Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies
Connie Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation. Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant patient to date," Papay said in a statement. It was the fourth face transplant in the world, though the others were not as extensive. Also in 2011, a Texas man severely disfigured in a power line accident underwent the nation's first full face transplant. Two years after her operation, Culp met with the family of Kasper, the donor, who had died of a heart attack.