Celebrity deaths of 2020 – here are the stars we’ve lost this year

From rock stars to wrestlers, TV stars and actors, there have already been quite a few celebrity deaths in 2020 which have shocked the world.

The start of the decade has seen us wave goodbye much-loved stars such as spiritual medium Derek Acorah, drummer Neal Peart, Love Island host Caroline Flack and Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman.

And with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to say goodbye to even more.

Saying goodbye to our heroes and stars we admire is never easy. But they leave behind a legacy which will never be forgotten.

When someone is dies it’s important to celebrate their lives and remember the contributions they leave behind for the world to enjoy.

Here we remember the stars who have passed away so far in 2020.

AUGUST

Wilfred Brimley

American actor Wilfred Brimley died aged 85 on August 2.

He passed away at his home in Utah after a short stay in intensive care.

The actor is known for his roles in the likes of The Thing and Cocoon.

Wilfred had a long career starting back in the 1960s, and his most recent credit was in Timber the Treasure Dog as Hawk Jones.

  • Wilford Brimley dead: Cocoon and The Thing actor dies aged 85

Tony Morris

ITV Grenada Reports presenter Tony Morris dead at the age of 57 after being diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.

He died on August 1 at Bury Hospice, with his daughters Natalie and Rebecca by his side.

The TV star presented ITV’s regional news programme in the North West of England.

He presented Grenade Reports for 17 years, and was active on the show until just a few weeks before his death.

  • Tony Morris dead: ITV Granada Reports presenter dies aged 57 after cancer battle

Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died aged 43 after a four-year battle with cancer on August 28.

The actor was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, and it had progressed to stage four at the time of his death.

Chadwick shot to fame as the lead in Marvel’s 2018 mega-hit Black Panther as King T’Challa.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer, he went on to star in other films, such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

He has also starred in other films such as Marshall and Da 5 Bloods.

  • Chadwick Boseman dead: Black Panther and Avengers star dies aged 43 after cancer battle

JULY

Denise Johnson

Singer Denise Johnson died aged 54 on July 27.

She was best known for singing on the Primal Scream album Screamadelica, performing with the groups throughout the 1990s.

Denise made a name for herself in a variety of cover bands.

She joined the soul group Fifth of Heaven in the late 1980s, before being introduced to Primal Scream.

  • Denise Johnson dead: 'Screamadelica' Singer with Primal Scream dies aged 53

Peter Green

Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green died aged 73 on July 25.

The musician co-founded the band, which is regarded as one of the best groups of all time, in London in 1967.

He starred in the group alongside Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer.

He left the band in the 1970s due to struggling with mental health difficulties.

Green was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.

  • Peter Green Dead: Fleetwood Mac co-founder dies aged 73

Jacqueline Scott

Actress Jacqueline Scott died aged 89 on July 23.

Her death came just weeks after her husband Gene Lesser, a former TV writer and press agent, died.

The pair met on the set of Macabre and married in 1958 and had a beautiful life together ever since, including having children and grandchildren.

Jacqueline was famous for playing the sister of David Janssen's man on the run in The Fugitive and the wife of Walter Matthau's bank robber in Charley Varrick.

  • The Fugitive actress Jacqueline Scott dies aged 89 just weeks after beloved husband

JUNE

Ian Holm

Lord of the Rings star Ian Holm died aged 88 on June 19.

The actor, who was famous for playing Bilbo Baggins, died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His other notable roles include portraying athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire – a portrayal which bagged him a Bafta and an Oscar nod.

He also played priest Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and lawyer Mitchell Stephens in The Sweet Hereafter.

Most recently, he played the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

  • Ian Holm dead: Lord of the Rings Bilbo Baggins star dies in hospital aged 88

Dame Vera Lynn

“Forces sweetheart” Dame Vera Lynn died aged 103 on June 18.

The London-born singer rose to fame during World War 2, with songs such as We’ll Meet Again and (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

Once the war ended her music career continued to thrive.

She released her final single I Love This Land in 1982, during the Falklands War.

  • Dame Vera Lynn dead: Beloved World War II singer dies aged 103

Steve Priest

Steve Priest, who played bass guitar in glam rock band The Sweet, died at the age of 72 on June 4.

He was a co-founder of the band, which shot to fame in the 1970s.

The line-up consisted of bassist Steve, lead vocalist Brian Connolly, guitarist Andy Scott and drummer Mick Tuckner.

The band had 12 Top 20 hits in the 1970s, including a No1 with Block Buster!

