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Us Weekly’s tribute to the celebrities who died in 2020.
The legendary television host died on July 24, his family revealed in a statement. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” the statement read. “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. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”
The Fleetwood Mac cofounder died “peacefully in his sleep” at age 73 on July 25, according to his family.
The Olympic figure skater, who competed for at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics alongside skating partner Harley Windsor, died at the age of 20, the Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on July 17. Her cause of death was not initially disclosed, but her coach Andrei Khekalo later confirmed to AFP that she fell from a sixth-floor window in Moscow. CBS News reported that her death was an apparent suicide.
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The Big C alum died of natural causes on July 16, Entertainment Tonight reported. She was 76. The actress started her career at age 9 in an episode of Guiding Light. She went on to star in Stoker, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Outsiders. She also played Mrs. Henry DuBose in the stage play To Kill a Mockingbird.
The actress, who had roles in RoboCop 2, Twin Peaks and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died from cancer on July 14, one day before her 56th birthday.
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The youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was also an activist and served as the first lady of South Africa in the late ‘90s, died at age 59 on July 13.
The electrical engineer, who cohosted MythBusters from 2005 to 2014, died unexpectedly at age 49 on July 13 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
The former Glee actress died in July at the age of 33. Her body was recovered from Lake Piru in the Ventura County area of Los Angeles on July 13, after she was declared missing five days earlier. Rivera was first reported missing when she was late to return her boat rental during an outing with her 4-year-old son, Josey. A boater located the vessel, along with Josey that afternoon, but she was nowhere to be found.
The Jerry Maguire actress died at age 57 on July 12 after secretly battling breast cancer for two years. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” John Travolta wrote via Instagram of his wife of 28 years, with whom he shared daughter Ella and son Benjamin. Preston was predeceased by the couple’s eldest son, Jett, who died at age 16 in 2009.
Lisa Marie Presley‘s only son died on July 12 at the age of 27. TMZ reported that the grandson of Priscilla Presley and the late Elvis Presley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The musician and actor’s mother was “entirely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated,” her rep said in a statement to Us, who added that Lisa Marie was “trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley [ Keough]. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.” Benjamin’s father was Lisa Marie’s first husband, Danny Keough.
The pregnant YouTube star died at the age of 24 on July 11 along with her unborn son, Reign. In a statement on Thea’s Instagram account, her mother wrote, “Our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened.” The style influencer was weeks away from giving birth to her first child with boyfriend Global Boga.
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The rapper (real name Rudolph Johnson) was fatally shot at age 30 on July 11 while driving on Interstate 285 in his hometown of Atlanta.
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The three-time Olympic snowboarder died in a spear fishing accident on July 8, according to a statement shared on the official Instagram of the Snow Australia sports organization. “Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his team mates and support staff,” the statement read, noting that the sports world was “shocked and saddened” by Pullin’s passing. “Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.”
The “Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer died at age 83 on July 6 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
The award-winning Italian composer, who was best known for creating the score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died at age 91 on July 6 after being hospitalized for a fall that broke his leg.
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The Broadway star died on July 5 at the age of 41 from coronavirus complications. The Waitress actor was hospitalized in L.A. a little over three months earlier, where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia before testing positive for COVID-19. Cordero, who is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and infant son, Elvis, had his right leg amputated in April due to blood flow issues related to the virus. “God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots wrote on Instagram as she confirmed his death. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Disney Channel Latin America confirmed the death of the Once star on July 4. He was 24. “We regret the departure of Sebastián Athié and we will always remember him for his talent, companionship, professionalism and above all enormous heart,” the network wrote via Instagram. “We accompany his family, friends and fans in his farewell.”
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The broadcaster, who cohosted the Today show from 1962 to 1971 and 20/20 from 1978 to 1999, died at age 99 on July 1 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The legendary actor, comedian and director, who was best known for creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, died of natural causes at age 98 on June 29.
The designer of the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo died on June 26, which was his 91st birthday. His wife, Shirley Glaser, said the cause was a stroke, and he also had renal failure. Milton, who cofounded New York magazine, was also known for designing a psychedelic Bob Dylan poster and the DC Comics logo. He received the National Medal of the Arts award from President Barack Obama in 2009.
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Huey (real name Lawrence Franks Jr.) was killed in a shooting in Kinloch, Missouri, on June 25, USA Today reported. The St. Louis rapper, who was best known for his 2006 single “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” was 32. Police have not released details about how the shooting unfolded but revealed that a 21-year-old man was also wounded and is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The popular Indian influencer reportedly died by suicide on June 25. She was 16 years old at the time. Her talent manager, Arjun Sarin, confirmed the heartbreaking news via Instagram on the day of her death, writing, “No more words You will always be the best artist . Rest In Peace.”
