recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Recent Celebrity Deaths of 2021

Gone, but not forgotten, there have been many recent celebrity deaths in 2021. From superstars like DMX and Jessica Walters to legendary talents like Clarence Williams III, we have had to say goodbye to a lot of famous faces this year. We wanted to keep up with all of the recent celebrity deaths this year to make sure we do our part to honor the legacies of some very impactful and beautiful souls.

As we take a look back at some of the famous legends we lost in 2021, we encourage you to revisit the works that made them famous in the first place as many are immortalized in their writing, performances, and other works. Let’s take a moment to memorialize these talented, inspiring, and influential celebrities.

Here Are the Recent Celebrity Deaths of 2021

Lisa Banes

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Broadway star and familiar face in films such as Gone Girl and Pumpkin, Lisa Banes died as a result of a hit-and-run in New York City on June 4. She was 64.

Ernie Lively

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Hollywood veteran and famous father of famous daughter Blake Lively, Ernie Lively died on June 3 in Los Angeles due to cardiac complications. He was 74.

Clarence Williams III

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Star of The Mod Squad, Clarence Williams III lost his battle with colon cancer on June 4. He was 81.

Eric Carle

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Creator of one of the most beloved children’s books in a generation, Eric Carle died at the age of 91 on May 23. The author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle was the recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award among other honors.

Eric McClure

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According to a press release from NASCAR.com released on May 2, “Former NASCAR driver and team owner Eric McClure, who made nearly 300 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in a career that spanned from 2003-16, died Sunday. He was 42 years old.”

Olympia Dukakis

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Best known for her role in the 1987 film Moonstruck, Olympia Dukakis was 89 when she died on May 1. Audiences were treated to a treat recently when Netflix released a new installment of Tales of the City in 2019.

Prince Philip

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and spouse of Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 99 on April 9. A statement released by the Queen said the Prince died “peacefully.” While he lived a long life, the news of his death was one of the most shocking recent celebrity deaths of 2021.

RELATED: Queen Elizabeth’s Husband Prince Philip Passes Away at 99

DMX

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Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, was a legendary rapper and producer who died in White Plains New York following a heart attack on April 9. He was just 50.

Beverly Cleary

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The Ramona Quimby creator, Beverly Clearydied on March 25 in California. She lived a full life that ended at the age of 104.

Jessica Walter

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Superstar of stage and screen Jessica Walter died on March 24. She was 80. Her performance as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development earned her an army of fans late in her career.

George Segal

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Oscar-nominated performer George Segal died at age 87 on March 23 following complications from bypass surgery.

Jahmil French

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Star of Degrassi Jahmil French died on March 2. The young performer was just 29. An actor who had many young fans, French’s passing was definitely one of the most shocking recent celebrity deaths.

RELATED: ‘Degrassi’ Actor Jahmil French Dies At Just 29-Years-Old

Mary Wilson

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Found member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, died at 76 on February 8. “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,” Diana Ross shared on Twitter following her friend’s death. “‘The Supremes’ will live on in our hearts.”

Christopher Plummer

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Oscar-winning actor, best known for his role as Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Christopher Plummer died on February 5 at home in Connecticut. He was 91.

SOPHIE

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Just a few short years after the release of her critically-acclaimed 2018 debut album, Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, SOPHIE died in an accident in Athens, Greece on January 30 at the age of 34. The avant-garde producer and electronic musician was particularly loved by members of the LGBTQIA+ community after coming out in 2018. SOPHIE’s was one of the most shocking celebrity deaths of 2021.

Dustin Diamond

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Dustin Diamond who made the name “Screech” a household one died on February 1 after a battle with stage four lung cancer. The actor was best known for playing Samuel Powers in the nineties sitcom, Saved by the Bell.

RELATED: Dustin Diamond, Actor Known for Playing Screech on ‘Saved by the Bell,’ Dies at Just 44 Years of Age

Cicely Tyson

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Trailblazing Tony Award and Emmy-winning legend, Cicely Tyson died on January 28. She was 96. The actor found fame by performing in empowering roles that told the stories of Black women. This icon is deeply missed.

Cloris Leachman

recent celebrity deaths of 2021

Beloved actor Cloris Leachman was best known for portraying Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She won a number of awards for her work on stage and screen through the years. She died of natural causes on January 27 at the age of 94.

Corky Lee

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Influential photojournalist Corky Lee documented the lives and achievements of Asian Americans to great acclaim. He died of complications from COVID-19 on January 27 at the age of 73.

Larry King

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Radio host Larry King died at the age of 87 on January 23. Though a cause of death was never officially released, his death occurred two weeks after the star was hospitalized with COVID-19.

Harry Brant

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The son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and magazine publisher Peter Brant, Harry Brant, died on January 17. He was just 24. His family announced that his death was the result of an accidental overdose.

Joanne Rogers

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Classical pianist and widow of children’s TV superstar, Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers died on January 14 at 92. Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for 50 years until his death in 2003 from stomach cancer.

Peter Mark Richman

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Peter Mark Richman was an actor with over 130 television credits including his recurring role as Reverend Snow on Three’s Company. He died on January 14 at 93.

Sheldon Adelson

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The billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson died on January 11. He was 87. He was one of the most prominent donors to the Republican Party.

Deezer D

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Deezer D, best known for his role as nurse Malik McGrath on the medical drama ER, died on January 7, his brother announced on Instagram. He was 55. 

There have been many recent celebrity deaths. We remember these stars who will live on forever in our hearts and minds. Each forged a legacy in the perspective fields becoming household names. As we mourn these deaths, take a moment to enjoy some of the amazing things they have created. Listen to an album by DMX, watch one of Cicely Tyson’s amazing films, or read one of Eric Carle’s books to your kids.

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