Celebs we've lost in 2020

In the early hours on the very first day of 2020, the world had already said a final farewell to two celebrities — a troubled soul known for dark times, his demons and his connection with the death of a beloved late celebrity's child, and a promising hip-hop ingenue gone too soon. 

Even before January's end, comedic and rock music legends, a fan-favorite reality starlet, a talented television actor, a teen idol-turned bit movie and TV star and a wrestling icon (who spawned one of the biggest blockbuster star's on the planet) had also passed on, and they were all gone too soon ... because it's always too soon. Take a look back at the stars whose light burned out this year, but still shines on in the legacies they've left behind, the loved ones who survive them, and the memories they've given to us all.

Here are the celebrities we've lost in 2020.

Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend at the time of her own untimely death, died on Jan. 1, 2020. He was 30 years old. Audio from a 911 call (obtained by TMZ) described a black discharge emitting from Gordon's mouth, which the site reported is a possible symptom of opioid overdose. The caller said Gordon wasn't breathing; no official cause of death has been reported pending toxicology results. People reported that Gordon overdosed on heroin, while the Daily Mail claimed that Gordon suffered heart attacks in the hours leading up to his death.

Gordon had a troubled life. He moved in with Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown after what he claimed were disagreements with his mother and stepfather. Though he and Brown reportedly lived like siblings while Houston was alive, their relationship became romantic; Gordon told the Daily Mail that he and Brown almost married at a courthouse before her passing. Brown drowned in a bathtub and fell into a coma in January 2015 after an argument with Gordon. Brown was placed in hospice care before her death in July 2015. A month later, Brown's estate sued Gordon for wrongful death, E! News reported, alleging that Gordon placed an unconscious Brown in the tub after injecting her with a "toxic mixture." People reported Gordon was also accused of physically assaulting Brown. Gordon, who denied the claims, was found legally responsible for Brown's death after failing to meet court deadlines in the case. He struggled with addiction following Brown's death.

Lexii Alijai

Rapper Lexii Alijai died at just 21 years old on Jan. 1, 2020. Born Alexis Alijai Lynch, Lexii had amassed nearly 90,000 Instagram followers and millions of SoundCloud streams. Her debut, Feel Less, dropped in 2014. Weeks after her passing, the Star Tribune reported that Lynch allegedly overdosed on the prescription painkiller Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) in her hotel room. Emergency services were called to check on an unconscious Lynch; she was suspected of possibly suffering cardiac arrest before EMTs arrived and was "cold to the touch." Though revival techniques were attempted, Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Singer Kehlani, who featured Lynch on her song "Jealous," expressed her sorrow at Lynch's passing, tweeting, "Weakest saddest way to start a new year. I'm off this 'happy new year;' please please please please be safe out here. Love on your people please." Lynch's mother, Jessica Owen, told the Star Tribune that Lynch was working on a new album and was supposed to head to the studio the day of her passing. Her completed music will now likely be released posthumously, possibly in February 2020.

Neil Peart

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, died on Jan. 7, 2020. He was 67 years old. "It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer," Rush told the CBC in a statement.

Peart famously performed with a drum kit that completely surrounded him. He and Rush last toured in 2015, at the conclusion of which he revealed he'd suffered from pain throughout. Peart suffered from two major tragedies in 1997: His 19-year-old daughter Selena died in a car accident, and he lost his wife to cancer just 10 months later. He remarried and is survived by his wife, Carrie, and daughter Olivia. Stars including Slash, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Bryan Adams, Kiss' Paul Stanley, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all paid their respects to Peart on social media, with Trudeau writing, "We've lost a legend. But his influence and legacy will live on forever in the hearts of music lovers in Canada and around the world. RIP Neil Peart."

Buck Henry

Saturday Night Live favorite and screenwriter Buck Henry died on Jan. 8, 2020, Deadline confirmed. He was 89 years old. Henry was acclaimed for his screenplays, scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Graduate and an Emmy win for Get Smart, the spy spoof series he co-created with comedy legend Mel Brooks. Though most screenwriters aren't widely known to audiences, television viewers were familiar with Henry, who hosted SNL numerous times during the NBC staple show's first five seasons. Henry was also an occasional director, helming Heaven Can Wait and First Family.

In addition to appearances on SNL, Henry had small acting roles in several films and TV shows, including parts in Hot In Cleveland, Law & Order: SVU, Franklin & Bash, and as Liz Lemon's dad on 30 Rock. He also served as a guest host for late night shows including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Late Show With David Letterman.

Despite his success in comedy, Henry admitted in the 2009 book And Here's The Kicker (via Vulture) that he doesn't actually watch comedy much. "I just don't find comedy as interesting as the forms that I don't do myself," he said, adding, "It's harder to make me laugh than it is to make me cry."

Edd Byrnes

Edd Byrnes died on Jan. 8, 2020 at 86 years old, The New York Times reported. His son told the outlet that the actor likely suffered a stroke.

Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger in New York in 1933, to an alcoholic and alternatively absent and verbally abusive father. When Byrnes was 13, his father died from what was possibly a homicide. Byrnes dropped out of school two years later and began modeling at 17. He claimed to have been lured into male prostitution by older men and photographers. Throughout his life he found solace in movies, though his acting education was unique: He had a friend in the NYPD who'd let him play "bad cop" during interrogations despite not actually being an officer of the law.

He landed bit parts before being cast in Girl On The Run, which was the precursor to 77 Sunset Strip, where he starred as Kookie. He became a heartthrob, getting 15,000 fan letters a week. Unfortunately, he struggled with depression. When his fame began to fade, Byrnes turned to drugs and alcohol to cope; he did a 12-step program in 1982 and went on to recover and become sober.

Aside from starring as Kookie, his other best known role is that of TV host Vince Fontaine in Grease. He also had roles in Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. He is survived by his son Logan, partner Catherine Gross, a sister and a brother.

Alexis Eddy

Alexis Eddy, who appeared in MTV reality series Are You The One?, was found dead in her West Virginia home on Jan. 9, 2020. She was just 23 years old. TMZ obtained audio of a 911 dispatcher who said that Eddy wasn't breathing and was "cold to the touch." Emergency personnel attempted CPR to revive her but failed. It's suspected Eddy suffered cardiac arrest before her death, but no official cause has yet been revealed, as of this writing. 

Eddy was called "The Petty Queen" and "Man Eater" on the dating show, and was notorious for her dramatics as well as for revealing she was related to convicted murderer Sheila Eddy. Alexis was open about her struggles with substance abuse and revealed on Twitter in September 2019 that she and her father were both sober. According to TMZ, the family member who found Eddy believed she was still sober as of the night before her death. She was reportedly engaged to Nate Lee in October 2019, Us Weekly reported, but the pair appeared to have split by December 2019.

Stan Kirsch

Stan Kirsch died on Jan. 11, 2020. He was 51 years old. TMZ reported that Kirsch took his own life. He was discovered by his wife, but paramedics could not revive him.