  • Steve Priest dead: The Sweet guitarist dies aged 72, band members confirm

Joey Image

Former Misfits drummer Joey Image died aged 63 on June 1.

He had been battling liver cancer since 2016, but no official cause of death has been revealed.

Joey joined the legendary punk band in the 1970s, performing on their earlier work.

But just one year performing with the band, he left and went on to perform with a number of other acts, including Human Buffet, Psycho Daisies and The Hooples.

  • Joey Image dead: Former Misfits drummer dies aged 63 waiting for transplant

Mary Pat Gleason

Actress Mary Pat Gleason died aged 70 on June 2 following a battle with cancer.

She was best known for appearing in the US sitcom Mom, and the 2004 teen film A Cinderella Story.

Other titles includes Will & Grace, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, 2 Broke Girls and Desperate Housewives.

She also appeared in moves such as I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, 13 Going On 30 and Sierre Burgess is a Loser.

  • Mary Pat Gleason dead: Friends star dies aged 70 after cancer battle

Chris Trousdale

Dream Street singer Chris Trousdale died at the age of 34 on June 2.

A family member confirmed that he had died after contracting coronavirus.

He was best known for being a member of the American pop group Dream Street, alongside Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galas.

He joined the band in 1999 when he was 14, and they shot to global fame after their debut album Dream Street.

  • Chris Trousdale dead: Dream Street singer dies aged 34 after 'coronavirus battle'

MAY

Geno Silva

Actor Geno Silva died aged 72 following complications from dementia on May 9.

He was best known for his role as The Skull, who killed Tony Montana, in Scarface.

Geno had appeared in more than 60 films and TV episodes over a career spanning four decades.

He had worked with Steven Spielberg on several films, including the hit Amistad.

He boasts an impressive showreel, with credits such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A Man Apart and Tequila Sunrise.

  • Geno Silva dead: Scarface actor dies aged 72 following dementia battle

George Mikell

The Great Escape actor George Mikell died aged 91 of natural causes on May 12.

His first major role was playing an SS officer named Sessler in the 1961 hit The Guns of Nazarone.

In 1963 he payed another SS officer in The Great Escape, alongside Steve McQueen.

He went on to star opposite actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine in films like Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun and Escape To Victory.

  • George Mikell dead: The Great Escape actor dies aged 91

Michel Piccolo

French actor and film director Michel Piccolo died aged 94 on May 12.

The legendary star was renowned for his roles in seminal New Wave films Le Mépris, Contempt and Belle De Jour.

Piccoli, whose full name was Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli, started his acting career in the 40s, going on to appear in over 170 films.

The Parisian star rose to fame after working with a string of legendary French directors, including Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle.

  • Michel Piccoli dead: Legendary Le Mépris and Belle De Jour actor dies aged 94

Fred Willard

Actor Fred Willard died of natural causes aged 86 on May 15.

The US star made his debut in 1967, and went on to appear in a number of successful films and TV shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family.

He also starred in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, and box office hits such as Anchorman and WALL-E.

  • Fred Willard dead: Modern Family and Anchorman star dies aged 86

Lynn Shelton

Film and TV director Lynn Shelton died at the age of 54 on May 15 after a battle with a blood disorder.

She was the director of Netflix’s GLOW, and recently she had directed four episodes of the Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere.

She helped popularise the mumblecore genre with works such as Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister.

  • Lynn Shelton dead: GLOW director dies age 54 after collapsing unexpectedly

Mory Kante

African singer Mory Kante died at the age of 70 on May 22.

The musician’s 1987 hit song Yéké yéké reached the number one spot in European countries such as Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain.

The accompanying album, Akwaba Beach, soon became the best-selling African record of its time.

He was famed for using the kora harp instrument while performing.

  • Mory Kante dead: African 'Yeke Yeke' singer dies aged 70 in Guinea

Jimmy Cobb

Drummer Jimmy Cobb died of lung cancer aged 91 on May 24.

The musician famously worked with Miles Davis on his legendary album King of Blue.

Buying his first drum kit at the age of 13, he was a pioneer of the jazz music scene.

He launched his career in 1950 while touring with Earl Bostic.

  • Jimmy Cobb dead: Miles Davis' drummer dies of lung cancer aged 91

Richard Herd

Actor Richard Herd died of complications from cancer at the age of 87 on May 26.

He was best known for his role as Mr Wilhelm on the hit series Seinfeld, playing a New York Yankees executive who supervised George Constanza.

