The year of Eulogies

 Iftikher Zaman and Zareen Subah Aziz 


Perhaps no year has taken more from us than 2020, given us more eulogies to write. Torun pays respect to the fallen, with hope that as we share our grief, maybe, just maybe, our hearts will feel a little lighter, even if for a few moments.

January:

Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson   

Former professional wrestler, WWE Hall of Famer and the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died at the age of 75

Kobe Bryant (1979-2020) 

NBA legend 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.

February:

Kirk Douglas 

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.


Katherine Johnson 

A pioneering mathematician who, along with a group of other brilliant black women, helped make US space travel possible, died on February 24. She was 101. Her life and work served as inspiration for the film “Hidden Figures.”


Hosni Mubarak 

The former Egyptian president, who ruled for nearly 30 years until being overthrown, died on 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.

March:

Alan Merrill  

Rocker Alan Merrill, who wrote and recorded the original version of the hit song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” died March 29 after being diagnosed with coronavirus at the age of 69.


Max Von Sydow 

Swedish actor Max Von Sydow, who made his name in the films of Ingmar Bergman before featuring in international hits like “Game of Thrones,” died March 8 at the age of 90. He was a well-known figure in both European and American cinema, starring in films from Bergman’s masterpiece “The Seventh Seal” to international blockbusters such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”



April:

National Professor Jamilur Reza

He was a renowned civil engineer, professor and researcher.  Died in his sleep early morning. 


National Professor Anisuzzaman

Eminent educator, writer, national professor.Eminent journalist and Ekushey Padak winner cultural activist


Sam Lloyd 

Actor Sam Lloyd, who most notably portrayed lawyer Ted Buckland on the TV comedy “Scrubs,” died at age 56. Lloyd’s television career also included roles in “Desperate Housewives,” “Seinfeld,” “Modern Family,” “The West Wing,” “Cougar Town,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Shameless”




Rishi  Kapoor 

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor died in a hospital after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He was 67. Kapoor’s first lead role — in the 1973 romantic film “Bobby” — won him the Filmfare Award, India’s equivalent of the Oscars, for best actor.


Irrfan Khan 

Bollywood star known internationally for his roles in “Life Of Pi” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” died April 29. He was 53. Khan, one of India’s best-known and most beloved actors, died of a rare neuroendocrine tumor.

May:
Niloufer Manzur  

She was the founder of Sunbeams school, passed away due to COVID-19 related complications. 


Abdul Monem
Renowned industrialist and founder of Abdul Monem Group


Jerry Stiller 

Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller died of natural causes. He was 92. Jerry Stiller was perhaps best known for his roles on the TV sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens.”

Roy Horn 

The magician, who dazzled audiences for decades as half of the animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died of complications from the coronavirus on May 8. He was 75.

June:
Kamal Lohani
Eminent journalist and Ekushey Padak winner cultural activist. Eminent journalist and Ekushey Padak winner cultural activist

Ian Holm 

The actor died June 19 at the age of 88, according to a statement from his agent. Holm had a long and varied acting career that saw him cast as a slew of characters, including Bilbo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, Ash in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire,” a performance for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
Sushant Singh Rajput 

Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai residence presumably took his own life. He was 34. He starred in a leading role in movies like “Kai Po Che”, “PK” and “MS Dhoni”. Sushant’s untimely demise has also triggered uproars of debate on mental health conditions, lobbying and nepotism in Bollywood and a lot of his fans, who used to consider the doe-eyed star one of their own, started slamming and targeting star kids on social media handles.

July:

.Latifur Rahman 

Business magnet and Transcom Group chairman. Passed away due to health complications. 


Andrew Kishore  

He was a renowned playback singer and a household name. ‘Jiboner golpo ache’, ‘Haire manush rongin fanush’ are his famous songs. He passed away after battling cancer for 10 months. 


Sahara Khatun 

She was a former home minister of Bangladesh. Passed away due to health complications.


Naya Rivera 

The body of a former “Glee” actress was found in a Southern California lake on July 23. Rivera, 33, had been presumed dead after she went missing on July 8. This was the 3rd member from the Glee cast to have died over the years


Regis Philbin 

TV personality Regis Philbin died July 24 at the age of 88, according to a statement released by his family. Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career and won six, and he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008

Saroj Khan 

A pioneer as an Indian dance choreographer in Hindi cinema,  Saroj Khan was born in Bombay State, India. She was best known for Dance Form Mujra and the first woman choreographer in Bollywood. With a career spanning over forty years, she choreographed more than 3000 songs. She died on 3 July 2020 of a sudden cardiac arrest.

August:
Sayeeda Khanam  

First female professional photographer of Bangladesh. Passed away from old age complications. 


Mrinal Haque 

Mrinal Haque, renowned sculptor passed away due to health complications. He is best  known for having created murals on the city streets of Dhaka.


Pranab Mukherjee 

Former Indian president died at the age of 84, according to a tweet from his son on August 31.

Chadwick Boseman 

 Actor who starred in “Black Panther” and portrayed iconic figures such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall, died August 28 at the age of 43. Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016. 

September:
Mahbubey Alam 

Serving the office since 2009, Mahbubey Alam was the longest-serving attorney general of Bangladesh so far.  Passed away due to COVID-19 related complications.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg  

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18 due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing.

Diana Rigg 

 British actress Diana Rigg, whose decades-long acting career spanned the 1960s spy series “The Avengers,” classical theater and “Game of Thrones,” died on September 10 . Rigg was 82.

October:

Sean Connery 

The Scottish actor whose five-decade-long movie career was dominated by the role of James Bond, died on October 31. Connery was 90 years.


Thomas Jefferson Byrd  

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was fatally shot in Georgia on October 3. Byrd was 70. Byrd worked with director Spike Lee on many projects, including “He Got Game,” “Get on the Bus” and “Clockers.”

November:
Aly Zaker  

Eminent actor and director. He was the owner of Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited and a trustee of the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka. He was battling cancer for the last 4 years.

Soumitra Chatterjee  

Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, a famous mentee of Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray, died November 15 of health complications related to Covid-19. He was 85.


Diego Armando Maradona 

Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona died at the age of 60, on November 25. A source from the Argentinian Justice Ministry who was present at the time of Maradona’s autopsy said the cause of death was an “acute secondary lung edema to exacerbated chronic heart failure.” Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, became a household name after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986. The government of Argentina declared 3 days of mourning subsequently after the news of his death.

December:
MA Hashem  

Partex Group’s founding chairman breathed his last due to coronavirus complications.


Abdul Kader

Famous actor Abdul Kader was famous for his roles in various shows. He was known for playing Bodi in Humayun Ahmed’s “Kothao Keu Nei”. He made regular appearances on the popular family-oriented show, “Ittyadi”, for quite some time. He was diagnosed with cancer and COVID-19 recently, and was the cause of his death.


Jeremy Bulloch  

The actor who played the character Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, died on Thursday, December 17. He was 75

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