Notable deaths in July 2020

Who Died In July 2020 ?


The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in July 2020. Death list of celebrities, politicians,singers,actors,artists,writers,athletes,painters,diplomats,Olympic champions,playwrights,wrestlers,football players,ice hockey players,basketball players,composers and other famous peoples who sadly passed away in July 2020. 

  July 1, 2020

Georg Ratzinger

Georg Ratzinger, 96

(Born: 15 January 1924 – Died: 1 July 2020)


was a German Roman Catholic priest and musician, conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen (1964–1994) and brother of Pope emeritus Benedict. The older brother of the Pope emeritus, died Wednesday morning, at the age of 96. Father Ratzinger had been suffering from a serious illness that the diocese did not identify. After studying music in Munich and serving as a choral director in various German churches, Father Ratzinger became the music director at the 10th-century St. Peter’s Cathedral in Regensburg (from 1964 to 1994). He led the choir on concert tours to the US, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Vatican and performances for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. Honours and awards: Bavarian Order of Merit (1983), Protonotary apostolic (1993),Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (2004) and Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2009).


Cause of death: unknown

Beate Grimsrud

Beate Grimsrud, 57

(Born: 28 April 1963 – Died: 1 July 2020)


was a Norwegian novelist and playwright. Beate Grimsrud died in Stockholm after a period of illness at the age of 57. Beate wrote in both Swedish and Norwegian. Grimsrud debuted in 1989 with the short story collection "There are limits to what I do not understand" and the childhood depiction "I sneak past an ax" became successful in both Sweden and Norway. Her novel ''En dåre fri'' from 2010 was awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. She wrote the script for the Norwegian comedy film Telle ''Ballen i øyet'' (directed by Catrine) from 2000. She was awarded the Dobloug Prize in 2011. Grimsrud also wrote drama for stage, radio and film.


Cause of death: breast cancer

Alfred Kotey

Alfred Kotey, 52

(Born: 3 June 1968 – Died: 30 June 2020)


was a Ghanaian boxer, WBO bantamweight champion (1993–1994). Kotey represented Ghana at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and made his debut in Accra in November 1988. During his career he was a WBO (The World Boxing Organization) world champion and held the WBC ( the World Boxing Association) International title. He also held the West African and Commonwealth flyweight titles in 1989 and 1990 respectively during his heyday. He was one of Ghana’s 10 boxing world champions. Kotey died in New York in the United States of America after a protracted illness. During his career he faced an impressive array of rivals including :Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio Diaz, Guty Espadas Jr, Anthony Peterson, Acelino Freitas, Orlando Salido and Víctor Ortiz.


Cause of death: complications from a stroke

  July 2, 2020


Reckful (Byron Bernstein), 31

(Born: May 8, 1989 – Died: July, 2 2020)


was an American Twitch streamer and former professional eSports player. Twitch streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein reportedly died today in a suspected suicide at the age of 31, according to his ex-girlfriend and roommate. He’s best known for having a successful World of Warcraft professional career and livestream. In 2010, Reckful participated and won a World of Warcraft tournament hosted by Major League Gaming, and was notable for being one of the top WoW players in the world. Following his esports career, Reckful became one of the most successful Twitch streamers on the platform.Before his death, he had been working with his community to create a video game called "Everland". The American gamer had gained hundreds of thousands of followers on popular streaming platform Twitch, Unconfirmed reports saying he took his own life, three hours after a series of tweets.


Cause of death: suicide

Ángela Jeria

Ángela Jeria, 93

(Born: 22 August 1926 – Died: 2 July 2020)


was a Chilean archaeologist and human rights activist. The mother of United Nations human rights chief and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has died at age 93. She was the wife of the Brigadier-general of the Chilean Air Force Alberto Bachelet, who died in prison after being tortured by the military regime that seized power in 1973 ( during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet). She herself was imprisoned along with husband and both were tortured before being released and heading into exile. Jeria Gómez and Bachelet lived in Australia and then East Germany before returning to Chile in 1979, and Jeria worked with many human rights groups. She was detained several times for participating in demonstrations against the military regime. In 1990, she restarted her studies of archaeology in the University of Chile, but abandoned them before graduating. She received the prize "Monseñor Leonidas Proaño" for contribution to the defense of the human rights in the region.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 3, 2020

Lore Krainer

Lore Krainer, 89

(Born: November 4, 1930 - Died: July 3, 2020)


was an Austrian cabaret artist, singer, composer and author. The grande dame of the domestic cabaret scene has had a major impact on ORF broadcasts in the course of her career. She was one of the main characters in the “Seniorenclub” and for a long time served the satirical “Guglhupf” every Sunday on Ö1. Krainer was known not least for her snappy chansons, since the Graz native has composed more than 3000 songs in the course of her career. Krainer died on Friday at the age of 89 after suffering for a long time in her house in Oberwaltersdorf (Lower Austria). Source: APA. Awards: Goldener Urlinger der Jedlersdorfer Faschingsgilde (1999), Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien (2011).


