Notable deaths in September 2020

Who Died In September 2020 ?

The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in September 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 September 2020. 

  September 1, 2020

Barbara Judge

Barbara Judge, 73

(Born: 28 December 1946 – Died: 1 September 2020)


previously known as Barbara Singer Thomas, was an American-British lawyer and businesswoman. Barbara Thomas Judge, who has died aged 73 from pancreatic cancer, was a tireless advocate for women’s rights throughout a broad and varied career which spanned four continents, the law, banking, regulation, financial services and the nuclear industry. The American-born businesswoman made her name in 1980 as the youngest ever official at the Securities and Exchange Commission. An outspoken advocate for the accession of women in the workplace, she broke barriers becoming the first female director at Rupert Murdoch’s media giant News International and the first female chair of the Institute of Directors, though her career was not without its controversies. In 1980, President Carter appointed Judge as a member of the US SEC, where she was instrumental in opening up capital markets to overseas companies. She pushed, on behalf of the government, for the Tokyo Stock Exchange to allow foreign companies to buy seats. Following her move to the UK in the early 1990s, Judge founded Private Equity Investor, a private equity fund of funds. In 1993, Barbara Thomas was an executive director of Rupert Murdoch's News International. She was a trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, Inc and of the Royal Academy of Arts, where she is an active fundraiser and chairman of the Benjamin West Patrons Group. She was also a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School at the Centre for Corporate Reputation. She married the late Sir Paul Judge in London in 2002. In 2015, Lady Judge became the first woman to be appointed as Chairman of the 113-year-old Institute of Directors (IoD), the UK members' organisation which works in promotion of company directors and corporate governance. Judge was suspended from the role on 9 March 2018 following press reports of allegations of racism and sexism made against her in the IoD office. In 2010, Judge was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Nuclear and Financial Services Industries.Judge in 2011 Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 listed Judge as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.


Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

Erick Morillo

Erick Morillo, 49

(Born: March 26, 1971 – Died: September 1, 2020)


was a Colombian disc jockey, music producer, and record label owner. As reported by Florida's Local10 news, Morillo was found dead on Tuesday (1st September). He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, having been arrested and charged with sexual battery in August. According to Miami Beach Police spokesperson, police found Morillo dead in his Miami Beach home following a 911 call Tuesday morning. Detectives went to the scene and are in the preliminary stages of an investigation. There were no apparent signs of foul play, Rodriguez added, but the investigation remains opens. Morillo's cause of death will be determined by the Miami Dade Medical Examiner’s Office. Born in New Jersey, Morillo blew up during the '90s house music boom and is considered one of the world's first superstar DJs, with one of many high points coming via his 1993 hit "I Like To Move It," which was released under the alias Reel 2 Reel. His label Subliminal Records produced the number-one Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit "Fun" by Da Mob, and won the Muzik magazine "Remixer of the Year" award in 1999. Morillo has won the Best International DJ Award 3 times and the Best House DJ Award 3 times and received a total of 15 nominations. In the years before his death Morillo was open about his struggles with ketamine and alcohol addiction, which he said he had overcome in 2017. 


Cause of death: unknown


Boris Klyuyev

Boris Klyuyev, 76

(Born: 13 July 1944 - Died: 1 September 2020)


was a Russian actor and teacher. People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Boris Klyuyev has passed away at the age of 76, Interfax reports, citing Director of the Small Theater Tamara Mikhailova. Mikhailova added that Klyuyev had been ill for a long time and died from cancer. Over the years of his career, the artist has played in dozens of performances and films. Boris Klyuev was born in Moscow on July 13, 1944. Graduated from the Higher Theater School named after M.S.Schepkina. Klyuev is known to several generations of Soviet viewers for his role as the Count of Rochefort in the film “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers” and Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, Klyuev acquired national love thanks to his performance as the central character of the series "Voronin". He played the harsh head of the family, Nikolai Petrovich. For this work in 2012, he received TEFI in the nomination "Best Actor". He was awarded the Orders of Friendship, Honor, “For Services to the Fatherland” IV degree. Awarded with a certificate of honor of the President of the Russian Federation.


Cause of death: cancer

Miloš Říha

Miloš Říha, 61

(Born: 6 December 1958 – Died: 1 September 2020)


was a Czech ice hockey player (Dukla Jihlava, Vítkovice Ridera) and coach (national team). The former head coach of the Czech national team Milos Riha has passed away today at 61 in Prague. Renowned as one of the game’s most passionate and colourful characters, he was working as head coach of the Czech national team until the season was halted due to the pandemic. On August 18, the coach was admitted to the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague. His health has deteriorated dramatically over the past few weeks. The cause of death was varicose veins that spilled over into thrombophlebitis. Earlier, the coach suffered from coronavirus. As a player, Riha won a Czechoslovak championship in 1981 with Vitkovice of Ostrava. A hardworking centre, he was selected by Minnesota in the 1983 NHL draft but played his entire career in his homeland. However, it was as a coach that he made his greatest impact. In the early years of the KHL, Riha was one of the most prominent coaches in the Russia. In 2018, after Slovan returned to the Slovak Extraliga, Riha moved away from club coaching and took charge of the Czech National team. At the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia, the Czechs came fourth, missing out on hardware after losing in a shoot-out against Russia in the bronze medal game.


Cause of death: thrombophlebitis

  September 2, 2020

Philippe Daverio

Philippe Daverio, 70

(Born: 17 October 1949 – Died: 2 September 2020)


was an French-born Italian art critic, academic and television presenter. The historian and art critic died in Milan, he was 71 years old. He had been ill for some time and died at the Milan Cancer Institute. This was announced by the director and director of Franco Parenti Andree Ruth Shammah. "His brother wrote me this morning to tell me that Philippe passed away tonight," said Shammah. Born on 17 October 1949, in Mulhouse (Alsace), to an Italian father and a French mother, Philippe Daverio is an art critic and historian who enjoys a great deal of popularity with the public thanks to his television broadcasts on RaiTre, particularly the extremely successful series "Passepartout". He is also the director of "Art e Dossier", one of Italian publishing's most prestigious art review magazines. In the course of his career spanning more than thirty years, he has also held a number of institutional posts, including as Head of Cultural Affairs for the Municipality of Milan between 1993 and 1997. He is the author of numerous publications and books, including the recent "Il museo immaginato" (Rizzoli 2011), an original and thought-provoking work written in the form of a personal reflection on the masterpieces of all the eras of the Italian peninsula. In 1975 he opened Galleria Philippe Daverio in Via Monte Napoleone in Milan, where he mostly focused on the avant-garde movements of the first half of the 20th century. In 1986, he opened the Philippe Daverio Gallery in New York City. In 1989 he opened a second gallery of contemporary art in Milan, Italy. The gallery eventually went bankrupt and closed in 1997.


Cause of death: cancer

William Yorzyk, 87

(Born: May 29, 1933 – Died: September 2, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame swimmer, Olympic champion (1956). 1956 Olympic gold medalist in the 200-meter fly Bill Yorzyk died at the age of 87. At those 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, Yorzyk made history as the first swimmer to ever win Olympic gold in a butterfly event. The men’s 200 fly, then known as “dolphin-butterfly,” made its first appearance at those games after a contentious separation from breaststroke, while the 100 fly wouldn’t arrive on the Olympic stage until 1968, when Doug Russell won gold. By capturing gold in the 200 butterfly, Yorzyk jumpstarted a spectacular tradition in the event for the United States. He has been joined as an Olympic champion in the discipline by legends such as Mike Troy, Carl Robie, Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps. Yorzyk went into medicine after his career and was a successful doctor who made sure his coach received credit for his guidance. After graduating from Springfield College, he attended medical school at the University of Toronto and twice won the school’s scholar-athlete award. Yorzyk served as a physician in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and was commissioned a captain. He won the U.S. AAU indoor championship in the 220-yard butterfly in 1958. He was awarded the university's Bickle Prize as its outstanding student-athlete in 1958 and 1959. Yorzyk was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1971 


Cause of death: natural causes

David Graeber

David Graeber, 59

(Born: February 12, 1961 – Died: September 2, 2020)


was an American anthropologist, anarchist activist and author. David Graeber, an anthropologist and a leading figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died. He was 59. The anarchist and author of bestselling books on capitalism and bureaucracy died in a Venice hospital. Born in New York, Graeber taught at Yale University before moving on to Goldsmiths, the University of London and finally the London School of Economics. He was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics, known for his sharp critiques of capitalism and bureaucracy as well as his anarchist views. He was best known for his books ''Debt: The First 5000 Years'' (2011), ''The Utopia of Rules'' (2015) and ''Bullshit Jobs: A Theory'' (2018). The historian Rutger Bregman called Graeber “one of the greatest thinkers of our time and a phenomenal writer”, while the Guardian columnist Owen Jones called him “an intellectual giant, full of humanity, someone whose work inspired and encouraged and educated so many”. His 2011 book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” was an anti-capitalist analysis that struck a chord with many readers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Graeber’s rigorous, readable radicalism was showcased again in the 2018 book “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.”


Cause of death: unknown

David Capel

David Capel, 57

(Born: 6 February 1963 – Died: 2 September 2020)


was an English cricketer (Northamptonshire, national team). Former England and Northamptonshire all-rounder David Capel has died at home at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with a brain tumour. Capel, who won 15 Test caps and played in 23 one-day internationals between 1987 and 1990, was diagnosed in 2018. He played in an era when Northamptonshire were one of the strongest sides on the circuit, which is highlighted by his six appearances in Lord’s finals, once a key pinnacle in a non-international cricketer’s career. He made 270 first-class appearances for Northamptonshire between 1981 and 1998, as well as playing in 300 List A matches. He also became the first Northamptonshire-born cricketer to represent England at Test level in 77 years when he was selected to face Pakistan at Headingley in 1987, going on to play 15 Tests and 23 one-day internationals for his country. Capel joined Northants' staff as an 'apprentice cricketer' in 1980 and remained at Wantage Road for 32 years as player and coach. In total, he scored 10,869 first-class runs and claimed 467 wickets for the club - making his debut against the touring Sri Lankans in 1981, before Geoffrey Boycott became his first Championship victim the following summer. Capel later became involved in the academy set up before becoming head coach in 2006 but was replaced six years later by David Ripley. He then became the assistant coach of England women's team in 2013. Capel also had a brief spell as the coach of Bangladesh's women's team in 2016. He also had undergone a surgery in 2018 after being diagnosed with brain tumour. 


Cause of death: brain tumour

  September 3, 2020

Dito, 58

(Born: 18 January 1962 – Died: 3 September 2020)


Eduardo José Gomes Cameselle Mendez known as Dito, was a Portuguese football player (Braga, Benfica, national team) and manager. Dito was born in Barcelos. He appeared in 358 Primeira Liga matches over 16 professional seasons, starting his career with S.C. Braga for which he was already an important first-team member at the age of 18, and signing with S.L. Benfica in 1986 after six years in Minho. During his two-season spell with Benfica, Dito played 27 league games in his first year as the Lisbon club won the double, then partnered Carlos Mozer in his second (no silverware won). He played at the 1988 European Cup Final, lost to PSV Eindhoven, after a 0-0 draw, on penalties (5-6), scoring a goal. He then had a controversial move to rivals and title holders FC Porto for one season, moving with Rui Águas, with Benfica regaining their domestic supremacy at the expense of precisely the northerners. Dito won 17 caps for Portugal, his debut arriving on 28 October 1981, at the age of 19. In July 2011, after guiding Braga District to the UEFA Regions' Cup, Dito returned to the senior game with Varzim S.C. of the third tier. In the 2019 off-season, Dito was appointed general manager at hometown club Gil Vicente FC. Dito's father, Spaniard Eduardo Cameselle Mendez, played for Gil Vicente in the 1950s. His nephew, also named Eduardo, was also a footballer.


Cause of death: heart attack

Birol Ünel

Birol Ünel, 59

(Born: 18 August 1961 – Died: 3 September 2020)


was a German actor of Turkish descent. Widely known for his role in Fatih Akın's film "Head-On" (Gegen die Wand - Duvara Karşı), actor Birol Ünel has died at the age of 59. Fighting cancer for some time, Ünel was hospitalized on August 18, on his birthday, as he took a turn for the worse. Apart for his latest films ''Transylvania'', ''Seven Heroes'' and ''Soul Kitchen'', he also acted in several films and theater plays in Turkey and Germany. Ünel began as a theatre actor at the Berliner Tacheles where he played the lead and also directed the play "Caligula". Ünel made his film debut in 1988's The Passenger. Birol then portrayed the alcoholic Cahit Tomruk in Akin's Head-On (Gegen die Wand), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2014 and brought him international recogition. Ünel also won the German film prize for Best Actor for this perdformance.


Cause of death: cancer

  September 4, 2020

Leon Finney Jr

Leon Finney Jr., 82

(Born: July 7, 1938 – Died: September 4, 2020)


was an American minister, community organizer and businessman. The Rev. Leon Finney Jr., a Longtime Chicago pastor and activist, who came to prominence in the 1960s by fighting slumlords and helping guard the Woodlawn neighborhood against University of Chicago expansion plans, died at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was 82. Born in Louise, Mississippi on July 7, 1938, Finney settled in Chicago in the 1960s. He graduated from Hyde Park High School, served in the U.S. Marines Corps, and earned several college degrees including a Doctorate in Public Administration from Nova University. He was the founding pastor at Christ Apostolic Church, which later took over and restored the Metropolitan Church in Bronzeville. Finney also founded the Woodlawn Organization and fought to revitalize the South Side neighborhood through economic and housing development. He also owned Leon's BBQ, Urban Broadcast Media and taught at several universities. In 2019, Dr. Finney became a controversial figure when he was accused of questionable financial practices and accused of fraud when The Woodlawn Organization filed bankruptcy, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.


Cause of death: unknown

Annie Cordy, 92

(Born: 16 June 1928 – Died: 4 September 2020)


was a Belgian actress and singer. Annie Cordy, who recorded several popular hits and was made a baroness by King Albert II, has died in southern France at the age of 92. Sharing the sad news on Twitter, TV host Christophe Beaugrand-Gerin wrote: "I'm heartbroken tonight Mrs. Annie Cordy, you have given us so much joy, energy and emotions We won't forget you" Annie's last on-screen appearance was in 2018 TV movie Illiterate. Cordy was born in Brussels in 1928 but made her name on the stage and in films after moving to Paris. She began her acting career way back in 1954 and went on to appear in more than 50 films and TV shows. Cordy, born Léonie, Baroness Cooreman, was one of the French-speaking world’s best-loved musical comedy performers. Her version of "La Ballade de Davy Crockett" was number 1 in the charts for five weeks in France in August 1956. She recorded her first songs in 1952 ("Les Trois Bandits de Napoli", "Quand c'est aux autos de passer" then she made her film debut in 1953 when she appeared as herself in ''Boum sur Paris''. In July 2018, for her 90th birthday, she was the guest of honour of the Ommegang of Brussels. A couple of days after this event, her name was given to a Park in Laeken, city where she was born.


Cause of death: cardiac arrest

Joe Williams

Joe Williams, 82

(Born: 1938 – Died: 4 September 2020)


was a Cook Islands politician and medical doctor, Prime Minister (1999), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999) and Member of Parliament (1994–2004). Dr. Joe Williams, former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and a much-respected member of parliament, has died after contracting Covid-19 in Auckland. Williams graduated from Otago Medical School in 1960, and later completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Hawaii.The widely-respected medical professional died in Auckland City Hospital. Dr Williams spent 25 years in the Cook Islands and served as a Cabinet Minister between 1974 and 1978 and again between 1994 1996 before becoming Prime Minister in 1999. He served as a member of the World Health Organization's executive board from 1995 to 1997 and as a member of the Program Review Group for the Global Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis from 1998 to 2004. Current Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna said Dr Williams' passing had caused him great sadness. "Dr Joe was a pioneer on many fronts and a man way beyond his time. He was one of our early breed of home-grown medical officers of health''. He received the Queen's Service medal in 1974 and was invested with the Companion Queens Service Order in 2011 for services to the Cook Islands community.He was awarded a Life membership by New Zealand's Pasifika Medical Association in 2004 and was appointed as Patron of the PMA in 2015.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  September 5, 2020

Abu Osman Chowdhury, 84

(Born: 1936 – Died: September 5, 2020)


was a Bangladeshi resistance fighter (Mukti Bahini), war hero and freedom fighter. Chowdhury, commander of sector-8 during the Liberation War (1971), has died in hospital care after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and grief over his passing: ''"His impeccable role in the implementation of the ideals and spirit of the war and towards the welfare of the nation and its people will continue to inspire us." In 1971, Abu Osman Chowdhury was posted in Chuadanga, under district Kushtia as a Major of the Pakistan army and the Commander of 4th Wing East Pakistan Rifles (EPR). After the Liberation War, Osman was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave him the duty of supervising the Army Service Corps (ASC). In 1996, during Awami League's rule Osman observed his duty as the deputy commissioner of Chandpur district. On 7 November morning, during the 1975 coup/soldier mutiny a group of renegade soldiers went to Abu Osman Chowdhuy's residence at Gulshan to kill him. Unable to find him, they murdered his wife. He retired from Bangladesh Army in 1976.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Steve Merrill

Steve Merrill, 74

(Born: June 21, 1946 – Died: September 5, 2020)


was an American lawyer and Republican politician, Governor of New Hampshire (1993–1997). Former New Hampshire Governor Stephen Merrill has died, according to a statement from Gov. Chris Sununu. According to the family, Merrill passed away “peacefully at his home with his family.” Merrill, a Republican, was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire and Georgetown University. Merrill served as governor from 1993-1997. Before that, he served as the state’s attorney general. He served in the Air Force as a lawyer from 1972 to 1976, then became a legal counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force from 1973 to 1975. He became a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from 1975 to 1976. Merrill left military service as a captain, then went to Manchester to practice law from 1976 to 1984. Merrill entered the 1992 Republican gubernatorial primary. He won election on his first try at state office; he was reelected with seventy percent of the popular vote. He received the "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" award from New Hampshire's Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Merrill served as chairman of Boston-based Bingham Consulting, where he assists companies on legal and business matters. 


