2018 Musicians Who Died in 2018  

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As music is a vital part of so many people's lives, it's always sad when a beloved musician passes. Recent musician deaths can leave the world shocked that an iconic force of music history is no longer part of this world. When a musician makes headlines among the people that died today, it can be shocking. Some rock star deaths of 2018 are unsurprising as they are due to old age or long term health issues. However, some singer deaths of 2018 came as a complete shock. 

As there are so many iconic singers in the world, it can be hard to keep track of what famous person died today. If you're finding it hard to track all the famous musicians who died this year, this list has you covered. It's a complete list of all the singers, rappers, and other recording artists deaths so you can easily keep track of musicians who recently died. 

This list of rock star deaths of 2018 helps commemorate all the beautiful voices of musical history that were lost this year. If you're having trouble recalling all the dead musicians that were recently lost, check out these lists of dead musicians of 2017 and 2016 to refresh your memory. 

Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2018
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On August 16, 2018, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.

Franklin passed away in her Detroit home surrounded by close friends and family. A few days prior to her death, media outlets reported Franklin was in hospice care

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Jazz, + more

Albums: Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young^! Gifted and Black, Respect, This Christmas, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Arista Records, Columbia, RCA Records

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Jill Janus

Jill Janus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2018
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Lead vocalist for heavy metal band Huntress, Jill Janus, died on August 14, 2018 of an apparent suicide. She was 43. 

Joseph Maus


Joseph Maus, bandmate and brother of synth musician John Maus, died on July 28, 2018. He was on tour with his brother in Cesis, Latvia, at the time. No cause of death has been released. He was 30 years old. 

Their label, Ribbon Music, confirmed the death, saying "We offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to Joe's family, Robert Sue, Kevin, Stephanie, and John Maus, as well as his bandmates Luke and Jonathan, his friends, and all those suffering this tragic loss."

Richard Swift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2018
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Multi-instrumentalist and producer Richard Swift passed away on July 3rd, 2018, at the age of 41 after a battle with a life-threatening illness. Swift reportedly fell ill in June, and a Facebook post confirmed his passing. It included the line “And all the angels sing ‘Que Sera Sera.’”

A prolific figure in the indie and alt-rock music scenes, Swift gigged with the Shins, the Black Keys, and the Arcs to name a few, along with producing pieces for acts such as Sharon Van Etten and Guster. Prior to those collaborations, Swift also self-produced three albums of his own.

Genres (Music): Indie pop, Alternative rock, Lo-fi music

Albums: The Atlantic Ocean, Dressed Up for the Letdown, Library Catalog Music Series Volume 7: Music for Paradise Armor, Music From the Films of R/Swift, Walt Wolfman, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Secretly Canadian, Velvet Blue Music, Polydor Records

Career Began: California, United States of America

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