2020 has been a troublesome yr for all us.
The coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) has claimed hundreds of lives and plenty of have been pressured to go on lockdown for prolonged durations of time. A few of us needed to regulate to working from residence, important staff had no selection however to sacrifice their well being, plenty businesses closed down, and plenty of misplaced their jobs altogether.
As we endure within the face of the pandemic, calamities, and financial uncertainty, many sought refuge within the cultural sphere — be it watching on-line live shows, bingeing movies and collection on Netflix, following vloggers, or becoming a member of the TikTok craze.
However the arts and leisure industries weren’t resistant to tragedy. So many cultural icons handed away this yr, and plenty of tears have been shed by those that maintain them pricey.
Earlier than the yr ends, let’s look again on these we misplaced, keep in mind the legacy they left behind, and rejoice their greatest moments in life.
1. Kobe and Gianna Bryant
The loss of life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and 7 others in a helicopter crash shocked the world in January. The daddy and daughter have been on their approach to a basketball sport when catastrophe struck, taking with it a legend of the game and a younger expertise filled with promise.
Kobe gained 5 NBA championships and a Most Priceless Participant trophy in 20 seasons of carrying the Los Angeles Lakers’ purple and gold. Nicknamed the Black Mamba, he’s recognized for his many game-winners and a piece ethic which impressed many to tirelessly hone their craft.
Gianna idolized her dad and dreamed of attending the College of Connecticut, essentially the most profitable girls’s basketball program in america. Fondly known as “Mambacita,” she wished to grow to be the most effective gamers within the WNBA and create her personal legacy as Kobe’s hoops inheritor.
2. Chadwick Boseman
The sudden passing of Chadwick Boseman, who performed the long-lasting Marvel superhero Black Panther, additionally shocked the world in August. The 43-year-old actor died of colon most cancers, a illness he fought privately for years.
Except for Wakanda ruler King T’Challa, Chadwick is understood for enjoying different African-American icons akin to baseball participant Jackie Robinson, singer James Brown, and Supreme Court docket Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Amongst his closing movies embody “Da 5 Bloods,” “21 Bridges,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.” Marvel recently announced that his function in Black Panther won’t be recast to pay tribute to his legacy as an actor who admirably represented his individuals with honor and dignity.
3. Emman Nimedez
All through his remedy, Nimedez saved his followers up to date along with his situation. He stayed robust and remained optimistic that he might beat the sickness.
The YouTube star started making movies in 2011 however rose to fame in 2017 when a few of his works went viral. His channel has 2.75 million subscribers. His track “Teka Lang” is essentially the most streamed Pinoy hip-hop track on Spotify this yr.
4. Lloyd Cadena
After the loss of life of Emman Nimedez, the vlogging neighborhood mourned one other loss with the passing of Lloyd Cadena. He was solely 26 years previous.
His household stated he examined optimistic for COVID-19, however he suffered a coronary heart assault in his sleep lower than every week after getting confined to the hospital with excessive fever and cough.
Fondly known as Kween LC by his followers, Cadena began vlogging in 2011 and he grew to become recognized for his attraction, philanthropy, and kindness. His YouTube channel has 5.84 million subscribers.
5. Diego Maradona
The Argentine football legend died of a coronary heart assault in November after battling well being points. He was 60 years previous.
Argentina declared three days of nationwide mourning after his loss of life, which noticed Argentinians exit in droves to pay their closing respects to their sports activities hero.
Maradona was catapulted to superstardom after main Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986. His workforce battled England within the closing, which ended with a rating of 2-1. He scored each objectives, with the primary later turning into often called “Hand of God.”
6. Eddie Van Halen
The rock legend, who based the band Van Halen collectively along with his drummer brother Alex, died of cancer in October. He was 65 years previous.
He’s thought-about one among rock music’s greatest guitar gamers and is understood for popularizing the finger tapping approach.
Van Halen grew to become one of the profitable American rock bands within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties. Amongst their well-liked songs embody “Bounce,” “Why Can’t This Be Love,” and “Panama.”
7. Jamir Garcia
The music world was shocked when Vladimir “Jamir” Garcia, the frontman of heavy steel band Slapshock, died in November at 42 years previous.
He was discovered lifeless in his residence and was rushed to the hospital, however he was declared lifeless on arrival.
Many Filipino musicians paid tribute to Jamir, the voice of the band which popularized new steel within the Philippines. Amongst their well-liked songs are “Agent Orange,” “Ngayon Na,” “Langit,” “Anino Mo,” “Salamin,” and “Luha.”
8. April Boy Regino
The OPM icon handed away in November. He was 59 years previous.
April Boy was identified with prostate most cancers in 2009, however in 2013 he introduced that was already cancer-free. Two years later, he shared that he was affected by diabetic retinopathy, a situation which causes lack of imaginative and prescient and blindness. He revealed in 2016 that his left eye had gone blind and his proper eye might solely see some mild.
Widespread within the 90s for his swagger, he was recognized for his criss-crossed arms and signature cap-throwing throughout his performances. Amongst his hit songs embody “Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin,” “Paano Ang Puso Ko,” and “Umiiyak Ang Puso Ko.”
9. Dennis Garcia
Earlier than Jamir’s and April Boy’s passing, OPM misplaced a legend early in 2020.
Dennis Garcia, the founding member of iconic Filipino band Hotdog, died in January on the age of 69.
Together with his youthful brother Rene, the 2 Garcias wrote a number of the largest OPM hits together with “Manila,” “Ikaw Ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko,” and “Bongga Ka Day.”
10. Naya Rivera
Followers of music comedy-drama collection “Glee” have been shocked with the death of Naya Rivera in July. She was 33 years previous.
She was initially reported lacking after going for a swim in a California lake along with her son, who was discovered alone in a rented boat. She was presumed to have drowned and her physique was recovered days later.
