Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s First Wife, Dies at 101



Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first wife of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra and mother of singers Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr. and singer and film producer Tina Sinatra, has died. She was 101.
Her daughter Nancy Sinatra broke the news on Twitter Friday night, calling her mother “a blessing and the light of my life.”

My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything. ????????
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 14, 2018
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Born Nancy Barbato in 1917 in Jersey City, New Jersey, she met Frank Sinatra when they were teenagers, and they married in 1939. Daughter Nancy was born a year later. Frank Jr. was born in 1944, and Tina Sinatra was born in 1948.
Frank and Nancy Sinatra Sr. divorced in 1951, when Frank left her to marry actress Ava Gardner. Frank Sinatra divorced Gardner in 1957. He was married to Mia Farrow from 1966 to 1968, and to Barbara Marx from 1976 until his death in 1998. Nancy Sr. never remarried.
Frank Sinatra Jr. died in 2016 at age 72. Nancy Sr. is survived by her daughters, and two grandchildren.

Halfway through the year, we’ve already lost a number of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away so far in 2018. 

Jon Paul Steuer 
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 
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 
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 
Canadian actor Donnelly Rhodes, who played chief medical officer Dr. Sherman Cottle on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, died on Jan. 8. He was 80.

John Thompson 
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 
The lead singer of 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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Hugh Wilson 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
The 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 
The acclaimed fantasy and science fiction writer, whose works include “Tales From Earthsea” and “Lathe of Heaven,” died in her home in Portland, Oregon on Jan. 23. She was 88.   
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Joel Taylor 
Taylor, a star of the Discovery Channel reality show “Storm Chasers,” died on Jan. 23. He was 38. 
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Ezra Swerdlow 
Swerdlow, a New York-based  film producer of “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 
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 
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 
Actor 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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Louis Zorich 
Actor Louis Zorich, star of “Mad About You” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” died on Jan. 30. He had been married to “Moonstruck” star Olympia Dukakis since 1962. He was 93. 
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Ann Gillis 
Actress Ann Gillis, a former child star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and who was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died on Jan. 31. She was 90. 

Rasual Butler 
Former NBA star Rasual Butler was killed in a car crash on Jan. 31. He was 38.
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Dennis Edwards 
Edwards, the lead singer of the Motown soul group The Temptations between 1968 and 1984, died on Feb. 2 just one day before his 75th birthday. 
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John Mahoney 
Actor John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane on “Frasier” and also starred in “Moonstruck” and “Tin Men,” died on Feb. 4. He was 77. 
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Mickey Jones 
Jones, an actor known for roles in “Total Recall” and “Sling Blade,” died on Feb. 7 following a “long illness.” He was 76. 
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Jill Messick 
Messick, a veteran studio executive, producer and the former manager to actress and activist Rose McGowan,  took her own life on Feb. 8. Messick’s family issued a devastating statement blaming, “our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact,” specifically citing the fight between Rose McGowan and Harvey Weinstein that also ensnared Messick. She was 50. 
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Reg E. Cathey 
Cathey, the Emmy-winning actor known for his work on “The Wire” and “House of Cards,” died on February 9. He was 59. 
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John Gavin 
Gavin, an actor who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Spartacus,” died on February 9. He was 86. 
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Jóhann Jóhannsson 
Jóhannsson, an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated and emerging Icelandic film composer known for his work on “Sicario,” “Arrival” and “The Theory of Everything,” died on February 9. He was 48. 
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Vic Damone 
Damone, a singer known for his baritone crooning and for his work on classic films like 1957’s “An Affair to Remember,” died on February 11. He was 89. 
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Daryle Singletary 
The Georgia-born country singer known for his songs “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love” died on February 12. He was 46. 
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Barbara Alston 
Singer Barbara Alston, a member of the ’60s girl group The Crystals who sang on the hit song “Then He Kissed Me,” died on Feb. 16 from complications from the flu. She was 74.

Bruce Margolis 
Fox studio executive and TV producer Bruce Margolis, best known for work on “Star” and overseeing “24,” “Prison Break” and “Bones,” died after a battle with cancer on February 16. He was 64. 
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Billy Graham 
The Rev. Billy Graham, a Christian preacher and spiritual adviser to presidents going back to Harry Truman and an icon of American religious life and TV, died on Feb. 21. He was 99.
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Emma Chambers 
Actress Emma Chambers, who starred in “Notting Hill” and the BBC’s “The Vicar of Dibley,” died on Feb. 21 of natural causes. She was 53. 

Bud Luckey 
Luckey, an Oscar-nominated animator who designed Woody from Pixar’s “Toy Story” and voiced Eeyore in “Winnie the Pooh,” died on Feb. 24. He was 83.
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Lewis Gilbert 
Gilbert, an Oscar-nominated British director of “Alfie” and three James Bond movies, died on Feb. 23. He was 97.
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Sridevi 
Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor, also known as just Sridevi, died on Feb. 24. She had appeared in over 150 films in Bollywood. She was 54.
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Benjamin Melniker 
Melniker, an executive at MGM who had been with the company since 1939, as well as most recently a producer on “Justice League,” died on Feb. 26. He was 104.  

