notable deaths in December 2020

This is a list of recent notable deaths in December 2020.

The following deaths of notable and famous people occurred in December 2020. Death list of celebrities, athletes, politicians and other famous peoples who died in December 2020. Huge list of all important deaths organized by day. Names are reported under the date of death. New deaths articles are added to their respective date in December 2020.

A typical entry reports in the list of Recent notable Deaths in December 2020 contains the following information:

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          December 1, 2020          

Tommy Sandt, 69

 Tommy Sandt, 69 

(December 22, 1950 – Died: December 1, 2020)

 

 

Former Major League Baseball player and longtime coach with a distinctive bushy mustache, Thomas James Sandt, who also played and coached for the Portland Beavers and coached for over two decades in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization including over 10 years in the 1980s and ‘90s, under legendary James Richard Leyland, has died at the age of 69 in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Greg Brown announced. The cause of Sandt's death was not disclosed. An infielder, Tommy Sandt professionally played two seasons in 42 games in the Major Leagues for the Oakland Athletics in 1975 and 1976. He retired as a player with the Portland Beavers at the end of the 1981 season Tommy Sandt won a major league championship as a member of Leyland’s professional staff on the Florida Marlins (the fifth season for the Major League Baseball franchise in the National League) in 1997, and the three division championships in a row, as the first base coach (1990,1991 and 1992). In 2004, he was voted The Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year while managing the Hawaii Islanders.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Thomas Morrow Reavley, 99

 Thomas Morrow Reavley, 99 

(June 21, 1921 – Died: December 1, 2020)

 

 

Thomas Morrow Reavley, American jurist with more than seventy years legal career and former Texas Secretary of State, who was nominated by the 39th president of the United States Jimmy Carter to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (5th Cir), on May 1979, has died peacefully from natural causes surrounded by family at the age of 99 in Houston, Texas, Priscilla Owen, the chief judge of the circuit announced. Reavley, the oldest circuit judge was also one of the most respected circuit judge on the federal bench. He was in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He was friend of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States and even provided him with legal advices. He received academic degree a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law (the fourth-oldest active law school in the United States) in 1983. Reavley’s wife Carolyn Dineen King is also a Fifth Circuit judge.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

December 1,2020

 Other important deaths 

Juan Hormaechea, 81

 Juan Hormaechea, 81 
(5 June 1939 – Died: December 1,2020)
 
Spanish politician, former President of Cantabria and mayor of Santander 
Cause of death: natural causes 

Brian Kerr, 72

  Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, 72 
(22 February 1948 –  Died: December 1,2020) 
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and former Lord Chief  Justice of Northern Ireland     
Cause of death: unknown 

Dan Morrison

 Dan Morrison
Drummer (Melbourne punk-ska band Area-7)
Cause of death: injuries from a fall

Erlend Rian, 79

 Erlend Rian, 79 
(15 June 1941  – Died: December 1,2020) 
Norwegian politician, former mayor of Tromso
Cause of death: natural causes

Miguel Algarín Jr

 Miguel Algarín Jr., 79 
(11 Sep. 1941  – Died: December 1,2020) 
Puerto Rican writer and University professor
Cause of death: COVID-19

Arturo Diaconale, 75

 Arturo Diaconale, 75 
(September 8, 1945 – Died: December 1,2020) 
Italian journalist, sport manager (Lazio) and politician
Cause of death: incurable diseases

Abhay Bharadwaj, 66

 Abhay Bharadwaj, 66 
(2 April 1954 – Died: December 1,2020) 
Indian politician
Cause of death: COVID-19

Henri Teissier, 91

 Henri Teissier, 91 
(2 April 1954 – Died: December 1,2020) 
French-Algerian Roman Catholic Archbishop
Cause of death: natural causes

Eduardo Lourenco, 97

 Eduardo Lourenco, 97 
(23 May 1923 – Died: December 1,2020) 
Portuguese philosopher and writer
Cause of death: natural causes

Maria Itkina, 88

 Maria Itkina, 88 
(3 May 1932  – Died: December 1,2020) 
Russian Jewish Olympic runner four-time European champion
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 2, 2020          

Pat Patterson, 79

 Pat Patterson, 79 

(January 19, 1941 – Died: December 2, 2020)

 

 

Canadian WWE legend Pat Patterson (born Pierre Clermont), a legendary Hall of Fame professional wrestler and WWE creative consultant and producer, who was the first ever World Wrestling Entertainment Intercontinental Champion and creator of the WWE ''Royal Rumble'' match, great january professional wrestling event, has sadly died at a Miami hospital after a long battle with cancer, the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc announced. Patterson was 79 years old.The wrestling superstar began his more than five decades long career as "Pretty Boy" Pat Patterson, in 1958 in his native Quebec before moving on to the NWA San Francisco professional wrestling promotion, where he was in the 1960s, a six-time United States Champion and a ten time tag team champion with a variety of partners, including Ray Stevens, his most famous pairing. Patterson, wrestling's first openly gay star, was a fixture in the Bay Area as Vince McMahon's right-hand man for nearly two decades. In early 1979, as one of the world’s greatest wrestling stars, he toured Japan with Japanese professional wrestling promotion (New Japan Pro Wrestling). After his retirement in 1984, Patterson worked as a WWF referee, creative consultant and producer, and also continued to occasionally wrestle. Pat Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 1996. In 2019, at the age of 78, he became the oldest person to ever win a title in WWE history, after winning the WWE 24/7 professional wrestling championship.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Rafer Johnson, 86

 Rafer Johnson, 86 

(August 18, 1934 – Died: December 2, 2020)

 

 

Rafer Johnson (born Rafer Lewis Johnson), a decorated American Olympic athlete and well-known film actor and producer who was the USA Olympic team's flag bearer at the 1960 XVII Summer Olympiad in Rome and lit the Olympic cauldron at the Los Angeles XXIII Summer Olympics in 1984, has died of complications from a stroke at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. Michael Roth, Johnson's longtime close friend and spokesman, confirmed the death. He was 86 years old. Rafer Johnson, who in August 1960 carried the American nacional flag into Rome's Olympic Stadium as the first Black captain,was also former good-will ambassador for the United States who helped bring Summer Games to Los Angeles and a very close associate of the Kennedy political family. He was also well-known for helping to wrestle the Robert F. Kennedy's assassin to the ground in Los Angeles in June 1968. Johnson won the Olympic decathlon in 1960 with a triumphant performance and awesome record-breaking score of 8,392 points. His more than three decades long career included appearances in the Elvis Presley musical–drama film directed by Philip Dunne, Wild in the Country (1961), war film with Frank Sinatra, None but the Brave (1965), adventure film with Mike HenryTarzan, the Great River (1967), television miniseries Created by Alex Haley, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), the sixteenth film in the James Bond series, Licence to Kill (1989), and adventure/comedy film, Think Big (1990).

 

Cause of death: complications from a stroke

Frank Carney, 82

 Frank Carney, 82 

(April 26, 1938 – Died: December 2, 2020)

 

 

Frank Carney, who with his older brother Dan started, the first pizzeria of the Pizza Hut restaurant chain and international franchise empire,near their family's Carney's Market in Wichita, Kansas on May 31, 1958, has died from pneumonia at an assisted living facility in Wichita,his brother and business partner Dan Carney, confirmed the death. Carney, co-founder of Pizza Hut was 82 years old. He has been in extremely poor health for the last ten years zbog uznapredovale Alzheimer's disease and also he had recently recovered from coronavirus. Frank Carney and his older brother Dan, launched a super-successful international franchise with $600 borrowed from their mother. By 1977, the Pizza Hut restaurant chain and international franchise had grown to 4,000 outlets across the United States and worldwide, and the enterprising brothers decided to sell the Pizza Hut to PepsiCo, Inc. for over $300 million USD. Frank remained in the Pizza Hut, as the president and a board member of Pizza Hut until early 1980.

