Remembering the stars we lost in 2020

As we approach the end of what has been an unusual year, it is time to take stock and remember those we have lost in 2020.

The world of entertainment reeled from the loss of both Caroline Flack and Chadwick Boseman while music mourned the deaths of Eddie Van Halen and Bill Withers.

We struggled to come terms with the death of sporting legend Kobe Bryant and his young daughter Gianna this year as well as Hollywood icons like Sean Connery, Honor Blackman and Ian Holm.

Before 2020 comes to a close, here is a reminder of the icons we said goodbye to.

Caroline Flack

TV star Caroline Flack died on February 15 aged 40 having taken her own life.

She was best known for presenting hit dating series Love Island as well as The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now!.

Chadwick Boseman

The much loved actor’s family announced Boseman’s death on August 29 at the age of 43.

The Black Panther star had battled colon cancer in secret for four years which had progressed to stage four.

Dame Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara, best known for her roles in the Carry On comedies and as formidable landlady Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders, died aged 83 on December 10. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014.

Kelly Preston

Actress Kelly Preston, who was married to actor John Travolta, died at home on July 12 after secretly battling breast cancer for two years. She was 57.

She had been married to Travolta for nearly 29 years and the couple had children Ella, 20, Ben nine, and 16-year-old Jett, who died in 2009.

Naya Rivera

Rivera, 33, died in July after going missing for five days during a boating trip in Lake Piru California with her son Josey, four.

Best known for playing Santana Lopez on Glee, her former co-stars have since launched a charity fundraiser in her memory.

Des O’Connor

The TV icon, 88, died ‘peacefully’ in his sleep on 14 November, his agent confirmed.

He had been admitted to hospital after suffering a fall in his home in Buckinghamshire.

O’Connor’s 45-year career included hosting The Des O’Connor Show, Today with Des and Mel, Countdown and Take Your Pick.

Johnny Nash

The musician, best known for his 1972 hit I Can See Clearly Now, died aged 80 at his Texas home on October 6.

The news was confirmed by his son Johnny Nash Jr.

Jackie Stallone

Jackie Stallone, mother to actor Sylvester Stallone and singer Frank Stallone, died on September 22 aged 98.

She appeared in the original 1980s programme GLOW Girls: Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, which was later turned into the Netflix series of the same name.

In 2005 Stallone entered Celebrity Big Brother UK and was voted out after four days.

Sir Sean Connery

The 90-year-old actor, who died on October 31, was best known for playing James Bond in seven films: Dr No, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Never Say Never Again.

Sir Sean died in his sleep from pneumonia, heart failure and old age. His wife of 45 years Micheline revealed he had been living with dementia in his final years.

Sir Ian Holm

The actor, best known for playing Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died aged 88 on June 19 from an illness related to Parkinson’s disease.

‘His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations,’ his agent Alex Irwin said.

‘Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.’

Dame Vera Lynn

The We’ll Meet Again singer died June 18 at the age of 103.

The Forces’ Sweetheart was well known for performing songs The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, and I’ll Be Seeing You, as she entertained the troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War.

Bobby Ball

Ball, one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball, died on October 28. He was 76-years-old and had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before his death.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant

LA Lakers player Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter were both killed in a helicopter crash in January, along with seven others.

Kirk Douglas

The actor, who died on February 5, was 103-years-old.

His son, actor Michael Douglas, paid tribute saying: ‘Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.

Terry Jones

The Monty Python star, 77, had battled dementia before his death on January 21.

He is survived by his wife Anna and children Bill, Sally and Siri.

Archie Lyndhurst

The 19-year-old CBBC star, and the son of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst was found dead at his family home in Fulham on September 22.

Irrfan Khan

Bollywood icon Khan, 53, died on April 29 after battling a colon infection.

Over the years he had crossed over into Hollywood, landing roles in Slumdog Millionaire, The Life of Pi and Jurassic World.

Honor Blackman

The actress died of natural causes at her home in Sussex in April. She was 94-years-old old.

Blackman was a star of the British stage and screen appearing in The Upper Hand and James Bond film Goldfinger opposite Sean Connery.

Bill Withers

The singer-songwriter, best known for his classic Lean On Me died on June 30 at the age of 81.

The performer, who also sings Lovely Day and Just The Two Of Us, died from heart complications his family confirmed.

Pop Smoke

20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed in February after being shot during a home invasion at his Hollywood Hills home.

His debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, topped the UK Official Albums Chart giving him a posthumous number one.

Nicole Thea

The YouTube star and her unborn son Reign died on July 11 this year. She was 24-years-old.

A memorial, organised by her partner Boga, took place in London’s Hyde Park in July on what would have been her 25th birthday. Mourners, dressed in white T-shirts, released white balloons into the air.

Max Von Sydow

The Exorcist and Game Of Thrones star died aged 90 in March.

His other acting credits from through his celebrated career include Minority Report, Shutter Island, Pelle The Conqueror and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The latter two films earned him Oscar nominations.

Eddie Large

The icon, star of Little and Large with his long time comedy partner Syd Little, died aged 78 on April 2.

He had been in hospital with heart failure and contracted Covid-19 before his death.

EJ Osborne

Money For Nothing presenter EJ Osbourne – full name Ethan-James Osborne – was an Australian woodworker who helped people upcycle their old furniture on the BBC daytime show.

His wife Anne-Marie announced he had died on Facebook in September, but did not give a cause of death. He was 45-years-old.

Eddie Van Halen

The guitarist, who co-founded Van Halen, died aged 65 on October 6 after a long battle with throat cancer.

Dame Diana Rigg

Dame Diana, best known for her roles in The Avengers and Game Of Thrones, died of cancer aged 82 on September 10.

Her daughter Rachael Stirling said: ‘My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family. She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words.’

Frank Bough

The former presenter died in a care home on October 14 aged 87.

Bough went into sports presenting in 1964 on Sportsview before joining BBC sports show Grandstand where he would remain for 15 years.

For 18 years he was the face of BBC’s Sports Review of the Year, now known as Sports Personality of the Year.

Nick Cordero

The Broadway actor was 41 when he died on July 6, following a four-month battle with coronavirus.

He is survived by wife Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis.

Chi Chi DeVayne

The RuPaul’s Drag Race star, real name Zavion Davenport, died in August aged 34 after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

DeVayne found fame on the eighth season of Drag Race and the third season of Drag Race All Stars.

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