Notable deaths in July 2020

Who Died In July 2020 ?

The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in July 2020. Death list of celebrities, politicians,singers,actors,artists,writers,athletes,painters,diplomats,Olympic champions,playwrights,wrestlers,football players,ice hockey players,basketball players,composers and other famous peoples who sadly passed away in July 2020. 

  July 1, 2020

Georg Ratzinger

Georg Ratzinger, 96

(Born: 15 January 1924 – Died: 1 July 2020)


was a German Roman Catholic priest and musician, conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen (1964–1994) and brother of Pope emeritus Benedict. The older brother of the Pope emeritus, died Wednesday morning, at the age of 96. Father Ratzinger had been suffering from a serious illness that the diocese did not identify. After studying music in Munich and serving as a choral director in various German churches, Father Ratzinger became the music director at the 10th-century St. Peter’s Cathedral in Regensburg (from 1964 to 1994). He led the choir on concert tours to the US, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Vatican and performances for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. Honours and awards: Bavarian Order of Merit (1983), Protonotary apostolic (1993),Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (2004) and Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2009).


Cause of death: unknown

Beate Grimsrud

Beate Grimsrud, 57

(Born: 28 April 1963 – Died: 1 July 2020)


was a Norwegian novelist and playwright. Beate Grimsrud died in Stockholm after a period of illness at the age of 57. Beate wrote in both Swedish and Norwegian. Grimsrud debuted in 1989 with the short story collection "There are limits to what I do not understand" and the childhood depiction "I sneak past an ax" became successful in both Sweden and Norway. Her novel ''En dåre fri'' from 2010 was awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. She wrote the script for the Norwegian comedy film Telle ''Ballen i øyet'' (directed by Catrine) from 2000. She was awarded the Dobloug Prize in 2011. Grimsrud also wrote drama for stage, radio and film.


Cause of death: breast cancer

Alfred Kotey

Alfred Kotey, 52

(Born: 3 June 1968 – Died: 30 June 2020)


was a Ghanaian boxer, WBO bantamweight champion (1993–1994). Kotey represented Ghana at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and made his debut in Accra in November 1988. During his career he was a WBO (The World Boxing Organization) world champion and held the WBC ( the World Boxing Association) International title. He also held the West African and Commonwealth flyweight titles in 1989 and 1990 respectively during his heyday. He was one of Ghana’s 10 boxing world champions. Kotey died in New York in the United States of America after a protracted illness. During his career he faced an impressive array of rivals including :Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio Diaz, Guty Espadas Jr, Anthony Peterson, Acelino Freitas, Orlando Salido and Víctor Ortiz.


Cause of death: complications from a stroke

  July 2, 2020


Reckful (Byron Bernstein), 31

(Born: May 8, 1989 – Died: July, 2 2020)


was an American Twitch streamer and former professional eSports player. Twitch streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein reportedly died today in a suspected suicide at the age of 31, according to his ex-girlfriend and roommate. He’s best known for having a successful World of Warcraft professional career and livestream. In 2010, Reckful participated and won a World of Warcraft tournament hosted by Major League Gaming, and was notable for being one of the top WoW players in the world. Following his esports career, Reckful became one of the most successful Twitch streamers on the platform.Before his death, he had been working with his community to create a video game called "Everland". The American gamer had gained hundreds of thousands of followers on popular streaming platform Twitch, Unconfirmed reports saying he took his own life, three hours after a series of tweets.


Cause of death: suicide

Ángela Jeria

Ángela Jeria, 93

(Born: 22 August 1926 – Died: 2 July 2020)


was a Chilean archaeologist and human rights activist. The mother of United Nations human rights chief and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has died at age 93. She was the wife of the Brigadier-general of the Chilean Air Force Alberto Bachelet, who died in prison after being tortured by the military regime that seized power in 1973 ( during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet). She herself was imprisoned along with husband and both were tortured before being released and heading into exile. Jeria Gómez and Bachelet lived in Australia and then East Germany before returning to Chile in 1979, and Jeria worked with many human rights groups. She was detained several times for participating in demonstrations against the military regime. In 1990, she restarted her studies of archaeology in the University of Chile, but abandoned them before graduating. She received the prize "Monseñor Leonidas Proaño" for contribution to the defense of the human rights in the region.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 3, 2020

Lore Krainer

Lore Krainer, 89

(Born: November 4, 1930 - Died: July 3, 2020)


was an Austrian cabaret artist, singer, composer and author. The grande dame of the domestic cabaret scene has had a major impact on ORF broadcasts in the course of her career. She was one of the main characters in the “Seniorenclub” and for a long time served the satirical “Guglhupf” every Sunday on Ö1. Krainer was known not least for her snappy chansons, since the Graz native has composed more than 3000 songs in the course of her career. Krainer died on Friday at the age of 89 after suffering for a long time in her house in Oberwaltersdorf (Lower Austria). Source: APA. Awards: Goldener Urlinger der Jedlersdorfer Faschingsgilde (1999), Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien (2011).


Cause of death: natural causes

Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron, 102

(Born: 8 August 1917 – Died: 3 July 2020)


was a Bermudian-born British actor (Doctor Who, Pool of London, The Interpreter). Mr Cameron was one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British entertainment. He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 2009 for his accomplishments, which included being the first black actor to star in a British feature film. His break came in 1950 when cold-calling an Ealing casting director won him the part of Johnny in Pool of London. Made in the wake of Ealing's hugely successful The Blue Lamp (d. Dearden, 1950). He also had repeated appearances on many British science fiction programmes of the 1960s, including Doctor Who, The Prisoner, and The Andromeda Breakthrough.[8]Following the death of Olaf Pooley on July 14, 2015, he became the oldest surviving Doktor Who (1963) cast member.


Cause of death: natural causes

Scott Erskine

Scott Erskine, 57

(Born: December 22, 1962 – Died: July 3 2020)


was an American serial killer on California's death row, convicted in 2003 for the 1993 murder of two California boys. Scott Erskine, one of San Diego’s most notorious death row inmates, died from COVID-19 complications. Scott Erskine has been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since 2004 after a jury convicted him of the murders of Charlie Keever, 13, and Jonathan Sellers, 9. Erskine was already serving a decades-long prison sentence for rape at the time. Keever and Sellers disappeared while on a bike ride along the Otay River in 1993. Their bodies were later found days later in a riverbed in the South Bay neighborhood of Palm City. Investigators said they had been beaten, raped and murdered. Florida authorities suspect Erskine may be linked to other unsolved homicides.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Tyson Brummett

Tyson Brummett, 35

(Born: August 15, 1984 – Died: July 3, 2020)


was an American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies). Tyson Brummett, a former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, died on Friday morning in a plane crash. Utah Sheriff’s Office deputies received reports about a “small plane crash” in American Fork Canyon, located south of Salt Lake City, shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, authorities said in a press release. Brummett, friend Alex Blackhurst and his aunt and uncle, Elaine and Douglas Blackhurst were identified as the victims. One witness said he saw the plane was spiraling out of control "and moments later he heard the impact." Brummett was drafted three times, including twice by the San Francisco Giants in 2003 and 2004. He didn't sign until the Phillies selected him in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB draft out of UCLA. He subsequently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in 2014, and was released in August of that same year, having not played a major league game with either team.


Cause of death: plane crash

  July 4, 2020

Mary Twala

Mary Twala, 80

(Born: 14 September 1939 – Died: 4 July 2020)


was a South African actress. A veteran of South African television and film, Mary Twala died on Saturday morning in Netcare Park Lane Hospital according to her son. he icon has featured in several local productions, including the very first season of Generations. In 2007, she starred in the drama Ubizo: The Calling, which explored issues on the tradition of Ubungoma in South Africa. Twala has been nominated for various awards, including in the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role in 2011.Twala was also among the senior citizens President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed with the 2019 National Orders Awards. In 2016, she was one of the ensemble cast in Comatose, a film that featured top acts across Africa including Bimbo Akintola and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.


Cause of death: unknown

Niels De Vriendt

Niels De Vriendt, 20

(Born: 1999 – Died: July 4, 2020)


Belgian cyclist Niels De Vriendt has died at the age of 20. The amateur, who rode for the VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT team, was taking part in a practice race ahead of the season restart when he collapsed. The 20-year-old cyclist slipped off his bike on the 13th kilometer of the route. The rescue operation was taken immediately, but the heart could not be restored. The 20-year-old amateur cyclist was riding Wortegem-Petegem in Belgium, which was being held to re-start the season, for his VDM-Trawobo CT team. the race is reserved for the best amateurs in the country. First race after Covid-19 in the kingdom, she also had to start the Belgian champion Tim Merlier team-mate Mathieu Van der Poel in the team Alpecin-Fenix. In Belgium, this is a test account.


Cause of death: heart attack

  July 5, 2020

Cleveland Eaton

Cleveland Eaton, 80

(Born: August 31, 1939 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was an American jazz double bassist, producer, arranger, composer and publisher. Cleveland Eaton, the Fairfield-born jazz bassist, died early Sunday morning. He was 80 years old. His wife confirmed his death. She said he had been sick and in the hospital since March. He toured with Ike Cole Trio, Larry Novak, and the Ramsey Lewis Trio. He contributed to Lewis’ recordings, including four gold records. He also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, George Benson, Henry Mancini and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-70s, he formed his own group, Cleve Eaton & Co. He worked with Count Basie for shows and recordings and became known as “the Count’s Bassist. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1979. He received the Alabama Governor’s Arts Award in 1995. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008.


Cause of death: unknown

Bettina Gilois, 58

(Born: July 9, 1961 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was a German-American screenwriter and author. Bettina Gilois, an award-winning screenwriter and author, has died in her sleep at age 58, according to a friend. She had an advanced form of cancer and died just days before her July 9 birthday. She graduated from Columbia University with an art history degree. She was hired as director Slava Tsukerman's assistant in the science fiction film Liquid Sky. She began her screenwriting career working with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. Bettina Gilois was best known for her work on the HBO film Bessie, and Disney's Glory Road and McFarland, USA. Gilois won an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Television Movie and a Black Reel Awards of 2016 nomination for Bessie. She also won two Image Award nominations for Bessie and McFarland, USA. Gilois was a Humanitas Prize nominee in 2006 and a Black Reel Awards of 2007 nominee for Glory Road.


Cause of death: cancer

Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero, 41

(Born: September 17, 1978 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was a Canadian actor and singer. The Tony award-nominated Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who starred in hit musicals, has died in Los Angeles from severe medical complications after contracting coronavirus. actor spent more than 90 days in hospital and had his right leg amputated. He was 41. Amanda Kloots said her Tony Award-nominated husband "was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth." The Canadian actor is best known for his performances on Broadway in "Rock of Ages," "Waitress," and "Bullets over Broadway." He and Kloots have a 1-year-old son together named Elvis Eduardo. Nick and Kloots moved to Los Angeles last year, where he had most recently been acting in an adaptation of “Rock of Ages” on Hollywood Boulevard.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  July 6, 2020

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels, 83

(Born: October 28, 1936 – Died: July 6, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame country singer ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia"), songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The multi-instrumentalist had a hemorrhagic stroke in Hermitage, Tennessee, and was pronounced dead Monday, his publicists said in a statement. He was 83. Country historian Bill C. Malone identified his appeal in his book “Country U.S.A.”: “This big, gruff, tobacco-chewing, outspoken musician embodied Southern good-old-boy traits almost to the point of caricature. He was nationalistic, hedonistic, macho…and lovable. He also made compelling music.” He is best remembered for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” his folk tale, set in a talking blues style, about a fiddling contest with Old Nick. The single climbed to No. 1 on the country chart and crossed over to No. 3 on the pop side in 1979, shifting 1 million copies.The song, which received wide exposure on the multi-platinum soundtrack of the 1980 feature “Urban Cowboy,” captured a Grammy Award for best country vocal performance.


Cause of death: hemorrhagic stroke

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, 91

(Born: 10 November 1928 – Died: 6 July 2020)


was an Italian composer (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Hateful Eight), Oscar winner (2016), orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works, died on Monday (6 July) at the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, a week after suffering a fall in which he broke his femur. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma. He scored his first feature film, Luciano Salce’s Il federale, in 1961, before connecting with spaghetti western director Sergio Leone for several iconic films: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and Duck, You Sucker! (1971). In 1984, Morricone rejoined Leone for another classic, the gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert de Niro and James Woods.


Cause of death: complications from a fall

Rosario Bléfari

Rosario Bléfari, 54

(Born: December 24, 1965 - Died: July 6, 2020)


was a Argentine actress,singer and writer. Rosario Bléfari passed away at age 54 in La Pampa, Argentina of cancer. Blefari achieved international recognition for her performance in the title role of Martín Rejtman’s acclaimed 1999 film ''Silvia Prieto'' and for being part of the alternative rock band ''Suarez''. Bléfari worked with numerous famous directors including María Luisa Bemberg, Albertina Carri, Rodrigo Moreno, Milagros Mumenthaler, Ezequiel Radusky, Agustín Toscano, Ezequiel Yanco and Vladimir Durán. She made her film debut in Raúl de la Torre’s Poor Butterfly - Pobre mariposa starring Graciela Borges and Lautaro Murúa, which had its world premiere in the official competition of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. After the separation of ''Suarez'', Rosario Blefari He started his solo career and made various record productions, including Lightning Mystery, Seasons, the acoustic Calendar and Face. Throughout this stage the artist stood out for her innovation, but above all for her poetry.


Cause of death: cancer

Mark Naley

Mark Naley, 59

(Born: 11 March 1961 – Died: 6 July 2020)


was an Australian rules footballer (South Adelaide, Carlton). The Australian football community is mourning the death of South Australian legend Mark Naley. The South Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee and Player Life Member died at 59 after a long battle with brain cancer. Naley first experienced serious health problems when he blacked out while driving in 2016 yet remained upbeat during his battle. Naley played 236 games across two SANFL stints with South Adelaide, with a four year career at Carlton, including the 1987 VFL flag- in-between. “Mark has left an enormous impact on the South Adelaide Football Club, where he captured a generation of fans in the 1980s, and gave the South Adelaide faithful plenty to be excited about,” South Adelaide chief executive Neill Sharp said in a statement. In 2002, Naley was an inaugural inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.


Cause of death: brain cancer

Sergey Zagraevsky

Sergey Zagraevsky, 55

(Born: August 20, 1964 - Died: 6 July 2020)


was a Russian-Israeli painter, architectural historian, writer and theologian. Zagraevsky was the chief editor of the reference work "United Art Rating" and the author of a number of books on philosophy, theology and the history of architecture. Zagraevsky died in the night of 5 to 6 July on 56-m to year of life. About this Agency city news “Moscow” said his assistant Olga Ozolina. “Yes, indeed, it is. He suddenly died. We are in shock. He collapsed and died'' Zagraevsky died due to an acute cardiovascular failure. Zagraevsky, full member academician of the Russian Academy of arts, honored worker of culture of Russia, Chairman of the Professional Union of artists of Russia. The author of scholarly works, historical novels, fairy tales for children, books on philosophy. Zagraevsky spoke five foreign languages, was engaged in martial arts.


Cause of death: acute cardiovascular failure

  July 7, 2020

Bill Ramsey

Bill Ramsey, 76

(Born: 1943 – Died: July 7, 2020)


was an English former professional rugby league footballer (Leeds, Hull, Hunslet) and coach. Former Great Britain, Hunslet, Leeds and Hull FC forward Bill Ramsey has died at the age of 76. Ramsey, who also coached at Hunslet - where he started he career - won eight Lions caps and was twice a tourist following his 1965 Test debut. Ramsey began his career at Hunslet, where he spent five years learning his trade, then moved to Leeds for a sizeable £10,000 in 1967. He won the Challenge Cup with Leeds in 1968 and the Championship the following year, as well as the BBC Floodlit Trophy in 1970-71 and the Yorkshire Cup four times. Bill Ramsey won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in 1974 against New Zealand. Ramsey signed for Bradford Northern on 27 January 1974, he stayed at the club until 8 September that year. Ramsey spent the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season with Hull F.C. Leeds Rhinos said in a statement on their website: "A regular attendee at club functions in recent years as an active member of the players association, his loss is greatly felt by his many friends.


