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These stars passed away in 2020


The death of their idol moves fans around the world: In 2020, many celebrities had to leave the big stage of life forever - and still remain unforgettable. Germany and the world mourn these stars.

The death of their idol moves fans around the world: In 2020, many celebrities had to leave the big stage of life forever - and still remain unforgettable.

Germany and the world mourn these stars.

In 2020 we had to say goodbye to many celebrities: whether in the field of culture, politics or sport, over the years they have provided us with spectacular moments, excellent entertainment and inspiring moments.

Diana Rigg


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US actress Diana Rigg

became world famous in the 1960s

with the role of Emma Peel in the agent series “Mit Schirm, Charme und Melon”

- and at the same time a style icon.

In the movie "James Bond 007: On Her Majesty's Secret Service" she remains the only "Bond girl" that James Bond was allowed to marry in the film.


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Last March, Rigg was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 82 and passed away on September 10, 2020.

Most recently she had shone as Olenna Tyrell in the hit series "Game of Thrones" through her acting performance.

Hans Tilkowski


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The former goalkeeper of the German national team

Hans Tilkowski

died on January 5, 2020 at the age of 84 after a long illness.

The goalkeeper was in the legendary World Cup final of 1966 in the “Wembley Tor” of the German national team and became vice world champion.

Terry Jones


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An era is coming to an end with him: At the age of 77, the popular comedian, film director and writer

Terry Jones died

on January 21, 2020 in his home in North London.

Jones became known across the UK as a member of the legendary comedy group "Monty Python", which landed numerous movie hits with its weird humor.


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Films like "Monty Python's Wonderful World of Gravity" (1971), "The Knights of the Coconut" (1975) or "The Meaning of Life" (1983) parodied well-known stories and made the British Terry Jones, Terry Giliam, John Cleese and Michael Palin famous.

The biblical satire “The Life of Brian” has cult status to this day - but the film about a false messiah brought believing Christians to the barricades. 

Herbert Feuerstein


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Herbert Feuerstein,

a cult figure on German comedy television,

died on October 7, 2020


The born Austrian worked, among other things, as a correspondent in New York before he presented the popular WDR show "Wild am Sonntag" from 1986.

The entertainer celebrated his breakthrough together with Harald Schmidt in the program "Schmidtanders".

Feuerstein was 83 years old.

Sophie scratches



Former national ice hockey player

Sophie Kratzer

succumbed to cancer on January 13, 2020 - she died much too young at the age of 30.

Among other things, she was German champion seven times and won the “Elite Women's Hockey League” in 2010 and the “Elite Women's Hockey League Super Cup” in 2012.

In the German national team, Kratzer rose to the top division at the World Championships in 2011 and 2016.

In 2014 she took part in the Olympic Games.

Wolfgang Clement


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Germany mourned a great politician at the end of September: The former Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Federal Minister of Economics

Wolfgang Clement

died after being diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer at the age of 80 on September 27, 2020 in Bonn.

The social democrat worked tirelessly for the social market economy and will be remembered by Germans as “super minister”.

Nayra Rivera


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On July 14, 2020, the investigators reported the sad certainty: After days of searching, the body of the "Glee" actress

Naya Rivera was


She and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest in California.

When the 33-year-old and her child did not show up for the return, the landlord began looking for the watercraft.

While Rivera's son was found sleeping on the boat, there was no trace of her.

Werner Boehm


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His party hit "Polonäse Blankenese" should not be missing at any carnival festival:

Werner Böhm made

it to number 1 in the charts in 1981

with a checked jacket and a rubber chicken


As "Gottlieb Wendehals" the pop singer became a cult figure in Germany.

Shortly before his 79th birthday, Böhm died on June 2, 2020 of heart failure in Gran Canaria, where he lived to the end.

Eddie Van Halen


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All over the world, the news of

Eddie Van Halen's

death left

music fans in deep sorrow, as he is considered one of the most influential guitarists in rock history.

He became world famous with the hard rock band "Van Halen" - named after him and his brother in 1972 - and the song "Jump".

At the age of 65, the icon died on October 6, 2020 after a long illness with his family in Santa Monica.


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Eddie Van Halen

was undisputedly one of the music greats of his time: on July 17, 1984 he performed together with Michael Jackson on his “VictoryTour” concert in Irving and played “Beat it” as a guitar solo.

Rüdiger Nehberg


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Again and again he caused a stir and made headlines:

Rüdiger Nehberg

became known as a survivor, he made a name for himself with spectacular actions on the Atlantic, in the jungle and in the desert.