Cause of death: natural causes

Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron, 102

(Born: 8 August 1917 – Died: 3 July 2020)


was a Bermudian-born British actor (Doctor Who, Pool of London, The Interpreter). Mr Cameron was one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British entertainment. He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 2009 for his accomplishments, which included being the first black actor to star in a British feature film. His break came in 1950 when cold-calling an Ealing casting director won him the part of Johnny in Pool of London. Made in the wake of Ealing's hugely successful The Blue Lamp (d. Dearden, 1950). He also had repeated appearances on many British science fiction programmes of the 1960s, including Doctor Who, The Prisoner, and The Andromeda Breakthrough.[8]Following the death of Olaf Pooley on July 14, 2015, he became the oldest surviving Doktor Who (1963) cast member.


Cause of death: natural causes

Scott Erskine

Scott Erskine, 57

(Born: December 22, 1962 – Died: July 3 2020)


was an American serial killer on California's death row, convicted in 2003 for the 1993 murder of two California boys. Scott Erskine, one of San Diego’s most notorious death row inmates, died from COVID-19 complications. Scott Erskine has been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since 2004 after a jury convicted him of the murders of Charlie Keever, 13, and Jonathan Sellers, 9. Erskine was already serving a decades-long prison sentence for rape at the time. Keever and Sellers disappeared while on a bike ride along the Otay River in 1993. Their bodies were later found days later in a riverbed in the South Bay neighborhood of Palm City. Investigators said they had been beaten, raped and murdered. Florida authorities suspect Erskine may be linked to other unsolved homicides.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Tyson Brummett

Tyson Brummett, 35

(Born: August 15, 1984 – Died: July 3, 2020)


was an American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies). Tyson Brummett, a former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, died on Friday morning in a plane crash. Utah Sheriff’s Office deputies received reports about a “small plane crash” in American Fork Canyon, located south of Salt Lake City, shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, authorities said in a press release. Brummett, friend Alex Blackhurst and his aunt and uncle, Elaine and Douglas Blackhurst were identified as the victims. One witness said he saw the plane was spiraling out of control "and moments later he heard the impact." Brummett was drafted three times, including twice by the San Francisco Giants in 2003 and 2004. He didn't sign until the Phillies selected him in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB draft out of UCLA. He subsequently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in 2014, and was released in August of that same year, having not played a major league game with either team.


Cause of death: plane crash

  July 4, 2020

Mary Twala

Mary Twala, 80

(Born: 14 September 1939 – Died: 4 July 2020)


was a South African actress. A veteran of South African television and film, Mary Twala died on Saturday morning in Netcare Park Lane Hospital according to her son. he icon has featured in several local productions, including the very first season of Generations. In 2007, she starred in the drama Ubizo: The Calling, which explored issues on the tradition of Ubungoma in South Africa. Twala has been nominated for various awards, including in the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role in 2011.Twala was also among the senior citizens President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed with the 2019 National Orders Awards. In 2016, she was one of the ensemble cast in Comatose, a film that featured top acts across Africa including Bimbo Akintola and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.


Cause of death: unknown

Niels De Vriendt

Niels De Vriendt, 20

(Born: 1999 – Died: July 4, 2020)


Belgian cyclist Niels De Vriendt has died at the age of 20. The amateur, who rode for the VDM-Van Durm-Michiels-Trawobo CT team, was taking part in a practice race ahead of the season restart when he collapsed. The 20-year-old cyclist slipped off his bike on the 13th kilometer of the route. The rescue operation was taken immediately, but the heart could not be restored. The 20-year-old amateur cyclist was riding Wortegem-Petegem in Belgium, which was being held to re-start the season, for his VDM-Trawobo CT team. the race is reserved for the best amateurs in the country. First race after Covid-19 in the kingdom, she also had to start the Belgian champion Tim Merlier team-mate Mathieu Van der Poel in the team Alpecin-Fenix. In Belgium, this is a test account.


Cause of death: heart attack

  July 5, 2020

Cleveland Eaton

Cleveland Eaton, 80

(Born: August 31, 1939 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was an American jazz double bassist, producer, arranger, composer and publisher. Cleveland Eaton, the Fairfield-born jazz bassist, died early Sunday morning. He was 80 years old. His wife confirmed his death. She said he had been sick and in the hospital since March. He toured with Ike Cole Trio, Larry Novak, and the Ramsey Lewis Trio. He contributed to Lewis’ recordings, including four gold records. He also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, George Benson, Henry Mancini and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-70s, he formed his own group, Cleve Eaton & Co. He worked with Count Basie for shows and recordings and became known as “the Count’s Bassist. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1979. He received the Alabama Governor’s Arts Award in 1995. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008.


Cause of death: unknown


Bettina Gilois, 58

(Born: July 9, 1961 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was a German-American screenwriter and author. Bettina Gilois, an award-winning screenwriter and author, has died in her sleep at age 58, according to a friend. She had an advanced form of cancer and died just days before her July 9 birthday. She graduated from Columbia University with an art history degree. She was hired as director Slava Tsukerman's assistant in the science fiction film Liquid Sky. She began her screenwriting career working with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. Bettina Gilois was best known for her work on the HBO film Bessie, and Disney's Glory Road and McFarland, USA. Gilois won an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Television Movie and a Black Reel Awards of 2016 nomination for Bessie. She also won two Image Award nominations for Bessie and McFarland, USA. Gilois was a Humanitas Prize nominee in 2006 and a Black Reel Awards of 2007 nominee for Glory Road.


