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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 January 2021

80 stars we lost in 2020: From Sean Connery and Naya Rivera to Diego Maradona and Chadwick Boseman

Remembering the giants of entertainment, sport, fashion and the arts who died this year

Whether they made an impact in entertainment, the arts, literature, sport or music, the legacies of the stars we lost this year will certainly live on.

Literary giants such as Mohammad Al Gurg, Said Al Kafrawi and Elizabeth Wurtzel's works endure despite their deaths, finding new readers as time goes by, while in the film industry, the contributions of Olivia de Havilland, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shwikar Ibrahim and Sean Connery are forever immortalised on the silver screen.

In US politics, the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw the loss of a tireless and fearless champion of women's rights, while the art world said farewell to the "king of colour", Morocco's Mohamed Melehi, and the music industry farewelled Eddie Van Halen, Kenny Rogers, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Johnny Nash and Bill Withers.

Click through the gallery above to read about the achievements and legacies of the stars we lost this year.

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Updated: December 29, 2020 02:03 PM

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