The years 2020-2021 left us with some very bitter memories. The world lost some great people due to the pandemic. Where people all over the world lost their loved ones, it was the celebrity deaths that shocked everyone all over the world. A lot of young and old celebrities left us during the year and not all of them fell prey to the deadly pandemic. Some also died due to other medical reasons. Today we are going to take a look at 70 of the most shocking celebrity deaths of 2020.
The news about the death of arguably the most beloved person in the United States was clearly a shock to everybody. Sixty years on our screens, five Emmy Awards, an absolute comedic genius. Betty White passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, and literally the entire nation thought it was not long enough. We really thought she would be with us forever.
The news made headlines for weeks, and that is why it took the honorable first place on our list.
Another preson who is known to the whole world and who barely needs any introduction at all, His Royal Highness Prince Philipp saply passed away in April 2021 after a long struggle with Covid. The burial ceremony was unusually reserved and only included His Highness’ closest family members. One of them, by the way, was oblerved particularly closely by the viewers: Prince Harry, not being an official member of the British Royal Family, had to travel to England from the USA to be able to visit the occasion.
There are many people who are known and loved all over the world. Diego Maradona was one of those people. His popularity span all continent. He was a great player and he knew it. He was also co-awarded the title of FIFA Player of the 20th Century. On 2nd November he was admitted to the hospital due to psychological issues. This is why the doctors had to perform a brain surgery on him. Around two weeks after being releases from the hospital, Maradona passed away due to a heart attack. He died on 25th November 2020 at 60 years old.
Born David Charles Prowse, Prowse rose to fame for his role as Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy. He was the man behind the mask. However his accomplishments aren’t just limited to acting. He is a professional body builder and an MBE. During his life he suffered from multiple medical conditions however he died at the age of 85 due to complications from COVID 19. He died on 28th November 2020.
Kobe Bryant’s death was a shocker for the world. No one could believe that he was gone. What makes the news more heartbreaking is that his 13 years old daughter also passed away in the accident. Kobe was an MVP not just in basketball terms but as a human being as well. His death left a gap that may not be filled by anyone for a very long time. He was a living legend in the game of basketball and his death cemented his legendary legacy. He passed away in January 2020 at a young age of 41. He died in a helicopter crash.
James Lipton had many achievements to his name. However he was most notably known for being the host, writer and producer of Inside the Actors Studio. He worked both in television and in films as an actor as well as a writer and producer. He even appeared on the Simpsons and we know once your cartoon version appears on the Simpsons you have finally made it. Sadly Lipton passed away at the age of 93 on 2nd March 2020. The cause of his death was bladder cancer.
Pride was one of the best country musicians in the world. He was actually the first black man to be inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He won three Grammy awards over his illustrious career. He gave several different hits including the 1971 super hit song Kiss an Angel Good Morning. Pride did not always started out to become a singer. He was more focused towards a sports career however with time he started focusing more and more on music. Charles Pride died on 12th December 2020 at the age of 86. His cause of death was related to complications due to COVID-19.
The world lost one of its mightiest heroes on 28th August 2020. Chadwick Boseman was a young and energetic actor who quickly gained popularity due to his Black Panther character. He was very famous amongst African Americans who saw him as an inspiration. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2016. Initially he did not disclose his medical condition however at the age of 43 he lost his battle to colon cancer.
Father of comedian Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller was one of the most well-known comedians of his time. Jerry and his wife used to work as a duo called Stiller and Meara. He also acted in the hit show Seinfeld. He was known to play eccentric characters that were loved by the fans. He had a comic touch in his acting skills which came to him totally naturally. He showed his acting skills in both movies and TV shows. Stiller sadly passed away at the age of 92 from natural causes. He died on 11th May 2020. He would have been 93 in June.
Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, this is the guy who cofounded it. Patt Quinn was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 30 in 2013. He helped raise around $220 million for medical research for ALS patients. He fought his medical condition valiantly however he passed away 7 years after his diagnosis of ALS. He was 37. He died on 22nd November 2020.
Who is the host of Jeopardy? Well, Alex Trebek. Trebek is most famous for hosting the hit show Jeopardy. He hosted the quiz show for over 40 years. Trebek had a very unique style of hosting his show and he knew that he was very good at it. He hosted more than 8000 episodes of the show which is a great feat. Hosting the show just came natural to him. He died on 8th November 2020 at the age of 80. His cause of death of pancreatic cancer.
