Remembering celebrities lost in 2020
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Chris Pizzello/Invision/APBryant and Boseman were just two of many famous names given a final farewell in 2020. Other notable losses included Alex Trebek, 80, Sean Connery, 90, Little Richard, 87, Kenny Rogers, 81, Eddie Van Halen, 65 and Regis Philbin, 88. FILE - In this June 27, 2010 file photo, host Regis Philbin is seen on stage at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. There were many celebrities among the more than 1.7 million worldwide deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020. Watch our video to remember many more famous names lost in 2020.mlive.com
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Harry Connick Jr. honors workers during pandemic road trip
FILE - This May 28, 2019 file photo shows Singer Harry Connick Jr. with his daughter Georgia at a special screening of "Pavarotti" in New York. The special will air June 21 and will follow host Connick Jr. and his filmmaker-daughter Georgia on road trip celebrating and thanking essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. With the help of his daughter, Georgia Connick, who is a filmmaker, and a bunch of GoPro cameras, he embarked on a pandemic road trip to meet essential workers around the country who were risking their lives during the pandemic. I just want to reach out and meet some of these folks, sanitation workers or elementary school teachers or people that are working at food banks, said Harry Connick. It was highly emotional, said Harry Connick.