Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi’s wife of 31 years and a prominent filmmaker and choreographer, has died. She was 65.
Buscemi, 61, was photographed participating in her funeral, which included a wicker casket, Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York. Buscemi’s
Big Lebowski co-star, John Turturro, and his cousin, Sopranos star Aida Turturro, were seen paying visits to the home. Firefighters from Buscemi’s ladder company also paid their respects.
The cause of death has not been released.
Actor James Woods took to Twitter to share his condolences.
“Condolences to Steve Buscemi and loved ones on his loss. This fine family was so supportive of first responders during 9/11 tragedy.”
The couple married in 1987, and Andres drew acclaim in 1996 for her film
Black Kites, which played at Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto and aired on PBS. Andres’ website describes the film, which is based on 1992 journals of Bosnian visual artist Alma Hajric, who was forced into a basement shelter to survive the siege of Sarajevo, as “non-linear, dreamlike and spectral.”
Andres was known for her “film/dance/light” experimental performance art through the
’80s, and was a dance consultant to Wooster Group. She also directed music and art videos.
Buscemi is best known for his role in 1996’s
Fargo, as well as numerous other films such as Reservoir Dogs, Armageddon, Big Fish and The Death of Stalin. He starred in Boardwalk Empire from 2010 to 2014, which earned him two SAG Awards, a Golden Globe, and two Emmy Award nominations.
a 29-year-old son, actor Lucian Buscemi. have have
Pictures: People we lost in 2018
June Whitfield (Nov. 11, 1925 – Dec. 28, 2018)
The English actress died at the age of 93. She was known for her roles in shows such as “Happy Ever After” (1974-78), “Terry and June” (1979-87) and “Absolutely Fabulous” (1992-2012). For her contribution to entertainment, she was appointed the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2017.
Amos Oz (May 4, 1939 – Dec. 28, 2018)
The Israeli writer died of cancer at the age of 79. His daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger, shared the news on Twitter. “My beloved father, Amos Oz, a wonderful family man, an author, a man of peace and moderation, died today peacefully after a short battle with cancer,” she wrote. Some of his best-known books include “Black Box,” “A Tale of Love and Darkness” and “In the Land of Israel.”
Frank Adonis (Oct. 27, 1935 – Dec. 26, 2018)
After several years of struggling with kidney-related problems, the veteran character actor died at the age of 83 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. News of his death was confirmed by his wife Denise. A regular in Martin Scorsese-directed movies, Adonis was known for his work in “Raging Bull” (1980) and “Goodfellas” (1990).
Donald Moffat (Dec. 26, 1930 – Dec. 20, 2018)
The veteran actor died in Sleepy Hollow, New York, U.S., at the age of 87. He died from complications following a recent stroke, his daughter Lynn Moffat told The New York Times. Known for his performance in the movies “The Thing” (1982), “The Right Stuff” (1983) and “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), Moffat was also a theater actor and began his career with productions of Shakespeare plays.
Penny Marshall (Oct. 15, 1943 – Dec. 17, 2018)
The actor and director first made a mark as Laverne in the sitcom “Laverne and Shirley” (1976-83), but she made a more lasting impression as a director. Marshall directed “Big” (1988), which became the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office. She went on to direct “Awakenings” (1990), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, “A League of Their Own” (1992), and many more films. Marshall died of complications from diabetes at her Hollywood Hills home.
Nancy Wilson (Feb. 20, 1937 – Dec. 13, 2018)
After a long illness, the Grammy-winning jazz singer died at her home in Pioneertown, California, U.S. She was 81. Wilson had a career spanning more than four decades. Her award-winning albums include “Turned to Blue” and “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal).” She was also known for the NBC variety series, “The Nancy Wilson Show.”
Pete Shelley (April 17, 1955- Dec. 6, 2018)
The lead singer of Buzzcocks, an English punk rock band, died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 63 in Estonia, where he was staying. His band is best known for songs like “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?” and “What Do I Get.” Shelly and his schoolmate Howard Devoto formed the band in 1975.
George H.W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2018)
The 41st U.S. president died at the age of 94. One of the last veterans of World War II to become president, he also served as an envoy to Beijing and spent eight years serving the country as vice president. His presidential term lasted from 1989 to 1993. George W. Bush, his son and the 43rd president of the U.S., released an official statement: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Stephen Hillenburg (Aug. 21, 1961 – Nov. 26, 2018)
The American marine biologist and noted cartoonist died aged 57 following a prolonged battle with ALS. He is best remembered as the creator of the popular animated series, “SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-). Apart from that, he also served as a writer on the popular Nickelodeon series, “Rocko’s Modern Life” (1993-96) and “Rugrats” (1997-98).
Bernardo Bertolucci (March 16, 1941 – Nov. 26, 2018)
The award-winning Italian director died aged 77 at his home in Rome, Italy, following a spell with cancer, his publicist confirmed. The noted auteur had worked in both Europe and Hollywood, directing movies like “Last Tango in Paris” (1972), the Oscar-winning “The Last Emperor” (1987), “The Sheltering Sky” (1990) and “Me and You” (2012).
