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Kobe Bryant, Little Richard & Other Stars Who Have Passed Away in 2020

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jun 07, 2020
05:00 A.M.

The world has already lost so much in 2020. Death, however, is by far the worst of it. Here are some of our favorite icons who've passed in just the first half of the year.

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JOHN PRINE

On April 7, the world of country lost a legend in singer and songwriter John Prine. The 73-year-old was a victim of complications from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Over his lifetime, he received two Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 2020. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

John Prine performs during the Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 30, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island | Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage/Getty Images

John Prine performs during the Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 30, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island | Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage/Getty Images

ADAM SCHLESINGER

Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger died on Apri l 1 also from COVID-19 complications. The musician, best known for 2003's hit song, "Stacy's Mom," was 52 years old.

Schlesinger was awarded Oscar and Golden Globe Awards in 1997 for a song in the film "That Thing You Do!" and an Emmy for songwriting in the series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

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Adam Schlesinger attends the 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Live Event at the Feinstein's/54 Below on November 3, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Adam Schlesinger attends the 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Live Event at the Feinstein's/54 Below on November 3, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

KIRK DOUGLAS

On February 5, Kirk Douglas passed away at the golden age of 103. The legendary "Spartacus" actor was surrounded by his beloved wife and his three sons.

Douglas' passing followed a severe stroke suffered in 1996. Over his lifetime, the actor wrote a total of 12 books chronicling his life. He and his wife were married for over 60 years.

Kick Douglas arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Feb 26, 2012 | Photo : Getty Images

Kick Douglas arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Feb 26, 2012 | Photo : Getty Images

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KOBE BRYANT

On January 26, the world was rocked by the untimely death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. They died along with seven others in a plane crash in California.

Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were on their way to a basketball game for the young girl, who was following in her dad's footsteps. Bryant's legacy includes five NBA championships for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Sacramento Kings in January 2011. | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Sacramento Kings in January 2011. | Photo: Getty Images

KEN OSMOND

On May 18, actor Ken Osmond drew his last breath at the age of 76. He was best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the classic sitcom, "Leave it to Beaver."

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Ken Osmond at The Paley Center for Media on June 21, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Ken Osmond at The Paley Center for Media on June 21, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

FRED WILLARD

Fred Willard appeared in several memorable films over the past five decades. Sadly, he ended his run on May 15, aged 86, due to natural causes.

A younger Fred Willard on the set of reality television serious "Real People" during its third season in 1980-81 | Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

A younger Fred Willard on the set of reality television serious "Real People" during its third season in 1980-81 | Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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LITTLE RICHARD

As one of those who lay out the path for the future of rock and roll, Little Richard was a true legend. The trailblazer ended his run on May 9 at age 87 after a battle with bone cancer.

Little Richard at the 1988 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 1988 in New York | Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images

Little Richard at the 1988 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 1988 in New York | Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images

JERRY STILLER

Comedy icon Jerry Stiller broke hearts when he passed away on May 11 at the age of 92. He left behind his famous son, Ben Stiller, and a daughter, Amy Stiller. He was known for "Seinfeld" and "The King of Queens."

Ben Stiller and his father, Jerry Stiller, attend party hosted by NBC at Sconset Playhouse on June 19, 1998 in Massachusetts | Photo: Getty Images

Ben Stiller and his father, Jerry Stiller, attend party hosted by NBC at Sconset Playhouse on June 19, 1998 in Massachusetts | Photo: Getty Images

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KENNY ROGERS

Country Legend Kenny Rogers was the musician behind the timeless classic song, "Islands in the Stream." On March 20, he died due to natural causes at the age of 81.

Kenny Rogers at Marilyn's Lounge inside the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel on February 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Kenny Rogers at Marilyn's Lounge inside the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel on February 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

MAX VON SYDOW

After a lifetime of performance, Max von Sydow passed away at age 90 on March 9. "The Exorcist" star's cause of death has not yet been revealed. He left behind a wife and four sons.

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JOHN CALLAHAN

At 66, "All My Children" star John Callahan died following a stroke at his home in Palm Springs, California on May 28. His ex-wife, Eva LaRue, made the announcement.

John Callahan at the "Days Of Our Lives" 45th Anniversary Party in 2010 | Source: Getty Images

John Callahan at the "Days Of Our Lives" 45th Anniversary Party in 2010 | Source: Getty Images

The actor won one award, Outstanding Lead Actor, from the Soap Opera digest in 1998. Callahan left behind one 18-year-old daughter, Kaya McKenna Callahan.

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