Celebrity deaths often strike their fans with a particular kind of sadness in the modern day. From 2016 to 2018 it seems celebrity deaths have increased and beloved famous figures are being lost seemingly every few days. This year, there are already a few notable deaths and Express.co.uk have rounded up all the details.
Julia Grant (January 3)
Julia Grant was not a showbiz icon – she was instead known as a pioneer in transgender identity.
She appeared in one of the first ever documentaries outlining the struggles of a transgender woman in 1979, named A Change of Sex.
Talking to the BBC, show director David Pearson talked about her impact and importance in the transgender community.
He said: “It’s difficult if you weren’t around at that time to realise how closed and secretive that whole [trans] scene was – and the gay scene to some extent.
“Essentially, overnight, she made it possible for people to understand what it was like – and she continued to do that.”
Ms Grant died on January 3 at the age of 64, having suffered from health problems throughout 2018.
Bob Einstein (January 2)
Stewart Robert (Bob) Einstein was one of the first notable people to die this year.
The actor and comedian was best known for his roles on hugely popular sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.
In the former, he played Marty Funkhouser and starred as Larry Middleman in Arrested Development.
He was also known for creating and playing satirical stuntman character Super Dave Osborne.
The actor was diagnosed with leukaemia late last year and died on January 2 at the age of 76.
Daryl Dragon (January 2)
Daryl Dragon rose to fame as a musician and songwriter in the USA during the late 60’s and early 70’s.
He was most famous for his time as ‘Captain’ in the popular duo Captain and Tennille with his wife Toni Tenille.
Initially, he was a band member in famed American rock band the Beach Boys, where he played the keyboard.
He died on January 2 at the age of 76, from renal (kidney) failure.
Gene Okerlund (January 2)
Another staple to American culture, Jean Okerlund was better known by his name ‘Mean Gene’ and was a wrestling commentator.
He was known for his role as a professional wrestling interviewer, having started early on with the American Wrestling Association in 1970.
Okerlund also died on January 2 at the age of 76, revealed by WWE over social media.
His son Todd Okerlund added the interviewer had previously received three separate kidney transplants and his ill health was further deteriorated by a nasty fall, leading to his death.