Here Are All The Hollywood Actors And Actresses We’ve Loved And Lost In 2020

Published on 01/07/2021
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Death is imminent. Some of us never realize our relatives and friends are gone too soon. While they may not be our mates, we are always tied to the missing celebrities that have fascinated us for years or decades. These fallen stars are deeply missed, whether in sports, Hollywood, music, or on TV and movies. Some of these icons have lived since our grandparents were kids, others have emerged recently, but all of them have made major impacts on our culture and entertainment. Their success continues to inspire 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 court as the ‘Black Mamba,’ was one of the finest NBA players, playing his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard. His experience, teamwork, and aggressive attitude culminated in five NBA titles, 18 All-Star honors, and two-time NBA final MVP status. He received the 2017 Film Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball, on retirement. Traveling to a travel basketball game with his daughter, Gianna, their private helicopter crashed fatally in early 2020.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Juice WRLD

Jarad Anthony Higgins was a former Chicago rapper and singer known internationally as Juice Wrld. His single “Lucid Dreams” was played over a billion times on Spotify. Lucid Dreams allowed Juice Wrld to buy contracts with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Productions, in addition to an earlier hit, and All Girls Are Same. Higgins passed away on a flight from Van Nuys, California, to Chicago, Illinois, ingesting some mystery pills.

Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD

Cameron Boyce

As one of the plots of the Eagle Eye starring Shia Lebouf, and as the son of Adam Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, Boyce might look familiar to the older crowd. He was a mainstay on the Disney Channel, starring Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, and Jake and Never Land Pirates’ voice. At the early age of 20, Boyce died of epilepsy complications.

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

Rocky Johnson

While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson leapfrogged in the Celebrity Department, Rocky Johnson was the original professional wrestler of the family. Born in Canada, Rocky started his wrestling career in 1964, adding multiple titles to the National Wrestling Alliance. The pair won the 1983 World Tag Team Title 1983, with Tony Atlas, a tag team partner, and became the first black champion in World Wrestling Entertainment. Johnson died of pulmonary embolism, claiming that he had the flu at the beginning of January 2020, ignoring a possible doctor’s appointment.

Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson

Rip Torn

Rip Torn was a well-known performer and voice actor with a career of more than 60 years. He’s immortalized in Dodgeball: the Real Underdog Story as Patches O’houlihan, Zed in Men in Black Franchise, and Arties in The Larry Sanders Show. Torn died of Alzheimer’s disease and its complications at the age of 88.

Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Neil Peart

Neil Peart was the leading lyricist and drummer of the Rush band, considered to be the youngest person to be introduced to the Current Drummer Readers Hall of Fame in 1983. Also, a well-known poet, Canadian songwriter, and musician created several memoirs during his travels while incorporating fantasy, spirituality, and humanitarian themes into his lyrics. Neil died of glioblastoma at the age of 67 following a three-plus-year illness.

Neil Peart

Neil Peart

Chuy Bravo

The popular Mexican-American star, Chuy Bravo, born as Jesus Melgoza, was a companion to Chelsea Handler in her television show, Chelsea Lately. In the 1990s, Bravo, who had come to the San Fernando Valley of California with his family at the age of 15, started performing. He also starred in Pirates of the Caribbean 2007: The End of the Earth. Chuy created the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles as one of his long-lasting decisions to help his Latino group talent find jobs in a number of entertainment ventures.

Chuy Bravo

Chuy Bravo

Stephanie Sherk

Born in Ontario, Canada, Stephanie Sherk moved to the United States to pursue her career as a model, producer, and actress. You might remember the CSI: cyber actress and her part in #Hashtag: The Movie. Writing credits are Valentine’s Day, Crash Landing, and Big Date.

Stephanie Sherk

Stephanie Sherk

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter’s famous wife, co-starred with husband Duane “Dog” Chapman on the reality TV series Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog, and Beth: The Most Wanted Search Dog. However, two years after the shooting of Dog’s show began, the two were married in 2006. In 2019, she was put in a medical coma at the end of June and died days later of cancer complications.

