When a celebrity dies, fans can be left heartbroken by the tragic loss, but it can also lead to the celebration of a legacy they left behind. Whether it’s entertaining millions, inspiring people or helping to change the world for the better in some way, their contributions affect many of our lives, often in very significant ways.

In 2020 we’ve said goodbye to a number of public figures from the world of stage, screen, sport, music and more. Among them were British acting legends Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Barbara Windsor, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, James Bond icon Sean Connery, musician Bill Withers, and beloved entertainer Des O’Connor.

Here’s a look at the people we’ve lost this year whose influence will be felt for a long time to come.

DECEMBER

Pierre Cardin

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin died on December 29 aged 98.

The French couture legend worked for Dior in his twenties, before founding his own ladies boutique in 1954.

Cardin’s early designs were worn by Hollywood royalty, including Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot. He also designed the iconic grey collarless suits worn by the Beatles in the 1960s, and helped bring high fashion to the high street by introducing his collections into department stores.

Rebecca Luker

Boardwalk Empire and Good Wife actress Rebecca died on December 23 after losing her battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with last year.

Stella Tennant

Supermodel Stella died on December 22 ‘suddenly’, according to her family.

The mother of four, who found fame in the 1990s with her androgynous looks and aristocratic background, had split from her husband David Lasnet after 21 years of marriage in August.

In a statement, her family said: “It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22nd December 2020.

“Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.

“Her family ask for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

Eileen Pollock

Bread star Eileen died shortly before Christmas at the age of 73, her family said.

The actress was best known for starring in BBC Comedy series Bread, where she played ‘Lilo’ Lil.

Her family revealed she died peacefully at home in London.

In a tribute they said they would remember Eileen as an “actor, writer and storyteller” and described her as a “dear sister, loved aunt and great aunt.”

“Your beauty, laughter and loving eyes gave joy to all,” they added.

Rosalind Knight

Actress Rosalind Knight died on December 19 aged 87.

Knight had roles across TV, theatre and film, notably appearing in Carry On Teacher and Carry On Nurse, as well as two St Trinian’s movies. She starred in Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner as ‘Horrible Grandma, and appeared in BBC comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme as Beryl.

The star first made her name when she starred in the 1961 Royal Shakespeare Company production of As You Like It opposite Vanessa Redgrave. Her daughters Marianne Elliott and Susannah Elliott paid tribute to her: “Our mother had the most astute, vibrant personality and made people laugh wherever she went.”

Jeremy Bulloch

Actor Jeremy Bulloch died on December 17 at the age of 75.

He was best known for playing the first Boba Fett to appear in the Star Wars films.

He first appeared as the bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and then in Return of the Jedi in 1983, before playing a different role in Revenge of the Sith.

The official Star Wars Twitter account paid tribute to him: “He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit which have become an enduring part of his rich legacy.”

Ewan Macleod

TV star and radio DJ Ewan Macleod died on December 17 aged 48.

The popular presenter’s tragic death is being treated as “unexplained but non-suspicious”.

Macleod was a former talent scout who presented STV’s Chart Bite music programme in the 90s and later worked on Beat 106 radio station.

He was most well-known for helping launch a popular radio venture with the backing of Rangers football star Ally McCoist.

Ann Reinking

Broadway star Ann died aged 71 on December 15 in her sleep.

The Chicago actress died while visiting family in Seattle.

Gerard Houllier

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier died on December 14 aged 73.

The Frenchman arrived at Anfield in 1998, joining the club as co-manager with Roy Evans. After a few months he took the reins solo, and led the club to five cup success of 2001, as they claimed the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup.

After overhauling the club’s youth system, Houllier left Liverpool in 2004, with Rafa Benitez taking up the mantle.

Mick Innes

Actor Mick Innes died on December 12 aged 67 after battling a lung condition.

The New Zealander appeared in a number of TV shows during his career, including a recurring role in soap Shortland Street, and a brief stint on Australian soap Home and Away.

He also starred enjoyed the theatre, starring in his own one-man show Zen Dog: Hazy Recollections from the Life of Mick Innes.

John Le Carre

Author John Le Carre died on December 12 aged 89 following a short illness.

The writer – real name David Cornwell – was known for penning best selling espionage novels, including TInker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Night Manager and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.

Many of his works were adapted into television series or films. His books were inspired by his experiences of working as an intelligence officer at the British Foreign Service during the 1940s.

Dame Barbara Windsor


Dame Barbara Windsor died aged 83 on December 10, her husband Scott Mitchell announced.

The EastEnders and Carry On legend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, but kept her condition secret until symptoms started to show in 2018.

Sadly, her condition had worsened in recent months and she died at 8.35pm on Thursday at a London care home.

Scott said the cherished actress’ final weeks were “typical of how she lived her life” and “full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end”.

Mr Mitchell told PA: “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.”

Betty Bobbit

Actress Betty Bobbit died on December 1 aged 88 following a stroke.

She was most famous for playing Judy Bryant, one of the longest-running characters in hit Australian soap Prisoner: Cell Block H. She portrayed Judy in 430 episodes.

Her other TV roles include A Country Practice, All Saints and Blue Heelers. Bobbit also starred with Paul Hogan in three of the Crocodile Dundee films.

NOVEMBER

Papa Bouba Diop

Footballer Papa Bouba Diop died on November 29 aged 42. The former Premier League star had reportedly been suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

The midfielder first arrived in English football when he joined Fulham from French side Lens in 2004.

He joined Portsmouth in 2007 and after a stint with AEK Athens returned to English football by joining West Ham in 2011, helping them get promoted back to the Premier League.

Diop was a national hero in his native Senegal, winning 63 caps for his country.

The mayor of Mermoz Sacré-Cœur, Barthélémy Dias, paid tribute to him on social media: “Your name will forever be engraved in the Football Hall of Fame alongside great legends. May God welcome you in his Paradise.”

