Celebrities Who've Died in 2021
Gone, but never forgotten
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip — who retired from his public duties in August 2017 — is survived by his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, their daughter Princess Anne and their three sons: next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," his family wrote in a statement.
"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized."
Over the course of his career, the Baltimore, Maryland native released 15 Billboard Hot 100 megahit songs, including "Party Up (Up In Here)" and his collaboration "Money, Power, Respect" with The Lox and Lil' Kim. In addition to his music, DMX also appeared in 15 films and several TV appearances.
On March 28, the Bob Moog Foundation announced that the music producer, best known for co-creating the TONTO — the largest analog synth in the world — died earlier that morning after facing "a long illness." He was 84.
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the passing of the legendary creative genius, musician, engineer, producer, & synthesizer pioneer, Malcolm Cecil, show here w his creation TONTO," the foundation tweeted. "He passed away today at 1:17am after a long illness."
His cause of death was not revealed.
Cecil earned a Grammy for best engineered recording for his work on Innervisions.
The novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter died March 25 of heart failure, PEOPLE confirmed. He was 84.
McMurtry was surrounded by his loved ones — including his wife Norma Faye and his longtime writing partner Diana Ossana — at the time of his death, his publicist told PEOPLE in a statement.
McMurtry's career spanned more than 50 years, during which time he wrote more than 30 novels, including Lonesome Dove, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1986, as well as Terms of Endearment and The Evening Star.
In 2006, he and Ossana won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, based on the short story by Annie Proulx.
He was also the owner of Booked Up, a bookstore which he opened in Washington D.C. in 1971 and later opened two more locations before he consolidated them in his hometown of Archer City, Texas.
"We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children's authors of all time. Looking back, she'd often say, 'I've had a lucky life,' and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created, including Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse, as true friends who helped shape their growing-up years," said Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books.
As a children’s librarian, Cleary realized she wanted to write stories that she "longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew," according to her biography page on her website.
In 2010, Cleary told PEOPLE that all but one of her 32 books were written in longhand and she never had a single rejected manuscript.
Craig "muMs" Grant
The actor and writer, best known for his role of Arnold "Poet" Jackson on HBO's Oz, died on March 24, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 52.
"We are heartbroken over the loss of one of the most genuine, caring, loving souls we have ever had the pleasure of representing," they said in a statement. "muMs was more than our client, he was our dear friend. We all just lost a phenomenal man."
According to his rep, Grant was in Wilmington, North Carolina, at the time of his death, where he was filming a recurring role on Starz' Hightown. A cause of death has not been determined.
The New York City native began his career as a part of the critically acclaimed Nuyorican Poetry Slam Team. He went on to star in a number of shows, including Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, Chapelle's Show, The Sopranos, Luke Cage, Nurse Jackie and High Maintenance. On the big screen, his film credits include the Safdie brothers' Good Time, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects.
The award-winning Arrested Development star died in her sleep on March 24 at her New York City home. She was 80.
Her daughter, Brooke Bowman, confirmed the news to PEOPLE. "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica. A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off," Bowman said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."
Deadline was the first to report the news.
Over five decades, Walter took on a variety of different roles, from theatre work to voiceovers to appearances on the big and small screens, including a turn in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, Play Misty for Me. She also earned Emmy nominations for her work in both Trapper John M..D. and Streets of San Francisco, going on to win for her role in Amy Prentiss.
Walter was most famous for her role as eccentric matriarch Lucille Bluth in the hit comedy series Arrested Development, for which she earned an outstanding supporting actress Emmy nomination as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
The Oscar-nominated actor died on March 23 of complications from a bypass surgery. He was 87.
His wife, Sonia Segal, confirmed the news in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," she said.
The actor — best known for his roles in films including Ship of Fools, Where's Poppa?, Blume in Love, For the Boys, King Rat and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (for which he landed an Oscar nomination) — landed roles on the big and small screen over the course of his decades-long career, beginning in the 1960s.
He also took home two Golden Globes, once in 1965 for most promising newcomer (a since discontinued award) for the film The New Interns, and once for his performance in 1974’s romantic comedy A Touch of Class.
The Just Our Luck actor died in March at the age of 71.
Gilliland, who was married to fellow actress and frequent costar Jean Smart for nearly 34 years, suffered from a "brief illness" prior to his death in Los Angeles, according to a press release shared with PEOPLE.
