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Wonderwall.com is having a look again on the bold-faced names we misplaced in 2021, beginning with this performer… On Aug. 24, a rep for “So You Assume You Can Dance” season 11 alum Serge Onik — who additionally appeared within the 2021 film “Within the Heights” and on TV’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Marvel’s “Agent Carter,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Bones” — shared the heartbreaking information that the skilled dancer was lifeless at 33. “He was a tremendous dancer with an enormous coronary heart and he touched the lives of everybody who met him,” Jim Keith of the Motion Expertise Company informed Entertainment Weekly. “He will probably be actually missed. It is a unhappy day for us on the company and for the dance group as a complete.” Particulars, together with a reason behind loss of life, weren’t launched.
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Charlie Watts — who performed drums for the Rolling Stones for practically 60 years — is dead at 80. On Aug. 24, publicist Bernard Doherty shared the unhappy information with The Related Press that the Grammy-winning percussionist “handed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier right this moment surrounded by his household,” including that “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and likewise as a member of The Rolling Stones one of many biggest drummers of his era.” Information of Charlie’s loss of life got here a number of weeks after he underwent an unspecified emergency surgical procedure that induced him to tug out of his band’s fall tour dates.
Saxophonist Brian Travers, a founding member of reggae group UB40, died after a “lengthy and heroic battle with most cancers” on Aug. 22 at his house in Birmingham, England, surrounded by his household, his band introduced the next day. He was 62. The Grammy nominee, who along with his bandmates delivered hits together with “Crimson Crimson Wine” and “(I Cannot Assist) Falling In Love With You,” offered greater than 100 million information and loved greater than 40 High 40 hits within the U.Ok.
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Grammy-nominated music star Don Everly of the Everly Brothers (left) — one among rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential duos, who have been recognized for his or her spectacular vocal harmonies — died in Nashville on Aug. 21. He was 84. “Don lived by what he felt in his coronary heart,” his household mentioned in a press release to the Los Angeles Occasions. “Don expressed his appreciation for the power to dwell his desires … along with his soulmate and spouse, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.” Don’s late youthful brother and bandmate, Phil (proper) — with whom he recorded hit songs together with “Cathy’s Clown,” “All I Need to Do Is Dream” and “Bye Bye Love” — handed away in 2014.
Japanese actor and martial arts legend Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba — who had memorable roles in films together with “The Avenue Fighter,” “Kill Invoice” and “The Quick and the Livid: Tokyo Drift” — died from problems of COVID-19 on Aug. 19, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 82.
Conservative speak radio host Phil Valentine, who in July was hospitalized with COVID-19, died from problems attributable to the sickness in August. He was 61. His station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, confirmed his passing in an Aug. 21 tweet. Phil had made headlines as he was a vocal vaccine skeptic and himself wasn’t vaccinated, however after he was moved right into a vital care unit, brother Mark Valentine mentioned the radio host regretted that he wasn’t a stronger advocate for COVID-19 vaccination. “I do know if he have been in a position to inform you this, he would inform you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Give up worrying concerning the politics. Give up worrying about all of the conspiracy theories,'” Mark informed The Tennessean in July. “He regrets not being extra adamant about getting the vaccine. Take a look at the dadgum information.”
On Aug. 13, Grammy-winning folkabilly singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith died in Nashville. She was 68. Whereas she was a gifted singer herself, Nanci was maybe greatest recognized for her songs that have been carried out by different artists like Kathy Mattea’s “Love on the 5 and Dime” and Suzy Bogguss’s “Outbound Airplane,” Variety reported, in addition to for her duets with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Willie Nelson, the Chieftains, Darius Rucker and extra.
Pat Hitchcock — the one youngster of famed director Alfred Hitchcock and his spouse, screenwriter and movie editor Alma Reville — died in Thousand Oaks, California, on Aug. 9, one among her daughters confirmed to Selection. She was 93. Pat, who started appearing as a toddler, appeared on Broadway and acted in lots of tv reveals and movies together with a few of her father’s tasks like “Strangers on a Practice,” “Psycho,” “Stage Fright” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
Former youngster star Jane Withers, whose profession flourished throughout Hollywood’s Golden Age, died in Burbank, California, on Aug. 7, daughter Kendall Errair informed Deadline. Jane was 95. Her breakout function got here reverse fellow youngster star Shirley Temple in 1934’s “Brilliant Eyes” and, after starring in lots of films as a child, she acted on the large display screen as an grownup within the 1956 movie “Big” alongside Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Within the ’60s and ’70s, she notably performed Josephine the Plumber in TV adverts for Comet cleanser. “My mom was such a particular woman,” her daughter informed Deadline. “She lit up a room along with her laughter, however she particularly radiated pleasure and thankfulness when speaking concerning the profession she so cherished and the way fortunate she was.”
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On Aug. 7, actress Markie Put up — who was greatest recognized for her work on the sitcoms “Night time Courtroom” within the ’80s and ’90s and “Hearts Afire” reverse John Ritter, in addition to the early ’80s motion collection “The Fall Man” with Lee Majors — handed away following a virtually four-year most cancers battle, supervisor Ellen Lubin Sanitsky informed Deadline. In more moderen years, Markie appeared on the whole lot from “Scrubs,” “Odd Man Out” and “Chicago P.D.” to “Santa Clarita Eating regimen” and “The Youngsters are Alright.” She additionally memorably performed the mom of Cameron Diaz’s character in “There’s One thing About Mary.” Markie was 70. Co-stars together with “Night time Courtroom” foil John Larroquette took to social media to grieve the loss. “Her grace, her heat, her intelligence, her compassion, her optimism, her empathy, her humility, her love and devotion to her household. And her flawless comedian timing, her magnificence, her snigger and extra,” John wrote on Twitter, “all of us want she might have stayed longer however we thank the cosmos for blessing us and enriching the world along with her for so long as it did.”
On Aug. 7, Kool & the Gang co-founder Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas “handed away peacefully in his sleep on the age of 70 in New Jersey,” the band mentioned in a press release on social media. The Grammy winner “was generally known as the quintessential cool cat within the group, cherished for his hip garments and hats, and his laid-back demeanor. An enormous persona whereas additionally a particularly non-public particular person, Dennis was the alto saxophone participant, flutist, percussionist in addition to grasp of ceremonies on the band’s reveals,” the assertion continued. “Dennis’ prologue featured on the group’s 1971 hit ‘Who’s Gonna Take the Weight’ is known and an instance of his showmanship. Dee Tee was the group’s wardrobe stylist who made positive they all the time regarded contemporary. Within the band’s early days, Dennis additionally served because the ‘funds hawk,’ carrying the group’s earnings in a paper bag within the bell of his horn.”
DJ Paul Johnson — a home music icon from Chicago and affect for a lot of modern-day DJs — handed away from problems of COVID-19 at 50 on Aug. 4. Paul was greatest recognized for his 1999 single “Get Get Down,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Membership Songs chart.