He made his film debut in the 1970 film Hercules.

Nine years later, Herd enjoyed his first big break, starring alongside Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas in the thriller The China Syndrome.

  • Richard Herd dead: Seinfeld star dies of complications from cancer aged 87

Bob Kulick

Guitarist Bob Kulick, best known for being a member of the iconic rock band Kiss, died aged 70 on May 28.

He also co-wrote the SpongeBob SquarePants song Sweet Victory.

He never became the lead guitarist for Kiss, but the band's members – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss – were impressed by his work.

Kulick played with a number of successful artists over the course of his career, including Lou Reed, Michael Bolton and Meat Loaf.

  • Bob Kulick dead: Kiss guitarist dies aged 70, his devastated brother confirms

Michael Angelis

Michael Angelis, known best as the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine series Thomas And Friends, died at the age of 76 on May 30.

He also appeared on the popular show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

The actor appeared in 13 series of Thomas The Tank Engine, taking over from Ringo Starr in 1991.

He was also known for his roles as Arnie in September Song, Martin Niarchos in GBH and Lucien Boswell in The Liver Birds.

  • Michael Angelis dead: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star and Thomas Tank narrator dies aged 76

Tony Scannell

Actor Tony Scannell passed away at the age of 75 on May 27, but the cause of death was not confirmed.

Tony was best known for playing DS Ted Roach on The Bill for nine years.

He made his debut in 1984, only intending to stay for two episodes.

The Irish actor also starred in Flash Gordon, Evil Never Died and Waking The Dead.

  • Tony Scannell dead: Flash Gordon actor and The Bill star dies aged 74

APRIL

Jill Gascoine

Actress Jill Gascoine died at the age of 83 on April 29 after living with Alzheimer’s for 10 years.

She rose to fame when she starred in the police drama The Gentle Touch in the 80s as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes.

She made history as the first fame actress to play the lead detective in a British police drama.

Jill moved to Los Angeles in the 90s with her actor husband Alfred Molina, where she appeared on US shows such as Northern Exposure and Touched by an Angel.

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  • Jill Gascoine dead: The Gentle Touch actress dies aged 83 after Alzheimer's battle

Irrfan Khan

Actor Irrfan Khan died aged 53 after suffering from a colon infection on April 29.

He is best remembered in the West for his roles in hit films Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi.

Khan was the lead in a number of Bollywood hits, including Lunchbox, Piku and Hindi Medium.

He has also appeared in other major Hollywood films, including Jurassic World and The Amazing Spider-Man.

  • Irrfan Khan dead: Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi star dies from colon infection, aged 53

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor died at the age of 58 on April 27 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

He rose to fame in the 80s as the guitarist of the Brit rock band Then Jerico.

He originally played for singer-songwriter Belouis Some, but was poached by the frontman Mark Shaw.

Their hit singles Muscle Deep and The Motive featured not he UK Top 40 chart after their release in 1987.

  • Scott Taylor dead: Then Jerico musician dies of brain cancer after two-year battle

Shirley Knight

Actress Shirley Knight died on April 22 from natural causes at the age of 83.

She was nominated for two Oscars during the early stages of her career, before going on to land several film, TV and stage roles.

Her first Academy Award nomination was for her role in the 1960s film The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs.

She was later nominated for Best Supporting actress for her role in the 1962 hit film Sweet Bird of Youth.

Recently she bagged several Emmy nominations for her role as Phyllis Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives.

  • Shirley Knight dead: Sweet Bird of Youth Oscar-nominated star dies aged 83

Ebow Graham

Foreign Beggars star Ebow “Metropolis” Graham died after an accident at his home aged just 41 on April 19.

He was a founding member of the hip-hop electronic crossover group Foreign Beggars.

The group first performed in London in 2002, and quickly became one of the UK’s most prominent underground hip-hop groups.

They went on to release EDM (electronic dance music) records, including United Colours of Beggattron.

  • Ebow Graham dead: Foreign Beggars star dies aged 41 after accident at home

Gene Deitch

Oscar-winning illustrator Gene Deitch died “unexpectedly” on April 16 at the age of 95.

The illustrator, who directed 13 episodes of the children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry, passed away at his apartment in Prague.

He also directed some of the episodes from series Popeye.

His movie Munro won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960.

Sean Arnold

Bergerac actor Sean Arnold died at the age of 79 on April 15 after having a long-term illness.

He’s best known for playing Superintendent Barney Crozier in detective drama Bergerac, which was on air in the 80s.

