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Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Diego Maradona: Notable deaths in 2020

Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Diego Maradona: Notable deaths in 2020

FILE PHOTO: 2019 American Music Awards – Photo Room– Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 24, 2019 – Chadwick Boseman poses backstage. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

From legendary actors Kirk Douglas and Sean Connery to Bollywood icon Irrfan Khan, here are some of the notable deaths in the world of entertainment and lifestyle this year.

The late Kobe Bryant is among the legends whose enshrinement ceremonies into the Basketball Hall of Fame have been moved to May 13-15, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic AFP/Christian Petersen


26: US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in a horrific helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people.

FILE PHOTO: Actor Kirk Douglas is seen prior to the unveiling of actor Michael Douglas' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


5: One of the last stars of Hollywood's golden age, Kirk Douglas, dies at his home in Beverly Hills aged 103.


8: Exorcist star Max Von Sydow, who also featured in films by his Swedish compatriot Ingmar Bergman dies in France aged 90. 

Irrfan Khan poses with a statuette for Best Actor at the 2014 Asian Film Awards AFP/Philippe LOPEZ


29: Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, known for his roles in blockbusters Life Of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, dies from cancer in a Mumbai hospital aged 53.

FILE PHOTO: Entertainer Little Richard performs on stage at the Crossroad festival in Gijon, northern Spain, July 23, 2005. (Photo: REUTERS/Alonso Gonzalez/File Photo)


9: Little Richard, known for outrageous showmanship and lightning-fast rhythms dies aged 87 after battling cancer. Hits include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.

31: Artist Christo (Christo Javacheff) who wrapped landmarks such as Berlin's Reichstag and the Pont Neuf in Paris dies aged 84.


6: Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning composer of film scores for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, dies in Rome aged 91.

Olivia de Havilland pictured in Paris in 1970 AFP/-

26: Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, star of Gone With The Wind, dies at her home in Paris aged 104.

Obit-Chadwick Boseman


28: Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel movies, dies of cancer aged 43.


10: British actress Diana Rigg, of Avengers and Game Of Thrones fame, dies aged 82.

This image released by HBO shows Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in a scene from Game Of Thrones. (HBO via AP)

23: French actress and singer Juliette Greco, the face and voice of radical chic postwar Paris, dies aged 93.


4: Japan's most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand, dies in Paris aged 81 from Covid-19.

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who has died in Paris aged 81, pictured in January 2019 AFP/JOEL SAGET

31: Legendary Scottish actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, dies in his sleep in the Bahamas, aged 90.

Britain Obit Sean Connery


25: Diego Maradona, football's troubled genius and one of the greatest players ever, dies aged 60.

Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona smiles during their international friendly soccer match against Scotland at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 19, 2008. (Photo: REUTERS/David Moir)


11: Film director Kim Ki-duk, the enfant terrible of Korean cinema, dies in Latvia from Covid-19 aged 59.

Kim Ki-duk's film Pieta won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. (Photo: AFP/John MacDougall) Kim Ki-duk's film "Pieta" won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 AFP/John MACDOUGALL

12: Charley Pride, US country music's first black superstar, dies from Covid-19 aged 86.

12: John le Carre, the master spy novelist, whose real name was David Cornwell, dies aged 89.

John le Carre wrote 25 novels and one memoir in a career spanning six decades, selling some 60 million books worldwide AFP/Claudio BRESCIANI

22: One of France's most beloved character actors Claude Brasseur, dies aged 84.

24: Israeli virtuoso violinist Ivry Gitlis, one of the modern greats of classical music, dies in Paris aged 98.

(Source: AFP)

Source: AFP