On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2020 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 527 of 527

  • Jul 16 Brigid Berlin, American actress (Andy Warhol films), dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jul 17 Derek Ho, American surfer (World C'ship 1993; Hawaiian Triple Crown 1984, 86, 88, 90), dies from a heart attack at 55

Person of interestJohn Lewis

Jul 17 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), stops causing "good trouble" due to pancreatic cancer at 80

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis
  • Jul 17 C. T. Vivian, American civil rights activist who worked with Martin Luther King, dies at 95
  • Jul 17 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96
  • Jul 18 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), dies at 84
  • Jul 18 Charles Papa, Kenyan comedian and actor (Papa Shirandula), dies at 58
  • Jul 21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89
  • Jul 21 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • Jul 21 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Charles Evers, American civil rights leader (1st Black mayor in Mississippi since Reconstruction), dies at 97
  • Jul 22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54
  • Jul 23 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), dies at 81
  • Jul 23 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Naazim Richardson, American boxing trainer (Bernard Hopkins, "Sugar" Shane Mosley), dies of stroke complications at 55

  • Jul 24 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show; Live with Regis & Kathie Lee; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) dies at 88
  • Jul 24 Ann Syrdal, American psychologist and computer science researcher (developed female synthetic voices at AT&T), dies at 74
  • Jul 25 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac -"Albatross"), dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Olivia de Havilland, American actress (All the King's Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind), dies at 104
  • Jul 25 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies from throat cancer at 83
  • Jul 25 Maurice Petty, American auto racing crew chief, engine builder and team owner (Petty Enterprises, International Motorsports & NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Jul 25 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), dies of lymphoma at 88
  • Jul 25 John Saxon, American actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Jul 28 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Jul 28 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), dies at 65
  • Jul 28 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Gisele Halimi, Tunisian-French lawyer, feminist and author, dies at 93
  • Jul 29 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), dies from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at 69
  • Jul 29 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), dies from a stroke at 80
  • Jul 30 Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese statesman (Taiwan's 1st popularly elected President 1988–2000), dies at 97
  • Jul 31 Stephen Tataw, Cameroonian soccer right-back (63 caps; captain Cameroon national team FIFA World Cup 1990, 94), dies at 57
  • Jul 31 Alan Parker, English director (Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express), dies at 76
  • Aug 1 Rodney H. Pardey, American poker player (2 x World Series of Poker C'ships; World Series of Poker Bracelets 1991, 94), dies of stroke complications at 75
  • Aug 1 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 53

  • Aug 1 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Stan Mellor MBE, English National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), dies at 83
  • Aug 1 Wilford Brimley, American actor Our House, Cocoon), dies at 85
  • Aug 2 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), dies at 69
  • Aug 2 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92
  • Aug 2 Bob Ryland, American tennis player (first African-American to play professionally) and coach (Harold Solomon, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 100
  • Aug 3 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Ralph Barbieri, American sports radio personality (KNBR San Francisco; 'The Razor and Mr. T' 1996-2012), dies of Parkinson's disease at 74
  • Aug 4 Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Aritana Yawalapiti, Brazilian indigenous cacique (leader) of Yawalapiti people, who sought to preserve the Amazon, dies of COVID-19 at 71
  • Aug 6 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Lê Khả Phiêu, Vietnamese leader, General Secretary (1997-2001), dies at 88
  • Aug 7 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • Aug 7 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, dies at 88
  • Aug 8 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), dies at 96
  • Aug 10 Vladimir Popović, Serbian soccer midfielder (20 caps, Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Intercontinental Cup, Red Star Belgrade 1991), dies at 85
  • Aug 11 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], Mexican American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), dies of COVID-19 at 83
  • Aug 11 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), dies at 97
  • Aug 11 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • Aug 12 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • Aug 12 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • Aug 12 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Aug 12 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89
  • Aug 12 Marvin Creamer, American mariner, 1st recorded person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, dies at 104
  • Aug 13 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), dies from cancer at 73
  • Aug 14 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87
  • Aug 14 James R. Thompson, American politician, Governor of Illinois (1977-91), dies at 84
  • Aug 14 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), dies at 85
  • Aug 15 Henk Wullems, Dutch soccer manager (NAC Breda, SBV Vitesse, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ; Indonesia 1996-98), dies from a Cerebral infarction at 84
  • Aug 16 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • Aug 16 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), dies from heart attack complications at 74
  • Aug 17 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Aug 17 Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • Aug 18 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), dies at 72
  • Aug 18 Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), dies at 93
  • Aug 18 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), dies at 100
  • Aug 19 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), dies at 92
  • Aug 21 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), dies at 69
  • Aug 22 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), dies from a stroke at 81
  • Aug 24 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), dies at 87
  • Aug 26 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), dies at 87
  • Aug 27 David Bryant, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship singles 1966, 80, 88; 4 x C'wealth Games gold singles), dies at 88
  • Aug 27 David Mercer, Welsh television sports presenter (BBC tennis; Eurosports) and tennis umpire (Wimbledon men's final 1984), dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), dies from stroke complications at 85
  • Aug 27 Dick Ritger, American ten-pin bowler (Tournament of Champions 1970, 79 runner-up; 20 career PBA Tour titles), dies at 81

  • Aug 27 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from bone cancer at 80

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

Aug 28 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), dies of colon cancer at 42

  • Aug 29 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), dies from lymphoma at 53
  • Aug 31 Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician, 13th President of India (2012-17), dies at 84
  • Aug 31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95
  • Aug 31 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star) dies of Lewy body dementia and covid-19 at 75
  • Sep 1 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), dies at 71
  • Sep 2 Khang Khek Leu 'Comrade Dutch', Cambodian Khmer Rouge figure convicted of crimes against humanity, dies at 77
  • Sep 2 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers), dies at 62
  • Sep 2 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), dies from a brain tumour at 57
  • Sep 2 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Sep 4 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 5 Jiří Menzel, Czech film director (Closely Watched Trains), dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), dies at 77
  • Sep 6 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), dies from multiple myeloma at 81
  • Sep 6 Tom Jernstedt, American Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (NCAA 1972-2010), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Mike Sexton, American poker player (World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions 2006; Poker Hall of Fame) and commentator (WPT), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Sep 8 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies at 81
  • Sep 8 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85
  • Sep 8 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 82
  • Sep 9 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist and composer (Kool & The Gang), dies at 68
  • Sep 9 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 10 Diana Rigg, English actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Game of Thrones), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 [Frederick] "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), dies with coronavirus symptoms at 77
  • Sep 11 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 84
  • Sep 11 Nadhim Shaker, Iraqi soccer defender (57 caps; Al-Tayaran) and coach (Iraq), dies from COVID-19 at 61
  • Sep 12 Barbara Jefford, British stage actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Terence Conran, English designer and restaurateur (Habitat), dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Moussa Traoré, Mali soldier, politician and dictator, President of Mali (1968-91), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 94

Person of interestRuth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 18 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993-2020), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sep 19 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne) dies of prostate cancer at 73