Saginaw Grant — a Native American character actor with dozens of credit in movies and tv reveals together with “Breaking Dangerous” and “The Lone Ranger” — died on July 28, rep Lani Carmichael informed CNN. He was 85. On high of his appearing profession, Saginaw was the “hereditary chief and the drugs man of the Sac & Fox tribe” in addition to a person who “traveled the world talking of his traditions, his experiences, his sobriety and his religion as each a Native American and a Christian,” his rep added.
Actor Jay Pickett, who was greatest recognized for his work on cleaning soap operas together with “Common Hospital,” “Port Charles” and “Days of Our Lives,” died on the Idaho set of the movie “Treasure Valley,” colleagues introduced on Aug. 1. He was 60. “A lot of you’ve already heard concerning the tragedy that occurred two days in the past. Jay Pickett, our main man, author, producer, and creator of this film handed away immediately whereas we have been on location getting ready to movie a scene,” director-producer Travis Mills wrote on the film’s Fb web page. “There is no such thing as a official clarification for the reason for his loss of life however it seems to have been a coronary heart assault.” Travis added that “Everybody current tried as laborious as they may to maintain him alive. Our hearts are damaged and we grieve for his household who’re so devastated by this stunning tragedy.” A separate submit written by actor Jim Heffel defined that Jay “died sitting on a horse able to rope a steer.”
Ron Popeil — the inventor and TV salesman recognized for his infomercials and catchphrases like “However wait! There’s extra” and “Set it and overlook it” — died from a mind hemorrhage at Cedars Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles on July 28, The New York Occasions reported. The Ronco founder, who offered shoppers the whole lot from the Veg-O-Matic and the Pocket Fisherman to the Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler — was 86.
On July 28, Grammy-nominated rock group ZZ High introduced that their bassist, Dusty Hill, was lifeless at 72. “We’re saddened by the information right this moment that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has handed away in his sleep at house in Houston, TX,” learn a press release from surviving members Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons. “We, together with legions of ZZ High followers world wide, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring dedication to offering that monumental backside to the ‘High.’ We’ll without end be related to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You can be missed vastly, amigo.”
Grammy-winning musician Joey Jordison — founding drummer of the metallic band Slipknot who later carried out in Scar The Martyr, Murderdolls and Sinsaenum — “handed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26,” his household mentioned in a press release to Billboard. He was 46. TMZ reported that, based on regulation enforcement sources, no foul play is suspected and no unlawful medication have been discovered at his house. The health worker is working to find out a reason behind loss of life. Fellow rockers mourned Joey, with Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer telling TMZ that his former tourmate — who in 2016 revealed he’d been recognized with the neurological dysfunction transverse myelitis a number of years earlier, across the time he left Slipknot — was a “warrior,” including that Joey “cherished drums, cherished music, cherished enjoying … It’s totally unhappy that he is gone so younger … What a tremendous f****** drummer.”
Comic Jackie Mason handed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York Metropolis on July 24. He died in his sleep after experiencing respiratory points, his pal, famed lawyer Raoul Felder, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Jackie — who was a rabbi earlier than he turned recognized for his Borscht Belt model of comedy — was 93. Throughout his lengthy profession, he earned a particular Tony Award due to the success of his first (of many) one-man Broadway reveals, “The World In line with Me!,” and received two Emmys on high of showing in films like “The Jerk,” “Caddyshack II” and “Historical past of the World: Half I.”
On July 16, “Only a Buddy” hitmaker Biz Markie (actual title: Marcel Theo Corridor) died in a Baltimore hospital after struggling a collection of problems from diabetes, TMZ reported. He was 57. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that can without end be celebrated by his business friends and his beloved followers whose lives he was in a position to contact by music, spanning over 35 years,” his rep mentioned in a press release. The hip-hop group mourned too, with many stars sharing tributes to the rapper on social media. “Relaxation in energy Biz..I like you bro,” LL Cool J wrote on Instagram alongside a video during which he shared recollections from their friendship. The Roots’ Questlove wrote a protracted message that started, “Biz constructed me man. In my early early phases it was Biz who taught me the REAL locations to cop information….Biz taught me what cities had good digging…..Biz taught me the place to gather 45s……Biz taught me the place to gather 8TRACK TAPES!!” Tweeted A Tribe Known as Quest’s Q-Tip: “This one hurts baad… D*** I am gonna miss u.”
On July 12, Travis Orndorff introduced on Instagram that his father, WWE Corridor of Fame wrestler Paul Orndorff — higher generally known as Mr. Great — had died at 71. “Most of you’ll bear in mind him for his physique. Many will bear in mind his depth. But when I might solely get you to know and see his coronary heart,” Travis wrote partly in a loving tribute alongside a photo of himself hugging his dad. Paul was one of many stars of the very first WrestleMania in 1985 throughout which he confronted off towards Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. “RIP my brother, love you and thanks for all the time making me battle for the whole lot in our matches,” Hulk wrote on social media upon listening to the unhappy information. “Heaven simply bought much more Great.”
Charlie Robinson — who’s maybe greatest recognized for taking part in courtroom clerk and Vietnam vet Mac Robinson on the sitcom “Night time Courtroom” — died in Los Angeles on July 11 from cardiac arrest with multisystem organ failures as a consequence of septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma, which is a sort of glandular most cancers, his supervisor confirmed to Leisure Weekly. He was 75. Charlie, who did numerous work within the theater, additionally appeared in films like “Set It Off,” “Antwone Fisher” and “The Home Bunny” and TV reveals together with “Buffalo Invoice,” “The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air,” “Home,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and extra.
William Smith, who was recognized for taking part in robust guys, handed away at 88 on July 5 on the Movement Image & Tv Nation Home in Los Angeles, his spouse confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He appeared in the whole lot from “Wealthy Man, Poor Man” and “Any Which Means You Can” to “Hawaii 5-O” and “Laredo.”
Stage and display screen star Chick Vennera died from most cancers at his Burbank, California, house on July 7, Deadline reported. He was maybe greatest recognized for his disco dance scene carried out on high of parked vehicles within the ’70s flick “Thank God It is Friday” and for taking part in Enrique/Pepe on TV’s “The Golden Women.” He additionally starred in Robert Redford’s “The Milagro Beanfield Struggle,” carried out in “Grease” on Broadway and with the present’s nationwide touring firm and voiced characters on “Animaniacs” and “Batman Past.” Chick was 74.
Filmmaker and actor Robert Downey Sr. — the daddy of Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. — died in his sleep greater than 5 years after he was recognized with Parkinson’s illness, third spouse Rosemary Rogers informed the New York Each day Information on June 7. He was 85. Downey Sr. is thought for guiding the Madison Avenue promoting satire “Putney Swope” and myriad tasks together with episodes of TV’s “The Twilight Zone.” He additionally labored as a cinematographer and acted from the Fifties till 2011 in tasks together with “To Reside and Die in L.A.,” “Boogie Nights” and his ultimate movie, “Tower Heist.” “Final night time, dad handed peacefully in his sleep after years of putting up with the ravages of Parkinson’s ..he was a real maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic all through,” Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram on July 7 alongside a classic photograph of his father. “In line with my stepmoms calculations, they have been fortunately married for simply over 2000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you’re a saint, and our ideas and prayers are with you.”