Born in 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas, Gilliland got his career start at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. While there, he took on the role of Jesus in Godspell opposite Joe Mantegna's Judas.
Gilliland got his start at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles, where he landed starring roles in a series of TV shows, including Operation Petticoat, Just Our Luck, McMillan and Heartland, in addition to an array of guest starring appearances and stage roles.
In 1986, he became a series regular on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, where he met Smart. The pair wed the following year.
The iconic Italian jewelry designer, famous for her timeless collaborations with Tiffany & Co., has died. She was 80.
Peretti died on March 18 at her home in Spain, the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation announced in a statement shared on social media.
"A woman of extraordinary generosity, philanthropist and world famous designer," the statement read. "A free, strong, courageous visionary. Her example will be remembered forever."
Peretti started out as a model during the 1960s after moving from her native Italy to Barcelona, where she was embraced by a community of artists that included Salvador Dalí. Later she moved to New York City, where she began crafting jewlery that she would eventually design exclusively for Tiffany & Co., according to the Associated Press.
Tyler, best known for his role on the 1965 sitcom Please Don't Eat the Daisies, died on Feb. 10 after a "long battle with cancer." He was 66.
Tyler was "surrounded by loved ones" when he died in his Hollywood Heights home, his family revealed in a statement to the Los Angeles Times Obituaries.
The child star is survived by his wife Michelle of 42 years. Before his turn on Please Don't Eat the Daisies, he also starred in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet and made guest appearances on Hazel, The Addams Family, My Favorite Martian, The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons.
"Dan Sartain left us many memories and music, but has unfortunately left us way too early," his family wrote on the official fundraiser page. "As wonderful as his legacy is, he had no plans for the unmentionable, and thus, here we are. We aren't trying to do much but have a small service for family and friends, and with Dan's wide range of friends, this should be achievable. From all of his family, we thank you...."
The family set out to raise $15,000 to cover his burial arrangements, but they have surpassed that amount, crowdsourcing over $23,000 as of March 24. All extra funds will be used to provide for Dan’s daughter Audrey.
The German race car driver has died after a years-long battle with cancer. She was 51.
Schmitz died on March 16, the Frikadelli Racing Team she founded with her husband Klaus Abbelen confirmed. "Abbelen and all relatives and friends are deeply saddened by the immeasurable loss," the racing team said on Twitter.
According to ESPN, Schmitz was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017, but continued racing until 2019 despite her ongoing health issues.
The Top Gear star is perhaps most famous for being the only female race car driver to win the annual 24-hour race at the German race track Nürburgring, which is known for its difficulty. She won the race first in 1996, and again with her BMW team the following year.
Kotto's wife Tessie Sinahon revealed the sad news on his official Facebook page on March 15. Alongside a throwback photo of him, she wrote, "I'm saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years." She added that he died “around 10:30pm Philippine time.”
"This is a very painfall [sic] moment for me to inform you all fans, friends and family of my husband," she continued.
Kotto’s career began in the early 1960s, with his role as an extra in 4 for Texas, the Frank Sinatra- and Dean Martin-led comedy-Western. He went on to star in movies like The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and 1972's The Limit — the latter of which he also directed — before landing his breakout role as villain Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big in Live and Let Die.
"You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you're a real hero and to a lot of people also," his wife said in her tribute.
Darrow, best known for his turn as Manolito Montoya on 1960s Western television series The High Chaparral, died March 14. He was 87.
The character actor’s publicist, Michael B. Druxman, announced the news on his Facebook page, writing, "Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed."
Born Enrique Tomás Delgado Jr. in 1933, Darrow grew up in New York City until his family moved back to his parents’ native Puerto Rico in his teens, where he attended college before moving to Pasadena, California, in 1954, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
After a handful of roles in various TV shows and plays, Darrow found his breakout role in The High Chaparral, which ran on NBC from 1967 through 1971.
Following the news of his death, the Screen Actors Guild called the late actor "the pride of Puerto Rico."
The longtime television journalist and former CBS and NBC anchor died on March 9 of complications from kidney failure at his home in McLean, Virginia, his son, Jonathan Mudd, told The Washington Post. He was 93.
Mudd’s journalism career first took off in the 1950s, according to The Hill, before he went on to make a name for himself at CBS News. He spent two decades covering a range of political stories while also serving as the weekend anchor for CBS Evening News.
In 1980, Mudd left CBS for rival network NBC, where he became co-anchor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, in addition to American Almanac and 1986. He also served as co-moderator of Meet the Press.
