While we all remember and pray for our loved one and relatives who have gone before us this Undas, let us also commemorate the lives of those who we looked up to and continually admire. These may be celebrities or personalities that have impacted your life one way or another, or have served as an inspiration in your life.
So for today, My Pope Philippines lists some known personalities–local and international–who passed away this year. Let us pray for them, along with the souls of our loved ones, that they may all find peace and comfort in God’s light and embrace. (Read: A Prayer to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to Help You Through Grief and Loss)
Former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III
The former Philippine president passed away in June due to renal disease secondary to diabetes. He was 61. His remains were laid at the Manila Memorial Park beside his parents, former senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino, Jr. and former president Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino.
Claire Dela Fuente
The singer died in March due to cardiac arrest. The 63-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to her death, and had comorbidities such as hypertension and diabetes.
The National Artist for Visual Arts died on May 26, aged 94. Luz is the father of actress Angela Luz, and the grandfather of Angela and Vic Sotto’s daughter Paulina, who is also an artist herself.
The renowned celebrity photographer passed away in September due to COVID-19. He was 59. Some of his clients included Jessa Zaragoza, Pinky Amador, and Xian Lim. (Read: The Saddest and Most Shocking Celebrity Deaths of 2020)
Ed Asner, who famously played Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, passed away on August 29. He was 91. Asner also voiced the iconic animated character Carl Fredricksen from UP, which would become one of his last projects.
Robert Downey, Sr.
Robert Downey, Jr.’s father was a “pioneer of the experimental filmmaking scene in New York City during the 1960s.” He famously wrote and directed the film, “Putney Swope”. He was aged 85 during the time of his death. According to reports, the filmmaker had battled Parkinson’s Disease for over five years.
Hutchins was a rising star in the cinematography world. She had been the director of cinematography for films like “Darlin,'” “Blindfire” and “The Mad Hatter,” and was praised by colleagues for her talent and creative eye. However, wounds due to a prop gun being fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of her latest movie, “Rust”, killed the young creative. She passed away on October 21 at 42 years old.