2020 Series/Volume





Article's first page published April 5, 2020
This page of article first published October 7, 2020
Last updated February 9, 2021





We salute the following from the world of culture and the arts who succumbed to COVID-19 along with 2,327,600+ others in our planet





Rinat Ibragimov (Russia)
classical-music double bass player
(November 5, 1960 - September 2, 2020 in London)

Rinat Ibragimov. [Photo from telegraph.co.uk]



Bill Pursell (United States)
pianist and composer
(June 9, 1926 - September 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee)

Bill Pursell at the piano in 2017. [Photo from the Pursell family archives grabbed from latimes.com]



Ramón Silva Bahamondes (Chile)
singer and radio shows host
(June 16, 1944 - September 3, 2020 in Vińa del Mar)

Ramón Silva Bahamondes. [Photo from adnradio.cl]



Lloyd Cadena (Philippines)
comedy and satire vlogger
(September 23, 1993 - September 4, 2020 in Muntinlupa)

Lloyd Cafe Cadena. [Photo from distractify.com]



Johny Bakshi (India)
film director, actor and producer
(January 2, 1932 - September 5, 2020 in Mumbai)

Johny Bakshi. [Photo from indianexpress.com]



Jiří Menzel (Czech Republic)
film and stage director, actor, and screenwriter
(February 23, 1938 - September 5, 2020 in Prague)

Jiří Menzel. [Photo from asia.dafilms.com]



Sterling Magee (United States)
blues musician known as "Mister Satan" of the duo Satan and Adam
(1936 - September 6, 2020 in Gulfport, Florida)

Sterling "Mister Satan" Magee (sitting with guitar) with Adam Gussow. [Screenshot from the documentary Satan and Adam, grabbed from rogersmovienation.com]



Bruce Williamson (United States)
R&B and soul music singer (former lead singer of The Temptations)
(September 28, 1970 - September 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Bruce Williamson (foreground). [Photo by AP Photos grabbed from deadline.com]



Yopie Latul (Indonesia)
(September 7, 1953 - September 9, 2020 in Cibinong)

Yopie Latul. [Photo from jurnalgaya.pikiran-rakyat.com]



KS Firoz (Bangladesh)
(July 7, 1946 - September 9, 2020 at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka)

KS Firoz. [Photo from thedailystar.net]



Toots Hibbert (Jamaica)
lead singer and founder of Toots and the Maytals
(December 8, 1942 - September 11, 2020 in Kingston)

Toots Hibbert. [Photo by Hugh Wright grabbed from uncut.co.uk]



Joaquín Carbonell (Spain)
singer-songwriter, poet and journalist
(August 12, 1947 - September 12, 2020 in Zaragoza, Aragon)

Joaquín Carbonell at his December 2019 concert. [Photo by Guillermo Mestre grabbed from heraldo.es]



Ajit Das (India)
actor, director and playwright
(January 20, 1949 - September 13, 2020 in Bhubaneswar)

Ajit Das. [Photo by Achyuta Samanta/Twitter grabbed from indianexpress.com]



Parrerito (Brazil)
singer of sertanejo music
(June 20, 1953 - September 13, 2020 in Belo Horizonte)

Parrerito. [Photo by Rafael Barbosa grabbed from revista.cifras.com.br]



Sadek Bachchu (Bangladesh)
(January 1, 1955 - September 14, 2020 in Dhaka)

Sadek Bacchu. [Photo from homesbo.com]



Florent Pereira (India)
film actor and broadcast journalist
(1952/1953 - September 14, 2020 in Chennai)

Florent Pereira. [Photo from Times of Cinema grabbed from youtube.com]



Asit Bandopadhyay (India)
Bengali-language dramatist, screenwriter and actor
(? - September 18, 2020 in Kolkata)

Asit Bandopadhyay (rightmost) with from left Debnath Bandyopadhyay, Maya Ghosh, and Sumita Bandyopadhyay in Buddhadeb Bhattacharya's play Duhsomoy. [Photo © Nemai Ghosh, linked from guftugu.in]



Gerardo Vera (Spain)
costume designer, set designer, opera director, and film and theater actor/director
(March 10, 1947 - September 20, 2020 in Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid)

Gerardo Vera. [Photo from axarquiaplus.es]



Hamdi Benani (Algeria)
singer and musician
(January 1, 1943 - September 21, 2020 in Annaba)

Hamdi Benani. [Screenshot from the YouTube video Benani Hamdi au Festival été en Music uploaded by etemusic alger, 7 August 2015]



Tommy DeVito (United States)
musician and singer best known as the founding member of The Four Seasons
(June 19, 1928 - September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Tommy DeVito (leftmost) with the rest of The Four Seasons in 1965. [Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images grabbed from theguardian.com]



Ashalata Wabgaonkar (India)
Marathi and Hindi theater, film and television actress
(July 2, 1941 - September 22, 2020 in Satara, Maharashtra)

Ashalata Wabgaonkar. [Photo by MarathiActors.com grabbed from wikiandbio.com]



S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (India)
playback singer, musician, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer
(June 4, 1946 - September 25, 2020 in Chennai)

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam at the 2015 Virasat Festival. [Photo by BCCL grabbed from businessinsider.in]



Mirza Shahi (Pakistan)
actor and comedian
(1950 - September 29, 2020 in Karachi)

Mirza Shahi. [Photo grabbed from dialoguepakistan.com]



Kenzō Takada (France, Japan)
fashion designer (founder of the fashion house Kenzo)
(February 27, 1939 - October 4, 2020 in Neuilly-sur-Seine)

Kenzō Takada. [Photo by Christopher Sturman grabbed from nuvomagazine.com]



David Refael ben Ami (Israel)
(October 8, 1950 - October 9, 2020 in Jerusalem)

Reb David Refael Ben Ami. [Screenshot from the YouTube video David Raphael Ben Ami - Lecha Dudi [Breslav] uploaded by Shlomo Treitel, 31 October 2012]



Hugo Arana (Argentina)
film, television and theater actor
(July 23, 1943 - October 11, 2020 in Buenos Aires)

Hugo Arana. [Photo by Archivo Crónica grabbed from diarioshow.com]



Yehoshua Kenaz (Israel)
(March 2, 1937 - October 12, 2020)

Yehoshua Kenaz. [Photo by Moti Milrod grabbed from haaretz.com]



Pradip Ghosh (India)
(August 15, 1942 - October 16, 2020 in Kolkata)

Pradip Ghosh. [Photo from india.com]



Ryszard Ronczewski (Poland)
(June 27, 1930 - October 17, 2020 in Sopot)

Ryszard Ronczewski. [Photo from polishnews.co.uk]



Ilana Rovina (Israel)
singer and actress
(February 10, 1934 - October 18, 2020 in Tel Aviv-Yafo)

Ilana Rovina. [Photo from keysandchords.com]



Jana Andresíková (Czech Republic)
(April 2, 1941 - October 19, 2020 in Mělník)

Jana Andresíková. [Photo by Repro ČT / 13th Chamber of Jana Andresíková grabbed from echo24.cz]



Enzo Mari (Italy)
artist and designer
(April 27, 1932 - October 19, 2020 in Milan)

The 16 Animals game for Danese designed by Enzo Mari. [Photo from dezeen.com]



Dariusz Gnatowski (Poland)
(May 24, 1961 - October 20, 2020 in Kraków)

Dariusz Gnatowski. [Photo from newsbeezer.com]



Lea Vergine (Italy)
art historian specializing in performance art
(March 5, 1936 - October 20, 2020 in Milan)

Lea Vergine with husband Enzo Mari. [Photo from dezeen.com]



Yehuda Barkan (Israel)
actor, film producer, film director and screenwriter
(March 29, 1945 - October 23, 2020 in Jerusalem)

Yehuda Barkan. [Photo from haaretz.com]



Johnny Leeze (United Kingdom)
television and film actor
(December 31, 1941 - October 25, 2020)

Johnny Leeze. [Photo by ITV/Shutterstock grabbed from telegraph.co.uk]



Naresh Kanodia (India)
actor and musician
(August 20, 1943 - October 27, 2020 in Ahmedabad)

Two photos of Naresh Kanodia. [Photo from indianexpress.com]



Daniel Kopál (Czech Republic)
(December 10, 1970 - October 27, 2020)

Daniel Kopál [Screenshot from a video at love.iprima.cz]



Bobby Ball (United Kingdom)
comedian, actor and singer
(January 28, 1944 - October 28, 2020 in Blackpool, Lancashire)

Bobby Ball. [Photo by Manchester Evening News grabbed from walesonline.co.uk]



Mohamed Melehi (Morocco)
(November 12, 1936 - October 28, 2020 in Paris, France)

A 1975 untitled hard-edge painting by Mohamed Melehi. [Photo by Capital D/Barjeel Art Foundation grabbed from theguardian.com]



Felix Malyarenko (Russia)
poet, fiction writer, and author of books for children and young adults
(February 2, 1951 - October 29, 2020)

Felix Malyarenko signing books for his young fans. [Photo from astrobl.ru]



Karim Akbari Mobarakeh (Iran)
television and film actor/director
(June 6, 1953 - October 29, 2020 in Tehran)

Karim Akbari Mobarakeh in Dowry's Sugar Bowl (2015). [Screenshot grabbed from m.imdb.com]



Alexander Vedernikov (Russia)
(January 11, 1964 - October 29, 2020 in Moscow)

Alexander Vedernikov conducting the Mussorgsky opera Boris Godunov in 2002 at the Svyatogorsky Monastery in Pushkinskiye Gory, a town around 644 kilometers northwest of Moscow. [Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images grabbed from nytimes.com]



Reynaert (Belgium)
(July 24, 1955 - November 5, 2020)

Reynaert at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest performing his song "Laissez briller le soleil" (Let the Sun Shine) [music by Reynaert and Dany Willem, lyrics by Reynaert and Philippe Anciaux). [Photo from eurovisionuniverse.com]



Géza Szőcs (Hungary)
poet and Secretary of State for Culture (2010-2012)
(August 21, 1953 - November 5, 2020 in Budapest)

Géza Szőcs. [Photo from hungarytoday.hu]



Jim Radford (United Kingdom)
folk music singer-songwriter, peace campaigner, and community activist
(October 1, 1928 - November 6, 2020 in Lewisham)

Jim Radford. [Screenshot of the YouTube video The Shores of Normandy by D-Day Veteran Jim Radford - Supporting The British Normandy Memorial, uploaded by Normandy Memorial Trust, 22 May 2019]



Stefano D'Orazio (Italy)
drummer, vocalist and lyricist of the Italian progressive-pop band Pooh
(1948 - November 6, 2020 in Rome)

Stefano D'Orazio. [Photo from toptesti.it]



Fernando Solanas (Argentina)
film director, screenwriter and politician
(February 16, 1936 - November 6, 2020 in Paris, France)

Fernando Solanas. [Photo © Frederic Meylan, linked to at cinea.be]



Marco Santagata (Italy)
novelist and literary critic
(April 28, 1947 - November 9, 2020 in Pisa)

Marco Santagata. [Photo from fanpage.it]



Sven Wollter (Sweden)
actor and political activist
(January 11, 1934 - November 10, 2020 in Luleĺ)

Sven Wollter. [Photo from nord.news]



Nelly Kaplan (France)
filmmaker, screenwriter and writer
(April 11, 1931 - November 12, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland)

Nelly Kaplan. [Photo by Cythere/Kobal via Shutterstock grabbed from nytimes.com]



Lynn Kellogg (United States)
actress and singer
(April 2, 1943 - November 12, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri)

Lynn Kellogg. [Photo by the Everett Collection grabbed from variety.com]



Arjun Prajapati (India)
clay sculptor
(1957 - November 12, 2020 in Jaipur)

Padmavati statue made by Arjun Prajapati, Jaipur Art Summit. [Video uploaded by tv99rajasthan, 28 December 2017]



Philip Voss (United Kingdom)
stage, radio, film and television actor
(August 20, 1936 - November 13, 2020 in Watford, Hertfordshire)

Philip Voss in screenshot from the video Philip Voss supports The Big Cat Sanctuary. [Video by Our Disappearing Planet, uploaded 9 September 2018]



Soumitra Chatterjee (India)
actor, director, playwright, writer and poet
(January 19, 1935 - November 15, 2020 in Kolkata)

A scene from Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar with Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. [Video uploaded by pankaj mandal, 7 September 2017]



Roman Viktyuk (Ukraine, Russia)
theater and television director, actor, and screenwriter
(October 28, 1936 - November 17, 2020 in Moscow)

Roman Viktyuk on The Roman Viktyuk Theater. [Video uploaded by Театр Романа Виктюка, 31 July 2017]



Alexander Dubyanskiy (Russia)
Tamil language scholar and linguist
(April 27, 1941 - November 18, 2020 in Moscow)

Alexander Dubyanskiy. [Photo by Gautam Chakrabarti grabbed from twitter.com]