He also played headmaster Mr Llewellyn in Grange Hill during the 70s and 80s.

He went on to star in a number of UK films, including appearing as the Chief Constable in Merseybeat.

  • Sean Arnold dead: Grange Hill and Bergerac star dies aged 79 after long illness

Brian Dennehy

Rambo: First Blood and Cocoon actor Brian Dennehy died at the age of 81 from natural causes on April 15.

The legendary American actor began his incredible career in the 1970s with guest roles on TV shows like Kojak, M*A*S*H, Lou Grant and Dallas.

In 1981 he landed a recurring role on the popular soap Dynasty.

But his huge movie break came in 1982 when he starred in Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood.

  • Brian Dennehy dead: Dallas and Dynasty actor dies aged 81

Tim Brooke-Taylor

The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor died at the age of 79 from coronavirus on April 12.

The actor was also famous for playing Ronnie Smethers in Heartbeat between 2005 and 2009.

But his biggest role was as part of the comedy group the Goodies.

He also portrayed the role of Graham Parsons in the BBC medical drama Doctors in 2005.

  • Tim Brooke-Taylor dead: The Goodies and Heartbeat star dies from coronavirus, age 79

Chynna Rogers

Rapper Chynna Rogers died at the age of 25 from a drug overdose on April 8, according to police.

She started her career aged 14 after signing to Ford Models.

After becoming involved with the A$AP Mob, she started her career as a budding rapper.

Chynna became successful online in 2012 with her single Selfie, and in 2014 with her hit Glen Coco.

  • ASAP Mob rapper Chynna Rogers dead: Rising rap star dies aged 25

Dean West

Rapper Black The Ripper, whose real name was Dean West, died at the age of 32 on April 6.

He shot to fame in the early noughts with his mixtape including Holla Black and Afro Samurai.

Over the last few years he had campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK.

  • Black The Ripper dead: Rapper who campaigned to legalise cannabis dies aged 32

Hilary Heath

British actress Hilary Heath died on April 3 from coronavirus complications at the age of 74.

She was best known for her acting roles in films such as Witchfinder General and Wuthering Heights.

Heath was also known to perform on the London stage.

After retiring from acting, she produced Mike Newell's An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), which starred Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.

She also produced Nil by Mouth (1997), written and directed by Gary Oldman.

  • Hilary Heath dead: Wuthering Heights actress dies of coronavirus, age 74

Adam Schlesinger

Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger died from coronavirus aged 52, on April 1.

The singer-songwriter from New York was a founding member of the band, as well as Ivy and Tinted Windows.

He co-wrote the iconic Stacy’s Mom with Fountains of Wayne lead singer Chris Collingwood.

Adam was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for writing the title track of the Tom Hanks-directed film That Thing You Do! as well as two other songs for the movie.

He was also nominated for a string of awards for his Fountains of Wayne work.

  • Adam Schlesinger dead from coronavirus: 'Stacy's Mom' singer dies aged 52

MARCH

Vincent Marzello

Actor Vincent Marzello died on March 31 at the age of 68.

His cause of death was not given, but his wife Lorelei King had previously shared that Vincent had been diagnosed with cancer and dementia.

The actor was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has starred in a number of TV series and movies.

He was best known for starring in the 1990s film The Witches and The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977.

  • Vincent Marzello dead: The Witches star dies aged 68 as wife makes emotional statement

Joe Diffie

Country music legend Joe Diffie died on March 29 from “complications of coronavirus” aged 61.

He had a number of popular hits throughout his music career, including John Deere Green, Third Rock From The Sun and If The Devil Danced.

In the early ‘90s he scored five number one singles in the American music charts.

Diffie released 13 albums during his career, two of which were certified platinum, and two went gold.

  • Joe Diffie dead: Country music star dies aged 61 from coronavirus complications

Alan Merrill

Songwriter Alan Merrill died on March 29 from coronavirus aged 69.

He was best known for writing Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ’N’ Roll.

Merrill was born in New York, and spent time in Japan and the UK during his illustrious music career.

In 1974 he formed the band the Arrows, and went on to release singles including Touch Too Much and My Last Night With You.

After splitting from the band he joined Runner, and worked with artists like Rick Derringer and Meat Loaf.

  • Coronavirus: Alan Merrill dead as 'I Love Rock N' Roll' songwriter dies from Covid-19

Kenny Rogers

Country music legend Kenny Rogers died at the age of 81 on March 20.

