Notable deaths in June 2020

Who Died In June 2020 ?

The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in June 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 June 2020. 

  June 1, 2020

Joey Image

Joey Image, 63

(March 5, 1957 - June 1, 2020)

 

was an American drummer. Image was the Misfits’ drummer (1978-1980), performing on the “Night of the Living Dead” single, which featured “Where Eagles Dare” and “Rat Fink.” and on the “Horror Business” single released (1979). In 2016, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. A GoFundMe for Image’s cancer treatments was launched in 2017. '' He’s seeking treatment at the University of Miami, and is possibly a candidate for liver transplant, but these procedures are incredibly expensive and often have devastating side effects''. Former Misfits Drummer Joey Image Reportedly Dead at 63.

 

Cause of death: liver cancer

Pat Dye

Pat Dye, 80

(November 6, 1939 – June 1, 2020)

 

was an American Hall of Fame college football player (Georgia Bulldogs, Edmonton Eskimos), Legendary former Auburn Tigers head coach and college athletics administrator. Dye passed away from “complications of renal and hepatic failure” at the Compassus Bethany House in Auburn, according to Lee County coroner. He was later diagnosed with COVID-19. Dye has the third-most wins in Auburn football history after going 99-39-4 during 12 seasons (1981-1992). Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

Cause of death: complications of renal and hepatic failure

Javier Alva Orlandini

Javier Alva Orlandini, 92

(December 11, 1927 - June 1, 2020)

 

was a lawyer, writer and a Peruvian politician. Minister of Government and Police (1965-1966), Senator (1980-1985 and 1990-1992), President of the Senate (1981-1982) and Congressman (1995-2000). Orlandini has also written several books, including "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", the "Vicious Circle", "Word of Honor" and famous "Responding to the Dictatorship". He has also written numerous legal articles.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 2, 2020

Carlo Ubbiali

Carlo Ubbiali, 90

(Born: 22 September 1929 – Died: 2 June 2020)

 

was an Italian nine-time World Champion motorcycle road racer in the 250cc and 125cc categories. Carlo Ubbiali, The second oldest surviving Grand Prix champion after Britain’s Cecil Sandford and a true legend of world motorcycling who had been hospitalized for respiratory problems, died at the age of 90. Ubbiali was one of the three most successful Italian drivers of all time on the track, together with Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini and definitely the most loved and followed Italian motorcyclist.

 

Cause of death: respiratory failure

Wes Unseld

Wes Unseld, 74

(Born: March 14, 1946 – Died: June 2, 2020)

 

was an American professional basketball player, coach and executive (Washington Bullets). Unseld spent his whole career with the Bullets, during which he made the NBA All-Star team five times — four while in Baltimore before the club moved to Washington in 1973. Lifetime, Unseld averaged 10.8 points and 14 rebounds a game while taking the Bullets to the playoffs in 12 of his 13 years. A five-time All-Star and, along with Wilt Chamberlain, one of only two players to win NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season. After retiring from playing in 1981, he worked with the Bullets as a vice president, head coach and general manager. Unseld was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

 

Cause of death: pneumonia

Rusty Kidd

Rusty Kidd, 74

(Born: May 10, 1946 - Died: June 2, 2020)

 

was a a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives who represented the 145th district (from 2009 to 2017). Former state Rep., the last politically independent member of the Georgia General Assembly, died at age 74. Kidd had been hospitalized for undisclosed medical reasons for several days .As a result of a motorcycle accident in 1999, Kidd is paralyzed from the chest down and uses a motorized wheelchair to transport himself.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Chris Trousdale

Chris Trousdale, 34

(Born: July 11, 1985 – Died: June 2, 2020)

 

was an American actor and singer. The ex-boy band Dream Street singer, pop star Chris Trousdale died at a hospital in Burbank, California due to complications from COVID-19. Dream Street was together for three years, and released two albums.Trousdale got his start as a stage actor, first touring as an 8-year-old on a production of “Les Miserables” that also featured actress Ashley Tisdale. Trousdale also made several acting appearances, including on series such as “Days of Our Lives” and Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.”

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

  June 3, 2020

Johnny Majors

Johnny Majors, 85

(Born: May 21, 1935 – Died: June 3, 2020)

 

was an American Hall of Fame football player (Tennessee Volunteers) and one of college football's greatest coaches. Before posting a career 185-137-10 record as a head coach, Majors played at Tennessee from 1953-56. He also was named the Southeastern Conference’s Most Valuable Player as both a junior and senior. In 16 seasons as Tennessee's coach from 1977-92, Majors compiled a 116-62-8 record. Majors rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 552 yards and five touchdowns, leading Tennessee to a 10-1 season in 1956 and an SEC championship. He was inducted into the Pittsburgh Athletics Hall of Fame (1987). Majors died on June 3, 2020 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Bruce Jay Friedman

Bruce Jay Friedman, 90

(Born: April 26, 1930 – Died; June 3, 2020)

 

was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. An unusual case in American letters, he moved easily between literature and pop culture, including movies like “Stir Crazy"(1980) directed by Sidney Poitier and “Splash,” (1984) directed by Ron Howard to great acclaim. His successes on stage also included “Scuba Duba” and “Steambath,” and “About Harry Towns,”- classic comic novel about a midlife man whose life is spiraling out of control. His acting credits included Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail” and Woody Allen’s “Husbands and Wives.”

 

Cause of death: had not been determined

Maria Alice Vergueiro

Maria Alice Vergueiro, 85

(Born: January 19, 1935 – Died: June 3, 2020)

 

was a Brazilian actress and director best known for ''Rosinha'' 2016, ''O Sistema'' TV Series (2007) and ''Sassaricando'' TV Series (1987) . Vergueiro dies in Sao Paulo at the age of 85. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital das Clínicas with severe pneumonia. As an actress, she was part of the cast of legendary Brazilian theatrical performances, such as “O Rei da Vela” (1967), “Galileu Galilei” (1975) and “A Ópera do Malandro” (1978). In the theater scene of São Paulo, she is known as "Dama do Underground".

 

Cause of death: pneumonia

  June 4, 2020

Basu Chatterjee

Basu Chatterjee, 90

(Born: 10 January 1930 – Died: 4 June 2020)

 

was an Indian film director and screenwriter. Veteran Bollywood filmmaker, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as '' Us Paar '' and “Rajnigandha” passed away from age related health issues at the age of 90. In a impressive creative career that stretched to nearly five decades Chatterjee best-known films include some of the most iconic movies about the Mumbai middle class. He was a member of the International Film And Television Club of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.

 

Cause of death: age related health issues

Steve Priest

Steve Priest, 72

(Born: 23 February 1948 – Died: 4 June 2020)

 

was a British musician, bass player known as the lead and backing vocalist of the glam rock band ''The Sweet''. In January 1968, Steve formed a four-piece band ''Sweetshop ''(later they shortened their name to ''The Sweet'') with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey. ''The Sweet' embarked on a very successful career with single hits including ''Wig-Wam Bam'', ''Block Buster!'', ''The Ballroom Blitz'' and ''Love Is Like Oxygen''. After Connolly left The Sweet in early 1979, Priest became lead vocalist, until the band disbanded in 1982. In January 2008, Priest formed a new version of the Sweet, not related to Andy Scott's version of the band.

 

Cause of death: has not been announced

  June 5, 2020

Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine, 72

(Born: 21 September 1947 – Died: 5 June 2020)

 

was an English musician, songwriter and record producer whose long career included work alongside Stevie Nicks and Rush, passed away at the age of 72. Rupert's career as a producer spans more than 50 years and some 130 plus albums and he has both scored movies and contributed songs in films that include cult classic 'Better Off Dead' and James Bond's 'Goldeneye.' He was famous for having produced albums for artists including Tina Turner, Bob Geldof, Suzanne Vega, Kevin Ayers, Rush, Howard Jones, Chris de Burgh, Eleanor McEvoy, Duncan Sheik and Underworld.

