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.

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 so young...
RIP, Kobe and the rest who were in that helicopter.

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.

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.

His death was completely unexpected as he never publicized his cancer. . .
R.I.P Neil, you'll always live on in your music.

3 Sultan Qaboos

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. - junk

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. - darthvadern

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

4 Rocky Johnson

the legend rocky johnson the best it must be in pain for Dwayne Johnson

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. - junk

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. - SamanthaRosie

As a WWE fan, this is really sad. RIP Rocky. - PandasNGaga

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. - SamanthaRosie

6 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. - SamanthaRosie

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. - SamanthaRosie

8 Christopher Tolkien

The son & helper of J.R.R. Tolkien (known for L.O.T.R.) passed away at 95. R.I.P. Tolkien 1925-2020. - SamanthaRosie

9 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. - SamanthaRosie

10 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. - SamanthaRosie

One of the founding members of Monty Python. RIP - junk

I'm going to miss you :(

The Contenders

11 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. - SamanthaRosie

12 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. - SamanthaRosie

13 Gianna Bryant

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 involved in the helicopter crash at only 13. RIP Gianna 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.

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.

14 Silvio Horta

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

15 Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas (1916 -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 Martha Ivers with Barbara 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...

16 Buck Henry

A comedy legend who was well known, influenced, won 2 Oscars & was the screenwriter of the Graduate & What’s Up Doc, passed away at 89 due to a heart attack. R.I.P. Buck Henry 1931-2020. - SamanthaRosie

17 David Olney

He died out of a heart attack during a performance on stage, which sounds very horrific to see. - BurnAux

18 Caroline Flack Caroline Louise Flack was an English television and radio presenter, whose career began when she starred in Bo' Selecta!

Where do I begin? She was the former host of Love Island and even helped revive it. She was an important hero and she was treated badly and taken in trial involving Dan Wootenn. She committed suicide at the age of 40. Most shocking death after Kobe & Gigi Bryant. R.I.P. Caroline.

One of most shocking deaths in 2020 since the Bryants. Caroline Flack was the top host of Love Island & even helped revive it. She was abused by Dan Wootenn & committed suicide at 40. R.I.P. - SamanthaRosie

She was only 40. Caroline Flack revived Love Island for ITV.

19 Pop Smoke

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot to his death at New York City on February 19th at only 20. This is like XXXTentacion’s & Nipsey Hussle’s death all over again & now the most shocking death for music in 2020. R.I.P. Pop Smoke 2000-2020. - SamanthaRosie

20 Gene Deitch

The creator of Tom & Jerry. He passed away from intestinal issues which came rather unexpectedly, even after he was living a well-before healthy life. He outlived the other Tom & Jerry directors though, making him the last one that ever lived. He was 95. He also did other cartoons like Popeye for example. Never forget him & all his amazing achievements over the decades & people like children & adults alike. R.I.P. Gene Deitch 1925-2020. - SamanthaRosie

The creator of Tom and Jerry. RIP to such a hero. :(

R.I.P. Man.

21 Tom Lester

Known for playing Eb Dawson on the sitcom Green Acres, he passed away at 81. Just like Kenny Rogers & Bill Withers. R.I.P. Tom 1939-2020. - SamanthaRosie

22 Howard Finkel

I'm so sad about all the deaths in the WWE! Howard Finkel was such a great guy. R.I.P Fink. - PandasNGaga

23 Shad Gaspard

He was such a nice guy, and this is definitely shocking. You can tell that he really loved his family, because he told them to secure his son first. R.I.P Shad. You will be truly missed.

24 George Floyd

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.

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