Dave Prowse

Actor Dave Prowse died on November 28 aged 85 following a short illness

He was most famous for his role as the villainous Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. While Vader’s voice was provided by James Earl Jones, it was Prowse who portrayed the character on screen.

Before appearing in the legendary sci-fi franchise, Dave made a name for himself in Hollywood after training the late Christopher Reeve for his role as Superman. He also became a British cultural icon for his appearance as the Green Cross Code Man in the 1970s, teaching a generation of children how to safely cross the road.

The star, who was born in Bristol in 1983, appeared on a number of British TV shows as well, including Doctor Who and The Two Ronnies. In 2000, he was awarded an MBE for his services to road safety.

Lil Yase

Rapper Lil Yase died on November 28 aged 25 following a shooting in San Francisco.

Real name was Mark Antonyyo Alexander, the up-and-coming star’s career started to take off after he released the 2015 single Get It In, which became a hit.

Lil Yase’s record label, Highway 420 Productions, posted a message about him on Instagram: “Yase loved his fans, he worked every day for y’all. We have hundreds of songs coming for you.”

Daria Nicolodi

Actress Daria Nicolodi died on November 26 aged 70.

She appeared in a number of cult movies such as Deep Red and Inferno, and co-wrote horror hit Suspiria.

Many of the films she appeared in where directed by Daria Argento, between 1975 and 1987. These included Deep Red and Inferno, as well as Tenebrae, Phemomena and Opera.

The pair’s daughter, actress Asia Argento, paid tribute to her: “Now you can fly free with your great spirit and you won’t have to suffer anymore. I will try to go on for your beloved grandchildren and especially for you who would never want to see me so grieved.”

Diego Maradona

Football icon Diego Maradona died on November 25 aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The Argentinian star is often considered to be the greatest football player of all time, and famously captained his national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. This was also where he scored his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal during a quarter-final match against England. At club level, Maradona made his start at Argentines Juniors, before joining Boca Juniors and then heading to Barcelona in 1982. Two years later he signed with Napoli and scored over 100 goals across seven seasons.

In 2008 he became Argentina’s manager, steering the side for two years.

Football players across the world and from different generations paid tribute to him, including long-time rival Pele who said: “Certainly one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above.”

Dougie James

Singer Dougie James died in November aged 72.

The soul artist found fame in the 1970s performing as Dougie James And The Soul Train. Following his musical succcess, he went on to become a promoter.

Dougie was the father of Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas.

BBC Manchester’s Mike Shaft paid tribute to him: “Wonderful guy, always a smile on his face. Always a happy story.”

Heavy D

Reality TV star Heavy D died in November at the age of 43

Real name Colin Newell, he was best known for appearing on Storage Wars and for his stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 alongside Stephen Bear, Lewis Bloor, Chloe Khan, Marnie Simpson and Samantha Fox.

His friend Nick Nevern paid tribute to him on Twitter: “U always brought a smile to my face bro & lifted any room you where in. #RIPHeavyD.”

Abby Dalton

Actress Abby Dalton died on November 23 aged 88 after battling illness.

After her big break in Roger Corman movie Rock All Night in 1957, she went on to star as Lt. Martha Hale on TV show Hennesey in 1959, which earned her a nomination for an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Series. Dalton was most famous for her role in Falcon Crest, appearing in 98 episodes of the drama serial.

i_o

DJ i_o died on November 23 aged 30.

The music artist and producer, real name Garrett Lockhart, is most famous for collaborating with Grimes on the 2019 track Violence, which appeared on her album Miss Anthropocene.

He is also known for his tracks Low, Death by Techno and Don’t Stop.

Kirby Morrow

Voice actor Kirby Morrow died on November 18 aged 47.

Morrow lent his vocal talents to a number of cartoons, anime series, movies and video games. His notable voice roles include Cyclops in X-Men Evolution and Goku in the Ocean dub of Dragon Ball Z.

Kirby also appeared in live action programmes and movies and had a recurring role on sci-fi show Stargate: Atlantis

Eric Hall

Publicist Eric Hall died on November 16 aged 73.

The iconic football agent represented some of the Premier League’s biggest names in the 1990s, including Gary Lineker, Dennis Wise, Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Tim Sherwood and Paul Walsh.

Hall was known always smoking a cigar, his flamboyant dress sense and his ‘monster monster’ catchphrase.

Sir Alan Sugar paid tribute on Twitter, calling him ” a real character.”

Ray Clemence

Footballer Ray Clemence died on November 15 aged 72.

Clemence was a former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper who played for the national side 61 times between 1972 and 1983.

After humble beginnings on Notts County youth squads, he went on to lift the European Cup three times, and during his time at Liverpool he earned 5 league wins.

Soumitra Chatterjee

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee died on November 15 aged 85 from complications relating to coronavirus.

The Indian movie star appeared in more than 300 films, and was also a playwrightas well as poet.

He was best known for his role in movies such as Ghare Baire, Aranyer Din Ratri, Ashani Sanket and Saat Pake Bandha.

Chatterjee was given the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2012, and in 2018 received France’s Legion of Honour.

Des O’Connor

TV legend Des O’Connor died on November 14 aged 88.

The comedian, singer and television presenter ruled the small screen for decades and is remembered for hosting shows such as Take Your Pick, Countdown, The Des O’Connor Show and Today with Des and Mel.

It has been confirmed Des died “peacefully in his sleep” a week after suffering a fall at home.

Des’ agent said in a statement: “It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O’Connor passed away yesterday ).

He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son and his four daughters.

Doug Supernaw

Musician Doug Supernaw died on November 13 aged 60 after a battle with bladder and lung cancer.

The country music star had a number of chart successes during his career, including 1993’s top four hit Reno and I Don’t Call Him Daddy.

In 2017 he released a Greatest Hits compilation, bringing together his best performing tracks from his studio albums Red and Rio Grande, Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Mind, You Still Got Me and Fadin’ Renegade.

Spinbad

DJ Spinbad died on November 11 aged 46.