Cause of death: natural causes

David Gaines

David Gaines, 78

(Born: February 27, 1942 – Died: September 5, 2020)


was an American basketball playerand coach. David "Smokey" Gaines, a former Harlem Globetrotters and ABA player who coached at Detroit-Mercy and San Diego State, has died. He was 80. Gaines died of cancer, his family said. He also contracted COVID-19, The Detroit News reported. A star guard in high school, the Detroit native was an All-State selection in 1959 and went on to star at LeMoyne-Owen College in Tennessee. He was a member of the Globetrotters from 1963-67 and also played briefly for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association before turning to coaching. Gaines began coaching as a part-time assistant under Dick Vitale at Detroit-Mercy in 1973 and took over when Vitale stepped down after the 1976-77 season. Gaines compiled a 47-10 record in two seasons at Detroit-Mercy before taking the job at San Diego State in 1979, becoming the first Black Division I head coach in the state. In 1984-85, the Aztecs went 23-8, 11-5 in the Western Athletic Conference, won the conference tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament, and Gaines was named conference coach of the year. In eight seasons with the Aztecs, he compiled a record of 112-117. In 2006, Gaines was inducted into the Harlem Globetrotters’ “Legends” Ring.


Cause of death: cancer

Žarko Domljan

Žarko Domljan, 87

(Born: 14 September 1932 – Died:5 September 2020)


was a Croatian politician who served as the first Speaker of the Croatian Parliament following Croatia's independence from Yugoslavia and as the 11th speaker overall. He served in this position from 30 May 1990 to 2 August 1992. Domljan was later a representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In the spring of 1990, he became the president of the Zagreb branch of the HDZ, and in the country’s first multi-party elections he was elected a member of parliament. After the Declaration of Independence from Yugoslavia was adopted on June 25th 1991, Domljan famously stated: “The Croatian state is born, let her have a happy and long life.” In the next two parliamentary assemblies Domljan served as Deputy Speaker of Croatian Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee and Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and other international organizations. From 1991 he was the leader and then chaired the Committee for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik. 


Cause of death: natural causes

Jiří Menzel

Jiří Menzel, 82

(Born: 23 February 1938 – Died: 5 September 2020)


was a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter. (Closely Watched Trains, My Sweet Little Village, Larks on a String), Oscar winner (1967). Oscar-winning Czech director Jiri Menzel has died aged 82 after battling serious health issues, his wife says. He struggled with serious health problems and rarely appeared in public after brain surgery in 2017. Menzel won an Academy Award in 1968 for best foreign language film for World War Two drama Closely Watched Trains. He was one of the leading figures in the Czech New Wave cinema during the 1960s alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman. Menzel was also a prolific theatre director, as well as an actor and writer, and was awarded the French title of Knight of Arts and Letters. Menzel’s other films based on Hrabal’s books include Shortcuts (1981) and The Snowdrop Festival (1984). Sweet Little Village from 1985 earned him an Oscar nomination. After the Velvet Revolution, Menzel filmed The Beggar’s Opera (1991) using a screenplay by former Czech dissident playwright and later president Václav Havel. It went on to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1990. Menzel excelled in bittersweet depictions of life, with doses of humour and nostalgia. Many of his works are revered among Czech audiences. He was awarded an IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2013.


Cause of death: unknown

  September 6, 2020

Lou Brock

Lou Brock, 81

(Born: June 18, 1939 – Died: September 6, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame baseball player (Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals). Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, a six-time MLB All Star and St. Louis Cardinals legend, has died at the age of 81. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Brock died Sunday afternoon after fighting numerous medical conditions. Brock lost a leg from diabetes in recent years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 (multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow’s plasma cells, in 2017, according to FOX News). At the time of his retirement, Brock was Major League Baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He also set a single-season stolen bases record with 118 in 1974. Both of those records were broken by Rickey Henderson, who stole 1,406 bases in his career and 130 bases in 1982. Brock also collected 3,023 hits during his 19-year career from 1961-1979 with the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The man later nicknamed the Running Redbird and the Base Burglar arrived to the Cards in June 1964. Brock was best known for breaking Ty Cobb's all-time major league stolen base record in 1977. Brock never played in another World Series after 1968, but remained a star for much of the last 11 years of his career. After retiring from baseball, Brock prospered as a businessman, especially as a florist in the St. Louis, Missouri area.


Cause of death: cancer

Tom Jernstedt

Tom Jernstedt, 75

(Born: November 24, 1944 – Died: September 6, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame college basketball administrator. Tom Jernstedt, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame for his contributions to college basketball and the NCAA Tournament, has died. He was 75. Nicknamed “Father of the Final Four,” Jernstedt has widely been credited with transforming the NCAA Tournament into the billion-dollar March Madness it has become today. “A decade after his departure from the NCAA, Tom Jernstedt’s fingertips remain visible during March Madness and the Final Four,” He helped push the growth of the NCAA Tournament from 25 teams to the 68, anything-can-happen bonanza held every spring. NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt said in a statement. “His innovation and superb ability to develop relationships turned a basketball tournament into a three-week phenomenon that became a global event.” He working for the NCAA from 1972 until 2010. College basketball doesn’t look like it does today without Tom Jernstedt. The thrill of March Madness and the fervor of the Final Four have Jernstedt’s fingerprints all over them. In 2013, Jernstedt was selected to be a member of the first-ever College Football Playoff selection committee.


Cause of death: unknown

Mike Sexton, 72

(Born: September 22, 1947 – Died: September 6, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame poker player and commentator. Beloved poker commentator and champion Mike Sexton, nicknamed the "Ambassador of Poker" for his lifelong promotion of the game, has died at 72. World Poker Tour and partypoker, an online poker company Sexton cofounded, confirmed his death. Fellow poker champ Linda Johnson said Sexton "had been battling prostate cancer" that had spread to other organs shortly before his death. Sexton helped explain poker to the masses on WPT broadcasts amid the post-Chris Moneymaker boom in the mid-2000s. He appeared on WPT broadcasts from their 2003 debut until 2017. He later served as chairman of the online poker site partypoker. Sexton was also an accomplished player, with more than $6.7 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1989 and made several other final table appearances. Sexton donated half of his post-tax winnings from his win in 2006 of the third annual World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions event, and along with it the $1,000,000 first prize, to five charities.


Cause of death: prostate cancer

Bruce Williamson

Bruce Williamson, 49

(Born: September 28, 1970 – Born: September 6, 2020)


was an American R&B and soul singer. The Temptations' former lead singer Bruce Williamson has died at the age of 49. Williamson died at his Las Vegas home after battling coronavirus. Williamson shot to fame when he joined The Temptations in 2006, and sang with the group in concerts and on television until 2015. The Temptations launched in Detroit in 1960 with Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks. Their hit songs were My Girl, The Way You Do the Things You Do (both in 1964) and Ain't Too Proud To Beg (1966). The New York Times, reviewing a seven-night Broadway production featuring The Temptations in 2014, called Williamson "a find: a large man who’s light on his feet and, even more important, full-throated with gospel timing." "He had multiple paths from croon to rasp, and he could sound simultaneously forceful and desperate," The Times wrote of Williamson's performance. At the time of his death, Williamson was working on a gospel project with a reloaded BlackBerry Jam band entitled Send the Rain.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  September 7, 2020

Sergey Koltakov

Sergey Koltakov, 64

(Born: December 10, 1955 – Died: September 7, 2020)


Russian actor Sergei Koltakov died at the age of 64. This was announced by the artist Semyon Slepakov. “A brilliant artist and an amazing person, Sergey Mikhailovich Koltakov, has died. Thin, smart, talented, fearless, with a great sense of humor. Goodbye, Sergei Mikhailovich! ", he wrote on his Instagram. Sergey Koltakov was born on December 10, 1955 in Barnaul. As he himself said in an interview, in the mid-seventies he attended literally several classes at the Saratov Theater School at the acting department, but he “was not satisfied with the absurdity of the assignments voiced by the teacher.” He made his film debut in 1981, in Panfilov’s melodrama “Valentina”. Success – after Inna Tumanyan’s “Partners”. The actor starred in many years of perestroika, playing a completely different role. Among his works, his role in films Mirror for a Hero (director by Vladimir Khotinenko), "The Art of Living in Odessa" (Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich), "Armavir" (Vadim Abdrashitov).


Cause of death: unknown

Tim Mulherin

Tim Mulherin, 63

(Born: 24 August 1957 – Died: 7 September 2020)


Former Queensland state Labor minister and deputy opposition leader Tim Mulherin has died, aged 63, after a long battle with cancer. Mulherin was Primary Industries and Fisheries minister under former premier Peter Beattie before going on to hold the portfolio for Rural and Regional Economies in the Bligh government. He was elected to State Parliament in 1995 and served as the member for Mackay for 20 years until he retired in 2015 for health and family reasons. After the Bligh electoral wipe-out in 2012, Mr Mulherin became Annastacia Palaszczuk's right hand man as Deputy Opposition leader. Tributes flowed from all corners throughout the day, with the Brothers Cricket Club of Mackay farewelling their friend and long time supporter. The premier said Mr Mulherin had a heart "as big as Queensland". "I've lost a friend but Queensland has lost a champion," she said in a statement. Mr Mulherin had made an enormous contribution to the Labor Party, Treasurer Cameron Dick said. "The current face of Mackay was chiselled by the hands of Tim Mulherin."


Cause of death: cancer

  September 8, 2020


Alfred Riedl, 70

(Born: 2 November 1949 – Died: 8 September 2020)


was an Austrian football player and manager. Alfred Riedl, who coached the Austrian national football team before working with teams from around the world, has died. He was 70. The Austrian soccer federation said that Riedl died after a long illness. As a player, Riedl was a striker who played four games for Austria. He used to play for FK Austria Wien when he left Austria for the Belgian club Sint-Truiden. After he played eight seasons in Belgian First Division Riedl enjoyed a brief spell at FC Metz in France. He coached Austria for eight games in 1990 and 1991, including a failed bid to qualify for the 1992 European Championship. His last coaching role was with Indonesia national football team. Riedl was recorded as managing the Indonesian national team in three different periods, namely 2010-2011, 2013-2014, and 2016-2017. During his time in charge of the Indonesian national team, Riedl had recorded the best achievement when he brought the Red and White team to finish as runner-up in the 2010 AFF Cup. Riedl has coached: Austria, Liechtenstein,Palestine,Vietnam and Laos.


Cause of death: unknown

Gene Budig

Gene Budig, 81

(Born: May 25, 1939 – Died: September 8, 2020)


was a American academic and baseball executive, Chancellor of the University of Kansas (1980–1994), President of West Virginia University (1977–1981) and the last president of the American League (AL) (1994–1999). Gene Budig, the self-effacing educator and baseball fan from small-town Nebraska who became the head of three major universities and the last president of the American League, died at the age of 81. His death was announced by the commissioner’s office and the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league team he co-owned. No cause was given. He had been in hospice. Budig succeeded Bobby Brown as AL president in 1994 and augmented his staff with Larry Doby, the first Black player in the AL. Budig held the job until baseball owners abolished league presidents under a reorganization urged by Selig in 2000. In 2007, when Budig moved to South Carolina, he became a part-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, a Yankees affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League. By then, Budig and Steinbrenner were on much friendlier terms. Active in the Air National Guard, Budig retired at the rank of Major General in 1992.


Cause of death: unknown

Sir Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, 85

(Born: 9 November 1934 – Died: 8 September 2020)



was a South African-born British author, playwright and screenwriter (The Pianist, The Dresser, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Oscar winner (2003). Sir Ronald Harwood, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright, has died at the age of 85. He died at his home in Sussex, his family said. Sir Ronald was regarded as one of Britain’s great post-war dramatists who, at 46, achieved a breakthrough success in 1980 with The Dresser, which lifts the curtain with nostalgia, pathos and wit on the wartime antics of a barnstorming old touring actor and his faithful attendant and which ranks as one of the finest plays about British theatre. He later enjoyed an Indian summer of international recognition, beginning with his screenplay for The Pianist (2002), Roman Polanski’s harrowing portrait of life in the Warsaw Ghetto as experienced by the Jewish-Polish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman, which won him an Oscar (Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay) at 68. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). Harwood was born Ronald Horwitz in Cape Town, South Africa. Harwood moved from Cape Town to London in 1951 to pursue a career in the theatre. He changed his surname from Horwitz to Harwood after an English master told him it was too foreign and too Jewish for a stage actor. He wrote his first novel, All the Same Shadows, inspired by the Sharpeville massacre, in three weeks – and it was published in 1961 by Jonathan Cape. Subsequent novels included Articles of Faith (1973), The Genoa Ferry (1976) and César and Augusta (1978).



Cause of death: natural causes

  September 9, 2020

Jakob Oetama

Jakob Oetama, 88

(Born: 27 September 1931 – Died: 9 September 2020)


was an Indonesian journalist and media tycoon, the co-founder and owner of Kompas Gramedia Group. Jakob Oetama, cofounder of the country’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia, passed away at the age of 88. A Kompas Gramedia spokesperson said Jakob died at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Jakob was born in Magelang, Central Java. After completing his studies at Mertoyudan Minor Seminary, he graduated from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, and taught high school for a while. At the time of Kompas launch, Oetama managed to recruit the best journalists, picking them from various ethnic backgrounds to promote the country’s cultural, social and religious pluralism, without giving in to the interests of any one political group. He founded Kompas Gramedia, one of the country’s largest media and publishing companies, in 1965 with his colleague P.K. Ojong, who died in 1980. Over the years, Kompas has become Indonesia’s most important and influential newspaper. GlobeAsia estimated the net worth of Oetama and his wife Lilik Oetama at US$1.65 billion in 2018, making them the 21st richest Indonesians.


Cause of death: multiple organ failures

George Bizos

George Bizos, 92

(Born: 15 November 1927 – Died: 9 September 2020)


was a Greek human rights lawyer who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa. George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela has died at the age of 92. A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s. “The friendship between Bizos and Mandela spanned more than seven decades and was legendary,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a nonprofit organisation, said in a statement. George Bizos played a pivotal role in South Africa's democracy, and is one of the founding fathers of the coutry's Constitution. George Bizos, fled the Nazi occupation of his native Greece at age 13 to become one of South Africa’s most prominent human rights lawyers, championing Black people who were denied those rights and devising a three-word phrase that may have shielded his client and friend Nelson Mandela from execution. During the 1950s and 1960s, Bizos was counsel to a wide range of well-known people including Trevor Huddleston of Sophiatown. Bizos was married to Arethe Daflos, known as "Rita", who died sometime before his 90th birthday in November 2017.


Cause of death: natural causes

Ronald Bell

Ronald Bell, 68

(Born: November 1, 1951 – Died: September 9, 2020)


also known as Khalis Bayyan, was ansaxophonist, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and co-founding member of ''Kool & the Gang''. Ronald Bell, one of the founder members of 1970s and 1980s pop group Kool & the Gang, has died at the age of 68. Bell co-founded Kool & The Gang in New Jersey in 1964 and wrote some of the group's best-known songs, including party staple “Celebration”, “Cherish”, “Jungle Boogie” and "Summer Madness". A self-taught saxophonist and singer, he founded the group in New Jersey with Robert and five schoolfriends - Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West. The band were one of the biggest of the 1970s and won the album of the year Grammy in 1978 for their work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. He was a self-taught musician, and his distinctive sound is on the group's horn lines, bass, synthesizer and vocals. They are also one of the most sampled artists of all time, particularly for the track Jungle Boogie. The music legend was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.