He had a career that spanned more than six decades, and was known for chart-topping hits like The Gambler, Lady, Islands In The Stream, Lucille, She Believes in Me and Through the Years.

Kenny had 24 number one hits, won the CMA Awards six times, took home three Grammy awards and was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • Kenny Rogers dead: Country music legend dies aged 81, family say

Lyle Waggoner

American actor Lyle Waggoner died at the age of 84 on March 17 after battling an illness.

He was best known for his roles in a number of TV shows and movies in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman.

Lyle shot to fame in the mid 1960s with his role in Gunsmoke.

As was as acting, Lyle was a major heartthrob and became the first male seminude centrefold for Playgirl magazine in 1973.

  • Lyle Waggoner dead: Wonder Woman and Carol Burnett Show star dies aged 84

Saskia Post

Australian actress Saskia Post died at the age of 59 on March 16.

The film star reportedly died of complications to do with a congenital heart issue.

She was best known for her role as Anna in the 1986 film Dogs in Space, alongside actor Michael Hutchence.

In the years that followed she landed relatively small acting roles in films such as 1985’s Bliss and 1991’s Proof.

Eventually she gave up on acting and became a teacher’s aid in the small Australian town of Trentham.

  • Saskia Post dead: Dogs in Space actress dies aged 59

Stuart Whitman

US actor Stuart Whitman died at the age of 92 after a battle with skin cancer on Monday, March 16.

The Oscar-nominated actor rose to fame in Hollywood Westerns around the 60s, 70s and 80s.

His son Justin told TMZ: “Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm.

"We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends."

Whitman had 150 film credits to his name, and received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1961’s The Mark.

  • Stuart Whitman dead: Oscar-nominated star dies aged 92 amid skin cancer battle

Roy Hudd

Comedian, actor and presenter Roy Hudd passed away at the age of 83 on March 15.

He appeared in a number of TV shows over the years, including Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar.

He eventually moved into soaps, and made his first appearance in Coronation Street in 2002 as undertaker Archie.

He played the role until 2003, but returned for guest appearances until December 2018.

Roy also starred in the ITV drama The Quest, alongside Sir David Jason and Hywel Bennett.

  • Roy Hudd dead: Comedian and actor dies aged 83

Max von Sydow

Actor Max von Sydow died at the age of 90 at his home in France on March 8.

The actor had a wide and varied career, but one of his most recognisable roles in recent history was the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones.

He also starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Shutter Island, Flash Gordon and The Exorcist.

His most recent role was as Vladimir Petrenko in Kursk: The Last Mission.

  • Max Von Sydow dead: Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Exorcist actor dies aged 90

Bobbie Battista

Journalist and CNN Headline News anchor anchor Bobbie Battista died at the age of 67 on March 3.

Her family confirmed she died after a four-year battle with cervical cancer.

The American journalist was one of the original CNN Headline News anchors when the network launched in 1981.

She had worked as an anchor for various programmes over her 20-year stint there.

  • Bobbie Battista dead: CNN news anchor dies after cervical cancer battle

FEBRUARY:

David Roback

Daid Roback, co-founder of The Mazzy Star died at the age of 61 on February 25.

The producer, guitarist and keyboardist formed the band alongside Hope Sandoval.

He played a lead role in the net-psychedelic movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mazzy Star released their first album in 1990, called She Hangs Brightly.

The band went on to release three critically acclaimed albums, releasing their final piece in 2018.

  • David Roback dead: Mazzy Star and Rain Parade co-founder dies aged 61

Pop Smoke

American rapper Pop Smoke was murdered aged just 20 on February 19.

The star was shot and killed in a house he was staying in in the Hollywood Hills.

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, released his second mistake Meet the Woo 2 earlier this month.

It earned him his first top 1- single on the Billboard charts.

  • Pop Smoke shot dead by masked gunmen after rapper inadvertently shared Airbnb location

Kellye Nakahara

Actress Kellye Nakahara passed away on February 17 at the age of 72.

Kellye passed away at her family home in Pasadena, California after a short battle with breast cancer.

She was best known for playing Lieutenant Nurse Kellye in the hit show M*A*S*H.

The actress, who was born in Oahu Hawaii, starred in almost 200 episodes of the comedy drama about the Korean war from 1973 to 1978.

M*A*S*H went on to become one of the most successful sitcoms ever written.

  • Kellye Nakahara dead: M*A*S*H star dies aged 72 after battle with cancer

Andrew Weatherall

DJ and Producer Andrew Wheatherall passed away at the age of 56 from a pulmonary embolism on February 17.