Michel Robin (France)
film, stage and television actor
(November 13, 1930 - November 18, 2020)

Michel Robin. [Photo from comedie-francaise.fr]



Muharrem Fejzo (Albania)
film director
(May 24, 1933 - November 22, 2020)

Muharrem Fejzo. [Photo from insajderi.com]



Yves Vander Cruysen (Belgium)
historian, political activist, and founder of the Waterloo Historical Film Festival and the Association de promotion du cinéma belge CinéWa
(March 9, 1963 - November 24, 2020 in Waterloo, Belgium)

Yves Vander Cruysen. [Photo from plus.lesoir.be]



Kambuzia Partovi (Iran)
film director, screenwriter, television script writer, and actor
(November 11, 1955 - November 24, 2020 in Tehran)

Kambuzia Partovi. [Photo by Paul Katzenberger grabbed from commons.wikimedia.org]



Fecó Balázs (Hungary)
singer, songwriter and pianist
(March 2, 1951 - November 26, 2020 in Budapest)

Fecó Balázs. [Photo courtesy of Tamás Urbán, grabbed from commons.wikimedia.org]



Cecilia Fusco (Italy)
operatic soprano
(June 10, 1933 - November 26, 2020 in Latisana)

Cecilia Fusco as Fanny in a duet with Alvinio Misciano as Edoardo Milfort in G. Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio at the Bunka Kaikan Theater, Tokyo, 1970. [Video uploaded by Angela Maria Rigoli, 3 October 2016]



Kamen Tchanev (Bulgaria)
operatic tenor
(August 27, 1964 - November 26, 2020 in Stara Zagora)

Audio of Kamen Tchanev singing "Addio alla madre" from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana at the Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, 17 May 2015. [Uploaded by Zdenek Szymanowski, 28 November 2020]



Parviz Poorhosseini (Iran)
film, theater and television actor
(September 11, 1941 - November 27, 2020 in Tehran)

Parviz Poorhosseini in the short film Disconnection (2008). [Uploaded by Hossein Nuri, 28 November 2020]



Aly Zaker (Bangladesh)
actor and advertising executive
(November 6, 1944 - November 27, 2020 in Dhaka)

Aly Zaker talks about his ad agency Asiatec 3 sixty on Tell Your Tale, a program by British Council Bangladesh. [Uploaded by British Council Bangladesh, 23 July 2017]



Shahadat Hossain Khan (Bangladesh)
sarod musician
(1958 - November 28, 2020 in Dhaka)

Shahadat Hossain Khan plays "Surrender" on the sarod, accompanied by Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, at the 2016 SAA-uk Solstice Festival. [Video uploaded by SouthAsianArtsUK, 24 November 2016]



David Prowse (United Kingdom)
bodybuilder and character actor
(July 1, 1935 - November 28, 2020 in London)

A 1980 interview with David Prowse about his Darth Vader role in Star Wars. [Video uploaded by Johnny Revolver, 14 January 2020]



Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber (France)
journalist and founder of the women's personal development and well-being magazine Psychologies, founder of the classical-music radio station Radio Classique, co-founder of the literary magazine Lire, and human rights advocate
(October 31, 1937 - November 28, 2020 in Paris)

Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber. [Photo from archyde.com]



Miša Aleksić (Serbia)
bass guitarist for the rock band Riblja Čorba, songwriter, and album producer
(August 16, 1953 - November 29, 2020 in Belgrade)

Riblja Čorba performing (Miša Aleksić at right). [Photo from nacional.hr]



Ben Bova (United States)
science fiction writer
(November 8, 1932 - November 29, 2020 in Naples, Florida)

cover of Ben Bova's novel Millennium (1977). [Photo grabbed from goodreads.com]



Richard C. West (United States)
Tolkien scholar
(August, 1944 - November 29, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin)

copies of Orcrist, the journal of the University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society, which Richard C. West edited. [Photo grabbed from tolkienguide.com]



Irina Antonova (Russia)
art historian and director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts from 1961-2013
(March 20, 1922 - November 30, 2020 in Moscow)

Irina Antonova. [Photo by Pavel Smertin / TASS grabbed from themoscowtimes.com]



Hella Brock (Germany)
musicologist and Edvard Grieg scholar
(October 3, 1919 - November 30, 2020 in Dippoldiswalde)

Hella Brock. [Photo from dnn.de]














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