Most Shocking Deaths of 2020

2020 is a new decade & has had such shocking moments. Like 2019, 2020 has gained a huge reputation on such notable deaths. Yet we saw some of the biggest legends die early in the new year/decade. Here's the list.
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. more.

The real deal of such legends we lost. Kobe Bryant, the greatest member of the Lakers, youngest all-star member in basketball, greatest scorer in the Lakers' franchise history & one of the greatest basketball players & athletes who ever lived, known for 20 years in the game, was killed in an unexpected helicopter accident in SoCal along with his 13 year old daughter. He was only 41. Never in ages have we lost such an important sports legend & he was a player of a generation. R.I.P. Kobe Bryant 1978-2020.

If this isn't number one I don't know what is. I'm not a basketball fan, but this is one of the most shocking celebrity deaths I've ever experienced. He seemed like such a nice guy. RIP Kobe.

He was like... 41 or something? And then he died of a helicopter crash over Calabasas, California during heavy fog. RIP Kobe Bryant, gone but never forgotten.

This one was hard to believe and comprehend at first, and even now.

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 more.

Neil Peart, the lead member & drummer of the band Rush & among the greatest drummers of any kind who ever lived, passed away after a 3.5 year battle with brain cancer. He was 67. What a shocking loss for rock 'n' roll, music in general & especially drumming. R.I.P. Neil Peart 1952-2020.

3 Rocky Johnson

The famed wrestler of WWE & father of Dwayne Johnson, who helped Dwayne follow his steps, passed away from an unexpected heart attack caused by a blood clot on his leg at only 75. Dwayne Johnson's worst day was January 15th. R.I.P. Rocky Johnson 1944-2020.

The father of Dwayne the Rock Johnson, and famed WWE wrestler, has passed away and it's a shocking moment to wrestling fans and Rocky's family.

4 Sultan Qaboos

I haven't heard of any of these other guys as I'm more into geopolitics than sports, so this was the most shocking in my opinion. Mr. Qaboos was one of the best leaders ever in the Middle East, transforming Oman from a relatively poor nation, to another one of the developed gulf nations. R.I.P.

Like darthvadern said, I am into geopolitics also. He developed Oman into a prosperous country. His cousin, who took power, promised to continue Qaboos policies.

The longest-serving ruler of Arabia & UAE, passed away at 79 from a condition. R.I.P. Sultan Qaboos 1941-2020.

5 Richard Maponya

Richard Maponya, the leader who helped the black race community business in South Africa & was a hero at helping & leading such a race, passed away from a short, unexpected illness, though at 99. He kept living strong until that very day. What a loss for the community. R.I.P. Richard Maponya 1921-2020.

6 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 more.

The legendary screenwriter of Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck & one of the last good people in Hollywood passed away at 103. He lived a long life, though under 1 year less than Mr. Peanut. R.I.P. Kirk Douglas 1916-2020.

Proof no one is immortal from the tragedy we call death...

7 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.

His death while peaceful was a huge loss for the country & general music industry. He was well known for over a whopping 60 years & inspired so many other country artists with his musical talents. He suffered natural illness at 81. Many people live longer though yet are fine & many unfortunately don't & become ill sooner. R.I.P. to the Mr. Rogers of music 1939-2020.

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9 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.

It was the most shocking along with Kobe and his daughter. What made this especially shocking, he was the Black Panther but his cancer (while 4 years long) was never publicized & therefore kept private even throughout all the Black Panther films. He did lots of other films too. R.I.P. Chad Boseman.

He was the actor who played the Black Panther in its franchise. He lost his battle to colon cancer in August 28th after 4 years. Much more shocking than Adam West's death in 2017 (who played Batman). R.I.P. Chad.

I just found out this morning, and this is so shocking. Praying for all his family and friends. R.I.P Chadwick. Wakanda Forever.

10 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.

All the way down here. Disappointing. I knew he had throat cancer but I didn't know it would claim his life so sad

The Contenders
11 Terry Jones Terence Graham Parry Jones was a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter and film director. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Terry Jones, known as the lead member of the Monty Python crew, who also had a YouTube channel of the same name, with ~613,000 subscribers, passed away after a rare form of dementia at 77. R.I.P. Monty Python leader.

One of the founding members of Monty Python. RIP

12 David Stern

The former longtime & greatest commissioner of the NBA David Stern passed away at 77 due to a brain hemorrhage. Yet it was on New Year's Day! SUCH a loss for the sports news. R.I.P. David Stern 1942-2020.

