Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us in 2020

Published on 02/15/2021
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Death is, for all of us, imminent. A lot of us never know when, and rightly so, but some of our family and friends are gone too soon. We are still linked to the lost celebrities who, although they may not be our friends, have entertained us for years or decades. These lost celebrities are sorely missed, whether they come from the world of sports, red Hollywood carpets, behind the glass in the recording studio, or on TV and film screens. Some of these celebrities have existed since our parents were kids, others have arisen in recent years, but all made important contributions to our entertainment and influence. Remember all those lost celebrities for their selfless contributions to their fields. Their work still inspires us every day.

All The Celebrities We've Loved and Lost This 2020

All The Celebrities We’ve Loved and Lost This 2020

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, best known on the court as the ‘Black Mamba, was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game, playing throughout his 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard. His experience, leadership, and competitive personality were the culmination of five NBA championships, 18 All-Star awards, and two-time NBA Finals MVP status. On retirement, he received the 2017 film’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball. Traveling to a touring basketball match with his daughter, Gianna, their private helicopter fell fatally at the beginning of 2020.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Juice WRLD

Jarad Anthony Higgins was a former American rapper and singer out of Chicago, known worldwide as Juice Wrld. On Spotify, his hit ‘Lucid Dreams’ has been played over a billion times. Lucid Dreams allowed Juice Wrld, in addition to an earlier hit, to obtain contracts with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Productions, and All Girls Are the Same. During a flight from Van Nuys, California, to Chicago, Illinois, Higgins passed away after ingesting some unknown pills.

Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD

Cameron Boyce

As one of the Eagle Eye plot pieces starring Shia Lebouf, and as the son of Adam Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, Boyce may look familiar to the older audience. He was a mainstay on the Disney Channel, starring Jessie, Pretty Much Everything’s Gamer Guide as well as his work as a voice actor in Jake and the Never Land Pirates. At the young age of 20, Boyce died of complications from his epilepsy.

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

Rocky Johnson

Although his son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, leapfrogged him in the Fame Department, Rocky Johnson was the family’s original professional wrestler. Rocky, born in Canada, began his wrestling career in 1964, winning multiple titles for the National Wrestling Alliance. The pair won the 1983 World Tag Team Championship in 1983, alongside tag team partner Tony Atlas, and became the first black champions in World Wrestling Entertainment. Johnson died of pulmonary embolism, claiming in early January 2020 that he had thg a prospectivdoctor’s visit’s visitor’s appointment.

Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson

Rip Torn

Rip Torn was a noted performer and voice actor, with a career that spanned over 60 years. He’s immortalized in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, as Patches O’houlihan, Zed in the Men in Black Franchise, and Arties on The Larry Sanders Show. Torn passed away from Alzheimer’s and its symptoms at the age of 88.

Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Neil Peart

Neil Peart, known for being the youngest person to be inducted into the 1983 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame, was the principal lyricist and drummer of the band Rush. While incorporating fantasy, philosophy, and humanitarian themes into his lyrics, a noted poet, Canadian songwriter, and musician created several memoirs during his travels. Neil passed away from his glioblastoma fight at age 67 following a three-plus-year illness.

Neil Peart

Neil Peart

Chuy Bravo

The popular Mexican-American actor, Chuy Bravo, born as Jesus Melgoza, was the sidekick of Chelsea Handler on her talk show, Chelsea Lately. During the early 90s, Bravo, who had immigrated to the California San Fernando Valley with his family at the age of 15, began acting. He also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean 2007: At the End of the World. Chuy founded the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles as one of his enduring decisions to help his Latin community talents find work in various entertainment projects.

Chuy Bravo

Chuy Bravo

Stephanie Sherk

Stephanie Sherk, who was born in Ontario, Canada, relocated to the US to further her career as a model, producer, and actress. You may recognize the actress from CSI: Cyber and for her role on #Hashtag: The Series. Writing credits include Valentine’s Day, Big Date, and Crash Landing.

Stephanie Sherk

Stephanie Sherk

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman, the wife of the famous Dog the Bounty Hunter, co-starred with husband Duane “Dog” Chapman in the reality television series Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog, and Beth: On the Most Wanted of the Hunt Dog with husband Duane “Dog” Chapman.  Nevertheless, two years after the shooting of Dog’s show began, the two married in 2006. In 2019, at the end of June, she was put in a medical coma, passing away days later from cancer complications.