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman

Ashley Massaro

Ex WWE warrior, tv, TV presenter, sexy model, Survivor: China contestant, Massaro. As a wrestler, Massaro was best known for his career and joined WWE in 2005. She saw her first attempt to SmackDown with the Raw brand! The World Tag Team champions are Paul London and Brian Kendrick. She quit and featured on TV and music videos in July 2008 and also worked as a DJ with 94.3 The Fish.

Ashley Massaro

Ashley Massaro

Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello was a wonderful Italian-deceased American actor. He appeared in Once Upon a Time in America, The Intent Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, and, of course, The Godfather Part II. Aiello was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor to play Salvator “Sal” Frangione in Do the Right Thing.

Danny Aiello

Danny Aiello

John Witherspoon

John Weatherspoon (AKA Witherspoon) starred in Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, Vampire in Brooklyn, TV shows like The Boondocks, and The Tracy Morgan Show Wayans Bros. began his Hollywood career in 1965. The Detroit-born actors have starred 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.

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

Regis Philbin

This official statement was issued after Regis’ passage – “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we have spent with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his unique ability to make every day something worth talking about,” read the statement. “We would like to thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career…”

Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin

Grant Imahara

On July 13, 2020, the star of MythBusters Grant Imahara died of a brain aneurysm at 49. In season 3, the engineer entered the Discovery Channel series, soon becoming a favorite team member.

Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara

Naya Rivera

The survivor of a horrific accident while spending the day at Lake Piru with her four-year-old son was Naya Rivera, better known for her time at ‘Glee.’ After they had gone swimming together, the little boy was found on the rented pontoon alone. She never took it back to the dock.

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Kelly Preston

Actress Kelly Preston had been battling chemotherapy for two years before succumbing to cancer on July 12, 2020, at 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

Carl Reiner had a long and illustrious career spanning six decades as a comedy writer, director, and performer. Reiner died of natural causes on 29 June 2020 at the age of 98. His work on television, film, and theater contributed to nine American Humor Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Mark Twain Award.

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

Rapper Earl Simmons is better known as DMX. “Dark Man X,” was one of the few rappers who manage to carry out the authenticity of hardcore rap from the 90s to the 2000s. His career skyrocketed after the death of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. His first album release in 1998 set the tone, however, he was in and out of the spotlight due to sobriety issues. His fan-following stood by him through and through with a recent rap battle against Snoop Dogg causing much noise. DMX had a heart attack at the age of 50 which led to him being placed on life-support and later his death. he passed in his hometown of White Plains, New York.

DMX

Mary Pat Gleason

Mary Pat Gleason died on 2 June 2020 aged 70. You may not know her name, but you know her face and her emblematic personality. Her acting credits list goes on, 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 lady Sally on Will & Grace were excellent TV roles. Her most famous film roles were A Cinderella Story, Unbearable Violence, The Crucible, and I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Mary Pat Gleason

Mary Pat Gleason

Fred Willard

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

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller, actor and director Ben Stiller’s father, died naturally on May 11, 2020. He posted, “He’s been a wonderful dad and grandfather, and he’s been Anne’s most loyal spouse for 62 years. He’s going to be really missed. Love you, Dad.” Jerry Stiller was known for his appearance in the show “Seinfeld” as Frank Costanza and a decade later in the comedy, “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 “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” hits like that.

Little Richard

Little Richard

Sam Lloyd

Comedy star Sam Lloyd lost his fight with lung cancer on April 30, 2020. If you were a fan of ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ so you certainly remember his face, and without his appearance, what the shows must have been like. Actor Zach Braff wrote, “Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the privilege of collaborating with.” “Sam Lloyd helped me crack and break the role every single moment we did the scene together. He couldn’t have been a kinder man. I’m going to cherish forever the fun I had with you, Sammy.”

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Howard Finkel

Howard Finkel was the iconic Hall of Fame ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation, also branded as WWE. Finkel apparently experienced a massive stroke in 2018 and has remained in ill health ever since. Iconic is his deep, roaring voice that brings the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ric Flair to the arena. He passed away on April 16, 2020.