Stage, TV and film actress Suzzanne Douglas handed away at 64 on July 6, her household confirmed on social media. She notably carried out on Broadway in reveals together with “Into the Woods,” “Threepenny Opera” and “The Faucet Dance Child” within the Eighties earlier than specializing in the large and small screens, showing on tv in tasks together with “When They See Us,” “The Dad or mum ‘Hood” and “Towards the Regulation” and in movies like “Jason’s Lyric,” “College of Rock” and “How Stella Obtained Her Groove Again.”
Famed Hollywood director Richard Donner — who helmed the whole lot from “The Omen” and the unique “Superman” flick to the “Deadly Weapon” movie collection, “The Goonies” and “Scrooged” — died on July 5 at 91, his manufacturing firm confirmed to Selection. He additionally produced a slew of films throughout his lengthy profession together with “Free Willy,” “The Misplaced Boys,” “Any Given Sunday,” “X-Males,” “X-Males Origins: Wolverine” and extra. Hollywood stars took to social media to mourn Richard upon listening to of his passing, with Ben Stiller praising his expertise for making “large time films … that stay in our consciousness.” “Goonies” star Sean Astin remembered he had “the most important, boomiest voice you would think about [and] commanded consideration and … laughed like no man has ever laughed earlier than,” calling him “a lot enjoyable” and somebody who “cared.” “Goonies” actor Corey Feldman known as Richard “the closest factor I ever had 2 an actual father.” Filmmaker Steven Spielberg mentioned that “being in his circle was akin to hanging out together with your favourite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most adorable pal, staunchest ally, and — in fact — the best Goonie of all. He was all child. All coronary heart. On a regular basis.”
On July 4, rockabilly-country music star Sanford Clark, whose 1956 High 10 hit “The Idiot” was re-recorded by Elvis Presley and The Animals, died from COVID-19 at a Joplin, Missouri, hospital the place he was receiving most cancers therapy earlier than his coronavirus analysis, publicist and fellow performer Johnny Vallis informed Billboard. He was 85.
On June 10, actor Ray MacDonnell — who’s greatest recognized for his portrayal of Dr. Joe Martin on the ABC cleaning soap opera “All My Kids,” on which he was an unique solid member — died of pure causes at house in Chappaqua, New York, Michael Fairman TV reported. Ray was 93.
Johnny Solinger — the singer of rock band Skid Row from 1999 to 2015 — died on June 26. The unhappy information got here a month after he informed followers in a Fb submit that he’d been hospitalized amid a liver failure analysis. He was 55. Spouse Paula Marcenaro Solinger, an actress, confirmed his loss of life, telling USA Right this moment, “He handed yesterday whereas I used to be holding his hand” after sharing on Fb, “He went in peace.”
John Paragon — who’s greatest remembered as Jambi the Genie on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” the magical character whose catchphrase “Mecca lecca hello, mecca hiney ho!” was repeated by children (and adults) in all places — handed away on April 3 in Palm Springs, California, at 66, it was revealed in mid-June. In line with the Riverside County Coroner, Web page Six reported, he died from “heart problems with different vital situations of power alcohol abuse.” John, who was a member of the Groundlings and a tv director, earned 5 Daytime Emmy nominations for his writing and directing work on “Playhouse.” He additionally wrote the movie “Elvira: Mistress of the Darkish” with frequent collaborator Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson.
TV author Heidi Ferrer, who wrote for “Dawson’s Creek” and penned the Paris Hilton film “The Hottie and the Nottie,” died by suicide on Could 26, husband Nick Guthe, a fellow author, confirmed on social media. “My lovely angel, Heidi, handed over tonight after a 13 month battle with Lengthy Haul Covid,” he wrote, calling her “a tremendous mom” to their son. Heidi was 50. “She fought this insidious illness with the identical ferocity she lived with,” Nick added. “I like you without end and I am going to see you down the street.”
Frank Bonner — who’s greatest recognized for his efficiency as radio station gross sales supervisor Herb on the ’70s and ’80s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” — died on June 16 from problems of Lewy physique dementia, his household informed TMZ. He was 79. Frank additionally carved out a profession as a director, working behind the digital camera on reveals together with “WKRP” and its ’90s reboot in addition to “Saved By the Bell: The New Class,” “Head of the Class,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Metropolis Guys,” “Who’s the Boss?” and extra.
On June 14 — 10 days after she was struck by a scooter that ran a purple gentle on Manhattan’s Higher West Facet as she was within the crosswalk — actress Lisa Banes died in a New York Metropolis hospital from accidents she sustained within the hit-and-run accident. Lisa, whose most memorable roles embody the wholesome, rich older girlfriend of Tom Cruise’s “Cocktail” character and Amy’s mom in “Gone Woman,” was 65.
Actor John Gabriel, who was greatest recognized for his work as Dr. Seneca Beaulac on the daytime cleaning soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” — a task he performed for greater than 700 episodes from 1975 to 1989, and for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nod — has died. His daughter, “Misplaced” and “Twilight Saga” actress Andrea Gabriel, introduced the information on social media on June 13. John — who additionally notably performed the Professor within the pilot episode of “Gilligan’s Island” earlier than the half was recast — was 90.
Veteran character actor Ned Beatty, who’s maybe greatest recognized for his stand-out performances in movies together with “Deliverance,” “Community” — for which he earned an Oscar nomination — and “Superman,” handed away from pure causes at his Los Angeles house on June 13. He was 83.
Actor Ernie Vigorous died of cardiac problems in Los Angeles on June 3. A number of of the daddy of eight’s kids with spouse Elaine — together with actors Blake Lively (pictured), Eric Vigorous, Robyn Vigorous, Lori Vigorous and Jason Vigorous — adopted in his footsteps. Ernie labored in Hollywood for greater than 5 a long time in a wide range of tasks, the whole lot from TV’s “The Waltons,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Falcon Crest,” “That ’70s Present,” “Homicide, She Wrote” and “The West Wing” to the large display screen’s “Turner & Hooch,” “Passenger 57,” “Mulholland Falls” and “The Man within the Moon.” He additionally famously starred reverse daughter Blake as her character’s father in “The Sisterhood of the Touring Pants” and its sequel.
Clarence Williams III — who was maybe greatest recognized for his work as Linc Hayes on TV’s “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father within the film “Purple Rain” — died at his Los Angeles house on June 4 following a colon most cancers battle. He was 81. Clarence bought his begin within the theater and earned a Tony nomination for his efficiency in “Sluggish Dance on the Killing Floor” in 1964. He is additionally acknowledged for his work in the whole lot from the large display screen’s “Tales from the Hood,” “Deep Cowl,” “Sugar Hill, “The Common’s Daughter” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” to the small display screen’s “Miami Vice,” “Twin Peaks, “Hill Avenue Blues” and “Everyone Hates Chris.”