Later in life, Mudd also became an essayist and correspondent for PBS' The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour and the host of various programs for The History Channel, per The Hollywood Reporter.
In a written statement to CNN, Mudd's family shared a sweet tribute to him. "Roger loved and collected books, read good, old-fashioned newspapers, front to back, every morning of his life, and watched the evening news as much as he could stand."
His cause of death is unknown at this time. Local news outlets in the island country reported in August that Wailer was recovering from a stroke.
Born Neville Livingston, the musician was the last surviving member of The Wailers, after bandmates Bob Marley died from cancer in 1981 and Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987.
Wailer first rose to international fame as a founding member of iconic reggae group, alongside Marley, his childhood friend. The group, founded in 1963, is famous for hit songs like "Simmer Down" and later "Stir It Up," released in '63 and '67 respectively.
Wailer has won the Grammy Award for best reggae album three times for his works Time Will Tell - A Tribute to Bob Marley in '90, Crucial! Roots Classics in '94 and Hall of Fame - A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary in '96.
The Canadian actor, best known for his role as Dave Turner in Degrassi: The Next Generation, has died at age 29.
Screenwriter and producer Joshua Safran confirmed the "devastating news" on Twitter on March 2. A cause of death has not been revealed, and a rep for the actor did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
"I can confirm my good friend, co-worker, and all around inspiration, Jahmil French, passed away yesterday," Safran wrote. "Only posting because I see the story getting out there. I will have more to say about him later. Right now we're all just processing this devastating news."
The pioneer sportscaster and former professional football cornerback died on Feb. 28. He was 81.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Cross’ death on their website. Cross played for both the Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams during his NFL career spanning the 1960s, and was selected twice for the Pro Bowl.
The Eagles did not reveal a cause of death for the former athlete. However, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with mild cognitive dementia, and intended to donate his brain to Boston University after his death so they could test it for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Born in Hammond, Indiana, in 1939, Cross was the eighth of 15 children. After playing football in high school, he went on to play at Northwestern before signing on with the Eagles, then the Rams before returning to the Eagles.
Later in his career, Cross served as Idaho State University's athletic director (from 1996 to 1998) and director of athletics at Malcaster College (1999 to 2005). He was the first Black person to receive the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2009.
The iconic Los Angeles fashion designer died due to complications from a stroke on Feb. 25, multiple outlets reported. He was 87.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our founder and original curator of cool, Fred Segal, who created a retail scene that continues to be the heart of LA pop culture. Fred Segal defined LA fashion and sparked a revolutionary shift in style with the first ever denim bar," Jeff Lotman, CEO and Owner of Fred Segal, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Louis Nix III
Nix, who played football for the New York Giants and the University of Notre Dame, has died. He was 29.
The former defensive end was "located" by police on Feb. 27, three days after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced that he was missing. Authorities did not share any additional information at the time.
The update came shortly after police were seen removing a vehicle, which matched a description from a missing person poster as the car Nix was last seen driving, from a Florida pond, according to CBS Sports.
Notre Dame confirmed news of Nix's death on Sunday morning. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
"We are saddened by the loss of one of our own, Louis Nix III. We send our deepest condolences and love to his family, friends and football brotherhood," the university wrote in a statement. "Forever in our hearts, Big Lou."
Prince Markie Dee
The Fat Boys' Dee, né Mark Anthony Morales, has died at age 52. No cause of death has been released.
The band's manager Louis Gregory confirmed Dee’s death on Twitter on Feb. 25. The songwriter would have turned 53 the next day. "Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends," Gregory wrote.
"My heart breaks today because I lost a brother," he continued, adding, "I'll always love you Mark and I'll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro."
Originally The Disco 3, the trio changed their name to The Fat Boys in 1983, according to Rolling Stone. The group won a contest at Radio City Music Hall that year and would rise to prominence as rappers in the 1980s and '90s.
Dee went on to launch a solo career and a production company called Soul Conventions, through which he produced music for stars like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey, according to USA Today.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Crown actor died on Feb. 24. He was 80 years old.
Pickup "passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family," his agent said in a statement obtained by the BBC, adding, "He will be deeply missed."
Pickup decades-long career spanned theater, film, television and radio. In 1964, he landed his first TV role as a physician in Doctor Who, before going on to star in several shows such as Doc Martin, Doctors, Downton Abbey, Young Dracula and other BBC and ITV shows.
