Death, for us all, is inevitable. A lot of us never know when, and rightly so, but some of our friends and family are gone too soon. We are still connected to the lost celebrities who have entertained us for years or decades, although they may not be our friends. Whether from the world of sports, red Hollywood carpets, behind the glass in the recording studio, or on TV and movie screens, these lost celebrities are sorely missed. Since our parents were children, some of these celebrities have existed, others have arisen in recent years, but all made significant contributions to our entertainment and influence. For their selfless contributions to their fields, remember all those lost celebrities. Each day, their work still inspires us.
Kobe Bryant, better known as the ‘Black Mamba’ on the court, was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game, playing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard in his 20-season career. Five NBA championships, 18 All-Star awards, and two-time NBA Finals MVP status resulted from his expertise, leadership, and competitive personality. He won the 2017 film’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball, on retirement. At the beginning of 2020, traveling to a travel basketball match with his daughter, Gianna, their private helicopter fell tragically.
Jarad Anthony Higgins, known worldwide as Juice Wrld, was a former American rapper and singer out of Chicago. His hit “Lucid Dreams” was played on Spotify over a billion times. In addition to an earlier hit, Lucid Dreams enabled Juice Wrld to obtain contracts with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Productions, and All Girls Are the Same. Higgins passed away upon ingestion of several unknown pills during a flight from Van Nuys, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
Boyce may look familiar to the older audience as one of the Eagle Eye plot pieces starring Shia Lebouf and as Adam Sandler’s son in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.He was a mainstay on the Disney Channel, starring Jessie, Pretty Much Everything’s Gamer Guide, and the voice acting of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Boyce died of complications from his epilepsy at the young age of 20.
Although his son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, leapfrogged him in the same Department, Rocky Johnson was the family’s original professional wrestler. Born in Canada, Rocky started his wrestling career in 1964, winning several National Wrestling Alliance titles. The duo won the 1983 World Tag Team Championship 1983, alongside tag team partner Tony Atlas, and became World Wrestling Entertainment’s first black champions. Johnson died of pulmonary embolism, believing that in early January 2020he had the flu, ignoring a prospective doctor’s visit.
Rip Torn, with a career that spanned over60 years, was a noted actor and voice actor. As Patches O’houlihan, Zed in the Men in Black Franchise, and Arties on The Larry Sanders Show, he’s immortalized in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Torn passed away at the age of 88 from Alzheimer’s and its complications.
The band Rush’s main lyricist and drummer were Neil Peart, known for being the youngest person to be inducted into the 1983 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame. During his travels, a noted author, Canadian songwriter, and musician created many memoirs while integrating fantasy, philosophy, and humanitarian themes into his lyrics. After a three-plus-year illness, Neil passed away from his glioblastoma fight at age 67.
Chuy Bravo, the famous Mexican-American actor, born as Jesus Melgoza, was Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her talk show, Chelsea Lately. Bravo, who had immigrated to the California San Fernando Valley with his family at the age of 15, started acting during the early 90s. He was even featured in Pirates of the Caribbean 2007: At the World’s End. As one of his enduring decisions to help his Latin community talents find work in different entertainment projects, Chuy founded the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Stephanie Sherk moved to theUS to further her career as a model, producer, and actress. The CSI: Cyber actress and her role in#Hashtag: The Series. Valentine’s Day, Crash Landing, and BigDate are included in the writing credits.
Beth Chapman, the famous wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter, co-starred in the reality television series Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog, and Beth: On the Most Wanted of the Hunt Dog with husband Duane “Dog” Chapman. Two years after the filming of Dog’s show began. However, the two married in 2006. In 2019, she was placed in a medical coma at the end of June, passing away from cancer complications days later.
Radio, TV host, glamorous model, Survivor: China contestant, Massaro, former WWE wrestler. Massaro was best known for her career as a wrestler and joined WWE in 2005. On the Raw brand, she was first seen shifting to SmackDown! Paul London and Brian Kendrick are the WWE Tag Team champions. In July 2008, she left and appeared in TV and music videos and even worked for 94.3 The Shark as a DJ.
