RIP: Those who died in 2018

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Kofi Anan (80). Ghana-born, United Nations secretary general from 1997 to 2006; he won the Nobel peace prize in 2001.

Avicii (28). Swedish DJ and producer.
(Real name: Tim Bergling.)

Charles Aznavour (94). Armenian-born French singer and songwriter (he wrote more than 1 000 songs); Anglophones remember his 1974 hit She.

Marty Balin (76). American musician; key figure in Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship.

Trevor Bayliss (80). Inventor of the wind-up radio.

Bernardo Bertolucci (77). Italian director, famous for Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor.

Anthony Bourdan (61). Celebrity chef, writer and documentary-maker; his final series was Parts Unknown.

Barbara Bush (92). Wife of the 41st president of the United States.

George HW Bush (94). Forty-first president of the United States; he presided over the first Gulf War.

Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart (68). Fidel Castro’s son; he became a scientist.

Dennis Edwards (74). Singer in soul band The Temptations; he was on their hit Papa Was a Rolling Stone (1972).

Roy Clark (85). Country singer and actor on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Fenella Fielding, (90). British actor, called “England’s first lady of the double entendre”; Carry On Regardless (1961) was among her works.

Aretha Franklin (76). The Queen of Soul, she was the most powerful voice in 1960s and early-1970s music. Winner of 18 Grammies, her songs included Respect, Think and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Lewis Gilbert (97). British film director of Alfie (1966), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989), and three James Bond films, among many others.

Hubert de Givenchy (91). French fashion designer.

William Goldman (87). Novelist and Hollywood scriptwriter; won Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and All the President’s Men (1976) scripts. Wrote a famous memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983).

Billy Graham (99). American evangelist.

Roy Hargrove (49). Jazz trumpeter; leader of The RH Factor, winner of two Grammy awards.

Barbara Harris (83). Actor; starred in Nashville (1975) and Family Plot (1976).

Stephen Hawking (76). Scientist and populariser of science; wrote the worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time (1988).

(Stephen Hawking)

Tab Hunter (86). US actor, a heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s; by the 1980s he was gleefully parodying himself in Polyester (1981) and Lust in the Dust (1985).

Sridevi Kapoor (54). Bollywood star who made more than 300 movies.

Jamal Khashoggi (59). Saudi Arabian dissident journalist, resident in US; murdered in Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Ed King (68). Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist; wrote the hit Sweet Home Alabama.

Margot Kidder (69). Actor who played Lois Lane in several Superman movies.

Charles Krauthammer (68). US political punter and columnist.

Stan Lee (95). Creator and publisher of a host of comic-book characters and superheroes, he led Marvel Comics from 1941 to 2010.

John Mahoney (77). Actor; known for his role as the dad in long-running TV sitcom Frasier.

John McCain (81). US war hero, Republican senator who vied with Donald Trump for a presidential nomination in 2016.

Mac Miller (26). US rapper and producer.

Dolores O’Riordan (46). Cranberries singer.

Burt Reynolds (82). US actor and sex symbol; had a hit with Deliverance (1972) and another with Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

Philip Roth (85). US novelist and author of more than 30 books. His first big success was Portnoy’s Complaint (1969); he followed it with highly regarded works such as The Ghost Writer (1979), Sabbath’s Theatre (1995) and The Plot Against America (2004). He won all the prizes.

Nicolas Roeg (90). British film director, often avant garde; known for The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975).Pete Shelley (63). Lead singer of punk band the Buzzcocks.

Nancy Sinatra (101). Singer Frank Sinatra’s first wife; mother of his three children, including daughter Nancy.

Neil Simon (91). US playwritght and later screenwriter, famed for Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and Tony-winner The Odd Couple (1965).

Mark E Smith (60). Singer of post-punk band The Fall.

Verne Troyer (49). Actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies.

Mort Walker (91). Cartoonist; his Hi and Lois strip ran for decades.

Nancy Wilson (81). Jazz and rhythm and blues singer; she had hits with Tell Me the Truth and (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am in the early 1960s and her own TV show later in the decade.

Tom Wolfe (88). American writer who had non-fiction hits with works such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) and The Right Stuff (1979), and later with novels such as Bonfire of the Vanities (1987).


South Africans who have become ancestors

HHP (38). Hip-hop star, proponent of motswako rap; his hits included Harambe, Tswaka and Bosso. (Birth name Jabulani Tsambo; the HHP once stood for Hip Hip Pantsula.)

Akhumzi Jezile (29). Youthful star on YoTVand actor in Tempy Pushas.

Keorapetse Kgositsile, widely known as Bra Willie (79). Writer, teacher and arts activist. South Africa’s poet laureate from 2006, he spent three decades in exile. In the United States, he published poetry, including Spirits Unchained (1969) and My Name Is Afrika (1971), performed his work as part of the Uptown Black Arts Movement, and co-founded the Black Arts Theatre in New York. He returned to South Africa in 1990; in the same year his collection When the Clouds Clear came out.

Winnie Mandela (81). Feminist icon of the struggle against apartheid. While her husband Nelson Mandela was in jail, from the early 1960s to 1990, she kept the flame burning, surviving arrests, banning and persecution. In the late 1980s she was involved with the thuggish “football club” that led to the death of child activist Stompie Seipei.

Hugh Masekela (78). Jazz trumpeter and composer. As a youth, he was part of the 1950s Sophiatown cultural boom; later he was a leading performer based in the United States till his return from exile in 1990. Grazing in the Grass (1968) was a US hit; Bring Him Back Home (1987) became an anthem about Nelson Mandela. His Stimela (1994) is almost another national anthem.

(Hugh Masekela) 

Chris Matshaba (39). Radio personality (Motsweding FM, North West FM) and businessman.

Sandy Mokwena (68). Veteran actor; known in his last years for his role as Bra Eddie in Scandal.

Mendi Msimang (89). Leading figure of the freedom struggle, though often behind the scenes. An ANC Youth League founder in the 1940s, he served the ANC in exile as an organiser, ambassador (India and later Britain) and co-founder of Solomon Mahlangu College; he served the ANC in power as treasurer general and later chair of its integrity commission.

David Phetoe (85). Well known actor, he played as Paul Moroka in long-running TV series Generations.



An earlier draft of this article was used by mistake on the website. Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s listing was edited to reflect these changes.

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