Kirsch was most famous for starring as Richie Ryan on the original Highlander TV series for six seasons. The TV show's official Facebook account honored Kirsch, writing, in part, that he was "nothing but kind, thoughtful and sincere," adding, "Although Richie Ryan's life was cut short on the show, there was little more to see; Richie Ryan had evolved into his own man, and it was Stan's performance that made it true."

Kirsch, who also starred in JAG and had memorable roles on General HospitalInvincible, and Friends, got his first acting role at just four years old in a Campbell's soup commercial. He was working as an esteemed acting coach in Los Angeles, Calif. at the time of his passing. 

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Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson, wrestling legend and father to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, died on Jan. 15, 2020. He was 75 years old.

According to TMZ Sports, Johnson first became a professional wrestler in the 1960s, when he took to the ring in the National Wrestling Alliance, but he didn't become a household name until the 1980s, when he joined the WWE (then known as the WWF). Johnson and partner Tony Atlas became the first African American wrestling tag team in the franchise's history as the Soul Patrol. He retired from wrestling in 1991 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

Johnson was close with son Dwayne, who previously bought Rocky a house and purchased him a car for Christmas in 2016. On Father's Day 2018, Dwayne wrote on Facebook, "Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. They want to be just like 'em, do whatever they do and are always looking for their approval. Funny thing is, the day I stopped looking for that approval was the day I understood what it meant to be man and more importantly, a father. That shift lifted me to a new level of gratitude for the tough love he always gave. Years later as a man and father of three girls, I know that tough love is a helluva lot better than no love at all. I'll take it. It made me who I am today. Grateful to the original Rock."

Norma Michaels

Actress Norma Michaels died peacefully on Jan. 11, 2020 at her Palm Springs, Calif. home, according to People. She was 95 years old. With her on-screen career spanning more than 60 years, Michaels began acting in 1954 and got her big break ten years later on The Jack Benny Show. She's since appeared on television shows like Modern Family, Lizzie McGuire, iCarly, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Days of Our Lives, Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Loves RaymondGilmore Girls, and more, but her most famous role was as Josephine alongside Jerry Stiller in the Kevin James-led King of Queens. Michaels also had plenty of silver screen experience, including roles in Easy A, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, and Wedding Crashers, as well as starring most recently as Sally Field's mother in the 2015 flick, Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Michaels' obituary in the Desert Sun reported that in addition to being a star, she was also a renowned counselor. Michaels is survived by several cousins, as well as her manager and close friend, Jasper Cole.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones, co-founder of the Monty Python comedy troupe, died on Jan. 21, 2020, following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia, per The Hollywood Reporter. He was 77 years old. "Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London," his agent stated. "We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades."

Jones met Michael Palin while studying English at Oxford University in the 1960s. The duo began acting in sketches together, before meeting John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Eric Idle while appearing on Do Not Adjust Your Set. Cleese introduced them to Terry Gilliam, and they soon launched Monty Python's Flying Circus on the BBC. Following its run from 1969 to 1974, Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail and directed Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Jones was also a history buff and opponent of the war in Iraq, publishing a book of essays called Terry Jones' War on the War on Terror in 2004 and nabbing an Emmy nod the same year for Terry Jones' Medieval Lives.

With several celebs reacting to his death, collaborator Cleese tweeted in part, "It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away."

David Olney

Folk singer David Olney died during a performance on Jan. 18, 2020. He was 71 years old. Variety reported that Olney grew silent and slumped on his stool at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. The audience, as well as his accompanying musicians, reportedly believed at first that Olney was simply pausing until his fellow performers realized what happened.

Musician Amy Rigby, who was performing alongside Olney, wrote on Facebook (via Variety), "Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes. He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket [...] we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing — I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment." Rigby added that there were attempts to revive Olney, but they'd failed.

Olney recorded 20 albums and had other music legends, including Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and his own former roommate Steve Earle, cover his songs. He first gained popularity as a member of The X-Rays, opening for iconic artists like Elvis Costello, before going solo. His final full performance, from earlier in the day on Jan. 18, 2020, is immortalized on YouTube.

Tyler Gwozdz

Tyler Gwozdz, a contestant on Season 15 of ABC's The Bachelorette, died on Jan. 22, 2020. Gwozdz was 29 years old.

TMZ reported that Gwozdz was suspected to have suffered from an overdose at his Boca Raton, Fla., home and was hospitalized on Jan. 13, 2020. He reportedly was treated in an intensive care unit and was in stable but critical condition. His official cause of death has not yet been reported, but the report cited a 911 call in which the caller told a dispatcher that Gwozdz may have used heroin at the time of the incident.

Gwzodz competed for Hannah Brown's final rose (and nabbed a one-on-one date with the former pageant princess) before he left the show with no explanation after three weeks of shooting. At the time, he told Refinery29 in a statement that his exit was "a decision that I came to with producers, and something that I've come to realize what is the best decision that could've been made."

According to Gwzodz's Bachelorette profile (via Business Insider), he was a sales manager and entrepreneur who aspired to someday be a clinical psychologist; he also did volunteer work to raise awareness and funds for gun control efforts after a friend's daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February 2018. He is survived his parents and five younger siblings.

Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer, the founder and longtime anchor of PBS Newshour, died peacefully at home on Jan. 23, 2020, according to PBS. Lehrer was 85 years old.

Lehrer was born in Wichita, Kansas, and attended Victoria College in Texas and studied journalism at the University of Missouri before serving in the Marines. He began his journalism career in Dallas 1959.

In 1975, Lehrer joined forces with Robert MacNeil to cover the Watergate scandal on what was then The Robert MacNeil Report. The show eventually became The MacNeil Lehrer Report and later The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour. In 1995, MacNeil retired and the show became The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. Throughout Lehrer's 36-year PBS career, he covered just about every major news story, including the Kennedy assassination and Bill Clinton's impeachment. He moderated 12 presidential debates, the most of anyone in history, from 1988 through 2012 (including every debate in the 1996 race, making him the only person to ever to do that). He retired from NewsHour in 2011.

Lehrer was also a writer and the subject and host of the 1986 Emmy-winning documentary My Heart, Your Heart, in which he detailed his 1983 heart attack.

He told The American Journalism Review in 2011 (via The New York Times), "I have an old-fashioned view that news is not a commodity. News is information that's required in a democratic society, and Thomas Jefferson said a democracy is dependent on an informed citizenry. That sounds corny, but I don't care whether it sounds corny or not. It's the truth."

John Karlen

Actor John Karlen died from congestive heart failure on Jan. 22, 2020 while in hospice care, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 86 years old. Karlen was most famous for his role of Willie Loomis in the original Dark Shadows TV series, as well as for starring as Harvey Lacey on Cagney & Lacey, for which he won an Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series Emmy in 1986. He also played Loomis in several Dark Shadows films.

