Celebrities We Lost to COVID-19

Remembering the stars who died from COVID-19, including Adam Schlesinger, Carlos Marín, Nick Cordero and more

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Notable names are among those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about them ahead.

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DJ Kay Slay

DJ Kay Slay, a pioneering hip-hop icon, died on April 17, 2022 at 55. The disc jockey and record executive, whose real name was Keith Grayson, died after a four-month battle with COVID-19. The news of his death was confirmed in statements obtained by PEOPLE from Hot 97 and his family.

"Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay," his family said. "A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations."

They added: "In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss."

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Jay Weaver

Big Daddy Weave
Big Daddy Weave with Jay Weaver sitting. Anna Webber/Getty

The beloved member of the Christian band Big Daddy Weave died from complications due to COVID-19. Jay's brother and fellow band member Mike confirmed Jay's death in a video shared on the band's social media on Jan. 2, 2022.

"Thank you so much for all your prayers for my brother," Mike said. "You have walked with him through a huge fight, and I'm so sorry to bring this news, but I'm also excited to celebrate where he is right now. My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago due to complications due to COVID-19."

Mike added that "the Lord used [Jay] in such a mighty way out on the road for so many years...I believe even though COVID may have taken his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him."

"My heart's broke for my family," he continued. "But we all just really wanted to thank you for walking with us through so much for so long."

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Carlos Marín

Carlos Marin
Carlos Marín. Matthew Eisman/Getty

The Il Divo singer died of COVID-19 complications at 53 years old, as reported by Variety.

David Miller, Sébastien Izambard and Urs Bühler announced the news of their friend's death on their website on Dec. 19, 2021.

"It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There wiIl never be another voice or spirit like Carlos," Il Divo shared.

"For 17 years, the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace," they continued.

Marín's death came three days after the singer confirmed he was hospitalized after first being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Manchester Royal Medical Center in England on Dec. 8, according to Spanish outlet El Español.

Il Divo is a multi-national singing group that consisted of four tenors and baritones from across the world — Bühler from Switzerland, Miller from the United States, Izambard from France, and Marín from Spain. They were originally put together by Simon Cowell.

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Jay Jay Phillips

Jay Jay Phillips, a heavy metal musician who appeared on America's Got Talent on season 4 in 2009 and season 12 in 2017, died in December 2021 at 30 years old. His band Mettal Maffia announced Phillips' death on Instagram.

"It is with great sadness we inform you all of the loss of our bandmate/brother/and friend @jayjayrocks. It still doesn't feel real and we would give anything to change it. Please respect the family, as well as our wishes as we take our time to grieve and process this detrimental loss," a statement from Phillips' band said.

"We miss you brother, every second of every minute, of every day. Thank you for teaching us all to laugh a little more," the statement continued. "Rock in Paradise."

Seph Lawless, a close friend of Phillips, told The Wrap that the musician was battling the COVID-19 virus over Thanksgiving, and his girlfriend had found him unresponsive "in the fetal position" in bed.

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Colin Powell

Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, died from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 18, 2021, at the age of 84.

"General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19," a statement on the Powell family wrote in a statement on his Facebook page, noting that "he was fully vaccinated."

Continued the statement, "We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American."

Powell served in former President George W. Bush's Cabinet from 2001 to 2005. Prior to his White House tenure, Powell — a four-star general — was the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A New York native, Powell joined the City College of New York's Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant when he graduated in 1958. He served 35 years in the Army, receiving the Purple Heart, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, among other honors.

Powell also served under President Ronald Reagan as National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989 before transitioning to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — making him the first Black person to hold the position.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Johnson Powell, and their three children, as well as grandchildren.

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Ricarlo Flanagan

Ricarlo Flanagan — a rapper, actor and comedian whose credits include Shameless, Insecure and Last Comic Standingdied on Oct. 12, 2021, at the age of 41.

Flanagan died after contracting COVID-19 several before, his agent, Stu Golfman of KMR Talent, told PEOPLE.

"Ricarlo was truly one of the nicest people on the planet, a wonderful performer, and we are heartbroken by the news of his passing," Golfman says in a statement. No further details about his death were given.

A GoFundMe campaign was setup to raise money to "get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio." In the fundraiser's description, Flanagan was described as a "loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents."

The description continued, "He brought laughter to every room he walked in."

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Siti Sarah Raisuddin

Popular Malaysian singer Siti Sarah Raisuddin died of COVID-19 on Aug. 9, 2021, just days after giving birth to her fourth child. She was 36.

