Celebrity deaths May through Aug. 2018 include Anthony Bourdain, Nancy Sinatra Sr. and The Queen of Soul—Aretha Franklin

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Compiled by Jon Konjoyan


  • George Deukmejian, 89, former CA governor—natural causes
  • Margot Kidder, 69, actress Superman films—no cause given
  • Tom Wolfe, 88, writer, “new journalism”—infection
  • Joseph Campanella, 93, actor—no cause given
  • Clint Walker, 90, actor TV’s Cheyenne—no cause given
  • Philip Roth, 85, author Portnoy’s Complaint—congestive heart failure
  • Alan Bean, 86, fourth astronaut on the moon—no cause given
  • Bob Fuss, 64, CBS radio reporter—leukemia
  • Dwight Clark, 61, San Francisco 49ers star player—ALS
  • Kate Spade, 55, fashion designer—suicide
  • Clarence Fountain, 88, Blind Boys of Alabama co-founder—no cause given
  • Jerry Maren, 98, last surviving munchkin from The Wizard of Oz—heart failure
  • Paul Bloch, 78, publicist, Rogers & Cowan chairman—no cause given


  • Anthony Bourdain, 61, celebrity chef, TV personality—suicide
  • Charles Krauthammer, 68, conservative columnist—cancer
  • Vinnie Paul, 56, drummer, co-founder Pantera—dilated cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease
  • Carlos Lopez Jr., 35, actor TV’s Operation Repo—suicide
  • Joe Jackson, 89, patriarch of musical Jacksons family—cancer


  • Alan Longmuir, 70, founder of Bay City Rollers—no cause given
  • Craig Turner, 59, singer Tina Turner’s son, Valley real estate agent—suicide
  • Ed Schultz, 64, liberal broadcaster—natural causes
  • Tab Hunter, 86, actor, Damn Yankees!—blood clot
  • Nancy Sinatra Sr., 101, first wife of singer Frank Sinatra—natural causes
  • Jonathan Gold, 57, LA Times restaurant critic—pancreatic cancer
  • Patrick Williams, 79, arranger, film and television composer—cancer


Robin Leach, 76, host of TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” died of a stroke in August.

  • Charlotte Rae, 92, actress, Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life—cancer
  • Paul Laxalt, 96, former Nevada governor, senator, Reagan ally—no cause given
  • Morgana King, 87, jazz singer, actress—non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aretha Franklin, 76, “Queen of Soul”—pancreatic cancer
  • Craig Zadan, 69, produced the Oscars show—surgery complications
  • Barbara Harris, 83, actress Freaky Friday, Family Plot—cancer
  • Robin Leach, 76, host Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous—stroke
  • Neil Simon, 91, playwright—pneumonia

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