THIS year has seen the world say goodbye to some of its most famous stars from the world of sports, entertainment and television.
Here we take an opportunity to honour the much-loved figures who are no longer with us…
Rex Features Alex Beckett passed away aged 36 in April
Which celebrities have died in 2018?
It was announced on April 12, 2018 that Alex Beckett had died.
In a statement, his agent said: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Alex – a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor.
“Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Alex was best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in the BBC’s hit series Twenty Twelve.
Twitter Timmy Matley passed away aged 36 in April
Timmy Matley, 36
It was revealed on April 11, 2018 singer Timmy Matley passed away aged 36.
The lead vocalist of The Overtones had previously battled skin cancer.
The band said: “”It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away.”
Rex Features Eric Bristow has died at age of 60 after suffering heart attack at Echo Arena
Eric Bristow, 60
Darts legend Eric Bristow died suddenly of a heart attack on April 5, 2018.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said of the late Crafty Cockney: “Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.”
The star was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1989.
He retired from the game in 2007.
Ray Wilkins, 61
Ray Wilkins died on April 4, 2018 after suffering a cardiac arrest the previous week.
He was a seasoned England footballer, playing 84 times for the team, captaining 10 times and scoring three goals.
Over the last few years he had battled poor health including ulcerative colitis.
He also had a double heart bypass operation last July.
Bill Maynard, 89
British TV actor Bill Maynard passed away aged 89 in Leicestershire after suffering a fall from his mobility scooter.
He was best known for his roles in Heartbeat, The Royal and Worzel Gummidge.
Katie Boyle, 91
Eurovision Song Contest host and actress Katie Boyle, Lady Saunders, died aged 91 on March 20, 2018.
Katie hosted the show IN 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974.
The former model also fronted shows such as the Ivor Novello Awards, and she had a long-running radio programme called Katie and Friends on BBC Radio 2.
She “passed away peacefully” at her home.
Central TV Bullseye Jim Bowen passed away aged 80 in March
Jim Bowen, 80
On March 14, 2018, it was revealed that Jim Bowen had passed away.
A former headmaster, born in Lancashire, he had started his career in the 1960s but found fame with the much-loved ITV show Bullseye in the 80s and 90s.
Jim was much-loved for his catchphrases “you can’t beat a bit of Bully” and “look what you would have won”.
He passed away with wife Phyllis by his side.
Barcroft Media Stephen Hawking has passed aged 76
Stephen Hawking, 76
Professor Stephen Hawking died in the early hours of March 14, 2018.
He was considered a medical marvel, having lived for more than half a century after being given two years to live when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963.
The British physicist, who wrote A Brief History of Time, passed away at his home in Cambridge.
He was the subject of Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything.
Getty – Contributor Ken Dodd was a British singer/songwriter and comedian who passed away in March
Ken Dodd, 90
Ken Dodd‘s publicist confirmed in the small hours of March 12, 2018, that the comedian had passed away aged 90.
The comedy legend fell ill with the flu on January 12 and was in hospital with a severe chest infection that came about as a result.
He spent nearly a week being cared for by medics.
Rex Features Emma Chambers passed away aged 53
Emma Chambers, 53
Emma Chambers passed away on February 24, 2018, of natural causes.
The actress captured international attention for her secondary role in the 1999 Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts comedy Notting Hill, and played Alice Tinker in BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.
John Mahoney, 77
The Frasier star passed away on February 4, 2018, in Chicago while in hospice care.
The actor was nominated for two Golden Globes and Emmy Awards for his role in the American sitcom.
Mark Salling, 35
Mark Salling was found dead after pleading guilty to child porn charges.
The American actor hanged himself on January 30, weeks before he was due to be jailed after pleading guilty to two child pornography charges.
Cyrille Regis, 59
Cyrille Regis was a pioneering English footballer whose best moments came in a West Brom and Coventry shirt.
The striker scored 158 goals in 614 league appearances and helped improve the prospects for black footballers across the country.
Cyrille passed away on January 14, 2018, and his funeral and a celebration event in his honour was attended by thousands of football fans, former players and relatives.
Howard Lew Lewis, 76
Howard Lew Lewis died at Ellen’s Glen House Hospital in Edinburgh on January 20, 2018.
Police are said to be investigating after his daughter claimed he was ‘killed by the NHS’.
He was a star of British television, appearing in classics such as Blackadder, Brush Strokes and Maid Marian.
Joel Taylor, 38
On January 24, 2018, it was confirmed that TV star Joel Taylor had passed away aged just 38.
Joel became an on-screen favourite for his role on reality series Storm Chasers which aired on the Discovery channel.
Simon Shelton Barnes, 52
On January 23, 2018, it was revealed the actor who played Tinky Winky in the children’s hit TV show Teletubbies had passed away.
Dad-of-three Simon Shelton Barnes tragically died just four days after his 52nd birthday.
Jessica Falkholt, 28
Jessica Falkholt was an Australian actress best known for being on Home and Away.
She was involved in a horror smash on Boxing Day which claimed the lives of her parents and her sister.
She passed away when her life support was switched off on January 17, 2018.
Rex Features Dolores O’Riordan was the frontwoman of Irish rock band The Cranberries
Dolores O’Riordan, 46
The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly in London at the age of 46 on January 15, 2018.
The hugely-popular Irish artist was in London for a short recording session when she passed away.
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, 67
Motorhead legend “Fast” Eddie Clarke passed away in hospital on January 10, 2018.
The rock star founded the British heavy metal band and died after a battle with pneumonia.
Tommy Lawrence, 77
Liverpool legend Tommy Lawrence died on January 10, 2018.