The artist, known by her stage name Siti Sarah, died early Monday morning at the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz in Malaysia, according to her husband, comedian Shuib Sepahtu.

"With the help of the nurses and doctor, I was able to make the video call, and that was the last time my kids and I would lay our eyes on her while she was still alive," Shuib, born Shahmira Muhammad, told local news outlet the New Strait Times.

"At the time, I saw tears streaming down her cheeks, as if she understood what we were saying to her," he continued. "I was at the hospital later after the kids had gone to sleep and completed a Yassin recital, as well as prayers for her last night. However, I was not permitted to see her."

Raisuddin was hospitalized after experiencing breathing problems related to COVID-19, according to the outlet. She was almost eight months pregnant when she was put in a medically induced coma.

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Alvin Ing

Alvin Ing, a Broadway star best known for his work in Pacific Overtures and Flower Drum Song, died on July 31, 2021. He was 89.

According to his reps, the actor died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., of breakthrough COVID-19 complications.

"Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a duty to himself and his fellow citizens to be fully vaccinated," read a statement from his reps provided to PEOPLE. "Although he was fully vaccinated, Ing was first diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July then confirmed to have COVID-19 a few days later. After two weeks of battling COVID-19, Ing passed away due to cardiac arrest."

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John Davis

John Davis
John Davis. Nico Schimmelpfennig/picture alliance via Getty

Davis, one of the real vocalists behind lip-syncing R&B duo Milli Vanilli, died at age 66 on May 24, 2021, from COVID-19.

The musician's daughter Jasmin announced the news in a Facebook post featuring a video of her dad performing.

"Unfortunately my dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus," Jasmin wrote. "He made a lot of people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and especially through his music. He gave so much to the world! Please give him the last round of applause. We will miss him dearly."

Davis, who was born in South Carolina and moved to Germany, was one of several backup singers for Milli Vanilli, the German-French band fronted by Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The pair were later revealed to be lip-syncing Davis' music.

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Linda Torres

Big Ang star Linda Torres
Linda Torres and Angela "Big Ang" Raiola. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Big Ang star Linda Torres died on April 2, 2021, after being diagnosed with COVID-19. She was 67.

Torres was Angela "Big Ang" Raiola's friend, appearing on her VH1 reality show and Mob Wives.

She died at Staten Island University Hospital after contracting COVID and being placed on a ventilator, Big Ang's sister Janine Detore told PEOPLE.

"Linda was the life of the party — like my sister. Very fun to be around, not negative, just wanted to have a fun time," Detore said of her friend. "I get so sad to know that she's gone now."

She added, "I absolutely love Linda. She's fabulous."

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Eric Spinato

Eric Spinato
Eric Spinato. Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty

Spinato, the senior head booker and senior story editor for the Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel, died of COVID-19 on March 21, 2021.

The producer's brother, Dean Spinato, confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, "COVID took my brother today. He was a gem and one of a kind."

"This man was an amazing father, brother and friend," he continued. "I'm sorry to say this, but this day broke me hard. I will make you proud for the rest of my life."

Eric worked at Fox for around 20 years, joining the network in 1998. He left in 2004 to work for CNN and MSNBC before returning to Fox in 2007, where he remained until his death.

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Ron Wright

Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas
Rep. Ron Wright. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Texas Rep. Ron Wright died on Feb. 7, 2021, while hospitalized with COVID-19 after previously being treated for lung cancer. He was 67.

"Congressman Ron Wright passed away peacefully," Wright's office said in a statement provided to PEOPLE.

"His wife Susan was by his side, and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior," the statement added.

In addition to Susan, he is survived by sons Derek and Justin, his daughter Rachel, nine grandchildren and his brother Gary.

The Associated Press reported that Wright, who was first elected in 2018, had been hospitalized for lung cancer in 2020 and had spoken of also being treated in 2019 as well.

The Republican lawmaker represented Texas' 6th Congressional District in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Leachman's death certificate revealed that the legendary actress had battled COVID-19, and the virus was a significant condition that contributed to her death on Jan. 27, 2021, at the age of 94.

Leachman died of a cerebrovascular accident, often referred to as a stroke, a spokesperson for the San Diego County's Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to PEOPLE.

COVID-19 was a significant condition that contributed to her death but was not the underlying cause, according to the spokesperson.

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Rémy Julienne

Rémy Julienne
Rémy Julienne. Serge Kobo/MPP/SIPA/Shutterstock

In January 2021, it was reported that legendary movie stuntman Julienne died from the novel coronavirus at the age of 90.

