We said goodbye to a host of public figures in 2020, including actors, singers and stars of sports.
Here’s a look at some of the individuals we lost in 2020 whose influence for many years to come will be felt.
Tom Alexander Tom Alexander
Tom Alexander, a Scottish musician, died at the age of 85 on Jan. 9, 2020.
The musical double act he formed with his brother Jack, which became a Scottish institution, will forever be known as one half of The Alexander Brothers.
About Bobby Brown
At the age of 96, Scottish Hall of Fame soccer player Bobby Brown died on Jan. 15.
He played the Queen’s Park, Rangers, and Falkirk goalkeeper, and made five caps for Scotland.
Kobe Bryant, Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant, the basketball great, died in a helicopter crash on January 27 at the age of 41.
In a Sunday morning incident in California, the five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist died along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
With John Grant
The author of Scottish science fiction, John Grant, died on Feb. 3 at the age of 70.
During his career, he wrote more than 70 books, including a novel in the Judge Dredd series.
From Caroline Flack
TV host Caroline Flack passed away at the age of 40 on Feb. 15.
The Flack family’s lawyer announced that she had taken her own life and was found in her apartment in east London.
Kenny Rogers Rogers
Country music star Kenny Rogers died at 81 years of age on March 20.
“The Gambler,” “Islands in the Stream” and “Lady.” were a series of top hits for Rogers.
On March 26, one of the most celebrated composers in the world, Krzysztof Penderecki, died at the age of 86.
He was known for his contributions to movies such as “The Exorcist” and “The Shining.”
Honor Blackman, the star best known for her roles in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” and “The Avengers,” died April 6 at age 94.
The actress was 38 years old when she gained international fame in 1964 playing Pussy Galore alongside Sean Connery as a spy with a license to kill.
Rock and roll legend Little Richard died May 9 at the age of 87.
The singer, whose real name was Richard Waynbe Penniman, was known in the 1950s for hits such as Tutti Frutti and Good Golly Miss Molly.
Legendary Glasgow jazz singer Jeanie Lambe died May 29 at age 79.
Lambe, who was born in the city in December 1940, died in her adopted home of Perth, Australia.
The force’s sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, died at age 103 on June 18.
She was best known for her performances for the troops around the world, particularly in India, Burma and Egypt.
Actor Sir Ian Holm died June 19 at the age of 88.
He was best known for his roles as Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and as athletics coach Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire.
Former Glee star Naya Rivera died July 13 at age 33.
The star was reported missing while on a boating trip on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son Josey Hollis.
Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died July 25 at age 73.
Mick Fleetwood and Green formed the influential group in London in 1967, along with John McVie and Jeremy Spencer.
Glasgow actor and comedian Johnny Beattie died July 9 at St. Margaret’s Hospice in Glasgow at the age of 93.
He was best known for his role as Malcolm Henderson in River City and starred in shows such as Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch & Wry.
“Blank Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman died Aug. 28 at age 43 after a battle with cancer.
In an announcement that stunned Hollywood, Boseman’s family shared that he was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago and died surrounded by loved ones, including his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward.
Former Celtic player Pat McCluskey died Aug. 25 at the age of 68.
McCluskey played at Parkhead for seven years from 1969-77, making 191 appearances for the club and scoring 13 goals.
Famed actress Dame Diana Rigg died Sept. 10 at the age of 82.
Known for her roles in “Game of Thrones” and “The Avengers,” Dame Diana reportedly passed away peacefully.
Logie Bruce Lockhart
Scottish rugby union player Logie bruce Lockhart died Sept. 7 at the age of 98.
He was the oldest surviving