More recently, in 2011, he starred as the aging Lothario, Norman Cousins, in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel in 2015. In 2016, he starred as the Archbishop of Canterbury in season 1 of The Crown.
In addition to a statement regarding his passing, the musician, born Armando Anthony Corea, left a message of gratitude to his fans.
"I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so," wrote the composer. "If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It's not only that the world needs more artists, it's also just a lot of fun."
Corea was a 23-time Grammy winner and 67-time nominee. Throughout his career, the "500 Miles High" composer — who also played in Miles Davis' band — released more than 80 studio albums.
Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died on Feb. 8 at her home in Las Vegas, her publicist Jay Schwartz confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 76.
Wilson's cause of death was not immediately clear but Schwartz said in a statement that she "passed away suddenly."
Supremes co-founder Diana Ross shared a tribute to her former bandmate on Twitter, writing, "I just woke up to this news, my condolences to you Mary's family, I am reminded that each day is a gift, I have so many wonderful memories of our time together. 'The Supremes' will live on in our hearts."
Wilson appeared on all 12 of The Supremes' No. 1 pop hits from 1964 to 1969, including "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," and "Stop! In the Name of Love," among others.
Just a few days before her death, Wilson shared a video on her YouTube channel announcing new solo material, which she hoped would be available by her birthday on March 6.
The legendary Oscar-winning actor, best known for his role as Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died on Feb. 5 at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.
Plummer, a Toronto native, gave up a career as a concert pianist to join the theater. Starting out with a number of notable Shakespearian productions, he went on to catch his big break with The Sound of Music in 1965.
Several more Shakespearean roles, Broadway plays and Hollywood movies followed, including acclaimed turns in 1999’s The Insider, in which he portrayed 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace, and 2001’s A Beautiful Mind. More recently, he starred in 2019’s Knives Out. The actor won two Tonys for his work on the stage, and two Emmys for his roles on television.
In 1968, Queen Elizabeth II made him a Companion of the Order of Canada, then the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2012, he received a long-awaited Oscar for best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners.
Plummer was married three times, the first to actress Tammy Grimes, the second to journalist Patricia Audrey Lewis and lastly to actress-dancer Elaine Taylor. He is survived by Taylor and his daughter with Grimes, Amanda Plummer.
The songwriter behind Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia" died on Feb. 3, music publisher and family friend Charlie Monk confirmed to The Tennessean.
"When I inducted Jim into the Songwriters Hall of Fame I said, 'This may be the most honorable human being I've ever known,'" Monk, the "mayor of Music Row," told the outlet. "He never had a cigarette in his mouth, he never had a taste of alcohol, he didn't chew (tobacco), he didn't cuss."
The Mississippi-born country singer-songwriter left college to pursue a music career in Los Angeles, where he became known for writing some of Gladys Knight & the Pips' hits, such as "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” "Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye" and the Grammy-winning "Midnight Train to Georgia,"
Weatherly, who released a total of 12 albums, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
Capt. Sir Thomas Moore
The British World War II veteran — who won hearts and inspired hope around the world when he raised millions of dollars for healthcare workers at the start of the coronavirus pandemic — died on Feb. 2. He was 100.
Moore's death shortly after he was hospitalized with pneumonia in Bedford, England on Jan. 31, one week after testing positive for COVID-19, according to his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, "The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world."
Moore captured the heart of the global public in April 2020, when he set out to walk 100 laps around his garden with the aid of a walker — weeks before his 100th birthday — to raise funds for the U.K.'s National Health Service. While he hoped to raise the equivalent of about $1,400, he ultimately pulled in over $45 million, according to ABC News.
The avant-garde pop producer and musician died on Jan. 30. She was 34.
"It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that musician and producer SOPHIE passed away this morning around 4am in Athens, where the artist had been living, following a sudden accident," SOPHIE's management began a statement to PEOPLE.
A statement from the Glasgow native’s family, which was shared by record labels Transgressive and Future Classic, revealed that, "True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell."
SOPHIE released debut single "Nothing More to Say" in 2013, and rose to prominence with her follow-up singles "Bipp" and "Lemonade."
While she remained physically out of the spotlight in her early performances, remaining in a darkened DJ booth, SOPHIE began embracing costumes and wigs onstage after coming out as transgender while on tour in 2018, according to The New York Times.