 

Cause of death: has not been announced

George V. Murry

George V. Murry, 71

(Born: December 28, 1948 - Died: June 5, 2020)

 

was an American prelate of the Catholic Church, member of the Jesuit Order, Bishop of Saint Thomas (1999–2007) and Youngstown since 2007 (the first African American and first minority bishop to hold the post). Retired Bishop George Murry died at a New York City hospital, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, the Committee for Religious Liberty and the Committee on Catholic Education. He was appointed president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington (1989 to 1994) and then was named associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy.

 

Cause of death: leukemia

Kurt Thomas, 64

(Born: March 29, 1956 – Died: June 5, 2020)

 

was an American Hall of Fame gymnast. He was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships when he captured gold in the floor exercise at Strasbourg, France (1978). Thomas captured many medals but missed out on his best chance to take Olympic gold because The American team boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. After that, he retired from the sport. Thomas was known for his innovative moves in what came to be called the “Thomas Flair” on the pommel horse and the “Thomas Salto” in the floor exercise. In 2003, Kurt was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 

Cause of death: complications from basilar stroke

  June 6, 2020

Reche Caldwell

Reche Caldwell, 41

(Born: March 28, 1979 – Died: June 6, 2020)

 

was an American professional NFL football player (San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins). His best year coming in 2006 when he caught 61 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns for the New England Patriots. Caldwell, a former NFL wide receiver who spent seven seasons in the NFL, was shot and killed outside of his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 41. Police confirmed that there was a homicide but would not say whether Caldwell had been killed. According to his mother, the shooting occurred during an attempted robbery.

 

Cause of death: shot

Jordi Mestre

Jordi Mestre, 38

(Born: 14 September 1981 – Died: 6 June 2020)

 

was a Spanish actor and model. Trained as an actor at the Institut de Teatre de Barcelona, ​​he worked roles in various plays, series, and advertising campaigns, before became famous as a reporter in the last stage of '' I Know What You Did ''. He has worked as a model for Lois, Nivea and Adidas, and as well as fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Zero and Men's Health. Mestre died at 38 years of age as a result of a motorcycle accident (He crashing his motorcycle into a traffic light in Madrid).

 

Cause of death: traffic collision

Christel DeHaan

Christel DeHaan, 77

(Born: October 20, 1942 – Died: June 6, 2020)

 

was a German-born American businesswoman, philanthropis, arts benefactors and community leader, the former owner of Resort Condominiums International. DeHaan has given away $220 million, and founded the charity Christel House International who transforms the lives of impoverished children around the world. DeHaan emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1962. Forbes recognized DeHaan as one of America’s Self-Made Women in 2019. She was also on the Forbes 400 list in 2003. She earned three honorary doctorate: Marian College, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Nottingham in England.

 

Cause of death: unknown

  June 7, 2020

Ken Riley

Ken Riley, 72

(Born: August 6, 1947 – Died: June 7, 2020)

 

was a professional American football cornerback who played his entire career for the Cincinnati Bengals and coach (Florida A&M Rattlers). Across 15 seasons (15 years in the NFL with the Bengals from 1969-83), Riley came away with 65 interceptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns which was the fourth most in NFL history and the cornerback became one of the franchise's all-time best players (So why hasn't the Hall of Fame picked him?) He later worked as the Florida A&M Rattlers head coach (1986-93) and athletics director (1994-02). He won two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles and was a two-time MEAC coach of the year.

 

Cause of death: was not released

Hubert Gagnon

Hubert Gagnon, 73

(Born: 1947 – Died: June 7, 2020)

 

was an Canadian actor. He was best known as the voice of Homer Simpson in the Quebec French version of ''The Simpsons''. In 2017, Gagnon had to give up dubbing for The Simpsons, for health reasons. He had lent his voice to Homer Simpson since 1991. Hubert Gagnon lost his battle against cancer at home in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Gagnon was also known on the big screen, especially in the children’s series ''The Oralians'', very popular in the late 1960s and 1970s.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Frank Bey

Frank Bey, 74

(Born: January 17, 1946 – Died: June 7, 2020)

 

was an American blues singer. The “Southern Gentleman of the Blues,” and a dyed in the wool soul man, Frank Bey passed away peacefully in his home. By the early 1970s he joined the Moorish Vanguard and relocated to Aiken, South Carolina. In 1976, Bey produced ''The Sunset of Your Love'' on the Country Eastern Music label. James Brown then published the song on Polydor Records without their permission ( “acquired” producing credit on a song of theirs). The band mistakenly thought that Bey and Brown had conspired against them. It broke Frank’s heart and he didn’t sing again for 17 years. He made a major comeback with ''Steppin' Out'' (1998). He suffered kidney failure twice, the first time receiving a transplant organ that lasted for 15 years.

 

Cause of death: died after a long illness

  June 8, 2020

Bonnie Pointer

Bonnie Pointer, 69

(Born: July 11, 1950 – Died: June 8, 2020)

 

was an American singer, best known as a member of the Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 69. Bonnie Pointer a founding member of the 70s group along with her siblings, including June, Ruth and Anita, the Pointer Sisters were best known for the hits ''I’m So Excited'', ''Automatic'' and ''Jump''. The Pointer Sisters were the first African-American group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Bonnie left the band in 1977 for a solo career that produced the hit disco cover of the song ''Heaven Must Have Sent You''. The group achieved its greatest commercial success as a trio during the 1980s (''Jump'' - For My Love). At the beginning of 2008, she embarked on a European tour, and has been working on her autobiography. She also starred in Monte Hellman's 2010 romantic thriller ''Road to Nowhere''.

 

Cause of death: unknown

James Hand

James Hand, 67

(Born: 1952 – Died: June 8, 2020)

 

was an American (Texas) country music singer and songwriter. With a combination of real Texas toughness and vulnerability with teary eyes, James Hand was a local legend in Texas who modestly connected his craft in countless captured diving and dance halls to a slowly expanding circle of fans. Hand was bet known for The Truth Will Set You Free (2006), Mighty Lonesome Man (2012) and Stormclouds in Heaven (2015).

 

Cause of death: unknown

Manuel Felguérez

Manuel Felguérez, 91

(Born: December 12, 1928 - Died: June 7, 2020)

 

was a Mexican abstract artist. Felguérez began as a sculptor in Paris as a disciple of Ossip Zadkine, an artist trained in cubism, although later the Mexican moved to painting.In 1988, Felguérez received the National Prize for Sciences and Arts in the area of Fine Arts and was also part of the Generation of Rupture. He had exhibitions Individuals in Mexico, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Venice, Brussels and Liege. Painter and sculptor Felguérez who was part of the Generación de la Ruptura passed away at 91 years.

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

Tony Dunne

Tony Dunne, 78

(Born: 24 July 1941 - Died: 8 June 2020)

 

was an Irish football player (Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, national team) and manager. Dunne, who was part of the Manchester United side who won the European Cup in 1968, passed away at the age of 78. He joined the Red Devils in 1960 as an 18-year-old and went on to play in 535 games (eighth on the club's all-time appearances list). Dunne won 33 caps for the Republic of Ireland (1962–1975). Dunne joined Bolton Wanderers in 1973, spending six years there and play more than 200 games for Bolton between 1973 and 1979 before finishing his playing career in the North American Soccer League( Detroit Express).

