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Famous Deaths of 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hi, Leslie Harris here. While I am looking forward to having a better 2021, I’m also reflecting on the year we just finished. We lost a lot of notable people in 2020. Here is a partial list:

Eddie Van Halen

Rush drummer Neil Peart

Little Richard

Singer Bill Withers

Leslie West of Mountain

Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green

NBA star Kobe Bryant

Actor Chadwick Boseman

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek

Actor / comedian Orson Bean

Ronald Bell of Kool & the gang

Actor Wilford brimley

MBA great Lou Brock

Actor Jeremy Bulloch

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin

Sean Connery

Mac Davis

Olivia de Havilland

Actor Bryan Dennehy

Kirk Douglas

Pitcher Whitey Ford

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Musician Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals

Actor Ian Holm who played Bilbo in The Lord of the rings movies

Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy

Actor David Lander who played Squiggy

PBS anchorman Jim Lehrer

Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis

singer Johnny Nash

Curly Neal of the Harlem Globetrotters

Regis Philbin

Actress Kelly Preston

Country singer Charlie Pride

Singer-songwriter John Prine

The man inside the Darth Vader suit, David Prowse

Helen Reddy

Carl Reiner

Actress Diana Rigg

Kenny Rogers

Coach Don Shula

Jerry Stiller

Fred Willard

Dawn Wells

Okay, I got to stop now. This is getting a little depressing!

I know it seems like we’re losing more and more people every year, and maybe we are, but because we have more people now than we’ve ever had before, and because of technology, we have more famous people, and famous people are staying longer in our consciousness. And that’s not a bad thing.

Who will you miss most?


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