The iconic New York artist – real name Chris Sullivan – released two albums during his career, with Underground Airplay launching in 2001 and compilation record FabricLive.14 in 2004. He also toured with a number of artists, including Moby.

DJ Yoda tweeted a tribute to the star: “To this day, I talk about him when I get asked in interviews who my influences are.

“The world is culturally emptier today without him.”

Mo3

Rapper Mo3 died on November 11 aged 28 following a shooting in Dallas.

The star – real name Melvin Noble – was most famous for his 2019 collaboration with Boosie Badazz on the track Errybody (Remix).

He recorded three albums and released some new songs earlier this year.

Bert Belasco

Actor Bert Belasco died on November 8 at the age of 38.

The Let’s Stay Together was found dead in his hotel room after suffering a ‘suspected fatal aneurysm’, reports TMZ.

Bert was holed up in quarantine in Richmond, Virginia as he prepared to start work on a new project.

Bones Hillman

Musician Bones Hillman died on November 8 aged 62 following a battle with cancer.

Hillman – real name Wayne Stevens – was the bassist of band Midnight Oil, joining the group in 1987.

His bandmates paid tribute to the star: “We’re grieving the loss of our brother. He was the bassist with the beautiful voice, the band member with the wicked sense of humour, and our brilliant musical comrade.

John Fraser

Actor John Fraser died November 7 aged of 89 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Fraser hit the big time after playing ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood in the 1955 war movie Dam Busters.

The star appeared in over 20 films during his career, including Tunes Of Glory in 1960 and The Waltz of the Toreadors in 1962.

In recent years he had been living in Tuscany with his partner Rodney Pienaar, an artist from South Africa.

King Von

Rapper King Von died on November 6 aged 26 after being gunned down in a shooting.

The American star had just released his first album Welcome to O’Block, which featured collaborations with Moneybagg Yo, Dreezy and Lil Durk and became the fifth-biggest streaming debut on Spotify.

Long time friend DJ On Da Beat So Issa Banga paid tribute to the star on Instagram: “Every moment meant something and to grow wit you made me feel like I was a real producer. I love you bro.”

Geoffrey Palmer

Actor Geoffrey Palmer died on November 5 aged 93. His agent confirmed that the TV and film star died peacefully at home.

Geoffrey starred in numerous popular sitcoms during his decade-spanning career but is perhaps best known for his role in As Time Goes By with Dame Judi Dench.

He also appeared in the acclaimed movie Mrs Brown, again starring Dame Judi, and in films such as The Madness of King George and W.E., directed by Madonna.

Joy Westmore

Actress Joy Westmore died on November 5 aged 88 after a battle with dementia.

Joy starred in Prisoner Cell Block: H, playing prison guard Joyce Barry in over 200 episodes of the iconic Australian series. She also had roles on other soaps, including Neighbours, Blue Heelers and The Sullivans

Ken Hensley

Uriah Heep keyboard player Ken Hesley died on November 4, aged 75.

Ken’s brother Trevor shared the sad news in a Facebook post , revealing that he passed away suddenly.

The musician was progressive rock band Uriah Heep’s keyboard player from 1970 to 1980.

Elsa Raven

Actress Elsa Raven died on November 3 aged 91.

Raven famously appeared in time travel comedy Back to the Future as the ‘Save the Clock Tower’ lady. She also starred in The Amityville Horror, Titanic and In the Line of Fire.

Elsa’s TV appearances include roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Seinfeld and Days of Our Lives.

Lawrence Clayton

Actor Lawrence Clayton died on November 2 aged 64 after a two year battle with glioblastoma cancer.

The Broadway star made his debut in 1981 in Dreamgirls. He went on to tour in productions of Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstarr as well as a 2015 revival of The Color Purple.

Theatre director Laurence Connor paid tribute to him on Twitter: “ It was a joy to direct him as Jean Valjean on the tour of Les Miserables over 10 years ago. I will never forget first hearing his ‘Bring Him Home’ and wanting him for the role. A wonderful actor and a wonderful man. RIP.”

John Sessions

Comedian John Sessions died on November 2 aged 67 after suffering a heart attack.

Sessions was best known for his voice work on the original incarnation of satirical puppet show Spitting Image, as well as his appearances on Have I Got News For You and Whose Line Is It Anyway? He also co-created and starred in the cult comedy series Stella Street.

John had roles in a number of movies, including Made In Dagenham, The Iron Lady, Gangs of New York and Mr Holmes.

Carol Arthur

Actress Carol Arthur died on November 1 aged 85 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The star appeared in a number of Mel Brooks movies alongside her late husband Dom DeLuise, including 1974 hit Blazing Saddles where she played Harriet Van Johnson.

Carol’s career also included the stage, and she made her debut on Broadway in Noel Coward’s 1964 comedy High Spirits.

Eddie Hassell

Actor Eddie Hassell died on November 1 aged 30 after being shot.

Hassell had roles in various TV shows, including Surface, Devious Maids and Family Weekend. He also had a number of cameos in programmes including Southland, Bones and Warrior Road.

Eddie earned a nomination for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, and appeared in the Oscar nominated film The Kids Are All Right.

Nikki McKibbin

American Idol star Nikki McKibbin died on November 1 aged 42 after suffering a brain aneurysm, according to TMZ.

Nikki appeared on the first season of the talent show back in 2002. She finished third, behind Justin Guarnini and winner Kelly Clarkson.

Justin paid tribute to her on Instagram, calling her a “fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit.”

OCTOBER

Sir Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery died on October 31 at the age of 90..

The Scottish actor was best known for playing James Bond in the movie franchise, the first in a long line of stars to play the role of 007 on the big screen, making his debut in 1962’s Dr No.

During his decades spanning acting career, Sir Sean went on to win an Oscar, two Baftas and three Golden Globes, and was knighted by the Queen in 2000 for his services to film drama.

Julie Donaldson

Radio host Julie Donaldson died on October 31 aged 50 after contracting coronavirus.