A statement continued: “He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately, the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.”

Andrew, also known as The Major, gained recognition alongside Paul Oakenfold on the club remix of Hallelujah for the Happy Mondays.

He was also known for other remixes, including World in Motion for New Order, Loaded, and a popular remix of Primal Scream’s earlier track I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have.

His DJ career took off when he became a regular at Danny Rampling’s club night Show.

  • Andrew Weatherall dead: Legendary DJ and producer dies in hospital aged 56

Jason Davis

Jason Davis, who voiced the character of Michael “Mikey” Blumberg on the hit animated series Recess died on February 16 at the age of 35.

He also starred in films based on the popular Disney series, which aired from August 1997 to November 2001.

The voice actor also appeared on the fourth season of VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew in 2010.

Davis had recently been admitted to the Cure Addiction Now charity, that he co-founded.

At the time of his death Jason claimed he was sober, but that he had relapsed twice.

  • Disney Recess star Jason Davis who voiced Michael 'Mikey' Blumberg dies

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack was found dead at her home in London on February 15.

The Love Island presenter’s family confirmed she had taken her own life, at the age of 40.

Her death came hours after the star had been told that the CPS were pressing ahead with the assault case against the TV favourite.

Caroline stepped down from presenting the winter version of Love Island after she was alleged to have assaulted her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December.

She had led Love Island for five seasons, and had been a regular on TV for years.

Caroline hosted The X Factor with singer Olly Murs, and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

She also had stints presenting I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here… NOW!, The Xtra Factor and Gladiator.

  • Caroline Flack dead: Love Island TV star found dead aged 40 after taking her own life

Nikita Pearl

Nikita Pearl Waligwa died at the age of 15 from a brain tumour on February 15.

She was awaiting another surgery to remove a reoccurring cancerous tumour.

The young girl starred in the Disney film Queen of Katwe, about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum.

Nikita was best remembered for the quote: “In chess, the small one can become the big one.”

At the time of her death she was a senior three student at Gayaza High School.

  • Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa from Queen of Katwe dies aged 15

John Shrapnel

British stage and actor John Shrapnel has died at the age of 77 on February 14 after a battle with cancer.

The star was best known for his stage work, often with the Royal Shakespeare Company or the National Theatre.

He also appeared in a variety of different TV shows, including Elizabeth R, Z-Cars, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Space: 1999, Inspector Morse, GBH, Coogan’s Run and Foyle’s War.

John also starred in several films, including Nicholas and Alexandra, Pope Joan and Hennessy.

In 1999, he starred in Richard Curtis’ Notting Hill and a year later in Gladiator as Senator Gaius.

  • John Shrapnel dead: Notting Hill and Gladiator star dies aged 77

Raphael Coleman

Raphael Coleman, who starred in Nanny McPhee, died at the age of 25 on February 7.

The child actor’s stepfather confirmed he had died after collapsing during a jog.

Raphael was best known for playing a little boy called Eric, alongside Emma Thompson in the 2005 version of Nanny McPhee.

At the age of 18 Raphael travelled around the world alone, and went on to become a biologist.

He spent a year in the jungle of Costa Rica, and six months in Indonesia, where he qualified for a certificate as a diver.

Raphael was also an active member of Extinction Rebellion.

  • Nanny McPhee child star Raphael Coleman who played Eric dies aged 25

Kirk Douglas

The legendary Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas, whose career spanned more than 60 years, passed away at the age of 103 on February 3.

The star gained critical acclaim for his role in the 1960 classic Spartacus.

Kirk had a long and glittering career, racking up an incredible 92 acting credits across 75 movies.

Several of his most famous roles were as villains, such as the ruthless journalist in Ace In The Hole in 1951.

He was also honoured at the Academy Awards in 1996 for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the movie industry.

  • Kirk Douglas dead at 103 — tributes paid to Spartacus actor and Hollywood legend

Gene Reynolds

TV director and co-creator of MASH Gene Reynolds passed away on Monday, February 3 at the age of 96 on February 3.

His niece, Eve Reynolds, revealed he had died of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center at Burbank, California.

He was best known for co-creating the TV series M*A*S*H, which ran for 11 years, alongside Larry Gelbart.

Gene was awarded three Emmys for the much-loved Show.

  • Gene Reynolds dead: TV director and MASH co-creator dies aged 96

JANUARY:

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons hosted the Radio 4 comedy game show Just A Minute from its inception in December 1967.

