The year 2021 saw many celebrities pass away. Some were well-known, others were not as famous. But all of them left a legacy behind. In this blog post, we will look back at the lives and careers of some of the celebrities who died in 2021. We will remember them for their contributions to the arts and for making us laugh or cry.
So join us to say goodbye to some of the most iconic celebrities of our time. We’re saying goodbye to these talented men and women who, in one way or another, managed to gather the attention of the public with their activities. So without further ado, here are the celebrities that died in 2021.
Celebrities That Died In 2021
From actresses, talk show hosts, politicians, musicians, and talented sportsmen and newscasters, here are the people we miss dearly and who left us in 2021. We’ll have a look at their careers and legacies.
The host of a US talk show, Larry King, had a career spanning more than six decades and thousands of interviews, grilling world leaders and performers ranging from Bill Clinton to Tom Cruise. His radio show, The Larry King Show, launched his broadcasting career in the 1970s, and he went on to host his television show, Larry King Life, on CNN, from 1985 until 2010. He most recently hosted Larry King Now on the US streaming platform Hulu. Larry died in a Los Angeles hospital a few weeks after catching coronavirus. According to later US media stories, his direct cause of death was sepsis, not the coronavirus.
“Hammerin’ Hank” played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, the most of which he spent with the Milwaukee (and later Atlanta) Braves. In 1974, the Hall of Famer blasted his 715th career home run, shattering Babe Ruth’s mark of over 33 years. Aaron’s career would end with 755 home runs (a record until Barry Bonds surpassed it in 2007). Aaron died as a result of natural causes.
Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor who made his Hollywood debut in the 1957 film The Silent Partner. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the films The Sound of Music, The Return of the Pink Panther, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Plummer won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He died at the age of 91.
Reggae legend Bunny Wailer won three Grammy awards in his star-studded career. The baritone died in his native island of Jamaica at age 73. He was the last surviving founding member of the legendary band The Wailers. Along with Neville Livingston, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, he founded the reggae ensemble that would change the world with his music bringing a period of global recognition for the folk music of Jamaica. He will be missed. Jah Bless!
Prince Phillip passed away at 99 years old, just a couple of months before his centennial. He was the longest-serving British consort in recorded history for over 70 years of marriage to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. He had a mischievous sense of humor, a warm heart, and a love for his country and family.
The iconic comedy legend Betty White passed away at the age of 99. Firstly, Betty White was synonymous with television, as her career was born almost when the device became a common household appliance. With a career spanning over seven decades, her vast work in the world of entertainment spans talk shows, soap operas, game shows, sitcoms, and everything in between. She was referenced as the “First Lady of TV”.
John Madden was a National Football League coach and sports pundit. From 1969 to 1978, he guided the Oakland Raiders to eight playoff berths, seven division titles, seven AFL / AFC Championship Game appearances, and the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XI. Madden has the most remarkable % among NFL head coaches who have coached 100 games, never having had a losing season.
After retiring from coaching from 1979 until 2008, Madden worked as a color commentator on NFL telecasts, earning him 16 Sports Emmy Awards. Madden provided commentary for games televised by CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC on all four major American television networks. He also provided his name, experience, and commentary for the Madden NFL video game series (1988–present), which became the best-selling American football video game series of all time. In 2006, Madden was honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Vicente Fernández died after a four-month battle following a nasty fall that left him on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit. The Charro from Huentitán started out as a busker and became an icon of Mexican culture, recording over fifty albums and starring in more than 30 movies. He also won nine Latin Grammy Awards and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his trajectory. Hasta siempre, Maestro!
American character actor Art LaFleur died at age 78 years old in North Hollywood, California, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was a regular in many shows like JAG and Angel. He also was a veteran actor in family and comedy films like “The Sandlot”, “First Kid”, and “Beethoven’s 4th”.
Dustin Diamond came to fame for playing Screech Powers in “Saved by The Bell” in the 90s. He passed away due to a relentless form of lung cancer a mere three weeks after its diagnosis. After “Saved by the bell,” he did several spin-offs and worked in professional wrestling and even adult films. He will be missed!
Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter actress, died at the age of 52 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. She played Cherie Blair, wife of former Premier Tony Blair, in both The Queen and The Special Relationship. Helen was a versatile actor with an almost 30-year career in theater and cinema. She was best known for her role as Peaky Blinders criminal family matriarch Polly, which she played from 2013 until 2019.
James Michael Tyler
James Michael Tyler came to fame for his role as Gunther on Friends, the famous sitcom from NBC. he was a production assistant and film editor. His most notorious work in edition and production came from “Fat Man and Little Boy,” and he worked as well in Scrubs and other tv shows. Tyler died of advanced prostate cancer in his home in California at age 59.
American politician, military man, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell died at age 84 from complications caused by Covid. His life was dedicated to service to his country, starting out in the United States Armed Forces and then a career as a Republican leader, becoming the first black Secretary of State under the presidency of George W. Bush.
Norm Macdonald was a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer recognized for his deadpan wit and poetic, sometimes old-fashioned uses of phrases. He performed in numerous films and was a regular commentator on talk shows, with some critics hailing him as the ideal late-night comedic guest. Macdonald’s early television work includes writing for sitcoms such as Roseanne and The Dennis Miller Show. In 1993, Macdonald was recruited as a screenwriter and cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL), where he spent five seasons, including three and a half seasons headlining the show’s Weekend Update section.
After leaving SNL, he developed and acted in the 1998 comedy Dirty Work from 1999 to 2001. He hosted his own sitcom, The Norm Show. Macdonald was also a voice actor, having performed in Family Guy, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Orville, and Dr. Dolittle films. Macdonald presented the talk shows, a video podcast, and a Netflix series from 2013 to 2018, where he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2016, he published Based on a True Story, a novel based on his life that was extensively fabricated. Macdonald died in 2021 of leukemia, which he was given a diagnosis with within 2012 but had not officially reported.
Those are some of the most influential people who parted last year. May they rest in peace. Their trajectory and legacy in their field were amazing, and everyone will miss them. That’s all the time we have now in Otakukart for this topic. Thank you for your attention, and please check out our main page to see more news from the world of entertainment.