Arguably the most famous and prolific stunt coordinator in modern cinema, Julienne died following a month-long hospitalization in Loiret, France.

Specializing in lengthy action scenes, Julienne was behind dozens of unforgettable movie stunts in six James Bond films and also worked as Michael Caine's stunt double in The Italian Job (1969).

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George Whitmore

George Whitmore
George Whitmore. Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee/AP

Whitmore, a member of the first climbing team to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, died from complications related to the novel coronavirus. He was 89.

Whitmore died on New Year's Day 2021 at a rehabilitation facility in Fresno, California, from damage to his lungs after he was released from the hospital, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press.

The legendary climber, who was a cancer survivor, tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 13 after developing a cough and fever, she said.

Nancy, who was married to Whitmore for 41 years, said her husband had been extremely careful about wearing a mask, and the family did not know where he contracted the virus.

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Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells Gilligan's Island
Dawn Wells. Paul Archuleta/Getty

Gilligan's Island star Dawn Wells died on Dec. 29, 2020, in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress, who played Mary Ann Summers on the hit show from 1964-67, was 82.

Wells' publicist said that the actress died of causes related to COVID-19. A rep for Wells did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Before and after Gilligan's Island, Wells appeared on countless TV shows, including Bonanza, The Love Boat, Gilligan's Planet, Growing Pains, Baywatch, Columbo and Roseanne, among many others.

Wells' good friend Dugg Kirkpatrick launched a fundraiser in 2018 with a goal of almost $200,000 to help the actress pay off medical bills. (The fundraiser raised $205,510.)

"She did not know that I was setting it up," Kirkpatrick exclusively told PEOPLE of Wells. "She was very upset with me, probably still is a little upset with me because she's a little bit embarrassed. But being her dearest friend, I know that this is the best thing. Today she seems to be more on board with it because she's seeing all the positive things people are saying."

According to the fundraiser description, Wells had been struggling to make ends meet since the 2008 financial crisis. She allegedly suffered "an unexpected accident that required hospitalization for two months" and needed the funds to "alleviate penalties by the IRS" and cover her hospital costs.

"Dawn is so flattered that her fans have come to her rescue - shocked and amazed, actually," said Kirkpatrick. "She loves them and always has. She's proved that over the years. She's even flown people to her ranch (where she was working) in Idaho for movie screening because they couldn't afford it. She's been very generous to many people for many years."

Kirkpatrick also told TMZ at the time that Wells had no family to support her and had already lost her home.

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Charley Pride

Charley Pride
Charley Pride. Ford Fairchild/Country Music Association Inc/Shutterstock

The country legend, who was a pioneer for Black musicians in country music, died on Dec. 12, 2020, in Dallas at the age of 86 due to complications from COVID-19, a statement on his website confirmed.

With top hits including "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" and "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," Pride became the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Born in Mississippi in 1934 as the son of a sharecropper, Pride briefly served in the Army before heading to Nashville in 1963.

In addition to earning three Grammy Awards during his career, Pride took home the entertainer of the year award at the 1971 Country Music Awards and won male vocalist of the year both that year and in 1972. In 1975, he became the first Black man to host the Country Music Association Awards.

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Carol Sutton

Carol Sutton
Carol Sutton.

The actress, known for her presence on both the stage and screen, died on Dec. 10, 2020, at the age of 76 due to complications from COVID-19.

Sutton had been hospitalized at New Orleans' Touro Infirmary for several days before her death, according to WGNO.

Sutton was perhaps most famous for her turn as Nurse Pam in 1989's Steel Magnolias. On the small screen, she appeared on an episode of Queen Sugar, as well as episodes of HBO's True Detective and Lovecraft Country.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed the news of her death in a lengthy tribute on Friday.

"Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades," Cantrell wrote before noting her most famed theater performances, including A Raisin in the Sun.

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Tommy "Tiny" Lister

Tommy Lister
Tommy Lister.

The actor, best known for his roles in The Dark Knight and the Friday film series, died on Dec. 10, 2020. He was 62.

While he had not tested positive for the coronavirus before his death, Lister died after exhibiting "COVID symptoms" for a week, his manager Cindy Cowan told PEOPLE.

"He was a gentle giant and one-of-a-kind," she said. "A man that's, like, been a brother to me for 20 years."

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Arnie Robinson Jr.