The Scotsman was Bill Shankley’s first choice goalkeeper in the 1960s and made 390 appearances for the club over 14 years.
Ted Phillips, 84
Ipswich legend and league title winner Ted Phillips died on January 9, 2018.
The iconic striker was part of the Tractor Boys team who bagged the First Division back in the 1961-62 season.
Dave Toschi, 86
San Francisco super sleuth Dave Toschi passed away on January 6, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
He led the probe into the Zodiac serial killer and inspired Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character.
France Gall, 70
Sir Elton John led tributes to French singer France Gall, who died on January 7, 2018, after a two year cancer battle.
Hailing the Eurovision winner a “great woman”, the Rocket Man singer said he was “so sad” she’d passed away.
Jerry Van Dyke, 86
Comedian Jerry Van Dyke, who is the younger brother of actor Dick, passed away on January 5, 2018, at his ranch in Texas, with his wife Shirley by his side.
His wife told TMZ that his health deteriorated following a serious car crash two years ago.
John Young, 87
Legendary astronaut John Young died in his Houston home on January 5, 2018, after battling pneumonia complications.
The San Francisco born veteran astronaut, who managed to smuggle a corned beef sandwich into orbit during one of his space missions, became the first man to visit space six times.
Ray Thomas, 76
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas died suddenly at his home in Surrey on January 4, 2018.
Thomas stepped back from the band due to ill health in 1999 and in 2014 confirmed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Dawn French Has Not Quit Tv Or Comedy Amid False Rumours She Has ‘no Roles Lined Up’
DAWN French has hinted she’s quit comedy – as she has no roles lined up this year.
The 60-year-old star has become one of the nation’s best loved stars thanks to her work on The Vicar of Dibley and French and Saunders.
PA:Press Association Dawn French has hinted she has quit comedy
But her fans will be disappointed to hear Dawn isn’t as keen at being in front of the camera as she once was and wouldn’t care if she never acted again.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “I do very little in front of the camera these days.
“I’ve got no desire to do jazz hands any more.
“I wouldn’t be sad at all if I never acted again.
Alamy Dawn is best known for her work on The Vicar of Dibley
Splash News The 60-year-old said she wouldn’t be sad if she never acted again
“In fact, when I get a script, my first thought is ‘Oh, I hope this is no good, because it’ll make it easier to say no’.”
However a representative for Dawn dismissed the notion Dawn had quit TV altogether, telling The Sun Online: “Little Big Shots started a new series on ITV last night and it’s already been announced that Delicious is returning to Sky One for a third series later this year.”
Dawn’s last foray into comedy was with TV partner Jennifer Saunders, with the pair recording a TV special last year to mark their 30th anniversary.
But Dawn revealed: “There are no immediate plans for more because we are booked up into next year.”
How Old Is Sinitta, When His Her Autobiography Coming Out, Who Was Her Husband Andy Willner And Did She Date Simon Cowell?
SINITTA is well known for her friendship with music mogul Simon Cowell.
But how did she become famous? And which movie star did she date? Here is what we know…
Rex Features Sinitta was an 80s pop star famed for hits like So Macho
Who is Sinitta? How did she become famous?
Sinitta, 54, is a singer who rose to fame in the 1980s after releasing a number of UK top 10 hits.
Her biggest songs to date are So Macho and Right Back Where We Started From.
Since then she has made her name in the UK TV industry through appearances on shows like Lorraine, Loose Women, The X Factor and This Morning.
She also competed on Dancing on Ice in 2010, I’m A Celebrity in 2011 and The Jump in 2014.
Sinitta recently appeared as the fashion expert on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.
Sinitta divorced husband Andy Willner in 2009 after seven years together. The couple has two adopted children, Magdelena, and Zac, together.
Getty Images – WireImage Sinitta is best friends with Simon Cowell
When is her autobiography coming out?
In December 2017, Sinitta confirmed to the Sun Online that she would be releasing a ‘juicy tell-all autobiography’:
“I have an album coming in the new year, really exciting- AND a book!
“So look out for that. It’s an autobiography. It’s really juicy and a long time coming, but it’s coming!”
The book doesn’t’ yet have an official release date but its working title is ‘Who Put The Sin in Sinitta?’
Eastenders’ Richard Blackwood Contemplated Suicide As He Hit Rock Bottom After Going Bankrupt
RICHARD Blackwood contemplated suicide as he hit rock bottom after going bankrupt.
The actor has revealed he lost hope after he was left jobless and penniless.
Richard Blackwood has said his final EastEnders scenes were his final scenes
Richard, 45, said work had dried up and he “lost everything” – and the pressure was almost too much to bear.
He told OK! magazine: “I had lost everything and I went bankrupt.
“After that I got blacklisted by the industry – no work was coming.
“Everybody turned against me.
BBC Richard Blackwood has hinted his EastEnders character could still be alive
“I’m such a strong person and looking back it’s hard to believe I was in that place. But it showed me that things can really accumulate and break you down.”
He has now made a huge career comeback after landing the role of Vincent in EastEnders, but he’s now moving on to new career opportunities after bowing out of the BBC One soap on Friday.
His exit came as his character Vincent was seen having a gun held to him by fake cop DI Alsworth.
And while viewers hoped the ambiguous scene meant Vincent survived, Richard has confirmed that he’s done with the show.
BBC Vincent decided not to be a police informant any more, but it was too late
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He told OK! that when they yelled cut on his final scene it was “a wrap for good”.
It comes after he hinted Vincent Hubbard could still be alive despite the cliffhanger ending.
The character had a gun pointed at him by fake cop DI Alsworth at the end of the episode, with Vincent appearing resigned to his fate before the screen went black and the famous ‘duff duffs’ began.
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