At the end of the year, it is customary not only to sum up and make wishes but also to remember those whom we have lost. 2020 was especially cruel in this sense. It took over one and a half million of our loved ones and relatives who died from the coronavirus, which is still raging in the world. Let's remember together those whom we will leave forever in the outgoing year. Alas, there are also victims of Covid-19 among them.
Qasem Suleimani (1957-2020)
Iranian general, commander of the Al-Quds special forces in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Was considered a terrorist. Killed by order of the President of the United States.
Qaboos bin Said (1940-2020)
Sultan of Oman, a reformer who ruled the country for half a century.
Christopher Tolkien (1924-2020)
British writer, son of Lord of the Rings author John RR Tolkien, an author who completed the work and preserved his father's legacy.
Ruslan Vladyko (1974-2020)
Musician, one of the founders of the "Lyapis Trubetskoy" Belarusian band.
Terry Jones (1942-2020)
British actor, film director, screenwriter, composer and writer, member of the comedy group "Monty Python."
Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
American basketball player, the best sniper of the Los Angeles Lakers club, twice Olympic champion, winner of the Oscar.
Vitaliy Boyko (1937-2020)
Lawyer and diplomat, the first minister of justice of Ukraine, the head of the Central Election Commission, who conducted the elections of the first president of Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian referendum on the independence of Ukraine.
Kirk Douglas (1916-2020)
Actor of the "golden era" of Hollywood, writer, philanthropist. Performer of the role of Spartacus in the 1960 film of the same name. Father of actor Michael Douglas.
Mykola Bondar (1990-2020)
Ukrainian single skater, figure skating coach.
Dmytro Yazov (1924-2020)
The last marshal of the Soviet Union, a member of the State Emergency Committee, responsible for bringing tanks and military equipment to Moscow.
Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)
A computational mathematician who calculated trajectories, launch windows, and backup return paths for NASA for many of the Mercury missions, as well as the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The heroine of the film "Hidden Figures."
Hosni Mubarak (1928-2020)
Former Egyptian President, who was in power from 1981 to 2011, ousted during the Arab Spring.
Javier Perez de Cuellar (1920-2020)
Peruvian diplomat, 5th UN Secretary-General.
Max von Sydow (1929-2020)
Swedish actor, favorite of Ingmar Bergman, who played for him in 11 films. Performed the role of the knight Antonius Blok in the film "The Seventh Seal" and the Three-Eyed Raven in the TV series "Game of Thrones".
An unnamed resident of Radomyshl (1949-2020)
The first victim of the coronavirus in Ukraine.
Genesis P-Orridge (1950-2020)
British musician and poet, one of the founders of the industrial music style.
Dmytro Lisovy (1996-2020)
Ukrainian boxer, three-time prize-winner of the Ukrainian championship, ex-member of the professional boxing club "Ukrainian Otamans".
Iryna Bekeshkina (1952-2020)
Ukrainian sociologist, head of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, researcher of the electoral behavior of Ukrainians
Bill Rieflin (1960-2020)
American drummer, known for his work in the bands Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, KMFDM, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface, R.E.M., King Crimson.
Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma (1933-2020)
Spanish princess, philologist, activist. The first royal to die from Covid-19.
Alan Merrill (1951-2020)
American musician, author of the hit I Love Rock 'n' Roll. Died of coronavirus.
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 - 2020)
Polish avant-garde composer, whose music became famous in the West. His works have appeared in the films "The Shining" by Stanley Kubrick, "Isle of the Damned" by Martin Scorsese, "Inland Empire" by David Lynch, the series "Twin Peaks" and "The X-Files".
Andrew Jack (1944-2020)
British actor and dialect coach, playing the role of Resistance officer General Amatt in Star Wars. Author of Greek and Trojan accents in the 2004 film Troy. Participated in the development of languages for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Died of coronavirus.
Adam Schlesinger (1967-2020)
American multi-instrumentalist musician, founder of Fountains Of Wayne. Died of coronavirus.
Ivan Vakarchuk (1947-2020)
Ukrainian physicist, former rector of Lviv National University, Minister of Education of Ukraine from 2007 to 2010. Father of the leader of the "Ocean Elzy" group Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.
Honor Blackman (1925-2020)
British actress, Bond girlfriend in the movie Goldfinger.
