Many personalities from the most diverse fields around the world died in 2019. Last year we were left with such outstanding figures as: the French composer and singer Michel Jean Legrand (who died on January 26, 2019 at age 86), the American actress, singer, and comedian Carol Channing (who passed away on January 15, 2019 at age 97), the German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (who died February 19, 2019 at age 85), the American actor Luke Perry (who passed away on March 4, 2019 from a massive stroke at age 52), the Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis (who died on March 2, 2019 at just 58 years old from cancer), the American actress and singer Doris Day (who died on May 13, 2019 at the age of 97), the Austrian motorsport driver Niki Lauda (who died on May 20, 2019 at age 70), the economist, jurist and scientific popularizer Eduard Punset (who died on May 22, 2019 at age 82 due to lung cancer), the American writer Toni Morrison (who died on August 5, 2019 due to pneumonia), the famous Spanish biochemist Margarita Salas (who died on November 7, 2019 at age 80) or the Swedish singer-songwriter Marie Fredriksson, a member of the famous Roxette group (who died on December 9, 2019 at 61 years of age).
Many changed our world for the better. Why look back? Remembering our history and celebrating it is essential to advance as a society and celebrate the lives of great artists, scientists, athletes or writers, it is part of it.
Every year we lose a wide variety of figures, sometimes extraordinary and controversial, others in the world of entertainment, politics, business, philanthropy, science, literature, television, and 2020 will be no different. This year’s famous figures have had a lasting impact through their talent and unique perspective on living life. Some died after having lived a full and long life, while others left too soon, as is the case every year.
These are the famous people who said their goodbyes in 2020.