Celebrity Deaths in 2021: Stars We’ve Lost
From actors to musicians and even royalty – we look back on the public figures we lost in 2021.
Virgil Abloh (1980- 2021)
Virgil Abloh, the fashion designer who founded Louis Vuitton’s Off-White label, died on Nov. 28 after losing a two-year battle with cancer.
Michael K. Williams (1966-2021)
“The Wire’’ actor Michael K. Williams was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse Monday, Sept. 6, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
Sarah Harding (1981-2021)
Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding died after a year-long battle with breast cancer on Sept. 5, 2021. She was 39 years old. “Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning.”
Charlie Watts (1941-2021)
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in a London hospital on Aug. 24, 2021. He was 80 years old. “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather,” a spokesperson said in a statement following his death, adding that he was “one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”
Biz Markie (1964-2021)
Legendary New York rapper Biz Markie, famous for his hit “Just a Friend,” died on July 16 after a battle with complications from diabetes. The artist, born Marcel Theo Hall, passed away in a Baltimore hospital with his wife by his side. He was 57.
Robert Downey Sr. (1936 – 2021)
Robert Downey Sr., the filmmaker, actor and father of Robert Downey Jr., died in his sleep July 7 – one month after celebrating his 85th birthday. The actor, best known for his appearances had been battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 5 years.
Ernie Lively (1947-2021)
Ernie Lively, an actor, acting coach and the father of “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, died on June 3 at the age of 74. Ernie — who entered showbiz in the 1970s and played Blake’s father in two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies — died from cardiac complications, his family announced (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Kevin Clark (1988- 2021)
Kevin Clark, the child actor who played Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones in the 2003 film “School of Rock,” died after being fatally struck by a car while riding his bicycle. He was 32.
Helen McCrory (1968- 2021)
Helen McCrory, who appeared in Harry Potter and Peaky Blinders, died in April at the age of 52. McCrory’s husband, Damian Lewis, confirmed the actress had passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer.
DMX- (1970- 2021)
Rapper DMX died on April 9 at the age of 50. The legendary performer, who was born Earl Simmons, had suffered a drug overdose earlier in the month that left him in a “vegetative state.” “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” his family said in a statement to Page Six. “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.”
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – (1921- 2021)
Britain’s Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II “passed away peacefully” at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace announced at the time.
Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was married to Elizabeth for 73 years and was the father to the royal heir Prince Charles. The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in August 2017.
Paul Ritter – (1966- 2021)
British actor Paul Ritter died of a brain tumour at the age of 54. Ritter passed away “peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side,” his agent said.
Jessica Walter – (1941- 2021)
Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter died at age 80 on March 24. The “Arrested Development” and “Archer” star reportedly died in her sleep.
Jahmil French – (1991-2021)
“Degrassi” star Jahmil French died at the age of 29, a rep for the Canadian actor confirmed to Page Six on March 2. “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” the rep said in a statement. “He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality. I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
Dustin Diamond – (1977-2021)
Dustin Diamond, who was best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers on “Saved by the Bell,” died after a battle with stage 4 cancer. He was diagnosed with the brutal disease only three weeks prior to his Feb. 1 passing. Diamond was 44 years old.
SOPHIE (Sophie Xeon) – (1986- 2021)
Grammy-nominated producer and artist SOPHIE died at the age of 34 after a “sudden accident” in Athens, Greece. “True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell,” the artist’s rep told USA Today. “She will always be here with us.”
Cicely Tyson – (1924-2021)
Legendary actress Cicely Tyson, a Tony and Emmy winner who was Oscar-nominated for her role as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 film “Sounder,” died on Jan. 28. She was 96 years old. The stage and screen star’s manager, Larry Thompson, called her passing a “peaceful transition.”
Larry King – (1933- 2021)
Legendary broadcaster Larry King died on Jan. 23 at the age of 87. It was reported early in 2021 that King, a multiple cancer survivor, had contracted coronavirus, and his sixth wife, Julia Alexander, told The Post that King’s cause of death was coronavirus. However, his wife Shawn later said what killed King was “an infection, it was sepsis.”
Song Yoo Jung – (1994- 2021)
South Korean actress and model Song Yoo Jung died on Jan. 23 at the age of 26. A cause of death was not revealed.
Hank Aaron – (1934- 2021)
Baseball legend Hank Aaron, who endured racist death threats as he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974, died on Jan. 22 at the age of 86. “Hammerin’ Hank” — a staunch civil rights advocate who spent 23 years in the major league, mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves — died “peacefully in his sleep,” the Braves said, but no cause of death was given.
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