Harry J. Ufland 
Harry Ufland (right), an agent-turned producer and who was a long-time collaborator with Martin Scorsese on films including “The Last Temptation of Christ,” died in March after suffering from brain cancer. He was 81. 
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Barry Crimmins 
Crimmins, a legendary comedian on the Boston comedy circuit and political advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse, died on March 1. Weeks before his death Crimmins disclosed a cancer diagnosis. He died beside his wife and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwaite, who made a documentary on Crimmins titled “Call Me Lucky.” Crimmins was 64.  
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David Ogden Stiers 
The Emmy-nominated actor who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “M.A.S.H.” died of cancer on March 3. He was 75.
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Frank Doubleday 
Actor Frank Doubleday, best known for his work in John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” as well as Carpenter’s “Assault on Precinct,” died on March 3 due to complications from esophageal cancer, his wife confirmed on Facebook in May. He was 73.
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Hubert de Givenchy 
Hubert de Givenchy, a legendary French fashion designer who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and more, died on March 10. He was 91. 
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Craig Mack 
Mack, a rapper who rose to fame with the 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear,” died on March 12. He was 46.
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Nokie Edwards 
Edwards, a surf rock guitarist who played in the band The Ventures and who played bass on the “Hawaii Five-O” theme song, died on March 12. He was 82. 

Stephen Hawking 
Hawking, the British physicist, cosmologist and author whose insights made him a scientific icon, and whose life inspired the film “The Theory of Everything,” died on March 13. He was 76.
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Frank Avruch 
Performer Frank Avruch, who worked at Boston’s WCVB for more than four decades, including on the first nationally syndicated “Bozo the Clown,” died on March 20. He was 89.
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H. Wayne Huizenga
Huizenga, the billionaire founder of Blockbuster Video, AutoNation, Waste Management and the former owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers, died on March 23. He was 80. 
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Delores Taylor
Actress Delores Taylor, who starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in the series of “Billy Jack” movies, died on March 23. She was 85. 
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DuShon Monique Brown
Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who starred as Connie on the NBC show “Chicago Fire” and also appeared on Fox’s “Prison Break,” died on March 23. She was 49. 
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Seo Minwoo
Seo Minwoo, a member of the K-Pop group 100%, died after suffering cardiac arrest on March 25. He was 33.
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Anita Shreve 
Author Anita Shreve, whose books “The Pilot’s Wife,” “Resistance,” and “The Weight of Water” had all been turned into films, died on March 29. She had been battling cancer. Shreve was 71. 

Steven Bochco 
Bochco, the creator and producer of influential TV shows including “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” died on April 1 after a battle with leukemia. He was 74. 
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Johnny Valiant 
WWE Hall of Fame wrestler “Luscious” Johnny Valiant died on April 4 after being hit by a pickup truck. Valiant was a manager and color commentator who also appeared in “The Sopranos” and “The Wrestler.” He was 71. 
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Susan Anspach 
Actress Susan Anspach, best known for roles in 1970s films “Five Easy Pieces” and “Play It Again, Sam,” died in Los Angeles of coronary failure on April 2. She was 75.
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Isao Takahata 
Takahata, the Japanese animator of “Grave of the Fireflies” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and co-founder of Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, died on April 5 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 82.
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Mitzi Shore 
Shore, the founder and owner of The Comedy Store who gave starts to many big names in comedy, as well as the mother to actor Pauly Shore, died of an undetermined neurological disorder on April 11. She was 87. 
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Art Bell 
Bell, a syndicated radio host who specialized in stories of the paranormal, died on April 13 in his home in Pahrump, Nevada. He was 72. 
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Milos Forman 
Forman, the Czech-born, Oscar-winning director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and more, died on April 13. He was 86. 
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R. Lee Ermey 
Ermey, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and drill sergeant turned character actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died on April 15. He was 74. 
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Harry Anderson 
Anderson, the Emmy-nominated star of the ’80s sitcom “Night Court,” died on April 16 in his home in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 65. 

Carl Kasell 
Kasell, a news broadcaster on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and a scorekeeper on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” as part of a nearly 40-year long career, died on April 17. He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.  
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Pamela Gidley 
Actress Pamela Gidley, who starred in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” died on April 16. She was 52.
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Barbara Bush 
The wife of George H.W. Bush and first lady of the United States from 1989-1993, died at her home in Houston, Texas, on April 17. In the later years of her life she struggled with COPD and congestive heart failure. She was 92.
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Bruno Sammartino 
Sammartino, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler nicknamed “The Italian Superman,” died on April 18. He was 82.
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Avicii  
Tim Bergling, better known as the Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, died on April 20 at the age 28. In 2016, he announced he would retire from live performances due to health issues. 
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Verne Troyer 
Actor Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films, died on April 21. He was 49.
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Bob Dorough 
Dorough, a jazz musician who wrote and performed such songs as “My Hero, Zero” and “Three Is a Magic Number” for the ’70s cartoons “Schoolhouse Rock,” died on April 23. He was 94. 