Howard Finkel

Howard Finkel

Shirley Douglas

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

Shirley Douglas

Shirley Douglas

Bill Withers

Irrespective of the age at which you were born, it would be a sin not to recognize the songs of Bill Withers. He was a singer/songwriter with songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Use Me.” He died on March 20, 2020, after a lengthy struggle with cardiovascular disease.

Bill Withers

Bill Withers

Kenny Rogers

Rogers was one of the true crossover stars in music, and he earned success for songs including “Islands in the Stream” and “Lucille” in both country and pop. “The Rogers family is sorry to report that Kenny Rogers died last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81,” he added. “Rogers died safely at home from natural causes under the supervision of the hospice and supported by his family.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow died in Provence, France, on 8 March 2020. In The Exorcist and Game of Thrones, he was well recognized for his parts. He was renowned as one of the most famous Swedish actors ever for his gravitas.

Max Von Sydow

Max Von Sydow

James Lipton

At the age of 93, James Lipton died during his struggle with bladder cancer. He was the founder of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ where he asked several of Hollywood’s top stars about their acting techniques and inspirations that made their careers so popular.

James Lipton

James Lipton

Esther Scott

At the age of 66 in L.A., Esther Scott experienced a heart attack. In The Birth of a Country and ‘Boyz n the Ghetto,’ she was well known for her parts. In more than seventy films and various TV shows, she made her career as a caring yet stern maternal figure.

Esther Scott

Esther Scott

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas, the iconic star, died when he was 103 years old. Michael posted on Instagram, “It is with deep sorrow that my brothers and I declare that Kirk Douglas leaves us today at the age of 103.” He added, “He was an icon in the nation, an actor from the golden age of cinema who lived well in his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in.

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

John Singleton

Popular for managing Boyz n the Hood in 1991, the director was the first African American and the youngest person ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director at the age of 24. Singleton also directed 2 Swift 2 Furious, Shaft, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice, and Rosewood, the drama of 1997. Singleton died in April 2019, after his life support had been switched off, days before the stroke.

John Singleton

John Singleton

Sue Lyon

At the very early age of 13, Sue Lyon became a model in the film business. In 1962, however, she would earn the Golden Globe for her appearance as the main character, Lolita. Lyon’s other credits include The Iguana Time, Evel Knievel, Tony Rome, and 7 Women.

Sue Lyon

Sue Lyon

Silvio Horta

The conversion of the Colombian soap opera, Yo soy Betty, la fea, to ABC’s Ugly Betty, will be recalled by Silvio Horta, an American screenwriter and director. He acknowledged the Golden Globe for Best Satire Series-Ugly Betty-saying, “Like most of us up here, Betty is an immigrant, and The American Dream is alive and well, and within the reach of anyone who wants it.” The first ten Cuban-Americans started their own production business, Silent H Productions, frequently mispronounced as a satirical reference to their last name.

Silvio Horta

Silvio Horta

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel, better regarded as the American writer/journalist for Prozac Nation publishing, also based her reporting on her personal problems including addiction, grief, and personal/work life. Because of her confessional-type memoirs, she became a generation X voice, driving a spike in this very intimate style of writing. He died of complications due to metastatic breast cancer in 2020 at the age of 52.

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Buck Henry

Known for co-writing The Graduate, Doc, What’s Up? , Henry, an American actress, producer, and screenwriter, Mel Brooks has co-created Get Smart. Around 1976 and 1980, SNL was hosted 10 times and guest stars in Will & Grace, 30 Rock, and Hot in Cleveland. After a heart attack in Los Angeles at 89, Henry died in 2020.

Buck Henry

Buck Henry

Alexis Eddy

Alexis Eddy was a real MTV contestant on Are You The One? Her previous experience of substance addiction has been a big aspect of her screen personality. She identified herself as “just a washed-up MTV reality star wondering why people still care about what she’s up to.” She died at her home in early 2020 from cardiac arrest.

Alexis Eddy

Alexis Eddy

Ed Byrnes

Edward Byrne Breitenberger, also identified as Eddy Byrnes, was the American actor best known as the star of the Sunset Strip 77. In 1978, Grease was also a popular cast member as a teenage dance host, Vince Fontaine. His uncle, Logan, an anchor for KUSI-TV News, San Diego, California, continues Byrne’s family tradition in broadcasting.