Donaldson presented The Morning Mix on Redcar station Zetland FM.

A spokesperson for Zetland FM said: “Julie was a wonderful woman who was an inspiration to everyone she met.

“She was passionate about supporting the local community in Redcar and Cleveland and worked tirelessly to promote local groups, charities and organisations.

Luis Troyano


Great British Bake Off star Luis Troyano died in October aged 48 following a battle with oesophageal cancer.

Luis appeared in the 2014 series of the hit baking show, making it to the final and finishing as a runner up.

After the competition, he released a cook book and opened a bakery in his hometown.

His agent Anne Kibel posted on Twitter: “A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.”

Nate Burrell

US TV star Nate Burrell died on October 31 aged after taking his own life.

Nate appeared on the show 60 Days, which saw him and eight other people volunteer to enter prison for two months under assumed identities in order to highlight issues in the American correctional system.

Burrell had previously served as a Marine for four years, which included two tours in Iraq.

Marius Zaliukas

Footballer Marius Zaliukas died on October 31 aged 36 after battling illness.

During his career, the Lithuanian centre-back had been the captain of Scottish side Hearts, and also had stints at Rangers and Leeds United.

Zaliukas played for his country in international games from 2006 until 2016.

Nobby Stiles

England World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles died on October 30, aged 78, after a long illness.

Stiles was a huge part of the Three Lions side which won the tournament in 1966, and in total he earned 28 caps for his country.

He also made 311 appearances for Manchester United between 1960-71 and was part of the side which became the first English club to win the European Cup, when they beat Benfica in the final at Wembley in 1968.

JJ Williams

Rugby player JJ Williams died on October 29 aged 72.

Williams was a former Wales and British and Irish Lions winger who scored 12 tries in 30 appearances for Wales. He also won Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, as well as four Triple Crowns between 1976 and 1979.

Bobby Ball

Comedian Bobby Ball died on October 28 aged 76 after testing positive for coronavirus.

Ball – real name Robert Harper – was one half of legendary comedic double act Cannon and Ball alongside his best friend Tommy Cannon. The pair appeared on their own ITV show for nine years, and Bobby later went on to appear in Last of the Summer Wine and Heartbeat. He was also a participant in the 2005 series of I’m A Celebrity.

Billy Joe Shaver

Musician Billy Joe Shaver died on October 28 aged 81 after suffering a stoke.

The county music star was most famous for the tracks tracks Georgia on a Fast Train, Honky Tonk Heroes, Live Forever, and Old Five and Dimers Like Me.

During his career, he wrote songs for artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and was nominated for Grammy in 2007 for the his album Everybody’s Brother.

Tony Wyn-Jones

Former DJ Tony Wyn-Jones died on October 26 aged 77 following a long illness.

Broadcaster Tony found fame on Radio One, working for the BBC from 1969 until 1973. Later, he went on to manage a number of entertainment venues before moving into local government, serving on Neath Port Talbot Council and Blaenhonddan Community Council.

His wife Glenys reflected on his career: “He used to go around the holiday camps Djing with Radio 1 and whenever I could get time off I would go with him. It was exciting and and he met some big names in music like Cliff Richard, The Fortunes, Badfinger.”

Johnny Leeze

Actor Jonny Leeze died on October 25 aged 78 following a short illness.

Leeze was most famous for portraying Ned Glover in ITV soap Emmerdale from 1994 to 1999.

The star also enjoyed a career in stand-up comedy, and had a brief stint on Coronation Street in 1985 playing character Harry Clayton.

Frank Bough

TV presenter Frank Bough died on October 21 aged 87.

Bough’s long career began in 1964 after he took over hosting duties on BBC show Sportsview. He then went on to appear on Nationwide and Breakfast Time, before moving to the BBC’s flagship sport show Grandstand, hosting it regularly between 1968 and 1983.

Frank later fronted numerous shows on ITV and Sky, before retiring in 1998.

Marge Champion

Dancer and Broadway star Marge Champion died on October 21 aged 101.

Champion starred in a number of MGM musical films alongside her dance partner and husband Gower Champion, with Marge winning an Emmy for her turn in Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

Her father, a Hollywood dance teacher, was close friends with Walt Disney, which lead to Marge serving as the real life model for Snow White in the studio’s debut feature length animation.

She also provided a dance reference for Dopey, and went on to work on other 1940s Disney hits, modelling for the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Hyacinth Hippo in Fantasia and Mr Stock in Dumbo.

James Randi

Magician James Randi died from age related causes on October 20 aged 92.

Award-winning illusionist Randi used his skill to expose those falsely claiming to have paranormal abilities, debunking mind readers, ‘ghost whisperers’, and fake healers.

Spencer Davis

Musician Spencer Davis died on October 19 aged 81 following a heart attack.

Davis founded the chart-topping beat band The Spencer Davis Group in 1963, enjoying a string of hits including Keep on Running, I’m A Man and Gimme Some Lovin’. The latter has been featured on the soundtracks of a number of hit movies, such as The Blues Brothers and Notting Hill.

Radio Caroline’s Suzy Wilde said on Twitter “He was such a lovely man, generous and kind, warm and funny, and will be much missed. “

Tony Lewis

Musician Tony Lewis died on October 19 aged 62.

Lewis was a singer in The Outfield, formed in 1984. Their most famous tracks include All the Love, Say It Isn’t So and Your Love.

In a statement on social media, his publicist Bari Lieberman said “Tony Lewis’s legacy will live on forever through his beautiful family and his legendary music.”

José Padilla

DJ Jose Padilla died on October 18 aged 64 after a battle with colon cancer.

Padilla achieved fame in the 1990s as one of Ibiza’s premier DJs thanks to his sets at the famous Cafe del Mar venue in San Antonio.

Dana Baratta

Writer and producer Dana Baratta died on October 18 aged 59 following complications from ovarian cancer.

Baratta worked on a number of acclaimed and popular shows, including Dawson’s Creek, Private Practice, Jessica Jones and Providence.