Devin Lima (March 18, 1977 – Nov. 21, 2018)
The charismatic crooner of the pop-hip hop group LFO, or Lyte Funkie Ones, died at 41 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Bandmate Brad Fischetti said in a statement, “Devin, as the world knows him, was an extraordinary talent, a doting father to his six children, and a loving partner to their mother. He was a beloved son and brother and a friend to so many.”
Ethel Ayler (May 1, 1930 – Nov. 18, 2018)
“The Cosby Show” actor died at the age of 88 in Loma Linda, California, U.S., her family announced on Dec. 21 via the Mobile Register and Baldwin County obituaries’ site. Ayler, who played Carrie Hanks on “The Cosby Show” (1984-92), was also an established Broadway performer, having worked in projects such as “The Cool World,” “Kwamina,” “Black Picture Show” and “The Little Foxes.”
William Goldman (Aug. 12, 1931 – Nov. 16, 2018)
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) and “All the President’s Men” (1976) has died aged 87. Goldman died in his sleep at his home in New York, U.S. His daughter confirmed his death, citing colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause.
Stan Lee (Dec. 28, 1922 – Nov. 12, 2018)
Writer, editor, publisher, producer, TV host, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Lee died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., aged 95. He was the co-creator of iconic superhero characters, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. He will best be remembered for being the creative visionary who revolutionized the comic book industry.
Sondra Locke (May 28, 1944 – Nov. 3, 2018)
The actress and director’s died of cardiac arrest at the age of 74 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She was best known for films like “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” (1968), which won her an Oscar nomination, “Bronco Billy” (1980) and “Sudden Impact” (1983). She made her directorial debut with “Ratboy” in 1986.
Todd Reid (June 3, 1984 – Oct. 23, 2018)
Former Australian tennis prodigy died at the age of 34, a Tennis Australia spokesperson confirmed. In 2002, Reid won the Wimbledon boy’s singles title. He ranked as the country’s number the player after Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis. In 2005, he was forced to quit the sport after several injuries and a bout of glandular fever.
James Karen (Nov. 28, 1923 – Oct. 23, 2018)
The actor, known for his role in the films “Poltergeist” (1982) and “The Return of the Living Dead” (1985) died in Los Angeles, California, U.S., at the age of 94, a friend confirmed. In a career spanning over 70 years, Karen made several appearances in both film and television. He is survived by his wife Alba and son Reed.
Diana Sowle (June 19, 1930 – Oct. 19, 2018)
Sowle, best known for playing Mrs. Bucket in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971), died at the age of 88. Her other film roles include “Guarding Tess” (1994) and “Clear and Present Danger” (1994). Aside from acting, she also ran a free tutoring program for underprivileged children for over two decades in Washington, D.C., U.S.
Paul Allen (Jan. 21, 1953 – Oct. 15, 2018)
The co-founder of Microsoft and the owner of the NFL team the Seattle Seahawks died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Allen and Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975. Allen left the company in 1983 but retained a large percentage of stock that became extremely valuable in the years after the company went public. As of 2018, Allen had a net worth of more than $20 billion. He invested in his passions, including sports teams, the arts and space. Over his lifetime, Allen gave more than $2 billion to various philanthropic causes.
Peggy McCay (Nov. 3, 1927 – Oct. 7, 2018)
The Emmy-winning actress, who portrayed Caroline Brady on “Days of Our Lives” from 1983 to 2016, died from natural causes. McCay’s longtime co-star Deidre Hall shared the news on Facebook: “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!”
Montserrat Caballé (April 12, 1933 – Oct. 6, 2018)
The Spanish opera singer died at St. Pau hospital in Barcelona, Spain. She was 85. Caballé’s career spanned 50 years. She was best known for the song “Barcelona,” which she performed with Freddie Mercury and later went on to become an anthem for the 1992 Olympic Games held in the city.
Al Matthews (Nov. 21, 1942 – Sept. 22, 2018)
The “Aliens” actor was found dead at his home in Spain’s Mediterranean province of Alicante. Some of his other notable films include “Superman III” (1983), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997) and “The Fifth Element” (1997). He was also a former U.S. Marine who served in the Vietnam War.
Chas Hodges (Dec. 28, 1943 – Sept. 22, 2018)
Hodges, of the Chas and Dave musical duo, has died at the age of 74. A statement posted on the duo’s official Twitter account said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.” The duo gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Snooker Loopy,” “Gertch” and “Snooker Loopy.” Hodges also recorded several songs, like “Hot Shot Tottenham” and “Ossie’s Dream,” with the football club Tottenham Hotspur.
Tran Dai Quang (Oct. 12, 1956 – Sept. 21, 2018)
Vietnamese President Quang died aged 61 at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. He had been suffering from an undisclosed illness and was undergoing treatment, according to reports. Quang was sworn in as president in April 2016.
Mac Miller (Jan. 19, 1992 – Sept. 7, 2018)
The American rapper was found dead at his home in California, U.S. In November the Los Angeles County’s Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced that Miller had fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol in his system at the time of death. Miller, who was known for his struggles with substance abuse, released his latest album “Swimming” earlier this year. His other notable albums include “Blue Slide Park” (2011) and “The Divine Feminine” (2016).