Cause of death: cancer

Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero, 41

(Born: September 17, 1978 – Died: July 5, 2020)


was a Canadian actor and singer. The Tony award-nominated Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who starred in hit musicals, has died in Los Angeles from severe medical complications after contracting coronavirus. actor spent more than 90 days in hospital and had his right leg amputated. He was 41. Amanda Kloots said her Tony Award-nominated husband "was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth." The Canadian actor is best known for his performances on Broadway in "Rock of Ages," "Waitress," and "Bullets over Broadway." He and Kloots have a 1-year-old son together named Elvis Eduardo. Nick and Kloots moved to Los Angeles last year, where he had most recently been acting in an adaptation of “Rock of Ages” on Hollywood Boulevard.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  July 6, 2020

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels, 83

(Born: October 28, 1936 – Died: July 6, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame country singer ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia"), songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The multi-instrumentalist had a hemorrhagic stroke in Hermitage, Tennessee, and was pronounced dead Monday, his publicists said in a statement. He was 83. Country historian Bill C. Malone identified his appeal in his book “Country U.S.A.”: “This big, gruff, tobacco-chewing, outspoken musician embodied Southern good-old-boy traits almost to the point of caricature. He was nationalistic, hedonistic, macho…and lovable. He also made compelling music.” He is best remembered for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” his folk tale, set in a talking blues style, about a fiddling contest with Old Nick. The single climbed to No. 1 on the country chart and crossed over to No. 3 on the pop side in 1979, shifting 1 million copies.The song, which received wide exposure on the multi-platinum soundtrack of the 1980 feature “Urban Cowboy,” captured a Grammy Award for best country vocal performance.


Cause of death: hemorrhagic stroke

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, 91

(Born: 10 November 1928 – Died: 6 July 2020)


was an Italian composer (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Hateful Eight), Oscar winner (2016), orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works, died on Monday (6 July) at the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, a week after suffering a fall in which he broke his femur. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma. He scored his first feature film, Luciano Salce’s Il federale, in 1961, before connecting with spaghetti western director Sergio Leone for several iconic films: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and Duck, You Sucker! (1971). In 1984, Morricone rejoined Leone for another classic, the gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert de Niro and James Woods.


Cause of death: complications from a fall

Rosario Bléfari

Rosario Bléfari, 54

(Born: December 24, 1965 - Died: July 6, 2020)


was a Argentine actress,singer and writer. Rosario Bléfari passed away at age 54 in La Pampa, Argentina of cancer. Blefari achieved international recognition for her performance in the title role of Martín Rejtman’s acclaimed 1999 film ''Silvia Prieto'' and for being part of the alternative rock band ''Suarez''. Bléfari worked with numerous famous directors including María Luisa Bemberg, Albertina Carri, Rodrigo Moreno, Milagros Mumenthaler, Ezequiel Radusky, Agustín Toscano, Ezequiel Yanco and Vladimir Durán. She made her film debut in Raúl de la Torre’s Poor Butterfly - Pobre mariposa starring Graciela Borges and Lautaro Murúa, which had its world premiere in the official competition of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. After the separation of ''Suarez'', Rosario Blefari He started his solo career and made various record productions, including Lightning Mystery, Seasons, the acoustic Calendar and Face. Throughout this stage the artist stood out for her innovation, but above all for her poetry.


Cause of death: cancer

Mark Naley

Mark Naley, 59

(Born: 11 March 1961 – Died: 6 July 2020)


was an Australian rules footballer (South Adelaide, Carlton). The Australian football community is mourning the death of South Australian legend Mark Naley. The South Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee and Player Life Member died at 59 after a long battle with brain cancer. Naley first experienced serious health problems when he blacked out while driving in 2016 yet remained upbeat during his battle. Naley played 236 games across two SANFL stints with South Adelaide, with a four year career at Carlton, including the 1987 VFL flag- in-between. “Mark has left an enormous impact on the South Adelaide Football Club, where he captured a generation of fans in the 1980s, and gave the South Adelaide faithful plenty to be excited about,” South Adelaide chief executive Neill Sharp said in a statement. In 2002, Naley was an inaugural inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.


Cause of death: brain cancer

Sergey Zagraevsky

Sergey Zagraevsky, 55

(Born: August 20, 1964 - Died: 6 July 2020)


was a Russian-Israeli painter, architectural historian, writer and theologian. Zagraevsky was the chief editor of the reference work "United Art Rating" and the author of a number of books on philosophy, theology and the history of architecture. Zagraevsky died in the night of 5 to 6 July on 56-m to year of life. About this Agency city news “Moscow” said his assistant Olga Ozolina. “Yes, indeed, it is. He suddenly died. We are in shock. He collapsed and died'' Zagraevsky died due to an acute cardiovascular failure. Zagraevsky, full member academician of the Russian Academy of arts, honored worker of culture of Russia, Chairman of the Professional Union of artists of Russia. The author of scholarly works, historical novels, fairy tales for children, books on philosophy. Zagraevsky spoke five foreign languages, was engaged in martial arts.


