While 2020 has provided us with plenty of joyous showbiz moments, we’ve also had a number of devastating celebrity deaths.
From television to music, we remember those who sadly lost their lives this year and the legacies they’ve left behind.
Celebrity deaths 2020: Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack died on February 15 aged 40.
The Love Island host was found dead in her Stoke Newington home after sadly taking her own life.
She died a few weeks before she was due to stand trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
Caroline’s celebrity pals were devastated, with Olly Murs saying: “Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end.”
We said goodbye to Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas in the same month.
Tributes poured in for the 103-year-old star, who was the father of actor Michael Douglas.
Confirming his father’s passing, he said in a statement: “To me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
As well as Spartacus, Kirk was known for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lonely Are the Brave and The Bad and the Beautiful.
Gogglebox’s Executive Producer, Tania Alexander, confirmed the sad news in a statement.
June appeared on the Channel 4 series alongside her husband Leon, who passed away in December 2017.
The show paid tribute to the much-loved star at the end of an episode.
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn died in June, leaving the nation devastated.
The We’ll Meet Again singer was nicknamed the Forces’ Sweetheart.
Her family confirmed the sad news in a statement, crediting the star as “one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers”.
Piers Morgan and Coronation Street were among those who paid tribute shortly after her death.
John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston tragically passed away in July.
The star died aged 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer, leaving behind daughter Ella, 20, and son Benjamin, 10.
John issued a touching statement about his wife of nearly three decades.
He said: “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
Nicholas Lyndhurst’s son Archie lost his life to a “short illness” back in September.
Family friend Jack Whitehall paid tribute to him, writing: “The world has been robbed of a truly special soul.”
Meanwhile, Nicholas said: “Lucy and I are utterly grief-stricken and respectfully request privacy.”
Celebrity deaths 2020: Bobby Ball
The star had tested positive for coronavirus before his death, which left the world of comedy devastated.
During an appearance on This Morning, Tommy admitted he “couldn’t make sense” of it all.
“It’s an awful time,” he said. “I can’t make any sense of it yet, I really can’t, I miss him terribly, I loved him to bits.”
Sir Sean Connery
James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery passed away in October at the age of 90.
The veteran actor was suffering from dementia, leaving behind his beloved wife Micheline and son.
Micheline was with her husband as he died in his sleep at their home in the Bahamas.
She told the Daily Mail he was a “model of a man” who had struggled to communicate in recent months because of his illness.
The showbiz world said goodbye to much-loved TV personality Des O’Connor in November.
The Countdown host left behind his wife Jodie Brooke Wilson and their five children.
He died “peacefully” in his sleep in hospital aged 88.
Announcing the devastating news, a statement read: “He was a joy to work with – he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional. He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen. He adored his family – they were everything to him.”
Dame Barbara Windsor
In December, Dame Barbara Windsor sadly passed away aged 83 following a battle with Alzheimer’s.
The actress, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014, enjoyed a staggering career that lasted 70 years.
Her husband, Scott Mitchell said that she died peacefully in a London care home.
Meanwhile, Barbara’s former EastEnders colleagues rushed to share their condolences.
Adam Woodyatt said: “I grew up watching Babs in the Carry On films and for me to then work with her it was a privilege and honour and I have so many happy memories and moments that I will always cherish.”
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