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 9, 2020

Pau Donés

Pau Donés, 53

(Born: 11 October 1966 – Died: 9 June 2020)

 

was a Spanish singer-songwriter (rock band Jarabe de Palo) and guitarist. Donés died after 5-year battle with colon cancer at 53. Jarabe de Palo released their first album ''La Flaca'' in 1996. The band’s final release ''Tragas O Escupes'' (who had achieved 3.1 million views on YouTube) was released this year in May . ''Tragas O Escupes'' was also listened to 772,000 on Spotify. The album’s title translates into English as “Swallow or Spit''. Dones has also collaborate with legendary Pavarotti and Cuban singer Celia Cruz.

 

Cause of death: colon cancer

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson, 66

(Born: October 1953 – Died: June 9, 2020)

 

Veteran NBC 5 anchor Dick Johnson, a trusted voice in Chicago TV news, died at 66 in northern Michigan, where he had been on medical disability for a respiratory ailment and pulmonary fibrosi. His death was not related to COVID-19. Johnson, who joined NBC in 2002, was the morning news shows co-anchor and a street reporter for NBC-owned television station WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He moved there from WLS-Channel 7, where he’d been an anchor and reporter for 20 years. Johnson arrived at ABC 7 in 1982, back when Fahey Flynn was still among that station’s main anchors.

 

Cause of death: pulmonary fibrosis

American football player Paul Rochester died

Paul Rochester, 81

(Born: July 15, 1938 – Died: June 9, 2020)

 

was an American football player (defensive lineman). He played for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs (1960–1963) and New York Jets (1964–1969) in the AFL. Rochester played college football at Michigan State University. He played 6½ seasons for New York Jets and capped his playing career by helping the Jets win the franchise's only Super Bowl title . Paul Rochester (nickname “Rocky”), a defensive lineman on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-winning team in 1969, died at 81. Rochester retired after the Super Bowl victory and started his own business, ''Paul Rochester and Associates''.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 10, 2020

Claudell Washington

Claudell Washington, 65

(Born: August 31, 1954 – Died: June 10, 2020)

 

was an American baseball player, outfielder in Major League Baseball (Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics ...), World Series champion (1974). He was the third player in all MLB history, after Babe Ruth and Johnny Mize - to hit three home runs in a game in both the American League and National League. Washington’s long major league career began with the Oakland Athletics in 1974. In 651 games for the Braves, his most with any team, Washington compiled a .278 batting average, with 67 home runs and 279 RBIs. In 1982, Washington hit .266 with 16 homers and 80 RBIs. Washington played in two All-Star games, including in 1975, when at 21 he became one of the younger All-Stars in all history. With the Atlanta Braves he became part of pop culture making a cameo in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Washington played for seven teams in 17 MLB seasons and finished his career a .278 hitter with 1,884 hits, 334 doubles, 164 homers, 824 RBI, 926 runs and 312 stolen bases.

 

Cause of death: prostate cancer

Rosita Fornés

Rosita Fornés, 97

(Born: February 11, 1923 – Died: June 10, 2020)

 

was a Cuban-American actress and singer. Legendary entertainment star born in New York, but one hundred percent Cuban, Rosita Fornés, died at a hospital in Miami, Florida of respiratory complications at the age of 97. She was taken to Cuba by her Catalonian-born parents when she was two. The daughter of Spanish immigrants living on the island, she became a Cuban citizen and developed a versatile career that encompassed cinema, the theater, tv, radio and cabaret. Fornés made her stage debut in a musical comedy in 1938 and appeared in two Cuban films (''Una aventura peligrosa'' and ''Romance musical'') before moving to Mexico where she starred in several films during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, with the films such as ''El deseo'' and ''Del can-can al mambo''. Her last performance took place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium in 2019.

 

Cause of death: complications from emphysema

Anita Linda

Anita Linda, 95

(November 23, 1924 – June 10, 2020)

 

was a Filipino actress. Anita Linda, regarded as the “oldest active actress” in Philippine cinema, has passed away. For movie “Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata” she won the FAMAS award in 1999 for Best Supporting Actress at age of 74, making her the oldest actress to do so. She started acting in the 1940s and has been in acclaimed films as Lino Brocka’s 1974 drama “You’ve Been Weighed But Have Been Found Wanting”. Beloved Filipina actress, was a few years younger than the Philippine cinema, which recently celebrated its 100th year. She has a total of 398 acting credits to her name listed on IMDb, and has won 17 awards and been nominated for 21 more over the course of her career.

 

Cause of death: heart failure

Mr. Wrestling II

Mr. Wrestling II, 85

(September 10, 1934 – June 10, 2020)

 

John "Johnny" Francis Walker better known by the ring name Mr. Wrestling II was an American professional wrestler. Mr. Wrestling II, or just “Two” as Georgia Championship Wrestling fans called him, is best known for his work in the 70s and 80s in Championship Wrestling from Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling. Walker inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 and the NWA Hall of Fame in 2012. In CWF he held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice and in GCW he became a 10-time Georgia Heavyweight Champion. Mr. Wrestling died on June 10, in Hawaii at the age of 85.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 11, 2020

Rosa Maria Sardà

Rosa Maria Sardà, 78

(Born: 30 July 1941 – Died: 11 June 2020)

 

was a Spanish Catalan actress,comedian, director and presenter, known for her long career spanning five decades, with appearances in cinema,TV and theater. One of the most important actresses of Spanish cinema and theatre died at the age of 78, in his hometown of Barcelona following a long battle with cancer. She won two goyas as Best Supporting Actress, in 2002 for ''Shameless'' and in 1994 for ''Why do they call it love when they mean sex?''. In 2010 Sardà received the Medal Academy Gold. She played roles in both Spanish and Catalan. In December 2019 Rosa María Sardá published her autobiography '' A minor incident''. She was married to comedian Josep Maria Mainat.

 

Cause of death: lymphoma

Mel Winkler

Mel Winkler, 78

(Born: October 23, 1941 – Died: June 11, 2020)

 

was an American actor, best known for ''Doc Hollywood'' and'' Devil In A Blue Dress''. Mel served as a captain in the US Army before making his onscreen debut appearing in a total of 68 episodes in 1969 NBC daytime soap opera ''The Doctors'' as Dr. Simon Harris. Besides acting in film and TV, He voiced several animated characters, including that of Lucius Fox in “The New Batman Adventures” (1997 -1998) and the voice of the mask Aku Aku in four editions of the “Crash Bandicoot” video games (1998-2003). Winkler acted on Broadway stage as well, appearing in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and “Proposals”. Winkler’s last role was in the film “The Disciple” in 2008. Mel Winkler died in his sleepat his home in Hollywood. He was 78.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 12, 2020

Carl Brewer

Carl Brewer, 63

(Born: March 8, 1957 – Died: June 12, 2020)

 

was an American politician who served as the 100th mayor of Wichita, Kansas ( first Wichita elected African-American mayor) Brewer was elected to the mayoralty in in 2007 and 2011. Brewer, was a former aerospace professional and a captain in the Kansas Army National Guard who served on the City Council or as mayor from 2001 to 2015. Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, who oversaw much of the revitalization of downtown and was a key figure in the development of ''Eisenhower Airport'', passed away after a long illness in Wichita, Kansas. Brewer ran unsuccessfully for Kansas governor in 2018, He lost the Democratic primary placing second behind Laura Kelly.

 

Cause of death: died after a long illness

Ricky Valance

Ricky Valance, 81

(Born: 10 April 1939 – Died: 12 June 2020)

 

was a Welsh singer. Valance was best known for the UK Number One hit with the song "Tell Laura I Love Her", which sold over a million copies in 1960. It spend 16 weeks in the chart, three of those at number one, but only two future singles reached the UK top 50. "Movin' Away" made it to number one in Australia and Scandinavia, with 150,000 copies sold. Valance was lead soprano in his local church choir as a child, before joining the air force (He joined the RAF aged 17), where he saw active service in north Africa. His agent said he had been in ill health for several months before his death ( he had been diagnosed with dementia and had been in hospital since before the start of lockdown).

