2020 Deaths of Notables

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Eddie Large: Comedian dies aged 78 with coronavirus



Comedian Eddie Large, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, has died with coronavirus.

The star, 78, was a well known face on TV in the 1970s and 80s and was famous for his partnership with Syd Little.

His family confirmed the news "with great sadness" on Facebook, saying he had been suffering with heart failure and contracted the virus in hospital.

Little said he was "devastated" by the news. "He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you," he said.

"We were together 60 years," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends."

The comedian's family said they had been unable to visit him in hospital due to restrictions around the coronavirus, "but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day".

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he has achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week."

Reacting to the news, TV hosts Ant and Dec said the entertainer, who they recently worked with, "will be missed".

"He just loved making people laugh," they wrote.

Large, whose real name was Hugh McGinnis, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester's Moss Side.

He formed double act Little and Large with Syd Little in 1960, after watching Little's set in a local pub, and joining him on stage to sing a Cliff Richard song.



They went on to win the talent show Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s.

The sketch-based comedy show was as a fixture of Saturday evening TV, with Little mainly acting as the butt of Large's cheeky humour.

They largely stepped away from the limelight when the show ended in 1991, after doctors told Large his heart couldn't stand the rigours of touring their live show.
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Eddie Large: Comedian dies aged 78 with coronavirus

Comedian Eddie Large, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, has died with coronavirus.
The star, 78, was a well known face on TV in the 1970s and 80s and was famous for his partnership with Syd Little.
His family confirmed the news "with great sadness" on Facebook, saying he had been suffering with heart failure and contracted the virus in hospital.
Little said he was "devastated" by the news. "He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you," he said.
"We were together 60 years," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends."
The comedian's family said they had been unable to visit him in hospital due to restrictions around the coronavirus, "but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day".
"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he has achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week."
Reacting to the news, TV hosts Ant and Dec said the entertainer, who they recently worked with, "will be missed".
"He just loved making people laugh," they wrote.
Large, whose real name was Hugh McGinnis, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester's Moss Side.
He formed double act Little and Large with Syd Little in 1960, after watching Little's set in a local pub, and joining him on stage to sing a Cliff Richard song.

They went on to win the talent show Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s.
The sketch-based comedy show was as a fixture of Saturday evening TV, with Little mainly acting as the butt of Large's cheeky humour.
They largely stepped away from the limelight when the show ended in 1991, after doctors told Large his heart couldn't stand the rigours of touring their live show.
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It’ll be listed as a Xi flu death to bulk up the number so the gubmints can take more liberties away from the citizens.
 

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Coronavirus: Lord Bath dies after contracting Covid-19

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5 April 2020



Lord Bath has died at the age of 87 after contracting coronavirus.

Longleat, the park and home he ran, announced on Twitter the 7th Marquess of Bath died on Saturday at the Royal Bath United Hospital.

He was admitted there on 28 March where it was confirmed he had the virus.

In the statement, his family appealed for privacy and thanked the medical team which "cared so professionally and compassionately" for him in his final days.


The aristocrat was known for his flamboyant style of dress

Longleat Safari Park confirmed the news on Facebook, expressing their "deepest sadness" at his death.

It added: "The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone."




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'She will live forever as Pussy Galore': Tributes pour in for James Bond and Avengers actress Honor Blackman who has died from natural causes age 94




Tributes have poured in for legendary Bond girl and Avengers actress Honor Blackman who has died aged 94.

The star, best known for her iconic role as Pussy Galore opposite Sean Connery's Bond in Goldfinger, passed away from natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex surrounded by loved ones, her family announced today.

In a statement, they said: 'It's with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Honor Blackman aged 94.

'She died peacefully of natural causes at home in Lewes, Sussex surrounded by her family.

'She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her two adopted children Barnaby and Lottie, and her four grandchildren Daisy, Oscar, Olive and Toby.'

David Walliams led the tributes after news of her death, tweeting: 'Farewell Honor Blackman. She will live forever as Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger'.'

Piers Morgan wrote: 'RIP Honor Blackman, 94. A wonderful actress, and my favourite of all the Bond girls when she played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

'She died of natural causes. Her family said she was 'an extraordinary combination of beauty, brains and physical prowess'. Yes she was. What a life.

Actor Joe McGann, who starred alongside Blackman in the ITV series The Upper Hand, tweeted: 'Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died.

'What a woman she was - fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart. RIP.'

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S Fred Singer died April 6, 2020. He was a voice of reason on climate change. He was professor emeritus of environmental studies at University of Virginia.
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Sir Stirling Moss: Motor racing legend dies aged 90 after long illness


Sir Stirling Moss was the first British driver to win a home grand prix

British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90 following a long illness.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship.

Moss retired from public life in January 2018 because of ongoing health problems.

"It was one lap too many, he just closed his eyes," said his wife Lady Moss.

Moss previously spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016.

He won 16 of the 66 F1 races he competed in from 1951 to 1961.

He became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree.

Moss famously lost out on the F1 title in 1958 to compatriot Mike Hawthorn after vouching for his rival and preventing him being disqualified when he was accused of reversing on track in the late-season Portuguese Grand Prix.

Four times a runner-up in the F1 drivers' championship, he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1961 and was knighted in 2000.

Together with his fine F1 career, Moss was regarded as a motor-racing all-rounder and racked up a total of 212 victories in all competitions.

He was an outstanding rally driver and in 1955 set a new course record in winning the famous Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race around Italy.

Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.

However, he continued to race in historic cars and legends events until the age of 81.


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