Ed Byrnes

Ed Byrnes

Emily Hartridge

Emily was a well-known British YouTuber and TV host. Her vlogs began in 2012 and were released in the series Ten Explanations Why… Modern life, love, sex, marriages, and mental wellbeing have also been explored in her videos. She was hit by a vehicle in South West London while operating an e-scooter in July 2019. She is apparently the first person to succumb to e-scooter accidents in the world.

Emily Hartridge

Emily Hartridge

Kevin Fret

Kevin Fret, the first publicly gay Latin trap singer, was also a successful Puerto Rican rapper and vocalist. Fret graduated from Roger L Putnam Vocational-Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. In a world where gay people are still ridiculed, insulted, and murdered, Fret was renowned for “breaking gender norms […] and stigmatizing being gay, non-compliance with gender, and free expression of gender identity – in a country where gay people are still mocked, bullied, and killed,” said queer activist and filmmaker Samy, Nemir Olivares. Fret was shot dead while riding his bike in January 2019.

Kevin Fret

Kevin Fret

Scott Patric

At 53 years of age, Patric, a makeup artist on the Project Runway All-Stars, died of a heart attack in his sleep. The artist has collaborated with a variety of celebrities on calls, such as Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Madonna. His friends noticed that he was going to lose a lot because of his warmth, imagination, and hearty mustache.

Scott Patric

Scott Patric

Stan Kirsch

Stan Kirsch started his interest in television at only four years of age by featuring in many Campbell’s soup advertisements. He starred in the fast-lived soap opera Riders at the Sky and General Hospital in 1992. In Highlander: The Series, the actor was remembered for his role as Richie Ryan, but he also played Buddies, Family Rule, and JAG.

Stan Kirsch

Stan Kirsch

Norma Michaels

Norma Michaels is widely recognized for playing Josephine in The King of Queens, a Hollywood career covering six decades. Michaels got her to launch the Jack Benny Show, but she’d end up winning credit for her work in Modern Families, Highway to Heaven, Everybody Loves Raymond, and the Wedding Crashers and Simple A movies.

Norma Michaels

Norma Michaels

Chadwick Boseman

As his wife announced that he had been battling colon cancer for the last four years, Chadwick Boseman’s death was a total blow to fans and costars. All the while, Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and of course, King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther” were extraordinarily determined to work through therapy and give the world a success.

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

Diana Rigg

The actress Dame Diana Rigg was most famously identified as Olenna Tyrell for her appearance in Game of Thrones. Her daughter said that she died of cancer at the age of 84 after being hospitalized in March 2020. She said, “She spent the last few months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter, and great pride in her profession.”

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Alex Trebek

During the pandemic, Trebek claimed he spent his last year of existence performing tiny house projects because he was too stubborn to retire. At age 80, his daughters and a small crowd of friends embraced him as he died. Trebek wrote of his heritage memoir expectations. “First of all, I’d like to be remembered as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people do their best,” he said.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek

MF Doom

Most famous as MF Doom or Doom, Daniel Dumile was a British-American rapper and record producer who passed away at age 49 in October. Back in the early 2000s, Daniel became famous for his underground hip-hop, his intricate wordplay, signature metal masks, and his onstage ‘supervillain’ persona. After his death, Variety described him as one of the scene’s “most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures.”

MF Doom

MF Doom

Dawn Wells

In 1959, Dawn Wells was crowned Miss Nevada and represented her state once more in the 1960 Atlantic City pageant. She debuted at ABC’s The Roaring 20s and The New Interns in Hollywood. Additionally, she appeared in shows like The Joey Bishop Show, the 77 Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, Maverick, and Bonanza. In 1964, she played her most famous role – Mary Ann in Gilligan Island. On December 30, 2020, Dawn passed away at the age of 82 as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells

Joe Clark

Joe Clark was the principal of Paterson Eastside High School. He was recognized nationally when he made serious efforts to improve school standards all across the country. Joe was actually the inspiration for Morgan Freeman’s 1989 movie, Lean On Me. He passed away on December 29th at age 82 after fighting an illness. According to his family’s statement, Joe passed away in Florida while surrounded by loved ones.

