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International celebrity deaths in 2018

From soul diva Aretha Franklin to Bollywood megastar Sridevi Kapoor and Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, here are some of the notable celebs who passed away in 2018

Update : 30 Dec 2018, 07:08 PM


  • 15: Dolores O'Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned accidentally in a hotel bath aged 46.

Dolores O'Riordan, of The Cranberries, is famous for the song 'Dreams'  | Collected


  • 24: Bollywood megastar Sridevi Kapoor drowned in a hotel bathtub at the age of 54. She had appeared in around 300 films, including blockbusters such as "Mawali" ("Scoundrel").


  • 10: French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, famous for the "little black dress", died in his sleep aged 91.


  •  13: Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, behind "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", died aged 86 after a short illness.
  •  20: Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat aged 28. 


  • 8: US celebrity chef and television food show host Anthony Bourdain, 61, committed suicide in Alsace, eastern France, where he was filming for his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel programme "Parts Unknown".
  • 18: XXXTentacion, a 20-year-old rapper whose grim rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart, was shot in Florida.


  • 5: French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, director of the landmark nine-and-a-half hour Holocaust documentary "Shoah", died aged 92.


  • 6: French "chef of the century" Joel Robuchon, who at one point held a record 32 Michelin stars at the same time, died aged 73 from pancreatic cancer.
  • 16: Aretha Franklin, American "Queen of Soul" behind hits such as "Respect" and "Natural Woman", died of cancer aged 76. Her nearly eight-hour funeral was attended by former presidents, stars and musical royalty.

September Burt Reynolds | AFP

  • 6: Hollywood star Burt Reynolds, best known for alpha-male roles in the 1970s and 1980s, died aged 82 after a heart attack.


  • 12: American comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of global action hero favourites including Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men and Black Panther, passed away aged 95.
  • 26: Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose work includes "Last Tango In Paris" and Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor", died aged 77 at his home in Rome.



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