Former actor Joe Lara — who was greatest recognized for his starring flip within the late-’80s TV film “Tarzan in Manhattan” and the ’90s collection “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures” — died in a airplane crash on Could 29. Joe, 58, spouse Gwen Shamblin Lara, 66 — he married the creator, who based the Christian weight loss program program the Weigh Down Workshop in addition to Brentwood, Tennessee’s Remnant Fellowship Church, in 2018 (see a current image of the couple here) — and 5 different church members took off from Smyrna Airport simply exterior Nashville in a personal plane headed for Palm Seashore, Florida, that simply 90 seconds later, based on stories, crashed into Tennessee’s Percy Priest Lake. After discovering particles and stays, regulation enforcement confirmed that all seven passengers have been presumed lifeless.
On Could 29, B.J. Thomas — a five-time Grammy winner greatest recognized for songs together with “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on My Head” — died at his house in Arlington, Texas, from problems of stage 4 lung most cancers. The Grammy Corridor of Famer, who offered greater than 70 million albums worldwide due to his pop, nation and gospel hits, was 78. Notably, his efficiency of “Raindrops,” which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and was within the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child,” received a greatest unique tune Oscar.
R.I.P, Captain Stubing: Actor Gavin MacLeod — who was most well-known for his work on “The Love Boat” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Present” — handed away on Could 29 at his house in Palm Desert, California, based on stories from shops together with TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90. Early in his profession, Gavin additionally notably appeared on “McHale’s Navy” and “Hawaii 5-O” within the Sixties and in films together with “Operation Petticoat” and “Kelly’s Heroes.” Hollywood co-stars, associates and followers mourned Gavin on social media.
Eric Carle — who illustrated greater than 70 kids’s books over his lengthy profession however was greatest recognized for 1969’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” — “handed away peacefully and surrounded by relations on Could 23, 2021, at his summer time studio in Northampton, Massachusetts,” his household mentioned in a press release. He was 91.
Kevin Clark, who performed Freddy Jones aka Spazzy McGee, the child drummer in Jack Black’s 2004 comedy “College of Rock,” died on Could 25. TMZ reported that Kevin, 32 — who as an grownup was an expert drummer within the band Dreadwolf — was driving his bicycle in Chicago when he was struck by a automotive. Jack took to Instagram to mourn and honor Kevin, writing, “Devastating information. Kevin is gone. Means too quickly. Stunning soul. So many nice recollections. Heartbroken. Sending like to his household and the entire College of Rock group.”
Actor Samuel E. Wright — who was greatest recognized for voicing “Beneath the Sea”-singing Sebastian the crab in Disney’s animated movie “The Little Mermaid” and enjoying Mufasa within the unique Broadway solid of “The Lion King” — died at house in Montgomery, New York, on Could 24 after a three-year battle with prostate most cancers, daughter Dee informed The Hollywood Reporter. The 2-time Tony Award nominee, 74, additionally notably appeared within the unique solid of Broadway’s “Jesus Christ Celebrity” and “Pippen” within the early ’70s, turned in a Tony-nominated efficiency in “The Faucet Dance Child” within the ’80s and starred because the Scarecrow alongside Whitney Houston within the 1995 Apollo Theater revival of “The Wiz” within the ’90s.
Actor and comic Paul Mooney died in Oakland, California, on Could 19 of a coronary heart assault. He was 79. The funnyman labored as a author for late comedy legend Richard Pryor in addition to for TV reveals together with “Sanford and Son,” “Good Occasions,” “In Residing Coloration,” “The Larry Sanders Present” and “Chappelle’s Present.” He additionally memorably performed Sam Cooke reverse Gary Busey in “The Buddy Holly Story” and portrayed Junebug in Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled.”
Charles Grodin, who’s maybe greatest recognized for his work in movies like “The Heartbreak Child,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Midnight Run” and the “Beethoven” films, died on Could 18 at his house in Connecticut following a battle with bone marrow most cancers. He was 86. Celebrities took to social media to mourn the comedy nice, who received an Emmy for his work on “The Paul Simon Particular” in 1978.
Norman Lloyd — who appeared in the whole lot from TV’s “St. Elsewhere” to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” and “Spellbound” to Charlie Chaplin’s “Limelight” to “Useless Poets Society” and “Gangs of New York” — died at his house in Los Angeles on Could 11. Norman, a two-time Emmy nominee in addition to a director and producer — he additionally appeared on Broadway throughout his prolonged profession — was 106.
Video vixen and actress Tawny Kitaen died at her house in Newport Seashore, California, on Could 7, the Orange County coroner’s workplace revealed. She was 59. She starred reverse Tom Hanks within the 1984 movie “Bachelor Get together” and appeared in music movies for Ratt and Whitesnake, most notably the latter’s “Is This Love” and “Right here I Go Once more,” and was briefly married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale earlier than happening to have two daughters with baseball participant Chuck Finley throughout their short-lived marriage. In more moderen years, the magnificence — whose actual first title was Julie — was recognized for her actuality TV present appearances on collection together with “The Surreal Life,” “Botched” and VH1’s “Movie star Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis handed away at 89 on Could 1. Her brother launched a press release confirming the unhappy information, writing on Fb, “After many months of failing well being she is lastly at peace and along with her Louis.” Louis — Olympia’s late husband — died in 2018. Movie star associates and colleagues publicly mourned Olympia, with “Moonstruck” co-star Cher lauding her as an “wonderful, Academy Award-winning actress” and revealing she’d simply talked to her three weeks earlier. “Metal Magnolias” co-star Dolly Parton informed “Right this moment” that Olympia was “one among my favourite folks that I’ve ever recognized or labored with,” whereas one other “Magnolias” co-star, Sally Area, tweeted that “Everybody cherished her. She was a present… distinctive and gifted and one among a sort.”
Johnny Crawford — one of many unique Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Membership” who earned an Emmy nomination at 13 for his efficiency on the ABC collection “The Rifleman” and likewise discovered success as a musician — “slipped away peacefully” on April 29 with spouse Charlotte by his facet, his household introduced on his web site. Johnny, who was 75, had been battling Alzheimer’s illness and had just lately recovered after contracting COVID-19 and pneumonia.
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Philanthropist and former Hollywood publicist Anne Douglas — the widow of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, — who passed away at 103 in 2020 — died “peacefully at house in Beverly Hills” at 102 on April 29, a household spokesperson introduced. Stepson Michael Douglas mourned Anne (née Buydens) — who was married to “Spartacus” star Kirk for 65 years — on social media, writing, “Anne was greater than a stepmother, and by no means ‘depraved.’ She introduced out one of the best in all of us, particularly our father. [My wife] Catherine [Zeta-Jones] and I and our youngsters adored her; she is going to all the time be in our hearts. RIP Anne Douglas.”
On April 24, designer Alber Elbaz died from complications of COVID-19 in Paris at 59. The corporate behind the Moroccan-born Israeli designer’s newest enterprise, AZ Manufacturing facility, confirmed the information to The New York Occasions. Alber, whose work was worn by movie star purchasers together with Beyonce, Natalie Portman, Harry Types, Meryl Streep and extra, most notably served as the style director for Lanvin from 2001 to 2015.
Singer Les McKeown — who fronted Scottish pop-rock group the Bay Metropolis Rollers on the peak of their success within the ’70s — died on April 20, his household introduced. Les, who was recognized for his vocals on hits like “Shang-a-Lang” and “Saturday Night time,” was 65. In line with the BBC, the band offered 120 million information throughout Les’s six-year tenure.
