With 2018 quickly wrapping up, it is time to take a look back at the year that has past and there is no denying it was a tough one in Hollywood. Fans, friends, and family unfortunately had to say goodbye to many beloved stars. While many of these stars had long and successful lives before their passing, some other deaths took everyone by surprise, and the shock caused even more grief and sadness. From accidental overdoses, to suicides, to courageous battles with illnesses, here are the most shocking celebrity deaths of 2018.
20. Stan Lee
Despite living a long and very successful life before he passed away on November 12, 2018, Stan Lee’s death was still a huge shock as fans had come to think of him to be just as invincible as many of the iconic Marvel characters he had created. Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The beloved comic creator had previously battled pneumonia earlier in the year and was experiencing worsening health as he aged. In late November it was revealed that Lee died of heart failure and respiratory failure but his death certificate also revealed that he suffered aspiration pneumonia — which is when food, stomach acid or saliva is inhaled into the lungs.