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This year, we bid farewell to numerous celebrities. Some goodbyes were harder than others.

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At the beginning of the year, we mourned the loss of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant who tragically died in a helicopter crash alongside 7 others. Over the summer, we said goodbye to Naya Rivera and Chadwick Boseman. We also endured the loss of political icons like Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Join us as we remember the talent, smiles and voices we lost in 2020 by scrolling through our gallery below. 

Gone But Not Forgotten: Celebrities Who Died In 2020  was originally published on

1. Natalie Desselle-Reid

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Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid died on December 7 at age 53. She was best known for her role in B.A.P.S.

2. King Von

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Rapper King Von was shot and killed during a fight at an Atlanta hookah bar on November 6. He was 26. 

3. Sean Connery

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Sean Connery, best known for playing James Bond, died at age 90 on October 31.

4. Alex Trebek

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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died at age 80 after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on November 8. 

5. Charley Pride

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Legendary country musician Charley Pride died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 86. 

6. Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa in Black Panther, died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. 

7. Little Richard

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Little Richard died from bone cancer on May 9. He was 87. 

8. John Lewis

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Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis died in July after battling stage four pancreatic cancer. 

9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87 on September 18 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.

10. Regis Philbin

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Famed television host Regis Philbin died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24.

11. C. T. Vivian

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C. T. Vivian, civil rights leader and field general for Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 95 on July 17.

12. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California in January alongside his daughter Gianna and seven other people. 

13. Cliff Robinson

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Cliff Robinson, former NBA player and Survivor contestant died at age 53 in August. 

14. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert

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Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, singer and frontman of Toots and the Maytals, died at age 77 in September. 

15. Zindzi Mandela

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Zindzi Mandela, youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, died on July 13 at the age of 59. 

16. Naya Rivera

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Naya Rivera was found dead on July 13 after going missing while boating with her 4-year-old son. She was 33. 

17. Kelly Preston

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Kelly Preston died on July 12 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. 

18. Gregory Tyree Boyce

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Twilight actor Gregory Tyree Boyce was found dead alongside his girlfriend on May 13. Their cause of deaths have not been released. 

19. Danny Tidwell

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Danny Tidwell from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance,” died in a car crash on March 6. He was 35. 

20. B. Smith

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B. Smith, model and restauranteur, died of early onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 70 on February 22. 

21. Andre Harrell

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Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell died at age 59 in May. 

22. Betty Wright

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Grammy-winning soul singer Betty Wright died from cancer at the age of 66. 

23. Nick Gordon

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Nick Gordon died  from a reported drug overdose on New Year’s Day. 

24. Pop Smoke

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Pop Smoke was killed by masked gunmen in a Los Angeles home invasion on February 19. He was 20. 

25. Lexii Alijai

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Rapper Lexii Alijai died at age 21 on New Year’s Day. 

26. Rocky Johnson

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Rocky Johnson, former WWE wrestler and Dwayne Johnson’s father, died in January. He was 75. 

27. Kenny Rogers

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Country singer Kenny Rogers died of natural causes on March 20. He was 81. 

28. Kirk Douglas

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Kirk Douglas died at the age of 103 on February 5. 

29. Fred ‘Curly’ Neal

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Former Harlem Globetrotters star Fred ‘Curly’ Neal died at the age of 77 in March. 

30. Earl Cameron

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Earl Cameron, one of the first Black actors to break into British cinema, died in his sleep on July 3. He was 102. 

31. Jerry Stiller

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Actor Jerry Stiller died of natural caused in May. He was 92. 

32. John Fletcher of Whodini

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33. Bill Withers

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34. Ashley Minnie

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35. Rance Allen

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