Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2018: Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee, Other Greats

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Remembering the many big names in pop culture, science and politics who left us this year

In 2018, we lost legends in science, entertainment and politics: Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee, Penny Marshall, George H.W. Bush and Aretha Franklin, to name a handful.

(CNET.com) – In 2018, we lost legends in science, entertainment and politics: Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee, Penny Marshall, George H.W. Bush and Aretha Franklin, to name a handful.

Here’s a look back at some of the big names who died this year, and the contributions they left behind:

Stan Lee

The godfather of Marvel superhero comics was best known for bringing characters — including Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men and the Avengers — to life in comics, movies and TV shows. Lee died at 95 in November.

On his own and with artist-writers Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, Lee made Marvel the top publisher of comic books, and a media powerhouse. Lee collaborated with Kirby on the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer and X-Men, and with Ditko he created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Lee wasn’t just a co-creator of beloved superheroes, but an enthusiastic fan of comic book fans who often took to social media to thank them for their support.

Stephen Hawking

Famed British physicist Stephen Hawking died in March at age 76 after transforming how we look at the universe, black holes and time itself.

While considered the most famous scientist of his time, he was also a prolific author who had a deep desire to explain the origin and expansion of the universe to readers without scientific backgrounds.

His 1988 book A Brief History of Time sold more than 10 million copies and was translated into 35 languages. It also spawned similar best-selling books by Hawking, including The Universe in a Nutshell and A Briefer History of Time. Hawking’s most famous equation describing the entropy of a black hole is inscribed on his memorial stone.

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