On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2020 (Part 4)

Deaths 601 - 800 of 830

  • Sep 16 Jack Kelley, American collegiate, WHA, and NHL ice hockey coach, and executive (Colby College coach, 1955-62; Boston University coach, 1962-72; New England Whalers, coach and general manager, 1972-81; Pittsburgh Penquins president, 1993-2001), dies at 93
  • Sep 17 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), dies at 72

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 [1]
  • Sep 20 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), dies at 92
  • Sep 21 Jaime Alves, Portuguese soccer midfielder (3 caps; Boavista), dies at 55
  • Sep 21 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County 2002-06), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93
  • Sep 21 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), dies at 89
  • Sep 22 Road Warrior Animal [Joseph Laurinaitis], American pro wrestler (3 x WWE Tag Team C'ship; WWE Hall of Fame), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), dies from pneumonia at 84
  • Sep 23 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]

Person of interestGale Sayers

Sep 23 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Sep 23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • Sep 23 Bobby Wilson, English tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1960 runner-up), dies at 84
  • Sep 23 W. S. "Fluke" Holland, American rockabilly drummer (Sun Records), dies at 85
  • Sep 24 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), dies from cardiac arrest at 59
  • Sep 24 Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), dies of brain cancer at 46
  • Sep 25 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva) dies of COVID-19 at 74
  • Sep 27 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress (Miss Sherlock), dies at 40
  • Sep 28 Hiroki Yuhara, Japanese rugby union hooker (22 caps; Toshiba Brave Lupus), dies at 36
  • Sep 28 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), dies of cancer at 91
  • Sep 29 Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 5th Emir of Kuwait (2006-2020), Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces, dies at 91
  • Sep 29 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • Sep 29 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • Sep 29 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), dies at 101
  • Sep 29 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 29 19-year-old Indian Dalit rape victim dies two weeks after being gang raped by upper-caste men in Hathras district, ignites widespread protest
  • Sep 29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 29 Aster Berkhof [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ), dies at 100
  • Sep 30 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), dies at 88
  • Oct 1 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, dies in car speed record crash at 47
  • Oct 1 Derek Mahon, Irish poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), dies at 78
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1968, 70; NL MVP 1968; 9 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Oct 2 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), dies at 64
  • Oct 2 Ron Perranoski, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; AL saves leader 1969, 70; LA Dodgers) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), dies at 84
  • Oct 4 Kenzō Takada, Japanese fashion designer (Kenzo), dies of COVID-19 complications at 81

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

Oct 6 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), dies of throat cancer at 65 [1]

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • Oct 6 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 7 Mario Molina, Mexican scientist, 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (CFC's effect on the ozone layer), dies at 77 [1]

Person of interestWhitey Ford

Oct 8 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), dies from dementia at 91

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 8 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63
  • Oct 8 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 10 Vasili Kulkov, Russian soccer defensive utility (20 caps Soviet Union, 21 Russia; Spartak Moscow, Benfica), dies from cancer at 54

Person of interestJoe Morgan

Oct 11 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • Oct 11 Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), dies at 76
  • Oct 11 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), dies at 90
  • Oct 11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 12 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), dies at 78
  • Oct 13 Conchata Ferrell, American actress (LA Law, Two and a Half Men), dies at 77
  • Oct 13 Augusto Matine, Portuguese soccer midfielder (9 caps; Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal) and manager (Mozambique national team), dies at 73
  • Oct 14 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), dies at 92
  • Oct 14 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Misérables), dies at 95 [1]
  • Oct 14 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • Oct 15 Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), dies at 89
  • Oct 15 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 16 Johnny Bush, American country singer, dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Rodolfo Fischer, Argentine soccer striker (35 caps; San Lorenzo 271 games), dies at 76
  • Oct 16 Andrzej Pogorzelski, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (Speedway World Team Cup gold 1965, 66, 69), dies at 82
  • Oct 18 Sid Hartman, American sports journalist (Minneapolis Star Tribune; WCCO 830 AM), dies at 100
  • Oct 18 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), dies at 83 [1]
  • Oct 19 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • Oct 19 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • Oct 19 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • Oct 20 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 20 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 20 Bill Mathis, American football halfback (AFL All Star 1961, 63; New York Titans/Jets), dies at 81
  • Oct 21 Gordon Astall, English soccer forward (2 caps; Birmingham City 235 games, 59 goals), dies from dementia at 93
  • Oct 21 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), dies at 107 [1]
  • Oct 22 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70
  • Oct 22 Derek Quinn, British guitarist (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 68
  • Oct 23 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), dies from multiple sclerosis at 62
  • Oct 23 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), dies from cancer at 75
  • Oct 23 W. C. Gorden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Jackson State University 1976-91, record 119–48–5), dies at 90
  • Oct 24 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 62
  • Oct 26 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92
  • Oct 28 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • Oct 28 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), dies of a stroke at 81
  • Oct 29 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby union winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1976, 78), dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80
  • Oct 30 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), dies from dementia at 78
  • Oct 30 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies from COVID-19 at 81