Danny Aiello was a great American actor of Italian descent. His credits include Once Upon a Time in America, Cairo’s The Purpose Rose, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, and, of course, Part II, TheGodfather. Aiello was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Doing the Right Thing to portray Salvator ‘Sal’ Frangione.
John Weatherspoon (AKA Witherspoon) appeared in Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, Brooklyn Vampire. TV shows such as The Boondocks and Wayans Bros. began his Hollywood career in 1965 with The Tracy Morgan Show. The actors born in Detroit were also featured in Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U,” LL Cool J’s “Ain’t Nobody,” and Goodie Mob’s “They Don’t Dance No Mo” music videos.
This formal declaration was released after the passing of Regis’ – “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the statement read. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career…”
MythBusters’ star Grant Imahara passed away from a brain aneurysm at 49 on July 13th, 2020. The engineer joined the Discovery Channel series in season 3, becoming a fan-favorite team member quickly.
Naya Rivera, best known for her time on ‘Glee,’ was the victim of a tragic accident while spending the day on lake Piru with her four-year-old son. The young boy was found on the rental pontoon alone after they had gone swimming together. She never returned to the boat again.
For two years, actress Kelly Preston battled cancer before succumbing to it at 57 on July 12, 2020. The late wife of John Travolta was known best for her roles in ‘Jerry Maguire,” For Love of the Game’ and What A Girl Wants.’
As a comedy writer, director, and actor, Carl Reiner had over six decades of a long and illustrious career. Reiner died of natural causes on June 29th, 2020, at the age of 98. His television, film, and stage work led to nine Emmy Awards for American Humor, a Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize.
Mary Pat Gleason
At 70, Mary Pat Gleasonpassed away on June 2nd, 2020. Her name might not be familiar to you, but you know her face and her iconic personality. Her acting list of credits continues, but the memorable television roles were French teacher Madame Oeuf on Saved by the Bell, dressingroom attendant Lucille on Sex and City, elementary school teacher Mrs. Butters on Desperate Housewives, and homeless woman Sally on Will & Grace. In A Cinderella Story, Intolerable Cruelty, The Crucible, and I pronounce You Chuck and Larry, her best-known film appearances were
Fred Willard was a comedy legend and has been featured in your long list of favorite movies and TV shows. On 15 May 2020, he died of natural causes and left behind a legacy that greatly affected both comedy and the Hollywood genre.
Jerry Stiller, the actor, and director Ben Stiller’s father died of natural causes on May 11, 2020. He was tweeting, “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you, Dad.” Jerry Stiller was known for his role in the show “Seinfeld” as Frank Costanza and about a decade later in the sitcom, “The King of Queens,” as Arthur Spooner.
Little Richard, the wild man of early rock n ‘roll, died following his bone cancer battle on May 9, 2020, at 87. He was liable for the “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” hits like that.
On 30th April 2020, comedy actor SamLloyd lost his battle with lung cancer. If you were a fan of ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ then surely you know his face and what the shows would have been without his presence. Tweeted by actor Zach Braff, “Rest In peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with.” “Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.”
For the World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE, the legendary Hall of Fame ring announcer was Howard Finkel. Finkel reportedly suffered a major stroke in 2018and has been in poor health since then. His deep, booming voice is iconic, introducing Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ric Flair to the ring. He passed away on April 16th, 2020.
Shirley Douglas, the actress and mother of Keifer Sutherland, died on April 5, 2020, due to pneumonia complications. As Mrs. Starch, the actress appeared in director Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” (1962) and David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers” (1988) and as a widowed mother during the Depression in the television drama “Wind at My Back” (1996). For her performance in the 1999 TV film “Shadow Lake,” she won a Gemini Award.
Regardless of the generation, you were born, not knowing Bill Withers’ songs would be a sin. For hits such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me and “Use Me,” he was the singer/songwriter. On March 20, 2020, he died from a long battle with cardiovascular disease.
Rogers was one of the true musical crossover artists, scoring hits in both country and pop with songs such as “Islands in the Stream” and “Lucille.” “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81,” his rep said. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. The family is planning a small private service out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
Max von Sydow
On March 8th, 2020, Max von Sydow passed away in Provence, France. He is most famous for his roles in ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’He was renowned as one of the most effective Swedish actors ever for the gravitas he brought to his roles.
