We’ve made it to the 31st, and what a year it has been. As we prepare to transition into 2021, and hopefully better times, we’re going to take a second to remember some our personal heroes who passed this year. They’re the creatives who have inspired us through film and music, as well as public figures whose philosophies spoke to us. They’re gone, but hardly forgotten.
Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings
Opinions about the man are split. There are some who venerate him as the progenitor of our current democracy. And then there are some who hold a grudge for the man’s political history. Either way, a great name passed on the 12 November 2020.
Earlier this year, Kobe Bryant’s death, along with the death of his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant and six others in a helicopter crash, led to a period of global mourning. The Black Mamba was more than a basketball player. He was an ethic that people aspired to, and he was the star of some of the best memories people have of the sport.
Chadwick Boseman was a brave man both off-screen and on-screen as the king of Wakanda, T’Challa. We lost the Black Panther this year to cancer. You can check out Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix starring Chadwick Boseman.
Diego Armando Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. And the people who loved to watch him play will always remember the “Hand of God.”
Sir Sean Connery
Another on-screen hero whose actor passed this year is James Bond. If you grew up watching James Bond movies then Sir Sean Connery is probably the first Bond that you know. Sir Sean Connery died at 90 in October 2020.
Naya Marie Rivera was an American actress, singer and model. You might remember her from her days on the show Glee. Earlier this year, she passed as a result of accidental drowning.