 

Cause of death: pneumonia

 Warren Berlinger, 83 

(August 31, 1937 – Died: December 2, 2020)

 

 

Warren Berlinger, film and television actor, with Broadway runs, and much work in TV commercials, who was best known for Comedy,The Cannonball Run (1981) and many notable guest appearances on sitcom television series Happy Days, in various roles, has sadly died aged 83 at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital trauma center in Valencia, California, his daughter Elizabeth announced. The cause of Berlinger's death was not disclosed. Warren Berlinger also was known for sharing a motorcycle with Bernard Whalen "Bert" Convy in Hal Needham's action comedy film The Cannonball Run (1981), starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett and Dean Martin. Berlinger's more than six decades long acting career also included appearances in neo-noir thriller film directed by Robert Altma, the Long Goodbye (1973) and in a 1967 film about auto racing, Thunder Alley (1967). In early 1960, He married american stage, film, and television actress Betty Lou Keim, who died in January 2010.

 

Cause of death: unknown

December 2,2020

 Other important deaths 

Franco Giraldi, 89

 Franco Giraldi, 89 

(11 July 1931 – Died: December 2,2020) 
Italian film director and screenwriter
Cause of death: COVID-19

Boris Plotnikov, 71

 Boris Plotnikov, 71 

(2 April 1949 – Died: December 2,2020) 
Russian film and television actor 
Cause of death: COVID-19

Aldo Moser, 86

 Aldo Moser, 86 

(7 February 1934 – Died: December 2,2020) 
Italian racing cyclist
Cause of death: COVID-19

Ludo Busschots, 64

 Ludo Busschots, 64 

(April 2, 1956  – Died: December 2,2020) 
Belgian actor and producer (Windkracht 10)
Cause of death: unknown

David Sheehan, 82

 David Sheehan, 82 

(1938  – Died: December 2,2020) 
American reporter (CBS, NBC)
Cause of death: prostate cancer

Bronisław Dankowski, 76

 Bronisław Dankowski, 76 

(August 22, 1944 – Died: December 2,2020) 
Polish politician and trade union activist 
Cause of death: unknown

Mohamed Abarhoun, 31

 Mohamed Abarhoun, 31 

(3 May 1989 –  Died: December 2,2020) 
Moroccan soccer player 
Cause of death: stomach cancer

Zafarullah Khan Jamali, 76

 Zafarullah Khan Jamali, 76 

(1 January 1944 – Died: December 2,2020) 
Former Pakistani Prime Minister
Cause of death: heart attack

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 94

 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 94 

(2 Feb. 1926  – Died: December 2,2020) 
Former French President and Minister of the Economy and Finance
Cause of death: COVID-19

          December 3, 2020          

Alison Lurie, 94

 Alison Lurie, 94 

(September 3, 1926 – Died: December 3, 2020)

 

 

Alison Lurie, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and a longtime Cornell University academic, who was the author of a dozen very famous novels, as well several short-stories and essay collections, has died at the age of 94 from natural causes at a hospice center in Ithaca, New York, her second husband, Edward Hower announced. Alison Lurie, was the satirical and cerebral novelist whose tales of love included “The War Between the Tates”, the novel that takes place at an elite university during the social upheavals during the 1960s, and “Foreign Affairs,” the comedy of Americans in England, rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984. Alison Lurie most often wrote about artists, academics and intellectuals, but she was also a writer of many non-fiction books, including children's literature books.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

December 3,2020

 Other important deaths 

Maria Fyfe, 82

 Maria Fyfe, 82 

(25 Nov. 1938 – Died: December 3,2020) 
Scottish politician
Cause of death: unknown (short illness)

Jutta Lampe, 82

 Jutta Lampe, 82 

(3 Dec. 1937 – Died: December 3,2020) 
German actress 
Cause of death: unknown

Mario Maraschi, 81

 Mario Maraschi, 81 

(28 August 1939 – Died: December 3,2020) 
Former Italian soccer player (Lazio, Fiorentina) and manager
Cause of death: natural causes

Bobby Wishart, 87

 Bobby Wishart, 87 

(10 March 1933  – Died: December 3,2020) 
Former Scottish soccer player
Cause of death: natural causes

André Gagnon, 84

 André Gagnon, 84 

(August 2, 1936 – Died: December 3,2020) 
Canadian composer and conductor
Cause of death: Lewy body dementia

          December 4, 2020          

Pamela Tiffin, 78

 Pamela Tiffin, 78 

(13 October 1942 – Died: 4 December 2020)

 

 

Hollyywood Movie Star From The 60's, Pamela Tiffin (born Pamela Tiffin Wonso), gorgeous american actress and model who was also very popular in Italy in the 1960s, thanks to the comedies of Risi and Salce, has sadly died in New York, at the age of 78, her husband, the Italian philosopher and professor Edmondo Danon announced. The cause Tiffin's death was not disclosed. She achieved worldwide popularity thanks to Italy, where she starred in a 1968 Dino Risi's comedy film, Straziami ma di baci saziami (Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses) and in the ''Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow'', 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio De Sica, alongside Marcello Mastroianni. Pamela Tiffin was also known for outstanding performance in the 1962 Billy Wilder's comedy ''One, Two, Three'', alongside legend James Cagney and in ''Romance Summer and Smoke'' (1961), directed by Peter Glenville, alongside Laurence Harvey and Rita Moreno. In early 1962, her great performances in those two films netted her nominations for two Golden Globe awards for the Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Female Newcomer categories. She co-starred with Ann-Margret and Carol Lynley in the 20th Century Fox motion picture ''The Pleasure Seekers'' (1964), and with James Darren and Tina Louise in the beach party film shot in Techniscope, ''Those Who Think Young'' (1964) and with Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick in the 1965 western ''The Hallelujah'' directed by John Sturges.

 

Cause of death: unknown

December 4,2020

 Other important deaths 

Larry Mavety, 78

 Larry Mavety, 78 

(May 29, 1942 – Died: December 4,2020) 
Canadian ice hockey player (OHL) and former coach and executive 
Cause of death: unknown 

Dineshwar Sharma, 66

 Dineshwar Sharma, 66 

(23 March 1954  –  Died: December 4,2020)  
Former Director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau 
Cause of death: lung disease

Mihăilă Cofariu, 73

 Mihăilă Cofariu, 73 

(1947 – Died: December 4,2020) 
Romanian protester, victim of the 1990 ethnic clashes
Cause of death: unknown

Mihăilă Cofariu, 73

 Anatoly Samoilenko, 82 

(January 2, 1938 – Died: December 4,2020) 
Ukrainian mathematician and academician
Cause of death: unknown

Narinder Singh Kapany, 94

 Narinder Singh Kapany, 94 

(31 October 1926 –  Died: December 4 ,2020) 
Indian-American physicist
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 5, 2020          

December 5,2020

 Other important deaths 

Henryk Kukier, 90

 Henryk Kukier, 90 

(1 January 1930  –  Died: December 5,2020) 
Polish Olympic boxer, former European Amateur Boxing Champion
Cause of death: natural causes

Wojciech Zabłocki, 89

 Wojciech Zabłocki, 89 

(Dec. 6, 1930  –  Died: December 5,2020)  
Polish architect and Olympic fencer
Cause of death: natural causes

Ildikó Pécsi, 80

 Ildikó Pécsi, 80 

(21 May 1940  – Died: December 5,2020) 
Hungarian actress and former politician
Cause of death: natural causes

Viktor Ponedelnik, 83

 Viktor Ponedelnik, 83 

(22 May 1937 – Died: December 5,2020) 
Russian soccer player (national team) and manager
Cause of death: unknown

Robert Castel, 87

 Robert Castel, 87 

(May 21, 1933 – Died: December 5,2020) 
French actor, comedian and writer
Cause of death: natural causes

John Harvey, 82

 John Harvey, 82 

(21 Feb. 1938  –  Died: December 5,2020) 
Australian racing driver
Cause of death: lung cancer

Mincho Yovchev, 78

 Mincho Yovchev, 78 

(1942  – Died: December 5,2020)  
Bulgarian politician, former Vice-Prime Minister 
Cause of death: unknown

Erode Soundar, 63

 Erode Soundar, 63 

(1957 – Died: December 5,2020) 
Indian film writer and director
Cause of death: kidney-related illness

Peter Alliss, 89

 Peter Alliss, 89 

(28 Feb. 1931 – Died: December 5,2020) 
English Hall of Fame golfer, commentator and author
Cause of death: natural causes

Sara Carreira, 21

 Sara Carreira, 21 

(October 21, 1999 – Died: December 5,2020) 
French-Portuguese singer
Cause of death: traffic collision

          December 6, 2020          

Dennis Ralston, 78

 Dennis Ralston, 78 

(July 27, 1942 – Died: December 6, 2020)

 

 

Dennis Ralston (born Richard Dennis Ralston), American Hall of Fame Fame professional tennis player and coach, surely one of the most remarkable world tennis legends, who was one of the first professional players on the World Championship Tennis tour in the early 1960s, has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer in Austin, Texas, his wife Linda Ralston announced. At the beginning of his tennis career, Ralston won NCAA championships under coach George Toley (tennis coach of the University of Southern California). He was a five-time Grand Slam doubles champion: 1960, Wimbledon Championships,with partner Rafael Osuna, 1961,1963 and 1964, US Championships (US Open), with partner Chuck McKinley and 1966, French Championships, with partner Clark Graebner. As a singles player, Ralston reached the final of the 1966 Wimbledon and reached the semifinal at the 1960 U.S. championships and lost to Arthur Ashe the 1970 Australian Open final. Before the computerized ATP tennis rankings system began, Dennis Ralston was considered the highest-ranked US tennis player for three years in the early 1960s. He was a Davis Cup winner with the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and also as a coach and captain again in 1972. He was inducted into the Newport's International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, and into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016. During his long and successful coaching career he coached many tennis legends including, Yannick Noah, Roscoe Tanner, and Gabriela Sabatini. In the 1980s and ’90s he was also men's head at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. For the last few years, Ralston was one of the head coaches at Grey Rock Tennis Club in Austin,Texas.

 

Cause of death: cancer

December 6,2020

 Other important deaths 

Tabaré Vázquez, 80

 Tabaré Vázquez, 80 

(17 January 1940 – Died: December 6,2020) 
Uruguayan physician and former 41st President of Uruguay
Cause of death: lung cancer

Monu Mukhopadhyay, 90

 Monu Mukhopadhyay, 90 

(1 March 1930  – Died: December 6,2020)  
Indian film and television actor
Cause of death: natural causes

Džej Ramadanovski, 56

 Džej Ramadanovski, 56 

(29 May 1964  – Died: December 6,2020) 
Serbian singer of Romani decent
Cause of death: heart failure

Xu Shousheng, 67

 Xu Shousheng, 67 

(23 January 1953 – Died: December 6,2020) 
Former Chinese Party Secretary 
Cause of death: unknown

László Kuncz, 63

 László Kuncz, 63 

(29 July 1957 – Died: December 6,2020) 
Hungarian water polo player
Cause of death: unknown (severe disease)

Neil Armstrong, 87

 Neil Armstrong, 87 

(Dec. 20, 1932– Died: December 6,2020) 
Canadian ice hockey referee and scout 
Cause of death: natural causes

Senta Wengraf, 96

 Senta Wengraf, 96 

(10 May 1924  – Died: December 6,2020)  
Austrian actress (Sissi – The Young Empress)
Cause of death: natural causes

Jacques Puisais, 93

 Jacques Puisais, 93 

(8 June 1927 – Died: December 6,2020) 
French philosopher
Cause of death: COVID-19

Dejan Dabović, 76

 Dejan Dabović, 76 

(3 August 1944 – Died: December 6,2020) 
Montenegrin - Serbian water polo player,

Olympic champion (Mexico, 1968) 
Cause of death: COVID-19

          December 7, 2020          

Doug Scott, 79

 Doug Scott, 79 

(29 May 1941 – Died: 7 December 2020)

 

 

Douglas Keith Scott, British and international mountaineering legend and Survivor of Highest Open Bivy on Everest, who was as the first British climber on the team that made the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak on September 1975, after bivouacking in a small snow cave without oxygen, 320 foot (100m) below the Mount Everest summit, has died aged 79 after a six-month long battle with a brain tumor (inoperable cerebral lymphoma) at his house in the Lake District of Cumbria County.UK, his family announced.During his nearly four-decade-long climbing career, Scott has made almost 50 expeditions to the world's highest mountains, and has reached the summit of more than 40 peaks, of which more than twenty were climbed by new unknown and unexplored routes or for the first time in Alpine Style, without fixed ropes, porters, and supplemental oxygen. Douglas Keith Scott pioneered big wall climbing - a long multi-pitch route on Canadian Baffin Island, Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya, and later on Shivling in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya. Doug Scott was awarded with Order of the British Empire and has also been a member of many reputable mountaineering and charities, including: the Hunt Committee, the UIAA Management Committee, the UIAA Mountaineering Commission, Chairman of Mount Everest Foundation and the Traditional Values Working Group and Vice Chairman of the Mountain Heritage Trust. He was the author of five autobiographical travel books including ''Himalayan Climber: A Lifetime's Quest to the World's Greater Ranges'' and ''Up and About, The Hard Road to Everest'' (2015).

 

Cause of death: cerebral lymphoma

Natalie Desselle-Reid, 53

 Natalie Desselle-Reid, 53 

(July 12, 1967 – Died: December 7, 2020)

 

 

Natalie Desselle-Reid, the comedy actress best known for her role as Mickey in the 1997 comedy film B.A.P.S., alongside Halle Berry and Martin Landau and also as Janie Egins in the Eve, a sitcom created by Meg DeLoatch, has died aged 53, after a few months long battle with colon cancer at hospice care, surrounded by her family and closest friends. Dolores Robinson, Reid's longtime manager and her close friend , actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete reported on social media.The beautiful talented actress was also well-known for her roles in drugih several films, including 1997, sex comedy film "Madea's Big Happy Family," alongside Bill Bellamy and Natalie Desselle, the sitcom television series ''Built to Last and For Your Love'' alongside Holly Robinson Peete and James Lesure, 1997, musical fantasy television film ''Cinderella'' produced by Walt Disney Television, alongside Whitney Houston and guest starred in the television sitcom ''Family Matters''. Though Natalie Desselle-Reid last acting credit came in early 2017 for a role in the series "Ya Killin' Me,"alongside Grace Helbig and Adam Lustick, she also worked as a producer for a Felipe Martinez's short "Barrier," which is currently in post-production.