James Lipton died at the old age of 93 following his battle with bladder cancer. He was the creator and hod of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ where he interviewed some of Hollywood’s top stars about their acting techniques and inspirations that made their careers successful.
Esther Scott sustained a heart attack at the age of 66 in L.A.She was best known for her roles in ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood.’She made a career of being the nurturing but strict motherly figure in over seventy movies and countless TV shows.
The legendary actor, Kirk Douglas, passed away when he was 103. On Instagram, Michael wrote, “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.” He continued, “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in setting a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
The director was the first African American and the youngest person ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director at 24, and is known for directing Boyz n the Hood in 1991.2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice and Rosewood, the 1997 drama, were also directed by Singleton. Singleton passed away in April 2019, days before the stroke, after being taken off life support.
At the very young age of 13, SueLyon became a model in the entertainment industry. However, she would win a Golden Globe in the the1962 movie for her role as Lolita, the title character. Other credits for Lyon include The Iguana’sNight, Evel Knievel, Tony Rome, and 7 Women.
Silvio Horta, an American screenwriter, and producer, will be remembered for adapting the Colombian soap opera, Yo soy Betty, la fea, to ABC’s Ugly Betty. For Best Comedy Series, he accepted the Golden Globe-Ugly Betty-mentioning, “Like most of us up here, Betty is an immigrant, and The American Dream is alive and well and in reach of anybody who wants it.” Often mispronounced as a humorous mention of their last name, the first ten Cuban-Americans started their own production company, Silent H Productions.
Elizabeth Wurtzel, best known for publishing Prozac Nation as the American author/journalist, often concentrated her work on her struggles involving addiction, depression, and personal/work life. Her confessional-style memoirs became a Generation Xvoice, driving an uptick in this very personal writing style. Wurtzel died of complications related to metastasized breast cancer at the age of 52 in 2020.
Known for co-writing WhatsUp, Doc?, The Graduate, Mel Brooks co-created Get Smart with Henry, an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He hosted SNL 10 times between 1976 and 1980and guest-starred in Will & Grace, 30 Rock, and Hot in Cleveland. Following a heart attack in Los Angeles at 89, Henry passed away in 2020.
Alexis Eddy was an MTV reality contestant on Are You the One? Her history of drug abuse has become a large segment of her screen persona. She referred to herself as“just a washed-up MTV reality star wondering why people still care what she’s up to….,” She died of cardiac arrest at her home in early 2020.
Edward Byrne Breitenberger, even better known as Eddy Byrnes, was the American actor best recognized as the lead in 77 Sunset Strip. He was also a notable cast member as the teen-dance host Vince Fontaine in 1978’s Grease. The Byrnes family television history is continued by his son, Logan, an anchor for KUSI-TV News, San Diego, California.
Emily was from Britain, a well-known YouTuber and TV presenter. Her vlogs began in 2012 and were published in the Ten Reasons Why… series. In her videos, modern life, love, sex, relationships, and mental health have often been discussed. While riding an e-scooter in July 2019, she was struck by a truck in South West London. She is supposedly the first individual to succumb to injuries involving an e-scooter in the country.
Another popular Puerto Rican rapper and vocalist was the first openly gay Latin trap artist, Kevin Fret. Fret graduated from Roger L PutnamVocational-Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Fret was renowned for being in a country where gay people are still mocked, bullied, and killed, “breaking gender norms […] and stigma about being gay, gender nonconforming, and expressing gender identity freely – in a country where gay people still get mocked, bullied and killed,” Queer activist and filmmaker Samy Nemir Olivares is mentioned. Fret was gunned down in January 2019 while riding his motorcycle.
Patric, a makeup artist on the Project Runway All-Stars, died in his sleep at 53 due to a heart attack. The performer has collaborated with many stars in-demand, such as Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Madonna. His friends noted that he would be greatly missed due to his warmth, creativity, and hearty mustache.