There have been more than 900 episodes of the show, with Parsons only missing a recording for the first time ever in June 2018 because of the flu.

He passed away on January 28 following a short illness at the age of 96.

Parsons had a long and successful TV and radio career, and was still active into his 90s.

The star was also known for his role as the quizmaster on ITV’s Sale Of The Century.

  • Nicholas Parsons dead: Just A Minute host dies aged 96 after short illness

Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Kobe Bryant tragically died at the age of 41 on January 26, in helicopter crash in Calabasas in California.

Sadly, Kobe's 13-year-old daughter was also a passenger and died alongside her father.

The emergency services were quick to the scene but none of the nine passengers on board survived.

Kobe was undoubtably one of the greatest basket ballers of his time and devoted an entire 20-season career to the Los Angeles Lakers.

At the peak of his career, Kobe won 5 National Basketball Association (NBA) titles and took the crown at the All Star championships 18 times.

  • Kobe Bryant dead: Baseball coach, daughter and wife among 9 killed in helicopter disaster

Alan Harris

Star Wars actor Alan Harris died aged 81 on January 25.

The actor appeared in all three original films as different characters.

However, he was best known for his role as bounty hunter Bossk in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

He also played the role of a Stormtrooper in the original trilogy.

His former agents Alliance Agents said: “Years after making the Star Wars films, Alan began a new career attending science fiction conventions and comic-cons all over the world.”

Harris died following a battle with lung cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2018.

  • Alan Harris dead: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back actor dead aged 81

John Karlen

Actor John Karlen has died age 86 on January 22 from congestive heart failure at a hospice in California.

The star is best known for his role as Harvey Lacey, the husband of Tyne Daly’s Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey.

Karlen also played conman Willie Loomis in the hit ABC horror soap Dark Shadows.

Dark Shadows news said on Twitter: “We are sad to report the death of #DarkShadows actor John Karlen, who played Willie Loomis, the unforgettable foil to Barnabas Collins.

“John died on January 22 in hospice care in Burbank, California. He was 86 had suffered a number of health setbacks over the past decade.”

  • Cagney and Lacey star John Karlen dead aged 86 from heart failure

Terry Jones

Monty Python star Terry jones has died at the age of 77 on January 21.

Jones was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

A statement from his family, read: “We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

“Terry passed away on the evening of January 21, 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”

After Monty Python, he worked on a variety of other projects, including the TV series Ripping Yarns with Michael Palin.

Peter Hobday

Former BBC radio presenter Peter Hobday has died at the age of 82 on January 18.

The former Today show presenter was a regular on the show for 14 years, but was controversially dismissed from the popular Radio four programme.

Following an outcry from fans, the BBC were forced to deny claims he was let go because of his age.

Former Today host James Naughty said he was “a very learned man, terribly well-read and a man of vast accomplishments.”

  • Former BBC radio presenter Peter Hobday dead aged 82

Derek Fowlds

Heartbeat actor Derek Fowlds died at Royal United Hospitals Bath in the early hours of the Friday morning on January 17 at the age of 82.

The actor who was best known for playing Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister had been suffering from pneumonia, which led to heart failure caused by sepsis.

Derek was a British TV favourite, and also portrayed the character Oscar Blaketon in Heartbeat for 18 years.

The Wandsworth native has also appeared in several films, including 1963’s Tamahine and 1964’s East of Sudan.

  • Heartbeat actor Derek Fowlds dead aged 82 after pneumonia battle

Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died aged 75 on January 15.

Also known as Soul Man, he was a former World Tag Team Champion and was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The wrestling legend had a remarkable career which saw him dominate the WWE world during the 1980s.

His son revealed he had died following medical complications after battling a “cold and infection”, and had a blood clot in the leg.

  • The Rock’s dad Rocky Johnson dies aged 75 as wrestlers pay emotional tributes

Jack Kehoe

Hollywood actor Jack Kehoe died surrounded by his relatives at the age of 85 on January 14, five years after he suffered a debilitating stroke.

He was best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film The Sting.

Kehoe played the role of “Erie Kid”, and stars alongside Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

During his 50-year career he has also starred alongside legends such as Al Pacino in the hit film, Serpico.

  • Jack Kehoe dead: The Untouchables, Serpico and The Sting star dies aged 85

Stan Kirsch, 51

Stan Kirsch, Hollywood star who is best known for playing Richie Ryan in Highlander, died at the age of 51 on January 11.

