Complete List of Musicians Who Passed Away in 2018

Complete List of Musicians Who Passed Away in 2018

As the year 2018 draws to a close, it pays to remember the world’s renowned musicians who have departed.

These artists contributed in their own special way to entertain international audiences with their musical talents.

Here are among these musicians who passed away this year:


  1. Edwin Hawkins – Gospel Artist

The “Oh Happy Day” singer was a leading force in the modern inspirational music scene. His famous cross-over song “Oh Happy Day” sticks to the mind of generations.

He passed away on January 15 at the age of 74 years old.

  1. DOLORES O’RIORDAN – Lead Singer of The Cranberries

On January 16, O’Riordan who led the Irish rock band, The Cranberries, passed away at the age of 46.

She popularized the song “Linger” and “Zombie” in the 1990s. The mother of three was reported to have accidentally drowned in a bathtub because of alcohol intoxication.


  1. Dennis Edwards – Member of the Soul and R&B band, The Temptations

The Grammy-winning former member of The Temptations passed away on February 1. He was 74 years old.

As a component of the famous vocal group, music lovers can remember him singing the famous songs, “My Girl” and “Cloud Nine” alongside his band.


  1. Yvonne Staples – Gospel singer

On April 10, Staples died at the age of 80. She was behind the success of the Staple Singers and the 1970s hit song, “I’ll Take You There.”

  1. Avicii – Electronic Dance Music (EDM) DJ

The Grammy-nominated EDM DJ who graced sold-out concerts for his feverish followers passed away on April 20. He was 28 years old.

With his government name being Tim Bergling, Avicii reportedly took his own life in Muscat, Oman after experiencing severe depression.

He had admitted that his highly hectic and demanding schedule took a toll on his life. He is famous for his works like “Levels” and “Sunshine” with French DJ, David Guetta.

  1. Charles Neville – Saxophonist

A member of the famous Neville Brothers band and complemented popular blues singer, B. B. King, passed away on April 26. He was 79 years old.

Neville’s musical contributions included blending R&B, jazz, and funk in his performances.


  1. XXXTENTACION – Rising Rap Star

Rising rap artist XXXTentacion was murdered on June 18. Jahseh Onfroy in real life, he passed away at the tender age of 20 years old.

By early October, XXXTentacion had posthumously sold over 4.5 million copies of his music records.

In addition, he received important award nominations for the first time even if he was already gone.

  1. Vinnie Paul – Drummer of Pantera

The co-founder and drummer of Pantera, a heavy metal band which gained fame in the 1980s, died on June 22 due to heart disease. He was 54 years old.


  1. Aretha Franklin – Singer Famously Known as the “Queen of Soul”

Aretha Franklin popularized the classics “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” She succumbed to pancreatic cancer on August 16.

At the time of her death, Franklin was 76 years old. She reigned throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s with her undisputed singing style of pop and R&B songs.

  1. Ed King – Guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd

At 68 years old, King passed away due to cancer on August 22.  The former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote popular songs like “Sweet Home Alabama.”


  1. Mac Miller – Hip-Hop Musician

The platinum hip-hop artist created songs relating to relevant themes like drug addiction and depression.

Miller passed away on September 7 at just 26 years old. With his real name being Malcolm James McCormick, he was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles County Coroner due to mixed drug toxicity.

The former boyfriend of pop princess Ariana Grande lost his life after consuming a combination of cocaine, fentanyl, and ethanol all of which successfully terminated his life.

  1. Marty Balin – Jefferson Airplane’s Lead Singer

Balin was a patron of the 1960s “San Francisco Sound.” He was also the co-owner of the club where Jefferson Airplane performed as well as other musicians.

At the age of 76, he passed away on September 27.

  1. Otis Rush – Blues Guitarist

Rush was a legendary blues guitarist. He lured his fans with his jazz-tinged performances.

Famous artists like Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Carlos Santana admired him. He passed away on September 29 at the age of 84 years old.

  1. Charles Aznavour – French-Armenian Singer

The French singer serenaded the American audiences and the world with his European language songs.

In addition, he collaborated with Frank Sinatra in the 1993 album, “Duets,” singing “You Make Me Feel So Young.”

Due to cardiorespiratory arrest, Aznavour passed away on September 30 at the age of 94 years old.


  1. Montserrat Caballe – Spanish Opera Singer

Caballe was widely recognized for her bel canto method of singing. She gained fame for the dramatic song, “Barcelona” with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

On October 6, she succumbed to an unidentified disease at the age of 85.


  1. Roy Clark – Country Singer

As a guitar virtuoso and country musician, Clark became famous for the hosting the variety show, “Hee Haw,” from 1969 to 1997.

He was famous for songs like “Honeymoon Feeling” and “Yesterday When I Was Young.” Clark succumbed to pneumonia complications on November 15.


  1. Pete Shelley – Co-Founder of Buzzcocks

Shelley was a singer and songwriter. He was among the founder of the punk band, the Buzzcocks. He passed away on December 6 at the age of 63 years old.

  1. Nancy Wilson – Torch Artist

Wilson is a Grammy-winning “song stylist.” As a torch singer, she became famous for her pop-jazz singing.

Wilson was a top-notch concert and platinum performer. At the age of 81, she died on December 13.

These musicians’ legacy lives on as we employ their works for the betterment of humanity.

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