Cause of death: acute cardiovascular failure

  July 7, 2020

Bill Ramsey

Bill Ramsey, 76

(Born: 1943 – Died: July 7, 2020)


was an English former professional rugby league footballer (Leeds, Hull, Hunslet) and coach. Former Great Britain, Hunslet, Leeds and Hull FC forward Bill Ramsey has died at the age of 76. Ramsey, who also coached at Hunslet - where he started he career - won eight Lions caps and was twice a tourist following his 1965 Test debut. Ramsey began his career at Hunslet, where he spent five years learning his trade, then moved to Leeds for a sizeable £10,000 in 1967. He won the Challenge Cup with Leeds in 1968 and the Championship the following year, as well as the BBC Floodlit Trophy in 1970-71 and the Yorkshire Cup four times. Bill Ramsey won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in 1974 against New Zealand. Ramsey signed for Bradford Northern on 27 January 1974, he stayed at the club until 8 September that year. Ramsey spent the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season with Hull F.C. Leeds Rhinos said in a statement on their website: "A regular attendee at club functions in recent years as an active member of the players association, his loss is greatly felt by his many friends.


Cause of death: unknown

Dannes Coronel

Dannes Coronel, 47

(Born: May 24, 1973 - Died: July 7, 2020)


was a retired Ecuadorian footballer (El Nacional, Macará, national team). Former Ecuadorian football defender Dannes Coronel who made 27 appearances for the Ecuador national team between 1992 and 2000, died of a heart attack on July 7, 2020 in the Guayas Province, aged 47. He played for several clubs in his native country, including Club Sport Emelec. Honors: Emelec, Serie A de Ecuador: 1993, 1994. Nation: Ecuador, Canada Cup: 1999.


Cause of death: heart attack

  July 8, 2020

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera, 33

(Born: January 12, 1987 – Died: July 8, 2020)


was an American actress, singer, and model. Actress Naya Rivera died of accidental drowning, officials in California have said after a post-mortem examination. "The cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident," the Ventura County's Medical Examiner said. The 33-year-old, best known for playing cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, went missing during last Wednesday's boat trip with her son at Lake Piru. After a long search, divers found her body on Monday, prompting an outpouring of love and sympathy from her co-stars. Naya Rivera used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday."She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ayub said. A body discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru has been identified as the former "Glee" actress, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said during a news conference. After a series of recurring television roles and guest spots as a teenager, Rivera received her breakthrough role as Santana Lopez on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015). For the role, she received nominations for numerous awards and critical acclaim. On film, Rivera made her debut as Vera in the horror film At the Devil's Door (2014) before playing a supporting role in the comedy film Mad Families (2017).


Cause of death: accidental drowning

Alex Pullin

Alex Pullin (Chumpy), 32

(Born: 20 September 1987 – Died: 8 July 2020)


was an Australian Olympic snowboarder (2010, 2014, 2018), snowboard cross world champion (2011, 2013). Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on Wednesday. He was treated by paramedics at the scene but could not be revived, authorities said. Paramedics performed CPR for 45 minutes but the 32-year-old couldn’t be revived. Pullin was a seasoned free diver and regularly went spearfishing. Just a couple of weeks ago he shared underwater photos of himself in action off the Gold Coast saying how much fun he’d had. Pullin, 32, was the Australian flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (where he reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated), and competed in three Olympics in total. Prior to that he had won two gold medals in the event at the world championships in 2011 at La Molina, and 2013 in Stoneham. He was known as an experienced diver and had previously posted about his passion for spearfishing on social media.


Cause of death: drowned

Wayne Mixson

Wayne Mixson, 98

(Born: June 16, 1922 – Died: July 8, 2020)


was an American politician, Governor of Florida (1987), member of the Florida House of Representatives (1967–1978). Wayne Mixson, a North Florida farmer who served two terms as lieutenant governor and a brief stint as governor, died Wednesday at his home in Tallahassee. He was 98. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Mixson as a special ambassador to Ecuador.Before his political career, Mixson was a farmer from Jackson County. His family described him as a “champion” for Florida agriculture, and he frequently highlighted its contributions to the United States as a whole. Mixson was an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 2014, the Florida State Senate designated Highway 73 out of Marianna Florida to be the Governor Wayne Mixson Highway. Both Governor and Mrs. Mixson were present for the dedication ceremony in September 2014. In 2015, Mixon wrote the foreword for the first complete book of the Florida Governorship, Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies.


Cause of death: natural causes

Finn Christian Jagge

Finn Christian Jagge, 54

(Born: 4 April 1966 – Died: 8 July 2020)


was a Norwegian alpine skier, Olympic champion (1992). He is the son of alpine skier Liv Jagge and tennis player Finn Dag Jagge. Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee. Jagge’s wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that he died of an acute illness. Jagge won his first Norwegian national title at age 18. He also won the Norwegian Championship 8 times. Aside from Olympic gold, Jagge also won seven slalom races on the World Cup circuit in the 1990s, after which he retired from the sport to move into business and television punditry. The father of two also briefly trained Norway's women's alpine ski racing team between 2005-2007.


