Hi Trendies! As the end of 2020 comes, with events that will change our lives forever, we cannot forget our personalities lost in 2020. With Trendbook, let’s remember the voices, the stars and the creative minds that departed this year.
For now, as the year wraps up and 2021 approaches, thought we’d take a look back at some of the celebrity deaths from 2020 — people from the worlds of music, sports, entertainment and politics.
KOBE BRYANT AND DAUGHTER GIANNA BRYANT
Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Bryant won five NBA championships and was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Bryant also led the NBA in scoring twice and ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, singer and model. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing the role of Hillary Winston on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Royal Family (1991–1992) at the age of four and earning a nomination for a Young Artist Award at five. After a series of recurring television roles and then guest spots as a teenager, Rivera got her breakthrough role in 2009 as lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received critical acclaim and various awards, including a SAG Award and ALMA Award, as well as earning two Grammy Award and one Brit Award nominations.
Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor and playwright. After studying directing at Howard University, he became prominent in theatre, winning a Drama League Directing Fellowship and an acting AUDELCO, and being nominated for a Jeff Award as a playwright. Transitioning to the screen, he landed his first major role as a series regular on Persons Unknown in 2010, and his breakthrough performance came in 2013 as baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biographical film 42. He continued to portray historical figures, starring in Get on Up (2014) as singer James Brown and Marshall (2017) as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Sir Sean Connery was a Scottish actor. He gained recognition as the first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. Originating the role in Dr No, Connery played Bond in six of Eon Productions’ entries and made his final appearance in the Jack Schwartzman-produced Never Say Never Again.
Fashion designer Kenzo Takada, the founder of the Kenzo brand, whose creative director is now Portuguese Felipe Oliveira Baptista, died at the age of 81, due to covid-19. He was one of the great revolutionaries of fashion, betting on graphic motifs and colourful elements, in a meeting between East and West.
Born in 1936, he is the grandson of General Catroux, was one of the most iconic french interior designers and his masterpieces are well-known worldwide. First a journalist, François Catroux met in New York the architect Philip Johnson and in Paris the decorator Charles Savigny, who would then influence him to assortments of contemporary furniture and antiques.
French interior designer Christian Liaigre died at 77, according to information published on his studio’s official website. Liaigre founded the company in 1985 and was its creative director until 2016. He was known for his luxurious but sober style, prioritizing natural materials and sophisticated aesthetics. Throughout his career, he signed home projects for names like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Rupert Murdoch and Bryan Adams.
RUTH BADER GINSBURG
Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death on September 18, 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton, replacing retiring justice Byron White, and at the time was generally viewed as a moderate consensus-builder. She eventually became part of the liberal wing of the Court as the Court shifted to the right over time. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor. During her tenure, Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including the United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000), and City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York (2005).
Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.