 

Cause of death: colon cancer

Dick Allen, 78

 Dick Allen, 78 

(March 8, 1942 – Died: December 7, 2020)

 

 

American professional baseball player, Richard Anthony Allen, better known by his professional name Dick Allen, the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year, a fearsome unstoppable hitter who was during his very successful 15-season Major League Baseball career in the 1960s and early 1970s. was seven-time All-Star and 1972 American League Most Valuable Player has died from cancer aged 78, at his home in Wampum, Pennsylvania, his family announced. Dick Allen appeared primarily as a first baseman and outfielder, most notably for the Philadelphia Phillies (1963–1969), and Chicago White Sox (1972–1974), but he also left a significant mark by playing for St. Louis Cardinals (1970), Los Angeles Dodgers (1971), and Oakland Athletics (1977). Allen was AL home run leader (1972, 1974) and AL RBI leader in 1972. In 1967, Allen almost ended his professional baseball career after mangling his throwing hand by pushing it through a parking car headlight. He was fined with a high fine and and immediately rigorously suspended indefinitely in 1969 season,when he failed to appear for the Phillies official match against the New York Mets. Dick Allen also sang professionally as lead singer with a rhythm and blues doo-wop group called The Ebonistics at many Philadelphia night clubs. His tenor has been compared by many to the famous Willie Winfield’s tenor. Nearly four decades after retiring, he definitely remains a much discussed and still controversial NHL professional baseball player. A large number of the best baseball experts and sports analysts regard him as the best legendary player not inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Cause of death: cancer

December 7,2020

 Other important deaths 

Tihomir Arsić, 63

 Tihomir Arsić, 63 

(21 July 1957 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Serbian actor
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

Udyavara Madhava Acharya, 79

 Udyavara Madhava Acharya, 79 

(25 March 1941 – Died: December 7,2020)  
Indian poet and short story writer
Cause of death: unknown

Katarzyna Łaniewska, 87

 Katarzyna Łaniewska, 87 

(20 June 1933 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Polish actress 
Cause of death: natural causes

Lidia Menapace, 96

 Lidia Menapace, 96 

(3 April 1924 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Italian partisan and former politician
Cause of death: COVID-19

Akito Arima, 90

 Akito Arima, 90 

(September 13, 1930 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Japanese nuclear scientist and former politician
Cause of death: natural causes

Fred Akers, 82

 Fred Akers, 82 

(March 17, 1938 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Former American college football player and coach
Cause of death: dementia

Walter Hooper, 89

 Walter Hooper, 89 

(27 March 1931  – Died: December 7,2020)  
American writer and literary advisor
Cause of death: COVID-19

Roger Moret, 71

 Roger Moret, 71 

(Sep. 16, 1949 – Died: December 7,2020) 
Puerto Rican baseball player (Boston, Atlanta)
Cause of death: cancer

Howard Wales, 77

 Howard Wales, 77 

(1943 – Died: December 7,2020) 
American keyboardist 
Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage

Chuck Yeager, 97

 Chuck Yeager, 97 

(February 13, 1923 – Died: December 7,2020) 
United States Air Force officer, record-setting test pilot, first person to exceed the speed of sound
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 8, 2020          

Harold Budd, 84

 Harold Budd, 84 

(May 24, 1936 – Died: December 7, 2020)

 

 

The American avant-garde and ambient-neo-classical composer Harold Budd (born Harold Montgomory Budd), who had during his successful career more than forty solo pieces and orchestrated compositions recordings closely allied with the independent-rock underground, but is probably best known for "soft pedal", a style of piano creation that he personally developed and also for his work with English musician Brian Eno and Scottish musician- songwriter Robin Guthrie, has sadly died at the age of 84 of COVID-19 complications, his close music collaborator and friend Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins announced.He was born in Los Angeles, in 1936. and grew up in the desert town of Victorville. As a teenager, while serving in the US army and played drums in his regiment’s band, where he encountered jazz saxophonist Albert Ayle who had a major influence on his musical development. Harold Budd has recorded about forty Studio albums including: The Pavilion of Dreams (1978), produced by Brian Eno, Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980), the second installment of Eno's Ambient series, The Moon and the Melodies (1986), a collaborative studio album with Scottish dream pop band Cocteau Twins, The Room (2000), and film music album ''White Bird in a Blizzard'' (2014).

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

December 8,2020

 Other important deaths 

Raffaele "Lele" Pinto, 75

 Raffaele "Lele" Pinto, 75 
(13 April 1945  –  Died: December 8,2020) 
Italian rally driver, former European Rally champion 
Cause of death: unknown

Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, 78

 Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, 78 

(3 February 1942 – Died: December 8,2020) 
Former Russian Minister of Defence 
Cause of death: COVID-19

Siraj Kassam Teli, 67

 Siraj Kassam Teli, 67 

(17 May 1953 – Died: December 8,2020)  
Pakistani industrialist 
Cause of death: pneumonia

Gerard Stokes, 65

 Gerard Stokes, 65 

(1955 – Died: December 8,2020) 
New Zealand rugby player and coach
Cause of death: brain cancer

Klaus Pagh, 85

 Klaus Pagh, 85 

(29 July 1935 – Died: December 8,2020) 
Danish actor
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 9, 2020          

 Paolo Rossi, 64 

(23 September 1956 – 9 December 2020)

 

 

Paolo Rossi, Former Italian soccer striker (Juventus F.C., national team), and one of the greatest Italy's sports heros, who leading Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, as the tournament's top scorer and the best player, including three goals against the famous Zico's Brazil in the second group stage, and later worked as a soccer commentator on Italian television, has died at the age of 64 after a long battle with lung cancer in Siena, Italy, his second wife, Federica Cappelletti announced. Rossi, who became a Italy household name after winning the World Cup, is certainly one of the greatest world soccer players of all time. Between 1982 and 1985, Rossi scored 44 goals for Juventus, and wontwo Serie A titles (1981–82, 1983–84), the Coppa Italia (1982–83), the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1983–84), the UEFA Super Cup 1984, the European Cup (1984–85), and European Cup Winners' Cup (1983–84). In The 2004 UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, Paolo Rossi placed 12th. Until his death, Rossi worked as a pundit for Sky Sport (Italy), Italian digital terrestrial television Mediaset Premium, and Italian sports TV channel Rai Sport.

 

Cause of death: lung cancer

December 9,2020

 Other important deaths 

Adrian Burr, 77

 Adrian Burr, 77 

(June 8, 1943 – Died: December 9,2020) 
New Zealand real estate developer, philanthropist and arts donor  
Cause of death: long illness

Valeriu Turea, 69

 Valeriu Turea, 69 

(6 October 1951  – Died: December 9,2020)  
Moldovan diplomat and former journalist
Cause of death: unknown

V. J. Chitra, 28

 V. J. Chitra, 28 

(May 2, 1992 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Indian actress 
Cause of death: suicide

Richard W. Hinch, 71

 Richard W. Hinch, 71 

(May 1, 1949 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives 
Cause of death: COVID-19

Alex Olmedo, 84

 Alex Olmedo, 84 

(24 March 1936 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Peruvian-American tennis player , US Davis Cup team

Cause of death: cancer 

Gordon Forbes, 86

 Gordon Forbes, 86 

(21 February 1934 – Died: December 9,2020) 
South African tennis player and author

Cause of death: COVID-19

Nabil Farouk, 64

 Nabil Farouk, 64 

(February 9, 1956 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Egyptian novelist, Pocket Novels series

Cause of death: heart attack

Jason Slater, 49

 Jason Slater, 49 

(March 8, 1971 – Died: December 9,2020) 
American rock bassist (Third Eye Blind), record producer and songwriter

Cause of death: liver failure

Mungo Wentworth MacCallum, 78

 Mungo Wentworth MacCallum, 78 

(21 December 1941 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Australian political journalist, commentator and author

Cause of death: heart attack

Raymond Hunter, 86

 Raymond Hunter, 86 

(3 April 1938 – Died: December 9,2020) 
Northern Irish national team cricketer (28 international caps)

and rugby union player

Cause of death: natural causes

Ray Perkins, 79

 Ray Perkins, 79 

(November 6, 1941 – Died: December 9, 2020)
American football player (Baltimore Colts) and coach (New York Giants, the University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Arkansas State University).