Arnie Robinson
Arnie Robinson, Jr. Ernie Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty

The Olympic gold medalist died on Dec. 1, 2020, USA Track and Field confirmed. He was 72.

The Hall of Famer died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his son, Paul Robinson.

Speaking with San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, Paul told the outlet that his father first fell ill in mid-November, suffering from "labored breathing, coughing." He then tested positive for COVID-19 but began to feel better.

But, "out of the blue, he struggled to take breaths," according to Paul, before he eventually died.

"You're just in a state of shock and disbelief over how it happened," Paul added to the outlet. "Respect COVID for what it is. Once COVID comes and closes in, there's nothing you can do."

According to USA Track & Field, Robinson was inducted into the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2000, as well as the San Diego Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1984. He additionally was named to the CCCAA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada
Kenzo Takada. JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images

The famed fashion designer and founder of the global Kenzo brand died in Paris on Oct. 4, 2020, from coronavirus complications, his spokesperson told Agence France Presse. He was 81.

The first Japanese designer to make his mark in Paris, Kenzo's designs focused on his love of graphics and large floral prints. After a nearly 30-year career in France, he sold his eponymous fashion house to LVMH in 1993 and retired from fashion six years later before launching a homewares brand in January 2019.

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Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnstone
Jay Johnstone. Focus on Sport/Getty

The former Major League Baseball player died on Sept. 26, 2020, following complications from the novel COVID-19, his daughter, Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone, told the Associated Press. He was 74.

″COVID was the one thing he couldn't fight,″ Mary said, adding that her father died at a nursing home in Granada Hills. ″It's really kind of shocking.″

Johnstone enjoyed a long career in Major League Baseball, playing for the New York Yankees from 1978 to 1979, followed by a brief stint on the San Diego Padres before heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980. He was then traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and returned to the Dodgers in 1985.

After retiring, Johnstone worked as a radio commentator for the Yankees and Phillies.

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Tommy DeVito

Tommy DeVito
Tommy DeVito. Paul Hawthorne/Getty

DeVito, one of the founding members of The Four Seasons, died from coronavirus complications. He was 92.

The star's close friend, actor Alfred Nittoli, announced the news on Facebook on Sept. 22, 2020.

"My dear friend Tommy passed away in Las Vegas at 9:45 last night with deep regret I am writing this sitting in his living room," he shared, including a photo of DeVito. "I was informed by his daughter Darcel there will be a service in New Jersey."

DeVito helped his pal Frankie Valli found The Four Seasons in 1960, which went on to garner international fame.

The American rock and pop band had several chart-topping hits, such as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man." It even inspired the 2005 Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which was eventually adapted into a feature film.

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Bruce Williamson

Bruce Williamson
Bruce Williamson. John Lamparski/FilmMagic

On Sept. 6, 2020, The Temptations' former lead singer died at his Las Vegas home at age 49 after battling coronavirus, as reported by TMZ.

His son Bruce paid tribute to the singer on Facebook. "There's no words in the world that can express how I feel right now," Bruce wrote. "I love you Daddy thank you for being awesome thank you for being loving thank you for being Who You Are I pray to God and we will meet again, I love you Daddy R.I.H KING WILLIAMSON."

The singer joined The Temptations in 2006 and continued with the group through 2015. After leaving the group, Williamson sang soul music. He was set to perform on Sept. 12 at a pay-per-view concert.

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Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver.

The Legendary New York Mets pitcher died in his sleep on Aug. 31, 2020, due to complications of Lewy Body Dementia and COVID-19, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced in a statement. He was 75.

In 1969, Seaver helped the Mets win their first World Series championship. He also won the Cy Young Award and led the National League with 25 wins. A 12-time All-Star, Seaver was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

His number, 41, was retired by the Mets in 1988.

"We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away," his wife Nancy and daughters Sarah and Anne said in a statement to the Hall of Fame. "We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you."

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Herman Cain

Herman Cain
Herman Cain in 2011. Eric Thayer/Getty

Herman Cain, the TV and radio host, former business executive and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, died about a month after he became sick with COVID-19, his team announced on July 30, 2020. He was 74 years old.

"We're heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord," read an update posted on his official website.

"We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight," Cain's friend Dan Calabrese wrote in the same update. "He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle."

Calabrese continued: "We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he'd have a full recovery."

Cain had spent most of July getting treated for COVID-19 in an Atlanta-area hospital. His team said early this month that he tested positive on June 29.

Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria, children Vincent and Melanie and their three grandchildren.