 

Cause of death: dementia

William S. Sessions

William S. Sessions, 90

(Born: May 27, 1930 – Died: June 12, 2020)

 

was an American attorney and jurist, Director of the FBI (1987–1993), attorney, member and chief judge for the US District Court for Western Texas (1971–1987). In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon named him United States lawyer for the Western District of Texas. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford appointed him a federal district choose in El Paso. Sessions, a director of the F.B.I. underneath 3 presidents, from 1987 to 1993, died in San Antonio. Sessions was applauded for broadening the F.B.I. ranks to incorporate extra black, Hispanic and feminine brokers. Facing complaints and lawsuits alleging bias in an company that had lengthy been overwhelmingly male and white, he acknowledged critical issues and ordered reforms. Sessions was dismissed by President Bill Clinton. He was the father of former Texas Congressman Pete Sessions.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 13, 2020

Jean Raspail

Jean Raspail, 94

(Born: 5 July 1925 – Died: 13 June 2020)

 

was a French author, traveler and explorer. He was an explorer and adventurer, but he is most remembered for his stories. The royalist writer, author notably of the sulfurous ''The camp of the saints'', a novel imagining with dread the arrival of a million migrants on the Côte d’azur, controversial royalist writer but several times rewarded by the French Academy died in the Henry-Dunant hospital in Paris. In 1981, Raspail received the Grand Prix du roman from the French Academy, for Me, Antoine de Tounens, King of Patagonia. Throughout his career, he also won numerous titles for all of his work. In addition The Camp of the saintshe has written several novels of adventure and stories of travel, ''Land of Fire – Alaska'' (1952), ''The Game of the king'' (1976) and ''Fishers of moons'' (1990).

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 14, 2020

Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput, 34

(Born: 21 January 1986 – Died: 14 June 2020)

 

was an Indian actor, dancer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. One of the biggest stars in Bollywood, Sushant Singh Rajput, has been found dead at his sixth floor appartmen apartment in Mumbai (Media reports state that he was found hanging). While the police have confirmed that he has died by suicide, no ‘note’ was found from his residence. He made his debut in Bollywood with Abhishek Kapoor's 'Kai Po Che' in 2013. Rajput was best known for his award-winning performance in Zee TV soap opera ''Pavitra Rishta'',and ''Dil Bechara'' (2014), a Hindi remake of Hollywood’s ''The Fault In Our Stars''. Rajput has been part of action movies like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Awards: Indian Television Academy Awards, 2010 - Most Popular Actor, Producers Guild Film Awards, 2014 - Best Male Debut.

 

Cause of death: suicide by hanging

Noel Kelly

Noel Kelly, 84

(Born: 22 January 1936 – Died: 14 June 2020)

 

was an Australian professional rugby league footballer (Ipswich, Western Suburbs Magpies, national team) and coach. Born in Ipswich, He also played for Ipswich Brothers, Ayr and Wollongong during a senior club career that spanned 244 matches.The legendary hard man played 28 Tests for the Kangaroos where he built a formidable reputation over 111 games. He was the first front-rower to tour with the Kangaroos three times on the 1959/60, 1963/64 and 1967/68 tours. NRL Hall of Fame member, team of the century hooker and one of the most popular players to ever wear the green and gold jersey, Noel Kelly died in Sydney. He had been ill since suffering a heart attack last month.

 

Cause of death: complications after heart attack

Elsa Joubert

Elsa Joubert, 97

(Born: 19 October 1922 – Died: 14 June 2020)

 

was a South African Sestigers writer. The Sestigers were a group of influential resistant Afrikaans-language writers who wished to elevate Afrikaans and confront the Apartheid state. died on Sunday in Cape Town due to Covid-19 related causes. Iconic South African author Elsa Joubert died in Cape Town due to COVID-19 related causes. Joubert received numerous awards during her career including the Hertzog Prize (probably the most prestigious award for Afrikaans writing). Elsa's best known book ''Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena'' (The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena) was translated into 13 languages and has been voted one of the top 100 best books of the 20th century. That literary work was most recently turned into an award-winning film directed by Christian Olwagen and starring Clementine Mosimane.

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, 77

(Born: July 10, 1942 – Died: June 14, 2020)

 

was a former Mexican football player (striker), who played for the Mexico national team between 1965 and 1970, gaining 55 caps and scoring 8 goals and manager (Pumas). Padilla played for Pumas, Atlante, and Veracruz. Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez passed away at the age of 77, as a result of the coronavirus (He also had Alzheimer's for a long time). ''El Gansito'', a nickname with which Aarón Padilla was known, was part of the Mexico squad for the 1966 (England) and 1970 World Cups (Mexico ). He was part of the Mexican Disciplinary Commission and the Arbitration Commission.

 

Cause of death: COVID-19

  June 15, 2020

Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke, 68

(Born: 1952 - Died: June 15, 2020)

 

Burke was at the helm of the Purdue athletic department from 1993-2017. “Morgan left an indelible mark on Purdue Athletics, and thousands of student-athletes benefited from his faithful leadership,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. Burke spent 23 years as head of the department until his retirement in 2016. While Burke was athletic director, the Purdue women's basketball and golf teams both won NCAA National Championships in 1999 and 2010 respectively. The Purdue men's basketball team won three straight Big Ten titles from 1994-96 and the football team won 10 bowl games in 12 years. All told, Burke oversaw 20 regular-season conference championships and 13 tournament titles. Morgan Burke died at his home in West Lafayette after a long battle with amyloidosis.

 

Cause of death: amyloidosis

  June 16, 2020

John Madigan

John Madigan, 53

(Born: 21 July 1966 – Died: 16 June 2020)

 

was an Australian politician, Senator (2011–2016). Madigan, a Ballarat blacksmith who led the Democratic Labour Party out of the wilderness in 2010 by winning its first Senate seat in 30 years, has died after a long battle with cancer at a palliative care home near his home in Hepburn Springs. He might have worn a suit during his six years at Parliament House in Canberra, but Mr Madigan was no ordinary politician. "Blacksmith, teetotaller, Democratic Labour Party Senator: he's a throwback to another generation, a time when things were done differently," The Courier wrote of him in 2013. He resigned from the DLP to become an independent in September 2014, and later launched "John Madigan's Manufacturing and Farming Party" in 2015.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Fred Jarvis

Fred Jarvis, 95

(Born: 8 September 1924 - Died: 16 June 2020)

 

was a retired British trade union leader. He was President of the National Union of Students (1952 -1954) and General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers from 1975 until 1989, when it was the biggest teacher union in Europe. He was a member of the Trades Union Congress general council from 1974 until 1989 and its president in 1986-87. His bitter clashes with Margaret Thatcher’s government led the Tories to scrap the Burnham Committee on teachers’ pay. Highly regarded for his contribution to the sector, he received the Service to Education prize at the Tes School Awards in 2013. Mr Jarvis continued to campaign for education throughout his retirement, setting up the ''New Visions for Education Group''. In 2015 he was made CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Delbert Africa

Delbert Africa, 74

(Born: 1946 – Died: 16 June 2020)

 

was a American black liberation activist. Delbert Africa, a longtime member of MOVE ( black liberation group founded in 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), who was released from prison in January 2020 after serving 41 years for his part in a 1978 confrontation in Powelton Village between the group and Philadelphia police that left an officer (James Ramp) dead , has died from cancer in Philadelphia. He always maintained his innocence. Ramp was killed with a single shot and 18 police officers and firefighters were injured. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea and served as a police officer for 23 years. Africa’s 13-year-old daughter was among six adults and five children killed in 1985 when police dropped an incendiary bomb over their home.