Cause of death: unknown

Dannes Coronel

Dannes Coronel, 47

(Born: May 24, 1973 - Died: July 7, 2020)


was a retired Ecuadorian footballer (El Nacional, Macará, national team). Former Ecuadorian football defender Dannes Coronel who made 27 appearances for the Ecuador national team between 1992 and 2000, died of a heart attack on July 7, 2020 in the Guayas Province, aged 47. He played for several clubs in his native country, including Club Sport Emelec. Honors: Emelec, Serie A de Ecuador: 1993, 1994. Nation: Ecuador, Canada Cup: 1999.


Cause of death: heart attack

  July 8, 2020

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera, 33

(Born: January 12, 1987 – Died: July 8, 2020)


was an American actress, singer, and model. Actress Naya Rivera died of accidental drowning, officials in California have said after a post-mortem examination. "The cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident," the Ventura County's Medical Examiner said. The 33-year-old, best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, went missing during last Wednesday's boat trip with her son at Lake Piru. After a long search, divers found her body on Monday, prompting an outpouring of love and sympathy from her co-stars. Naya Rivera used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday."She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ayub said. A body discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru has been identified as the former "Glee" actress, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said during a news conference. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera received her breakthrough role as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received nominations for numerous awards and critical acclaim. On film, Rivera made her debut as Vera in the horror film At the Devil's Door (2014) before playing a supporting role in the comedy film Mad Families (2017).


Cause of death: accidental drowning

Alex Pullin

Alex Pullin (Chumpy), 32

(Born: 20 September 1987 – Died: 8 July 2020)


was an Australian Olympic snowboarder (2010, 2014, 2018), snowboard cross world champion (2011, 2013). Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on Wednesday. He was treated by paramedics at the scene but could not be revived, authorities said. Paramedics performed CPR for 45 minutes but the 32-year-old couldn’t be revived. Pullin was a seasoned free diver and regularly went spearfishing. Just a couple of weeks ago he shared underwater photos of himself in action off the Gold Coast saying how much fun he’d had. Pullin, 32, was the Australian flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (where he reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated), and competed in three Olympics in total. Prior to that he had won two gold medals in the event at the world championships in 2011 at La Molina, and 2013 in Stoneham. He was known as an experienced diver and had previously posted about his passion for spearfishing on social media.


Cause of death: drowned

Wayne Mixson

Wayne Mixson, 98

(Born: June 16, 1922 – Died: July 8, 2020)


was an American politician, Governor of Florida (1987), member of the Florida House of Representatives (1967–1978). Wayne Mixson, a North Florida farmer who served two terms as lieutenant governor and a brief stint as governor, died Wednesday at his home in Tallahassee. He was 98. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Mixson as a special ambassador to Ecuador.Before his political career, Mixson was a farmer from Jackson County. His family described him as a “champion” for Florida agriculture, and he frequently highlighted its contributions to the United States as a whole. Mixson was an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 2014, the Florida State Senate designated Highway 73 out of Marianna Florida to be the Governor Wayne Mixson Highway. Both Governor and Mrs. Mixson were present for the dedication ceremony in September 2014. In 2015, Mixon wrote the foreword for the first complete book of the Florida Governorship, Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies.


Cause of death: natural causes

Finn Christian Jagge

Finn Christian Jagge, 54

(Born: 4 April 1966 – Died: 8 July 2020)


was a Norwegian alpine skier, Olympic champion (1992). He is the son of alpine skier Liv Jagge and tennis player Finn Dag Jagge. Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee. Jagge’s wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that he died of an acute illness. Jagge won his first Norwegian national title at age 18. He also won the Norwegian Championship 8 times. Aside from Olympic gold, Jagge also won seven slalom races on the World Cup circuit in the 1990s, after which he retired from the sport to move into business and television punditry. The father of two also briefly trained Norway's women's alpine ski racing team between 2005-2007.


Cause of death: acute illness

  July 9, 2020

Johnny Beattie

Johnny Beattie, 93

(Born: 9 November 1926 – Died: 9 July 2020)


was a Scottish actor and stand-up comedian. The veteran entertainer has been hailed as a "national treasure" as news broke he had passed away after a short stay at St Margaret's Hospice. The Scottish comedian was known for his role as Malcolm Henderson on River City and acted in shows including Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch & Wry. Born in Govan, Beattie worked in the shipyards before becoming an actor in a career that spanned over six decades. During his career he was a stand-up comedian, panto dame and TV quiz show host on STV’s 1980s show ''Now You See It''. Over six decades the former River City star established himself as one of the giants of Scotland's comedy scene alongside Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy and Stanley Baxter. Johnny, who has played Shieldinch’s loveable pensioner Malcolm Henderson since the BBC soap was launched in 2002, left the programme in 2015 after a bout of ill health. He received the Lord Provost's Performing Arts Award in 1993.


Cause of death: natural causes

Park Won-soon

Park Won-soon, 64

(Born: March 26, 1956 – Died: July 9, 2020)


was a South Korean politician, philanthropist, activist and lawyer who served as Mayor of Seoul from 2011until his death. The mayor of South Korea's capital has been found dead, more than half a day after giving his daughter a will-like message and then leaving home, police said. The body of Park Won-soon ( who was long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate) was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight local time, near where his phone signal had last been detected, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. The agency did not give a cause of death. A police complaint – allegedly involving sexual assault – was filed against Park by a former Seoul city employee on Wednesday and local media said a television channel had been due to broadcast a programme on the previously unreported case on Thursday evening. He left his house after saying what sounded like “last words” and his phone had been turned off, she told police. A Democrat, he was first elected in 2011and won re-election in 2014 and 2018. Prior to being elected mayor, Park was a community and social justice activist. He was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Cause of death: unknown (suicide?)

  July 10, 2020

Genevieve Westcott

Genevieve Westcott, 65

(Born: 1955 – Died: 10 July 2020)


was a Canadian-born New Zealand journalist and television presenter. Leading New Zealand journalist and presenter Genevieve Westcott has died from breast cancer aged 64. The "gutsy" Canadian-born current affairs broadcaster presented the news, reported for 60 Minutes and 20/20 and won multiple awards for journalistic excellence. Born in Canada, she moved to New Zealand and joined 3 News when it launched in 1989. Newshub said she was remembered as a “gutsy” journalist, the “queen of the door knock" and a pioneering broadcaster. During a career that spanned more than 20 years, Westcott won several accolades and awards for journalistic excellence; including for Best Television Current Affairs and Best Television Investigative Reporting.She also brought home international media awards including from the New York Film and Television Festival and from her homeland.Later, Westcott hosted real-life disputes show You Be The Judge. Westcott also reported on the child sex trade in Thailand, gang warfare in New Zealand and death squads murdering homeless children in Brazil.


Cause of death: breast cancer

Lara van Ruijven

Lara van Ruijven, 27

(Born: 28 December 1992 - Died: 10 July 2020)


was a Dutch short track speed skater, Olympic bronze medallist (2018) and world champion (2019). Lara van Ruijven died Friday following complications from an autoimmune disorder, according a branch of the Dutch Olympic Committee and the Dutch skating federation. She was 27. Van Ruijven was admitted to a hospital on June 25 after feeling ill at a training camp in the French Pyrenees. Since June 29, she was in an intensive care unit, where she was in a coma. She experienced internal bleeding, including in her brain, and underwent multiple surgeries, according to Dutch press releases. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was part of the Dutch 3000 metres relay team that won a bronze medal. She also won gold medals as a member of the Dutch relay team at the 2013 and 2014 European Championships. She last year became the first Dutch short-track skater to win a world title when she won the 500-meter title in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Cause of death: autoimmune disease

Antonio Krastev

Antonio Krastev, 59

(Born: October 10,1961 – Died: 9 July 2020)


was a Bulgarian super heavyweight weightlifter, world champion (1985, 1986). One of the greatest Bulgarian weightlifters Antonio Krastev died in car accident in Minnesota at the age of 58. According to reports, he was involved in an alcohol-related car accident while not wear his seatbelt. Apparently his vehicle ran a red light, swerved into the other lane, before rolling and leaving Antonio pinned underneath it, resulting in his loss of life. Krastev is a two-time World Weightlifting Champion (in Södertälje in 1985 and in Sofia in 1986) and a two-time European Weightlifting Champion (Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1986 and Reims in 1987). He also has three silver medals at European Weightlifting Championships and a silver medal at World Weightlifting Championships. In 1987 he broke the world record in the clean and jerk event in the 110 kilogram category. During the World Weightlifting Championships in Ostrava held on September 13, 1987, he lifted 216 kilograms in the clean and jerk event. His record remains unbeaten for almost 30 years.


Cause of death: traffic collision

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton, 85

(Born: 8 May 1935 – Died: 10 July 2020)


was an English footballer (Leeds United, national team) and manager (Republic of Ireland national team), world champion (1966). England World Cup and legend Jack Charlton has died aged 85 after a long-term illness. The former centre back was part of the legendary squad that won the World Cup in 1966 along with younger brother Bobby. The legend - who also went on to be a hugely popular manager of the Republic of Ireland. He made a record number of appearances for Leeds and achieved unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland. The England football team tweeted to say they were "devastated" by the news, while he was hailed as a man who "changed Irish football forever" by the Football Association of Ireland. Charlton had spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. He led the Republic of Ireland to their first major finals at Euro 88 and the World Cup quarter-finals at Italia 90. Leeds United, where he spent his entire 21-year playing career and made a joint club record 773 appearances before retiring as a player in 1973, said they were "deeply saddened".


Cause of death: lymphoma and dementia

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan, 78

(Born: November 25, 1941 – Died: July 7, 2020)


was an American professional baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies), coach and minor league manager. Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox's 1967 "Impossible Dream" team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ryan appeared in 636 games with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1964 to 1974. He was Boston's backup catcher for the American League championship team in 1967, going hitless in his only two World Series at-bats when the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. In his career, he had a .991 fielding percentage and threw out 43.6% of runners attempting to steal a base. Mr. Ryan was the Phillies’ bullpen coach from 1980 to 1995, joining the team just before their first World Championship season and staying aboard for two more trips to the World Series in 1983 and 1993. He is the only Phillies coach to be in three World Series and is the second-longest coach in franchise history, trailing John Vukovich’s 17 years.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 11, 2020

Morris Cerullo

Morris Cerullo, 88

(Born: October 2, 1931 - Died: July 11, 2020)


was an American pentecostal evangelist. The preacher, who started evangelising at the age of 16, would be remembered by many as a torchbearer. Founder and Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, who has invited Cerullo several times for preaching engagement expressed shock over his death. American Pentecostal evangelist who has traveled extensively around the world for his ministry, Morris Cerullo has passed away. Morris hosts Victory Today, a daily television program, and has published more than 80 books. His family had yesterday asked Christians all over the world to pray to Morris Cerullo. Morris Cerullo cause is not yet known as at the time of filing this report. Affectionately known as ‘Papa, he is also a prophetic voice who has personally trained more than 5 million Christian leaders, otherwise known as Nationals, around the world to reach their own countries for Jesus Christ.


Cause of death: unknown

Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling, 88

(Born: November 16, 1931 – Died: July 11, 2020)


was a American baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves). He started his baseball career in 1951 and played on five minor league teams before playing for the Detroit Tigers from 1954-60. In 1958 and 1959 he led the American League in fielding. In 1958, he was awarded the Gold Glove Award. He played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1961-65. In 1961 and 1962 Bolling led the National League in fielding. He was selected four times as an All-Star in his career and his lifetime batting average was .256. Throughout his 12 season baseball career, Frank played a total of 1540 games, hit .254 with 106 home runs and 556 runs batted in (RBIs). Frank has been recognized many times for his contribution to baseball including a Gold Glove Award and also being named on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team in the year 1961.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 12, 2020

Judy Dyble

Judy Dyble, 71

(Born: 13 February 1949 – Died: 12 July 2020)


was a British singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention). The original singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention and Trader Horn vocalist Judy Dyble has died aged 71 after a long illness. Dyble announced she was suffering from lung cancer in November. Judy Dyble, who also had a solo career, shot to fame in the 1960s and sang on Fairport Convention songs including ''Time Will Show The Wiser''. In addition, she and Ian McDonald joined and recorded several tracks with Giles, Giles and Fripp, who later became King Crimson. These tracks surfaced on the Brondesbury Tapes CD and Metaphormosis vinyl LP. Her agent said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble passed away on July 12 following a long illness borne with great courage. David Longdon, who had been recording music with Dyble which is set to be released in the autumn, also paid tribute to her. He said: “It is with great sadness that I write to say that my dear friend Judy Dyble passed away this morning.”


Cause of death: lung cancer

Jack Ah Kit

Jack Ah Kit, 69

(Born: 22 July 1950 – Died: 12 July 2020)


was an Australian politician, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly (1995–2005). The life and times of Aboriginal rights champion and political trailblazer John Ah Kit, dead at 69. Ah Kit died at Royal Darwin Hospital on the evening of 12 July 2020. In 1983, he was elected to the Full Council of the Northern Land Council (NLC) representing Aboriginal people in the Katherine region. In 1984 he was appointed Director of the Northern Land Council from 1984 to 1990. He resigned in 1990 to contest the seat of Goyder for the Labor Party. After Labor's shock election win in 2001, Mr Ah Kit became the first Aboriginal government minister in the NT and held portfolios including local government, housing and sport. Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner described Mr Ah Kit as an "important figure" in the life of many Territorians. "He was a strong leader and a great counsellor, dedicated to upholding the rights of Aboriginal people," Mr Gunner said. Awards: Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa awarded by the Council of Charles Darwin University and 2007 National NAIDOC Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award.


Cause of death: unknown

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston, 57

(Born: October 13, 1962 – Died: July 12, 2020)


was an American actress (Jerry Maguire, Twins, Sky High) and model. Kelly Preston died after losing her battle with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta said in a post on Instagram Sunday. She was 57 years old. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said of his wife of 28 years. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.” Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, at times appearing together in films with her husband, including in Battlefield Earth in 2000. Preston starred opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film For the Love of the Game, and in 2004 appeared in the music video for Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved. She had frequent guest-starring roles on TV series including Medium, CSI: Cyber and Joey. She also starred in the films ''The Cat in the Hat'' (2003), ''What a Girl Wants'' (2003), ''Broken Bridges'' (2006) and ''Old Dogs'' (2009).


Cause of death: breast cancer

Rod Bernard

Rod Bernard, 79

(Born: August 12, 1940 – Died: July 12, 2020)


was an American singer ("This Should Go On Forever"). Swamp pop legend and longtime broadcaster Rod Bernard died today after a short illness. He was 79 years old. Rod's son, Shane Bernard, posted the news earlier this evening on his Facebook page. He noted that his dad died in New Iberia and that the illness was not COVID-19. In 1958, Bernard recorded and released his best known single, "This Should Go On Forever." The song peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1959 and scored Bernard an appearance on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand." Bernard later scored a regional hit with "Colinda," a song sung in both French and English that also found an audience in parts of Canada. Around 1980 he recorded an album of Fats Domino favorites for Jin, titled A Lot of Dominoes, but the masters disappeared until around 1991, when the tracks were finally released (albeit only on cassette). In 2003 he recorded his first new album in over two decades. Titled Louisiana Tradition. Bernard last performed in public in 2015 at the Ponderosa Stomp music festival in New Orleans.