By appearing in several Campbell’s soup commercials, Stan Kirschbegan his entertainment career at just four years of age. In 1992, he appeared at the Sky and General Hospital in the fast-living soap opera Riders. The actor is recognized for his role as Richie Ryan in Highlander: The Series, but he has also starred in Friends, Family Law, and JAG.
With a Hollywood career spanning six decades, Norma Michaels is best known for portraying Josephine in The King of Queens. Michaels got her to start the Jack Benny Show, but in Modern Family, Highway to Heaven, Everybody loves Raymond, and in the Wedding Crashers and Easy A movies, she would end up earning credits for her work.
Chadwick Boseman’s loss was a complete surprise to the fans and costars, as his wife revealed that he had been battling colon cancer for the past four years. All the while, in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and, of course, King T’Challa were incredibly determined to work through the treatment, giving performances to the world.
Actress Dame Diana Rigg was most recently recognized for her role in ‘Game of Thrones’ as Oleanna Tyrell. Her daughter said she died of cancer at 84 after being diagnosed in March 2020. And she added, “She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter, and a great pride in her profession.”
LegendaryHost-Jeopardy!One year before the announcement of pancreatic cancer by Alex Trebek. Fortunately, that gave time for his fans to appreciate what they had in the host and prepare for what would be an unimaginable loss for everyone. He spent the last year of his life doing small house projects during the pandemic, Trebek said, as he was too immune to leave. At the age of 80, his family and a small gathering of friends surrounded him as he passed by. Trebek wrote about his hopes for his legacy in his memoir. “I’d like to be remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best,” he wrote. “I’ll be perfectly content if that’s how my story ends: sitting on the swing with the woman I love … my wonderful children nearby.”
Daniel Dumile was a British-American rapper and record producer, best known by his stage name MF Doom or Doom. Dumile became a major figure of underground hip hop in the 2000s, noted for his intricate wordplay, signature metal mask, and “supervillain” stage persona. After his death, variety defined him as one of the “most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures” of the scene. At the age of 49, the British rapper died on October 31.
Wells crowned Miss Nevada in 1959 and portrayed her state in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the Miss America 1960 pageant. Wells made her debut in Hollywood on ABC’s The Roaring 20s and The New Interns and was featured in TV series episodes such as The Joey Bishop Show, 77 Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, Maverick, and Bonanza. In 1964, she played her signature role as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. Wells died in Los Angeles at the age of 82 on December 30, 2020, due to causes related to COVID-19 during the California pandemic.
Clark was the principal of Paterson, New Jersey, Eastside High School, and his efforts to improve school standards earned him national attention. The high school principal, who was the inspiration for Morgan Freeman’s 1989 film Lean On Me, died at 82 after fighting an unspecified disease on December 29. According to his family statement, Clark died in Gainesville, Florida, and was surrounded by loved ones.
After a long battle with cancer, the MLB player, whose signature knuckleball got him inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, died in his sleep at 81 on 26 December. In a statement, the Atlanta Braves remembered him as “a constant presence over the years, in our clubhouse, our alumni activities and throughout Braves Country.” Niekro is survived by Nancy’s wife, Philip’s sons, John and Michael, and two grandchildren.
David Anthony Rice was an American bluegrass musician and guitarist. He has been n influential bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass, and acoustic jazz acoustic guitar player. He was inducted in 2013 into the International Hall of Fame for Bluegrass Music. Rice’s music extends from traditional bluegrass to jazz-influenced New Acoustic to songwriter-oriented folk acoustic music. The bluegrass guitarist died at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina, on December 25. He was then 69 years old.
Jonathan Huber was a professional wrestler and actor from the United States. He was best known in WWE for his tenure, where he performed from 2012 to 2019 under the ring name Luke Harper (later simply Harper) and in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he performed in 2020 under the ring name (Mr.) Brodie Lee. According to his wife, Amanda Huber, the professional wrestler died on December 26 after a “battle with a non-Covid related lung issue.”
Rebecca Luker was an American actress, singer, and recording artist noted throughout her three-decade-long career for her “crystal clear operatic soprano” and maintaining long runs in Broadway musicals. She was compared by The New York Times to actresses like Barbara Cook and Julie Andrews. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, three Circle Awards for Outer Critics, and two Drama Desk Awards. However, on December 23, she died at 59 years of age. It was 10 months after Luker announced she had been diagnosed with ALS that the news came.
