There have been a lot of celebration and achievements in the entertainment world this year, but there has also been a lot of deaths.
We remember these celebrities who died in 2018 for their business acumen and larger-than-life personalities, the characters they portrayed, their films, their brains, their music and their service. The world would certainly miss them.
Here are the actors, musicians, athletes, politicians and other well-known names we’ve recently said goodbye to.
George H.W. Bush
The 41st president died on Nov. 30 at the age of 94. Bush served as the vice president for eight years before acting as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993 for one term. He marked the last veteran of World War II to serve as president, and his term was highlighted by helping to usher the United States out of the Cold War.
Comic actor Baba Sala
Late Nigerian comic actor Moses Adejumo popularly known as Baba Sala was reported dead on Sunday, October 7, in Ilesha, Osun state. The actor died at the age of 81. According to his media assistant, Isaac Hastrup, he revealed that the actor died due to old age-related sickness. Baba Sala was one of the pioneers of comedy movie in the Nigerian movie industry. His works cut across the borders of the African continent. He would be truly missed.
OAP Tosyn Bucknor
On Monday night, November 19, talented on-air personality Tosyn Bucknor was reported dead. The deceased was found dead by her French husband Aurelien Boyer when he returned from work. Celebrated event planner Funke Bucknor revealed that her sister died from sickle cell complications.
Reggae singer Ras Kimono
Singer Ukeleke Onwubuya better known as Ras Kimono died on Sunday, June 10, in Lagos. Ras Kimono was reportedly supposed to travel to the United States (US) on Saturday, June 9, before he complained of feeling down. He was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, where he was later referred to Lagoon Hospital on the Island where he died. Unfortunately three months after the reggae musician’s death, his wife, Ege Mena Okedi, also passed away on Sunday, September 23.
Actress Aisha Abimbola
The actress who had been fighting cancer went to Canada for scheduled chemo. Unfortunately, the heavy treatment badly affected her body, and her heart stopped beating. According to her colleague, Bisola Badmus, the 46-year old Aishat Abimbola died in Toronto on Tuesday, May 15. The actress had two children.
Kim Porter, who dated Sean “Diddy” Combs for many years before their 2007 split and was also mother to three of his children, was found dead in her home Nov. 15. She was 47.
The torch-bearing writer, editor, and longtime Marvel Comics head honcho died Nov. 12 at 95. Lee’s innovations pushed comic books from the edge of obscurity to the cultural forefront as a legitimate American art form. And he helped usher in an era when superhero movies.
Mac Miller died Sept. 7 at the age of 26. The rapper, born Malcolm McCormick, was found dead of an apparent overdose.
US Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain died on August 25, aged 81. The Vietnam War veteran had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in July 2017, and just days before his death had announced that he was ending medical treatment for it.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan died aged 80 on August 18th after battling a short illness. Mr Annan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland this morning with his wife and three children by his side, as confirmed on Twitter.
Popular singer, Zainab Ali-Nielsen, popularly known as Alizee was shot dead by her 53-year-old Danish husband, Peter Nielsen, on Thursday, April 15, 2018, at their banana island home in Ikoyi Lagos. The white man also killed their 4-year-old daughter, Petra Neilsen by poison.
Aretha Franklin died on August 16 aged 76. The legendary soul singer passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin sold over 75 million records during a music career that lasted six decades.
The patriarch of the Jackson family and manager of the Jackson 5 died on June 27 at the age of 89 of cancer. He was the brains behind the Jackson 5 and in 2002 was awarded a proclamation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Best Entertainment Manager of All Time.
Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, aged 92. Mrs Bush had reportedly been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure and had been in and out of hospital.
Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81. The news came less than three months after Winnie was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a kidney infection. She was married to former South African President Nelson for 38 years, including the 27 years he served in jail.
Professor Stephen Hawking
Acclaimed scientist and author Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14 aged 76 .
Heralded as one of the smartest minds to grace the world, his book a Brief History Of Time became one of the best selling books in the field of astrophysics. Suffering from ALS, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a voice simulator to talk.
Reverend Billy Graham, the American evangelist who became one of the world’s most influential preachers, died on February 21 aged 99.