Cause of death: unknown

Alan Minter

Alan Minter, 69

(Born: 17 August 1951 – Died: 9 September 2020)


was a British boxer, Olympic bronze medallist (1972) and undisputed world middleweight champion (1980). The former world middleweight champion Alan Minter has died aged 69, the British Boxing Board of Control has announced. Minter won Olympic bronze at Munich in 1972 and went on to capture the British and European middleweight titles before he was granted his opportunity to fight on the world stage. He experienced tragedy during his career, when Italian Angelo Jacopucci died as a result of injuries sustained in their European title fight in 1978. Minter twice won the European title on the road and would find himself coming to terms with the tragic death of one of his opponents. He claimed the WBC and WBA titles with a split decision win over Vito Antuofermo in March 1980 in Las Vegas but Minter’s reign lasted a matter of months as he was beaten by the great Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena. He had his last fight in 1981. Prior to the fight Minter was quoted as saying he “did not intend to lose his title to a black man,” although he later claimed he actually said the words “that black man”. He left boxing with a record of 39 wins, 9 losses and 1 no contest, with 23 wins by knockout.


Cause of death: cancer

  September 10, 2020

Vadivel Balaji

Vadivel Balaji, 45

(Born: 17 February 1975 – Died: 10 September 2020)


was an Indian Tamil television comedian, mimicry artist and actor. Comedy actor Vadivel Balaji, who was recently admitted to a private hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, died in Chennai at the age of 45. The actor is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter. Balaji, who was on ventilator support, was later shifted to a government hospital as his family couldn't manage finances. The comedian was paralysed after having the heart attack and had been under treatment for the past 15 days. The late comedian was also a part of various Tamil films and known for imitating popular comedian Vadivelu. He was last playing a crucial role in Nayanthara's hit film Kolamaavu Kokila. He was born in Maurai and made his debut in the industry through a film called En Raasavin Manasile, that released in 1991. He received the nickname Vadivel after gaining fame among audience for imitating popular Tamil comedian Vadivelu's voice in television programmes.


Cause of death: cardiac arrest

Gienek Loska

Gienek Loska, 45

(Born: 8 January 1975 – Died: 10 September 2020)


was a Belarusian-born Polish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Gienek Loska, the Belarus-born musician who won the first edition of the X Factor in Poland has died. The winner of the “X Factor” program was 45 years old. From May 2018, the musician was in a coma after a cerebral hemorrhage. Loska suffered a severe stroke while visiting a 70-year-old sick mother in Belarus. He was supposed to return to Poland much earlier, but decided to extend his stay. The incident happened the day before his return. As we read on the Foundation’s website, from suffering a stroke to the day of her death, Loska was “under the care of doctors, rehabilitators and masseurs, and above all his immediate family, with his mother and his fiancée Agnieszka at the helm”. For many years, Gienek was the vocalist of the legendary band Seven B in blues-rock circles, having three albums – “Rocktales”, “Make up Your Mind” and “Acoustic” – and touring all over Europe in the past. In 2009 he was invited to make a record with Alek Mrozek, a known Polish composer. In 2011, the artist won the first edition of the “X-Factor” program. In 2010 he took part in “Got Talent”. He was also awarded many times in the annual plebiscites organized by the prestigious Polish trade magazine “Twój Blues” in the vocalist of the year category. He was also known to the public due to his repeated performances on streets of bigger Polish cities.


Cause of death: complications from a stroke

Dame Diana Rigg

Dame Diana Rigg, 82

(Born: 20 July 1938 – Died: 10 September 2020)


was an English actress,Tony winner (1994). Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82. Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said she died of cancer, after being diagnosed in March. "She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession," she added. Dame Diana also played the only woman who became Mrs James Bond. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. Having started her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana shot to fame in the 60s for her role in The Avengers where she played secret agent Emma Peel.The iconic actress also became a Dame in the 1994 Birthday Honour for her contribution to drama.The actress was more recently known for her recurring role as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones. Jonathan Kent, who directed Rigg in a production of Medea said that her 'combination of force of personality, beauty, courage and sheer emotional power, made her a great classical actress - one of an astonishing generation of British stage performers'. Dame Diana was married to the Israeli painter Menachem Gueffen from 1973 to 1976, and was later married to Archibald Stirling, a theatrical producer and former officer in the Scots Guards. She had a daughter by Stirling, the actress Rachael Stirling who shot to fame in Tipping the Velvet.


Cause of death: cancer

Pamela L. Reeves

Pamela L. Reeves, 66

(Born: July 21, 1954 – Died: September 10, 2020)


was the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (since 2019). U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves, who rose from humble beginnings in Southwest Virginia to become the first woman president of the Tennessee Bar Association and then Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, died after a two-year battle with cancer. Reeves is survived by her husband, Charles, and her children, Reedy and Amanda. Her illness was diagnosed in December 2018, but she had continued her judicial duties almost without interruption. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1976, from the University of Tennessee. She received a Juris Doctor in 1979, from the George C. Taylor College of Law at the University of Tennessee. During her lifetime, she also served as the first female chair of the Knox County Election Commission, and the first female president of the American Association of Mediators. She became chief district judge in April 2019, just months after she was first diagnosed with cancer.


Cause of death: cancer

Gerald (Yaakov) Blidstein

Gerald (Yaakov) Blidstein, 82

(Born: 1938 – Died: September 10, 2020)


was a Professor Emeritus at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, where he served as Hubert Professor of Jewish Law and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was the Israel Prize laureate in Law (2006) and has been a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences since 2007. He received his B.A. in 1960 from Yeshiva University; his M.A. in 1961 from Columbia University, in English and Comparative Literature (Honors); and his PhD in 1968 from Yeshiva University, in Rabbinics. He published seven scholarly books and over 200 articles. Prof. Yehudah Mirsky, in a tweet announcing Prof. Blidstein's passing, describes him as "One of the greatest Jewish scholars of our time. His work on Talmud, law, ethics, philosophy in all periods is as erudite as it is profound." Professor Emeritus Gerald (Yaakov) Blidstein died at the age of 82.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 11, 2020

Christian Poncelet

Christian Poncelet, 92

(Born: 24 March 1928 – Died: 11 September 2020)


was a conservative French politician, President of the Senate (1998–2008). Christian Poncelet, Gaullist and former president of the Senate between 1998 and 2008, died at the age of 92, the mayor of Remiremont, Jean Hingray announced: “Like many Romarimontains and Vosgiens, I am imbued with immense sadness on learning of the death of President Poncelet”, indicated the mayor of this commune of the Vosges, of which the former second figure of the State was himself mayor from 1983 to 2001. Born in the Ardennes, Christian Poncelet entered politics in 1962 by being elected deputy of the Vosges, mandate that he finds in 1967, 1968 and 1973. He is elected in 1962 general councilor of the same department before taking the presidency of the council for nearly 40 years. He was first elected to the Senate in September 1977, and he was re-elected in September 1986, September 1995, and September 2004, representing Vosges. Christian Poncelet, who readily described himself as "a convinced European and a faithful Gaullist", served as Secretary of State in three governments, that of Pierre Messmer, that of Jacques Chirac (1974-1976) and that of Raymond Barre (1976) -1977), followed by the Budget then Relations with Parliament after Social Affairs and the Civil Servic. Father of two children, he held the presidency of the Senate for ten years with the aim of modernizing this old institution. A tireless advocate of bicameralism, he was stung when in 1998 the then Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, called the Senate "an anomaly among democracies". "A convinced European and a loyal Gaullist" In 2000, Poncelet was awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.


Cause of death: natural causes

Tony Opatha

Tony Opatha, 73

(Born: August 5, 1947 – Died: 11 September 2020)


was a former Sri Lankan ODI cricketer, coach and manager. Tony Opatha, who represented Sri Lanka in five ODIs and masterminded the rebel tour to South Africa, has died at the age of 73, family sources said. Tony Opatha, who is a right-arm medium pace bowler, was educated at St. Peter’s College, Colombo and joined the Royal Ceylon Volunteer Air Force in 1968. He first played for Sri Lanka in 1971 and was a member of the Sri Lankan teams playing in the World Cups in England in 1975 and 1979. He later played club cricket in Ireland for one season in 1979 and was offered the post coach of the Holland team. His cricketing career ended in 1982 when he joined the banned tour of South Africa. As player/manager of the rebel tour to South Africa in 1982-83 in defiance of the sporting ban against the apartheid state, he and the other tourists received a lifetime ban from international cricket. In September 2018, he was one of 49 former Sri Lankan cricketers felicitated by Sri Lanka Cricket, to honour them for their services before Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).


Cause of death: unknown


Agnivesh, 80

(Born: 21 September 1939 – Died: 11 September 2020)


was an Indian politician and social activist. Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh and former Haryana MLA dies after suffering multiple organ failure. The social activist was admitted to Delhi's ILBS hospital and had been on the ventilator support due to multiple organ failure. Agnivesh founded a political party, Arya Sabha, that was based on the principles of the Arya Samaj in 1970. He was also an advocate for the dialogue between religions. He was involved in various areas of social activism including campaigns against female foeticide and the emancipation of women. He was known for his efforts against bonded labour through his foundation Bandhua Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labor Liberation Front). Agnivesh was elected to the Haryana Assembly in 1977 and was made the education minister in 1979. In 2008, he addressed a large gathering at the Anti-Terrorism Global Peace Conference, at Ramlila Grounds, organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and several Islamic organisations, where he stated, "It is wrong to attribute the wrongdoings of a few individuals to the whole community." He had also spoken out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2019 for his remarks against the Kerala government over Sabarimala temple row. Swami Agnivesh also led several initiatives to foster peace and interfaith harmony in Kashmir at the height of militancy, his website notes. In 2010, he was tasked by the Congress government to open a dialogue with the Maoist leadership.


Cause of death: liver disease

Sonny Allen

Sonny Allen, 84

(Born: March 8, 1936 – Died: September 11, 2020)


was an American college basketball coach (Old Dominion Monarchs, Nevada Wolf Pack, Sacramento Monarchs). Sonny Allen, who won Old Dominion University's first national championship, built the foundation for ODU's successful Division I basketball debut and integrated Virginia college basketball, passed away peacefully this morning in Reno, Nevada. He was the head coach at Old Dominion University from 1965 to 1975, leading the Monarchs to six NCAA College/Div II Tourneys, winning in 1975, finishing runner-up in 1971 and finishing fourth in 1976. The coaches who knew Sonny Allen best voted him as NABC College Division II National Coach of the Year in 1975 when his Running' Monarchs won the NCAA national Division II basketball championship by defeating New Orleans University, 76-74. The Associated Press also voted him as the 1975 Small College Coach of the Year. That year, the Monarchs won 25 games, including the last 15 straight. Sonny is the only person to have coached high school, college freshmen, NCAA Division I, and II, WBL, CBA, NBA and WNBA teams. Sonny was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. After coaching at SMU, Sonny became head coach at the University of Nevada where he was also inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. After several years away from coaching, Allen became an assistant for Don Nelson with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He also spent one year, the team’s inaugural 1998 season, as an assistant for Nancy Lieberman with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock.


Cause of death: Parkinson's disease

Nadhim Shaker

Nadhim Shaker, 61

(Born: 18 December 1958 – Died: 11 September 2020)


was an Iraqi football player and former coach of the national team. A medical source announced the death of the former football star and coach Nadhim Shaker, due to complications from Coronavirus in a hospital in Erbil. Nadhim Shaker was one of the most talented defenders in Iraqi football history. He began his playing career at Al-Amal in 1976 before moving to Al-Tayaran (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya) the following year and played for the club until he retired in 1988. He played for the Iraqi national team from 1978 till 1986. The defender represented Iraq at the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico playing against Paraguay, Belgium and the hosts. On 8 December 2018, Shaker became the new coach for Erbil. He led the team in 17 games, winning 5. He ended up leaving the team on 27 April 2019. 


Cause of death: COVID-19

  September 12, 2020

John Fahey

John Fahey, 75

(Born: 10 January 1945 – Died: 12 September 2020)


was an Australian politician, Premier of New South Wales (1992–1995), Minister for Finance (1996–2001) and member of parliament (1996–2001). Former NSW premier John Fahey, who bravely took on a gunman trying to attack Prince Charles and who played a key role in Sydney's bid for the 2000 Olympics has died at the age of 75. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the news, saying: "His contribution to the state and nation will leave a lasting legacy. Mr Fahey served as Liberal premier from 1992 to 1995 and later as finance minister in the Howard Government. He dedicated almost two decades of his life in service to NSW and Australia. Mr Fahey drew fame for his enthusiastic leap in the air when Sydney secured the 2000 Olympic Games and for thwarting an attack on Prince Charles when a university student fired blanks from a starting pistol during an Australia Day ceremony at Sydney’s Darling Harbour in 1994. Fahey became director of the Bradman Foundation when he left politics in 2001. Fahey also served as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and later became chancellor of the Australian Catholic University. Fahey was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2002 for service to the Australian and New South Wales Parliaments. Pope Francis made him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2019. In 2016, Fahey was also awarded the Esprit du Chevalier Medal by his alma mater Chevalier College, that institution's highest public honour.


Cause of death: leukemia

Sir Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran, 88

(Born: 4 October 1931 – Died: 12 September 2020)


was an English designer, restaurateur, retailer, and writer. Sir Terence Conran, the British designer who revolutionised retail and decor, has died peacefully today at his Barton Court home aged 88. Best known as the founder of Habitat, he brought modern style and simplicity to UK homes in the 1960s and later helped found the Design Museum. "He was a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain," said a family statement. The hugely successful Habitat chain eventually formed the nucleus of a retailing empire which included Mothercare, Heals, Richards Shops and British Home Stores. He founded the retail giant Habitat and opened more than 50 restaurants in remarkable 65-year career.He also credited himself with 'revolutionising the sex life of Europe' after bringing the Continental Quilt - now better know as the duvet - to the UK. He also founded The Design Museum in London, which was hailed as "one of his proudest moments". He wrote over 50 books that broadly reflect his design philosophy. Conran was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1983 New Year Honours and Companion of Honour (CH) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to design. In 2007, he received an honorary degree from London South Bank University and, in August 2012, an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Architecture, honoris causa) from the University of Pretoria for his contributions to interior design.


Cause of death: natural causes

Joaquín Carbonell

Joaquín Carbonell, 73

(Born: August 12, 1947 - Died: September 12, 2020)


The Aragonese singer-songwriter and poet Joaquin Carbonell, died from coronavirus after being admitted to the ICU of the hospital center 47 days. Throughout his long artistic career, Carbonell received numerous recognitions, among them the Medal of Cultural Merit that the Government of Aragon awarded him in 2019 for “his continuous commitment to his land and heritage.” He toured all the capitals of Spain and he went on to record more than 150 songs on 15 discs, in addition to editing several novels, poems, three biographies and some essays. At present he was a member of the group Los Tres Norteamericanos, with Gran Bob and David Giménez, and on December 2, 2019 he celebrated his 50 years in music at the Principal Theater of Zaragoza, with a concert, an event that led to a book-ceded with his songs and evocative texts. A few months ago he had started the writing of his memoirs and had the intention of making a documentary about the San Pablo de Teruel school, where he studied and the Aragonese popular song and an endless number of cultural initiatives emerged. For the mayor of the Aragonese capital, Carbonell was a cultural reference that "carried the name of Teruel throughout Spain, throughout the world."


Cause of death: COVID-19

Annette Jahns

Annette Jahns, 62

(Born: 24 June 1958 – Died: 11 September 2020)


was a German operatic mezzo-soprano and contralto, and opera director (Semperoper, Dresden). Annette Jahns died from a long illness in Dresden at age 62 Annette studied at at the age of 62. Musikhochschule Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden from 1975 to 1981. From 1982 to 1986 she had further training at the opera studio at the State Opera House Dresden, where her Master`s study was under Judith Beckmann; Ute Niss and Theo Adam. She has made guest appearances as an opera, concert and soloist singer in Germany, throughout Europe and to Japan. Since 2000 she has been a Member of the Saxon Academy of Arts. She sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 2002, made her debut at the Salzburg Faestival in 2002, her debut at Milan’s La Scala in 2003, and in 2005 her debut at Teatre de Chatelet Paris in The Ring of the Nibelungen from Bob Wilson under Christoph Eschenbach. She appeared there, in addition to classical contralto and mezzo-soprano roles, in world premieres, such as Sarah Chatterton in Thomas Chatterton. She worked as secretary of the performing arts and film class at the Sächsische Akademie der Künste from 2005 to 2008.