The survival expert and activist, who died on April 1, 2020 at the age of 84, was known as "Sir Vival".

Annette Nehberg-Weber, the adventurer's wife, wants to continue the human rights organization "Target" with her children Sophie and Roman after the death of her husband.

Juliette Gréco


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The French singer and actress

Juliette Gréco

can look back on a fulfilled life: In the 1950s and 1960s she became world famous with chansons such as “Déshabillez-moi”.

As the “muse of the existentialists”, she shaped an entire generation not only with her dark voice, but also with her style.

At the age of 93, the “grande dame” of the French chanson scene died on September 23, 2020 in southern France.

Joseph Hannesschläger


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It was only at the beginning of October 2019 that it became known that the popular "Rosenheim Cops" actor

Joseph Hannesschläger had


His appearances in the series were less, increasingly marked by the serious illness, he then also appeared on the last recordings.

Then everything happened very quickly: On January 14, 2020, Hannesschläger was admitted to a hospice, where he died just a few days later on January 20, 2020.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's

death affects the USA in September 2020 like no other: The lawyer and senior judge at the Supreme Court died on September 18, 2020 at the age of 87 from cancer.

She was considered an icon of liberal America, since she fought relentlessly for equality between women and blacks to the end.


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Ginsburg's death is a severe blow to US civil rights activists and the Democratic Party.

A picture of the US Supreme Court shows the icon of justice on January 1, 1948 in Washington.

Thomas Oppermann


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Thomas Oppermann

, SPD politician and Bundestag Vice President, was only 66 years old: on October 25, 2020, he collapsed while filming for the ZDF program “Berlin direkt” shortly before a live switch.

He was taken to the Göttingen University Hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.

Only at the end of August did he announce that he would no longer run in the upcoming federal election.

After 30 years as a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament and the German Bundestag, the time had come for him to devote himself to new projects.

Conchata Ferrell


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At the age of 77, the popular actress

Conchata Ferrell

suffered cardiac arrest and then died on October 12, 2020. Internationally, she was best known as the quick-witted housekeeper "Berta", who shared the flat for men in the US sitcom "Two and a Half Men" around Charlie, Alan and Jake keeps busy.

Bill Withers


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With him, a true soul legend left the stage of this world:

Bill Withers

died on March 30, 2020 at the age of 81 of a heart attack and left millions of music fans in mourning.

His life's work includes the countless world hits "Ain't no Sunshine" and "Lean On Me", which have made him unforgettable in the music industry.

Kobe Bryant


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A tragedy occurred at the beginning of the year: Former NBA star

Kobe Bryant was

killed in a helicopter crash in California on January 26, 2020 - his 13-year-old daughter was also killed.

A shock for basketball fans, the 41-year-old should be inducted into the "Basketball Hall of Fame" this year.

Bryant played for the famous "Los Angeles Lakers" from 1996 to 2016 and also won an Oscar in 2018 for the short film "Dear Basketball".

David Stein


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David Stein

, the former NBA boss, passed away on January 1st, 2020. At the age of 77 he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage and died of its consequences.

As a commissioner, the lawyer took over the NBA from Larry O'Brien in 1984.

Stein directed the NBA for 30 years, making it one of the largest and most popular professional leagues in the world.

Kirk Douglas


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With him, one of the last icons of old Hollywood closed her eyes forever: US actor

Kirk Douglas

, father of actor Michael Douglas, died on February 5, 2020 at the proud age of 103.


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Kirk Douglas can look back on a film career spanning more than 70 years: he and fellow actor Jean Simmons became world famous in 1960 with the monumental film "Spartacus".

Barbara Rütting


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Even at the beginning of her acting career, it was



Barbara Rütting is

not afraid of political issues.

She played a total of 45 leading roles, including in anti-war films and socially critical works such as "The Last Bridge", "Canaris" and "City Without Pity".

Her debut piece "Geierwally" was awarded.

Rütting died on March 28, 2020 at the age of 92.

Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow


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Far too young and completely unexpected, the popular German actor

Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow died

at the beginning of the year on January 17, 2020 at the age of only 34. The family stated that the cause of death was an unrecognized but ultimately fatal previous illness.

While Schmidt-Modrow thrilled his fans in the role of Pastor Simon Brandl in the series “Dahoam is Dahoam” (BR), he was also seen in other successful series such as “Sturm der Liebe” or “Rosenheim Cops”.

Roy Horn


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They became world famous as a magician duo in the 1980s:

Siegfried and Roy

performed their shows in Las Vegas and around the world.