Cause of death: unknown

  July 13, 2020

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn, 84

(Born: 26 April 1936 – Died: 13 July 2020)


was a Scottish football player (Motherwell, national team) and manager (East Fife). The former Well striker was part of the famous 'Ancell Babes' side at Fir Park during the 1950s. He made just under 200 appearances for the Steelmen after joining from Albion Rovers in 1995 before moving on to Blackpool in 1962. He spent a year with the Seasiders before returning to Scotland where he joined Hibs. Quinn played four times for Scotland between 1961 and 1962; on his debut, Scotland were thrashed 9–3 by old rivals England at Wembley in a 1960–61 British Home Championship match. Motherwell paid tribute to their former player, writing: "We are saddened to hear of the death of Pat Quinn at the age of 84. "One of the club’s famous Ancell Babes, the inside forward made 251 appearances for the club between 1955 and 1962, scoring 119 goals. "Quinn was a star man in the side, and would receive international recognition through four Scotland caps during his time at Fir Park. He finished his league career at East Fife, whom he would also manage.


Cause of death: natural causes

Zindzi Mandela

Zindzi Mandela, 59

(Born: 23 December 1960 – Died: 13 July 2020)


was a South African diplomat and poet. Zindzi Mandela, South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday. State broadcaster SABC said on Monday Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. No other details were given. Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela's rejection of then-president P.W. Botha's offer for freedom in 1985. Zindzi was the younger sister of Zenani Mandela and the third of Nelson Mandela's three daughters. She served as a stand-in First Lady of South Africa from 1996 to 1998. Her poetry was published in 1978 in the book Black as I Am, with photographs by Peter Magubane, and has also appeared in publications including Somehow We Survive: An Anthology of South African Writing.


Cause of death: unknown

Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara, 49

(Born: October 23, 1970 – Died: July 13, 2020)


was an American electrical engineer (Star Wars, The Matrix), roboticist, and television host. Grant Imahara, the former co-host of TV science shows Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project, has died suddenly at the age of 49. He also made special effects models for films including the Star Wars prequels.The Discovery Channel, which aired Mythbusters and BattleBots, on which Imahara was a judge, described him as "a really wonderful man". Imahara co-hosted more than 200 episodes of “Mythbusters,” beginning with season 3 in 2005 through 2014. He joined the show after an invitation from host Jamie Hyneman and was a part of the Build Team with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. In 2014, Imahara left the show along with fellow Build Team members Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. Before making his way onto TV, Imahara worked for Lucasfilm’s THX division and later joined Industrial Light and Magic. He worked there for nine years and contributed to movies like the three “Star Wars” prequels, “Jurassic Park,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Galaxy Quest” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”


Cause of death: brain aneurysm

Chuck Hulse

Chuck Hulse, 93

(Born: October 3, 1927 – Died: July 13, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame racing driver. Chuck Hulse, a four-time Indy 500 starter whose sprint-car injury in 1964 opened the door for Mario Andretti to step into one of the premier rides of the day, has died at age 93. Known as 'The Pepsi Kid' for his love of the soft drink, Hulse had been the oldest living driver to have run a roadster and rear-engine car at Indianapolis. He finished 21st in 1962 and eighth in '63, both in front-engine roadsters; and 20th in '66 in and seventh in '67 wheeling rear-engine cars. Hulse made 60 begins in Champ Automobiles, twice ending second at Phoenix and Sacramento; however his greatest likelihood for achievement was derailed by a violent flip at New Bremen throughout a 1964 USAC dash present. The Californian suffered extreme eye trauma and missed the ’64 and ’65 seasons whereas he was recovering.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 14, 2020

Adalet Ağaoğlu

Adalet Ağaoğlu, 90

(Born: 23 October 1929 – Died: 14 July 2020)


was a Turkish novelist and playwright. Prominent Turkish author Adalet Agaoglu died on Tuesday at the age of 91. She is described as the most prolific authors of 20th century Turkish literature. “We lost Adalet Agaoglu this morning,” wrote Turkish literary critic Semih Gumus on Twitter. “She was one of the most important writers of our literature. Her novels were very special,” Gumus said sharing a photo of the Turkish novelist along with her husband who died in 2018. The award-winning writer was born in 1929 in the Turkish capital Ankara. She studied French Language and Literature at Ankara University. Her first novel, "Lying Down to Die" ("Ölmeye Yatmak"), was published in 1973 and soon became a hit, pushing its readers to think if true enlightenment and modernization of society could be achieved without first a change in mindsets and how women were treated. The book later became a part of a trilogy under the name "Hard Times" ("Dar Zamanlar") with the publication of "A Wedding Night" ("Bir Düğün Gecesi") in 1979 and "No" ("Hayır") in 1989.


Cause of death: natural causes

Daniel Lewis Lee

Daniel Lewis Lee, 47

(Born: January 13, 1973 – Died: July 14, 2020)


was an American white supremacist and convicted triple murderer. Daniel Lewis Lee, a sick one-eyed convicted killer, was executed Tuesday morning in the first federal execution in 17 years after the Supreme Court issued an overnight ruling that it could proceed. Lee was pronounced dead by the coroner at 8:07 a.m. ET in Terre Haute, Indiana. His last words were "I didn't do it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life but I'm not a murderer. You're killing an innocent man," according to a pool report. The 47-year-old white supremacist from Yukon, Oklahoma, tortured and slaughtered gun dealer William Mueller, 52, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller, 28, as well as stepdaughter Sarah Elizabeth Powell in 1996. The brutal killings in Arkansas shook the US to its core.


Cause of death: execution by lethal injection

  July 15, 2020

Maurice Roëves

Maurice Roëves, 83

(Born: 19 March 1937 – Died: 15 July 2020)


was a Scottish film and television actor. TV legend Maurice Roëves has passed away aged 83.The Scots actor was best known for his roles in Irvine Welsh's ''The Acid House'', ''The Sweeney'', ''Tutti Frutti'' and most recently in the 2020 BBC television drama ''The Nest''. The Glasgow man appeared in hundreds of films, television series, and theatre productions during a career which spanned six decades. Maurice was born in Sunderland but brought up in Glasgow later earning his big break at the Citizens Theatre. His first major role was as Lorenzo in the Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice when apparently screaming fans would gather at the stage door after the show to catch a glimpse of Maurice. Roeves' film debut was in the 1966 ''The Fighting Prince of Donegal'', where he played the Irishman. Despite launching his film career, he continued in theatre roles. Director Paul Carmichael wrote: "Maurice Roeves has died. An incredibly powerful actor. Last time I saw him he was being chilling on River City. He also performed roles in ''Eastenders'', ''River City'', ''Dr Who''.


Cause of death: unknown

Galyn Görg

Galyn Görg, 56

(Born: July 15, 1964 – Died: July 15, 2020)


was an American actress and dancer. She passed away on her 56th birthday. The reasons for his disappearance are currently unknown. Görg starred as the live-interest dancer in the iconic ZZ Top music video Sharp Dressed Man and achieved fame in Italy as the dance star of two separate variety series on Italian television, including Fantastico (on channel RAI) and SandraRaimondo Show (on channel Canale 5). Görg’s career also includes a very long filmography, both in cinema and on television. On the big screen, he starred among other things in “RoboCop 2“by Irvin Kershner, in Kathryn Bigelow’s action masterpiece”Point Break“with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze and in” Cuba Libre – The Night of Judgment “by Stephen Hopkins. Even more extensive is the list of his appearances in TV series: let’s remember at least”They will be famous“, “A-Team”, “Twin Peaks“,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “,” Willy, the Prince of Bel Air “,” Xena – Warrior Princess “,” CSI: Miami “,” Lost “,” Parks and Recreation “and” The rules of the perfect crime “. His most important role however was in the” MANTIS “series.


Cause of death: unknown

Kieran O'Connor

Kieran O'Connor, 41

(Born: 31 May 1979 – Died: 15 July 2020)


was an Irish Gaelic footballer (Aghada, Cork). Kieran O’Connor, the former Cork footballer and 2010 All-Ireland winner, has died. The 41-year-old father of three passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. The Aghada clubman was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer - Ewing's sarcoma - in 2017. His club, Aghada GAA confirmed the news on Wednesday and said in a statement: "It is with the deepest of regret that we announce the passing of one of our greatest clubmen and dearest of friends – Kieran O’Connor. He was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. He also won three Munster titles in a career that would see him also start in two All-Ireland deciders before stepping away form the panel in 2011. O'Connor has also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial series of games, however, he has enjoyed little success. He first lined out with his province in 2005, however, Munster were trounced by Ulster in the semi-final.


Cause of death: bone cancer

  July 16, 2020

Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor, 84

(Born: December 19, 1935 – Died: July 16, 2020)


was a Cuban professional baseball second baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers and coach. Former All-Star and longtime Philadelphia Phillies infielder Tony Taylor died Thursday morning following complications of a stroke suffered last year, the team announced. He was 84. Taylor spent 19 seasons in the big leagues plus several more as a coach. Taylor was a two-time All-Star who had 2,007 hits in his career. The second baseman was a career .261 hitter and was known for his fielding prowess. Taylor had a career .976 fielding percentage over 19 seasons. "Tony was undeniably one of the most popular Phillies of his or any other generation," Phillies owner John Middleton said in a statement. Following his retirement as a player, Taylor coached for the Phillies and Marlins. One of the most popular Phillies ever, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in 2002.


Cause of death: complications after stroke

Jamie Oldaker

Jamie Oldaker, 68

(Born: September 5, 1951 – Died: July 16, 2020)


was an American rock music, blues rock and country music drummer (Eric Clapton, The Tractors) and percussionist. Tulsa native and legendary drummer, Jamie Oldaker died at age 68. Circumstances surrounding his death is yet to be revealed. Oldaker played a roll in creating the legacy of the “Tulsa Sound”, a musical style described as being a mix of blues, swamp rock, rockabilly, country and rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Oldaker and his band of teenagers formed The Rogues Five in the 1960s and soon developed a large following in the Tulsa area. They opened for Jim Morrison and The Doors and other famous bands at the Tulsa Convention Center and performed regularly on the KOTV show “Dance Party.” Oldaker also recorded with musicians such as the Bellamy Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Peter Frampton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Ace Frehley, Freddie King, and the Bee Gees.


Cause of death: unknown

Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey, 68

(Born: August 31, 1951 – Died: 16 July 2020)


was an American journalist, author, and news editor (The Daily Beast). Chris, The Daily Beast’s foreign editor, died unexpectedly of heart failure in Paris at the age of 68. Award-winning author Christopher Dickey was the Paris-based world news editor for The Daily Beast. Previously he worked for The Daily Beast and Newsweek as Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Editor, and before that for The Washington Post as Cairo Bureau Chief and Central America Bureau Chief. He was a frequent commentator on BBC World, France 24, Al Jazeera English, CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, as well as other television and radio networks. Chris's books include the classic ''With the Contras: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua'' (1986), Expats: ''Travels from Tripoli to Tehran'' ('1990); Innocent Blood: A Novel ('1997), Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son (1998) and The Sleeper, a sequel to Innocent (2004). Original articles and essays by Dickey have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review and many other publications.


Cause of death: heart failure

  July 17, 2020

C. T. Vivian

C. T. Vivian, 95

(Born: July 30, 1924 – Died: July 17, 2020)


was an American minister, author and civil rights activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner (2013). Longtime Civil Rights leader and icon Rev. C.T. Vivian has died at home in Atlanta of natural causes at the age of 95. Vivian had a stroke about two months ago but seemed to recover. Then, "he just stopped eating," he said. His family confirmed Vivian’s death. He was known by many as “The Quite Warrior,” a friend and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a central figure of the civil rights movement.His civil rights work stretched back more than six decades, to his first sit-in demonstrations in the 1940s in Peoria, Ill. He met King soon after the budding civil rights leader’s victory in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Vivian helped organize the Freedom Rides to integrate buses across the South and trained waves of activists in non-violent protest. President Barack Obama honored Vivian the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Vivian continued to reside in Atlanta, Georgia and most recently founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.The reverend had continued to advocate for justice and equality in recent years.


Cause of death: natural causes

Ron Tauranac

Ron Tauranac, 95

(Born: 13 January 1925 – Died: 17 July 2020)


was a British-Australian engineer and racing car designer, who with Formula One driver Jack Brabham founded the Brabham constructor and racing team in 1962. Understated race-car design great and co-founder of Brabham Racing Developments Ron Tauranac died at home in Queensland, Australia. He was 95. Tauranac was born in England in 1925 before his family emigrated to Australia several years later. He left school aged 14 and would go on to join the Royal Australian Air Force where he trained as a fighter pilot. After a brief retirement in Australia, Tauranac returned to England to establish the Ralt marque (a name he and his brother Austin had used for some 'specials' in Australia in the 1950s, winning the NSW Hillclimb Championship in 1954 with the Ralt 500). The first "modern" Ralt was the Ralt RT1 chassis, to be raced in Formula Three, Formula Two and Formula Atlantic. With Jack Brabham he formed Motor Racing Developments, which quickly became Brabham, and the pair conquered the world as Tauranac’s car designs won the 1966 and 1967 Formula One World Championships.


Cause of death: natural causes

Zizi Jeanmaire

Zizi Jeanmaire, 96

(Born: 29 April 1924 – Died: 17 July 2020)


was a French ballet dancer, singer and the wife of renowned dancer and choreographer Roland Petit. Zizi Jeanmaire, an iconic cabaret showgirl whose grace and glamour was celebrated on stage and in film the world over, died Friday in Switzerland aged 96, her family told AFP. Jeanmaire starred in ballets, cabarets, musicals and film, mixing styles but never compromising on the rigour of her classic training. Many of her roles were created by her husband Roland Petit, the renowned choreographer who died in 2011. It was her leading performance in Petit's modern interpretation of "Carmen" in 1949, which featured the short-cropped hairstyle that became her trademark feature, that launched her into the spotlight.The new-look production caused a sensation when it was performed in Paris, London and New York. "My stuff in feathers", created in Paris in 1961, lastingly imprints the picture of Zizi Jeanmaire, on the similar time good and stylish. His interpretation in "The Younger Man and Demise", alongside Rudolf Nureyev, for a filmed model is broadly praised. In 1970, the couple took over the administration of the On line casino de Paris. Roland Petit then based the corporate of the Ballets de Marseille.


Cause of death: natural causes

Silvio Marzolini

Silvio Marzolini, 79

(Born: 4 October 1940 – Died: 17 July 2020)


was an Argentine football player (Ferro Carril Oeste, Boca Juniors, national team) and manager. Silvio Marzolini, legend of Boca Juniors and the Argentine National Team, died this Friday at the age of 79 as a result of a severe cerebrovascular disease that worsened in recent weeks, Efe family sources confirmed. The Boca Juniors legend, who won seven titles at the club as player and manager and is widely considered to be the best ever left-back. The former defense, who began his career on the Western Railroad and who won six titles with Boca Juniors, was one of the great xeneize references throughout his history, as well as the Albiceleste National Team with which he played in the World Cups of 1962 and 1966 . After retiring as a player, Marzolini become manager of All Boys where he stayed from 1975 to 1976. In 1981 Marzolini returned to Boca Juniors, with which he won the 1981 Metropolitano with superstar Diego Maradona as the outstanding player of the team. A return as manager in 1995 for a reunion with Maradona couldn’t yield another title but nothing could diminish Marzolini’s status.


Cause of death: complications from a stroke and cancer

Alex Dawson

Alex Dawson, 80

(Born: 21 February 1940 – Died: 17 July 2020)


was a Scottish football player (Manchester United, Preston North End, Brighton & Hove Albion). Alex Dawson, the former Manchester United forward who scored 29 goals in 65 league and cup games during his three years in Sussex and Busby Babe, has died aged 80. Dawson, a trainee under Matt Busby in the mid-1950s, scored on his debut for the club as a 17-year-old in a 2-0 win over Burnley in 1957. Goodwin, who hailed from Aberdeen, arrived at the Goldstone from Bury for £9,000 at the age of 28 in 1968 and stayed at the club until 1971.He featured more regularly after the Munich air disaster the following year, when 23 people lost their lives, 11 of whom were either United players or staff. Dawson enjoyed a successful time at Deepdale and fired 114 goals in 197 appearances.He then had spells at Bury, Brighton, Brentford and Corby before hanging up his boots in 1973. The late star finished his career with 212 goals in 394 matches in total.


