The last eighteen months have seen us say goodbye to many well-known faces.
Some, however, have been part of the four million who have sadly lost their lives to Covid-19.
We’ve put together a list to pay tribute to the celebrities who we have lost to the virus.
The Strangler’s keyboard player contracted coronavirus following an extended stay in hospital for heart problems and passed away aged 71.
Hugh Cornwell, lead vocalist on their biggest hit, ‘Golden Brown’, paid tribute to Dave on social media. He said: “He was the difference between the Stranglers and every other punk band. His musical skill and gentle nature gave an interesting twist to the band. He should be remembered as the man who gave the world the music of ‘Golden Brown.'”
He is survived by his wife, Pam.
The four-time Tony winner had a career spanning six decades as a world-renowned playwright. He also received a lifetime achievement award the year prior to his death.
His publicist announced the 81-year-old’s death, stating he died due to complications from coronavirus on March 24th, 2020.
His most notable works include the plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as the books for musicals Ragtime and Kiss Of The Spider Woman.
The US musician, songwriter and producer was best known for being part of the band Fountains Of Wayne.
Schlesinger, 52, was diagnosed with Covid-19 and later died in a New York hospital on April 1.
On June 16, 2020, a tribute album, Saving for a Custom Van, was released in Adam’s memory with proceeds donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
Tom Hanks and Mark Ronson were among those who paid tribute.
The American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist was best known for his 1956 hit ‘The Fool’
His publicist and fellow performer Johnny Vallis announced Clark’s death, stating he had been receiving cancer treatment in a hospital in Joplin, before contracting coronavirus.
His music was notably covered by Elvis Presley and The Animals.
The Goodies star died at the age of 79 after contracting the virus.
He was best known as part of the 1970s comic trio alongside Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.
Following Tim’s death, Bill described him as an “extremely amiable, nice bloke”.
In tribute to Tim, the flag of his university, Pembroke College, Cambridge, was flown at half-mast the following day.
The American country singer-songwriter, regarded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, was taken to hospital on March 26 and died on April 7.
On March 30, his wife Fiona tweeted that John was in stable condition but not improving. It was later released that the cause of death was complications from Covid-19.
John, who earned comparisons to Bob Dylan, was 73.
The Star Wars actor died on March 31st at the age of 76 after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
His wife tweeted: “We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus two days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
He had appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi as General Ematt, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Jack was also a dialect coach.
Cloris Leachman was one of the most decorated performers in prime-time Emmys history.
She is best known for her roles in television series such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm in the Middle, and films such as Young Frankenstein and The Last Picture Show.
Her death certificate details a stroke as the cause of death, however, it notes that COVID-19 was a significant condition she had been dealing with which contributed to her death.
Fred the Godson
Also known as “Big Bronx”, the New York Rapper died from complications of Covid-19.
Fred the Godson, whose real name was Fredrick Thomas, had been updating fans about his fight with the illness and shared a selfie from his hospital bed.
His manager confirmed his death: “New York City, hip-hop and the world lost a really good one yesterday. Fred left this world better than he found it.”
He had worked with artists including Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T.
The comedian, who delighted audiences for decades as part of his Little and Large partnership with Syd Little, died on April 2nd at the age of 78.
He was being treated for heart failure in hospital when he contracted coronavirus and died.
Many celebrities paid tribute to him following his death, including Sir Lenny Henry who tweeted: “Eddie Large died. Midnight Matinee Great Yarmouth 1978. They finished part one. I’d never heard laughter like it. Rude, raucous and rollicking. Dunno how they did it, but Eddies energy and electricity and impressions and props and improv were hugely impressive. R.I.P.”
Mark Blum, star of films including Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee, died in hospital from coronavirus complications on March 25th. He was 69.
Madonna, who starred alongside Blum in Desperately Seeking Susan, paid tribute, remembering him as “funny, warm, loving and professional”.
Barbara Shelley was an English film and television actress and was particularly renowned in the horror genre.
Her most notable works included Village of the Damned; Dracula, Prince of Darkness; and Rasputin, the Mad Monk.
She contracted coronavirus while in hospital for a check-up in December. She died on 3 January 2021, at the age of 88.
The three-time Grammy-winning country music singer died after testing positive for the virus on March 29th 2020, aged 61.
He had a string of hits in the 90s with ballads and honky-tonk singles like Home and Pickup Man.
Actress and pageant queen Dawn Wells was most commonly known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the sitcom Gilligan’s Island.
Her death was reported to be down to causes due to Covid-19. She died at the age of 82 in Los Angeles.
“There is so much more to Dawn Wells” than the Gilligan’s Island character that brought her fame, her publicist said in a statement.
Ellis Marsalis Jr
“Legend” of the New Orleans jazz scene Ellis Marsalis Jr was renowned as the patriarch of the musical Marsalis family
His death was caused by complications brought on from coronavirus.
In a tribute, his son said: “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be.”
The bass guitarist, most well known for playing in the American 60s doo-wop band The Four Seasons, died from coronavirus aged 88.
His death was announced by his surviving bandmates, who said: The band’s surviving members Valli, 86, and Bob Gaudio, 78, shared a statement, which read: “It is with great sadness that we learned that our dear bandmate, Joe Long, has passed away.
“We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
“We will miss Joe.”
The award-winning American journalist, who had also starred as an actress alongside Audrey Hepburn, died in hospital aged 86.
Her cause of death was confirmed by her stepdaughter who said it was pneumonia brought on by coronavirus.
Her friend and fellow writer paid tribute in Vanity Fair, saying “She wanted to know everything, it’s what made her a good actress, director, writer, and wonderful friend.”
Robert Harper, was more commonly known as Bobby Ball, one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball
Hi died at the age of 76 in a hospital in Blackpool after testing positive for Covid-19.
He was best known for the long-running smash hit The Cannon And Ball Show but in more recent years had recently won over new fans with the BBC sitcom Not Going Out. A short tribute was paid to Bobby after the closing credits of the 2021 New Year’s special of Not Going Out. It was the first episode broadcast after his passing.
John Davis, the vocalist of The Real Milli Vanilli, died on May 24th 2021 at the age of 66 from COVID-19.
He was initially a vocalist for Milli Vanilli, an R&B duo who took credit for John’s voice and lip-synced to his tracks.
After their downfall in 1990 John rose to fame in The Real Milli Vanilli.
Anne Feeney was an American folk musician, singer-songwriter, political activist and attorney.
Her first public performance was at a 1969 rally protesting the Vietnam War. Her musical and political careers continued to intertwine leading to the release of songs such as ‘Have You Been to Jail for Justice?’
She was seeking treatment for her fractured back when she contracted Covid-19, later developing into pneumonia. She died in a hospital aged 69.
The American house music producer Paul Johnson is best known for the 1999 track ‘Get get down’.
He was hospitalised in July 2021, after testing positive for coronavirus, and was placed in intensive care.
A statement on his Facebook read: “Our greatness passed away this morning at 9am the house music legend we all know as PJ aka Paul Johnson.”
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