Here Are Some Of Those Who Died In 2020

A look back at those who died this year.

This horrible year did give us some good things: Dolly Parton as a world savior, two vaccines, all of the cardboard dogs in the audience at the 2020 National Dog Show.

But it also took a lot from us — and in terrifying, previously unfathomable ways.

In 2020, quite a few people to whom we often turned when things were bad and we needed cheering up in our own lives died, from Alex Trebek of Jeopardy to Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther.

Here's a look back at just a few of those in the public eye who died this year.

Chadwick Boseman, actor, 43

Christo, artist and sculptor, 84

Man in denim jacket in a field with blue umbrellas behind him

Eddie Van Halen, musician and songwriter, 65

Man playing electric guitar on stage with bright lights

Alex Trebek, game show host, 80

Trebek on blue background looking off to side of the camera

Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist and educator, 85

Man at a piano on stage with a crowd behind him

Phyllis Lyon, author and lesbian rights activist, 95

Two older women in their living room with a pride flag in the background

Kelly Preston, actor, 57

Preston holding on to the arm of John Travolta

Joseph Lowery, minister and leader in the civil rights movement, 98

Grant Imahara, electrical engineer and cohost of MythBusters, 49

Man testing out a bamboo blowpipe in a workshop

Diego Maradona, professional soccer player, 60

Man on a field about to kick a soccer ball

Malik B. (also known as Malik Abdul Basit), rapper, singer, and a founding member of the Roots, 47

The three members of the Roots outside, looking at the camera, wearing t-shirts and jeans

John Lewis, politician and civil rights activist, 80

Sean Connery, actor and James Bond star, 90

Sean Connery leaning on a car in a suit

Ja'Net Dubois, actor and singer-songwriter, 74

Woman in a purple sweater looking and smiling at camera

John Prine, country and folk music singer-songwriter, 73

Prine on stage with bright lights on him holding a guitar

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice, 87

Ginsburg in robes and in front of a bookcase

Kobe and Gianna Bryant, basketball superstar and daughter, 41 and 13

Kobe Bryant holding his daughter Gianna  and laughing with her as she looks up at him

Fred Willard, actor and comedian, 86

Fred Willard in a shirt and tie in front of televisions on the Ron Burgundy set

Chi Chi DeVayne, American drag queen and reality television personality, 34

Chi Chi DeVayne smiling at the camera in a sparkly dress and with full makeup

Olivia de Havilland, actor and Gone With the Wind star, 104

De Havilland in a full dress on a staircase

Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, 81

Rogers in a velvet suit singing into a microphone on stage with lights behind him

Naya Rivera, actor, singer, and model, 33

Katherine Johnson, NASA administrator whose involvement in the space race was told in Hidden Figures, 101

A woman in glasses and a short sleeve suit at a desk with paper, typewriter

Irrfan Khan, actor, 53

Khan in a black suit seated at a table, staring at the camera

Jerry Stiller, comedian and actor, 92

Man with curly hair and a checked suit smiling at camera

C.T. Vivian, early civil rights organizer, 95

Barack Obama awarding C.T. Vivian an award in front of an American flag

Betty Wright, soul and R&B singer-songwriter, 66

A woman with long earrings, braids, and her hair done up, with her shoulders bare

John le Carré (pen name of David John Moore Cornwell), spy novel author, 89

Le Carré, an older man with white hair, posing for the camera

Helen Reddy, singer, songwriter, and activist, 78

Reddy in a halter top singing on stage looking at the audience

Roy Horn, one half of entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, 75

Two men seated outside, one man has a small white tiger on his lap that he is holding up for the camera

Bill Withers, singer-songwriter and musician, 81

Withers with his hands clasped in front of a studio backdrop

Regis Philbin, TV anchor and game show host, 88

Philbin in a trench coat with a microphone during a parade

Anthony Chisholm, film and stage actor, 77

Chisholm in a fedora and jacket playing chess outdoors in NYC

Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian president and autocrat, 91

Mubarak looking grim as people salute him

Little Richard, musician, singer, and songwriter, 87

Little Richard on stage performing under pink lights

James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio, 93

Lipton alone among many empty seats in a theater

Herman Cain, business executive and Republican politician, 74

Cain onstage among stars, gesturing as he speaks

Conchata Ferrell, actor, 77

Ferrell with curly hair looking at the camera

Nick Cordero, actor and Broadway star, 41

Cordero on a dark stage, looking off to the right

Honor Blackman, actor, 94

Honor Blackman in a vest on a movie set

This story is part of our series on the year 2020. To read more, click here.

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