Cause of death: natural causes

John Lewis

John Lewis, 80

(Born: February 21, 1940 – Died: July 17, 2020)


was an American civil rights leader and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (since 1987), Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (2011). Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, has died. He was 80. His death was confirmed in a statement by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives. His death represents the end of an era, not only for Congress but for the country as a whole. A survivor of Alabama’s “Bloody Sunday” massacre in 1965 and a protegé of Martin Luther King Jr. who would ultimately inspire Barack Obama to enter public office, Lewis was one of the last living leaders of the civil rights movement. A member of Congress for more than thirty years, he channeled all he had learned from his fight for equality as a young man into empowering youth and minority communities and encouraging activism. Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

Derek Ho

Derek Ho, 55

(Born: September 26, 1964 — Died: July 17, 2020)


was an American surfer, world champion (1993). Derek Ho has died aged 55. Hawaii’s first-ever men’s world champion, 4 time Triple Crown winner, twice Pipe Master was admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack slipped into a coma and died last night.Derek was still charging, known as Uncle D won the World Title in 1993, the Pipe Masters in 1986 and 1993, and the Triple Crown in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990. Ho was a legendary surfer who was best known for being Hawaii’s first men’s professional world surfing champion. He appeared classic videos, such'' Wave Warriors'', ''Surfers: The Movie'' and many more. His legend hood was built around his extraordinary achievements at Pipeline, where he was universally regarded as a top three all timer, if not the best ever. Derek Ho was the brother of Michael Ho, another champion surfer, and the first cousin of Don Ho, the Hawaiian singer. He was the uncle of professional surfers Mason Ho and Coco Ho.


Cause of death: heart attack

  July 18, 2020

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, 20

(Born: 1 January 2000 – Died: 18 July 2020)


was a Russian-Australian Olympic pair skater (2018), junior world champion (2017). Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died at the age of 20. Reports in Russia say that the athlete "fell out of a window in Moscow" and "died on the spot". The source informed that her body had been found near her house in Moscow. "The preliminary cause of death is suicide," the source noted, adding that the figure skater had attempted to end her life before after an injury. Alexandrovskaya started learning to skate in 2004. After competing as a single skater through 2011–2012, she began appearing in pairs with Vladislav Lysoy in the 2012–2013 season. She skated with Aleksandr Epifanov in 2014– 2016. Alexandrovskaya was born in the Russian capital in 2000, but represented Australia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship in 2016 and formed a hugely successful partnership with Harley Windsor, winning the world junior title in 2017 and the 2017/18 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. They also won the Australian championship twice, in 2017 and 2019.


Cause of death: suicide by jumping

Haruma Miura

Haruma Miura, 30

(Born: April 5, 1990 – Died: July 18, 2020)


was a Japanese actor (Spellbound, Crows Zero 2, Attack on Titan) and singer. The Japanese actor was found unresponsive in his home in Tokyo. He was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead. According to NHK News, Miura was discovered by his manager, who went to his home when the actor did not show up for work.Tokyo Metropolitan Police are currently investigating his death, but believe his cause of death to be suicide. Miura made his debut in the Japanese film industry at the age of seven after he appeared in NHK drama Agri in 1997. As a student he formed the band ''Brash Brats'' with his fellow classmates, but the group announced their hiatus in 2005. In 2007, he rose to fame after winning Newcomer of the Year at the Japan Academy Awards for playing the lead role of Hiro in the internationally acclaimed Japanese movie Koizora opposite actress Yui Aragaki. He also appeared in a number of NHK period dramas and on stage, such as in the Japanese adaptation of the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" in which he played the role of a drag queen and won a renowned prize.


Cause of death: suicide by hanging

Jope Ruonansuu

Jope Ruonansuu, 56

(Born: 15 April 1964 – Died: 18 July 2020)


was a Finnish actor, impressionist, musician and stand-up comedian (Jopet Show). Artist Jope Ruonansuu has died at the age of 56 years. The matter was confirmed to Ilta-Sanomat by Ruonansuu’s long-term manager. Jope Ruonansuu, real name Jorma Olavi Ruonansuu was a comedian, imitator, musician and actor familiar to many Finns, who began his career as a performer as early as the 1980s. Jope Ruonansuu was twice chosen as the entertainment artist of the year and she received Humor-Emma in 1996. In 2010, at the Emma Gala, she was voted the best performer by public vote. His records have sold 15 gold records and 8 platinum records. He told of a cancer found in the esophagus in the spring of 2018. He then withdrew from publicity. Mikko Alatalo posted an emotional update on Facebook: ''I'm really sad northern RUONANSUU son Jope’s demise. We were supposed to do a joint concert this summer. Jope called a few weeks ago to probably move on to next summer. That summer did not come to Jope''.


Cause of death: esophageal cancer

Charles Bukeko

Charles Bukeko, 58

(Born: July 10, 1962 – Died: July 18, 2020)


was a Kenyan actor and comedian (The Captain of Nakara). Papa Shirandula, whose real name is Charles Bukeko, died on Saturday morning in what was suspected to be COVID-19, family sources said.His family said he passed on at Karen Hospital where he was rushed for emergency treatment after experiencing breathing difficulties. “He died on arrival in hospital,” a family member said, “he had been in his rural home in Western Kenya where he fell ill.” He is said to have tested positive for COVID-19, and even gone into isolation but his condition was worsened by diabetes, according to his family and colleagues. Bukeko was a multiple award-winning actor who scooped the Kalasha Award for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ in 2010. The actor gained fame from his Thursday night comedy show on Citizen TV in 2000s. He also gained international attention from his famous Coca Cola advert that was aired across the world. He also appeared in the 2012 film ''The Captain of Nakara''.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Elize Cawood

Elize Cawood, 68

(Born: 28 June 1952 – Died: 18 July 2020)


was a South African actress. Elize Cawood has died after a battle with lung cancer. She fought it since last year September. Her daughter Jenna Dunster posted on Facebook: “She was diagnosed with lung cancer in September and fought gracefully until the end ”. Elize, who was married to fellow actor Wilson Dunster, featured in many TV and film productions during a lengthy career in the entertainment industry. Cawood began her career in 1974 with the then Sukovs. She starred in Paul Ziller's ''The Effect of Gamma Rays'' (directed by Ernst Eloff) and Bertolt Brecht's ''The Good Man of Setzuan'' (directed by William Egan). She has also performed in school and library programs. She won several awards including Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1984 and 1985, Best Supporting actress in the Vita, Dalro Scenaria, Artes Awards and a Best Actress award for her role in the soapie Villa Rosa in 2007. In 2010 she played the role of Baby in the SABC2 sitcom Die Uwe Pottie Potgieter. She was one of the five main credited cast members. In 2014 she had a starring role in the kykNET anthology drama series Pandjieswinkelstories (Pawnshop Stories).


Cause of death: lung cancer

  July 19, 2020

Sapardi Djoko Damono

Sapardi Djoko Damono, 80

(Born: March 20, 1940 – Died: July 19, 2020)


was an Indonesian poet. Trailblazing literary icon Sapardi Djoko Damono, known for his seminal poems and works of cultural criticism, has died. He was 80 years old. Senior writer and cultural critic Goenawan Mohamad tweeted the news of Sapardi’s passing. “Poet Sapardi Djoko Damono passed away this morning after having been sick for several months ”. Sapardi is among the most revered figures in the history of Indonesian literature. He graduated from Gadjah Mada University’s School of Literature and Culture in the 1960s and later studied humanities at the University of Hawaii in the United States from 1970 to 1971. Sapardi, who served as a dean of University of Indonesia's School of Literature from 1999 to 2004, rose to prominence for his celebrated poetry collections, such as Perahu Kertas (1983), Hujan Bulan Juni (1994) and Arloji (2002). In 1988, Sapardi founded the Indonesian Literary Scholars Association (HISKI) and served as the organization’s general chairman for three consecutive terms. Awards: The Putera Poetry Award in 1983, The SEA Write Award in 1986 and The Akademi Jakarta Award in 2012.


Cause of death: multiple organ failure

Biri Biri

Biri Biri, 72

(Born: 30 March 1948 – Died: 19 July 2020)


was a Gambian footballer (Wallidan Banjul, Sevilla, national team). Alhaji Momodo Njle, known as Biri-Biri, passed away this morning in a hospital in Dakar, aged 72. The ex-footballer had recently underwent an operation and was unable to pull through. The former Gambia international, was affectionately known as one of Africa’s most complete footballers of all time. “It’s an irreplaceable loss,” said Sheikh Ndure. “Biri was a unique personality on and off the field.” Biri Biri was spotted by Danish club B 1901 during a training camp in The Gambia in 1972. He left them in 1973 for Spanish team Sevilla FC. He was the first black player to play for Sevilla, and was considered one of their best players. Biri Biri returned to Denmark to play for Herfølge Boldklub in 1980. In 1963, Biri became the youngest player to ever play for The Gambia in what today is still remembered as the last time The Gambia beat Senegal by three goals to two with all three goals emanating from the football prodigy, Biri Biri.


Cause of death: unknown

Giulia Maria Crespi

Giulia Maria Crespi , 97

(Born: June 6, 1923 - Died: Milan, July 19, 2020)


was a Italian businesswoman and environmentalist, founder of ''Fondo Ambiente Italiano''. He was 97 years old. He has received numerous awards throughout Italy, including from President Ciampi the honor of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. For Einaudi he published the autobiography "Il mio filo rosso" (2015). Successful businesswoman and woman of immense culture: these are just some of the expressions that can be used to describe the figure of Giulia Maria Crespi.Born in Merate on June 6, 1923, Crespi is known for having founded FAI in 1975. Of this foundation, which gave life to the architect, environmentalist and philanthropist Renato Bazzoni, it has remained to the last fundamental point of reference. The organisation was based on the model of the National Trust of England, Wales, & Northern Ireland. It is a private non-profit organisation and has 60,000 members as of early 2005. Its purpose is to protect elements of Italy's physical heritage which might otherwise be lost.


Cause of death: natural causes

Emitt Rhodes

Emitt Rhodes, 70

(Born: February 25, 1950 – Died: July 19, 2020)


was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and onetime frontman of '60s baroque pop group The Merry-Go-Round. Emitt Rhodes, the cult singer-songwriter, has passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70. Rhodes performed with The Palace Guard and The Merry-Go-Round in his youth but will be forever remembered for his enduring career as a solo artist. Rhodes was born in 1950 and was part of his first band at the age of 14. He attracted the attention of A&M Records in high school, while part of a group called ''The Merry-Go-Round''. They released an album in 1967, but he left the band soon after and pursued a solo career, setting up a studio in a shed at his parent’s house. On his three proper solo albums: 1970’s ''Emitt Rhodes'', 1971’s ''Mirror'', and 1973’s ''Farewell To Paradise''. In 2014, Emitt began work with musician and producer Chris Price on a full album of songs, recorded in his original home studio, intended as a stylistic follow-up to Farewell to Paradise.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 20, 2020

Shane Tuck

Shane Tuck, 38

(Born: 24 December 1981 – Died: 20 July 2020)


was a professional Australian rules footballer. The footy world has been left “devastated” by the news former Richmond player Shane Tuck has been found dead on Monday at the age of 38. A 174-game veteran for the Tigers, Tuck followed in his famous father Michael’s footsteps, who long held the VFL/AFL games record holder until Brett Harvey surpassed his record of 426 games. "We're incredibly saddened by the news of Shane's passing. He will be missed enormously by everyone," Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale said. Originally drafted by the Hawks in 2000, Tuck spent three seasons at the club but was unable to make his AFL debut before he was cut in 2002. Tuck was then given a second chance by Richmond when he was drafted with pick 73 in the 2003 draft after spending the 2003 season playing in the SANFL for West Adelaide. In what was an otherwise dour period for the club, Tuck became one of Richmond's most reliable ball-winners, averaging over 24 disposals per game in four separate seasons from 2008 until his final season in 2013.


Cause of death: unknown (suicide?)

Bijay Mohanty

Bijay Mohanty, 70

(Born: 8 April 1950 – Died: 20 July 2020)


was an Indian actor. Bijay Mohanty was rushed to Care Hospitals after his condition became critical (following a heart attack). He died while undergoing treatment. The veteran actor was suffering from heart-related ailments. He was 70. Born in 1950, Mohanty had started acting during his school days. He had passed from the National School of Drama and had devoted himself to directing plays in the mid- seventies. Mohanty had started his career in the Odia cinema in 1977 with ''Chilika Tire'' which had won the national award for that year. Mohanty acted in more than 150 films including: ''Naga Phasa'', ''Samay Bada Balaban'', ''Danda Balunga'', ''Sahari Bagha'', ''Chaka Bhaunri'' and ''Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi''. He joined the Drama department of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in 1977 and retired as a professor from the institute in the recent years. He was honoured with the Jayadev Award in 2014 and Orissa Cine Critics Award in 1987 for "Best Actor of the Decade". He was also honoured with the National Award for his contribution to art and literature. Many film personalities and political leaders expressed their condolences over the death of Mohanty.


Cause of death: heart-related ailments

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks, 36

(Born: August 13, 1983 – Died: July 20, 2020)


was an American talk show host, writer, and political commentator. Michael Brooks, best known as host of progressive political series ''The Michael Brooks Show'' and contributer to ''The Majority Report'', has died at the age of 37. The commentator’s death was confirmed on the official social media of the web series, stating Brooks died from a ‘sudden medical condition’. Host of The Majority Report, Sam Seder, also re-tweeted the news. A lengthy statement on Twitter read: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of Michael Brooks: a son, brother, friend and true comrade to so many, due to a sudden medical condition. Brooks appeared as a contributor on The Majority Report since 2013. The political listener-supported talk show, which discusses cultural issues, is released daily on platforms including YouTube, iTunes and Spotify. According to its website, Brooks appeared as an analyst on Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English and several other outlets. He also wrote two books titled Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right and The Buddha’s Playbook, which he co-wrote with Josh Summers. From April 2020 until his death, Brooks had been co-hosting a Jacobin program called Weekends with Ana Kasparian and Michael Brooks.


Cause of death: "sudden medical condition" (?)

  July 21, 2020

Mike Slemen

Mike Slemen, 69

(Born: 11 May 1951 – Died: 21 July 2020)


was an England international rugby union player (Liverpool, national team) and coach. Liverpool-born Slemen, who played 32 times for England and toured South Africa in 1980 with the British and Irish Lions, died on Monday (July 20). Bill Lyon, President of Orrell RUFC, said: “It is with great sadness we hear about the passing of Mike, who was a lifelong member and previous coach. "Orrell RUFC was very much in their heart. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family." Slemen made his international debut on 6 March 1976 at Twickenham in the England vs Ireland match. He played his final match for England on 4 February 1984 at Murrayfield in the Scotland vs England match. He also played for a World XV on 9 August 1980 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, losing 36-22. Bill Beaumont – the current World Rugby chairman – described him as “a great rugby player and a great all-round sportsman. He retired in 1986 and went on to coach former club Liverpool, then known as Liverpool St Helens. He currently teaches Physical Education (part time) at the Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby. He is still currently the expedition leader of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Cause of death: unknown

Francisco Rodríguez Adrados

Francisco Rodríguez Adrados, 98

(Born: 29 March 1922 – Died: 21 July 2020)


was a Spanish Hellenist, translator and linguist, member of the Royal Spanish Academy. The classic philologist and National Literature Prize (2012) Francisco Rodríguez Adrados died today in Madrid at the age of 98, as confirmed by Efe the Royal Spanish Academy. Adrados was also a member of the Argentine Academy of Letters and the Academy of Athens, president of honor of the Spanish Society for Classical Studies, director of the magazine Emerita and director of honor of the Spanish Journal of Linguistics. Rodríguez Adrados has also been the editor and translator into Spanish of the work of numerous Greek and Sanskrit classics, as well as numerous publications on Indo-European, Greek and Indian linguistics, on ancient Greek literature and on general theory of history. From Professor Adrados is his decades-long battle for the humanities. The day that Latin and Greek disappear completely from the classroom will be, as he said, “the same as removing the roots of a plant”.