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The Paralympian died at age 60 on June 21 during a solo row across the Pacific Ocean. Her wife, Debra, shared the news via Facebook, writing, “Angela was living her dream. She loved being on the water.”
Elizabeth Hurley‘s ex and father of her son, Damian, jumped to his death on June 22 in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Century City. Us confirmed that a 55-year-old male had jumped from a building in the area, but the LAPD and LAFD wouldn’t release his name.
The director behind St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys and Batman & Robin died on June 22 at age 80 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
The rapper (real name Kentray Young) died on June 19 after a fatal shooting in Chicago. He was 26.
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The Lord of the Rings actor died at age 88 on June 19 from an illness related to Parkinson’s disease. His agent remembered him as “a genius of stage and screen” who was “charming, kind and ferociously talented.”
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The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy died at age 92 on June 17.
The British singer and dame died at age 103 on June 18. Her songs including “We’ll Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover” were hugely popular during World War II.
The South Korean singer, born Kim Jeong-hwan, died on June 16 at age 28. He was a member of the popular K-pop band TST.
KJ Music Entertainment confirmed his death in a statement. “We are sad to relay the most unfortunate, sorrowful news,” the statement read, per Daily Mail. “Back on June 16, TST member Yohan left this world. The late Yohan’s family is currently in deep mourning.”
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Us confirmed on June 14 that the youngest daughter of Hank Williams Jr. died in a car accident in Henry Country, Tennessee, on June 13. The clothing store owner was 27.
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The This Is Us writers’ Twitter account confirmed Waters’ death on June 10. “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the statement read. “In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.” The former reporter, who was 39 when she died, was most recently part of the Kidding writing team.
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Us confirmed on June 8 that the Pointer Sisters singer died at the age of 69. The Grammy-winning artist was one of the founding members of the Motown group, but later left the band to pursue a solo career in the mid-1970s. She is survived by survived by two sisters, Ruth and Anita Pointer, and her brothers, Aaron and Fritz Pointer.
The former NFL wide receiver was reportedly shot and killed in Tampa on June 7, his mother confirmed to TMZ. The athlete was 41.
On June 5, the first U.S. male to win gold at the Gymnastic World Championships, died after suffering a stroke. The 64-year-old athlete had suffered a stroke on May 24. “I lost my universe, my best friend and my soul mate of 24 years,” his wife, Beckie Thomas, told the International Gymnast Magazine. “Kurt lived his life to the extreme, and I will be forever honored to be his wife.”
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The Mom alum died on June 2 at age 70 after battling cancer. When confirming her death to Variety, her manager stated that Gleason “was a fighter to the end.”
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The former Dream Street boybander died on June 2 from complications of coronavirus. He was 34.
The playwright and AIDS activist, best known for writing The Normal Heart and founding the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), died of pneumonia on May 27 at the age of 84. He is survived by his husband, David Webster.
The character actor, best known for his roles as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld and Admiral Owen Paris on Star Trek: Voyager, died in his Los Angeles home on May 26 due to complications with cancer. He was 87 years old. Herd is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter Erica, son Rick and stepdaughter Alicia.
The pro wrestler, best known for starring on the Netflix reality series Terrace House, died on May 23 at the age of 22. “We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” Kimura’s wrestling company announced in a statement. “Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”
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Former Utah Jazz head coach died at 78 on May 22. The NBA announced the news, revealing he passed away from complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz,” the statement from the team he coached for 23 years read. “He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.”
The Baskets alum died by suicide in Kentucky on May 19 following an altercation with his daughter’s mother, Erica Price. Price told police that the actor shot her before turning a gun on himself. Mills was 29.
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The former WWE star was found dead at age 39 on May 20. The news came three days after he went missing while going for a swim at Venice Beach in California with his 10-year-old son, whom lifeguards were able to rescue.
Glenn died at age 100 from coronavirus complications on May 19. At the time of her death, she was at a senior living facility in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Glenn became known for her advocacy of disabilities and speech disorders. She was married to late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn from 1943 to 2016.
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The Twilight actor was found dead at the age of 30 on May 13 in his Las Vegas condo. His girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, was also found passed away at the scene.
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The actor, best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver, passed away on May 18 at the age of 76. “He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” Osmond’s son Eric said in a statement to Variety. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.”
The pioneering sportscaster died at age 70 on May 14 after a 35-year battle with a rare blood cancer known as polycythemia vera. She first rose to fame as Miss America 1971 before becoming the first woman to cohost CBS Sports’ The NFL Today four years later.
The Little Fires Everywhere director died on May 15 at the age of 54. Her partner, Marc Maron, confirmed her passing in a statement to IndieWire, revealed that she “collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week. There was a previously unknown, underlying condition. It was not COVID-19. The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard.” The podcast host said he is “leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock” and doesn’t know “how to move forward in this moment.” Maron, who is one of the stars of GLOW, added that Shelton, who directed some episodes of the show, “was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy. I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.”
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Little Fires Everywhere and the show’s star Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram to pay tribute to the filmmaker. “I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday,” she captioned a Polaroid pic of the two of them. “I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere. She said the book truly spoke to her, and that she longed to direct a show that spoke meaningfully about motherhood, sexuality, race, and class in America. And she did. She cared deeply about the WHOLE cast and crew, making sure we all felt heard, seen and appreciated. Lynn also shared so much of her life with us. Her love of her son, how motherhood changed her life, her life changing decisions that made her the woman she was. I feel so fortunate that I got to collaborate with Lynn on both The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere. Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world. Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set and in her wonderful films. Please watch her work and see her talent for yourself.”
The comedy veteran, who was nominated for an Emmy award for playing Phil Dunphy’s father on Modern Family, died of natural causes on May 15 at the age of 86. His daughter, Hope, said in a statement that he passed “very peacefully.” Willard, who was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show host for his mid-’80s series What’s Hot, What’s Not and scored three Emmy nods for his appearances on Everybody Loves Raymond, also starred in several Christopher Guest mockumentaries including This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind. Guest’s wife, Jamie Lee Curtis, paid tribute to the actor on Twitter on May 16, writing, “How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. He is with his missed [wife] Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard.”
The Trading Spaces designer, who appeared on every episode of the TLC series from 2000 to 2008, died of a heart attack on May 15 at the age of 72.
The U.S. Olympic bobsledder died by suicide at age 43 on May 3. Former teammate and USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Aron McGuire remembered Jovanovic for “always giving 100 percent on everything that he focused on.”
Ben Stiller announced the death of his 92-year-old father on May 11. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed,” Ben tweeted. Jerry, who died of natural causes, was best known for his roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens.
The music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs, founded Uptown Records and mentored several artists including Mary J. Blige died on May 8 at the age of 59. Stars including Snoop Dogg, Usher, John Legend, Ice T and Quincy Jones paid tribute to the former Motown Records CEO who was vice president of Diddy’s music network, Revolt. “My heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying,” Mariah Carey tweeted. “He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever.”
The rock music legend, known for his iconic singles “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” died on May 9 at the age of 87 of unknown causes.
Horn died at age 75 of complications from the coronavirus, Us Weekly confirmed on May 8. He was best known for being one half of the magic act Siegfried and Roy with Siegfried Fischbacher.
The Bad Company lead singer died of cardiac arrest at his home in Florida on May 6. Howe replaced the band’s original singer, Paul Rodgers, in 1983 and later left the rock group in 1994. Before his death at age 66, he had suffered heart problems, including a prior heart attack in 2017.
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The country singer died at age 30 on May 2. Her brother Cody Groves wrote on Facebook, “The medical examiner has completed autopsy and there was no indication of foul play or self harm. Simply put, Cady Groves died of natural causes. She had some medical problems last fall and our best guess at this point until further testing is complete is that they had resurfaced.”
News of the Scrubs alum’s death broke on May 1. He was 56. The actor was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January 2019.
News broke on April 30 that the Bollywood actor died after a two-year battle with leukemia. Kapoor, who was 67, is survived by his wife, actress Neetu Singh, and their two children.
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The Bollywood icon, who starred in Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, died on April 29 at age 53 after battling a colon infection.
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The Little Women: Atlanta star died on April 27 at age 34 after being involved in a head-on car accident.
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The legendary motocross racer and his wife were killed in a dune buggy accident in California on April 27. He was 63.
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The Chernobyl Diaries star’s brother confirmed to TMZ that the actor was found dead in his Daytona Beach, Florida, home on April 22. He was 52.
The former Playboy Playmate died by suicide at age 33 on April 15 at her home in Austin, Texas.
Chowdhry died in his native India on April 15 after suffering from a ruptured ulcer in his intestine. He traveled to the South Asian country for a dental visit, but was unable to return to the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout his acting career, he appeared on television shows such as The Office, The Cosby and Prison Break. He was 64.