Her career also included film, co-producing the 1994 family movie Andre and making her big screen acting debut in 2000 flick Chuck & Bass.

Dawnson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson said on Twitter: ” I believe she is the reason I was in DC, and was a truly gentle and kind soul.”

Doreen Montalvo

Actress Doreen Montalvo died on October 17 aged 56 after suffering a stroke.

Stage star Montalvo appeared in the Broadway production of Mrs Doubtfire, a musical adaptation of the hit Robin Williams movie. She also starred in Steven Spielberg’s new version West Side Story and In The Heights, both of which are yet to be released.

Anthony Chisholm

Actor Anthony Chisholm died on October 16 aged 77.

Chisholm’s career spanned movies, TV and the stage. On the big screen, he starred in Spike Lee film Chi-Raq, Adam Sandler comedy Reign Over Me, and Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff.

His stint as Burr Redding for three seasons of the iconic HBO prison drama Oz earned him much acclaim, and he also achieved success on Broadway with appearances in Two Trains Running, Jitney and Radio Golf, the latter earning his a Tony nomination.

Gordon Haskell

Musician Gordon Haskell died aged 74.

Haskell had been a singer and bassist with band King Crimson before embarking on a solo career. He arrowly missed out on a Christmas number one in 2001 with his track How Wonderful You Are, which landed the number two spot behind Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman’s cover of Somethin’ Stupid.

The popularity of his single led to him landing a record contract with Warner Bros and releasing successful solo album Harry’s Bar.

Rhonda Fleming

Actress Rhonda Fleming died on October 14 aged 97.

The American star was known as the Queen of Technicolor after working on early colour films in the 1940s and 1950s.

Her career included roles in movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound, The Spiral Staircase, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Paul Matters

Former AC/DC bass guitarist Paul Matters died on October 14.

Matters joined the legendary rock band in 1975 after the release of their High Voltage album, replacing original bassist Larry Van Kriedt.

He was then fired just a few weeks later with Mark Evans stepping into his shoes.

Matters’ death was announced on Facebook by his friend Rod Wescombe, who said the musician had led a ‘reclusive life’ in recent years with the wild rock and roll lifestyle of his youth causing him health problems.

Wescombe wrote: “‘Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.”

Saint Dog

Rapper Saint Dog died on October 12 aged 44 after suffering from breathing difficulties.

The star, whose real name Steve Thronson, was one of the original members of Kottonmouth Kings, a hip hop group founded in Southern California in 1996.

As well as his work with the band, he also released his own material, launching his first solo album Ghetto Guide in 2004.

His management paid tribute to him on Instagram: “Saint was a unique individual that had a profound impact on anyone he came in contact with.

“While Saint is no longer with us, his music will live on forever. Rest easy, King.”

Conchata Ferrell

Actress Conchata Ferrell died on October 12 aged 77 after suffering from complications following a heart attack.

Her biggest role was that of Berta on hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, which saw her land two Emmy nominations. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Susan Bloom in legal drama L.A. Law.

Recently, she appeared in Netflix’s The Ranch, TV movie A Very Nutty Christmas and upcoming film Deported.

Carmen Sevilla

Actress Carmen Sevilla died on October 9 aged 89 following a battle with Alzheimer’s.

The Oscar-nominated Spanish star made her debut in the 1948 film Jalisco Sings in Seville before starring in a number of big screen classics, including King of Kings, The Troublemaker and Antony & Cleopatra where she starred alongside Charlton Heston.

Bunny Lee

Music producer Bunny Lee died on October 7 aged 79.

Born Edward O’Sullivan Lee in Kingston, Jamaica, Lee was a pioneer of the 70s reggae scene in the UK after breaking into the music industry during the 60s thanks to his reggae star brother-in-law Derrick Morgan.

Bunny collaborated with a number of artists during his career, including Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke and Beenie Man.

Johnny Nash

Musician Johnny Nash died on October 6 aged 80.

The American reggae singer songwriter is credited with helping to bring the genre to US audiences thanks to his 1972 smash hit single I Can See Clearly Now.

Nash was the first non-Jamaican to record reggae in Kingston, Jamaica and was also friends with Bob Marley. Johnny went on to help launch Marley’s career.

Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen founder Eddie Van Halen passed away on 6 October. After a prolonged battle with throat cancer, the world famous guitarist’s cancer eventually spread to other parts of his body.

Margaret Nolan

Actress Margaret Nolan died on October 5 aged 76.

Nolan was a former Bond girl, and starred in the spy’s 1964 outing Goldfinger, playing the character of Dink.

She also appeared in a number of iconic British movies of the era, such as The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, Carry On Girls and No Sex Please We’re British.

Margaret’s career included TV shows as well, with roles on Steptoe & Son, The Likely Lads, The Sweeney and Morecambe & Wise.

Movie director Edgar Wright paid tribute to her online: “She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories.

“I’m so glad I got to know her. My heart goes out to her family and all that loved her. She will be much missed.”

Clark Middleton

Middleton had notable roles on a number of TV shows, including Law & Order, The Blacklist and the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. He also starred on the big screen, with appearances in Birdman, Sin City and Kill Bill: Vol 2.

His wife Elissa wrote in Twitter: “I cannot count the number of times he said ‘Give the world your best and the best will come back to you’, quoting his father Mel. And he meant it! He is in the light, happy and free, and sends love.”

Kenzo Takada

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada died on October 4 aged 81 after contracting coronavirus. Takada was the founder of international perfume, clothing and skincare company Kenzo.

Born in Japan in 1939, the fashion icon moved to Paris in 1965 where he eventually opened his flagship clothes store in 1976. Kenzo expanded into fragrances during the 1980s.

During his career, Takada’s designs were worn by a number of celebrities, including Rihanna and Beyonce.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd died on October 3 aged 70. The star was killed in a shooting.