Cause of death: acute illness

  July 9, 2020

Johnny Beattie

Johnny Beattie, 93

(Born: 9 November 1926 – Died: 9 July 2020)


was a Scottish actor and stand-up comedian. The veteran entertainer has been hailed as a "national treasure" as news broke he had passed away after a short stay at St Margaret's Hospice. The Scottish comedian was known for his role as Malcolm Henderson on River City and acted in shows including Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch & Wry. Born in Govan, Beattie worked in the shipyards before becoming an actor in a career that spanned over six decades. During his career he was a stand-up comedian, panto dame and TV quiz show host on STV’s 1980s show ''Now You See It''. Over six decades the former River City star established himself as one of the giants of Scotland's comedy scene alongside Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy and Stanley Baxter. Johnny, who has played Shieldinch’s loveable pensioner Malcolm Henderson since the BBC soap was launched in 2002, left the programme in 2015 after a bout of ill health. He received the Lord Provost's Performing Arts Award in 1993.


Cause of death: natural causes

Park Won-soon

Park Won-soon, 64

(Born: March 26, 1956 – Died: July 9, 2020)


was a South Korean politician, philanthropist, activist and lawyer who served as Mayor of Seoul from 2011until his death. The mayor of South Korea's capital has been found dead, more than half a day after giving his daughter a will-like message and then leaving home, police said. The body of Park Won-soon ( who was long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate) was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight local time, near where his phone signal had last been detected, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. The agency did not give a cause of death. A police complaint – allegedly involving sexual assault – was filed against Park by a former Seoul city employee on Wednesday and local media said a television channel had been due to broadcast a programme on the previously unreported case on Thursday evening. He left his house after saying what sounded like “last words” and his phone had been turned off, she told police. A Democrat, he was first elected in 2011and won re-election in 2014 and 2018. Prior to being elected mayor, Park was a community and social justice activist. He was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Cause of death: unknown (suicide?)

  July 10, 2020

Genevieve Westcott

Genevieve Westcott, 65

(Born: 1955 – Died: 10 July 2020)


was a Canadian-born New Zealand journalist and television presenter. Leading New Zealand journalist and presenter Genevieve Westcott has died from breast cancer aged 64. The "gutsy" Canadian-born current affairs broadcaster presented the news, reported for 60 Minutes and 20/20 and won multiple awards for journalistic excellence. Born in Canada, she moved to New Zealand and joined 3 News when it launched in 1989. Newshub said she was remembered as a “gutsy” journalist, the “queen of the door knock" and a pioneering broadcaster. During a career that spanned more than 20 years, Westcott won several accolades and awards for journalistic excellence; including for Best Television Current Affairs and Best Television Investigative Reporting.She also brought home international media awards including from the New York Film and Television Festival and from her homeland.Later, Westcott hosted real-life disputes show You Be The Judge. Westcott also reported on the child sex trade in Thailand, gang warfare in New Zealand and death squads murdering homeless children in Brazil.


Cause of death: breast cancer

Lara van Ruijven

Lara van Ruijven, 27

(Born: 28 December 1992 - Died: 10 July 2020)


was a Dutch short track speed skater, Olympic bronze medallist (2018) and world champion (2019). Lara van Ruijven died Friday following complications from an autoimmune disorder, according a branch of the Dutch Olympic Committee and the Dutch skating federation. She was 27. Van Ruijven was admitted to a hospital on June 25 after feeling ill at a training camp in the French Pyrenees. Since June 29, she was in an intensive care unit, where she was in a coma. She experienced internal bleeding, including in her brain, and underwent multiple surgeries, according to Dutch press releases. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was part of the Dutch 3000 metres relay team that won a bronze medal. She also won gold medals as a member of the Dutch relay team at the 2013 and 2014 European Championships. She last year became the first Dutch short-track skater to win a world title when she won the 500-meter title in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Cause of death: autoimmune disease

Antonio Krastev

Antonio Krastev, 59

(Born: October 10,1961 – Died: 9 July 2020)


was a Bulgarian super heavyweight weightlifter, world champion (1985, 1986). One of the greatest Bulgarian weightlifters Antonio Krastev died in car accident in Minnesota at the age of 58. According to reports, he was involved in an alcohol-related car accident while not wear his seatbelt. Apparently his vehicle ran a red light, swerved into the other lane, before rolling and leaving Antonio pinned underneath it, resulting in his loss of life. Krastev is a two-time World Weightlifting Champion (in Södertälje in 1985 and in Sofia in 1986) and a two-time European Weightlifting Champion (Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1986 and Reims in 1987). He also has three silver medals at European Weightlifting Championships and a silver medal at World Weightlifting Championships. In 1987 he broke the world record in the clean and jerk event in the 110 kilogram category. During the World Weightlifting Championships in Ostrava held on September 13, 1987, he lifted 216 kilograms in the clean and jerk event. His record remains unbeaten for almost 30 years.