My name is Bond, James Bond. If you were growing up in the 60s then you don’t know any other bond but Sean Connery. His unique style of delivering dialogues and his charm was just too much to ignore. He was knighted in the year 2000 for his services to film drama. Connery died at the age of 90 due to heart failure and pneumonia. He passed away on 31st October 2020 around 2 months after his 90th birthday.
Born Issur Danielovitch, Kirk Douglas changed his name several times however he changed his name to Kirk Douglas when he entered the US navy. The actors lived to be 103 years so it isn’t a shock that his career spanned almost eight decades. His career includes some of the biggest masterpieces Hollywood ever created. He also worked in Radio back in the day when radio was the most popular form of media. He passed away on 7th February 2020. His cause of death has not been disclosed however it is speculated that it was a combination of old age and the effects of the severe stroke he suffered back in the 90s.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg served on the Supreme Court for 27 years. She was one of the most liberal Supreme Court justice’s the country had ever seen. She was a very calm and calculated person who knew what she was talking about. Even in school and college she showed signs of great potential. Both conservative legislators and politicians didn’t agree with her liberal stance on different important matters. She passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Regis Philbin is one of the most popular TV show host. He also hold the Guinness world record for the most hours on United States television. He was also known as the hardest working man in show business. He acted in films as well but he gained popularity from hosting who wants to be a millionaire. He underwent different surgeries and treatments in his life. He passed away at the age of 88 on 24th July 2020. He would have been 89 in August. His cause of death was coronary artery disease.
Born as John Paul Pizzarelli, Bucky was one of the most famous Jazz guitarist in the world. His career spanned almost eight decades which is an achievement in itself. Over his lengthy career he collaborated with many amazing musicians. Pizzarelli passed away at the age of 94 on 1st April 2020. His death was mainly attributed to complications due to COVID-19. However he was also suffering from other preexisting conditions as well.
Ann Reinking was an American actor, choreographer and dancer. Even though she acted in movies her popularity was because of her dancing skills and choreography. She was one of the best choreographers in American cinema. She regularly worked in Broadway plays and helped choreograph entire dance sequences on the Broadway and in movies. She passed away in her sleep on 12th December 2020. She was 71.
Michael Hughes was more popularly known as Mad Mike Hughes. The world MAD was added to his name because of his love for adventure. He was a believer of conspiracy theories like the “flat earth theory”. People loved him for his daredevil antics. He was known to fly in self built rockets. Unfortunately one of these rockets ended up taking his life. He died at the age of 64 on February 22nd 2020. On the unfortunate day he was piloting a self-built rocket which crashed and took Michael’s life.
If you have ever used to the cut, copy and paste option on your computer then this is the guy you have to thank. Over the years he worked with some big giants like Amazon, Apple, Yahoo and many more. He is most widely known due to the invention of copy and paste option on your computers. His major field of study was human and computer interaction. His work has been great for boosting the tech industry. Sadly this genius left the world on 16th February 2020 at the age of 74. His cause of death is still unknown but many speculate that he died because of the trauma and effects he faced after a bicycle accident a few days before the death.
Robert Conrad was a jack of all trades. He worked as an actor, stuntman, and singer and even as a radio show host. His career spanned over six decades where he gave worked in classics like the TV Show the Wild Wild West and Baa Baa Black Sheep. He was paralyzed on the right side due to an automobile accident. Robert Conrad died on 8th February 2020 due to heart failure. He was 84.
Terry Jones was one of the most well-known Welsh actors in the world. He worked on hundreds of different projects in his career in the showbiz industry. He was a director, actor, writer, historian and most importantly a comedian. He was also a member of the famous comedy troupe Monty Python Comedy Team. This team was responsible for giving us classics like the Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In 2006 he was diagnose with cancer which he fought with great courage and defeated cancer after a surgery. In 2015 he was diagnosed with dementia. His health deteriorated over time and eventually he lost his fight against dementia on 21st January 2020.
John le Carre
Born David John Moore Cornwell, this amazing British author is better known by his pen name, John le Carre. He is best known for his espionage novels. He had a great passion for spy novels. Such novels greatly reflected his personality as he used to work for intelligence services in the 1950s and 1960s. Several of his novels were also adopted to the big screen including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Sadly Carre passed away on 12th December due to pneumonia. He was 89 years old.