Byrd frequently worked with legendary director Spike Lee, appearing in his films Clockers, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, Chi-Raq, Red Hook Summer, Girl 6 and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

His small screen career included roles on In the Heat of the Night Mama Flora’s Family, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and She’s Gotta Have It.

DJ Cookie Monsta

DJ Cookie Monsta died aged 31.

Real name Tony Cook, the Nottingham-born dubstep artist was most famous for the tracks Blurgh and Ruff.

Fellow DJs paid tribute to him online. MURT DONKEY posted: “Damn… RIP to the absolute legend Cookie Monsta. Another reminder about how fragile life can be.”

SEPTEMBER

Frank Windsor

Actor Frank Windsor died on September 30 aged 92.

Windsor’s most famous role was that of John Watt in police drama Z-Cars, between 1962 and 1965. Frank also appeared in Casualty, EastEnders and Peak Practice.

The star’s career included the theatre, notably featuring in a production of What the Butler Saw alongside Prunella Scales.

Helen Reddy

Singer Helen Reddy died on September 29 aged 78 following a battle with dementia.

The Australian star’s music career took off in the 70s, and she was the world’s top-selling female vocalist in 1973 and 1974.

Her most famous track was I Am Woman, which earned her a Grammy and turned her into a feminist icon.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Helen’s family said: “She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”

Dean Jones

Former cricketer Dean Jones died on September 24 aged 59 following a heart attack.

The Australian batsman first played for his country in 1984 for a one-day international against Pakistan.

In the 1990s played in England, making appearances for Durham and Debryshire. Jones also had stints coaching in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He later went on to become a commentator.

Juliette Greco

Musician Juliette Greco died on September 23 aged 93 following a stroke.

The French performer was a style icon and made her singing debut in Parisian cabaret after the Second World War, singing the lyrics of writers like Jean-Paul Sartre.

Her most well known tracks include “Parlez-moi d’amour”, “Je suis comme je suis” and “Si tu t’imagines”.

Archie Lyndhurst

Actor Archie Lyndhurst died on September 22 aged 19.

The son of Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst, Archie had followed in his father’s footsteps, landing a role on CBBC show So Awkward, and later appearing in Bad Education and Casualty.

Close friend Sophia Dall’Aglio paid tribute to him on Instagram: “You were the light in the room, even on a bad day, and brought all of us together. It’s true, things won’t be the same without you, but while you were here you did nothing but your best to make people happy.”

Michael Lonsdale

Actor Michael Lonsdale passed away in his home in Paris on September 21 aged 89. – his agent Olivier Loiseau confirmed, according to AFP.

Michael is most well known for playing Bond Villan Hugo Drax in the 1979 film Moonraker opposite Roger Moore.

The Hollywood actor was also known as detective Claude Lebel 1973’s spy movie The Day of the Jackal and as. M. in The Remains of the Day. In 2005 he also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Munich.

In 2011 he won France’s Cesar for best supporting actor in 2011 for his role in Xavier Beauvois’ “Of Gods and Men.”

Jackie Stallone

Jackie Stallone died on September 21 at the age of 98. Mother of Sylvester Stallone, she passed away from unknown causes.

As well as being mother to Hollywood legend Sylvester and singer Frank, Jackie was also mum to late actress Toni D’Alto.

Jackie was an eccentric and flamboyant personality, famed celebrity astrologer and women’s wrestling promoter.

She was married three times. Her first husband, Frank Stallone Sr, was the father of her two sons.

Frank Stallone posted the news on Facebook and Instagram saying:

“This morning my brothers and I lost our mother Jackie Stallone. She was the mother to four children, Tommy, Sylvester, Frankie and my late sister Toni Ann. She was a remarkable woman working out everyday full of spunk and fearless .”

Tommy DeVito

Singer Tommy DeVito died on September 21 aged 92 after contracting coronavirus.

DeVito was one of the original members of The Four Seasons, the doo-wop group whose biggest hits include classic tracks Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man. Tommy and the other members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

EJ Osborne

TV presenter EJ Osborne died on September 21 aged 45 at hospice in Somerset.

Woodworker EJ hosted the BBC One programme Money for Nothing, where the show’s team recovered discarded items and transformed them in order to be sold.

His co-star Sarah Moore wrote on Instagram: “He touched us deeply with his obvious lust for life, energy and commitment.

Lee Kerslake

Lee Kerslake, former drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and band Uriah Heep, died on September 19 aged 73 after a battle with prostate cancer.

In a statement to Louder, Lee’s Uriah Heep bandmate Ken Hensley confirmed the drummer’s death in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It reads: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning.

“He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed

“I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time.”

Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson singer from the R&B group “The Emotions,” died on September 18 aged 61, after battling several health challenges for years.

Pam shot to fame on the Grammy Award-winning soul/R&B vocal group The Emotions, who had a huge hit with The Best Of My Love and So I Can Love You.

The band began as gospel singers in 60s Chicargo and collaborated with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and signing on iconic disco track Boogie Wonderland.

She joined the family group in the mid-1970s and was the younger sister of the bandmembers Sheila, Wanda and Jeanette Hutchinson.

However they became a pop sensation in 1977 with the hit track The Best Of My Love.

The group posted on Facebook

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice of America Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, aged 87.

The judge had a distinguished career spanning decades, before being elevated to the highest court in the USA.

Often celebrated for her vocal support of gender equality, her later life saw her acquire a cult-icon status.

She died of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer, less than 45 days from the US 2020 presidential election that will see Donald Trump fight for a second term.

Alien Huang

Actor Alien Huang died on September 16 aged 36.

Nicknamed ‘Little Ghost’ by his fans, the Taiwanese star was also a singer, TV presenter and fashion designer. Huang was a former member of Taiwanese band Cosmo and Japanese boy band HC3.

He also had various TV roles as well as his own clothing line.

Pat Smullen

Jockey Pat Smullen died on September 15 aged 43 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Smullen was a nine-time Irish champion and won the European Classic 12 times. In 2016 he rode Harzand to victory in the Epsom Investec Derby.

