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Remembering the stars we lost in 2018

R.IP: (left to right) Kofi Annan, Aretha Franklin, Kim Porter, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Winnie Mandela and Cyrille Regis

IN 2018, we said goodbye to many significant figures who paved the way across human rights, music, sport and much more.

There was the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, football legend Cyrille Regis, anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela and many more who shaped society and made an impact worldwide.

Here, we remember some of the legends we lost this year:

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul passed away on August 16, after suffering from ill health for a number of years. Her death prompted a number of tributes from stars from the new and old generation, who celebrated her iconic discography and input to the music industry

Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson: The celebrated DJ died on December 2 after a long battle with cancer.

Cyrille Regis: Football legend Cyrille Regis died of a heart attack on January 15. The French Guiana-born striker's playing career spanned 19 years and he made 614 league appearances and scored 158 league goals.

Kim Porter: The death of model and ex-girlfriend of Diddy, Kim Porter, touched the hearts of many in the industry. Porter died at the age 47 on November 15. The cause of her death is still unknown at this time.

Kofi Annan: Former UN chief Kofi Annan died August 18 after a short illness. The inspirational figure was widely known for serving as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff.

Winnie Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela died at the age of 81 on April 2. Following a long illness, the former wife of Nelson Mandela passed away surrounded by friends and family.

PICTURED: Craig Mack

Craig Mack: US rapper Craig Mack, best known for his track Flava In Your Ear, died at the age of 46 on March 13. The hip-hop star died of heart failure, with many leading tributes to the New York native.

Nancy Wilson: Legendary jazz singer and actress Nancy Wilson passed away at 81 years-old on December 13.

Reg E. Cathey: Best known for his roles in The Wire and House of Cards, Reg E. Cathey died after a battle with cancer on February 9.

Dennis Edwards The Temptations singer passed away on February 1 at the age of 74. The Grammy-winning singer Dennis Edwards was the voice of the Temptations for two decades, and some of the biggest hits he sang on include Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and Cloud Nine.

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