Kenny Rogers was one of the most popular music stars in the United States. He started his career back in the 1950s and carried on singing till late 2010s. He was a singer and a businessman as well. His music career spanned several decades and he earned a lot of achievements on the way. He had a very decorated career. Sadly Rogers passed away on March 20th 2020 at the age of 81 years old. He died of natural causes.
Max Von Sydow
Max Von Sydow was an already established actor before The Seventh Seal came out. However the film cemented his name in history. Young people may know him as the three eyes raven in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. His career spanned over seven decades. During his career he worked in both movies and TV shows. He did movies in different languages as well including Swedish and English. He is a two time academy award winner. The actor passed away at the age of 90 on 8th March 2020. No cause of death was disclosed.
Christopher Tolkien was the son of the famous author JRR Tolkien. He had rights to most of his father’s work. He was also a critic of his father’s work. He updated the map for middle earth in the 1970s. He was also the one who drew the original lord of the rings maps for his father. In addition to working as an editor for his father’s work, he also did a lot of writing on his own as well. He passed away on 16th January 2020 at the age of 95.
Charles Elwood Yeager better known as Chuck Yeager. He is a hero in the world of pilots. It was considered impossible for pilots to exceed the speed of sound in level flight. However Chuck Yeager showed that it was possible. He was the first pilot to ever exceed the speed of sound in flight. He was a great pilot. He also enlisted himself in the American air force and once took down 5 enemy planes in a single mission. He passed away at the age of 97 on 7th December 2020.
Tony Hsieh was a popular American internet entrepreneur. He is mostly known for his show and clothing company Zappos. Zappos found great success. It was one of the earliest online companies. He retired from the position of CEO of Zappos in August 2020, just 3 months before his death. He died at a young age of 46 years old. He died after suffering injuries from a fire. His cause of death has been listed as smoke inhalation. Some people also speculate that drugs may have played a role in his death as well.
If you have been enjoying Chinese food in the United States then you have to thank Cecilia Chiang. Before Cecilia started her restaurant in San Francisco there were many other people who had their own Chinese restaurants. However when Cecilia visited those restaurants she found out that their food was nothing like original Chinese food. This is why she thought about opening her own restaurant where she offered authentic Chinese food to customers. She completely revolutionized Chinese restaurants in the US. Her son is a co-owner of the popular restaurants chain PF Chang’s. She died on 28th October 2020 at the age of 100.
There are many sports personalities who have made a name for themselves. Joe Morgan was one of them. Joe Morgan was a member of the baseball hall of fame. He is known as one of the best baseball players to have ever lived. After retiring from the game as a player he worked as a broadcaster. He was considered as the best second baseman in the game of baseball. Morgan died at the age of 77 on October 11th 2020.
Cornett was the first Miss America winner who refused to wear a crown in public. She was very active in spreading awareness about aids. She won back to back beauty contests, first winning the Miss Florida title in 1992 and then winning Miss America in 1993. She later became an actor and a singer as well. Her beauty wasn’t the only thing she was famous for. Her work for AIDs prevention and awareness also garnered her a lot of positive attention.
Diane Di Prima
Diane Di Prima was considered as one of the last surviving member of the beats movement. She was a great author and poet. Her writings and poems had a great effect on the American culture and literature. Diane Di Prima was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and passed away at the age of 86 on 25th October 2020.
Just see the above fonts and imagine how the brands would have been if the logo was any different than it is. The fonts add to the value of the brands .Ed Banquiat is the man behind these logos. He was a famous artist and font designer on the 20th century. Sadly he passed away in October 2020 just days before his 93rd birthday.