Kirsch, who had a cameo in Friends as Monica’s love interest Ethan, was found dead by his wife.

It is believed he took his own life, and paramedics were unable to revive him.

He appeared in the Highlander TV series for six seasons, and also played Lieutenant Ferrari in JAG for five seasons.

  • Stan Kirsch dead: Highlander and Friends actor dead aged 51 in apparent suicide

Edd Byrnes

Edd Byrnes died unexpectedly from natural causes at the age of 87 on January 8.

Edd was best known for his role as dance-show host Vince Fontaine in Grease, where he hosted the National Bandstand.

The massive success of the film led to him being cast as the lead in the TV series $sweepstake$.

However, it was scrapped after several episodes.

He also appeared in the hit series Charlie’s Angels.

  • Edd Byrnes dead aged 87: Grease and Charlie's Angels star dies from natural causes

Buck Henry

Legendary film writer Buck Henry died of a heart attack at the age of 89 in Los Angeles on January 8.

He received an Oscar nomination for The Graduate, and also co-wrote the screwball masterpiece What’s Up, Doc? in 1972.

Buck also regularly performed on the US sketch series Saturday Night Live in the 1970s.

He later wrote Gus Van Sant’s black Comedy To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman.

  • Buck Henry dead: The Graduate screenwriter dies aged 89

Silvio Horta

Silvio Horta, the creator of the US sitcom Ugly Betty, died at the age of 45 on January 7.

His cause of death has not been confirmed, but unverified sources speaking to Variety said it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Horta worked on Ugly Betty for all four seasons from 2006 to 2010.

The show initially began as an adaptation of the Columbian soap opera Yo so Betty.

America Ferrara starred as main character Betty Suarez, and she was “stunned and heartbroken to hear the devastating news”.

  • Silvio Horta dead: Ugly Betty creator found dead in Miami aged 45

Harry Hains

Harry Hains, an actor who starred in an episode of American Horror Story, died at the age of 27 on January 7.

His mother, Jane Badler, announced the news, saying he had “struggled with mental illness and addiction”

She continued: “A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time.”

As well as appearing in American Horror Story, he also had parts in Sneaky Pete and The OA.

  • Harry Hains dead: American Horror Story star dies after addiction struggle

Neil Peart

Neil Peart, drummer of the rock band Rush, passed away at the age of 67 on January 7.

He had been battling with brain cancer after being diagnosed three years ago.

Neil had retired from Rush and professional drumming in 2015, after reportedly suffering from arthritis.

He joined the band in 1974, replacing John Rutsey, and helped changed their sound.

  • Rush musician Neil Peart dies aged 67 after cancer battle

Stephen Clements

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Stephen Clements died at the age of 47 on January 7.

The broadcaster had presented the mid-morning Stephen Clements show since September 2019.

The father-of-two had started his radio presenting career on Citybeat, and then hosted Q Radio’s Breakfast show for seven years.

The Breakfast Show became one of the most-listened to radio programmes in Northern Ireland at the time.

  • Stephen Clements dead: BBC Radio presenter dies suddenly age 47

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah died from pneumonia at the age of 69 on January 3.

Derek, who was best known for appearing on Most Haunted, had been taken to hospital for sepsis.

He shot to fame alongside Yvette Fielding, and went on to present Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towers.

The TV star also featured in Michael Jackson: The Search for HIs Spirit in 2009.

  • Most Haunted star Derek Acorah dies aged 69 after falling into coma

Christopher Beeny

Christopher Beeny, best known for his role in Upstairs, Downstairs, died at the age of 78 on January 3.

The British actor made his TV breakthrough in the BBC series The Grove Family in the 1950s.

Christopher then appeared as Geoffrey in the single mother sitcom Miss Jones and Son in 1977.

He also made a guest appearance in Last of the Summer Wine in 2001.

Christopher repeated the role several times until 2009, and then joined was a regular character.

  • Last of the Summer Wine star Christopher Beeny dead aged 78

Lexii Alijai

Upcoming rap sensation Lexii Alijai died at the age of 21 on January 1.

The US singer, whose real name was Alexis Alijai Lynch, gained a following for rapping over songs such as Meek Mill’s Cold Hearted and Drake’s Girls Love Beyonce.

Lexii, who broke into the Billboard Hot 100 with her collaboration with American singer Kehlani Parrish, was looking to have a bright future.

Lexii released her first full length album Super Sweet 16 on her birthday.

  • Rapper Lexii Alijai dead: rap sensation dies aged 21 hours after social media posts

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