Karlen was born John Adam Karlewicz in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and began his career in 1959 in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird Of Youth. Karlen amassed more than 100 acting credits in his nearly 40-year career. In addition to Cagney And Lacey and Dark Shadows, Karlen also appeared in Charlie's Angels, Hill Street Blues, Mad About You, Hawaii Five-O, and Murder, She Wrote. His final role was a reprisal of Harvey Lacey in Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions in 1996, 10 years after winning his Emmy for the role.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant died at 41 on Jan. 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash over Calabasas, Calif., TMZ reported. The crash also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who Kobe was reportedly taking to basketball practice at the time of the tragic crash.

Bryant, who joined the NBA right out of high school, was widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, winning five NBA championships and being named NBA Finals MVP twice and league MVP in 2008 throughout his celebrated 20-year career. The Los Angeles Lakers retired both of Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24. In addition to being one of the most decorated NBA stars of all time, he was also an Oscar winner for his 2018 short animated film Dear Basketball.

In addition to his illustrious career, Kobe was also known for his sometimes tumultuous life off the court. In 2003, Kobe was arrested and charged with the alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee. The charges were later dropped after the accuser refused to testify against him, and Kobe issued a public apology to the woman for the alleged incident. In 2018, he was removed from a film festival jury over the sexual assault allegation, according to The Washington Post.

Kobe is survived by wife Vanessa, who he married in 2001 after six months of dating. In 2012, Vanessa filed for divorce, but they reconciled in January 2013, per ESPN. Kobe and Gianna are also survived by his three younger daughters (Gianna's sisters), Natalia, Bianca and Capri.

Marj Dusay

Marj Dusay died of natural causes on Jan. 28, 2020. She was 83 years old, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She reportedly passed away peacefully at her home in New York City. The Kansas native was born Marjorie Mahoney and began modeling in the Big Apple during her first marriage in 1956. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles and joined Rob Reiner's improv group, The Session, before getting her big break in Elvis Presley's film Clambake in 1967 and alongside Sandy Dennis in 1968's Sweet November.

Dusay is widely remembered for her guest-starring role in a 1968 Star Trek episode called "Spock's Brain," in which she plays an alien who beams onto the Starship Enterprise and steals — you guessed it — Spock's brain and brings it back to her home planet. She was a soap opera staple, with roles in Capitol, Santa Barbara, All My Children, Days of Our Lives and Guiding Light. She also made memorable appearances in The Odd Couple, Mod Squad, Hart to Hart, Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, Mannix and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Dusay is survived by her sisters Maryann and Kathleen, brother Timothy, daughter Debra and son-in-law David Blocker.

Kirk Douglas

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas died on Feb. 5, 2020 at 103 years old.

Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky to a Russian Jewish immigrant family, Douglas had six sisters. His acting career kicked off when fellow Manhattan American Academy of Dramatic Arts student Lauren Bacall helped him land his first movie role. He won two Golden Globes and was nominated for three Oscars in the 1950s, finally receiving an honorary Oscar in 1996. He was best known for Spartacus, for which he hired blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo at the height of McCarthyism's attacks on alleged Communists. "Dalton was in prison because he refused to answer questions, so I decided, the hell with it! I'm going to put his name on it," Douglas told People. "I think that's the thing I'm most proud of because it broke the blacklist."

Douglas survived a helicopter crash in 1991 and a stroke in 1996. He was a proud father of two sons with first wife Diana Dill; the actor Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas. He remarried to Anne Buydens in 1956, with whom he shared producer son Peter Douglas and actor son Eric Douglas, the latter of whom died of a drug overdose in 2004. Kirk and Anne were together until his death.

Michael Douglas said in part in a statement to People, "To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.

Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway died on Feb. 5, 2020 after suffering a heart attack, Deadline reported. He was 77 years old.

New York City native Conway's first breakthrough role was as Roland Weary in Slaughterhouse Five in 1972. He went on to score dozens of film and television credits throughout his career, including One Life to Live, Miami Vice, Thirteen Days, Funny Farm, In the Heat of the Night, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Northern Exposure, The Quick and the Dead, The Black Donnellys, Oz, The Good Wife and an uncredited recurring role as the control voice in The Outer Limits.

Conway had an illustrious stage career as well, winning a Drama Desk Award for an off-Broadway performance in When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? in 1974. He appeared in Indians with Stacy Keach and Raul Julia on Broadway in 1970, starred opposite James Earl Jones in Of Mice and Men on Broadway in 1975 and alongside Philip Anglim in The Elephant Man in 1979.

Conway's most famous role was in 1993 film Gettysburg, and, incidentally, his final credit was as the voice of Daniel Webster in an upcoming documentary called The Gettysburg Address.

Orson Bean

Comedian and actor Orson Bean died on Feb. 7, 2020 after a tragic traffic incident in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. TMZ reported that Bean "was allegedly jaywalking ... when he was clipped by one vehicle and then struck by another." The incident is reportedly currently under investigation, but that it's unlikely the drivers will be charged as no actual illegal activity occurred.

Bean had more than 100 film and screen credits, including Miracle On 34th Street, Being John Malkovich, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Grace and Frankie, Superstore and The Bold and The Beautiful, as well as more than 200 appearances on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson and Jack Parr years.

According to the AP, Bean lived a colorful life off-screen as well. According to the outlet, Bean's father "was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union." During Hollywood's blacklist era, Bean said he was forced out of the industry for a year "because [he] had a cute communist girlfriend." He turned to theater during this time to make ends meet, but eventually resumed his career in the 1970s after moving "to Australia, where he lived a hippie lifestyle."

Bean was married to actress Alley Mills, best known for playing mom Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years, for 27 years until his tragic passing, ABC 7 News reported. He was crossing the street to go to the Pacific Resident Theater where Mills was working when he was killed.

Robert Conrad

Actor Robert Conrad died on Feb. 8, 2020, People reported. He was 84 years old. The Chicago-born actor worked as a milkman and a nightclub singer before moving to Los Angeles to pursue stardom. He broke into the business in 1959 on Hawaiian Eye, then became a star as the titular Secret Service agent James T. West in The Wild Wild West from 1965 through 1969. Conrad's other memorable projects included Baa Baa Black Sheep (syndicated as Black Sheep Squadron), Samurai Cowboy, and Dead Above Ground. Conrad was also a singer in the 1950s and 1960s. He received a Distinguished Service Award in Broadcasting and is a member of the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame.

A consummate tough guy, Conrad performed his own stunts onThe Wild Wild West, which he didn't particularly enjoy, considering he once sustained a skull fracture after falling 15 feet onto concrete while shooting a fight scene.

Conrad is survived by eight children and 18 grandchildren from his two wives, Joan Kenlay and LaVelda Fann, the latter of whom he pursued while he was still married to the former ... and as soon as Fann turned 18 (to his 43). "That wasn't robbing the cradle, it was grand theft," he joked to People in 1988.

