Many lives have been lost due to the Corona Virus outbreak. However, countless celebrities have passed away due to some other causes, and there's nothing mysterious about it. This top ten list is quite long, so we've split it into ten parts. The people mentioned here, and all the others we have to thank for making our lives more exciting! So without further ado, let's look at a sad list of celebrities we lost in 2020.
10. Celebrities Aged 95+
Beloved film actor Kirk Douglas died from natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California. At the time of his passing, the actor was 103 years old. He will be remembered for performances in movies such as "Lust for Life," "The Bad and the Beautiful," "Champion," portrayal of the mighty warrior Spartacus, and many more.
Beloved fashion designer Pierre Cardin died at the hospital in Paris, age 97. He was one of the most prosperous designers who built up his brand since 1950. His high fashion and brand have a well-deserved and distinguished place in the fashion industry.
9. Celebrities Aged 90 to 95
Jerry Stiller, an American comedian, and actor died of natural causes aged 92. He was well known for many comedy shows and movies, but we'll all remember him as Frank Costanza in the sitcom Seinfeld. We were surprised that our beloved actor Orson Bean died in a traffic accident at age 91. While crossing the road outside of the crosswalk, he was hit by two cars.
The best James Bond, iconic sex symbol Sean Connery, died at age 90 from heart failure at his Nassau, Bahamas home. This well-known Scottish actor appeared in many Hollywood blockbusters and had an important role in the third Indiana Jones movie.
8. Celebrities Aged 80 to 90
Little Richard will be remembered for his flamboyant performances and defining the beginning of rock'n'roll. He died from bone cancer, aged 87. He left a remarkable legacy, such as the "Long Tall Sally" song. We've also lost the great musician Bill Withers from heart complications; he was 81 years old. We all loved his music, and he'll be remembered for his hit, "Ain't No Sunshine."
Kenny Rogers died from natural causes at age 81. He was a famous musician and songwriter honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Let's set our goodbyes with "Lady." Well-known musician and songwriter Johnny Nash have passed away at home surrounded by his family, at age 80. We'll enjoy his music forever, especially "I Can See Clearly Now."
7. Terry Jones
One of the greatest comedians of all time, Terry Jones, passed away at age 77 due to dementia. He was also an actor, writer, film director, screenwriter, and historian. Jones had struggled with the disease several years prior to his death and, in 2017, lost his ability to speak.
However, he'll be most remembered as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus comedy troupe. At his funeral, all his surviving Python's have said their goodbyes appropriately, through comedy.
6. Clark Middleton
While the whole world struggled with the coronavirus outbreak, and people were dying from the complications caused by it, we were surprised to hear about Clark Middleton's passing. Yet, the American actor died due to the complications provoked by the West Nile virus at age 63.
The actor's passing has left his colleagues from NBC's television series "The Blacklist" shocked, so they said their goodbyes in the tribute episode. Middleton's best performances include "Kill Bill: Vol 2," "Sin City," "Fringe," and more.
5. Frankie Banali
The American rock drummer Frankie Banali lost the fight with pancreatic cancer. He died at the age of 68, after sixteen months of struggling with the disease. The tumor progressed rapidly, and eventually, no treatments were helping, as he suffered a series of strokes during that time.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Franki Benali co-founded Quiet Riot, a famous metal band (although some will say it's a sweet metal band or rock band). They were rocking with the first album Metal Health in 1983, selling over six million copies. However, they never repeated the same success, so the band changed members a lot. Yet, they kept going on.
4. Eddie Van Halen
Co-founder of the famous rock band Van Helen and great guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away surrounded by his family. Eddie has been struggling with lung cancer for decades. At the time of his death, he was 65.
However, Eddie Van Halen left a remarkable legacy, mainly as a legendary guitarist who even performed with Michael Jackson. Hence, his work in the band was honored by introducing Van Helen to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They left numerous hits that we all enjoyed, but let's say our last goodbyes to Eddie with the song "Jump."
3. Diego Armando Maradona
The news that the greatest soccer player of all time, Diego Maradona, passed away shocked the whole world. The Argentinian legend died at age 60 of a heart attack. He was loved in his home country so much that Argentina declared three days of national mourning.
"El Pibe" was well-known as a great team leader and brilliantly skilled player - one of his utmost performances was scoring the "Hand of God" goal and winning the World Cup in 1986. He was a very cheerful person loved even by the opposition but also struggled with cocaine, which led to severe health issues.
2. Chadwick Boseman
The public was struck with the news that American actor Chadwick Boseman died; he was only 43. He fought with colon cancer for four years before his death, far away from the media. Boseman passed away at his home surrounded by his family.
His most significant role as Black Panther in Marvel films earned him the glory that he surely deserved. Moreover, he worked on Marvel's movies shooting three of them just two years before his death. These include "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018, and "Avengers: End Game" released in 2019. His brilliant performance in "21 Bridges" premiered just nine months before his passing.
1. Kobe Bryant
One of the greatest NBA players ever, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in California. The "Black Mamba" was just 41 when the helicopter hit the hill due to the bad weather. A later investigation discovered that the pilot flew into the fog, got disoriented, and struck the Calabasas hillside, causing all on board to die from blunt force trauma. In the accident beside him died his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.
Kobe was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for his whole career. During that period, he and his teammates won the NBA championship five times. He also was a member of the national team and won gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
To conclude our top ten, even without deaths caused by a coronavirus, we had lost so many talented celebrities in 2020, so we can say it was an unfortunate year. Regrettably, we couldn't mention all those that passed away, but they are in our thoughts.
What celebrity death has struck you the most? Please write to us in the comments, as we would like to hear your thoughts.