Cause of death: heart disease

          December 10, 2020          

 Dame Barbara Windsor, 83 

(6 August 1937 – Died: 10 December 2020)

 

 

Beloved English actress Dame Barbara Windsor, probably best known for playing Peggy Mitchell in the over 1,500 episodes of BBC One soap opera ''EastEnders'', which has been broadcast since 1985, and also for her appearances in the British comedy television series ''Carry On films'', has sadly died aged 83 at a London care home, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her husband Scott Mitchell announced. In 1999, Dame Barbara Windsor won the prestigius British Soap Award for Best Actress, before ultimately leaving the soap opera in early 2016 when her character was killed off by the EastEnders screenwriter's decision. Windsor received a BAFTA Award nomination (Best Actress in a Leading Role) for the 1963 British kitchen sink film Sparrows Can't Sing , and a Tony Award nomination (Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Music) for the Broadway epic musical of Oh, What A Lovely War!.(1964). Her other film roles included British horror thriller film directed by James Hill A Study in Terror (1965), and musical-fantasy film directed by Ken Hughes, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). In the 2016 New Year Honours, Dame Barbara Windsor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

 

Cause of death: Alzheimer’s disease

December 10,2020

 Other important deaths 

Nemanja Miljković, 30

 Nemanja Miljković, 30 

(17 May 1990 – Died: December 10,2020) 
Former Serbian basketball player and coach of KK Cerak
Cause of death: severe illness

José Mario Ruiz Navas, 90

 José Mario Ruiz Navas, 90 

(20 July 1930 – Died: December 10,2020) 
Former Ecuadorian Roman Catholic Bishop of

Latacungaand Archbishop of Portoviejo 
Cause of death: natural causes

Joseph Safra, 82

 Joseph Safra, 82 

(1 September 1938 – Died: December 10,2020) 
Syrian-Brazilian banker, founder of Brazilian Banco Safra

Cause of death: unknown

Phil Linz, 81

 Phil Linz, 81 

(June 4, 1939 – Died: December 10,2020) 
Former American professional baseball player (New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets) 

Cause of death: unknown

Billy DeMars, 95

 Billy DeMars, 95 

(August 26, 1925 – Died: December 10, 2020)
American baseball player (St. Louis Browns)

and 1980 Phillies hitting coach 
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 11, 2020          

December 11,2020

 Other important deaths 

Carol Sutton, 87

 Carol Sutton, 87 

(1933 – Died: 11 December 2020) 
American actress (The Pelican Brief, Lovecraft Country, Cold Moon), Cause of death: complications from COVID-19

Kenneth Alwyn, 95

 Kenneth Alwyn, 95 

(28 July 1925 – Died: 11 December 2020) 
English conductor (BBC Radio 2, London Symphony Orchestra),

film music composer and writer
Cause of death: natural causes

Kim Ki-duk, 59

 Kim Ki-duk, 59 

(20 December 1960 – Died: 11 December 2020) 
South Korean film director, awarded at film festivals 
in Venice, Cannes and Berlin
Cause of death: COVID-19

Joseph Nyagah, 72

 Joseph Nyagah, 72 

(6 January 1948 – Died: 11 December 2020)
Former Kenyan Minister of Cooperative Development and

Marketing,  International Banker and CEO of Kenya Airways
Cause of death: COVID-19

Đurđa Ivezić, 84

 Đurđa Ivezić, 84 

(17 October 1936 – Died: 11 December 2020)
Croatian film, television, stage and voice actress (The postman rings twice, H-8, The burden of proof)
Cause of death: COVID-19

Artyom Chernov, 38

 Artyom Chernov, 38 

(April 28, 1982 – Died: December 11, 2020)
Russian ice hockey player Former NHL draft pick (Dallas Stars), the vice-world junior champion, Gagarin Cup winner
Cause of death: unknown (probably heart problems)

Malik (William Tai), 72

 Malik (William Tai), 72 

(2 January 1948 – Died: December 11, 2020)
French-born Belgian comics artist (Cadeau du ciel, 2004, Lune de miel, 1999, Vive la mariée, 1997,Philtre d'amour, 1991)
Cause of death: unknown

Carlos Calvo, 67

 Carlos Calvo, 67 

(February 21, 1953 – Died: December 11, 2020)
Argentine actor and comedian, best known for 1985 Argentine drama film  Adiós, Roberto and comedy - action film Comodines (1997).
Cause of death: complications from multiple strokes

          December 12, 2020          

Charley Pride, 86

 Charley Pride, 86 

(March 18, 1934 – Died: December 12, 2020)

 

 

The Hall of Fame singer Charley Pride, the best-selling performer in the early to mid-1970s, for RCA Records (formerly, RCA Records Label) since Elvis Presley, and one of only three African-Americans to become a member of the Nashville's ''Grand Ole Opry'', the longest-running radio broadcast in US history dedicated to honoring country music and its history, has sadly died at the age of 86 in Dallas, Texas from complications related to COVID-19, his publicist announced. Pride, was the iconic black country singer best known for such hits as "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" (1970), written by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby, and ''Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'' (1971), written by Ben Peters. In the early to mid-1970s, Charley Pride garnered over fifty top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, thirty of which made it to the Billboard number one. Charley Pride also won the Entertainer of the Year award for his outstanding achievement in the country music industry at the Country Music Association Awards in 1971. Pride was also former professional baseball pitcher, who from 1953 to 1958 played for baseball teams Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons. Pride was also part owner of the Texas Rangers - MLB professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas. He sang the national anthem prior to Super Bowl VIII., before game five of the 2010 World Series and before game two of the 2011 ALCS. In early 2000, Pride inducted into the Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

December 12,2020

 Other important deaths 

William Rodney "Bird" Averitt, 68

 William Rodney "Bird" Averitt, 68 

(July 22, 1952 – Died: December 12, 2020)
Former American professional basketball player (San Antonio Spurs, Kentucky Colonels, Buffalo Braves), member of Kentucky Colonels ABA title team (1975).
Cause of death: after battling a slew of health issues in recent years

William Rodney "Bird" Averitt, 68

 Terry Kay, 82 

(February 10, 1938 - Died: December 12, 2020)
American author (To Dance with the White Dog), Winner of the Townsend Prize for Fiction (2004) and Georgia Author of the Year 1981.
Cause of death: liver cancer

Claude Castonguay, 91

 Claude Castonguay, 91 

(May 8, 1929 – Died: December 12, 2020) 
Canadian politician, educator and businessman, former member of the National Assembly of Quebec (1970–1973), father of universal health

care in Quebec.
Cause of death: natural causes

David John Moore Cornwell pen name, John le Carré, 89

 David John Moore Cornwell
pen name, John le Carré, 89
 

(19 October 1931 – Died: 12 December 2020)
British author of espionage novels, (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and former member of the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). 
Cause of death: pneumonia

Motjeka Madisha, 25

 Motjeka Madisha, 25 

(12 January 1995 – Died: 12 December 2020) 

South African professional  soccer player who earned 
13 caps for the national team.
Cause of death: traffic collision

Rudolf Lončarić, 88

 Rudolf Lončarić, 88 

(December 6, 1932 – Died: 12 December 2020) 
Croatian Prof. PhD. Engineering (Technical University of Graz and University of Zagreb), Former President and Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb, Member of the Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences, former business executive and former mayor of Varaždin.
Cause of death: pneumonia

          December 13, 2020          

December 13,2020

 Other important deaths 

Otto Barić, 87

 Otto Barić, 87 

(19 June 1933 – Died: 13 December 2020) 
Former Croatian soccer player and coach (Rapid Wien, national team).