Gale Eugene Sayers was a legendary American footballer back in the 60s and 70s, earning the title “Rookie of the Year” in 1965, he’s known for having the greatest career kickoff-return average in the NFL. A series of unfortunate knee injuries forced him to retire early in 1972, already a legend, Sayers was sworn into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at the age of 34, the youngest to receive this honor. The 77-year-old former Chicago bears player passed away on September 23, 2020, due to complications stemming from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Edward Charles Ford, more popularly known as Whitey Ford, a nickname earned because of his light blond hair, was an American professional baseball player. Known for having the greatest winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century, he pitched from 1950 to 1967 in the major leagues. Ford played his entire career with the Yankees and was one of the most dependable pitchers in the history of baseball, Winning 236 games while losing only 106. Sadly, Whitey Ford passed away on October 8, 2020, due to unknown causes in his home on Long Island.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Thomas Jefferson Byrd was a famous television, film, and stage actor, who worked in several movies directed by Spike Lee such as Clockers (1995), Get on the Bus (1996), and Bamboozled (2000). As well as various regional stage productions like the San Diego Repertory Theater’s award-winning performance of “Spunk”. He passed away on 3rd October 2020, in Georgia where the police found him unresponsive with several gunshot wounds. He was 70, Byrd will be remembered by many for his performances, such as his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for which he received a Tony Award nomination.
Who can forget Robert Gibson, nickname Bob Gibson, the professional American baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball. With 251 wins in his career, he is known for his fiercely competitive personality that intimidated opponents, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his very first year of eligibility, 1981. Along with all this, Gibson won the 1968 National League’s Most valuable player (MVP) Award and two Cy Young Awards. He passed away on the 2nd of October in 2020 at the age of 84 due to pancreatic cancer.
Helen Maxine Reddy is known by many titles such as songwriter, singer, actress, author, and activist. Born in Melbourne, she had a series of pop-rock hits in the 1970s, but after her song “I Am Woman” she became a feminist icon of the 70s. The song sold millions of copies all over the world and made Reddy the best-selling female artist for two years globally, and in 1973 she even won a Grammy Award. The feminist legend passed away on the 29th of September 2020 at the age of 78, no doubt she will be remembered in our hearts for years to come.
Gaetano “Tommy” DeVito is best known for being a founding member as well as lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band “The Four Seasons”. Some popular hits of the band include Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night, Sherry, and Walk like a Man, another fun fact is that they were the inspiration for the famous musical Jersey Boys. He passed away on September 21, 2020, at the age of 92, two other Founding members of the band, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli, were the ones that announced his death, they mentioned he “would be missed by all who loved him”.
Michael Crawford Chapman was an American film director and Oscar-nominated cinematographer, some of his most popular work includes Death Be Not Proud, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull. Chapman was the DP on Michael Jackson’s music video for “Bad,” and He retired after his last film, Bridge to Terabithia. Chapman passed away on September 20, 2020, due to congestive heart failure, in his home in Los Angeles. Michael Chapman successfully gifted his genius to the world in the form of his work and kept audiences on their toes till the very last film.
The Rev. Robert Graetz
Robert Sylvester Graetz Jr. was a white Lutheran clergyman who became a full-time pastor to a Black congregation, he had always shown an interest in civil rights and is known for being the only White minister to engage in the Montgomery bus boycott. Even after confronting death threats from KKK members and having his home targeted, he still kept his word, transforming him into a symbol of White support for Black people. He made it his mission in life to fight for equal rights and passed away on the 20th of September, 2020 at his home in Montgomery.
Winston Groom was an American non-fiction writer and novelist, he wrote the novel Forrest Gump in 1986, which turned into a massively successful Oscar-winning film in 1994 as well as winning six Academy Awards. Graduating from the University of Alabama in 1965, he served in the US Army, which included a tour during the Vietnam War. Groom was also a former journalist and wrote nonfiction on a variety of topics such as the American civil war. Winston Groom passed away in south Alabama town on the 17th of September 2020, he is forever immortalized in the success of his work.
Actress Dame Diana Rigg has had a long and unique career in film, on stage, and on television. She prepared as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her debut in a production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, but for a certain generation, she will always be remembered as lovable Emma Peel in The Avengers TV series and devious Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. She passed away on the 10th of September, 2020 due to lung cancer at her home in London, she will forever be treasured in the hearts of all those she charmed with her acting.
The man most of us know as a New Orleans Saints Legend, an extraordinary being who was born without toes on his right foot yet still overcame that to become a well-recognized kicker and set an NFL record by making a 63-yard goal, a record that stood for more than 40 years, this man is Tom Dempsey. His life was an embodiment of human determination and the power of will, but sadly, Tom Dempsey passed away on the 4th of April, 2020, due to complications resulting from the contraction of Covid-19.
