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People we lost in 2020

Updated 3:03 PM ET, Tue February 25, 2020
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Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president who ruled for nearly 30 years until being overthrown, died Tuesday, February 25. He was 91. During his 29 years in power, Mubarak survived would-be assassins and ill health, crushed a rising Islamist radical movement and maintained the peace pact with neighboring Israel that got his predecessor killed. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Katherine Johnson, a pioneering mathematician who, along with a group of other brilliant black women, helped make US space travel possible, died Monday, February 24. She was 101. Her life and work served as inspiration for the film "Hidden Figures." Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Former Major League Baseball shortstop Tony Fernandez died at age 57, the Toronto Blue Jays tweeted on February 16. He suffered a stroke and had been struggling with kidney issues, the team said. During his 17-year career, Fernandez won four Gold Glove Awards, made five All-Star appearances and won a World Series title with the 1993 Blue Jays. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Caroline Flack, the former host of the hit British reality show "Love Island," died at the age of 40, her family confirmed on February 15. A family lawyer told PA Media that Flack committed suicide and her body was found in her east London apartment. ITV/Shutterstock
Actress Lynn Cohen, best known for her role as Magda the housekeeper in "Sex and the City," died February 14, according to her manager. She was 86. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Actor Robert Conrad, known for the television show "The Wild Wild West," died February 8 at the age of 84, according to family spokesman Jeff Ballard. Courtesy Conrad Family
Kirk Douglas, one of the great Hollywood leading men whose off-screen life was nearly as colorful as his on-screen exploits, died February 5 at the age of 103, according to his son, actor Michael Douglas. Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Willie Wood, a Hall of Fame football player and former safety for the Green Bay Packers, died February 3 at the age of 83, according to a statement from the team. Wood won two Super Bowls as a member of the Packers. AP
Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling "Queen of Suspense" who wrote dozens of suspense novels sold worldwide, died January 31 at age 92, Clark's publisher confirmed on Twitter. Clark's writing career spanned decades and included bestselling titles such as "Loves Music, Loves to Dance" and "A Stranger Is Watching." Simon & Schuster
NASCAR driver John Andretti, a nephew of racing legend Mario Andretti, died from colon cancer on January 30, according to a tweet from Andretti Autosport. He was 56. Robert Laberge/Getty Images
NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26. He was 41. Bryant was one of nine victims in the crash. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Leila Janah, a social entrepreneur who poured her energy into creating job opportunities for the world's poorest communities, died January 24 due to complications from epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. She was 37. Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images
Jim Lehrer, the legendary debate moderator and former anchor of the "NewsHour" television program, died January 23 at the age of 85. Lehrer anchored the "NewsHour," the flagship newscast on public television in the United States, for 36 years. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
"Monty Python" star Terry Jones died at age 77, Britain's PA Media news agency reported on January 22. Jones was a member of the much-loved British comedy group and also directed a number of its most popular films, including "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life." Chris Ridley/Radio Times via Getty Images
Americana singer and songwriter David Olney, whose music was recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Emmylou Harris and others, died of an apparent heart attack while performing in Florida on January 18, according to a statement on his website. He was 71. Scott Housley/davidolney.com
Former professional wrestler Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, WWE Hall of Famer and the father of actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, died at the age of 75, the WWE announced on January 15. WWE
Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who ruled Oman since 1970, died January 10, according to the official Oman News Agency. He died at age 79 and was the longest-serving Arab leader. Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images
Rapper 5th Ward Weebie was a major player in the distinctive bounce music scene in New Orleans. He died January 9 at the age of 42. His publicist said he had a "heart attack which turned into emergency heart surgery and ultimately heart failure." Erika Goldring/Getty Images
Don Larsen, the man who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, died January 8 at the age of 90, according to his representative Andrew Levy. AP
Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose 1994 memoir "Prozac Nation" ignited conversations about the then-taboo topic of clinical depression, died on January 7. She was 52. Her husband, Jim Freed, told CNN she died following a battle with metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her brain. Dan Callister/Writer Pictures/AP
Neil Peart, who helped propel the band Rush to global stardom and sealed his place as one of the greatest drummers in rock music, died January 7 after a long battle with brain cancer, according to a family spokesman. He was 67. Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images
Derek Acorah, a popular TV psychic medium and former host of the British reality show "Most Haunted," died January 3 at the age of 69. Ian West/PA Wire/AP
John Baldessari, one of America's most influential conceptual artists, died on January 2. He was 88. Baldessari was renowned for combining photography with various other media, with some of his most iconic works featuring colorful dots pasted over subjects' faces in portraits and found photographs. Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for LACMA
David Stern, the former NBA commissioner who reshaped the league and presided over its skyrocketing growth for three decades, died on January 1. He was 77. Mike Stobe/Getty Images