Conrad held a similarly breezy view of his on-screen legacy. "I did my acting tongue in cheek," he once said (via The Hollywood Reporter), adding, "I didn't take any of it seriously. The last year, I didn't even read the scripts, I just read my part. And it worked."

Paula Kelly

Dancer and actress Paula Kelly died on Feb. 9, 2020 following years of cardiovascular problems, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kelly was 76 years old. Kelly was a Broadway veteran, making her debut in 1964 musical Something More as Mrs. Veloz. In 1969, she appeared in The Dozens, followed by Paul Sills' Story Theatre in 1971, Ovid's Metamorphoses in 1971 and in Sophisticated Ladies in 1981. She also performed in London, starring in Sweet Charity as well as its film adaptation alongside Shirley Maclaine and Chita Rivera, winning a Best Supporting Actress London Variety Award.

Kelly also appeared in a number of TV specials and shows, including The Golden Girls, Sanford and Son, St. Elsewhere, Kojak, Hill Street Blues, The Richard Pryor Show and Gene Kelly's New York, New York. She earned Emmy nominations for her recurring role of public defender Liz Williams, then again in 1989 for The Women of Brewster Place.

Though acting was a major success for her, dancing is where Kelly's heart was. She said in a 1968 interview (via THR), "The only time I feel complete expression is when I'm dancing. Then, I have no problems, no worries, no hang-ups. I feel I could do anything in the world."

Raphael Coleman

Nanny McPhee star Raphael Coleman died on Feb. 6, 2020, at just 25 years old. Coleman's stepfather, Carsten Jensen, wrote on Facebook that the former child star passed away after collapsing during a jog. Per People, Coleman studied zoology at the University of Manchester, became a biologist, and was an activist for the Extinction Rebellion organization under the moniker Iggy Fox, once writing for The Hourglass, "I realized that as an activist my voice could be far more influential than it had been as a scientist."

His stepfather noted how, at 18, Coleman traveled solo around the world, getting his diving certification in Indonesia, studying at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, and spending a year in the Costa Rican jungle. As revealed in a Wilderlost Media YouTube video posted shortly before his untimely death, Coleman also worked as an independent photographer, director, wilderness medic, and photojournalist. Jensen wrote of Coleman, "He was a child actor in the popular British comedy Nanny McPhee, where he played himself with great talent, a little redhead boy who was always mixing explosive chemical ingredients. He had several roles, was rewarded and could have chosen a career as an actor. But he wanted to be a scientist ... to save the planet."

Liz Jensen, Coleman's mother, wrote on Twitter, "He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all. His family could not be prouder. Let's celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy."

A$AP Snacks

DJ, music manager, and producer A$AP Snacks — real name J. Scott — died on Feb. 2, 2020, according to People. However, no cause of, or circumstances surrounding, his death has been reported. Per Complex, Scott was a member of the A$AP Mob hip-hop collective and served as a DJ for its most famous member, A$AP Rocky, as well as one half of the duo Cozy Boys with A$AP Lou. Scott, an Atlanta native, moved to New York City and began DJing at parties before officially joining the A$AP Mob.

Scott previously told Vibe of his nickname, "I snack a lot, probably more than anybody because I'm pescatarian so I can't just stop at McDonald's. But you got to come correct with the snacks around me because I don't f**k with the foo foo s**t, you feel me? No high fructose corn syrup ... I like getting the very rare snacks that each city has to offer. I like cashews and fruit but I'm not that into chocolate."

A number of celebs in the music industry paid their respects on social media, including A$AP Rocky, who wrote on Instagram that he was "lost for words" at Scott's passing. Meanwhile, A$AP Ferg concurred in a post captured by Celebrity Access, "Man, words can't even describe how I feel right now. Rest In Peace to my brother @jscottands**t This was one of the healthiest guys I knew but I guess God needed him. Gone too young 'cozy boy' for life love u bro."

Lynn Cohen

Lynn Cohen, famous for her role of Miranda Hobbes' housekeeper Magda in Sex and the City, died on Feb. 14, 2020, her manager confirmed to CNN. She was 86 years old. Cohen's other notable roles included Bubbabosia in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Joan Bailey in The Affair, Stefania McKee in Damages, and Judge Elizabeth Mizener in Law & Order. She also appeared in big screen blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (as the oft-silent Mags), Across The Universe, and Munich.

Cohen was a Kansas City, Mo., native, who eventually became a Broadway regular. Deadline reports that she starred in Ivanov and Orpheus Descending. In addition to being nominated for the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards, the actress also won several awards during her stage career, including the New Dramatists' Bowden Award, Fox Fellow Award, Lilly Award, and the Richard Seff Award from Actor's Equity Association.

Known for her spritely sense of humor, Cohen joked in a 2014 CBS News interview about working with "It girl" Jennifer Lawrence and hunks Sam Claflin and Liam Hemsworth on Catching Fire: "Those three beautiful people ... it was so hard, I could hardly stand it. I was on [Claflin's] back for four months, it was just terrible ... He was very happy about it, too!" She is survived by her husband, Ronald Cohen.

Jacob Thiele

Musician Jacob Thiele, who played keyboards for indie dance-rock outfit The Faint, died on Feb. 13, 2020. He was just 40 years old. No cause of death has yet been revealed, the Omaha World-Herald reported. However, his former bandmates said in part in a statement on Instagram, "We are devastated to lose our dear friend Jacob Thiele. He was a true synthesizer pioneer, and the Faint would not have sounded the same without him. We were incredibly lucky to have had the time we did with him."

Thiele joined the Omaha, Neb. band in late 1998, replacing Matt Bowen, and remained a member of The Faint — both in the studio and on tour — until 2016. Some of the group's most popular works, including 2003's Danse Macabre, featured his contributions. Thiele also was a member of a side project called The Depressed Buttons with The Faint bandmates Clark Baechle and Todd Fink, according to Pitchfork. He is survived by his parents, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, and nieces.

Caroline Flack

British television personality Caroline Flack died of an apparent suicide on Feb. 15, 2020. She was 40 years old. The former host of U.K. reality shows The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity! Get Me Out Of Here! Now! and, most recently, Love Island, Flack was as famous for scandals surrounding her personal life as she was for her work. In addition to facing backlash over dating then-One Direction crooner Harry Styles — when he was just 17 years old to her 31 — from late 2011 to early 2012, she also claimed to have had a brief fling with Prince Harry in 2009, which she said ended once the press got wind of the affair.

Flack's most recent relationship with Lewis Burton made headlines when she was arrested in December 2019 after allegedly assaulting Burton with a lamp while he slept. Burton declined to press charges, but Crown Prosecution Services moved forward with the case, The Sun reported. Breaking his silence on the matter, Burton vowed to be Flack's "voice" moving forward on Instagram, writing in part, "My heart is broken. We had something so special. I am so lost for words I am in so much pain I miss you so much ... I love you with all my heart."

