"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, James Bond icon Sean Connery, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, actors Kirk Douglas, Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Kelly Preston and Nick Cordero, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, comedian Carl Reiner, rock 'n' roll icon Little Richard, jazz icon Manu Dibango, country music icon Kenny Rogers and NBA legend Kobe Bryant are among the famous people who have died in 2020.
Richard "Dick" Thornburgh, former attorney general of the United States and former governor of Pennsylvania, takes a seat at the witness hearing after U.S. Chief Justice nominee Judge John Roberts testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 15, 2005. Thornburgh died on December 31 at age 88. Photo by Yuri Gripas/UPI
Dawn Wells poses with the original, fully restored S.S. Minnow from "Gilligan's Island" to meet and greet fans and visitors at the Vancouver International Boat Show in Vancouver on January 23, 2014. Best known for her role as Mary Ann from "Gilligan's Island," Wells died of COVID-19 on December 30 at the age of 82. Photo by Heinz Ruckemann/UPI
Pierre Cardin poses with displays of his Spring-Summer 2007 fashion collection presentation in Paris, on July 4, 2006. The French designer, known for abstract designs in the 1960's, died on December 29 at the age of 98. Photo by William Alix/UPI
Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero poses for photos during an interview with Efe in Mexico City, Mexico, on August 31 2016. Manzanero, known as the king of romanticism, died of COVID-19 on December 28, at the age of 86. Photo by Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA-EFE
ATL97100702-8 OCTOBER 1997-ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA: Phil Niekro tosses the ceremonial first pitch prior to game one of the National League Championship Series between the Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta on October 7, 1997. The former Braves pitcher, known for his signature knuckleball, died on December 26 at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer. Photo by Jim Middleton/UPI
Rebecca Luker (L) and Danny Burstein arrives on the red carpet at the Tony Awards in New York City on June 9, 2019. Luker, a three-time Tony nominee, died after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, on December 23 at the age of 59. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Stella Tennant poses for pictures at the Costume Institute Gala celebrating "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 26, 2004. The model, known for working with Chanel, Versace and Calvin Klein died unexpectedly on December 23, a few days after her 50th birthday. Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI