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Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke died at the age of 67 on January 10.

He was the last surviving member of Motorhead and died in hospital after being admitted with pneumonia, it was announced on the band’s Facebook page.

Original Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey who appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club television show also passed away on January 10 from pneumonia after battling cancer for two years.

Tracey, 74, appeared on the Disney series for four years from 1955 to 1959 and auditioned for the “Mickey Mouse Club” at the age of 12.

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Celebrity deaths 2018: Eddie Clarke, Doreen Tracey and Jerry Van Dyke passed away in 2018

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence died on January 10 at the age of 77.

Lawrence played in three internationals for Scotland during the 1960s and made 390 appearances for the club over 14 years. 

Ipswich Town legend Ted Philips died at the age of 84 on January 9.

He was a striker that was part of the infamous Tractor Boys’ side who won the First Division Title in 1961/62 season. 

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Celebrity deaths 2018: Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence died on January 10

French singer France Gall passed away in a Paris hospital aged 70 on January 7, her spokeswoman announced.

The French pop singer was 17 years old when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965.

French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “She leaves behind songs that everyone in France knows, and set an example of a life devoted to others.”

David Ramon “Dave” Toschi passed away on January 6 after a lengthy illness.

Dave Toschi was a San Francisco detective who led the unsuccessful investigation into the Zodiac serial killings and inspired Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character. 

He was put on the case after a San Francisco taxi driver was shot to death in 1969. 

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Celebrity deaths 2018: French singer France Gall passed away at the age of 70

Pioneer astronaut John Young died at the age of 87 at his Houston home on January 5 after battling pneumonia.

The US astronaut flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission.

He once famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich on to a space flight as a gift for a fellow astronaut.

Agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement: “Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer.” 

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Celebrity deaths 2018: Astronaut John Young flew to the moon twice

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died at the age of 86 on January 5.

He made his television acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show and plated the assistant football coach on the late 80s and 90s show “Coach”.

Jerry died of heart failure and his wife told CNN he never fully recovered from a car accident two and a half years ago.

Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas died suddenly at his home in Surrey on January 4 aged 76. 

He was a founding member of the Moody Blues and was best known as the group’s flautist and played various instruments, including the French horn, oboe, piccolo, harmonica and saxophone. 

In 2014, it was confirmed Thomas had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Deaths in 2018: Actor Jerry Van Dyke and Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas

Samoan-American athlete, actress and professional wrester Emily Doyle passed away at the age of 60 on January 2.

She was a star of the star of the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which inspired the Netflix series Glow. 

Doyle – better known as Mountain Fiji – was one of the biggest attractions to the hit show back in the 1980s and never lost a match. 

Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jon Paul Steuer died at the age of 33 on January 1 of unknown or undisclosed causes. 

He played Klingon Alexander Rozhenko in The Next Generation saga and the eldest son of Brett Butler’s lead generation on the 1990s sitcom Grace Under Fire. 

Steuer quit acting and moved into a career in music and restaurants.

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Celebrity deaths 2018: Author Rayya Elias died from cancer at the age of 57

Author Rayya Elias died from cancer at the age of 57. She was the partner of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Ms Gilbert left her husband Jose Nunes, who she had been married to since 2007, for Ms Elias after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis made her realise her affection towards Ms Elias.

“I loved you so much, Rayya,” Ms Gilbert wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river. It has been the greatest honor of my life. I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement.”

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