Honor Blackman was a hugely successful English actress, she became a household name when she played Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964) and Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–1964). Not only this but she was also a committed activist, campaigning for the liberal party and eventually became a member of the Liberal Democrats. A charismatic, kind, and gentle soul, condolences were sent from every corner of the world news of her passing broke out. She passed away at the age of 94 on the 5th of April, 2020, she died peacefully of natural causes at her home in East Sussex, as stated by her family.
Al Kaline was the Hall of Famer most of us remember as the man who broke his collar bone while saving the Detroit Tigers, with whom he played his entire career. He was a 10-time Gold Glove winner in right field and an All-Star in 15 seasons, even nearing the endpoint of his career, he was the Tiger’s designated hitter. The Legend passed away on the 6th of April, 2020 at the age of 85. Without a doubt, he will be missed by thousands of fans all over the World.
A jewel of the fashion industry, Kansai Yamamoto was a vivacious and extremely talented Japanese designer. Yamamoto is known for designing some of David Bowie’s most famous outfits such as the multicolor Lurex-shot knit jumpsuit and a cape enveloped from head to toe in Japanese Kanji characters. He successfully incorporated traditional Japanese culture in his eccentric designs. Sadly, the fashion icon passed away on July 21, 2020, of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 76. He was a flamboyant and optimistic soul that left his mark in this world, Kansai Yamamoto will be remembered for years to come.
Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, more popularly recognized by her stage name Kelly Preston, was a gifted and captivating American model and actress. Famous for her roles in hit films such as Jerry Maguire, Twins, and Spacecamp, she sometimes appeared in roles alongside her husband, John Travolta, in movies such as Gotti. She passed away, tragically, on 12 July, 2020, from breast cancer. Her husband stated ‘Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered’. She was 57.
Naya Rivera, we all fondly remember her as cheerleader Santana Lopez on the TV show Glee. She appeared in almost each and every episode of the precious and hilarious drama, which ended back in 2015. Even after her big break, people described the actress as humble and down to earth, she also had a profound effect on Afro-Latinx and queer Latinx representation in the industry. The Glee star passed away on 8 July 2020 in an unfortunate boating incident. Naya Rivera’s contributions to the film industry have created a lasting memory in every person who had the pleasure of being in her audience.
George Thomas Seaver was also known as the franchise. His nickname tells you what type of a player he really was. He is considered as a legend in the game of baseball. He was one of the best players of his time. This is why he is a member of the Hall Of Fame for both the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds. He is also a member of the Baseball Hall Of Fame as well. Tom Seaver died because of COVID 19 and complication due to dementia. He was 75 years old.
One of the best players, baseball every produced. Lou Brock held a lot of baseball records in his career. This is why he was inducted in the Baseball hall of fame back in 1985. He was a business and a philanthropist and his name was also mentioned in songs like Check The Rhime. He was a diabetic and also won a fight against cancer. He passed away on 6th September 2020 at the age of 81.
Gail Sheehy was one of the most learned journalist and author America had ever seen. Her career spanned several decades and her work garnered her a lot of praise from the readers. She also played an important role in Tom Wolfe’s movement New Journalism. She also write biographies of some of the major world leaders including Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush and Hillary Clinton. Gail passed away on 24th August 2020 at the age of 83 due to complications from pneumonia. Her legacy still lives on through her work.
Harry Bernard Cross or Ben Cross was an English actor. He performed on stage, television and in movies. He is best known for his portrayal of English track and field Olympic champion Harold Abrahams in the movie Chariots of Fire. Star Trek fans may remember him as Sarek. In addition to acting he also tried his hand at screenwriting and directing. He also wrote music. Cross passed away at the age of 72 on 18th August 2020. His cause of death was cancer.
If you love American History then there are chances that you have seen this man’s work especially if you followed or studies the civil rights movement. Dan Budnik was a photographer whose work during the black rights movement garnered him a lot of popularity. During his career he photographed people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight D Eisenhower. He has inspired many people to follow in his footsteps to photojournalism. Sadly Budnik passed away in an assisted living facility on 14th August 2020. He was 87.
