Some made us laugh, some touched our hearts and minds with their gift of acting, both large and small screen. While others moved our souls with their beautiful gift of music.
As we welcome 2018 and all its promise, we also bid a fond farewell to the celebrities we have loved and lost.
Thank you all for bringing joy to our lives, you will be significantly missed.
Bill Paxton – 61
Bill Paxton was an American actor who appeared many films including Aliens, Predator 2, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic to name but a few. Paxton also had major television success as the star of the HBO drama series Big Love.
Chris Cornell – 52
Chris Cornell was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.
Erin Moran – 56
Erin Moran was an American actress, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the television sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi.
Gregg Allman – 69
The Midnight Rambler. Gregg Allman was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band.
Tom Petty – 66
Tom Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
David Cassidy – 67
The original teen idol. David Cassidy was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge in the 1970s television show The Partridge Family.”
Della Reese – 86
Della Reese was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress (television series; Touched by an Angel), and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. Reese's long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?"”
Malcolm Young – 67
Malcolm Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.
Robert Guillaume – 89
Robert Guillaume was an American actor, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson on the TV series Soap and the spin-off Benson.
Fats Domino – 89
Fats Domino was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records which included the hit Blueberry Hill.
Ralphie May – 45
Ralphie May was an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his extensive touring and comedy specials.
Hugh Hefner – 91
Hugh Hefner, the original “player” was an American businessman, magazine publisher and playboy. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953.
Harry Dean Stanton – 91
Harry Dean Stanton was an American actor, musician, and singer. In a career that spanned more than six decades including most recently Twin Peaks.
Walter Becker – 67
Guitarist songwriter producer co-founder of legendary rock Fusion group Steely Dan.
Jay Thomas – 69
Jay Thomas was an American actor, comedian, and morning radio personality.
Glen Campbell – 81
Glen Campbell was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
Martin Landau – 89
Martin Landau was an American actor and producer. His career began in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.
Adam West – 88
Adam West was an American actor widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series of the same name, its feature film and two animated feature films Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and Batman vs. Two-Face.
Charlie Murphy – 57
Charlie Murphy was an American actor and comedian best known as a writer and cast member of the sketch-comedy series Chappelle’s Show. He was the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy.