12 Celebrities We’ve Lost During The Pandemic That You May Not Know

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  • Nick Cordero

After battling Covid-19 for more than 90 days, having his leg amputated, and being placed in an induced coma for many days, Nick Cordero, a Broadway play actor, died of the coronavirus. He was 41 years old. It was not just a covid-19 suspected death, it was corona, unfortunately.

Nick Cordero, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for his performance in “Bullets Over Broadway,” died Sunday, July 5, wrote his wife Amanda Kloots on Instagram. He was hospitalized for months at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

  • Manu Dibango
The king of Soul

The author of one of world music’s biggest global hits, “Soul Makossa” (1972), is the first global celebrity to die from coronavirus infection. He died in the early hours of the morning in a hospital near Paris.

“Soul Makossa”, the song that gave birth to him, had an amazing fate. It was initially only the B side of a 45 rpm whose main title was an anthem for the Cameroon soccer team on the occasion of the African Cup of Nations.

  • Ellis Marsalis Jr.

The American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. died at the age of 85, swept away by the viral pneumonia of Covid-19, said one of his sons to the American newspaper The New York Times. He bowed out in early April 2020. The artist had six sons, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis and trumpeter and jazz composer Wynton Marsalis.

Ellis Marsalis Jr. taught himself to play the clarinet and piano as a child. He performed in numerous clubs, played in several bands while studying music education and teaching jazz musicians such as Harry Connick Jr. and Terence Blanchard. In addition to his own work, he has accompanied the musical careers of four of his sons.

  • Mark Blum

The coronavirus has claimed another victim among celebrities. After Cordero and Dubango, it is the American actor Mark Blum who succumbed to the effects of coronavirus. It is the New York theater group Playwrights Horizons that announced it on social networks.

Mark Blum was known to the general public for having interpreted in the cinema the role of Gary Glass in Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985, and, a year later, that of Richard Mason in Crocodile Dundee. He also had small roles on television in several successful series: New York, CID, CSI: Miami, Fringe or Succession, more recently. Finally, between 2014 and 2018, he had a recurring role in the series Mozart in the Jungle by Paul Weitz and Alex Timbers and had also appeared in the Netflix series You, playing the role of the bookseller Mr. Mooney.

  • Adam Schlessinger

Born in 1967, in New York, Adam Schlesinger met the future members of Fountains of Wayne at Williams College. Before joining them in New York, this young bassist began his recording career as a trio with Ivy. It is a group formed with Anglo-American Andy Chase and French singer Dominique Durand.

The American musician, singer and producer, author of numerous soundtracks, was taken by the Covid-19 unfortunately in the middle of 2020 at the age of 52 years.

  • Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango

The former president of Congo-Brazzaville, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango, died on Monday in France of Covid-19 at the age of 81. French media reported, citing the family of the deceased. The former president Yhombi Opango, died this Monday afternoon at the American hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, said his son Jean-Jacques Yhombi Opango, quoted by the daily “Le Figaro”. “He was indeed a victim of the Coronavirus,” the same source said.

  • Cicely Tyson

Black actress Cicely Tyson, an icon for two generations of African-American actresses and a Broadway figure, died on Thursday, January 27, at the age of 96, her manager announced. Many people think of it as a covid-19 suspected death but the family didn’t confirm anything.

Cicely Tyson, whose career lasted more than 70 years. She is best known to the general public for her Oscar nomination for “Sounder” in 1973. She also starred in the movies “Green Tomato Fritters” and “The Color of Feelings” and lately in the TV show “Murder”, in which she portrayed the leading character’s Mom (Viola Davis). She played more than 100 roles in all.

The official announcement of her death comes as she passed away from her sleep. The director did not offer another explanation for the cause of death.

  • Dustin Diamond

According to Roger Paul, her agent, Dustin Diamond, who was 44 years old, had only been diagnosed three weeks ago. He “did not suffer”, the representative explained. He has his sickness but the covid-19 accelerates the diseases.

The career of this native Californian was launched by the series Hello Miss Bliss (1987-1989). A good part of the cast of which would later migrate to Saved by the Bell. Saved by the Bell was broadcast by NBC and lasted four seasons with 86 episodes and was very popular outside the United States.

The series tells in a light tone the daily life of the students of an imaginary high school in Los Angeles, Bayside High School while evoking in passing some of the major problems of youth.  The man has been hospitalized for lung cancer since mid-January, according to his relatives. The disease has spread rapidly in his organs. But we all know that when we are old, have a fragile or diseased lung, covid-19 will ravage us in an incomprehensible way. Even now, we are still learning about the evolution of the virus. So there is still a suspicion that it was a death by covid-19.

  • Christopher Plummer

Many stars and personalities have fallen since the beginning of this pandemic. Incidentally, few people reveal the death of their loved one with covid-19 or a complication related to covid-19.

Christopher’s wife said the actor died peacefully at his home in Connecticut after suffering a fall two weeks ago. But didn’t give any hint if it was a covid-19 suspected death. Christopher Plummer had undergone a particularly fertile creative period in his golden years, receiving his first Oscar at the age of 82 for his performance in a supporting role as a widower embracing his homosexuality in The Beginners. The trophy made him the oldest Oscar winner in an acting category. “You’re only two years older than me, honey, where have you been all my life?”, Plummer had declared as he accepted the statuette to rapturous applause.

  • John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli died at the age of 61 from heart complications according to the official site. And Covid-19 complications according to unofficial sources. “It is with great regret that I inform you that today, 17 March 2021, at 6 pm, we have lost our courageous leader, Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli,” Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s Vice President, said today.

The President died at the Emilio Mzena Hospital, a government institution in Dar es Salaam, where he was being treated. John Magufuli last appeared in public on 27 February. Magufuli was criticized for his handling of Covid-19 when his government refused to buy vaccines.  The country has not issued bulletins on Covid-19 since May 2020. The 61-year-old president is calling for prayers and herbal steam therapy to combat the virus.

  • Rapper DMX

News of DMX’s death has the American hip-hop scene and his fans around the world in mourning. On Friday 2 April, the family of the rapper confirmed his death to Pitchfork magazine.

The 50-year-old artist, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had been hospitalized for a week following a heart attack caused by a drug overdose. “Earl was a warrior who fought to the end. He loved his family with all his heart and we cherish the time we spent with him. Earl’s music has inspired countless fans around the world. And his legacy will live on forever,” his family said in the statement released to the media. It has been reported that the rapper was infected by covid-19 when he was admitted to the hospital.

  • Prince Philip

Death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The prince consort, who has been married to the British monarch since 1947. He died peacefully Friday morning at Windsor Castle, at the age of 99. He had been hospitalized and underwent surgery on his heart last March.

On June 10, he would have turned 100. He held the role of prince consort (but without the official title) for eight decades. It is a record in the very long history of the British crown. A month before his death, he suffered an infection and a complication while in hospital. It is also known to run in the Prince’s family as Prince William himself. So there is a good chance that this had an impact on his health.


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