Burt Reynolds (Feb. 11, 1936 – Sept. 6, 2018)
Burt Reynolds, the beloved actor of the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies and many others in the 1970s, died from cardiac arrest. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Ocscar in 1997 for his performance in “Boogie Nights” and continued to act until his death.
Christopher Lawford (March 29, 1955 – Sept. 5, 2018)
The American actor and nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, Lawford died of a heart attack at 63. While his acting credits include titles such as “Thirteen Days” (2000), “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003) and “The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005), he was also a member of the California Department of Public Health Advisory Board.
Bill Daily (Aug. 30, 1927 – Sept. 4, 2018)
At 91, the American actor died of natural causes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S. Daily was best known for playing Major Roger Healey in “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965-70) and Howard Borden on “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972-78).
Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – Aug. 26, 2018)
The playwright and screenwriter died in New York City, New York, U.S., aged 91, due to complications from pneumonia. Simon was known majorly for comedy plays and musicals like “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Sweet Charity,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Lost in Yonkers” (which won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1991). A three-time Tony Awards winner, he was also presented with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
John McCain (Aug. 29, 1936 – Aug. 25, 2018)
The former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate died at 81, just four days before his birthday. A Vietnam war veteran, he served as an aviator in the navy. He spent over five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and eventually retired as a captain. In 2008, he lost the presidential election to Barack Obama. He was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer in July 2017. On Aug. 24, 2018, his family announced that he decided to discontinue treatment for his medical condition.
Robin Leach (Aug. 29, 1941 – Aug. 24, 2018)
The celebrity journalist, best known for hosting the TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” (1984-94), died at the age of 76 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. He had reportedly been in hospital since Nov. 21, 2017, following a stroke. He also made guest appearances on TV shows such as “Hotel” (1987), “Nitecap” (1992), “Family Guy” (1999) and “Great News” (2017).
Kofi Annan (April 8, 1938 – Aug. 18, 2018)
The former United Nations secretary general died at the age of 80 in Bern, Switzerland, after a “short illness.” The Nobel Peace Prize laureate served the global organization from 1997 to 2006, and is commended for his extensive efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – Aug. 16, 2018)
One of the best-selling artists of all time and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was a musical and cultural icon. The Queen of Soul scored her first big hit in 1967 with a legendary version of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” Over the next decades she topped the charts with “Chain of Fools” (1968), “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968) and “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” (1987), among others. The beloved singer battled pancreatic cancer for many years before her death.
Pictured: Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C. in 1993.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Dec. 25, 1924 – Aug. 16, 2018)
Former Indian Prime Minister and BJP leader died at the age of 93 at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences after prolonged illness. Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India thrice — 13 days in 1996, 11 months between 1998-99, and a full term 1999-2004. He was also the Minister of External Affairs between 1977-79. He was honored with India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna in 2014.
V.S. Naipaul (Aug. 17, 1932 – Aug. 11, 2018)
The Nobel Prize-winning novelist died at his home in London, England, aged 85. In over five decades, he published around 30 books, including both fiction and non-fiction. A few of his notable works include “The Mystic Masseur” (1957), “A House for Mr Biswas” (1961), “The Loss of El Dorado” (1969), “A Bend in the River” (1979) and “Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples” (1998). He was awarded the Booker Prize in 1971 for “In a Free State” and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Naipaul was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.
Joël Robuchon (April 7, 1945 – Aug. 6, 2018)
The French master chef and restaurateur died of cancer, aged 73, in Geneva, Switzerland. He was the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, with many gourmet restaurants around the world. Named “chef of the century” by Gault et Millau restaurant guide in 1990, he was the mentor of several contemporary chefs, including Michael Caines and Gordon Ramsay.
Charlotte Rae (April 22, 1926 – Aug. 5, 2018)
The actress, comedian, singer and dancer died at the age of 92 at her home in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017 and pancreatic cancer seven years earlier. Rae is best remembered for her portrayal of Mrs. Garrett in the hit sitcom “The Facts of Life” (1979-86), which she had first portrayed in “Diff’rent Strokes” (1978-84). In a career spanning over six decades, she was a part of films, television and theater, some of her notable appearances being “Bananas” (1971), “Hair” (1979), “Sisters” (1994-95), “ER” (2008), “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” (2008) and “Pretty Little Liars” (2011).
Barry Chuckle (Dec. 24, 1944 – Aug. 5, 2018)
The English entertainer and one half of the comedy duo, the Chuckle Brothers, died at the age of 73. The comedian, whose real name was Barry Elliott, started his career with his younger brother Paul, as The Chuckles on the ITV talent shows “Opportunity Knocks” (1967) and “New Faces” (1974), both of which they won. They came to be known for their work on the BBC show “ChuckleVision” (1987-2009). The pair returned to the small screen earlier this year with a new show titled “Chuckle Time” on Channel 5.
Roger Perry (May 7, 1933 – July 12, 2018)
The actor, who played Captain John Christopher on the “Star Trek” TV series, died at his home in Indian Wells, California, U.S., following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 85. Perry has also acted in several other films and TV series such as “Roller Boogie” (1979), “The Facts of Life” (1981-83), “Falcon Crest” (1982-85) and “Wreckage” (2010).
