Top 10 Saddest Deaths of 2020

The Top Ten
1 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history... read more

This is by far the saddest death of 2020. He died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter by his side. Could you imagine the fear going through him and Gianna? The tight hug between them? The times they said their last I love you to each other? The thousands of tears flowing down both of their faces?

Why did it have to be them? They didn't deserve this. Not right now. R.I.P. Kobe and Gianna. We all love you and you will forever be remembered. Sorry for your loss to the rest of their family.

It's so sad that you and your daughter, holding hands, had to experience falling from the sky and dying. It's the saddest thing I've ever heard on the news. Why did it have to be him? Just seeing the tears on your face, knowing you're going to crash and it will be the end of your life.

2 Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making... read more

This news was such a shock to me this morning. I will always be listening to you, your band, and the first album I heard, 2112.

We will remember you through your music.

The drummer of one of my favorite bands died. No words. Rest in peace.

Your music will live forever.

Oh my god, this killed me. I was so sad.

I've been listening to Rush my whole life.

3 Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

I'm at a loss for words. This man changed guitar and inspired millions of young guitar players dreaming of being the next big name in the music world. He made the guitar sing like no other could.

He revolutionized tapping and brought power and energy to every song he played. He was a giant amongst musicians and a true hard worker. Rest in peace to the GOAT.

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the founder of Van Halen, passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. According to medical reports, he had a history of substance abuse. He was among the kings of guitar music and inspired countless others.

He was 65. Never forget such a guitar pioneer. Gone in the face of 2020. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen 1955-2020.

4 Chadwick Boseman Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 - August 28, 2020) was an American actor born in Anderson, South Carolina. He was best known for playing T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Easily the saddest. He was so young when he left us, and he was a great role model for Black people. He would only play roles of Black people or activists in movies, and he kept his cancer a secret, I believe. Our hearts will be with you for all eternity.

Chadwick Boseman was a treasure to movies and representation in Hollywood. His film Black Panther became Oscar-nominated and broke many box office records. It is truly a tragedy that he had to lose his life.

This just proves how bad the American health system has gotten thanks to COVID-19. Sure, Chadwick wasn't going to survive cancer, but they could have at least treated him to slow it down.

5 Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor, filmmaker, author and centenarian. He was one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of... read more

The legendary actor, Kirk Douglas, passed away on February 5th at age 103. He was known for classic films such as Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. His cause of death is kept private by his family. He was one of the last surviving actors of the Golden Era.

Douglas was one of the best actors ever. He lived to the ripe age of 103.


6 Alex Trebek

An extremely tragic loss for not only game shows but the television and general world as well. Pretty much up there with Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna, and Chadwick Boseman (the Black Panther).

He was the host of Jeopardy and lost his battle to Stage IV pancreatic cancer on November 8th, 18 months after diagnosis. The greatest game show host on television and perhaps the last trusted and loved star ever. He was 80. His last episode will air on Christmas Day. R.I.P. Alex Trebek - 1940-2020.

This is so sad. He will be greatly missed. Jeopardy will not be the same without him hosting.

7 Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 - October 31, 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer. He won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes... read more

I just heard about Sean Connery's death. No words. James Bond, The Rock, The Highlander, Indiana Jones, The Name of the Rose are among my favorite movies since my childhood.

Rest in peace, Sir Sean Connery. 1930-2020.

I was shocked when I heard about Sean Connery's death. This man was an iconic actor.

My favorite Bond actor, he played in my favorite Bond movie, Goldfinger. RIP Sean Connery.

Known for playing James Bond in seven Bond films, Sean Connery died at his home in Nassau, Bahamas, on October 31 at the age of 90.

RIP Sean Connery 1930-2020.

8 Shad Gaspard

This is so sad. He truly loved his family, and he made sure they secured his son first.

R.I.P. Shad. You will truly be missed.

9 Christopher Tolkien

The son of J.R.R. Tolkien passed away at 95.