Cause of death: traffic collision

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton, 85

(Born: 8 May 1935 – Died: 10 July 2020)


was an English footballer (Leeds United, national team) and manager (Republic of Ireland national team), world champion (1966). England World Cup and legend Jack Charlton has died aged 85 after a long-term illness. The former centre back was part of the legendary squad that won the World Cup in 1966 along with younger brother Bobby. The legend - who also went on to be a hugely popular manager of the Republic of Ireland. He made a record number of appearances for Leeds and achieved unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland. The England football team tweeted to say they were "devastated" by the news, while he was hailed as a man who "changed Irish football forever" by the Football Association of Ireland. Charlton had spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. He led the Republic of Ireland to their first major finals at Euro 88 and the World Cup quarter-finals at Italia 90. Leeds United, where he spent his entire 21-year playing career and made a joint club record 773 appearances before retiring as a player in 1973, said they were "deeply saddened".


Cause of death: lymphoma and dementia

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan, 78

(Born: November 25, 1941 – Died: July 7, 2020)


was an American professional baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies), coach and minor league manager. Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox's 1967 "Impossible Dream" team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ryan appeared in 636 games with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1964 to 1974. He was Boston's backup catcher for the American League championship team in 1967, going hitless in his only two World Series at-bats when the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. In his career, he had a .991 fielding percentage and threw out 43.6% of runners attempting to steal a base. Mr. Ryan was the Phillies’ bullpen coach from 1980 to 1995, joining the team just before their first World Championship season and staying aboard for two more trips to the World Series in 1983 and 1993. He is the only Phillies coach to be in three World Series and is the second-longest coach in franchise history, trailing John Vukovich’s 17 years.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 11, 2020

Morris Cerullo

Morris Cerullo, 88

(Born: October 2, 1931 - Died: July 11, 2020)


was an American pentecostal evangelist. The preacher, who started evangelising at the age of 16, would be remembered by many as a torchbearer. Founder and Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, who has invited Cerullo several times for preaching engagement expressed shock over his death. American Pentecostal evangelist who has traveled extensively around the world for his ministry, Morris Cerullo has passed away. Morris hosts Victory Today, a daily television program, and has published more than 80 books. His family had yesterday asked Christians all over the world to pray to Morris Cerullo. Morris Cerullo cause is not yet known as at the time of filing this report. Affectionately known as ‘Papa, he is also a prophetic voice who has personally trained more than 5 million Christian leaders, otherwise known as Nationals, around the world to reach their own countries for Jesus Christ.


Cause of death: unknown

Frank Bolling

Frank Bolling, 88

(Born: November 16, 1931 – Died: July 11, 2020)


was a American baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves). He started his baseball career in 1951 and played on five minor league teams before playing for the Detroit Tigers from 1954-60. In 1958 and 1959 he led the American League in fielding. In 1958, he was awarded the Gold Glove Award. He played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1961-65. In 1961 and 1962 Bolling led the National League in fielding. He was selected four times as an All-Star in his career and his lifetime batting average was .256. Throughout his 12 season baseball career, Frank played a total of 1540 games, hit .254 with 106 home runs and 556 runs batted in (RBIs). Frank has been recognized many times for his contribution to baseball including a Gold Glove Award and also being named on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team in the year 1961.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 12, 2020

Judy Dyble

Judy Dyble, 71

(Born: 13 February 1949 – Died: 12 July 2020)


was a British singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention). The original singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention and Trader Horn vocalist Judy Dyble has died aged 71 after a long illness. Dyble announced she was suffering from lung cancer in November. Judy Dyble, who also had a solo career, shot to fame in the 1960s and sang on Fairport Convention songs including ''Time Will Show The Wiser''. In addition, she and Ian McDonald joined and recorded several tracks with Giles, Giles and Fripp, who later became King Crimson. These tracks surfaced on the Brondesbury Tapes CD and Metaphormosis vinyl LP. Her agent said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble passed away on July 12 following a long illness borne with great courage. David Longdon, who had been recording music with Dyble which is set to be released in the autumn, also paid tribute to her. He said: “It is with great sadness that I write to say that my dear friend Judy Dyble passed away this morning.”


Cause of death: lung cancer

Jack Ah Kit

Jack Ah Kit, 69

(Born: 22 July 1950 – Died: 12 July 2020)


was an Australian politician, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly (1995–2005). The life and times of Aboriginal rights champion and political trailblazer John Ah Kit, dead at 69. Ah Kit died at Royal Darwin Hospital on the evening of 12 July 2020. In 1983, he was elected to the Full Council of the Northern Land Council (NLC) representing Aboriginal people in the Katherine region. In 1984 he was appointed Director of the Northern Land Council from 1984 to 1990. He resigned in 1990 to contest the seat of Goyder for the Labor Party. After Labor's shock election win in 2001, Mr Ah Kit became the first Aboriginal government minister in the NT and held portfolios including local government, housing and sport. Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner described Mr Ah Kit as an "important figure" in the life of many Territorians. "He was a strong leader and a great counsellor, dedicated to upholding the rights of Aboriginal people," Mr Gunner said. Awards: Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa awarded by the Council of Charles Darwin University and 2007 National NAIDOC Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award.