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman

Ashley Massaro

Former WWE wrestler, radio, TV host, glamorous model, Survivor: China contestant, Massaro. Massaro was best known for her career as a wrestler and joined WWE in 2005. She was first seen changing to SmackDown on the Raw brand! The WWE Tag Team champions are Paul London and Brian Kendrick. She quit and appeared in TV and music videos in July 2008 and also worked as a DJ for 94.3 The Shark.

Ashley Massaro

Ashley Massaro

Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello was a great Italian-descended American actor. His credits include Once Upon a Time in America, Cairo’s The Purpose Rose, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, and, of course, Part II, The Godfather. Aiello was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Doing the Right Thing to portray Salvator ‘Sal’ Frangione.

Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello

John Witherspoon

John Weatherspoon (AKA Witherspoon) appeared in Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, Brooklyn Vampire, TV shows such as The Boondocks and Wayans Bros. began his career in Hollywood in 1965 with The Tracy Morgan Show. In Jay-“I Z’s Just Wanna Love U,” LL Cool J’s “Ain’t Nobody,” and Goodie Mob’s “They Don’t Dance No Mo” music videos, the Detroit-born actors also appeared.

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

Regis Philbin

This official statement was released after Regis ‘passing – “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the statement read. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career…”

Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin

Grant Imahara

On July 13th, 2020, MythBusters’ star Grant Imahara passed away from a brain aneurysm at 49. In season 3, the engineer entered the Discovery Channel project, quickly becoming a fan-favorite team member. His work in the show will never be forgotten by the fans.

Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara

Naya Rivera

The survivor of a horrific accident while spending the day on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son was Naya Rivera, best known for her time on ‘Glee.’ After they went swimming together, the young boy was found alone on the rental pontoon. Never again did she return to the boat.

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Kelly Preston

Actress Kelly Preston battled cancer for two years before succumbing to it on July 12, 2020, at the age of 57. John Travolta’s late wife was best known for her roles in “Jerry Maguire,” “For Love of the Game,” and “What A Girl Wants.”

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

Carl Reiner

As a comedy writer, producer, and performer, Carl Reiner had over six decades of a long and illustrious career. On June 29th, 2020, at the age of 98, Reiner died of natural causes. His TV, film, and stage work contributed to nine American Humor Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize.

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner

Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh was known as one of the busiest and most involved royals even up until his latter years. Prince Philip has an interesting life story having given up his family name and history in Greece and Denmark in order to marry the Queen. Prince Philip is a major influence that prompted the Queen into a more modern outlook and to transition in multiple ways. At the age of 99-years old his health had been a bit rocky, having been in and out of the hospital with an infection and undergoing heart surgery he passed on April 9th, 2021.

Prince Philip

DMX

DMX’s real name is Earl Simmons is one of the fathers of hardcore hip hop, his career blowing up after the passing of Tupac and Biggie. He released his first album in 1998 and has been a household name since, signing with Ruffhouse Records label. DMX has made headlines over the years for a variety of reasons but his music has managed to be as authentic as it was back then. The rapper suffered a heart attack at the age of 50 which unfortunately led to him being placed on life support and his passing. He was 50-years old and passed at a hospital in White Plains, New York City.

DMX

Mary Pat Gleason

At 70, Mary Pat Gleason passed away on June 2nd, 2020. You may not be familiar with her name, but you know her face and her famous personality. Her list of acting credits continues, but French teacher Madame Oeuf on Saved by the Bell, dressing room attendant Lucille on Sex and City, elementary school teacher Mrs. Butters on Desperate Housewives, and homeless woman Sally on Will & Grace were the most memorable television roles. Her best-known film appearances were in A Cinderella Story, Intolerable Cruelty, The Crucible, and I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Mary Pat Gleason

Mary Pat Gleason

Fred Willard

Fred Willard was a legend of comedy and has been included in your long list of TV shows and favorite movies. He died of natural causes on 15 May 2020 and left behind a legacy that influenced both comedy and the genre of Hollywood greatly.

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Jerry Stiller

Actor and director Ben Stiller’s father, Jerry Stiller, died of natural causes on May 11, 2020. He tweeted, “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you, Dad.” Jerry Stiller was known for his role in the show “Seinfeld” as Frank Costanza and about a decade later in the sitcom, “The King of Queens,” as Arthur Spooner.

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Little Richard

On May 9, 2020, at the age of 87, Little Richard, the wild man of early rock ‘n’ roll, died following his bone cancer battle. He was responsible for such hits as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally.”