Their performances with white lions and king tigers were unique, which made them legends.


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In 2003, however, there was a serious accident with the animals, which suddenly ended her career.

At the age of 75,

Roy Horn died

on May 8, 2020 as a result of an infection with Covid-19.

Ennio Morricone


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His songs and melodies are world-famous: Whether "Play me the song of death", "Cinema Paradiso" or, most recently, various themes from the Quentin Tarantino blockbuster, the film and music industry lived from

Ennio Morricone's


The Italian film composer and Oscar winner died on July 6, 2020 at the age of 91 in Rome.

Albert Uderzo


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The whole world will mourn the "father" of Asterix and Obelix on March 24, 2020, as the French illustrator

Albert Uderzo


the cult comic series together with René Goscinny.

Uderzo inspired generations far beyond the borders of France with his work.

At the age of 92, he died of a heart attack in Paris on March 24, 2020.

Uli Stein


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His death hit the German cartoon scene hard: At the age of 73,

Uli Stein

died on August 28, 2020 near his native Hanover.

Ulrich Steinfurth, as he was originally called, suffered from the incurable Parkinson's disease.

His cartoon characters, whether human or animal-like, have achieved absolute cult status.

They were not only printed in magazines around the world, but also on humorous postcards, books and coffee cups, for example.

Zindzi Mandela


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In July all of South Africa mourned her: Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela died on July 12, 2020 at the age of 59 in a hospital in Johannesburg.

As the daughter of the freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was considered the “First Lady” of South Africa, she was an ambassador to Denmark and campaigned for radical land reform.

Olivia de Havilland


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As Melanie,

Olivia de Havilland

became famous worldwide as an actress alongside Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the US Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind".

At the proud age of 104, the Oscar winner died on July 26, 2020 in her adopted home Paris - with her one of the last great actresses of the golden age of Hollywood is leaving the stage of this world.



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The art world mourns:


died on May 31, 2020 at the age of 84 in his house in New York.

The “packaging artist” follows his wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, into eternal peace.

Christo drew international attention as an artist with spectacular large-scale projects and installations, for example in 1995 he covered the Berlin Reichstag with huge, snow-white panels.

Kelly Preston


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For the US megastar John Travolta it was another blow of fate: his wife

Kelly Preston

died of breast cancer after two long years of suffering and at the age of 57 on July 12, 2020.

In 2009, Travolta and Preston, who also worked as an actress, had to struggle with an unbearable loss, as their son Jett died suddenly at the age of 16.

Georg Ratzinger


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Georg Ratzinger

was a German, Roman Catholic priest and church musician - and also the brother of Pope Benedict XVI.

As an important advisor to the Pope, he traveled to Rome numerous times and was involved in Christian organizations around the world.

Ratzinger died on July 1, 2020 at the age of 96.

Jerry Stiller


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“I have the sad news to deliver that my father has died,” tweeted Ben Stiller on May 11, 2020 in deep sorrow.

His father and the well-known US actor

Jerry Stiller

died at the age of 92


Stiller appeared in films such as “Zoolander”, “Airport 2” and “Stops the Death Ride of U-Bahn 123” and in the 1990s series “Seinfeld”.


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But Jerry Stiller was particularly known for the role of the odd father-in-law Arthur Spooner in the popular US sitcom "King of Queens", as his performances with son-in-law Doug alias Kevin James always caused great laughs.

Joseph Vilsmaier


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The German film industry mourns the loss of a gifted cameraman and director:

Joseph Vilsmaier

died on February 11, 2020

at the age of 81.

For decades, Vilsmaier successfully produced cinema films and TV productions, as well as six episodes of the “Tatort” series at one time as a cameraman.

His most famous films include "Herbstmilch", "Stalingrad" and "The Story of Brandner Kasper".

In 1995, Vilsmaier was even nominated for an Oscar for his film "Sleeping Brother".

Michel Piccoli


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A film legend died with him: the French actor

Michel Piccoli

suffered a stroke on May 12, 2020 and died of its consequences with his family at the age of 94.

For more than 70 years and in more than 2020 films, he stood in front of the camera and shone with his character portrayals in classics such as "The big food", "The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie" and "The walker from Sans-Souci".

He also worked with well-known actresses such as Romy Schneider, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Sophia Loren.

Norbert Blüm


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Norbert Blüm

, popular CDU politician and former labor and social affairs minister, died on April 23, 2020 at the age of 84.

He was not only significantly involved in the introduction of long-term care insurance, but was also involved in politics, published books and attended talk shows.


Source: merkur

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