John Mahoney Remembered by His ‘Frasier’ Co-Star Jane Leeves: ‘The Dearest Sweetest Man I Have Ever Known’



“Frasier” star John Mahoney, who died Sunday at age 77, was remembered Monday by his co-star Jane Leeves as “the dearest sweetest man I have ever known.”
In a statement to TheWrap, Leeves, who played Daphne Moon on the NBC sitcom, said, “John was the dearest sweetest man I have ever known.”
The actress, who later reunited with Mahoney on the TVLand series “Hot in Cleveland,” added, “His wicked sense of humor, usually whispered in your ear or spoken just loud enough that only you could hear could bring you to tears. And his smile. Oh my god. He was lit from within.”
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“How lucky I am to have had him in my life,” Leeves concluded. “I loved him so much and will miss him so terribly.”
Mahoney’s publicist confirmed the actor’s death to TheWrap on Monday, saying, “I am sad to confirm the Sunday, February 4th death of actor John Mahoney after a short illness in Chicago, Illinois. The family will issue a statement at a later date.”
Mahoney, who played cranky family patriarch Martin Crane on “Frasier,” was twice nominated for an Emmy award, and was also nominated for two Golden Globe awards. He portrayed the role from 1993 until the series’ end in 2004.
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Mahoney’s big-screen roles included “Moonstruck” and “Tin Men,” both released in 1987, and “Say Anything,” released in 1989.

The year is just beginning, but we’ve already lost a handful of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who we’ve lost so far in 2018. 
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Jon Paul Steuer
Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and most recently under the stage name Jonny Jewels for the rock band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., died on Jan. 1. He was 33.
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Mark Tenser
Mark Tenser, president and CEO of B-Movie studio Crown International Pictures, died on Jan. 1. At his request, his age was not disclosed.
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Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton, a writer and director best known for his work on “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days,” died on Jan. 2. He was 87.
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Donnelly Rhodes
Donnelly Rhodes, a Canadian actor who played chief medical officer Dr. Sherman Cottle on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, died on Jan. 8. He was 80.

John Thompson
John Thompson, a major action film producer and head of production at Millennium Films, died on Jan. 9 after a battle with leukemia. He was 71.
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“Fast” Eddie Clark
Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died on Jan. 10 at the age of 67 after being admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. He was the last living member of the band’s 1976-1982 lineup. 
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Dolores O’Riordan
Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for Irish rock group The Cranberries, known for hits like “Linger,” “Dreams” and “Zombie,” died on Jan. 15 at age 46. She died suddenly while recording in London. 
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Jo Jo White
Jo Jo White, a Hall of Fame basketball player for the Boston Celtics, died from cancer on Jan. 16. He was 71.
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Hugh Wilson
Hugh Wilson, director of the film comedies “Police Academy” and “The First Wives Club” and creator of the hit TV series “WKRP In Cincinnati,” died on Jan. 16. He was 74.
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Simon Shelton
The British actor who portrayed Tinky Winky on “Teletubbies,” Simon Shelton – who also went by the name Simon Barnes – died on January 17. He was 52. 
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Peter Wyngarde
Peter Wyngarde, the cult British actor who served as Mike Myers’ inspiration for Austin Powers, died on Jan. 18. He was 90.
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Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone, a glamour queen of Old Hollywood who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1956’s “Written on the Wind” and starred in “Peyton Place” and “Basic Instinct,” died on Jan. 19 of natural causes. She was 92.

Olivia Cole
Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning star of the miniseries “Roots,” died on Jan. 19 at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She was 75. 
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Fredo Santana
Fredo Santana, a Chicago rapper who came up with his cousin Chief Keef, died on Jan. 20. No cause of death was immediately revealed, but Santana was hospitalized in October with kidney and liver failure. He was 27.  

Connie Sawyer
Connie Sawyer, a late blooming actress who starred in “When Harry Met Sally” and “Pineapple Express,” died on Jan. 22. She was 105, and the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild. 
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Lari White
Lari White, a country singer known for her songs “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” as well as an actress who appeared in “Cast Away” and “No Regrets,” died on Jan. 23 following a battle with cancer. She was 52. 

Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin, an acclaimed fantasy and science fiction writer, died in her home in Portland, Oregon on Jan. 23. She was 88.   
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Joel Taylor
Joel Taylor, a star of the Discovery Channel reality show “Storm Chasers,” died on Jan. 23. He was 38. 
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Ezra Swerdlow
Ezra Swerdlow, a New York film producer for “The First Wives Club” and with additional credits on “Spaceballs,” “Alien 3,” “Tootsie” and more, died of complications from pancreatic cancer and ALS in Boston on Jan. 23. He was 64. 
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Mark E. Smith
Mark E. Smith, the lead singer of the prolific British post-punk band The Fall, died on Jan. 24 in his home. He was 60. 
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John Morris
John Morris, a composer who worked on “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and many other Mel Brooks movies, died on Jan. 25. He was 91. 
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Mark Salling
Mark Salling, known for playing Puck on “Glee,” was found dead on Jan. 30 near a riverbed in Sunland, California. Salling’s death came as he awaited sentencing in March after pleading guilty last October to possession of child pornography. The actor was 35. 
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