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Nick Cordero

Nick Cordero
Nick Cordero. Slaven Vlasic/Getty

Broadway star Nick Cordero died on July 5, 2020, after a months-long battle with the coronavirus. He was 41.

Cordero, whose Broadway credits include Waitress and Rock of Ages, died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had been hospitalized for over 90 days after falling ill in early March 2020.

He is survived by his wife Amanda Kloots, whom he wed in September 2017, and their son Elvis Eduardo.

In a touching Instagram post following his passing, Cordero's wife wrote, "God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone's friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday."

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Brandis Kemp

Brandis Kemp. Walt Disney Television via Getty

Kemp, the actress best known for her appearances on the TV shows Fridays and AfterMASH, died on July 4, 2020, after battling brain cancer and complications from COVID-19. She was 76.

Kemp died at her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was surrounded by family and friends, actress and acting coach Myra Turley told the outlet.

Kemp was diagnosed with glioblastoma — an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord — in December 2019 at age 75, and it is unclear when she contracted COVID-19.

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Chris Trousdale

Chris Trousdale
Chris Trousdale. Maury Phillips/WireImage

Chris Trousdale, a member of the late '90s and early 2000s boy band Dream Street, died on June 2, 2020. He was 34.

News of his death was confirmed by a statement shared on his Instagram, which read, "It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Chris Trousdale on June 2, 2020 from an undisclosed illness. He was a light to so many and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and fans all over the world."

A woman named Jane Gagle, who appears to have worked with Trousdale at the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, added in the comments section that "Chris was in a coma, on life support when he passed." She continued, "The outpouring of love has been tremendous. I am comforted by the hundreds of kind words and wishes. Chris was one of a kind and always the brightest light on any stage he stood on. Thank you for the love you gave him. He felt it to the end and I'm sure still as he watches from heaven."

Former Dream Street bandmate Jesse McCartney paid tribute to his friend on Instagram, noting in his caption that Trousdale "passed away due to complications from COVID-19."

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Annie Glenn

Annie and John Glenn
Annie and John Glenn. Jacques M. Chenet/Getty Images

Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and Senator John Glenn, who became a renowned advocate for those with speech disorders after overcoming her stutter, died of complications from COVID-19 on May 19, 2020. She was 100.

A spokesperson for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University confirmed the sad news to PEOPLE.

Despite her reluctance for media attention due to an "85 percent speech impediment," Glenn entered the spotlight in 1962 when her husband became the first American astronaut, and she stood by him when he was elected to the Senate in 1974.

At age 53, Glenn underwent a three-week intensive therapy program to overcome her stutter and became a champion in helping those who also suffered from speech impediments.

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Roy Horn

Roy Horn
Roy Horn. Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty

The famous illusionist died at the age of 75 due to complications from coronavirus in a Las Vegas Hospital on May 15, 2020. His publicist confirmed the news in a statement to ABC.

The entertainer, who became a household name as part of the duo Siegfried & Roy, tested positive for the respiratory virus in April. At the time, his publicist announced that he was "responding well to treatment."

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," Horn's partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, said in a statement. "From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy and no Roy without Siegfried."

"Roy was a fighter his whole life, including during these final days," Fischbacher continued. "I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy's life."

Siegfried & Roy are best known for their Las Vegas show at the Mirage Resort and Casino that ran from 1990 until 2003, when Horn was mauled on stage by one of the tigers used in their act, which ultimately left him partially paralyzed.

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Ty Chijioke

Rapper Ty
Ty Chijioke.

Born Ben Chijioke, the Nigerian-British artist, died on May 7, 2020, from complications due to COVID-19 after contracting pneumonia while in recovery, according to a GoFundMe set up for Ty.

"It is with much sadness that I have to report the passing of Ben Chijioke, better known as Ty Chijioke on the 7th May 2020, close friends, family and fans are devastated of his death," an update for the campaign read.

"Since then Ty's condition had been improving but last week while on a normal ward he had contracted pneumonia which worsened his recovery and ultimately Ty's body couldn't fight back anymore," the campaign continued. "This is a shock to everyone."

Born in London in 1972, Ty first rose to prominence in 2001 with the release of his debut album, The Awkward. He followed up the record with 2003's Upwards, which was nominated for a Mercury Prize the following year. He released his third LP, titled Closer, in 2006.

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Frederick Thomas

Fred The Godson
Frederick Thomas. Johnny Nunez/WireImage

The rapper, known as Fred the Godson, died on April 23, 2020, according to several reports. He was 35.