Cause of death: unknown

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston, 57

(Born: October 13, 1962 – Died: July 12, 2020)


was an American actress (Jerry Maguire, Twins, Sky High) and model. Kelly Preston died after losing her battle with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta said in a post on Instagram Sunday. She was 57 years old. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said of his wife of 28 years. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.” Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, at times appearing together in films with her husband, including in Battlefield Earth in 2000. Preston starred opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film For the Love of the Game, and in 2004 appeared in the music video for Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved. She had frequent guest-starring roles on TV series including Medium, CSI: Cyber and Joey. She also starred in the films ''The Cat in the Hat'' (2003), ''What a Girl Wants'' (2003), ''Broken Bridges'' (2006) and ''Old Dogs'' (2009).


Cause of death: breast cancer

Rod Bernard

Rod Bernard, 79

(Born: August 12, 1940 – Died: July 12, 2020)


was an American singer ("This Should Go On Forever"). Swamp pop legend and longtime broadcaster Rod Bernard died today after a short illness. He was 79 years old. Rod's son, Shane Bernard, posted the news earlier this evening on his Facebook page. He noted that his dad died in New Iberia and that the illness was not COVID-19. In 1958, Bernard recorded and released his best known single, "This Should Go On Forever." The song peaked at number-20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1959 and scored Bernard an appearance on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand." Bernard later scored a regional hit with "Colinda," a song sung in both French and English that also found an audience in parts of Canada. Around 1980 he recorded an album of Fats Domino favorites for Jin, titled A Lot of Dominoes, but the masters disappeared until around 1991, when the tracks were finally released (albeit only on cassette). In 2003 he recorded his first new album in over two decades. Titled Louisiana Tradition. Bernard last performed in public in 2015 at the Ponderosa Stomp music festival in New Orleans.


Cause of death: unknown

  July 13, 2020

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn, 84

(Born: 26 April 1936 – Died: 13 July 2020)


was a Scottish football player (Motherwell, national team) and manager (East Fife). The former Well striker was part of the famous 'Ancell Babes' side at Fir Park during the 1950s. He made just under 200 appearances for the Steelmen after joining from Albion Rovers in 1995 before moving on to Blackpool in 1962. He spent a year with the Seasiders before returning to Scotland where he joined Hibs. Quinn played four times for Scotland between 1961 and 1962; on his debut, Scotland were thrashed 9–3 by old rivals England at Wembley in a 1960–61 British Home Championship match. Motherwell paid tribute to their former player, writing: "We are saddened to hear of the death of Pat Quinn at the age of 84. "One of the club’s famous Ancell Babes, the inside forward made 251 appearances for the club between 1955 and 1962, scoring 119 goals. "Quinn was a star man in the side, and would receive international recognition through four Scotland caps during his time at Fir Park. He finished his league career at East Fife, whom he would also manage.


Cause of death: natural causes

Zindzi Mandela

Zindzi Mandela, 59

(Born: 23 December 1960 – Died: 13 July 2020)


was a South African diplomat and poet. Zindzi Mandela, South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday. State broadcaster SABC said on Monday Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. No other details were given. Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela's rejection of then-president P.W. Botha's offer for freedom in 1985. Zindzi was the younger sister of Zenani Mandela and the third of Nelson Mandela's three daughters. She served as a stand-in First Lady of South Africa from 1996 to 1998. Her poetry was published in 1978 in the book Black as I Am, with photographs by Peter Magubane, and has also appeared in publications including Somehow We Survive: An Anthology of South African Writing.


Cause of death: unknown

Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara, 49

(Born: October 23, 1970 – Died: July 13, 2020)


was an American electrical engineer (Star Wars, The Matrix), roboticist, and television host. Grant Imahara, the former co-host of TV science shows Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project, has died suddenly at the age of 49. He also made special effects models for films including the Star Wars prequels.The Discovery Channel, which aired Mythbusters and BattleBots, on which Imahara was a judge, described him as "a really wonderful man". Imahara co-hosted more than 200 episodes of “Mythbusters,” beginning with season 3 in 2005 through 2014. He joined the show after an invitation from host Jamie Hyneman and was a part of the Build Team with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. In 2014, Imahara left the show along with fellow Build Team members Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. Before making his way onto TV, Imahara worked for Lucasfilm’s THX division and later joined Industrial Light and Magic. He worked there for nine years and contributed to movies like the three “Star Wars” prequels, “Jurassic Park,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Galaxy Quest” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”


Cause of death: brain aneurysm

Chuck Hulse

Chuck Hulse, 93

(Born: October 3, 1927 – Died: July 13, 2020)


was an American Hall of Fame racing driver. Chuck Hulse, a four-time Indy 500 starter whose sprint-car injury in 1964 opened the door for Mario Andretti to step into one of the premier rides of the day, has died at age 93. Known as 'The Pepsi Kid' for his love of the soft drink, Hulse had been the oldest living driver to have run a roadster and rear-engine car at Indianapolis. He finished 21st in 1962 and eighth in '63, both in front-engine roadsters; and 20th in '66 in and seventh in '67 wheeling rear-engine cars. Hulse made 60 begins in Champ Automobiles, twice ending second at Phoenix and Sacramento; however his greatest likelihood for achievement was derailed by a violent flip at New Bremen throughout a 1964 USAC dash present. The Californian suffered extreme eye trauma and missed the ’64 and ’65 seasons whereas he was recovering.