Cause of death: natural causes

Ted Gerela

Ted Gerela, 76

(Born: March 12, 1944 – Died: July 20, 2020)


was an award-winning Canadian football player (British Columbia Lions). Ted Gerela, a former kicker with the B.C. Lions, has died. He was 76.The Lions confirmed Gerela's passing Monday night. The cause of death wasn't divulged.Gerela was born in Sarrail, Alta., but grew up in Powell River, B.C. He joined the Lions in 1967 after attending Washington State University. He was unique in that he was primarily a kicking specialist. Gerela spent seven seasons with B.C. (1967-73). He was the West Division's top rookie and set a pro football record the next season by making 30 field goals. He had a strong leg and regularly made field goals of 50 plus yards.

His 570 career points is tied with former receiver Geroy Simon for third in club history. Gerela also played running back, receiver and on defence, registering two interceptions in 1969. His brother, Roy, was also a kicker and won three Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ted Gerela's bronzed boot is on display at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Last year, Ted and Roy Gerela were inducted into the Powell River Sports Hall of Fame. In 1993, his son, Ted Gerela, was drafted in the 7th round of the 1993 CFL Draft by the BC Lions.


Cause of death: unknown

Annie Ross

Annie Ross, 89

(Born: 25 July 1930 – Died: 21 July 2020)


Annabelle Allan Short, known professionally as Annie Ross, was a British-American singer, actress and songwriter, best known as a member of the jazz vocal trio ''Lambert, Hendricks & Ross''. Annie Ross, London-born musician and nightclub owner who left an indelible mark on jazz music has died at the age of 89. Her former manager Jim Coleman confirmed the news to The Washington Post, and said Ross suffered from emphysema and heart disease. She died at her home in Manhattan. Ross moved from London to the US when she was four years old. Her early roles included playing Judy Garland‘s little sister in 1943’s Presenting Lily Mars. Later, Garland was known to frequent Ross’s Covent Garden nightclub, Annie’s Room. Ross wrote one of the most memorable songs of the 1950s, the vocalese classic “Twisted.” Between 1957 and 1962 she would record seven memorable albums with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. In 1964 Ross opened Annie’s Room, a nightclub in London which would host many famous singers and jazz legends. Ross was a gifted actress as well as a vocalist. Over the years, the lively redhead appeared in nearly 20 feature films including ''Throw Momma from the Train'', ''Basket Case 2'', and ''Short Cuts''. Ross received the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame award (2009), the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters' Award (2010), and the MAC Award for Lifetime Achievement (2011).


Cause of death: natural causes

Dobby Dobson

Dobby Dobson, 78

(Born: 1942 – Died: July 21, 2020)


was a Jamaican reggae singer and record producer, nicknamed "The Loving Pauper". One of Jamaica's most beloved singers, Dobby Dobson, has died at the age of 78. Dobson passed away at a hospital in Florida.Tommy Cowan of Glory Music reported that Dobson had COVID-19. “I was told a couple days ago that he was in a bad way. He had Alzheimer's for a while now and was in a home, then he was diagnosed with COVID." Born Highland Dobson in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing in the choir at his alma mater Kingston College. He was a member of the groups Dobby and The Deltas and Chuck and Dobby before going solo in the mid-1960’s. Dobson scored what became his biggest hit in 1967 with the yearning The Loving Pauper for producer Duke Reid. The following year, Dobson teamed with Clement “Coxson” Dodd for Seems to me I’m Losing You, another sizable hit. In 1979, Dobson emigrated to New York City, where he worked in real estate, although he would still occasionally visit the recording studio, and performed at both the Reggae Sunsplash and the Reggae Sumfest festivals. He continued to be popular with international fans, and was still releasing albums.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  July 22, 2020

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, 59

(Born: 3 July 1961 – Died: 22 July 2020)


was an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and music video director. Tim Smith, the frontman of British rock band Cardaics, has died, aged 59. Smith had difficulty with his speech and movement since suffering a heart attack years ago. Together with his brother James “Jim” Smith, he formed Cardiacs in 1977 with Michael Pugh and Peter Tagg. The band went through a number of line-up changes over the course of their first three decades. They recorded their first album under the name Cardiac Arrest before deciding to change it to Cardiacs around 1980. The band went on to release around 30 albums and singles throughout their career, with the last coming in 2007 in the form of single Dirty Scene. Their releases included eight studio albums and a string of live albums.Tim also worked with other bands, such as The Sea Nymphs and OceanLandWorld. On June 2008, Smith suffered a heart attack, which caused brain damage through hypoxia and led him to develop the rare neurological condition dystonia. On 25 October 2018, Smith received an Honorary Degree as Doctor of Music from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Cause of death: hypoxic brain damage from a heart attack

Alexander Gusev

Alexander Gusev, 73

(Born: 21 January 1947 – Died: 22 July 2020)


was a Russian ice hockey player, Olympic champion (1976) and coach. At the age of 73 years died the Olympic champion of 1976. Information about the death of the former hockey player was confirmed by the official website of CSKA. In addition to the victory at the Olympics, Gusev became world and European champion in 1973 and 1974, a seven-time champion of the USSR, 1968, 1969 and 1973 USSR Cup winner, 1972 World Championship silver medalist, 1977 World Championship bronze medalist, participant of the summit Series USSR — Canada 1972. In the period from 1967 to 1978 Gusev played for CSKA. In 313 matches of the championship of the Soviet Union, he scored 64 goals. After his career Alexander from 1984 to 1990, coached SKA MVO (Kalinin). Watching the game Alexander Gusev, we will not see a lot of different hockey feints and tricks. However, his demeanor in defence was effective and exceptionally reliable. Gusev also had a great click, his shot was well-supplied, strong and accurate.


Cause of death: unknown

Carlton Haselrig

Carlton Haselrig, 54

(Born: January 22, 1966 – Died: July 22, 2020)


was a American wrestler, football player (Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets) and mixed martial artist, NCAA Wrestling Division I and II champion (1987–1989). Carlton Haselrig, the six-time NCAA wrestling champion who switched sports and became a Pro Bowl guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died at his home in Johnstown. Cambria County coroner told that Haselrig died of natural causes. An autopsy will be conducted. Friends said Haselrig had been suffering from liver disease in recent years that deteriorated a body that measured a rock-solid 295 pounds in his NFL playing days. Haselrig was a 12th-round pick by the Steelers in 1989 after a stellar collegiate wrestling career at Pitt-Johnstown. Haselrig won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state high school championship in 1984 despite not wrestling during the regular season due to Johnstown High's lack of a wrestling team. Haselrig was the 1985 Junior Greco-Roman World Champion, and the 1986 Junior Freestyle World Champion, while competing for the United States in the heavyweight division.He did not play college football, but made the Steelers and became a starter in his third season. Haselrig was named a first-team All-Pro for his work during the 1992 season, but battled substance abuse issues and was out of football after playing for the Jets in 1995. Haselrig went on to a professional career in mixed martial arts after his football career.


Cause of death: natural causes

Charles Evers

Charles Evers, 97

(Born: September 11, 1922 – Died: July 22, 2020)


was an American civil rights activist, politician,Mayor of Fayette, Mississippi (1969–1981, 1985–1989) and disc jockey. Charles Evers, the older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and a longtime figure in Mississippi politics, has died of “natural causes” at a home in the Jackson. He was 97. Charles and Medgar Evers both served in the military during World War II, and they became active in the NAACP when they returned to their home state of Mississippi and continued to face discrimination. In 1949, Evers began a career in radio as a disc jockey at WHOC in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Charles Evers was appointed to lead the Mississippi NAACP after his brother was killed. In 1969, he was elected mayor of the southwestern Mississippi town of Fayette, becoming the first Black mayor of a multiracial town in the state since Reconstruction. During his widely varied career, Charles Evers ran several businesses in Chicago and Mississippi. A Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorates his career as a concert promoter with blues legend B.B. King. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1971 and the United States Senate in 1978, both times as an independent candidate. Evers has written two autobiographies or memoirs: ''Evers'' (1971) and ''Have No Fear'' (1997).


Cause of death: natural causes

Ralph Liguori

Ralph Liguori, 93

(Born: October 10, 1926 – Died: 22 July 2020)


was a American racing driver (NASCAR Cup Series, USAC Championship Car series). Ralph Liguori competed in the USAC Championship Car series from 1957 to 1971 making 61 starts. His best finish was 2nd place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway in 1970. 1966 was his most active year, when he made 7 starts and finished 28th in the National Championship. He held the track record at Langhorne, got one of the loudest ovations ever at the Hoosier Hundred, survived spectacular flips on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, raced 44 years over five decades and was one of the most-beloved drivers ever with open wheel fans. But, He will most likely be remembered for never making the Indianapolis 500. He didn’t drive the best cars, not even close and attempted the Indianapolis 500 six times (1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, and 1968) but he failed to make the field each time. Liguori continued racing well into his seventies and won a minor race in 2000 at 73 years old. “I’ve got admit that it does bother me that I’m known as the guy who never made Indianapolis,” said Liguori during an interview back in 1977. “I wanted to make that race so bad but it never happened so I kinda got stuck with the label as a loser.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 23, 2020

Stuart Wheeler

Stuart Wheeler, 85

(Born: 30 January 1935 – Died: 23 July 2020)


British financier and political activist, founder of IG Group and Treasurer of the UK Independence Party (2011–2014). Stuart Wheeler, who made his fortune pioneering spread betting in the U.K. before turning to politics and helping spearhead Britain’s departure from the European Union, has died. He was 85. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. In the early 1960s, he was thrown out of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for playing the system at blackjack and, when he was 40, he set up IG Index with a £5,000 loan from the chairman of his bridge club. On March 2009, Wheeler donated £100,000 to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) after criticising David Cameron's stance towards the Treaty of Lisbon and the European Union. He said, "If they kick me out I will understand. I will be very sorry about it but it won't alter my stance."nThe following day he was expelled from the Conservative Party. He sold his company in 2003 for £34 million, just before its shares rocketed in value. It is his only serious regret. ‘I could have been much, much richer!’ he says. At the launch of the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit in October 2015, Wheeler was reported to be one of the new group's three major donors, with Peter Cruddas and John Mills, and the three men were appointed as joint co-treasurers.


Cause of death: stomach cancer

John Blake

John Blake, 59

(Born: March 6, 1961 – Died: July 23, 2020)


was an American football coach and player (Oklahoma Sooners). John Blake, who won two Super Bowl rings as the Cowboys’ defensive line coach and is best remembered for his stint as head coach at Oklahoma, has died at the age of 59. Blake was a nose guard at Oklahoma from 1979 to 1982 and then had a coaching career that saw him work as an assistant at Tulsa, Oklahoma and for the Cowboys before he became head coach at Oklahoma. The Sooners struggled through a rough stretch during Blake’s tenure, and he went 12-22 in his three years as the head coach. He became OU's first Black head coach in any sport, signing a five-year contract. At 34, he was the youngest OU head football coach since Chuck Fairbanks took over at 33. Though OU wasn't successful under Blake as head coach, going 12-22 in his tenure as head coach, many of the players he recruited went on to be the foundation for the Sooners' 2000 national championship under Bob Stoops. One game into his fourth season with the Tar Heels, Blake resigned amid an investigation into Blake's relation with agent Gary Wichard. Blake was eventually given a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA and never returned to college coaching. He spent one year as the Buffalo Bills' defensive line coach in 2016.


Cause of death: heart attack

Mike Adams

Mike Adams, 55

(Born: October 30, 1964 – Died: July 23, 2020)


was an American conservative political columnist (The Daily Wire), writer, author and professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mike Adams, the former University of North Carolina Wilmington professor who angered the campus community on Twitter, was found dead in his home, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Adams was found dead and alone in his home during a welfare check at about 2 p.m., Jerry Brewer, a public information officer with the sheriff's department, told CNN. The investigation into his death is ongoing, Brewer said. Adams' death comes less than a month after the university announced that he would retire following campus uproar over his tweets. In 1993, the University of North Carolina Wilmington hired Adams to teach in the criminal justice program, where he continued to teach until July of 2020. After being denied tenure in 2007, Adams sued UNCW for discrimination and after a seven-year court battle was granted tenure as part of a settlement. Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award in 1998 and again in 2000. His early retirement was announced last month after Adams was publicly criticized for tweets about Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home orders because of the coronavirus.


Cause of death: investigation underway

Dominic Sonic

Dominic Sonic, 55

(Born: 11 November 1964 – Died: 23 July 2020)


was a French singer. The singer and rock musician Dominic Sonic, a figure of the Rennes rock scene of the 80s, died at the age of 56 following a long illness, we learned from his turner. Born in Dinan (Côtes-d’Armor) in 1964, the artist, who shared the Rennes rock scene with Etienne Daho or Marquis de Sade, had just recorded an album in recent months that will be released very soon, said the turner to AFP. On his Facebook page, in a photo posted on July 1, the musician appears seated, guitar in hand, in what appears to be a recording studio, above this comment dated June 27 where you can read including: “10 songs in three days”. He also announced “a second album being finished”. In nearly 40 years of career, Dominic Sonic has released six albums, from the famous Cold Tears in 1989, to Vanites # 6 in 2015, as well as a dozen Singles and EPs. The Sonics, backliner of the Ile-de-France trio Deportivo, friend of Miossec, Dominique A or Bashung (for whom he will write texts that will be retoque), and even One evening meeting of Bowie and Lou Reed, Dominic Sonic was part of the set. That, though melted into the archetype, he nevertheless had to end up leaving.


Cause of death: cancer

Jerry Taft

Jerry Taft, 77

(Born: March 14, 1943 – Died: July 23, 2020)


Jerry Taft, who worked as a meteorologist for 33 years at ABC 7 Chicago, died Thursday night, according to the station. He was 77. His colleagues and other broadcast journalists in Chicago posted tributes on social media. “I had the privilege of working along side him for more than 20 years,” FOX 32 meteorologist Mike Caplan said in a Facebook post Friday morning. “His infectious laugh and frequent giggles on air were legendary and endeared him to his audience and friends.” Taft spent one year at Georgia Tech, before working as radar technician for the United States Air Force in Iowa. After studying at Wartburg College for one year, he got accepted into the Airman Education and Commissioning Program, which sent him to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.Taft's interest in weather began in the U.S. Air Force, which he joined as a 19-year-old radar technician. He eventually became a combat pilot, spent a year in Vietnam, taught aviation and flight planning, and earned a degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1969.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 24, 2020

Benjamin Mkapa

Benjamin Mkapa, 81

(Born: 12 November 1938 – Died: 24 July 2020)


was a Tanzanian politician who served as the third President of Tanzania. Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa has died age 81 at a hospital in Tanzania's former capital Dar es Salaam, the government announced Friday. "I'm saddened by the death of the third president of Tanzania and this is a big loss for us as a country," President John Magufuli said in a short televised speech. "I will remember him for his love of country ... hard work and effort in building the economy. The nation has lost a strong figure," he added in a tweet. Dr Magufuli also declared a seven-day mourning period. During this time, all flags in the country will be flown at half-mast. Mkapa was the head of the Tanzanian mission to Canada in the year 1982 and to the United States Of America from 1983 to 1984. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1990. The former president is known for leading peace mediation efforts in the region, including taking part in Kenya's post-election conciliation exercise in 2008. He was part of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which ended the post-election violence after the highly disputed December 27, 2007 elections.


Cause of death: no details on the cause of death were given

Amala Shankar

Amala Shankar, 101

(Born: 27 June 1919 – Died: 24 July 2020)


was an Indian dancer, choreographer and actress. Shankar is the wife of legendary dancer-choreographer Uday Shankar and sister-in-law of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. "Today my 'Thamma' left us at the age of 101. We just celebrated her birthday last month. Feeling so restless that there is no flight from Mumbai to Kolkata. Heartbroken, May her soul Rest in peace," her granddaughter and dancer Sreenanda Shankar wrote on Facebook. Amala Shankar acted in the film Kalpana (1948). The film was written, co-produced and directed by Uday Shankar, who also appeared in the film. Amala played the character of Uma. Amala Shankar attended the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where the film was screened. She was awarded Banga Vibhushan by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government in 2011 for her contributions to the field of art. The centenarian, who had been active even in her early 90s, was awarded Banga Vibhushan by the Bengal government in 2011 for her contributions in the field of art. In 2012, she received Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna award for her contribution to dance.