R.I.P. 1925-2020.

I've never read The Hobbit, but my friends were all sad when this happened.

10 Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow was a voice actor known for roles such as Cyclops in X-Men Evolution and Cole in Lego Ninjago, among others.

I couldn't believe this. It hit me so hard.

I'm both very sad and sorry to hear that he died! My favorite role of Kirby Morrow is Josh from Team Galaxy!

Very heartbreaking to Ninjago fans.

The Contenders
11 Fred Willard
12 David Prowse

The actor who played the beloved villain Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy passed away due to a brief illness on November 29th at the age of 85. Definitely the saddest Star Wars actor death after Carrie Fisher's.

Just like her death (along with those of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, and Diego Maradona), it's a tragedy that will go down in history forever. The year 2020 is truly a disastrous one, not only for our world but also for the Star Wars and entertainment worlds. R.I.P. Dave Prowse 1935-2020.

13 Kenny Rogers Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Known for over a whopping 60 years, Kenny Rogers was one of the greatest country artists who ever lived. He inspired so many other country artists with his masterpiece of music and impacted the music industry in unreal ways.

He battled an illness of natural causes until his death on March 20th/21st at 81. R.I.P. to such a humble legend. 1939-2020.

14 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The former Supreme Court Justice of the U.S., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away after a battle with cancer at 87. She was also known for her succinct career advice. A national loss for the U.S. R.I.P. Ruth.

The best Supreme Court justice and a model for people around the country. No one will ever take her place.


15 Gianna Bryant

Gigi, Kobe's daughter, was on the helicopter with him. She was only 13 years old and had just as much passion for the game as her father did. She had her eyes set on playing for UConn. It's just awful that she died so young.

16 Buck Henry

A writer and a director who was nominated for two Oscars died at the age of 89 because of a heart attack.

17 Wendell Craig
18 George Floyd

That had to be one of the most disgusting things I had ever seen by any officer. George's death was tragic, and the fact that the other three officers didn't intervene is fitting. They got cut loose.

This ignited the Minnesota riots to go as viral as they have. People are angry because they want justice for Floyd now, instead of playing the waiting game like with the pandemic.

The fact that some officers could take away the life of someone like George Floyd in the most disgusting way possible is absolutely unforgivable. His death also caused riots, which aim to seek justice for George Floyd, when in reality, it only causes more damage to society. R.I.P. George Floyd.

19 Rocky Johnson

The Black championship wrestler, Rocky Johnson, who won WWE and was the father of Dwayne Johnson, helped his son follow in his footsteps. His cause of death is currently unknown, but he was 75. R.I.P. Rocky.

20 Jeremy Bulloch

Known for playing Boba Fett in the original Star Wars Trilogy, Jeremy Bulloch passed away due to Parkinson's Disease at age 75. This one hurts me a lot because he portrayed my favorite Star Wars character of all time.

21 Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded to be one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.

Thank you for the music.

R.I.P., big man, Little Richard.

22 Joe Ruby
23 David Stern

The basketball-loving lawyer, David Stern, who took the NBA around the world during his 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner, died at the age of 77 because of a brain hemorrhage.

24 Naya Rivera Naya Rivera Dorsey (January 12, 1987 - July 8, 2020) was an American actress, singer and model, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series Glee. She started as a child actress and model. She was the mother of Josey Dorsey.

If only she had put on her adult life vest, things might have ended like a fairytale. Too bad it ended like a tragic movie. She was so talented, and I can't imagine what her four-year-old son is feeling right now. To lose a mother and a person like Naya must hurt so much. R.I.P. Naya Rivera.

Naya Rivera will forever be missed. Her role as Santana Lopez paved the way for queer representation on TV. She portrayed the first Latino lesbian on TV and showed teens that it's okay to be themselves.

I'm both very sad and sorry about Naya's death! I heard that Naya was a very kind person!

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