Joe Clark

Joe Clark

Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro was a famous MLB player whose signature knuckleball earned him a place in the Hall of Fame in 1997. For a while now, he’s been battling against cancer but finally passed away in his sleep on December 26th at age 81. The Atlanta Braves released a statement following his death that said 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

An American bluegrass musician and guitarist, Tony Rice was extremely influential with his acoustic guitar playing. Additionally, he played bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass, and even acoustic jazz. In 2013, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame. His range impressed just about everyone. From traditional bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic, the musician released music everyone appreciated. On December 25th, he passed away in his home in North Carolina.

Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Brodie Lee

Jonathan Huber was an American professional wrestler and actor. During his time with WWE, he was famous for his tenure where he performed as Luke Harper from 2012 to 2019. At All Elite Wrestling, he was known as Brodie Lee in 2020. His wife, Amanda Huber, announced that her beloved husband passed away on December 26th after a tragic “battle with a non-Covid-related lung issue.”

Brodie Lee

Brodie Lee

Rebecca Luker

An American actress and singer, Rebecca Luker was known for her “crystal clear operatic soprano” long stretches of time in Broadway musicals throughout her three-decade-long career. As a matter of fact, she has been nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, and 2 Drama Desk Awards. Unfortunately, she passed away at age 59 on December 23rd. The news came just 10 months after she announced her ALS diagnosis.

Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker

Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch was a British actor who had a career that spanned over six decades. He was recognized for playing the character of Boba Fett in the iconic Star Wars franchise. He appeared as the character in the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well. On Thursday, December 17th, the actor passed away at 75 years old. He suffered from health complications after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years.

Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch

Ann Reinking

American actress, dancer, and choreographer, Ann Reinking worked in musical theater for a very long time. She starred in Broadway productions like Coco, Over Here! Charley, Chicago, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity’s Goodtime. As you’d expect, she won many awards for her incredible performances. On December 12th, the Broadway actress passed away at age 71. The news came from her sister-in-law, Dahrla King who confirmed that the actress passed away in her sleep.

Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking

John Le Carre

David John Moore Cornwell, otherwise known as John Le Carre, passed away on December 12th from pneumonia at age 89. The British author has written many novels who have all been adapted to movies and television. Some works of his 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 an American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player. His biggest musical success came about in the 1970s when he became the best-selling performer since Elvis Presley for RCA Records. In the peak years of his musical career, he had 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 30 of those songs made it to number one as well. On December 12th, Charley passed away due to coronavirus complications.

Charley Pride

Charley Pride

Carol Sutton

Carol Sutton is known for her roles in movies like Steel Magnolias and Ray and tv shows including Queen Sugar, Treme, and True Detective. The New Orleans native received a New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. It’s clear that her work will be remembered for years to come. The talented actress passed away on December 10th after battling with COVID-19 for a month and perishing due to complications from the virus.

Carol Sutton

Carol Sutton

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was a wrestler and actor who was famous for his roles in movies like Friday, Next Friday, The Fifth Element, and Hellborn. He had two short professional wrestling stints. One with Hulk Hogan in WWF, and a second in the WCW in 1996. On December 10th, police showed up in his home to check on him since his family couldn’t get hold of him for a couple of days. They found him dead after suffering complications from COVID-19. He was 62 years old.

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister

Jason Slater

An American record producer, songwriter, and musician, Jason Slater was the bassist and backup vocalist for the American rock band Third Eye Blind. However, he left the band just a year after it was formed despite recording their first demo. After that, Jason went on to produce multiple projects including four albums for a progressive rock band named Queensrÿche. Sadly, the producer passed away on December 9th at the age of 49 as a result of liver failure.

Jason Slater

Jason Slater

Arnie Robinson Jr.

Arnie Robinson Jr. was a former Olympian who won a long jump gold medal at the 1976 Olympics for Team USA. However, that wasn’t the first medal he won at the Olympics. He 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. He started having trouble breathing and coughed in mid-November and passed away on December 1st, 2020. A week earlier he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Arnie Robinson Jr.