Tab Hunter (July 11, 1931 – July 8, 2018)
The American actor, television host, film producer and author died of cardiac arrest at age 86. Popularly known as the ‘50s Hollywood Golden Boy,’ he starred in over 40 films, most notably “The Burning Hills” (1956), “Damn Yankees” (1958), “Grease 2” (1982) and “Polyester” (1981).
Ed Schultz (Jan. 27, 1954 – July 5, 2018)
Former MSNBC talk show host, aged 64, died of natural causes at his home in Washington D.C., U.S., his employer RT America reported. “We are devastated by the news of the sudden death of our brilliant anchor, one of the best TV-journalists in America,” said RT America editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.
Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 – June 28, 2018)
The award-winning writer, who wrote short stories, novellas and contributed to TV series such as “The Outer Limits” and “Star Trek,” died at the age of 84. His death was announced by a family friend on Twitter, “Susan Ellison (Harlan’s wife) has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today.”
Joe Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018)
Jackson was the patriarch of the Jackson family of pop stars and was their talent manager, beginning with the group The Jackson 5 and later including his children Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson as solo artists. Daughter LaToya tweeted on June 27, “I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jackson.”
Charles Krauthammer (March 13, 1950 – June 21, 2018)
The former Fox News commentator and Pulitzer winning conservative columnist died at the age of 68. Two weeks ago, he announced in a Washington Post farewell column, titled “A note to readers,” that his cancer of the small intestine had returned. “My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over,” he wrote.
XXXTentacion (Jan. 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018)
The rapper died following a shooting in South Florida, U.S., which was confirmed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was 20. XXXTentacion was known for hits such as “Sad!,” “Save Me” and “King of the Dead.”
Leslie Grantham (April 30, 1947 – June 15, 2018)
The TV star, best known for his role as “Dirty” Den Watts in “EastEnders” (1985-2005), died aged 71, his representative confirmed. A former soldier with the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army, Grantham turned to professional acting late in his life. He soon gained popularity and more than 30 million viewers tuned in to watch a 1986 episode of “EastEnders,” where his character sent divorce papers to his onscreen wife. The actor reportedly completed filming “The Krays: Dead Man Walking” just before falling ill.
Matt Murphy (Dec. 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018)
Murphy, a Blues Brothers guitarist and noted sideman for musicians Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters and many others, died aged 88, confirmed his nephew, Floyd Murphy Jr., on Facebook. Murphy appeared in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers” and its follow-up “Blue Brothers 2000” (1998), both directed by John Landis. In 1982, he fronted his own band and toured up until recently.
Nick Knox (March 26, 1953 – June 15, 2018)
Drummer of the psychobilly band, The Cramps, Nick Knox (2nd L) passed away in his sixties, according to friends and fellow musicians with whom he performed, including the likes of John D Morton, Miriam Linna and Kid Congo Powers. On June 15, Electric Eels founder Morton tweeted, “My friend Nick Knox shuffled off the mortal coil last night.” Knox had been a part of the band’s lineup from 1977 to 1991 and recorded albums such as “Psychedelic Jungle” and “Stay Sick.”
Jackson Odell (July 2, 1997 – June 8, 2018)
The “Modern Family” actor died at the age of 20 at his home in California, U.S. His other notable role was as Ari Caldwell on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” from 2013 to 2015. He was also a singer-songwriter who contributed to the soundtrack of the film “Forever My Girl” (2018). His cause of death is unknown.
Eunice Gayson (March 17, 1928 – June 8, 2018)
The first Bond girl, Gayson died at 90. She had starred as Sylvia Trench alongside Sean Connery in the first two Bond movies — “Dr No” (1962) and “From Russia With Love” (1963). On June 8, a photo of the actress was posted on her official Twitter handle with the caption, “We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.” Some of Gayson’s other notable movies include “Melody in the Dark” (1949) and “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958).
Maria Bueno (Oct. 11, 1939 – June 8, 2018)
The Brazilian tennis great died at 78 after battling mouth cancer at a São Paulo hospital. In a career spanning more than a decade, Bueno had won 19 Grand Slam titles — seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles.
Anthony Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018)
The celebrity chef, author and TV personality was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was shooting an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown.” A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he first came to be known for his book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” CNN revealed the cause of death to be suicide.
Alan O’Neill (1971 – June 6, 2018)
The “Sons of Anarchy” actor Alan O’Neill, 47, died in his apartment in Los Angeles, U.S., on June 6. The actor’s former agent, Annette Walsh, confirmed his death in a statement to Us Weekly, “It’s with sadness I confirm the passing of Alan O’Neill, a brilliant, funny and kind human being. My thoughts are with his partner, family and children at this time.”
Georgann Johnson (Aug. 15, 1926 – June 4, 2018)
The veteran screen and Broadway actress, who is best known for “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), died at the age of 91, her daughter announced. In her 60 years in showbiz, Johnson also starred as the mother of Jane Seymour’s character in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993-97) and movies such as “The Slugger’s Wife” (1985) and “Blind Date” (1987).
Jerry Maren (Jan. 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018)
The American actor, who was the last surviving munchkin from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” died at a San Diego nursing home in California, U.S., due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 98.