Cause of death: complications from COVID-19

Pierre Lacroix, 72

 Pierre Lacroix, 72 

(August 3, 1948 – Died: 13 December 2020) 

Former President and General Manager of the Quebec

Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche.

Cause of death: COVID-19

Pierre Lacroix, 72

 Jimmy Collins, 74  

(November 24, 1946 – Died: 13 December 2020) 

American basketball player (Chicago Bulls, Carolina Cougars), one of the best basketball players in CNY history and coach (UIC). 

Cause of death: complications from heart surgery

Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, 52

 Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, 52 

Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, 52
(5 March 1968 – Died: 13 December 2020) 
Prime Minister of Eswatini and former business executive 
of Swazi MTN.
Cause of death: COVID-19

Robert Bloxom, 83

 Robert Bloxom, 83 

(April 26, 1937 – Died: December 13, 2020)
American politician, member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1978–2004), and former Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 14, 2020          

December 14,2020

 Other important deaths 

Marcelo Veiga, 56

 Marcelo Veiga, 56 

(7 October 1964 – Died: 14 December 2020)
Brazilian professional soccer player (Santos, Bahia, Internacional) and manager of Red Bull Bragantino.
Cause of death: complications from COVID-19

Mamye BaCote, 81

 Mamye BaCote, 81 

(February 18, 1939 – Died: December 14, 2020)
American politician and university professor, former democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the Newport News City Council.
Cause of death: unknown

Roddam Narasimha, 87

 Roddam Narasimha, 87 

(20 July 1933 – Died: 14 December 2020)
Indian aerospace engineer and fluid dynamicist, formerly a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science.
Cause of death: brain hemorrhage

Gérard Houllier, 73

 Gérard Houllier, 73 

(3 September 1947 – Died: 14 December 2020)
Former French soccer player and manager (Liverpool, Lyon, national team). He  led Liverpool to an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble.
Cause of death: complications from heart surgery

Earl Hutto, 94

 Earl Hutto, 94 

(May 12, 1926 – Died: December 14, 2020)
American politician, democratic member of the Florida (1972–1976) and U.S. House of Representatives (1979–1995), one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress.
Cause of deaths: natural causes

          December 15, 2020          

December 15,2020

 Other important deaths 

Bruce Seals, 67

 Bruce Seals, 67 

(June 18, 1953 – Died: December 15, 2020)
Former ABA and NBA professional basketball player

(Seattle SuperSonics, Utah Stars).
Cause of deaths: unknown

Caroline Cellier, 75

 Caroline Cellier, 75 

French actress, awarded the César 1985 for best supporting actress for "The Year of the Jellyfish", also known for Year of the Jellyfish (1984), and Life Love Death (1968), directed by Claude Lelouch.
Cause of deaths: unknown

Donald Fowler, 85

 Donald Fowler, 85 

(September 12, 1935 – Died: December 15, 2020)
American political scientist, professor, and political operative, former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and National Chair of the Democratic National Committee (1995–1997), mainstay of South Carolina and national politics for five decades.
Cause of deaths: leukemia

Orlando Duarte, 88

 Orlando Duarte, 88 

(February 18, 1932 – Died: December 15, 2020)
Brazilian sports journalist and commentator who covered 14 world soccer championships and 10 Summer Olympic Games.
Cause of deaths: COVID-19

Noureddine Saïl, 73

 Noureddine Saïl, 73 

(1947 – Died: 15 December 2020)
Moroccan film critic, writer, media executive and educator.
Cause of deaths: COVID-19

          December 16, 2020          

December 16,2020

 Other important deaths 

Renê Weber, 59

 Renê Weber, 59 

(16 July 1961 – Died: 16 December 2020)
Brazilian former professional soccer player (Internacional, Vitória de Guimarães, national team) and manager (Caxias and Brazilian national under-20 team)
Cause of deaths: COVID-19

Ian Armstrong, 83

 Ian Armstrong, 83 

(17 July 1937 – Died: 16 December 2020) 
Australian politician, was a member of the NSW Legislative Council for a 25 years and former Deputy Premier of New South Wales (1993–1995). Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Member of the Order of Australia.
Cause of deaths: unknown

Yaakov Agmon, 91

 Yaakov Agmon, 91 

(24 June 1929 – 16 December 2020)
Israeli theatre producer, director and general manager of the Arabic-Hebrew theater of Jaffa. Yaakov had won the Israeli Theater Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007. He was married to actress Gila Almagor.
Cause of deaths: natural causes

Flavio Cotti, 81

 Flavio Cotti, 81 

(18 October 1939 – Died: 16 December 2020)
Former Swiss President (1991, 1998) and member of the Federal Council from 1986 to 1999. He also served as Switzerland's interior minister and foreign minister. 
Cause of death: COVID-19

Lorenzo Taliaferro, 28

 Lorenzo Taliaferro, 28 

(December 23, 1991 – Died: December 16, 2020) 
NHL football player - running back (Baltimore Ravens,

(AFC) North division).
Cause of death: heart attack

          December 17, 2020          

December 17,2020

 Other important deaths 

Jeremy Bulloch, 75

 Jeremy Bulloch, 75 

(16 Februay 1945 – Died: 17 December 2020)
English actor best known for the role of the bounty hunter, a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise and role in the The Spy Who Loved Me (tenth film in the James Bond series).
Cause of death: Parkinson's disease

Giovanni Sacco, 77

 Giovanni Sacco, 77 

(25 September 1943 – Died: 17 December 2020)[
Italian soccer player, Serie A champion: 1966–67 (Juventus,Torino).
Cause of death: COVID-19

Pelle Svensson, 77

 Pelle Svensson, 77 

(6 February 1943 – Died: 17 December 2020)
Per Oskar "Pelle" Svensson, Former Swedish wrestler and lawyer, Olympic silver medallist (Tokio, 1964). Svensson also won two gold medals at the World Championships in 1970 and 1971.
Cause of death: cancer

Enrico Ferri, 78

 Enrico Ferri, 78 

(17 February 1942 — Died: 17 December 2020)
Italian jurist and politician, Former Minister of Public Works and Deputy (1992–1994) and for a full 15 years (1989–2004), member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Cause of death: died after a long illness

          December 18, 2020          

December 18,2020

 Other important deaths 

Peter Lamont, 91

 Peter Lamont, 91 

(12 November 1929 – Died: 18 December 2020)
British set decorator, art director and production designer for eighteen James Bond films. He won Oscar for Titanic (1997).
Couse of death: natural causes

Ray Rogers, 89

 Ray Rogers, 89 

(July 3, 1931 – Died: December 18, 2020)
American politician, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (1984–2020), and owner of advertising company. 
Couse of death: natural causes

Michael Jeffery, 83

 Michael Jeffery, 83 

(12 December 1937 – Died:18 December 2020)
Australian military officer and vice-regal representative. He was former Governor of Western Australia  and Governor-General.
Couse of death: natural causes

José Vicente Rangel, 91

 José Vicente Rangel, 91 

(10 July 1929 – Died:18 December 2020)
Former Venezuelan Vice President (2002–2007) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999–2001).  He also worked as a lawyer and journalist.
Couse of death: cardiac arrest

          December 19, 2020          

December 19,2020

 Other important deaths 

Bram van der Vlugt, 86

 Bram van der Vlugt, 86 

(28 May 1934 – Died: 19 December 2020)
Dutch actor, best known for playing the role of Sinterklaas, a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, for over two decades. 
Cause of death: COVID-19