The musician earned a Grammy nomination for best dance/electronic album for her critically-acclaimed 2018 debut album, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides.
Diamond's rep confirmed the actor's cancer diagnosis to PEOPLE the month prior, saying the actor had started chemotherapy for stage 4 small cell carcinoma, a cancer that commonly occurs in lungs, but can also manifest in the prostate or gastrointestinal tract.
"We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond's passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma," Diamond's rep said in a second statement. "He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful."
The trailblazing Tony Award and Emmy-winning actress died on Jan. 28. She was 96.
"I have managed Miss Tyson's career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing," her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. "Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree."
Tyson, famous for her choice of roles portraying resilient, uplifting Black women, was active in the entertainment industry since her 1956 debut in Carib Gold.
"It's very exciting to know that you are, hopefully, making a roadway for someone else to follow," she told PEOPLE in an early January interview about her groundbreaking life and career.
Tyson earned a slew of accolades and awards for her starring roles in film and television over the years, including the notable 1972 drama Sounder, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which earned her two Emmy awards, as well as Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. Two years later, she was selected for the Peabody Career Achievement Award for her work on the stage, in film and on television.
She also scored Emmy nods for the miniseries Roots and King. Her memoir, Just As I Am, was released just days before her death.
The history-making actress was married to jazz legend Miles Davis from 1981 to 1988 and has one daughter from a brief early marriage.
The award-winning stage and screen actress, best known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Jan. 27 of natural causes, her manager Juliet Green confirmed to PEOPLE. She was 94.
"It's been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic," said Green.
"She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously. A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals," Green added.
Over her seven decades in the business, the star would go on to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe and over 20 Emmy nominations and nine wins — more trophies than any other television performer in history.
Her breakout role came in 1971, with The Last Picture Show earning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to find her most iconic role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for which she earned supporting actress Emmys in 1974 and 1975.
The legendary photojournalist, known as the “unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” died on Jan. 27 due to complications from COVID-19, according to Reuters. He was 73.
Lee first began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Jan. 3 and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 7, the outlet reported. He was then moved to the ICU on Jan. 11, according to CNN.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Corky (Young Kwok) Lee," his family shared in a statement to Facebook. "Corky, as he was known to the Asian American community, was everywhere. He always had a camera around his neck, documenting a community event, capturing a social injustice for the record and even correcting the social injustice of an historical event that took place well over a century ago. He did what he loved and we loved him for it."
The photo in question is one which commemorated the completion of the transcontinental railroad, in which Lee noticed no Chinese workers appeared. He famously recreated the photo in 2014 with descendants of Chinese railroad workers.
"He has left us with what is likely to be the single largest repository of the photographic history of Asian Americans of the past half century," the family added.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Lee's honor to the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) Photog Affinity Group.
The the beloved host of 1960s children's show Wonderama died due to complications from the novel coronavirus, according to a statement on his official website. He was 95.
"It is with sadness that we share the news of Sonny's passing in Los Angeles on Sunday January 24th of Covid Related Pneumonia," read the statement. "We will post more as we learn more of where to send your condolences."
Fox rose to fame after he was hired to replace Bill Britten and Doris Faye as the host of Wonderama in 1959. The Sunday morning classic featured a mix of cartoons, celebrity guests, magic tricks and more, and was well-known as a particularly engaging show for kids.
In addition to his time on Wonderama from 1959 through 1967, Fox had hosting gigs on various game shows, including The $64,000 Challenge, The Price Is Right and To Tell the Truth.
The beloved journalist and radio host died in Los Angeles on Jan. 23. He was 87.
Ora Media, which King co-founded, shared the news in a statement on King’s Twitter. A cause of death was not given. His passing comes weeks after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 2.
"For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience," the statement said in part. "Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed considered questions usually provided the best answers and he was not wrong in that belief."
Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on Nov. 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, King changed his birth name in the late 1950s as he was beginning his broadcast career in Miami. In 1985, he launched the cable TV show Larry King Live, which became CNN's tent-pole program. The longtime journalist earned a number accolades throughout his career, including two Peabody Awards and inductions into the National Radio Hall of Fame and Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was also the author of several books.
The South Korean actress died on Jan. 23. She was 26.
The actress' death was announced by Sublime Artist Agency on Instagram on Jan. 25, though Song's cause of death was not released. The Agency did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Song rose to fame for her roles in TV shows including Make a Wish from 2014-2015 and School 2017 in 2017. She also appeared in 2013's Golden Rainbow and the 2019 web series Dear My Name.
