In memoriam: Remembering those who died in 2020

These are the artists, activists, journalists, and cultural contributors we lost this year

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      Alex Trebek, Salome Bey, and Neil Peart were among the Canadian icons who passed away this year. Here’s a list of notable people who died in 2020, from authors and artists to musicians and athletes.

      John Baldessari, conceptual artist

      Judson Beaumont, artist

      Ronald Bell, musician, Kool and The Gang

      Salome Bey, singer 

      Salome Bey

      Honor Blackman, actor

      Christo, artist

      Christie Blatchford, journalist 

      Robert Tadashi Banno, Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre founding president

      Chadwick Boseman, actor

      Kobe Bryant, professional basketball player

      Bonnie Burstow, anti-psychiatry critic and educator

      Pete Carmichael, musician, Diableros

      David Carter, author and Stonewall historian

      Brent Carver, actor

      Kendall Chinn, a.k.a. Mr. Chi Pig

      Kendall Chinn (a.k.a. Mr. Chi Pig), musician

      Sean Connery, actor

      Nick Cordero, actor

      Simeon Coxe, musician, Silver Apples

      Spencer Davis, musician

      Ambrose Dlamini, Eswatini prime minister 

      Olivia de Havilland, actor

      Brian Dennehy, actor

      Chi Chi DeVayne, drag queen 

      Manu Dibango, musician

      Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, poet laureate priest (2019)

      Linda Diebel, journalist

      Kirk Douglas, actor 

      Shirley Douglas

      Shirley Douglas, actor and activist

      Saeb Erekat, Palestinian peace negotiator

      Tony Fernandez, baseball player

      Robert Fisk, journalist

      Genesis P-Orridge, musician

      Andy Gill, musician, Gang of Four

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

      Jospeh Gosnell Sr.

      Joseph Arthur Gosnell Sr., former Nisga'a Nation president

      Sarah Hegazy, activist

      Buck Henry, actor and screenwriter

      Toots Hibbert, musician

      Mary Higgins Clark, author

      Ian Holm, actor

      Houdini, Toronto rapper-songwriter

      Rae Johnson, artist

      Terry Jones, actor and director

      Rishi Kapoor, actor

      Irrfan Khan

      Irrfan Khan, actor 

      Hana Kimura, wrestler 

      Ivan Kral, musician

      Larry Kramer, AIDS activist and author

      John le Carré, author

      Bunny Lee, reggae producer

      Robert H. Lee

      Robert H. Lee, Prospero International Realty founder and Wall Financial Corporation cofounder

      John Lewis, U.S. congressman and civil rights leader 

      Joseph Lin, Green Club of Vancouver founder and environmental educator

      Little Richard, musician

      Mike Lorimer, panhandler

      Diego Maradona, soccer player

      Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz musician

      Howie Meeker, hockey player, commentator, MP

      Paul McDonell, former Burnaby city councillor and firefighter

      Terrence McNally, playwright

      Ennio Morricone, composer 

      Daniel David Moses, First Nations playwright and poet

      Joanne Nisbet, dancer, senior ballet mistress at National Ballet of Canada

      Nobuhiko Obayashi, filmmaker

      Rush drummer Neil Peart died from brain cancer on January 7. He was 67.

      Neil Peart, musician, Rush

      Regis Philbin, talk show host

      Bonnie Pointer, singer

      David Prowse, Darth Vader actor

      Kelly Preston, actor

      Charley Pride, musician

      John Prine, musician

      Rich Priske (a.k.a. Rich Rock), musician

      Sushant Singh Rajput, actor

      Helen Reddy

      Helen Reddy, singer

      Carl Reiner, actor

      Diana Rigg, actor

      Naya Rivera, actor

      Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, riverboat gambler

      Regan Russell, animal-rights activist

      Fred Saskamoose

      Fred Saskamoose, hockey player

      Adam Schelesinger, songwriter

      Joel Schumacher, director

      Eddie Shack, hockey player

      Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, singer

      Barry Shantz, activist

      JR Shaw, Shaw Communications founder 

      Lynn Shelton, filmmaker

      Gordon Smith, artist

      Jerry Stiller, comedian

      Kenzo Takada, fashion designer

      Deanne Taylor

      Deanne Taylor, performer and playwright

      Doug Taylor, historian

      Dermod Travis, Integrity B.C. executive director

      Alex Trebek, game show host

      John Turner, Canadian Prime Minister

      Eddie Van Halen, musician

      RM Vaughan, writer and artist 

      Nick Volkow

      Nick Volkow, former Burnaby city councillor

      Max von Sydow, actor and director

      Andrew Weatherall, musician and producer

      Charles Webb, author

      Leslie West, musician, Mountain

      Bill Withers, musician

      Fred Willard, actor

      Betty Wright, musician

      Elizabeth Wurtzel, journalist and author

      A memorial for Regis Korchinski-Paquet outside her High Park apartment. The 29-year-old fell from a balcony while police were in her apartment.
      Samuel Engelking

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      Ahmaud Arbery

      Rayshard Brooks

      D’Andre Campbell

      Ejaz Choudry

      Joyce Echaquan

      George Floyd

      Regis Korchinski-Paquet

      Rodney Levi

      Chantel Moore

      Breonna Taylor

      With files from the Georgia Straight.