Cause of death: natural causes

Naazim Richardson

Naazim Richardson, 55

(Born: 1965 - Died: 24 July 2020)


was an American boxing trainer. Famed Philadelphia boxing trainer Naazim Richardson, 55, has died after a long illness. The Boxing Writers Association of American confirmed the news on Friday. They said: “The BWAA and the boxing community mourns the death of the great Nazim Richardson. “RIP Brother Nazim, a class man, a great trainer, a tremendous father.” Mr. Richardson trained Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Karl Dargan, and Steve Cunningham, among others. He was Hopkins’ lead trainer when he upset light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in 2006, and he helped Cunningham become a cruiserweight champion. Richardson gained notoriety during Mosley's bout against Antonio Margarito in 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, as he objected to Margarito's hand wraps in the locker room. A devout Muslim, Richardson suffered a stroke in 2007, but continued to work as best he could alongside Hopkins as ‘The Alien’ made history as the oldest champion of all time. Also guiding Mosley to record-breaking efforts against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Both of which Mosley gave a good account in defeat. Richardson was a favorite of boxing writers. He was always available for interviews and invariably offered thoughtful, insightful comments. His sons Tiger and Rock Allen, as well as nephew Karl Dargan, have fought professionally.


Cause of death: unknown

Dick Bond

Dick Bond, 84

(Born: September 18, 1935 – Died: July 24, 2020)


was an American banker, attorney and Kansas State Senate president. Richard “Dick” Bond, a Republican former president of the Kansas Senate who later broke with the party as it grew more conservative, has died. He was 84 and had been in failing health. Bond had a wide network and sphere of influence from word as varied as a city attorney, a congressional aide, a state senator and, later, a mentor and civic influence. "There are a few people in our lives who really make a difference, and he's that guy for Johnson County in my opinion," said Bob Regnier, CEO of Bank of Blue Valley. He spent 25 years as a top aide to three members of Congress before serving 14 years in the Kansas Legislature representing a district covering Overland Park. He retired from office in 2001 after serving four years as Senate president. Governing Magazine named Bond one of its “public officials of the year” in 2000 for securing $40 million for the first renovation of the Capitol building in Topeka since World War I. In 2020, Bond joined with former state senate presidents Steve Morris and Dave Kerr to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas issuing a statement that read: "As lifelong Kansans and Republicans, each of us considered it a great honor and privilege to serve as president of the Kansas Senate.


Cause of death: unknown

Ben Jipcho

Ben Jipcho, 77

(Born: 1 March 1943 – Died: 24 July 2020)


Ben Jipcho, the man who sacrificed his gold medal ambitions in 1500m by playing the rabbit for Kipchoge Keino at the 1972 Summer Olympics, is dead. According to one of his sons, the 77-year-old passed away at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, where he has been receiving treatment. Jipcho may be as well known for his role in Keino's victory over Jim Ryun in the high altitude 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City as for his own athletic accomplishments. Jipcho won gold medals in both 5000m and 3000m steeplechase races as well as a bronze medal in 1500m at the 1974 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also won gold medals in both 3000m steeplechase and 5000m at the 1973 All Africa Games held in Lagos, Nigeria. His granddaughter Esther Chemutai is also a runner, while he is a distant uncle to the siblings Linet Masai and Moses Masai.The National Olympic Committee President, also an athletics great Paul Tergat, said he was profoundly shocked by the news of Jipcho’s passing away while describing him as “a fearless warrior of his time.”.


Cause of death: unknown

David Hagen

David Hagen, 47

(Born: 5 May 1973 – Died: 24 July 2020)


was a Scottish professional footballer. Ex- Rangers and Hearts hero David Hagen has passed away aged 47. The former midfielder has died following a brave battle against motor neurone disease. The former Light Blues midfielder, who also played for Hearts and Falkirk, was diagnosed with the incurable illness in 2018, at just 45 years old. He was hospitalised in October last year after his condition worsened, leaving him unable to speak. Rangers confirmed the tragic news in a statement on their website this evening: "David will be remembered for his part in the famous Nine in a Row side and featured in the amazing 1992-93 season when Rangers won the treble and came within one game of the Champions League final." Hagen began his career with Rangers, where he played 20 competitive games, before moving to Hearts. He joined Hearts in December 1994, manager Tommy McLean paying £150,000 for the wideman. In 1995 he moved to Falkirk where he enjoyed the most settled period of his career. He played 139 league games for the Bairns and helped them reach the Scottish Cup final in 1997. After leaving Falkirk, Hagen had spells at Livingston, Clyde and Peterhead, before finishing his career with non-league Bo'ness United in 2007.


Cause of death: motor neurone disease

  July 25, 2020

Olivia de Havilland, 104

(Born: July 1, 1916 – Died: July 25, 2020)


was a French-British-American actress. Olivia de Havilland, the two-time Oscar winner and one of the glamorous stars of Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1940s, has died, her publicist said. She was 104. De Havilland died at home in Paris, the city where she lived since the '50s. Her publicist said she died of natural causes. Born in Tokyo in 1916, “Livvie,” her younger sister Joan Fontaine (herself an Oscar-winning actress, for Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1941 Suspicion“) and their actress-mother Lillian moved to California in 1919. De Havilland first came to prominence as a screen couple with Errol Flynn in adventure films such as Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). de Havilland’s Oscar wins were for 1946’s To Each His Own, where she played an unwed mother forced to give up her child, and 1949’s The Heiress. One of her most notable roles was Melanie Hamilton, Scarlett O’Hara’s sister-in-law, in Gone With the Wind, which earned de Havilland her first Oscar nod in the Best Supporting Actress category; she ultimately lost to her fellow cast member Hattie McDaniel. De Havilland lived in Paris from the 1950s, and received honours such as the National Medal of the Arts, the Légion d'honneur, and the appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In addition to her film career, de Havilland continued her work in the theatre, appearing three times on Broadway, in Romeo and Juliet (1951), Candida (1952), and A Gift of Time (1962). During her film career, de Havilland also collected two New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup. For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her death marks the passing of one of the last stars of classic films of the 1930s, an actress before her time in the fight for equality and an icon who took on the studio system and won.


Cause of death: natural causes

Bernard Ładysz

Bernard Ładysz, 98

(Born: 24 July 1922 – Died: 25 July 2020)


was a Polish opera singer (bass-baritone) and actor. The day after the 98th birthday, the famous opera singer Bernard Ładysz died, the information was confirmed by the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The president’s advisor, the president of Radio dla Ciebie, Tadeusz Deszkiewicz, also informed about the death of Ładysz on Facebook: ''One of the greatest Polish singers of the 20th century. An artist with an unusual, deep and unmatched timbre of voice. His velvety bass captivated everyone in almost the world. Mr. Bernard, we will always love you and remember you. Goodbye “- wrote Deszkiewicz on Facebook. He was 17 when World War II broke out. As a sergeant of the Home Army of the Vilnius Land, he was imprisoned in Kaluga on the Oka river in the Soviet Union (1944-1946). Proper vocal studies began at the State Higher School of Music. Fryderyk Chopin (now UMFC). He began his artistic career in 1946 in the Representative Polish Army. Winning the first prize at a singing competition in Vercelli in Italy in 1956 was of great importance for the career of Bernard Ładysz. From 1972, Ładysz was associated with the Grand Theater in Warsaw. He has also appeared in films (including “The Promised Land” by Andrzej Wajda, “Znachorze” by Jerzy Hoffamn), in musicals (including the role of Tewie in Joseph Stein’s and Jerry’s “Fiddler on the Roof” Bocka) and on the singing stage.


Cause of death: natural causes

Peter Green

Peter Green, 73

(Born: 29 October 1946 – Died: 25 July 2020)


was an English Hall of Fame blues rock singer-songwriter ("Black Magic Woman") and guitarist (Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green Splinter Group). Peter Green, a co-founder of rock band Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 73, his family has said. Swan Turton, solicitors acting on behalf of his family, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep''. Green, to some listeners, was the best of the British blues guitarists of the 1960s. Blues legend B.B. King once said Green “has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Green also made a mark as a composer with “Albatross,” and as a songwriter with “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman.” Green, from Bethnal Green in east London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. They came together after Green's stint filling in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Green and Fleetwood then convinced John McVie to join the band as bass guitarist, in part by naming the band Fleetwood Mac. Green left the band after a last performance in 1970 as he struggled with his mental health. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospital in the mid-70s. Green was among the eight members of the band who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His tone on the instrumental "The Super-Natural" was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player.


Cause of death: natural causes

Regis Philbin, 88

(Born: August 25, 1931 – Died: July 24, 2020)


was an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. TV personality Regis Philbin, best known for hosting Live With Regis and Kathie Lee and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has died at the age of 88. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shared in a statement. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he served in the Navy and got his television start serving as a page for The Tonight Show in the 1950s. Philbin gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. First aired in 1983 as “The Morning Show” locally by WABC-TV in New York, “Live” began as a weekday 90-minute show co-hosted with Cyndy Garvey. In 1984, it changed to a 60-minute format (with a new co-host, Ann Abernathy). In 1988, Philbin began his iconic career as the host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure. In 2001, the franchise became Live! with Regis and Kelly, co-starring Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years on-air. Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002.


Cause of death: natural causes

Maurice Petty

Maurice Petty, 81

(Born: March 27, 1939 – Died: July 25, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame racing driver, NASCAR crew chief and engine builder for Petty Enterprises, of which he was part owner. NASCAR Hall of Famer Maurice Petty, brother of Richard Petty, died at the age of 81, Richard Petty Motorsports announced. The team said he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Maurice Petty was the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises and is credited with 212 Cup series wins as an engine builder with six different drivers. One of his many crowning achievements was serving as crew chief and engine builder for Hamilton in 1970 when they won the Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway. Although the record shows 212 victories, Petty has well over 250 wins to his credit considering all the engines he built for his competitors. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama, in recognition of his career as a team owner, engine builder, crew chief, and driver. In 2014, Petty, Nicknamed “Chief,” was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He also ran twenty-six premier series races from 1960 to 1964, recording sixteen top-ten finishes and a best run of third at the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in 1961.


Cause of death: natural causes

CP Lee

CP Lee, 70

(Born: 19 January 1950 – Died: 25 July 2020)


was a English musician, author, broadcaster and lecturer. Musician, comedy historian, legendary Manchester figure and much more CP Lee has died. Lee was one of the lynchpins of pioneering band Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, who in the mid to late 1970s straddled rock, punk and variety with their high energy knockabout shows. In later years he wrote and lectured regularly about the history of comedy and music hall. He was a major fan of controversial comedian Frank Randle, who was notoriously difficult and badly behaved offstage. In 1977 Lee wrote the "snuff-rock" musical Sleak, which ran for several months in London's Royal Court Theatre and the Roundhouse. In 1979 John Scott and CP Lee released their debut album as "Gerry & the Holograms". The title track is claimed by some to be have been ripped off by New Order's "Blue Monday". His other works include books about Bob Dylan, one of which, Like The Night (Revisited), focuses on the shout of 'Judas' aimed at Dylan at his Manchester Free Trade Hall performance in 1966 and ''Shake, Rattle & Rain'', is adapted from his PhD thesis on Manchester music-making.


Cause of death: unknown

  July 26, 2020

Hans-Jochen Vogel

Hans-Jochen Vogel, 94

(Born: 3 February 1926 – Died: 26 July 2020)

was a German politician and lawyer. Hans-Jochen Vogel, the former leader of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), died in Munich on Sunday age 94 after an eight-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Vogel had only made his Parkinson’s disease public a few years before his death, until the last time he lived with his wife Liselotte in a senior residence in Munich. Vogel led the center-left Social Democratic Party in the 1980s and was Justice Minister during the rise of the RAF terrorist group. He was also key in bringing the 1972 Olympics to Munich as the city's mayor. Hans-Jochen Vogel always delivered. In July 1943, at the age of 17, Vogel volunteered for service in the Wehrmacht. Twice wounded at the Italian Front, Vogel was an Unteroffizier at the end of the war, when he was captured by the Americans. On his return from prison camp he worked as a transport worker for a short while, before he was able to study law in Marburg and Munich. He received his doctorate in 1950. He joined the SPD in 1950. By 1958, he was part of the City Council of Munich. Two years later, he became the youngest First Mayor ever, at age 34, a position he held until 1972. He changed Munich and got the Olympic Games to be held there. Unfortunately, the Munich Massacre overshadowed them. Until 1983, he was floor leader of the SPD at West Berlin’s House of Representatives. Vogel became floor leader for his party at the Bonn Bundestag, a position he kept until 1992. From 1987 to 1991, he also headed the SPD. Since, his advice was sought by all party leaders, both the successful and unsuccessful ones, the SPD had until shortly before his death. Vogel was the older brother of CDU politician Bernhard Vogel.


Cause of death: Parkinson’s disease

Noel Jenke

Noel Jenke, 73

(Born: December 17, 1946 – Died: July 26, 2020)


was a American football player (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers). Jenke was so good at his three sports that he became the first player in Big Ten history to be drafted in three separate sports. Noel Jenke, one of the most versatile athletes in the history of Minnesota and the Big Ten Conference, has died in a Milwaukee hospital. He was 73 years old. He had surgery earlier this month, was readmitted last week in serious condition, and was taken off life support. Jenke was a hard-hitting linebacker and potent lefthanded hitter in baseball. Remarkably, he played Gophers hockey as a freshman, then three seasons of varsity (34 games), after arriving from a high school without a hockey program. Jenke attended the University of Minnesota, where he again lettered in three sports: three times in football, three times in ice hockey, and one time in baseball. He served as captain of the 1968 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, which went 6–4 (5–2 in Big Ten games). Jenke was part of a tremendous defense that took the Gophers to a Big Ten tri-championship with Purdue and Indiana in 1967. He was a team captain later and drafted in the 12th round by the Vikings in 1969. After being drafted by the Red Sox, Jenke played three seasons of professional baseball (1969–1971), appearing with the Louisville Colonels, Winston-Salem Red Sox and Pawtucket Red Sox. After playing minor league baseball for three seasons, Jenke spent the 1971 NFL season with the Vikings, appearing in all 14 regular-season games. After the end of his playing career, Jenke began working in sales while raising a family.


Cause of death: unknown

Francisco Frutos

Francisco Frutos, 80

(Born: 6 September 1939 – Died: 26 July 2020)


was a Spanish politician, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain (1998–2009). Paco Frutos, former Secretary General of the Communist Party of Spain and former general coordinator of Izquierda Unida, has died at the age of 80 in Madrid due to cancer, as confirmed by sources in the political group. Francisco Frutos Gras (Calella de la Costa, Barcelona, ​​1939) was secretary general of the PCE from December 1998 to November 2009, as well as Member of the United Left in Congress since 1993 to the 2004 elections. He was an organiser of the then-clandestine Workers' Commissions (CCOO). In 1963, Frutos joined the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC), the fraternal party of PCE in Catalonia. In the 1970s, he was elected organisational secretary of the Workers' Commission of Catalonia, and represented the union in the Assembly of Catalonia. Frutos was also a member of the Confederation Executive Committee of CCOO. In 1980, Frutos was elected a member of the Parliament of Catalonia. Retired from political life for years, Frutos reappeared on October 29, 2017, when he actively participated in the demonstration held in Barcelona by the Spanish unit, convened by the Catalan Civil Society.


