Public Figures Who Died of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that affected millions worldwide, sadly claimed the lives of several public figures. It was an unprecedented and challenging period in the history of humankind, as an invisible microorganism ceased countless lives across the globe. From commoners to admired celebrities, the deadly virus infected humans, spreading calamity and devastation. People who left us during the COVID-19 pandemic left an everlasting emptiness in the hearts of their followers, intensifying the agony and wretchedness. In this piece, we want to remember and honor some of those public figures who lost their lives to COVID-19, appreciating the good things they did and the memories they have left for us. Here is a list of prominent personalities who departed from life, losing their precious lives due to the Coronavirus.

Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger: American Record Producer, Songwriter, and Composer Dies at 52
Adam Schlesinger: American Record Producer, Songwriter, and Composer Dies at 52

Adam Schlesinger, an American record producer, songwriter, composer, and founding member of top-notch bands such as Tinted Windows, Fountains of Wayne, and Ivy, died of complications from Corona during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 1, 2020, at the age of 52.

Alan Merrill

Alan Merrill: American Songwriter, Vocalist, and Guitarist Died at 69
Alan Merrill: American Songwriter, Vocalist, and Guitarist Died at 69

Alan Merrill, an American songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist who successfully received pop star status in Japan in the 1970s, passed away on March 29, 2020, as COVID-19 prevented him from escaping.

Allen Daviau

Allen Daviau: American Cinematographer Died at 77
Allen Daviau: American Cinematographer Died at 77

Allen Daviau, an American cinematographer who collaborated with Steven Spielberg on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, The Color Purple in 1985, and The Umpire of the Sun in 1987, is now a part of history. Unfortunately, he passed away on April 15, 2020, due to Coronavirus complications.

Alvin Ing

Alvin Ing: American Actor and Singer Died at 89
Alvin Ing: American Actor and Singer Died at 89

Alvin Ing, an American actor and singer whose life revolved around television, movies, musical theater, and cabaret acts, died of COVID-19 on July 31, 2021, at the age of 89.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack: British Actor, Dialect Coach, and Major Ematt of the Star Wars Franchise Died at 76
Andrew Jack: British Actor, Dialect Coach, and Major Ematt of the Star Wars Franchise Died at 76

Andrew Jack, a British actor, dialect coach, and Major Ematt of the Star Wars franchise, passed away due to complications caused by the Coronavirus on March 31, 2020, at 76. He graced our screens, working on over eighty motion pictures.

Barbara Shelley

Barbara Shelley: British Television and Film Actress Died at 88
Barbara Shelley: British Television and Film Actress Died at 88

Barbara Shelley, a versatile British television and film actress who enthralled audiences with her performances in over a hundred television series and movies, passed away on January 3, 2021, after contracting COVID-19 at the age of 88.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson: American Model, Actor, and Realtor Died at 62
Brad Johnson: American Model, Actor, and Realtor Died at 62

Brad Johnson, a heartthrob American model, actor, and realtor, died on February 18, 2022. The 62-year-old superstar, best known as Marlboro Man, surrendered to the Coronavirus, leaving many sorrowful.

Bruce Williamson

Bruce Williamson: American R&B Singer Died at 49
Bruce Williamson: American R&B Singer Died at 49

Bruce Williamson, an American R&B singer and one-time lead singer of The Temptations, passed away battling COVID-19. He was 49 when the Coronavirus claimed his life on September 6, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Charley Pride

Charley Pride: Award-winning American Guitarist, Singer, and Professional Basketball Player Died at 86
Charley Pride: Award-winning American Guitarist, Singer, and Professional Basketball Player Died at 86

Charley Pride, or Charley Frank Pride, an award-winning American guitarist, singer, and professional basketball player, succumbed to COVID-19 on December 12, 2020, at 86. Sadly, his baritone voice will never be heard live again.

Colin Powell

Colin Powell: American Diplomat, Politician, Statesman, and United States Army Officer Died at 84
Colin Powell: American Diplomat, Politician, Statesman, and United States Army Officer Died at 84

Colin Powell, an American diplomat, politician, statesman, and United States Army officer, passed away due to complications of COVID-19 on October 18, 2021, at 84. Hailing from Jamaican lineage, he served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.

Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells: American Actress Died at 82
Dawn Wells: American Actress Died at 82

Dawn Wells, an American actress who honored our screens by giving the best performance in the sitcom Gilligan’s Island, left her fans mourning on December 30, 2020. Sadly, the Coronavirus claimed the life of a charming artist at the age of 82.

Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis: American Educator and Jazz Pianist Died at 85
Ellis Marsalis: American Educator and Jazz Pianist Died at 85

Ellis Marsalis, or Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr., an American educator and jazz pianist, dropped almost twenty albums. His name is also written in history records, encouraging his students to learn from history, as he succumbed to pneumonia brought on by COVID-19 at the age of 85. On April 1, 2020, he found eternal peace when his soul left his body to reside in heaven.