The actress was also a model and advocate for people with disabilities.
The budding socialite died of an accidental overdose, his family said in a statement to the New York Times.
"We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease," the statement read in part. "He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done."
Harry had reportedly struggled with addiction for several years.
Harry was a model, appearing in Italian Vogue and Balmain campaigns. He and his brother also previously collaborated on a unisex makeup for MAC. As a teenager, he wrote for Interview magazine, which his father Peter owned.
"Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers," the non-profit organization said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions."
"Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization," the statement continued. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joanne's family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her."
Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for 50 years before his death in 2003 from stomach cancer at 74.
New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain died on Jan. 13. He was 69.
Sylvain's wife, Wanda O'Kelley Mizrahi, shared the news of his death in a Facebook post on Jan. 14.
"As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years," Mizrahi wrote. "Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease. While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain."
Sylvain will be buried in New York, Mizrahi told Rolling Stone.
Peter Mark Richman
Peter Mark Richman, an actor with over 130 television credits including his recurring role as Reverend Snow on Three's Company, died on Jan. 14 at the age of 93.
Richman died of natural causes at his home in Woodland Hills, California, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"Peter Mark's family would like to thank all those who have been expressing their condolences and admiration for his extraordinary accomplishments," a statement provided to PEOPLE reads. "The love he gave — to everything he did, and everyone he knew — will live forever."
In another statement to PEOPLE, Richman's Three's Company costar Suzanne Somers said, "Comedy is musical. Peter Mark Richman and I understood the music from the very first time we appeared together on Three's Company. He knew his 'stuff.' We lost a good one. Rest In Peace Peter Mark Richman."
The multibillionaire casino owner and prominent donor to the Republican Party died on Jan. 11. He was 87.
His casino and resort destination Las Vegas Sands announced the news, confirming that Adelson died from "complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma." There will be a funeral held in Israel, with a Las Vegas memorial service at a later date. According to Forbes, he was worth $35 billion. The outlet added that in 2018 alone, he donated some $123 million to Republican PACs and campaigns.
"He will be missed by people from all parts of the world who were touched by his generosity, kindness, intellect and wonderful sense of humor," the Sands staff said in a press release.
Loud, the matriarch of one of television's first-ever reality shows — the 1973 PBS docuseries An American Family — died on Jan. 10. She was 94.
Her family announced her passing with a statement on Facebook, disclosing that she died of natural causes.
"With inconsolable sorrow, we are sad to share the news with friends and family that on Sunday, January 10 at 1:55 p.m. PT, Pat Loud passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes," the statement read. "She was snuggled up safe in her comfy home, attended by loving children Michele, Delilah, Kevin and Grant."
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Pat studied world history and English literature at Stanford University. After graduating in 1948, she returned to her hometown, where she met and then married William (Bill) Carberry Loud. Their family went on to star in the groundbreaking 1973 docuseries, which followed their everyday lives in Santa Barbara, California.
The actor, who rose to fame in his roles on General Hospital and Beverly Hills, 90210, died on Jan. 10. He was 84.
Reilly's daughter, social media personality Caitlin Reilly, announced the news of her father's death on Instagram. A cause of death was not disclosed.
"John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out," Caitlin captioned a throwback photo of her and her father. "Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad. I'm so grateful he was mine. I'm so grateful I got to love him. I'm so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye."
"I honestly don't know what I'm going to do, but I know he'll be with me," she added. "I love you forever Daddy."
A Chicago native, Reilly started acting in the 1960s with guest-starring roles on Death Valley Days, Apple's Way and Gunsmoke. In 1984, he starred in six episodes of Dallas as Roy Ralston. He then went on to portray WSB agent Sean Donely in General Hospital for 11 years.
The country icon died of natural causes on Jan. 8, PEOPLE confirmed. He was 81.
Bruce had several hit songs over the course of his decades-long career, including all-time classic "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," which he co-wrote with his then-wife Patsy Bruce before the pair split in 1987. In 1982, he released "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had," featuring Lynn Anderson, which charted for 21 weeks and landed at No. 1.
That same year, Bruce co-starred in TV series Bret Maverick, alongside James Garner. The late icon also appeared in many fan-favorite shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger and The Chisholms. His music has earned him 35 Billboard spots, including six Top 10 hits.