Sei Ashina

Actress Sei Ashina died on September 14 aged 36.

Real name Igarashi Aya, the Japanese star is best known for her role in the 2007 movie Silk, starring alongside Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley.

She also played the lead in Nanase: The Psychic Wanderers and appeared in TV series Aibo: Tokyo Detective Duo.

Sir Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran, the founder of household furnishing company Habitat, died on September 12 aged 88.

Conran was a retailer, designer and restaurateur who became the head of a successful business empire. He was given a knighthood in 1983, and later went on the help found the Design Museum.

Toots Hibbert

Musician Toots Hibbert died on September 11 aged 77.

Hibbert was the frontman of beloved reggae band Toots and the Maytals, who helped bring the genre to a wide audience across the world.

He received a Grammy nomination in 1988, and in 2004 won the award for Best Reggae Album for True Love.

Dame Diana Rigg

Actress Diana Rigg died on September 10 aged 82 following a short battle with cancer.

The British star had a number of iconic roles during her long career. Many will remember her as Emma Peel in action series The Avengers and for her appearance in Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as Tracy, 007’s wife.

More recently, her turn as sassy scheming matriarch Olenna Tyrell in hit HBO show Game of Thrones won her a new generation of fans.

Ronald Bell

Singer Ronald Bell died on September 9 aged 68.

Bell co-founded legendary funk band Kool & The Gang in 1964, and they went on to become one of the most successful music acts of the 1970s. Their most famous tracks include Celebration, Jungle Boogie and Cherish. Ronald and his bandmates won the 1978 Grammy for Album of the Year as a result of their work on the soundtrack to iconic disco movie Saturday Night Fever.

Stevie Lee

Stevie Lee died on September 9 aged 54.

As well as appearing in the movie Jackass 3D, Lee was also a figure in the world of wrestling, competing in the ring under the name Puppet The Psycho Dwarf as well as running his own wrestling company and starring in a reality TV show.

Alan Minter

Boxer Alan Minter died on September 9 aged 69 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Minter was a former undisputed middleweight champion, winning the title in 1980. He also earned a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Simeon Coxe

Musician Simeon Coxe died on September 8 aged 82 after battling pulmonary fibrosis.

Coxe co-founded electronic music outfit Silver Apples with Danny Taylor in the late 60s. The pair were best known for the songs Lovefingers, Anthem and You And I. During his career, Simeon a became pioneer of the genre, inspiring other bands and artists.

Aaron Grissom

Reality TV star Aaron Grissom died on September 8 aged 34 after a motorcycle accident.

Following an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Grissom found fame on the 2014 series of US cooking show Top Chef before going on to cook for musicians on tour, including Billie Eilish.

Anna Norbury

Brookside star Anna Norbury died on September 7, aged 26.

To Brookside fans Anna will be best remembered as baby Alice, who helped shed light on Down Syndrome during her time on the soap.

She left the show in 1997 as part of a dramatic storyline where her on-screen mother Patricia fled to France to escape her partner Max.

Kevin Dobson

Actor Kevin Dobson died on September 6 aged 77 following a heart attack

His most famous role was that of Patrick ‘Mack’ MacKenzie on US drama series Knots Landing from 1982 until 1993. Between 1973 and 1978 he appeared in over 100 episodes of police procedural Kojak as Bobby Crocker.

Bruce Williamson

Singer Bruce Williamson died on September 6 aged 50 after reportedly contracting coronavirus.

Bruce was a former lead singer with The Temptations, joining the soul group in 2006 and performing with them until 2015.

Rodney Litchfield

Actor Rodney Litchfield died on September 5 aged 81 after a long illness.

Litchfield starred on Coronation Street as Wilfred Morton in 2007, and had a role in comedy series Early Doors as Tommy, as well as an appearance in Peter Kay show Phoenix Nights.

Annie Cordy

Actress Annie Cordy died on September 4 aged 92 after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.

The Belgian star began acting in 1954 and made over 50 movie and TV appearances, including the voice over for Grandmother Willow in the French dub of Disney’s Pocahontas.

Cordy also found success in the music world, peaking with hit single La Ballade de Davy Crockett which topped the French charts for five weeks in 1956.

Ian Mitchell

Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell died on September 2, aged 62.

The death of the musician, who played bass with the Scottish pop sensations, was announced via the band’s official Facebook page.

Ian was just 17 when he was drafted into the group to replace bassist Alan Longmuir, spending just seven months with the band before being replaced by

Ian Royce

Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor star Ian Royce died on September 1, aged 51.

His family released a message via his Twitter account, saying the star had died from “severe pneumonia and multiple organ failure.”

AUGUST

Cloyd Robinson

Film director Cloyd Robinson died on August 31 aged 71 after suffering a heart attack.

Starting his film career in the 70s and 80s as an actor, he later moved behind the scenes and began scriptwriting as well as directing his own movies. His most famous project was the 1980 film Darna at Ding.

Steve Lee

Sports reporter Steve Lee died on August 30 aged 68.

Lee’s career as a broadcaster spanned more than 30 years, and saw him cover football and cricket for Sky and BBC Midlands.

BBC Midlands said: “A superb broadcaster who will be sadly missed. The thoughts of everyone here at BBC Midlands Today are with his family and friends at this time.”

Chadwick Boseman

Actor Chadwick Boseman died on August 28 aged 43 following a battle with colon cancer.

Boseman started his acting career on American soap opera All My Children in 2003, before appearing in a number of biopics which saw him portray the likes of Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and soul legend James Brown.

One of Chadwick’s most famous roles was that of Marvel superhero Black Panther, first bringing the character to life in Captain America: Civil War and then an incredibly successful solo movie, followed by appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

On Twitter, his Marvel co-star Don Cheadle posted: “I will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god … forever and ever.”

Riley Gale

Musician Riley Gale died on August 24 aged 34. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Gale was the front man of metal band Power Trip, providing lead vocals.

Writing on the band’s Twitter page, his family said: “He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends. We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind.”

