OK! REMEMBERS THOSE WE LOST IN 2020
OK! UK|January 04, 2021
FROM CAROLINE FLACK TO CHADWICK BOSEMAN HERE WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE CELEBS WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR
LISA MARKS

In a year dominated by heartbreaking news, the showbiz world lost a host of its most celebrated stars. Some were tragically young, others had lived a full, rewarding life – but all those who died left behind a legacy that will ensure they’re never forgotten.

The year ended on a particularly sad note with the loss of Dame Barbara Windsor, who passed away on 10 December, aged 83, after battling dementia. But prior to that, 2020 was filled with tragic tales of celebrity death – the most shocking of all being that of Caroline Flack, the host of Love Island, who died by suicide in February, aged 40.

The Enfield-born presenter had an infectious giggle and radiated a warmth that viewers loved. It was her instinctive empathy that she showed towards the Love Island contestants that made her perfect for the job. She said of the show in 2017, “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, where you’re from, how old you are, it doesn’t matter how much experience you’ve got in life, how educated you are – emotions are all the same.”

Another unexpected loss was actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his starring role as T’Challa/Black Panther, which made him as a role model to millions worldwide. The actor passed away at 43 after succumbing to colon cancer on 28 August. Fans were shocked to know that, incredibly, he’d filmed movies Marshall, Da Five Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in between chemotherapy and various surgeries. Actor Denzel Washington had championed Chadwick from early in his career. He said of his friend, “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career.”

This was also the year that the world lost two Bond girls, Dame Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman. Dame Diana died on 10 September, aged 82, after a short battle with cancer. She played Tracy, James Bond’s wife in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but had become popular more recently with younger fans playing Game Of Thrones’ strict matriarch Olenna Tyrell. Others will remember her as leather-clad Emma Peel in 60s TV show, The Avengers.

Classic beauty Honor Blackman died aged 94 on 5 April, and was most famous for her sultry role as Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger. And then, of course, there was the original James Bond himself, Sean Connery, who died at home in the Bahamas on 31 October, aged 90.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM OK! UKView All

'I COULDN'T HAVE AN OPEN RELATIONSHIP'

GIRLS STAR JEMIMA KIRKE IS ALL GROWN UP AND PUSHING IN CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'NO ONE CAN EVER PREPARE YOU FOR HEARTBREAK'

TV PRESENTER ANNA RICHARDSON GIVES HER HONEST OUTLOOK ON BEING BROKEN-HEARTED AND WHAT SHE FEARS MOST ABOUT GROWING OLD

3 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'THINKING ABOUT THE BOY I WAS AND THE MAN I'VE BECOME MAKES ME EMOTIONAL'

AHEAD OF HIS NEW DOCUMENTARY, JOE WICKS TALKS EXCLUSIVELY TO OK! ABOUT HOW HIS PARENTS' STRUGGLES WITH OCD AND ADDICTION HELPED SHAPE HIM

7 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'MOMENTS OF DOUBT, PERIODS OF BEING LOW, I CAN KIND OF RELATE TO'

TAYLOR SWIFT ISN'T THE ONLY ONE TO FALL FOR JOE ALWYN - HE'S POISED TO WIN ALL OUR HEARTS IN THE TV ADAPTION OF SALLY ROONEY'S DEBUT BOOK

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'MORE KIDS? NEVER SAY NEVER!'

KATE FERDINAND REVEALS WHY HER FAMILY IS CLOSER THAN EVER AND SHARES THE INSPIRATION BEHIND HER NEW PODCAST

5 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'THIS IS ALL PART OF A COMING OF AGE FOR THE DUCHESS'

AS SHE TAKES ON ANOTHER PATRONAGE CLOSE TO HER HEART, IT'S CLEAR THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IS COMING INTO HER OWN AND FLOURISHING ON THE ROYAL STAGE

6 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'IT'S A REAL PRIVILEGE'

SINGER MEL B, ACTRESS RUTH WILSON AND TV STAR JAY BLADES RECEIVE HONOURS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WINDSOR CASTLE

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'MEN OFTEN FORGET ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE'

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE DISCUSSES MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH AT THE OPENING OF A NEW SUPPORT CENTRE

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'I TALK TO TOM AND CAN FEEL HIM THERE'

KELSEY PARKER ON COPING WITH HER GRIEF AFTER THE DEATH OF THE WANTED STAR AND HOW SHE TOLD THEIR DAUGHTER "DADDY ISN'T COMING HOME"

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022

'CHARLOTTE LOOKS RELAXED - ORLA HAS BEEN GREAT FOR THE FAMILY'

AS PRINCESS CHARLOTTE BEAMS AMONG THE BLUEBELLS ON HER SEVENTH BIRTHDAY, ROYAL EXPERT JENNIE BOND REVEALS WHY THE CAMBRIDGES' PET SPANIEL WAS IN THE PICTURE

2 mins read
OK! UK
May 16, 2022