The English actor was Jeremy Andrew Bulloch. He won recognition for creating the physical portrayal of Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise during a career that spanned more than six decades, appearing as the character in the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He returned to the franchise for 2005’s Revenge of the Sith in a different role. However, he died on Thursday, December 17, at 75 years of age. After living with Parkinson’s disease for many years, he suffered from health complications.
Ann Reinking was an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. She has worked in musical theater extensively, starring in Broadway productions such as Coco, Over Here! Charley, Chicago, Dancin’, and Sweet Charity’s Goodtime. The Tony winner, best known on Broadway in the ’70s for playing Roxie Hart in Chicago, died on December 12 at 71. Dahrla King, her sister-in-law, confirmed that Reinking had passed away in her sleep in Seattle.
John Le Carre
The British author, whose real name was David John Moore Cornwell, died at 89 of pneumonia on December 12. Le Carré, who worked for both the British Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), wrote novels, all adapted for film and television, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Little Drummer Girl, The Night Manager, The Constant Gardener, and A Most Wanted Man.
Charley Frank Pride was an American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player. In the early to mid-1970s, when he was the best-selling performer since Elvis Presley for RCA Records, his greatest musical success came. He had 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart during the peak years of his recording career (1966–1987), 30 of which made it number one. At the Country Music Association Awards in 1971, he won the Entertainer of the Year Award. The U.S. superstar died of coronavirus complications in Dallas on December 12.
Known for her appearances in the films Steel Magnolias and Ray and tv shows including Queen Sugar, Treme, and True Detective, the acting veteran, died on December 10 in New Orleans after a months-long battle with COVID-19.
Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister
On December 10, after suffering from coronavirus symptoms, the actor and wrestler were found dead in his house. According to CNN, Cindy Cowan, Lister’s manager, said that things “got terrible really quick” just one week after the Friday star began to feel sick.“It literally went so fast,” Cowan said.
Jason Slater was a record producer, songwriter, and musician from America. In 1993, when the group was created in San Francisco, Jason Slater served as the bassist and backup vocalist for the American rock band Third Eye Blind. However, despite recording their first demo, he left the band after their first year. Slater went on to produce several projects, including four albums by Queensrÿche, a progressive rock band. However, after suffering from liver failure, he died at the age of 49 on December 9, his daughter, Alyssa Carlson, confirmed to TMZ.
Arnie Robinson Jr.
The former Olympian, who won a long jump gold medal for Team USA at the 1976 Olympics, died following a battle with COVID-19 on December 1. On December 9, Robinson’s son, Paul Robinson, confirmed the USA Track and Field news.
Natalie Desselle Reid
The actress, known for her roles in films including B.A.P.S and Madea’s Big Happy Family and the sitcom Eve, died after fighting colon cancer on December 7 at 53. Halle Berry, who co-starred in 1997’s B.A.P.S with Desselle Reid, shared an Instagram video showing her hugging her costar and wrote, “I’m in total shock. Completely heartbroken. Gonna need a minute.”
The actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy died after battling a brief illness at 85 on November 28. Thomas Bovington, the agent of Prowse, confirmed via Twitter, “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,”
On November 25, the Argentinian soccer legend died at the age of 60. Three weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, the former athlete, who famously scored the “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup, reportedly suffered a heart attack.
After being hospitalized for a head injury, the 1993 Miss America winner died at age 49 on October 28. Leanza had a spirit that was bright and beautiful, and her laugh was infectious. We know that she meant so much to so many, including all of you,’ said the Miss America Organization via Facebook in a statement. Her sons, Kai and Avery, whom she shared with Mark Steines’ ex-husband, survive Cornett.
The fashion designer, who founded the Kenzo brand, died of coronavirus complications in Paris on October 4 at 81, his spokesperson told Agence-France Presse. Takada’s death occurred 50 years after launching his first collection in the French capital, six years after coming from his native Japan to the country where he was one of the first male students at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. After selling his brand to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Takada retired in 1999.