Notable deaths in 2020
Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally died March 24 of complications related to the coronavirus at age 81. The Broadway theater veteran was a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic respiratory condition. McNally's career spanned...more
World-famous singer and saxophonist Manu Dibango died March 24 from a coronavirus infection at the age of 86 in France. Cameroon-born Dibango arrived in France in the early 1950s and studied jazz and saxophone in Reims, where he started playing in...more
Albert Uderzo, illustrator and co-creator of famous comic series "Asterix and Obelix ," died March 24 at age 92. Uderzo and author Rene Goscinny are known as the "fathers" of the French comic series about a small village of Gauls who stand up to...more
Grammy-winning country singer Kenny Rogers died March 20 at the age of 81. Rogers, a three-time Grammy winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer, was best known for songs like "The Gambler" and his 1983 duet with Dolly Parton "Islands in the Stream."...more
James Lipton, the creator and host of the long-running U.S. television show "Inside the Actors Studio" died March 2 at the age of 93. Lipton hosted in-depth interviews with hundreds of Hollywood stars for more than 20 years, including Bradley Cooper,...more
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who held power for 30 years until he was ousted in 2011 in a popular uprising against corruption and autocratic rule, died February 25 at the age of 91. A partner of the West in fighting Islamists, Mubarak...more
Katherine Johnson, the black woman whose mathematical genius took her from a behind-the-scenes job in a segregated NASA as portrayed in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures" to a key role in sending humans to the moon, died February 24 at the age of 101....more
Kirk Douglas, the cleft-chinned movie star who fought gladiators, cowboys and boxers on the screen and the Hollywood establishment, died February 5 at the age of 103, his son Michael Douglas said. "To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the...more
Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA's all-time greatest players, was killed at age 41 on January 26 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie drafted...more
Terry Jones, one of the Monty Python comedy team and director of religious satire "Life of Brian," as well as an author, historian and poet, died January 21 at the age of 77. Jones was one of the creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus, the British...more
Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who died February 4 aged 95, held power for longer than any other leader since independence and left a legacy of corruption that still haunts the East African nation today. Moi was usually pictured carrying an...more
Neil Peart, the drummer of Rush, died January 7 at the age of 67. Among the most admired drummers in rock music, Peart was famous for his massive drum kits -- more than 40 different drums were not out of the norm -- precise playing style and onstage...more
Former National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern, who oversaw explosive growth in the popularity of the game during his 30-year tenure, died January 1 at the age of 77. Under Stern, the NBA experienced extraordinary growth, with seven...more
Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died January 10 at age 79, transformed Oman during his 49-year reign from a poverty-stricken country torn by dissent into a prosperous state and an internationally trusted mediator for some of the region's thorniest...more
Legendary journalist Jim Lehrer died January 23 at the age of 85. Lehrer, who co-founded "PBS NewsHour," anchored the show for almost four decades before retiring in 2011. He moderated 12 president debates -- including all of the debates in 1996 and...more
Former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon, one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, died January 24 aged 83, drawing tributes from across a political divide he helped to bridge. Mallon was a major political...more
Italy has now surpassed every other country in coronavirus fatalities, with more than 6,000 deaths.
Cherry, peach and almond trees bloom in springtime around the world.
Cities around the world are deserted as authorities race to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
On the frontlines as authorities around the world battle to prevent the spread of coronavirus.