The year 2020 was a year of disaster for others, with millions dying during the global pandemic and devastating natural deaths.
There were plenty of unintended casualties that had nothing to do with the virus, from the shocking accidental deaths of Kobe Bryant and Naya Rivera to the secret cancer alleged by actor Chadwick Boseman.
Here are a few stars who died in 2020, in chronological order, and we’ll always remember them.
1. Kobe Bryant
The NBA superstar and Oscar-winning producer of the short film Dear Basketball, alongside eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, lost their lives in a helicopter crash on January 26. With the Lakers, he spent his entire career winning five NBA championships, two scoring titles and the 2008 League MVP award.
2. Irrfan Khan
This Bollywood star, known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Inferno, died on April 29. Khan was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer in 2018 and underwent months of therapy in the UK. Irrfan Khan has received a number of Indian film awards, including the 2012 Indian National Film Award for Best Actor for his Paan Singh Tomar role.
3. Naya Rivera
Glee star Naya Rivera drowned at Lake Piru in California on July 8, 2020, where she and her four-year-old son rented a pontoon ship. She was three-thirty. For five days after she went missing, dive teams and law enforcement searched the waters of the lake. Her son was found alone wearing a life-jacket on the boat, and the actor’s name was also found on the vessel.
4. Chadwick Boseman
The sudden death of Black Panther star Boseman, who had been battling colon cancer secretly since 2016, was mourned by the whole world. At the age of 43, he succumbed to the disease on August 29.
5. Sushant Singh Rajput
The death of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 left everyone dumbfounded. The young actor was found dead in his house, and mystery still shrouds the reason behind his death. With his Bollywood debut, Kai Po Che!, he grew to tremendous fame and appreciation. The actor built a benchmark in the industry with MS Dhoni: The Untold Tale After dropping out of his engineering courses, SSR, who began his career, worked in many commercially hit movies. His last movie, Dil Bechara, which was posthumously released, garnered a lot of appreciation.
6. From Gene Deitch
At the age of 95, Gene Deitch, an Oscar-winning American illustrator, animator, film director and producer, died. His Czech writer, Petr Himmel, said that Dene Deitch died suddenly in his apartment in the Little Quarter neighbourhood of Prague overnight from Thursday to Friday. No further details were given. In 1960, Deitch’s film “Munro” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In 1964, he was also nominated twice for the same award for “Here’s Nudnik” and “How to prevent friendship.”
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