Konrad Steffen was a very popular Swiss glaciologist. His major area of research was the Arctic sea. He studies the effects of global warming on arctic glaciers, glaciers in Greenland and arctic sea ice. His research has been really useful. It has showed how global warming has been effecting the glaciers in the arctic. While studying the effects of global warming on Greenland, he speculated that the sea levels may rice to up to 3ft in a hundred years. This means that the country will lose all its ice and turn to water. This has been very alarming for the scientists working to mitigate the risks of global warming. It has been more shocking for the residents of Greenland. His academic work has been very helpful to other geoscientists as well. Sadly a work expedition took his life. Konrad Steffen passed away at the age of 68 on 8th August 2020. He fell and drowned in a crevasse in Greenland which resulted in his death.
John Saxon’s career spanned six decades. He is known to work in over 200 small and large scale movies during his career. He was mostly seen in horror movies and in westerns. He can be seen in classics like the Nightmare on Elm Street and Enter the Dragon. He was a natural at acting. He worked in both film and television and won a lot of awards cementing his status as an excellent actor. He was considered as a cult film actor due to some of his films becoming cult classics. He was 11 days short of his 84th birthday. He died on 25th July 2020 at the age of 83. His cause of death was Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
John Prine’s spread way out of the music industry. He served in the US army in the 1960s however he had a great love for music since his early childhood. He also worked as mailman in the 60s and 70s. He is considered as one of the most influential singers and songwriters of his time. He was a very diverse singer and lyricist which was quite clear from his songs. His lyrics were sometimes very serious and sometimes very comic. He wrote the lyrics based on the message he wanted to communicate. John Prine passed away at the age of 71 on 7th April 2020. His cause of death was complications due to COVID19.
Saroj Khan was credited to be the first female choreographer in Bollywood. She was a very prominent figure in Bollywood due to the extensive dance sequences in the Bollywood movies. In her forty plus years in the field she choreographed over 3000 songs. This is a great feat and a record in Bollywood. She also collaborated with choreographers in Hollywood movies as well. She learned to dance at a very young age and had a very distinct dancing style herself. In later years of her career she also judged reality dance shows. She was known to be a very strict judge and took her craft very seriously. She passed away on 3rd July 2020 due to a cardiac arrest. She was 71.
Peter Beard was one of the most popular and unique American artist ever. He was also a photographer and gained his popularity from his photography in Africa mainly Kenya. He took some amazing photographs of African animals during his career. His work is exhibited in different museums throughout America. He also worked for fashion magazines like Elle and Vogue. He worked with other artists as well including artists like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. He almost died in 1996 when an elephant attacked him. He was taken to a hospital where the doctors revived him as he did not have a pulse. He lived on for another 24 years. He went missing on 31st March 2020. He was suffering from dementia which caused him to walk out of his home in Montauk. His body was later discovered in the woods by a hunter. The cause of death is still unknown.
The world came to know how important oximeters are during the pandemic. Takuo Aoyagi is the person who invented the pulse oximeter. He was a Japanese engineer who spent most years of his life coming up with inventions that would be helpful to the health sector. He also gave an idea for a pulse spectrophotometer. His most notable invention is the modern pulse oximeter. There were other oximeter in the market before that as well but they were difficult to use and unfortunately they were highly inaccurate as well. Takuo helped improve that and came up with the modern pulse oximeter that is more efficient and accurate. He passed away at the age of 84 on 18th April 2020.
Brent Scowcroft was an American air force officer. He is most notably known for his role as the national security advisor for two presidents I.e. Gerald Ford and George H W Bush. He also worked with President Nixon, President George W Bush and President Barack Obama. Brent Scowcroft has a habit of sleeping during meetings. George H W Bush took it in a light mood and introduced a special award named Scowcroft Award. It was given to people who slept during the meeting and there were three criteria on which people were judged. It was a running gag during George HW Bush’s administration. Jokes apart Brent contributed a lot to his country’s safety. Sadly he passed away on 6th August 2020 at the age of 95.
Phyllis Ann George was a Jill of all trades. She was an actor, sportscaster, businessperson, Miss America and first lady of Kentucky She had it all. She was actually one of the first female on air sportscasters in the country. She also hosted the comedy show Candid Camera. For most part of her career she worked at CBS and made a name for herself. She was loved by her peers and fans alike. Sadly she passed away at the age of 70. She died on 14th May 2020 and her cause of death was listed as Polycythemia Vera.
