2020 was filled with heartache and sadness as many people bid farewell to their loved ones but also beloved icons in the celebrities they felt they'd come to know.
There is no doubt that ringing in the end of the year 2020 will have been a positive experience for most, but it is also important to acknowledge those who will not be joining us in 2021.
In a year filled with hardship, the world also said goodbye to some beloved famous faces who had worked their way into the hearts of fans and followers and who will be sorely missed.
Briefly.co.za took a look at five celebrities who died in the year 2020.
5 Paul Rapetsoa
'Bra Paul' was an actor, playwright and retired radio broadcaster as well as being affectionately known as the godfather of township theatre. Skeem Saam was one project he was involved in at the time and fans of the show and Rapetsoa posted their sadness at hearing the news. The talented star passed away in December, one week after confirming that he had contracted Covid-19.
4 Bob Mabena
Mzansi mourned as we lost a giant of radio broadcasting when Bob Mabena passed away in August. The star had a career that spanned over 3 decades in the industry and tributes poured in after the news of his death was made public.
The 'Queen of Kwaito' died suddenly at the age of 37 in a hospital in Johannesburg. The musician left behind a colourful legacy of her time in the music industry and had many online users expressing shock at the untimely passing of the celebrity.
2 Sean Connery
Sir Sean Connery, legendary Scottish performer and first actor to portray James Bond, passed away peacefully at his home in the Bahamas. The star had a career that cemented his legacy as being one of the film icons of the 20th century. Connery died at the age of 90 and fans all over the globe posted their sadness at hearing the news.
1 Chadwick Boseman
The world left in shock after the news of the actor's death became public. Boseman had been privately battling colon cancer but succumbed to his illness at the end of August. Chadwick Boseman portrayed the lead in the superhero movie Black Panther and inspired children around the world to reach for their dreams and believe in themselves.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Anele criticising the way the international media has been reporting on the strain of coronavirus that had cases in South Africa.
Anele Mdoda has added her voice to the online outcry over a mutated version of the Covid-19 virus being labelled the "South African strain".
The initial outrage was sparked after The Japan Times published an article that reported on how Japan had confirmed its first case of the strain that had also been found in multiple patients in South Africa.
The issue came in because the publication had labelled the mutated virus as the "South African coronavirus strain"
Many South African tweeps caught wind of the article that mentioned the strain as being South African and flooded the mentions of The Japan Times. The commenters expressed how unhelpful and unnecessary it was to try and blame a country for a viral mutation.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize had confirmed the strain earlier this month and explained how it has driven South Africa's second wave of infections. There have also been reports of another mutation having been discovered in the United Kingdom.
Anele weighed in said that she recognised the game of attempting to lay blame and wrote:
"I see this tennis y'all are playing !!!"
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