13 George Floyd

I can't really agree with @Samantha Rose. The way you said "indicating hate toward the black community".
Derick Chauvin I think was not some white supremacist who purposely put his knee on his neck because he was black. Not saying what the officer did was wrong but I wouldn't say he was targeting black people or anything.
Theres no record that Chauvin was some KKK member if he was he would've been fired a long time ago.

Although I do believe that was police brutality I wouldn't say he directly did it to indicate hate to the black community either.

It looks and he was distracted or his mind was in a completely different place.

Not trying to Defend Chauvin but your comment was slightly flase.

I was walking to work when I was encountered by a local activist in my area. In honour of his valiant efforts I knelt for the cause. Unfortunately, there was an African-American gentleman underneath me at the time. By the time I'd noticed there was a # made and I was being filmed by skinny Buzzfeed reporters.

Probably the most shocking death in months if not years. He was black & got shot, indicating hate toward the black community. A protest took place hoping for justice. R.I.P. George Floyd.

14 Dave Prowse

The original man behind Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy suffered a brief illness that led to a truly shocking death in the entertainment world & general world. He was 85. The world is beyond shocked & will remember him forever. R.I.P. to such a legend Dave Prowse 1935-2020.

15 Bill Withers William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands".

Known for his song Lean on Me. What was shocking was that he that he seemed to be in good physical shape until the condition that led to his passing. He had heart complications. He passed away at the same age as Kenny Rogers. He was 81. A true talented gift gone from this world. R.I.P. Bill Withers.

16 La Parka II

La Parka II, the famed wrestler of the AAA tournament, fell into a deadly accident at 54. A truly dark day & shocking death for wrestling in Mexico. R.I.P. La Parka 1966-2020.

17 Edd Byrnes

Legendary T.V. star from the 50s, known by many as Kookie (making him one of the greatest teenage stars of all time) & Vince Fontaine in Grease, Edd Byrnes, passed away at 86 due to a stroke. His stroke was rather unexpected. A major loss for television & movie entertainment in 2020. R.I.P. Edd Byrnes 1934-2020.

18 Najwa Qassim

Lebanese journalist & most famous television presenter in the Arab world passed away at 52 from an unexpected heart attack. So shocking for television in the Arab world. R.I.P. Najwa Qassim 1968-2020.

19 Gianna Bryant

She was only 13 years old and she had a great future ahead of her. She was already such a good basketball player, and I wish I could have seen what she would have done in the WNBA.

Kobe's 13 year old daughter was also involved in the helicopter crash with her father. RIP her, her father, and the 7 other occupants of the helicopter.

The daughter of Kobe Bryant was also killed in the SoCal helicopter crash, at only 13. What a truly horrible day for the Bryant family & sports in general. R.I.P. Gigi Bryant 2007-2020.

This is extremely heartbreaking. But when she was in the helicopter crash, I'm sure she was in the loving arms of her father. RIP Gigi.

20 Naya Rivera Naya Rivera Dorsey (January 12, 1987 - July 8, 2020) was an American actress and singer, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series Glee.

I was extremely shocked to hear about this. She used the last of her strength to save her son, and that is one of the greatest sacrifices anyone could ever give. R.I.P Naya.

When I heard naya rivera was missing I just started crying because I am such a fan of hers, and I just wanted her to be ok, it's so sad that she is gone, she is missed and always will be, R.I.P Naya.

21 Alex Trebek

When my sister told me that Alex Trebek died, I was in disbelief. He was the Jeopardy host from 1984 until his death in 2020. He died on November 8 due to pancreatic cancer. RIP Alex Trebek 1940-2020

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

His last episode will be Christmas Day!

Jeopardy is my favorite trivia show (sorry Family Fued) you will be missed. RIP Alex Trebek

22 Silvio Horta

The creator of Ugly Betty, Silvio Horta, committed suicide at 45. R.I.P.

23 Fred Silverman

The legendary executive of T.V. in the 70s & onward, president of ABC, NBC & CBS & the creator of many shows like All in the Family, Soap & Hillstreet Blues & helped people create shows like M*A*S*H*, Scooby Doo, Maude, Charlie's Angels, Roots, the Waltons, Supertrain & so many more, just passed away on January 30th after a battle with cancer. He was 82. He was a hero for television. If he never existed, none of those shows would've been made. R.I.P. Fred Silverman.

24 Hassan Hosny
25 Ragaa Al-Giddawy

She was a popular Egyptian actress. Died from Coronavirus. She caught the virus while giving her condolences at someone else's funeral! RIP

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