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Celeb deaths 2020: Adios Maradona and the best Bond

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Argentinian football legend Maradona in a press conference on his legal tax conflicts at the EU offices on February 14, 2014. AFP

Celeb deaths 2020: Adios Maradona and the best Bond

From legendary actors Kirk Douglas and Sean Connery to matriarch Argentinian football legend Maradona, here are some of the notable deaths of 2020.

January

- 10: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, who transformed the former Arabian Peninsula backwater into a modern state and the Gulf’s discreet mediator, dies aged 79.

- 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.

February

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

- 25: Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who was swept from power by the Arab Spring in 2010, dies in a military hospital aged 91.

March

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

April

- 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.

May

- 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.

June

- 8: Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, who had ruled the country since 2005, dies from a heart attack aged 55.

July

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

- 8: The sudden death from a heart attack of Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, 61, plunges the country into political turmoil.

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

August

- 24: Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba, who won his country’s first multi-party presidential elections, dies in France aged 88.

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

September

- 2: Chief torturer behind Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge, Kaing Guek Eav, 77, better known by his alias Duch, dies in prison.

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

- 18: US Supreme Court judge and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dies aged 87.

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

October

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

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

November

- 11: Bahrain’s Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the world’s longest-serving prime minister, dies aged 84.

- 12: Jerry Rawlings, who ruled Ghana for two decades first as a military leader and then as elected president, dies aged 73.

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

December

- 2: Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who legalised abortion and brought the country high-speed trains, dies aged 94 from Covid-19.

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

- 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.

- 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.

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