Digital Underground co-founder Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, 57 — who was well-known for the hit tune “The Humpty Dance” and his Humpty Hump alter-ego who wore glasses and a pretend nostril, in addition to his collaborations with the late Tupac Shakur — was discovered lifeless in a Tampa, Florida, lodge room on April 22, based on his father, TMZ reported. (In June, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner confirmed the rapper died from an unintentional overdose of fentanyl, methamphetamine and alcohol.) “34 years in the past virtually to the day we had a wild thought we could be a hip-hop band and tackle the world by all of it,” Underground co-founder Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright wrote on Instagram in tribute. “The dream turned a actuality and the truth turned a nightmare for some. And now he is awaken from the celebrity lengthy dwell shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Relaxation In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
Joe Lengthy, born Joseph Louis LaBracio — who performed bass with Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons — died at 88 on April 21 from problems of COVID-19, NJ.com reported. Former bandmates Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio additionally confirmed Joe’s passing in a press release. One other former 4 Seasons bandmate, Tommy DeVito, also died from coronavirus complications in September 2020.
Grammy winner Jim Steinman — the songwriter and producer recognized for his work with Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Air Provide and extra — died on April 19 in Connecticut at 73, TMZ reported. Jim famously composed Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album, “Bat Out of Hell,” and likewise labored on its 1993 sequel, “Bat Out of Hell II: Again into Hell,” writing and producing the wildly standard observe “I might Do Something For Love (However I Will not Do That).” Jim — who wrote Celine’s “It is All Coming Again To Me Now” and Air Provide’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” — additionally notably labored on the Bonnie Tyler hit “Complete Eclipse of the Coronary heart.”
Former Dangerous Boy Data rapper Black Rob (actual title: Robert Ross) — who’s greatest recognized for the 2000 single “Whoa!” — died from a cardiac arrest on April 17 amid a well being battle with lupus, kidney failure, diabetes and a number of strokes, Leisure Weekly reported. He was 52.
Walter F. Mondale — the previous Democratic senator who served as vp below Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 — died on April 19 at his house in Minneapolis. He was 93. President Carter mourned his colleague — the primary main celebration presidential candidate ever to pick out a girl, Geraldine Ferraro, as his working mate (they misplaced to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984) — and praised him for altering the function of VP and turning it into what it’s right this moment. “Fritz,” he mentioned, utilizing Walter’s nickname, “used his political ability and private integrity to remodel the vice presidency right into a dynamic, policy-driving power that had by no means been seen earlier than and nonetheless exists right this moment.”
Alma Wahlberg — a mom of 9 who appeared on her household’s A&E actuality present, “Wahlburgers” — is dead at 78, movie star sons Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg and chef Paul Wahlberg introduced on April 18. The household matriarch had been affected by dementia. “My angel. Relaxation in peace,” Mark captioned a photograph of her on Instagram. “Blue Bloods” actor and New Youngsters on the Block singer Donnie posted a tribute video on Instagram together with an emotional message that learn, partly, “I am so blessed to have been introduced into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such a tremendous lady … I’ve usually mentioned, in the event you like something about me, I bought it from Alma. … She was, definitely, probably the most loving human being I’ve ever recognized.”
“Peaky Blinders” star Helen McCrory — who additionally delighted audiences along with her portrayal of Narcissa Malfoy within the “Harry Potter” movies and in quite a few stage productions — is lifeless at 52 after a secret most cancers battle, the BAFTA Cymru Award winner’s husband, actor Damian Lewis, revealed on April 16. “I am heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with most cancers, the gorgeous and mighty lady that’s Helen McCrory has died peacefully at house, surrounded by a wave of affection from family and friends,” he mentioned in a press release launched on social media on behalf of his household, which incorporates their two teenaged kids, Manon and Gulliver. “She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and understand how fortunate we’re to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thanks.” A lot of Helen’s co-stars, together with Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale and extra publicly shared memories of her within the wake of her passing.
Felix Silla — a educated circus performer and stuntman who’s maybe greatest recognized for portraying Addams member of the family Cousin Itt — has handed away at 84, his “Buck Rogers within the twenty fifth Century” castmate Gil Gerard introduced on Twitter on April 16. The longtime Las Vegas resident — who additionally labored as a movie and TV physique double and appeared on the unique “Star Trek” collection in addition to within the films “Spaceballs” and “Star Wars: Episode VI” — died after a battle with pancreatic most cancers.
“The Sopranos” star Joseph Siravo — who memorably performed Tony Soprano’s father Johnny Boy on the hit HBO collection — died on April 11 after a protracted battle with colon most cancers, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. He was 66. Joseph, who was additionally a veteran Broadway actor, notably delivered greater than 2,000 performances as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo within the Tony- and Grammy-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” THR notes.
One week after struggling a reported overdose that led to a coronary heart assault that left him unresponsive and on life support, DMX handed away at 50, his household introduced. On April 9, as his organs reportedly started failing, the rapper’s household made the tough resolution to take him off life assist. X, his household mentioned, “was a warrior who fought until the very finish.” Within the lead-up to his loss of life, the rapper had been “in a vegetative state, [with] lung and mind failure and no mind exercise,” former supervisor informed Buzzfeed Information.
Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip — the longest serving consort of any British monarch — handed away at 99 on April 9. “It’s with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen pronounces the loss of life of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness handed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Fort,” the palace mentioned in a press release. “The Royal Household be a part of with folks world wide in mourning his loss.”
Actor Paul Ritter — who’s greatest recognized for his work on the British sitcom “Friday Night time Dinner” and notably appeared in “Chernobyl,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” — handed away on April 5 following a mind tumor battle. He was 54. “He died peacefully at house along with his spouse Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his facet,” Agent Jonty Brook informed CNN. “Paul was an exceptionally gifted actor enjoying an infinite number of roles on stage and display screen with extraordinary ability. He was fiercely clever, form and really humorous. We’ll miss him vastly.”
On April 1, former actuality TV star Linda Torres — an in depth pal of the late Angela “Large Ang” Raiola who appeared on the VH1 actuality collection “Large Ang” and “Mob Wives” — died at Staten Island College Hospital in New York, the place she spent 9 weeks, from complications of the coronavirus, Large Ang’s sister Janine Detore informed Folks journal. Linda, 67, had been preventing breast most cancers and was recovering from surgical procedure to implant a chemo port. After growing a fever, she returned to the hospital, the place she was recognized with COVID-19. “She went again to the hospital considering she had an an infection. They discovered she had COVID,” Janine informed Folks. “She was positioned on a ventilator then they took off the ventilator. She actually was preventing, however I assume she could not actually battle it. It was an excessive amount of.”
Three separate shootings happened in Virginia Seashore, Virginia, on March 26, making nationwide headlines — and a former actuality star was killed in one among them. Police confirmed that Deshayla E. Harris — a solid member on the ultimate season of “Dangerous Women Membership” — misplaced her life amid the violence. “We do consider that she actually is, at this time limit, an harmless sufferer that was most likely struck by stray gunfire in some regards,” Virginia Seashore Police Chief Paul Neudigate informed reporters throughout a press convention. Deshayla was 29.