Cause of death: died from a long illness

Edna Wright

Edna Wright, 76

(Born: 1944 - Died: 12 September 2020)


American R&B singer Edna Wright, best known as the lead singer of The Honey Cone, the girl group that went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 with the song "Want Ads" in 1971, has died at the age of 76. Wright's sister, singer Darlene Love, confirmed the news of her passing with a statement posted on social media. Edna was the lead singer of the Honey Cone, a smash pop girl group of the early 70s. Their hits “Want Ads,” “Stick Up,” and “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” are classics, played over and over on oldies stations and classic R&B. Wright was also a backup singer for Ray Charles and The Righteous Brothers. Wright performed for a time under the moniker Sandy Wynns. She was a native of Los Angele and was involved in the music business before her association with Honey Cone. Wright’s first group was known as The Blossoms. The bio says that both Love and Wright began by singing gospel music with the Church of God in Christ Singers but later switched completely to “secular” RnB. Wright formed Honey Cone in 1969 alongside Shellie Clark and Carolyn Wills. Clark was formerly a backup singer with Ike & Tina Turner. In 1988, Wright sang back-up vocals on U2’s single “Desire.”


Cause of death: unknown

Mark Newman

Mark Newman, 71

(Born: 1949– Died: September 12, 2020)


was an American baseball coach (Old Dominion Monarchs) and executive (New York Yankees). Mark Newman, a key front-office figure in the Yankees’ 1996-2000 dynasty, died at the age of 71. A person familiar with the situation said Newman died in his sleep. Fans best remember Newman for playing a role in constructing the dynasty-era Yankees of the 1990s. He joined the organization in 1989 as a player-development professional, before climbing the ranks to senior vice president of baseball operations. During Newman's first decade with the Yankees, the team's farm system produced the core of its Joe Torre-era dynasty that won four world championships in five seasons: Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, and others Newman was also the Southern Illinois pitching coach from 1972-80, taking the job at age 22, and Old Dominion's head coach from 1981-89. Newman retired at the end of the 2014 season, as the expiration of his contract approached, after several years in which the Yankees struggled to produce prospects. “You can’t reflect on the championships and postseason appearances during Mark’s time without recognizing how much he meant to the organization,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement.


Cause of death: unknown

Navid Afkari

Navid Afkari, 27

(Born: 1993 – Died: September 12, 2020)


was an Iranian wrestler who was tortured and sentenced to death by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for an alleged murder that occurred during the 2018 Iranian protests. Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari has been executed in Iran, according to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA, despite a high-profile international campaign calling for the sentence not to be carried out. The execution was confirmed by an Iranian judiciary official and a family lawyer who were cited in Iranian and international news outlets. Afkari was charged with killing a man described as an intelligence officer during August 2018 anti-government protests in the city of Shiraz. He was tried by both Iran’s ideologically hardline Revolutionary Court and an ordinary criminal court in proceedings described as grossly unfair and obscure, with limited defence access to counsel and little transparency. U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted: "We join the world in outrage at the Iranian regime's death sentence for Navid Afkari, who was tortured into giving a false confession after participating in peaceful protests in 2018. The regime also tortured his two brothers and sentenced them to decades in prison. Let them go!"


Cause of death: execution by hanging

  September 13, 2020

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, 74

(Born: 6 June 1946 – Died: 13 September 2020)


was a Indian politician, Minister of Rural Development (2008–2009) and member of parliament (1996–2014). Former Union minister and Veteran Bihar politician Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who had resigned from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) days ago, died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi after he was put on a ventilator. He was 74. Singh had been undergoing treatment at AIIMS, Delhi for more than a week after testing positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in June. Singh was first elected as an MLA in 1977 on a Sanyukt Socialist Party ticket. He also served as a minister in the late Karpoori Thakur ministry. A five-term MLA, Singh was also chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council in 1994-95. He first entered Parliament in 1996. A four-time MP, Singh was always held in high esteem. He was among the few RJD leaders to never promote his family in politics. When Lalu lost from Madhepura, for the first time, in the 1999 Parliamentary elections, it was Singh who was appointed the RJD leader in the LoK Sabha — he was a stringent critic of the Vajpayee government. His political decline began in 2014 when he lost to convict-turned-politician Rama Singh from the Vaishali parliamentary seat. Singh lost again in 2019. Singh was a Professor and Ph.D. in mathematics and an expert in rural and agricultural landscape in India.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Bernard Debré

Bernard Debré, 75

(Born: 30 September 1944 – Died: 13 September 2020)


was a French urologist and politician. Former Minister for Co-operation and Deputy Bernard Debré died at the age of 75. A trained urologist, he was the brother of Jean-Louis Debré, former President of the National Assembly and of the Constitutional Council, and of Michel Debré, drafter of the Constitution of the Fifth Republic. Great physician, Bernard Debré was a member of an important political family of the Fifth Republic: he is the son of Michel, who was the first Prime Minister of General de Gaulle, and the twin brother of Jean-Louis, also a former minister and ex -President UMP (now LR) of the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council. Bernard Debré attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school. Bernard Debré was from 1986 deputy for Indre-et-Loire, a department of which he was general counsel (RPR, now UMP then LR) from 1992 to 1994. He was also Minister of Cooperation in the government of Edouard Balladur (1994-1995), mayor of Amboise from 1992 to 2001 and deputy for Paris. Bernard Debré was also a big name in medicine. Surgeon, university professor, he was head of the urology department at Cochin hospital where President François Mitterrand was treated in particular.


Cause of death: cancer

Ajit Das

Ajit Das, 71

(Born:1949 - Died:13 September 2020)


was a Indian actor. Veteran Odia film actor Ajit Das died at a private hospital, family sources said. He was admitted to the Covid-19 hospital on September 1. A product of National School of Drama, Das acted in more than 60 Odia films and produced several others. He was also a former head of the department of drama at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. Born in 1949, Das made his foray into Odia film industry in 1976 with ‘Sindura Bindu’ as a villain. He became a household name in the state after popular films such as ‘Hakim Babu’ and Tundabaida’ were released in the 1980s. He played the lead roles in these movies. His other films included ‘Maa’ (1992), ‘Nandini I Love You’ (2008) and ‘Kebe Tame Naha Kebe Mu Nahi’ (2012). His last film, ‘Ishq Puni Thare’, was released in September 2018. With his death, there is an end of an era in Odia film industry." Union minister Pratap Sarangi said, "I am saddened by the demise of Ajit Das. His absence will create a big loss to the Odia film industry." State Congress president and others also mourned the death of the veteran actor.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  September 14, 2020

Sei Ashina

Sei Ashina, 36

(Born: November 22, 1983 – Died: September 14, 2020)


was a Japanese actress. Sei Ashina was found dead at her Tokyo apartment by family, her agency said. The Metropolitan Police Department of the Japanese capital believes that Ashina committed suicide. According to investigative and other sources, a relative visited Ashina’s apartment and found her hanging by the neck. She was declared dead at the site. No will has been found, and the actress was not believed to have been dealing with any personal issues. The relative visited the apartment after being unable to contact Ashina. Ashina played the female lead in the internationally produced film Silk, which premiered in Japan in 2008.The 36-year-old Ashina, who began her career as a fashion model, starred in numerous movies and TV series including the NHK period drama "Yae no Sakura" (Yae's Sakura) and the police drama "Aibo" (Partner). She also performed in dramas such as a "taiga" yearlong drama by public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp., and the "Bloody Monday" series, and "Theseus no Fune," all works by commercial broadcasters.


Cause of death: suicide by hanging

Sadek Bachchu

Sadek Bachchu, 66

(Born: 1 January 1955 – Died: 14 September 2020)


was a Bangladeshi actor. Veteran actor Sadek Bachchu diedat a hospital in Dhaka at the age of 65. He was Covid-19 positive. The information was confirmed by his wife Shahana and assistant director Masud Rana. Sadek Bachchu had been away from acting for quite some times. His career in acting stretches over five decades in the theatre, radio, television, and cinema. He won lots of appreciation for playing the villain in the film "Chadni." Since then he started to play the role of villains more often on the screen. Television producer Abdullah Yusuf Imam noticed him in a play at Mohila Samity and took him to BTV. He then acted in the TV drama "Prothom Ongikar" in 1974. He has acted in over a thousand plays since then. His first movie was "Ramer Sumoti," directed by Shahidul Amin. He rose to fame by playing villains in movies. Bacchu bagged the National Film Award for playing the “best villainous role” in “Ekti Cinemar Golpo” in 2018.


Cause of death: COVID-19

François Debré

François Debré, 78

(Born: 3 April 1942 – Died: 14 September 2020)


was a French writer and journalist. The journalist died just hours after his brother Bernard Debre, former minister and former deputy. Journalist and former major reporter Francois Debre, one of the four sons of former Prime Minister Michel Debre, died at the age of 78, just a few hours after his death. brother Bernard Debre, aformer minister and former deputy, we learned from his daughter, the writer Constance Debre. He died at his home in Montlouis-sur-Loire, near Tours, from cancer. Debré was regarded as one of the most talented reporters of his generation. In the early 1970s, he worked numerous reports for TF1, Antenne 2, and France Régions 3 in Chad, Ivory Coast, Uganda, and Pakistan. François Debré is notably winner of the Albert Londres prize for his book Cambodia, the forest revolution (1977). He is the author of numerous books, including The Book of the Lost, which won him the Paul-Flat Prize of the Académie française in 1980 and a place in the selection of Goncourt in 1981. He was once sentenced to two months suspended for his involvement in Jacques Chirac's scheme to raise money for his presidential run while serving as Mayor of Paris.


Cause of death: cancer

Ralph Gants

Ralph Gants, 66

(Born: 1954 – Died: September 14, 2020)


was an American attorney and jurist. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants has died at the age of 66, his fellow judges on the court announced, less than a week after Gants said he planned to resume duties after he was hospitalized due to a recent heart attack. Gants was appointed to the state's highest appellate court in January 2009 and became its 37th chief justice in July 2014 when he was sworn in by then Gov. Deval Patrick, according to his biography on the state's website. Gants was born in New Rochelle, New York, in 1954. He graduated from Harvard College in 1976 and Harvard Law School in 1980, where he was note editor of the Harvard Law Review. His career took him to the FBI, where he served as a special Assistant to former Director William Webster, and the U.S. Department of Justice - he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts and chief of the Public Corruption Unit. On 2014, he was nominated by Governor Patrick to replace Roderick L. Ireland as Chief Justice after his retirement; he was confirmed by the Governor's Council and was sworn in on July 28, 2014.


Cause of death: heart attack

Al Kasha

Al Kasha, 83

(Born: January 22, 1937 – Died: September 14, 2020)


was an American songwriter ("Operation Heartbreak", "The Morning After". "We May Never Love Like This Again"), Oscar winner (1973, 1975). Oscar winning and Tony nominated composer and songwriter Al Kasha has died in Los Angeles at the age of 83. He was hired as a producer at Columbia Records aged 22 and went on to work at the Brill Building in 1959 alongside writers and artists such as Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Neil Diamond. “The Morning After,” from 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure,” is still remembered as one of the more indelible movie themes of all time, either despite or because of the fact that it appeared within the body of the film, being sung on the cruise ship before New Year’s Eve calamity struck. A version of the song covered by Maureen McGovern reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kasha's later work included two musicals, The Real Love and Loving The Silent Tears, that he conceived and created with Vietnamese poet Supreme Master Ching Hai.


Cause of death: unknown

  September 15, 2020

Momčilo Krajišnik

Momčilo Krajišnik, 75

(Born: 20 January 1945 – Died: 15 September 2020)


was a Bosnian Serb political leader and convicted war criminal, Member of the Presidency (1996–1998) and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republica Srpska (1991–1996). Bosnian Serb politician Momcilo Krajisnik, who was jailed by the Hague Tribunal for his involvement in crimes against humanity against non-Serb civilians during the Bosnian war, died as a result of complications caused by COVID-19. He was connected to a respirator due to coronavirus infection and bilateral pneumonia. Krajisnik was convicted to a 27-year-sentence in 2006 for crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, persecution, deportation, and forced transfer. He was acquitted of the charges of murder as a war crime, genocide, and complicity in genocide. The charges of murder and extermination were dropped in 2009 and the sentence was reduced to 20 years. He was a close aide to Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was convicted by the Hague tribunal for genocide. “Momcilo Krajisnik is one of the biggest criminals in the history of Europe,” said Zeljko Komsic, another member of Bosnia’s presidency. “He will be remembered as one of the signatories of a genocidal policy.” Many Serbs consider Krajisnik and other Bosnian Serb wartime officials as heroes despite the UN war crimes convictions against them. Upon his release, Krajisnik received a hero's welcome from thousands of Serbs upon returning to the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Peter Starkie, 72

(Born: 1948 - Died:15 September 2020)


was an Australian rock guitarist (Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons). Original Skyhooks guitarist Peter Starkie has died at the age of 72. A tragic accident on Sunday led to his death. The news was confirmed by the Melbourne band on their Facebook page. Living in England was a game changer for Peter. They were exciting times with the emergence of the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Peter started guitar lessons and when we returned to Melbourne He was ahead of the game. At Glen Waverley he hooked up with the talented Dave Flett and started a band. “The Kingbees”Starkie co-founded the Melbourne rock band in 1973 alongside Steve Hill, Peter Ingliss, Greg Macainsh and Freddie Strauks, and performed at numerous early gigs. Later that year, he was replaced by brother Bob “Bongo” Starkie. The band soared to lofty height from the mid-70s when Bob Starkie, Red Symons and frontman Graeme "Shirley" Strachan and in 2011, the Skyhooks album Living in the 70s was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry. Peter became the guitar player for Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons for one year in 1975. The Falcons released their debut album ‘Don’t Waste It’ in 1977.


Cause of death: complications from a fall

Moussa Traoré

Moussa Traoré, 83

(Born: 25 September 1936 – Died: 15 September 2020)


was a Malian military officer, politician, and dictator (President 1968–1991). Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, from 1968 until he was ousted in a coup in 1991, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore. He did not give details on the cause of death. Born in Kayes Region, Traoré studied at Kita and at the military academy in Fréjus, France. He returned to Mali in 1960, after its 1959 independence. He became second lieutenant in 1961, and lieutenant in 1963. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained independence from France, and amid growing discontent with then-president Modibo Keita, the country’s first president. His 22 years at the helm of the West African country were marked by the arrests of opponents, quashed demonstrations, suspicious deaths such as that of former president Keita in detention, and accusations he embezzled international aid money. After the coup d’etat of March 26, 1991, Mr Traore was imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1993. Alpha Oumar Konare, who was president from 1992 to 2002, commuted Mr Traore’s sentence to life imprisonment and finally pardoned him in 2002. In the last five years, Mr Traore became a mediator within Mali. Most recently he was visited by Col Assimi Goita, who is heading the junta.


Cause of death: unknown

Pat Smullen

Pat Smullen, 43

(Born: 22 May 1977 – Died: 15 September 2020)


was an Irish jockey. Nine-Time Irish champion jockey and multiple Classic-winning rider Pat Smullen has died at the age of 43. Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. Throughout his illness, Smullen raised awareness and substantial sums of money for charitable causes - including over €2.5million on Irish Champions Weekend last year, when Sir Anthony McCoy rode the winner of the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at the Curragh. Nine-times champion jockey in Ireland, Smullen forged a lengthy and prolific association with Dermot Weld. He rode his final winner in March 2018 at Dundalk before news of his diagnosis emerged. Among their greatest triumphs was the Derby at Epsom in 2016 with Harzand. The pair went on to secure the Irish Derby and cement the legacy of a rider who enjoyed his first victory at Dundalk on June 11, 1993. HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh said: "Pat Smullen was one of Irish racing's brightest stars, a nine-time champion, but his achievements in the saddle pale in comparison to his qualities out of it. An inspiration to us all, his legacy is large."


Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

  September 16, 2020

Alien Huang

Alien Huang, 36

(Born: 28 November 1983 – Died: 16 September 2020)


also known as Xiao Gui - Little Ghost, was a Taiwanese singer, actor, television presenter, illustrator and fashion designer. Taiwanese television host, singer and actor Alien Huang has died at the age of 36, according to Taiwanese media. Huang, who was famous for co-hosting the long-running variety programme 100% Entertainment with singer Show Lo, was found dead at his homeon Wednesday (September 16). According to Taiwan's Apple Daily, Huang returned home at about 10pm on Tuesday. There was no one at home at that time. He was found lying half-dressed in the hallway near the bathroom by his father, who was looking for him to have lunch together. There were some external injuries on Huang's head and some blood stains on the floor. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found Huang on the floor, evidently having been dead for some time. Officers found no drugs or alcohol containers at the scene, nor did they see any signs of fighting or intrusion by other parties. Preliminary investigations show that he died after slipping near the bathroom. Huang, who had dated singer Rainie Yang in the past, was recently romantically linked to Taiwanese cheerleader Wu Han-chun. He was formerly part of the Japanese-Taiwanese boy band HC3 in 2002 and Taiwanese boy band Cosmo in 2003. Both groups have disbanded. Huang is known for hosting a number of variety shows, such as "100% Entertainment" with Show Luo and "Mr. Player" with Jacky Wu. He was also an actor, singer and fashion designer of Alien Evolution Studio, a clothing brand he founded in 2008. In 2015 he was nominated for a Golden Bell Award and in recent years began co-hosting other programs such as "Mr. Player." He had also published three illustrated books.


Cause of death: head injury due to slipping and falling

Ahmed Ben Salah

Ahmed Ben Salah, 94

(Born:13 January 1926 – Died: 16 September 2020)


was a Tunisian politician and trades union leader. Trade unionist and former minister Ahmed Ben Salah passed away at the age of 94, after a long fight with the disease. the Tunisian General Labour Union announced. The politician and trade unionist was admitted to the military hospital after feeling unwell. Minister under the chairmanship of Habib Bourguiba, Mr. Ben Salah oversaw the project of the system of production cooperatives of the 1960s. A political figure, he was also secretary general of the UGTT union center. He undertook his secondary education at the prestigious Sadiki College in Tunis, completing his schooling in France during the 1940s. Ben Salah returned to Tunisia in 1948 and embarked on a career in the trades union movement, joining the General Labour Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail / UGTT) in 1948. His power and influence peaked between 1957 and 1969 when he was able to implement his ideas for a planned economy, holding simultaneously several key ministerial posts.


Cause of death: unknown

Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch, 74

(Born: December 14, 1945 – Died: September 16, 2020)


was an American music critic, novelist, poet and biographer. Impassioned jazz and culture critic Stanley Crouch has died at the Calvary Hospital in New York at the age of 74, following longtime health issues. Throughout his long and storied career, the New York-based writer and critic maintained a lofty, and at times controversial, presence in the jazz world. Stanley Crouch's culture pieces have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, Vogue, Downbeat, The New Yorker, and more. He has served as artistic consultant for jazz programming at Lincoln Center since 1987, and is a founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In June 2006 his first major collection of jazz criticism, Considering Genius: Jazz Writings, was published. Next year the first volume of his long-awaited biography of Charlie Parker will appear. His first collection, Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989, is a classic of American letters, with disquisitions on diverse topics like Jesse Jackson, filmmaker Ousmane Sembene and painter Bob Thompson, before wrapping up with a panoramic diary of the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. As a writer for the Voice from 1980 to 1988, he was known for his blunt criticisms of his targets and tendency to excoriate their participants. In 1987 he became an artistic consultant for the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, joined by Marsalis, who later became artistic director, in 1991.The passionate writer was an influential and divisive figure in the jazz world.


Cause of death: unknown


Saefullah, 56

(Born: 11 February 1964 – Died: 16 September 2020)


was an Indonesian Indonesian politician, Mayor of Central Jakarta (2010–2014) and Regional Secretary of the Jakarta Province (since 2014). The Jakarta provincial government has lost a long-serving official after Saefullah, regional secretary of the Jakarta administration, passed away at the age of 56. He previously undergoing intensive care due to COVID-19. After graduating from teachers' school in 1982, Saefullah began teaching as a semi-permanent honorary teacher until 1984 when he became a formal civil servant, as an elementary teacher in Manggarai, Central Jakarta. He was promoted to head of the education office in West Jakarta in 2003. By 2004, he was head for middle school education for the whole of Jakarta, and was further promoted to head of the youth and sports office for Jakarta in 2009. Saefullah had served as the Jakarta secretary since July 2014. Prior to taking the position in City Hall, he was the mayor of Central Jakarta for the 2010-2014 term. Born in Jakarta on February 11, 1964, Saefullah began to serve as Jakarta Administration Secretary on July 11, 2014. As the City Administration secretary, he worked under the leadership of four Jakarta Governors starting from Joko Widodo to Basuki Tjahaya Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat to Anies Baswedan.


Cause of death: COVID-19

William Henry Danforth

William Henry Danforth, 94

(Born: 10 April 1926 – Died:16 September 2020)


was a physician, professor of medicine, and academic administrator. Former Washington University chancellor, William H. Danforth, died at the age of 94, according to a spokesperson for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He was the founding chairman of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Danforth was chancellor from 1971 until 1995. He was known by students as “Chan Dan.” He was born in St. Louis in 1926 and was the son of a business executive and the grandson of the founder of the world-famous Ralston Purina Company. Achieving nobility required a lot of money. Danforth obliged by establishing 70 new faculty chairs and increasing the university’s endowment to nearly $2 billion, the seventh-largest in the nation. Danforth, who began his career as a cardiologist, led the university’s metamorphosis from a local college to one of the top 25 universities in the nation. When he graduated from Country Day School in 1944, World War II was still raging. He entered a military training program at Westminster College in Fulton, where his service duties were minimal and he was able to take a premedical course. When the war ended, he transferred to Princeton, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1947, then entered Harvard University Medical School. In 2006 the main "Hilltop" Campus of the University was named the Danforth Campus in recognition of the Danforth family's contributions to the University. In 2013, Danforth received The St. Louis Award.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 17, 2020

Luboš Perek

Luboš Perek, 101

(Born: July 26, 1919 – Died: September 17, 2020)


Luboš Perek was a prominent Czech astronomer, former Secretary General of the International Astronomical Union and also a former director of the Astronomical Institute of the ASCR and chairman of the Czech Astronomical Society. Luboš Perek has died at the age of 101. The largest telescope in the Czech Republic is named after the scientist, as is the asteroid 2900 Luboš Perek. Perek graduated from Masaryk University, Brno, in 1946, earned his PhD in Astronomy from Charles University, Prague, in 1956, and earned his DSc in Astronomy in 1961. He has published 44 papers on stellar dynamics and planetary nebulae and 80 papers and articles on the geostationary orbit, definition of outer space, space debris, protection of space environment. The world-renowned astronomer Perek contributed to the development of astronomy in post-war Czechoslovakia, examining the distribution and laws of star systems.


Cause of death: natural causes

Jimoh Aliu

Jimoh Aliu, 80

(Born: November 11, 1939 – Died: September 17, 2020)


also known as Aworo, was a Nigerian dramatist, sculptor, film writer, playwright and director. Veteran actor, Jimoh Aliu aka Aworo, has passed away after a brief illness at the age of 86, at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital. The death of the Nollywood veteran was announced by actress Foluke Daramola-Salako an Instagram post. Aliu was producing the first of his five-movies project, Olowo Ite, before his demise. The movies were expected to feature top Nollywood actors. Born in Okemesi-Ekiti, the deceased began acting in 1959 after joining Akin Ogungbe Theatre Group and left in 1966 to form his own troupe, Jimoh Aliu Concert Party, in Ikare, Ondo State. He later joined the Nigerian Army in 1967 but retired in 1975 with the aim of focusing on drama as well as promoting independent artists under the platform of Jimoh Aliu cultural group. He had produced and featured in various Yoruba movies, the most popular being ‘Yanpan Yarin’ and ‘Fopomoyo’. He was a former President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners (ANTP). After years on the airwaves, he was honoured with a National Merit Award of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in December 2005.


Cause of death: unknown

Harvey Hodder

Harvey Hodder, 77

(Born: January ,1943 – Died: 17 September 2020)


was a Canadian politician. A former Speaker of the House of Assembly has died at the age of 77. Hodder was born in 1943 in Creston South on the Burin Peninsula. He served as the Progressive Conservative MHA for the district of Waterford Valley (later renamed Mount Pearl North), from 1993 to 2007, and was Speaker of the House from 2003-2007. Hodder is a graduate of MUN and also served on the municipal council for Mount Pearl and was elected mayor four times. Hodder served twelve years on the St. John's Metropolitan Area Board.. Hodder was the Progressive Conservative Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for the riding of Waterford Valley (later renamed Mount Pearl North) from 1993 to 2007. Hodder was also notable for his sharp criticism of the lax spending controls at the legislature, particularly after a 2006 spending scandal that claimed casualties in all three parties. "A very sad day indeed," Education Minister Tom Osborne said in the legislature Thursday. "He did serve his district well. He was a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, and I know [was] fiercely proud of the city of Mount Pearl." Hodder was an outspoken voice during what became known as the legislative spending scandal, in which a handful of politicians for three parties were found to have overcharged their accounts. Hodder testified at the trial of former Liberal cabinet minister Jim Walsh about the walls he encountered after becoming Speaker in 2003, when the Tories regained government.


Cause of death: cancer

Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind, 72

(Born: January 11, 1948 – Died: September 17, 2020)


was an American writer. Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series and ''The Law of Nines'', has died at the age of 72. The Sword of Truth series sold 25 million copies worldwide and was translated into more than 20 languages. Additionally, it was adapted into a television series called ''Legend of the Seeker''. Born in 1948, Omaha, Nebraska. Goodkind first established a career as a woodworker and artist, before eventually writing his first novel, Wizard’s First Rule, in 1994. Despite having dyslexia, he published his first novel, Wizard’s First Rule, in 1994. Over the next three decades, Goodkind wrote more than 30 bestselling books that sold over 26 million copies. Goodkind’s career was not without controversy. His work was often criticized for its depictions of women. He also fueled backlash after lambasting the cover of one of his own books because it featured an image of a female character. In 2012, Goodkind attracted international media attention when he outed a man who he said pirated a copy of his book The First Confessor and distributed it online. As news of Goodkind’s death spread, many of his fellow writers as well as his fans, took to Twitter to mourn a man who is being celebrated as one of the greats of fantasy literature. Goodkind believed that using the fantasy genre allowed him to better tell his stories and better convey the human themes and emotions he desired to share with readers.


Cause of death: unknown


Reg Harrison, 97

(Born: 22 May 1923 – Died: 17 September 2020)


was an English professional football player (Derby County, Boston United) and manager. Derby legend who was oldest living FA Cup winner passes away surrounded by family at the age of 97. The former winger was the oldest living FA Cup winner, lifting the trophy in 1946.The former winger lifted the trophy with Derby County back in 1946 following their 4-1 victory against Charlton at Wembley in the first FA Cup final since the second World War. Derby said in a statement: "The condolences of everyone at the Derby County Football Club go out to the family and friends of Reg Harrison at this difficult time." Harrison spent 11 years with Derby between 1944 and 1955, scoring 59 goals in 281 appearances for a club he had joined at the age of 16.During the war, he also guested for Sheffield United, Notts County, Charlton Athletic and Hartlepools United, now known simply as Hartlepool United. He then decided to end his playing career with a two-year spell at Boston United before joining Derbyshire outfit Long Eaton United in 1957. He served with the Royal Engineers in Northumberland during World War II after switching from being a joiner to try his hand at painting and decorating. He left Derby to play for Boston United. He joined Long Eaton United as a player in 1957, becoming player-manager in February 1958, remaining in that position until May 1962. He later also managed Wilmorton & Alvaston and Alfreton Town. Harrison worked in youth services following his retirement from the game and his achievements were recognised when was awarded the Freedom of the City in November 2018.


Cause of death: natural causes

Joe Ruklick

Joe Ruklick, 82

(Born: August 3, 1938 – Died: September 17, 2020)


was an American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (Philadelphia Warriors). Former Northwestern basketball star Joe Ruklick died of natural causes at 82, a university spokesman said. The 6'9", 220 lb, center-forward is an alumnus of Princeton High School and Northwestern University. Ruklick, a Princeton, Ill., native, averaged 19.9 points and 13.2 rebounds in three seasons at Northwestern — including 23 and 13 in 1958-59. The Warriors selected Ruklick in the second round (ninth overall) of the 1959 draft, and he played sparingly in three seasons. Rucklick played for the Wildcats from 1956-59 and was an All-American as a senior. The 6-foot-10 center said he was better known as a “walking footnote.” He was proud to have taken part in one of the NBA’s most iconic moments — assisting on Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain’s 99th and 100th points in a record-setting game for the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962, against the New York Knicks. After his NBA career, Ruklick worked in investment banking. He received a graduate degree from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism at the age of 50 and worked at newspapers including The Chicago Defender.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 18, 2020

Marcel Trillat

Marcel Trillat, 80

(Born: 4 April 1940 – Died: 18 September 2020)


was a French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Journalist and CGT activist Marcel Trillat, who worked at the ORTF, Antenne 2 then France 2, died at the age of 80, announced his colleague and friend Jean-François Téaldi. “He was a great man, a great journalist, a great humanist”, he declared, very moved by the disappearance of the one he calls his “brother”. Public service figure, Marcel Trillat started his career in 1965 at the ORTF, working for the iconic magazine “Cinq Columns à la Une” before being dismissed because of his participation in the 1968 strike, said Jean-François Téaldi. He directed many documentaries about the living conditions of workers, women and immigrants in France. He also did documentaries about French government's response to the Algerian War and the Gulf War and religious cults and public hospitals At the end of the 1970s, he co-hosted the free radio station “Lorraine coeur d ‘steel” in Longwy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), financed by the CGT to support union struggles in the steel industry. He joined Antenne 2 in 1981 and became its deputy news director eight years later. “He was a figure, a voice, a singular feather of the information of France Televisions”, reacted on Twitter Laurent Guimier, director of information of France Televisions.


Cause of death: natural causes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87

(Born: March 15, 1933 – Died: September 18, 2020)


American jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 1993). Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died at the age of 87. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Diagnosed with cancer four times, Ginsburg had had numerous health scares, including several recent hospitalizations. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” A sharp-tongued moderate liberal, Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 and had repeatedly vowed to stay on as long as her health permitted, even when some liberals pressured her to step down at age 81 during the Obama administration so a Democratic president could be guaranteed to appoint her successor. By the time she donned her black robe for the first time in 1980, appointed to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter, the Supreme Court agreed with her that all laws that discriminate on the basis of sex must be viewed with great skepticism. Her first major opinion as a justice came in 1996 when she wrote the majority decision in United States v. Virginia. The ruling struck down the Virginia Military Institute’s 157-year-old policy of male-only admissions as unconstitutional, and set a stricter legal standard for government action that treats men and women differently.In 2002, Ginsburg was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Ginsburg was named one of 100 Most Powerful Women (2009), one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year 2012, and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people (2015). She was awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by Willamette University (2009), Princeton University (2010), and Harvard University (2011).


Cause of death: complications from pancreatic cancer

John Turner

John Turner, 91

(Born: June 7, 1929 – Died: September 18, 2020)


was a Canadian politician and lawyer, Prime Minister (1984) and Minister of Finance (1972–1975). John Turner, Canada's 17th prime minister who spent decades in federal politics as a cabinet minister and Liberal Party leader during some of the most turbulent moments in modern Canadian history, has died at 91. Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of Turner's relatives as a family friend, says Turner died peacefully in his sleep at home in Toronto. Longtime cabinet minister slowly ascended to Liberal Party leadership, led Canada for 79 days in 1984 — the second-shortest time in office of any prime minister. Smart, athletic and blessed with movie-star good looks, Turner was dubbed "Canada's Kennedy" when he first arrived in Ottawa in the 1960s. But he failed to live up to the great expectations of his early career, governing for just 79 days after a difficult, decades-long climb to the top job. During his political career, Turner held several prominent Cabinet posts, including Minister of Justice and Minister of Finance, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1968 to 1975. Turner was Canada's first Prime Minister born in the United Kingdom since Mackenzie Bowell in 1896. He was a Rhodes scholar, an accomplished athlete — he was headed to the Olympics until sidelined by injured — a lawyer who had studied at Oxford and the Sorbonne, a Bay Street insider who turned on big business. His political career spanned 31 years.


