We look back at the famous faces we’ve sadly said goodbye to in 2020.
From actors to musicians to athletes, here are some of the most high-profile and inspirational stars who have passed away this year so far.
Medium Derek Acorah died on January 3, aged 69, after falling into a septic coma.
The self-styled spiritual medium found fame on the the TV show Most Haunted, and continued to appear on TV ever since, including when he finished fourth in 2017’s Celebrity Big Brother.
Actor Edd Byrnes died on January 8 from natural causes, aged 87.
He famously appeared in the 1979 musical Grease as Vince Fontaine, and also played Kookie on TV series 77 Sunset Strip.
Monty Python star Terry Jones died on January 21, aged 77. He had been battling a rare form of dementia for a number of years.
He was an original member of the legendary comedy group, and was also in the director’s chair for their films Life Of Brian and The Holy Grail.
Retired LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant passed away on February 26, aged 41.
The five-time NBA Champion was tragically killed alongside his daughter and several others following a helicopter crash.
Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons died on January 28, aged 96.
He had hosted the famous radio comedy show since its inception in 1967. He also was known for his many years of TV work, including shows such as Sale of the Century.
Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas died on February 5, aged 103.
One of the last surviving legends of classic Hollywood, he was known for many films including Spartacus.
His actor son Michael said: “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
TV presenter Caroline Flack died on February 15 aged 40, after taking her own life.
A lawyer for the Flack family confirmed that Caroline was found in her east London flat.
Caroline hosted a number of shows including Love Island, The X Factor, and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now. She also won Strictly Come Dancing.
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Actor Max von Sydow passed away on March 8, aged 90.
His career spanned many decades, and he appeared in many cult films and TV shows, including Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Exorcist, Dune and Flash Gordon.
Comedian Roy Hudd died on March 16, aged 83.
The entertainer starred in Coronation Street, and was known for his many TV and film roles for decades.
His agent added: “The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
Kenny Rogers died on March 20, aged 81.
The country music legend was one of the biggest music stars of the 1970s and ’80s, and was known for hits like ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Islands in the Stream’.
Comedian Eddie Large died on April 2, after contracting coronavirus.
Alongside Syd Little, Eddie Large made up one of Britain’s most beloved comedy duos in the ’70s and ’80s, and were known as Little And Large.
Singer Bill Withers died on April 3, aged 81. The American soul icon was battling a heart condition.
He was most famous for his hits ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Lovely Day’.
Actor Honor Blackman died aged 94, on April 6.
The actress was best known for her role as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, as well as starring in The Avengers.
Her family said: “She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family.”
Country and folk singer John Prine died on April 8, after contracting coronavirus.
Prine was an American country and folk singer-songwriter, who was recognised as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.
Sir Stirling Moss died on April 12, at the age of 90.
The motor-racing legend won 212 of his 529 races, and came ever so close to being Britain’s first Formula One champion in 1958, when he lost to Mike Hawthorn by one point.
Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor died on April 12, aged 79.
The Goodies and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue star died after contracting coronavirus.