Little Richard

Little Richard

Sam Lloyd

Comedy actor Sam Lloyd lost his battle with lung cancer on 30th April 2020. If you were a fan of ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ then certainly you know his face, and without his participation, what the shows would have been. Tweeted by actor Zach Braff, “Rest In peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with.” “Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.”

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Howard Finkel

For the World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE, the legendary Hall of Fame ring announcer was Howard Finkel. Finkel reportedly suffered a major stroke in 2018 and has been in poor health since then. Iconic is his deep, booming voice, bringing to the ring the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ric Flair. On April 16th, 2020, he passed away.

Howard Finkel

Howard Finkel

Shirley Douglas

Shirley Douglas, Keifer Sutherland’s mother and actress, died from complications of pneumonia on April 5, 2020. The actress appeared in the TV drama named “Lolita” as Mrs. Starch in director Stanley Kubrick’s “Dead Ringers” (1962) and David Cronenberg’s “Wind at My Back” (1988) and as a widowed mother during the Depression (1996). She received a Gemini Award for her role in the 1999 TV film “Shadow Lake,”

Shirley Douglas

Shirley Douglas

Bill Withers

Regardless of the age at which you were born, it would be a sin not to know any of the songs that Bill Withers have written. He was the singer/songwriter for such hits as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me and “Use Me.” He died from a long battle with cardiovascular disease on March 20th, 2020.

Bill Withers

Bill Withers

Kenny Rogers

Rogers was one of the real crossover stars in music, scoring both country and pop hits with songs like “Islands in the Stream” and “Lucille.” Rogers’ rep said,  “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under hospice care and surrounded by his family. The family is planning a small private service out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow passed away in Provence, France on March 8th, 2020. He is most notable for his roles in ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’ He was known for the gravitas he brought to his roles as one of the most efficient Swedish actors ever.

Max Von Sydow

Max Von Sydow

James Lipton

At the old age of 93, James Lipton died after his battle with bladder cancer. He was the producer of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ where some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were interviewed about their acting methods and inspirations that made their careers so popular.

James Lipton

James Lipton

Esther Scott

At the age of 66 in L.A., Esther Scott suffered a heart attack. She was best known for her works in ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ In over seventy movies and countless TV shows, she made a career of being the caring yet stern maternal figure.

Esther Scott

Esther Scott

Kirk Douglas

The iconic actor, Kirk Douglas, left the world at the age of 103. On Instagram, Michael wrote, “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.” He continued, “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in setting a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

John Singleton

The director was the first African American and the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director at the Academy Award when he was 24, and is known for directing Boyz n the Hood in 1991. Singleton has also directed 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice and Rosewood, the 1997 drama. In April 2019, days before the stroke, after being taken off life support, Singleton passed away.

John Singleton

John Singleton

Sue Lyon

Sue Lyon became a model in the entertainment business at the very young age of 13. She would, however, earn a Golden Globe in the 1962 movie for her role as the title character, Lolita. Other credits for Lyon include The Iguana’s Night, Evel Knievel, Tony Rome, and 7 Women.

Sue Lyon

Sue Lyon

Silvio Horta

The Golden Globe was accepted by Silvio Horta for Best Comedy Series-Ugly Betty-mentioning, “Like most of us up here, Betty is an immigrant, and The American Dream is alive and well and in reach of anybody who wants it.” Often mispronounced as a humorous mention of their last name, the first ten Cuban-Americans started their own production company, Silent H Productions.

Silvio Horta

Silvio Horta

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel, best known as the American author/journalist for publishing Prozac Country, also based her reporting on her problems surrounding addiction, depression, and personal/work life. In this very personal writing style, her confessional-style memoirs became a Generation X voice, driving an uptick. At the age of 52, Wurtzel died in 2020 of complications related to metastasized breast cancer.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Buck Henry

Known for having co-written What’s Up, Doc? With Henry, an American actor, producer, and screenwriter, Mel Brooks co-created Get Smart, the Graduate. Between 1976 and 1980, he hosted SNL 10 times and starred in Will & Grace, 30 Rock, and Hot in Cleveland as a guest. Henry passed away in 2020 after a heart attack in Los Angeles at 89.

Buck Henry

Buck Henry

Alexis Eddy

Alexis Eddy was a contestant for MTV reality on Are You the One? Her substance addiction history has been a significant part of her screen identity. She referred to herself as “just a washed-up MTV reality star wondering why people still care what she’s up to….,” She died of cardiac arrest at her home in early 2020.