Cause of death: natural causes

Robert W. Gore, 83

(Born: April 15, 1937 – Died: September 18, 2020)


was an American engineer and scientist, inventor and businessman. Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex who turned the Delaware-based W. L. Gore & Associates into a billion-dollar company, died Thursday at the age of 83. Robert W. Gore, 83, who developed Gore-Tex as a lightweight, waterproof, breathable fabric and built one of the region’s largest private companies to sell the material worldwide for use in clothing, medicine, and industry. Gore, who went by "Bob," is best known for his 1969 discovery of a versatile polymer, the first breathable waterproof fabric. He introduced the world to the Gore-Tex technology in 1976. Gore was president of the Newark-based company from 1976 to 2000. Gore was born in Utah, the oldest of five children to Bill and Vieve Gore, who both founded the company in 1958. Bill Gore had previously joined DuPont’s workforce and ultimately came to Delaware. Bob Gore earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota. He succeeded his father as the company’s president and CEO in 1976. Gore and his family contributed funds for buildings and engineering laboratories at the University of Delaware. In recognition of his work in developing Gore-Tex, Robert Gore was inducted into the American National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. Gore also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2001.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 19, 2020

Lee Kerslake

Lee Kerslake, 73

(Born: 16 April 1947 – Died: 19 September 2020)


was an English musician and drummer. Lee Kerslake, who drummed for Ozzy Osbourne, died at age 73 following a protracted battle with prostate cancer. In December 2018, Kerslake revealed that he was battling prostate cancer, saying that "the doctor gave me about eight months to live". In addition to playing with the Black Sabbath frontman, Kerslake was an early drummer with the progressive hard rock group Uriah Heep and was featured on multiple classic albums. Kerslake served as drummer on both of Osbourne’s revered albums with guitarist Randy Rhoads, 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman; Kerslake died one day shy of the 40th anniversary of Blizzard of Ozz. Ozzy Osbourne wrote on Facebook alongside a black-and-white image of the pair: "It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP" Lee was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England and began playing drums at the age of 11. He went on to join progressive rock band Uriah Heep in 1971 and remained with them through to 1979, with Lee also appearing on David Byron's and Ken Hensley's solo albums. Kerslake’s stint with Osbourne ended in 1981 when he left to take care of his sick mother. He then rejoined Uriah Heep in 1982 to record their comeback album “Abominog,” and remained with the group until 2007. In 1998, Kerslake and Daisley filed a lawsuit against Osbourne and his wife Sharon, claiming that they were not given adequate royalties or songwriting credit for their work on “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.”


Cause of death: prostate cancer

Darvin Moon

Darvin Moon, 56

(Born: October 1, 1963 – Died: September 19, 2020)


was an American self-employed logger and amateur poker player. Darvin Moon, who finished second in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, died at the age of 56. The WSOP (World Series of Poker) confirmed Moon’s death on Twitter. “You inspired so many people and starred in one of the most memorable final tables in WSOP history,” the WSOP tweeted. “We will never forget.” Moon who was the runner-up of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) US$10,000 no-limit Texas hold'em Main Event. It was his first time playing in the World Series of Poker. Moon, who taught himself how to play poker, ran a small logging company in the Maryland Panhandle before earning a 2009 World Series seat by winning a $130 satellite tournament. Anderson told PokerNews that Moon had surgery about a week before his death. The surgery had seemingly gone well, with Moon telling Anderson just two days ago that he was feeling great and ready to get back to his logging work. Instead of using the millions he'd won to fire big games or live lavishly, Moon invested into his logging business. Moon famously left a six-figure sponsorship on the table before his November Nine appearance, saying he couldn't endorse something he didn't believe in — he'd never played online before and reportedly didn't own a computer. "He was a man of deep principle," said Anderson, who described his friend as "100% authentic."


Cause of death: complications from surgery

Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes, 79

(Born: February 2, 1941 – Died: September 19, 2020)


was an American baseball executive and scout (Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees). Gary Hughes, a legendary figure in Bay Area baseball circles and one of the most renowned scouts in the game’s history, has died at age of 79. Hughes was a scout, personnel director and trusted adviser for several teams, including the Giants, in a career that spanned more than a half-century. He got into scouting after coaching baseball at Marin Catholic High School. He served as the baseball coach at Marin Catholic High School from 1964 through 1972. He then became a part-time scout, working in Northern California for the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and New York Mets, before he was hired on a full-time basis by the New York Yankees. Hughes served as an evaluator for 54 seasons and was known in local circles as one of Jim Hendry’s most trusted assistants with the Cubs from 2002 to 2011. Hughes was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2009 and loved to look out for his brethren. “Gary Hughes was the quintessential baseball man,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He coached at various levels. He scouted. He developed players. And he helped put together major league rosters.” Hughes had lived for years in the scenic coastal city of Santa Cruz.


Cause of death: liver cancer

  September 20, 2020

Meron Benvenisti

Meron Benvenisti, 86

(Born: April 21, 1934 – Died: September 20, 2020)


was an Israeli political scientist who was Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem under Teddy Kollek from 1971 to 1978. The historian, political scientist, politician and intellectual Meron Benvenisti, who published columns on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Haaretz for some 20 years, argued that the Jewish settlement enterprise in the West Bank was “irreversible” and supported a binational state, died at the age of 86. He has published books and maps on the Crusaders period in the Holy Land. He later obtained a Harvard doctorate in conflict management. In 1984 he founded the West Bank Database Project, documenting social, economic, and political developments in the West Bank. Since 1992 he devotes his time to teaching as visiting lecturer (Ben-Gurion University 1994–1998, Johns Hopkins SAIS Washington DC 1982–2009), research and writing on Jerusalem. Between 1991 and 2009 he wrote a column for Haaretz, Israel's leading left-liberal newspaper. He holds a doctorate from Harvard's Kennedy School. He was a critic of Israel's policies towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and was an advocate of the idea of a binational state. In 2004, he warned that plans to build a separation wall were actually plans for "bantustans" that would effectively imprison millions of Palestinians and exacerbate the conflict, rather than resolve it as many hoped.


Cause of death: natural causes

Robert Graetz

Robert Graetz, 92

(Born: May 16, 1928 – Died: September 20, 2020)


was a American clergyman and civil rights activist. The Rev. Robert Graetz, whose support of the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott made him a target of segregationists and sparked a career dedicated to social justice, died at the age of 92, his daughter Meta Ellis said. Graetz, who had Parkinson's disease, died at his home in Montgomery. Graetz had been in hospice care. Graetz, who ministered to the majority-Black Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Montgomery, Alabama, helped organize the early stages of the boycott and helped drive people to and from work. Graetz was the only white clergyman to support the boycott, and like other participants in the boycott, the reverend and his family persisted in the face of harassment, terrorism, and death threats that extended to their preschool children. Graetz's support of the movement included appearing at meetings led by Martin Luther King Jr. The bomb was meant to kill Rev. Robert Graetz and his family of five. The carload of KKK boys from Selma who tossed it into the Graetz’s front yard that night in 1958, and then sped away, had every intention of killing all inside. The second, smaller bomb went off. The first never did. And Rev. Graetz and his family suffered only a horrific scare and several shattered windows. Graetz and his wife, Jeannie, about 10 years ago, were running the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Studies at Alabama State University. They might appear to be an odd choice for such a role — an older white couple in charge of a Civil Rights and African American studies center.


Cause of death: Parkinson's disease

Knut Kloster

Knut Kloster, 91

(Born: 2 April 1929 – Died: 20 September 2020)


was a Norwegian shipping magnate. Knut Kloster, a legend in the cruise industry and who co-founded Norwegian Cruise Line has died at the age of 91. The cruise industry has lost one of its greats. Kloster helped found Norwegian and changed the face of modern cruising forever. He co-founded Norwegian Cruise Line (then named Norwegian Caribbean Line) in 1966 along with Carnival Cruise Line founder Ted Arison. Kolster was born in Oslo, Norway in 1929 and he joined his family business named Kloster Redri in 1959. He was a ship engineer with a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The business was founded by his father Lauritz Kloster in 1924. Thanks to his partnership with Arison he launched a cruise line which has since become the third-largest in the world. By 1966, he’d introduced the world to MS Sunward, a revolutionary concept which combined the best of both worlds where ferry boats and passenger ships were combined. Featuring sleeping quarters for 500 passengers, a nightclub and a theater. In 1983 development began ion the ultimate cruise ship! It was the World City Phoenix that was to be a mind-blowing 250,000 gross tons, just unprecedented in those days. The innovative cruise ship was to have a passenger capacity of 5,200, 1,850 crew members, and 2,600 cabins. Kloster has been involved in many projects over the years including the founding of Norwegian Cruise Line’s current private island of Great Stirrup Caye in the Bahamas.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 21, 2020

Michael Lonsdale

Michael Lonsdale, 89

(Born: 24 May 1931 – Died: 21 September 2020)


was a British-French actor who appeared in over 180 films and television shows. Anglo-French actor Michael Lonsdale known for his roles in the James Bond franchise, (played the villain opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in the 1979 film Moonraker) as well as The Name of the Rose, has died at the age of 89 at his home in Paris, with his agent Olivier Loiseau confirming the news to AFP. At the time of its release, Moonraker became the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, holding that prestigious title until Goldeneye in 1995. Lonsdale, who was bilingual, chalked up more than 200 roles in both languages over a six-decade career that also included numerous television and radio performances. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 historical drama Munich, alongside future James Bond star Daniel Craig, and in 1998’s action thriller Ronin. Arguably the highlight of his career came when he played a Trappist monk in "Of Gods and Men" in 2010. He starred in a large number of European films, earning acclaim in 2010 for his performance in Of Gods and Men, which earned him the César Award for Best Supporting Actor. Lonsdale was also the author of ten books. Born in Paris in 1931, Lonsdale moved around a lot in the early years of his life, first to the island of Guernsey, then to London and later to Morocco during the Second World War.He later returned to live in Paris, making his stage debut aged 24. He made his film debut in 1956.


Cause of death: natural causes

Bob Nevin

Bob Nevin, 82

(Born: March 18, 1938 – Died: September 21, 2020)


was a Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers). Bob Nevin, a fan favorite who won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New York Rangers, has died at the age of 82.The NHL said he died, but did not give a cause. Nevin, from South Porcupine, Ontario, part of Timmins, the six-foot, 190 pounder, came to the Maple Leafs via the Toronto Marlboros, where he played four seasons and helped the team to a Memorial Cup title in 1956. He played his first full NHL season in 1960-61, scoring 21 goals as a rookie and finishing runner-up to teammate Dave Keon in the Calder Trophy voting - “He was great at holding the other team’s defence and great with the puck,” Nevin helped the Maple Leafs win Stanley Cup titles in 1962 and 1963 before being dealt to the Rangers in a blockbuster trade. He served as captain of the Rangers from 1965-71. Nevin also played for the Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings, and the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers. Nevin ended his playing days in Los Angeles, Minnesota and with the WHA Edmonton Oilers. He was a Kings’ assistant coach under Pulford in 1976-77. He retired following thirteen games with the Oilers after breaking his collarbone. Nevin played 1128 career NHL games, recording 307 goals and 419 assists for 726 points.


Cause of death: unknown

Roy Head

Roy Head, 79

(Born: January 9, 1941 – Died: September 21, 2020)


Roy Head, singer who took Houston sound up the charts in 1965, has died at the age of 79. Head was active in recording and performing music for more than 60 years. The R&B singer with his roots in Gulf Coast soul broke through nationally with 'Treat Her Right,' a song that was kept out of the No. 1 spot on the charts by The Beatles. The song became a golden oldie, circulating for more than a half century, even becoming a crucial part of Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” More difficult to verify is Head’s claim that he once was dragged away by bodyguards after biting Elvis Presley on the ankle. Though it’s easy to imagine that happening. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, who covered “Treat Her Right” on a recent solo album described Head as “a contortionist and an acrobat and a volatile-y voiced singer.” Head was born in Three Rivers, Texas, and achieved fame as a member of a musical group from San Marcos, known as The Traits. After the 1967 disbanding of the Roy Head Trio consisting of Head, Gibson, Kurtz and guitarist David "Hawk" Koon, Head started pursuing his solo career. Head is a member of the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame, the Texas Country and Western Music Hall of Fame and the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame.


Cause of death: heart attack

Ron Cobb

Ron Cobb, 83

(Born: September 21, 1937 – Died: September 21, 2020)


was an American-Australian cartoonist, artist, writer, film designer, and film director. Ron Cobb, The cartoonist who was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to direct a film that led to 'E.T.' and worked on 'Conan the Barbarian' and 'The Last Starfighter'', has died at the age of 83. Cobb died on his birthday, of Lewy body dementia in Sydney, according to his wife,Robin Love. Cartoonist turned production designer Ron Cobb, best known for coming up the initial design of DeLorean time travel machine from “Back to the Future”. Cobb was born in 1937 in Los Angeles, California and began his career in the 1950s as a breakdown artist on Sleeping Beauty. Following serving in the Vietnam War, he helped design the spaceship for Dark Star and also worked on the production design for ''The Last Starfighter'','' Star Wars: A New Hope'', ''Alien'', ''Leviathan'', ''True Lies'', ''Back to the Future'', ''The Abyss'', ''Close Encounters of the Third Kind'', ''Firefly'' and more. Cobb’s designs help defined production design for some of the most iconic films of the 1970s and 80s. In 1972, Cobb moved to Sydney, Australia, where his work appeared in alternative magazines such as ''The Digger''. Cobb is survived by his wife and son.


Cause of death: Lewy body dementia

Jackie Stallone

Jackie Stallone, 98

(Born: November 29, 1921 – Died: September 21, 2020)


was an American astrologer, dancer, and a promoter of women's wrestling. Jackie Stallone, the mother of Hollywood actor Sylvester and one of Celebrity Big Brother's most memorable contestants, has died aged 98. The larger-than-life character, who was known as an astrologer and wrestling promoter, "died in her sleep as she wished," said her youngest son, Frank. Born Jacqueline Labofish on November 29, 1921 in Washington D.C., she claimed to have started her entertainment career as an aerialist with the Flying Wallendas act in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus. Stallone was the first woman to have a daily TV show on exercise and weight lifting in Washington, D.C., and later opened a gym for women, Barbella's. She was a key promoter and manager with "GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" for five years, starting in 1986. However, she will be best remembered by many for appearing on the third series of the Channel 4 reality series in 2005 alongside former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, who was married to Sylvester between 1985 and 1987, and with whom she had a fraught relationship. Older son Sylvester is a well-known actor, most notably for his Rocky film franchise, while Frank is a renowned singer-songwriter and guitarist.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 22, 2020

Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek, 57

(Born: 1962 – Died: 22 September 2020)


was a Soviet-born American political analyst, journalist and filmmaker. Andre Vltchek, a Russian-born American journalist, was found dead in his car in Istanbul. Police are treating the circumstances around his death as “suspicious.” The 57-year-old journalist was traveling with his wife Rossie Indira and two drivers who took them from the northern province of Samsun. Upon arriving at their hotel in Istanbul, Indira tried to tried to wake Vltchek who she presumed to be asleep, but he was unresponsive. Medical teams called to the scene declared him to be dead. Vltchek was born in Leningrad but later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has lived in the US, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam, Samoa and Indonesia. He has covered armed conflicts in Peru, Kashmir, Mexico, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Congo, India, South Africa, East Timor, Indonesia, Turkey and the Middle East. He has traveled to more than 140 countries, and has written articles for Der Spiegel, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, The Guardian, ABC News and the Czech Republic daily Lidové noviny. Since 2004, Vltchek has served as a Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute. He appeared on television and radio shows including those broadcast by France 24,RT, and the Voice of Russia.


Cause of death: unknown

Ashalata Wabgaonkar

Ashalata Wabgaonkar, 79

(Born: 2 July 1941 – Died: 22 September 2020)


commonly known as Ashalata, was an Indian actress. Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonklar, who has also worked in popular Hindi films including ''Shaukeena'' and ''Namak Halal'', died at a private hospital in Satara, Maharashtra, days after having tested positive for Covid-19. She was 79. Ashalata Wabgaonka had worked in popular flicks like Karamyudh, Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan, Sapnon Ki Chhayon Mein, Apne Paraye, Shaukeen and many more. She ventured into the industry after playing roles in Konkani and Marathi language. After her musical play Matsyagandha her career took off and she managed to star in more tha 100 films. She initially started her Acting career by playing in various Marathi and Konkani dramas. 'Matsyagandha' is the first Marathi play, in which Ashalata first exhibited her acting skills. The skit was a musical drama, and her talent was well recognized after that. She went on to do several dramas. She received training in classical music and is a fine Marathi Natyasangeet singer. “Gard Sabhowati”, a book authored by Ashalata Wabgaonkar, depicts the memories and journey of the author in the film industry.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Bob Atkins

Bob Atkins, 74

(Born: April 2, 1946 – Died: September 22, 2020)


was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals) and coach. Former NFL defensive back Bob Atkins has died at the age of 74, Mark Berman of FOX 26 reports. When he was three years old, his parents, U.S. Navy Sailor Robert and Mary Brown Atkins, relocated their family from California to Georgia in 1949. At Luther J. Price High School, he was an exceptional player in three sports, baseball, basketball, and football. After graduating in 1964, Atkins attended Grambling State University, in Grambling, Louisiana. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Atkins in the second round of the 1968 draft out of Grambling. He played two years with the Cardinals before they traded him to the Houston Oilers. Atkins played seven years in Houston. He appeared in 114 games, starting 49, and made 19 career interceptions. Atkins retired after the 1976 season. He went on to become an assistant football coach and head women’s basketball coach at Prairie View A&M in 1984. He resigned from those positions in 2005 to take over as director of athletic operations. In 1983, he became Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas. He worked seven years at PULL with inner-city teens for whom he was a big brother and counselor. Atkins retired from the school in 2011.