Beloved kids’s creator Beverly Cleary — who revealed greater than 40 books between 1950 and 1999 — died in Carmel, California, on March 25, HarperCollins Publishers introduced. The Newbery medal-winning author behind the Ramona Quimby books, amongst others — who in 2000 was named a Residing Legend by the Library of Congress and in 2003 was awarded the Nationwide Medal of Arts — was 104.
Famed novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry handed away on March 25 at 84. He received a Pulitzer Prize for “Lonesome Dove,” his anti-Western novel about retired Texas Rangers driving a herd of stolen cattle, in 1986, and it was famously made into an Emmy-winning TV miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Larry additionally received a greatest tailored screenplay Oscar for his “Brokeback Mountain” script in 2006 and was nominated for his “The Final Image Present” script in 1972. The Academy Award-winning movie “Phrases of Endearment” was based mostly on his novel of the identical title.
Jessica Walter — who famously starred as Lucille Bluth on “Arrested Growth” and voiced Malory Archer on “Archer” for greater than a decade — died at her house in New York on March 24. “It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I affirm the passing of my beloved mother Jessica. A working actor for over six a long time, her biggest pleasure was bringing pleasure to others by her storytelling each on display screen and off. Whereas her legacy will dwell on by her physique of labor, she may also be remembered by many for her wit, class and total joie de vivre,” her daughter, Brooke Bowman, mentioned in a press release to Deadline.
Richard Gilliland — who loved a protracted profession on stage and on TV, showing on reveals together with “Operation Petticoat,” “Heartland,” “Thirtysomething” and dozens extra, died on March 18 in Los Angeles after a short sickness, his rep introduced the next week. Richard additionally had a memorable function on “Designing Ladies” — which is the place he met his spouse of practically 34 years, Jean Good. He was 71.
Former youngster star Houston Tumlin — who’s greatest recognized for taking part in one among Will Ferrell’s foul-mouthed sons within the 2006 comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” — handed away at his Pelham, Alabama, house on March 23. He was 28. In line with the Shelby County Coroner’s Workplace, he died by suicide.
Goodbye, George. “The household is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal handed away as a consequence of problems from bypass surgical procedure,” George’s spouse, Sonia Segal, mentioned in a press release on March 23. The Oscar-nominated actor (for his work within the 1966 movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”), whose profession coated a long time — many know him greatest for his work as vogue journal proprietor Jack Gallo on TV’s “Simply Shoot Me!” or as Jewish patriarch Albert “Pops” Solomon on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” — was 87.
Middleweight boxing nice Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on March 13 at 66. “Right this moment sadly my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin handed away unexpectedly at his house right here in New Hampshire,” heartbroken spouse Kay wrote on Fb. Marvin’s web site posted a press release saying the boxer died of “pure causes close to his house in New Hampshire. He was a champion till the top.” Although boxer Thomas “Hitman” Hearns made headlines when he claimed on Instagram that Marvin was within the ICU “preventing the after results of the [COVID-19] vaccine,” that allegation doesn’t look like backed up by the legend’s household. Son James informed TMZ that Marvin was taken to a hospital, the place he later died, after experiencing bother respiratory and chest pains at house.
Cliff Simon — the South African former aggressive swimmer and gymnast-turned-actor who was greatest generally known as the villain Ba-al on TV’s “Stargate SG-1” — died in a March 9 kiteboarding accident in Los Angeles. He was 58. Spouse Collette shared the devastating information on Fb, writing partly, “It’s with unimaginable heartbreak that I’m sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, handed away at 12:30pm on Tuesday March 9, 2021. He was at Topanga Seashore, California and sadly handed away after a tragic kiteboarding accident. He was recognized to most of you on this web page because the villain you liked to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. However as he mentioned, ‘appearing is what I do, it is solely part of who I’m. And he was SO far more – a real unique, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, creator. There’s a gaping gap the place he as soon as stood on this earth. He was cherished by too many to say and had an ideal influence on so many lives. He was a tremendous and far cherished brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and pal.”
On March 9, political correspondent and TV information anchorman Roger Mudd — who labored for CBS, NBC, PBS, the Historical past Channel and extra over the a long time and famously stumped Ted Kennedy with a easy query when the senator was working for president — died at his house in McLean, Virginia, of kidney failure, his son informed media shops. Roger was 93.
Reggae music icon Bunny Wailer died in a Kingston, Jamaica, hospital on March 2 at 73. The singer, songwriter and percussionist — whose actual title was Neville Livingston — was a founding member of The Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Jamaica’s Observer newspaper reported that he had been in declining well being since struggling a second stroke in July 2020.
Jahmil French, who performed Dave Turner on the hit collection “Degrassi: The Subsequent Technology” and Dante Mendoza on the Netflix collection “Soundtrack,” died on March 1, his agent confirmed to Selection. The Canadian actor was 29. No reason behind loss of life has been launched.
English actor Ronald Pickup, who starred in 2011’s “The Greatest Unique Marigold Resort” and its 2015 sequel and notably performed the archbishop of Canterbury on the primary season of “The Crown” in 2016, handed away after a protracted sickness on Feb. 24, his agent informed the BBC. He was 80.
Actor Geoffrey Scott — who was greatest recognized for his work on “Dynasty (as Krystal’s first husband, Mark Jennings) and “Darkish Shadows” (as Sky Rumson) — died in Broomfield, Colorado, on Feb. 23, after dwelling with Parkinson’s illness, spouse Cheri Catherine Scott informed The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79. Geoffrey was additionally a prolific industrial actor who notably appeared as each the Marlboro and Outdated Spice males.
On Feb. 18, Mark “Prince Markie Dee” Morales of The Fats Boys handed away in a Miami hospital — at some point earlier than his 53rd birthday. His supervisor informed TMZ that Mark was being handled for a coronary heart challenge.
Conservative speak radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh — probably the most polarizing but influential media figures of current a long time — died on Feb. 17 a 12 months after revealing he’d been recognized with stage 4 lung most cancers, spouse Kathryn introduced. He was 70. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump on the State of the Union handle in 2020 days after announcing his cancer battle.
Jazz pianist Chick Corea, a 23-time Grammy winner, died at 79 on Feb. 9. The wildly gifted musician handed away “from a uncommon type of most cancers which was solely found very just lately,” his group shared on his website. Chick left a message for followers that learn, partly, “I need to thank all of these alongside my journey who’ve helped hold the music fires burning brilliant. It’s my hope that those that have an inkling to play, write, carry out or in any other case, achieve this. If not for your self then for the remainder of us. It is not solely that the world wants extra artists, it is also simply numerous enjoyable.”
Larry Flynt, the polarizing determine who based Hustler journal in 1974 and went on to discovered an grownup leisure empire, died at his Hollywood Hills house on Feb. 10 at 78, nephew Jimmy Flynt Jr. informed CNN. Household sources additional informed TMZ he handed away from coronary heart failure. Larry spent greater than 40 years in a wheelchair as he was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a serial killer in 1978. Many additionally know his story due to seeing Woody Harrelson play him within the 1996 Oscar-nominated film “The Folks vs. Larry Flynt,” which additionally chronicled his First Modification authorized battles.