Person of interestSean Connery

Oct 31 Sir Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), dies at 90

  • Oct 31 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • Oct 31 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American rapper and hip hop artist, dies at 49 [1]
  • Nov 1 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • Nov 2 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, dies of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at 83
  • Nov 2 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), dies of Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Nov 3 John Sessions, Scottish actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 3 Don Talbot AO OBE, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87
  • Nov 4 Ken Hensley, British rock songwriter, keyboardist, and singer (Uriah Heep, 1970-80 - "Easy Livin'"; Blackfoot, 1982-84), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Madness of King George, Butterflies), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 5 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), dies of bone marrow cancer at 78
  • Nov 6 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • Nov 6 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Cazy Story"), dies in a nightclub gunfight at 26
  • Nov 7 Norm Crosby, American comedian and "Master of the Malaprop" (Liar's Club), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Nov 7 Cándido Camero, Cuban American percussionist (congo drum) and bandleader, dies at 99 [1]

Person of interestAlex Trebek

Nov 8 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), dies of cancer at 80

TV Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
TV Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Nov 8 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97
  • Nov 9 Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali politician, President of Mali (2002-12), dies at 72 [1]
  • Nov 9 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), dies at 78
  • Nov 9 Tom Heinsohn, American NBA star, coach (Boston Celtics) and broadcaster, dies at 86
  • Nov 10 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), dies at 73
  • Nov 10 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), dies at 83
  • Nov 11 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahraini royal and politician, world's longest serving Prime Minister (1970-2020), dies at 84
  • Nov 11 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), dies from respiratory failure at 83
  • Nov 12 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 13 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), dies at 79
  • Nov 13 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60; Green Bay Packers), dies from dementia complications at 84
  • Nov 13 Jim Pace, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 1996), dies from COVID-19 at 59
  • Nov 13 Peter Sutcliffe, English murderer of 13 women "The Yorkshire Ripper", dies in prison of COVID-29 complications at 74 [1]
  • Nov 14 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, dies at 88 [1]
  • Nov 15 Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor, playwright and poet (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy), dies of COVID complications at 85 [1]
  • Nov 15 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Nov 15 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87
  • Nov 17 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), dies from head injuries in a fall at 75
  • Nov 20 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian, writer and pioneering trans woman (Venice, Conundrum), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 20 Patriarch Irinej [ Miroslav Gavrilović], Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, dies of COVID-19 at 90 [1]
  • Nov 20 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), dies from pancreatic and liver cancer at 61
  • Nov 20 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), dies at 87
  • Nov 21 Ricky Yacobi, Indonesian soccer striker (31 caps; Arseto Solo, Matsushita), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 22 Doris de Agostini-Rossetti, Swiss alpine skier (Downhill World Cup 1982/1983), dies at 62
  • Nov 22 Ray Prosser, Welsh rugby union prop (22 caps Wales, 1 British & Irish Lions; Pontypool) and coach (Pontypool RFC 1969-87), dies at 93
  • Nov 22 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Nov 23 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 23 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 23 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Christophe Dominici, French rugby union winger (65 caps; Stade Français), dies from suicide at 48