Cause of death: unknown

Dudley Riggs

Dudley Riggs, 88

(Born: January 18, 1932 – Died: September 22, 2020)


was an improvisational comedian.The founder of Brave New Workshop, the Minneapolis troupe that blended improvisational sketch comedy and political satire, has died at the age of 88. Riggs was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and joined the circus when he was five years old. His family performed in a variety of acts with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus where he learned comedy in the vaudeville style. He worked as a circus aerialist, comedy acrobat, and clown. Riggs also kickstarted the comedic careers of Louie Anderson, “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead and former U.S. Sen. Al Franken. A stream of clever comedy writers, actors and standup artists has poured from Minnesota over the past 60 years, permeating American popular culture. And Dudley Riggs stood at the headwaters, mentoring them and allowing them a forum for presenting their gifts. Riggs sold the business in 1997 to Jenni Lilledahl and John Sweeney, who have run it since. In a statement, they said, "In a world where egos prevail, Dudley was incomparably always about ‘the work.’ Creating extraordinary work, brave work, and work that could make people think, laugh, feel, and squirm in their seats is what drove him." Brave New Workshop plans a tribute to Riggs later this year, and a service in December is planned. 


Cause of death: natural causes

Michael Gwisdek

Michael Gwisdek, 78

(Born: 14 January 1942 – Died: 22 September 2020)


was a German actor and film director. Michael Gwisdekdied at the age of 78 after a brief serious illness, as his family announced. He began his acting career in East Germany and has appeared in more than 130 films and television shows since 1968. The busy artist played in movies such as The Silent Classroom, 2018 , Scouts of Peace, 2016, Miss Sixty, 2014 and Vaterfreuden,2014. For his role in 2012 "Oh Boy" Gwisdek was awarded the German Film Prize for Best Supporting Actor. Gwisdek was seen on television in 2019, among other things, in "Traumschiff: Antigua" and in "Eichwald, MdB". In his roles he showed himself to be a comedian, melancholic and eccentric, as the Defa Foundation wrote to him. In his directorial work, he convinced “with sophisticated figure drawings”. In private life, Michael Gwisdek and the actress Corinna Harfouch were a couple for many years. His 1998 film The Big Mambo was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.The following year, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival, for his role in the film Nightshapes.


Cause of death: unknown

Bob Ingham

Bob Ingham, 88

(Born: 10 June 1931 – Died: 22 September 2020)


was a Australian poultry magnate (Inghams Enterprises), philanthropist and racehorse breeder. Sydney businessman and philanthropist Bob Ingham has died aged 88. He built the Ingham company with his brother into the largest chicken and turkey producer in the country, as well as co-founding Australia’s biggest thoroughbred horse racing and breeding operation - Bloodstock, a leading horse racing and breeding company. Their interest in racing led them to form a racing juggernaut which included Woodlands Stud, Crown Lodge racing stables at Warwick Farm and Carbine Lodge at Flemington. "Bob always had a passion for horse racing. Along with Jack they turned this passion into the largest thoroughbred racing and breeding operation in Australia at the time," the family said. Bob Ingham sold the Ingham Bloodstock operation in March 2008 to the Australian arm of the global Darley Stud, owned by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. At half a billion dollars, the sale was at the time the biggest deal recorded in the history of thoroughbred racing and breeding. In January 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the poultry industry as a pioneer in research and development and establishment of world best practice standards, and to the community through support for a broad range of charitable organisations and health care facilities". In 2004 he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. 


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 23, 2020

Zlatko Portner

Zlatko Portner, 58

(Born: 16 January 1962 – Died: 23 September 2020)


was a Yugoslav and Serbian handball player. One of the greatest handball players of the golden age of yugoslav handball died at the age of 58 in Switzerland. One of the biggest handball names of 80’s, member of famous Yugoslav handball generation and legendary “aliens” from Sabac, the home of RK Metaloplastika, began his career in small town of Hrtkovci (Serbia). He played also at RK Crvenka (1980-1982), but his best ages were between 1982 and 1992 when Portner won three Champions Cup titles with RK Metaloplastika (1985 and 1986) and FC Barcelona (1991). In 1988 he was part of the Yugoslav team which won the bronze medal.The very first match of the Olympic Games cost the Olympic and world champion, the Yugoslav handball team, the chance to defend the Olympic title. They lost to the USSR and the competition system was such that it allowed only the first two teams from two groups to compete for the gold, while the two second-placed teams played for the bronze medal. He played all six matches and scored 31 goals. Portner played also in France between 1992 and 1994, while the last part of professional career he spent in Switzerland, where he retired in 2002. He won World Championship gold medal in 1986 and Olympic bronze medal in Seoul 1988.


Cause of death: unknown

Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers, 77

(Born: May 30, 1943 – Died: September 23, 2020)


American Hall of Fame football player (Chicago Bears) and administrator (Southern Illinois, Tennessee State). NFL legend Gale Sayers, Nicknamed the "Kansas Comet," has died at the age of 77. Widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs to ever carry a football, the former Chicago Bear was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Sayers played only seven seasons from 1965-71 but has a prominent place in the history of the Bears and the NFL. Following a dazzling but injury-shortened career with the Bears, he became the youngest player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame. While Sayers' career was short, his impact on the team — and football as a whole — spans far longer than 1965-1971. He won Rookie of the Year in 1965 after scoring a record 22 touchdowns, six of them occurring in a single game. After becoming an All-Pro player in 1968 and winning the league's rushing title in 1969 following a knee injury, Sayers began the difficult task of helping his fellow teammate Brian Piccolo through his fight with cancer. Sayers retired from the NFL in 1972 as the all-time leader in kickoff return yards. Sayers worked in the athletic department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas, for three and half years, before he was named the athletic director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1976. He resigned from his position at Southern Illinois in 1981. “All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this Game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers," Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement.


Cause of death: complications from dementia

Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco, 93

(Born: 7 February 1927 – Died: 23 September 2020)


was a French actress and singer. The legendary French actor and singer Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 93, her family has said. “Juliette Gréco died this Wednesday surrounded by her family in the house she loved so much. Her life was one like no other,” her family said in a statement sent to AFP. The singer is famed for songs that include “Parlez-moi d’amour,” “Je suis comme je suis” and “Si tu t’imagines." Gréco was born on 7 February, 1927 in Montpellier on the French Mediterranean coast. When World War II began, The Gréco family became active in the Résistance and her mother was arrested at their home in 1943. In 1945, Gréco's mother and sister returned from deportation after the liberation of Ravensbrück by the Red Army. Gréco moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1945 after her mother moved to Indochina, leaving Gréco and her sister behind. Gréco became a devotee of the bohemian fashion of some intellectuals of post-war France. In 1946, they would gather at the famous cellar club, Le Tabou; Juliette Gréco at the microphone, Picasso, Orson Wells and Marlene Dietrich at the bar. Marlon Brando would give her a lift home on his bike. Gréco spent the post-Liberation years frequenting the Saint-Germain-des-Prés cafes, immersing herself in political and philosophical bohemian culture. President Emmanuel Macron offered a generous tribute to Greco, a leading cultural figure in radical chic post-war Paris, praising her "elegance" and saying that in death she took her place in the "Pantheon of French chanson." She was married three times but also had a long affair with jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 24, 2020

Jaime Blanco García

Jaime Blanco García, 76

(Born: 1 May 1944 – Died: 24 September 2020)


was a former Spanish politician and former President of Cantabria (1990–1991). He studied medicine in the University of Seville and obtained the title of doctor from the Navarra. His political career began in 1975, when he/she joined the Socialist Worker party Spanish and two years later became a member of the Federal Committee of the PSOE and was elected Deputy. In the first regional elections to the Regional Assembly of Cantabria of 1987 won the seat by the PSC-PSOE and was forced to renounce the Act of national Deputy, due to incompatibility. That same year he/she was elected Senator, on behalf of the Community country; in 1989 was re-elected Senator for the PSC-PSOE in Cantabria in the general election, and the following year, proclaimed President of the autonomous community of Cantabria to the flourishing of the motion of censure against the until then President Juan Hormaechea, which will become the fourth President of the community; He remained in office until the elections in May 1991.


Cause of death: unknown

John J. Myers

John J. Myers, 79

(Born: July 26, 1941 – Died: September 24, 2020)


was an American prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Peoria (1990–2001), Ecclesiastical Superior of Turks and Caicos (2001–2016) and Archbishop of Newark (2001–2016). Archbishop John J. Myers, who was known for taking strong and sometimes controversial stands during the 15 years that he led the Newark Archdiocese, died at the age of 79 in Ottawa at a care facility where he was residing. Myers faced criticism for his handling of a church sex scandal in Newark in the early 2000s. Myers took over as head of the Archdiocese of Newark in 2001, just as the region was dealing with the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He stayed until 2017, after he reached the church’s mandatory retirement age and submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. The large home he moved into and renovated in Pittstown, N.J. following his retirement also received scruitiny. The Archdiocese of Newark later sold the home when Myers moved back to Illinois to live closer to family. He was also known for writing in his free time, co-authoring “Space Vulture,” a science fiction book with childhood friend Gary Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit, in 2008.


Cause of death: unknown

Gerhard Weber, 79

(Born: 3 June 1941 – Died: 24 September 2020)


was a German fashion designer and entrepreneur. Gerhard Weber, the founder of German fashion retailer Gerry Weber, has died at the age of 79. Weber founded his namesake brand, then called Hatex KG, in 1973 in his hometown of Halle/Westphalia with friend and late business partner Udo Hardieck. The business initially manufactured and distributed lady’s trousers and was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1989 as Gerry Weber International AG. Since its founding, the company has established several other brands including younger label Taifun in 1986 and plus-size label Samoon in 1994. In 2011, Weber was honored by leading fashion sector outlet TextilWirtschaft for his life’s work. Companions describe Gerhard Weber as a brilliant entrepreneur who drove the company's fortunes with tireless energy and never-ending vigor. In addition to his flair for fashion, Gerhard Weber also had an unmistakable instinct for successful ideas. The signing of the then 17-year-old Stefanie Graf as a brand ambassador for GERRY WEBER in 1986 is a big coup to this day. In 1993, another decisive step followed, which was to make the GERRY WEBER brand world famous: The start of the GERRY WEBER OPEN - now NOVENTI OPEN at the new Gerry-Weber-Stadion (now OWL Arena), the largest German ATP tennis tournament. He also supported the soccer club Arminia Bielefeld from 2017.


Cause of death: natural causes

Laurie Smith Camp

Laurie Smith Camp, 66

(Born: November 28, 1953 – Died: September 24, 2020)


was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (2001–2018). Alongtime federal court judge, described as a pioneer and advocate of women's rights and the "Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Nebraska legal community," died unexpectedly and peacefully at her home overnight, Nebraska's chief district judge said. Senior District Judge Laurie Smith Camp, served on the court since her appointment by President George W. Bush in 2001. President George W. Bush appointed her to the position in 2001 and received 100 percent confirmation in the senate. She was chief judge from 2011 until she stepped back from that role in 2018. Smith Camp started her legal career as an Associate General Counsel with the First National Bank & Trust Company from 1977 to 1978. She later was in private practice from 1978 to 1980. Later in 1980, she was employed as the General Counsel for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services where she served until 1991.


Cause of death: unknown

  September 25, 2020

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, 74

(Born: 4 June 1946 – Died: 25 September 2020)


was an Indian musician, playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer. One of India's most renowned film singers, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, a Guinness world record holder for his more than 40,000 songs over 50 years, has died aged 74. Balasubrahmanyam had been on life support since August 14 for severe Covid-19 pneumonia and was being closely monitored by health workers in a critical care unit, Anuradha Baskaran, Assistant Director of Medical Services at MGM Healthcare in Chennai, southeastern India, said in a statement. A legend, Balasubrahmanyam gave his voice to thousands of songs spanning across languages and genres. Winner of six National awards. His fans had given him the title of Paadum Nila (Singing Moon). Besides singing in movies across 16 languages including Tamil, Telugu Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi, SPB also played significant roles in many films. He garnered six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in four different languages. The Government of India honoured the singer-actor with Padma Shri in 2001 Padma Bhushan in 2011. SPB was a multi-talented person. He had worked as a singer, actor, music director, dubbing artist and film producer in multiple languages. n 2012, he received the state NTR National Award for his contributions to Indian cinema.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Goran Paskaljević

Goran Paskaljević, 73

(Born: 22 April 1947 – Died: 25 September 2020)


Serbian film director Goran Paskaljevic was one of Europe's most respected independent directors. In 2001, Variety International Film Guide marked him as one of the world's top five directors of the year. He took a degree in film and TV directing from FAMU in Prague in 1972. He began his film career with the award winning short feature films Legenda o Lapotu (1972) and Potomak (1974). He made his feature film debut with ''Beach Guard in Winter'' (1976; won the Golden Arena for the best director in Pula), which together with his next film, ''The Dog Who Loved Trains'' (1977), is a melancholy comedy dealing with the topic of human loneliness. In 1979 (for ''The Days on Earth Are Flowing'') and 1980 (for ''Special Treatment''), he won several awards at domestic and international festivals. He has made 30 documentaries and 17 feature films, shown and acclaimed at the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian). His international acclaim led him to Hollywood where, in 1983, he directed Twilight time. His other importanat films include ''The Elusive Summer of '68'' (1984), ''Guardian Angel'' (1987), ''Time of Miracles'' (1989), ''Tango argentino'' (1992), ''Someone Else's America'' (1995) and ''Cabaret Balkan'' (1998). The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 2008 and the British Film Institute (London) in 2010, both presented a full retrospective of his feature films, along with the publication of a monograph in English about his work. As of 2008 he was named ''Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.'' Goran Paskaljevic died on 25 September 2020 in Paris.


Cause of death: unknown

Dick Nemelka

Dick Nemelka, 76

(Born: October 1, 1943 - Died: September 25, 2020)


was a retired American professional basketball player for the American Basketball Association (ABA). Dick Nemelka, a former BYU All-American basketball player and member of the Utah Stars ABA championship team in 1971, has died at the age of 76. Nemelka, who was an all-state standout at West High School before his All-American career at BYU, has been battling stage 4 cancer for the past several months.In his junior season at BYU, Nemelka averaged 15.4 points per game as BYU finished 21-7 and won the Western Athletic Conference championship. He was a three-time all-WAC performer for BYU from 1963-66 and helped lead the Cougars to the NIT championship under coach Stan Watts in 1966. As a junior at BYU, Nemelka averaged 24.0 points per game as BYU won the 1966 NIT. He ranks No. 10 on the BYU all-time scoring list for average points per season. Following a church mission, he came back to play for the 1970-71 Utah Stars team that defeated the Kentucky Colonels in the championship series. He also played shortstop on the varsity baseball team. Nemelka was drafted with the fourth pick in the fifth round of the 1966 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks (now based in Atlanta). However, he never played in the NBA.


Cause of death: cancer

  September 26, 2020

Denis Tillinac

Denis Tillinac, 73

(Born: 26 May 1947 – Died: 26 September 2020)


was a conservative French writer and journalist. It’s a sad irony of history - One year to the day after the death of the former President of the Republic, Denis Tillinac died at 73 following a heart attack. Denis Tillinac had notably followed the election campaigns of Jacques Chirac, a story he evoked in Spleen and Corrèze, published in 1979. Denis Tillinac had published, in 2002, Chirac the Gaul, published by La Table Ronde, which he directed for 25 years. He was also the adviser to the Francophonie to the former president. The two men were angry when Denis Tillinac had supported Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Many prizes have marked the career: ''Prix de la Table ronde française'' (1982), ''Prix Roger Nimier'' (1983), ''Prix Kléber-Haedens'' (1987), ''Prix Jacques-Chardonne'' (1990), ''Prix du roman populiste'' (1993), ''Grand prix de littérature sportive'' (1993) and Prix Paul-Léautaud (1999). He was a Catholic and wrote books about the Catholic origins of France. The journalist had also managed the publishing house La Table.