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred in Disney's Queen Of Katwe, died on Feb. 15, 2020, after suffering from a brain tumor, BBC News reported. The Ugandan actress was just 15 years old. Waligwa had previously been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016. After Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair crowdfunded to pay for Waligwa to receive treatment in India, the actress was reportedly declared cancer-free in 2017. In 2019, however, another tumor was discovered.

Waligwa was famous for her role of Gloria in the Disney film, a friend of the protagonist Phiona who teaches the film's hero about chess. Lupita Nyong'o, who co-starred in Queen of Katwe, wrote on Instagram in part, "It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon." Co-star David Oyelowo wrote, "We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. Her light will live on."

Jason Davis

Jason Davis, who voiced the gentle Mikey Blumberg on Disney's Recess for years, died on Feb. 16, 2020, a rep for his family confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 35 years old. Davis was the grandson of billionaire oil heir Marvin Davis and the son of winemaker Nebil Zarif and wife Nancy Davis Rickel. Rickel said in a statement, "I am so heartbroken to share the saddest news of my life that my son Jason Davis passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else. We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss."

Davis' acting credits included Recess, as well as Beverly Hills Ninja, Rush Hour, 7th Heaven, and Roseanne. He publicly struggled with substance abuse for years, appearing on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew from 2010 to 2011. He was later arrested and charged with drug possession, though the charges were dropped after Davis completed a rehabilitation program. 

Davis worked to eliminate the stigmas associated with addiction and co-founded the Cure Addiction Noe charity, which funded research to curb and cure substance abuse and aid ongoing recovery efforts for patients. TMZ reports that no cause of death has yet been officially named, but claimed that Davis may have suffered an overdose.

Kellye Nakahara Wallett

M*A*S*H star Kellye Nakahara Wallett died on Feb. 16, 2020 at 72 years old, the Associated Press reported. Wallett's son told the outlet that the actress had suffered a short battle with cancer and passed away while surrounded by her loved ones at her Pasadena, Calif. home.

Wallett was an Oahu, Hawaii native, who started as an extra on M*A*S*H, but had a memorable turn in a 1982 episode when her character, Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato, revealed her crush on star Alan Alda's Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce. In the end, the actress appeared in 185 episodes of the series, per Deadline, including the record-shattering series finale. Her other credits include Clue, Growing Pains, NYPD Blue, and Little House on the Prairie.

Wallett's M*A*S*H co-star Loretta Swit told Fox News in a statement, "She radiated sparkle and goodness and joy. The light that her presence brought will be deeply and forever missed." Alda expressed his condolences, as well, telling the publication, "Nakahara was a beautiful person and a natural as an actor. She began as a background performer and worked her way up to playing the lead in an episode I wrote for her. She was adorable and brilliant in the part. But you couldn't beat what she was as a person, funnier and warmer and kinder than most people I've known. We all loved her on M*A*S*H, and we're all heartbroken to know she's gone. Kelley was a treasure."

Esther Scott

Esther Scott died on Feb. 14, 2020 at 66 years old. A relative of Scott's told TMZ that the veteran actress suffered a heart attack in her Santa Monica, Calif. home, and was found unconscious on Feb. 11, 2020. She'd been hospitalized for days before passing away, and she was in the presence of loved ones when she died.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Esther moved to Brooklyn as a child and became interested in acting in school plays at the Bronx High School of Science, her sister Shaun Scott told The New York Times. She went on to graduate with a theater arts degree from San Francisco State University. Esther had a remarkably long career as a character actress with a slew of iconic roles in Boyz In The Hood, Beverly Hills, 90210; Full House, Encino Man, The Pursuit Of Happyness, Hart Of Dixie, ER, King Of Queens, Martin, Birth Of A Nation, Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and the Star Wars spinoff Ewoks. She amassed a total of 73 acting credits since 1986.

Shaun told TMZ of Esther, "She loved what she did. She would get stopped on the street often and people would recognize her — but they didn't know her name. Hopefully now people will remember her name, her work and the contributions she gave to the entertainment industry."

Ja'Net DuBois

Ja'Net DuBois, most famous for her role as Willona on Good Times, died on Feb. 17, 2020. The New York Times reports that DuBois' family listed her age as 74, but that she may have actually been older. DuBois also performed and co-wrote "Movin' On Up," the theme song to The Jeffersons. DuBois' daughter, Kesha Gupta-Fields, said, "She wrote that song as a promise to her mother, that when she obtained a certain level of stardom, that her dream was to essentially have her mom live in a deluxe apartment."

DuBois grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. before moving to Brooklyn, N.Y. She had an illustrious Broadway career with roles in A Raisin In The Sun and Golden Boy, then started a young actors' workshop before moving to Los Angeles, Calif. After Good Times, DuBois kept acting, with roles in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and an Emmy-nominated turn as Mrs. Avery on The PJs.

Janet Jackson, who co-starred on Good Times, wrote on Instagram that she was "so very saddened" over DuBois' death. Jackson added, "I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories." Norman Lear, creator of Good Times, tweeted, "Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin' on Up.'"

Candace Muzny

Candace Muzny, a former NASCAR racer, was found dead in her Oklahoma City, Okla. home on Feb. 17, 2020. She was 43 years old. ABC 13 reported that police initially declared Muzny's death as suspicious, though a later report claimed that her cause of death was "an accidental drowning." According to Bleacher Report, Muzny competed in NASCAR's Late Model Divisions and K&N Pro Series, among other top-level competitions.

Muzny was released from prison just a month before her death. The Associated Press reported that in January 2020, Muzny was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer after getting into an altercation at a nail salon. Muzny was accused of slapping a manicurist for speaking Vietnamese to a colleague, as well as punching another salon worker in the face and threatening him with a pocket knife when he called police. When a responding officer tried to arrest Muzny, her dog allegedly attacked him and Muzny allegedly hit him with her pocket knife, cutting him near his ear.

In an interview with Heavy, Muzny denied striking the officer but snapped, "[The manicurist] needs to get back to Vietnam. If she wants to live in America and serve Americans, she needs to speak the language they speak." Muzny also said in the interview, "I'd give my last five dollars for anybody. I'm a very good person. I think all people have good and bad in them."

Claudette Nevins

Actress Claudette Nevins died on Feb. 20, 2020 at 82 years old while in hospice care at her Los Angeles home, per The Hollywood Reporter

The Brooklyn-raised stage and screen veteran first performed onstage in a 1958 production of Waltz of the Toreadors, and spent the next 40 years acting in theater in New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, including a starring turn in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. Nevins also nabbed regular recurring roles on television and dabbled in film work. Appearing in the 1961 horror classic The Mask, starring as a cop's wife in Police Story, and playing a sketchy landlord in Police Squad, she also had memorable TV cameos in CHiPsM*A*S*H, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Meanwhile, her recurring roles included Constance Fielding on Melrose Place, Clayton Webb's (Steven Culp) mother on JAG, Joyce Sidwell on Providence, Audrey Simmons on The Agency, Mrs. Rainy on 7th Heaven, and Andy Griffith's wife on Headmaster.