Mary Wilson — a founding member of The Supremes, generally known as Motown’s most profitable act within the Sixties and the No. 1 feminine recording group of all time — “handed away immediately this night” at her house in Henderson, Nevada, pal and longtime rep Jay Schwartz informed CNN on Feb. 8. She was 76. Fellow Supremes singer Diana Ross tweeted, “I simply woke as much as this information, my condolences to you Mary’s household. I’m reminded that every day is a present, I’ve so many fantastic recollections of our time collectively ‘The Supremes’ will dwell on, in our hearts,” whereas Motown Data founder Berry Gordy known as Mary “a trailblazer” and “fairly a star in her personal proper.”
Boxing legend Leon Spinks handed away at a hospital in Henderson, Nevada, on Feb. 5 after a five-year battle with prostate and different cancers, a household spokesperson confirmed the next day. The previous Marine and gold-medal-winning Olympic boxer was 67. He’ll lengthy be remembered for turning into the heavyweight champion of the world in 1978 when, in solely his eighth skilled battle, he beat Muhammad Ali in a break up resolution — delivering one of many biggest boxing upsets ever.
Christopher Plummer died after a fall at his house in Connecticut on Feb. 5, his household confirmed, based on Deadline. He was 91. Over the course of his illustrious profession, the Canadian actor starred in “The Sound of Music,” racked up Emmy nominations (and two wins) and received an Oscar, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe for his work in “Rookies.” He just lately starred within the 2019 hit “Knives Out.”
On Jan. 29, ABKCO Music & Data introduced that guitarist Hilton Valentine — a founding member of the rock band The Animals — had died at 77. He was, his band’s label mentioned in a press release, “a pioneering guitar participant influencing the sound of rock and roll for many years to return.”
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Hal Holbrook passed away on Jan. 23 at his house in Beverly Hills, his assistant confirmed to The New York Occasions on Feb. 1. He was 95. Hal — who misplaced spouse Dixie Carter in 2010 — received a Tony Award for his Broadway efficiency as Mark Twain in his long-running one-man present then took house an Emmy, one among 5 he earned over his lengthy profession, for his work because the American novelist within the tv model. The “All of the President’s Males” and “Lincoln” actor additionally turned the oldest performer, on the time, to be nominated for an Oscar when he acquired a nod for his work in “Into the Wild” at 82 in 2008.
Dustin Diamond died on the morning of Feb. 1 — just some weeks after he was hospitalized and diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma, extra generally generally known as lung most cancers. He was 44. The actor shot into the highlight enjoying Samuel “Screech” Powers on “Saved by the Bell” within the early ’90s.
Captain Sir Tom Moore — the 100-year-old WWII veteran who catapulted to fame in 2020 when he helped elevate greater than $43 million for Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service charities within the early days of the U.Ok.’s coronavirus lockdowns by strolling greater than 100 laps within the backyard of his house in Bedfordshire, England — died after being recognized with COVID-19, his household introduced on Feb. 2. Captain Sir Tom, who was knighted for his fundraising efforts by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2020, was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 31 after being handled for pneumonia and testing constructive for the coronavirus the earlier week, Sky Information reported. “The Queen is sending a personal message of condolence to the household of Captain Sir Tom Moore,” Buckingham Palace tweeted. “Her Majesty very a lot loved assembly Captain Sir Tom and his household at Windsor final 12 months. Her ideas and people of the Royal Household are with them.”
Grammy-nominated Scottish digital and avant-garde pop artist SOPHIE is lifeless at 34. The trans performer, producer and DJ, who notably additionally labored with different artists together with Charli XCX and Madonna, perished in what her music labels, Transgressive and Future Basic, described as a “horrible accident” at her house in Athens, Greece, on Jan. 30. “True to her spirituality she had climbed as much as watch the total moon and by accident slipped and fell. She is going to all the time be right here with us,” the labels’ assertion added.
Actress Cicely Tyson handed away on Jan. 28, her supervisor confirmed. She was 96. The Tony Award winner — who earned an Oscar nomination for her efficiency as a sharecropper’s spouse in “Sounder” — earned 16 Emmy nominations over her lengthy profession and received three, together with two for her lead efficiency in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Cicely additionally took house an honorary Academy Award in 2018, making her the first Black woman ever to do so, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — in 1996. Hollywood’s largest stars together with Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Zendaya, Viola Davis, Tyler Perry, Reese Witherspoon and dozens extra took to social media to mourn as they learned the news.
Cloris Leachman — the most nominated actress in Emmys history, who’s tied with Julia Louis-Dreyfus for probably the most wins ever with eight — died of natural causes at her house in Encinitas, California, on Jan. 26. She was 94. The comedy icon, who additionally received an Oscar for her efficiency in “The Final Image Present,” turned a family title within the ’70s when she starred on “The Mary Tyler Moore Present.” She even scored her personal spinoff, “Phyllis,” for which she received two Emmys and a Golden Globe.
Information shops confirmed on Jan. 27 that NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith, who coated the league for many years, had died from COVID-19. He was 48. “We’re all heartbroken over Sekou’s tragic passing,” learn a press release from Turner Sports activities, which operates NBA TV and NBA.com — the place Sekou labored for the final decade-plus. “His dedication to journalism and the basketball group was immense and we are going to miss his heat, participating persona.”
Character actor Bruce Kirby — who was maybe greatest recognized for his work on “Columbo” and “L.A. Regulation” — died in Los Angeles on Jan. 24. Bruce, who was 95, was preceded in loss of life by his son, actor Bruno Kirby, who handed away in 2006 from problems of leukemia.
On Jan. 23, veteran journalist and radio host Larry King, 87, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles. Larry had been hospitalized amid a battle with the coronavirus in late December. His sixth spouse, Julia Alexander, informed the New York Put up that Larry died from COVID-19, however his most up-to-date spouse, Shawn Southwick King — whom Larry was within the midst of divorcing when he handed away — informed “Entertainment Tonight” that the reason for loss of life “was an an infection, it was sepsis.” Larry had famously, over time, endured lung most cancers, power leukemia, a coronary heart assault, a stroke and extra. “He was lastly able to go, I’ll inform you that. You realize, he by no means needed to go however his candy little physique was simply, it had simply been hit so many instances with so many issues and as soon as we heard the phrase COVID, all of our hearts simply sunk,” Shawn added. “However he beat it, you realize, he beat it, however it did take its toll after which the unrelated an infection lastly is what took him, however boy, he was not gonna go down simply.”
MLB legend Hank Aaron — extensively considered among the best baseball gamers of all time — died on Jan. 22. The Corridor of Famer and Atlanta Braves star, who hit 755 house runs throughout his profession, was 86.
On Jan. 18, singer Jimmie Rodgers — who was greatest recognized for his late ’50s hits like “Honeycomb” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” — died from kidney illness in Palm Desert, California. He’d additionally examined constructive for COVID-19, publicist Alan Eichler informed The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87.