Art Berglund, 80

 Art Berglund, 80 

(September 4, 1940 – Died: 19 December 2020)
American ice hockey coach and executive (national team and more than 30 U.S. teams.).
Cause of death: unknown

Maria Piątkowska, 89

 Maria Piątkowska, 89 

( 24 February 1931 – Died: 19 December 2020)
Polish Olympic sprinter, hurdler, and long jumper (Helsinki 1952, Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964).
Cause of death: natural causes

Märta Norberg, 98

 Märta Norberg, 98 

(19 September 1922 – Died: 19 December 2020) 
Swedish Olympic cross-country skier (1952) who also won two bronze medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. 
Cause of death: natural causes

Rosalind Knight, 87

 Rosalind Knight, 87 

(3 December 1933 – Died: 19 December 2020)
British stage, screen, and television actress (Carry On,  British

comedy film Tom Jones (1963),  BBC television sitcom Gimme

Gimme Gimme 1999 –2001 ).
Cause of death: unknown

          December 20, 2020          

December 20,2020

 Other important deaths 

Doug Anthony, 90

 Doug Anthony, 90 

(31 December 1929 – Died: 20 December 2020)
Australian longest-served deputy prime minister (1971–1972, 1975–1983) and over 27 years member of Parliament (1957–1984)
Cause of death: natural causes

Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 72

 Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 72 

(27 April 1948 – Died: 20 December 2020)
Son of late emir, influential reformer and former Kuwaiti royal 
Minister of Defence (2017–2019). He  passes away just 80 days 
after the death of his father.
Cause of death: unknown (COVID-19?)

Nicette Bruno, 87

 Nicette Bruno, 87 

(January 7, 1933 – Died: December 20, 2020)
Brazilian actress, best known for Rosa dos Ventos (1973), Rainha da Sucata (1990), and Próxima Vítima (1995). She was daughter of actress Eleonor Bruno and wife of actor Paulo Goulart.
Cause of death: COVID-19

Dietrich Weise, 86

 Dietrich Weise, 86 

(21 November 1934 – Died: 20 December 2020)
German professional soccer player (Eintracht Frankfurt, Neckarsulm,  FSV Mainz 05 ) and soccer manager ( FC Kaiserslautern, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Düsseldorf, German youth national team - World and European champion, Egypt national team).
Cause of death: natural causes

Dame Fanny Waterman, 100

 Dame Fanny Waterman, 100 

(22 March 1920 – Died: 20 December 2020)
English pianist and teacher, since 1963, the founder, Chair and Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition and Honorary President of the Harrogate International Festivals. 
Cause of death: natural causes

          December 21, 2020          

December 21,2020

 Other important deaths 

Kevin Greene, 58

 Kevin Greene, 58 

(July 31, 1962 – Died: December 21, 2020)
American Hall of Fame NFL football player (Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers) and coach Green Bay Packers (2009–2013),  and New York Jets (2017–2018). NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1996). NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
Cause of death: unknown

K. T. Oslin, 78

 K. T. Oslin, 78 

(May 15, 1942 – Died: December 21, 2020)
American country singer-songwriter best known for her country hits including "Do Ya", "I'll Always Come Back" and "80's Ladies", Grammy winner (1988 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female – "80s Ladies", and 1989 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female – "Hold Me").
Cause of death: unknown (She had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and also had been diagnosed with COVID-19 a week before her death)

John Fitzpatrick, 74

 John Fitzpatrick, 74 

(18 August 1946 – Died: 21 December 2020)
Scottish soccer player (Manchester United, 1963–1973), Manchester United's first ever league substitute in 1965. He had been diagnosed with dementia after retiring from soccer.  
Cause of death: unknown

          December 22, 2020          

December 22,2020

 Other important deaths 

Claude Brasseur, 84

 Claude Brasseur, 84 

(15 June 1936 – Died: 22 December 2020)
French actor, former member of French bobsleigh team and also in the early 60s, winner of the Paris-Dakar Rally.He was best known for French Comedy film ''Un éléphant ça trompe énormément'' (1976), and History Drama Le souper (1992). Brasseur has played in about a hundred films.
Cause of death: unknown

Ed Gomes, 84

 Ed Gomes, 84 

(February 25, 1936 – Died: December 22, 2020) 
American politician, Former Democratic member of the Connecticut

State Senate (2005–2013, 2015–2019), former U.S Army veteran and unforgettable fighter for Bridgeport, for workers and for the state of Connecticut.
Cause of death: traffic collision

          December 23, 2020          

December 23,2020

    NOTABLE  deaths    

Rebecca Luker, 59

 Rebecca Luker, 59 

(April 17, 1961 – Died: December 23, 2020)
American film, television and Broadway actress who was also a singer and recording artist. Luker was nominated for three Tony Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre and two Drama Desk Awards for Excellence in New York theatre. She was best worlwide known for  Romance Comedy The Rewrite (2014),  alongside Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei,  TV Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Sci-Fi Spectropia (2006), alongside Aleksa Palladino.
Cause of death: complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Leslie West, 75

 Frankie Randall, 59 

(September 25, 1961 – Died: December 23, 2020)

Former WBC light welterweight boxing champion (1994–1996), the first man to defeat  Julio Cesar Chavez, a multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions. Randall competed from 1983 to 2005 in a total of 77 fights (58 wins - 42 by way of knockout, 18 Losses and a one draw).
Cause of death: has not yet been reported (Randall has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and pugilistic dementia for the past few years).

Leslie West, 75

 Leslie West, 75 

(October 22, 1945 – Died: December 23, 2020)

American singer and guitarist and a founding member and co-lead vocalist of ‘Mississippi Queen’, the hard rock band Mountain, has died aged 75, of a heart attack  at his home in Florida. He was also founding member of the West, Bruce & Laing (WBL), a blues rock power trio super-group formed in 1972 and The Vagrants, a Long Island-based rock and blue-eyed soul group.
Cause of death: heart attack

Ron Lurie, 79

 Ron Lurie, 79 

(January 23, 1941 – Died: December 23, 2020)

American Democratic politician and businessman, Former Mayor of Las Vegas. Ron Lurie served a single term as Las Vegas mayor from 1987 to 1991, but he also served as a city lawmaker for 12 years on the Las Vegas City Council. He helped develop the Lied Discovery Museum, a three-story children’s museum is located adjacent to The Smith Center and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cause of death: unknown

   December 24,2020     NOTABLE  deaths    

Davie Sneddon, 84

 Davie Sneddon, died aged 84 

(24 April 1936 – 24 December 2020)
Former Scottish soccer player,  (Kilmarnock F.C., Dundee F.C., Preston North End F.C., Raith Rovers F.C.), manager and coach (Kilmarnock from 1977 to 1981, and Stranraer from 1982 to 1985. He was one of the greatest figures in Kilmarnock's golden era in the mid-1960s. Davie Sneddon has been awarded an MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.He played 113 times in the blue and white Kilmarnock's stripes.
Cause of death: unknown

Guy N. Smith, 81

 Guy N. Smith, died aged 81 

(21 November 1939 – 24 December 2020)

Legendary English writer of horror fiction who was probably best known for a series of six Crabs books, the first of which, pulp fiction-style horror,  Night of the Crabs, was published in early 1976.  Smith also wrote a dozen non-fiction and children's books under the pseudonym Jonathon Guy, including Novelizations of Disney films,  Sleeping Beauty (1975), and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1975). He also had over two thousand different short stories and magazine articles published during his nearly five-decade-long career As a Passionate and a lifelong pipe smoker, Guy N. Smith won convincingly the UK pipe smoking championship in early 2003.
Cause of death: unknown

    December 25,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Guy N. Smith, 81

 K. C. Jones, died aged 88 

(May 25, 1932 – December 25, 2020)

Legendary Boston Celtics Hall of Fame professional basketball player, 8× NBA champion (1959–1966), and coach (Boston Celtics, San Diego Conquistadors, Washington Bullets), who during his four decade long career played with or coached "The Hick from French Lick - Larry Bird, John Havlicek, a relentless force for the Boston Celtics over twenty years, Bill Russell, one of the best NBA defensive centers of all time and Kevin McHale, the fourth-leading scorer and in Celtics history. Jones, also won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. as a member of the United States Olympic basketball team. K. C. Jones played all 10 years (1958 - 1967) of his NBA career in Boston.Boston's legend died at an assistant living facility in Connecticut, New England, his family announced.

Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease

    December 26,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

George Blake, 98

 George Blake, died aged 98 

(11 November 1922 – 26 December 2020) 

Former MI6 British spy and double Soviet agent during Cold War has died at the age of 98 in Moscow, Russia. Blake became a Communist and decided to work for the Soviet KGB while a prisoner during the Korean War in early 1950s. He was discovered and convicted of betraying MI6 agents to the Communist Soviet Union in 1961 and sentenced to 42 years in prison, but he had completed just five years because he had managed to escaped from Wormwood Scrubs prison in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, West London. Blake's escape was a major embarrassment to the British government and the entire secret service system. In Russia, he was considered a hero and a fighter for world peace. He had the rank of KGB colonel and a luxury apartment in Moscow. He was also a very close Putin's friend.
Cause of death: natural causes

    December 27,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Loyd Phillips, 75

 Loyd Phillips, died aged 75 

(May 2, 1945  December 27, 2020)

Former American College Hall of Fame football player, outstanding interior lineman, University of Arkansas All-American, outstanding interior lineman and Outland Trophy winner has died from complications after suffering a stroke in hospice care at the age of 75. In the 1965 and 1966 seasons, Phillips was a key member of  Arkansas Razorbacks football teams. Phillips was a first-round NFL Draft pick by the professional American football team Chicago Bears in early 1967, but his professional NFL football career was cut short by a severe leg injury sustained in a duel with an opposing player. In late 1969, Phillips retired from football. After retirement he worked as an administrator in both the Springdale and Rogers school districts.
Cause of death: complications after stroke

    December 28,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Peter Abbs, 78

 Peter Abbs, died aged 78 

(22 February 1942 – 28 December 2020) 

English poet, writer, educator, academic and Sussex University’s first professor of creative writing. He was the father of writer and novelist Annabel Abbs. He wrote a dozen books on education and several volumes of poetry. Peter Abbs was a highly talented poet. In early 1965 was published his first volume of poems ''A Fisherman of This Sea''. He was best known for his Poetry including 1981 Songs of a New Taliesin, 1996 Angelic Imagination, 2007 The Flowering of Flint (Collected poems), and 2009 Voyaging Out, and also for Non fiction including 1974 Autobiography in Education, 1982 English Within the Arts, 1990 The Forms of Poetry (with John Richardson) and 2003 Against the Flow: Education, the Arts and Postmodern Culture. He founded Tract and Vision journals, and wrote regularly for Philosophy Now Magazine, the London Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement,a weekly UK publication aimed at education professionals. 
Cause of death: unknown

Cy McClairen, 89

 Cy McClairen, died aged 89 

(March 2, 1931 – December 28, 2020) 

Cy McClairen (born Jack Forsyth "Cy" McClairen) Bethune-Cookman University legend, former American professional football player, coach and administrator has died at the age of 89, his family announced. from 1955 to 1960 in the National Football League (NFL) for the professional football team Pittsburgh Steelers. McClairen was drafted in early 1953, but served a two-year stint in the US Army. In 1957, he finished third in the league in receptions – finishing ahead of New York Giants legend Frank Gifford, and was named to the NFL All-Pro team for all-star game. After finishing his professional playing football career, Cy McClairen serving in several areas of Bethune-Cookman University Athletics, he has spent time as head football coach (from 1961 to 1972  and from 1994 to 1996), men's basketball coach, and longtime athletic director. In 1994 he was named Coach of the Year in The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Known and loved simply as “Coach Cy, contribution to his beloved alma mater included a total of almost seven decades.
Cause of death: unknown

    December 29,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Pierre Cardin, 98

 Pierre Cardin died aged 98 

(2 July 1922 – 29 December 2020) 

French-Italian visionary fashion designer who transformed the complete business of fashion with his futuristic and stylish designs and drastically worldwide transformed  tradicionalnu men's and women's fashion in the 1960s, has died aged 98, at the American Hospital of Paris, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the western suburbs of Paris, France, his family and France's Fine Arts Academy announced. The Arts Academy did not give a cause of iconic's designer death. Famed French designer founded his own house in early 1950, launching his over seven decades long career by designing many unique costumes and masks for the theater and for the frequent masquerade balls in France, Italy and worldwide. The brand was subsequently extended successfully into perfumes, cosmetics, industrial design. Cardin was the first couturier to present a ready-to-wear collection for women, in early 1959 at a Paris Printemps department store, which so unnerved a complete top management of French fashion industry that it simply briefly expelled him. Pierre Cardin was also the first couturier to appear on american Time weekly magazine's cover. In the 1980s, he was winning awards such as the Gold Thimble of French Haute-Couture for the most creative collection of the season, and is made a Knight of the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit. In early 1992, he takes a seat in the Academy of Fine Arts (Académie des Beaux-Arts) at the Institut de France. Pierre Cardin, despite being gay, he had a four-year love affair with French actress, singer, director and screenwriter Jeanne Moreau.
Cause of death: unknown

    December 30,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Dawn Wells, 82

 Dawn Wells died aged 82 

(October 18, 1938 – December 30, 2020) 

American actress and former beauty queen who was best known for her role as the sweet Mary Ann Summers on the iconic CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island, created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz in the mid-1960s, has sadly died of causes related to COVID-19 at the age of 82 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Her close friend and longtime publicist Harlan Boll confirmed Wells's death. A beauty from Reno, and former Miss Nevada after graduation moved to Hollywood, a shorthand reference for the U.S. film industry and got parts in several very popular television series, including Gilligan's Island (1964), alongside Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer. Wells was also worlwide known for The Town That Dreaded Sundown a 1976 American thriller film based on the 1946 Texarkana Moonlight Murders, and adventure/horror film directed by Tom Moore, Return to Boggy Creek (1977). Dawn Wells has been a prominent humanitarian and philanthropist throughout her whole life. She was also founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute, organizer of SpudFest established in Driggs, Idaho and was a spokeswoman for Idaho Potatoes who represents the potato growers of the U.S. state of Idaho. For several years, Wells also has her own very reputable clothing line for the physically challenged called "Wishing Wells Collections" and she launched her own skin care line, called Classic Beauty a few years ago. 
Cause of death: COVID-19

    December 31,2020    NOTABLE  deaths    

Dick Thornburgh, 88

 Dick Thornburgh died aged 88 

(July 16, 1932 – December 31, 2020) 

Legendary American lawyer, author, and  Republican politician who was Former U.S. Attorney General (1988–1991) under Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush and respected two-term governor of Pennsylvania (1979–1987), has died at a retirement community in Verona, a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 88, his son David Thornburgh and the Pennsylvania governor's office announced.The cause is not yet known. Thornburgh is definitely the best known for successful handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and crisis, as the real heroe hero of that awkward situation as a calm voice against the resulting panic in the most serious and the biggest accident at a commercial nuclear power plant in United States whole history.
Cause of death: unknown

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