Allan Rich

Actor Allan Rich died on August 22 aged 94 following a battle with dementia.

Rich was blacklisted by Hollywood as a communist sympathiser in the 1950s, but made his way back into showbusiness in the 1960s.

His most famous role came when director Sidney Lumet picked him to appear in Serpico, the 1973 police thriller starring Al Pacino.

Allan went on to star in the film Quiz Show alongside Robert Redford, and made a number of TV appearances on shows including CSI, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Judging Amy.

Landon Clifford

YouTube star Landon Clifford died on August 19 aged 19 after suffering a brain injury.

The popular vlogger set up YouTube channel Cam&Fam in 2017 alongside wife Camryn, and amassed over 1 million subscribers. The couple had two daughters together, Collette Briar Clifford and Delilah Rose Clifford.

Following his passing, Camryn wrote on Instagram: “He was an amazing husband and the best father those girls could of ever asked for.”

Jack Sherman

The talented guitarist Jack Sherman is believed to have died on August 18, at the age of 64 of unknown causes.

Jack became famous as part of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musician had joined the group in time for their debut album in 1983, replacing on/off guitarist Hillel Slovak.

The band posted on their twitter account

“He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform,”

As well as his work with Chili Peppers, Jack took the lead guitar role on Tonio K’s Notes From The Lost Civilization album and Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded.

Jack Sherman dead: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist dies aged 64

Chi Chi DeVayne

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne died at the age of 34 on August 20.

It came after they were hospitalised with pneumonia a week earlier and asked fans to pray for them.

They were also admitted to hospital with high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure in July.

They lived with scleroderma, a rare, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the immune system attacking the tissue under the skin, and around internal organs and blood vessels, which can also cause scarring and thickening of tissue.

Chi Chi, born Zavion Davenport, competed in the eight season of RuPaul’s Drag Race before returning for the third season of the All Stars spin-off.

Trini Lopez

Singer and actor Trini Lopez, has died due to complications with COVID-19 on August 11, aged 83.

Known for starring in the film The Dirty Dozen and for hit songs like “This Land Is Your Land,” and “If I Had a Hammer”.

The musician died in Palm Springs, California.

Wayne Fontana

Wayne Fontana, singer, died on August 6, aged 74

The Mindbenders musician passed away in hospital.

Wayne is most recognised for the song ‘Game of love’

FGB Duck

FGB Duck, American rapper, died on August 5, aged 26

The Chicago rapper was very popular in the underground rap scene.

FGB was tragically shot dead.

Brian Black

Brian Black, former UTV presenter, died on August 4 in his 70s , in his homeland of Northern Ireland.

Brian was involved in a car incident, which saw his vehicle plunge into a river. He later died in hospital.

Black was a journalist, programme maker and environmental champion

Brent Carver

Brent Carver, Tony Award winner, died on August 4, aged 68.

The star of Broadway’s Kiss of the Spider Woman died at is home in British Columbia.

He last appeared on the Broadway stage as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet in 2013.

John Hume

John Hume, politician, has died on August 3, aged 83.

John won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

His final years were sadly marked with dementia and he had no memory of the success bought to Northern Ireland.

Wilford Brimley

Wilfred Brimley, Cocoon and The Thing star, died August 2 aged 85

The actor passed away at his Utah home, after spending time in intensive care.

Wilfred was the face of Quaker Oats, starring in the company’s ad campaigns throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

He also stared in shows such as Our House and starred in films, such as The Firm.

Reni Santoni

Reni Santoni, Dirty Harry star, died on August 1, aged 81.

The actor passed away due to natural causes in a Los Angeles hospice.

Reni appeared in a number of classic movies, such as Dirty Harry, Dr Dolittle and Cobra.


Tony Morris

ITV Granada reporter Tony Morris, died on August 1, aged 57.

The much loved presenter passed away after losing a battle with kidney cancer.

Tony helped break records and won the first ever BAFTA received by a news show.

Prior to his ITV career, Tony was at the BBC, starting with local radio and then went on to local televised news.

The Portsmouth born journalist found this career after serving for the RAF.

JULY

Denise Johnson

Primal Scream singer, Denise Johnson, died on July 27, aged 53.

The course of death is yet to be determined, but the sad news broke after a friend posted a touching tribute to the singer on twitter.

The Manchester born artist was best known for her performance in the 1991 album, Screammadelica.

Peter Green

Co-founder of chart-topping group Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, died on July 25. The Albatross writer was involved with the band until 1970, when he left due to struggles with his mental health. Green was 73 years old.

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton has died, aged 85, on July 11.

The Leeds United legend was diagnosed with ymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.

To give him his official name, John Charlton OBE DL spent his entire youth career and senior career at Leeds United.

He went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United and also managed the Republic of Ireland on the international stage.

However Jack will be most known to even the youngest football fans for being part of the 1966 England World Cup winning squad, the first and currently, the only time, that football has come home.

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera died July 8, aged 33. Rivera went missing in Lake Piru, California. She had hired a boat with her four-year-old son, who was later found alone in the vessel. It’s claimed she had jumped into the water to go swimming, but failed to return to the boat.

Naya is best known for her role fame in television series Glee, in which she played cheerleader Santana Lopez between 2009 and 2015.

On the back of her breakout role, Naya landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and released single Sorry in 2013 with rapper Big Sean.

Naya also has credits in several film roles including At the Devil’s Door.

JUNE

Louis Mahoney

Actor Louis Mahoney died at the age of 81 on June 30.

He was best known was portraying a number of roles in both classic and modern Doctor Who, as well as for appearing in British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

His death was announced in a statement from his agents Waring and McKenna, who praised his activism for anti-racism.

It said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful client, Louis Mahoney.

“Louis paved the way for many actors who followed: a lifelong activist and champion of anti-racism. His warmth and good humour will be sorely missed.

“A celebration of his life will follow.”

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner has died aged 98 on June 30.

Carl starred in many films & TV series includin

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