Kate Spade (Dec. 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018)
The New York fashion designer whose namesake handbags were a sensation in the 1990s died from an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement. After the success of her handbags, Spade branched out to clothing, jewelry, shoes, eyewear, and more. Coach, Inc. acquired the Kate Spade for $2.4 billion in May 2017. Spade is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and a daughter.
(Pictured) Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her 2004 collection in New York.
Dwight Clark (Jan. 8, 1957 – June 4, 2018)
A two-time Super Bowl champion, the San Francisco 49ers star died at 61 of ALS. The two-time All-Pro wide receiver is best remembered for his incredible touchdown catch that helped his team defeat the Dallas Cowboys at the 1982 NFC Championship Game.
William Phipps (Feb. 4, 1922 – June 1, 2018)
Popular as the voice of Prince Charming in the classic Disney film “Cinderella” (1950), Phipps died at 96 of lung cancer. Some of his other notable works include films “Crossfire” (1947), “Five” (1951), “Cat-Women of the Moon” (1953) and “The War of the Worlds” (1953).
(Pictured) In an episode of “Hill Street Blues” (1986).
Serge Dassault (April 4, 1925 – May 28, 2018)
The French entrepreneur and politician died at the age of 93, in his office on the Champs Élysées, following a heart attack. One of the country’s richest man, with an estimated US$26B in wealth, he served as Chairman and CEO of Dassualt Group (a global aviation giant) and was also owner of France’s Le Figaro newspaper.
Cornelia Frances (April 7, 1941 – May 29, 2018)
The Australian actress died at 77 in Sydney from cancer. She was best known for her roles in “Home and Away” (1988-2017) and “Sons and Daughters” (1982-86).
Charlotte Fox (1957 – May 24, 2018)
Fox, the first American woman to climb three 8,000-meter peaks and a survivor of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, died after reportedly falling down the stairs at her home in Telluride, Colorado, U.S. She was 61.
Allyn Ann McLerie (Dec. 1, 1926 – May 21, 2018)
The actress, who had worked in Broadway, Hollywood and small screen, died at the age of 91 at her home in North Bend, Washington, U.S. Some of her notable films include “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969), “The Way We Were” (1973), “Cinderella Liberty” (1973) and “All the President’s Men” (1976).
Philip Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018)
Known for his novels like “The Human Stain” (2000), “The Dying Animal” (2001) and “Indignation” (2008), the novelist died of congestive heart failure at age 85. Roth won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for “American Pastoral” and was also awarded the American National Medal of Arts in the same year by the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2010, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to literature.
Patricia Morison (March 19, 1915 – May 20, 2018)
Known for playing the shrewish diva in the original Broadway production of “Kiss Me, Kate” in 1948, the veteran actress and singer died of natural causes at age 103. Morison’s career started as a teen when she was cast in the 1933 production of “Growing Pains” followed by roles in “The Song of Bernadette” in 1943, “Without Love” in 1945, and “The King and I” opposite Yul Brynner in 1954.
Hugh Dane (Oct. 21, 1942 – May 16, 2018)
Best known for his portrayal of Hank the security guard in the American version of “The Office,” Dane died at the age of 75. His co-star Rainn Wilson paid a tribute on Twitter on June 5, writing, “RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him.” Some of his other notable roles were in films and TV series such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1991-92), “Roc” (1991-94) and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (2015).
Tom Wolfe (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018)
The American author and journalist who pioneered the New Journalism literary
style, succumbed to an infection at the age of 87. The award-winning author was best known for his nonfiction novel “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” in 1968 and his debut fiction work, 1987’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
Margot Kidder (Oct. 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018)
The actress who is best known for playing Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original “Superman” films, died at her home in Livingston, Montana,
U.S. Born in Canada, Kidder started her acting career in low-budget Canadian films and TV shows. Her career stalled after a nervous breakdown and bipolar disorder diagnosis in 1996.
Robert Mandan (Feb. 2, 1932 – April 29, 2018)
Best known for his portrayal of Chester Tate in the popular sitcom “Soap” (1977-81, pictured), Mandan died at 86 in Los Angeles. A veteran actor on TV, he starred in several shows such as “Private Benjamin” (1982-83), “Three’s a Crowd” (1984-85) and “The Love Boat” (1978-87). Some of his notable films include “The Carey Treatment” (1972), “Zapped!” (1982) and “The Matchmaker” (1997).
Judith Leiber (Jan. 11, 1921 – April 28, 2018)
The famous handbag designer died at her New York home just hours after her husband of 72 years passed away. The 97-year-old was famous for her whimsical and haute couture bags that were coveted by celebrities.
Bob Dorough (Dec. 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018)
The creator of “Schoolhouse Rock!” died at the age of 94 at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, U.S. His upbeat songs such as “Conjuction, Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” helped his viewers understand math functions, grammar rules and the legislative process. While the cause of his death hasn’t been stated, his granddaughter Corin revealed to the CNN that he was diagnosed with cancer last year.
Verne Troyer (Jan. 1, 1969 – April 21, 2018)
Best known for the portrayal of Mini-Me in “Austin Powers” series and Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), Troyer died at 49. A statement posted to his social media said, “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.”