Cause of death: heart attack

Isher Judge Ahluwalia

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, 74

(Born: 1 October 1945 – Died: 26 September 2020)


was an Indian economist. Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a renowned economist who also worked extensively on issues related to urbanisation and education, passed away in the national capital after a ten-month fight with brain cancer. Ahluwalia served as the director and then the chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) for a total of 15 years and built ICRIER into a leading global think tank. Last month, she had stepped down as chairman due to her declining health. She had completed her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MA from the Delhi School of Economics, and a BA (Eco Hons) from Presidency College, Kolkata. Her research was focused on urban development, macro-economic reforms, industrial development, and social sector development issues in India. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh remembered her as "one of India's most distinguished economists". "Saddened to learn of passing away of Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia. She was one of India's most distinguished economists & we had privilege of having her as Vice-Chairman of State Planning Board in my last term. Ahluwalia was married to former deputy chairperson of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and is survived by her husband and two sons.


Cause of death: brain cancer

Leo Sugar

Leo Sugar, 91

(Born: April 6, 1929 – Died: 26, September 2020)


was an American football defensive end (Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions). Flint native Leo Sugar, a former Detroit Lion and college All-American, has died at age 91 in his adopted hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. Sugar grew up in a family of immigrants during the Great Depression. Michael and Mary Sugar, the parents of Leo, both emigrated from Poland . A talented, hard-working, modest athlete who was an All-State fullback in high school in Flint, Michigan, in 1947, Leo Sugar earned All-American honors as a defensive end at Purdue University. He ended up choosing Purdue but after one season in West Lafayette, Indiana, coach Stu Holcomb asked Sugar how he felt about switching positions and becoming a defensive end. After a hitch in the Army, he made the Chicago Cardinals roster in 1954. A starter every year except for his final season, Leo was a standout defender in the National Football League through 1962, twice earning trips to the Pro Bowl. He became an All-Big Ten Conference defensive end, was named to the All-American team, played in the annual College All-Star Game in Chicago and spent nine seasons in the NFL.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 27, 2020

Yūko Takeuchi

Yūko Takeuchi, 40

(Born: April 1, 1980 – Died: September 27, 2020)


Award-winning Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her Tokyo home at the age of 40 (apparent suicide). Police have launched an investigation and suspect the mother of two took her own life, media reports say. She is said to have been found by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward. Her death was confirmed at hospital. Takeuchi received a number of film awards and was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for best actress in a leading role three years in a row from 2004. Takeuchi, a native of Saitama Prefecture, appeared in a number of television dramas and movies, including the "Asuka" morning drama series broadcast by NHK between 1999 and 2000, and "Sanada Maru," a taiga yearlong historical drama series aired by the public broadcaster in 2016. She is also known for her role as the female Japanese Sherlock Holmes in the Hulu and HBO Asia collaboration drama "Miss Sherlock" broadcast in several countries. Although suicide has not been confirmed, it has been the cause of death for a number of Japanese talents recently, including the actress Sei Ashina and actor Haruma Miura.


Cause of death: apparent suicide

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan, 77

(Born: 10 October 1942 – Died: 27 September 2020)


was an Australian politician and public servant. Susan Ryan, a trailblazing figure for women in politics who later served as Australia's first age discrimination commissioner, has died aged 77. Ms Ryan fell ill after going for a swim and died two days later at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital. Ms Ryan served as a minister in Bob Hawke's Labor government, holding titles including special minister of state, minister for education and minister assisting the prime minister for the status of women. As a member of the Hawke government, Ryan was pivotal in passing key legislation to protect women from harassment and workplace discrimination. A prominent feminist and human rights campaigner, Ryan was pivotal in the passage of the Sex Discrimination Act and Equal Employment Opportunity and the Affirmative Action Act. She served as a senator for 12 years, was Labor’s first female cabinet minister, and later held the roles age discrimination commissioner and disability discrimination commissione Former prime minister Julia Gillard said she was shocked and saddened by the news of Ms Ryan's death, describing her as a "feminist hero and Labor giant". In 1973, Ryan graduated from ANU with a Master of Arts degree. In the same year she was appointed national executive officer of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. Ryan was also a foundation member of the Belconnen branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Women's Electoral Lobby. "Every Australian’s life has been improved by her leadership on gender equality. She blazed the trail for Labor women, including me. I honour a woman of courage and true believer," Ms Gillard tweeted. 


Cause of death: unknown

Wolfgang Clement

Wolfgang Clement, 80

(Born: 7 July 1940 – Died: 27 September 2020)


was a German politician, member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Minister for Economics and Labour (2002–2005) and Minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia (1998–2002). Former German "super minister" Wolfgang Clement, who helped push through controversial job market reforms in the early 2000s, died at the age of 80 after a serious illness. The former SPD politician, who last supported the FDP, was chairman of the network's board of trustees. It was only in the summer that it became known that Clement was suffering from lung cancer. At the end of August, he had taken part in a dinner hosted by the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) for the country's 74th birthday. He was a lawyer and journalist and among other things worked as editor-in-chief at the Hamburger Morgenpost. He joined the SPD in 1970. Clement began his political career in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the then Prime Minister Johannes Rau appointed him to his state government as State Secretary and Head of the State Chancellery in 1989. He was an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. From 1994 to 2001 Clement also was on the SPD State Executive in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), from 1996 as deputy leader. He became a member of the SPD federal executive board in 1997. In 2017, Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe appointed Clement as Special Commissioner for Germany's candidacy to become the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency. 


Cause of death: lung cancer

Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh, 82

(Born: 3 January 1938 – Died: 27 September 2020)


was an officer of the Indian Army and an Indian Cabinet Minister. Indian politician, Minister of Finance (1996, 2002–2004), Defence (2000–2001) and External Affairs (1998–2002). Jaswant Singh, former Union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet who held the crucial portfolios of external affairs, defence and finance, died after a prolonged illness at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. Hospital officials said he had been admitted on June 25 and was being treated for sepsis and multi-organ dysfunction syndrome and effects of severe head injury sustained earlier. He suffered a cardiac arrest this morning. Having joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as one of its early founding members after serving in the Indian Army. He was elected on a BJP ticket to the Rajya Sabha five times (1980, 1986, 1998, 1999, 2004) and to the Lok Sabha four times (1990, 1991, 1996, 2009). The political significance of Singh’s presence in his party shrunk long ago – he was expelled from the BJP in 2009 over a book he wrote and was denied a ticket in the 2014 general elections. Singh had a bitter falling out with his party in 2014 when he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket of his choice from Barmer in Rajasthan. He contested the 2014 general election, which was his last as an independent, but lost.


Cause of death: multiple organ failure

John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow, 67

(Born: 29 November 1952 – Died: 27 September 2020)


was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. British astrophysicist who received the 2006 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities died at the age 67, from colon cancer. Barrow earned a doctorate (1977) in astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and he taught at Oxford, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Sussex before the publication in 1983 of his first book, ''The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe'. He was professor of astronomy and Director of the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex until 1999. He is the author of 325 scientific articles in cosmology and astrophysics, and is a recipient of the Locker Prize for Astronomy and the 1999 Kelvin Medal of the Royal Glasgow Philosophical Society. In 1999 Barrow became professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Cambridge. In that year he was also appointed director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a public education program to help young people understand and appreciate mathematics and its applications. In addition to his numerous nonfiction books, Barrow wrote the critically acclaimed play Infinities (2002), which was staged at several theatres, including La Scala in Milan. In 2006 it was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Educational Achievement by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.


Cause of death: colon cancer

Yuri Orlov

Yuri Orlov, 96

(Born: 13 August 1924 – Died: 27 September 2020)


Yury Orlov, a Soviet physicist, dissident and founder of Russia’s oldest human rights organization the Moscow Helsinki Group, died at age 96. As reported by this organization, he stayed in touch with the movement in Russia almost until the last moments. From 1944 to 1946, Orlov served as an officer in the Soviet army. In 1952, he graduated from the Moscow State University and began his postgraduate studies at the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics where he later worked as a physicist. Orlov co-founded the Soviet branch of Amnesty International before founding the Moscow Helsinki Group with other dissidents in 1976. The organization got its name from its mission to monitor Soviet compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Accords, an agreement that included guarantees of basic freedoms and aimed to improve ties between the Communist bloc and the West. The group collected and published information about violations of human rights by the USSR authorities. For this kind of activity Orlov was arrested in 1977 and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and five years of exile for “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda”.


Cause of death: natural causes

  September 28, 2020

Frédéric Devreese

Frédéric Devreese, 91

(Born: 2 June 1929 – Died: 28 September 2020)


Frédéric Devreese was born in Amsterdam to a very music family. His mother played the violin, as did his father Godfried (1893–1972), who was also a well-known composer and conductor. He studied composition with Marcel Poot and conducting with René Defossez in Brussels, composition with Ildebrando Pizzetti at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1952 to 1955 and conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in 1955-56. In 1949 he won the composition prize at the international piano competition in Oostende with his first piano concerto, which as a result became the compulsory work in that competition. In 1958 he made television programmes for the then BRT (state broadcaster), where he would later become a director and producer. Devreese has won a number of prizes with his work, including the Prix Italia (1963) for his opera Willem van Saefthinghe, written for the BRT, the Georges Delerue Award (1994) for La Partie d’Echecs (1994), and the Joseph Plateau Prize (1988 and 1990) for the film music to L’Oeuvre au Noir and Het Sacrement respectively. For his recordings for Marco Polo's series Anthology of Flemish Music, he was nominated for the Cultural Ambassador of Flanders in 1996-97. Icon of Belgian film music, Frédéric Devreese died at the age of 91.


Cause of death: natural causes

Tennison Cooray

Tennison Cooray, 68

(Born: 30 April 1952 - Died: 28 September 2020)


Popular actor and film director Tennison Cooray has passed away at the age of 68. He has passed away while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital. One of Sri Lanka’s best-known comedians, Cooray was an actor in Sri Lankan cinema and stage drama in addition to being a screenplay writer, film director, and producer. He appeared in over 80 movies as an actor, besides writing and directing several. The late Tennyson Cooray made his debut in Sri Lankan Cinema with the 1986 Peralikarayo production. He began his career as a stage performer a passion play staged at Moratumulla Church directed by Rev. Theodore H Perera. Some of his best known acting credits include ''Peralikarayo'' (1986), ''Re Daniel Dawal Migel'' (1998), ''Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2'' (2000), ''Re Daniel Dawal Migel 3'' (2004) and ''Wada Bad Tarzan'' (2007). He was also a presenter and a popular stage drama actor.


Cause of death: heart attack

  September 29, 2020

Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 91

(Born: 16 June 1929 – Died: 29 September 2020)


was the Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces (since 2006) and former Prime Minister (2003–2006). The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91 after ruling the Gulf state for 14 years. Sabah has battled health issues in recent years and is widely respected for working to mediate conflict in the region. His 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, has been named by the cabinet as his successor. Al-Sabah was born on 16 June 1929. He received primary education at Al Mubarakya School in the 1930s and completed his education under tutors. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 years. He was dubbed the "dean of Arab diplomacy" for his efforts to restore relations with states that backed Iraq during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces. On Feb. 24, 1991, U.S. troops and their allies stormed into Kuwait. It ended 100 hours later. America suffered only 148 combat deaths during the whole campaign, while over 20,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed. Even before the U.S. entered Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah and others began suggesting a permanent American presence in the region might provide them protection from Iraq and others.


Cause of death: long term health issues

Mac Davis, 78

(Born: January 21, 1942 – Died: September 29, 2020)


was an Famous American country music singer - songwriter and movie star. Mac Davis, that composed such big hits as 'In The Ghetto' and also 'A Little Less Discussion' for the unforgettable Elvis Presley along with leading his own very renowned profession on stage and also screen, has died at the age of 78. Davis is believed to have actually passed away after experiencing complications that occurred from heart surgical treatment. While Davis achieved significant success composing pinch hit Elvis, he additionally became a star in his very own right when tracks such as the Grammy-nominated 'Baby Do Not Obtain Connected on Me' went to No. 1 in 1972, together with 'Stop and also Scent the Roses' and also 'Rock N Roll (I Provided You the very best Years of My Life)'. A house name in the US, he had his own TELEVISION program in the 1970s as well as a string of solo hits, consisting of the primary single Infant Do not Get Hooked On Me. He also appeared on TV programs like "Fargo as well as Murder", "She Wrote"; as well as in his later years, he made a club hit with Avicii. Born Scott Davis on 21 January, 1942, the singer-songwriter matured in Friend Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas. He began doing in regional rock bands in his teens, yet didn't achieve success till he transferred to Los Angeles as well as authorized to Nancy Sinatra's publishing company. There, he created tunes for artists consisting of Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, and Kenny Rogers. In 1968, Elvis Presley recorded Davis's structure A Little Less Conversation as well as, liking what he listened to, asked the writer to contribute a track to his return special. He made his attribute movie launching contrary Nick Nolte in the football movie, North Dallas Forty (1979) as well as was listed as one of 12 "Promising New Cast of 1979" by Screen World magazine. Davis additionally starred in the 1981 comedy film Less expensive To Keep Her. Davis also played Will certainly Rogers in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies as well as in the national scenic tour.


Cause of death: complications from heart surgery

Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy, 78

(Born: 25 October 1941 – Died: 29 September 2020)


was an Australian-American singer, actress - Grammy winner (1973) and activist. Helen Reddy, vocalist of the 70's feminist anthem "I Am Lady," has passed away at the age of 78 in Los Angeles, according to a statement on her Facebook follower page. The Australian-born singer's very first No. 1 hit ended up being a feminist anthem as well as moved her to international stardom. "I Am Female" got to No. 1 on the Billboard charts at the end of 1972 as well as gained her the Grammy Honor for ideal women pop singing efficiency. She was the first Australian-born artist to win a Grammy and the initial to make the Signboard 100 record charts. Reddy took place to appear in different TV shows as well as movies. She also starred in her very own TV program, "The Helen Reddy Show." Reddy was detected with mental deterioration in 2015. A constant visitor on talk shows as well as variety programs of the 1970s and also early 1980s - with credit scores consisting of" The Bobby Darin Program"," The Carol Burnett Program", as well as" The Muppet Show"-- Helen Reddy helmed the 1973 summer season replacement collection for" The Flip Wilson Show" (Reddy had become buddies with Flip Wilson when she 'd worked the Chicago club circuit early in her career); the series," The Helen Reddy Program", offered very early national direct exposure for Albert Brooks and the Reminder Siblings. Also in 1973, Reddy came to be the semi-regular host of the late night variety show The Twelve o'clock at night Special, a position she kept up until 1975. In the mid-1980s, Reddy started a brand-new occupation in the theater.


Cause of death: Addison’s disease and dementia

  September 30, 2020

Emyr Humphreys

Emyr Humphreys, 101

(Born: 15 April 1919 – Died: 30 September 2020)


The acclaimed as well as prolific Welsh writer, dramatist, novelist as well as poet Emyr Humphreys, described as 'one of Wales' best cultural heroes,' has sadly died at the age of 101. Called a "cultural giant" by one biographer, he wrote more than 20 novels before retiring at the age of 90. His very first story was released in the 1940s after he was encouraged to attempt his hand by the English literary legend Graham Greene. He published over twenty stories, consisting of A Toy Epic (written, 1956) and also Outside the House of Baal (written,1965 ). He likewise composed bet stage and tv, narratives, a cultural background of Wales, and also poems.His famous novella ''A Toy Epic'', concerning three extremely various and frisky kids growing up in the 1930s in the north-east corner of Wales, won a prominent and prestigious British prize as well as has actually remained a particular favourite among readers. He additionally contributed to a Plaid Cymru publication called The Welsh Nationalist. It was Greene who trigger that Humphreys should compose a novel as well as, in 1946, his first job, The Little Kingdom, was disclosed. He continued writing throughout as well as, in 1953, he got the Somerset Maugham award for his unique Hear and Forgive. He joined the BBC in 1955 producing radio dramatization for a years. He converted many plays into Welsh as well as dealt with famous actors such as Richard Burton, Hugh Griffith, Siân Phillips and Peter O'Toole, as well as dramatists Wil Sam Jones and Saunders Lewis. In the 1970s he was jailed for rejecting to pay the permit cost as a protest against the absence of Welsh on television. He was after that a speaker in drama at Bangor University before focusing solely on writing in 1972. He released his final quantity-- a collection of narratives-- to accompany his retirement and 90th birthday. In 1992, (It should definitely be mentioned) Humphreys was awarded the inaugural Wales E-book of the Yr prize, prestigious award for Bonds of Attachment.He got the reward one more time in 1999 for A Present of a Daughter. His contribution to literary works was additionally acknowledged by the Gorsedd of Bards. When he expanded to become a member, he took the bardic identify Emyr Trelawnyd. Humphreys was an Other of the Royal Society of Literature and the Learned Society of Wales. Explained as a "cultural giant" by one biographer, he composed more than 20 novels before retiring at the age of 90. He additionally composed plays for phase as well as television, short tales, a cultural history of Wales, as well as rhymes.


Cause of death: natural causes

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