A Tribute to the Famous Personalities we Lost in 2020

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

January — Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an American professional basketball player, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to five championships (2000–02 and 2009–10).

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By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA — Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85728664

February — Hosni Mubarak

Hosni served as the fourth president of Egypt from 1981 to 2011.

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Photo credits — Presidenza della Repubblica, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8963131

March—Bill Withers

Bill was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He recorded several major hits, including the very famous “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971), “Grandma’s Hands” (1971), “Use Me” (1972), “Lean on Me” (1972), “Lovely Day” (1977), and “Just the Two of Us” (1981).

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By Columbia Records — eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22536445

April — Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor, known internationally for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016). Khan was one of India’s best-known and most beloved actors.

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By Bollywood Hungama, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41160807

May — Fred Williard

Fred Willard was an American actor, comedian, and writer. He was known for his roles in movies including “Best in Show” and “This is Spinal Tap” and TV sitcoms like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Modern Family”

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By Guy Viau, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11539386

June — Carl Reiner

Carl had a legendary career as a comedy writer, director, and performer stretched across more than six decades, died of natural causes on June 29 at the age of 98.

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By Rogers & Cowan, public relations — eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22444494

July — Regis Philbin

Regis is a Legendary broadcaster, famous for a host of numerous television shows, including the morning talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”. Over the years, Philbin also hosted Miss America pageants and game shows like ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.

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By David Shankbone — Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6682750

August — Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick is an actor very famous for his role in Marvel superhero as T’Challa aka “Black Panther”. He died on August 28 at the age of 43. Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

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By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America — Chadwick Boseman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67164061

September — Donald Kendall

Former PepsiCo CEO Donald Kendall died September 19 at the age of 99. He served as the CEO of both Pepsi-Cola and PepsiCo for 23 years.

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By MichaelVaV — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82981599

October — Sean Connery

Sean Connery, the Scotland-born actor who was the first star to play James Bond and became one of the franchise's most iconic stars.

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By Rob Bogaerts / Anefo — Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27203550

November — Deigo Maradona

Diego Maradona was a soccer legend who died on Nov. 25 from a stroke at the age of 60. Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game and became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986

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By Unknown author — El Gráfico, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=96887817

December — Armando Manzanero

Manzanero was a prolific composer, with more than 600 songs to his name, according to Mexico’s Society for Authors and Composers. His songs were interpreted by artists from around the world, including Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, Spanish singer Raphael and fellow Mexican star Luis Miguel.

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By Gobierno CDMX — Flickr, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=98168996

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