Cause of death: natural causes

  July 14, 2020

Adalet Ağaoğlu

Adalet Ağaoğlu, 90

(Born: 23 October 1929 – Died: 14 July 2020)


was a Turkish novelist and playwright. Prominent Turkish author Adalet Agaoglu died on Tuesday at the age of 91. She is described as the most prolific authors of 20th century Turkish literature. “We lost Adalet Agaoglu this morning,” wrote Turkish literary critic Semih Gumus on Twitter. “She was one of the most important writers of our literature. Her novels were very special,” Gumus said sharing a photo of the Turkish novelist along with her husband who died in 2018. The award-winning writer was born in 1929 in the Turkish capital Ankara. She studied French Language and Literature at Ankara University. Her first novel, "Lying Down to Die" ("Ölmeye Yatmak"), was published in 1973 and soon became a hit, pushing its readers to think if true enlightenment and modernization of society could be achieved without first a change in mindsets and how women were treated. The book later became a part of a trilogy under the name "Hard Times" ("Dar Zamanlar") with the publication of "A Wedding Night" ("Bir Düğün Gecesi") in 1979 and "No" ("Hayır") in 1989.


Cause of death: natural causes

Daniel Lewis Lee

Daniel Lewis Lee, 47

(Born: January 13, 1973 – Died: July 14, 2020)


was an American white supremacist and convicted triple murderer. Daniel Lewis Lee, a sick one-eyed convicted killer, was executed Tuesday morning in the first federal execution in 17 years after the Supreme Court issued an overnight ruling that it could proceed. Lee was pronounced dead by the coroner at 8:07 a.m. ET in Terre Haute, Indiana. His last words were "I didn't do it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life but I'm not a murderer. You're killing an innocent man," according to a pool report. The 47-year-old white supremacist from Yukon, Oklahoma, tortured and slaughtered gun dealer William Mueller, 52, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller, 28, as well as stepdaughter Sarah Elizabeth Powell in 1996. The brutal killings in Arkansas shook the US to its core.


Cause of death: execution by lethal injection

  July 15, 2020

Maurice Roëves

Maurice Roëves, 83

(Born: 19 March 1937 – Died: 14 July 2020)


was a Scottish film and television actor. TV legend Maurice Roëves has passed away aged 83.The Scots actor was best known for his roles in Irvine Welsh's ''The Acid House'', ''The Sweeney'', ''Tutti Frutti'' and most recently in the 2020 BBC television drama ''The Nest''. The Glasgow man appeared in hundreds of films, television series, and theatre productions during a career which spanned six decades. Maurice was born in Sunderland but brought up in Glasgow later earning his big break at the Citizens Theatre. His first major role was as Lorenzo in the Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice when apparently screaming fans would gather at the stage door after the show to catch a glimpse of Maurice. Roeves' film debut was in the 1966 ''The Fighting Prince of Donegal'', where he played the Irishman. Despite launching his film career, he continued in theatre roles. Director Paul Carmichael wrote: "Maurice Roeves has died. An incredibly powerful actor. Last time I saw him he was being chilling on River City. He also performed roles in ''Eastenders'', ''River City'', ''Dr Who''.


Cause of death: unknown

Galyn Görg

Galyn Görg, 56

(Born: July 15, 1964 – Died: July 15, 2020)


was an American actress and dancer. She passed away on her 56th birthday. The reasons for his disappearance are currently unknown. Görg starred as the live-interest dancer in the iconic ZZ Top music video Sharp Dressed Man and achieved fame in Italy as the dance star of two separate variety series on Italian television, including Fantastico (on channel RAI) and SandraRaimondo Show (on channel Canale 5). Görg’s career also includes a very long filmography, both in cinema and on television. On the big screen, he starred among other things in “RoboCop 2“by Irvin Kershner, in Kathryn Bigelow’s action masterpiece”Point Break“with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze and in” Cuba Libre – The Night of Judgment “by Stephen Hopkins. Even more extensive is the list of his appearances in TV series: let’s remember at least”They will be famous“, “A-Team”, “Twin Peaks“,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “,” Willy, the Prince of Bel Air “,” Xena – Warrior Princess “,” CSI: Miami “,” Lost “,” Parks and Recreation “and” The rules of the perfect crime “. His most important role however was in the” MANTIS “series.


Cause of death: unknown

Kieran O'Connor

Kieran O'Connor, 41

(Born: 31 May 1979 – Died: 15 July 2020)


was an Irish Gaelic footballer (Aghada, Cork). Kieran O’Connor, the former Cork footballer and 2010 All-Ireland winner, has died. The 41-year-old father of three passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. The Aghada clubman was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer - Ewing's sarcoma - in 2017. His club, Aghada GAA confirmed the news on Wednesday and said in a statement: "It is with the deepest of regret that we announce the passing of one of our greatest clubmen and dearest of friends – Kieran O’Connor. He was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. He also won three Munster titles in a career that would see him also start in two All-Ireland deciders before stepping away form the panel in 2011. O'Connor has also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial series of games, however, he has enjoyed little success. He first lined out with his province in 2005, however, Munster were trounced by Ulster in the semi-final.


Cause of death: bone cancer

  July 16, 2020

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