Alexis Eddy

Alexis Eddy

Ed Byrnes

The American actor best remembered as the lead in 77 Sunset Strip was Edward Byrne Breitenberger, also better known as Eddy Byrnes. In 1978’s Grease, he was also a notable cast member as the teen-dance host Vince Fontaine. His uncle, Logan, an anchor for KUSI-TV News, San Diego, California, continues the Byrnes family television history.

Ed Byrnes

Ed Byrnes

Emily Hartridge

A well-known YouTuber and TV presenter, Emily was from Britain. In 2012, her vlogs started and were released in Ten Reasons Why… series . Modern life, love, sex, relationships, and mental health have also been debated in her videos. She was killed by a vehicle in South West London while riding an e-scooter in July 2019. She is reportedly the first citizen to succumb in the country to accidents involving an e-scooter.

Emily Hartridge

Emily Hartridge

Kevin Fret

The first openly gay Latin trap singer, Kevin Fret, was another famous Puerto Rican rapper and vocalist. In Springfield, Massachusetts, Fret graduated from Roger L Putnam Vocational-Technical High School. In a country where gay people are still ridiculed, bullied, and murdered, the rapper was known for “breaking gender norms […] and stigma about being gay, gender nonconforming, and expressing gender identity freely – in a country where gay people still get mocked, bullied and killed,” mentioned queer activist and filmmaker, Samy Nemir Olivares. In January 2019, Fret was gunned down while riding his motorcycle.

Kevin Fret

Kevin Fret

Scott Patric

At 53, Patric, a makeup artist on the Project Runway All-Stars, died from a heart attack in his sleep. Many stars in demand, such as Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Madonna, have collaborated with the singer. His friends noticed that, due to his warmth, imagination, and hearty mustache, he will be deeply missed.

Scott Patric

Scott Patric

Stan Kirsch

Stan Kirsch started his entertainment career at just four years by appearing in many Campbell’s soup advertisements. He starred in the fast-living soap opera Riders at the Sky and General Hospital in 1992. The actor is recognized for his role as Richie Ryan in Highlander: The Series, but he has also starred in Friends, Family Law, and JAG.

Stan Kirsch

Stan Kirsch

Norma Michaels

Norma Michaels is best known for playing Josephine in The King of Queens, with a Hollywood career spanning 6 decades. Michaels got her to start the Jack Benny Show, but she would end up winning credits for her work in Modern Family, Highway to Heaven, Everybody Loves Raymond, and in the Wedding Crashers and Easy A movies.

Norma Michaels

Norma Michaels

Chadwick Boseman

The death of Chadwick Boseman was a complete surprise for the fans and costars, as his wife disclosed that for the past four years, he had been fighting colon cancer. All the while, Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and, of course, King T’Challa, in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” were extremely determined to work through the treatment, giving the world performances.

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

Diana Rigg

Actress Dame Diana Rigg was most recently known as Olenna Tyrell for her appearance in ‘Game of Thrones’. Her daughter said that after being diagnosed in March 2020, she died of cancer at 84. She added, “She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter, and a great pride in her profession.”

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Alex Trebek

Legendary Jeopardy-host! One year prior to Alex Trebek’s announcement of pancreatic cancer. Luckily, that gave his fans time to appreciate what they had in the host and brace for what would be an unthinkable loss for all of them. During the pandemic, Trebek said, he spent the last year of his life doing small house projects as he was too immune to leave. At the age of 80, he was surrounded by his family and a small crowd of friends as he passed by. Trebek wrote about his expectations for his legacy in memoirs “I’d like to be remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best,” he wrote. “I’ll be perfectly content if that’s how my story ends: sitting on the swing with the woman I love … my wonderful children nearby.”

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek

MF Doom

Known as MF Doom or simply Doom, Daniel Dumile was a British-American rapper and record producer who died at age 49 in October. In the early 2000s, Daniel became famous for his underground hip-hop as well as his clever wordplay, and of course, his metal masks that created his onstage “supervillain” persona everyone knew and loved. After his passing, Variety wrote about him, saying he was one of the scene’s “most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures.”

MF Doom

MF Doom

Dawn Wells

Back in 1959, Dawn Wells was officially crowned as Miss Nevada. In 1960, she once again represented her state in the Atlantic City pageant. She debuted at ABC’s The Roaring 20s and The New Interns in Hollywood. On top of that, she appeared in shows like The Joey Bishop Show, the 77 Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, Maverick, and Bonanza. In 1964, she played what would become her most famous role: Mary Ann in Gilligan Islad. On December 30th, 2020, she passed away at age 82 due to complications from COVID-19.

Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells

Joe Clark

The previous principal of Paterson Eastside High School, Joe Clark was recognized nationally when he made efforts to improve school standards all across the United States. In fact, he was the inspiration for Morgan Freeman’s 1989 film, Lean On Me. On December 29th, 2020, Joe passed away at age 82 after fighting an illness. According to the statement released by his family, Joe passed away in Florida while surrounded by loved ones.

Joe Clark

Joe Clark

Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro’s knuckleball is one move that earned him a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame in 1997. For a while now, the MLB player has been battling cancer. However, on December 26th, 2020, the 81-year-old passed away in his sleep. Following his death, the Atlanta Braves released a statement saying they remembered him as “a constant presence over the years, in our clubhouse, our alumni activities, and throughout Braves Country.”

Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro

Tony Rice

American bluegrass musician and guitarist, Tony Rice was so influential in his field thanks to his angelic acoustic guitar playing. His music spanned over a range of genres, from bluegrass to newgrass and even acoustic jazz. In 2013, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame. We aren’t surprised that his range impressed so many people both in the industry and out. On December 25th, 2020, the artist passed away in his North Carolina home.

Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Brodie Lee

An American professional wrestler and actor, Jonathan Huber will be well-missed. In his time working for WWE, he was famous for his tenure where he performed as Luke Harper from 2012 to 2019. While at Elite Wrestling, he became known as Brodie Lee in 2020. Amanda Huber, his wife, announced that her husband had passed away on December 26th, 2020. She said he had a tragic “battle with a non-Covid-related lung issue.”

Brodie Lee

Brodie Lee

Rebecca Luker

Known for her “crystal clear operatic soprano”, Rebecca Luker had spent a long time in Broadway musicals throughout her three-decade-long career. The American actress and singer was even nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, and 2 Drama Desk Awards. On December 23rd, 2020, Rebecca passed away at age 59. This happened just 10 months after she had announced that she was diagnosed with ALS.

Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker

Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch’s successful acting career spanned over six decades. In fact, the British actor was recognized most for playing Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Of course, he reappeared as his character in the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi too. Sadly, on December 17th, 2020, the actor passed away at age 75. He had suffered from health complications after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years.

Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch

Ann Reinking

Ann was an American actress, dancer, and choreographer who worked in musical theater for a long time. She starred in various Broadway productions like Coco, Over Here! Charley, Chicago, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity’s Goodtime. It’s no surprise that she won many awards for all her showstopping performances. On December 12th, 2020, however, the Broadway actress died at age 71. The news was announced by her sister-in-law, Dahrla King. She had confirmed that the actress passed away in her sleep.

Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking

John Le Carre

John Le Carre, aka David John Moore Cornwell, died on December 12th from pneumonia at 89 years old. The British author had written novels – many of which have been adapted to movies and television too. Some of his works include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Little Drummer Girl, The Night Manager, The Constant Gardener, and A Most Wanted Man, both for the British Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

John Le Carre

John Le Carre

Charley Pride

Charley Pride was a man of many talents. An American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player, he reached musical success in the 1970s when he became a best-selling performer. In fact, he was the best-selling performer since Elvis Presley himself. During the peak of his musical career, Charley had 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 30 of them made it to number one as well. On December 12th, 2020, Charley passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications.

Charley Pride

Charley Pride

Carol Sutton

Known for her roles in movies like Steel Magnolias and Ray as well as TV shows like Queen Sugar, Treme, and True Detective, Carol Sutton won a New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for her work. It’s clear that she will be remembered for years to come. The New Orleans native passed away on December 10th after she battled COVID-19 for a month. She died as a result of complications from the virus.

Carol Sutton

Carol Sutton

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

The wrestler and actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was famous for his roles in movies like Friday, Next Friday, The Fifth Element, and Hellborn. He spent time wrestling professionally a couple of times. Once with Hulk Hogan on WWF, and a second time in WCW in 1996. On December 10th, 2020, police showed up at his door. His family couldn’t get hold of him for a couple of days so they got worried and called the police. He was found dead after suffering complications from COVID-19. He was only 62 years old.

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

Jason Slater

Jason Slater made a name for himself as an American record producer, songwriter, and musician. He was the bassist and backup vocalist for the American rock band, Third Eye Blind. Just a year after the band formed, he left it despite being the one to record their first demo. He went on to produce multiple projects including four albums for a progressive rock band named Queensrÿche. The producer passed away on December 9th, 2020 as a result of liver failure.

