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Ursula K. Le Guin

Beloved fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin passed away at age 88 on Jan. 22.
The author, known for influencing the work of those like Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell, had been in poor health, according to her son, who said she had likely had a heart attack.
Le Guin’s novels included A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven and The Dispossessed. A memorial service was held for her in June, and featured a speech by Margaret Atwood.
(Photo from Benjamin Brink, The Oregonian via AP)

Year in Review 2018: In Memoriam

They were musicians, writers, politicians, chefs and groundbreaking scientists. We lost many of our most beloved heroes, creators and leaders in 2018.

Both the 41st U.S. president and the 41st U.S. first lady are also gone.

Several of the 20th century’s most awarded authors, from Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe to Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Simon, were laid to rest.

Unfortunately, this was also a year marked by a number of high-profile suicides, including Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Avicii and Verne Troyer.

Each of these losses was difficult in its own way. Click through the gallery above for a look back at celebrities we said goodbye to in 2018.