 

Cause of death: cancer

  June 17, 2020

Willie Thorne

Willie Thorne, 66

(Born: 4 March 1954 – Died: 17 June 2020)

 

was an English professional snooker player. Willie Thorne, the British snooker legend who won 14 worldwide titles and reached the UK Championship final in 1985 Classic, passed away at a hospital in Spain following a long battle with leukemia.Thorne, had been in an induced coma in an intensive care unit after suffering respiratory failure. Willie Thorne had a successful career in snooker after turning professional in 1975 ( high ranking: world no. 7). He retired in 2001 and moved into commentary for The British television (BBC). According to a statement from the World Snooker Tour (WST):''Thorne shot to fame during the 1980s snooker boom and was one of the most recognizable players in the sport''. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his treatment had raised more than £19,000.

 

Cause of death: leukemia

Jerry Sturm

Jerry Sturm, 83

(Born: December 31, 1936 – Died: 17 June 2020)

 

was an American former football player, offensive lineman who had a 15-year career in pro football (Calgary Stampeders, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints). He was named by the Broncos last year as one of the Top 100 players in franchise history. Sturm played his college football at Illinois and began his professional career in Canada with the ''Saskatchewan Roughriders'' (1958) and the ''Calgary Stampeders'' (1959 - 1960). In 1961 Jerry Sturm signed with the ''Denver Broncos'' and played for them from 1961 to 1966. Through those six seasons, Jerry Sturm was named an AFL All-Star twice. He spent time with the ''New Orleans Saints'' from 1967 to 1970, and he also spent one season each with the ''Houston Oilers'' and ''Philadelphia Eagles''. Following his retirement, Sturm went back to Colorado and became a restaurateur. Sturm was owns "The South" restaurant in Englewood.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

György Kárpáti

György Kárpáti, 84

(Born: June 23, 1935 – Died: 17 June 2020)

 

was a Hungarian former water polo player, a three-time Olympic champion and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Karpati, who won Olympic gold medals in 1952 (Helsinki), 1956 (Melbourne) and 1964 (Tokio), was the last surviving member of the Hungarian team which defeated the Soviet Union (victory known as the “Blood in the Water”) at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne just weeks after the crushing of Hungary’s anti-Soviet revolution. At the 1960 Games he won the bronze medal with the Hungarian team. He played four matches and scored five goals. In Tokyo 1964 where he won his third gold medal. He played six matches and scored four goals. He was born in Budapest, and was Jewish.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Jean Kennedy Smith

Jean Kennedy Smith, 92

(Born: February 20, 1928 – Died: June 17, 2020)

 

was an American diplomat, activist, humanitarian and author - ambassador to Ireland (1993–1998). Ms Smith was the second youngest of the nine Kennedy siblings, who included President John F Kennedy and Senator Robert F Kennedy. Smith, who died at home in Manhattan, played key role in Northern Ireland’s peace process in the 1990s as US envoy. She helped persuade Clinton to grant a controversial visa in 1994 to Gerry Adams, chief of the Irish Republican Army-linked Sinn Fein party. The move defied the British government, which branded Adams as a terrorist She was the first Kennedy woman of her generation to take on a serious political job. In addition to a life in politics, Smith founded Very Special Arts, an educational program that supports artists with physical or mental disabilities. In February 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work with people with disabilities. On March, 2011, Smith was inducted into Irish America magazine's Irish America Hall of Fame.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 18, 2020

Dame Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn, 103

(Born: 20 March 1917 – Died: 18 June 2020)

 

was a British singer, songwriter and entertainer, best known for performing hits such as'' We'll Meet Again'', "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "There'll Always Be an England" to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt. Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart whose sentimental balladshelped raise morale in World War Two, died at the age of 103. During the second world war, she performed to people sheltering from bombing raids in the stations of London’s underground. She was the first English singer to make it to number one in the American music charts. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Lynn in a tweet: "Dame Vera Lynn's charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours. Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come."

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Tibor Benedek

Tibor Benedek, 47

(Born: 12 July 1972 – Died: 18 June 2020)

 

was a Hungarian water polo player, Olympic champion (2000, 2004, 2008). One of the best world water polo players of all time Tibor Benedek, passed away at the age of 47 after a long batle with pancreatic cancer. At a club level, Benedek won five titles in the Champions League (with Ujpest in 1994, and with Pro Recco in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), LEN Cup Winners’ Cup (1993 with Ujpest), five LEN Super Cups (1994 – with Ujpest, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 – with Pro Recco), six titles of the national champion of Hungary (four in Ujpest, two in Honved), seven titles in the Italian Serie A1 (one with Roma, six with Pro Recco). Benedek was the head coach of Hungary men's national water polo team between 2013 and 2016. He is one of several players in water polo history who won three Olympic gold medals.

 

Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

  June 19, 2020

Sir Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm, 88

(Born: 12 September 1931 – Died: 19 June 2020)

 

was an English actor on stage and in film. The award-winning actor passed away in hospital from an illness that was related to Parkinson’s disease. Holm became a Bafta winner and Oscar nominee following his role in 1981 film Chariots of Fire, in which he played athletics coach Sam Mussabini. He received a knighthood in 1998 for his contribution to drama. Sir Ian was globally recognised for his extraordinarily impressive and varied career which included highlights such as ''Alien'' - 1979, ''Chariots Of Fire''- 1981, Time Bandits''- 1981, ''The Madness Of King George''- 1994, ''The Fifth Element'' - 1997, ''The Sweet Hereafter''- 1997 and ''The Emperor's New Clothes''- 2001."His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations.''. Awards: Evening Standard Award for Best Actor – ''Henry V'' (1965), Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play - ''The Homecoming'' (1967), Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor - ''Moonlight'' (1993) and Evening Standard Award for Best Actor - ''Moonlight'' (1993).

 

Cause of death: complications from Parkinson's disease

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 55

(Born: 25 September 1964 – Died: 19 June 2020)

 

was a Spanish novelist best known for his 2001 novel ''La sombra del viento'' (''The Shadow of the Wind''), Barcelona-based mystery was an international hit in 2001, published in 50 countries.The bestselling novelist, frequently described as the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes, had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died in Los Angeles, aged 55. Zafón worked as a publicist before becoming a full-time writer. He got noticed in the early 1990s with the publication of the first volume of the “Mist Trilogy,” including “The Prince of Mist''. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez hailed Ruiz Zafon's work and expressed sorrow over his passing. "We have lost one of the most well-read and admired Spanish authors in the world. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the novelist of reference for our era, left a great mark on modern literature," he wrote on Twitter.

 

Cause of death: colon cancer

Bill Groman

Bill Groman, 83

(Born: July 17, 1936 – Died: June 19, 2020)

 

was an American football player, wide receiver (Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills). Bill Groman, who spent two of his six seasons in the AFL with the Buffalo Bills, has died from natural causes in Houston. He was 83. He played for the Denver Broncos in 1963, and for the Buffalo Bills in 1964 and 1965, playing on the Bills' two American Football League Championship teams. In each of his two seasons in Buffalo, the former Heidelberg University standout played in five games. For his career, which also included a stint with the Denver Broncos, he had 174 receptions for 3,481 receiving yards (2,008 in the five years after his rookie season) and 36 touchdowns. Groman is the only player in pro football history to have 27 touchdown catches in his first 25 games. After his playing career ended, Groman worked in scouting for Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Atlanta.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 20, 2020

Mario Corso

Mario Corso, 78

(Born: 25 August 1941 – Died: 20 June 2020)

 

was an Italian football player (Inter, national team) and coach (Mantova). Nicknamed ''Mariolino'' and ''God’s Left Foot'' for his free-kick and crossing ability. He was the left winger in Herrera’s legendary team - ''Grande Inter'', winning four Scudetti, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Corso spent the majority of his playing career with the Nerazzurri, playing 509 times for the club between 1957 and 1973. He picked up just 23 caps for Italy but failing to represent them at any major tournaments. The phenomenal left-handed of Grande Inter and the Italian national football team Mario Corso passed away at the age of 78. “Mario Corso, an eternal champion with infinite class, has died. With his left foot, he enchanted the world in a team that marked an era. All our thoughts and affection go to his family at this difficult time”, ” said Inter in a statement.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Pedro Lima

Pedro Lima, 49

(Born: 20 April 1971 – Died: 20 June 2020)

 

was a Portuguese actor, a leading figure in television and theater in Portugal who was well known for TVI’s soap operas and swimmer who represented Angola at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Lima won a gold and bronze medal at the 1991 All-Africa Games. The actor's body was found by the authorities this morning at Abano beach, in Guincho, Cascais municipality, after an alert was issued. Lima had been missing for two days, having his wife, Anna Westerlund, given the alert. The Judiciary Police is investigating the circumstances of the actor’s death, but Lima most likely committed suicide. He reportedly sent out farewell messages to two acquaintances earlier on this day.