Nevins' family described her as philanthropic and a "staunch feminist." She's survived by her daughters, Jessica and Sabrina, and several grandchildren.

James Lipton

Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton died following a battle with bladder cancer on March 2, 2020, TMZ reports. He was 93 years old.

Lipton first developed his hit Bravo series in 1994. With his first guest being screen legend Paul Newman, students featured on the show included future Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper (who later appeared as a guest). The famously verbose host interviewed nearly 300 stars on the long-running series, and once told The Hollywood Reporter, "If you had put a gun to my head and said, 'I will pull the trigger unless you predict that in 23 years, Inside the Actors Studio will be viewed in 94 million homes in America on Bravo and in 125 countries around the world, that it will have received 16 Emmy nominations, making it the fifth-most-nominated series in the history of television, that it will have received an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series and that you will have received the Critics' Choice Award for best reality series host — predict it or die,' I would have said, 'Pull the trigger.'" 

Lipton hosted the show until his 2018 retirement, when it moved to Ovation TV. Following his death, his wife, Kedakai, told The Hollywood Reporter, "He lived each day as if it were his last. His work was his passion, loved what he did and all the people he worked with. He empowered people to do their best, and hopefully his spirit, curiosity and passion will live on."

Bobbie Battista

Longtime CNN anchor Bobbie Battista died on March 3, 2020, following a four-year battle with cervical cancer, the network reported. She was 67. "Bobbie was the consummate trooper in her struggle with cancer," her husband said in statement. "She was courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful for all the others in her life even as she fought through the pain. My dear partner of 25 years of marriage has cut her earthly bonds and is now in peace."

According to People, Battista began her television career at WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., producing and anchoring the network's morning news and several specials. She went on to win a George Foster Peabody Award for her 1981 documentary, Fed Up With Fear, and was named best newscaster in Cable Guide in 1986. Battista was one of the original anchors of CNN from its 1981 launch. In 2001, she said of her time at the network (via Page Six), "Whether the Challenger explosion, the assassination attack on Reagan, the Gulf War, certainly this terrorist attack. Those were memorable from the anchor desk."

Nicholas Tucci

Actor Nicholas Tucci died on March 3, 2020, at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Conn., his father announced on Facebook. He was 38 years old. 

"Nick chose to keep his illness private so that he could continue to pursue his professional and artistic dreams for as long as possible," Tucci's father wrote in part. And pursue them he did: Tucci was born in Middletown, Conn., and attended Yale University, where he studied theater and was a member of a sketch comedy group on campus. He performed in theatrical productions throughout his life and had an illustrious television and film career, with appearances in series like Pose, Quantico, Homeland, Daredevil, The Blacklist, and Person of Interest, among others. Tucci also had a big screen turn as Felix in 2011's You're Next, and had three movies in post-production at the time of his passing.

Tucci's father noted, "In the last year, he was able to audition, go on location, and continue the work he loved so much. To those of you in the film, television, and theater communities ... thank you for guiding, encouraging, and supporting Nick. To those of you who enjoyed Nick's work on the screen and stage...thank you for recognizing his talent and appreciating his efforts. To all ... thank you for your gift of friendship to my son."

McCoy Tyner

Legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner died on March 6, 2020 at 81 years old, his family announced in a statement via Twitter. "McCoy was an inspired musician who devoted his life to his art, his family, and his spirituality," the family's statement read in part. "McCoy Tyner's music and legacy will continue to inspire fans and future talent for generations to come."

A Philadelphia native, Tyner first began playing piano when he was 13, performed in an R&B band when he was in high school, and, by age 21, began performing with John Coltrane's quartet on influential albums like A Love SupremeCrescent, and Live at Birdland (via Rolling Stone). In 1961, Coltrane told The New York Times of Tyner, "He's sort of the one who gives me wings and lets me take off from the ground from time to time." Following creative differences (though remaining amicable and friendly), Tyner parted ways with Coltrane's band and released his own works from the 1970s through 1990s, including some tributes to Coltrane.

Of his work with Coltrane, Tyner said in a 2001 interview, "The thing is, sometimes when you are in the middle of something, you don't realize the sort of impact it is having on the world. I knew that our band was very very special, and I knew it from the response we were getting from the public. But when I look back in retrospect, after I heard it, I remember saying to myself, 'That is really amazing!'"

Danny Tidwell

Renowned dancer and So You Think You Can Dance star Danny Tidwell died on March 6, 2020. He was just 35 years old. After the tragic news broke, Tidwell's husband, news reporter David Benaym, wrote in part on Instagram, "I'm devastated that my Danny, the love of my life, my beloved friend, the artist, the talented angel, fierce mind, legendary dancer, my now late husband ... died last night in a car crash while his friend was driving him home from work."

Tidwell's younger brother, the Emmy-nominated dancer and choreographer Travis Wall, initially announced Tidwell's passing: "Yesterday I lost a brother. And we all lost a gift. I'm not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can't believe this is real. I can't believe you're gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up ... I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing."

The New York Times reports that Tidwell was adopted into Wall's family when he was 12 (though Tidwell himself said he was 10). Tidwell, who finished in second place during the third season of SYTYCD, credited dance with keeping him out of trouble. Among the several celeb reactions to his passing was legendary choreographer Debbie Allen's tribute: "Danny Tidwell, our beautiful dancing genius 'Prince amongst Paupers,' you are in God's Ensemble. We will always speak your name with love and respect. See you on the other side."

Roscoe Born

Soap opera star Roscoe Born died on March 3, 2020, according to Variety. He was 69 years old.

Born had a nearly 40-year television career, beginning with guest roles in the late '70s and early '80s on The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, and A Game Of Love, before landing the role of Mark Bailey in Paper Dolls in 1984. Born also played Joe Novak in Ryan's Hope, but left the series in 1983 and married co-star Randall Edwards in 1985; they divorced in 1990. He went on to earn an Emmy-nomination for playing twins Quinn Armitage and Robert Barr in Santa Barbara, and nabbed roles in All My Children, The City, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, Passions, and Days of Our Lives, followed by parts in The Young and the Restless and One Life To Live — his final regular role — between 2009 and 2012.

In a statement on Facebook, his family revealed that Born suffered from bipolar disorder and died by suicide: "We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories. We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts. May his death remind us of the importance of opening up conversations around mental illness. May those who need help seek it. May those who seek help receive it. And may it serve them."

