218 and 38-letters? Death = 38 (Ordinal) Death = 218 (English Extended)
Black for a funeral.
I haven't heard about any celebrity deaths today, but perhaps it will be reported later. Today is animal / human sacrifice day on the Satanic Calendar.
It's also a great date to receive a 'Golden Globe', January 7, 2018.
1/7/2018 = 1+7+20+18 = 46
*199, the 46th prime