 

Cause of death: The Police is investigating the circumstances of death (Suicide?)

Svein Arne Hansen

Svein Arne Hansen, 74

(Born: 6 May 1946 – Died: 20 June 2020)

 

was a Norwegian sports official, president of the European Athletic Association (since 2015). European Athletics is deeply saddened to announce that its President Svein Arne Hansen has died at the age of 74. He died in Oslo today after failing to recover from a stroke, that he suffered on 15 March 2020. European Athletics interim president Dobromir Karamarinov said: "He was a great leader, a visionary for our sport and a charismatic personality within the athletics family. Hansen spent 24 years as meeting director of the Bislett Games in Oslo and 12 as president of Norway’s track and field federation, also played a key role in establishing the European sports championships, a continental multisports event where federations are also stakeholders. Hansen was a vocal proponent of lifetime bans for doping offenses.

 

Cause of death: complications from a stroke

  June 21, 2020

Pascal Clément

Pascal Clément, 75

(Born: 12 May, 1945 – Died: 21 June, 2020)

 

was a French politician. The former Minister of Justice (2005–2007) and Minister of Parliamentary Relations (1993 - 1995), Pascal Clément died in Paris at the age of 75, following a pulmonary infection, announced his family. Clément had been tested negative at the Covid-19. He had long been deputy of the Loire and president of his department at the National Assembly in 2006. President of the Loire General Council from 1994 to 2008, he chaired the Law Commission of the National Assembly between 2002 and 2005. He served as Mayor of Saint-Marcel-de-Félines from 1977 to 2001. Nicole Belloubet, Minister of Justice in a press statement , praised Pascal’s “the journey of a man deeply committed to the service of law”.

 

Cause of death: pulmonary infection

Bobby Storey

Bobby Storey, 64

(Born: 1956 – Died: 21 June, 2020)

 

was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteer from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Senior Belfast republican and former leading IRA figure Bobby Storey who was one of the leaders of the Maze prison escape of 1983 and later became Sinn Féin’s Northern chairman, has died, Sinn Fein has announced. He was sentenced to 18 years for possession of a rifle in 1981 and also spent several periods behind bars remanded on other charges. In 1983 he was involved in a mass escape by 38 republican prisoners from the Maze paramilitary prison near Lisburn. After being captured he was given an additional seven years for his role in the escape. The north Belfast man was considered the head of intelligence of the IRA for a period from the mid-1990s and was named as such under parliamentary privilege. In a statement released by Sinn Féin, President Mary Lou McDonald expressed her “deep sadness” at the death. She added: “Bobby was a lifelong and very deeply committed Irish Republican whose passing will be received with great sadness by republicans throughout Ireland.''

 

Cause of death: unknown (died following a period of illness)

  June 22, 2020

Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher, 80

(Born: August 29, 1939 – Died: June 22, 2020)

 

was an American film director. Film director Joel Schumacher, whose varied work included such movies as “St. Elmo’s Fire ” (1985), “The Client” (1994), “Batman Forever” (1995), ''8mm'' (1999), ''The Phantom of the Opera'' (2004) and “Falling Down” (1993) died in New York City from cancer, leaving behind a career of cult classics and reappraised curiosities. He was 80. Schumacher initially worked in the fashion industry before entering film as a costume designer for Woody Allen’s Sleeper and Interiors. Schumacher had an uncanny ability to recognize young talent including Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy. He also boosted the careers of other young actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell by giving them prominent parts in his films. After the Batman films, Schumacher steered away from blockbusters and returned to making minimalist films, such as 2002's Phone Booth with Colin Farrell. Schumacher was openly gay throughout most of his career. He claimed that he had had sex with up to 20,000 men.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Dick Buerkle

Dick Buerkle, 72

(Born: September 3, 1947 – Died: June 22, 2020)

 

was an American Olympic runner and the last American man to hold a world record in the mile. Dick Buerkle, an Atlantan who once held the world record in the indoor mile and competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, has died. He was 72. He didn't take up running until his senior year at Aquinas Institute in Rochester and walked on to the track team at Villanova. He became a two-time Olympian, in 1976 (Montreal) after winning the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, and also in 1980 (Moscow) when the Games were boycotted. Buerkle was a salesman, teacher and coach after his competitive racing days ended in 1981. Buerkle participated in the torch relays prior to both the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Pierino Prati

Pierino Prati, 73

(Born:13 December 1946 – Died: 22 June 2020)

 

was an Italian footballer (Former AC Milan and Italy forward). Legendary ex Italian footballer Pierino Prati, winner of the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup finalist, has died aged 73. It is noted that Prati was sick for a long time. Prati won 14 caps for the Azzurri between 1968 and 1974, scoring seven goals. Prati became the silver medalist of the world championship in 1970. His league-best 15 goals helped Milan to the 1967-68 title, and Prati would also lift two Italian cups (season 1971/1972, 1972/1973), two European Cup Winners' Cups, and the Intercontinental Cup. Prati is one of the best scorers in the history of “Milan” (72 goals scored). Milan paid tribute to a club legend with a simple but touching message: “Goodbye to a true Rossonero legend. You were a shining light for us all and shall be dearly missed: rest in peace Piero.”

 

Cause of death: cancer

Steve Bing

Steve Bing, 55

(Born: March 31, 1965 – Died: June 22, 2020)

 

was an American businessman, philanthropist, entertainment executive (Shangri-La Entertainment), film producer (Kangaroo Jack, Rules Don't Apply), and donor to The Clinton Foundation. Steve Bing, the former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley , died in a fall from his posh Los Angeles, California apartment building at the age of 55. TMZ said Bing had died after falling from the 27th floor of a luxury apartment. Bing, a major Democratic donor and a friend of President Clinton, went on to Stanford but dropped out in his junior year to pursue filmmaking. In 2009, Bing paid for the flight that carried Clinton and American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee home from North Korea. Bing was the ex of actress Elizabeth Hurley and father her son, Damian, based on a 2002 DNA test, which he denied at the time, according to People. He was best known for his backing of filmmakers and musicians. He produced Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light” documentary about the Rolling Stones.