Jason Slater

Jason Slater

Arnie Robinson Jr.

The former Olympian won a long jump gold medal at the 1976 Olympics for Team USA. That wasn’t the first medal Arnie won at the Olympics, however. He previously won bronze at the 1972 Olympics as well as another gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. In mid-November, the former athlete began having trouble breathing and ended up passing away on December 1st, 2020. Just a week earlier, he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Arnie Robinson Jr.

Arnie Robinson Jr.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Famous for her roles in movies like B.A.P.S and Madea’s Big Happy Family and the TV sitcom Eve, Natalie Desselle Reid had a long battle with colon cancer. She passed away on December 7th, 2020 at age 53. Halle Berry had co-starred with Natalie in B.A.P.S and took to Instagram to share her grief. She posted a video of her hugging her costar and wrote, “I’m in total shock. Completely heartbroken. Gonna need a minute.”

Natalie Desselle Reid

Natalie Desselle Reid

David Prowse

In case you didn’t know, David Prowse is the one who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. However, before he became an actor, he was a bodybuilder and weightlifter. As an actor, he had a wide range of work. Appearing in movies and TV shows like Doctor Who and A Clockwork Orange, his appearances will never be forgotten. He passed away on November 28th, 2020 after a short unspecified illness.

David Prowse

David Prowse

Diego Maradona

When Diego Maradona passed away, people all over the world were shocked and upset over the loss of the legendary Argentinean soccer player. He passed away at age 60 on November 25th. The former athlete was the one to famously score the “Hand of God” goal at the 1986 World Cup. He had suffered a heart attack just three weeks after going through surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Leanza Cornett

The 1993 Miss America winner, Leanza Cornett had suffered a head injury before being admitted to the hospital. On October 28th, 2020, she died at age 49. In response, the Miss America Organization took to their Facebook page and expressed their condolences and sorrow. They wrote, “Leanza had a bright and beautiful spirit, and her laugh was infectious. We know that too so many, including all of you, she meant so much”.

Leanza Cornett

Leanza Cornett

Kenzo Takada

A fashion designer, Kenzo Takada founded the now-famous Kenzo brand. He died on October 4th, 2020 at age 81 from COVID-19 complications. His death came about 50 years after he had launched his very first collection in Paris. That was six years after he moved to Paris from his home country, Japan. He was actually one of the first-ever male students in Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College.

Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada

Nicholas Parsons

The broadcasting legend, Nicholas Parsons was hailed for his quick wit, professionalism, and kindness. He was most famous for the radio game show, Just a Minute, which he’d hosted since it came to be in 1967. The 96-year-old was a TV veteran, as well as a radio and theater pro. His career in the entertainment industry spanned over 60 years. On January 28th, 2020, the long-time entertainer passed away from a short illness.

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

Terry Jones

Terry Jones was most famous for his role as Brian’s mother in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. He delivered one of the most famous lines in the 1979 comedy: “He’s not the Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy!”. In this movie, Terry actually played several characters and acted as a director as well. The movie was very controversial at the time since it was religious satire. At age 77, the actor died after fighting “a long, extremely brave but always good-humored battle with a rare form of dementia” according to his family.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah was a self-styled spiritual medium. He presented ‘Predictions with Derek Acorah’ early on in his TV career while also hosting the paranormal reality TV show, Most Haunted in 2001. It ran for six seasons after that. In 2017, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and finished fourth. It turns out that the 69-year-old actor died on January 4th, 2020 after a “very brief illness” according to his wife.

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah

Derek Fowlds

Best known for playing private secretary Bernard Woolly in the popular 1980s sitcom, Yes Minister, Derek Fowlds later reprised the same role in the sequel series, Yes, Prime Minister. Additionally, Derek played Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama Heartbeat. During his successful TV career, he played the role of Mr. Derek on The Basil Brush Show. The actor died on February 17th, 2020 after suffering from pneumonia.

Derek Fowlds

Derek Fowlds

Harry Hains

Harry Hains was an Australian actor, model, and musician. He starred in TV shows like American Horror Story and The OA. He used to perform under the stage name ANTIBOY and was in the midst of working on his debut electronic rock album, A Glitch In Paradise when he died. The 27-year-old had been struggling for some time. His mother, Jane Badler, had confirmed his death and said he had “the world at his feet” but “sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction”.

Harry Hains

Harry Hains

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