Paul Junger Witt 
Witt, a producer of “The Golden Girls,” “Soap,” and the Robin Williams film “Dead Poets Society,” died on April 27. He was 77. 
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Larry Harvey 
Harvey, who co-founded the annual arts and music festival Burning Man in 1986, died on April 28 after suffering a “massive stroke” on April 4. He was 70. 
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Robert Mandan 
Mandan, who was best known for the ’70s sitcom parody of soap operas “Soap,” as well as parts in “Mission: Impossible,” “All in the Family,” “CHiPs,” “Three’s Company,” “Facts of Life” and “ER” across a 60-year career, died on April 29. He was 86.  

Anne V. Coates 
Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates, known for her work on “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Elephant Man” among others, died on May 8. She was 92.  
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Scott Hutchison 
Hutchison, the singer of the indie folk rock band Frightened Rabbit, was found dead in South Queensferry, Scotland on May 11. He had been missing since two days earlier and had been battling depression. He was 36. 
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Margot Kidder 
Actress Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the original “Superman” movies and also starred in “Sisters” and “The Amityville Horror,” died on May 13. She was 69. 

Philip Roth 
Famed novelist Philip Roth, author of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and winner of two National Book Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, died on May 22. He was 85.   
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Elizabeth Sung 
Sung, an actress who starred on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” and appeared in “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Sopranos,” “Bones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and more, died on May 22. She was 63.  
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Paul Bloch 
Bloch, one of Hollywood’s top publicists who represented Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton, Eddie Murphy and more and was chairman of Rogers & Cowan, died on May 25 following a long illness. He was 78.
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Jerry Maren 
Actor Jerry Maren, who was the last surviving Munchkin to starred in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” died in May at the age of 98. 
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Dwight Clark 
Clark, the legendary San Francisco 49ers wide receiver famous for propelling the team to their first Super Bowl win with “The Catch,” died on June 4. Clark was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) back in 2015. He was 61.
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Kate Spade 
Famed fashion designer Kate Spade, co-founder of Kate Spade Handbags, sister-in-law to David Spade and aunt to Rachel Brosnahan, died on June 5 of an apparent suicide. She was 55. 
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Anthony Bourdain 
Bourdain, a celebrity chef and Emmy-winning host of CNN’s “No Reservations” and “The Layover” and most recently CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” died of suicide on June 8. His body was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France. He was 61.
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Jackson Odell 
Odell, an actor known for work on “iCarly” and “The Goldberg” as well as a singer/songwriter, died on June 8. He was 20.  
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Danny Kirwan 
Guitarist Danny Kirwan, who joined the band Fleetwood Mac at the age of 18 and performed on five of the band’s albums starting in 1968, died on June 8. He was 68.
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Neal E. Boyd  
Boyd, an opera singer who won the third season of “America’s Got Talent,” died on June 10 after struggling with heart failure, kidney failure and liver disease. He was 42. 
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  Martin Bregman 
Bregman, a talent manager and film producer who discovered Al Pacino and produced classics such as “Scarface,” “Serpico,” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” died June 16 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 92.
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XXXTentacion 
Jahseh Dwayne Onfrey, better known as rapper XXXTentacion, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting outside Miami on June 18. He was 20. 
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Billy Sammeth 
A veteran talent manager who represented artists such as Cher, Dolly Parton and Joan Rivers died on June 18 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. 
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Richard Alan Greenberg 
Greenberg, an Oscar-nominated title designer who created the opening credits for sci-fi and fantasy classics as “Superman,” “Alien” and “The Matrix,” died on June 16. He was 71. 

Charles Krauthammer 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist for the Washington Post and a regular Fox Newsator died on June 21. He had revealed in a letter weeks before his death the return of cancer that he believed had been treated successfully. Krauthammer was 68.
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Vinnie Paul
Vinnie Paul, the co-founder and drummer of the ’80s metal band Pantera, died on June 22. He was 54. 

Stanley Anderson   
Actor Stanley Anderson, who appeared in episodes of “Seinfeld,” in the first “Spider-Man” movie and as the President in Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” and “The Rock,” died on June 24. He was 78. 
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Richard Harrison 
Harrison, who went by the nickname “The Old Man” he starred on the History Channel reality series “Pawn Stars,” died on June 25. He was 77.   
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Joe Jackson 
The famed music manager who made stars of his children Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as The Jackson 5, died on June 27 from cancer. He was 89. 
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Harlan Ellison 
Ellison, a famed science fiction writer who also contributed stories to “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek,” died on June 28. He was 84. 
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Richard Swift 
Swift, a music producer and musician who has worked and performed with indie rock acts such as the Shins and the Black Keys, died on July 3. Swift was hospitalized in June due to a “life-threatening condition.” He was 41.   
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A look back at the stars in movies, TV, music and sports we lost this year

Halfway through the year, we’ve already lost a number of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away so far in 2018. 

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