Avicii (Sept. 8, 1989 – April 20, 2018)
Swedish DJ Avicii, born Tim Bergling, died at age 28 in Muscat, Oman, according to his publicist. Avicii was one of the music industry’s most successful touring DJs and worked with artists including Madonna and Coldplay. He was best known for his crossover pop hit in 2013, “Wake Me Up.” Avicii retired from performing in 2016 because of health issues, including acute pancreatitis that he said was caused by excessive drinking.
Bruno Sammartino (Oct. 6, 1935 – April 18, 2018)
WWE Hall of Famer and the longest reigning title holder in the professional wrestling format, the Italian athlete died at 82 after two months of hospitalization. In 1963, he became the second-ever World Heavyweight Champion of WWE (known at the time as World Wide Wrestling Federation or WWWF), and went on to hold that title for a record 2,803 days. He regained the title again in 1973, retaining it till 1977. In total, he has remained champion for over 11 years, becoming the longest-reigning champion in WWE history.
Dale Winton (May 22, 1955 – April 18, 2018)
The English TV presenter and radio DJ died at the age of 62 at his home, announced his long-term agent Jan Kennedy. He was best known for presenting the shows “Dale’s Supermarket Sweep,” “In It to Win It” and “Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive.”
Barbara Bush (June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018)
The former U.S. first lady was the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty — just the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected president (Abigail Adams was the first). Her husband, George H.W. Bush, was vice president to Ronald Reagan for two terms then succeeded him as president. Literacy was her major issue as first lady. After leaving the White House in 1993, she campaigned on behalf of her two sons who ran for office, George W. (elected president in 2000) and Jeb.
Harry Anderson (Oct. 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018)
Best known for his portrayal of Judge Harry Stone in the TV comedy “Night Court” (1984-92), the American funnyman died in his Asheville, North Carolina, residence. He was 65. He is also remembered for his role of Harry “The Hat” Gittes in “Cheers” (1982-93) and was a gifted magician, having done several magic/comedy shows for TV.
R Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018)
Best known as the gunnery sergeant from the Oscar-nominated “Full Metal Jacket,” the actor died at the age of 74. His manager announced the news on social media and said, “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.” A former Marine, Ermey had made a name portraying authority figures in movies such as “Mississippi Burning” (1988) and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003, pictured).
Vittorio Taviani (Sept. 20, 1929 – April 15, 2018)
The Palme d’Or-winning Italian director died after a long illness at the age of 88. Along with his brother Paolo, the prolific Taviani Brothers worked on movies such as “Padre padrone” (1977), “The Night of the Shooting Star” (1982), “Kaos” (1984) and “Caesar Must Die” (2012).
Milos Forman (Feb. 18, 1932 – April 13, 2018)
The Czech-born director, who won Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984), died at the age of 86. In a statement to the media, his wife said, “His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.” Forman’s other notable works were the musical “Hair” (1979) and the drama “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996).
Eric Bristow (April 25, 1957 – April 5, 2018)
The five-time world darts champion suffered a heart attack during a Premier League darts event in Liverpool, England. He was 60. Nicknamed Crafty Cockney, Bristow was also a winner of five World Masters titles and four World Cup singles titles. The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) chairperson Barry Hearn said: “It’s just unbelievable. He was working as normal in hospitality, started feeling ill and collapsed and died. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family because this has come as a massive shock to the whole sport of darts.”
Lewis Gilbert (March 6, 1920 – Feb. 23, 2018)
The director of the Oscar-nominated “Alfie” (1966) and three James Bond films, “You Only Live Twice” (1967), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and “Moonraker” (1979), died at the age of 97. Gilbert’s son, John, told BBC that he passed away peacefully in his sleep in Monaco. Gilbert was suffering with dementia for about a decade.
Ray Wilkins (Sept. 14, 1956 – April 4, 2018)
The former English soccer player and coach died at 61 of a cardiac arrest. A midfielder in his national team for a decade, Wilkins played for several prominent clubs such as Manchester United, A.C. Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, also donning the role of captain for Chelsea.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (Sept. 26, 1936 – April 2, 2018)
The South African anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela died after a long illness. The 81-year-old, known as the “Mother of the Nation,” had been in and out of hospital since the beginning of this year.
Steven Bochco (Dec. 16, 1943 – April 1, 2018)
The prolific TV producer and writer died at age 74 after battling leukemia for many years. Winner of multiple Primetime Emmys, Bochco’s most notable works were hit series “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “NYPD Blue.”
Linda Brown (1943 – March 26, 2018)
Brown, who was a schoolgirl at the center of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case which rejected racial segregation in the country’s schools, died at 75, as confirmed by sister Cheryl Brown Henderson. The case aimed at eradicating federal education laws which condoned segregated schools for black and white students. When Brown’s father Oliver, an assistant pastor, tried to enroll her at the Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., the all-white elementary school rejected her application, leading to the lawsuit.
Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018)
The English physicist and mathematician, who made significant contributions to cosmology, died at the age of 76. Despite suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and life-threatening condition, he made major contributions to his field of work. His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Hubert de Givenchy (Feb. 21, 1927 – March 10, 2018)
Be it royalty, political figures or film personalities, French designer Hubert de Givenchy enjoyed an enviable clientele over more than six decades. He created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, and was best known for the “little black dress” worn by Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news of his death.