Sir Alan Parker
Sir Alan William Parker was one of the most popular filmmakers England had ever produced. His began his career when he was just a teenager and made his way to the top. He wrote and also directed the hit parody movie Bugsy Malone. The movie gave a well deserved boost to his career. Over the years he gave many super hits and classics. His career spanned over 3 decades but he achieved way more than what anyone else in his shoes would have achieved in 30 years and he has all the awards and recognitions to prove that. Sir Alan Parker passed away on July 31st 2020 at the age of 76. He was ill for a long time and his lengthy illness took his life.
John Lewis is a very prominent name in American politics. He is known for his role in the fight against racial segregation laws. He was also a very significant figure in the American civil rights movement. In fact he was considered as one of the six top leaders of the movements alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years he received many honorary awards for his contributions to the country. He was also awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011. He worked his entire life to end the hatred between people from different races so that everyone could move forward collectively. Sadly Lewis passed away on July 17 2020. He was 80. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
Olivia de Havilland
She was the sister of the famous actress Joan Fontaine. At the time of her death, Olivia was the last prominent star from the golden age of Hollywood. She was also the oldest living person to win an academy award. Her career spanned over eight decades which shows how much she loved acting. She was the oldest person to be anointed dame. She was anointed a dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2017 for her services to drama. She passed away on 26th July 2020 at the age of 104.
Christo worked with his wife Jeanne Claude for most of his career. They were both very artists who had a knack for large scale artistry. Their art sometimes even covered buildings and entire landscapes. There are very few people in the world who did what Christo and his wife did. His wife passed away in 2009 however Christo carried on with the artistic legacy of the couple. He kept working and creating amazing large scale masterpieces until his death on 13th May 2020. He was 84 years old. The cause of death was not disclosed. Before his death he was working on a project called L’Arc de Triomphe. The management of his office decided that they would complete the project as this was the last project Christo worked on.
Some may know him as Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbits trilogy while others may know him as Sam Mussabini from Chariots of Fire. Sir Ian Holm had an illustrious career. His career spanned almost 6 decades and he acted in diverse types of movies from history to comedy and fantasy genre. Theatre and television also had the pleasure of experiencing this great actor’s acting skills. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s diseases. He breathed his last on 19th June 2020 at the age of 88.
Larry Kramer was an author, producer, playwright and a very active LGBT rights activist. His career spanned over 60 years and he was dominated for an academy award for his screenplay for Women in love. He was an active LGBT rights activist and his writing usually depicted that. He wrote extensively in favor of LGBT rights and equality. He passed away just a month before his 85th birthday. He passed away on 27th May 2020. The cause of death was pneumonia. He was 84 years old.
The Beatles is still one of the most well known music group in the world. They were at the top of their popularity in the 1960s and anyone who worked with them quickly got a boost in their career. Things were a bit different for Astrid Kirchherr. As not only did she get more recognition for her work with the Beatles she also made them look good as well. She had a knack for photography and took some exceptional photographs of the band back in the day. She was a photographer by profession with a passion to take photographs of the Beatles among many other things. Her work in exhibited in different parts of the world. She passed away on 12th May 2020 at the age of 81.
Shirley Knight was a member of the Actors Studio. She was one of the most famous actresses of the 20th century. She acted in films, Broadway, and even television. In her career she worked in many hit projects that even earned her academy award nominations. She couldn’t bag an Oscar but she did win a Golden Globe. She was a heartthrob and her smile was considered one of most beautiful in Hollywood. She died of natural causes at the age of 83 on 22nd April 2020.
Even if you don’t know who Ennio Morricone is, chances are that you have listen to his music at least once in your life. He worked on some of the most prominent films in Hollywood including Once Upon A Time in America, The Hateful Eight, Bugsy and most important The Good the Bad and The Ugly. He was a beautiful composer who knew his craft inside out. Sadly the world will not be hearing anymore compositions from Morricone as he passed away on 6th July 2020 at the age of 91.
Lynn Sheltor is one of the youngest entries on our list. She passed away at a young age of 54. She was an exceptional filmmaker who loved to direct and produce movies. Woody Allen was one of her influences when it came to direction. She also products and directed several television shows. Her life was cut short due to Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Actor and comedian, Fred Willard gave the world some of the most memorable comedic content. He worked in both films and television and also showcased his voiceover skills in videos games. His last role was of Fred Naird alongside Steve Carell in the hit show Space Force. He spent his life trying to make other laugh but he eventually made everyone cry on 15th May 2020 when he passed away due to a cardiac arrest. He was 86 years old.