 

Cause of death: suicide by jumping

  June 23, 2020

Liam Treadwell

Liam Treadwell, 34

(Born: 1986 - Died: June 22, 2020)

 

was an English National Hunt jockey. Treadwell who shocked the world with his sensational Grand National on 100/1 outsider Mon Mome in 2009, has died at the age of 34. Trainer Alastair Ralph confirmed the tragic news and described Treadwell's death as 'unbelievably sad' and a 'big shock'. It has not been revealed how Treadwell passed away. Treadwell returned to the saddle after initially retiring from professional riding in February 2018. Treadwell, who was also third in the 2015 National on Monbeg Dude, rode 10 winners during the 2019-20 season, all for Shropshire-based trainer Alastair Ralph. Big wins in the jockey's career included the Byrne Group Plate on Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013 and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree with Bennys Mist two years later. Liam had a fine career in British racing, riding over 300 winners in the 17 years that he held a jockeys’ license.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Michael Falzon

Michael Falzon, 48

(Born: 16 May 1972 – Died; 23 June 2020)

 

was an Australian musical actor and producer, best known for his roles in We Will Rock You and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Falzon has died following a battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer (Germ cell tumour) at the age of 48. Falzon had appeared in a number of Australian and international musical theatre productions, including ''The Pirates of Penzance'', ''Hedwig and the Angry Inch'', ''Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'', ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' and ''Rock of Ages''. He appeared in solo concerts supported by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Perth Symphony Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, violinist Jane Cho. In an interview with Studio 10 in October last year, Falzon – who lived an active, healthy lifestyle and was a vegetarian - called his diagnosis in May of 2019 “dumb luck.”

 

Cause of death: cancer

  June 24, 2020

Alfredo Biondi

Alfredo Biondi, 91

(Born: June 29, 1928 – Died: June 24, 2020)

 

was an Italian politician and lawyer, MP (1968–1972, 1979–2008). Alfredo Biondi, historic leader of the Liberal Party and later among the leading exponents of Forza Italia, has died. Debut as deputy in the House in 1968 on the benches of the Liberal Party, of which he was also secretary between 1985 and 1986. Vice-President of the Chamber, he had been Minister of Environment (1983–1984) and Minister of Justice (1994–1995) of the first Berlusconi government. Biondi was appointed President of Forza Italia's National Council in 2004''Forza Italia'' deputy Roberto Cassinelli broke the news on his Facebook profile: ''The last of the great liberals, Cassinelli writes," goes away, the bulwark of a generation that changed Italy by snatching it from the dictatorship and taking it on the path of democracy and social and economic progress ".

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 25, 2020

John Kennedy Sr.

John Kennedy Sr., 91

(Born: 29 December 1928 – Died: 25 June 2020)

 

was an Australian Hall of Fame rules football player (Hawthorn) and coach (Hawthorn, North Melbourne). Hawthorn and Australian football legend, John Kennedy senior, has died aged 91. A former captain, coach and administrator, Kennedy was recently elevated to legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame. The man known as Kanga won four best-and-fairests during his 164-match playing career for Hawthorn between 1950 and 1959. Kennedy Sr was a three-time premiership coach and four-time best and fairest winner as a player. He coached Hawthorn's first three flags, in 1961, 1971 and 1976. He joined North Melbourne in 1985, coaching 113 games between 1985 and 1989. A statue of Kennedy looking over the playing field at Hawthorn’s Waverley Park training base is a constant reminder of his impact on the club.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Joe Sinnott

Joe Sinnott, 93

(Born: October 16, 1926 – Died: 25 June 2020)

 

was an American comic book artist (The Avengers, Thor, The Defenders). Marvel Comics icon, artist Joe Sinnott, has died at the age of 93. Sinnott was a longtime inker of Marvel Comics books, starting back in the 1960s when Marvel was just taking shape. Diving into his Marvel career, Sinnott began inking Fantastic Four starting with 1965's #44, codifying Jack Kirby's vision of the Thing and embarking on one of the longest runs in comic book history, with Sinnott inking Fantastic Four regularly until 1980. He was awarded with the Inkpot Award in 1995, and given the Inkwell Hall of Fame Award in 2008: he was also named a Special Ambassador by the same awards. In 2013, he was given the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award. Sinnott is named the #1 inker of American comics by historians at the Chicago, Illinois, retailer Atlas Comics.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 26, 2020

Theo Foley

Theo Foley, 83

(Born: 2 April 1937 – Died: 26 June 2020)

 

was an Irish former footballer (Burnley, Northampton Town, national team) and football manager/coach( Arsenal). Theo Foley, one of the heroes of Arsenal’s 1989 title winning triumph, has passed away at the age of 83. Former Republic of Ireland international Foley was George Graham’s former assistant at Arsenal and a huge figure in London football. The Irishman enjoyed a successful playing career, most notably with Northampton, before taking up backroom roles at a number of clubs. The defender helped win two promotions as the Cobblers ascended to the First Division in 1965 for their only campaign in the top-flight. A stint at Millwall and then QPR united the former Republic of Ireland international with George Graham, who he followed to Arsenal in 1986. Foley was good cop to Graham’s bad cop in the 1989 set-up, dovetailing brilliantly with the tough Scottish manager and disciplinarian. Foley left Arsenal to manage Northampton in 1991, there was never any bitterness and Foley would ring Graham to congratulate him on his latest trophy or success.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury, 60

(Born: January 15, 1960 – Died: June 26, 2020)

 

was an American animated film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author. Kelly Asbury, the animator and Oscar-nominated director, has died at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Asbury worked for Disney and DreamWorks during his career.Throughout his 38-year career in the animation industry, he contributed in various capacities, mostly in hte story department, to over two dozen animated features. Asbury directed or co-directed five animated features: Dreamworks Animation’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Shrek 2, as well as Gnomeo & Juliet, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Uglydolls. Asbury was a native of Beaumont, Texas, but was living in Encino, California at the time of his death.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Tony Pidgley

Tony Pidgley, 72

(Born: 6 August 1947– Died: 26 June 2020)

 

was an English businessman, property developer and financier. He was the founder and chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, one of the UK's largest housebuilding businesses. U.K. homebuilder Berkeley Group Holdings Plc announced the death of its founder and chairman Tony Pidgley. Pidgley passed away suddenly on 26 June, after being admitted to hospital the night before. He was 72. According to The Sunday Times Rich List in 2019, Pidgley was worth £335 million. The tycoon's death came as a shock to the business. It is understood he was working up until 25 June, when he was taken into hospital.Mr Pidgley founded Berkeley in 1976, growing the business to become one of the UK’s largest housebuilders. In 2013, Mr Pidgley was awarded a CBE for services to the housing sector and the community.

 

Cause of death: unknown

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr.

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 82

(Born: June 20, 1938 – Died: June 26, 2020)

 

was an American terrorist and convicted murderer, formerly serving a life sentence for his role as conspirator in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, which killed four young African-American girls (Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, and Denise McNair). Thomas Blanton, Ku Klux Klan bomber of Alabama church in 1963, dies in prison. Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.”

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock

Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock, 75

(Born: 19 May 1945 – Died: 26 June 2020)

 

was a British Liberal Democrat politician. Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Diana Maddock, who was MP for Christchurch between 1993 and 1997, has died at the age of 75, the party has confirmed. She had been treated successfully for breast cancer twice, continuing her work in the House of Lords throughout, but she was informed in the spring that the cancer had returned. Diana joined the Liberal party in 1976. She was elected top Southampton City Council in 1984, only giving up her seat when she was elected to Parliament at a by-election in 1993 Appointed to the Lords in 1997, she most recently acted as deputy chief whip for the party's group in the upper chamber. Baroness Maddock had served as Lib Dem president between 1998 and 2000. She was a member of Northumberland County Council (2005-2008) and of Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council (2007-2009). She married Lord Beith, formerly MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, in 2001.