Creek, the lead character designer on popular animated comedy series Bob's Burgers, died Jan. 7. He was 42.
According to the website Cartoon Brew, which first reported the news, Creek died following complications from a skydiving incident.
The Fox series issued a statement confirming the news.
"We are heartbroken at the tragic passing of Dave Creek, an extraordinary artist who had been with Bob's Burgers from day one," read the statement, signed by 20th Television, Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment. "He was not just an incredible talent but a beautiful person as well, and our hearts go out to his family, friends and all his colleagues at the show who loved him and are grieving today."
According to his IMDb page, Creek — a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts — also contributed to the animation for a number of other shows, including Central Park, Brickleberry and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.
"My Big Brother! God is with you. I will miss you. #deezerd," Emmery captioned a series of photos, which featured family snaps and pictures of the late actor and musical performer's career highlights.
Thompson, born Dearon Thompson, was found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home on the morning of Jan. 7, according to TMZ. An official cause of death has not been determined, though another brother of his, Marshawn, told the outlet they suspect he had a heart attack.
The beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and manager died of a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home on Jan. 7 at 10:09 p.m. local time, the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed on Twitter.
He was transported to the hospital, where he was ultimately pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m. He was 93.
Lasorda, who began as a pitcher before taking on the role of manager of the Dodgers from the 70s to 90s — had just been discharged from the hospital two days prior after being hospitalized in November for an undisclosed medical issue, ESPN reported.
In total, Lasorda was with the Dodgers organization for 71 seasons, including 14 as a special advisor to the chairman.
The Broadway and Police Academy actress died on Jan. 7 at 73.
Ramsey died at her home in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Marion carried with her a kindness and permeating light that instantly filled a room upon her arrival," her agency Roger Paul Inc. wrote in a statement obtained by THR. "The dimming of her light is already felt by those who knew her well."
The actress is best known for her performance as Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy film franchise, beginning with the 1984 film Police Academy starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall and G.W. Bailey and including several role reprisals.
Ramsey — a long-time advocate for HIV and AIDS awareness, according to Variety — was also known for her Broadway performances in shows like Hello, Dolly and the Los Angeles production of Little Shop of Horrors. She appeared in the production of Miss Moffatt with Bette Davis, as well as Harold Prince's Grind and Eubiel, according to THR.
Gordon 'Butch' Stewart
The founder of Sandals Resorts International died on Jan. 4, multiple outlets reported. He was 79.
According to the New York Times, his death was confirmed in a statement by his family, who shared that his death was related to a "recent medical diagnosis" that Stewart had kept private. He died in the United States.
A native of Jamaica, Stewart — born Gordon Arthur Cyril Stewart — launched his first resort, Sandals Montego Bay, in 1981. The luxury chain now spans 15 resorts, with six across Jamaica.
A lifelong entrepreneur — he started out selling and installing air-conditioners — Stewart created the Sandals Foundation in 2009, to support local construction of schools and access to health care. Among the numerous awards and distinctions he received over the years was the Order of Jamaica.
Eric Jerome Dickey
The New York Times bestselling author, who rose to prominence for his work about contemporary Black life, died of cancer on Jan. 3. He was 59.
Dickey died in Los Angeles, his publicist at Penguin Random House confirmed to PEOPLE.
Prior to his writing career, Dickey earned a degree in Computer System Technology at the University of Memphis and worked as a software developer in the aerospace industry, according to his website.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to pursue a career in engineering, but found himself drawn to writing and comedy. Starting with scripts for his personal comedy act, he went on to write poetry and short stories before releasing his debut novel Sister, Sister in 1996.
His novels Chasing Destiny, Liar's Game, Between Lovers, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, Drive Me Crazy, Genevieve, Naughty or Nice, Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies and Pleasure all landed spots on The New York Times bestseller list.
The writer and director — who was the daughter of King World Production's Roger King — died following a three-year battle with lung cancer on Jan. 3. She was 35.
King's family announced that she died at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.
"AnnaRose had a playful spirit and profound love and caring for others. Her friendships spanned continents and were close and enduring," a statement from her family read. "AnnaRose worked hard, lived fully, loved to travel around the world, and generously hosted friends and family at her beloved home in Sherman, CT."
King directed a total of seven films, per her IMDB page, and was selected as a 2020 Sundance Institute FilmTwo Fellow thanks to her original screenplay about a young woman who participates in an experimental treatment program to treat her incurable cancer.