World Lost Many Bright Lights In 2018

As the year 2018 folds into an end, may are reflecting on those they lost this year. Among the famous, there were many who passed this year.

In January, Astronaut John Young died at 87. He walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight.

Sports broadcasting legend Keith Jackson, know for is “whoa, Nelly” calls, spent more than 50 years calling games, college football most notably. He was 89.

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Author Ursula K. Le Guin, who wrote fantasy and science fiction with strong feminist themes, died at age 88. She was best know for her Earthsea books.

Mort Walker, 94, was the pen behind legendary comic strip Beetle Bailey. Walker also served in World War II.

In February, the Rev. Billy Graham died at 99. His preaching carried him to the position of spiritual advisor to several presidents. It is estimated Graham was heard by more people than any other evangelist in world history.

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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, died at 76. He overcame severe physical limitations and authored several books.

Rusty Staub, 73, was a popular outfielder in the major leagues for 23 seasons. He was known as La Grande Orange for his orange hair.

Milos Forman, 86, was best known for his films Amadeus and One Flew Over The Cukoos Nest.

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R. Lee Ermey, 74, a former Marine best known as Gunny Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, parlayed his experiences into several Hollywood roles.

First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, who was wife to one president, and mother to another, was popular for her lack of pretense.

Bruno Sammartino, 82, was professional wrestling’s Living Legend and had one of the longest title runs in wrestling history.

Margot Kidder, 69, was best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies in the 1980s.

Anthony Bourdain, 61, was a celebrity chef who traveled the globe teaching about the link between food and humanity.

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D. J. Fontana, 87, who was the drummer for Elvis Presley for two decades.

Joseph Jackson, 89, head of the Jackson family who helped push the careers of Michael Jackson and his siblings.

Tab Hunter, 90, was a pin up for millions of teen girls in the 1950s for his roles in Damn Yankees and Battle Cry. He returned to the spotlight a few decades later when he announced he was gay.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., 101, the first of Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of his three children.

Stan Makita, 78, one of the NHL’s greatest stars and a member of the 1961 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup winning team.

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Aretha Franklin, 76, the Queen of Soul best know for her song Respect.

Sen. John McCain, 81, was a former prisoner of war, a U.S. Senator and the Republican Nominee for President.

Plawright Neil Simon, 91, best known for The Odd Couple and his BrightonBeach Trilogy.

Burt Reynolds, 82, was a Hollywood icon and a top leading man for such films as Deliverance and Boogie Nights, also had some success on television as well.

James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, a Boston mob head who turned out to be an FBI informant. He was killed in prison.

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Stan Lee, 95, part of the duo that created and popularized Spider Man.

Roy Clark, 85, who was the star of Hee Haw and a virtuoso guitarist and country recording artist.

Stephen Hillenburg, 57, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.

President George H. W. Bush, 94, who served one term of office and was father of President George W. Bush.

Penny Marshall, 75, star of Laverne and Shirley and director of Big and A League Of Their Own.