2020 never will be deleted from America’s history because of all the tough days it has given to the people, but, our popular Black celebrities who we lost this year will not be seen again.
Although death is unavoidably a part of life, it is never easy to say goodbye, and it is harder when it comes to your favorite person or star you have grown to love. We have many such celebrities in 2020, including some notable black folks such as Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, and Chadwick Boseman. Our prayers and thoughts are with them forever.
We remember some of them to pay tribute to their contributions in life that will live on our memories after their death.
Black sports figures who died this year
The American sports world faced back to back blows after the death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, baseball icon Lou Brock passed away Sept. 6 about a week after college basketball coaching legend John Thompson‘s death.
- Kobe Bryant: News of the death of one of the most famous black celebrities, Kobe Bryant, and one of his daughters alongside nine other people in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Jan. 26. Emergency personnel responded to the accident, but there were no survivors. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, nicknamed Gigi had been expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday. Gianna was expected to play in the game and Bryant was expected to coach.
- June 2, 2020, in Maryland after battling pneumonia, his family announced. Wes Unseld was one of the greatest basketball players from Louisville and the first player named NBA rookie of the year and MVP the same season. Actually Wes Unseld died after numerous health issues, most recently pneumonia, as a statement from his family.
- Lou Brock: The Baseball Hall of Famer, best known for stealing bases and helping the St. Louis Cardinals win two World Series titles in the 1960s, passed away at 81 on September 6. “He will be deeply missed and forever remembered,” the team’s chairman, Bill DeWitt Jr., said in a statement.
- James Harris Kamala: Pro wrestler, James Harris Kamala, died at 70. The details surrounding his death have not yet been revealed, though he has been dealing with several health problems over the last several years, including having both of his legs eliminated due to diabetes and going on life support in 2017 after undergoing emergency surgery.
- Michael Ojo: 27-year-old Nigerian-American collapsed during training and died suddenly in Belgrade, Serbia. Ex Florida State center, Michael Ojo’s death cause stated. Ojo has suffered a heart attack at the Partizan stadium. Succeeding he was then transferred to the emergency center where resuscitation strived.
- Ken Riley: An HBCU legend and one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history, Ken Riley, dies at 72 Sunday morning at his home in Bartow and ends his storybook. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Riley family and friends.
- Allen Merrick: Freshman UAB football player shot and killed suspiciously in Gadsden, Alabama, Thursday night. Allen Merrick, a 19-year-old freshman football player, joined the UAB football team this summer. He was visiting a home in Gadsden when he was shot.
- Cliff Robinson: It is hard to confirm former NBA All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year Cliff Robinson’s death, but he died at the age of 53. As reporter Claudine Ewing tweeted, Robinson’s family also confirmed Cliff Robinson’s death Saturday morning in a TV station in Buffalo.
American black celebrities we lost in 2020
َAdditionally, there are many unforgettable black celebrities, including lots of American artists, left us forever, and went to heaven.
- Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s death cause was released, RIP. Shockingly Boseman, who played Black icons, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, died at the age of 43 on August 28, according to a statement posted on the actor’s official Instagram page. Professional athletes, actors, and artists, we lost all in one.
- Ronald Bell: Kool & the Gang Star, Ronald Bell’s death cause has not been released yet after he reportedly has died on Tuesday, September 9, 2020, at the age of 68 “suddenly” at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- DJ Erick Morillo: DJ Erick Morillo’s death cause was released after his dead body was found at his home in Miami Beach, Florida, on Tuesday morning, according to the police.The American-Colombian musician, best known for producing electro-dance track I Like To Movie It, which he released in 1993 under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real, passed away at the age of 49.
- Bruce Williamson: The Temptations’ former lead singer Bruce Williamson’s cause of death was revealed after he passed away Sunday night at his Las Vegas home at the age of 49. His son, also named Bruce, confirmed the heartbreaking news in an emotional tribute in a Facebook post.
- Gregory Tyree Boyce: “Twilight” actor, 30-year-old Gregory Tyree Boyce, and his girlfriend,27, were found dead in their Las Vegas condo on May 13. According to reports, their death cause is pending a toxicology result.
- Chi Chi DeVayne: It is hard to write such heartbreaking news like this, but unfortunately, the death of Chi Chi DeVayne at age 34 was confirmed, less than a week after she informed on her Instagram page that she hospitalized again. Rest on peace Chi Chi.
- Raymond Allen: The actor who is known for his roles as Uncle Woody on “Sanford and Son” and Ned the Wino on “Good Times,” Raymond Allen’s death cause was revealed after he died at the age of 91.
- Demitra Roche: Former “Bad Girls Club” star Demitra “Mimi” Roche has died at 34 reportedly. She played on season 8 of “Bad Girls Club”, who was remembered by music manager Vince Valholla as a “big dreamer.”
These were some of the famous black celebrities who were last seen in 2020. ،They would always be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with them forever.