Hal Willner

Hal Willner: American Music Producer Died at 64
Hal Willner: American Music Producer Died at 64

Hal Willner, an American music producer and the supervisor of Saturday Night Live music, could not survive after getting the Coronavirus, and eventually left everyone dejected on April 7, 2020, at the age of 64.

Jay Benedict

Jay Benedict: American Actor Died at 68
Jay Benedict: American Actor Died at 68

Jay Benedict, an American actor who preferred spending most of his life in the United Kingdom and was a frequent cast member of American characters in British films and television shows, took his last breath in London on April 4, 2020. He got the Coronavirus, which claimed his life at the age of 68.

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett: American Voice and Character Actress Died at 88
Julie Bennett: American Voice and Character Actress Died at 88

Julie Bennett, a veteran American voice and character actress, embraced death due to COVID-19 on March 31, 2020, at the age of 88. She is well-known for voicing Cindy Bear on The Yogi Bear Show and Aunt May Parker in the 1995 animated television series Spider-Man.

Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie: American Songwriter and Country Singer Died at 61
Joe Diffie: American Songwriter and Country Singer Died at 61

Joe Diffie, an American songwriter and country singer whose five solos out of 35 secured the number-one position on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, bid a final farewell to all his devotees on March 29, 2020. As COVID claimed the lives of many luminaries, Joe Diffie also became the victim of the deadly virus at the age of 61.

Ken Shimura

Ken Shimura: Japanese Comedian Died at 70
Ken Shimura: Japanese Comedian Died at 70

Yasunori Shimura, who is professionally known as Ken Shimura, was a Japanese comedian and expert at making people erupt into laughter. Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he got infected with the Coronavirus and eventually passed away on March 29, 2020, at the age of 70.

Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada: Japanese Fashion Designer Died at 81
Kenzo Takada: Japanese Fashion Designer Died at 81

Kenzo Takada was a Japanese fashion designer and the founder of the luxury clothing brand “Kenzo.” His brand also has a wide range of skincare products and perfumes. Giving up on the Coronavirus, he took his last breath in France on October 4, 2020, at 81.

Lee Fierro

Lee Fierro: American Theater Promoter and Actress Died at 91
Lee Fierro: American Theater Promoter and Actress Died at 91

Lee Fierro, a legendary American theater promoter and actress who received worldwide recognition for portraying Mrs. Kintner in the classic film Jaws, departed from life on April 5, 2020, after fighting the Coronavirus. She was 91 at the time of her passing in Aurora, Ohio, United States of America.

Trini Lopez

Trini Lopez: American Actor, Guitarist, and Singer Died at 83
Trini Lopez: American Actor, Guitarist, and Singer Died at 83

Trini Lopez, an American actor, guitarist, and singer whose first album was a cover version of Peter Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer,” embraced death after contracting the Coronavirus on August 11, 2020, at the age of 83.

Matthew Seligman

Matthew Seligman: English Bassist Died at 64
Matthew Seligman: English Bassist Died at 64

Matthew Seligman was a renowned English bassist in the music industry. Other than being associated with the 1980s new wave music scene, he was a member of The Thompson Twins and Soft Boys. He died of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020, at the age of 64.

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally: American Liberalist, Playwright, and Screenwriter Died at 81
Terrence McNally: American Liberalist, Playwright, and Screenwriter Died at 81

Terrence McNally, an American liberalist, playwright, and screenwriter regarded as one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater has ever produced, died from the complications of COVID-19 on March 24, 2020, at 81. He was a bard of American theater who received five Tony Awards along with worldwide acclaim.

Tommy DeVito

Tommy DeVito: American Musician and the Key Founder of 'The Four Seasons' Died at 92
Tommy DeVito: American Musician and the Key Founder of ‘The Four Seasons’ Died at 92

Tommy DeVito, an American musician and the key founder of the rock band “The Four Seasons,” passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic on September 21, 2020, at the age of 92.

Mark Blum

Mark Blum: American Film, Television, and Theater Actor Died at 69
Mark Blum: American Film, Television, and Theater Actor Died at 69

Mark Blum, an accomplished American film, television, and theater actor who perfectly captivated viewers in the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Sun, passed away on March 25, 2020, due to complications associated with the Coronavirus at 69.

Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero: Broadway Actor and Singer Died at 41
Nick Cordero: Broadway Actor and Singer Died at 41

41-year-old Broadway actor and singer Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero, who goes by the name of Nick Cordero in the entertainment industry, said a final goodbye on July 5, 2020, after being admitted to the hospital for over 90 days. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, but later, it was confirmed that he suffered from the Coronavirus.

Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney: Grammy-award-winning American Jazz Trumpeter Died at 59
Wallace Roney: Grammy-award-winning American Jazz Trumpeter Died at 59

Wallace Roney, a Grammy-award-winning American jazz trumpeter who was a student of Miles Davis, Clark Terry, and Dizzy Gillespie, died on March 31, 2020. Aggravated complications from COVID-19 took his breath away at the age of 59.

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