In Memoriam: People We Have Lost in 2020

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William Small – Former President of NBC News and CBS News Executive

William J. Small was the president of NBC News and an executive with CBS News for 17 years. He was also named president and chief executive operating officer of United Press International. He died of an illness on May 24 at age 93.
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Jimmy Cobb – Jazz drummer

Jazz Drummer Jimmy Cobb attends the NYC Block Party Celebrating “Miles Davis Way” Unveiling on May 26, 2014 in New York City. Cobb was the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album. He died of lung cancer on May 24. He was 91.
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Jerry Stiller – Comedian, actor and father of actor Ben Stiller

In this Feb. 11, 2011, photo, actors Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller arrive at HELP HAITI – Urban Zen HHRH & The Stiller Foundation at the Urban Zen Center at Stephan Weiss Studio in New York City. On May 11, Ben Stiller announced his father died from natural causes. He was 92 years old.
Don Shula — Miami Dolphins Coach (1970 - 1995)

Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula seen during a 1972 game. Shula, who was named Associated Press Pro Coach of the Year for leading his club to a 14-0 regular season record and two playoff wins, died at the age of 90 on May 4th.
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Irrfan Khan — Actor

Irrfan Khan attends the “Inferno” World Premiere Red Carpet at the Opera di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Oct. 8, 2016. The Bollywood actor, who also appeared in "Life of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," passed away in an Indian hospital on April 29 after battling a rare form of cancer. He was 53.
Brian Dennehy — Veteran Actor, Tony-Winner

Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, died at 81 of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut, according to the actor's representatives.
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John Prine — Singer-Songwriter

John Prine performs onstage during Up Close and Personal: John Prine & Sturgill Simpson at The Grammy Museum, June 21, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Prine, the artist behind "Angel from Montgomery," "Sam Stone" and "Hello in There" died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 73 on April 7, according to his family.
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Honor Blackman — Actor

English actor Honor Blackman pose for a portrait in Cannes, France, Jan. 24, 1965. Blackman, best known for her roles as Pussy Galore and as Cathy Gale in British series "The Avengers," died on April 6 of natural causes, according to her family. She was 94.
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Alan Merrill - Musician and Songwriter

Singer and bassist Alan Merrill of pop group Arrows, seen in this 1975 photoshoot. Merrill, best known for co-writing hit song “I Love Rock and Roll” will fellow rocker Joan Jett, died from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 69, according to his daughter.
Joe Diffie - Country Singer

Joe Diffie performs at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family" at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. The "Home" and "Pickup Man" singer died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 61.
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James Lipton — Writer

James Lipton attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Lipton died on Mar. 2, 2020, at the age of 93, according to TMZ.
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Hosni Mubarak — Former President of Egypt

Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak holds a joint press conference with former President Bill Clinton (not pictured) at the Counter Terrorism Summit in Washington, D.C., March 13, 1996. Mubarak died on Feb. 25, 2020, at the age of 91, following years of illness, according to local media.
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Katherine Johnson — NASA Scientist and Mathematician

Katherine Johnson, NASA physicist, space scientist, and mathematician, poses for a portrait circa 1960 in Hampton, Virginia. Johnson, who was known for her work calculating rocket trajectories by hand, died at the age of 101 on Feb. 24, during Black History Month.
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Lynn Cohen - Actor

Lynn Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in New York City. She was 86.
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Kirk Douglas – Actor

Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas was one of the final links to cinema's Golden Age, as well as the patriarch who presided over a family of actors, before his death at 103. His son and fellow actor Michael Douglas announced his father's death on Feb. 6, saying on Instagram, "I am so proud to be your son."
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Chris Doleman – Defensive end for Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco

Former NFL defensive end Chris Doleman died on Jan. 28, 2020 after battling cancer. Doleman, who was one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers, was 58.
Kobe Bryant – Former Los Angeles Lakers NBA Star

Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and who became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history and held that spot until LeBron James overtook him Saturday night.
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Terry Jones – Co-founder of the Monty Python comedy troupe

Jones, one of the founding members of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus comedy troupe, died at 77 after “a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle” with frontotemporal dementia. Jones formed the iconic British comedy troupe with Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam in 1969.
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Don Larsen – New York Yankees Pitcher

Don Larsen as seen in this 1956 portrait, which was the year he made baseball history. The Yankees pitcher threw the first, and only, perfect world series game at 27-years-old. Larsen died Jan. 1, 2020, at 90.
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David Stern – Former NBA Commissioner

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern seen in Lincoln Center on April 17, 2019, in New York. Stern, widely credited with the emergence of the NBA as a global sports powerhouse, died Jan. 1, 2020, after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
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Nick Gordon – Bobbi Kristina Brown's former partner

Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown at “The Houstons: On Our Own,” Oct. 22, 2012 in New York City. Gordon died five years after the death of his partner, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on Jan. 1, 2020.
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