Vasyl Fedoryuk (1948-2020)
Twice president of the football club "Bukovina" in 1993-1998 and 2007-2010.
Henri Kichka (1926-2020)
Belgian writer who has gone through the Holocaust. One of the last surviving prisoners of Auschwitz. Died of coronavirus.
Florian Schneider (1947-2020)
German musician, pioneer of electronic music. Founder and one of two permanent members of the legendary Kraftwerk band.
Dmytro Dyachenko (1968-2020)
American actor and musician of Ukrainian origin.
Irfan Khan (1967-2020)
Indian actor who also starred in Hollywood. Star of Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi.
Sam Lloyd (1963-2020)
American actor and musician, star of the comedy series "Clinic".
Yevhen Shtermer (1944-2020)
Ukrainian cycling coach, educator of a whole galaxy of Olympic athletes.
Dave Greenfield (1949-2020)
British musician, member of the rock band The Stranglers. Died of coronavirus.
Little Richard (1932-2020)
American musician, one of the founders of rock and roll.
Vasyl Omelyanovych (1985-2020)
Ukrainian polar explorer, member of five expeditions to the Akademik Vernadsky station.
Jerry Stiller (1927-2020)
American comedian and actor, star of the TV series "Seinfeld" and "King of Queens". Ben Stiller's father.
George Floyd (1973-2020)
An American killed by a police officer for petty theft. The video of Floyd's death hit the Internet and sparked a huge wave of protests that lasted in the United States and beyond all summer. The symbol of the Black Lives Matter social movement.
Myroslav Skoryk (1938 - 2020)
An outstanding Ukrainian composer, author of the opera "Moses" and the music for the song "Switch", dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holodomor.
Maria Shtepa (1952-2020)
Participant of the national liberation movement, political prisoner, UPA liaison, creator of the Museum of Political Prisoners and Repressed in the Chertkovsky District of the Ternopil Region.
Red cat Bob
Pet of the writer James Bowen, the protagonist of his bestselling books. Bob helped his owner to quit alcohol and drugs and begin to systematically engage in creativity. Bowen devotes a significant portion of his profits to helping homeless people and animals.
Sergey Khrushchev (1935-2020)
The son of the head of the CPSU Central Committee, design engineer, political scientist, historian, researcher of the Cold War period, lecturer at American universities.
Ian Holm (1931-2020)
British actor, who plays the android Ash in the film "Alien" and Bilbo Baggins in the trilogies "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".
Joel Schumacher (1939-2020)
American director, director of films "I've had enough!", "Telephone Booth", "Phantom of the Opera", as well as the standard disastrous "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin".
Maria Leontovych-Loshak (1927-2020)
Ukrainian sculptor, a victim of Soviet repressions, niece of the composer Nikolai Leontovich.
Volodymyr Troshkin (1947-2020)
Soviet footballer, Ukrainian football coach. As part of Dynamo Kyiv, he won the Cup Winners' Cup and the 1975 UEFA Super Cup, and also became the champion of the USSR four times.
Nick Cordero (1978-2020)
American actor, Broadway star. At the end of March, he contracted the coronavirus, which he fought hard for 95 days. Died from complications of Covid-19.
Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)
Italian composer is best known for his film work. Collaborated with Sergio Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli, Brian de Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Terrence Malik, Quentin Tarantino, and others. Wrote music for more than 400 films and TV series
Naya Rivera (1987-2020)
American actress and model, star of the series "Choir".
Olivia de Haviland (1916-2020)
One of the last actresses of the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, winner of two Oscars.
Peter Green (1946-2020)
British guitarist, one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac.
Alan Parker (1944-2020)
British film director, director of films "Evita", "Angel Heart", "Ptah" and others.
Alexander Taraikovsky (1986-2020)
Belarusian businessman who was the first to die during protests against falsification of the results of the presidential elections in Belarus. In addition to him, Alexander Vikhor, Gennady Shutov and Roman Bondarenko were officially declared dead during the protests.
Boris Paton (1918-2020)
Ukrainian scientist in the field of metallurgy, permanent president of the National Academy of Sciences since 1962.
Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020)
American actor, star of the Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther".
Jiri Menzel (1938-2020)
Czech New Wave filmmaker, Oscar winner for Trains under Special Observation.
Mykola Koziy (1941-2020)
Ukrainian announcer and dubbing actor, best known for dubbing the TV series "Colombo" and "Alf", the voice of hundreds of audiobooks recorded for the Ukrainian Society of the Blind.
