In Memoriam: People We Have Lost in 2020

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Pete Hamill — Columnist

Pete Hamill, the legendary New York columnist whose work spanned for decades across papers like the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, the Village Voice and others, died at the age of 85, according to his brother Denis.
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Malik B. — Musician

Malik Abdul Basit, a Philadelphia hip hop vocalist and founding member of The Roots, has died, the group announced July 29. He was 47. An official cause of death has not been released.
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Olivia de Havilland – Actress

Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving lead from "Gone With the Wind," died at age 104 on July 26, 2020. During her 60-year career, de Havilland won an Academy Award in 1946 for her performance in "To Each His Own," and another three years later for "The Heiress."
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Regis Philbin – Television Personality and Host

Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and helped himself and some fans strike it rich with the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," died on July 24, 2020, at 88. Philbin logged more than 15,000 hours on the air, earning him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most broadcast hours logged by a TV personality
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Charles Evers – Civil Rights Leader and Politician

Charles Evers, the older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and a longtime figure in Mississippi politics, died on July 22, 2020. He was 97.
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John Lewis – Congressman and Civil Rights Icon

John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died after a battle with cancer on July 17, 2020. He was 80.
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Rev. C.T. Vivian – Civil Rights Veteran

The Rev. C.T. Vivian, a civil rights veteran who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and served as head of the organization co-founded by the civil rights icon, died of natural causes on July 17, 2020. The Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient was 95 years old.
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Joanna Cole – Author

Joanna Cole, most famous for her “Magic School Bus” books that transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, died on July 12 at age 75. Her death was announced July 15 by her publisher, Scholastic. The cause of death was not given.
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Grant Imahara – Host

Grant Imahara, an "engineer, artist and performer," was widely known for hosting "Mythbusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project" after a stint as an electrical engineer. Imahara died at the age of 49 from a brain aneurysm, reps confirmed on July 14, 2020.
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Naya Rivera – Actor

"Glee" star Naya Rivera, 33, went missing on July 8, 2020, while boating with her 4-year-old son on a lake in southern California. Her body was recovered on July 13. Rivera starred in six seasons of the Fox series "Glee" as cheerleader Santana Lopez.
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Kelly Preston – Actor

Preston, who appeared in more than sixty television and film productions, notably "Mischief" (1985), "Twins" (1988), and "Jerry Maguire" (1996), died on July 12, 2020, after battling breast cancer. Preston's husband, John Travolta, confirmed the news on social media. She was 57.
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Nick Cordero — Broadway Star

Nick Cordero attends the Broadway Opening Night Arrivals for “Burn This” at the Hudson Theatre in New York City on April 15, 2019. The Broadway star,  whose onstage credits included "Bullets Over Broadway," "Rock of Ages," "Waitress" and "A Bronx Tale," died on July 5, 2020, after a months-long battle with the coronavirus. He was 41.
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Don Shula — Miami Dolphins Coach (1970 - 1995)

Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula seen during a 1972 game. Shula, who was named Associated Press Pro Coach of the Year for leading his club to a 14-0 regular season record and two playoff wins, died at the age of 90 on May 4th.
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Irrfan Khan — Actor

Irrfan Khan attends the “Inferno” World Premiere Red Carpet at the Opera di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Oct. 8, 2016. The Bollywood actor, who also appeared in "Life of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," passed away in an Indian hospital on April 29 after battling a rare form of cancer. He was 53.
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Brian Dennehy — Veteran Actor, Tony-Winner

Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, died at 81 of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut, according to the actor's representatives.
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John Prine — Singer-Songwriter

John Prine performs onstage during Up Close and Personal: John Prine & Sturgill Simpson at The Grammy Museum, June 21, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Prine, the artist behind "Angel from Montgomery," "Sam Stone" and "Hello in There" died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 73 on April 7, according to his family.
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Honor Blackman — Actor

English actor Honor Blackman pose for a portrait in Cannes, France, Jan. 24, 1965. Blackman, best known for her roles as Pussy Galore and as Cathy Gale in British series "The Avengers," died on April 6 of natural causes, according to her family. She was 94.
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Alan Merrill - Musician and Songwriter

Singer and bassist Alan Merrill of pop group Arrows, seen in this 1975 photoshoot. Merrill, best known for co-writing hit song “I Love Rock and Roll” will fellow rocker Joan Jett, died from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 69, according to his daughter.
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Joe Diffie - Country Singer

Joe Diffie performs at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family" at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. The "Home" and "Pickup Man" singer died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 61.
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James Lipton — Writer

James Lipton attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Lipton died on Mar. 2, 2020, at the age of 93, according to TMZ.
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Hosni Mubarak — Former President of Egypt

Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak holds a joint press conference with former President Bill Clinton (not pictured) at the Counter Terrorism Summit in Washington, D.C., March 13, 1996. Mubarak died on Feb. 25, 2020, at the age of 91, following years of illness, according to local media.
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Katherine Johnson — NASA Scientist and Mathematician

Katherine Johnson, NASA physicist, space scientist, and mathematician, poses for a portrait circa 1960 in Hampton, Virginia. Johnson, who was known for her work calculating rocket trajectories by hand, died at the age of 101 on Feb. 24, during Black History Month.
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Lynn Cohen - Actor

Lynn Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in New York City. She was 86.
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Kirk Douglas – Actor

Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas was one of the final links to cinema's Golden Age, as well as the patriarch who presided over a family of actors, before his death at 103. His son and fellow actor Michael Douglas announced his father's death on Feb. 6, saying on Instagram, "I am so proud to be your son."
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Chris Doleman – Defensive end for Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco

Former NFL defensive end Chris Doleman died on Jan. 28, 2020 after battling cancer. Doleman, who was one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers, was 58.
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Kobe Bryant – Former Los Angeles Lakers NBA Star

Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and who became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history and held that spot until LeBron James overtook him Saturday night.
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Terry Jones – Co-founder of the Monty Python comedy troupe

Jones, one of the founding members of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus comedy troupe, died at 77 after “a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle” with frontotemporal dementia. Jones formed the iconic British comedy troupe with Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam in 1969.
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Don Larsen – New York Yankees Pitcher

Don Larsen as seen in this 1956 portrait, which was the year he made baseball history. The Yankees pitcher threw the first, and only, perfect world series game at 27-years-old. Larsen died Jan. 1, 2020, at 90.
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David Stern – Former NBA Commissioner

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern seen in Lincoln Center on April 17, 2019, in New York. Stern, widely credited with the emergence of the NBA as a global sports powerhouse, died Jan. 1, 2020, after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
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Nick Gordon – Bobbi Kristina Brown's former partner

Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown at “The Houstons: On Our Own,” Oct. 22, 2012, in New York City. Gordon died five years after the death of his partner, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on Jan. 1, 2020.
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