Celebrity deaths in 2020: Paying tribute to the stars we've lost this year

15 April 2020, 16:28 | Updated: 15 April 2020, 17:29

Kenny Rogers, Bill Withers and Caroline Flack passed away in 2020
Kenny Rogers, Bill Withers and Caroline Flack passed away in 2020. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

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.

  1. Derek Acorah

    Derek Acorah
    Derek Acorah. Picture: Getty

    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.

  2. Edd Byrnes

    Edd Byrnes
    Edd Byrnes. Picture: Getty

    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.

  3. Terry Jones

    Terry Jones
    Terry Jones. Picture: Getty

    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.

  4. Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant. Picture: Getty

    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.

  5. Nicholas Parsons

    Nicholas Parsons
    Nicholas Parsons. Picture: Getty

    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.

  6. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas. Picture: Getty

    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.”

  7. Caroline Flack

    Caroline Flack
    Caroline Flack. Picture: Getty

    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.

  8. Max von Sydow

    Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow. Picture: Getty

    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.

  9. Roy Hudd

    Roy Hudd
    Roy Hudd. Picture: Getty

    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."

  10. Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers
    Kenny Rogers. Picture: Getty

    Read more: Dolly Parton's heartbreaking tribute to Kenny Rogers

    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'.

  11. Eddie Large

    Eddie Large
    Eddie Large. Picture: Getty

    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.

  12. Bill Withers

    Bill Withers
    Bill Withers. Picture: Getty

    Read more: The Story of... 'Ain't No Sunshine'

    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'.

  13. Honor Blackman

    Honor Blackman
    Honor Blackman. Picture: Getty

    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."

  14. John Prine

    John Prine
    John Prine. Picture: Getty

    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.

  15. Stirling Moss

    Stirling Moss
    Stirling Moss. Picture: Getty

    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.

  16. Tim Brooke-Taylor

    Tim Brooke-Taylor
    Tim Brooke-Taylor. Picture: Getty

    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.