Cause of death: cancer

  July 27, 2020

Owen Arthur

Owen Arthur, 70

(Born: 17 October 1949 – Died: 27 July 2020)


was a Barbadian politician, Prime Minister (1994–2008). Owen Seymour Arthur passed away at age 70. The Barbados Government Information Service said he died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Arthur, Barbados’ fifth Prime Minister, was hospitalised in mid-July with heart complications and was in the Intensive Care Unit. As the then leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) He led the country for an unprecedented three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008, having served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Peter from 1984 to 2013. One of the main platforms of Prime Minister Arthur for the 2003 elections was his promise to transform the country into a Parliamentary republic, replacing Queen Elizabeth II with a Barbadian President as Head of State. In the 2008 general election, his party was defeated by the Democratic Labour Party. Arthur stepped down as party leader but remained the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint Peter. He subsequently returned to lead the BLP in 2010, but he was replaced as party leader after the BLP lost the 2013 general election.He was Leader of the Opposition in Barbados from 1 August 1993 to 6 September 1994, and from 23 October 2010 to 21 February 2013. Since retiring from political office, Arthur was conferred with the title of Professor of Practice: Economics of Development by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in November 2018 and in January 2020, was appointed chairman of the Board of LIAT the Caribbean Airline.


Cause of death: heart failure

Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson, 56

(Born: 31 July 1963 – Died: 27 July 2020)


was a English singer. Denise Johnson, the singer best-known for her performances on Primal Scream’s 1991 album ''Screamadelica'', has died aged 56. A friend of Johnson’s confirmed the news on Twitter. The cause of her death has not been disclosed. The Manchester-born Johnson performed with Primal Scream between 1990 to 1995, and features on one of their biggest songs, “Don’t Fight It, Feel It”. Her mother was Jamaican and Johnson grew up in a household filled with reggae and ska music, which she heard at regular house parties. Singer was planning to release her debut solo album later this year. She was also a noted guest vocalist on releases by post-punk group A Certain Ratio – with whom she performed live until recently – Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr’s duo Electronic, the Pet Shop Boys, Ian Brown, Bernard Butler and Michael Hutchence. Making a name for herself in a variety of cover bands, she went on to join soul group Fifth of Heaven in the late 80s. Johnson first came to prominence in the late 1980s as a singer in American soul at Maze. Away from rock music, she was a keen Manchester City supporter and also played the role of Mary in the BBC production, The Manchester Passion, in 2006. Tributes have been paid to her on social media by some of the artists she worked with, including electronica act 808 State, who said her voice "sews so many memories together in many contexts". New Order, who were joined by Johnson on their most recent album Music Complete, paid tribute to "a beautiful person with a huge talent" on Twitter.


Cause of death: unknown

Jan Skopeček, 94

(Born: 19 September 1925 – Died: 27 July 2020)


was a Czech actor and playwright. Skopeček played rather smaller, but significant roles in the film. Born in Litoměřice, Skopeček began his acting career in 1949, appearing in numerous plays. His only big role was in the series from the 1960s, Three Guys in a Cottage. Lubomír Lipský, only two years older, made his film father in it. He also played, for example, in the fairy tale There are no jokes with Devils, in Mareček, give me a pen or in the film Kameňák. Skopeček is also the author of several plays and radio dramatizations. He was a founding member of the Prague Theater under Palmovka. Skopeček was imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II because of his partly Jewish origin. In 2017, he received the Medal of Merit. His wife was actress Věra Tichánková, they were together for 66 years. Skopeček died on July 27, 2020, at the age of 94.


Cause of death: natural causes

Magda Kósáné Kovács

Magda Kósáné Kovács, 79

(Born: November 4, 1940 – Died: July 27, 2020)


was a Hungarian politician who was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Hungarian Socialist Party, part of the Party of European Socialists. Magda Kovács Kósa, a former labour minister and MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) died on Monday, aged 79, her family said. Kósa Kovács joined the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party in 1967. She was member of the post-transition Socialist Party between 1989 and 2011 and its lawmaker in Hungarian parliament between 1990 and 2004. She served as labour minister in the cabinet of Gyula Horn in 1994-1995. Kósa Kovács was elected an MEP for the Socialists in 2004, and served in the post until 2009. She served as vice chair of the European Parliament’s Socialist Group between 2004 and 2007. In 2011, she was co-founder of Hungary’s opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) with Ferenc Gyurcsány.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 28, 2020

Raavi Kondala Rao

Raavi Kondala Rao, 88

(Born: 11 February 1932 – Died: 28 July 2020)


was a film actor, playwright, theatre artist, journalist, editor, producer, director and writer. Veteran Tollywood actor and writer Raavi Kondala Rao died of a heart attack at a private hospital in Begumpet. He is 89 was survived by a son RV Sashikumar. Ravi Kondala Rao was known as one of the most multi-talented personalities in Tollywood. Apart from acting, he was also a director, writer and mimicry artist. Hyderabad Kondala Rao started his career as a journalist while he was studying Fourth Form in 1947. Raavi Kondala Rao worked in 600 films essaying roles of father, grandfather, and other character roles in most films. He began his career in the 1950s. In a career spanning six decades, he established himself as an accomplished character actor. His first film was ‘Shoba’ in 1958. His journey with films has been quite long and he penned several books on the old films right from the silent era. His last film as per the present records in Ram Gopal Varma's "365 Days". He is known for huge sense of humor both in speaking and writing. His wife Radha Kumari, also a popular actress, passed away in 2012. Ravi Kondal Rao has a son named Shashi Kumar. He worked as an editor, writer and columnist for English and Telugu dailies and weeklies such as Eenadu, Vanitha, Jyothi, and Vijaya Chitra. He also worked for publishing houses and magazines such as Dalton Publications, and Chandamama. Raavi Kondala Rao announced his retirement from films after the release of his 2015 film 365 Days. Raavi Kondala Rao's death is indeed a big loss for Telugu film industry.


Cause of death: cardiac arrest

Terry Waters

Terry Waters, 76

(Born: 14 December 1943 – Died: 28 July 2020)


was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL). AFL legend and Hall of Fame member Terry Waters has died at the age of 76. Waters - who captained the club for two seasons in 1970 and 1971 - had lost his battle with cancer. Originally from Victorian Football Association (VFA) club Dandenong, Waters transfer application to Collingwood was originally denied by Dandenong and he was required to go to the Supreme Court to have writs issued to allow him to make his VFL debut in 1963. Waters led Collingwood in goal-kicking twice across his 10-year career and earned an All-Australian selection in 1969. The club great played in three Grand Finals - in 1964, 1966 and 1970 - but never won a premiership - losing on the sport's biggest stage by a collective total of just 15 points. He was inducted into the Collingwood Hall of Fame in 2010. Waters was a versatile player who was originally used as a ruck/forward before moving into defence later on in his career. He was known as a great mark of the ball in dry or wet conditions.


Cause of death: cancer

Bent Fabric

Bent Fabric, 95

(Born: 7 December 1924 – Died: 28 July 2020)


was a Danish pianist and composer. Denmark's most famous and prolific musician, Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, known to international audiences as "Bent Fabric", died today the 28th of July 2020 at the age of 95. Bjerre was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He started a jazz ensemble after World War II and founded a label, Metronome Records, in 1950. However, he is best known for his 1961 instrumental "Omkring et flygel" (literally, "Around a Piano") which became a hit in Denmark. The song was re-released worldwide under the name "Alley Cat''. Clasically trained at the Danish Royal Music Conservatory, he was master of most types of music, particularly dominating in music for Danish movies and series in the latter half of the 20th century. Internationally he mostly released swing and jazz albums in the 60s, and a modern pop album in 2004.Bent also did the music for the classic puppet movie Flåklypa (Pinchcliffe) Grand Prix. A Norwegian movie known in part for it's great music, and all of it is actually Danish. In 2018, Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was honored for his long and active career by naming a new species of beetle †Cacomorphocerus bentifabrici (Fabrizio Fanti & Anders Leth Damgaard, 2018).


Cause of death: natural causes

Reese Schonfeld

Reese Schonfeld, 88

(Born: November 5, 1931 – Died: July 28, 2020)


was an American television journalist, television executive, president of CNN (1980–1982), and founder of Food Network. Maurice "Reese" Schonfeld, who helped launch the cable news era as the first president of CNN, has died. He was 88.Schonfeld grew up in Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, the grandson of Yiddish speaking immigrants. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from Dartmouth College and then received an M.A. and a law degree from Columbia University. Reese Schonfeld, founded the Cable News Network with Ted Turner in the early 1980s before developing another major cable channel, the Food Network. Schonfeld, a brash newsman from Newark, New Jersey, teamed up with Ted Turner in 1979 to create CNN, which launched on June 1, 1980. "Reese laid the entire foundation for CNN," said Lisa Napoli, author of a recent book about the network's founding. "It was Ted's money but entirely Reese's vision." Schonfeld hired anchors such as Bernard Shaw, Kathleen Sullivan, Lou Dobbs, and Mary Alice Williams. He created shows like "Crossfire." And he oversaw the construction of the network in Atlanta. Schonfeld was succeeded as CEO by Ted Turner after a dispute over Schonfeld's firing of Sandi Freeman; and was succeeded as president by CNN's executive vice president, Burt Reinhardt. Soon after leaving CNN, Mr. Schonfeld spent two years as a vice president of Cablevision on Long Island, helping to start News 12, the first all-news local cable channel in the United States. But his attempt to start a book channel with Cablevision failed. In 1993 he designed and implemented the Medical News Network, an interactive TV news service, for Whittle Communications.


Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease


Kumkum, 86

(Born: 22 April 1934 – Died: 28 July 2020)


was an Indian actress. Veteran actress Kumkum, who appeared in film such as 'Mother India' and 'Naya Daur', died on Tuesday in Mumbai. She was 86. Her death was confirmed by Johnny Walker's son, actor Nasirr Khan on Twitter. The cause of her death is yet to be known. Kumkum was a popular actor in the ’50s and ’60s and had been given a break in films by the legendary Guru Dutt. Kumkum, born Zaibunnissa in Bihar, worked in as many as 115 films in her career. She is best remembered for her films Mr. X in Bombay (1964), Mother India (1957), Son Of India (1962) and Kohinoor (1960). She was discovered by actor-director Guru Dutt in the 1950s, who cast her in "Aar Paar" song for an uncredited role. She later earned a small role in Dutt's "Pyaasa". Kumkum also acted in Bhojpuri films, starting with Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo (1963), which was also the first ever Bhojpuri film. Kumkum was one of those rare female stars of the classic era who did not shy away from playing supporting parts. Even though she had hits like 'Mr X in Bombay' and 'Shreeman Funtoosh' as the leading lady, she went on to feature in small but pivotal roles in other hits like 'Mother India'. She also remembered for featuring in songs like 'Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re' from 'Kohinoor' (1960); 'Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar' from 'Aar Paar' (1954). After her marriage, she left the industry.


Cause of death: unknown

Gisèle Halimi

Gisèle Halimi, 93

(Born: 27 July 1927 – Died: 28 July 2020)


was a Tunisian-French lawyer, feminist, and essayist. Gisèle Halimi, a Tunisian-born French lawyer, author and feminist who devoted her life to defending women's rights and was instrumental in winning the decriminalisation of abortion in France, died at the age of 93. Halimi died peacefully a day after her 93rd birthday, one of her three sons, Emmanuel Faux, told AFP. "She fought to reach 93," he added. Born on 27 July 1927 to a Jewish family in Tunisia, Halimi was described by her father as a rebel from the start. She went on a hunger strike at the age of ten to champion her right to read. In 1948 Halimi qualified as a lawyer and, after 8 years at the Tunis bar, moved to practice at the Paris. Halimi returned to Tunis in 1949 and embarked upon a legal career. She made a name for herself by defending activists from the Algerian nationalist movement, the National Liberation Front (FLN). In 1967, she chaired the Russell Tribunal, which was initiated by Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre to investigate and evaluate American military action in Vietnam. In 1971 she founded the feminist group Choisir ("To Choose"), to protect the women who had signed the Manifesto of the 343 admitting to having illegal abortions, of which she was one. She earned national fame as a lawyer, notably in a 1972 trial where she defended a minor who was on trial for having an abortion after being raped. In 1981 she was elected to the French National Assembly, as an independent Socialist, and was Deputy for Isère until 1984. Between 1985 and 1987 she was a French legate to UNESCO. In 1998 she was a founding member of ATTAC. A mother of three boys, including Serge Halimi, editorial director of the French monthly, Le Monde diplomatique, Halimi said she would have liked to have had a daughter to "test" her feminist commitment.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 29, 2020

Andy Haden

Andy Haden, 69

(Born: 26 October 1950 – Died: 29 July 2020)


was a New Zealand rugby union player (Auckland, national team). He also played club rugby in the United Kingdom and Italy. All Blacks great Andy Haden died in Auckland after a long illness. He was 69. A spokesperson for Haden’s family said the former lock died at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Whanganui, Haden joined the famous Ponsonby club in Auckland in 1971, becoming an All Black just a year later. The former lock, who played 117 matches and 41 tests for the All Blacks and captained them eight times between 1972 and 1985, is considered one of the greats of the game. His international career spanned from 1972 to 1985, though he did not make his Test debut until 1977. “Andy was one of the most recognisable figures in New Zealand Rugby both on and off the field,” NZR chief executive Mark Robinson said. “He will be remembered by those who saw him play as one of the true greats of our game.” Haden was a controversial player, who was accused of cheating and unsporting conduct by opposing players. Tough and uncompromising, Haden became forever embroiled in notoriety in a thriller at Cardiff Arms Park against Wales in 1978. Down two points, in a planned move he "dived" from the lineout in an attempt to secure a penalty. Brian McKechnie slotting the resulting "kick of the decade" for an All Black win Haden was roundly condemned, and never forgiven by Welsh fans, for the dive, even though English referee Roger Quittenton said the penalty had been for another lineout infringement. He was also instrumental in the rebel “Cavaliers” tour of All Blacks players to South Africa in 1986, breaching a ban on sporting contacts with the apartheid-era regime. Haden made his last Test appearance in 1985 against Argentina. In 2003, Haden announced that he was beginning chemotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.


Cause of death: chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Joe E. Kernan

Joe E. Kernan, 74

(Born: April 8, 1946 – Died: July 29, 2020)


was an American businessman and politician, mayor of South Bend (1988–1997), Governor (2003–2005) and Lieutenant Governor (1997–2003) of Indiana. Joe Kernan, a former Indiana governor and South Bend mayor who spent 11 months as a Vietnam prisoner of war, died at the age of 74. His death was announced this morning in an email from his former chief of staff, Mary Downes. He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and seven siblings. Current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says Kernan “devoted every ounce of his life” to serving his country and state. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, August 5, to honor Kernan. Kernan began his career in public service in the Navy. He and his co-pilot were shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in 1972. He spent 11 months as a POW in Hanoi, including at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Kernan returned home in 1974 to begin a career in business. In 1980, South Bend Mayor Roger Parent asked him to serve as the city controller. in 1987, he was elected to his first of three consecutive terms as mayor of South Bend. In his third election as mayor, he received over 82 percent of the votes, which is still the widest margin of victory in South Bend gubernatorial history. Among the infrastructure projects that took place during Kernan's tenure as mayor was the shifting of South Bend's South Shore Line station from a facility shared with Amtrak to a new location at the city's airport, which opened at in 1992. Kernan became governor in 2003 after the unexpected death of governor Frank O’Bannon. Kernan immediately made history by naming a woman, Kathy Davis, as his lieutenant governor. Kernan would go on to lose to Mitch Daniels in the governor’s race in 2004. Kernan returned to South Bend and retired from politics. Kernan continued to work as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and through his own consulting firm until his death earlier today.


Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease

Malik B

Malik B., 47

(Born: November 14, 1972 – Died: July 29, 2020)


was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of ''The Roots''. Malik B., the rapper who was a longtime member of the Roots from their formative years, has died aged 47. The group confirmed the rapper’s death in an Instagram post, though no cause of death or other details were provided. “It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset,” the group wrote. “May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.” Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the Nineties, joining founding members Questlove and Black Thought. He appeared on the first four albums released by The Roots, before departing the group. He returned as a featured artist for some later albums. Malik B left the band in 1999 to pursue a solo career. Basit went on to produce solo material and, several years after his departure, also appeared on several tracks on Roots albums. He released two studio albums, Street Assault (2005) and Unpredictable (2015) with Mr. Green. Although the latest incarnation of the Roots performs as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Basit was never part of that collective.