 

Cause of death: cancer

  June 27, 2020

Dumitru Comănescu

Dumitru Comănescu, 111

(Born: 8 November 1908 – Died: June 27, 2020)

 

was a Romanian supercentenarian, oldest living man (since 2020). Dumitru Comănescu who was born on 8 November 1908 in Draganeasa, Romania, and was a claimant to the World’s Oldest Man title sadly passed away today, 27 June 2020, at the age of 111 years, 232 days. On May 29, he was named the world’s oldest man according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He was an agronomist by profession. One of the curious facts in his life is that at the age of 86 he ranked fifth in the country in a competition for agricultural experts, which allowed him to continue working in his specialty. A lover of mathematics, but passionate about plants – a passion that led him to the profession of agronomist. He was behind efforts to provide bread for the population during World War II. He has worked with passion for more than 70 years, leading a balanced life, always surrounded by family.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

Adrian Devine

Adrian Devine, 68

(Born: December 2, 1951 – Died: June 27, 2020)

 

was an American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers). Former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Adrian Devine died after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Paul Adrian Devine was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1973 to 1980 for the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. The Braves originally drafted Devine in the second round of the 1970 draft out of Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. Devine primarily pitched in relief and had his best season in 1977 with the Rangers when he posted a win–loss record of 11–6 with 15 saves. Devine also had a great season in 1975 with Triple-A Richmond. He was 10-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 27 games (24 starts). The Braves then called Devine up to Atlanta when the rosters expanded in September. He pitched in five games and made two starts and was 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA. After his retirement, Devine and his wife lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Pete Carr

Pete Carr, 70

(Born: April 22, 1950 – Died: June 27, 2020)

 

was an American guitarist (LeBlanc and Carr, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section). Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section guitarist Jesse Willard “Pete” Carr, who played on hits including “Kodachrome,” “Tonight’s The Night” and “Down on Mainstreet,” died at the age of 70. As the lead guitarist for the Muscle Shoals session band and a close friend of the Allman brothers, Carr would meet and play with Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr., among others. And he had his own group LeBlanc and Carr that released the album “Midnight Light.” In 1974, Paul Simon's "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" album was nominated for two Grammy Awards; and "Against the Wind" by Bob Seger earned two Grammys in 1981.[1] In addition, Carr co-produced Bob Seger's "Stranger in Town" album which featured the hit "Old Time Rock and Roll".

 

Cause of death: unknown

Mats Rådberg

Mats Rådberg, 72

(Born: 8 June 1948 – Died: 27 June 2020)

 

was a Swedish country singer, guitarist, composer and architect. He is well known for working together with the country band Rankarna under the name Mats Rådberg & Rankarna. Mats Rådberg's brother, confirms for the Aftonbladet that the artist passed away. Mats Rådberg had been battling cancer since last September. The Swedish country star had several successes during the 70s and 80s and participated in the 1977 tune festival with the song "You and me and the summer". In 1983 he had a hit with the song "Poke in a stick in the fire". During his career he released 24 albums. He recorded several of the records together with the band Rankarna. Mats Rådberg also acted as a background singer behind Chips at Melodifestivalen 1980.

 

Cause of death: cancer

  June 28, 2020

Marián Čišovský

Marián Čišovský, 40

(2 November 1979 – 28 June 2020)

 

was a Slovak footballer (Inter Bratislava, Viktoria Plzeň, national team). The news came from Prague on Sunday that Marian ex Slovakian football defender died at age 40 due to incurable Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he was fighting for this illness for almost six years. a news of Marian death was confirmed by the Czech Club Viktoria Plzen. He became champion of the Slovak league twice and also won the Slovak Cup twice. In 2004, he signed with MŠK Žilina. From 2006 to 2008 he played for Artmedia Bratislava, before leaving for Romania's FC Politehnica Timișoara. The player ended his career in 2014, then he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease is incurable, the average life expectancy of patients with this diagnosis is three to five years.

 

Cause of death: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Joe Bugel

Joe Bugel, 80

(Born: March 10, 1940 – Died: June 28, 2020)

 

was an American football coach and college player. The NFL lost an all-time great on Sunday, with the Washington Redskins announcing that longtime offensive line coach Joe Bugel, the man behind the franchise's famous "Hogs" line in the 1980s, has died at the age of 80.Bugel got his first start in coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, in 1964. He served as an assistant coach at Navy, Iowa State and Ohio State before jumping to the NFL in 1975 as the offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions. In Washington, the team developed a reputation as one of the NFL's best offenses — fronted by an offensive line nicknamed "The Hogs." After serving as the Redskins' offensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 1982-89, Bugel was hired as head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals, compiling a record of 20-44 over four seasons. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Western Chapter) in 2005.

 

Cause of death: unknown

  June 29, 2020

Benny Mardones

Benny Mardones, 73

(Born: November 9, 1946 – Died: June 29, 2020)

 

was an American pop singer and songwriter. Mardones, best-known for his 1980 smash “Into the Night,” died at his home in Menifee, California after a 20-year long battle with Parkinson’s disease. His debut album, “Thank God for Girls,” was released in 1978 and featured production from early Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham and former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, but did not produce a hit. Mardones’ follow-up album flopped. He stopped performing, and got hooked on cocaine and alcohol. After spending 10 years bouncing between Los Angeles and New York City, Mardones moved to Central New York, where he kicked his drug habit. Mardones started performing again after moving here. He played to 15,000 people at Long Branch Park in 1983. By 2017, he fell almost every day. It eventually limited constricted his breathing and stunted his speech.

 

Cause of death: Parkinson's disease

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner, 98

(Born: March 20, 1922 – Died: June 29, 2020)

 

was an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spanned seven decades, (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ocean's Eleven, The Jerk), Grammy winner (1999), nine-time Emmy winner. His big break came in 1950 when he was cast in Your Show of Shows appearing in comedy skits, working alongside writers Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Carl Reiner died Monday of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy told in a statement. He created "The Dick Van Dyke Show," one of the great situation comedies in history, which was based on his life as a comedy writer. Reiner also acted in films such as ''The Russians Are Coming'', ''The Russians Are Coming'' (1966). He was in 2001's Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels as conman Saul Bloom, and had a double act with Mel Brooks. He also played a large part in the early career of Steve Martin.

 

Cause of death: natural causes

  June 30, 2020

Dan (Danny) Hicks

Dan (Danny) Hicks, 68

(Born: July 19, 1951 - Died: June 29, 2020)

 

was an American actor and producer. Dan Hicks is best known for starring roles in ''Evil Dead II'' - 1987, ''Spider-Man 2'' - 2004, ''Darkman''-1990 and ''Intruder'' - 1989 as well as appearing in various other films. He is a close friend of Sam Raimi (the director of Evil Dead II) and often has parts in his movies.Hicks revealed in June 2020 he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and was given between 1 and 3 years to live. Danny Hicks, also often credited as “Dan,” kicked off his career in Hollywood more than 30 years ago with a role in Evil Dead II. Seemingly referencing the cult classic film, Hicks ended his note by writing, “Ok, gotta go. I’m gunna find out just what in the hell is going on down in that fruit cellar.” Most recently, He appeared in the movies ''The Blood Hunter'' in 2020. Hicks’ turn in ''Evil Dead II'' marked his first appearance on screen in 1987. In 2018, Hicks tried out producing working on the movie ''Dick Johnson & Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop'', Based on a True Story.

 

Cause of death: cancer

Ivo Banac

Ivo Banac, 73

(Born: 1 March 1947 – Died: 30 June 2020)

 

was a Croatian-American historian, a history professor emeritus at Yale University, where he was Master of Pierson College in two terms, and a politician of the former Liberal Party in Croatia. Ivo Banac died on Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 73, his family said. Banac was the minister of the environment and physical planning in 2003, the president of the Liberal Party in 2003-04 and a member of parliament in 2004-07. He was the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, contributions, opinions and interviews. Banac was also a president of the Croatian Helsinki Committee on Human Rights and an honorary citizen of Sarajevo since 2004. He was a history professor emeritus at Yale University, where he was Master of Pierson College in two terms. In 1959 he emigrated to the United States with his mother, reuniting with his father who had escaped from Yugoslavia in 1947.

 

Cause of death: died after a long illness

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