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The Saddest and Most Shocking Celebrity Deaths of 2020

May the perpetual light shine upon these fallen stars, Amen.

So far, 2020 has been a really tough year for everyone around the world. It’s very incredible, really, how quick and dramatic our lives have shifted within just a span of nine months.  

Some would even say that it almost feels like we have become characters in a bad fairy tale—it just keeps unraveling a series of unfortunate events. From the news of a potential World War III in January to the current global pandemic, 2020 has really been a tough pill to swallow. 

But above all these, what has really been shocking to most people are the sudden deaths of local and international celebrities who were well-acknowledged in their respective fields. From the tragic death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant to the distressing news about the passing of Filipino vlogger Lloyd Cadena, this year has made us bid goodbye to some famous faces from the world of entertainment in the most shocking ways. 

Here’s a look at some personalities we’ve lost in 2020 whose presence will be missed and never be forgotten.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi (January 26)

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Photo from Ethan Miller / Gettyimages / CNN.com

Almost nine months later, the whole world remains in shock over the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 27 of this year. He was 41 and she was 13. (Read: Three Ways Kobe Bryant Inspired the World for the Better)

Bryant was known for being a five-time NBA champion and the star of the LA Lakers throughout his career.  He is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history and forever will be the “Black Mamba” of the basketball court.

Naya Rivera (July 8)

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Photo from Naya Rivera Facebook

Naya Rivera’s unfortunate death in July has left the world grieving. The 33-year-old actress and singer, best known for her role as Santana Lopez in the musical series Glee, went missing in Lake Piru in California while having a vacation with her four-year-old son. (Read: Remembering Naya Rivera’s Best Glee Performances )

Naya’s body was soon found near the surface of the water by Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub in the northeastern portion of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep. She is believed to have drowned while swimming. 

Emman Nimedez (August 16)

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Photo from Emman Nimedez Instagram

YouTube star Emman Nimedez passed away at the age of 27 after a three-month-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia in August. (Read: The 5 Most Unforgettable Emman Nimedez Vlogs )

To celebrate Emman’s life, his vlogger friends from “Team Payaman” composed of YouTube stars Cong, RogerRaker, and other fellow vloggers held “content wars” for Emman Nimedez to raise funds for his family, especially his father, Daddy Louie. 

Chi Chi Devayne (August 20)

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Photo from Bennett Raglin / Gettyimages / Entertainment Weekly

Chi Chi Devayne, one of the most iconic Drag Queens from Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 8 and All-Stars 3, died on August 20 amid a battle with pneumonia, high blood pressure, and suspected kidney failure. Her sudden death left a dent in the drag community as she was one of the most celebrated queens from the reality show and the drag community.

Chadwick Boseman (August 28)

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Photo from Chadwick Boseman Instagram

Chadwick Boseman died on August 28 at the age of 43, after a four-year battle with advanced-stage colon cancer. No one knew that he was sick, that’s why his passing is one of the most shocking celebrity deaths this year. (Read: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Chadwick Boseman)

But even though the Black Panther star’s journey may have been cut short, he left a legacy that has inspired many people and made a huge cultural impact, especially for the African-American people. 

Lloyd Cafe Cadena (September 4)

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Photo from Lloyd Cafe Cadena Instagram

Lloyd Cafe Cadena was one of the most celebrated Filipino content creators. He was considered as one the pioneers of the vlogging culture in the country, and has been a household name in the local YouTube scene. In fact, at the time of his death, the 26-year-old vlogger already had 5.29 million subscribers on YouTube and 6.5 million followers on Facebook. (Read: 4 Times Lloyd Cafe Cadena Inspired Us to Be Kind and Selfless)

Lloyd’s death hits particularly hard because no one saw it coming. According to his family, the YouTube star died on Friday, September 4, after suffering a heart attack in his sleep while confined in a hospital for COVID-19.

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