Cause of death: unknown

Lou Schwechheimer

Lou Schwechheimer, 62

(Born: 1957 - Died: July 29, 2020)


was a American baseball executive (Pawtucket Red Sox) and owner of Wichita Wind Surge. Lou Schwechheimer, the man instrumental in moving the Marlins Triple-A affiliate to Wichita, Kan. and building the Wind Surge’s Riverfront Stadium, died from complications related to the novel coronavirus. He was 62. Schwechheimer spent 35 years with the Pawtucket Red Sox before creating an ownership group and buying the Rays’ high Class A affiliate the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League and the Triple A New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Pacific Coast League. The news comes a day after Major League Baseball suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday after a total of 15 players tested positive for the virus. The Wind Surge is a Triple-A affiliate to the Marlins. Minor League Baseball canceled its season in June due to COVID-19 pandemic. The team said Schwechheimer was the driving force behind the return of affiliated baseball to Wichita and the construction of Riverfront Stadium. Schwechheimer purchased the Zephyrs from Donald Beaver in 2016. He had big plans for the team here but those plans never materialized and he moved his team from the Shrine on Airline in Metairie to Wichita following the 2019 season in the midst of dwindling attendance and a lack of needed stadium improvements. Schwechheimer presided over the name change from the Zephyrs, which the franchise was known as from its arrival from Denver in 1993 to the ill-advised Baby Cakes moniker, which his organization came up with following the 2016 season. 


Cause of death: COVID-19

Kittie Blakemore

Kittie Blakemore, 91

(Born: November 27, 1928 - Died: July 29, 2020)


was a American basketball coach. WVU Sports Hall of Famer and the founder of the Mountaineer women’s basketball program, pioneer for women’s basketball Kittie Blakemore has died aged 91. The University announced her passing Wednesday afternoon. Kittie J. Blakemore was born on November 27, 1928 in Manassas, Virginia. Blakemore earned her bachelor’s from James Madison in 1950, and after teaching and coaching at the high school level for nearly a decade, she came to WVU in 1960 and earned her master’s degree in physical education in 1961. After the implementation of Title IX in the early 1970s, Blakemore, a Manassas, Va., native, helped establish the women’s basketball program, which had its first season in 1973. Blakemore launched the program in 1973 and spent 19 seasons leading the team. She compiled a career record of 301-214. During her tenure, the Mountaineers won a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference championships (1989 conference tourney & 1992 regular season). WVU secured spots in the NCAA Tournament in both of those seasons. Blakemore was twice named the A-10’s Conference Coach of the Year (1984 & 1992). Following her retirement from coaching, she served as WVU’s assistant athletic director for sports development and senior women’s administrator until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of the WVU Sports Hall Fame Class of 1997. She was inducted into the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Hall of Fame in 1994.


Cause of death: natural causes

Anatoli Fedyukin

Anatoli Fedyukin, 69

(Born: January 26, 1952 – Died: July 29, 2020)


was a Russian handball player, Olympic champion (1976). Anatoly Fedyukin, Olympic handball champion in the USSR national team, died at the age of 68.This was reported on the website of the Russian Handball Federation. He trained at Zenit in Moscow until 1978 and at the Armed Forces sports society in the same city. As part of the Soviet Union national team, Fedyukin won gold at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal (He played three matches including the final), and he also won silver at the 1980 Moscow Olympics (He played five matches including the final and scored 21 goals). In 1982 he became world champion. After a player's career, Fedyukin headed CSKA and then Icelandic Fram. Later he was a consultant for Voronezh Energia. 


Cause of death: unknown

  July 30, 2020

Herman Cain

Herman Cain, 74

(Born: December 13, 1945 – Died: July 30, 2020)


was an American businessman (Godfather's Pizza) and politician, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1995–1996). Herman Cain, a onetime Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has died from coronavirus, according to an obituary sent from his verified Twitter account and Newsmax, where he was launching a television show. Mr Cain, 74, was hospitalised after being diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. He was a supporter of President Trump and is one of the most high-profile Americans to die with the virus. He attended President Donald Trump's controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the end of June, but he did not wear a mask. He posted a picture of himself and other attendees in close proximity and without wearing masks. Born in Tennessee to a janitor and a cleaner, Mr Cain went on to study for a degree in maths and a master's in computing. He worked variously as a Baptist minister, a radio talk show host and as a businessman. In 1977, he joined the Pillsbury Company where he later became vice president. During the 1980s, Cain's success as a business executive at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him as chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, in which capacity he served from 1986 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, Cain served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Cain ran for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2012 Republican primary, attracting attention for his "9-9-9" plan to slash taxes. He suspended his campaign in December 2011, however, amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Cain denied the allegations.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Bob Dearing

Bob Dearing, 85

(Born: January 26, 1935 – Died: July 30. 2020)


was a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate. He represented the 37th District from 1980 to 2011. Former Mississippi State Sen. Bob Dearing,died in Natchez at the age of 85. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1965 with masters in school administration. He was an elementary principal fro the Natchez public schools from 1965 to 1966. Dearing served 36 years in the Mississippi Legislature, first being elected to office in 1979 as a Democrat and serving for eight terms until he was defeated in 2011 by Republican Melanie Sojourner. Four years later Dearing defeated Sojourner to recapture the seat he once held. Dearing announced his intention to retire and not seek reelection to the senate in January 2019, saying he was ready to retire and Sojourner subsequently reclaimed the seat. Former Natchez Mayor Tony Byrne said Dearing was a statesman and a friend. “Bob just did so much for Natchez, Adams County and the State of Mississippi,” Byrne said. “It is hard to pin down any one to 10 things that he has done.”


Cause of death: natural causes

Sydney Lotterby

Sydney Lotterby, 93

(Born: 30 November 1926 – Died: July 2020)


was a British television producer and director. Sydney Lotterby, producer of Porridge and other British comedies, has died aged 93. In a career spanning five decades, he was a driving creative force behind many of Britain's most celebrated television sitcoms. The director and producer, who also worked on Up Pompeii!, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Me Mammy and A Gentlemen’s Club, began his career as a cameraman at the BBC. He later became technical manager before joining the BBC’s Entertainment department in 1958 and turning his hand to producing and directing in 1963. Other comedy classics he was known for include As Time Goes By, Open All Hours, Butterflies and May To December. BBC director general Lord Tony Hall said he will be "hugely missed", but leaves "a true legacy of laughter". "Sydney Lotterby wasn't just part of the golden age of British comedy - he made many of the shows that stand out as real icons of the period," said Lord Hall. Current Director-General Tony Hall said in a statement: "He wasn't just part of the golden age of British comedy - he made many of the shows that stand out as real icons of the period. Sydney leaves behind a true legacy of laughter." Lotterby won four BAFTA awards for comedy, including for Porridge (and also for a special in 1975), Going Straight (1978) and Yes Minister (1980). He was also nominated for eleven more. In 1994 Lotterby was appointed OBE.


Cause of death: natural causes

Anil Murali

Anil Murali, 56

(Born: 1964 – Died: 30 July 2020)


was an Indian film actor in Malayalam cinema. Malayalam actor Anil Murali passed away at a private hospital in Kochi. He was 56. The actor died due to liver-related ailments, said reports.The actor hailed from Thiruvananthapuram and was undergoing treatment there. Last week, he was shifted to a leading hospital, here. But his condition worsened and he passed away. Anil's sudden demise has come as a huge shock to everyone in the Malayalam film industry. Many celebrities including Tovino Thomas and Prithviraj Sukumaran took to social media to condole his death. After a stint on the small screen, Anil Murali made his silver screen debut with Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha in 1993. And he never looked back. He went on to star in over 200 movies across Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu film industries. He played his villains with a certain subtlety, and that made his characters appear always balanced and composed even in the face of defeat. The actor was best known for his roles in movies like Lion, Balram vs Tharadas, Mahasamudram, Nerariyan CBI, July 4, Rock and Roll, Anil Murali was last seen in the 2020 film Forensic, which starred Tovino Thomas in the main role. The film released in February. His upcoming film Professor Dinkan, directed by Ramachandra Babu, will mark his last project.


Cause of death: liver disease

Lee Teng-hui

Lee Teng-hui, 97

(Born: 15 January 1923 – Died: 30 July 2020)


was a Taiwanese statesman who was the fourth president of the Republic of Taiwan (China) under the 1947 Constitution and chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) from 1988 to 2000. Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui has died at the age of 97, the official Central News Agency said. Lee was diagnosed with pneumonia in February and had been intubated since then. Taipei Veterans General Hospital confirmed his death. Lee strove to create a separate, non-Chinese identity for Taiwan, angering not only China, which considers the island part of its territory, but also members of his Nationalist Party who hoped to return victorious to the mainland and also brought direct elections and other democratic changes to the self-governed island despite missile launches and other fierce sabre-rattling by China. Lee later openly endorsed formal independence for the island but illness in his later years prompted him to largely withdraw from public life.He earned degrees in Japan and Taiwan, as well as at Iowa State University and Cornell University in New York. He worked for the US-sponsored Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction, which sought to encourage land reform and modernise Taiwanese agriculture. The first president born on the island, Lee's tough language towards mainland China resonated with Taiwan's 23 million people. He once described Taiwan-China ties as a "special state-to-state relationship", infuriating Beijing. He also sought to snap cultural links in favour of a distinct Taiwanese identity. Lee's term as democratically elected president ended in 2000. His Nationalists lost the election that year to the Democratic Progressive Party, with former human rights lawyer Chen Shui-bian becoming president.


Cause of death: multiple organ failure

  July 31, 2020

Sir Alan Parker

Sir Alan Parker, 76

(Born: 14 February 1944 – Died: 31 July 2020)


was an English film director, BAFTA winner (1977, 1979). Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76. A spokesperson said Sir Alan died today following a lengthy illness. The double Oscar nominee's many other credits include Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela's Ashes and Birdy. The filmmaker was a member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, and was the chairman of the UK Film Council. A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, Sir Alan was also first chairman of the UK Film Council and received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He directed musicals, including ''Bugsy Malone'' (1976),'' Fame'' (1980), ''Pink Floyd – The Wall'' (1982),'' The Commitments'' (1991) and ''Evita'' (1996); true-story dramas, including ''Midnight Express'' (1978), ''Mississippi Burning'' (1988), ''Come See the Paradise'' (1990) and ''Angela's Ashes'' (1999); family dramas, including ''Shoot the Moon'' (1982), and horrors and thrillers including ''Angel Heart'' (1987) and ''The Life of David Gale'' (2003). In 2018, Parker donated his significant private collection of scripts and working papers to the BFI National Archive. Sir Alan's works won a total of 19 BAFTAs, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars during his career. He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.


Cause of death: following a lengthy illness

Bill Mack, 88

(Born: June 4, 1932 – Died: July 31, 2020)


was an American country music singer, songwriter ("Blue", "Drinking Champagne"), and radio host (WBAP, XM Radio), Grammy winner (1997). Bill Mack, country singer-songwriter and the “Midnight Cowboy,” died Friday morning from COVID-19. He was 88. His son Billy Mack Smith posted news of his father’s death on Facebook, and said Mack had underlying health conditions. “He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom,” his son wrote. “I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well.” A Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Mack may be best known for hosting the overnight "Country Roads Show" on WBAP, an AM radio station based in Forth Worth. Mack began hosting "Road Show" — which later became known as "Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show" — in 1969. In addition, Mack hosted the syndicated radio show Country Crossroads, heard on more than 800 stations across the country, and a similar cable television show on FamilyNet. He also hosted the Overdrive Top Ten Countdown, a weekly one-hour country music countdown geared toward truckers, in syndication. Rimes' version of "Blue" won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It also took home Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the ACM Awards, and earned a Single of the Year nomination at the CMAs. Mack was a 1999 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and a Grand Ole Opry media award winner in 2000. The Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association reports that Mack won more honors than any other country music DJ in the world. On April 29, 2011, Mack announced that Sirius/XM had terminated his contract to make room for a merger of two of the channels The Roadhouse and Willie's Place into one channel and that this was his final show. Bill Mack Smith III ("Billy") has followed in his father's footsteps and has his own radio show with 92.1 Hank FM in Fort Worth, Texas.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Mike Gale

Mike Gale, 70

(Born: July 18, 1950 – Died: July 31, 2020)


was an American basketball player. Mike "Sugar" Gale, the former basketball player who spent four-plus seasons with the San Antonio Spurs as part of an 11-year pro career, passed away at the age of 70. Gale, a 6'4" guard, played college basketball at Elizabeth City State University. He was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1971 American Basketball Association draft. Gale opted to play for the Colonels. A Philadelphia native, Gale also spent portions of his career with the then-New York Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and the now-defunct Kentucky Colonels. He won the ABA Championship with the Colonels in 1975, a year before the NBA-ABA merger. Gale, who was twice named to the ABA's All-Defensive First Team, amassed over 6,200 points, more than 3,100 assists and nearly 1,350 steals in his 11 years on the hardwood.


Cause of death: unknown

Gary Knopp

Gary Knopp, 64

(Born: 1956 – Died: July 31, 2020)


was an American Republican politician, He served in the Alaska House of Representatives (since 2017). He represented the 30th district, which covers parts of Kenai Peninsula Borough. Alaska Representative Gary Knopp died on a plane crash near his hometown of Soldotna, as reported by the Anchorage Daily News. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy confirmed Knopp was one of the pilots involved in the crash between a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a twin-engine Piper Aztec. The collision happened approximately two miles northeast of Soldotna’s airport on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, and a dedicated public servant. His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served.” He was elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in 2006, serving until 2012 (two years as assembly president), when he retired in order to unsuccessfully run for the state house. Knopp won a third term on the Assembly in 2015, and successfully ran for the House in 2016. He resigned from the Assembly on January 3, 2017, and was sworn in as a representative later that month.


Cause of death: plane crash

Mark Rocco

Mark Rocco, 69

(Born: 11 May 1951 – Died: 31 July 2020)


was an English professional wrestler (All Star Wrestling, NJPW). The UK scene is saddened to learn of the passing of former British wrestling legend Mark “Rollerball” Rocco on Friday. Rocco gained international recognition during his tenure in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was the first man to wear the mask as Black Tiger. He was 69 years old. WWE NXT General Manager and fellow British pro wrestling legend William Regal, as well as former WWE NXT Superstar Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) both shared tributes in honor of Rocco. He competed for Joint Promotions, All Star Wrestling and the second BWF as Mark "Rollerball" Rocco and as the original masked Black Tiger in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) during the 1970s and '80s. A fourth-generation wrestler, he was the son of British wrestler Jim Hussey and the father of boxer Jono "Rocco" Hussey. In September 2012, Rocco was named as one of the mentors on the Challenge reality television programme TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp. In June 2013, he was interviewed on The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana. Rocco was also a fixture on World of Sport, which aired on ITV from 1965-1985 in the United Kingdom.


Cause of death: unknown

Gilles Lapouge

Gilles Lapouge, 96

(Born: November 7, 1923 – Died: July 31, 2020)


was a French writer and journalist with the daily O Estado de S. Paulo. He won the 2007 Prix Femina Essai. French journalist and writer Gilles Lapouge, a columnist for Estadão, died in Paris. According to family members, Lapouge did not resist a lung infection. Correspondent of the newspaper in the French capital for more than 50 years, he was 97 years old. He grew up in Algeria, where his father was in the military. After studying history and geography, he became a journalist. In 1950 he moved to Brazil.For three years he worked for the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, where he remained a correspondent in France for more than forty years. Back in France, he worked in Le Monde, the Figaro Littéraire and Combat. In nearly seven decades, Lapouge published more than 10,000 texts in the newspaper. The last one, at the beginning of June this year: “The coincidences of anger”. “He was very proud to work in the state for 70 years,” said Jerôme Garro, one of his four children. “Essayist, journalist in love with Brazil, Lapouge was an elegant and provocative traveler. Above all, a great writer. His award-winning work is filled with (stories of) pirates, dream memories, jungles and lost paradises,” said Valérie Dumeige, who was the writer’s editor at Editions Arthaud.


Cause of death: cancer

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