The Tommy Boy actor and Broadway star passed away from “natural causes” on April 15. He was 81. The Tony winner’s daughter Elizabeth Dennehy shared the news via social media following his death. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related,” Elizabeth wrote via Twitter. “Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”
The WWE confirmed that the legendary wrestling announcer passed away on April 16. “When considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment, you’d be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel,” the company said in a statement addressing the loss of their 2009 Hall of Fame inductee. “In addition to his legendary tenure as a ring announcer, The Fink was an indispensable resource inside the WWE offices for his vast knowledge of sports-entertainment history.” Finkel’s cause of death was not announced at the time.
The New York Yankees co-owner died at age 63 on April 14 after battling a long-standing health issue. His family remembered him as a “genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him.”
The former NFL player died on April 12, after being transported to a local hospital following a single-car accident in Alabama. Jackson played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks across his 10 seasons in the league. “One of Tarvaris’ greatest attributes was his positive outlook and approach. He genuinely cared about others, was a good friend and will be missed by family, teammates and Vikings fans everywhere,” a statement from the Minnesota team read on April 13.
The M*A*S*H actor and NFL star died on April 4 after suffering complications from dementia. He was 82. “The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of former running back Timmy Brown,” a representative for the Philadelphia Eagles said in a statement on Twitter. “Timmy Brown’s legendary career was defined by his versatility and work ethic.”
The Philadelphia rapper, born Chynna Rogers, died in her home on April 8 at age 25. Her cause of death has yet to be released. “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed,” the “No Dimmer” artist’s family said in a statement, per Page Six.
The folk singer-songwriter died at age 73 on April 7 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after battling COVID-19. Bruce Springsteen, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert were among the many stars who paid tribute to Prine after his death.
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The granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy died at age 40 on April 2 after her canoe overturned in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her 8-year-old son, Gideon, also on board. A dive and rescue team found McKean’s body in 25 feet of water on April 6. Her son has not yet been found.
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The actress, who was best known for playing Mrs. Kintner in Jaws, died in early April at an assisted living facility in Ohio after battling COVID-19. She was 91.
The actress and activist died at age 86 on April 5 after battling pneumonia. “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life,” her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, tweeted.
The Aliens actor died at age 68 on April 4 after complications arising from a coronavirus-related infection.
The actress, who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in the 1959 classic The Nun’s Story, died on April 2 after suffering pneumonia due to the coronavirus. She was 86.
The Flash alum died suddenly on April 2. He was 16. Williams’ mother, Marlyse Williams, told The Tri-City News the family was “absolutely devastated.”
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The musician died on April 1 after being hospitalized for coronavirus. He was 52.
The actor and dialect coach died at age 76 on March 31 after contracting the coronavirus. He starred as Caluan Ematt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in addition to coaching the casts of movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame and the Lord of the Rings franchise.
The country singer, who had hits in the ‘90s with songs like “John Deere Green” and “Third Rock From the Sun,” died on March 29 at the age of 61 due to complications related to coronavirus, his publicist confirmed to Rolling Stone. Diffie had revealed just two days earlier that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” he said in a statement on March 27 that asked “the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”
The All My Children star died on March 28 after suffering a stroke at his Palm Springs, California, home, according to his family. He was 66. “Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated–my great friend, co-parent partner, and loving father to Kaya,” his ex-wife, Eva La Rue, wrote on social media.
On March 26, it was confirmed by the Playwrights Horizons that the character actor died at age 69 from coronavirus complications. “With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week,” the theater group wrote via Twitter. “Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you.”
Top Chef Masters season 3 winner died of an infection in the hospital on March 25 after testing positive for coronavirus. Cardoz’s family confirmed his passing to Indian publication Scroll.in. He is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha Cardoz, and their two adult sons, Peter and Justin.
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The Tony-winner playwright died from coronavirus complications at the age of 81 on March 23. McNally previously battled lung cancer and was living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“The Gambler” crooner passed away from natural causes at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on Friday, March 20. “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” Rogers’ family posted on his official Twitter account on March 21.
The former boxing champion died at age 58 following a long battle with diabetes. His nephew Floyd Mayweather announced his death on March 17. “My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring,” he said in a statement on his website. “Roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing. Unfortunately, his health was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace. Roger meant the world to me, my father Floyd Sr., my uncle Jeff, our whole family, everyone in and around the Mayweather Boxing Gym and the entire boxing world. It is a terrible loss for all of us.”
