Being reminded that Aretha Franklin, John McCain, George HW and Barbara Bush, Burt Reynolds, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Stephen Hawking, and Stan Lee died in 2018 will likely come as no great shock. But the AP's roll call of some of the people who shuffled off this mortal coil in 2018 include figures who aren't necessarily household names but still have a unique place in history. Here are 35 such figures, with date of death cited:
- John Young, 87. The legendary astronaut who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight. Jan. 5.
- Edgar Ray Killen, 92. A former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of three civil rights workers. Jan. 11. Died in prison.
- Keith Jackson, 89. His signature phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster. Jan. 12.
- John Coleman, 83. He co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC's Good Morning America during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people's anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made. Jan. 20.
- Ursula K. Le Guin, 88. The award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books. Jan. 22.