It’s always hard to lose someone you love — whether they pass away unexpectedly or leave this earth in their golden years. Death is difficult. And the celebrity deaths in 2020 so far are no exception to that rule. Just because you don’t know a star personally doesn’t mean it won’t or shouldn’t affect you. For starters, you’re a human with empathy. Plus, while in some ways Hollywood feels like a million miles away from everyday life for most of us, we can grow surprisingly close to stars. We let them into our homes, and they become a part of our world, too.
Sometimes, a celebrity passes away who played an important role in your life through their work in film, stage, fashion or music. When Robin Williams died in 2014, we all mourned the loss of a man who always knew how to make us laugh, whose movies were part of the canon of our childhood. In January, we were forced tragically and suddenly to say goodbye to Kobe Bryant — a basketball legend that inspired many of us to hustle harder every time we hit the court. More recently, we lost country music icon Kenny Rogers and daytime soap opera actor John Callahan. Complications from COVID-19 took the life of Broadway actor Nick Cordero. And now we’ve lost Jerry Maguire actress Kelly Preston after a two-year battle with breast cancer, and Glee star Naya Rivera in a tragic drowning accident.
Sadly, death is a part of life. While 2020 has already seen its fair share of loss, let’s pay tribute to the famous faces who’ve left us so far this year. They will be missed.