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Article's first page first published April 5, 2020
This page of article first published October 7, 2020
Last updated January 6, 2021


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We salute the following from the world of culture and the arts who succumbed to COVID-19 along with 1,869,808+ others in our planet

 

FEBRUARY-MARCH 2020 | APRIL 2020 | MAY-AUGUST 2020 | SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2020 | DECEMBER 2020-JANUARY 2021

 


 

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

Rinat Ibragimov performs, on an original 3-stringed period instrument by Antonio Gagliano, the Concerto for Double Bass No 2 in B Minor by Giovanni Bottesini. He is accompanied by Catherina Edwards on the piano. [Video uploaded by London Symphony Orchestra, 12 January 2020]

 


 

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

Bill Pursell's recording in 1963 of the Johnny Cowell instrumental composition "Our Winter Love." [Video interpretation by DrinkingStar, uploaded 28 April 2008]

 


 

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

One of Lloyd Cafe Cadena's LC Learns vlogs from 2012, uploaded 6 August

 


 

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)

Remembering Jiri Menzel, uploaded by Showcase, 11 September 2020

 


 

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

The Groove Master: Sterling "Mister Satan" Magee, uploaded by Modern Blues Harmonica, 15 December 2009]

 


 

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)
singer
(September 7, 1953 - September 9, 2020 in Cibinong)

Yopie Latul - "Poco-Poco" (Official music video). [Uploaded by Insictech Musicland, 17 June 2013]

 


 

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

KS Firoz. [Photo from thedailystar.net]

 


 

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

Toots Hibbert - "Country Roads," from A Reggae Session, 1988. [Uploaded by Ambassador Entertainment Inc., 13 September 2020]

 


 

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

Joaquín Carbonell - "Me Gustaría del Mar," live at the Barradas Auditorium, Barcelona as part of the 20th Edition of the Barnasants Song Festival, 19 February 2015. [Uploaded by Jose Luis Martinez, 22 February 2015]

 


 

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)

Trio Parada Dura (with Parrerito in black cowboy hat) perform "Onde Estăo Meus Passos / Morto Por Dentro" (Where Are My Steps / Dead Inside). [Uploaded by Trio Parada Dura, 5 February 2016]

 


 

Sadek Bachchu (Bangladesh)
actor
(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 and set designer, opera director, and film and theater actor/director
(March 10, 1947 - September 20, 2020 in Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid)

Gerardo Vera at the awarding of his 1987 Goya Award for Best Costume Design for work on Carlos Saura's El Amor Brujo. [Video uploaded by Goya Awards, 18 March 2016]

 


 

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

Hamdi Benani performing at a New Year's Eve recital in Paris organized by Pipou Chergui, 2014. [Video uploaded by Aissawa Pipou Chergui, 16 March 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 sings "Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai" from Saajan (1991). [Video uploaded by Hemantkumar Mahale, 8 September 2019]

 


 

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 fashion house Kenzo)
(February 27, 1939 - October 4, 2020 in Neuilly-sur-Seine)

Episode 5 ("Kenzo Takada") of the Renegades of Fashion series, uploaded 2 March 2020 by Fashion Industry Broadcast

 


 

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

Reb David Refael Ben Ami sings Rabbi Ginsburgh's "Odecha." [Uploaded by Inner.org Harav Ginsburgh's English Channel, 14 August 2019]

 


 

Mykola Petrenko (Ukraine)
poet and playwright
(November 6, 1925 - October 10, 2020 in Lviv)

Mykola Petrenko. [Photo by Mykola Tys linked from opinionua.com]

 


 

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

Hugo Arana in select scenes from the 14th episode of the television series Para vestir santos (To Dress Saints), 2010. [Uploaded by El Trece, 24 February 2016]

 


 

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

A WikiWikiup audio of a version of the English Wikipedia article on Kenaz, uploaded by WikiWikiup on 25 September 2016

 


 

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

Pradip Ghosh. [Photo from india.com]

 


 

Ryszard Ronczewski (Poland)
actor
(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 - "Go With Her," from her debut album Both Sides, 1971. [Uploaded by Israeli Classics Israeli Classics, 1 April 2012]

 


 

Jana Andresíková (Czech Republic)
actress
(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)
actor
(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 endorsing Dana Translators. [Video uploaded by Dana Rasier, 26 April 2020]

 


 

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

The January 28, 1999 episode of Emmerdale with Johnny Leeze as Ned Glover. [Video uploaded by Jerry Sugden, 29 March 2017]

 


 

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)
chef
(December 10, 1970 - October 27, 2020)

Daniel Kopál hosting the show Výlety s labužníkem aneb dobroty našich předků (Gourmet trips or the goodies of our ancestors), 2011. [Uploaded 6 March 2011 by GastrofestCB]

 


 

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

20 January 2020 interview with Bobby Ball on Granada Reports. [Video uploaded by TuffUpNorf, 8 March 2020]

 


 

Mohamed Melehi (Morocco)
painter
(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)

The 60-second short film To Select (2015) by Karim Akbari Mobarakeh. [Video uploaded 4 September 2015 by 60 Second Film Festival, Afghanistan]

 


 

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

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetique") - The NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, 21 October 2016. [Video uploaded Titann Ako, 24 September 2018]

 


 

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

Reynaert at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest to perform "Laissez briller le soleil" (Let the Sun Shine) [music by Reynaert and Dany Willem, lyrics by Reynaert and Philippe Anciaux). [Video uploaded by listen it's Belgian, 11 April 2015]

 


 

Géza Szőcs (Hungary)
poet, 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 with the BBC Concert Orchestra - "The Shores of Normandy" (live at the D Day Seventy Years On: Friday Night is Music Night concert held for the 70th-year-anniversary-of-D-Day commemoration, 2014). [Video uploaded by David Jones, 7 June 2014]

 


 

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)

Solanas' Los hijos de fierro (1972). [Uploaded to YouTube by Victor Guimarăes, 7 November 2020]

 


 

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)

A conversation with Nelly Kaplan for Film Quarterly. [Uploaded by University of California Press, 19 April 2019]

 


 

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

Lynn Kellogg sings "When Papa Rolled His Own" on episode 7 of the Johnny Cash Show, 20 July 1969. [Video uploaded by PeterRabbit59, 2 January 2011]

 


 

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, tv script writer and actor
(November 11, 1955 - November 24, 2020 in Tehran)

Kambuzia Partovi. [Photo by Paul Katzenberger 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, founder of the women's personal development and well-being magazine Psychologies and the classical-music radio station Radio Classique, co-founder of 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]

 


 

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)
music educator, musicologist and Edvard Grieg scholar
(October 3, 1919 - November 30, 2020 in Dippoldiswalde)

Hella Brock. [Photo from dnn.de]

 


 

 

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