Thomas revealed that he had been diagnosed with coronavirus on Instagram on April 6, writing, "I'm in here wit this Corvus 19 s---! Please keep me in y'all prayers!!!! 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #godisgreat," he wrote.

Fellow artists Pusha T and E-40 were among the first few musicians to respond with words of support.

"Pull thru my brother...🙏🏿," Pusha-T wrote.

"Prayers up 🙏🏾," E-40 added.

Since his death, many have offered condolences, including Fat Joe, who shared a heartbreaking post in honor of his late friend.

"My little brother ooooh how sad am I," Fat Joe captioned his Instagram tribute. "I prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long. So many dreams, so many conversations, so many great times we had. I am in shock to say the least. I love you soooooooo much little brother, it's been years since I felt this pain."

"I always wanted the best for you, I played you all my important songs to get your feedback [because] I respect you so much as an artist. Why the GOOD die young?" he wrote. "I was soooooooo proud of you little brother. Maybe now the world will pay attention to your greatness, you was always my favorite."

Thomas is survived by his wife LeeAnn Jemmott, who had been providing updates regarding his health, as well as their children.

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Tim Brooke-Taylor

Tim Brooke-Taylor
Tim Brooke-Taylor. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The British comedian died from coronavirus at the age of 79 on April 12, 2020, according to his agent, who spoke with the BBC.

Brooke-Taylor became a household name after starring in the BBC sitcom The Goodies, in which he starred alongside Graham Garden and Bill Oddie.

He also played a scientist in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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John Prine

John Prine
John Prine. AP/REX/Shutterstock

The country-folk singer-songwriter died on April 7, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Prince was being treated at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, a representative confirmed to PEOPLE on behalf of Prine's family. He was 73.

Prine was hospitalized with a "sudden onset" of COVID-19 symptoms on March 26 and intubated on March 28, his family wrote in a statement posted to Instagram on March 29.

"This is hard news for us to share," his family wrote. "But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now," the statement continued. "And know that we love you, and John loves you."

His wife of 23 years, Fiona Whelan Prine, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in March and had been keeping fans updated about Prine's condition while he was in the hospital.

Prine is survived by Fiona and their three children.

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Lee Fierro

Lee Fierro Jaws
Lee Fierro. Universal/Alamy

Actress Fierro, remembered for her role as the grieving Mrs. Kintner in Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror, Jaws, died on April 5, 2020, from complications caused by COVID-19 at age 91.

Kevin Ryan, artistic director and board president for Island Theatre Workshop — where Fierro worked for over 40 years during her time at Martha's Vineyard — confirmed the news with Martha's Vineyard Times and Entertainment Tonight.

"We will miss her terribly. She spent 40 years here on the vineyard," Ryan told ET.

Alongside Ryan, the theatrically trained actress and longtime Martha's Vineyard resident taught and mentored more than 1,000 children in the art of theater on the island. At the time of her death, she was living in Ohio at an assisted living facility to be closer to her family.

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Jay Benedict

Jay Benedict
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The actor, best known for his roles in Aliens and The Dark Knight Rises, died at age 68 due to complications from the new coronavirus.

"It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay's death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection," his official website announced in a statement on April 6, 2020.

His agency, TCG Artist Management, also confirmed his death on Twitter, sharing, "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family."

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Tom Dempsey

Tom Dempsey
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The former NFL star died on April 4, 2020, from complications related to the novel coronavirus, Nola.com first reported. He was 73.

The New Orleans Saints, whom Dempsey played for as a kicker, released a statement following news of his death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Carlene and the entire Dempsey family on the passing of their dear Tom," the statement read, adding, "Tom's life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his dreams and aspirations ... He holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Saints family."

Dempsey had been living at the Lambeth House Retirement Community in New Orleans since 2012, when he revealed he was diagnosed with dementia. Dempsey tested positive for COVID-19 on March 26 after the assisted living facility reported more than 50 confirmed cases and 13 deaths related to the virus.

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Sergio Rossi

Sergio Rossi
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Sergio Rossi, one of Italy's most celebrated footwear designers, died in Cesena from complications related to the coronavirus, the brand confirmed on April 3, 2020. He was 84.

Rossi was responsible for building one of Italy's largest luxury shoe brands, launching his company in 1968 after learning how to make shoes from his father.

His designs were worn by celebrities around the globe and used by major designers.

"Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream," Riccardo Sciutto, CEO of the Sergio Rossi Group, shared on the brand's Instagram page.

"Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honor to have met him and gotten to present him the archive earlier this year. His vision and approach will remain our guide in the growth of the brand and the business," Sciutto continued.

He closed his tribute by saying, "Our long and glorious history started from his incredible vision and we'll remember his creativity forever."

The designer was also involved in the fight against coronavirus, donating €100,000 to the Sacco hospital in Milan.

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Patricia Bosworth

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The celebrity biographer, who wrote bestsellers about Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and more, died on April 2, 2020, of complications of coronavirus. She was 86.

Her friend, Ray Leslee, wrote on Facebook: "Patti was more than a great writer. She was an inspiration and a pillar of support to so many wonderful people. And she was so dear to me. She was the youngest and most vibrant 86-year-old I know. I last spoke to her on March 10th. She had just returned from a week's travels, researching for her new book about Paul Robeson …The deadly virus came on very quickly and she's gone."

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Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis
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The world-renowned jazz pianist and beloved member of the New Orleans music scene passed away from complications of coronavirus at a local hospital on April 1, 2020, his son Brandford Marsalis told PEOPLE. He was 85.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Ellis Marsalis Jr., as a result of complications from the Coronavirus," the statement read. "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."

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also paid tribute to the late musician after news of his death broke, writing on Twitter, "Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz."

Marsalis was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Bucky Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli Quartet with a special guest Bucky Pizzarelli at Cafe Carlyle on Wednesday night, April 10, 2013
Bucky Pizzarelli. Hiroyuki Ito/Getty

Bucky Pizzarelli, famed jazz guitarist and former member of the Tonight Show orchestra, died on April 1, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 94.

His son, John Pizzarelli — also a jazz artist who toured and performed alongside his father — confirmed the news on Instagram, highlighting Bucky's career highlights. John called Bucky a "wonderful dad."

"My father was a mentor to so many guitarists both professional and amateur," wrote John. "Always doling out advice, always encouraging, always in tune and always ready for a record date."

Bucky is also survived by his wife Ruth, daughters Anne Hymes and Mary Pizzarelli, another son, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and four grandchildren, according to The New York Times.

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Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger
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The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Fountains of Wayne co-founder died on April 1, 2020, at 52 years old after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Fountains of Wayne musician's lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.

Schlesinger won three Emmys during his career: one for writing lyrics for Rachel Bloom's hit musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and two for his lyrical contributions to the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards telecasts.

In a tribute posted on Twitter, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna remembered the musician as "so funny, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate."

Schlesinger is survived by his partner, Alexis Morley; his daughters, Sadie and Claire Schlesinger; his sister, Laurie Rose; and their parents, Bobbi and Stephen Schlesinger.

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Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett
Julie Bennett. Mark Scroggs

Julie Bennett, the actress who famously voiced Cindy Bear in The Yogi Bear Show cartoons, passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on March 31, 2020. She was 88 years old.

Bennett was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the time of her passing, her talent agent and longtime friend, Mark Scroggs, confirmed to PEOPLE.

Bennett is survived by what she called her "mutually adopted family" — close friends Carol, Nick and Mark Scroggs.

Donations can be made in her name to The Actors' Fund.

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Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney
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Jazz trumpeter Roney died of complications from the novel coronavirus, PEOPLE confirmed. He was 59.

The legendary musician — and protégé of the late Miles Davis — died around noon on March 31, 2020, at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., said his publicist, Lydia Liebman. It is unknown if Roney had any underlying health conditions.

In a statement, Roney's collaborator, pianist Herbie Hancock, told PEOPLE that even though his "journey has ended in this lifetime … his impact lives on."

"He carved out his own voice on the trumpet even with the initial strong influence from Miles Davis," Hancock said.

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Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack
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The Star Wars actor and dialect coach for The Lord of The Rings films died at age 76.

Jill McCullough, his representative, said in a statement to the Evening Standard that Jack died on March 31, 2020, at a hospital outside of London as a result of complications he'd developed from COVID-19.

"Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames; he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife; also a dialect coach: Gabrielle Rogers," said McCullough. "Tragically, she is stuck in quarantine in Australia, having just flown in from NZ last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life, and there is a chance a funeral may not be held."

Rogers shared the following statement on Twitter: "We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all 'with' him."

Jack had a long and impressive résumé and was most recently hired to work on The Batman starring Robert Pattinson.

He also worked as a dialect coach on many Marvel Studios films, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Maria Mercader

Maria Mercader
Maria Mercader.

