As we look forward to ringing in the new year with open arms, Google has looked back at the world’s most trending searches of 2018 with its publication of ‘Year in Search’.
This year’s list is full of tragic and shocking celebrity deaths but also highlights great celebrations. Here is the list of the globe’s most searched stories in 2018.
FIFA World Cup
Once every four years the world comes together celebrate this sporting extravaganza. This year 32 teams headed to Russia to battle it out to claim football’s most coveted title ‘World Champions’. After a shocking early exit by Germany and other high-profile teams like Brazil and Portugal exiting the competition sooner than expected, the tournament was wide open. In the end France were crowned champions with a 4-2 win over Croatia.
On April 20th at the age of just 28 Swedish EDM DJ Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) passed away. Originally his death was undetermined but later reports stated his death was a suicide. Avicii released a number of hit singles, including ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘I Could Be The One’, featuring Nicky Romero, and ‘Hey Brother’.
Malcom McCormick, known to his fans as Mac Miller, died from a drug overdose at his home in September at the age of 26. The rapper had been very open about his substance abuse in the past and was arrested in May for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) after his break up with pop sensation, Ariana Grande. After his death Ariana wrote on her Instagram page, "I can't believe you aren't here anymore. I really can't wrap my head around it."
Comic legend Stan Lee passed away in November at the grand old age of 95.
Lee created some of the most iconic comic book heroes, including Black Panther, Spiderman, The Avengers and X-men. Lee was also known for his iconic cameo appearances in the Marvel films dating all the way back to 1989.
Black Panther was one of the stand-out films of 2018. Not only was it the first Marvel superhero film to feature a black lead and showcase an all black cast, it also became the highest grossing superhero movie of all time. Black Panther also gave Marvel its first Golden Globe nomination for best Drama Motion Picture and secured two Screen Actors Guild Awards for a Cast in a Motion Picture and Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Maybe an Oscar Nomination is on the way?
This year we celebrated Meghan Markle becoming part of the Royal Family after her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19th. The American actress, best known for her role in the American TV show, Suits, started dating Prince Harry back in 2016. The Duchess of Sussex was also the UK’s most googled person of 2018 and with a baby on the way perhaps we will see a repeat in 2019.
Celebrated celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61. The host of CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown’ often spoke about his troubles with drug addiction in the past and his rise to fame. Bourdain was a four-time Emmy award winner, a Peabody winner and his book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," became a best seller. After his death there was a huge outpouring from around the world at the shocking news. Former President Barack Obama tweeted, “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."
On June 18th the controversial rapper XXXtentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead in his car in Florida. Onfroy rose to fame with his single, ‘Look at me’ and his album "?," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. However, at the time of his death the rapper was awaiting trial on charges dating back to 2016 for domestic assault against his pregnant girlfriend.
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away in March at the age of 76. At just 21 years old, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. However, this did not stop him from becoming one of the most instrumental and influential physicists in history and he was known for his discoveries relating to black holes and the universe. Hawking also used his humour to bridge the gap between science and pop culture by appearing in popular TV shows such as ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Fashion designer Kate Spade died at the age of 55 after committing suicide at her New York home. In 1993, Spade launched her own brand of handbags and then soon after opened her own boutique in New York’s Soho. Her husband, Andy, became her business partner and they took their business international, turning it into a $27 million fashion firm by 1998. They sold the business in 2006 and then launched Frances Valentine, a handbag-and-shoe company, in 2015.