Person of interestDiego Maradona

Nov 25 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Nov 25 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), dies at 67
  • Nov 25 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Nov 26 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), dies of COVID-19 at 84 [1]
  • Nov 26 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), dies at 84
  • Nov 27 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63
  • Nov 28 Dave Prowse, English actor (Darth Vader), dies of COVID-19 at 85
  • Nov 28 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 29 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 42
  • Nov 29 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 29 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]
  • Dec 1 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), dies at 88
  • Dec 1 Arnie Robinson Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1976; bronze 1972), dies from a brain tumor at 72
  • Dec 1 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 80
  • Dec 2 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), dies from stroke complications at 86
  • Dec 2 Pat Patterson, Canadian pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame; creator Royal Rumble), dies from cancer at 79
  • Dec 2 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician, President of France (1974-81), dies of COVID-19 at 94
  • Dec 2 Pamela Tiffin, American actress (One, Two, Three; Viva Max!), dies at 78 [1]
  • Dec 3 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), dies at 94 [1]
  • Dec 3 Bill Fitsell, Canadian journalist, writer and historian (International Hockey Hall of Fame curator, historian 1969-2005), dies at 97
  • Dec 3 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, dies of cancer at 75
  • Dec 4 David L. Lander, American actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Squiggy"), dies of multiple sclerosis at 73 [1]
  • Dec 4 Bassam Sabam, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), dies of Covid-19 complications at 62 [1]
  • Dec 5 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83
  • Dec 5 Wojciech Zabłocki, Polish fencer (4 x World C'ship gold team; Olympic silver team sabre 1956, 60; bronze 1964), dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Paul Sarbanes, American politician (Senator-D-MD, 1977-2007, sponsored Sarbanes–Oxley Act), dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan politician and physician, President of Uruguay (2005-10, 2015-20), dies at 80 [1]
  • Dec 6 Neil Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey linesman (1,744 NHL games; Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles champion; Wimbledon singles 1966 runner-up), dies from cancer at 78
  • Dec 6 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 90
  • Dec 6 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), dies of Covid-19 at 77
  • Dec 7 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), dies at 79 [1]
  • Dec 7 Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the 1st man to break the sound barrier, dies at 97 [1] [2]
  • Dec 7 Dick Allen, American baseball infielder (7 × MLB All-Star; NL Rookie of the Year 1964, Philadelphia Phillies; AL MVP 1972, Chicago WS), dies at 78 [1]
  • Dec 7 Fred Akers, American football coach (University of Wyoming; University of Texas, Austin; Purdue; career college record 108–75–3), dies at 82
  • Dec 8 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), dies from heart disease at 66
  • Dec 8 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), dies of Covid-19 at 84 [1]
  • Dec 9 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), dies from heart disease at 79
  • Dec 9 Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer striker (48 caps; FIFA World Cup 1982 [Golden Boot, Golden Ball]; L.R. Vicenza, Juventus), dies at 64
  • Dec 9 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), dies from COVID-19 at 86
  • Dec 9 Ray Hunter, Northern Irish cricket all-rounder (28 international matches) and rugby union centre (10 Tests; British & Irish Lions 1962; Portadown RFC), dies at 82
  • Dec 9 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), dies from brain cancer at 84
  • Dec 10 Barbara Windsor, British actress and Dame (Carry On films, EastEnders). dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), dies of Covid-19 complications at 86 [1]
  • Dec 12 John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), dies at 89
  • Dec 12 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), dies in car accident at 25
  • Dec 12 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), dies at 71 [1]
  • Dec 12 Jack Steinberger, American physicist (1988 Nobel Prize for Physics - Neutrinos), dies at 99 [1]
  • Dec 13 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), dies from COVID-19 at 87
  • Dec 13 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), dies from heart surgery complications at 74
  • Dec 13 Pierre Lacroix, Canadian NHL executive (Quebec Nordiques; Stanley Cup 1996, 2001 Colorado Avalanche), dies from COVID-19 complications at 72
  • Dec 14 Gérard Houllier OBE, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), dies after heart operation at 73
  • Dec 14 Eric Freeman OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 34 wickets, 2 x 50s; South Australia), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Dec 14 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), dies from appendix cancer at 85
  • Dec 15 Jean-Pierre Lux, French rugby union centre (42 caps; US Tyrosse, US Dax) and administrator (President European Rugby Cup 1999-2014), dies at 74
  • Dec 16 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970, 71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), dies from cancer at 77
  • Dec 17 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, dies from hypovolemic shock at 79