Mercader, a journalist and a producer for CBS News, died from coronavirus, according to an announcement from CBS on March 30, 2020. She was 54.

CBS said that the journalist, who had been at the network for three decades, had been on medical leave for an unrelated matter since late February and passed away in a hospital in New York.

According to the network, the veteran journalist "fought cancer and related illnesses for more than 20 years and was an inspiration each time she returned to work after a setback threatened to end her life."

"Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit," Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer, said in a statement. "Maria was part of all of our lives. Even when she was hospitalized — and she knew something was going on at CBS, she would call with counsel, encouragement, and would say 'you can do this.' I called Maria a 'warrior,' she was. Maria was a gift we cherished."

Mercader is survived by her father, Manuel, and brother Manuel.

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Ken Shimura

Ken Shimura
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The popular comedian, known as the Robin Williams of Japan, died at age 70 on March 30, 2020, in a Tokyo hospital from COVID-19 complications.

He rose to fame on the '70s variety show Hachijidayo Zeninshugo! (It's 8 O'clock, Assemble Everyone!) and was known for his slapstick comedy. Before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed, Shimura was slated to run in the Olympic torch relay to represent Higashimurayama, a neighborhood located in Tokyo's suburbs.

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Orlando McDaniel

Orlando McDaniel
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Former NFL player McDaniel died on March 27, 2020, from complications of coronavirus. He was 59.

McDaniel, who got his start as a two-sport athlete at Louisiana State University, recently displayed symptoms of the coronavirus after returning home to Texas following a trip to Washington, according to The Advocate. It is unclear where he may have contracted the virus.

McDaniel played briefly for the Denver Broncos after being selected in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft. The athlete would later become executive director and founder of the North Texas Cheetahs girls' track club, a position he held until his death.

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Alan Merrill

Alan Merrill
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The singer-songwriter, who wrote the hit song "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," died on March 29, 2020, following a battle with COVID-19. He was 69.

His daughter, Lauren Merrill, announced his passing on Facebook. "The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out," she wrote.

She added, "We probably won't be able to mourn him properly with a funeral. I just lost the greatest love of my life and won't be able to hug anyone because I've been exposed and need to self quarantine for two weeks....alone."

Joan Jett, who sang Merrill's 1982 hit, paid tribute to the songwriter on Twitter, writing, "I've just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed."

"My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole," she wrote. "I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me. With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side."

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Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie
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Diffie, one of the most celebrated country artists of the '90s, died on March 29, 2020, his publicist confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 61.

The Grammy-winning artist posted about his positive diagnosis two days before his death.

"I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus," Diffie wrote on social media. "We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic."

Carrie Underwood, Travis Tritt and Jason Aldean were among the country stars to pay tribute to the late musician.

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Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally
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The Tony-winning playwright died on March 24, 2020, at the age of 81, a spokesperson for McNally confirmed to PEOPLE.

McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

He was being treated at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., at the time of his death.

McNally is survived by his husband, Tom Kirdahy. The longtime pair were first partnered in a civil union ceremony in Vermont on Dec. 20, 2003, before getting married in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2010.

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Mark Blum

Mark Blum
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Blum, a character actor known for playing several notable roles on stage and screen, died on March 26, 2020, due to complications associated with COVID-19. He was 69.

The star was known for his roles in movies, like Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee, and his TV appearances included You, NYPD Blue, Mozart in the Jungle and Succession. He also booked guest parts on shows like Law & Order, The West Wing, The Sopranos and more.

Blum is survived by his wife, Janet Zarish.

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Floyd Cardoz

Floyd Cardoz
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Chef Floyd Cardoz died on March 25, 2020, at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey as a result of complications from coronavirus, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 59.

The famed chef was admitted to the hospital for symptoms a week before his passing when he tested positive for COVID-19.

At the time of his diagnosis, he posted an update on his Instagram page, writing that he sought medical help as a "precautionary measure."

"Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York," he wrote, adding he "was hugely anxious about my state of health" as he had just returned from a trip to Germany.

Born in Bombay, India, Cardoz moved to New York City to work in the restaurant business. In 1997, he partnered with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to open the contemporary Indian restaurant Tabla. Cardoz also owned several other restaurants and competed in and won Bravo's Top Chef Masters season 3 in 2011.

Cardoz is survived by his mother, Beryl, his wife and business partner, Barkha, whom he met at hospitality school in India, and their two sons, Peter and Justin.

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