Death, for us all, is inevitable. A lot of us never know when, and rightly so, but some of our friends and family are gone too soon. We are still connected to the lost celebrities who have entertained us for years or decades, although they may not be our friends. Whether from the world of sports, red Hollywood carpets, behind the glass in the recording studio, or on TV and movie screens, these lost celebrities are sorely missed. Since our parents were children, some of these celebrities have existed, others have arisen in recent years, but all made significant contributions to our entertainment and influence. For their selfless contributions to their fields, remember all those lost celebrities. Each day, their work still inspires us.
Kobe Bryant, commonly known as the ‘Black Mamba’ on the court, was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game, playing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard in his 20-season career. Five NBA championships, 18 All-Star awards, and two-time NBA Finals MVP status resulted from his expertise, leadership, and competitive personality. On retirement, he won the 2017 film’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball. At the beginning of 2020, traveling to a travel basketball match with his daughter, Gianna, their private helicopter fell tragically.
Jarad Anthony Higgins, known worldwide as Juice Wrld, was a former American rapper and singer out of Chicago. His hit “Lucid Dreams” was played on Spotify over a billion times. In addition to an earlier hit, Lucid Dreams enabled Juice Wrld to obtain contracts with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Productions, and All Girls Are the Same. Higgins passed away upon ingestion of several unknown pills during a flight from Van Nuys, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
Boyce may look familiar to the older audience as being one of the Eagle Eye plot pieces starring Shia Lebouf and as the son of Adam Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. He was a pillar on the Disney Channel, featuring Jessie, Gamer’s Pretty Much Everything Guide, as well as the voice acting of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Boyce died of complications due to his epilepsy at the young age of 20.
Even if his son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, leapfrogged him in the Fame Department, Rocky Johnson was the original professional wrestler of the family. Rocky, born in Canada, started his wrestling career in 1964, having won several National Wrestling Alliance titles. The duo won the 1983 World Tag Team Championship in 1983, alongside tag team partner Tony Atlas, and became World Wrestling Entertainment’s first black champions. Johnson died of pulmonary embolism, believing that in early January 2020 he had the flu, ignoring the visit of a prospective doctor.
Rip Torn, with a career spanning over 60 years, was a noted actor and voice actor. As Patches O’houlihan, Zed in the Men in Black Franchise, and as Arties on The Larry Sanders Show, he’s immortalized in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Torn passed away at the age of 88 from Alzheimer’s and its complications.
The main lyricist and drummer of the band Rush was Neil Peart, known for being the youngest person to be inducted into the 1983 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame. Also, during his travels, a noted author, Canadian songwriter, and musician created many memoirs while integrating fantasy, philosophy, and humanitarian themes into his lyrics. After a three-plus-year illness, Neil passed away from his glioblastoma fight at age 67.
Chuy Bravo, the famous Mexican-American actor, born as Jesus Melgoza, was Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her talk show, Chelsea Lately. Bravo, who had immigrated to the California San Fernando Valley with his family at the age of 15, started acting during the early 90s. He was even featured in Pirates of the Caribbean 2007: At the World’s End. As one of his enduring decisions to help his Latin community talents find work in different entertainment projects, Chuy founded the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles.
Stephanie Sherk, who was born in Ontario, Canada, relocated to the US to further her modeling career, producer, as well as actress. The CSI: Cyber actress and her role in #Hashtag: The Series may be recognized by you. Valentine’s Day, Crash Landing, and Big Date are included in the writing credits.
Danny Aiello was a great Italian-descended American actor. His credits include Once Upon a time in American, The Purpose Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, and of course, The Godfather Part II. Aiello was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor to portray Salvator “Sal” Frangione in Do the Right Thing.
The victim of a tragic accident while spending the day on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son was Naya Rivera, best known for her time on ‘Glee.’ After they had gone swimming together, the young boy was found alone on the rental pontoon. She never made it back to the boat.
Actress Kelly Preston fought cancer for two years before succumbing to it on July 12, 2020, at 57. John Travolta’s late wife was best known for her roles in ‘Jerry Maguire,” For Love of the Game’ and What A Girl Wants.’
Carl Reiner had over six decades of a long and illustrious career as a comedy writer, director, and actor. On June 29th, 2020, at the age of 98, Reiner died of natural causes. His work on television, film, and the stage led to nine American Humor Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and the Mark Twain Prize.
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On June 2nd, 2020, at 70, Mary Pat Gleason died. You may not be familiar with her name, but you know her face and her iconic personality. Her acting credits list continues, but French teacher Madame Oeuf on Saved by the Bell, dressing room attendant Lucille on Sex and City, elementary school teacher Mrs. Butters on Desperate Housewives, and homeless woman Sally on Will & Grace were the outstanding TV roles. Her best-known film appearances were in A Cinderella Story, Intolerable Cruelty, The Crucible, and I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
What kind of cancer did Off-White designer Virgil Abloh have?
According to a statement released by Virgil Abloh‘s team, the noted fashion designer passed away from a rare form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma.
He was 41 years old at the time of his passing.
Alongside a photo posted to his Instagram account, the caption read: “For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.
“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”
LVMH, the French corporation with holdings in multiple luxury brands including Louis Vuitton and Off-White, also released a statement following the announcement of his death.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” said Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH.
“Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.
“The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”