Rivera who was recognized for enjoying highschool cheerleader Santana in “Glee.” She appeared in a number of tv exhibits within the US, akin to “The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air,” “Baywatch,” and “Step Up.”
11. Park Ji Hoon
The Korean actor handed away resulting from abdomen most cancers in Might. He was 31 years previous.
His household confirmed his loss of life in an Instagram publish and thanked his followers for his or her help.
Park Ji Hoon labored as a mannequin earlier than showing within the Okay-dramas “Chicago Typewriter” and “Dal Quickly’s Spring.”
12. Peque Gallaga
The movie trade confirmed an outpouring of grief when the award-winning Filipino director handed away in Might. He was 76 years previous.
A day earlier than his loss of life, Gallaga’s family confirmed that he was hospitalized for “issues arising from previous well being situations.”
He was greatest recognized for his 1982 movie “Oro Plata Mata,” which grew to become a basic of Philippine cinema. His different notable works embody “Magic Temple,” “Scorpio Nights,” and “Magic Kingdom.”
13. Ramon Revilla Sr.
The previous senator and movie actor died of heart failure in June. He was 93 years previous.
Revilla was greatest recognized for his roles in “Nardong Putik” and “Pepeng Agimat.” He additionally gained the FAMAS award for Greatest Actor in 1973 for “Hulihin Si Tiyagong Akyat” and was hailed because the Field Workplace King in 1979.
As a legislator, he served within the Senate from 1992 to 2004 and have become often called the “Father of the Public Works Act” for authoring Republic Act 8150 or the Public Works and Highways Infrastructure Program.
14. Edgar Quizon
The son of the late Comedy King Dolphy, Edgar Quizon, passed away in December. He was 63 years previous.
He died of pneumonia and his household had him cremated.
He appeared within the movies “Dancing Grasp,” “Dolphy’s Angels,” “Good Morning Professor,” and “Might Pulis, Might Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay.”
15. Sean Connery
The award-winning British actor who performed the fictional spy James Bond in seven movies died in November. He was 90 years previous.
His widow revealed that he suffered from dementia in his closing years.
Connery, who was knighted in 2000, gained an Oscar for greatest supporting actor for his function as an Irish cop in “The Untouchables.”
16. Diana Rigg
One other actor from the James Bond franchise handed away this yr. Diana Rigg died in September on the age of 82.
She was popularly recognized for enjoying Teresa “Tracy” Bond, the spouse of James Bond within the 1969 movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Rigg additionally performed Girl Olenna Tyrrell, aka the sharp-tongued “Queen of Thorns,” within the hit HBO collection “Sport of Thrones.”
17. Anita Linda
In June, the movie trade misplaced one other in icon in Anita Linda, often called the “oldest dwelling actress” in Philippine cinema. She was 95 years previous.
Born Alice Buenaflor Lake, the veteran actress gained worldwide appearing accolades for her roles within the movies “Lola,” “Adela,” and “Sta. Nina.”
On the age of 74, she got here the oldest actress to win a FAMAS award for Greatest Supporting Actress for her efficiency in “Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata.”
18. Mila del Sol
The veteran Filipina actress handed away in November on the age of 97.
Born Clarita Villarba Rivera, she was among the many greatest actresses from the Golden Age of Philippine cinema.
Amongst her works embody “Ibong Adarna,” “Isang Ngiti Mo Lamang,” “Kuba Sa Quiapo,” “Tatlong Magdalena,” and “Kahit Wala Ka Na.”
19. Ian Holm
The award-winning British actor died of a Parkinson’s associated sickness in June. He was 88 years previous.
He was greatest recognized for his function as Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”
Holm gained an Oscar and a BAFTA award for Greatest Supporting Actor for his function as an athletics coach in “Chariots of Fireplace.”
20. Dave Prowse
The British actor, bodybuilder, and weightlifter handed away in November after a brief sickness. He was 85 years previous.
Prowse was greatest recognized for enjoying Darth Vader within the authentic “Star Wars” trilogy. He additionally appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.”
As a weightlifter, he was a multiple-time British champion and represented England within the Commonwealth Video games within the Sixties.
21. Domingo “Menggie” Cobarrubias
The veteran Filipino actor died of pneumonia while waiting for his COVID-19 test results again in March. He was 66 years previous.
He stated goodbye on Fb sooner or later earlier than his passing.
Cobarrubias final starred within the GMA Community collection “Stunning Justice” as President Ricardo San Jose. Amongst his notable works embody “Jaguar,” “Sakada,” and “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis.”
22. Leila Benitez
The television and radio icon died of COVID-19 throughout the early weeks of the pandemic in April. She was 89 years previous.
Benitez was primarily based in New York, the primary epicenter of the pandemic in america.
She is a former host of “Pupil Canteen,” the favored noontime selection present which ran for over 30 years. Often called the “First Girl of Philippine Tv,” she additionally hosted her personal program, “The Leila Benitez Celeb Hour.”
23. Kim Idol
The comic handed away July after battling Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a mind situation during which the blood vessels get tangled and disrupt the stream of blood and oxygen. He was 41 years previous.
Again in 2015, Kim Idol revealed he had AVM. Earlier than his loss of life, he provided his providers as a volunteer frontliner amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim carried out exhibits in Allan Okay’s well-liked comedy bars Klownz and Zirkoh. He additionally appeared in “Eat Bulaga.”
24. Chi Chi DeVayne
The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star, whose actual identify was Zavion Michael Davenport, handed away in August. She was 34 years previous.
She revealed in 2018 that was identified with scleroderma, an autoimmune rheumatic illness.
Chi Chi positioned within the high 4 of “Drag Race” Season 8 and appeared within the third season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
— LA, GMA Information