Remembering "Frasier" star John Mahoney, The Cranberries' frontwoman, Dolores O'Riordan, Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld and more musicians, actors, icons and other notable people we've had to say goodbye to this year.
Veteran Long Island actress Carolyn Droscoski, who graced the stages of numerous Long Island theaters, most notably Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, and was known for her robust singing voice, died on Feb. 5. 2018. The Port Jefferson Station resident died of an aneurysm. She was 61.
Comedian Marty Allen, fuzzy-haired member of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. According to spokeswoman Candi Cazau, Allen, 95, died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia. His wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, was by his side.
Vic Damone, a popular crooner who Frank Sinatra once praised as having "the best pipes in the business," died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. His daughter, Victoria Damone, told The Associated Press that Damone passed away at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness. He was 89.
Reg E. Cathey
Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his roles in "House of Cards" and "The Wire" died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. "The Wire" creator David Simon, announced his death in a tweet, calling him a "fine, masterful actor" and "delightful" person. He was 59.
Johann Johannsson, an award-winning musician and film composer died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Berlin, according to his manager, Tim Husom. A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, who started out as a rock guitarist, Johannsson had most recently won a Golden Globe for his score for “The Theory of Everything.” He was 48.
Mickey Jones, who played Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on "Justified" and construction worker and avid drummer Pete on the 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement," died early Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, of an undisclosed illness, publicist Cherry Hepburn said. Jones worked steadily in TV since the 1970s. His movie credits included "Sling Blade," ''Tin Cup" and "Starman." He started as a musician, playing drums with Bob Dylan and The First Edition with Kenny Rogers, among others. Jones was 76.
John Mahoney, the actor who played the cranky dad in "Frasier," died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, his longtime manager Paul Martino said. The cause of death was not immediately announced. He was 77.
Tony Award-nominated actor Louis Zorich died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, according to a representative from his talent agency. The actor was best known for playing a grumpy Greek diner owner in "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and the father of Paul Reiser's character on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You." He was 93.
Mark Salling, who played bad boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy "Glee," died of asphyxia by hanging on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, according to the Los Angeles Coroner. His death comes just weeks after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. He was 35.
Warren Miller, the legendary outdoor filmmaker who for decades made homages to downhill skiing that he narrated with his own humorous style, died Jan. 24, 2018. His family said in a statement that Miller died of natural causes at his home on Orcas Island in Washington state. A World War II veteran, ski racer, surfer and sailor, Miller produced more than 500 action films about a variety of outdoor activities including surfing and sailing. But he was best known for his thrill-seeking films featuring daredevil skiers barreling down breathtakingly steep slopes. He was 93.
Pianist Dick Meares, who had performed with such renowned Big Band leaders as Shep Fields, Larry Clinton and Eddy Duchin, died on Jan. 23, 2018, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson following a lengthy battle with cancer. Meares, who lived in Setauket, was 93.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin, an American author of novels, children's books, shown in 2001, died Jan. 22, 2018. The award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully at her home in Portland, Ore., according to a brief family statement posted to her Twitter account. She was 88.
Jim Rodford, the former bassist of The Kinks, died on Jan. 20, 2018. The English musician who had been performing with the band The Zombies since 1999, died after taking an accidental fall, the band announced on its official Facebook page. He was 76.
John Coleman, left, seen here in 1981 with Frank Batten, died on Jan. 20, 2018. Coleman co-founded The Weather Channel, was the original meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" and later drew people's anger for his open skepticism about climate change. His wife, Linda Coleman, would not announce the cause of his death but said he died while at his home in Las Vegas. He was 83.
Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Matilda, wife to Chicken George in the landmark miniseries "Roots," died Jan. 19, 2018, at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a central Mexico city. The cause of death was a heart attack. She was 75.
Dorothy Malone, seen here with Anthony Quinn in 1957, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, from natural causes in her hometown of Dallas, according to her daughter Mimi Vanderstraaten. Malone was an Oscar-winning actress who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place." She was 93.
Peter Mayle, author of the bestseller “A Year in Provence” and other books, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. According to a statement released by his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Mayle died at a hospital near his home in the south of France, after a brief illness. He was 78.
Longtime British television star Peter Wyngarde died in London on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. The stylish actor, best known for his role as Det. Jason King in the popular "Department S" TV show, had also been cited by the creators of the "Austin Powers" films as one of the inspirations for the fictional character. He was 90.
Dolores O’Riordan, the feisty lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, known for her distinctive wail in ’90s hits like “Linger” and “Zombie,” died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. No cause of death was immedaitely released following her death but publicist Lindsey Holmes said the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news. She was 46.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Jill Zarin announced on her website that her husband, Bobby Zarin, left, had died after a lengthy battle with cancer. The "Real Housewives of New York City" star wrote, "we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are." He was 71.
The death of Doreen Tracey, seen here in a undated photo from "The Mickey Mouse Club," was announced on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The former child star -- who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers in the 1950s -- was in the hospital being treated for pneumonia following a two-year long battle with cancer at the time of her death. She was 74.
Edward 'Fast Eddie' Clarke
British rock band Motorhead announced on Facebook that former guitarist Edward “Fast Eddie” Clarke had died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, while being treated for pneumonia. Though Clarke left Motorhead in 1982 and moved on to form the band Fastway, Motorhead's current guitarist, Phil Campbell, said in the post that Clarke “will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie.” He was 67.
Jerry Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday, Jan 5, 2018, in Arkansas, according to his manager. The actor had struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted assistant coach Luther Van Damin on the hit show "Coach." He was 86.
Aharon Appelfeld, an esteemed Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature died on Jan. 4. Appelfeld wrote more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction that were translated into many languages, including the novel “Badenheim 1939” and a memoir, “The Story of a Life.” He was 85.