Arnie Robinson Jr.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Natalie Desselle Reid was famous for her roles in movies like B.A.P.S and Madea’s Big Happy Family and the TV sitcom Eve. After a long battle against colon cancer, the actress passed away on December 7th at age 53. Halle Berry, who co-starred with Natalie in B.A.P.S took to Instagram to share her devastation. She shared a video of her hugging her costar and captioned it saying, “I’m in total shock. Completely heartbroken. Gonna need a minute.”

Natalie Desselle Reid

Natalie Desselle Reid

David Prowse

David Prowse played the one and only Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Before he became an actor, however, he was a bodybuilder and weightlifter. The actor had a range of work and appeared in movies and TV shows like A Clockwork Orange and Doctor Who. On November 28th, he passed away from a short unspecified illness. He was 85 years old. On Twitter, his agent, Thomas Bovington, confirmed the news and wrote, “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,”

David Prowse

David Prowse

Diego Maradona

People all around the world were shaken and moured when they heard about the death of the Argentinean soccer legend. He passed away at the age of 60 on November 25th. The former athlete famously scored the “Hand of God” goal at the 1986 World Cup. It turns out that he had suffered a heart attack just three weeks after he went through surgery to remove a blood clot that was in his brain.

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Leanza Cornett

Leanza Cornett was the 1993 Miss America winner. After suffering a head injury, she had been admitted to the hospital. However, on October 28th, she passed away at age 49. The Miss America Organization took to Facebook to express their condolences and sorrow, writing, “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

Kenzo Takada was a fashion designer who founded the famous Kenzo brand. He passed away on October 4th at age 81 from coronavirus complications according to his spokesperson. His death occurred 50 years after he launched his first collection in Paris, just six years after coming to France from his home country, Japan. There, he was one of the first-ever male students in Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College.

Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons was a broadcasting legend. He was adored for his professionalism, quick wit, and kindness. The thing he was most famous for was the radio game show, Just a Minute, which he hosted ever since its launch in 1967. A TV-veteran, the 96-year-old was a radio and theater pro as well. He worked in the entertainment industry for 60 years. On January 28th, 2020, the entertainer passed away due to a short illness.

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

Terry Jones

Most famous for his role as Brian’s mother in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, Terry Jones delivered one of the most famous lines in 1970s comedy: “He’s not the Messiah – he’s a very naughty boy!”. Terry played several characters in the movie, as it turns out, not just one. He directed it too. Back when the movie was released, it was very controversial since it was religious satire. After fighting a “long, extremely brave but always good-humored battle with a rare form of dementia”, the actor passed away.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Derek Acorah

A self-styled spiritual medium, Derek Acorah hosted ‘Predictions with Derek Acorah’ early on in his television career. Simultaneously, he had also hosted the paranormal reality TV show, Most Haunted, in 2001. After it came out, it ran for six seasons. In 2017, Derek took part in Celebrity Big Brother and finished in fourth place. On January 4th, 2020, the 69-year-old actor passed away after what was said to be a “very brief illness” according to his wife.

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah

Derek Fowlds

Derek Fowlds made his claim to fame by playing private secretary Bernard Woolly in the popular 1980s sitcom, Yes Minister. Later on, he reprised the role in the sequel series, Yes, Prime Minister. Meanwhile, he also played the role of Oscar Blaketon in the ITV police drama, Heartbeat. At the peak of his TV career, Derek played the role of Mr. Derek on The Basil Brush Show. On February 17th, 2020, the actor passed away from pneumonia.

Derek Fowlds

Derek Fowlds

Harry Hains

The former model, actor, and musician, Harry Hains was an Australia native who starred in hit TV shows like American Horror Story and The OA. He also performed under the stage name ANTIBOY and was in the process of working on his debut electronic rock album; A Glitch In Paradise. However, things were tragically cut short with his death. The 27-year-old was battling a secret addiction for some time. His mother, Jane Badler, confirmed his death, saying he had “the world at his feet” but “sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction”.

Harry Hains

Harry Hains

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