Diana Rigg (1938-2020)
British actress, girl and the only Bond wife in the history of the franchise in the film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", Olenna Tyrrell in the TV series "Game of Thrones".
Winston Groom (1943-2020)
American writer, author of the novel "Forrest Gump", filmed in 1994.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)
American lawyer, a second woman on the US Supreme Court, human rights defender.
The heroine of memes, known on the Internet by the nickname Longcat.
Ron Cobb (1937-2020)
American conceptual artist who has worked extensively in films. Created prototypes of the time machine for Back to the Future and the Nostromo spacecraft for Alien. Designed the creatures for Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.
Juliette Greco (1927-2020)
French actress and singer, member of the Resistance during World War II.
Sofia Yarova (1925-2020)
Ukrainian righteous woman of the peoples of the world, who saved people from the Holocaust, member of the commission for perpetuating the memory of the victims of Babyn Yar.
Viktor Marushchenko (1946-2020)
Ukrainian documentary photographer and founder of a photography school in Kyiv.
Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah (1929-2020)
Emir of Kuwait, diplomat, and mediator in the negotiations on the settlement of the Middle East conflicts.
Serhiy Atelkin (1972-2020)
Ukrainian football coach, ex-player of Shakhtar Donetsk, together with the team, the champion of Ukraine of the 2001/2002 season.
Kenzo Takada (1939-2020)
Japanese fashion designer, founder of the Kenzo fashion house. He died from the effects of the coronavirus.
Clark Middleton (1957-2020)
American actor, star of the TV series "Twin Peaks" and "Blacklist", as well as the movie "Kill Bill". Representative of the Arthritis Foundation, as he himself suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which affected the actor's appearance.
Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020)
American musician of Dutch descent, founder and main guitarist of the band Van Halen.
Conchata Ferrel (1943-2020)
American actress, star of the TV series "Two and a Half Men".
Oleksandr Ponomariv (1935-2020)
Ukrainian linguist and publicist, author of textbooks, popularizer of the Ukrainian language.
Mykola Mykytenko (1971-2020)
Donbas veteran who set fire to himself on Independence Square in protest against the actions of the current government of Ukraine.
James Randy (1928-2020)
Canadian-American illusionist and debunker of psychics, magicians and healers. Popularizer of critical thinking and scientific approach. Founder of the James Randi Foundation, which promises to pay a million dollars to anyone who proves their paranormal abilities in a controlled scientific experiment.
Sean Connery (1930-2020)
Scottish actor, Knight Bachelor of Arts, first to play James Bond in film.
Mikhail Zhvanetsky (1934-2020)
Odesa-born Soviet satirist, People's Artist of Ukraine and Russia.
Ken Hensley (1945-2020)
British musician, ex-member of the Uriah Heep group.
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan (1935-2020)
Actor, star of Soviet cinema.
Vadym Berezovsky (1932-2020)
Ukrainian medical scientist, pathophysiologist, a specialist in the field of clinical physiology and space medicine.
Roman Viktyuk (1936-2020)
Ukrainian theater director who worked in Moscow, People's Artist of Ukraine. Died of coronavirus. He was buried at the Lychakiv Cemetery in his native Lviv.
Diego Maradona (1960-2020)
Legendary Argentine footballer. Winner of the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The best football player of the XX century by voting on the official FIFA website.
David Prowse (1935-2020)
British actor and weightlifter who plays Darth Vader in the classic Star Wars trilogy. Died of coronavirus.
Valerie Giscard d'Estaing (1926-2020)
Former President of France, who led the country from 1974-1981.
Kim Ki Duk (1960-2020)
Outstanding South Korean Film Director, winner of the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Died of coronavirus.
Valentyn Gaft (1935-2020)
Soviet and Russian theater and film actor, director, writer.
John Le Carré (1931-2020)
British writer, author of detective stories, creator of the image of intelligence officer George Smiley.
Hennadiy Kernes (1959-2020)
Ukrainian politician, mayor of Kharkiv since 2010. Died from complications caused by coronavirus.
Jeremy Bullock (1945-2020)
English actor who plays Boba Fet in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Pierre Cardin (1922-2020)
French fashion designer of Italian origin, founder of the Pierre Cardin fashion house. The holder of over 500 patents in the field of fashion.