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Max Von Sydow

Legendary actor Max Von Sydow passed away on March 8, 2020, at the age of 90, his wife, Swedish filmmaker Catherine, revealed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

The Swedish actor served two years in the Swedish military, before studying acting at Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre. Von Sydow worked with iconic filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in both Sweden and Hollywood, with one of his first prominent roles being the knight Antonius Block in The Seventh Seal. He remains the only Swedish actor to date to earn an Oscar nomination, but it was an even more rare feat: he was nominated for best actor for Pelle The Conqueror, a foreign-language film. His more recent roles included Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones.

Von Sydow famously portrayed characters much older than he was in real life. When he was 43, he played 80-year-old priest Father Merrin in The Exorcist. He also portrayed Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told, which was admittedly the actor's most difficult role, because he felt the need to stay in character even off-set. "I couldn't smoke or drink in public," Von Sydow once lamented (via THR). "The most difficult part of playing Christ was that I had to keep up the image around the clock. As soon as the picture finished, I returned home to Sweden and tried to find my old self. It took six months to get back to normal."

Lorenzo Brino

Actor Lorenzo Brino died in a car accident on March 9, 2020, in which his Toyota Camry hit a pole after he lost control of the vehicle in San Bernadino, Calif., according to TMZ. He was just 21 years old. Brino's only acting credit was one he shared with his quadruplet siblings between 1999 and 2007: he and his brothers rotated in their roles as the Camden family's young twins on 7th Heaven, with Lorenzo playing Sam. 

His aunt, Janet Brino, reportedly wrote in a statement to the media outlet, "To my dear sweet nephew, your loss left a hole in my heart. God needed another Angel and he took you. Please watch over your mom and dad. You sister Mimi, brothers, Antonio, Zachary and Nicholas ... You got a big job up there." Brino's friends similarly made a tribute video for him and called him a "beautiful soul" while showcasing his love for fitness. Meanwhile, his sister honored his memory in an Instagram post, writing in part, "To my amazing and crazy brother. You might be gone but it's true when people say 'gone but never forgotten.' Saying that you were a blessing is an understatement. You brought light to so many lives and you did so much with the too short of a life that you had."

Stuart Whitman

Actor Stuart Whitman died from natural causes on March 16, 2020, at 92 years old, his son confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Brooklyn before serving in the Army, Whitman lost only one of his 24 bouts as a boxer and went on to study theater at Los Angeles City College and Ben Bard Drama acting school, while working as a bulldozer operator to pay his bills. His first big break was playing a boxer in the play Here Comes Mr. Jordan, followed by on-screen roles in When Worlds Collide and TV shows like Lux Video Theatre.

Whitman was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the 1961 film The Mark, in which he played a convicted child molester trying to rebuild his life. With other notable movie roles, including The Sound and The Fury with Joanne Woodward, and World War II dramas The Day and The Hour and The Longest Day (the latter alongside John Wayne), Whitman also starred in the 1967 Western series, Cimarron Strip: the one-season show was one of the only on television to boast 90-minute episodes. Friendly with Chuck Norris, Whitman also appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger and TV movie The President's Men with the martial arts expert.

Whitman's family said in a statement, "An avid storyteller, he was forever the center of attention, living by his mother's creed, which he took joy in repeating, 'Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.'"

Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner died on March 17, 2020, at 84 years old after a battle with cancer, The New York Times reported. 

The actor was born in Kansas City, Kan., and studied at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., before serving in the Army. Waggoner's first roles were in Gunsmoke and Lost In Space, before scoring his big break on The Carol Burnett Show in 1967. "Lyle walked in, and it was practically no contest," Burnett told the Los Angeles Times in 2015. "He was funny and didn't take himself seriously. He was hired on the spot, and we started using him in sketches." 

Waggoner's classic good looks even landed him in Playgirl magazine in 1973. He left The Carol Burnett Show the following year, and in 1975, starred as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman alongside Lynda Carter. The show, set in the 1940s, was too expensive to produce, so it was reworked in modern times as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman — with Waggoner recast as Steve Trevor Jr. "I couldn't believe they wanted me to play my own son," he explained in a 2011 interview. "I figured, 'Well, they're professionals. They must know what it is they're doing, but this doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense to me.'" Waggoner later poked fun at his career on That '70s Show and The Golden Girls. He is survived by his wife and children.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers died on March 20, 2020, at 81 of natural causes, Rolling Stone reported. 

Raised in a housing project in Houston, the musician joined a doo-wop group when he was 18, and had his first solo hit with "That Crazy Feeling" two years later. In 1967, Rogers found further success when he joined First Edition alongside Glen Campbell. However, Rogers' first No. 1 singles as a solo artist came in 1977 with "Lucille" and "Coward of the County," followed by his magnum opus "The Gambler," as well the Grammy-winning "You Decorated My Life."

Rogers' 1983 duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream," became an instant classic, and Parton performed the song with Rogers at his 2017 farewell concert in Nashville. "You never know how much you love somebody until they're gone," Parton tweeted after his death. "I've had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success, I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend."

While Rogers sold 100 million records, country radio often refused to play his crossover music. "You know, country music has a box, and there's four corners," Rogers told Rolling Stone in 2001. "You can be all the way out to any one of those corners and still get played. But the minute you step outside that box, you're gonna get shut down. The trick is to be so successful that you can move the box."

Terrence McNally

Prolific playwright Terrence McNally died on March 24, 2020 from coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally reportedly also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary heart disease for years before his passing. The Broadway icon wrote some of the world's best-loved and long-running productions.

McNally was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, before moving to the Big Apple. He studied journalism at Columbia University before he began writing plays, according to The New York Post. He went on to win four Tony Awards throughout his dazzling career, beginning with And Things That Go Bump In The Night in 1965, Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995 and Master Class in 1996. He won a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1982, the same year that Broadway hosted a revival of his play Frankie And Johnny At The Clair De Lune. Two of his other most famous plays were the stage adaptations of novels Kiss Of The Spiderwoman and Ragtime.

The stage icon is survived by his husband, Tom Kirdahy.

Mark Blum

Mark Blum, star of Desperately Seeking Susan, died on March 25, 2020 from "complications of the coronavirus," according to a friend who spoke with The New York Times. He was 69 years old. Blum was a New York City theater regular both on and off Broadway. He's also known for his roles in Crocodile Dundee, Shattered Glass, 12 Angry Men, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, and Netflix's You.

"With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week," his theater company, Playwright Horizons, tweeted. "Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you."

Blum was born in Newark, N.J., and despite a love of theater and acting, he was surprised to be able to pursue the craft for a living. "I never for a minute at that age considered it for a career," he told the The New York Times in the 1980s. "I was raised in one of those basic, middle-class Jewish families in the suburbs and that just wasn't something somebody thought about."

