10 Stars We Lost in 2020

10. David Prowse: The actor behind the Darth Vader mask in the original Star Wars trilogy died on Nov. 28. Bowington Management, which represented David, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85.”

9. Alex Trebek: The “Jeopardy!” host died at age 80 after a battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. The show's official account tweeted on Nov. 8th "Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends, "

8. Sean Connery: Sean Connery, who held the iconic role of James Bond, died at age 90 on October 31. His ashes are to be spread in his home country of Scotland as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

7. Hugh Keays-Byrne: Hugh Keays-Byrne, the actor known for portraying the antagonist in Mad Max and Mad Max: Fury Road, died in his sleep on December 1st at the age of 73.

6. Diana Rigg: The actress, who was well known for her roles on Game of Thrones, in The Avengers, and in the James Bond franchise, died at age 82 in September.

5. Naya Rivera: The Glee actress was found dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boating with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey (whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). She was 33.

4. MF Doom: Daniel Dumile, the legendary and enigmatic rapper known as MF Doom, died on Oct. 31st at the age of 49. Dumile performed with a metal mask modeled after the Marvel comic book villain Doctor Doom, and was rarely seen in public without it after debuting the Doom persona with the 1999 album Operation: Doomsday. He had previously rapped in the group KMD under the alias Zev Love.

3. Diego Maradona: Soccer legend Diego Maradona died on Nov. 25th from a stroke at the age of 60. Maradona’s extreme highs and lows were documented in an eponymous documentary released in 2019 by Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia.

2. Chadwick Boseman: Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer. The shock was immense: very few knew that Panther star was terminally ill. In reality, he’d been diagnosed in 2016, and even filmed several movies while undergoing chemotherapy.

1. Kobe Bryant: On January 26, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were tragically killed in a helicopter crash. A massive outpouring of grief poured in from all over the country as well as the world, especially in Bryant’s home town of Los Angeles, where murals popped up all over the city.

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