Actor Gregory Sierra, who’s recognized for his supporting roles on ’70s sitcoms like “Sanford and Son” and “Barney Miller,” died from most cancers in Laguna Woods, California, on Jan. 4, his household confirmed to Deadline a number of weeks later. He was 83.
Croatian actress Mira Furlan — who’s greatest recognized for her efficiency as Minbari Ambassador Delenn on the Nineteen Nineties sci-fi TV collection Babylon 5 — died on Jan. 20. Mira, who additionally appeared on reveals together with “Misplaced,” was 65.
Socialite, mannequin and wonder businessman Harry Brant — the youthful son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and writer and businessman Peter Brant — was discovered lifeless at 24 on Jan. 17, his household confirmed to The New York Occasions. The New York “it” boy died of an unintentional prescription drug overdose after battling dependancy points for years, based on his household. “We’ll without end be saddened that his life was minimize brief by this devastating illness,” they informed the Occasions in a press release. “He achieved rather a lot in his 24 years, however we are going to by no means get the possibility to see how far more Harry might have finished.” Within the years earlier than his loss of life, Harry labored as a columnist for his father’s Interview journal, walked runways for notable vogue designers and, with large brother Peter II, launched a unisex make-up line with MAC.
Phil Spector — the legendary music producer recognized for his groundbreaking “Wall of Sound” method and wild success crafting rock ‘n’ roll and pop songs for music’s largest names within the Sixties and ’70s — died on Jan. 16 whereas serving a prolonged jail sentence for the homicide of Lana Clarkson. He was 81. He was “pronounced deceased of pure causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an out of doors hospital. His official reason behind loss of life will probably be decided by the health worker within the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Workplace,” based on a press release from the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. TMZ reported that he died of COVID-19-related problems. In line with the webloid, the person who produced hits together with The Righteous Brothers’ “You Misplaced that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody,” The Ronettes’ “Be My Child,” The Beatles’ “Let It Be” album and John Lennon’s “Think about” was hospitalized with COVID-19 4 weeks earlier however returned to jail after initially recovering. He then, TMZ reported, suffered respiratory points and was hospitalized once more earlier than he handed away.
Actor Peter Mark Richman, who’s greatest recognized for his recurring function as Reverend Snow on “Three’s Firm” and Carrington lawyer Andrew Laird on “Dynasty,” died of pure causes at house in Woodland Hills, California, on Jan. 14, his rep informed Folks journal. Peter was 93.
New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain died on Jan. 13 at 69. “Sylvain battled most cancers for the previous two and half years,” the music star’s widow, Wanda O’Kelley Mizrahi, wrote on Fb. “Although he fought it valiantly, yesterday he handed away from this illness. Whereas we grieve his loss, we all know that he’s lastly at peace and out of ache. Please crank up his music, gentle a candle, say a prayer and let’s ship this lovely doll on his method.”
Simply two days after a report revealed that Siegfried Fischbacher of the world-famous efficiency duo Siegfried & Roy was “terminally sick with pancreatic cancer” and was being cared for by hospice employees, the magician who for many years entertained audiences in Las Vegas, usually with the assist of his white tigers, died from the illness at his house in Las Vegas on Jan. 13, his rep confirmed. Siegfried, 81, was preceded in loss of life by his performing companion, Roy Horn, who passed away from complications of COVID-19 in Could 2020.
On Jan. 10, actor John Reilly’s heartbroken daughter Caitlin revealed he’d handed away at 86. Although John appeared on dozens of reveals over the a long time together with the unique “Dallas,” “Paper Dolls” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” he was greatest recognized for taking part in retired spy Sean Donely on “Common Hospital.” Filmmaker Judd Apatow in 2014 known as John “an superior actor and the rationale the opposite John has a C” in his skilled title, referring to famed comedy and character actor John C. Reilly.
Nation music singer-songwriter Ed Bruce, who crafted and carried out hits like “Mammas Do not Let Your Infants Develop As much as Be Cowboys,” died of pure causes in Clarksville, Tennessee, on Jan. 8. He was 81.
Los Angeles Dodgers supervisor Tommy Lasorda, who was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1997, died following “a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his house” on Jan. 7, based on the MLB group. He was 93.
Broadway actress Marion Ramsey, who was greatest recognized for her function as Officer Laverne Hooks within the “Police Academy” film franchise, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, her supervisor confirmed. She was 73.
Actor Dearon “Deezer D” Thompson — who was greatest recognized for his efficiency as nurse Malik McGrath on the long-running NBC medical drama “ER” — died after being discovered unresponsive in his Los Angeles house on Jan. 7. His brother Marshawn informed TMZ their household believes he had a coronary heart assault. Deezer, who additionally appeared in films together with “Romy and Michele’s Excessive College Reunion,” was 55.
British filmmaker and documentarian Michael Apted died in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, the Administrators Guild of America introduced in a press release. He was 79. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the James Bond film “The World is Not Sufficient,” “Gorky Park,” “Gorillas within the Mist,” “Nell” and “Sufficient” are among the many many movies he helmed.
Actress Tanya Roberts died on Jan. 4 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles. She suffered from a urinary tract an infection that unfold and induced sepsis, longtime companion Lance O’Brien and spokesman Mike Pingel informed NBC Information. Tanya, who was 65, memorably starred within the 1984 James Bond film “A View to a Kill” and 1982’s “The Beastmaster” in addition to tv’s “That ’70s Present” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
Barbara Shelley, the British actress greatest recognized for her work in horror movies like 1958’s “Blood of the Vampire,” 1960’s “Village of the Damned” and 1966’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,” died from complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 4, the BBC reported.
Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden, whose band was a rival to The Beatles in Liverpool’s early ’60s music scene, died on Jan. 3 in a hospital in England from problems of a coronary heart an infection, British media reported. He was 78.
New York Occasions bestselling creator Eric Jerome Dickey died on Jan. 3 from most cancers at 59, his publicist at Penguin Random Home, Emily Can, informed Folks journal. His many books embody the 1996 debut novel “Sister, Sister” in addition to “Chasing Future,” “Liar’s Sport,” “Between Lovers,” “Thieves’ Paradise” and “Sleeping with Strangers” in addition to the Marvel comedian e book “Storm” miniseries.
Famed Australian cake designer Kerry Vincent, who served as a decide on “Meals Community Problem” from 2006 to 2012, died on Jan. 2. She was 75. “Being a really non-public particular person when it got here to all issues not cake, she didn’t need to put her sickness on the market to the general public. Sadly her battle has come to an finish however she is going to not have any ache,” the Oklahoma State Sugar Artwork Present — a corporation she co-founded — mentioned in a press release.
Actor and singer-songwriter George Gerdes, 72, died on Jan. 1 in a Glendale, California, hospital, after struggling a mind aneurysm a day earlier, his companion, Judy Johns, informed The Hollywood Reporter. He appeared on dozens of TV reveals and films together with “Miami Vice,” “Seinfeld,” “L.A. Regulation,” “The X-Recordsdata,” “Misplaced,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and extra. “Bosch” co-star Titus Welliver described him as “an actor’s actor and deeply form man” and pal Michael McKean known as him “a beautiful songwriter, poet, and actor, a lot beloved by everybody who knew him. You’d have favored him, too.”