John Callahan

Actor John Callahan died on March 27, 2020 after suffering "a massive stroke," People reported. He was 66 years old. Callahan starred as Edmund Grey on All My Children from 1992 to 2005 as well as playing several roles on Days Of Our Lives, Falcon Crest, Santa Barbara, a guest starring role in Desperate Housewives, and numerous other TV credits. Callahan's ex-wife and former All My Children co-star, Eva LaRue, paid homage to the late star on Instagram, writing in part, "May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya." She added, "Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss right now for you." LaRue and Callahan were married from 1996 until 2004.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who also starred on All My Children before her Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame, also honored Callahan. "He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn't have a father to be there," Gellar wrote on Instagram. "Johns [sic] greatest joy in his life was when he had a daughter of his own ... I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well."

Matthew Faber

Actor Matthew Faber was pronounced dead on March 28, 2020. He was 47 years old, TMZ reported. Faber's death appeared to be natural, sources told the site, although the official cause is not yet known as of this writing. After Faber's friends and family hadn't heard from him in several days, they got his landlord to open his apartment in Van Nuys, Calif., where his body was found.

Faber appeared in several cult classic films throughout his career, including his best known role of Mark Weiner in Welcome To The Dollhouse and its sequel Palindromes, as well as Natural Born Killers, Sue, and Ride With The Devil. His most recent project was The Devil You Know with Rosamund Pike and Jennifer Lawrence in 2013.

Faber's brother, Mark, remembered the star to TMZ as no less than a genius. "A beautiful man. Incredibly talented. Wise beyond his years, quick-witted," he said. "Abundantly aware. He could really pay attention more than most. He had such incredible focus and ability to sustain concentration—brilliant man, very aware, very smart."

Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie, a country singer best known for his song "John Deere Green," died on March 29, 2020, from coronavirus complications, TMZ reported. Just days earlier, Diffie revealed his diagnosis on Facebook, writing, "I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic."

Diffie had 18 country top 10 singles and five No. 1 country hits, including "Home," "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," "Third Rock from the Sun," "Bigger Than the Beatles," and "Pickup Man." He won a Grammy for "Same Old Train" in 1998. Known for his honky tonk style and down-home, working man sensibility, the Oklahoma native released a new track, "As Long As There's A Bar," in July 2019 and his first vinyl LP Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie! that November. He told Rolling Stone of his artistic process, "I just like the songs themselves. I went that route — finding songs I really liked and that I related to. Really, it's not any more complicated than that."

Diffie is survived by wife Tara Terpening Diffie and several children from his numerous marriages.

David Schramm

Actor David Schramm died on March 29, 2020, according to Deadline. He was 73 years old. As of this writing, no cause of death has yet been reported.

Best known for his role of Roy Biggins in Wings, Schramm was a New York City stage regular. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and studied at Juilliard. The New York Times reported that Schramm was one of the first to graduate from the prestigious art school's drama program, alongside fellow alumni Patti LuPone and Kevin Kline. Schramm made his Broadway debut in 1973 in Three Sisters and went on to star in numerous productions on both the East and West coasts, including alongside Rebecca DeMornay in Born Yesterday at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1988.

Schramm appeared in several movies throughout his career, including Johnny Handsome, A Shock to the System, and Let It Ride. His television work included the 1983 miniseries Kennedy, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, and guest roles in Another World and Miami Vice. His most famous work was in the airport-set NBC sitcom Wings, in which he starred for eight seasons.

Known as a comedic character actor, Schramm told The Los Angeles Times in 1989, "My specialty seems to be playing the loud, pompous, bombastic, verging-on-hysteria guy. But I'd rather establish a totally different persona each time. It's why I act."

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack, a dialect coach and an actor in the Star Wars franchise, passed away from complications from coronavirus on March 31, 2020, TMZ reported. Jack was 76 years old when he died in a hospital outside London, and tragically, his wife, Gabrielle Rogers, was unable to be with him in his final moments, as she was under quarantine in Australia. Because of the pandemic, funeral plans are currently in limbo.

Jack appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and served as a dialect coach for British star John Boyega in the film. Jack also provided his linguistic talents to films including Avengers: Endgame, Captain America, Men In Black: International, Lord Of The Rings, Die Another Day, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Alien v. Predator and the upcoming The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. He's worked with Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale, and Viggo Mortensen during his 30-year career and was reportedly a master not only of Western dialects, but also of Japanese and Chinese dialects as well.

Jack's agent, Jill McCullough, told Deadline, "He loved his work and was funny, charming, and a joy to be around. He was a friend first and a client second, and I will miss doing silly voices and pissing around with him on set. Dialect coaching isn't just about being good at accents, you need to make your actors feel safe and confident, and Andrew's actors absolutely adored him."

Pop Smoke

Rapper Pop Smoke was murdered in a home invasion on Feb. 19, 2020. He was just 20 years old. Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was possibly renting the home owned by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp and her husband Edwin Arroyave, TMZ reported. According to The New York Times, four suspects in hoodies (and at least one in a mask) made their way into the property after a party in the home, although it's unclear what the burglars' motives were. Jackson was shot and rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, Calif., where he was pronounced dead.

TMZ pointed out that Jackson may have unfortunately given away his location to his murderers: He posted a photo on Instagram of a gift bag he received with his address on it, and the same day was in a photo with a friend holding a huge stack of dollar bills in the driveway of the property.

Just days before his slaying, Pop Smoke's mixtape hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200, largely thanks to his summer 2018 smash "Welcome to the Party." His family said in a statement, "Every prayer, call, and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother, and friend. Brooklyn knew him as Bashar. He was educated and nurtured in Brooklyn and his rise to fame all developed from the place he proudly represented. Within the last year, his extraordinary giftedness was revealed to the world, introducing Pop Smoke."

Adam Schlesinger

Musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger died on April 1, 2020, from COVID-19 complications, Variety reported. He was 52 years old.

Schlesinger released his first album with Fountains of Wayne in 1996. Seven years later, the band nabbed its first Grammy nominations — Best Pop Performance by a Group and Best New Artist — with the smash hit "Stacy's Mom," which was accompanied by a viral video starring Rachel Hunter. Throughout his illustrious music career, Schlesinger was also a member of the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows, the latter a supergroup consisting of himself, James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and Taylor Hanson. Schlesinger won his sole Grammy in 2008 for the comedy album A Colbert Christmas.

Schlesinger was also acclaimed for his scores and soundtracks. He earned his first Best Original Song Golden Globe and Oscar nominations in 1997 for writing the music for fictional band The Wonders in That Thing You Do. He also landed two Tony nominations for the musical adaptation of John Waters' Cry-Baby. His most recent completed project at the time of his death was a score to The Bedwetter with Sarah Silverman based on her memoir; the production was slated to hit the stage in spring 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters. He won two Emmys as well, one for his work on the hit CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which he wrote over 150 songs, and one for his original song for the 2012 Tony Awards, "It's Not Just for the Gays Anymore."