15 Eddie Clarke Eddie Clarke

I can’t believe this...the entire Ace Of Spades lineup is gone... - NightmareCinema

R.I.P. - LightningStrike

16 John McCain John McCain

RIP to an American war hero - DoroExploro13

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. - anthonybecerra831

That’s sad - PumpkinKing109

17 Verne Troyer Verne Troyer

R.I.P Mini-Me, you will be missed

18 Vinnie Paul 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.

Rip Vinnie paul, died at 54, drummer of Pantera and brother of Dimebag Darrell - InsertCleverName

WHAT?! HE DIED?! I didn't know that! Now I feel so sad because he was a great drummer for Pantera and Hellyeah. RIP Vinnie Paul - KingSlayer93316

He shoulda lived forever - NightmareCinema

Legends never die. Remember that now. He’s still with us. - awesomedp900

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19 Dynamite Kid Dynamite Kid Thomas "Tom" Billington, best known by the ring name Dynamite Kid, is a retired English professional wrestler.

Dynamite Kid was a Former Tag Team Champion with the British Bulldog. He retired in 1996 and was bound in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he sadly passed away today on his 60th Birthday - s646451

Wow, deaths continue to get more sad. - MrCoolC

20 Mac Miller 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. - anthonybecerra831

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

21 Vader 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. - egnomac

Instead of Vader, they inducted Jeff Jarrett...


I grew up watching him, it breaks my heart knowing this

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
1955-2018 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

Fake athlete - 445956

Even if WWE is fake. Movies are also fake. But we still enjoy them! Also just because he's a fake athlete doesn't mean it's not sad! It's still a person! - B1ueNew

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22 Brian Danovich Brian Danovich

Former WWE Tough Enough Contestant He Passed Away On August 9th 2018 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

23 Jim Neidhart Jim Neidhart

Probably one of my favorite wrestlers when I was young. I grew up watching Jim wrestle. It absolutely devastated me when I heard he passed away. I just balled my eyes out pretty much all day (the day he died). RIP - KingSlayer93316

I remember eating McDonald's (don't judge) and the WWE broadcast said he died. - TeamRocket747

Wait, he died?! - MrCoolC

24 Miranda Cracraft Miranda Cracraft
25 Rick Hall Rick Hall
26 Koko the Gorilla Koko the Gorilla

R.I.P. Koko. Hopefully you're with Robin Williams now.

Goodbye Koko, we will all miss you!

Does everyone on this list have to be human

Even that gorilla has to go? Very sad events happening. D: - BorisRule

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27 Steve Ditko Steve Ditko

The man who created one of the greatest Superheroes of all time. Rest In Peace Steve Ditko, you are an inspiration to so many people.

The co creator of Doctor Strange and Spider-Man has recently passed away. RIP - Gangem

You will be missed Mr. Ditko - PumpkinKing109

R.I.P. Steve Ditko
Edit: dang Steve Ditko & Stan Lee both died within the same Year

I don't Want Stan Lee To Die 😭😥 - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

I predicted stan lee would die sometime after this year though - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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28 Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Rest in Peace Robbie

Deserves to be on here twice.

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. - christangrant

29 Isao Takahata Isao Takahata

May Isao Takahata's legacy as co-founder of Studio Ghibli live on even in death. From the person who worked on acclaimed anime movies like Grave of the Fireflies or The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Takahata will surely be missed for his contributions to Studio Ghibli and to the anime industry as a whole. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I hope there won't be anyone murdering anime producers. - BorisRule

30 Tim Sweeney Tim Sweeney
31 Ray Thomas Ray Thomas

Many know his flute solo on Nights In White Satin, fewer know his name, voice and body of work. - Billyv

The founding member of 'The Moody Blues' - Undistinguished

32 Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain

He was the light and humor in CNN, and opened up the world for many. Rest in Peace - wren6

He was a racist though - 445956

33 Vinnie Paul 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.

His death is so sad that he's on here twice - KingSlayer93316

34 Francis George Adeodatus Micallef Francis George Adeodatus Micallef
35 Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin
36 Margot Kidder Margot Kidder

RIP. She had a tough life - 445956

Known for Playing Lois Lane from Superman

She Passed Away Today on May 14th - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

37 Raymond King Raymond King
38 “Fast” Eddie Clarke
39 Steve Soto

Founding member and bass player for Adolescents and Agent Orange. - THC13

40 Edwin Jackson Edwin Jackson

Its Even Sadder When He Died The Same Day As Super Bowl LII - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

41 Kate Spade Kate Spade
42 Eugène Gerards Eugène Gerards
43 Randy Rampage

Former original vocalist of Annihilator and vocalist of bands D.O.A and Stress Factor 9. He passed away in August 14 from a heart attack. - CrimsonShark

44 Prince Henrik of Denmark Prince Henrik of Denmark
45 Craig Mack Craig Mack

I wasn't expecting rappers in their late 40s to pass away, but this guy did. RIP, Mr. Flava - 445956

46 Jahn Otto Johansen Jahn Otto Johansen
47 Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell
48 Ali Akbar Moinfar Ali Akbar Moinfar
49 Vic Damone Vic Damone

Vic was a man who was very famous in the 50s. My living grandmother met him as a child, and surprisingly, got to dance with him! She was surprised in one of my last visits when I told her he was still alive. That is no longer the case. Croon in Heaven, Vic. - 445956

50 Nikolai Volkoff Nikolai Volkoff

Nikolai Volkoff was a Former Tag Team Champion With The Iron Shiek Passed Away at the age of 70😨 - s646451

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