The Oscar-nominated actor died at the age of 92, TMZ confirmed on March 17. A staple of films in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Whitman starred in projects like The Comancheros and Murder, She Wrote. In addition to his prolific acting career, Whitman was a World War II veteran and accomplished boxer. He is survived by his five children.
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The Carol Burnett Show alum died at age 84 on March 12 after battling an undisclosed illness, TMZ reported. He was also known for his role as Steve Trevor on the Wonder Woman TV series in the 1970s.
The child star died in a car accident in San Bernardino County, California, on March 9. Brino was part of a quadruplet who portrayed twins David and Sam Camden on 7th Heaven from 1999 to 2007.
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The actor died at age 90 on March 8. He was best known for his roles in The Exorcist, Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The gifted dancer, who was the runner-up on season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance, died on March 6 at the age of 35. Choreographer and dancer Travis Wall announced his brother’s death in an Instagram post on March 7. “My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother . And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you’re gone,” the Emmy winner wrote alongside five photos of Tidwell. “You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing. We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time.”
Choreographer and actress Debbie Allen was among those who posted tributes to the dancer on social media. “Danny Tidwell, our beautiful dancing genius ‘Prince amongst Paupers’ you are in God’s Ensemble. We will always speak your name with love and respect. See you on the other side. Love, Mama D,” she wrote on Instagram and shared a clip of the dancer performing. In 2010, Tidwell moved to Oslo, where he was a soloist with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Wall later posted an update on his Instagram Stories, writing, “For those asking. My brother Danny was killed yesterday in a car accident. After all he’s been thru. I can’t believe he was taken away so sudden from us.”
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The actress, who starred in Plaza Suite and The Great White Hope on Broadway, died on February 20 at the age of 82. The Pennsylvania native also appeared as a recurring character on Melrose Place (playing Constance Fielding). Her family announced her passing via a Los Angeles Times obituary, revealing she died at her home in Los Angeles while in hospice care.
On March 2, James Lipton died at 93. He was best known for creating and hosting Inside the Actors Studio. His wife revealed he had been battling bladder cancer.
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The Trader Joe’s founder died on February 28 at the age of 89 in his Pasadena, California, home. His son, also named Joe, announced the news in a statement, adding that his father died after a long illness.
The author of Sahara, a book that was turned into an action-adventure film in 2005 starring Matthew McConaughey, passed away on Monday, February 24. He was 88.
“It is with a heavy heart that I want to share the sad news that my husband, Clive passed away on Monday,” a statement on the late author’s Facebook page read on February 26. “It has been a privilege and a great honor to share in his life. I want to thank you, his fans and friends for all the support, for all the good times and all the adventures you have shared with him. He was the kindest, most gentle man I ever met. I know, his adventures will continue.”
The famed mathematician, who was among the trailblazing black women to help pave the way for the United States’ space travel, passed away at age 101 on February 24. Johnson was the inspiration behind the 2016 film Hidden Figures, in which Taraji P. Henson starred. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed the loss in a statement on the agency’s website.
“NASA is deeply saddened by the loss of a leader from our pioneering days, and we send our deepest condolences to the family of Katherine Johnson,” he said. “Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space. Her dedication and skill as a mathematician helped put humans on the moon and before that made it possible for our astronauts to take the first steps in space that we now follow on a journey to Mars. Her Presidential Medal of Freedom was a well-deserved recognition.”
The lifestyle guru and restaurateur died on February 22 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her family announced in a statement. She was 70. “It is with great sadness that my daughter Dana and I announce the passing of my wife, Barbara Elaine Smith,” Smith’s husband, Dan Gasby, wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Thank you to all the friends and fans who supported B. and our family during her journey. Thank you to everyone for respecting our privacy during this agonizing time. Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile.”
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The Dixie Crush frontwoman passed away on February 17 after she sustained injuries from a car wreck. In a statement to the band’s Facebook page, the country group spoke highly of the singer. “Our hearts are broken over this senseless tragedy,” the statement read. “Lindsey was a founding member of Dixie Crush back in 2015. From the very beginning, everyone knew she was something special. Her Uncle Tony described her best as a supernova. Above and beyond her beautiful voice, Lindsey just had a way of connecting with every audience leaving an indelible impression.”
The statement continued, “Not only would she give an amazing performance, but after every show, Lindsey would come offstage, take time to meet anyone who wanted to say hi, take pictures, and build friendships.”
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The “Welcome to the Party” rapper (real name Bashar Jackson) died at age 20 on February 19 after being shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles.
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The former NASCAR driver was found dead at age 43 on February 17 at her Oklahoma City-area home. The medical examiner’s office later determined that the cause of death was an accidental drowning.
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