Ken Dodd (Nov. 8, 1927 – March 11, 2018)
Best known as the creator of the Diddy Men, the English comedian died at the age of 90. He was recently diagnosed with a chest infection. Apart from his comedic stint, he also released a few hit singles including “Love is like a violin,” “Tears” and “When Love Comes Around Again (L’arca di Now).”
John Sulston (March 27, 1942 – March 6, 2018)
The Nobel Prize-winning British biologist who helped decode the human genome died at the age of 75. His work on the development and division of cells of a nematode worm is considered one of his most important contributions. He was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
Davide Astori (Jan. 7, 1987 – March 4, 2018)
The Italian soccer player and Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room while traveling with his team for an away match. The 31-year-old center-back had been an important part of the Italy international team and had been capped 14 times by his country.
Roger Bannister (March 23, 1929 – March 4, 2018)
The British athlete who became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, died at the age of 88. In May 1954, Bannister made history by completing the distance within three minutes and 59.4 seconds. He retired in 1954 to pursue medicine and became a neurologist. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.
David Ogden Stiers (Oct. 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018)
Known for his roles in TV series such as “M*A*S*H” (1977-83) and “The Dead Zone” (2002-07), Stiers died at 75 from bladder cancer. He was also noted for his voice work in Disney films such as “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Pocahontas” (1995) and “Lilo & Stitch” (2002).
Sridevi (Aug. 13, 1963 – Feb. 24, 2018)
The Bollywood superstar known for her pan-Indian appeal died due to accidental drowning at the age of 54. A popular leading lady of the 80s and 90s of films such as “Mr. India” (1987), “Chandni” (1989) and “Judaai” (1997), she became known for playing strong female leads in the latter part of her career. She was awarded a Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013 – the fourth highest civilian honor.
Emma Chambers (March 11, 1964 – Feb. 24, 2018)
The “Notting Hill” actress who played Honey, the younger sister of Hugh Grant’s character died at the age of 53. “We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” her agent John Grant said in a statement.
Nanette Fabray (Oct. 27, 1920 – Feb. 22, 2018)
The 20s child actress who later became a Broadway and movie star died at the age of 97 of natural causes. Fabray, winner of Emmy and Tony awards, had worked with the likes of Fred Astaire and Sid Caesar during film and television’s Golden Age.
Billy Graham (Nov. 7, 1918 – Feb. 21, 2018)
Dubbed “America’s Pastor” by former President George W. Bush, Reverend Billy Graham passed away at 99 of natural causes at his home in North Carolina. One of the most influential preachers of the 20th century, he hosted the annual “Billy Graham Crusades” on TV, from 1947 to 2005. He also provided spiritual counsel to every president, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (June 11, 1934 – Feb. 13, 2018)
Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe II, died at the age of 83 due to age-related health conditions from dementia and a slight tumor on his left lung. He had two sons – Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. A keen winemaker and published poet, he was the first male consort to a Danish monarch. He retired from his royal duties in January 2016, at the age of 81.
Vic Damone (June 12, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2018)
Known for hit singles such as “You’re Breaking My Heart,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “My Heart Cries For You,” the traditional pop and big band singer died at 89 from complications of a respiratory illness. Aside from his singing career, Damone also acted in a number of films including “Rich, Young and Pretty” and “Deep in My Heart.”
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sept. 19, 1969 – Feb. 9, 2018)
The multiple Oscar-nominated composer passed away at 48. According to his manager, he was found dead in his apartment in Berlin, Germany, and that the authorities are investigating the cause of death. The Icelandic musician worked on several critically acclaimed scores in films such as “Prisoners” (2013), “The Theory of Everything” (2014), “Sicario” (2015) and “Arrival” (2016).
Liam Miller (Feb. 13, 1981 – Feb. 9, 2018)
The former midfielder died at the age of 36 from pancreatic cancer. In a senior career spanning 16 years, Miller played for various football clubs such as Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland.
Reg E. Cathey (Aug. 18, 1958 – Feb. 9, 2018)
Known for his baritone voice, Cathey played the role of Freddy on “House of Cards.” He passed away after a battle with lung cancer. His other notable roles came in “The Wire,” “Oz” and the movie “The Fantastic Four.”
John Gavin (April 8, 1931 – Feb. 9, 2018)
“Psycho” actor Gavin died following complications from pneumonia at his Beverly Hills home. Some of his other notable performances came in movies such as “Spartacus,” “Psycho” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He was the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971 to 1973 and was also appointed the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1986.
John Mahoney (June 20, 1940 – Feb. 4, 2018)
The character actor, who played the cranky dad Martin Crane in “Frasier,” died in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. He was 77. His other notable roles were in “Say Anything,” “Barton Fink,” “The American President,” “Flipped” and recently in “Hot in Cleveland.”
Dennis Edwards (Feb. 3, 1943 – Feb. 2, 2018)
The Temptations’ lead singer who delivered Grammy-winning hits such as “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Cloud Nine” has died at the age of 74, his family announced. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also had a successful solo career after leaving the Motown group.
Rasual Butler (May 23, 1979 – Jan. 31, 2018) and Leah LaBelle (Sept. 8, 1986 – Jan. 31, 2018)
The former NBA player and his wife, a finalist in season 3 of “American Idol,” were killed in a car crash in Studio City, California, U.S. Butler played 13 seasons for eight teams in the NBA; his last was with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2015-16 season. LaBelle, who was signed to Epic Records, produced hit singles such as “Sexify” and “Lolita.”
Mark Salling (Aug. 17, 1982 – Jan. 30, 2018)
The former star of the hit show “Glee” was found dead from apparent suicide on Jan. 30. He was scheduled to be sentenced for child pornography charges on March 7 and faced up to seven years in jail.
Ingvar Kamprad (March 30, 1926 – Jan. 27, 2018)
The Ikea founder died at the age of 91, the company announced. The Swedish business magnate, one of the country’s biggest entrepreneurs, founded the company in 1943 when he was just 17.
Mort Walker (Sept. 3, 1923 – Jan. 27, 2018)
The “Beetle Bailey” creator who drew the adventures of the lazy U.S. Army private died in his home studio at the age of 94. His work ethics over the past nearly 70 years and love for the Camp Swampy characters made it the longest-running comic strip drawn by its original creator.
Warren Miller (Oct. 15, 1924 – Jan. 24, 2018)
The adventure filmmaker died of natural causes at his home in Orcas Island, Washington, U.S. He was 93. Miller was known for promoting skiing through his films. He founded the Warren Miller Entertainment films and every year produced one feature-length ski movie for the past 60 years.
Lari White (May 13, 1965 – Jan. 23, 2018)
The three-time Grammy-winning country singer died of peritoneal cancer at 52. Coming under the spotlight after winning the talent competition “You Can Be a Star” in 1988, White was known for singles such as “That’s My Baby,” “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” and “Now I Know.”
Hugh Masekela (April 4, 1939 – Jan. 23, 2018)
Known as “the father of South African jazz,” the legendary trumpeter died at the age of 78 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. He was well known for his anti-apartheid compositions such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home.”
Ursula K. Le Guin (Oct. 21, 1929 – Jan. 22, 2018)
Author of the “Earthsea” series, Guin died at the age of 88 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. She had over 20 novels and 100 works of short fiction to her credit. Described by The New York Times as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer” in 2016, she won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award and World Fantasy Award, each multiple times. She is one of the few women writers to have won the Grandmaster of Science Fiction honor.
Connie Sawyer (Nov. 27, 1912 – Jan. 21, 2018)
One of the oldest working actresses of Hollywood, Sawyer died at the age of 105 at her home in California. Having over 140 film and TV credits, she was best known for her roles in “The Pineapple Express” and “When Harry Met Sally….” She was also seen in a number of TV shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Will & Grace,” “ER” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
Dorothy Malone (Jan. 30, 1925 – Jan. 19, 2018)
The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in “Written on the Wind” (1956), passed away at the age of 92 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. from natural causes. She was also known for her performance in the TV series “Peyton Place” and 1992 film “Basic Instinct,” in which she featured as a friend of Sharon Stone’s character.
Peter Wyngarde (c. 1927 – Jan. 15, 2018)
Best known for playing Jason King in the 1970s British police series “Department S,” the English actor died at the age of 90. Some of his other popular shows and films include “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “The Prisoner,” “The Innocents” and “Flash Gordon.”
Dolores O’Riordan (Sept. 6, 1971 – Jan. 15, 2018)
The lead singer of the Cranberries died at the age of 46. A few of her hit singles include “Linger” and “Zombie.” While the cause of her death has not yet been announced, it was confirmed by her publicist in a statement.
Hugh Wilson (Aug. 21, 1943 – Jan. 14, 2018)
The “Police Academy” director died at 74 in his home in Albemarle County, Virginia, U.S., after an illness. Some of his other works include films “Guarding Tess” (1994), “The First Wives Club” (1996) and “Blast from the Past” (1999).
Eddie Clarke (Oct. 5, 1950 – Jan. 10, 2018)
The Motörhead guitarist died in hospital after suffering from pneumonia. He became a part of the “classic” lineup of the band in 1976. The news was announced on Motörhead’s Facebook page.
France Gall (Oct. 9, 1947 – Jan. 7, 2018)
The French singer rose to fame in the 60s and topped the charts for decades. A songwriters’ daughter, Gall signed a record label while still a minor. Her first single released in Oct. 1963. She passed away in Paris’ American Hospital due to cancer.
Jerry Van Dyke (July 27, 1931 – Jan. 5, 2018)
The Emmy-nominated younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, Jerry, who portrayed the role of Luther Van Dam in the sitcom “Coach” (1989-97) died at the age of 86. His wife Shirley told TMZ that Jerry’s health had been deteriorating since a 2015 car accident. In a career spanning over five decades, he starred in films like “Love and Kisses” and “Angel In My Pocket.”
Jon Paul Steuer (March 27, 1984 – Jan. 1, 2018)
The “Star Trek” star and child actor known for the American sitcom “Grace Under Fire” (1993-98) passed away at 33. Jon chose to be a musician and restaurateur in the later part of his career.